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Cambridgeshire's police and crime commissioner concerned at plans to close Cambridge Magistrates' Court


By Gemma Gardner


Jason Ablewhite, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commisioner, has backed plans by chief constable Alec Wood to put 50 more officers on the frontline. Picture: Keith Heppell
Jason Ablewhite, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commisioner, has backed plans by chief constable Alec Wood to put 50 more officers on the frontline. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Ministry of Justice is proposing that the court building in St Andrew's Street would be closed and cases would be heard in Peterborough and Huntingdon.

Commissioner Jason Ablewhite said: “I am deeply concerned about the announcement that the magistrates’ court in Cambridge could be closed. This would have a significant impact on police resources in the county and also for many other organisations within the criminal justice system.

“I need to be convinced that any new arrangements have been fully thought through and that any changes provide a sensible, affordable and effective service for both the public and the county. They also need to take into account the impact on all organisations involved in taking cases through the courts.

“I look forward to discussing my concerns with [South East Cambridgeshire MP] Lucy Frazer MP, the new minister responsible for courts, to ensure all options have been properly considered with all parties working together in a spirit of collaboration so that an effective and efficient outcome is achieved. I will also be chairing a meeting of the Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice Board in February to discuss the implications with all partners.”

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