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Police Commissioner has serious reservations over proposed closure of Cambridge Magistrates Court

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, has questioned the proposal to close the Magistrates Court located on St Andrew’s Street in Cambridge.

Under the proposals, announced by Ministry of Justice, the court building would be closed and cases would be heard in Peterborough and Huntingdon.

Commenting on the proposals, 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 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.”

A consultation on the proposals was launched on 18 January and runs for 10 weeks. You can respond to the consultation by clicking here

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About The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Jason Ablewhite is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.

Police and Crime Commissioners have responsibility for delivering an efficient and effective police service in their area. Commissioners set police and crime objectives, the police budget and issue crime and disorder reduction grants through the Police and Crime Plan. Commissioners also hold the police to account, making them answerable to the public.

Further details can be found on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website.