Chorley Magistrates court under threat

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The future of Chorley Magistrates’ Court is hanging in the balance.

In an unprecedented move, magistrates have spoken out as the Guardian has discovered that police in Chorley are to be told to arrest fewer people if plans to shut 14 cells at Leyland Police Station go ahead.

The move is part of Lancashire Constabulary’s efforts to save £42m in the next four years, and will mean suspects who are arrested in the town will be taken on a round-trip of up to 30 miles to Preston, Skelmersdale, and even Blackburn.

Police have admitted that the force-wide decision to make fewer arrests has been factored into the decision to close the cells at the station, on Lancastergate, Leyland.

For the full story, see this week’s Guardian.

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