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Fears over police station closure
A teenage victim of three attempted muggings has said he fears fewer criminals will be caught due to the closure of Wanstead police station.
Callum Downie, 19, of Herongate Road in Wanstead, was making his way home near Manor Park station in May when he was approached by a man who ordered him to hand over his belongings.
He managed to get away, but when he went to Wanstead police station to report the incident, he found it closed.
And he believes now it is permanently shut, less crime will be reported and fewer criminals brought to justice.
Mr Downie said: “I managed to get away and tried to report it to Wanstead police station but when I arrived it was closed, so I had to walk another 20 minutes to Leytonstone police station.
“When I arrived it was a case of them not having the jurisdiction to even file the case as the crime did not happen in Waltham Forest.
“By that time it was too late to even look round the area and find the man who tried to mug me.”
“It is a big concern now that Wanstead police station is permanently closed. This kind of incident is just going to happen more and more and people are not going to be able to report crimes quickly enough.”
The branch, in Spratt Hall Road, was closed as part of a range of cuts designed to save the Met £500m across London by 2015.
Ted Derby, 64, of Fitzgerald Road, Wanstead, agreed with Mr Downie's concerns.
He said: “People like me who have lived in the area for over 30 years, who have put money into the area and paid their council tax, deserve a police station."
Victims of crime can call 999 in an emergency and 101 for non-urgent reports.
A new model for community policing will see 86 new officers deployed in Redbridge over the next two years.
Wanstead police station, which has been offering a limited service to the public for some time, is now being sold off.
A new police contact point at Wanstead House community centre will be open between 7pm and 8pm every Wednesday and Thursday, as well as between 2. pm and 3pm on Saturdays.