There are fears that plans to close the public counter at Selkirk police station could eventually lead to the axing of the entire facility.
Police Scotland wants to shut more than 70 station counters across the country, with five targeted in the Borders because of what they claim is low usage by the public.
As well as Selkirk, those earmarked for closure in this region include Melrose, Lauder, Eyemouth and Coldstream.
Former Yarrow Valley farmer and now Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, Jim Hume, has slammed Police Scotland’s decision, saying it could lead to further eroding of local policing.
Asked if he was concerned the entire station, in Scott’s Place, itself might be under threat, he told us: “That’s certainly a concern. There’s definitely a centrist agenda for sure when it comes to things like police and fire services.
“The closure of the public counter at Selkirk is bad news for the people of the town and surrounding area, and it could be the thin end of the wedge.”
Former local police sergeant Jim Bradley also believes the station itself is now in the firing line by Police Scotland’s top brass.
He said: “Eventually the whole place will be closed down. Each further reduction in the services available from the station decreases the justification for keeping it open.”
“The closure of the counter is just another nail in the station’s coffin,” added Mr Bradley, who served in the town during the early 1970s at the time the present station was opened.
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