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No-one can deny the logic and desire to keep open London's police stations, but where will the money come from?

Several of the capital's stations, including those in west London, are under threat as the Mayor looks to make savings of £400m

No-one in their right mind wants to see a police station close.

Apart from the obvious role they play in fighting and reacting to crime, they provide comfort and reassurance to communities and the public.

So it’s not surprising that more than 1,500 have signed a petition calling for Notting Hill to be saved after it was one of many named facing the axe under plans put forward by Sadiq Khan.

Other stations in west London left with the Sword of Damocles hanging over it are Ealing, Southall, Uxbridge and Chiswick.

The Mayor of London says drastic action is required to protect frontline policing, with the Met facing £400 million of cuts by 2021 “as a result of Government’s failure to properly fund London’s police service”.

He may have a point.

With the country living in the age of austerity for many years, we’ve seen the squeeze applied to numerous public services.

Squeeze something long enough, and though it may not pop, something will give.

We want to see police stations open. But it's being argued the Met isn’t getting enough money, so something is giving.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick(Image: PA)

It becomes a case of prioritising. According to Mayor of London and City Hall, the way crime is reported is changing, with the percentage of people physically going into a police station falling.

Instead, reports are made online (see video above), using the emergency and non-emergency numbers, or via social media.

Of course, this doesn’t take into account the other rolls it serves, as mentioned near earlier.

But it does take money to run the Metropolitan Police Service; reduce its budget and there will be implications and impact, such as those now being proposed.

We don’t like cuts. We don’t like seeing libraries threatened . We don’t like seeing schools stretched . Or fire engines taken off the streets .

We think our heroes in the emergency services deserve much more than they get. After all, they run into a burning building instead of running away from it. They race to the scene of a bomb blast or terrorist attack , while we head in the opposite direction.

They put their lives on the line every day, and some pay the ultimate price .

Threatened: Notting Hill police station(Image: Daily Mirror)

But this is the world we live in.

People are right to be angry that their police stations are threatened. They are right to oppose the proposals put forward by Mr Khan and make that objection clear. They are right to want their local police station to remain open.

But the money can’t be magic-ed out of thin air. Without more money for policing, cuts of some form may be inevitable.

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