Leyburn Police Station could close and officers move to fire station

Leyburn Police Station. Photo: Gordon Hatton.

Leyburn Police Station could close and offices instead work from the town’s fire station.

The county’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has confirmed her office is considering the move, which has already happened elsewhere in the county.

Mrs Mulligan said the force needed to make savings.

“At a time when we need to make savings to protect frontline policing, it is important that North Yorkshire Police looks to collaborate with partners.

“One way to do that is to co-locate police stations and buildings with partner agencies – this is already the case in Selby, Scarborough, Ripon, Thirsk and elsewhere.”

She added: “Co-locating in Leyburn is one option and when the detail is progressed to the extent a move is confirmed and close to happening, we will, of course, communicate this to the local community and elected representatives as normal.

“No final decisions have been made.

“I have been clear that difficult choices do have to be made to ensure front-line policing is protected and we should not shy away from these. Buildings alone do not solve or deter crime, hard working officers, PCSOs and police staff do.

“I make no apology for asking North Yorkshire Police to ensure we make the right decisions – sometimes tough decisions – to invest in ensuring residents and businesses are safe and feel safe.”

The police station was built in 1877, just over 20 years after the North Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary, the forerunner to North Yorkshire Police, was established.


Leyburn Fire Station. Photo: Gordon Hatton.