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999 teams dropped at four local stations

PUBLISHED: 17:37 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:15 03 July 2010

POLICE 999 response teams at 29 out of 35 stations across Norfolk are to be scrapped including those at Gorleston, Caister, Acle and Stalham.

It means victims of crime will no longer be visited by their local bobby in an emergency - with officers from urban centres instead being called out.

POLICE 999 response teams at 29 out of 35 stations across Norfolk are to be scrapped including those at Gorleston, Caister, Acle and Stalham.

It means victims of crime will no longer be visited by their local bobby in an emergency - with officers from urban centres instead being called out.

Senior officers moved to reassure the public over the decision to cut the number of response stations - which despatch teams to 999 reports - from 35 to just six. At the same time chief constable Ian McPherson confirmed he has secured funding for 140 new officers and the move will free up another 100. Most of these extra officers will go on the beat.

The decision will see teams based at Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Thetford, Fakenham and Aylsham.

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