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COURT: I urge people to support court campaign

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The proposed closure of Spalding Magistrates’ Court is yet another example of government desire to save cash, or considering the value of the site, possibly make money, at the expense of the local community.

The proposed closure of Spalding Magistrates’ Court is yet another example of government desire to save cash, or considering the value of the site, possibly make money, at the expense of the local community.

The case for closure seems in part to be based on some steep steps. We have lived with these for many years and can continue to do so. In the unusual event of disabled accused having a problem, the cases could be transferred elsewhere.

There are a number of ways in which this proposal will impact the community. Witnesses will be reluctant to travel and may not come forward at all.

Offenders on bail will also fail to turn up, and this will increase arrest warrants and take up police time, thereby reducing our coverage. The net result will be increased low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Victims will also find it more difficult and expensive to see justice done. Solicitors will have to charge more to cover their costs, thus reducing access to justice.

It is likely that the number of local people on the bench will eventually fall and magistrates who live elsewhere are at a disadvantage in judging local circumstances.

Those accused of minor crimes, failure to pay fines, for example for parking, will be inclined to pay rather than fight, even when innocent.

This is a bad proposal, based on doubtful grounds. The campaign to fight the move is right and in the interests of the town and villages.

I urge people to support it.

Paul Foyster

Chairman. UKIP South 
Holland and Deepings

 

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