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Fewer people will be arrested in Leyland as a result of plans to shut the town’s police cells, the Guardian can reveal.

The bombshell comes as local magistrates warn justice in the community will be severely threatened if the 14 custody cells at Leyland Police Station are closed for good by next year, as is planned.

The move is part of Lancashire Constabulary’s efforts to save £42m in the next four years and will mean suspects who are arrested in the town will be taken on a round-trip of up to 30 miles to Preston, Skelmersdale and even Blackburn.

Police have admitted that the force-wide decision to make fewer arrests has been factored into the move to close the cells at the station, on Lancastergate.

For the full story, see this week’s Guardian.

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