In order to save £2.5million Essex Police are planning to slash opening hours at Loughton Police Station from 24/7 to 6 hours a day. This is a huge cut of 75%. In Epping we are to see times cut from 14 hours to 6 hours. While many of us use the phone to get the police, stations being open are a sign of police visibility in the community. Across the country the Con-Dem governments cuts are hitting front line policing making it more difficult to deal with crime. While some cuts in opening times may be acceptable these are huge cuts and we call on the police to rethink.