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Complaints over police station closures

District heads complain over police station closure

The Austrian police announced yesterday that 13 police stations will be closed together with three police dog inspection stations.

The closure of the stations has provoked negative reactions from local politicians and residents of districts such as Wieden, Margareten and Hernals, which will be left without police stations.

The district chairman of Wieden, Leopold Plasch, announced he has launched a "vehement protest" to try and prevent the closure of the police stations.

"It cannot be that almost 31,000 residents are left only with the service of police inspection", said the district director, whose petition to save the police station at Rainergasse has already gathered some popularity.

Susanne Schaefer-Wiery, the district chairwoman of Margareten, has also opposed the closure of the police station in her area by saying that it is not logical to leave an entire district without a police station and that, as long as there is no evident presence from the police in her area, she cannot agree with this reform.

Ilse Pfeffer, the district chairwoman of Hernals, is also against the closure, calling it an act of saving at the expense of others.

The chairman of Donaustadt district Norbert Scheed is happy that no police stations will be closed in his area, which he sees as a good thing for the residents of his district.

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