‘De­cent’ food served – shame about the bars


Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - QASIM PERACHA

IF YOU end up in a po­lice cell for the night it doesn’t take a ge­nius to work out that things haven’t gone to plan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look back on your stay when you re­turn to free­dom.

Much like you can for a ho­tel or restau­rant, Google gives you the chance to rate your lo­cal po­lice base with a star rat­ing and a com­ment.

And as the fu­ture of Uxbridge Po­lice sta­tion re­mains un­cer­tain, we take a look at how peo­ple feel about it.

The sta­tion, in War­wick Place, has re­ceived plenty of re­views on Google, av­er­ag­ing a not-dis­as­trous 3.2 starts out of five which sug­gests that it’s not all doom and gloom in those cells.

The re­views be­low were all left on Google, and though some may well be from peo­ple who have gen­uinely en­joyed the hos­pi­tal­ity of Uxbridge’s boys in blue, no doubt some have been left by those with their tongue placed firmly in cheek, so here’s a light-hearted look at those.

Jessie Rxy­bald didn’t hold back on his praise for the sta­tion’s hos­pi­tal­ity, giv­ing it five stars af­ter he had a night’s stay (or so he claims).

Jessie wrote: “Man­aged to get some shut eye a de­cent meal and top notch med­i­cal care, all it cost me was a crim­i­nal record.”

An­other sim­i­larly glow­ing fives­tar re­view came from Danny Stone who wrote: “Had a great night plenty space in your room night porter checks hourly to see if you need any­thing great ser­vice would rec­om­mend to any crim­i­nal.”

Oth­ers sim­ply rated the joint with five stars out of five com­ment­ing just “Good” or even de­clin­ing to ex­plain how the sta­tion sat­is­fied their needs to such a de­gree.

Not every­one is happy though, with the sta­tion re­ceiv­ing a few one star re­views as well.

Of course Uxbridge Po­lice sta­tion was listed for clo­sure by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who planned to sell the build­ing in or­der to cre­ate capital and cut ex­penses for the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice.

Hilling­don Coun­cil made an of­fer in De­cem­ber worth £5 mil­lion to save the po­lice sta­tion from clo­sure, which is cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered by MOPAC, the Mayor’s Of­fice for Polic­ing and Crime.

The only front desk open in Hilling­don is at the Hayes sta­tion, a de­ci­sion which an­gered many res­i­dents, who claimed the jour­ney was too far to travel for many res­i­dents in the west of the bor­ough who wished to re­port a crime.

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