NORTH Yorkshire Police has today confirmed it is to close its Newby Wiske control room, centralising operations in York.

The force has not confirmed how many jobs are likely to go in the move, but it has been reported previously that 120 roles could be at risk.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, who is overseeing the changes, said: “From all the in depth analysis of emergency and non-emergency call-handling demand and the critical command functions associated with the control room, we firmly concluded that centralising the control room in York was the most efficient and effective way forward."

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