A POLICE help desk must stay open 24 hours a day, a top councillor has demanded.

Kirklees Council Cabinet member Clr Dennis Hullock spoke out amid fears opening hours may be cut at Dewsbury.

The public help desk may be reduced to a daytime-only service, running between 8am and 6pm.

Clr Hullock said: "Dewsbury police station is the only one in north Kirklees where the help desk is open to the public 24 hours a day.

"If the police's proposals go through this would leave the residents of north Kirklees without a station where they know they can go, at any time of the day or night, to get assistance from the police.

"For an area the size of north Kirklees, this is not acceptable."

Clr Hullock, who represents Dewsbury East, urged the public to protest to the police about the plan for the Dewsbury help desk.

A plan has been produced to close 13 help desks in West Yorkshire and reduce the number of 24-hour desks to just one per division.

The move is being proposed in a bid to save more than £1m.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the cuts were to be made reluctantly because of a difficult budget.

He added: "To ensure we are able to deliver a value-for-money service, we have decided to close a small number of police front counters and reduce opening times at others to coincide with demand.

"Full details have yet to be finalised. We will ensure communities are given advance notice."