Campaigners fighting potential cuts to PCSO jobs in Norfolk made their voices heard at a rally in King’s Lynn.
Demonstrators gathered in The Walks as part of a wider Britain Needs A Pay Rise march organised by North West Norfolk Labour Party secretary and secretary of King’s Lynn and District Trades’ Council, Jo Rust.
The rally followed an announcement by Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey last month which could see all of Norfolk’s 150 PCSO posts axed.
Some public enquiry desks, including Downham Market and Swaffham, and police stations, including North Lynn, are also set to close under the move.
The chief constable’s proposals include investment in additional police officer roles, detective resources and two new investigation centres, one of which is planned for Swaffham.
Around 70 people took part in the rally including Labour MEP for the East of England Alex Mayer and Caren Reeves, secretary of the Norfolk Police UNISON branch.
Mrs Rust said it was an indication of “the depth of feelings people have about the proposed loss of PCSOs”.
Mrs Rust told the gathering: “What an indictment of a failed austerity plan that this rally and march are even necessary.”
Speaking after the event, she said: “I was really pleased with how it went.
“Seventy may not seem a lot, but proportionately with Norwich, it was not far short for the size of the town.
“We had support from the outskirts of King’s Lynn too, with people from surrounding villages attending.”
Mrs Rust has created a Change.org online petition signed by more than 1,800 people so far.
Mrs Rust added: “It is constantly being shared and that’s what we want. It’s important that not just Simon Bailey but the Government and our MPs take note.
“They have the power to lobby and bring about change. They should be using that power.”
The rally started at the bandstand and protestors, some carrying placards, then marched through the town to the Tuesday Market Place.