Hampshire police stations decision expected

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THE fate of 39 police buildings will be decided by Hampshire Police Authority tomorrow.

More than a third of buildings – including Southsea, Hayling Island and Petersfield police stations – are on the hit list as part of cost-cutting measures.

In total, 18 police stations could shut as Hampshire Constabulary battles to save £50m by 2015 due to government spending cuts.

The force will also review whether bases at Gunwharf Quays and Marine Parade in Portsmouth, Havant Victims Witness and Interview Service, Portsmouth International Port and Crofton Community Centre in Stubbington are needed.

No stations will shut until police have another base to work from.

If the closures are approved, police could work at sites ranging from libraries to supermarkets.

Hampshire Police Authority will make a decision at Westgate Chambers, Winchester, from 10am tomorrow.