Police front desks shut across Hampshire

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THE front desks of Waterlooville and Hayling police stations have closed.

As reported in The News, Hampshire Constabulary has closed front desks across the area in a bid to save £54m over the next three years.

Cosham Fratton, Petersfield, Park Gate and Bishop’s Waltham station’s front desk have all also closed.

It leaves just front desks in Havant, Gosport, Fareham and Winston Churchill Avenue in Portsmouth open.

Police have advised in non emergency situations the public should call 101 to speak to an officer. If a face-to-face meeting is needed an appointment can be made to meet at a convenient place.

But David Pink, chairman of Waterlooville and District Residents’ Association, said he is not happy with the arrangement.

He said: ‘I think the Waterlooville desk should remain open. I understand they can’t keep someone on all night waiting for trouble but they need someone during the day.

‘Is someone going to go all the way to Havant hand in lost property? I don’t think so.’