Prosecution service to expand in city

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STAFF from four Crown Prosecution Service’s offices will be moving to Portsmouth and Eastleigh next month when centres are shut.

Southampton, Bournemouth, Basingstoke and the Isle of Wight offices will close, with staff moving to two centralised offices on November 18. Staff dealing with rape and sexual offences prosecutions will also be based in Portsmouth.

The Solicitor General, Oliver Heald MP, visited Portsmouth’s CPS centre on Thursday to hear about the changes being made among other issues.

Mr Heald said the prosecution service has to modernise and at the same time bare the brunt of 27 per cent budget cuts.

Kate Brown, chief crown prosecutor for CPS Wessex, said: ‘We are delighted for him to come and hear about the work we have been doing and recognising the fantastic efforts of the staff in Portsmouth. Nobody has been made redundant in Portsmouth. This will change the way in which we work.’

Earlier in the year, it was announced four of the seven offices would be closed to make the service more ‘streamlined’.

The Chippenham office will remain open until the lease expires in 2019.