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EARLY shoppers and office workers looked on as a police car was put on a lorry and driven away yesterday.

An unlucky PC had responded to a report of a broken window at Barclays bank, in High Street, Gosport at 8.50am.

The police car is towed away

The police car is towed away

After an investigation with workers at the bank he found the window had broken due to the bad weather.

But he was left stranded in the town centre after discovering one of the patrol car’s tyres was flat.

It took just an hour for a recovery lorry to turn up and take it away for repair.

Alf Rook, 71, of Rowner, Gosport, was watching on as the patrol car was removed. He said: ‘It’s very amusing but very unfortunate and embarrassing for the driver, the poor chap.

‘But it does look as though it might be Hampshire Constabulary’s answer to cutting back on fuel costs – emergency 999 calls will now be answered by cars delivered by recovery truck.’

The officer in the car said he did not think the tyre had been let down maliciously.