New headquarters on the cards for Hampshire police force

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HAMPSHIRE Constabulary said it is looking for another site in the Winchester area for its new headquarters.

The force bought the Alpha Park site in Eastleigh more than two years ago for £9m but it has now become too costly.

Its preferred plan is to sell off part of that site. The rest of the site would be turned into a driving school, force inquiry centre, base for scenes of crime, vehicle workshops, uniform stores, central archive facility and printing.

The force wants to reduce its 13 custody centres to six or seven larger sites, according to deputy chief constable Andy Marsh.

This would include building four new custody centres at Fareham, Hook, Winchester and Newport on the Isle of Wight.

Plans reveal that a total of 39 police buildings would shut and some properties would receive light refurbishment.