Warning that police stations could shut down

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POLICE stations could close as Hampshire Constabulary battles multi-million- pound budget cuts.

The force is calling for views on alternative bases for police officers such as council offices or shopping centres.

And police want to know when residents last visited a station in person and why, as well as get their views on the future of station front offices.

Hampshire Police Authority and Hampshire Constabulary have launched the online survey as the force battles to save cash due to budget cuts of up to 25 per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: 'Changes will need to be made in the way policing is delivered and it is important that the force gains the views and opinions of the public we serve at this time.

'But whatever changes we make, Hampshire Constabulary's priorities will not change.

'We will continue to provide an excellent service, reduce crime, respond to emergencies and target those individuals who commit crime and prey on the vulnerable.'

Cllr Jacqui Rayment, police authority chairwoman, said: 'It is particularly important that we know your views during a time of unprecedented economic change.'

Visit the website surveymonkey.com /s/yourviewsplease