Town losing its police station

By Surrey and Hants News in Emergency Services

Alton Police Station will close its doors to the public tomorrow.

The town’s neighbourhood, patrol and response policing teams will move to Hampshire County Council’s Hatch House building in Mill Lane.

But anyone wanting to talk to an officer face-to-face in a police station will have to travel to Basingstoke, Aldershot or Winchester.

Hampshire Constabulary’s District Commander Clare Jenkins said: “Although the police station is closing, we want to reassure our communities that we will still maintain our patrolling strategy and highly visible presence within Alton and the surrounding areas.”

Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Michael Lane said: “Building effective partnerships is one of my priorities for the role of commissioner, and our service must respond to changing demands.

“This move for neighbourhood and response teams keeps the police in the centre of Alton, where they will continue to keep residents safe.”

Mr Lane’s justification for the decision is that the “vast majority” of Alton residents who wish to contact the police now do so by phone or online.

The police can be emailed at East.Hants.Police@hampshire.pnn.police.uk, or contacted online by visiting www.hampshire.police.uk/contact-us/.

For non-emergency contact by phone, call 101. In an emergency, dial 999.