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Pewsey Police Station now CLOSED

Pewsey Police Station now CLOSED

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:38am 6th January 2020.

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Officers will instead use a 'touchdown point' at the Vale Community Campus.

Wiltshire Police say Pewsey's station 'no longer meets operational needs' and wasn't open to the public anyway.

From today (Monday 6th January 2020), they'll be using the town's leisure centre as their 'base'.

MEET OFFICERS AT THE VALE

The force says the new 'touchdown point' is just a few minutes away from the former police station and will mean the public can get better access to officers.

They've also said: 

"These new surroundings offer a space to hold meetings, and take a break using the kitchen and toilet facilities in the heart of our community."

Pewsey Police Station Market Place
Pewsey Police Station is no longer fit for purpose according to Wiltshire Police

The change has been brought in as part of the Estate Strategy by Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson.

The plan aims to reduce the cost of the Wiltshire Police estate by 20% by 2021.

Inspector Chris Martin of Wiltshire East Community Policing Team said: 

"Modern policing embraces technology meaning officers no longer need to return to a police station to carry out paperwork. Our officers and PCSOs can now work out in public spaces like these new touchdown points, or even a coffee shop, remaining visible and accessible to our community and still able to respond quickly when needed, which is always the priority."

There have been posts on the Pewsey Police Facebook page in recent weeks warning that changes were coming

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, said: 

"Changes to our police estate are essential to ensuring it remains fit for purpose and meets operational policing needs. This said, it is still really important to ensure we also retain a presence in our communities. I have always been very clear I will not shut a police station until a suitable alternative has been identified. 

"Whilst I understand the negative perception that the closure of a police building means less access to police officers and PCSOs, the reality is very different. Visible officers out in the community, with the ability to respond quickly when needed is what keeps people safe, not buildings. Every pound we save on running our estate is a pound I will not have to save from policing."

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