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Wantage & Faringdon Police counters to close

on Tue, 22/12/2015 - 9:19am

Thames Valley Police has announced that it will be closing 10 public access counters across Oxfordshire, saving £550,000, on April 1 2016.

The counters that will be closing include our local counters at Wantage & Faringdon. The other affected areas are Cowley, Henley, Didcot, Thame, Wallingford, Carterton, Woodstock and Chipping Norton.

Abingdon, St Aldates and Banbury front counters will be open from 8am and 10pm, seven days a week, whilst counter services at Witney and Bicester will be open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday and Kidlington will be open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said everyone will still be within ten miles of a counter and that the public can still contact the police by telephone, via our website, social media accounts or by the community alert system.

Thames Valley Police said: "A total of 86% people told us they prefer to contact police on the phone in a non emergency, based on a survey of 9,187 people."

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: "At this stage no staff have been put at risk".

"I wish to reassure the public we are by no means withdrawing from our communities and the availability and visibility of police officers to attend incidents is not affected by front counter opening times."

From an article on the TVP website; see the original <here>.