'Cramped' Thatcham police office to close

A Berkshire police office is to close because it is "not fit for purpose".

Neighbourhood policing officers and staff based at the former police station at Thatcham are to be relocated to Newbury by the end of the year.

Thames Valley Police said the office space at Thatcham was cramped and inflexible while the overall site was much bigger than needed.

The police station was closed in 2002 because of the inappropriate layout of the front office.

Supt Robin Rickard said: "The decision to close the office has not been an easy one. The building has been the subject of a number of reports and is generally considered to be no longer fit for purpose.

"Internally, space within the building is cramped and inflexible, and does not lend itself well for use as modern office space.

"The building has been the subject of a number of reports over the last few years and the overall size of the site is also considerably larger than is required to meet local operational needs.

"Service provision will not be affected by relocating staff from this particular building.

"I am determined that the communities in Thatcham will receive the same high standard of policing following the closure of the Thatcham police office."

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