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Wellesbourne police station closure angers residents

A police station in south Warwickshire has been closed.

Wellesbourne police station on Kineton Road has been axed as part of Warwickshire Police's attempts to save more than £20m.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team is relocating to Stratford-upon-Avon while the building is to be sold off to developers.

In January the force said it would sell its Leek Wootton HQ. Henley police station was closed last month.

Buildings removed

A statement from Warwickshire Police said: "Buildings that are no longer fit for purpose, in the wrong place or which do not support policing in the future will be removed."

Residents in Wellesbourne have already expressed their disappointment at the decision.

One villager, Rosalind Bolton, said: "It will be the first time for 170 years or so that there hasn't been a police station in Wellesbourne.

"It is a large place with 6,000 inhabitants and a visible police presence is so important and once it's gone it will be gone. We shall never have a police station again."

The nearest police enquiry desk will now be in Stratford town centre on Rother Street.

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