Tewkesbury police stations to join council 'by summer'

Two police stations in a Gloucestershire town could move into the council's offices by the summer.

Gloucestershire's Police Authority announced last month that Tewkesbury and Churchdown police stations would both relocate to the council offices.

The Tewkesbury police station building will be sold and Cheltenham Road East station in Churchdown will close as the force bids to save £18m in four years.

The council said it would mean a "wider range of services under one roof".

A police spokesman said the stations were "hoping to move in by summer".

Gloucestershire Police Authority chair Rob Garnham said: "By sharing offices, we can make sure we keep to our 'Bobbies before Buildings' pledge."

Last year Gloucestershire Police announced the closure of at least 15 police stations, along with the opening of several "police points", which share existing premises.

The force is attempting to reduce its budget by £18m over the next four years.

Correction 9 January 2012: This story has been amended to make it clear the police stations have not already moved into the Tewkesbury Borough Council building.

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