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Wantage Police counter opens at town library

Wantage Police Station
Image caption Wantage Police Station is said to be too large for the community it serves

Wantage Police Station is closing and a public counter will open at the town's library.

Staff who were based at the police station, which has been sold, will work out of the Grove Technology Park.

Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: "This station is too large for the needs of the local community."

He also said public access to officers will "continue to be 24-hours a day". It is unclear if the move means there will be any job losses.

In 2011 Thames Valley Police announced it was cutting 439 police staff and 96 police officers.

The new counter at the library on Stirlings Road opens on Wednesday.

The police station building in Wantage will close in the coming weeks, the force said.

Mr Habgood said: "I would like to reassure residents that the visibility of officers on the streets of Wantage will remain the same.

"The neighbourhood team will operate as normal and access to officers will continue to be 24-hours a day.

"Thames Valley Police remains as committed to providing visible frontline policing in the community as ever."

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