Sir George Young has written to the Chief Constable of Hampshire, Sir John Hoddinott, registering strong concern at proposals to close Overton Police Station. “I believe that the physical presence of a police station, coupled with the hard work of P.C. Green and Staff Sergeant Sheila Edwards, means that the crime rate in Overton is one of the lowest in any village in Hampshire.
If the village station was closed, and the village was covered by police officers in cars based in Basingstoke, this would inevitably weaken the profile of the police in the area. I have asked the Chief Constable not to close the police station.