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'Cop Shop' in supermarket opens

Officers in a supermarket
Shoppers will be able to speak to police staff

Police in Hampshire have opened a "Cop Shop" in a supermarket.

The facility, based in Sainsbury's supermarket in Lordshill, Southampton, was officially opened by the Chief Constable Alex Marshall.

The Cop Shop will be staffed three afternoons a week and is designed to be used by the public in the same way as a normal police station.

"For us policing should be in neighbourhoods, in the community," said the chief constable.

Residents will be able to talk to police staff three afternoons a week.

Mr Marshall added: "Instead of people having to go to a police station and meet us on our territory, why [not] go and set ourselves up in a local shop, where people will be out anyway doing their shopping?"

One shopper said: "I have heard about this in other parts of the country and how successful it has been.

"I think it is one of the best ideas the police have had."


Police in Hampshire have opened a small station inside a Sainsbury's store

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