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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."

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