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Thames Valley Police announce the closure of 19 front counters

A police force is closing 19 front counters across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

Thames Valley Police said there are currently 34 front counters open across the region. The closures are expected to happen by 1 April 2016.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said everyone will still be within ten miles of a counter.

Ten front counters in Oxfordshire, three in Berkshire and six in Buckinghamshire are due to close.

The force also estimates that by getting rid of surplus buildings it will make £29m savings by 2021.

Thames Valley Police said: "A total of 86% people told us they prefer to contact police on the phone in a non emergency, based on a survey of 9,187 people."

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: "At this stage no staff have been put at risk.

"I wish to reassure the public we are by no means withdrawing from our communities and the availability and visibility of police officers to attend incidents is not affected by front counter opening times."

Which counters are closing?

Oxfordshire: Cowley, Henley, Didcot, Thame, Wantage, Faringdon, Wallingford, Carterton, Woodstock and Chipping Norton

Berkshire: Wokingham, Windsor and Pangbourne

Buckinghamshire: Bletchley, Newport Pagnell, Wolverton, Buckingham, Chesham and Gerrards Cross

Many of the remaining front counters across the Thames Valley region will be open from 08:00 to 22:00, seven days a week, with Bracknell, Amersham, Witney and Bicester open from 10:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday.

Kidlington will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

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