The search continues for a police station in Eastleigh after plans were scrapped.

In September, Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones said she would open 10 more police stations for the public to access.

This included reopening stations in Park Gate, Totton and Gosport and an all-new base for officers in Eastleigh - which was set to open to the public early next year as a site had been found.

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But surveys showed more work was needed to bring the building up to scratch than initially thought - so the plans there were scrapped.

A spokesperson for Ms Jones' office explained: "A site was identified in 2023 and an offer was submitted and accepted.

"However, after condition surveys were carried out, the building required more work than initially anticipated.

"The search for a building in the town centre continues.

"The police require a site that has parking and enough space to accommodate multiple policing teams."

The force currently has 13 police stations that are open to the public. These are a mixture of full time opening hours and part time opening - dependant on local demand. 

It is unclear if the setback will push the opening date back as well.

The spokesperson continued: "The Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to opening more police stations and front counters across the county.

"Eastleigh has been identified as an area where a new police station is required."

The commissioner's office previously explained that it had earmarked £2million in the 2023-24 budget to fund the Eastleigh scheme.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary was among those forces to close stations during public sector cuts following the 2009 financial crisis.

Across Hampshire a large number shut their doors to the public, although some of the stations remained in use as operational bases.