It is really good news that Bitterne Police Station will be reopening next year to make room for more police officers at the heart of our community.

The Government promised to recruit thousands more police officers on the streets to help keep us all safe from crime. It is really encouraging to see this being delivered so quickly and benefitting us here in the city. In the first wave, 450 new police have been recruited across the region with many more to come.

I’m delighted that this announcement means there will be an enhanced police presence east of the river.