A top police officer has indicated that the force will retain a presence in Windsor after the current station in Alma Road is demolished The issue was raised at a meeting of the Royal Borough's crime and disorder scrutiny panel last Thursday.

Hopes that the police would take up an offer by the Borough Council to have an office at the authority's York House headquarters in Windsor were dashed this summer, when they pulled out of discussions.

But last week Thames Valley Chief Constable Francis Habgood repeated earlier commitments by the police that they would retain a presence in the town, although it was not practical to retain the current building.

Advances in technology have made most of the building redundant.

He said: "The current police station is simply too big now."