Alton Policing Neighbourhood
The Alton neighbourhood in the Hampshire Constabulary area covers the land indicated on the map to the right. For non-urgent queries, contact 101. For emergency assistance, please contact 999.
The neighbourhood team have provided the following description of their work:
Alton is a delightful and welcoming place and the ideal base for exploring. The surrounding area, home to Jane Austen, is renowned for its tranquil and unspoilt beauty.
A thriving country market town, with a fascinating history, Alton was built around a wealthy Saxon settlement and had the most valuable recorded market in the Doomsday Book. The 11th-Century St Lawrence Church was the scene of the civil war ‘Battle of Alton’ and still bares the scars. At one time the town was notorious for the brutal murder of ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’.
Today a delightful mix of historic buildings jostles with modern shops and arcades. Tuesday is market day, and the town hosts many markets and fairs throughout the year.
With a variety of places to stay, Alton is perfect for short breaks, a centre for exploring the literary and cultural heritage of this part of Hampshire. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful countryside, long distance footpaths and other rights of way offer many opportunities.