ALL of Wiltshire Police's enqury offices are now closed just days after the government announced lockdown.

The move was made to help protect its officers and staff from the virus.

But people can still contact the 999 emergency number and 101 non-emergency number or its website.

The PCC for Swindon and Wiltshire, Angus Macpherson, said: “The Government advice is clear – all non-essential social interactions need to stop, and one way that we as a police force can help with that, is by introducing these temporary closures.

“Footfall at our enquiry offices has fallen dramatically in recent days, and there are a number of other, more appropriate ways that people can contact the police at this time.

“Calling us or visiting the Wiltshire Police website is safer for everyone. Not only will it keep the public safe, but it will allow us to redeploy those staff who usually work on a front counter, to a more critical role.”

Chief constable Kier Pritchard said: “I want to reassure people that this is a temporary measure and I hope people will see that we have made this decision for very practical and safety-conscious reasons."

Anyone who has a pre-arranged, essential appointment at a police station can go along as normal.

But they will need to use the yellow phone outside to alert an officer or member of staff.