Christchurch Town Centre

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The Christchurch Town NPT policing area covers the Christchurch Borough Town Centre Ward. The area forms a natural peninsular bordered by the River Stour to the west and south with Bournemouth on the far bank and to the east by the River Avon with Purewell Ward on the opposite bank. These rivers merge at the southern tip of the peninsular and enter Christchurch harbour. The network south railway line creates a manmade barrier and the ward boundary to the north with Portfield Ward.

Christchurch Town Centre Ward is predominately a residential area that in 2001 contained 1,856 habitable properties and supports a population of 3,622. 17% of housing is Council or Local Housing Authority/Social Housing (in the main exclusively sheltered housing for the elderly). The ward is the commercial heart of Christchurch, containing the main shopping centre, town public facilities and Twynham Comprehensive School. It is also the main centre for the town’s social nightlife and includes the recreational spaces of The Priory and Convent Meadows, Millhams Common, The Quomps, and the town’s large playing field and recreation ground.

Local priorities

Current priorities (last reviewed January 2020):


  1. Acquisitive crime, focusing on shoplifting.
  2. Criminal Exploitation of the young.
  3. Anti-social behaviour in the town


You said - we did

This section is for us to share some of the daily work we do on your behalf.

You said
Residents were worried about ASB in the area following a spate of bus attacks. This was well recorded all over social media and it received a lot of attention .
We did
We planned a public meeting inviting Councilors and residents to address their concerns, encouraging reporting of ASB offences to the Police. We also addressed the situation on social media, responding to any comments made that may be relevant and helpful. This is an ongoing situation that we are dealing with.
You said
Local businesses had reported increases in shoplifting and acquisitive crime. It was found that most were being done by persons out of force or from different areas of the conurbation using Christchurch's excellent transport links.
We did
Christchurch NPT joined with New Milton NPT as well as British transport police and Boscombe NPT to implement plain clothed and uniform patrols to target those in the towns and at the train stations, resulting in a good amount of arrests and intel.

Get involved

Speak with the team at one of the following local events.

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Your inspector

Inspector Richard Bader
Inspector Richard Bader

Your local station

Dorset Police NPT Office Fire Station Fairmile Road Christchurch BH23 2LB

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Local partner agencies

Christchurch and East Dorset council, civil enforcement officers and parking wardens and dog warden – all can be found on

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Christchurch Town Centre

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Michelle Clark PCSO 5126
Michelle Clark PCSO 5126
Faris Siwadi PC 2729
Faris Siwadi PC 2729
Nick Lee PS 2525
Nick Lee PS 2525
What we do

Neighbourhood policing improves the quality of life within Dorset communities. Working together with partner agencies and problem-solving with local people and groups, we will target the policing issues that matter most in your area.

Get in touch with us today to raise any issues you have and to find out what priorities we are currently working on. This is your chance to influence the service that the police, and our partners, provide.

You can contact us via the Dorset Police website or social media, where we also promote upcoming meetings and events. We are based at: Dorset Police NPT Office Fire Station Fairmile Road Christchurch BH23 2LB.

In an emergency

The Neighbourhood Policing Team works with colleagues across Dorset Police, but does not respond to emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, always dial 999 immediately, so we can help you as quickly as possible.