POLICE stations in Aldershot, Farnborough and Fleet are due a revamp thanks to a £750,000 grant from the Home Office.

The ageing stations will benefit from the grants to improve the working conditions for officers and support staff across the county.

The money, to be matched by constabulary funding, will finance a number of improvement schemes in Hampshire.

The improvements had been scheduled into the force's estates strategy, but without the funding would not have been completed for some time.

Constabulary director of finance, Michael Coombes, said the money would enable the force to progress more quickly with improvements to the working conditions of staff.

The programme is due to be completed by March 2004.

Inspector Phil Kedge of Farnborough was delighted at the news, saying: "Our money will go to the refurbishment of the front desk area to improve access to the public and give a more professional image."

Hampshire Police Authority chairman, Simon Hayes, welcomed the news.

He said: "It is reflected in the service we give to the public if working conditions are modern, functional and properly equipped."

Surrey Police has won a £250,000 grant, to help refurbish Guildford station and help to upgrade IT systems.