Ted Gale gave me this interesting story. Ted worked in the CID before retiring from the police and becoming a Councillor then County Councillor.
Whilst on duty, the police station received a call from a lady to inform them that her car had been stolen. Ted, and a colleague immediately left the police station, in a Police car, to monitor the vehicles leaving Hayling Island, North of the bridge, on Havant Road.
They joined a queue of traffic at the Langstone crossing which was closed for a branch train to pass. They noted the stolen vehicle in the queue and escorted the vehicle to a lay-by where they arrested the driver.
Had the crossing not been closed to traffic, the arrest would not have been made.