Garvagh PSNI station gets the axe

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THE Policing Board announced this week that Garvagh police station will close.

In total 21 stations across the Province will close, another nine managed to escape the axe.

The stations that will remain operational are Willowfield in east Belfast along with Ballynahinch, Warrenpoint, Holywood, Dunmurry, Beragh, Castlederg, Portrush and Cushendall stations.

North Queen Street, Donegall Pass, Knocknagoney and Ballynafeigh are the stations in Belfast to be disposed of along with Crossgar, Killyleagh, Saintfield, Comber, Donaghadee, Glengormley, Randalstown, Keady, Brownlow, Irvinestown, Fintona, Dungiven, Eglinton, Cloughmills, Bushmills, Glenarm and Garvagh stations.

The Policing Board said that the PSNI has committed to further consultation on the future of Hillsborough, Dromore, Portglenone and Broughshane stations.

Policing Board chairman Brian Rea said: “It is important that these disposals are viewed in the context of a police estate that fits modern policing requirements and ensures value for

money.”

Welcoming the board’s endorsement, Assistant Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “As with all other UK police services and publicly funded bodies, the PSNI has undertaken to deliver £135 million in efficiency savings back to the Government over the next four years.

“This means we cannot continue to fund the current size of our police estate, which is currently 70 per cent bigger in comparison to other UK police services of comparable size.

“I want to reassure the public that any reduction in the police estate does not equate with a reduction in service,” said the police chief

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