PSNI requests station closures

Tuesday 04 August 2009 19.34
PSNI - Unionists against sell-off
PSNI - Unionists against sell-off

One third of all police stations in Northern Ireland may close over the next two years.

Senior PSNI officers are to ask the Policing Board to sell off 26 stations, because they are spending millions of pounds on maintaining bases that are not used any more.

Over 60% of the 108 police stations in the North are only open on a part-time basis, and 20 are considered to be effectively closed as they have not been used for operational duties for some time.

Sinn Féin supports the move, but unionists are against the sell-off, particularly of bases close to the border in Co Fermanagh because of the threat from dissident Republicans.