Politicians continue calls for station to remain open

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DROMORE politicians renewed their call for the town’s station to remain open as the last public meeting on the matter took place last week.

Chief Inspector Ken Mawhinney presented a report to those present at the recent meeting of the District Policing Partnership detailing the current and projected bills for maintenance and repair, usage of the station and the changing face of policing in Northern Ireland.

Local representatives, including UUP councillors Carol Black and Olive Mercer were joined by DUP MLA Jonathan Craig as well as councillors Hazel Gamble, Paul Rankin and David Herron in their opposition to the proposed closure.

Councillor Rankin reminded people there is still time to make their voices heard before the public consultation ends on March 12.

So far 43 submissions – including two forms detailing support for the closure – have been handed to police.

The public representatives unanimously agreed that to close the station would dramatically reduce confidence in local policing and security in the town and surrounding rural areas.