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£900,000 Purchase of PSNI mobile ranges which are immobile “astounding”

13 October, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Daithí McKay has said members of the public would be astounded that the PSNI spent nearly £1million on mobile firing ranges which "do not fit" into PSNI stations and are static. Mr McKay was speaking after getting the Policing Board to carry out research into the purchase of 3 mobile firing ranges in 2002.

Mr McKay said:

"Whoever was involved in the purchase of these firing ranges should have enquired as to the dimensions of these ranges before purchasing. The ranges do not fit into many PSNI stations and that is why they remain static.

"There is an onus on the PSNI, as there is on every public body, to be prudent with taxpayers' money. Members of the public will be astounded at the fact that nearly £1million has been spent on mobile firing ranges which are not mobile.

"Taxpayers' money has been squandered and at a time when budgets and spending are having to be tightened that is totally unacceptable." ENDS

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