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Boyle calls for closure of Castlederg police station

20 September, 2016 - by Michaela Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has reiterated her party’s call for the empty police station in Castlederg to be removed. 

The West Tyrone MLA questioned the Minister of Justice on this issue and it was revealed that £847,314 has been spent in maintaining the empty station over the past 5 years.

Speaking this week Ms Boyle said,

“Sinn Féin has long campaigned for the removal of this station. The retention of this militarised barracks does nothing to achieve civic, accountable and effective policing in Castlederg – instead it is merely just a massive drain on the public purse.

“The site is 8,514sq metres in size. I can think of a thousand ways this site could be better utilised by the local community of Castlederg.

“This figure revealed by the Minister of Justice is shocking and needs challenged at every level. 

"I will continue to work closely with our Sinn Féin team on the Policing Board to ensure this site is handed over for community use.” 

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