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Donnelly calls for closure of Beragh police station

Published: 3 February, 2012

A public consultation was held in Beragh on Thursday evening regarding the future of Beragh police station. The station is one which is earmarked for closure and on Thursday evening local people had the opportunity to have their say. Recent figures revealed at an Omagh DPP meeting indicate that the annual running cost for the station is £47,000 per annum with and additional £169,000 investment required to bring the building up to standard.

One of those who attended the Beragh consultation was local Councillor, Sean Donnelly. Speaking after the meeting Cllr Donnelly said 'What was abundantly clear from the consultation was that people want an effective police service to meet the needs of their local community. It is obvious that the Beragh station is underused and is costing the taxpayer huge sums every year to maintain. 'This money would be better used to provide more neighbourhood officers to tackle issues such as rural crime, community safety and domestic burglaries. The continuance of an archaic and virtually unused police station with no fixed opening times will not achieve our vision of effective policing in the community. 'Having listened to the debate and informed myself of the issues, I am of the view that the station should be closed and any finance raised through its disposal should be re-invested in community based policing. The future of the actual building or site should also be the subject of public consultation to identify how it might better be utilised for the benefit of the local community'.