Arresting decision

Thursday, 23 March 2017

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THE 'OUTRAGEOUS' decision to close the public enquiry offices in Ballymoney and Ballycastle police stations has finally been confirmed after months of uncertainty.
PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd announced yesterday (Monday) that a total of six public desks will close on April 3, with most others across NI, including Coleraine moving to reduced hours.
This ends months of speculation, with police twice refusing to deny closure claims made by DUP Ald John Finlay, who back in August claimed that closure: "would cause a very serious crisis of confidence in local policing."
Expressing his anger yesterday, Ald Finlay said: "I am fearful that this move merely represents another phase in an ongoing strategy to leave Ballymoney without any local police."
The secretary of the North Antrim community branch of UNITE Karen McCotter said: "At a time when public confidence in the police is at an all time low, this outrageous decision will further erode public confidence."
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