Two stations are likely to be ‘sold off’

Edward Street Police Station.
Edward Street Police Station.

Tandragee and Portadown’s Edward Street police stations are likely to be sold off once the new policing structures are introduced.

Superintendent David Moore stated clearly that “Tandragee is not part of this new plan”.

He revealed that most of the new Local Policing Teams functions will be based in Lurgan with some backroom functions retained at Mahon Road in Portadown.

However, although he would not be drawn on the matter, it is unlikely that the current station in Edward Street will also be retained, with the majority of functions being transferred to Lurgan.

Superintendent Moore, District Commander for Armagh City, Craigavon and Banbridge, pointed out how Edward Street Station’s closure would allow the street to be opened up. But he emphasised that the sale of police stations was a matter for the NI Policing Board.

Portadown is to have two ‘critical’ neighbourhood policing teams to service both the town and rural area and Craigavon as well as the lead Local Policing Team which will be based in Lurgan.

He said, “I have very few resources down in Mahon Road. There is no public access. I want my people, when they are available, at the station for people coming in for statements, I want the public to get to them, so the bulk of the resources are coming to here (Lurgan).

“There will be many new police officers arriving in Lurgan over the next seven days and I have put some of our support, investigative functions into Mahon Road where it is less important the public have ready access to.

“So the good thing is, instead of that one urban mass being one responded to by two different response teams, the one Local Policing Team will be responsible for it.”

“There will be a lot more officers in Lurgan but that does not give Lurgan the advantage because I want those officers out,” he said.