Under attack PSNI station to be disposed of

A north Belfast police station that has been repeatedly attacked will be disposed of, it emerged last night.

Oldpark PSNI station is no longer open to the public but is used as a base by officers.

But it had been targeted for attack by dissident republicans.

In February, 40 families were moved from their homes in the middle of the night after a pipe bomb was thrown at the back of the station.

The station used to straddle a peaceline, however, DUP councillor for the Shankill area Brian Kingston said the violence dwindled in the area after most of the local Protestant population moved out of the Torrens estate.

Mr Kingston, who sits on the North Belfast District Policing Partnership, said a CCTV camera would be erected in the next few weeks at a nearby interface to protect residents.

“Unfortunately the decision was made long ago by the police that the station would no longer be open to the public,” he said.

“There was no point in the police continuing to maintain the building and it was a drain on resources and a target for dissident republicans

“I welcome the CCTV camera which will be located at the junction of the Oldpark Road and Hillview Road.”

A spokesman for the policing board said it agreed to the disposal of the station last week.

“In due course the site will be submitted to Land & Property Services to be circulated throughout the public sector for expressions of interest in the first instance, in accordance with Guidance for the ‘Disposal of Public Sector Surplus Property’,” she said.

Meanwhile, it is understood Carryduff police station is also set to be disposed of.

Ulster Unionist councillor Michael Henderson slammed the decision, saying visible policing should not be reduced.

“At a public meeting I raised the then proposed closure of Carryduff police station with DCU commander superintendent Campbell Dixon. At the meeting I was told that the station was not fit for purpose, where it was, but that an alternative location within the Carryduff area would be found before closure would happen,” he said.

“I have also raised the issue at a DPP meeting with our new DCU commander Graham Shields.”