Crumlin police station goesup for sale

CRUMLIN police station, which has been closed since last August, is to be put up for sale.

Police say that in line with the guidance, details of the site were first circulated for expressions of interest from within the public sector.

A spokesperson said: “The site has now gone onto the open market for sale the proceeds of which will go back into policing. The future use of the site will be a matter for the purchaser.”

Although the station has not been open to the public for a number of years, it had accommodated the Crumlin Neighbourhood Policing Team while they were on duty in the local area.

The station was considered to be not fit for purpose and a refurbishment to bring it in line with the required regulations and building legislation would have cost a substantial amount.

Antrim Area Commander Natalie Wilson said: “After extensive consultation last year the decision was taken to close Crumlin police station. While the station has been closed since August 2010, police have continued to provide the Crumlin community with a locally focussed policing service.

“The Crumlin Neighbourhood Team remains solely dedicated to serving the area and, along with response officers, they deliver daily the personal, professional and protective police service people have told us they want.

“Ultimately policing is about people, not buildings. We believe that by investing in developing relationships and solving local problems rather than tying up resources, money and people in outdated and underused police stations designed everyone will benefit.”

The Crumlin Neighbourhood Policing Team which comprises of one sergeant and three constables will still remain in the area.