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All E District police stations to shut to public after 8pm

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All PSNI enquiry offices across E District will be shut from 8pm each night from the start of the New Year.

As previously reported, all but two enquiry offices in the Province are having their hours reduced to a maximum of 12 a day, a consequence of the recently announced budget cuts.

It was up to District Commanders to decide when to open and close the facilities depending on peak demands.

Police enquiry offices across E District will change their opening hours for the public from  January 1.

E District Commander, Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields, said that, from that date, police stations in Armagh, Banbridge, Lurgan, Portadown and Newry will open to the public between 8am and 8pm.

She stated: “We know that our peak period of footfall occurs between these times so we hope this change in opening hours will bring a minimum of inconvenience.

“This reduction in opening hours does not mean a reduction in service. There will be no change to the availability of police officers to respond to calls and the public will still be able to contact police at any time on the 101 number or 999 in an emergency.

“There is no doubt that policing is changing however our policing purpose remains the same – keeping people safe is still our priority and we will continue to do this by preventing harm, protecting the vulnerable and detecting offenders.”

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