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On January 10 councilors in North Down took to the streets with a petition against the proposal to close Holywood Police Station that was announced as part of the PSNI’s Estates Strategy in late 2011.
They are urging ratepayers across the Borough to sign the petition, which demands that the PSNI take immediate action to reconsider the proposal and to retain the Police Station in |Holywood.
They say that the closure would have a devastating effect on ‘public confidence, wellbeing and security’.
The petition was proposed by Alderman Gordon Dunne MLA, Councilor Alex Easton, MLA, Councilor Jennifer Gilmour and Councilor Peter Weir MLA and received unanimous support from all members of North Down Borough Council.
Councilor Dunne said: “In conversation with residents from Holywood and the surrounding area, the extent of public opinion against the proposed closure has been impressed upon me.
“There is genuine concern about the impact the closure would have on people’s safety and security.
“This petition gives residents the opportunity to express their concerns and will be presented to the Chief Constable in due course.”
Councilor Andrew Muir said: “The population in Holywood amounts to 12,000 people, sufficient to justify a strong police presence in the town.
“From an operational standpoint it makes no sense to further burden the Bangor Station with providing support to Holywood on top of its current responsibilities.
“Furthermore, Holywood Police Station is a success story, with an incredibly effective community policing team that is fully supported by local people. We do not want to lose this.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
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This is the first photo of the woman charged with murdering a father-of-two in west Dublin.
David Darcy (39) was shot dead outside his home at Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot on the morning of November 28.
Rose Lynch (49) of Oakleigh Wood, Limerick, was charged with Mr Darcy's murder at Dublin District Court on December 20 last.
At that hearing, Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley told Judge William Hamill that he arrested Lynch at Ballyfermot Garda Station a day earlier and she was later charged.
She "had no reply after caution", the court heard.
Friends and family of Mr Darcy were present and sat quietly during the hearing, in which Det Insp O'Malley sought a remand in custody.
Dressed in a navy tracksuit, white top and white runners, with her hair tied back, Lynch looked straight ahead during the brief proceedings.
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