Police station closes its doors

One of the most frequently bombed police stations in Northern Ireland has closed.

Demolition of Andersonstown police station in west Belfast will begin in mid-February and then the site will be put up for sale.

Its closure was endorsed by the Policing Board in December 2004, following a recommendation by the local district commander last June.

The station has operated limited opening hours since July 2004.

Its closure came on Sunday. About 50 protesters welcomed the move.

All community policing has been based at other stations in the area for more than 18 months.

The station has been prominent during 30 years of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

In May 1983, a 1,000lb IRA car bomb exploded causing an estimated £1m of damage at the station.

In 2001, an 11-week-old girl was injured after the car she was travelling in was hit by shrapnel during an attack on the station by the dissident republican Real IRA.

Grosvenor Road, Woodbourne and New Barnsley police stations will continue to provide a service to the people of west Belfast, said the PSNI.

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