Auction of items from former police station

Parts of the former police station in Dungiven are to be auctioned off to the public.

Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 9:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:43 pm
The hydraulically operated heavy vehicle security gate located at former police station in Dungiven for sale by auction on 24th September on site.

A set of security gates, security cameras and other materials are among the items that will go under the hammer this weekend.

The former station was bought last Christmas by Dungiven Presbyterian Church for the price of £175,000.

Church committee member, Ian Buchanan said the auction is “another chapter” in the history of the site.

He says the items up for sale on September 24th are a “one-off”, and could even be considered as “collector’s items”.

“Another chapter in the existence of the former Dungiven PSNI Station will come to an end as the yellow metal security hoarding, removed four months ago, and which was once a feature on Dungiven’s Main Street, will be offered for sale by auction,” said Mr. Buchanan.

The auction is part of the church’s fundraising campaign and, in addition, to the massive security gates, one dozen security camera holders are for sale.

“There will be people who will want them as collectors’ items,” said Mr. Buchanan.

“We’ve taken down all the tin and steel on the site, and there is an interest in it, in the yellow corrugated sheeting, the old cameras and lights, so we have agreed to sell that off at an auction.” said Mr. Buchanan.

The committee recently received funding they said will assist with the necessary internal works over the autumn and winter months.

“To date, the vast majority of the external renovations have been completed with voluntary labour,” said Mr. Buchanan.

The Church bought the site in December to develop car parking facilities and to use for church activities. Mr. Buchanan said the linkage between the site and the church is almost complete. He said since the sale, “there has been nothing abut positive feedback” about the renovations.

Viewing for the auction takes place from 11am on the day of the auction, which starts at noon. Other items up for sale include a signed 2016 Ulster Rugby Shirt. Livestock and home produce will also be sold as well as the usual bric-a-brac, said Mr. Buchanan. “An auction catalogue, identifying and detailing the individual lots, is currently being compiled and will be available on the day,” he said, adding: “On the day, teas will be available in the former station, as well as face painting and children’s activities.”