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PSNI £650k pad up for sale

Top cop Hamilton declines to move family into police property.

By Ciaran Barnes, Chief Reporter

Published 12/04/2016

On the market: George Hamilton has decided not to move into Crawfordsburn home owned by Policing Board.
On the market: George Hamilton has decided not to move into Crawfordsburn home owned by Policing Board.
On the market: George Hamilton has decided not to move into Crawfordsburn home owned by Policing Board.
On the market: George Hamilton has decided not to move into Crawfordsburn home owned by Policing Board.

A luxury five-bedroom property that was home to successive Chief Constables has been put up for sale by the Policing Board.

The sprawling Crawfordsburn house – where Sir Hugh Orde and then Sir Matt Baggott lived – has been given a cool £650,000 price tag.

It was placed on the market after current PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton decided not to move in and remain in his family home.

On the Property News website, it is described as a “handsome detached family home on a generous site” which offers “views over Helen’s Bay and Belfast Lough with the Co. Antrim hills in the background”.

Hinting at its previous occupants, estate agent Simon Brien Residential states the electric-gated property has “additional features incorporated within the design that afford a higher degree of security provision”.

It also boasts four reception rooms, three bathrooms, a double garage with electric doors and extensive private mature gardens.

The Policing Board decided to sell the Crawfordsburn house after a two year “review”.

It was bought for £600,000 in 2004 with capital funding supplied by the Northern Ireland Office and a further £134,000 was spent on work and maintenance.

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