New cop shop? Asda be good news!

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THE first police station of its kind is opening in a supermarket car park where a man was shot dead last year.

A mobile unit will be based in the Asda car park in Robroyston – where alleged gangster Kevin Carroll (29), whose nickname was Gerbil, was murdered in broad daylight as he sat in the back of a car at the supermarket in January last year.

The incident shocked the community, where crime is relatively low.

Following the murder, a positive relationship was built between Strathclyde Police, Asda and parent firm Wal-Mart – and plans for the police office were developed.

The company offered police the opportunity to be the first force in Scotland to join 14 others in England and Wales who have stations at stores.

The office, expected to open soon, will be manned by community officers from Baird Street for a minimum of 25 hours per month.

Work expected to be carried out by officers includes high-profile patrols of the area, targeting organised crime group shoplifting teams, crime prevention work and meetings with the community.

Inspector John McBride, from Baird Street Police Office, said: “We want to get across to the public that this office is not opening at Robroyston because of the shooting, but because of the good working relationship that developed between the police and Asda.

“It’s a shame because the incident highlighted Robroyston in a way that it doesn’t deserve to be.”

Inspector McBride added: “People are busy nowadays and don’t always have time to go to a police station or may not want to talk on the phone.

“The office will give them the chance to go and speak to an officer.”

Ian McGhee, chairman of Robroyston Community Council, said: “When it was proposed we thought it would be a good idea.

“Anything which raises the profile of police in the area is a good thing. It will help to increase the contact between police and the public.”