The recently restored Lawrence police residence.
The recently restored Lawrence police residence.

Neglected cop home up for grabs

ABANDONED at the end of 2009 due to its dilapidated and mouldy state – the Lawrence police residence has received a major makeover and Grafton police are looking for a new live-in cop for the riverside hamlet.

It is a similar story for the Copmanhurst police residence which reportedly has also been repaired after years of neglect.

The Daily Examiner ran a series of stories in 2009 regarding the residence and how the police officer living there, Peter Barnier, his wife and children had become chronically ill from the mould.

The family had left the house weeks earlier, leaving Senior Constable Barnier at the home before he too developed respiratory problems after a virtual clean bill of health in the previous 10 years.

In the end the family bailed out of Lawrence and bought a house in Grafton after Police Properties stated that it had no intention of rectifying the problem. Speaking at the site recently, Grafton police Inspector Murray Gillett said the command was eager to find officers for both Lawrence and Maclean.

Though the renovations were not complete, Insp Gillett said it would be completed within weeks. The most remarkable thing about the residence is the stunning 180-degree views of the Clarence River.



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