30/10/2012

New Scotland Yard To Be Put Up For Sale

The Metropolitan Police plan to sell off its headquarters.

It is hoped the sale of New Scotland Yard in Victoria, central London, will save over £500m in the next two and a half years.

The HQ will move to a nearby, smaller building in Whitehall.

The met owns 700 buildings including police stations, patrol bases and traffic garages across London. Under new plans to deliver savings and boost frontline policing a third of the estate will be disposed of.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said: "We need buildings that are fit for a modern police service.

"New Scotland Yard costs £11m a year to run and we now need to invest over £50m into it."

A final decision will be made in November when the proposals are submitted to the Mayor's Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) as part of budget savings.

(GK)


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