Scotland Yard could be sold

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Scotland Yard could be sold

Post by Bert Moffat » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:50 pm

Scotland Yard could be sold as part of £500m savings plan

The Metropolitan Police is planning to sell off its headquarters to help save £500m over the next two and half years.

New Scotland Yard in Victoria, central London, would be put up for sale under proposals designed to deliver savings and boost frontline policing.

Police stations across London would also be under threat, with five already approved for sale, as the force seeks to dispose of a third of its estate.

The plans were revealed to the deputy mayor for police and crime on Tuesday.

The Met has been tasked by the mayor's office with making savings of half-a-billion pounds by 2015.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey told the deputy mayor for policing and crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, that if significant savings were to be made then a third of the Met's property estate needed to be disposed of.

Currently, it has about 700 buildings including police stations, patrol bases and traffic garages.

Difficult times....