Cops sell HQ to save cash

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CASH-strapped cops are sell­ing their fa­mous HQ as part of cut­backs.

New Scot­land Yard is up for sale as the Metropoli­tan Po­lice faces mak­ing cuts of more than £500 mil­lion.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner Craig Mackey said they hope to save around £6.5 mil­lion a year by mov­ing to a smaller HQ.

Plans to close an­other five po­lice sta­tions have been ap­proved and there are pro­pos­als to shut 61 “front counter” ser­vices.

New Scot­land Yard has been in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion since 1967 but would take an in­vest­ment of around £50 mil­lion to bring it up to scratch.

Mr Mackey added: “It’s an ex­pen­sive build­ing to run and it’s go­ing to have space in it we don’t need. In cen­tral Lon­don that’s an ex­pen­sive lux­ury.”

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