Barking police station fourth cheapest of those sold in London

The sale of Barking police station was the fourth cheapest sold by the Met in the last five years, new figures have revealed.

The Ripple Road station was sold in 2014 for £925,000 as the force sought to address cuts to its budget.

Almost £1 billion worth of property has been sold across the capital since 2012, including 24 police stations.

A Freedom of Information request found that the police station to sell for the least amount of money was Sidcup, which went for £444,619 in 2013.

Chelsea police station was the most expensive, at £40 million - but even that was a bargain compared to New Scotland Yard, which sold for £360m last year.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman it “has a duty to provide the best value for Londoners” and the sales meant more resources were “available for effective and accessible policing”. The money would be invested in remaining buildings and improving IT services.

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