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Scotland Yard put up for sale

Published on Sep 3, 2014 2:12 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A piece of criminal history can be yours for £250 million (Sing$ 517million) - London's world-famous Scotland Yard police force put its headquarters up for sale Tuesday.

The 22-storey, 56,000-square-metre office block, a short walk from both the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace at Victoria, has been home to the Metropolitan Police since 1967.

The revolving sign outside is instantly recognisable as the backdrop to countless televised police appeals, but the triangular 1960s building is costly to run and badly designed for modern working practices.

"This is a hugely expensive building to run and operate," said Craig Mackey, deputy commissioner of the force. "If we were to stay in this premises we would have to spend about £50 million on it."

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