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Cumbria police station sell off latest

Cumbria police say they're almost half way through the process of selling off 13 police stations in the county.

Last year the decision was made to sell off underused building as part of a multi million pound cost saving exercise. The constabulary had to make savings that equated to approximately 20 percent of their budget 6 of the 13 stations have been sold so far including Cockermouth, Alston and Ambleside.

Cockermouth police station has been sold Credit: ITV Border

Following the election of the Police and CrimeCommissioner responsibility for the Police Estate has transferred from thePolice Authority to the Commissioner. The Commissioner, Richard Rhodes has said he plans to continue to implement the agreed strategy to sell certain police stations in the county.

Cleator Police station is now being rented Credit: ITV Border

The money raised will help pay for a new police station in Barrow.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said:

“Cumbria Police Authority agreed in December 2011 on a major programme of work that included the disposal of 13 Police Stations across the County. The decision was made on important areas of cost, number of visitors and links to operational policing.

“The programme of work is now nearly half way complete and I propose that the remaining disposal of these police stations continues.

– Richard Rhodes, Police Commissioner, Cumbria.
Wigton Police station - sale on hold until next year Credit: ITV Border