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Former police Great Scotland Yard HQ to become hotel

The former headquarters of the Metropolitan police is to become a luxury hotel with rooms costing up to £10,000.

The building has an official address of 4 Whitehall, but with a public office for the police on Great Scotland Yard, from which it drew its name. It will now become a five star hotel with 235 rooms. The site was originally chosen Robert Peel, who was Home Secretary when the Met first formed in 1829.

Great Scotland Yard in Whitehall. Credit: Google Maps

Chief executive of the Galliad Group Stephen Conway, the firm that is redeveloping the building, told the Times (£): "These buildings were designed to impress visitors and have grand façades and high quality interiors."

It was not until 1890 that the force's home move to New Scotland Yard - recently it became the Ministry of Defence library.

Move will save around £60 million a year

The sale of the current New Scotland Yard building should save around £60 million a year Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The sell off of around a third of the Metropolitan Police's property stock includes New Scotland Yard. That should mean a saving of around £60 million a year in running costs which City Hall says will pay for an extra 1200 extra officers.


Scotland Yard's new look revealed

The design for the new Met headquarters has been revealed. The refurbished Curtis Green building on the Victoria Embankment, will become the new Metropolitan Police headquarters from 2015.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' winning design for London's new police HQ Credit: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

London architect firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris were chosen to redesign the building after the decision to sell off New Scotland Yard to save money. The new home will be known simply as Scotland Yard, but the world famous revolving sign will be relocated to the new site.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh said: "Scotland Yard is returning to its historical home in Whitehall. The new, smaller Met HQ will help deliver a 21st century police force and AHMM's design, which includes a public space, will help Londoners to reconnect with the Met."


Ex-Diana bodyguard: Murder claims 'a publicity stunt'

The former bodyguard of the Princess of Wales has called the new claims that Diana was murdered by a member of the British military a "publicity stunt".

Undated file photo of Diana, Princess of Wales. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ken Wharfe, the Princess's former Metropolitan Police bodyguard, told The Daily Telegraph: "If these parents were so concerned that this information was relevant or had some general import, then they should have delivered it to the inquest.

"Why has it taken so long to air this new information? It seems so shallow to me. I just think it's a bit of a publicity stunt.

"For what reason I'm not certain, but in the absence of any real evidence, I'm sure this will go away."

Read: Mohamed al Fayed 'interested in seeing outcome' of Met probe



Report: New Diana death info alleges SAS involvement

The Sunday People reports that new information relating to Princess Diana's death emerged during the court martial of the former SAS sniper Danny Nightingale.

Sgt Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally after his court martial hearing
Sgt Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally after his court martial hearing Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

It is claimed that one of the pieces of evidence put before the court was a seven-page letter written by the parents in-law of another SAS operative, known only as 'Soldier N'.

The letter, which was allegedly sent to the commanding officer of the elite unit, is said to claim that Soldier N boasted that the SAS "was behind Princess Diana's death".

Danny Nightingale was found guilty of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition by a court martial board in July 2013.


Dickie Arbiter calls Diana claims 'another red herring'

The former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, has described today's claims of new information on Princess Diana's death as "another red herring".


It's August & time for yet another red herring into the death of Princess Diana - 16 years on and wasting more police time


Ex-Head of Royal Protection 'mystified' by new info

A former Head of Royal Protection, Dai Davies, has said he is "mystified" by today's announcement of new information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.

He told ITV News that the deaths were "an accident by any definition, and three separate inquiries ... have come to the same independent conclusion."

"I am absolutely convinced this was an accident so I'm mystified, after 13 years, how any new information can possibly allege anything other than [that] this was a tragic accident."


Al Fayed 'interested in seeing outcome' of Met probe

Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed has suggested that Princess Diana and his son were murdered
Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed has suggested that Princess Diana and his son were murdered Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

A spokesman for Mohamed al Fayed, whose son died alongside Princess Diana in 1997, said he had no comment to make.

But it added that he will be "interested in seeing the outcome", and that he trusts the Metropolitan Police will investigate the information "with vigour".

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