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Ministry of Defence to sell historic War Office

The Ministry of Defence is to sell one of its historic Whitehall buildings as part of a money-saving drive.

A sign for the Old War Office Building, situated on Whitehall in Westminster, central London. Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The Old War Office Building, where military planning took place for conflicts including both World Wars and the Cold War, will be sold on the open market, the MoD said.

It is hoped that the building, which housed figures including Sir Winston Churchill, could fetch £100 million.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "Bringing MoD teams together into one building will save the taxpayer around £8 million a year in running costs as well as generating a capital receipt. It will also enable closer working and collaboration within the department."

Four charged after bank holiday protests

Four people have been charged following unrest during protest marches over the bank holiday weekend. The charges range from racially aggravated criminal damage to violent disorder.

Police made a total of 13 arrests in Whitehall and Leicester Square.

Five people were later released without charge and another four bailed pending further inquiries. Police say they're continuing their investigation to identify those involved in criminal behaviour.


PICTURE: Naked man mounts statue in central London

Whitehall closed because a naked guy has mounted a statue. Credit: ITV News/Martin Stew

Police had cordoned off a section of around 100 metres of Whitehall, near Trafalgar Square after a naked man climbed a statue there.

Several police cars and ambulances were on the scene.

Crowds of onlookers had gathered at either end of the cordon. The naked man is believed to have been clothed when he climbed on to the statue.

He could be seen waving his arms, apparently speaking to emergency services on the ground, and did not seem to be holding anything.

Whitehall closed by naked man

A section of Whitehall was closed off today after a naked man was seen straddling a statue.

Scotland Yard said it was believed that the man might have a knife as officers shut down part of the road, near the heart of Westminster in central London.

Whitehall runs from Trafalgar Square and is where the Ministry of Defence is situated.