“The ‘crown jewels’ of property sold off by the Metropolitan Police have been revealed today as the force admits it has “run out of things to sell”.
Britain’s largest police force has been at “breaking point,” according to bosses at the Metropolitan Police Federation. They have sold off their headquarters at New Scotland Yard, police stations and hundreds of flats in its portfolio to make hundreds of millions in savings.
The sell-off has earned the Met £1bn in the past six years, but opponents said the force had “sold the crown jewels.”
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “We’ve sold the Crown Jewels, so to speak. We’ve run out of things to sell. This is really, really, worrying for society.
“At the end of the day they have all been sold so that we don’t have to cut police officers. That is shocking. The government talk a good talk, always praising us and saying how brilliant we are.
“But when it actually comes to it, you know, there’s officers around the country using food banks.”
Hundreds of flats and buildings have been bought from the force since 2012, with many owned by the force since the 19th Century, and New Scotland Yard went for £370m to investors from Abu Dhabi for luxury flats two years ago.… .