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Rotherhithe police station to be put up for sale


Rotherhithe police station will be put up for sale next month.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed the station in Lower Road has been vacated and will be openly marketed from September.

The property is among five police buildings to be closed and put up for sale next month, having been earmarked for disposal under the previous mayor, Boris Johnson.

The news came in response to a question from London Assembly member Andrew Dismore, who asked how many, and which, police buildings closed and earmarked for disposal under the previous mayor had not yet been sold.

The other four buildings include Belvedere police station; Greenwich police station; Olwen House, Loman Street; and Douglas Webb Section House.

Rotherhithe police station’s front counter, which was used by the public to report crime, was closed back in 2013.

Last month, the News reported that Southwark residents could lose three police station front counters as part of cost-cutting proposals to pump £10million back into frontline policing.

Front counters could be closed at Peckham, Southwark and Kennington police stations if the Mayor of London’s draft plans go ahead.

In addition, Camberwell (which is used by officers as a base, rather than a working station) and Kennington could be sold off, along with other buildings used by the police in Southwark.

The front counter at Walworth police station, which had 3.2 crimes reported on average each day for the month of May, will remain open.

Peckham police station had, on average, 2.1 crimes reported each day, while Southwark had 1.5, and Kennington 0.8.

The leasehold on an industrial building in Mandela Way, Bermondsey, used as a storage facility by the police, would also be released as part of the measures.

And officers will no longer be present at Seven Islands Leisure Centre, Bellenden Road Retail Park, Dulwich Library, Canada Water Library, and Butterfly Walk shopping centre.


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