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Five more former Met Police buildings go on the market

Further to my post a few days ago, five more former Met Police buildings have been put up for sale with Knight Frank.

The buildings – four former police stations and one residential site – don’t appear on Zoopla yet (as the others did), but the sale brochures can be found here:

Bidding for all sites closes on 18 October.

UPDATE, 28 February 2014:

Slow to post this, but a number of other police stations went on sale with a bid date of 25 October last year. The sites were as follows:

I’ll be updating once more is known about the sales.

Former Met Police buildings go on sale across London

Former Hackney Central police station. Photo: Knight Frank
Former Hackney Central police station – one of a number of sites currently being marketed. Photo: Knight Frank

In March this year the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) announced that they would be closing a number of police stations as part of moves to save a forecast £60m, with 29 of the buildings to be sold off.

A few days ago I noticed that one of the sites earmarked for disposal – the former Hackney Central police station – had gone on the market with estate agents Knight Frank, resulting in this story for the Hackney Citizen.

The turnaround between the police leaving the building and the site being listed for sale has been quick – less than a month between it closing its doors as a police station and the site being put up for sale.

And a quick browse on property site Zoopla turns up listings for a number of other former police stations which have been listed with similar speed:

A few more stories: Manchester Evening News

Another short post, just to pull together the output of a couple of weeks spent working with Trinity Mirror Regionals’ recently established data journalism unit.

Manchester Evening News logo

The unit have adopted a smart operating model that makes the most of the reach of the Regionals group of papers, and the fact that, when it comes to dealing with national datasets, story ideas can be worked up efficiently by one central team before being offered to local teams.

Similarly, if something works well as an FOI request in one part of the country then in many cases it will work well elsewhere too.

The focus of my work with the unit was therefore on supporting the whole Regionals family. I did find some data/story ideas which lent themselves to stories for the Manchester Evening News, though, and – originating from that part of the country – couldn’t resist writing those myself. Stories as follows:

There also seems to be widespread acceptance across the group of the benefits which a good visualisation can bring to a web story, so I produced a couple of interactive maps, used by the MEN, and the Newcastle Chronicle.

300,000 London mobile phone thefts in three years

Almost 300,000 mobile phones were stolen in London in the last three years, according to Met Police figures which set out the near-industrial scale of the crime.

The number of thefts leapt from around 82,000 in 2010 to 111,000 in 2012 – the equivalent of more than 300 phones per day.

And only those thefts reported to the police show in the figures, meaning the true number of phones stolen each year is likely to be greater still.

More than 45,000 mobile phones were stolen in Westminster alone in the last three years, with Camden and Lambeth the next worst affected boroughs with around 20,000 thefts each.

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