Police to sell headquarters

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THE headquarters of Warwickshire Police is to be sold off in light of budget cuts, police bosses have said.

The announcement, made today, followed news that the police have a funding gap of around £23m - equivalent to 20 per cent of its budget. To help plug the gap police will be moving out of its grand country house head quarters in Leek Wootten.

Chief Constable Keith Bristow said: “We need the right buildings, which are fit for purpose, in the right places.

“Our estate will be smaller and will release money to pay for our workforce and other resources that deliver protection. It is also true that the new policing model adopted by Warwickshire Police does not require as many buildings to deliver effective policing in the county.”

Warwickshire Police moved into the 148-year-old Woodcote House, which sits on 59 acres, in 1949.

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