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Eight South Yorkshire Police buildings go on sale

BBC Look North's Tom Ingall takes a look inside one of the properties

Eight police buildings owned by South Yorkshire Police have gone on sale to the general public.

A variety of properties located in Sheffield are available to buy, including one in Sheffield city centre, Fitzalan Square.

The city centre unit is one of the smallest available to buy, measuring 56 square feet which is situated close to the transport interchange in the city centre.

The police buildings have been unused for some time, many of which no longer meet the requirements of the police.

Nigel Hiller, Director of Finance for South Yorkshire Police explained why the decision was taken to sell the buildings: "Most of our buildings were built pre World War II and they are not suitable for a modern age, as it isn't easy to cable them.

"Each of the buildings [which are on sale] were surveyed which explains how much it would cost to make them fit for purpose.

"It is never cheaper to buy a new building but we have to look at how we police communities for the next 50 to 100 years. And many of our [current] facilities are not located in the right place for people to access."

Knight Franks are the property agents managing the sale of the buildings for South Yorkshire Police. The company marketing the eight properties will not issuing a guide price, as the force want to achieve the highest price possible.

South Yorkshire Police property in Eccesall, Sheffield
Eight locations include Crookes, Darnall and this property in Ecclesall

Rebecca Schofield from Knight Frank: "The buildings can be used in a variety of ways such as a small office or storage space. In the past, people have acquired disused police boxes and turned them into a small retail outlet or a kiosk and many of these Sheffield sites could also present an opportunity for redevelopment, subject to necessary planning consent."

Although the expected price for each building has not been revealed, Nigel expects the eight properties to raise around £200,000, which will then be reinvested.

The South Yorkshire police buildings on sale are located in Crookes, Darnall, Totley Brook, Ecclesall, Broomhill, Wadsley Bridge and Wincobank, as well as Sheffield city centre.

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