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A number of county police stations have come onto the market, offering opportunities for interested developers, writes Deputy Business Editor Tom Pegden.

The buildings in Lutterworth and Market Bosworth are being sold on behalf of Leicestershire Police through APB, in De Montfort Street, Leicester.

Lutterworth police station, on the corner of the main Leicester Road and Gilmorton Road, is on the market at £225,000.

The Grade II Listed Victorian building is understood to be England’s oldest serving purpose-built police station, but was recently deemed surplus to the force’s requirements.

A neighbouring police house and the former magistrates court have already been sold.

The police station is a prominent two-storey building within walking distance of the town centre, with 1,689 sq.ft of floor space, and a rear yard and car park.

The sales details state: 'Internally, the property comprises a front reception area leading to a series of inter-connecting offices and kitchen with toilet facilities at ground floor level.

'An internal staircase leads to the first floor accommodation which comprises three separate offices.

To the rear of the property is a car park providing off street parking and access to a number of single-storey stores and a garage.'

The building is being marketed as potentially suitable for residential or commercial uses.

APB is marketing the single-storey police building on the corner of Shenton Lane and Market Place, in Market Bosworth, for £125,000.

The building has 1,743 sq.ft of floor space on the ground floor and basement, and also has a rear yard with parking.

The agent’s particulars state:  “We understand that the property may be suitable for other commercial uses, subject to seeking appropriate planning consent.  The property is situated within a Conservation Area, and whilst it is not Listed it has been identified as of local historic or architectural interest.”

Meanwhile, the closing date for best and final bids for the former Belgrave police station in Melton Road, Leicester, came up at noon last Friday.

The relatively modern, single-storey detached building with car parking and development potential on the outskirts of the City, was on the market for offers around £350,000.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police, Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader, recently said a police review had included an examination of police buildings to ensure the force used its buildings in the most cost-effective and efficient way. He said "the force was committed to ensuring its offers remained in the heart of their communities."

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