Keswick old police station and court sold to pub chain

Keswick old police station and magistrates' court The building was sold to pub chain JD Wetherspoon

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An old police station and magistrates' court in Cumbria has been sold to a pub chain.

Keswick's old police station and magistrates' court was one of dozens of buildings put up for sale in August by Cumbria Police Authority.

The authority has to save £20.3m from its budget by 2016 and said £2.8m would be raised from selling the buildings.

Keswick's policing team has moved to the town hall to "keep a presence" in the town.

The building, co-owned by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria County Council, was bought by pub chain JD Wetherspoon.

Cumbria County Councillor David Southward said: "I'm delighted that we have at long last been able to sell this building... the money from our share will be invested back into frontline services."

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