Six Surrey police stations up for sale

Six police stations in Surrey are to be sold as part of cost-cutting measures to safeguard front line jobs in the county's force.

Surrey Police has recommended the sale of Ash, Frimley, Sunbury, Lingfield and Byfleet and Ripley stations.

The force said the sale of the stations would help the force "prepare for the downturn in its finances".

The final decision will be made by Surrey Police Authority at a meeting on 30 June.

Costly to maintain

In total, 15 police stations are to close.

The vacated buildings will be sold or handed back when their leases expire as the force attempts to save £52m over the next 10 years.

A review of the force's buildings suggested many of them were inefficient and costly to maintain but with little public use.

The force said visitor numbers to the stations were in single figures.

The savings should allow up to 100 more officers to be recruited by 2012, the force said.

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