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New Scotland Yard sign covered up ahead of move to new Met HQ

Published 09/09/2016

The revolving sign - also seen in photographs on display boards - in front of the New Scotland Yard HQ of the Metropolitan Police is wrapped in a sheet
The revolving sign - also seen in photographs on display boards - in front of the New Scotland Yard HQ of the Metropolitan Police is wrapped in a sheet
The revolving sign in front of the New Scotland Yard headquarters of the Metropolitan Police in central London is wrapped in a sheet
Photo from 1967 of staff member Shirley Litchfield in the map room at New Scotland Yard in central London shortly after the Metropolitan Police made the building its headquarters.
File photo dated 01/02/1967 of staff in the main switchboard room at New Scotland Yard in central London shortly after the Metropolitan Police made the building its headquarters.
File photo dated 01/02/1967 of staff in the telegraph room at New Scotland Yard in central London shortly after the Metropolitan Police made the building its headquarters.
File photo dated 01/02/1967 of the canteen at New Scotland Yard in central London shortly after the Metropolitan Police made the building its headquarters.
Staff dealing with 999 calls in the information room at New Scotland Yard in central London shortly after the Metropolitan Police made the building its headquarters. (PA)
The Curtis Green building on Victoria Embankment in central London - the former Whitehall police station is due to become the new headquarters of the Metropolitan Police when the force leaves its New Scotland Yard base.
File photo dated 09/12/14 of The iconic revolving sign in front of the New Scotland Yard headquarters of the Metropolitan Police in central London.

With the Metropolitan Police moving to a new headquarters, it is time for the distinctive sign to come down.

Pictures showed the "New Scotland Yard" lettering covered up in preparation for the move to the force's new HQ - the Curtis Green building on Victoria Embankment.

It will continue to be known as Scotland Yard.

The current HQ is home to many unique artefacts and policing memorabilia dating back to the formation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 - none of which are currently on public display.

Headquarters of the Met since 1967, the building at New Scotland Yard, said to be "outdated", was put on the market by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in September 2014 at a guide price of £250 million.

It sold for £370 million to a multibillion-dollar alternative investment company based in Abu Dhabi.

Once redeveloped and sold, the Victoria Street site is projected to yield up to £100 million in stamp duty receipts for the UK Exchequer.

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