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A former police building in Ambleside has been sold at an auction in Manchester today. The police building was listed for sale alongside police buildings in Cockermouth, Cleator Moor and Kirkby Stephen during an auction by Pugh & Co in Salford, Manchester at the Old Trafford ground this afternoon (10 July).
The building reached a price of £141,000 however, Cockermouth, Cleator Moor and Kirkby Stephen were not sold.
Ray Cole, chairman of Cumbria Police Authority, said: “We are pleased that Ambleside was auctioned but are disappointed that the other buildings were not sold.
“The Police Authority works on behalf of the people of Cumbria to ensure that public money is well spent. Part of our duty is to ensure that the Constabulary maximises the value of its assets as it strives to save £20million from its budget by 2015/16.
“The building that has attracted the most interest has been the former police house in Ambleside. Despite receiving a good offer from a local Community Group, the Police Authority decided that it was only right to allow the auction to continue today to provide a fair and equal opportunity for the rest of the community to bid for the building.
“We will now reconsider our options for the sale of the three former police stations. “The Constabulary has no choice but to meet the savings identified by the Government and faces the difficult challenge of having to undergo a period of significant change while continuing to serve the public effectively now, and ensuring it is fit for the future.
“The Police Authority is committed to supporting the Constabulary through this and will continue to scrutinise the Constabulary’s performance on behalf of the public.”