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Published on January 29th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Police Boxes For Sale

It’s tough times out there, the economy is suffering and everyone is affected. Including the police in Sheffield who at this moment in time are facing a whopping forty million pounds in resourcing cuts over the next four years. That’s ten million a year!

So in order to raise some money, they have decided to sell eight polices boxes or “bijou’s” that are located within the area. Described as something for the “savvy buyer”, they are located in popular retail spots.

Property consultants Knight Frank are acting as the representatives for the police and Rebecca Schofield described the various police boxes:

“Police boxes often attract a lot of interest thanks to their history, their convenient locations and, of course, the Doctor Who association…however, they can be used in a variety of ways such as a small office or storage space…

In the past people have acquired disused police boxes and turned them into a small retail outlet or a kiosk and many of these Sheffield sites could also present an opportunity for redevelopment, subject to necessary planning consent…this has prompted us to put these properties on the market so they can be put to alternative good use in communities and the city centre.”

Police boxes, for those of you who don’t know, where used in the 1960’s by police officers as a way to stay in communication by telephone before walkie talkies and mobile phones came into being. They would sometimes lock an offender in them sometimes whilst waiting for backup!

These national treasures are something of a rarity these days and the world of Doctor Who owes so much to them, it would be a shame to see them go.

If you’re interested in finding out more, contact Rebecca on 0114 2729750 or email rebecca.schofield@knightfrank.com.

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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