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"A LABOUR politician has accused the Metropolitan Police of wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds by allowing some 50 homes marked for sale to sit empty for two years.
"The houses, in Rowan Drive, Colindale, are due to be sold off as the Met looks to get dispose of a third of its property estate.
"The sale would form part of the Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Plan, published last year. Boris Johnson has asked the Met to cut £500million from its budget before 2016.
"No agreement has yet been reached to buy the land, but the Met insists it would not be cost-effective to make the buildings habitable for short-term lets."