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

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Headquarters of the Met since 1967, the building at New Scotland Yard, said to be "outdated", was put on the market by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in September 2014 at a guide price of £250 million.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