Catford police station will close next month and the building will be sold off in the latest round of Met Police cuts.

The station will shut in December this year, with Lewisham MPS saying it will save "over £265k per year".

Deptford police station will remain open, but the front counter will close in December.

Lewisham MPS tweeted: "Making these changes in #Lewisham will save the Met more than £260k per year – equivalent to the cost of more than five police constables."

However Mike on Twitter responded with: "But 5 officers wont be employed. This is cost cutting not redistribution of budgets."

Heidi Alexander, MP for Lewisham East, said: "I'm sorry to see Catford Police Station close but the Mayor of London has been put in an impossible position by the Government.

"All of us want easy access to the police but if it's a choice between cutting the number of officers out on the beat or closing front counters, then there is only one responsible response and that's to protect police numbers.

"The truth is this Government is taking a cavalier approach to public safety.

"It needs to put its hand in its pocket in the Budget later this month and put London's police funding back onto a sustainable footing - if they don't my fear is that we will start to see even more cuts to the frontline."

A report from London Mayor's Office, released on October 30, said that police officer numbers in the capital could drop below 27,500 by 2021 – the lowest total since 2002 - due to continued cuts.

That would be a 26 per cent fall in the number officers per head of population since 2010.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "I fully share the Mayor's commitment to keeping Londoners safe, and the men and women of the Met work tirelessly to deliver that commitment.

"I am confident that these changes will not impact on our ability to deliver this.

"We know that the ways in which the public want to contact us have changed, so we absoltuely must transform, focusing on serving the public as best we can.

"The most effective place for our officers to be is out on the streets. Be that on patrol responding to the public, proactiely out tackling crime on operations or in their communities forging stronger, better links gaining vital local information."