Castleford’s former police station will go under the hammer at an auction later this month.
The Jessop Street building - which includes a courtroom and holding cells - closed last April when the town’s neighbourhood policing team (NPT) moved into premises on Beancroft Road, alongside the town’s firefighters.
Now the station, which was believed to be the oldest active police station in the country before its closure, will be offered at an auction in Leeds with a guide price of £100,000.
Alison Drake, chairwoman of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “We will be watching it carefully because we don’t want any developers to completely destroy the main part of the building.
“But we also know that it’s got to be a commercial venture and we don’t want a derelict site in the middle of the town.
“There is a lot of history in the building. It’s very precious to us because it tells an important story of our town.”
The building was home to former magistrate Dr Adam Jessop before it was a police station.
Mrs Drake added: “We would welcome the building being kept in its current state as much as possible and we would certainly welcome plans to preserve the building.”
It will go to auction with Pugh and Company at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium on Tuesday, July 22 at noon.
Paul Thompson, director and auctioneer at Pugh, said: “This is a fantastic development or conversion opportunity for any investor, with the property being suitable for a variety of uses subject to getting planning consent.
“The corner plot location within a predominantly retail and leisure area to the north and residential housing to the South opens up the redevelopment potential of this site and we are expecting a strong level of interest in the run up to our July auction.”