Criminals will win out

I WRITE in response to the letter from L Young (‘Old lodge is a lost jewel’, Express, August 25).

When Mr Coney left the Lodge in the 1980s it was an imposing, water-tight two storey house, but it then became a victim of its environment. The stone arch lion and hound were both stolen, the stone roof tiles were all stolen, the roof lead was stolen, the gappy stone balustrade was destroyed by vandals, the gateway arch was also destroyed by vandals. The Lodge itself has been systematically destroyed over the years by thieves and vandals.

A Yorkshire jewel and national treasure destroyed forever by wanton vandalism.

Rebuild the Lodge and it will end up in the same state, either during the rebuilding process or before anyone can move into it. Unless it can be protected from theft and vandalism, it would be a waste of time and money.