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Derelict Hippodrome theatre put up for sale

Hippodrome damage
The council said it could not afford to put a roof on the theatre

A Derby theatre at the centre of a development row has been put up for sale by its owner.

Two years ago the derelict Hippodrome was bought for £375,000 by London-based businessman Christopher Anthony.

The Grade-II listed building suffered serious damage in March 2008 during repair work.

Now Mr Anthony has put it on the market for £1.2m and has told the local press the price covers costs incurred during his ownership.

But Joan Travis, of the Derby Hippodrome Theatre Fund, which wants to see the venue restored, felt the price was unrealistic.

"How incredible to be trying to sell it for £1.2m. You just have to look at it - it is not worth what the person paid for it in the first place."

The council said calls to put a scaffolding roof over the building to protect it from the elements were prohibitively expensive.

A legal case between the council and Mr Anthony over his care of the building is ongoing.

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