A FORMER Bradford police station has been named among the buildings most at risk of ruin in England Wales.

The Victorian Society’s annual list of the top 10 most endangered buildings and structures has this year been described as “both upsetting and enlightening” by the society’s president Griff Rhys Jones.

The striking gothic-towered former Bavaria Place Police Station in Manningham, built in 1877, which has been empty for many years, features on this year's list.

Mr Rhys Jones said: “Many of our Victorian gems have a depressing recent story. Often profit takes priority, and buildings are neglected until they have reached a complete state of dereliction.

“These buildings were built with great skill, and they brighten their urban environment. We know that restoring heritage of this kind adds value to an area. Never has there been a time, with the retail sector dealt another blow and the town centre fading as a business hub, for us to recognise that if we want our city centres to continue to be useful, visited and adored they had better look great.”

The top ten list aims to expose the plight of the buildings in the hope that increased awareness will help them to be saved.