An historic building in the heart of Cliviger has been sold at auction to a mystery buyer.
The Holme went under the hammer with auctioneers Pugh & Company where it fetched £151,000.
Conservationists from the Friends of the Holme group had been hoping to raise money to buy the grade two-listed building for use by the community.
But the building, which is in a bad state of repair after being damaged by fire, was bought by a mystery bidder.
Now people living near the property said they hope the new owners will take action to stop the grounds being used by fly-tippers and restore the Holme to its former glory.
Mr Andrew Hennessy, whose daughter Emma owns land next to the Holme, said she has served a legal document on the new owners to prevent her land being used as a right of way access to The Holme.
Mr Hennessy said: “The building is still full of tyres, it is a fire hazard. It should be boarded up. We’re hoping somebody will do it up.”