Stoke & Staffordshire

Fenton Town Hall: Buyer found for former magistrates court

North Staffordshire Magistrates Court
Image caption Campaigners staged a sit-in at the court building last year, in a bid to stop it being sold

A buyer has been found for a former magistrates' court in Stoke-on-Trent, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

Plans to put Fenton Town Hall on the market prompted protests last year by campaigners, who staged a sit-in lasting several weeks.

A bid by local group Urban Vision, who hoped to open it up for community use, was rejected last month.

Protesters feared a World War One memorial could be destroyed if the building was sold.

However, the government has said "a legal covenant" means any buyer would have a duty to preserve the memorial.

The Ministry of Justice has not confirmed the identity of the buyer.

The building was one of 93 courts in England and Wales identified for closure in 2012, as part of measures expected to save £41m.

Image caption A WW1 memorial in the building is protected by a legal covenant, the government said

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