Tykes with a Bohemian streak or perhaps facing 2011 on the breadline could become one of 30 Leeds-based “guardians” sought to help care for empty buildings which may otherwise be at risk from vandals, thieves or squatters.

Owners of large vacant properties such as old mansions, vicarages, farms, mills, hotels or sheltered-housing complexes are often faced with significant bills for making sure their investment is secure.

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