‘Criminal damage’ claim over fixtures and fittings at Brocket Hall
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 December 2014
An investigation has been launched after legal representatives of the trustees of Brocket Hall accused the current leaseholders of “criminal damage”.
A report by solicitors’ firm Strutt & Parker, on behalf of the Trustees of the First Lord Brocket Will Trust, alleged the current tenants had caused damage to the Grade-II listed Syllabub House, or Temple as it is otherwise known, in the grounds of the stately home.
Strutt & Parker claimed there was “severe damage to the original James Paine plasterwork caused by the failure of the tenant to maintain the fabric of the building”.
Other ‘damage’ to the structure was also cited.
It was also claimed six Waterford Crystal candelabra were in a state of disrepair.
The 1768 pieces, by Perry’s of Whitefriars, commissioned by the First Lord Melbourne, were said to have sustained “significant damage”.
The solicitors concluded there was “evidence of damage by the tenant”, and said they were “instructed by the trustees to make a formal report to police that a criminal act has occurred as regards the deliberate damage to the interior of the Syllabub House and also the damage to the original contents made for the hall, namely the Waterford candelabra”.
Police said there was no basis for the complaint and a Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman told the WHT: “A report was made to police but it was found no offences had occurred.”
But English Heritage confirmed an investigation had been launched.
A spokesman said: “We are aware of this matter, but we don’t have further details as this is under investigation at the moment.”
A spokesman for Brocket Hall’s tenants dismissed the claims and said: “It’s just an absolute waste of time by Lord Brocket, it wasn’t criminal damage it was water damage.”
He added: “Basically it’s just rubbish, absolute rubbish.
“It’s getting a bit tiresome to be honest with you.”
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