AN abandoned, part-built block of flats which was once valued at £11million is up for auction - with a guide price of just £375,000.

The 'City Reach' apartments, at the junction of John Street and Burleigh Street, was conceived as a striking new addition to the Barnsley skyline when it was given planning permission six years ago.

However, it has since been dubbed as 'a tragedy waiting to happen'.

It's now being offered for auction in Leeds on October 24 by Eddisons on the instruction of the Joint LPA Receivers - for less than four per cent of its original value.

The superstructure of the development has been completed and the scheme is for 66 one-bedroom flats and 20 two-bedroom flats. At ground floor level 10,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space is planned.

Tony Webber, of Eddisons, said: "The scheme is available for completion as planned, or could be suitable for alternative schemes such as a hotel, offices or social housing, subject to planning."

A further £4million is thought to be needed to finish the intended development.

Asa Foster, 28, who took the spectacular photograph on this article, raised the alarm of the 'death trap' concrete skeleton after scaling the unfinished building.

Asa was shocked at what he found inside, with needles strewn about and the building being used by people taking drugs and drinking. 

He said it was only a matter time until someone was seriously injured or killed as the building has no security, external walls, barriers, lighting, and there are holes in some of the floors.