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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 February 2008, 11:47 GMT
Road name change to end 'stigma'
Steve Wright

The address of one of Britain's most notorious serial killers may be erased under a new neighbourhood watch plan.

Residents who live near Steve Wright's former home - 79 London Road, Ipswich - are considering renaming the street.

The 49-year-old, who murdered five women, lived in the two-bedroom end of terrace house for two months up until his arrest in December 2006.

Julie Hyland, of the London Road Neighbourhood Watch group, said a new road name would erase the "stigma".

"We will probably ballot residents but most people seem to think it's a good idea," Mrs Hyland said.

"I don't think the house should be knocked down because it's a lovely building. Eventually, people will forget 79 London Road and a new road name will get rid of the stigma.

"It might be quite complicated to do but it would be nice to have a fresh start."

The victims, clockwise from top, Annette Nicholls, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell, Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol

Mrs Hyland said discussions about an alternative name had yet to take place.

Wright, who was jailed for life on Friday, took at least three of his victims to the house. It may have been the place where they died.

The homes of other killers - including 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, where Fred and Rose West lived, and 5 College Close, Soham, Cambridgeshire, where Ian Huntley lived - have been demolished in recent years.

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