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Wednesday, August 5, 1998 Published at 20:23 GMT 21:23 UK


Agoraphobic marries - at home

The happy couple pose for photographs in their back garden

A bride who is too frightened to go out has been given a special licence to marry in her own home.

Karen Burns, from South Wales, suffers from agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces.

Wyre Davies reports from the wedding
For the past nine years she has been unable to venture more than a few yards from her front door.

Those few yards led to her local shop - and to love.

[ image: The bride made her vows in her front room]
The bride made her vows in her front room
For it was on one of her trips to the shop that she met her new husband.

Bridegroom Robert Diment says: "I just found it no different from a normal relationship you or anyone else would have. Obviously we don't stray far from the house but we spend 24hrs a day together and we're very very happy."

When they decided to get married they weren't able to go to a church or a registry office.

So it was only after special dispensation they were granted a licence to get married in her front room.

The couple enjoyed their day in familiar surroundings and - not surprisingly - they will be honeymooning at home.

Experts say that with time and patience her condition can be cured.

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