Page last updated at 07:29 GMT, Thursday, 31 July 2003 08:29 UK

Martin's farm a tourist attraction

Mr Crosno and his daughter
Camera at the ready, Jeff Crosno and Danielle
The farm where Tony Martin shot dead a teenage burglar is being visited by tourists.

Police said people have been stopping by the farm in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, since the 58-year-old farmer was released from prison on Monday.

Among them was American holidaymaker Jeff Crosno, 37, who lives near Orlando - home of Disney World.

He said he wanted to see Bleak House farm because it was the "centre of national debate."

Mr Crosno, who was with his daughter Danielle, six, said: "We've seen all the usual tourist places and we were staying with friends in the area, and I wanted to see Tony Martin's farm before I went home.

"It's at the centre of a national debate and all that, and I think it is interesting."

Mr Crosno and his daughter
Mr Crosno and his daughter take a look at the boarded farmhouse

Mr Crosno spent a few minutes at the farm before driving away.

Police are mounting a 24-hour security operation at the farm, which Martin has not visited since his release, after reports of threats on Martin's life.

He has sold his story to the Daily Mirror and has spent the week with reporters from the newspaper.

Martin was released from custody on Monday after serving two-thirds of a five-year sentence for manslaughter.

Burglar Fred Barras, 16, died after Martin shot him in the back with an illegally-held pump-action shotgun in August 1999.

His accomplice Brendan Fearon, 33, suffered leg wounds.

Suicidal thoughts

Meanwhile, Martin said he would have killed himself if his appeal against his murder conviction had failed.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I'm not sure I could have coped with that life in jail if my sentence hadn't been reduced from murder to manslaughter.

"If my appeal hadn't been successful, well, I would have ended it."

Speaking to the Mirror, from which he is reported to have received 100,000 to tell his story, the 58-year-old admitted he had carefully considered different ways to kill himself.



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