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Anger at revamp of killer's home

Steve Wright
Steve Wright was a regular client of many of Ipswich's prostitutes

The sister of one of Suffolk serial killer Steve Wright's five victims has called for his former house to be knocked down instead of refurbished.

The flat at 79 London Road, Ipswich, where Wright took at least three of his victims, is being readied for new tenants.

Alice Bradshaw, the sister of murdered prostitute Paula Clennell, said the home had an "evilness" about it.

She called for a memorial garden to be built in its place.

She said: "I don't feel people will want to take it on.

Neighbours' relief

"It's the evilness of the place. Who knows, the girls might have lost their lives there.

"I think they ought to knock it down and build a memorial garden there."

Neighbours have spoken of their relief at seeing boards being removed from the windows of the house.

The property was Wright's home when he murdered the five women, who all worked as prostitutes in Ipswich, in late 2006.

The 50-year-old was sentenced to a whole life term in February 2008 after a six-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The boards were the only thing that drew attention to the house. Now it's going to be a normal house again
Gordon Lawrence, neighbour

Jurors unanimously found him guilty of the murders of Miss Clennell, Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton and Annette Nicholls.

The naked bodies of the women were dumped in rural locations on the outskirts of Ipswich. They were found over a 10-day period in December 2006.

The windows of 79 London Road were boarded up after Wright's arrest and the house was sealed until the completion of his trial.

Gordon Lawrence, who lives next door, said: "Now we feel we can really get back to normal without people gawking at it.

"The boards were the only thing that drew attention to the house. Now it's going to be a normal house again.

'Unwelcome attention'

"We're very, very pleased indeed."

Another resident, Lesley Tooke, said: "I hope somebody is comfortable living there."

Ron Alder, a member of London Road Neighbourhood Watch, said the house had attracted unwelcome attention since Wright's arrest in December 2006.

He said: "People were coming in and taking notes. They were standing about and gawking at it.

"Some of the neighbours were a bit distressed about having these people hanging about.

"We used to get cameras and things like that but they're gone now thank God so that part of the road can get back to a normal life."

Wright is seeking leave to appeal against his conviction. The case is expected to be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice next month.

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The 50-year-old was jailed for life for killing five prostitutes



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