Drug dealer's house proves popular

OFFERS have been pouring in for drug dealer Edwin Almond's dream house from buyers who want to make it their own little piece of heaven.But even though the price of the imposing grade two listed detached property has been dropped £20,000, none of the offers have so far been acceptable.

OFFERS have been pouring in for drug dealer Edwin Almond's dream house from buyers who want to make it their own little piece of heaven.

But even though the price of the imposing grade two listed detached property has been dropped £20,000, none of the offers have so far been acceptable.

Estate agents Charles Hawkins though are today confident a buyer will soon be found and say the farmhouse has been attracting enormous interest.

Great Street Farm House in High Road, Trimley St Mary, is currently on the market at £325,000.

But anyone thinking of taking on the building will have to spend tens of thousands more to turn it into a home.

John Graham, of Charles Hawkins, said: "We have had a lot of interest and a lot of offers and we are fairly close but we have not had an offer accepted at this stage."

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Prospective purchasers ranged from sightseers curious to see inside to people wanting it for a family home.

Some had viewed it as a potential project and others included developers who would do it up and sell it on.

Mr Graham said interest had also come from outside the area and there were a lot of people in Essex looking to relocate to cheaper Suffolk.

"It could be a lovely project for someone and could be a really lovely home when it is refurbished," he added.

The house was confiscated by the government at a special hearing at Ipswich Crown Court into the proceeds of Edwin Almond's crimes.

After Almond's arrest, his wife Fiona and two children – one of 18 months and a baby of just a few weeks – left the five-bedroom house, the back door swinging open for weeks.

Suffolk Coastal council sent workmen to board up the rear of the building and make it secure and keep out the vandals who stoned its windows and thieves who stole its Victorian pantiles.

Security was then improved further with the windows boarded up with metal grilles – leading Trimley residents to describe it as "Colditz."

Almond, 33, was found guilty last year of possessing drugs, 2,589 ecstasy tablets worth £19,400, with intent to supply and receiving stolen vehicles. He is currently serving five years in jail.

The court decided he should pay more than £58,000 once the house and a boat had been sold and loans and mortgages paid back.

If he doesn't pay this money within six months, he will face a further two years in prison.

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