London Road begins recovery

IT is a road which has become intertwined with murder.As police officers, forensic experts and the world's media descended on Ipswich's London Road so too did a cloak of gloom as bit-by-bit the true horrors of the actions of the monster who lived at number 79 emerged.

IT is a road which has become intertwined with murder.

As police officers, forensic experts and the world's media descended on Ipswich's London Road so too did a cloak of gloom as bit-by-bit the true horrors of the actions of the monster who lived at number 79 emerged.

Today residents of the town centre street told of their desires for their community's future and how they hope to finally put the ghost of Steve Wright to rest.

Some expressed a desire to rename the road in an effort to prevent it suffering the stigma of Wright's killings for years to come, while others wished that the murderer's old home could be pulled down and with it the constant reminders of his horrifying legacy.

Ozzy Antonio, 53, said: “It would be good to change the name of the road to something happier.

“And I think the house should be knocked down - I certainly wouldn't want to live there and I'm a man, I can't imagine any woman would feel comfortable in the house.

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“I'm pleased it is all over now. It was scary how close it was and the cameras were here for ages. It has affected everyone who lives here.”

Jason Last, 25, said: “It wouldn't be a bad idea to knock the house down. I can't see anyone wanting to live there.

“I don't think they should change the name though - it's not the name's fault and it won't change anything.

“I'm pleased the court case is finished - there has been an air of glumness and it has been quite horrible.”

Meanwhile Robin Scoones, 47, said: “I don't think London Road should be renamed or the house pulled down. Doing that is an exaggeration of what happened.

“I think we have to say 'it happened, it's tragic, but we can't change anything'. We can't eradicate it by pulling down a building. What would we put there?”

Patricia Carlos-Manuel added: “I'm not sure if the name should be changed because it wouldn't change what happened.

“I have felt worried about living on this street and everything that went on made it worse. I'm hoping things will get better now, now the media have gone away.”

Do you think London Road should get a name change? Would you like to see Steve Wright's old home pulled down? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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