I'm happy in house of horrors

FOR more than two years it has been known as the house of horror.

Anthony Bond

FOR more than two years it has been known as the house of horror.

It was recognised only as the country's most notorious address where serial killer Steve Wright lived while he carried out his vile crimes.

But today 79 London Road, Ipswich has a new lease of life and a brand new tenant who said she loves her new home.

And for the residents of the street who were thrown into the spotlight when Wright was arrested for the murders which shocked the nation, it is a fresh start for a house which has been a constant reminder of the horrors.

Susan Pansano, 60, moved into the house last month and said she does not have a problem living there- despite the fact that Wright took three of the five murdered woman back to the end-terraced property.

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Ms Pansano said that although it had never been revealed where the victims were murdered - the police have “pretty much guaranteed” that none of the five women were hurt in the house.

She said: “The only person who has been negative about it was a taxi driver who brought me home one night, he just said 'I would not live there'.

“But I think that people want it to go back to the way it was. I love it here. It is a lovely place to be. This is a really lovely neighbourhood. It is quiet and you see kids playing across the road. It is very peaceful.

“We have to move forward, we do not have a choice.”

The home of serial killer Wright was the scene of frenzied police and media activity during December 2006 when five sex workers, Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls were killed between late October and early December 2006.

Ever since Wright's arrest, the two-bedroom house was boarded up and sealed off, and there has been fierce debate over whether it should be demolished or not.

But that has not deterred mother-of-four Ms Pansano, who previously lived in a flat next door to Steve and Pam Wright during the time of the murders. And the medical secretary has no qualms about living in the serial killer's former home.

She said: “This was the place that I wanted originally but Steve and Pam Wright got it first, so when I saw the boards coming down I asked what was going on and I was told that they were going to try and rent it.

“That was when I said 'I will rent it' because I previously wanted it. The landlord was surprised. He thought he was going to have trouble renting it and that people would not want to live here.”

The fact that three women who were murdered by Wright were taken to the house is not an issue for the grandmother-of-four and she said that the police had been to see her when she moved in to tell her it was unlikely the girls had been killed there.

She said: “I am not that sort of person. I have a faith which says that when you die you go to a much better place and that's where they have gone. They are not here in this house.”

And she says that despite its history, there is nothing wrong with the house.

She said: “Lots of things go on in people's houses that you do not know about, but people just know what has happened in this house. But it does not make the house a bad place.”

Since the notorious events of late 2006, the house has been completely refurbished. It has been painted throughout and has new flooring.

Ms Pansano, who saw the inside of the house when Wright lived there with his partner Pam, says it is now much brighter than it was before.

Residents in the street are also pleased that the house now has a new tenant.

Joe Franey, who lives at the rear of 79 London Road, said: “It is great that somebody is now living there. It is good to see somebody back in the house.

“It is a hell of an improvement and the way that it was boarded up was a constant reminder. Now that it is being lived in again, the street can get back to normal.”

Wright was convicted in February last year of killing all five women and was sentenced to life in prison.