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Family moves into killer Moat's former home.

A FAMILY with two young children have moved into the former home of killer Raoul Moat.

The former doorman's home became a bizarre shrine to the murderer who killed one and injured two others in a gun spree. The house, in Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle, was looted by people seeking macabre mementos from the 37-year-old's life.

But new life has been breathed into the house after a Russian family moved in on Monday. The father said: "We moved in two days ago and everything is going fine. We haven't had any unwanted visitors."

They are believed to have known it was Raoul Moat's house before they moved in. But some neighbours reacted with surprise that the new tenants had moved in so quickly.

Mother-of-two, Danielle Atkinson, 20, said: "They only moved in on Monday.

"They seem really lovely, no-one has been round bothering them or anything.

"The day after moving in the mum came round and gave me some cupcakes and a card.

"But I'm surprised someone moved in so quickly after Raoul died.

"They haven't mentioned anything about it being Raoul Moat's house - if they do know about they don't seem bothered."

Other neighbours said they hoped the new family would help banish memories of Moat's gun spree, which saw him shoot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and kill her new partner Chris Brown in Gateshead, before shooting PC David Rathband and then going on the run for seven days before shooting himself dead in Rothbury, Northumberland.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 26, 2010
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