It’s a case of home sweet home for Alan Barnes after he moved into his new house.
On Thursday the disabled mugging victim crossed the doorstep of the new property he has bought at his native Gateshead with money raised by members of the public following the attack, in which he broke his collarbone.
The 67-year-old, whose story made international headlines, forked out £150,000 for the two bedroom terraced property at Low Fell, the community where he was living when mugged.
Alan said: “I went for the keys to the estate agents at dinner time. I am getting the furniture delivered tomorrow.”
The pensioner had no chairs or bed on his first day in his new home and was planning to sleep on blankets on the floor.
He said: “I have been at my sister’s for 12 weeks, I had to get something.
“I have bought it with the money that was raised, not all of it because I need a bit to keep in case I have to do any repairs.
“It was the right size house to buy, not too big.
“It is nice and compact.
“I looked at it at the end of February and had a think about it, I looked at it and two or three others. I decided this was the best one.
“It has taken since about March 5 to get all the solicitor work done.”
Delighted to be staying in Low Fell, Alan said there was one thing about the house that pleased him above anything else: “The shops are handy. That is why I decided to come here for now.”
Referring to the fundraising which had enabled him to buy the property, the grateful pensioner told how he ‘didn’t think things like this happened’ and described it as a ‘fairytale.’
Alan, who has suffered from height and growth problems since birth, was targeted as he moved his wheelie bin outside his home in January.