Gunman Derrick Bird's Cumbria home sells for £35,000
- 14 October 2010
- From the section Cumbria
The home of Cumbria gunman Derrick Bird has sold for £35,000 at auction.
The taxi driver killed 12 people and wounded 11 others in west Cumbria on 2 June before shooting himself.
His home went under the hammer at Carlisle Racecourse after auctioneers dropped the guide price saying only a "handful" of people had shown interest.
Bidding for the property in the village of Rowrah started at £25,000. The identity of the successful male buyer is not known.
Initially, the guide price was listed as between £35,000 and £45,000, but it was lowered before the auction.
'Handful of viewings'
Colin West, from Auction House Cumbria, said that due to its "associated history" it was hard to put a price on the property and described the sale as "difficult".
"It has to be handled professionally and sensitively," he said.
"We are part of the community as well as a business and the staff know some of the bereaved and injured as well as the Bird family.
"My advice was that the swiftest way to bring it to a conclusion was to put it [the property] in an auction.
"There has not been a great deal of interest, only a handful of viewings."
The mid-terraced property was described as being "in need of modernisation". Similar houses in the village are on sale at about £70,000.