A pensioner mugged on the street who had £330,000 raised for him so he might transfer has switched houses for sixth time because the assault.
It’s estimated Alan Barnes, 73, has spent greater than £90,000 of the cash raised for him by the general public on the expense of being continually on the transfer.
The diminutive pensioner captured the world’s hearts after a fundraising marketing campaign by an area beautician when was shoved to the bottom by a drug addict in 2015.
Mr Barnes, who has suffered from peak and development issues since beginning, lived in a tiny council home in Low Fell, Gateshead, when he was focused by the thug whereas he put out the bins.
However cash raised by younger mum Katie Cutler – who Alan says he now not speaks to – enabled him to purchase a sensible two-bed terrace for £150,000, making him a house proprietor for the primary time in his life.
Nonetheless, Alan was unable to settle into his new home, and has been on the transfer ever since, most not too long ago forsaking a luxurious newbuild overlooking the gorgeous Saltwell Park which he purchased for £250,000 in 2017.
The mugging sufferer offered that home for £205,000 final July, making a lack of £45,000, and is now residing in a smaller dwelling shut by, having by no means left the Low Fell space.
Alan Barnes, 73, is seen at present at his newest dwelling in Gateshead, which he moved into final 12 months
Alan pictured at present with Katie Cutler, the beautician who spearheaded the marketing campaign to lift cash for him
Alan mentioned: ‘I had been making an attempt to promote my final home for 2 years. I had lots of issues there. There have been numerous individuals using bikes and canines. I used to be struggling to promote it, it was troublesome.
‘No person got here to see it due to the pandemic, it was nothing however a nuisance.
‘I needed to transfer out of it shortly as there was just one particular person and they have been at risk of dropping their mortgage. I rented for just a few months earlier than shifting right here.’I misplaced 45 grand within the sale. If I had stayed there longer it will’ve dug additional into the cash I had left. I additionally needed to pay £6,000 in charges.’I like this home. I used to be all the time serious about structure and it’s an older property.’
Alan says he will not purchase one other home, however would think about paying somebody to construct him a bespoke indifferent bungalow sooner or later.
The religious Christian has by no means been in a position to settle and has moved home continuously over time, making a loss with every sale.
After struggling to settle in his first home, the £150,000 Victorian terrace, Alan offered it for £147,000 and moved one mile down the street.
In 2015 he purchased the second property, a semi-detached two-bedroom property, which price £115,000, however put it up on the market simply two months later.
After a 12 months in the marketplace, Alan accepted a proposal of simply £78,000 so he might shift once more.
2015: Alan purchased his first dwelling in Gateshead six years in the past (it’s pictured on this picture from the time)
2015: Later that 12 months, he purchased the second property, a semi-detached two-bedroom property, which price £115,000, however put it up on the market simply two months later
2017: Two years’ later, the pensioner determined to begin renting to ‘be freed from the ties of a home’ – however then bought a model new dwelling on an upmarket housing improvement
Proper transfer? A historical past of Alan’s househunting
First property was bought for £150,000
September 2015 – First property offered for £147,000
December 2015 – Second property purchased for £115,000
February 2017 – Second property offered for £78,000
March 2017 – Alan spends a quick time renting
Could 2017 – Alan buys third property for £249,950
July 2020 – Alan sells property for £205,000
September 2020 – Alan buys fourth home for £150,000. Charges have been £6,000
In 2017, the pensioner determined to begin renting to ‘be freed from the ties of a home’ – however then bought the model new dwelling on an upmarket housing improvement. When he offered it final 12 months he rented for just a few months earlier than shifting into his newest dwelling.
Alan, who’s engaged on doing the home up himself, says he now has £67,000 left of the cash raised for him by effectively wishers after Katie, then 21, launched a crowd funding enchantment.
His attacker, Richard Gattis, was jailed for 4 years after admitting assault with intent to rob following the assault which noticed Alan break his collar bone.
Gattis, then 25, who had been determined for money to pay for authorized highs, had ran off empty handed when Alan shouted for assist.
Alan, who did not touch upon the explanations behind his many strikes, added: ‘I’ve nonetheless acquired some cash left. I am saving £950 in council tax right here. I am making an attempt to see what I am doing to do.
‘I will not purchase one other home but when I get the chance to construct a bungalow I would love that. I wish to save the cash in case somebody presents me the alternative to attract up plans.
‘I’ve by no means spoken to Richard Gattis. I used to be completed with all that when they had the courtroom case. It is like carrying garbage round.
‘I do not communicate to Katie any extra both.’
Alan pictured at present having fun with a cup of tea at his new dwelling in Gateshead. He has not commented on the explanations for his many strikes
Alan having fun with his new backyard, (left) and posing contained in the property (proper) in footage taken at present