Written by Ellis Ian Fields
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Topics: Raoul Moat

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Residents of Rothbury, Northumberland, are up in arms over plans for a new theme park, "Moatland."

Raoul Moat shot himself near the village after murdering his former girlfriend and her boyfriend earlier this year.

Since the incidents, a ghoulish tourism industry has developed around the scene of the crimes.

But plans for Moatland - announced by Russian entrepreneur Alexei Bolokov - are the last straw for villagers.

One local businessman said: "This could bring much needed cash into the area, but I can't believe it will get planning permission.

"Bolokov was up here a couple of days ago talking about his plans and he got short shrift, I can tell you."

Bolokov's plans are thought to include a shooting gallery, ghost train and a hide'n'seek village.

This is not the Russian's first attempt to cash in on murder scenes. Two years ago he was denied permission to build a "West World" in Gloucester.

(Additional reporting by Giggsy.)

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