Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Am NOT Maxine Carr

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Am NOT Maxine Carr

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Byline: Dave Robson

A mum-of-three wrongly accused of being Maxine Carr today made a heartfelt plea to be left to rebuild her life on Teesside.

Since moving into The Meadows in Redcar, Carol Symington's life has been made a living hell by lynch mobs accusing her of being child killer Ian Huntley's lover.

Things got so bad, she even allowed a man to search her house at midnight in a bid to prove she wasn't Carr.

But with the whispers continuing, she today opened her heart to the Gazette in a bid to stop the torture.

Carol moved from West Sussex to be near a friend in Redcar two years ago after family problems in the south.

Things then turned sour, with domestic problems forcing her into a women's refuge.

Last week, she began moving into her new house with son John, 13, desperately hoping her problems were over.

But within hours, the Carr rumours flared up.

In recent months the Gazette has received calls on an almost daily basis from members of the public claiming Carr is living or working at a number of locations across Teesside.

However, there is no evidence that Carr has been in the area at any point.

Carol said: "Kids started kicking a ball at the door and window, and banging on the door and running away. A bit later, it wasn't just kids, it was adults, looking at the house and shouting things."

Next day, when she was unloading belongings from her car, the penny dropped.

She said: "So many people started to gather, you could barely see the car park.

"They were shouting at me then someone said: 'hello Maxine, do you really think you are going to be able to live here?' That's when I realised what was happening."

A terrified Carol made her way inside and spent the evening cowering in her own home.

But at midnight on Saturday, she was woken by a man shouting in her back garden.

"He was saying 'Maxine, if you don't come down and open the door, I'm going to kick it in'.

"I realised he wasn't going to go away so I opened the back door to speak to him sensibly. …

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