Clunes to portray acid-bath killer

MEN Behaving Badly star Martin Clunes is to portray acid-bath murderer John Haigh in a TV movie being filmed in Scarborough this week.

Haigh was hanged in 1949 for killing eight people in the previous five years.

Clunes will be shooting scenes across the town, but predominantly on South Cliff, the buildings of which are thought to be architecturally representative of London in the 1930s and 40s, when the serial killer lived in Kensington.

The new drama programme will be called A is For Acid and is being made by Yorkshire TV. Filming will take place outside the Crown Hotel and Grand Hotel, on the beach, in a hair salon, in West Street and along some of the smaller roads on South Cliff.

The film company asked Scarborough Council for permission to close the Esplanade but it refused and is insisting that the film crew keeps traffic disruption to a minimum.

Residents are being asked to move their vehicles from the section of the Esplanade between Belmont Road and Albion Road, from 10.30am until 7pm tomorrow. This will help the film crew recreate part of London for day and night scenes.

The council s group engineer, Bruce Bedford, said it was relaxing parking restrictions in the area to enable permit holders to park in adjacent zones.

He said: "The last thing we want to do is disrupt the traffic flow, so there won t be any wholesale road closures and we won t formally close any parking bays, although there will be some interruption to traffic at certain times.

Resident Paul Bayliss said: "It just means people will have to walk a bit further. I m delighted Scarborough is increasingly used as a film set because it is bound to improve tourism here and I think residents are happy as long as the disturbance isn t lengthy or excessive."

The 90-minute film will be screened next year, although no date has been set.