Friday, 22 December 2006

Man to appear in court over Ipswich murders

A 48-year-old charged with the murder of all five women in Ipswich is due to appear in court today.

He was charged last night with the murders of Tania Nicol, 19, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24 and 29-year-old Annette Nicholls.

Wright was arrested early on Tuesday at his home.

The prime suspect in the hunt for the Suffolk Strangler was a workmate of lost estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, it was reported today (Thursday 21 Dec).

Steve Wright, 48, and Suzy were shipmates on the QE2 liner in the 1980s before she went missing in 1986.

Yesterday it also emerged that Wright was notorious among prostitutes as a cross-dresser.

He would wear high heels, a PVC skirt and a wig as he went looking for sex.

Wright was the landlord of a Norwich pub, the Ferry Boat Inn, in the 1980s where two other murdered women, Natalie Pearman, 16, and Michelle Bettles, 22, often drank.

Their killings in 1996 and 2002 are still unsolved.

Tina, 45, a former prostitute from Norwich, said Wright was 'strange'.
She added: 'I never did business with him – he just freaked me out so much. The police were aware of him because he sometimes scared the girls that much.'

She claimed Wright would dress as a woman, adding: 'He wore a wig, a PVC skirt and high heels.'
The revelations came after police were granted another 36 hours to question Wright about the deaths of Tania Nicol, 19, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24 and 29- year-old Annette Nicholls.

Now what do you suppose is saying here?

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Questions will now be asked about police procedure and the behaviour of the British tabloids.

The use of a potentially prejudicial photo in the Sun will likely be raised when Wright comes to court.