British police have appealed to prostitutes to stay off the streets amid fears a serial killer is on the loose and may strike again. The warning follows the discovery of five naked bodies in woods and rivers in the Ipswich area of East Anglia. The victims are all believed to have been prostitutes – police say they were probably murdered elsewhere before being dumped.
One of the bodies is believed to be that of 24 year old Paula Clennell. She had recently been filmed by local television explaining that the she would carry on working despite the murder of her friend Gemma Adams. “I will go on the streets again because I need the money. Despite the danger? It has made me a bit wary about getting into cars… Because you don’t know, it can be anyone, just anyone”.
Clennell only went missing on Sunday, so if she was killed it was right in the middle of a murder hunt – a fact that analysts say increases the likelihood the killer will strike again. In the House of Commons, Prime Minister Tony Blair promised to provide police with the resources they need. “We support the police fully in dealing with the horror of this situation,” he said. More than 100 detectives have already been assigned to the case – the rapid succession of killings is unprecedented in British criminal history.