Police investigating the murders of prostitutes in south eastern England are coming under huge pressure to catch the killer – or killers – as quickly as possible after another two victims were found. The women are all believed to have been working the streets in the town of Ipswich – streets that are now all but deserted after nightfall. Locals are simply afraid. “I wouldn’t go out on my own without either my partner or my friends at the moment . I would rather stay at home,” one woman told journalists. “It is really scary to know that it could be anyone around and you haven’t really got a clue who it is,” said another.
Police believe the latest two bodies to be discovered are those of missing prostitutes, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls. On Sunday they found Anneli Alderton, strangled to death. Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol were the first victims. Investigators say there are enough similarities in the cases to link them all, including the fact the bodies had been stripped. Reinforcements have been brought in to help search for clues, including the missing clothes which could hold vital evidence. Officers have not used the term ‘serial killer’ -although they have drawn comparisons with past incidences of murderers targeting prostitutes. However they describe the discovery of five bodies in ten days as “unprecedented”.