Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Surge of Leads for Murder Hunt Police

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Surge of Leads for Murder Hunt Police

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Byline: By Brian Farmer

Detectives investigating the murder of five prostitutes were last night analysing a surge of new information in the hope of establishing where two of the women were before they vanished.

Police said they thought Anneli Alderton had caught a train from Manningtree, Essex, to Ipswich on December 3.

Officers were checking rail station CCTV and speaking to travellers in the hope of piecing together Miss Alderton's final movements.

They were also analysing information gleaned after stopping hundreds of motorists in the red light area of Ipswich early yesterday.

Officers were on the streets where Berwick-born Paula Clennell was last seen two weeks earlier and spoke to 400 motorists and pedestrians.

Miss Alderton's naked body was found in woods at Nacton, Suffolk, on December 10 ( a week after she made the train journey. Police said she had been strangled.

But detectives think her body was in the woods on December 7 ( and believe a passing motorist mistook the dead woman for a mannequin.

Miss Clennell, 24, was found naked in woods at Levington on December 12 as a result of "compression" to the neck.

Police launched a murder inquiry when Gemma Adams, 25, was found in Belstead Brook at Hintlesham on December 2. Tania Nicol was found in the same stream at Copdock on December 8. Annette Nicholls was found naked in woods at Levington on December 12.

Police have not said how Miss Adams, Miss Nicol and Miss Nicholls died.

On Saturday, detectives released CCTV footage showing Miss Alderton on the 5.53pm Harwich to Colchester train on December 3 and said they had received a stream of calls as a result.

Officers were positioned at a number of stations last night, including Colchester, Ipswich, Dovercourt and Manningtree between 5pm and 7pm. At each station, they stopped everyone going in and out to see if they could help police with their inquiries. …

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