Chief constable's gratitude for support

SUFFOLK'S chief constable Alastair McWhirter today thanked the county for its support during the investigation into the deaths of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls.

SUFFOLK'S chief constable Alastair McWhirter today thanked the county for its support during the investigation into the deaths of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls.

With officers drafted in from throughout the country to help the hundreds of Suffolk police already committed to the five inquiries, the unstinting help they have received has been greatly appreciated.

In an open letter to The Evening Star Mr McWhirter expressed just how much this support has meant to those who have worked around the clock and, in many cases, away from the families throughout the festive period.

2 January 2007

To the Editor

Sir,

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I am writing on behalf of Suffolk Constabulary, the Police Authority, as well as those officers and staff from other forces involved in the investigation of the killings of five young women from Ipswich, to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped or supported us during the last few weeks.

The response from the public over this period has been outstanding. At the various crime scenes across the county, in addition to words of support and encouragement, staff have been offered mince pies, biscuits, chocolates, hot drinks and even hot food - and I know that this has been greatly appreciated.

The level of response and information provided to us has been invaluable and we have received over 12,000 telephone calls to date. This information has been vital to our investigation, and I would also like to thank you for your willingness to come forward and help.

But most of all, you have provided overwhelming support and goodwill and this has carried us through a very difficult and demanding time. We are looking forward to a more peaceful and safe new year and wish the same to the people of Suffolk - whom we are all proud to serve.

Yours sincerely

Alastair McWhirter QPM MA

Chief Constable

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