Crime still haunts road's residents
SOME crimes leave a firm imprint on the neighbourhood where they took place.But while Lavenham Road will forever be associated with the murder of Karen Hales - one of the most horrific crimes Ipswich has known - it is clear some people in the area have been able to move on.
SOME crimes leave a firm imprint on the neighbourhood where they took place.
But while Lavenham Road will forever be associated with the murder of Karen Hales - one of the most horrific crimes Ipswich has known - it is clear some people in the area have been able to move on.
Some new residents of this quiet cul-de-sac, on the border of Chantry Park, moved in not knowing the history of the street, but others are still there and can remember when their sleepy neighbourhood was the focus of a massive police investigation, and the site of a crime which stunned the town.
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For those living with the legacy of the terrible crime, there is hope today's development may help solve it.
Josephine McCarry, 26, of Lavenham Road, Ipswich, said: “I was 14 at the time and I remember it really shocked people. That type of thing isn't known around here. It so quiet and you wouldn't think someone would get killed, especially with a kid.
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“I think this reward sounds a good idea. It might tempt people but it's been such a long time. There were whispers going around about who did it but we don't know for sure.”
Robert McCarry, 34, of Lavenham Road, added: “I knew Karen and she was a really nice girl. It was horrendous for a mother to be killed in front of her kid.
”I think this reward might help. It might jog a few people's memories.”