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Devastated life of everyday guy

PUBLISHED: 17:19 20 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

TO MANY people Adrian Bradshaw was just a normal everyday guy who could easily have been described as "the boy next door".

It seems that friends, colleagues and business associates alike all found the 27-year-old likeable and professional and just one of the team.

TO MANY people Adrian Bradshaw was just a normal everyday guy who could easily have been described as "the boy next door".

It seems that friends, colleagues and business associates alike all found the 27-year-old likeable and professional and just one of the team.

His life, up until the day he was arrested for the murder of Trimley teenager Vicky Hall, could mirror the life of any young person his age.

But in December his life was turned upside down when he was arrested and charged with the unthinkable - the murder of a young clubber who had been found naked in a ditch five days after she had disappeared.

The young man whose neighbours did not even really know him suddenly became one of the most known faces in Suffolk.

TV and national newspapers swooped on the small village, lifting the lid on his private life making him rise from relative anonymity to "the man accused of murdering a 17-year-old nightclubber."

However it seems his private life was the same as many other men his age, revealing nothing more than perhaps the desire to be a ladies' man on his nights out drinking with the lads.

Born in Ipswich, the only boy among three sisters, he later moved to Trimley St Mary where he went to primary school, before going on to Orwell High.

From there he followed the life of any normal teenager - interested in business and finance he studied at Suffolk College and with his parents divorced he went to live with his father at Trimley.

In 1992, a bid for independence saw him take a nine month trip to America working on a summer camp and looking after children.

Bradshaw also went on to study at Northumbria University in Newcastle for a year where he gained an unclassified degree in Business Studies.

After that he spent time working in France before coming back to Felixstowe where he set up home with long-term girlfriend Helen Prior.

They split up in the summer of 1999 and although at the time of Vicky's disappearance he was single, he has since met another girl who supported him through his ordeal after he was arrested.

Her face was just one in a huge number of friends and family who regularly went to Norwich Crown Court as moral support during the trial.

Day after day the public gallery was packed to capacity with people who loved him and could not believe the turn of events during the last 12 months.

As well as being a successful self made man Bradshaw was also a keen footballer who played for the Owl and the Pussycat football team in Felixstowe.

On the morning that Victoria disappeared he played a match in Nacton and even gave a lift to a friend at around 9.15am that day, who described him as a slightly "quiet" man.

He seemed an unremarkable kind of person who just wanted to get on with his life and enjoyed going out with his friends.

Some have described Bradshaw as a bit of a loner, which is something his best friends find difficult to believe.

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