Forces in touch over unsolved murders

A NUMBER of police forces have now made contact with Suffolk Constabulary about unsolved murders following the conviction of serial killer Steve Wright.

A NUMBER of police forces have now made contact with Suffolk Constabulary about unsolved murders following the conviction of serial killer Steve Wright.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull who led the hunt for the Ipswich red light killer said detectives needed to draw up a “timeline” of the former publican's life to map his whereabouts and identify areas that warranted further investigation.

He could not identify the forces which had approached Suffolk police but said it was possible detectives might seek further interviews with Wright in prison in the future.

Forklift truck driver Wright, 49, of London Road, Ipswich, was jailed for the rest of his life on Friday after a jury convicted him of the murders of Tania Nicol, 19, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

Following the conviction, Suffolk police confirmed that officers from the Metropolitan Police had asked to see evidence against Wright to probe any links with the disappearance of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh who disappeared in 1986 in West London. Her body was never found.

She and Wright worked on the QE2 in the 1980s. Wright was a steward and Miss Lamplugh a beautician.

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Det Ch Supt Gull said: “We have had contact from a number of forces. As you might expect following an investigation, it's a natural process for us to have a look at outstanding crimes.

“We need to look at Steve Wright's past, where he has been, and create almost a timeline and of course once we've done that analysis and mapping, it may be appropriate to undertake further investigation.

“Certainly, we can consider further interviews (with Wright). But we do not just rely on interviews. They represent a small part of an investigation.

“We will look at the forensic evidence available to us and conventional evidence such as witness sightings.”