Inquests opened on Suffolk victims

INQUESTS into four of the women killed in Ipswich were opened at the town's Crown Court today.Inquests into the deaths of Tania Nicol, Annelie Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls were opened and adjourned by Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean.

INQUESTS into four of the women killed in Ipswich over the last seven weeks have opened.

Detective Superintendent Andy Henwood read out a statement at Ipswich Crown Court this morning giving brief details on the deaths of Tania Nicol, Paula Clennell, Annelie Alderton and Annette Nicholls.

The opening of Gemma Adams' inquest has already taken place.

Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean began by offering his condolences to the families of the murdered women, who were not present at the hearing.

“Firstly I would like to offer condolences to the families and those close to these young women for their loss in these appalling and tragic circumstances,” he said.

The courtroom heard details about the last known movements of each of the women, and the discovery of their bodies.

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Det Supt Henwood revealed that although Annelie Alderton had not been reported missing prior to her body being discovered, police were able to identify her from a number of tattoos.

The detective told the inquest the speed of the murders and the fact five women had been killed was unique, not just for Suffolk but the country as a whole.

He described the investigation as “massive” and said the force was utilising resources from across the country. He also welcomed the huge response the force had received from members of the public.

In concluding the opening of the inquest, Dr Dean said he wanted to acknowledge and pay tribute to the officers involved in the police investigation.

And in an appeal for the public's help, he said: “We would still ask anyone with information that could assist those officers to contact police with any information they have.

“Our thoughts at this time first and foremost are with the families of Tania Nicol, Annelie Alderton, Paula Clennell, Annette Nicholls and Gemma Adams.”

All of the inquests were adjourned.