Media puts town in the spotlight

VIDEO As the news of the killings around Ipswich gets worse on a daily basis, the area has become the unwelcome focus of worldwide media attention.The discovery of two more bodies led every national newspaper today - except the Daily Star and the Financial Times - and most devoted several pages to the hunt.

AS the news of the killings around Ipswich gets worse on a daily basis, the area has become the unwelcome focus of worldwide media attention.

The discovery of two more bodies led every national newspaper today - except the Daily Star and the Financial Times - and most devoted several pages to the hunt.

National news broadcasts were anchored from Ipswich, or more precisely the Suffolk police headquarters at Martlesham.

George Alagiah, the main presenter of the BBC's Six O'Clock news has now been in Ipswich for the last few days.

Yesterday he was joined by Ten O'Clock news anchor Huw Edwards, and today Dermot Murnaghan and the Breakfast News team came to Suffolk.

ITN have given the story similar prominence.

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News crews from across the world have joined them. At the Evening Star we have been visited by news crews from Germany and Finland wanting to know what this area is like.

We have had requests for telephone interviews from radio and television stations in Cork in Ireland and as far away as New Zealand.

Different news organisations have given the killer different names. Many have inaccurately described him as a “ripper” - there is no evidence that he has used any blade in any of the killings.

The BBC today followed our lead and described him as the “Suffolk Strangler” after it was revealed that Anneli Alderton was asphyxiated.

The Daily Mirror today devoted seven pages to the “Ipswich Ripper” while The Sun covered the “Suffolk Ripper's Rampage” on its first eight pages.

The Daily Mail had 10 pages of coverage of the “Suffolk Strangler” - pointing out that these crimes are the fastest serial killer in British criminal history.

Britain's last mass-market daily broadsheet, the Daily Telegraph, devoted four large pages to the case - including a report into Paula's interview with ITV Anglia just a few days before she disappeared.

The Times had five pages of reports - including a selection of tributes to the dead women taken from the Star's website.

The Independent devoted seven pages to the killings - and today pulled back from its earlier description of the killer as a “ripper.” Like many other newspapers, it reported on the conditions that had led the victims into a life of prostitution in the first place.

The Guardian leads its front page on the story, and has one page inside about the inquiry.

The Daily Star had a small element of the story on the front page and three pages inside devoted to the story while on the Daily Express news about the “Ripper” shared front page prominence with another report about the death of Princess Diana.

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