Officer warns Suffolk women

A RESPECTED police officer with years of experience on murder cases last night warned: “There isn't a female in Suffolk who is truly safe.”Norman Brennan, a police officer of 27 years standing, is the founder and director of the Victims of Crime Trust.

A RESPECTED police officer with years of experience on murder cases last night warned: “There isn't a female in Suffolk who is truly safe.”

Norman Brennan, a police officer of 27 years standing, is the founder and director of the Victims of Crime Trust.

He routinely works with senior investigating officers on murder cases, and has been personally involved in the cases of families touched by some of the most notorious crimes in history, including the James Bulger killing and the Moors Murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.

He said: “This man is exceptionally dangerous. Every prostitute left on the streets is in serious danger.

“They have got to ask themselves what is more important - paying the bills or making sure that you will be safe.

“One murder would be bad enough, but for five bodies to be found it just shows you that this particular individual is merciless.”

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Mr Brennan also pleaded with women in general to ensure that they take when going out at night and ensure they are never alone on the streets.

He stressed that parents of teenage girls must be sure they know where their children are going, how they are getting home and who is bringing them home.

“Ignore my advice at your peril,” he said. “If somebody is alone and is in a short skirt or low top and looks vulnerable then who knows?

“I don't want to scaremonger, but it has to be considered. Large numbers of police officers will be having their leave cancelled and working 12 to 16 hour days but police officers can't be in every street or every country lane.

“People have got to think to themselves 'how safe am I tonight?' The safest thing to do is to stay at home.”

Mr Brennan also appealed to the residents of Suffolk to contact police with any information they may have about the murders, no matter how trivial it might be.

He said: “There will be someone somewhere that might have that vital bit of information - they may feel it's not that important, but it could be the difference between more people losing their lives or catching this man.

“These types of killing are exceptionally rare, however, it's happened and it has to be dealt with.

“The only way we can take this person out of circulation is if we all work as a team.

“We've picked up five bodies in the last few days and I don't want then to pick up another one.

“If they do and we could have prevented it by keeping off the streets or by a member of the public coming forward then I will be very, very disappointed.”

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