Police play down murder link claims

NORFOLK police have moved to downplay suggestions that two unsolved murders of women in Norwich and the disappearance of another are being linked to the Suffolk serial killings.

NORFOLK police have moved to downplay suggestions that two unsolved murders of women in Norwich and the disappearance of another are being linked to the Suffolk serial killings.

It had earlier been reported that a senior officer had been assigned to each case.

However Norfolk police today released a statement saying that an officer had made an “unhelpful” comment to the press and has been given “words of advice”.

The statement read: “Norfolk police wants to reconfirm its position which has not changed.

“We are not formally linking the investigation into the deaths of Michelle Bettles, Natalie Pearman or the disappearance of Kellie Pratt with the ongoing investigation in Suffolk at this time.

“However Norfolk police officers are liaising and working very closely with colleagues in Suffolk and are giving them access to databases and information.”

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Two Norwich prostitutes, Natalie Pearman, 16, and Michelle Bettles, 22, whose killings in 1996 and 2002 remain unsolved, were both strangled.

Another prostitute, Kellie Pratt, went missing in 2000 and has never been found.

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