Sadness of Paula's family
THE grandmother of Paula Clennell's three children has spoken of her belief that she knew her killer.Anita, who lives on Ipswich's Gainsborough estate, thinks the 24-year-old prostitute could have arranged to meet the person who lured her to her death.
THE grandmother of Paula Clennell's three children has spoken of her belief that she knew her killer.
Anita, who lives on Ipswich's Gainsborough estate, thinks the 24-year-old prostitute could have arranged to meet the person who lured her to her death.
Speaking from her home, on Ipswich's Gainsborough estate, she said: “I have a funny feeling she did know this person. I don't know who it could be but she said she used to see a regular punter who had lots of money. But who is he?
“This man needs to come forward. He knew her and he could help the police.”
Paying tribute to Miss Clennell, Anita revealed how the mother-of-three became addicted to drugs after her children were taken away two years ago.
She said: “Once her children were gone, she started taking drugs to keep going and to block it out. She always thought she would get them back, even until recently. Having your children taken away is the most heartbreaking thing you could ever know.”
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Anita, whose son, Elton Norris, is the father of Miss Clennell's children, said she preferred to remember Miss Clennell as the girl they took a family holiday to Disneyworld, in Florida four years ago.
“She was so happy back then and that's how I want her to be remembered,” she said.
“I was like a second mum to her. I loved her and always will love her. No one will ever take that away.
“She loved her kids and didn't deserve what happened. She was a victim of society.
“It's such a wasted life. I know the real Paula - the person that people who think of her just as a prostitute don't know.”
When Miss Clennell initially went missing, at 10.40pm on Saturday, Anita said she was confident she would turn up safe and well.
But after hearing of the discovery of two bodies on Tuesday, she prepared herself for bad news.
She said: “I thought that because someone said they had spoken to her on Sunday, she was probably at someone's house.
“But then they found the bodies and it became obvious it was her. It's devastating. Nobody deserves to die like that.”
Brian Wilmes, 51, who lived with Miss Clennell in Elliott Street, Ipswich until the past month, also paid tribute to Miss Clennell.
He said: “I will miss her. It's going to take a little while to sink in. I'm in shock.”