Second arrest in murder hunt

VIDEO A second man has today been arrested on suspicion of murdering five women in Suffolk. Police have also been granted an extra 36-hours to question their first suspect, arrested on Monday.

A SECOND man has today been arrested on suspicion of murdering five women in Suffolk.

Sources have named the suspect as 48-year-old Steve Wright, but police have refused to confirm his identity.

Detectives were tonight given an extra 36 hours to quiz Tom Stephens, 37, from Trimley St Martin, who was arrested on Monday after an initial 12-hour extension expired.

Police have sealed off a section of Ipswich's London Road, with a wide cordon and a tent erected outside Number 79.

This afternoon workers began putting up scaffolding outside the house.

A dark blue Ford Mondeo was taken away on a transporter, and forensic teams are working inside the house.

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Speaking at a press conference this morning Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said: “A second man has today been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of five women in Suffolk.

“A 48-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Ipswich at approximately 5am this morning.

“He has been arrested on suspicion of murdering all five women - Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Annelie Alderton, Paula Clenell and Annette Nicholls.

“The man is currently in custody at a police station in Suffolk where he will be questioned about the deaths later today.

“Police will not be naming the police station where the man is being held.”

Det Chf Supt Gull confirmed that the 37-year-old man, believed to be Tom Stephens, who was arrested in Trimley yesterday, remains in custody.

He said: "Police will not confirm or deny the identity of the people in custody as legal proceedings are active.

"There will be no further comment or appeals at this stage."

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