Sex workers remembered in church service

FIVE Ipswich sex workers who were found dead last year have been remembered at a church service today.About 20 people gathered at St Matthew's Church, Ipswich, to mourn the women.

FIVE Ipswich sex workers who were found dead last year have been remembered at a church service today.

About 20 people gathered at St Matthew's Church, Ipswich, to mourn the women.

The bodies of Tania Nicol, 19, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29, were found in remote spots around Ipswich last December.

Opening the service, Canon Peter Townley said: "In the quietness, we have come to remember the five women found dead last year.

"We gather to pray for them, their families, their friends, all whom they love and all who love them."

After the short service, in which Mr Townley led the congregation in reading the Lord's Prayer, those gathered were given an opportunity to pray for the women.

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Among the mourners was a former vice girl, who worked under the street name of Charlotte.

The woman, who did not want to give her real name, said: "It was very moving.

"It was nice for people to be able to say a prayer. I used to know Paula (Clennell).''

Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull, the Suffolk police officer who led the investigation into the deaths, was also among the congregation.

It is not thought any of the women's families attended.

Steve Wright, 49, of London Road, Ipswich, denies murdering the five women. He is due to stand trial in January.

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