Trimley man arrested for five murders

VIDEO Detectives investigating the Suffolk killings have today arrested 37-year-old supermarket worker Tom Stephens on suspicion of murder.He was arrested at 7.20am at his home in Trimley in connection with the deaths of all five murdered prostitutes.

Detectives investigating the Suffolk killings have today arrested a man on suspicion of murdering all five women.

The 37-year-old man was arrested at his home in Trimley at 7.20am.

He is currently in custody at an unnamed police station in Suffolk for questioning.

Police have not named the man, but it is believed to be supermarket worker Tom Stephens.


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In a newspaper interview published on Sunday, Mr Stephens said he spoken to police several times and believed it was likely they would arrest him.

He said he had no alibis for the times around the murders, although he strongly denied any involvement in them.

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Mr Stephens is a former special constable, and has also worked as a taxi driver. He was suspended on full pay from his job at Tesco in Martlesham at the weekend.

Forensic officers have been at his home in Trimley St Martin for most of the day, and took a car away from the property earlier today.

It is the second time police have searched the house. Several weeks ago neighbours saw police using metal detectors in the garden and searching the house.

A separate search was made today at Mr Stephens' mother's home in Eye.

Announcing the arrest in a brief statement at a press conference this morning, Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said: "Detectives investigating the murder of five women in the Ipswich area have today arrested a man.

"The 37-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Trimley, near Felixstowe, at approximately 7.20am this morning.

"He has been arrested on suspicion of murdering all five women, Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell 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.

"We will not be naming the police station where the man is being held.

"As legal proceedings are now active, Suffolk Police will not be issuing further comments or appeals at this stage."

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