Victims remembered

DOZENS of floral tributes still lay at village locations around Ipswich where the bodies of five women were found last month.Many of the wilting tributes, which lay at locations in Copdock, Hintlesham, Nacton, Levington and Ipswich, included festive wreaths.

DOZENS of floral tributes still lay at village locations around Ipswich where the bodies of five women were found last month.

Many of the wilting tributes, which lay at locations in Copdock, Hintlesham, Nacton, Levington and Ipswich, included festive wreaths.

At a roundabout near to Trinity Park, the former Suffolk Showground, lies a single bunch of flowers with a card reading RIP Annette.

Police tape secures the tribute to a lamppost as an eerie reminder of why the tributes have been laid.

In Levington a wooden cross marks the spot where Annette Nicholls' and Paula Clennell's bodies were found.

A teddy bear lays at Nacton soaked in water and nearby lies a sympathy card with the words washed off from the winter rain.

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A red stuffed heart hangs from a bridge in Copdock along with 20 tributes where people chose to lay flowers in memory of Tania Nicol - the first of the five women to disappear from Ipswich.

Elsewhere in London Road, Ipswich, in the heart of the red light district the home of 48-year-old Steve Wright still remains covered in tarpaulin.

Police were not present at the property today but the only glimpse of the building which can be seen is the red front door.

Investigations at the house of Tom Stephens, who was also arrested during the inquiry, appear to have been completed and residents of Jubilee Close, Trimley St Martin, said no officers had been seen there for three days.

Supermarket worker Stephens, who was arrested on suspicion of murder on December 18, had not returned to the property since being released on police bail just before Christmas. He is due to meet with officers again in late March.

This morning there were notices in the windows of the house saying “Warning - these premises are covered by CCTV”.

One woman said: “I am glad we are no longer the focus of attention here. It was all a bit unreal and unnerving, and now we are just getting back to normal again.”

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