Was senior officer a client?

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of five women have refused to confirm or deny a report that a senior police officer was a client of one of the victims.

DNA testing of the general public has not been ruled out in a bid to find the killer, it has been revealed today.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said that it remains an option but at the moment officers are still trying to find the murderers DNA.

Interpol has also contacted Suffolk police to offer help if it is required and unsolved murders of prostitutes elsewhere in the country will continue to be examined, although Det Chief Supt Gull stressed that at the moment there were no links to them.

He also refused to confirm or deny a report that a senior police officer was a client of one of the victims.

His comments came after a national newspaper reported yesterday that murder victim Paula Clennell had told officers shortly before she died that one of her clients was a senior policeman.

The newspaper said he was an officer in a neighbouring force and he was also a client of one of the other murdered women.

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Miss Clennell, 24, had listed her clients and had reportedly claimed she visited the policeman, the newspaper said.

They are also investigating a later sighting of 29-year-old Annette Nicholls, after receiving unconfirmed reports that she was in the red light area of the town after 9.50pm on December 5, and have stepped up their hunt for the clothes all five women.

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