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January 29, 2011

Ipswich, England serial murders to be adapted into \’musical\’

Ipswich, England serial murders to be adapted into ‘musical’

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The Ipswich serial murders, in which five female prostitutes were killed in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, are to be turned into a show entitled London Road. The “documentary musical” is expected to debut in the Royal National Theatre in London this April.

The concept has been criticised. When ITN conducted some vox populi interviews, members of the public reacted negatively: “[A]lmost makes it seem a bit light-hearted, doesn’t it? It takes the impact out of it,” one woman said. One man said that it would “bring back memories to [the families of the victims] and that’s not right.” Another woman remarked: “It’s not a musical, you know, it’s a tragedy for the families it happened to.”

Cquote1.svg It’s not a musical, you know, it’s a tragedy for the families it happened to. Cquote2.svg

—Female member of the public

The Reverend Andrew Dotchin, who knew victim Tania Nicol, advised: “It’s holy ground. Take your shoes off. Walk carefully. Remember you’re dealing not so much with an event in the news but with something that in a real sense that is still alive, still affecting lives. It has a great potential to bring healing but if you’re not careful, it can also bring harm.”

In their defence, a National Theatre spokeswoman made a statement, saying “London Road has been created from edited interviews recorded with people from Ipswich and is a serious look at the effect on the community of this tragic event, rather than at the murders or victims themselves; and at how the community was able to pull together to create something positive out of the tragedy.

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We’re not going to call it a musical in future because we recognise it gives a misleading impression; the music will do something very different by reflecting the voices of the interviewees. We realise how sensitive a subject this is and hope that, when people come to see it, they will see that the piece doesn’t seek to exploit or sensationalise but to shed light on a side of the story that hasn’t previously been told.”

The name London Road is a reference to the name of the street where Steve Wright lived. Wright was was jailed in February 2008 for the murders of Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell – all of whom were female prostitutes that lived in the Ipswich region. Their naked bodies were discovered close to Ipswich in December 2006.

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February 22, 2008

Steve Wright, killer of five women in Suffolk, England, sentenced to life imprisonment

Steve Wright, killer of five women in Suffolk, England, sentenced to life imprisonment

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Map of the area surrounding Ipswich showing the locations where the bodies of the victims were discovered

Steve Wright, yesterday convicted of the murder of five women in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, has today been sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court to life imprisonment. The bodies of the five women who worked as sex workers in Ipswich were found around the town in December 2006.

The judge, Mr Justice Gross said that a “substantial degree of pre-meditation and planning” was involved meaning the requirments for a whole life sentence for Wright was met. He said, “This was a targeted campaign of murder. It is right you should spend your whole life in prison.”

Speaking after the sentencing, Deputy Chief Constable of Suffolk Police, Jacqui Cheer said, “At the start of the inquiry we could not have asked for anything more. It is a tribute to all the people who have been involved – not only police officers but their support teams and all the members of the public who phoned-in offering information.”



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February 21, 2008

Steve Wright found guilty of murdering five women in Suffolk, England

Steve Wright found guilty of murdering five women in Suffolk, England

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

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Steve Wright has today, at Ipswich Crown Court, been convicted of the murders of five women found dead around the Suffolk town in England in December 2006. Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls all worked as sex workers in the area.

The first body, that of Gemma Adams, was found on December 2. She had been reported missing on November 15. Tania Nicol, reported missing on October 30, was found December 8, approximately two miles away. On December 10, the body of Anneli Alderton was spotted by a motorist in woodland near to the village of Nacton.

The bodies of Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls were found near the village of Levington on December 12.

Steve Wright was identified as a suspect after DNA evidence was found linking him to the murders. He was arrested on December 19 and charged two days later.

Following the conviction, Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull who led the investigation said that, “These appalling crimes left a community, a county and a nation in a state of profound shock.”

“Today’s verdicts demonstrate how the combination of traditional police work and information from the public, coupled with cutting edge DNA science, can be so effective in today’s crime investigations.”

Wright will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court tomorrow, February 22.



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December 18, 2006

Man arrested over prostitutes\’ murders in Great Britain

Man arrested over prostitutes’ murders in Great Britain

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Monday, December 18, 2006

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The British police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of 5 prostitutes in the Ipswich area. Tom Stephens, 37, was arrested at his home in Trimley near Felixstowe, Suffolk at 7:20 a.m. Police are also examining a phone and laptop confiscated from Mr Stephens earlier in the week and checking Mr Stephens mother’s house.

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Cquote1.svg He has been arrested on the suspicion of murdering all the five women – Gemma Adams, Tania Nichol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls —Police Chief Superintendent Steward Gull Cquote2.svg

Stephens is currently in police custody at an unnamed station in Suffolk awaiting questioning.

All five of the women were found dumped naked in the countryside near Ipswich over a period of 11 days. The murders were compared by the media to the ninteenth century killer Jack the Ripper.

Despite these developments police are still stressing that the investigation is ongoing and are continuing to advise prostitutes in the area to remain off the streets.

In total there are currently 412 detectives, uniformed officers and police staff working on the case.

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December 15, 2006

Five prostitutes found dead in U.K. brings fears of \”Ipswich Ripper\”

Five prostitutes found dead in U.K. brings fears of “Ipswich Ripper”

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Location of Suffolk within England

The bodies of five women within the United Kingdom have been found in or around the county of Suffolk in the east of England. The latest victims were found on 12 December 2006 in a rural area a few hundred meters apart, and one body discovered within 40 minutes of the other. Detectives investigating the murders have confirmed that the last body discovered was that of 29 year old Annette Nicholls. Five women have been found dead within 10 days and authorities face an “unprecedented” murder investigation.

Britain’s infamous historical serial killers are the 19th century murderer known as “Jack the Ripper”, who was responsible for the deaths of five prostitutes in east London in 1888 but was never found and Peter Sutcliffe the “Yorkshire Ripper” who murdered 13 women, mainly those who worked in prostitution, over a period of five years in northern England.

Suffolk Police have cited prostitutes to stay off the streets and women have been advised not to go out unaccompanied.

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