£5m cost of Suffolk killings probe

The police inquiry into the deaths of five women in Ipswich has cost £5m in its first month, it has been revealed.

The police inquiry into the deaths of five women in Ipswich has cost £5m in its first month, it has been revealed.

The bill already exceeds the initial stages of the Soham murder probe - which amounted to £2m in its opening weeks and £9m in total - and is expected to rise sharply as further investigative work is carried out.

The Home Office has agreed to step in and cover a large proportion of the cost, leaving Suffolk with an estimated bill of £1m so far.

More than 360 police officers and staff from 31 forces were initially drafted in to help police investigating the deaths of Tania Nicol, 19, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

Suffolk police must cover the cost of accommodation and wages for all the officers deployed.