Arrested man faces no charges over Ipswich murders

A 38-year-old man with Norfolk links arrested in connection with the murder of five prostitutes will not face any charges, police said yesterday .

A 38-year-old man with Norfolk links arrested in connection with the murder of five prostitutes will not face any charges, police said yesterday .

Tom Stephens, who was brought up at Blofield Heath and went to school at Hemblington Primary and Thorpe St Andrew High but now lives in Trimley, near Felixstowe, was questioned in connection with the deaths of the five Ipswich women in December.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: “Suffolk Police can confirm that a 38-year-old man arrested in connection with the deaths of five women in late 2006 has had his bail cancelled.

“He faces no further action in connection with this inquiry.”

Mr Stephens, who served in Norfolk as a special constable, was questioned in connection with the deaths of Gemma Adams, 25, Tania Nicol, 19, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

Their bodies were found at various locations on the edge of Ipswich over a 10-day period in December.

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Mr Stephens admitted being close to all five victims, whose bodies were found dumped and naked in villages within a five mile radius of one another.

Former Norwich landlord Steve Wright, 49, of London Road, Ipswich, has been charged in connection with the murder of the five women.

He has entered a not guilty plea at a hearing in May at Ipswich Crown Court and will face a trial next year.