Third woman's body found in Suffolk

Detectives investigating the murder of two Suffolk prostitutes tonight revealed that a third woman's body has been found in a village near Ipswich.

Detectives investigating the murder of two Suffolk prostitutes tonight revealed that a third woman's body has been found in a village near Ipswich.

The body was discovered in the village of Nacton shortly after 3pm. Police said the death was being treated as “unexplained”.

Earlier today, detectives said they were also continuing to look at links with similar cases in Norwich.

They said there were “striking similarities” between the deaths of Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol which led them to believe the same person or people were responsible, and that they are still working with Norfolk police to look at four previous cases.

The four cases are Michelle Bettles, 22, strangled in 2002, Kellie Pratt, 29, missing since 2000, Natalie Pearman, 16, strangled in 1992, and Hayley Curtis, 23, who was violently beaten and murdered in 2000. All were Norwich prostitutes. Philip Stanley, 56, was convicted of Ms Curtis' murder last year and is serving a life sentence, but the other three cases remain unsolved.

Police are also looking at the case of Mandy Duncan, a prostitute from Woodbridge, who disappeared in 1993.