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Man charged with Suffolk murders
Stephen Wright
Stephen Wright of Ipswich was arrested on Tuesday
A 48-year-old man has been charged with murdering five women whose bodies were found in countryside near Ipswich.

Stephen Wright was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in the London Road area of the town.

He has been charged with murdering prostitutes Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Tania Nicol, 19, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

The first man arrested, Tom Stephens, 37, has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

'Ongoing investigations'

Detectives said Mr Wright would appear before magistrates in Ipswich on Friday morning.

Det Ch Supt Stewart Gull said: "You will be aware that on Monday 18 December, as part of our investigation into the murders of five women in the Ipswich area, we arrested a suspect at his home address in Trimley.

"The next day, Tuesday 19 December, a second suspect was arrested in Ipswich.

"There have been significant ongoing inquiries and interviews during the period that these men have been in custody.

"As a result of these inquiries, the 37-year-old man from Trimley was this evening released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Five candles burn above a picture of the women

"The second man, Stephen Wright, from Ipswich, has been charged with the murder of all five women."

Michael Crimp, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "We've made the decision that there is sufficient evidence and authorised that Stephen Wright, born on 24 April 1958, of London Road, Ipswich, should be charged with the murders of Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls, and Paula Clennell.

"We will continue to keep this case under constant review as it develops.

"Mr Wright will be kept in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates' Court."

Suffolk Police announce the charges

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