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Man remanded over Suffolk murders
Steven Wright

A 48-year-old man has been remanded in custody on charges of murdering five prostitutes whose bodies were found near Ipswich.

Steven Wright, of Ipswich, is accused of murdering Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Tania Nicol, 19, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

Mr Wright was remanded in custody until 2 January when he is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court.

Another arrested man, Tom Stephens, 37, has been released on bail.

Mr Wright, a former fork-lift truck driver, was arrested on Tuesday at his home in the Suffolk town and charged by police on Thursday night.

'Bearing up'

At Ipswich Magistrates' Court he confirmed his personal details before the list of charges were read to him.

Before the hearing Mr Wright's solicitor, Paul Osler, said: "Of course, anybody accused of these sorts of offences is going to experience trauma, but he is bearing up well."

The naked bodies of the five women were discovered in countryside near the Suffolk town over 10 days this month.

Steven Wright arriving in court
Mr Wright was remanded in custody until 2 January

Miss Nicol vanished in late October, sparking a police inquiry.

When Miss Adams's body was found in a stream at Hintlesham, Suffolk on 2 December, police began a murder inquiry.

The bodies of the other four victims were discovered in rural locations nearby over the following 10 days.

Police said Miss Alderton had been strangled, and Miss Clennell had died as a result of "compression" to the neck.

Police have not said how Miss Adams, Miss Nicol or Miss Nicholls died.

Steven Wright arriving at court in a police van

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