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Ipswich reacts to Wright verdict
Steve Wright
Steve Wright was found guilty of the murder of all five women
Steve Wright has been found guilty of the murder of five women in December 2006 following a six-week trial.

The naked bodies of Paula Clennell, Anneli Alderton, Tania Nicol, Annette Nicholls and Gemma Adams, who all worked as prostitutes in the town's red light area, were found in and around the town over 10 days.

Residents in Ipswich have been giving their reactions.

WOMAN, 19, WHO DECLINED TO BE NAMED

I personally don't think Steve Wright did it or if he did do it he did it with someone else. I think he was driving someone else who was doing the killing. I don't feel safe.

Ipswich is getting worse by the day. It's not a place I would want my children to grow up in - in the past year, we've had the killings, the shooting at a nightclub and stabbings. There was also a rape earlier this morning and there was also a girl raped in a park a month ago.

Once I have got some money behind me I want to leave the area.

A lot of people don't think Steve Wright was the man or if he was he did not work alone.

NATALIE CHRISTOPHER, 18

Over Christmas I felt very uncomfortable and scared. I was permanently looking over my shoulder whenever I walked down London Road.

We still don't know if there are people out there doing the same thing. This was just one person. We don't even know whether they caught the right person.

ALFY SMITH, 60

I live opposite Steve Wright (on London Road). I saw him getting arrested.

Everyone was panicking around Christmas time. My wife was very frightened.

I think he did it.

I haven't seen any prostitutes down here.

ESTHER PLUHAR, 23

I still look behind me as I walk in the street now.

I will feel a little safer but you never know - there are many strange people out there.

THERESA HOBIN, 33

It's just mostly relief for the families (of the victims). It's closure for the families.

It must have been horrendous, especially when the girls were found and to read about it everyday in the newspapers.

PATRICIA CARLOS-MANUEL, 33

It's really shocking. I don't feel convinced it was him. I think maybe he was innocent.

There was not enough evidence to say he killed them. A couple of hairs don't say anything as he was a client of theirs.

I think the person who did it is out there - maybe we will find him in 20 years when scientific evidence is more sophisticated.

KATRINA MICHALSCA, 23

When I first came here (to Ipswich) I was frightened but not now. Sometimes I looked at his (Steve Wright's) home and I was scared but now we know he is in prison I am no longer scared.

When you think about the five victims, you are scared - there are other men who may be like him.



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