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Man charged over Ipswich murders

By Andy Davies

Updated on 22 December 2006

Charged with the murders of 5 women in Ipswich. 48 year old Steven Wright appears in court.

Steven Wright

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A 48-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering five women in Suffolk.

Steven Wright was remanded in custody by Ipswich magistrates until after the New Year. The other man who had been arrested, Tom Stephens, has been released on police bail.

Our home affairs correspondent Andy Davies, in Ipswich, reports:

"The Magistrates Court was packed this morning, almost sixty journalists crammed into this small court for this very short hearing.

At ten past ten, Steven Wright, a man about whom so much has been written and broadcast recently, walked into the dock. He was wearing a black suit and a striped tie and he stood there quietly confirming his name, address and date of birth.

And he stood staring at the Magistrates bench when the charges of murder were read out to him. No application for bail was made.

He was brought to Ipswich Magistrates Court at 9.30 this morning charged with the murder of five young women in a case which has generated intense public interest.

He is accused of murdering 25-year old Gemma Adams, 19-year-old Tania Nicol, 24-year-old Anneli Alderton, 29-year-old Annette Nicholls, and 24-year-old Paula Clennell.

Map showing where bodies were discovered around Ipswich

The body of Gemma Adams was discovered in a brook in Hintlesham on December 2nd. Tania Nicols' body was found in a stream on the 8th December near Copdock Mill. Anneli Alderton's body was found two days later at Nacton. The body of Annette Nicholls was found in woods near Levington December 12th along with the body of Paula Clennell.

Yesterday evening word reached various media outlets that an impromptu press conference was to be held at Suffolk Police Headquarters.

It was only when members of the Crown Prosecution Service, a number of lawyers pitched up, it became clear that this particular briefing would yield a major development.

A short time ago Wright was taken from court. He will be remanded in custody until his next court appearance which will be a preliminary hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on January 2nd, 2007.

In the case of Tom Stephens the supermarket worker, who was arrested on Monday 18th December, it was announced last night that he was released on police bail pending further enquiries."

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