Father's anger at BBC murders drama

THE father of one of the women murdered by serial killer Steve Wright has hit out at plans by the BBC to broadcast a drama based on the horrific events of 2006.

Anthony Bond

THE father of one of the women murdered by serial killer Steve Wright has hit out at plans by the BBC to broadcast a drama based on the horrific events of 2006.

The three-part “factually-based” drama, which is set to be called Five Daughters, will be broadcast next year.

It will tell the story of the five women who worked as prostitutes in Ipswich who were murdered and dumped in remote locations on the outskirts of the town.


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The project has also been criticised by Brian Clennell, whose 24-year-old daughter Paula was one of the victims.

Mr Clennell, who lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed, said: “I do not think the BBC should show this.

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“I think it will open to many wounds for the families.

“You are not just affecting one family or one individual - there are five families with five mums and five dads as well as sisters and brothers. I am just worried that they may show the five girls in a bad light.

“Anybody can make a drama about something but no one knows in depth what happened.

“They have no insight into how these women were brought up or what happened to them and how they got into drugs in the first place.”

Also critical was Steve Wright's brother David, 52, who lives near Bury St Edmunds. He is campaigning to free his brother who still maintains his innocence.

He said: “We are still in the process of getting a file together to submit to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and anything like this will be fictitious in some way and I am sure it will jeopardise a retrial.

“People should wait until the dust settles and the families have got used to the idea that their daughters have been murdered.

“To start doing a three-part show not long after the girls have been buried is bad.”

Wright is currently serving a life sentence after he was convicted in February 2008 of killing Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell.

Writer of the drama, Stephen Butchard, said: “Our hope is that this drama provides a glimpse of the real girls their families knew, and also leads to further debate on the impact of drugs and sex industries upon every town, every city in this country, and what action is or isn't being taken.”

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