Fresh plea from Tania's parents

Tania Nicol's parents have made a fresh appeal for information on their daughter's murder. Tania's father said: “Tania was a lovely daughter - she was a caring, loving, sensitive girl who would never hurt anyone."

Tania Nicol's parents have made a fresh appeal for information on their daughter's murder.

Tania's father Jim Duell said: “Tania was a lovely daughter - she was a caring, loving, sensitive girl who would never hurt anyone. Unfortunately, drugs took her away into her own secret world - a world that neither of us were aware of.

“Tania has been taken by someone who needs to be found. We ask for anyone who knows this person or persons to come forward and contact the police.

“We would like to thank all the people who have offered help so far, but ask if anyone has any information however small please tell us even if they come forward anonymously.”


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Departing from a prepared statement, Mr Duell added: “This is my own writing here, this is for the families who have lost daughters.

“They have taken away our daughters but they can't take away our memories or love we shared, our fortitude or our courage. Let's grieve for our daughters but not unnecessarily.

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“Live your lives through your departed daughters, as they would want to see us getting on with our lives and not walking with our heads bowed down.

“Think of happy times they brought to us and happy times we shared.

“Feel a gratefulness and thankfulness they are at peace.”

He made the statement during a press conference at Suffolk police's Martlesham headquarters, flanked by Tania's mother Kerry.

Suffolk Police were first alerted that Tania Nicol, aged 19, was missing on Wednesday, 1 November 2006. Her mother contacted police to say she had not seen Tania for more than 48 hours.

Tania was last seen at about 10.30pm on Monday, October 30 , when she left her home in Woolverstone Close, Ipswich, to work in the town centre as a prostitute.

On Friday, December 8, a police diving team searching two miles further down the waterway, near Copdock Mill, discovered the naked body of Tania.

Hers was the second of five bodies of murdered prostitutes to be discovered.

The post mortem proved inconclusive and further tests are being carried out to try and establish a cause of death. Tania had not been sexually assaulted.

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