New Suffolk strangler probe is 'routine'

POLICE have dismissed as “routine inquiries” reports they are attempting to trace a former girlfriend of Suffolk serial killer Steve Wright.

Brad Jones

POLICE have dismissed as “routine inquiries” reports they are attempting to trace a former girlfriend of Suffolk serial killer Steve Wright.

It was reported yesterday that officers have been looking for a “first girlfriend” of Wright, who he worked with at the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh more than 30 years ago.

It is not known what sparked the latest development.


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But a Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “We are conducting various inquiries into where Steve Wright was prior to his conviction. This is part of those routine inquiries.”

Wright, 51, formerly of London Road, Ipswich, was convicted last year of the murders of Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls.

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The five sex workers were killed and their bodies dumped at sites in the Hintlesham and Nacton areas in late 2006.

The former forklift truck driver has been told he will die in prison for committing the murders.

It is understood Wright worked at the Brudenell Hotel, which is on Aldeburgh seafront, soon after leaving school.

It was there where he met the woman who police are trying to contact. It is believed she was also employed by the hotel.

After Wright's conviction, police said they would work with other forces to establish if there were any links with him and historic cases.

It was widely speculated he may have been involved in the unsolved murders of Norwich prostitutes Natalie Pearman and Michelle Bettles and the disappearance of Kellie Pratt.

But Norfolk Constabulary said last year that no evidence had been uncovered to suggest Wright was responsible for the deaths.

A spokeswoman for the Brudenell Hotel said last night they were unaware of the latest inquiries.

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