The long search for CCTV clues begins

SINCE the start of the hunt for the serial killer, staff at the CCTV control hub in Ipswich have painstakingly sifted through more than 10,000 hours of video footage.

SINCE the start of the hunt for the serial killer, staff at the CCTV control hub in Ipswich have painstakingly sifted through more than 10,000 hours of video footage.

There are around 60 cameras in the town centre, 12 of which are in the “traditional” red light district of Sir Alf Ramsey Way, Portman Road, West End Road, Alderman Road and nearby parkland.

A normal day would see them used for monitoring anything from road traffic collisions and people falling ill to anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

But now the footage, which is collated at the borough council's Grafton House headquarters, is being scrutinised for evidence of a much more serious nature.


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The CCTV team, which at peak periods is only three members strong, has already gone through hundreds of tapes and looked at more than 10,000 hours of footage.

The hope is they will unearth a vital piece of evidence that will help officers catch the culprit or culprits responsible for the grim murder of five prostitutes.

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Jim Manning, head of community safety at IBC, said: “Since the girls were discovered we have been working hard with police to provide them with the means so they can examine each camera for any potential lead.

“Where we have been successful in the past for example is where we have put people in certain places at certain times, been able to determine in which direction they were walking and who they were with at the time.”

Mr Manning was also full of praise for his staff who he said had been working extremely hard in what is an incredibly busy time.

He said: “It's very hectic because not only have we had to deal with the intense media interest but we also have another murder inquiry following the incident in Zest nightclub at the weekend, which brings the number being looked to up to six.”

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