Prostitute told TV crew of fear before disappearence
A prostitute feared dead after two more bodies were discovered today by police investigating the murders of three sex workers took part in a chilling interview just days before she vanished.
Paula Clennell gave an interview to ITV Anglia on December 5, saying she was prepared to dice with danger by going back on the streets because “I need the money”.
Amid concerns that a serial killer was on the loose, she headed back to Ipswich’s red light district. She has not been seen since Saturday night.
Officers investigating the deaths of three other prostitutes in the Ipswich area were alerted this afternoon by a member of the public.
One body was found near Levington, a village to the south of Ipswich and just a few miles from Suffolk Police Headquarters.
Minutes later a police helicopter spotted a second corpse nearby.
The officer leading the murder inquiry, Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull, told reporters the “natural assumption” was that the bodies were those of missing prostitutes Miss Clennell and Annette Nicholls.
The discovery means police are now hunting a major serial killer, who has claimed the lives of five women.
In the interview, broadcast on ITV News, the 24-year-old said the killings had made her “a bit wary about getting into cars” but she would probably still do it anyway.
She had spotted there were fewer men and less girls around, probably because of the police presence.
“The girls are probably wary about coming out now,” she said.
Miss Clennell admitted that she had “a couple of nasty experiences” including being beaten up once.
The naked body of Gemma Adams, 25, was found on December 2 in woodland at Hintlesham, on the outskirts of Ipswich. She had last been seen on November 15.
On December 8 the body of Tania Nicol, 19, was found in nearby Copdock. She was the first to go missing and had last been seen on October 30.
The naked body of the third prostitute, Anneli Alderton, 24, from Colchester in Essex, was discovered at the weekend in Nacton, a few miles further east.
Hearing what had happened to Gemma had made her feel “sick”, Miss Clennell said.
A friend has told police she spoke to her on Sunday evening but Miss Clennell has not been in touch with police.
Miss Clennell’s father Brian, who did not know she was a prostitute, appealed to his daughter to get in touch.
He told ITV News: “You do not have anything to worry about. You have a good mother and a loving sister and they just want her back.”
“I’m hoping for the best, that she is with friends.
“If she has done something wrong all she has to do really is to contact her mother or the confidential police line and she will get all the help she wants.”
There was no answer at the home of Miss Clennell’s father in the Spittal area of Berwck-upon-Tweed following the discovery of the bodies this afternoon.
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