Evening Star memorial fund hits £20,000

The Ipswich Evening Star's memorial fund for the five prostitutes murdered last year has reached the £20,000 mark.

Plans for the Somebody's Daughter fund, launched to create a lasting legacy to those who were killed, are to be discussed in detail with the girls'

families.

They include the provision of a refuge and rehabilitation unit for working girls, to break the cycle of drug addiction that can lead them into the sex trade, and some sort of visible memorial for families and friends to visit.

Editor Nigel Pickover, who has been made chairman of the trustees, said: "There is a lot of work underway and fundraising is considering apace.

"In terms of longevity we think this will go on for years to come. Whether or not we need funds to build a refuge, it could be that a place will be provided for us. There will be running costs well into the future."

Between 2 and 12 December last year, the bodies of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell were found in remote locations around Ipswich.

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