|21183 - Second man held in prostitute murder inquiry||19/12/2006 - 10:15:06|
He was arrested on suspicion of murdering Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Tania Nicol, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls who worked as prostitutes.
Tom Stephens, 37, was arrested on Monday at his home at Trimley St Martin, near Felixstowe.
The second person, who has not been named, was arrested at a property in Ipswich early on Tuesday morning.
Mr Stephens can now be held until Tuesday night before being charged or released.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said a superintendent had reviewed the man's arrest and decided to allow detectives to continue to hold him until shortly before 1920 GMT on Tuesday.
They will have to apply to a magistrate if they wish to detain him after that time.
The former special constable is in custody at a police station in Suffolk.
Detectives can hold him for up to 96 hours by obtaining permission from the courts.
Forensic scientists and police teams have been carrying out searches at his home, in Jubilee Close, and his mother's home in the market town of Eye, Suffolk.
Police said the inquiry was ongoing and have not withdrawn advice to women on the streets of Ipswich.
Mr Stephens has said he knew the women who died but he denies any wrongdoing.
Speaking in an interview with BBC News last week for background purposes, Mr Stephens said he "was probably the closest thing Tania [Nicol] had as a boyfriend".
Mr Stephens, who worked for Tesco in Martlesham, said he had spoken to Miss Nicol's mother in the days following her disappearance.
He said he had known Miss Nicol for about six months but had known Miss Adams for 18 months, "about as long as I've known any of the girls".
Police interviewed him at his home earlier in the investigation and had taken his mobile phone and laptop computer, he added.
Former Scotland Yard Commander, Roy Ramm, stressed officers would not be jumping to conclusions.
"In any investigation like this, when you've got a number of young women who are all doing the same kind of thing, they're all acting as prostitutes in a very small area," he told BBC News.
"It's not inconceivable that a number of people will know all these young women, and could know them innocently. So I think the police will be proceeding very cautiously here."
The five dead women were all found naked in rural settings, within 10 miles of Ipswich and close to the A14.
The body of Miss Adams, 25, who went missing on 15 November, was found in a brook at Hintlesham, Suffolk, on 2 December.
Nineteen-year-old Tania Nicol's body was found by police divers at Copdock Mill, near Ipswich, on 8 December.
The body of Anneli Alderton, 24, from Essex, was found in woodland in Nacton, near Ipswich, on 10 December.
On 12 December detectives found the bodies of Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29, near the village of Levington.
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