Tesco Serial Killer?
Detectives investigating the alleged 'Suffolk Murders' of five prostitutes are questioning a 37-year-old male Tesco worker. Police said the man was arrested at his home near Felixstowe, Suffolk, shortly before 7.30am. Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said "He has been arrested on the suspicion of murdering all five women - Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls," whose bodies had been found near villages south of Ipswich, Suffolk, during the past three weeks.
Police refused to name the man, but sources close to the investigation said he was Tom Stephens, of Trimley St Martin, near Felixstowe. Tom Stephens was named as "The Suspect" in a newspaper story yesterday in The Sunday Mirror and according to Sky News the suspected Ipswich Ripper was an employee of Tesco. Tesco-Complaint have tracked down Tom Stephens myspace page (archived here) where he nicknames himself "The Bishop" and which was last updated on 27 October 2006 - days before the first victim went missing. Tom Stephens writes on his myspace that he is a "Tesco, UK Team Leader ... from 1997 until they sack me." Tom Stephens lives in Jubilee Close, Trimley St Martin and worked at the 24 hour Tesco Extra store on Anson Road, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. Tesco confirmed that the police had arrested an employee of Tesco's Martlesham store. Tesco said the investigation is a police matter and they had no further comment.
We've posted 2 pictures of Tom Stephens from his myspace page (which we've archived here). In these pictures, the alleged 'Tesco Serial Killer' is wearing what appears to be a Tesco uniform. In the first you can see the shirt of his Tesco uniform and that he has painted pupils on to his eyes and in the picture immediately above he appears to be at work in the same Tesco uniform shirt holding up some Bird's Custard Powder - was this picture taken at Tesco Martlesham?