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Grieving Dad Slams Murder Movie Plan

July 28, 2013

YellowBrix

THE DAD of a murdered North woman has voiced fury over plans to make a movie about her killing.

Brian Clennell, father of Paula, originally from Berwick in Northumberland, is outraged that a musical telling the story of her murder by Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright is now set to hit the big screen.

Paula, 24, who was born and grew up in the North town, was murdered by Wright while she was living and working as a prostitute in Ipswich in December 2006, in a killing spree which claimed five lives.

Since Wright was jailed for life for the murders, a stage musical has been made about the killings which has proved a sell-out success at the National Theatre in London.

Called London Road, the name of the Ipswich street where Wright lived, it was based on recorded interviews with local people. Now it has emerged that the musical is being made into a film by the theatre in partnership with BBC Films and Cuba Pictures.

Mr Clennell, a 64-year-old former engineer who still lives at Spittal in Berwick, has told the Sunday Sun of his outrage at the project. He said: "Have they no respect for people? The girls, OK, they was doing something wrong.

"They got addicted to a horrible drug and had to do something for money.

"They are human beings, for God's sake. Give them some respect, because a life was taken.

"It makes me sick that people go and see these things.

"I never see any musicals being made about the likes of the London bombings. It would be just the same.

"I wish they would let the girls rest in peace and let the families live with the memories they have."

He added: "My TV is going through the window. I am not going to pay my licence as a protest."

Steve Wright was found guilty in February 2008 of murdering five women, Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Paula Clennell, Anneli Alderton and Annette Nicholls, who were all sex workers.

The bodies of the women, who worked in the Ipswich red light area, were found in lonely spots near the town between December 2 and December 12, 2006.

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