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Victoria Hall murder: Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright arrested over Trimley St Mary teenager's death in 1999, reports suggest




The man who was arrested in connection with the murder of Suffolk teenager Victoria Hall was Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright, the Telegraph has reported.

The 63-year-old, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of five women, was arrested at Worcestershire's Long Lartin prison on Wednesday, the newspaper has said.

It's after Suffolk Police confirmed this afternoon that the man they were questioning in connection with her death in 1999 had been released without charge.

Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright
Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright

Officers reopened an investigation into Victoria's murder last year - 20 years after she disappeared in the early hours of September 19, 1999, after a night out with a friend in Felixstowe.

The pair had been to the Bandbox nightclub in the town's Bent Hill before leaving at around 1am to get food from Bodrum Grill in Undercliff Road West.

The young friends then set off on the two mile walk home.

Victoria Hall was only 17 when she went missing after a night out in Felixstowe. Picture: Suffolk Police
Victoria Hall was only 17 when she went missing after a night out in Felixstowe. Picture: Suffolk Police

They split up at around 2.20am in Trimley St Mary's High Road - just a stone's throw away from Victoria's family home.

Her parents awoke the next morning to find their daughter missing and a police investigation was launched.

The teenager's naked body was found by a dog walker five days later in a ditch in Creeting St Peter, 25 miles from where her friend last said goodbye.

Wright, who was a former steward on the QE2 ocean liner, had been living in the area at the time.

A police officer places flowers near the spot in Creeting St Peter, where the body of Victoria Hall was discovered (Sean Dempsey/PA)
A police officer places flowers near the spot in Creeting St Peter, where the body of Victoria Hall was discovered (Sean Dempsey/PA)

He was convicted in 2008 of the murders of five sex workers in the Ipswich area which happened between October 30 and December 10, 2006.

Wright had admitted having sex with the women but denied murdering them.

After a trial at Ipswich Crown Court in January 2008, he was found guilty of all five murders on February 21, 2008, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a recommendation that he should never be released.

Twenty years after Victoria's murder, after new information surfaced, Suffolk Police reopened the investigation into her death.

Having arrested a man on suspicion of Victoria's murder yesterday, police were earlier today given extra time to question him.

But the man, who had not previously been arrested in connection with the Trimley St Mary teenager's death, was this afternoon released under investigation 'pending further enquiries'.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said the force would not comment further on the identity of the arrested man.

Victoria Hall timeline

September 18, 1999: 9pm - Victoria Hall leaves her home and goes to Bandbox nightclub in Felixstowe’s Bent Hill

September 19: 1am - Victoria and her friend leave the club at around 1am and begin their walk home to Trimley St Mary. On their way they bought food from the Bodrum Grill in Undercliff Road West.

September 19: 2:20am - They parted ways in High Road, close to the junction with Faulkeners Way, just yards away from Victoria's family home, where she was last seen.

September 19: Later that morning, Victoria was reported as missing by her parents.

September 24: Her strangled body was discovered in a ditch in Creeting Lane, Creeting St Peter, about 25 miles away from where she was last seen, by a dog walker.

November 2001: Man goes on trial for her murder at Norwich Crown Court

November: Jurors take less than 90-minutes to find Adrian Bradshaw not guilty.

September 2019: Suffolk Police make the case - known as Operation Avon - live again after fresh information is received,

September 17, 2020: Detectives investigating her murder said they ‘remained positive and determined to deliver justice’.

July 28, 2021: Police arrest a man on suspicion of murder. He has not previously been arrested as part of the inquiry.

July 29: Man arrested on suspicion of murder is released without charge. The Telegraph reports the arrested man was the so-called Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright.

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