Map: The location where Tania Nicol was found
London Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3LA
The map below shows the river (black marker) and its related locations.
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Crime Location in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
The body of Tania Nicol was discovered at this section of the Belstead Brook River in Ipswich on December 8th, 2006.
The 19-year-old was the first known victim of serial killer Steve Wright.
The following locations are related to the river. Please note that the descriptions for these images may lack context if you have not read the main article.
Nicol was last seen on the corner of Handford Road and Burlington Road, which is in the red light district of Ipswich.
The Daily Telegraph published a map that placed her near the junction of London Road and Burlington Road. However, the map in question contains conflicting information, as it also states that she was last seen outside a Sainsbury's service station that is half a mile west of that location.
It appears as though the author mistakenly used one of the first, publicly known sightings of the victim. That, or it was created before further details were released during Steve Wright's murder trial.
In February 2008, jurors were shown CCTV footage of Nicol getting into a dark blue car at the junction of Handford Road and Burlington Road. It was also noted that the 19-year-old often stood at this location.
At the time of the killings, Wright drove a dark blue Ford Mondeo.
Wright admitted that he picked Nicol on the night of October 30th, 2006. He claimed that the pair drove around the corner to Portman Road, but that he quickly changed his mind due to her acne.
Wright said that he brought Nicol to Portman Road, but that he changed his mind about using her services after he noticed her acne.
The police said that the victim's phone went dead shortly before midnight on October 30th, which was the same time that a security camera captured him picking her up in his Ford Mondeo (bottom-right).
Portman Road is a football stadium. It is the home ground of Ipswich Town F.C. At the time, the streets around the stadium were considered to be part of Ipswich's red light district.
Fibers found on Nicol's body were later proven to be a match with the fibers on Wright's couch, the upholstery in his car, and his reflective jacket. No DNA was found on her remains, as she had been submerged in water for more than five weeks.
In February 2008, Wright was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison.