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Yorkshire Ripper: Cases linked to Peter Sutcliffe reviewed

Between 1975 and 1980 Peter Sutcliffe preyed on women across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire Image copyright Rex Features
Image caption Between 1975 and 1980 Peter Sutcliffe preyed on women across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire

Police have confirmed they are reviewing historical unsolved cases linked to the Yorkshire Ripper.

The Sun newspaper has claimed that Peter Sutcliffe, who now calls himself Peter Coonan, has been interviewed in prison about 17 unsolved attacks.

Sutcliffe was given 20 life terms in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more.

The 1982 Byford Report said he could have been responsible for a further 13 offences.

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The former Bradford lorry driver, now 70, attacked and murdered women between 1976 and 1981.

Most of his victims were women working as prostitutes.

West Yorkshire Police said it would not comment on who detectives had spoken to in the course of an ongoing investigation.

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Image caption Sutcliffe was caught in January 1981 when police found him in his car with a woman working as a prostitute

In 2016, detectives spoke to a small number of people named in the Byford Report - an inquiry into the force's investigation which was only made public in 2006.

The report said there was an "unexplained lull" in Sutcliffe's criminal activities between 1969, when he first came to the police's attention, and the first officially-recognised Ripper assault in 1975.

The report said: "We feel it is highly improbable that the crimes in respect of which Sutcliffe has been charged and convicted are the only ones attributable to him."

Sutcliffe was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia following his life sentence and spent three decades at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

He was moved to Frankland Prison in Durham in August after a health tribunal ruled he no longer required treatment for any mental disorder.


Sutcliffe's victims

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Image caption Twelve of the 13 women Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering between 1975 and 1980 in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester (Marguerite Walls not pictured)

Wilma McCann, aged 28, Leeds, October 1975

Emily Jackson, aged 42, Leeds, January 1976

Irene Richardson, aged 28, Leeds, February 1977

Patricia Atkinson, aged 32, Bradford, April 1977

Jayne McDonald, aged 16, Leeds, June 1977

Jean Jordan, aged 21, Manchester, October 1977

Yvonne Pearson, aged 22, Bradford, January 1978

Helen Rytka, aged 18, Huddersfield, January 1978

Vera Millward, aged 41, Manchester, May 1978

Josephine Whittaker, aged 19, Halifax, May 1979

Barbara Leach, aged 20, Bradford, September 1979

Marguerite Walls, aged 47, Leeds, August 1980

Jacqueline Hill, aged 20, Leeds, November 1980


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