West Yorkshire Police

  1. Force's 'condolences' to Ripper victims - Chief Constable

    Victims and the families of those affected by Peter Sutcliffe are at the forefront of West Yorkshire Police's thoughts after the news of his death, the county's Chief Constable has said.

    A police officer's jacket

    It was announced earlier that Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, has died in hospital aged 74.

    He was serving a whole life term for murdering 13 woman across Yorkshire and north-west England between 1975 and 1980.

    In a statement, Ch Con John Robins, from West Yorkshire Police, said: "I am sure the news of his death will bring back a range of mixed emotions and trauma for surviving victims and relatives of those whose lives he cruelly took away.

    "Those who died and were assaulted, as well as those relatives who are still suffering today, are at the forefront of our thoughts and our condolences."

    The largest ever investigation by a UK police force was undertaken into the 13 murders carried out by Sutcliffe, as well as attacks on seven other women.

    Ch Con Robins said "lessons have been learned" from the force's much-criticised handling of the investigation.

    He said: "The 1981 report by Sir Lawrence Byford and a subsequent review conducted by former West Yorkshire Police chief constable Colin Sampson identified the extensive efforts made by the inquiry team, as well as what clearly went wrong.

    "Failings and mistakes that were made are fully acknowledged and documented," he added.

  2. Police want to find man wanted over Leeds burglary

    Police are searching for a man in connection with a burglary in Leeds.

    Wanted: Mason Worsnop

    Mason Worsnop, 19, from Leeds is wanted over a burglary at a house in the Swinnow area last week.

    West Yorkshire Police say officers have been carrying extensive arrest inquiries but have so far been unable to find him.

    Anyone who has seen him or who has any information that could assist in tracing him is asked to contact the force.