Yorkshire Ripper serial killer Peter Sutcliffe has died

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Peter Sutcliffe, the serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper, died in hospital on Friday, a Prison Service spokesman said.

The serial killer was serving a whole life term.

Sutcliffe, 74, had tested positive for Covid-19 and was suffering from underlying health conditions.

He murdered 13 women across Yorkshire and north-west England between 1975 and 1980.

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Peter Sutcliffe

Sutcliffe was convicted of the crimes in 1981.

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He spent three decades at Broadmoor Hospital before being moved to HMP Frankland in County Durham in 2016.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Frankland prisoner Peter Coonan (born Sutcliffe) died in hospital on November 13. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

Sutcliffe had reportedly suffered from a range of conditions before his death including heart trouble, diabetes and obesity.