Man arrested over prostitute deaths in Britain

26th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

British police have arrested a 40-year-old man over the deaths of three prostitutes in northern England, while body parts have been found in a river, officers said Wednesday.

The man was detained Monday and was being questioned on suspicion of murdering the sex workers from the Bradford area of Yorkshire, where infamous "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe killed 13 women in the 1970s.

Detectives were quizzing him over the murder of Suzanne Blamires, aged 36, who went missing last Friday, Shelley Armitage, 31, missing since last month, and Susan Rushworth, 43, who disappeared last June.

Assistant Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar of West Yorkshire Police meanwhile said a woman's remains were found in the River Aire in Shipley, West Yorkshire, on Tuesday, although they had not yet been identified.

"It is a very thorough and painstaking inquiry into three missing women, all of them sex workers, with all the necessary resources and expertise devoted to it," he said.

Sutcliffe, jailed for life in 1981 for killing 13 women and the attempted murder of seven, began a bid to be freed in March. The 63-year-old is being held at the high-security Broadmoor Hospital, west of London.

In 2008 a forklift truck driver, Steve Wright, was convicted of the murders of five prostitutes in Ipswich, eastern England, between October and December 2006.

© 2010 AFP

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