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How Yorkshire Ripper was cossetted at a cost of £10 MILLION: Peter Sutcliffe had celebrity visitors, pottery classes, Valentine's cards and visits from fascinated women - while ballooning to 20 stone on fry-ups... as his victims' families still suffer

The headline on the front page of The Daily Mail on May 23, 1981 was short and to the point: ‘They’ll never let him out.’ And nearly 40 years on, it has proven to be entirely accurate. Handed 20 life sentences for the murders of 13 women and the attempted murder of seven more, for once life really did mean life. And yet Peter Sutcliffe’s time behind bars was rarely far from controversy. At his trial the jury rejected evidence that he was suffering from a mental disorder when he killed. They convicted him on the basis he was a sadistic sex murderer – not a madman. Sutcliffe meets boxer Frank Bruno and the late paedophile Jimmy Savile at Broadmoor in 1991. The visit was set up by Savile, says Bruno And yet after spending just three years in a high-security prison, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. That led to him being transferred to Broadmoor, the top-security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire, where he would spend the next 32 years. At a cost of £300,000 a year, his time th

'I was Diana's gatekeeper. How Martin Bashir neutralised me was diabolical': Princess Diana's private secretary PATRICK JEPHSON gives a shocking account of the Panorama reporter's calculated campaign to taint him – and win THAT interview

The Princess of Wales’s sitting room in Kensington Palace was a comfortable, welcoming place mostly decorated in pastel blues and pinks. That mild autumn morning 25 years ago it was bright with sunlight. Two large windows faced you and, between them, under an eye-catching portrait of a very supple ballerina, was Princess Diana’s desk. There was a fireplace to the right, a TV to the left, and a general impression of happy feminine clutter everywhere. As Diana’s private secretary and former equerry I had been coming here most days for almost eight years, usually with a bundle of papers in my hand, a smile on my face and — I hoped — my wits about me. I often felt that I needed those wits more than some others in my line of business. Close: Patrick Jephson next to Diana. He says: 'It was my job to protect Diana from anybody who might undermine her ability to do her duty as a senior member of the Royal Family' As the head of the Princess’s small household, and as her most senior adv

Will the Yorkshire Ripper get his final wish of having his ashes scattered by his ex-wife in Paris where they honeymooned? Family of Peter Sutcliffe are in dispute over serial killer’s funeral arrangements

Family members do not agree who is responsible for the serial killer’s remains, it emerged last night, as questions loom over his funeral arrangements. Peter Sutcliffe had expressed a wish to be cremated and for his ex-wife, Sonia Woodward, to scatter his ashes in Paris, where they had a honeymoon in 1974. The Yorkshire Ripper’s younger brother Carl said Mrs Woodward remained his next of kin and therefore holds the legal right to arrange a funeral. The 61-year-old said he had ‘washed his hands’ of his sibling and would not attend any arranged ceremony. Family members do not agree who is responsible for Peter Sutcliffe's (pictured on his wedding day in 1974) remains, it emerged last night, as questions loom over his funeral arrangements But the Ripper’s other brother Michael, 70, disputed the claim about Mrs Woodward. He said: ‘It has nowt to do with her. She isn’t his wife any more is she?’ Michael, who said he had barely spoken to Mrs Woodward since Sutcliffe’s arrest, was the onl

Drugs kingpin, 22, who was trained by students in university halls of residence, is jailed for running Britain’s biggest 'county lines' operation

Michael Emeofa, 22, has been sentenced to nine years in jail at Preston Crown Court after running the country's largest ever 'county lines' operation A drugs kingpin who learned his trade from dealers living in university halls of residence has been jailed for running the country’s largest ever ‘county lines’ operation. Michael Emeofa, 22, from south London, initially acted as a drugs runner for two men who studied at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston. Emeofa went on to set up his own drugs operation and flooded the Cumbrian town Barrow-in-Furness with class-A drugs, between March and October, 2018. Police launched a major investigation, termed ‘Operation Horizon’, in 2018 after the deaths of 14 people in Barrow, over a six week period. The full extent of the drugs operation can now be reported, following the sentencing of Emeofa. Emeofa set up his own county line, nicknamed ‘Able’, after his friends Daniel Olaloko and Peter Adebayo were caught peddling drugs

Newly-elected congresswoman Cori Bush blasts Republicans who repeatedly called her BREONNA because she was wearing a face mask bearing Breonna Taylor's name

Newly-elected representative Cori Bush (D-MO) has slammed congressional Republicans who repeatedly called her 'Breonna' because she wearing a face mask with Breonna Taylor's name on it.  Bush, who was elected as Missouri's first black congresswoman, took to Twitter to share that she was being called the slain woman's name repeatedly by her peers.  'It’s Day One, so I’m wearing my “Breonna Taylor” mask,' she said in the tweet. 'A few of my Republican colleagues have called me Breonna, assuming that’s my name.' She continued: 'It hurts. But I’m glad they’ll come to know her name & story because of my presence here. Breonna must be central to our work in Congress.'  The progressive politician expressed how 'disheartening' it was for leaders to mistake her for the woman who was killed by police on March 13, 2020 Congresswoman elect Cori Bush took to Twitter to slam Republicans who kept calling her Breonna because she was wearing a ma

Farewell to paradise: After 44 years in her Cotswolds retreat, PRUE LEITH is downsizing as she packs up a lifetime of memories – from childhood milestones to the eccentric joys of the annual Underpants Race

Back in 1976, we lived in a flat in Paddington. With two two-year-olds — my son, Daniel, and adopted daughter, Li-Da — having frequent tantrums and my late husband, the writer Rayne Kruger, needing quiet, a country house looked like the answer. In those days, the Cotswolds were a rural backwater and properties were cheap. But Rayne’s specifications included high ceilings, plenty of light, no damp — and no other houses in sight. This ruled out most farms, village houses and cottages. My demands included a good railway service into Paddington and enough land to grow veg and flowers and to start a duck farm. At the time, my restaurant was selling 15 portions of Leith’s duckling a night, which meant using more than 200 birds a month. (This plan came to nought — my ducks were going to cost about twice as much as we were paying our suppliers.) The first time we visited the Glebe, my main impression was of good-sized rooms, high ceilings, wonderful light and freezing cold. It was so cold the