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Ripper hoax search.

FORENSIC teams yesterday examined the house of a man arrested in connection with the hunt for the infamous Ripper hoaxer, Wearside Jack.

West Yorkshire Police have arrested 49-yearold John Humble, of Ford, Sunderland, on suspicion of perverting the course of justice following a breakthrough in the hunt for the hoaxer behind the notorious Yorkshire Ripper tape.

Humble was being quizzed by detectives investigating the sending of a tape and letters 27 years ago, which fooled police into believing the Yorkshire Ripper was from the Castletown area of Sunderland.

It is thought the arrest came after police recovered the infamous hoax letters that were believed to have been lost and unearthed new DNA evidence.

The hoax letters and tapes, from a man with a strong Sunderland accent who claimed to have carried out the Ripper murders, taunted officers and diverted vital resources from the investigation - as Peter Sutcliffe went on to kill three more times.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police refused to confirm reports the arrest had arisen out of a "cold case review" by the force's new homicide and major inquiry team.

The squad is known to have been using DNA techniques to check for breakthroughs in cases
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2005
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