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Ripper hoaxer out soon.

INFAMOUS hoaxer Wearside Jack is set to be released from prison within weeks, it has been reported.

Unemployed labourer John Humble, the man who derailed the hunt for Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, could be free as early as mid-October. It was reported that preparations were now under way into how Humble, of Flodden Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland, will be managed once he is back in the community. Should his release be given the go-ahead, Humble will have spent only half his eight-year sentence behind bars.

The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of perverting the course of justice at Leeds Crown Court in March 2006 having been arrested at his home the previous October. His infamous hoax letters and tape saw police, who in 1979 were leading the hunt for the real Ripper, decamp their investigation from Yorkshire to Sunderland.

Detectives were convinced the voice of the tape came from the Castletown area of the city and, while they focused their inquiries there, Peter Sutcliffe went on to kill three more women.

Dave Gardiner, area director of operations for the service, said: "When an offender is due to be released from prison on licence, preparations begin several months prior to the release date.

"The probation service works closely with the prison service to examine the rehabilitation work the offender has completed whilst in prison and how this can be continued in the community.''

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2009
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