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Yorkshire Ripper was NOT a “fantastic lorry driver”

April 12, 2019 Letters

Yorkshire Ripper was NOT a “fantastic lorry driver”

A Letter to the Editor form regular NYE Crime Correspondent TIM HICKS, commenting on the inappropriate Tweets of tasteless Tom SESTON, Conservative candidate for the Hunmanby ward in the forthcoming local elections on 2nd May 2019.

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Dear Sir,

I read with incredulity and disgust the tactless remarks about Peter Sutcliffe being a good lorry driver, made by Mr Tom Seston and reported in the NYE here.

Peter Sutcliffe was actually not a good driver. He stole from his employer and used his employment as a cover to commit murder. He may also have used his firm’s vehicle to commit murder. However, as you can see from the pictures of some of his victims above, he was a misogynist that was very successful at killing women.

In 1981, he was convicted of brutally murdering thirteen women and trying to murder another seven in a most vicious and callous way. The full range of his crimes has never been confirmed and there is no doubt that he murdered and attempted to murder many more.

For more information see the NYE articles below:

I find Mr Seston’s comments to be crass and offensive, particularly as one of Sutcliffe’s victims may have come from the Scarborough area. Please see this NYE article on the still unsolved “Nude in the Nettles” murder at Sutton Bank on the North York Moors.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Hicks


NYE Appeal for information on “Nude in the Nettles” mystery

The Victim: 

Three-dimensional wax reconstruction of the victims head and face

  • She was 5’ 2” in height, aged between thirty-five and forty.
  • She had a slender build and wore her natural dark brown hair in a page-boy style.
  • She had given birth to two or three children and had a displaced septum between her nostrils.
  • Her toenails were painted pink – the varnish coming from the Max Factor Maxi range.
  • She would have worn a size 4 shoe.
  • Staining on her teeth revealed that she was a heavy smoker that did not look after herself.
  • All her upper teeth were missing, she had an upper dental plate fitted, and she had only six lower teeth.
  • She had an old fracture to her right ankle and an abnormality to her neck vertebrae which would have caused backache.

To jog memories, 1979 was the year Margaret Thatcher was elected, the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran, “Heart of Glass” by Blondie and “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor were in the charts.

  • Do you remember someone like this from 1979?
  • Did she come into Scarborough or Whitby on a yacht?
  • Did you see her hitch hiking?
  • Did you see her in a truck stop at the A1 Services at Boroughbridge, the A168 at Thirsk, or the Leeds, Manchester, Halifax, Bradford, Sunderland, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough or Newcastle red light districts?
  • Did you see her walking on the North York Moors?

Peter Sutcliffe pictured in his T.W. Clark lorry, circa 1976

Peter Sutcliffe:

  • Did you see Peter Sutcliffe (image above) in Scarborough or any of the above locations?
  • Did you see a lorry from TW Clarke (image above) in Scarborough or any of the above locations?
  • Did you see anyone behaving suspiciously along the A170 or at Sutton Bank in the period 1978 to August 1981?
  • Did you find women’s clothes discarded along the A170 in 1979?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, or if you have any information on the “Nude in the Nettles” mystery that you want to pass on confidentially, you can talk to a journalist by initially contacting the North Yorks Enquirer using our letters@nyenquirer.uk address. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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