Yorkshire Ripper caught in Sheffield back behind bars

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The Yorkshire Ripper, who was caught in Sheffield, has been released from a psychiatric unit and sent back to prison.

Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, now aged 70, left Broadmoor psy­chiatric hospital and was moved to Frankland Prison in Durham yesterday.

Sutcliffe, who spent 32 years at Broadmoor, was jailed for life in 1981 for murdering 13 women and trying to kill seven more.

He was ruled fit to return to prison after a tribunal decided his paranoid schizophrenia had been successfully treated.

The killer is one of about 50 'whole life' tariff prisoners in Britain, meaning he will never be released.

He spent his first night in the cells last night after being moved in a top-secret operation.

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Sutcliffe spent three years at Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight at the start of his sentence before moving to Broadmoor, Berkshire, in 1984.

He was arrested in Broomhall, Sheffield, after police officers carrying out routine checks on cars in Sheffield discovered that he had false number plates.

When officers checked his vehicle they found weapons in the boot.

During his reign of terror, between 1978 and 1981, millions of car number plates were recorded in red light districts all over the north and Sutcliffe's was spotted 60 times.

He was interviewed nine times before his final arrest.

Jailing him, Mr Justice Boreham, described Sutcliffe, a lorry driver from Bradford, as 'an unusually dangerous man'.

Most of his victims were prostitutes who were beaten about the head and their bodies mutilated.