The Yorkshire Ripper has died at 74 after refusing any treatment for coronavirus.
The serial killer became one of the latest victims of the virus after his lungs collapsed at 1:10am this morning.
He is thought to have spent his last moments alone as per the coronavirus protocols.
He spent 40 years locked up, spending most of the time in Broadmoor Prison, after he was arrested for murdering 13 women and seven attempted murders between 1975 and 1980.
Sutcliffe, who notoriously claimed he was a ‘beast’ driven by a ‘devil inside him’, led to one of the biggest manhunts of the 20th century.
A source said ‘no tears were shed’ at his final moments. They told The Sun: “His death was as pitiful as the vile life he had lived.”
A Prison Service spokesman at Frankland Prison, County Durham – where Sutcliffe was moved in 2016 – said: “HMP Frankland prisoner Peter Coonan (born Sutcliffe) died in hospital on November 13th.
“The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”
The news comes less than a week after reports of Sutcliffe testing positive for coronavirus in prison on November 7th. He was put in isolation and monitored closely.
The son of Sutcliffe’s first victim – mother-of-four Wilma McCann – who was just five at the time of her murder, said the serial killer’s death would bring ‘some kind of closure’.
He told the BBC: “The attention he’s had over the years, the continuous news stories that we’ve suffered over the years, there is some form of conclusion to that.
“I am sure a lot of the families, surviving children of the victims may well be glad he has gone and they have a right to feel like that.”
Boris Johnson confirms England will return to three tier system from December 2nd
Boris Johnson addressed the Commons remotely today, to lay out his ‘Covid Winter Plan’.
The Prime Minister spoke to MPs via videolink as he is still self-isolating.
Mr Johnson confirmed that England would be returning to the regional three tier system which was in place before lockdown began.
However, he announced that the three tiers would each become stricter to try and stop the spread of the virus.
In Tier 1, people should work from home where it is possible, while in Tier 2 alcohol can only be served as part of a substantial meal, and in Tier 3 indoor entertainment, hotels and all hospitality will have to close – except for deliveries and takeaways.
Also in Tiers 1 and 2, the 10pm curfew for pubs and bars will end, with last orders being at 10pm and establishments closing at 11pm, allowing people to leave in a more staggered way.
The Prime Minister confirmed that gyms, hairdressers, salons and all shops could reopen at the end of lockdown, and that outdoor sports can resume.
He also announced that some fans will be allowed back into sports stadiums in Tier 1 and 2 areas.
Mr Johnson said that ‘more regions will temporarily fall into the higher levels’, but that with mass testing it should be possible for these areas to move into lower tiers.
The government is also working with the devolved administrations of the UK to come up with a plan for Christmas, according to the Prime Minister, although he added: “I can’t say that Christmas will be normal this year”.
The government is also planning to ‘end automatic isolation’ for anyone who has come into contact with someone who has coronavirus, with a testing scheme replacing it, which will be piloted in Liverpool.
In the pilot, people who have come into contact with anyone who’s tested positive will be tested every day for a week – they’ll only need to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus.
It’s expected the details of what tier the different regions and areas of England will be placed in will be announced on Thursday.
Morrisons gives 10% Christmas discount to frontline workers in 16 jobs
As a ‘thank you’ to thousands of frontline workers, Morrisons will be providing a 10% discount to people from now until Christmas.
Those employed in the emergency services, care workers and Armed Forces personnel who hold a Blue Light Card will qualify for the benefit at Morrisons stores.
Cardholders will be able to claim the 10% discount on their groceries by presenting their Blue Light ID Card at tills at any of Morrisons 498 stores.
Morrisons have launched the discount to show appreciation to the key workers who have gone above and beyond their usual roles throughout the pandemic this year.
People in these roles qualify:
- Ambulance Service
- Border Force
- British Army
- Fire Service
- HM Coastguard
- Prison Service
- Red Cross
- Reserve Armed Force
- Royal Air Force
- Royal Marines
- Royal Navy
- Social care workers
- HM Armed Forces Veterans
- Community First Responders
- Second Line Responders
David Potts, Morrisons’ chief executive said: “Our emergency services, social care sector and armed forces have worked tirelessly this year to provide support to the many people who need it across the UK, often in exceptionally difficult circumstances.
Matt Hancock says life could return to normal ‘after Easter’
Speaking on the latest vaccine news, Matt Hancock said things should return to some sense of normality after Easter.
He told BBC Breakfast that the majority of people will be vaccinated in spring, meaning things should return to normal after Easter.
It comes after the Oxford vaccine candidate has been demonstrated to be 90% effective, with health secretary Matt Hancock stressing that the majority of the population would need to be immunised before restrictions can be significantly eased.
The government has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine which is reportedly cheaper and easier to store than the Pfizer and Moderna alternative.
The Oxford vaccine has proved to be between 70 and 90% effective based on a trial of 20,000 people.
Hancock explained that the ‘bulk’ of the vaccines will be given in the new year with some getting the vaccine before Christmas.
He said: “It is subject to that regulatory approval and I really stress that because the medicines regulator, it’s called the MHRA, is independent, they’re rigorous, they’re one of the best regulators in the world.
“They will be very, very careful to ensure that they look at all the data to make sure that this is safe. Subject to that approval, we hope to be able to start vaccinating next month.
“The bulk of the vaccine rollout programme will be in January, February, March, and we hope that sometime after Easter things will be able to start to get back to normal.”
The news comes following the expected announcement later today with the government’s plans for winter.
It is expected a tiered system, stricter than the previous one will be put in place post-Lockdown 2.0 to allow families to celebrate Christmas.
Mr Hancock said: “The number of cases is now clearly starting to fall across the whole of the UK.
“In England, we come to the end of the lockdown as you know on December 2nd, and so we do think that we can replace the lockdown with a tiered system. But the tiered system, whilst lighter than lockdown, will have to be stronger than the previous tiers that were in place.”
When asked if there will be a fourth tier, Mr Hancock said: “No, three tiers, but the top tier, tier 3, will have to be stronger than the previous tier 3.”
The new local tiered rules are expected to be accompanied by more mass testing programmes similar to that in Liverpool.
Mr Hancock said cases in Liverpool – the worst affected city in the UK – have been brought down ‘really quite remarkably’ following the rollout.
He said: “In Liverpool, cases are down by more than two-thirds in the last few weeks.
“And this is a combination, of course, of those restrictions that have been in place, but also in Liverpool we put in mass testing.
“They’ve tested over 200,000 people of the just over half a million who live in Liverpool. And they’ve found a load more people who were asymptomatic, didn’t know that they had a problem, didn’t know they have the virus.
“And the combination of the mass testing, and the measures in Liverpool, have brought the cases down really quite remarkably, much faster than I would have thought was possible.”