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@justagrannynow 1 wrote:According to this morning's news, the person being held for questioning is a 4O year old male, studying for a phd. Didn't say in what.
According to the Independent he was undertaking research into serial killers - bizarre!
Criminology student held in 'new Ripper' case
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Police officers search the streets in the red light district area of Bradford following the discovery of body parts in the River Aire
A mature student who researched serial killers is being questioned over the murder of three prostitutes, it emerged today.
The man, named locally as Stephen Griffiths, 40, who is studying at the University of Bradford, was arrested on suspicion of the murders of missing sex workers Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth.
A post mortem is scheduled to be carried out and the woman's identity released by West Yorkshire Police.
Ms Blamires, 36, went missing on Friday, while Ms Armitage, 31, has been missing since Monday, April 26. Ms Rushworth, 43, has been missing since June 22 last year.
Police have been granted extra time, until this evening, to question Mr Griffiths, who was arrested on Monday.
According to The Sun, he wrote about notorious serial killers on a social networking site under the name Ven Pariah.
Assistant Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar said: "It is a very thorough and painstaking inquiry into three missing women, all of them sex workers, with all the necessary resources and expertise devoted to it."
He said the families of the three women were all being supported by police family liaison officers.
The remains were found in the water just a few yards from where the busy Otley Road dual carriageway crosses the Aire.
A number of officers, including white-suited forensic teams, have been at the scene, behind a car showroom about five miles from Bradford's red light area.
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe stalked Bradford's red light district in the late 1970s.
Teams of police, including specially trained sniffer dogs, conducted a detailed search of the Chain Street area of Bradford last night.
People living and working in the area said the officers had been examining a number of derelict buildings in the past few weeks and had been searching the area for days.
One householder said: "It's terrible what seems to have happened.
"There are girls on these streets every night. Loads of them.
"They're so close together they don't even need mobiles, they just yell to each other.
"It's drugs and prostitutes everywhere round here."
Ms Rushworth was last seen at midday on June 22 last year, after getting off a single-decker bus near her flat on Oak Villas, in the Manningham area of Bradford.
The grandmother and mother-of-three, who was known as Sue or Susie, suffered from epilepsy and was receiving help for her heroin addiction when she disappeared.
After her disappearance, her 23-year-old son James appealed for information, saying his mother had no reason to go missing.
Mr Rushworth said at the time: "We are all very worried about her. We're a close family and we're not coping well with her disappearance."
Neighbours of Ms Rushworth said they feared the worst.
Mario Demski, 42, a worker at Oak Lodge residential home on Oak Villas, said she had visited elderly residents at the home before her disappearance.
He said: "We know that she came here before she went missing and several patients know her but I don't think she has a relative here.
"She lived just over the road. Residents have recognised her face in the paper and been very concerned.
"The police have also spoken to us since she's been missing."
Ms Armitage, who had drug and alcohol problems and was described as "a much-loved daughter and sister", was captured on CCTV on the evening of April 26 and was last seen in Rebecca Street, in Bradford city centre.
Detectives said the disappearance of Ms Armitage, from Bentcliffe Walk, in the Allerton area, was all the more unusual as she had recently bought a puppy which she adored and hated to be parted from for long.
Jan Harrison, who works in a market near Bradford's red-light district, said she would often speak to Ms Armitage and described her as "just a normal girl".
Ms Blamires, whose home on Barkston Walk, in Allerton, is just a few streets from that of Ms Armitage, has not been seen since Friday last week.
Police last night said there was no evidence to suggest the investigation into the disappearances of the three women was linked with any other missing person or outstanding murder inquiries after reports that detectives were also looking into three other unsolved cases.
eople living around Griffiths' home described him today as "weird" as the news sank in that he was being questioned as a suspected serial killer.
The housing association block where he lives, which is just a few hundred yards from the city centre, was still sealed off by police who were guarding all entrances.
Yesterday, senior detectives and forensic officers could be seen working in the converted mill building.
A woman who works in a local shop said Griffiths used to come in on daily basis to buy papers and other items. She described him as "a bit weird".
"He wouldn't say much but used to say hello and buy a few things," she said. "I thought he was a bit weird."
Others who knew him have called him an oddball, a "loner" who would dress in black "Goth" clothes.
Griffiths, who is reported to be a psychology graduate undertaking postgraduate research in criminology, was arrested by armed officers on Monday at his home on the edge of Bradford's red-light district.
People working around the Thornton Road area said police had seized hours of CCTV footage and were now trawling through it.
The red light area, centred on Sunbridge Road, became notorious during the killings of the Yorkshire Ripper which terrorised Bradford 30 years ago.
Now questions are being asked about the fate of a number of other women who have disappeared in West Yorkshire in the last 20 years, although senior officers have stressed they are not linking any other cases to the investigation at this stage.
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