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The Yorksire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe charged after confession

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Five years of terror in the northeast of England were brought to an end on this day in 1981 with the charging of Peter Sutcliffe.

Claiming to be acting upon a call from God, Sutcliffe set out on a haphazard killing spree with the aim of ridding the world of prostitutes.

His eventual arrest owed a great deal to good fortune.

With the police struggling to make sense of a mountain of information on the killer, Sutcliffe was finally caught as a result of a random vehicle check...