‘Tasteless’ Yorkshire Ripper T-shirt sparks outrage

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A T-SHIRT featuring a cartoon of the Yorkshire Ripper alongside some of the county’s best-known characters has sparked outrage.

Mass murderer Peter Sutcliffe, who killed one Halifax woman and attacked another during his five-year reign of terror, is pictured under the slogan “T’Only Way Is Yorkshire”.

The slogan top is from London-based firm Totally Original T-shirts’ Grim Up North range, described as “celebrating the best of Northern style and humour”.

Sutcliffe, from Bradford, is pictured alongside Huddersfield-born former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, actress Diana Rigg, Last of the Summer Wine character Nora Batty and England cricket legend Geoff Boycott.

They are shown perched on or behind a sofa and a drystone wall with pigeons and greyhounds.

The makers claim the design is an homage to all things that make Yorkshire great.

Sutcliffe was convicted in 1981 of the murders of 13 women and the attempted murders of seven others from the mid-1970s onwards.

He killed Halifax Building Society worker Josephine Whitaker, 19, in Savile Park, Halifax, April 1979.

He also attacked another woman, Olive Smelt, in Boothtown in August 1975, but she survived the ordeal.

A senior Bradford councillor has called for the company to immediately remove the items from sale.

Executive member Coun David Green, whose responsibilities include tourism, described the decision to include the Ripper as “the lowest of the low”.

He said: “It’s thoughtless, tasteless and the most disgusting, exploitative piece of clothing I have ever heard of.

“To make money out of something like this is outrageous.

“I would suggest this company needs to re-think its design and withdraw it.”

A spokesman for TOT-shirts said: “It’s just a bit of dark humour and if it’s offended anyone it wasn’t intentional.”