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Yorkshire Ripper enjoys his moment in the sun

THE Yorkshire Ripper, the man who murdered 13 women and tried to kill seven more, has been snapped strolling in the sun at a busy UK hospital.

The Sun on Sunday newspaper says it is the first time Peter Sutcliffe, now 69, has been seen in public in 34 years.

Sutcliffe, who was not handcuffed, was said to share a joke with security guards during his trip to Surrey's Frimley Park Hospital.

He was taken for tests as part of a series of treatments that are costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

One witness told of his astonishment when he realised the man strolling around the hospital near unsuspecting patients and joking with security guards was Britain's most notorious murderer, the Sun reported.

He said: "Sutcliffe looked really calm and quite happy. It was a beautiful sunny day and he looked like an old man strolling to his allotment or something. I was shocked he was not handcuffed considering who he is. The guards were chatting to him casually."

Sutcliffe lost the sight in his left eye after he was stabbed in the face with a pen by fellow Broadmoor patient Ian Kay in 1997.

The sight in his right eye is now failing due to a condition linked to diabetes.

The Sun reported that he is being held at Broadmoor at a cost of more than £300,000 per year - five times more than if he was in jail.

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