Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Conspiracy Theorist Says Ripper Is Free; Police Chief Sues Author for Libel over Allegations of Corruption

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Conspiracy Theorist Says Ripper Is Free; Police Chief Sues Author for Libel over Allegations of Corruption

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Byline: By John Fahey

THE Wearside man jailed two years ago for being the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer was framed by a criminal detective and the real serial killer still walks the streets, it was claimed in court yesterday.

The dramatic accusations were made by writer Noel O'Gara, 64, who believes John Humble - known as Wearside Jack - was stitched up by West Yorkshire Police.

Humble, 52, formerly of Flodden Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland, is serving eight years in prison after admitting in 2006 that he sent letters and tapes to police and a newspaper that diverted the Ripper inquiry in the 1970s.

He was caught after a sample of his DNA, taken from a hoax letter, was matched to a sample he gave police in 2000.

Yesterday, O'Gara, of Athlone, County Westmeath in Ireland, appeared at a libel hearing where he accused Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Gregg of framing Humble, planting DNA evidence and coercing him to confess.

The allegations stem from his book and website - both called The Real Yorkshire Ripper - and sparked a pounds 50,000 claim for damages against him by Mr Gregg.

O'Gara, appearing at Liverpool Crown Court sitting as the High Court, continued his attack on the officer.

O'Gara - supported by two friends - said the real Yorkshire Ripper was a man called Billy Tracey who used to work for him in Ireland - and Tracey sent the letters and tape.

Repeatedly testing the judge's patience, he told Mr Justice King that a BBC documentary about Wearside Jack would justify his claims against the policeman.

Speaking about the film, he said: "There's clear evidence in it of Mr Gregg tampering with evidence in relation to the Ripper investigation.

"He can be seen breaking open boxes in cold storage in a police warehouse and contaminating the evidence.

"I have stated Chris Gregg has framed an innocent, what I refer to as a patsy.

"He (Humble) was just an idiot and I make that claim in my book and website and many other writings. …

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