Bradford residents 'shocked' by women's deaths


The suspected murder of three women in Bradford has left many people in the city shocked and scared.

As police continue to question a man on suspicion of murdering the prostitutes, BBC News spoke to people on the city's streets.

Zoe Dent, 19, and Leanne Hodgson, 30

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Leanne Hodgson, pictured with two of her children, and Zoe Dent

Ms Hodgson, who has three children aged 14 and nine and four, said: "I won't let my kids out now except in the garden.

"You don't know who is about do you?"

Ms Dent said the deaths had left her "frightened and scared".

She compared the deaths to the activities of Peter Sutcliffe - the Yorkshire Ripper - who murdered 13 women across northern England during the 1970s.

Irfan Hussain, 32, from Great Horton

The taxi driver said: "At the end of the day nobody deserves to go like that.

"They are probably doing their job out of desperation but the person that's killed them didn't have any remorse for them.

"If this happened 20 or 30 years ago you wouldn't believe what's happened.

"The ripper was 30 years ago and I was only a kid so it didn't affect me, but this is different."

Eddie Walters, 72, from Bierley

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Eddie Walters, 72, said he would not venture into town centres at night

Mr Walters said he had seen news reports about Suzanne Blamires going missing and was shocked when he heard her body parts had been found.

"I don't agree with prostitution but it's there.

"It's wrong when people are in fear for their lives like that.

"I won't go into towns on a night. When I were a lad it was always somewhere else where it happened, now it's on your doorstep."

Barbara Richards

Ms Richards said she had lived in Bradford during the days of the Yorkshire Ripper.

"We don't go out at night anyway since the Yorkshire Ripper," she said. "The Ripper scared me more because we were younger then.

"This is the norm now, nothing shocks you now.

"I saw some girls (prostitutes) on the news who said they wouldn't be out there if they didn't need money for alcohol and drugs.

"They wouldn't be getting into cars and putting themselves in danger otherwise. It's a vicious circle."

George Armstrong, 30, from Cutler Heights

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George Armstrong said he was shocked by the deaths

Mr Armstrong said he had told his girlfriend not to venture into the city alone.

He said his 50-year-old mother only went out at night with her boyfriend.

He said he was shocked that such a crime had happened in his hometown.

"It's bringing back the Ripper days really," he said.

Sabreena Jan, 19

Ms Jan said she sympathised with the plight of prostitutes who were addicted to drugs and decided to sell their bodies to make money.

She said: "I do feel sorry for them, but if you are addicted then you need to seek help instead of putting yourself in danger."

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