Coronation Street legend still has nightmares after being suspected as Yorkshire Ripper

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by S Meddle/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (4871421br) Bruce Jones 'This Morning' TV Programme, London, Britain. - 24 Jun 2015 CELEBS ON BENEFITS Ex Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones (Les Battersby) (62) used to earn over ?100,000 a year, had countless celebrity friends, enjoyed expensive holidays and VIP champagne treatment everywhere he went. Ex Big Brother contestant Lisa Appleton (47) was thrown into the celebrity spotlight in 2007. Overnight fame meant ?25,000 magazine deals, yacht holidays in Sardinia and a mansion home. Now Bruce and Lisa have nothing. Lisa is living in a rat infested council house and Bruce has lost his houses, his cars, his holidays, his friends and his pride. They are part of a programme on Channel 5 tomorrow called Celebs on Benefits and they're both here today

Bruce Jones featured in the new ITV documentary in which he detailed what he was accused of by police  (Picture: ITV)

Coronation Street star Bruce Jones revealed that he’s still having ‘nightmares’ after he was wrongly accused of being notorious serial killer Yorkshire Ripper.

The Les Battersby actor, 71,became a suspect during Peter Sutcliffe’s murdering spree in the 70s after discovering one of the bodies.

In 1981, Sutcliffe was found guilty of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others between 1975 and 1980.

Bruce found the body of the fifth victim- 20-year-old Jean Jordan, at an allotment in Manchester in 1977. He had been working there with a friend when the harrowing discovery was made.

Speaking about the emotional ordeal, Bruce said: ‘I was a fireman and I’ve seen stuff that people shouldn’t see, but this…’

He added to The Guardian: ‘I never told anyone what I saw. For a long time I saw that girl every day. I still have nightmares.’

Bruce played the role of Les Battersby between 1997 and 2007 (Picture: ITV)

The 2022 ITV documentary ‘Yorkshire Ripper: The Secret Murders’ investigated a string of unsolved murders and attacks that Sutcliffe is prime suspect for, even after his death.

In the documentary, Bruce spoke about the moment he discovered the body and what went through his mind when he was questioned by the police.

‘There was two of us, me and this older bloke who managed to get an allotment which we did,’ he recalled. ‘We managed to acquire this big shed but it needed a brick base’, he said.

‘I’ll go and get the bricks for the base, I’ll just…big building plot over there, I’ll go and get bricks and that.

‘And it was on the way there, five times I’d gone, filled the barrow, come back. And the sixth time, there was this body. My mate came over, he couldn’t look at it, he was being ill.

Speaking at the time to Piers Morgan in the documentary The Dark Side Of Fame, Bruce said: ‘It actually destroyed me to learn that people can do that to a human being. 

‘I had nightmares like you wouldn’t believe.’

Sutcliffe died in 2020 after turning down hospital treatment for coronavirus.

The former grave digger spent almost 40 years locked up for murdering 13 women and trying to kill seven others between 1975 and 1980.

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Source:: Metro


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