'Crossbow cannibal' police find more body parts in Shipley river (with video)

POLICE searching for two missing prostitutes in Bradford believe they have discovered more human body parts.

More on the Bradford killings, with video

An underwater search team made the discovery on Saturday at the River Aire in Shipley.

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A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At around midday today officers from West Yorkshire Police's under water search unit recovered from the River Aire what are believed to be human remains.

"The remains were found about 200 yards from where the remains of Suzanne Blamires were found on Tuesday.

"The remains will now be forensically examined to identify them and at this stage it is too early to speculate on who the remains belong to."

Criminology student Stephen Griffiths, 40, dubbed himself the "crossbow cannibal" when he appeared in court yesterday charged with three counts of murder.

He is accused of killing Ms Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth, who all went missing in Bradford.

Although the remains of Ms Blamires, 36, were discovered on Tuesday, police are still trying to trace the other two sex workers.

Ms Blamires was last seen on Friday, while Ms Armitage, 31, has been missing since Monday, April 26, and Ms Rushworth, 43, disappeared on June 22 last year.

When he was asked for his name at Bradford Magistrates Court yesterday Griffiths replied: "The crossbow cannibal."

Asked for his address, the suspect, who was wearing a black shirt and navy blue jeans, replied: "Erm ... here I guess."

Relatives of some of the victims were in court for the hearing.

Some wiped away tears at the start of proceedings. Others stared intently at Griffiths, who sat fidgeting and touching his head, or staring silently at the floor,

Four hours later Griffiths made his second appearance of the day at Bradford Crown Court. He spoke only to confirm his full name.

As he was driven away from the crown court in a van, a crowd which had gathered outside the building shouted abuse at the vehicle.

Griffiths is charged with murdering Ms Blamires between May 20 and May 25; murdering Ms Rushworth between June 22 2009 and May 25 this year, and murdering Ms Armitage between April 25 and May 25 this year.

A psychology graduate who was undertaking postgraduate research in criminology at Bradford University, he was arrested on Monday at his home on the edge of Bradford's red-light district.

He lived in a flat in Thornton Road, just a few hundred yards from the courts he appeared in yesterday.

Griffiths lived in the flats for about 13 years. He attended the private Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield in his teens.

An excavation is taking place in Thornton Road, along with numerous other searches across the city using police, forensic officers and specially trained dogs.

Griffiths will appear before Bradford Crown Court again on June 7 via video link from Wakefield Prison.

At the scene on the banks of the River Aire, two police tents and a police van were sectioned off from the road by police tape.

There was little activity within the cordon, except for a few officers moving around inside the tents.

Four police community support officers guarded the scene at various points along Dockside Road and Otley Road.

From one point on Otley Road a handful of floral tributes tied to railings next to the fast-moving river could be seen.