Timeline: Echoes of the Ripper as police probe Bradford prostitute murders

OVER the past 12 months, three Bradford prostitutes have gone missing. Yesterday, body parts of one woman turned up in a river five miles from the red light district where they worked.

Police said today a 40-year-old man was being questioned about all three women's murders.

The case grimly echoes that of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who began his reign of terror in the mid-70s by seeking out prostitutes in the same red light areas of Bradford.

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This is the timeline outlining the events surrounding the disappearances of the women:

MONDAY JUNE 22 2009

11.30am - Susan Rushworth, 43, is seen getting on to a single decker bus, near to the Tyke Public House, on Thornton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

12pm - The last confirmed sighting of Ms Rushworth in the Manningham area, near to her flat on Oak Villas, after getting off the bus.

The mother-of-three, who suffers from epilepsy and is getting treatment for a heroin addiction, does not contact her family or use her phone again.

MONDAY JULY 6 2009

Ms Rushworth's 23-year-old son James makes a public appeal for information about his mother's disappearance.

At a West Yorkshire Police news conference Mr Rushworth says his mother had no reason to go missing and urges people to get in touch. He says his close family are not coping well.

MONDAY JULY 20 2009

Police make a fresh appeal for information, a month after Ms Rushworth's disappearance and outline three main areas of concern.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hoyle says: "That we believe Sue was trying to get hold of drugs on the day she went missing; that Sue was working as a sex worker and that Sue suffered from epilepsy and we do not believe she had medication with her."

SATURDAY AUGUST 22 2009

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned about Ms Rushworth two months after she disappears.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2009

Police make another appeal for information about Ms Rushworth to mark the three-month anniversary of her disappearance.

MONDAY APRIL 26 2010

7pm - Shelley Armitage, 31, leaves her flat on Bentcliffe Walk, Allerton, with a friend and has food on City Road before moving towards Sunbridge Road and Rebecca Street.

10pm to the early hours of Tuesday morning - Ms Armitage is last seen in Rebecca Street, in Bradford city centre.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 2010

Ms Armitage is reported missing to police.

WEDNESDAY MAY 5 2010

Police launch a poster appeal to help trace Ms Armitage. The poster states police are extremely concerned for her safety.

MONDAY MAY 10 2010

Police release CCTV footage showing Ms Armitage walking a short way along a street in Bradford before turning round an retracing her steps at around 10.10pm on April 26.

Officers say detailed searches of Bell Dean Road, in Bradford, have been conducted for clues to the 31-year-old's disappearance. Inquiries have also taken place in Huddersfield, where Ms Armitage worked the year before.

Detectives say Ms Armitage, who has health issues with drink and drugs, has failed to claim her benefits or use her mobile phone since her disappearance.

FRIDAY MAY 21 2010

Suzanne Blamires, 36, from Allerton, Bradford, disappears in the city.

MONDAY MAY 24 2010

A 40-year-old man is arrested in connection with Ms Blamires' disappearance.

TUESDAY MAY 25 2010

2pm - A member of the public finds body parts in the River Aire, in Shipley, West Yorkshire. The remains are not identified but are thought to belong to one woman.

WEDNESDAY MAY 26 2010

Police reveal the 40-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murdering Ms Blamires and has also been arrested on suspicion of the murders of Ms Rushworth and Ms Armitage.

Detectives are granted more time to question the suspect until Thursday evening.