Thursday, 3 February 2011

Police dismiss Mirror front page as 'garbage'

Today's Daily Mirror front page asked:

Steve White reveals in the accompanying article:

Crossbow Cannibal Stephen Griffiths is being urged to make a dramatic deathbed confession.

As he enters the fourth month of a prison hunger strike, detectives are quizzing the 41-year-old monster about the disappearance of seven women – including chef Claudia Lawrence, 35, who vanished in York two years ago.

A senior police source said: “There isn’t much time left to get the truth out of him.”

He continues:

Teams of detectives have spent hours at his bedside, hoping to hear him whisper the terrible secrets of his grisly murder spree before he takes them to the grave...

Now, as he enters the fourth month of refusing to eat, police are questioning him about a string of other unsolved cases.

They include the disappearance of university chef Claudia Lawrence, 35, who vanished in York in March 2009.

So how did the local police respond to the Mirror's claim? The York Press explains:

North Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Police have dismissed reports as [a] "load of garbage".

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: "This is simply not the case and whoever has provided the information is wrong.

"The reality is that neither West Yorkshire Police or North Yorkshire Police have spoken to Griffiths about the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence as he has refused to be interviewed since he was imprisoned.

"And as North Yorkshire Police has stated previously, there is no evidence to connect the two investigations together."


  1. No wonder it's an exclusive. It was their idea.

  2. It's almost as if they are asking readers if they killed the poor girl. I wouldn't put it past a red top to do such a thing in some desperate bid to get a name/face.

    There is also something creepy about a paper using the word "quizzed". When I think of a quiz I think of Les Dennis in some tacky set with an audience laughing at silly answers. A million miles away from a police operation. It's sad that something classed as a newspaper is allowed to trivialise important matters in this way.


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