Coronation Street star Bruce Jones was Yorkshire Ripper suspect in 1977

Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones was a suspect for the Yorkshire Ripper after he found a victim’s body.

The star, who played Les Battersby in the ITV soap, was previously in the frame for the vile crimes – which were carried out by Peter Sutcliffe.

The serial killer had dumped the body of Jean Jordan in an allotment in Manchester before fleeing the scene.

According to the Mirror, the soap star reportedly found her body in 1977 – when he was just 24-years-old – and went straight to the police.

The publication states he was put in the frame as a suspect – which left a lasting impact on his life.

‘I lost my first marriage, my children,’ he told the outlet in a candid chat in 2013.

‘I lost everything because of that. It actually destroyed me to learn that people can do that to a human being. 

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

Speaking about the horror he went through during an interview with Piers Morgan, for The Dark Side Of Fame, he recalled the ‘pure panic’ of being questioned by police.

‘You start thinking, “Where was I? What have I done wrong?” Your mind starts racing. It’s pure panic,’ he said in 2010.

‘I had nightmares for 12 months. I still do.’

Sutcliffe died on Friday morning after turning down hospital treatment for coronavirus, a week after he tested positive for the condition.

The murderer had also suffered with a string of health problems, including obesity and diabetes.

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

His killing spree began before he turned 30, and was finally caught in January, 1981.

Sutcliffe spent more than 30 years in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, and was later moved to Frankland Prison in 2016.

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