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Plea due in prostitute murders case

A criminology student who dubbed himself the "crossbow cannibal" is expected to enter pleas on charges of murdering three prostitutes.

Stephen Griffiths, 40, is accused of murdering Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth, who all went missing in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The psychology graduate, who was undertaking postgraduate research in criminology at Bradford University, will appear at Leeds Crown Court.

Ms Blamires, 36, was last seen in May, while Ms Armitage, 31, went missing in April, and Ms Rushworth, 43, disappeared on June 22 last year.

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

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

The remains of Ms Blamires were found in the River Aire in Shipley, while body tissue belonging to Ms Armitage was also found in the river.

The body of Ms Rushworth has not been located.

Griffiths attended the private Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield in his teens before studying at Leeds and Bradford Universities.

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