The brother of Yorkshire Ripper is outraged after he was “banned” from the serial killer’s funeral.

The murderer's family say that Peter Sutcliffe, 74, was cremated in a tiny secret ceremony organised by his ex-wife and funeral director pal, according to the Mirror.

Relatives had been frozen out according to the Ripper’s seriously ill brother Mick, 70, who described it as a “cruel” blow and said the funeral took place at an unknown location on Friday.

“Peter would be turning in his grave to know that I had not been invited to the funeral," said Mick.

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Brother Mick Sutcliffe said his family had been "frozen out"

But builder Neil Jackson, whose mum Emily, 42, was murdered by the Ripper in 1976, said: “It sickens me that people sent flowers and wanted to attend.

“I don’t think it should have been allowed. But I am glad he’s gone.”

Neil, 62, from Leeds, added: “I hope he burns in hell and I am sure he will.”

The Ripper was pronounced dead on November 13 after refusing treatment for Covid-19 at hospital in Durham.

Mick, who has severe lung disease, said he sent a eulogy to be read out at the funeral, but does not know if it was.

It says: “Peter, all of your family love you as Peter Sutcliffe although you ruined all our lives when you became the Yorkshire Ripper.

“But over the years we have learned to forgive you but I don’t think the families of your victims will find it so easy.

“After saying this, you have some special people out here that still really care for you. Well Peter, wherever you are now, good luck, God bless, I hope I will see you soon, Mick.”

Twelve of the thirteen victims of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper

The retired scrap dealer said a female friend of the killer told them the service would be available to watch online on Zoom.

He added: “She said she had spoken to the funeral director and we would be sent a link 24 hours before.

“I was pleased because that way I would get to be there. I have not left the house in years, I would not have been able to go to any service.

“Our Peter would go absolutely barmy if he knew I didn’t know.

“Peter has caused so much pain. He also put our family through hell.

“So we needed to be at that funeral to get that closure. We wanted to say goodbye.”

Peter Sutcliffe murdered women in Yorkshire between 1975 and 1980

Mick, of Bingley, West Yorks, said he found out yesterday morning the funeral had already taken place.

He added that only some flowers were accepted for the service.

Mick said: “All our rights have been pinched. Nobody has even officially told us yet that he has been cremated.

“I can’t believe we were banned from our own brother’s funeral.”

He added: “I’ve been speaking to him every week without fail for years.”

Mick said the pair would chat on Mondays after the killer called from Frankland prison in Co Durham. The Ripper, from Bradford, was convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women between 1975 and 1980.

Some police believe he may have murdered around 20 more.

The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe
The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe

Sonia Woodward, his wife at the time of his arrest, attended his trial at the Old Bailey and visited him in Broadmoor.

She remarried in 1997 but remained partly living at the home she had shared with the Ripper. Coroner Crispin Oliver said a postmortem took place on November 17.

It found the Ripper’s death was caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome – a viral illness caused by coronavirus.

Sonia, 70, was named as his next of kin. The inquest was adjourned until February.

It is believed Sonia will inherit his share of their £250,000 home in Bradford.

After he was jailed he became a Jehovah’s Witness. When he was taken to hospital recently he refused treatment because he did not want to prolong his life “artificially”.

He arranged his funeral five years ago, it has been claimed.

The company offers pre-paid funerals in which the price of the funeral will be set at the rates when it has been paid for.

It currently charges £1,650 for a cremation plus costs from the crematorium and for a medical certificate.

Mick said his brother had not believed it would be his time just yet.

He added: “Peter thought that, as our dad and grandad lived into their 80s, that he would too, especially as he didn’t smoke and drink.”

Mick said he “hasn’t got a clue” what Sonia will do with her ex-husband’s ashes and dismissed reports they could be scattered in France.

He added: “I know what Peter wanted done with his ashes but I won’t say what that was. It wasn’t being scattered in Paris, though.

“But there’s no chance of us getting the ashes. It’s all done and over.”