Legendary YEP photographer Steve Riding is celebrating 45 years with the YEP. In the second of a week-long series looking back on his career, we look at the 62-year-old’s most memorable crime and news snaps.
Leeds was “under siege” while police hunted for the Yorkshire Ripper in the early 1980s.
Stalwart Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Steve Riding vividly remembers the day the notorious serial killer Peter Sutcliffe was finally tracked down and confessed to his crimes.
For the past 45 years Steve has been capturing the shots that bring the newspaper’s stories to life, covering everything from tragedies like the funeral of young snooker star Paul Hunter to dramatic police showdowns and well attended royal visits.
This week we are publishing a series of picture spreads chosen by the man himself to celebrate a life behind the lens.
Steve’s photocall to Dewsbury Police Station on January 4 1981, stands out more than most. The 62-year-old said: “Leeds was effectively under siege for a number of years. I lived in north Leeds working shifts and virtually every time you walked home you were stopped by police with the same questions.
“You have to remember it was the 1980s, we didn’t have the same technology. I was just about to set off to the Regent pub and I remember I got a call on my land line. It was the boss saying ‘they’ve caught the Ripper’.”
He added: “No woman was safe out alone. The relief on the faces of the very senior officers was there for all to see.”
The grandfather of three was also among the first on the scene at national stories like the 1989 Kegworth air disaster, King’s Cross fire and 1974 Birmingham pub bombings. He said: “In the 1970s and 80s I was yards away from these stories, now they’d have a two-mile cordon.”