Jack the Ripper’s 1888 Whitechapel murder site left as a rubbish dump

Darrell Hayward and the rubbish on the Ripper trail

Darrell Hayward and the rubbish on the Ripper trail - Credit: Archant

Scene of one of Jack the Ripper’s dreadful Whitechapel Murders of 1888 is now an eyesore, say neighbours

The street where he butchered Lizzie Stride is strewn with rubbish that neighbours say doesn’t get cleared away.

Tourists arrive on the ‘Ripper’ trail in Henriques Street, off the Commercial Road, to find dumped sacks of garbage, cardboard boxes and bits of furniture just yards from the murder scene from 125 years ago.

The families of Henriques Street—known as Berner Street back in 1888, where Harry Gosling Primary school is today—have complained to Tower Hamlets council, but claim they’ve been ignored.

“The tourists flock here to see what’s become a daily rubbish tip,” said management consultant Darrell Hayward, 34.


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“I’ve sent pictures of the piled-up rubbish and junk many times to the Town Hall and have even written directly to the mayor—but I don’t even get an acknowledgement.

“I am not sure what message the state of the street is sending the children at the school or to the frequent tourists following the Whitechapel Murders—is this how we want them to view the East End today?”

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The council has promised a clean up and is running a ‘rubbish hotline’ for families to report dumping or flytipping on 020-7364 5004.

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