‘Stunning’ Jack the Ripper lot fetches £17,000

The handcuffs, truncheon and whistle used by PC Edward Watkins
The handcuffs, truncheon and whistle used by PC Edward Watkins
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The handcuffs, truncheon and whistle used by a policeman who found the mutilated body of Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim have been sold for more than £17,000.

Jack the Ripper was blamed for a string of murders across three months in 1888, when five women were killed on the streets of London.

Police constable Edward Watkins carried the rare items when he discovered the body of Catherine Eddowes –the Ripper’s fourth victim.

His handcuffs went for £6,420, the leather notebook was sold for £4,450, the truncheon went for £3,950 and his whistle was sold for £2,600.

The items – along with newspaper cuttings – were bought anonymous buyer for a total of £17,670 on Wednesday night at JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “Given the items were no-reserve and modestly estimated at between £500 and £800 each, this really is a stunning result.”

The auction items came from a private collector who had them in family possession for three generations. His grandfather purchased the items directly from the Watkins family and this is the first time they had been 
offered for sale.