The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has lost a bid to go to the highest British court to overturn the order that he can never be released, The Press Association reports.

The Court of Appeal judges rejected the convicted serial killer’s application to have the case heard in the Supreme Court.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge said the Court of Appeal had refused to certify that a point of general public importance was involved in the appeal.

A High Court judge ruled last year that the serial killer responsible for killing 13 women must serve a “whole life” tariff.

Sutcliffe lost an appeal against this ruling in the Court of Appeal in January this year.

Ripper’s appeal for release rejected

Sutcliffe a former lorry driver, from Bradford, West Yorkshire received 20 life sentences in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

The 64-year-old who now goes under the name Peter Coonan was dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper because he mutilated his victims’ bodies using a hammer, a sharpened screwdriver and a knife.