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A serial killer known as the ‘Gay Slayer’ after murdering five homosexual men has died in prison.

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Colin Ireland, 57, who was born in the former West Hill Hospital, Dartford, died in the healthcare centre at HMP Wakefield in Yorkshire at 9.20am yesterday (Tuesday February 21).

Ireland was serving a life sentence.

He made a New Year’s Resolution on January 1, 1993 to become a serial killer and over the next six months killed five men he met at the Colherne pub in Earls Court. It was reported at the time he went back to his victim’s homes, got them to agree to be tied up, tortured and suffocated them.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “He is presumed to have died from natural causes; a post-mortem will follow.

“As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”

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