If you venture out on to Westminster Bridge on December 31st, and look eastwards as midnight approaches, you may well be rewarded with a sighting of a ghost that is thought to be of one of London's most infamous criminals, Jack the Ripper.

There is a local tradition that, as the first Chimes of Big Ben usher in the New Year, a shadowy figure will suddenly materialize on the parapet of Westminster Bridge, and leap headlong into the murky waters of the Thames below.

Westminster Bridge

Legend maintains that this is the hour when, in 1888, Jack the Ripper killed himself by plunging into the river from this spot, and that every year since, his phantom has been condemned to repeat his descent into infamy over and over again.