No charges over 'Ian Brady letter'

The CPS has said there will be no charges brought against Jackie Powell - Moors murderer Ian Brady's metal health advocate - following allegations she failed to tell police about a letter which may have revealed where one of his victims was buried.

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Police made 'exhaustive attempts' to find Brady letter

Greater Manchester Police have said they made "exhaustive attempts" to establish if a letter allegedly sent by Moors murderer Ian Brady to his mental health advocate Jackie Powell, would have helped assist them in finding the remains of one of his victims.

Martin Bottomley, head of investigative review in Greater Manchester Police's major and cold case crime unit, said:

As soon as we were made aware of the existence of this alleged letter, we made exhaustive attempts to obtain it to establish whether or not its contents would assist us in finding Keith [Bennett's] body.

However, despite seizing numerous documents and a search of Brady's cell, no such letter has been recovered.

That in itself does not prove or disprove the letter's existence. It might have been destroyed, it might be hidden elsewhere, it may be in someone else's possession, or it may simply never have existed in the first place and this has been yet more mind games by Brady.

CPS not to charge Jackie Powell over Ian Brady letter

A woman who allegedly received a letter from Moors murderer Ian Brady concerning the location of one his victim's remains will not be charged, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

Brady's mental health advocate Jackie Powell was arrested on suspicion of preventing the lawful burial of Brady's victim Keith Bennett, the CPS said in a statement.

John Dilworth, Head of the CPS North West Complex Case Unit, said:

We have completed our review of the evidence concerning an alleged failure by Jackie Powell to disclose information about the location of Keith Bennett’s remains.

After careful consideration, we have decided that Ms Powell should not be charged, as it cannot be established that she knew the contents of the letter referred to, that the letter in question existed or what information it might have contained.

The only evidence of the letter’s existence was in comments given by Ms Powell to an interviewer and she stated only that she believed it may contain information about Keith Bennett.

– The Crown Prosecution Service


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