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New search for Moors victim Keith 'to start next week'

A new search for the body of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett will be launched next week, according to the Daily Mirror.

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett. Credit: PA

A specialist team will hunt for the remains of the 12-year-old and three other missing children whose bodies were buried by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s on Saddleworth Moor.

New research by a consortium of lawyers, former police officers and a High Court judge investigating the Moors murders will be made public in the coming days with "fresh facts" that they hope will lead to finding the bodies, the newspaper reports.

Keith's mother Winnie Johnson made repeated calls for Brady to reveal the location of her son's grave but died in August 2012 without being able to fulfil her last wish of giving her son a proper burial.


'Health and safety' prevented Ian Brady's prison transfer

Ian Brady's £250,000 taxpayer-funded legal bid last year was criticised by victims' families as a "circus". Credit: PA Archive

Moors Murderer Ian Brady's bid to be transferred from hospital to jail was rejected for his own health and safety, a judge has ruled in a detailed document running more than 100 pages.

The child killer, 76, was told last June that he will remain a patient at maximum-security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside after a controversial week-long mental health tribunal hearing.

A three-man panel chaired by Judge Robert Atherton said Brady should remain in Ashworth on the grounds that he is insane and hospital staff are best placed to treat his psychosis.

Today Judge Atherton said in his full ruling: "The tribunal concluded that it has been demonstrated by this evidence that it is necessary in the interests of his own health and safety that he be detained in hospital for treatment and that appropriate treatment is available.

"The tribunal considered that it would be inappropriate to make any recommendation because, in its judgment, it is not appropriate to recommend his discharge."

Ian Brady 'condemns politically-motivated tribunal'

In the two-page letter, Brady refuses to answer questions about the Moors murders Credit: Channel 5 News

The Moors murderer Ian Brady has reportedly condemned the ruling by a mental health tribunal to keep him in a maximum security hospital, in a letter to Channel 5 News:

He appears to have written: "£250,000 wasted by Ashworth medical mediocrities manipulating a politically-motivated tribunal...designed to distract public attention from the lack of reasoned argument and pertinent evidence."

The 75-year-old also allegedly criticises the "pathetic petty abuse" from "ignorant" health professionals who gave evidence at the hearing.

A brother of one of Brady's victims has told the programme the letter "shows how twisted he is."

Ian Brady letter published

A letter in which Moors Murderer Ian Brady claims to have killed four more people has been published for the first time, on the Daily Telegraph website.

In the seven page letter, written by Brady in 1989, he said he killed two men in his native Glasgow and then killed a man and a woman in Manchester, where he and his partner Myra Hindley abducted and murdered five children in the 1960s.

But Greater Manchester Police said the claims have been thoroughly investigated and found to be "completely unsubstantiated".


Brother of victim: Ian Brady should remain in hospital

Terry Kilbride, whose brother John was killed by Ian Brady in 1963, said the Moors murderer should remain in hospital and be "kept alive as long as possible" because he knows where victim Keith Bennett is buried.

Court artist sketch of moors murderer Ian Brady. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

He said: "He should remain there, that's my honest opinion, he should remain at Ashworth.

"He knows what he's doing, he's a very clever person up there, which he will be, he's had plenty of time to learn hasn't he, he's got a law degree, he's learned German and all this, that and the other.

"But he should stay where he is, that's my honest opinion on it. I don't believe he's going to kill himself, that's just a ploy, just another wind-up.

"I think to be honest he should go back to hospital, I think that's where he belongs, in the hospital, and keep him alive as long as possible because it's only him that knows where Keith Bennett is."

Ashworth Hospital deny 'going to war' with Brady

Ashworth Hospital medical director Dr David Fearnley denied that Ashworth Hospital had "gone to war" with Ian Brady.

Ian Brady in the back of a police car prior to his court appearance in 1965. Credit: PA

He said: "I don't think anything could be further from the truth."

"The mental health tribunal process is a legal process, but it's extremely important that we provide the best evidence we can to allow the tribunal to make the best decision it can because of the serious consequences."

Asked if the public platform of the tribunal may have exacerbated Brady's illness, Dr Fearnley said: "I think the difficulty with an individual such as Ian Brady is that he has a complex mental disorder and for many years has been able to publicise his concerns.

"However, we see this as part of an overall problem which our experts are looking into and will continue to provide expert care."

Brady 'remains in the right place for the right treatment'

Ashworth Hospital medical director Dr David Fearnley welcomed the decision from Ian Brady's mental health tribunal to keep him in the high security hospital.

Court artist sketch of moors murderer Ian Brady. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

He said: "We appreciate the time and effort the mental health tribunal has taken in considering this quite extraordinary case and its judgement that Ian Brady will remain on at Ashworth Hospital is consistent with the advice our expert clinicians gave.

"This means Ian Brady will remain in the right place to receive the right treatment by the right people.

"Ashworth Hospital has been subjected to in-depth scrutiny over the past two weeks and the public has been able to see at first hand the quality of care that we offer to all our patients.

"Ian Brady suffers from a severe personality disorder and a chronic severe mental illness.

"However, he still requires high quality specialist care".

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