Moors victim's brother: Search of 'no great importance'

The brother of missing Moors murder victim Keith Bennett has distanced himself from claims a new search for his body is due to begin.

Alan Bennett said reports of a new search of Saddleworth Moor was of "no great importance or relevance".

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett.
Keith Bennett was buried by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on Saddleworth Moor in the 1960s. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Bennett, writing on his website, said: "There are reports of a search being conducted on the moor starting on 16th June.

"Neither myself nor anybody connected with me or to me, professionally or otherwise, has anything to do with this.

"I believe it will go the same way as the other unofficial searches of the past and therefore is of no great importance or relevance and is being led by or following people with theories that have no real basis or evidence to back it up."

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