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Carmarthenshire woman arrested amid Ian Brady claims

Manchester police are investigating the possibility that Ian Brady has revealed in a letter details about where one of his victims is buried Photo: Greater Manchester Police

A 49-year-old woman from Carmarthenshire has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise.

Jackie Powell, from Llangennech near Llanelli, is an advocate for the infamous 'Moors murderer' Ian Brady.

Her arrest follows a statement by police who say they are investigating the possibility that Brady might have revealed details about where one of his victims, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, is buried.

Brady, now 74, and his partner Myra Hindley, who died in jail in 2002, were responsible for the murders of five youngsters, including Keith, in the 1960s.

Keith was snatched by the pair on June 16, 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother. His body is the only one that has never been found.

Ian Brady has always refused to disclose details of the location of 12-year-old Keith Bennett's body Credit: PA/PA Wire

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said the force had 'received information that led officers to believe' Brady had given details of the location of Keith's body to one of his long-term visitors.

On 30 July 2012, Greater Manchester Police received information that led officers to believe that Ian Brady had recently given details of the location of Keith Bennett's body to one of his long-term visitors.

Officers in the cold case unit made inquiries to accuracy of this report and have since had extensive contact with Ashworth hospital and Keith's close family.

As a result, warrants obtained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act were executed at Ashworth hospital and a private address in South Wales today.

A 49-year-old woman has been arrested in South Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise. Searches of both locations are ongoing.

– GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE SPOKESPERSON

But Martin Bottomley, head of investigative review of Greater Manchester Police's major and cold case crime unit, stressed that Brady has not revealed the location of Keith's body to police.

What we are looking at is the possibility, and at this stage it is only a possibility, that [Brady] has written a letter to Keith's mum Winnie Johnson, which was not to be opened until after his death. We do not know if this is true or simply a ruse but we clearly have a duty to investigate such information on behalf of Keith's family.

– Martin Bottomley, Greater Manchester Police

A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said the force is 'co-operating' with Greater Manchester Police following the arrest of a 49-year-old woman in South Wales.

Ian Brady and his partner Myra Hindley were responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s Credit: Greater Manchester Police

While Brady has revealed where some of his victims were buried, he has always refused to disclose any details about the location of Keith's body.

The campaign to find the boy's body has been a long-running one. Numerous attempts to locate Keith's remains have been made in the past by the police, army and even using a US spy satellite, to no avail.

His refusal has caused constant heartache for Keith's mother, Winnie Johnson, who has cancer and has made numerous pleas for Brady to break his silence before she dies.

Keith's mother Winnie Johnson, who has cancer, has pleaded with Brady to reveal where her son's body is buried before she dies Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Brady was due to appear before a mental health tribunal in July, but it was delayed after he suffered a seizure.

The tribunal was to consider his application to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die. He has been tube-fed since refusing food 12 years ago.

Brady has been detained at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside for the last 25 years.

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