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Moors murderer Ian Brady dies aged 79

Moors murderer Ian Brady, who with Myra Hindley was jailed for life in 1966 for the Moors Murders Credit: Press Association

Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died at the age of 79.

The man who tortured and murdered five children with Myra Hindley had been seriously ill and was reported to have been receiving palliative care.

Brady and Hindley together sexually tortured and murdered five children and teenagers, aged between ten and 17, in the 1960s.

Four of their victims were buried on the moors above Yorkshire.

The remains of one victim, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, have never been found despite extensive searches as recently as 2014.

Brady’s death means that his family will probably never find out his final resting place.

An artist's impression of Ian Brady at his tribunal hearing in 2013. Credit: Press Association

The killer was sentenced to life in 1966 after being convicted of the murders of John Kilbride, aged 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

He later confessed to the murders of Keith Bennett, 12, and Pauline Reade, 16, together with Hindley.

He has been held at the Ashworth secure psychiatric hospital for 32 years after being transferred there in 1985 to be treated for psychopathy.

Brady had been force-fed for many years after going in hunger strike from 1999 – though a court hearing in 2013 heard that he regularly ate toast and soup.

The killer had launched a legal bid in 2013 to be transferred out of the prison to a hospital so that he could stop being fed through a tube and be allowed to die if he wishes.

He was turned down at the mental health tribunal on the grounds that he was insane.