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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".

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