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Ian Brady

A coroner has come out and said that Moors murderer Ian Brady’s ashes must not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, and the body will not be released until the coroner has been assured that they won’t.

In a killing spree that rocked Britain to its core in the 1960s, Brady abducted youngsters off the street with Myra Hindley before sexually assaulting them and burying their bodies in the Pennines.

The 79-year-old died in Ashworth High Security Hospital on Monday.

Opening an inquest into the death, senior coroner for Sefton, Christopher Sumner, said he also wants assurances that a funeral director and crematorium willing to take Brady’s body have been found.

Mr Sumner confirmed he had received a request to release Brady’s body.

However, the coroner also said that the killer had no known relatives.

Brady had been getting palliative care in the last two weeks because of his failing health, and the tube used to force feed him was removed on 11th May.

He was pronounced dead at 6.02pm on Monday, with his body identified by Ashworth hospital site manager Michelle Anderton.

The five victims of Brady and Hindley – Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans – were aged between 10 and 17.

Fifty years on, 12-year-old Keith Bennett has still never been found, despite the belief that Brady knew the location and buried him on the Moors, where he buried three others.

Brady’s death came hours after he was again urged to “do the right thing” and reveal the location of Keith’s body.

Keith’s mother, Winnie Johnson, had repeatedly pleaded with Brady to reveal the location of the body before her own death in 2012, but Brady never did.

Brady’s lawyer said on Monday that he did not believe the serial killer knew where Keith’s body was.

“I don’t think useful information is going to come from him. I think that if he had been able to assist in its location it would have happened in the 1980s.”

Robin Makin, the executor of Brady’s will, said he was called to see him just hours before his death.

“It was obvious that the end was fairly close. I went to see him and spent a few hours with him,” he said.

“He was in the last hours of his life so he was pretty weak but we were able to discuss a few things and sort out what he wanted to be done.”

The inquest into Brady’s death was adjourned until 29 June.