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Brady's ashes not to be scattered on moor

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Serial killer Ian Brady's body will not be released until assurances have been given that his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, a coroner says.

One of Britain's most notorious killers, "Moors murderer" Brady killed five children with his lover and accomplice Myra Hindley during a sadistic two-year reign of terror in the 1960s.

Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 for abducting, torturing, sexually abusing and then murdering the children before burying their young victims on the bleak Saddleworth Moor near the northern city of Manchester.

Brady died aged 79 at Ashworth secure hospital in Liverpool in Monday, where he has been housed since 1985 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Opening an inquest at Southport Town Hall into Brady's death, senior coroner Christopher Sumner said he also wanted assurances that a funeral director and crematorium willing to take Brady's body had been found.

Coroner's officer Alby Howard-Murphy said Brady's cause of death was corpulmonale and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A British coroner has taken steps to ensure notorious serial killer Ian Brady's ashes won't be scattered on Saddleworth Moor. © REX Shutterstock A British coroner has taken steps to ensure notorious serial killer Ian Brady's ashes won't be scattered on Saddleworth Moor. Sumner told the hearing he had received a request to release the body of Brady, also known as Ian Stewart-Brady.

"I would like an assurance before I do so that first of all the person who asked to take over responsibility for that funeral has a funeral director willing to deal with the funeral and that he has a crematorium willing and able to cremate Mr Stewart-Brady's body," he said.

"Emotions are high, I have looked at some of the newspaper headlines, they are bound to be .... not so much in this area but in the Manchester area.

"I also wanted to have assurance that when Mr Stewart-Brady is cremated his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor. I think that's a right and proper moral judgment to make.

"I think it would be offensive if Mr Stewart-Brady's ashes were scattered on Saddleworth Moor."

The court heard the serial killer had been treated by a palliative care team for the past two weeks because of his deteriorating health.

Howard-Murphy said his feeding tube was removed on May 11.

The hearing was told Brady did not wish to be resuscitated if he suffered a cardiac arrest and he was pronounced dead at 6.02pm on Monday.

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