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Tameside Council ask local funeral directors to reject Ian Brady’s body
Friday 19th May 2017 @ 15:31 by Tom Greggan

Tameside Council have asked every funeral directors in the borough to reject handling the disposal of Ian Brady’s body out of respect to his victims, saying it would be ‘abhorrent’ to do so.

The Moors Murderer died on Monday aged 79 and his body was released from police protection yesterday.

In the 1960s, Brady and his partner Myra Hindley, kidnapped five children and took them to their house in Hattersley, where they tortured and killed them before burying the bodies on Saddleworth Moor.

One victim, 12-year-old John Kilbride, was taken from Ashton Market in November 1963.

In a statement, Tameside Council said: “Out of respect for the victims and their families, and doing what our community would expect of us, we have advised all our funeral directors to reject any request to cremate the body of Ian Brady – or arrange for his funeral and otherwise dispose of his body.

“Tameside Council will reject any request to use our crematorium and any requests for his ashes to be scattered anywhere in Tameside because that would be an abhorrent act of defilement to both the families of his victims and our local community.”

Brady has been held at Ashworth Hospital where he had been receiving palliative care since 1985, before his death was announced on Monday evening.

The notorious serial killer, who has never shown any remorse for his crimes, was jailed in 1966 for the murders of John Kilbride, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey, and Edward Evans, 17, in crimes that shocked the nation.

It was 21 years later when they finally admitted they had also killed Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12. Pauline’s body was found but Brady went to his grave keeping the secret of where he and Hindley buried Keith, whose remains still lie on the Moors.