Tameside Council to handle disposal of Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s ashes
Friday 13th October 2017 @ 17:02 by Lee Wild
Mossley & Saddleworth News

Tameside Council are set to handle the disposal of the remains of Moors Murderer Ian Brady.

In a hearing at the High Court, the judge said that Tameside Council disposing of the ashes was the best proposal available.

In a joint statement Tameside Council and Oldham Council said: “Tameside and Oldham councils sought the assistance of the High Court to ensure the body of ‘Moors Murderer’ Ian Stewart Brady is disposed of in a manner that does not cause offence and distress to the public, and particularly the relatives of the victims who reside in our boroughs.

Saddleworth Moor – Photo by Matthew Wilkinson

“We know that the relatives and residents alike found even the suggestion that his ashes may be scattered over Saddleworth Moor to be abhorrent and distressing, especially because 13-year-old Keith Bennett has never been found, despite his mother’s best efforts to locate him to give him a proper burial.

“The court supported our duty as local authorities to ensure that public order is maintained and the wishes of the families of his victims and our local communities are respected to ensure Ian Stewart Brady’s body and remains are disposed of expediently in a manner compatible with the public interest and those of the victim’s relatives.”

The High Court also denied Brady’s last request for the fifth movement of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Dream of the night of the Sabbath, to be played during his cremation.

It was denied on the ground that the families of his victims might be offended by the choice and it was said there was a public interest in not creating disorder.