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Moors murderer Ian Brady’s ashes buried at sea

High Court ruled out scattering remains over Saddleworth Moor where the killer buried victims

Moors murderer Ian Brady’s ashes were buried at sea in the middle of the night following a secret cremation last week, it has emerged.

The serial killer- who died in May, at the age of 79 - reportedly wanted his remains scattered on Saddleworth Moor, where he and his accomplice and lover Myra Hindley buried their child victims. But a High Court judge intervened and took the decision out of the hands of Brady’s executor, reports HuffPost.

Brady’s body was collected from the Royal Liverpool hospital’s mortuary by a Tameside Council official at about 9pm on Wednesday 25 October, says Sky News, citing court documents. 

His remains were incinerated at Southport Crematorium - with no music or flowers allowed, according to the BBC - and the ashes were placed in a weighted biodegradable urn. They were dispatched at sea without ceremony. 

Brady spent more than 50 years in prison for the torture and murder of five children in the 1960s, along with Hindley.

Terry West, brother of ten-year-old victim Lesley-Ann Downey, told the Daily Mirror: “My little sister didn't get to choose how she was buried. If I had my way, I would just flush his ashes down the toilet.”

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