THE family of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett have been given fresh hope in their lifelong fight to find the schoolboy’s remains.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has instructed officials to give police all the backing they need to unlock the 55-year-old mystery.
The family of Keith Bennett have been given fresh as new information may be available[/caption]
Killer Ian Brady had two locked briefcases taken from his room at Ashworth hospital[/caption]
He has a team of lawyers working flat out on efforts to seize secret information left by serial child killer Ian Brady when he died.
The monster demanded two locked briefcases be taken from his room at Ashworth top-security hospital on Merseyside and put in secret storage before he died of cancer, aged 79, in May 2017.
Cops have tried to get a search warrant from magistrates but failed because there is no chance of a prosecution as Hindley and his accomplice Myra Hindley are both dead.
But Mr Javid stepped in and vowed to do all in his power to seize the cases. It is believed they may contain the location of 12-year-old Keith’s remains, thought to be buried on Saddleworth Moor.
The youngster’s surviving brother Alan, 62, says there is a “desperate” need to examine the contents of the cases as they may hold vital clues that will lead them to the spot.
He and his family have never given up hope of finding him and giving him a proper burial.
But the executor of Brady’s will is not prepared top disclose the contents. The Bennett’s family lawyer has written twice to Brady’s lawyer Robin Makin, with no response.
Mr Javid said: “I have instructed by my officials to contact Greater Manchester Police urgently to establish the details around this case and determine whether there are any legal gaps that the government should consider.”
The Home Secretary has written to Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the Commons home affairs committee, promising to get to the bottom of the matter.
He added: “I appreciate that Alan Bennett and his family will be suffering continued distress, and that such auctions will not swiftly resolve matters. I promise to provide further clarity on this matter based on the outcomes.”
Keith Bennett was on his way to his grandmother’s house on June 16, 1964, when he was snatched away.
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Hindley lured the 12-year-old boy into her van and drove to a lay-by on the Moor and Brady took the boy while Hindley kept watch.
Brady reappeared 30 minutes later having sexually assaulted and strangled Keith.
Keith’s family have fought ever since to recover the little lad’s remains – but until his dying day Brady, branded “wicked beyond belief” by his trial judge, shunned all appeals to name the spot.
Winnie Johnson, the mother of twelve-year-old Keith Bennett[/caption]
Moors murder victim Keith Bennett pictured playing in the street with his brothers Ian and Alan[/caption]
A Greater Manchester Police search team look for the body of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett[/caption]
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