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Ian Brady's ashes must not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, says Coroner

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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 has said.

Opening an inquest at Southport Town Hall into the 79-year-old killer's death, senior coroner Christopher Sumner said he also wants assurances a funeral director and crematorium willing to take Brady's body have been found.

The Moors Murderer died at Ashworth High Secure Hospital in Maghull, Merseyside, just after 6pm on Monday. The inquest heard his cause of death was cor pulmonale, a type of heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or lung disease.

Mr Sumner told the hearing "emotions are high".

"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."

Brady's lawyer Robin Makin, the executor of his will, visited him in the hours before his death to discuss his legal wishes and funeral arrangements.

The solicitor said he did not think Brady had any information which would find the body of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, the only victim of Brady and Myra Hindley whose remains have never been found.

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