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Sunday, 16 January, 2000, 14:35 GMT
Anger over killer's treatment

Hindley: Presence at Addenbrooke's has prompted complaints

The hospital treating Moors murderer Myra Hindley for a brain condition has received complaints from people who object to her being there, it has emerged.

Keith Day, administrative director at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge said there had been a "number of representations" from people who objected to the child killer receiving treatment.

We have had a number of representations from people who have their own views about whether we should be treating the prisoner
Keith Day
She has been at the hospital since Thursday for treatment to a cerebral aneurism, caused by an artery swelling up at the base of the brain.

Sudden ruptures of the artery can lead to fatal blood loss or severe brain damage.

Mr Day said Hindley was recovering after receiving four hours of treatment from neurosurgeons on Friday.

The hospital refuses to give details of her treatment, although it is not thought that she underwent an operation.

Hindley was moved from Highpoint Prison
Hindley is being monitored by specialists who have yet to decide when she can return to prison.

But Mr Day added: "We have had a number of representations from people who have their own views about whether we should be treating the prisoner.

"I don't think the things people have been saying are the sort of things you would necessarily want me to repeat.

"Clearly some people have very strong views about this matter."

Hindley was driven to the hospital from Highpoint Prison, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, where she is serving a life sentence.

Mr Day told a media conference that no staff at Addenbrooke's had refused to treat Hindley.

"This is a matter of the professional treatment of a patient," he added.

"The prisoner has been treated purely on her clinical need.

Ian Brady: Hindley's former lover
"She is being looked after in segregated accommodation. She is away from other patients and the normal running of the hospital is not being disrupted in any way."

Hindley's condition is known to be aggravated by stress and smoking. The former shorthand typist, who has spent 33 years in prison, smokes 40 cigarettes a day.

Hindley and her former lover, Ian Brady, were given life sentences in May 1966 for the murders of 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and 17-year-old Edward Evans after being arrested at their home on the outskirts of Manchester. In 1987 the pair confessed to the killings of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.

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