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Brady drugs smuggling bid foiled
Hindley and Brady
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were convicted in 1966
An attempt to smuggle 50 paracetamol tablets to moors murderer Ian Brady has been foiled by staff at a high security psychiatric hospital.

The drugs were found by X-ray screening which revealed the pills in two sweets tubes in a hollowed out crime novel.

A spokeswoman for Ashworth Hospital, Liverpool, said there was no danger of the tablets reaching Brady.

The killer, who was jailed for life in 1966, has been fed by a tube since refusing food six years ago.

The hospital's security worked effectively and efficiently
Mersey Care NHS Trust

The tablets arrived in a padded envelope with a note from a female friend on Thursday morning.

An Ashworth spokeswoman said: "Mersey Care NHS Trust can confirm that our security staff intercepted a parcel for a patient at Ashworth Hospital which contained inappropriate items alongside innocuous ones.

"There was no danger of the inappropriate material finding its way to the patient as the hospital's security worked effectively and efficiently."

Brady and his girlfriend, Myra Hindley, who died in 2002 aged 60, began their killing spree on July 12, 1963 when Hindley lured Pauline Reade into her car as the 16-year-old walked to a dance at a railwaymen's club in Manchester.

The couple repeated the method roughly every six months picking up 12-year-old John Kilbride at a market in Ashton-under-Lyne, Keith Bennett, also 12, as he walked to his grandmother's home in Longsight, and Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, at funfair in Ancoats on Boxing Day 1964.

They were caught when Brady axed to death 17-year-old Edward Evans in October 1965.


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