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Brady's contact with boys in jail.

Byline: PAUL BRITTON

CHILD killer Ian Brady was reportedly able to have contact with vulnerable young boys while he was locked up at Wormwood Scrubs prison, according to Home Office files.

Brady and Myra Hindley were both found guilty in 1966 of torturing and killing John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans. In 1985 they admitted killing Keith and Pauline Reade, whose body was found on Saddleworth Moor in 1987. Keith's body has never been recovered.

The BBC said the files revealed Moors murderer Brady came in contact with vulnerable boys sent to the prison from a borstal for more than five years.

Brady, who died in 2017 aged 79, was even allowed to stay at the prison's hospital for several months after one of the young inmates alleged he had sex with him, the records are said to reveal.

The BBC said it had seen Home Office files that showed Brady also received support from Lord Longford, a former Labour cabinet minister and penal reformer.

Brady was transferred to Wormwood Scrubs in 1974, eight years after he was convicted of the murders of Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17 - two of the five youngsters he killed with girlfriend Hindley.

After being placed on the segregation unit the killer is said to have gone on hunger strike, to force officers to move him and allow him to associate with other prisoners, and he was eventually placed on the prison's Mental Observation Landing.

At the time boys from Feltham Borstal were reportedly sent to Wormwood Scrubs Hospital if they were suffering from mental health problems. Some of them were as young as 15, a similar age to some of the Moors Murders victims.

Despite eventually regaining weight Brady was allowed to stay on the wing.

A record from September 1976 shows suspicions had been raised by his 'unusual interest in any adolescent inmate' and staff had to move the boys away from him.

Brady was reportedly allowed to watch television with other inmates and given duties including cleaning toilets and showers.

He is said to have lost his duties in autumn 1981 after a young person reported that Brady had had sex with him.

He was moved to Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight the following year. He died at Ashworth hospital on Merseyside.

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