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Moors Murderer 'allowed access to boys in prison' Crime: Brady allegedly involved in sexual incidents.

Byline: RYAN WILKINSON

Moors Murderer Ian Brady came in contact with vulnerable borstal boys for more than five years at Wormwood Scrubs prison, files reportedly show.

The child killer was even allowed to stay at the prison's hospital for several months after a young inmate alleged he had sex with him, records are said to reveal.

The BBC said it had seen Home Office files showing he received support from former Labour minister and penal reformer Lord Longford.

Brady was moved to Wormwood Scrubs in London in 1974, eight years after his conviction for murdering Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17 - two of the five children he killed with girlfriend Myra Hindley.

After being placed in the segregation unit he is said to have gone on hunger strike, forcing officers to move him so he could mix with other prisoners, and was eventually put on the Mental Observation Landing.

At the time boys with mental health issues from Feltham Borstal - some as young as 15 - were reportedly sent to Wormwood Scrubs Hospital.

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

In December 1977 Brady reportedly wrote to Lord Longford to complain that the prison's principal medical officer had told the governor he should return to segregation. The killer then remained on the wing.

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 1981 after a young person reported Brady had had sex with him and was moved to Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight in 1982.

Frances Crook, head of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: "What he did in prisons, I think, is not extraordinary. Actually, I think it happens and has happened every day for years and is still happening."

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "There have been huge changes in the criminal justice system in the last 40 years. Allegations of sexual assault are taken extremely seriously."

"I think it happens and has happened every day for years"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jun 27, 2019
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