Reports of skull found as police dig for MoMurdervictim Keit

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The boy was snatched 58 years ago by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. His body has never been found

Police have been digging on Saddleworth Moor for murder victim Keith Bennett after reports of human remains being found. Police are treating the discovery, reportedly a skull, with caution.

The suspected remains were found during an independent search, before being reported to Greater Manchester Police.

Keith, 12, was snatched 58-years-ago by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and the case has never been resolved.

Officers were pictured digging on the moor near Dove Stone Reservoir in Greenfield today. They called off the excavation around 6.15pm due to deteriorating light and will resume tomorrow (Saturday).

In a statement today Greater Manchester Police said: We have always said that GMP would act on any significant information which may lead to the recovery of Keith and reunite him with his family.

Officers met with Mr Edwards yesterday evening (29thSeptember) and he was able to locate a site of interest and provide us with further details of the work he has been carrying out.

We are at the very early stages of assessing the evidence which he brought to our attention, but have taken the decision to excavate an area of land with a view to determining what lies there.

It is far too early to be certain whether human remains have been uncovered, but out of respect for Alan Bennett, who we regularly maintain contact with, we have informed him of this potential development.

Well provide live updates on this breaking news below.

TheManchester Evening Newsunderstands the location which is being combed by police will be guarded by officers throughout the night.

Officers were pictured digging on the moor near Dove Stone Reservoir in Greenfield today. They called off the excavation around 6.15pm due to deteriorating light and will resume tomorrow (Saturday).

In todays Mancunian Way, were discussing the news that police are digging on Saddleworth Moor for Keith Bennett after remains were found in the area

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Police have confirmed that excavation has stopped for today but it will resume in the morning

CSI captured leaving the scene as light and conditions deteriorate

Video shows investigators negotiating difficult terrain

Police have released their own pictures from Saddleworth Moor

Police forensics specialists on Saddleworth Moor looking for the remains of Keith Bennett

Police forensics specialists on Saddleworth Moor looking for the remains of Keith Bennett

Police forensics specialists on Saddleworth Moor looking for the remains of Keith Bennett

Police forensics specialists on Saddleworth Moor looking for the remains of Keith Bennett

The amateur sleuth who found suspected human remains

Despite a major police investigation spanning over 50 years, in a bizarre turn of events, the latest developments came from someone completely unconnected to the case - an author named Russell Edwards.

After developing a life-long obsession with unsolved cases, Edwards has reportedly spent the last seven years trying to solve a mystery that had perplexed police and ultimately gone cold.

Video shows police forensics specialists working in awful conditions

New pictures show police specialists concentrating on two areas of the moor

Two forensics tents on Saddleworth Moor

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

Two forensics tents on Saddleworth Moor

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

Two forensics tents on Saddleworth Moore

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

Two forensics tents on Saddleworth Moore

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

Two forensics tents have been erected above Dovestone reservoir

Our reporter is at the scene - conditions are terrible

Police forensics experts on Saddleworth Moor

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

(Image: Vincent Cole - Manchester Evening News)

Alan Bennetts hopes have been dashed many times but he is keeping an open mind

Alan Bennetts solicitor has just released a statement.

John Ainley said: I have spoken to my client, Alan Bennett, concerning the reported development in the search for his brother Keith Bennett.

My client is keeping an open mind on the latest report having regard to earlier such reports that have raised expectations but not resulted in finding Keiths body.

Naturally, the family are hoping that Keith has been found after all these years and their tireless efforts to find closure.

I understand Greater Manchester Police are investigating a site of interest but that it will take some weeks to establish whether there is a connection with Keith.

A police forensics tent on Saddleworth Moore

(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

A police forensics tent on Saddleworth Moore

(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

A police forensics tent on Saddleworth Moore

(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

Police forensic tent as officers search the area for the remains of Keith Bennett

(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

A police forensics tent on Saddleworth Moore

(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

Keiths mother Winnie died heart-broken in 2012 without ever knowing where her son lay

Just four weeks before Hindley and Brady were arrested, the death penalty was abolished in the UK.

The debate over the appropriate punishment for their monstrous crimes raged for the next four decades but Brady has spent nearly half that time in a legal fight for the right to die.

Brady spent 19 years in jail before he was sent to Ashworth high security psychiatric hospital in 1985, where he remained for the rest of his life.

While Hindley began to co-operate with prison authorities and eventually tried to help find the body of Keith Bennett, Brady refused the desperate appeals of Keiths grieving mother Winnie Johnson, leaving her in an appalling limbo.

Keiths mother died died from cancer, aged 78, in August 2012, never knowing where her sons body lay.

In November 2002, at the age of 60, Hindley suffered a heart attack at Highpoint Prison in Suffolk and was taken to West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St Edmunds where she then developed a chest infection and died two weeks later.

Brady died in 2017 with lung cancer.

Ian Brady was born Ian Stewart in Glasgow on January 2 1938, the illegitimate son of a waitress.

Neglected by his mother Peggy, he was raised by foster parents in the Gorbals from the age of four months and turned to petty crime when he reached adolescence.

The courts sent the young Brady to Manchester to live with his mother and her new boyfriend, Patrick Brady, whose surname he would later assume.

He became a teenage alcoholic and developed new interests. He read Mein Kampf as part of a burgeoning obsession with Nazi Germany and also developed an interest in sexual perversion and cruelty, devouring erotic literature written by Marquis de Sade.

He spent some time in Strangeways as a boy of 17 and, after his release in November 1957, he took a job as a stock clerk at a Manchester chemical firm Millwards Merchandising.

It was here he met one of the secretaries, a 17-year-old called Myra Hindley. They went to see The Nuremberg Trials at the cinema on their first date.

Read more about the slaughter of the innocents here.

GMP Force Review Officer Martin Bottomley said: At around 11.25am on Thursday 29 September 2022, Greater Manchester Police was contacted by the representative of an author who has been researching the murder of Keith Bennett, a victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Following direct contact with the author, we were informed that he had discovered what he believes are potential human remains in a remote location on the Moors and he agreed to meet with officers yesterday afternoon to elaborate on his find and direct us to a site of interest.

The site was assessed late last night and, this morning, specialist officers have begun initial exploration activity. We are in the very early stages of assessing the information which has been brought to our attention but have made the decision to act on it in line with a normal response to a report of this kind.

It is far too early to be certain whether human remains have been discovered and this is expected to take some time.

We have always said that GMP would act on any significant information which may lead to the recovery of Keith and reunite him with his family. As such, we have informed his brother of the potential development - he does not wish to be contacted at this time and asks that his privacy is respected.

An author Russell Edwards reportedly alerted police after making a discovery on the moors.

Police have emphasised that they are in contact with Keiths brother Alan Bennett, who has devoted his life to finding his remains.

Alan was eight when his brother vanished. He wrote dozens of letters to Hindley and Brady in a bid to extract clues, and in 1998 took the unnerving step of meeting Hindley twice in prison.

We have always said that GMP would act on any significant information which may lead to the recovery of Keith and reunite him with his family.

Officers met with Mr Edwards yesterday evening (29thSeptember) and he was able to locate a site of interest and provide us with further details of the work he has been carrying out.

We are at the very early stages of assessing the evidence which he brought to our attention, but have taken the decision to excavate an area of land with a view to determining what lies there.

It is far too early to be certain whether human remains have been uncovered, but out of respect for Alan Bennett, who we regularly maintain contact with, we have informed him of this potential development.

Alan does not wish to be disturbed at this time and we would ask that his request for privacy is respected.

A little over 58 years ago, a little boy called Keith Bennett waved goodbye to his mum Winnie, and walked into an unspeakable crime.

The 12-year-old boy, ushered along by his mother, walked across Stockport Road in Longsight but never made it to his grans house.

His name was written into perhaps the bleakest chapter of British criminal history - the moors murders of five innocent children. Keith was snatched from the street and murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Winnie Johnson, then 83, the mother of Keith Bennett, is consoled by her friend Elizabeth Bond in 2009, as she watches TV coverage of Greater Manchester Police announcing that the search for his body is now entering a dormant phase

When he got to Dallas Street, he was lured into a van by Hindley who asked him to help her with some boxes. Brady, who lived nearby, was in the back seat.

They snatched the child and took him to Saddleworth Moor where he was sexually abused and murdered by Brady.

The pair were found guilty in 1966 of torturing and killing John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

In 1985 they admitted killing Keith and Pauline Reade, 16. Paulines body was found on Saddleworth Moor in 1987 but Keiths remains have never been recovered.

They had all been murdered during 1963 and 1964.

The MEN understands Greater Manchester Police received new information yesterday following excavation conducted by independent archaeologists that suggested a skull appeared to have been discovered on remote land on the moors.

It is understood officers visited the area last night. A formal statement is expected shortly.

The slaughter of five children between 1963 and 1965 by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley shocked the nation. Its an horrific crime that still resonates today.

Their victims, Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17, were buried on Saddleworth Moor.

Keiths remains have never been found. Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966. Hindley died in 2002 in prison. Brady went on hunger strike in 1999 and, after several failed attempts to be moved to a prison, he died in Ashworth Hospital in May 2017, aged 79.

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