Hindley reduces MPs to silence

(With pix)AS an inquest into her death was due to open today, Myra Hindley continued to exercise her power from beyond the grave.She managed to reduce two of Suffolk's most talkative MPs to silence as the fallout from her death continued.

(With pix)

AS an inquest into her death was due to open today, Myra Hindley continued to exercise her power from beyond the grave.

She managed to reduce two of Suffolk's most talkative MPs to silence as the fallout from her death continued.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean was due to open an inquest into her death this afternoon.


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An inquest is always held into anyone who dies in custody.

That is expected to be adjourned after details of identity and medical cause of death are given – allowing funeral arrangements to be made.

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Hindley's funeral is expected to be at the Cambridge City crematorium within the next two weeks – but no details are expected to be released.

Today West Suffolk MP Richard Spring, whose constituency includes Highpoint Prison, refused to comment on her death.

"I didn't want her to come to Highpoint, but since she arrived I have always had a policy on not commenting on anything surrounding her – that hasn't changed," he said.

Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, whose constituency includes the West Suffolk Hospital where she died, was also remaining tight-lipped.

"Highpoint is not in my constituency and I have never commented on her," he said.

Hindley died on Friday and her body remains in the hospital mortuary under police guard. No one from Suffolk Police was able to comment today on the cost of maintaining that guard.

A post mortem examination was completed by a pathologist on Saturday.

The results of that examination have not been made public but have been disclosed to the coroner.

Police are making arrangements for Hindley's funeral.

A date and time for the ceremony has not yet been revealed - it is expected to take place at Cambridge Crematorium within the next two weeks.

Hindley, 60, had been at the West Suffolk Hospital since Tuesday and the prison service said she died of respiratory failure.

She was jailed, along with her accomplice Ian Brady, now 64, in 1966 for the sexual abuse, torture and murder of three children.

In 1987 she and Brady confessed to the murders of two more children.

She was Britain's longest-serving woman prisoner, having spent 36 years in jail.

Brady and Hindley lived in what is now Greater Manchester and buried the youngsters they killed Lesley Anne Downey, 10, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Pauline Read, 16, and Edward Evans, 17.

All the children came from the Manchester area.

The bodies of Lesley Anne, John and Pauline were found in moorland graves.

Edward was found at the couple's home.

The body of Keith has never been discovered.

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