Moors Murderer Ian Brady ‘gravely ill’

Ian Brady

Moors Murderer Ian Brady is gravely ill and receiving palliative care, the BBC understands.

Brady, who is 79, is being held at Ashworth Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit on Merseyside.

The serial killer has been ill for some time and is being looked after by specially-trained nurses.

Brady, who now uses the name Ian Stewart-Brady, was jailed for three murders in 1966 and has been at Ashworth since 1985.

He has campaigned for several years to be moved from the secure unit to a Scottish prison, where he would not be force-fed and be allowed to die if he wishes.

The 79-year-old has been on successive hunger strikes since 1999 and has previously argued that he should be allowed to die, but has been force-fed because he is considered to be mentally ill.

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