No more action against Ian Brady's mental health advocate Jackie Powell
MOORS murderer Ian Brady's mental health advocate will have no further action taken against her in relation to a letter said to contain the resting place of one of his victims.
Greater Manchester Police said no action would be taken against Jackie Powell, who was arrested in August in near Llanelli.
Ms Powell, 49, formerly of the Brynhyfryd estate in Llangennech, made the headlines last year after she was arrested on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body.
And last week it was revealed Ms Powell, who has been Brady's mental health advocate since 1999, had been evicted from the property where a warrant was carried out.
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Police were searching for a letter, believed to contain details of the final resting place of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, the only victim of the serial killer not to be found.
The existence of the letter was revealed in a Channel 4 documentary, during which Ms Powell claimed Brady had handed it to her to give to the mother of Keith, Winnie — but only after his death.
Martin Bottomley, head of investigative review of Greater Manchester Police's Major and Cold Case Crime Unit, said: "As soon as we were made aware of the existence of this alleged letter, we made exhaustive attempts to obtain it to establish whether or not its contents would assist us in finding Keith's body.
"That resulted in the warrants we carried out in the South Wales area and at Ashworth Hospital in August 2012.
"However, despite seizing numerous documents and a search of Brady's cell, no such letter has been recovered," he revealed.
He said the failure to find the letter did not prove or disprove its existence, and he added: "The letter might have been destroyed, it might be hidden elsewhere, it may be in someone else's possession, or it may simply never have existed in the first place, and this has been yet more mind games by Brady.
"What I can say for certain is that we have not recovered the letter itself nor any credible information that would help us find Keith.
"As a result, we have liaised with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who have concluded there is no realistic prospect of any criminal conviction and therefore no further action will be taken against the woman we arrested.
"I do want to make this point however.
"This whole episode about the letter came at a time when Winnie was sadly in her final days.
"Winnie and the rest of her family have suffered unimaginable torment.
"Keith still has surviving relatives who deserve to know the truth and Greater Manchester Police will continue to act on any credible evidence to bring this torment to an end."