Ian Brady carried out the 'Moors Murders' with Myra Hindley during the 1960s. Five children aged between 10 and 17—Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans were killed.
Brady was declared criminally insane in 1985 and is confined in the high-security Ashworth Hospital.
He began a hunger strike in 1999 and has been force-fed, against his wishes. The 74-year-old was hospitalised in July after suffering a seizure. He had been hoping to attend a mental health tribunal regarding his application to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die, however he was judged to be too unwell.