Crematorium bosses refused Hindley

CREMATORIUM bosses in Ipswich refused to cremate Myra Hindley, new documents have revealed.Finding a crematorium was a major stumbling block for authorities making contingency plans in the event of the Moors Murderer's death, because of fears over costs, negative public reaction and the huge press interest.

CREMATORIUM bosses in Ipswich refused to cremate Myra Hindley, new documents have revealed.

Finding a crematorium was a major stumbling block for authorities making contingency plans in the event of the Moors Murderer's death, because of fears over costs, negative public reaction and the huge press interest.

Papers made public at the National Archives in Kew also give details of a number of Hindley's hospital stays and the procedures which had to be followed as her health problems continued.

Hindley used the pseudonym of Christine Charlton when she was admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital as an inpatient in January 2000, according to a memo from the Head of Operations at Highpoint Prison, Stradishall.


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Procedures set out in papers relating to other trips to hospital in the years leading to her death in 2002 described how she should be cuffed on the way to hospital due to the risk of abduction as well as the possibility she could try to escape, along with strict rules over her supervision while being treated.

Although specific details of Hindley's medical problems are obscured in many documents, one makes reference to a broken femur she suffered in 1996.

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Prison authorities struggled to confirm plans for her funeral, according to the almost 600 files.

In January 2001, a memo from Highpoint Prison set out the difficulties in finding a crematorium and suggested research around serial killer Fred West's funeral arrangements might help.

It read: “The main stumbling block has become the actual cremation of Myra' body.

“Finding a crematorium has been problematic, the local crematorium is small and privately run. They refused to cremate Myra having had previous connections with the cremation of Fred West and having received threats to damage business...Ipswich Crematorium also refused to cremate Myra.'”

Estimated costs could be £10,000, the document said.

In the end, Hindley's funeral took place at Cambridge Crematorium following her death in West Suffolk Hospital on November 15, 2002.

Invoices included in the files reveal that £1,308.90 was spent on measures needed specifically for Hindley's funeral such as the hire of crash barriers, floodlighting and staff overtime because the ceremony had to take place outside normal working hours.

Another document in the files sets out the property Hindley left behind in her cell when she died.

It included jewellery, photos, cards, clothes, a Westlife CD, stereo system, a plastic rosary and pin/cash credits of £501.42.

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