Hindley in new freedom bid

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A former Master of the Rolls revealed last night that he has been approached by legal advisers said to be working on a judicial challenge to overturn the Government's decision to keep Myra Hindley locked up for life.

Although Lord Donaldson said he had exchanged letters with the Moor Murderer's solicitors, he declined to be drawn on whether he supported any bid to get her freed. But he did say he had written to Hindley and told her not to give up hope of a change of government policy in the future.

Hindley, 53, and Ian Brady, 58, were jailed in 1966 for the murders of Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17. In 1987, they admitted killing Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.