Hindley painting prompts outcry

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The mother of one of the Moors murder victims yesterday said she was seeking legal advice about the possibility of taking action to stop a "disgusting" portrait of Myra Hindley going on show.

Winnie Johnson, mother of Keith Bennett, said she found it hard to believe that the Royal Academy was putting the huge picture - made up of thousands of handprints of a child - on public exhibition. Her view was supported by the Phil Woolas, Labour MP for the area around Saddleworth Moor where the children murdered by Hindley and Keith Brady in the Sixties were buried. He said he intended to write to the Royal Academy asking for the 11ft by 9ft portrait by artist Marcus Harvey to be withdrawn from the Sensation exhibition, which opens on 18 September in Piccadilly, London.