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Published9 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, EPAPolice searching for Moors murderers' victim Keith Bennett have said no identifiable human remains have been found, but excavation works continue.The 12-year-old was one of five youngsters killed by Ian Brady and his partner Myra Hindley in the 1960s.He disappeared on 16 June 1964 while on his way to see his grandmother in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it had received information about a "site of interest" on Saddleworth Moor.In a statement on Saturday, Cheryl Hughes, force review officer at GMP, said they had received images of a potential burial site from people involved in a privately-funded search."This information included photographs of the site and show what experts working with the informant have interpreted as a human jaw bone," she said."No physical evidence of a jaw bone or skull has been examined."Conditions are difficult and it may take us some time to fully complete the excavation but we are committed to ensuring this is undertaken in the most thorough way possible."Image source, PA MediaBrady and Hindley tortured and killed five youngsters in 1963-65 in one of the most notorious crimes in recent British history.They buried four of their victims on Saddleworth Moor in the Pennines but Keith's body is the only one that has not been recovered.Archaeologist Dawn Keen worked with crime author Russell Edwards on the private search, who contacted her by video-link after making a discovery and she guided his excavation via the call.The Moors murdersImage source, PA MediaIan Brady and Myra Hindley tortured, sexually assaulted and murdered five youngsters in 1963-65, burying four of them on Saddleworth MoorHindley's brother-in-law reported the pair to police after witnessing Brady's murder of 17-year-old Edward EvansOfficers found the body at the couple's home and launched an investigationIn 1966, Brady and Hindley were convicted of killing Edward and 10-year-old Lesley Ann DowneyAt the same time, Brady was convicted of murdering John Kilbride, while Hindley was convicted as an accessory and found not guilty of killing the 12-year-old boyTwo decades later, in the 1980s, the pair finally confessed to the murders of 16-year-old Pauline Reade - whose remains were found in 1987 - and Keith Bennett, aged 12Hindley died in 2002 while Brady died in 2017Farmer Chris Crowther, who owns the land which is being searched, said: "If they have found him, it will be a very big relief for the [Bennett] family."I've always been going out and looking for any signs for a grave when I've been gathering sheep."He said Keith's mother Winnie Johnson, who spent most of her life trying to find her son's remains, spoke to him before her death in 2012, adding "she asked me to keep looking and I said I will keep looking".Mr Crowther said the current excavation site was "about 100 yards" from where John Kilbride's remains were discovered, with the remains of the two girls found on the other side of the A635."It's such a beautiful valley, but it's been blackened by that [crime]."If it gets tidied up, everyone will have a bit of peace."Why not follow BBC North West on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? You can also send story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.orgMore on this storyMoors Murders victim search restarts1 day agoMoors Murderer Ian Brady dies16 May 2017Who were Ian Brady's victims?16 May 2017Related Internet LinksGreater Manchester PoliceThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Published30 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingFormer BBC presenter Mark Mardell has revealed he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.The former Europe and North America editor shared the news on the podcast Beeb Watch, telling ex-colleague Roger Bolton he was "fine and dandy" but his voice was "rather strange and weak"."I'm getting used to being the quietest person in the room rather than the loudest," the 65-year-old joked.Presenter Jeremy Paxman disclosed he had Parkinson's last year.The University Challenge presenter's diagnosis came just two years after former BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones revealed he had Parkinson's disease, after a neurologist noticed his symptoms during a live broadcast and contacted the BBC.Broadcaster Mardell, who also hosted The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4, told Bolton he first noticed the symptoms after struggling to open supermarket packaging earlier in the year."I started thinking at the beginning of the year, Waitrose are making their packaging really hard to get into these days - what's this about?""And then I found my arms suddenly lifting above my head for no particular reason, or at least staying there."Jeremy Paxman receiving treatment for Parkinson'sConnolly: Challenges of Parkinson's getting worseParkinson’s supersmeller helps create testMardell. who left the BBC in 2020 after 30 years at the corporation, was advised by a friend who is also a physiotherapist to see a doctor in May."Generally it's in the stage of just being annoying rather than anything terrible," said Mardell, adding that currently his biggest concern was learning that the medication he has been prescribed can make patients act impulsively."If I start gambling, you know there's a problem with the pills!"Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder which attacks the area of the brain which controls movement. Comedian Sir Billy Connolly, musician Ozzy Osbourne and actor Michael J Fox have all been diagnosed with the disease which is believed to be the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world.Charity Parkinson's UK estimates that around 145,000 people in the UK are living with the disease, with that number predicted to grow as life expectancy increases. What is Parkinson's disease?The three main symptoms are involuntary shaking, slow movement and stiff and inflexible musclesA person with Parkinson's can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms, including depression and anxiety, balance problems, loss of sense of smell, problems sleeping and memory problemsParkinson's disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigraExactly what causes it is unclear - most experts think a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsibleAbout one in 500 people is affected by Parkinson's diseaseAlthough there's currently no cure, treatments including medication and physiotherapy can help reduce the main symptomsWith advances in treatment, most people with Parkinson's now have a normal or near-normal life expectancySource: NHSMore on this storyJeremy Paxman receiving treatment for Parkinson's21 May 2021