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Murderer's advocate evicted from house

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

MOORS murderer Ian Brady's mental health advocate Jackie Powell has been evicted from her Llangennech home.

Last week, police confirmed she had been kicked out of the Brynhyfryd property, which became the centre of a media storm in August after she was arrested on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body.

The 49-year-old's home was raided by officers searching for a letter from Brady which they believed might reveal the location of his 12-year-old victim Keith Bennett, whose body has never been found.

And Greater Manchester Police, who headed the investigation, confirmed Ms Powell was still on bail pending further inquiries.

Following the raid, fellow residents feared there could be vigilante attacks over her relationship with the serial killer, launching a campaign to get her to leave the village.

But Bro Myrddin Housing Association, which manages the property, refused to confirm the reasons behind the eviction.

Last week, the property looked deserted — with egg shells stuck to the windows where they had apparently been thrown.

Neighbours said they had seen Ms Powell moving items out of the property.

Donna Armstrong, 30, welcomed the news but said she did not think she had been driven out by residents of the estate.

She said: "I don't think she had that much hassle. They've cleared the house, but I haven't seen her since, and everything's gone."

And Ricky Hayes, 17, said: "They moved out a day or two ago.

"It will be good to get back to normal. It has been quiet since then."

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said increased police activity had "given the estate a bad name".

"There was a big green removal van," she said.

"It's a good community here, all our neighbours have been our neighbours for the last 20 years.

"She's had a little bit of grief off the neighbours. I don't know what she expected after she went on TV."

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "On the day the occupants were due to be evicted, police officers did attend as per normal practice to prevent any breach of the peace but the occupants had already vacated the premises."

And Sergeant Stuart Bell said: "During the latter part of 2012 there was heightened public and media interest in the area around Brynhyfryd and to reassure the community living there we did conduct extra high visibility patrols.

"Officers are still out serving the community of Llangennech and anyone wishing to engage with their local neighbourhood policing team can do so by calling Llwynhendy police station on 101 or coming along to a Pact meeting."

The next meeting is on Monday at 6pm at Llangennech Community Centre.

Ms Powell could not be contacted for a comment.

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