FORENSIC experts are examining four spades which could have been used by the infamous Moors Murderers.
The tools were found on the bleak Saddleworth Moors - close to the spot where Ian Brady and Myra Hindley buried some of their young victims almost 40 years ago.
Now the scientists are examining the spades, which were found by a geologist.
Dr Laurence Donnelly, of the British Geological Survey, is understood to have found the spades while working on the moors, which run alongside the A635 Greenfield Road high above Holmfirth.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "We have been liaising with Dr Donnelly and have requested forensic tests on the tools he found."
Brady and Hindley buried their victims on the moors. The remains of one, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, have never been found.
Relatives hope that the discovery of the spades may narrow down the area where his remains could be buried.