Ian Brady left locks of his hair behind as a ‘memento’ for his friends.

Brady, who died aged 79 in May, also left various other items including, old handkerchiefs and photos of the places he committed his heinous crimes.

The items are believed to be personal items he collected over his 51 years behind bars.

Included in the boxes are tie clips, photos of the moors and a personal letter from him regarding his funeral – where he gave strict instructions on ‘how to behave’.

One recipient is a woman whose grandmother went to school with Brady and knew the killer’s foster parents.

A close friend of the woman is reported as saying: “She is telling people on Facebook that she has collected her box which had a letter from Brady addressed to her inside telling her how to behave at his funeral.

“There have been a few of his penpals and supporters turning up to collect these cardboard boxes, which were apparently sealed with tape.”

Brady and Myra Hindley were both jailed for life in 1966 for the torture and murder of Lesley Ann Downey, 10, John Kilbride, 12, and 17-year-old Edward Evans.