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Fred West dig latest updates – Mary Bastholm murder cops dig under Gloucester cafe for remains of serial killer ‘victim’


COPS are digging beneath a cafe today in the hope of finding the remains of a schoolgirl feared murdered by serial killer Fred West.

Mary Bastholm, 15, was last seen on 6 January 1968 in Gloucester while waiting for a bus on her way to see her boyfriend.

Although she was never seen again and her body has never been found, cops believe she is likely to have been offered a lift by serial killer Fred West and then murdered.

Tragically both her parents passed away before discovering what happened to their daughter.

But The Sun today exclusively revealed that in an "extraordinary development" 26 years after West killed himself, police are excavating the basement of Gloucester's Clean Plate cafe where Mary worked as a waitress.

Cops are warning the search, which has been launched following a "recent discovery" could take a "number of weeks".

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    Before killing himself, West reportedly confessed to murdering Mary to son Stephen and Janet Leach, a social worker who acted as West’s ‘appropriate adult’ during police questioning.


    The home - dubbed the ‘House of Horrors' - is half a mile from the cafe on Southgate Street being searched today.

    West was a regular customer at the cafe – then known as The Pop In - when Mary vanished.

    The builder is also said to have laid a concrete floor in the basement of the eaterie a month before Mary went missing.


    Leo Goatley believes she met West two years before previously thought and could have helped lure Mary into their car as she waited at the bus stop.

    A silver locket on a chain, which the family believes belonged to Mary, was also found by police at the West's home, 25 Cromwell Street.


    Mary's heartbroken family, who have been told about the latest update, have previously urged Rose West to tell them what happened to the missing teen.

    And the serial killer's own lawyer suggested in 2019 she could have been an accomplice in Mary's disappearance.


    Cops are warning the search, which has been launched following a "recent discovery" could take a "number of weeks".

    Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden said: "This could be a significant development on a case which has gained a lot of public interest over the years.

    "On the basis of the information provided to us, we consider this to be new and potentially important evidence in the case of Mary Bastholm, however further detailed assessments will take place over the following few days to determine the extent of excavation needed.

    "The Constabulary has always said any fresh evidence would be reviewed. This has happened and a focused and proportionate investigation will now take place."

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