Detectives searching a cafe linked to a potential victim of Fred West have said dark blue material matching a coat worn by her has been found at the cafe.

Police have been searching Clean Plate in Gloucester where Mary Bastholm used to work after a production company filming a documentary "found possible evidence to suggest a body could be buried within the property," police have said.

They also found "an image of what appeared to be blue material buried in one area of the cellar."

Mary was wearing a blue coat when she went missing back in the 60s,

Forensic archaeologists have today confirmed that there are a number of structural anomalies within the cellar that warrant further exploration.

Following a review Gloucestershire Constabulary has now approved excavation work to begin to establish from Wednesday at the earliest, to see if any human remains are present.

It has long been speculated that Mary was a victim of the Wests
It has long been speculated that Mary was a victim of the Wests

Detective Chief Inspector John Turner said: “The analysis from our experts and the material provided by the production company means there is enough evidence to justify excavation work beginning.

“I’ve spoken to the family and was so impressed by their quiet dignity and gratitude for all the work we’ve done and will be doing.

“They understand it is possible we won’t find human remains but they also know that we will do everything we can to establish if Mary is buried at this location.

“This will be slow and painstaking work but we have the best people on it and I can reassure our communities that all involved, from my team of investigators, our scenes of crime officers, search officers and family liaison officers to the forensic archaeologists who will continue their work are absolutely committed to the job ahead.

“In the meantime, I continue to ask for patience and understanding from all those affected by our ongoing presence at the café and thank everyone who has helped us in the last ten days.”

Police have been digging at the Clean Plate Cafe in Gloucester
Police have been digging at the Clean Plate Cafe in Gloucester
It has been reported that bones were found at the cafe
It has been reported that bones were found at the cafe

Mary was 15 when she went missing on her way to catch a bus to visit her boyfriend Tim Merrett in Gloucester, in January 1968, after a shift in the nearby Pop In cafe - now the Clean Plate.

Her disappearance has remained a mystery ever since although there has been much speculation over the years since that she could have been one of the West’s many victims.

He was a known customer of the cafe.

The Mirror revealed last week that his evil wife Rose West was also seen in the cafe in Gloucester city centre as a teenager.

The duo have always denied all knowledge of Mary, whose body has never been found.

A business owner near the café said: “It’s terrifying – we’re told the dig will be going on for weeks. You can hear the drilling.

“Everyone in the world is focused on this little corner of Gloucester.”