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Latest updates: Herefordshire serial killer Fred West linked to new police search


Herefordshire killer Fred West linked to Gloucester police search

By James Thomas

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    Officers are searching a cafe in Gloucester after a report a body could be buried in the building linked to the disappearance of Mary Bastholm, who was feared killed by Herefordshire serial killer Fred West
  • • Gloucestershire Police said they had found evidence that a body could be buried within The Clean Plate café in Southgate Street
  • • Officers are linking it to the disappearance of 15-year-old Mary Bastholm
  • • Mary was reported missing on January 6, 1968 and has never been found.
  • • Serial killer West, who was born in Much Marcle, near Ledbury, died in prison in 1995 aged 53, was previously suspected over her disappearance.
  • • 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."
  • • Police could be at the scene for several weeks, Gloucestershire Constabulary said, but no excavation work has started