Police digging up cafe linked to Fred West ‘believe they have found human bones’

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Forensic investigators digging up a cafe that serial killer Fred West did some renovation work at more than five decades ago believe they have found human bones, it has been reported.

Fifteen-year-old Mary Bastholm was reported missing in Gloucester on January 6 1968 – but her body was never found.

The teenager disappeared without a trace, and is widely believed to be the victim of Fred West, who died in prison in 1995 aged 53.

Last week, Gloucestershire Police said they have found evidence that a body could be buried within The Clean Plate café in Southgate Street, Gloucester – and are linking it to the disappearance of Mary.

They were called to the café by a production company who were filming a documentary.

The suspected bones are under a partition wall near an area West is believed to have helped convert into a toilet, the Sun reports.

A source told the newspaper: “Camera images clearly show material which matches the navy blue coat Mary was wearing when she was abducted.

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“In addition, there are images of what look very much like human bones.

“Great care is being taken to sift through the surface to preserve any potential evidence.”

Mary Bastholm was a waitress who worked at The Clean Plate café, a place West was known to have frequented.

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She was last seen waiting at a bus stop on Bristol Road, Gloucester.

Mary was going to see her boyfriend in Hardwicke, a village just outside Gloucester, on the evening of January 6 1968, after finishing her shift at the café in Southgate Street.

Her boyfriend had arranged to meet her at the bus stop on the other end – but she wasn't on the bus.

One theory is that the serial killer offered her a lift and then murdered her.

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West allegedly admitted to his son Stephen and a social worker that acted as his "appropriate adult" Janet Leach that he had murdered Mary while he was on remand in prison, prior to his suicide.

However, in official interviews he denied ever being involved and police were unable to charged West due to lack of evidence.

West had been due to face 12 charges of murder relating to the bodies of young women found buried at his home at 25 Cromwell Street and two fields in Much Marcle.

His wife Rose West was later convicted of 10 counts of murder, and is currently serving a full life term at New Hall Prison in Wakefield.


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