‘No human remains’ found at Fred West cafe as police search for missing teen

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Police searching for the remains of a teenage girl they believed may have been buried under a cafe by serial killer Fred West have confirmed they have found no human remains.

Over the last few weeks the Clean Plate café in Gloucester has been at the centre of a massive police operation after reports that anomalies had been found in its structure.

Notorious serial killer Fred West was a known regular at the cafe in the 1960s.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Police revealed on Thursday: "Excavation work at the Clean Plate café has now been completed and we can confirm no human remains or items of significance to the investigation have been found.

"Digging to access and examine six areas of interest or ‘anomalies’ in the cellar area began last Wednesday (19 May).

"The anomalies were identified by a team of expert forensic archaeologists and anthropologists ahead of the excavation work, with the experts able to determine that the remaining areas of the cellar had been undisturbed since prior to 1968, when Mary Bastholm disappeared."

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 West, who died in prison in 1995 aged 53.

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She was a waitress working at the cafe, a place West was known to have frequented.

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.

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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.

Gloucestershire Police confirmed her family had been told about the latest developments and were being supported by officers.

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