Police searching under a cafe for an alleged victim of serial killer Fred West have found “six vacancies” – and searches will begin tomorrow.
Chief Detective Inspector John Turner told Sky News two voids were discovered by a production crew working on a documentary and four more have since been discovered.
Forensic archaeologists have undertaken exploratory work at Clean Plate coffee in Gloucester on the occasion of the disappearance of Mary Bastholm, who disappeared in 1968 at the age of only 15 years.
Serial killer West, who committed suicide in prison in 1995 at the age of 53, was previously suspected of his disappearance.
Ms Bastholm, who worked at the Southgate Street cafe, has never been found.
DCI Turner said excavation work would start from tomorrow after security checks – since asbestos was found behind tiles the other day.
He said a vacuum was found in a toilet in the cafe’s basement.
“Under the surface of the concrete and the tiles, there is a void – a hole in the ground – which is an anomaly.”
He added: “What the GPR won’t say is what is in that void – but what it is saying is that there is a hole or a void in the ground. “
He said the six voids would be excavated “methodically and meticulously one at a time” with all the soil removed and reviewed – with the “careful process” expected to take about two weeks.
One of the finds presented to police was a photo taken by the production company of what appeared to be blue material buried in an area of the basement – and Mary was wearing a blue coat when she disappeared.
DCI Turner said, “The production company put in an endoscope and found a grainy image of what looked like me – blue material.”
“The importance of this is when …
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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 09:13:00