The Clean Plate Café located in Gloucester will be returned to its owners once the reparation work is completed, the police force has said
No human remains have been found under a café located in Gloucester that was believed to have links to the notorious serial killer Fred West and a missing teenage girl named Mary Bastholm, Gloucestershire Police have now said.
Gloucestershire Police said that no other “items of significance” had been discovered at the Clean Plate Café in the area.
“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,” the force said in a statement.
“Digging to access and examine six areas of interest or ‘anomalies’ in the cellar area began last Wednesday, 19 May.
This comes after Police were searching the café in Gloucester in connection with the disappearance of a teenage girl who was suspected of having been murdered by the notorious serial killer Fred West.
They continued by saying:
“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.
“Each area was carefully examined by the forensics team with support from officers from the constabulary.
“The team worked each day, everything that was dug up was analysed on site and all activity was meticulously logged and photographed.”
They added that the family of Miss Bastholm has since been updated and that the café is to be handed back to the owners after the necessary reparation work on the establishment is complete.
Police started in their investigation of the site earlier in the month after being alerted to the possible evidence of human remains within the cellar by a documentary crew who had been filming there.
Ms Bastholm had worked at the café located on Southgate Street before vanishing in the year 1968 aged just 15 year old.
This comes after the trial of the two retired police officers and the former solicitor of the police force that were accused of perverting the course of justice after the Hillsborough disaster has collapsed after the judge had ruled that there was no case to answer.
West had been suspected over the disappearance of the teenage girl, but he took his own life within prison at the age of 53 in 1995.
Her body has never been discovered and was not found during an excavation of Fred Wests home, known as the House of Horrors, located on Cromwell Street in the town of Gloucester in the year of 1994.
Fred West was charged for a total of 12 murders but killed himself before his trial. Rose West was convicted for 10 murders in November of 1995 and is currently serving a whole life sentence.