Fred West dig latest – West insider in ‘no doubt’ he was behind Mary Bastholm murder as cops dig under cafe for victim

FRED West’s biographer has revealed that he always believed that the serial killer was responsible for the disappearance of Mary Bastholm.

Author and journalist Geoffrey Wansell, who was commissioned to write ‘An Evil Love, The Life of Frederick West’ by The Official Solicitor in 1995, says he always knew West killed the schoolgirl.

He told The Sun: “I’ve always believed West had a hand in Mary Bastholm’s disappearance. I’ve never doubted it, I’ve written it consistently.

“She disappeared off the face of the earth but it was clear West was involved.” 

Meanwhile, cops are digging beneath a cafe today in the hope of finding the remains of a schoolgirl feared murdered by serial killer Fred West.

Bastholm, 15, was last seen on 6 January 1968 in Gloucester while waiting for a bus on her way to see her boyfriend.

Although she was never seen again and her body has never been found, cops believe she is likely to have been offered a lift by serial killer Fred West and then murdered.

Tragically both her parents passed away before discovering what happened to their daughter.

But The Sun today exclusively revealed that in an “extraordinary development” 26 years after West killed himself, police are excavating the basement of Gloucester’s Clean Plate cafe where Mary worked as a waitress.

Cops are warning the search, which has been launched following a “recent discovery” could take a “number of weeks”.

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