Police have reportedly rejected suggestions to dig up land at a farm in Berkeley, where more than 20 of Fred and Rose West’s victims are believed to have been buried.
A documentary to be aired next week by ITV claims there is evidence that serial killers and child abusers killed more young women and girls than originally thought.
The couple is known to have murdered 12 people between 1967 and 1987, for which they were charged in 1994.
However, the documentary team, led by former DCI Colin Sutton and presenter Sir Trevor McDonald, believe there are more than 20 victims whose bodies have so far been discovered at three sites – two in Herefordshire and one in Gloucestershire.
On a farm on the outskirts of Berkeley in Gloucestershire, more than a dozen bodies are believed to be buried.
In the 1990s, several sources in contact with the West told investigators that more bodies could have been hidden in the field.
Janet Leach, a social worker who was Fred West’s “suitable adult” during police interrogation, said she had told him that the bodies of several more Herefordshire young women and girls were buried at the “farm”.
she said, as daily mail Reported: “Fred told me after 12 more bodies were to be found, some in the fields, the rest in the barns.
“Fred said some of the victims’ bones were missing because it was a ritual thing and they did something with fingers so there was no way to find out who they were.”
A pair of West’s former employers, Wendy and Derek Thomson, claim he told them he “did something at Berkeley”.
The program claims, after a seven-month-long investigation, potential burial sites have been uncovered using ground-penetrating radar and dogs trained to locate human remains.
Sir Trevor has urged the police to investigate and excavate the site, saying that “there is still much more to the assassination campaign of Fred and Rose West.”
It comes after police spent at least £55,000 digging up land at a cafe in Gloucestershire in May.
Fred West is believed to have killed teenager Mary Bastollum in 1968 and hid her body at the Clean Plate Café in Gloucester, originally named Oasis Café. But no body was found in the investigation related to the digging of the basement.
According to Gloucestershire Live, Gloucestershire Police are now ruling out any further excavations in the area.
According to the news website, a police spokesman said: “After careful evaluation we do not believe that the evidence presented to us at this time meets the threshold to justify further searches in the identified locations.
“However – as in all cases – we will review any new evidence submitted to us.”
The other two sites where the investigation team urged police to excavate are at Fingerpost Field near Much Markle, Herefordshire, a village where Fred West was born and grew up.
He buried his first known victim, 18-year-old Anne McFall, in the same area investigators want to excavate.
He also dumped the body of his first wife, Katherine ‘Rayna’ Costello, in a nearby letterbox field.
The remains of both women were discovered in 1994, a year before Fred West killed himself in prison before the trial. Before his death, he admitted to killing all 12 women and girls.
Rose West was convicted of involvement in the murders of 10 women and girls—including her and Fred’s daughter, Heather—who were killed by her parents after telling her friends that her father had visited her bar. – Was raped several times.
Also among her victims—who were all buried under their homes in Gloucester, on Midland Road and 25 Cromwell Street—was her husband’s stepdaughter Charmaine, who was eight years old, and whose mother was Reina Costello.
Rose West is still alive and serving a life sentence in a prison in West Yorkshire.
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