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Gloucester cafe dig in Fred West probe concludes

Excavation work at the Clean Plate café has now been completed without finding any human remains or items of significance.

Digging in the cellar of the café began last week as police investigated suspicions that it might be linked to the disappearance of Mary Bastholm, a suspected victim of serial killer Fred West.

Mary worked at the Pop-In café on the site in 1968 when she went missing.

A TV documentary crew discovered blue material in the cellar while filming. Mary is believed to have been wearing a blue dress and coat when she disappeared.

Police investigators were called in to examine six areas of interest or 'anomalies' in the cellar area last Wednesday, 19th 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.

Each area was examined by the forensics team with support from officers from the Gloucestershire Constabulary.

The team worked each day, everything that was dug up was analysed on site and all activity was logged and photographed.

Mary's family have been updated and is continuing to receive support from family liaison officers.

The café will be handed back to its owners once reparation work is completed.

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