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Fred West’s son tells police serial killer hid more victims in remote well

Fred West's son has given detectives new leads that could help discover the bodies of more victims.

Detectives searching a cafe for the remains of 15-year-old Mary Bastholm were given the new information after interviewing his son Stephen West yesterday, MailOnline reports.

The serial killer's son allegedly told to have officers that his father confessed the teen's murder to him.

He also claims his father confessed to murdering other women, who he buried in a remote well opposite the Berkeley nuclear power station, Gloucestershire.

A police source told MailOnline that Stephen originally gave chief superintendent John Bennett the information back in 1994.

Retired officer, Bennett led the murder investigation into his father and mother, Rose West, and apparently did not believe Stephen at the time.

The police source said: "Officers spoke with Stephen West yesterday and asked him to go back over what his father had told him back in 1994 when he visited his father in prison.

"Mr West explained that he had told Chief Supt Bennet, who led the police investigation, that his father had told him that he had killed numerous women and buried them under a well in a remote field near the Berkeley nuclear power station.

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"He also said that his father had admitted to murdering Mary Bastholm but didn't want to reveal where she was.

"However, Mr West said his information was apparently brushed off at the time because Chief Supt Bennett considered his father to be a liar and someone who could not be trusted to tell the truth.

"Mr West told officers that when his information wasn't acted on he travelled to the location himself to see if his father was telling the truth and found the well, which he described as being in 'the middle of nowhere.'

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"In light of the current investigation at The Clean Plate cafe, Mr West's information on what his father disclosed to him from prison is being treated with much more seriousness."

The news comes as police have begun work to excavate the Clean Plate cafe in Gloucestershire after documentary makers found new evidence tying the venue to the murders.

However, the police did have a lead of the cafe years ago, but Chief Constable Tony Melville revealed in 2002 that he believed the claims were false.

For live updates on the Clean Plate Cafe investigation, read Gloucestershire Live's blog.

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