Sunday 15 December 2019

Video: Seriel killer Fred West's home used as brothel

James Orr

The house where serial killers Fred and Rose West began their notorious murder spree has been turned into a brothel, it has been claimed.

Dozens of women from eastern Europe are feared to have been lured into the UK by a criminal gang who promised them stable jobs and good incomes.

But once in the country up to 40 victims were taken to the property and forced to become prostitutes.

One woman has even claimed she was raped by a member of the gang at the house in Midland Road, Gloucester.

A source told the Sun newspaper: “Most of the women were vulnerable. The network approached them and promised good jobs or a 'rest' from their troubled lives if they came over. But they were then traded around British brothels, sexually assaulted or raped. It was horrific.

“When the gang picked their HQ, it was pure coincidence that it turned out to be an address associated with so much suffering.”

Undercover police are understood to have infiltrated the gang after one of the women managed to flee the house and alert authorities.

Last night six people were in custody in Britain and the Czech Republic after a seven-month operation ended in a series of raids by officers.

Rose West murdered her husband's eight-year-old stepdaughter Charmaine at 25 Midland Road in 1971. Her skeleton was not dug up until 23 years later after the Wests were arrested over 11 more murders at their new home nearby - 25 Cromwell Street.

Rose West, now 57, is serving life for ten murders. Fred West, who was charged with 12 murders, committed suicide in prison in 1995 aged 53.

Yesterday, police arrested three people in Gloucester and South London, including a 52-year-old suspected of acting as brothel madam in Gloucester.

Her son, 28, was one of three men held in the Czech city of Liberec. Further arrests are expected later.

Scotland Yard confirmed three people were being held on suspicion of sex and immigration offences. The three suspects held in Liberec face extradition.

Farmer Peter Radley, 71, the owner of 25 Midland Road, said he had no reason to suspect illegal activity at the property.

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