Police Give Go-ahead For Excavation At City Cafe

The detective leading the investigation at the Clean Plate Cafe in Gloucester has said that excavation work will now take place there.

This follows assessments at the scene.

On Friday 7th May officers were called to the cafe by a production company filming a documentary.

They reported how they had found possible evidence to suggest a body could be buried within the property.

In the past the property has been linked to the disappearance of 15-year-old Mary Bastholm, who went missing in 1968.

Since the production company contacted officers, Gloucestershire Constabulary has been assessing the information provided by the company and using specialists in their field to carry out a series of examinations in the cafe cellar.

Forensic archaeologists on Monday May 17th confirmed that there are a number of structural anomalies within the cellar that warrant further exploration.

Following a review of the analysis Gloucestershire Constabulary has now approved excavation work to begin to establish if any human remains are present.

Police say the work will last several weeks but a statement from them said it would not begin until at least Wednesday May 19th while final assessments are made.

Mary’s family have been updated with this information and are supportive of the activity taking place.

They continue to receive support from family liaison officers.