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Wednesday, 10 May, 2000, 00:24 GMT 01:24 UK
Killers' house beats asking price
Wests' home
The Wests' killing spree started at this property
The house where Fred and Rosemary West began their killings has sold at auction for 57,750.

Property investor Peter Radley beat off bids from two would-be buyers for the semi-detached house at number 25, Midland Road, Gloucester.

That address was where the West couple's eight-year-old daughter Charmaine was murdered and buried under the ground floor 20 years before being discovered in 1994.

Of course I know about its history

Peter Radley

The new owner plans to continue renting out the property's three self-contained flats, two of which are currently occupied.

Buyers had been recommended to bid between 40,000 and 50,000, below the previous 55,000 asking price.

There were gasps among the 90 buyers gathered at the auction in Bristol's Hilton Hotel when auctioneer Paul Fosh told them: "The property has attracted a lot of interest. It was the former home of Fred West."

Mr Radley, of Westbury-on-Severn, said after his successful bid: "Of course I know about its history. It is a sound investment and the history did not put me off.

"It made me think it might go cheaper but as it turned out I reached my limit.

'Nothing eerie'

"I have been to see it twice and there was nothing eerie about it. The estate agents were very upfront about its past."

The Wests left Midland Road for nearby Cromwell Street, where they killed at least 10 women.

Cromwell Street
The Wests' more notorious address

That house has since been demolished and a public walkway built in its place.

The semi-detached Midland Road house was repeatedly put on the private house-buying market but there were no takers before the auction.

The owners who put the house on the market originally bought it through a public auction.

They had wanted to market it privately but sales fell through, partly because of the link to Fred and Rosemary West.

It has been rented out over the last four years and a catalogue for the auction described the property as "a substantial older style semi-detached house".

It has three self-contained one-bedroomed flats featuring bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms.

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