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Sunday, 30 September, 2001, 03:37 GMT 04:37 UK
Rose West 'drops appeal plans'
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Jailed serial killer Rose West is abandoning plans to appeal against her conviction for her part in the Cromwell Street murders.

West, serving 10 life sentences for killing young women and girls, still maintains her innocence but said she was ready to spend the rest of her life in prison.

Speaking for the first time since her trial six years ago, she also expressed a desire to apologise to her daughter Ann Marie for the abuse she suffered.

In a statement released to the Mail on Sunday, West said: "Despite everything, I should like at some stage to apologise to Ann Marie.

"Ann Marie is part of my family and I would love to be reconciled to her and have contact with her."

The 48-year-old said she was dropping the appeal because she felt she would never be free, even if released.

She claimed to have begun to understand the cycle of abuse she had endured and had passed on to her family.

She told the paper she had come to understand herself, and her relationships with others, for the first time in her life.

Fred West's voice

She went on to criticise Channel 5 for its plans to show a documentary this week where the voice of her husband Fred West is heard describing details of the House of Horror murders.

He committed suicide in Winson Green prison in Birmingham on New Year's Day, 1995, while awaiting trial on 12 murder charges.

Rose West was convicted in 1995 at Winchester Crown Court for the murder of nine young women, including her own daughter Heather.

She was also convicted of the murder of Fred West's stepdaughter, Charmaine West.

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