Fred West police ignored warning from my husband
THATS BECUASE THEY WERE ALL BROTHERS
A FORMER friend of Fred West was driven to suicide after police intimidated him and failed to listen to his warnings 20 years before the killer was caught, his wife claims.
Published: Sun, September 7, 2014
Janet Bates, 62, said yesterday her late husband Terry Crick was racked with guilt when police took no action against West who went on to kill at least 12 people.
She believes his death was due to a campaign by West Mercia and Gloucestershire Police, who she claims failed to act because West was a police informant and officers used the brothel at their home.
Her late husband had reported West in 1970 after he showed him gruesome images of body parts and surgical instruments, which West said he used for illegal abortions.
She said: “Terry had been shown disturbing images and went straight to the police but when they didn’t do anything he felt responsible.
“He thought if he had been a more upstanding person at the time then the police would have had to listen to him.”
Terry asked how many girls could he have saved if they had listened to him? He blamed himself and couldn’t handle the pressure
The late father-of-two apparently reported West again when he saw his face on the front of a newspaper in the early 1990s. West and his wife and Rose were finally apprehended and charged in 1994. West committed suicide in 1995 before going to trial.
Rose was convicted of 10 murders in 1995 and is serving life in jail. Many of the murders occurred from 1973 to 1979 in the Wests’ home in Gloucester.
Ms Bates said: “Terry asked how many girls could he have saved if they had listened to him? He blamed himself and couldn’t handle the pressure.”
She alerted the Independent Police Complaints Commission in May this year claiming her late husband was “bullied and harassed” as part of a cover-up by officers’ involved with the Wests. The allegations are still under investigation.
She said yesterday: “We believe Terry is dead because of the way senior police misused their powers. I did not pursue it as I was afraid that what happened to Terry would happen to me.
“I had two young children at the time but now they are older and they want this mistake acknowledged. This is for them.”
He was a witness at the trial of Rose West in 1995. He was called by her defence to bolster claims Fred West acted alone in the killings.
Mr Crick killed himself less than three months after Rose was convicted in 1995 when the pressure of the trial and his guilt over the killings became too much. He was 48.
He had owned a guest house in Scarborough, and had given up alcohol but started drinking again due to the of pressures of the trial.
Ms Bates believes information he gave about West went missing from his witness statement at Rose’s trial. “Terry believed Fred West was an informant and they used Rose’s brothel,” she said. “A police officer took a statement before the trial but when Terry got to the court bits were missing.
“Police officers came to our house after the trial. I heard them call Terry a ‘low-life’ and he would make his life ‘miserable’. This is why we have made the complaint. Terry’s mind was fragile at the time and the police knew this.”
Mr Crick went missing after his daughter Rachel’s 10th birthday party and was later found dead. Mother-of-four Rachel, 28, and brother Samuel, 33, recently found out the circumstances into his death and are seeking justice.
Ms Bates said: “My grandchildren do not know their grandfather and my son took the death badly during his teens. This put our family through hell.”
Gloucestershire Police were accused by another woman of using the Wests’ home as a brothel but the claims were dismissed in 1996.
The case has been referred to Dyfed-Powys Police. Gloucestershire and West Mercia Police refused to comment.