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Fred West suicide age 53

1 Jan, 1995

West is found hanged in his jail cell, having made a ligature from his clothing despite being under close supervision by prison staff.  He had been designated a “vulnerable” prisoner after psychiatric assessment. Joan Owen, 52, of Port Tennant, Swansea, the mother of Alison Chambers, 17, one of the victims, says:

This is the best news I’ve heard for a long time. After all the evil things he did, this must be the only good thing he ever did.