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'Nothing of significance' found in garden of two convicted paedophiles

David and Pauline Williams were jailed in 2015 Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police digging up the garden of two convicted paedophiles in Devon say the investigation is now complete - with nothing of significance found.

Excavation work has been carried out all this week at the properly on Cullompton Hill, Bradninch after a tip off.

David Williams and his wife Pauline were jailed last year for life and 12 years respectively. They carried out a series of assaults on ten boys and girls committed between 1991 and 2004.

The Devon couple who were once friends of infamous serial killers Fred and Rose West.

The house in Bradninch, Devon. Credit: ITV News

A dozen specialist officers were involved in the four-day search, which has now concluded.

Devon and Cornwall Police have thanked the local community for their cooperation.

“We appreciate that the Bradninch this week has attracted significant media attention and we would like to thank the residents of Bradninch for their patience & support shown."

Police vans outside the property Credit: ITV News

Following a detailed excavation at the property, nothing of significance was found by the specialist trained officers. The investigation is now complete and we are not pursuing any other lines of enquiry in relation to this investigation.

– Detective Superintendent Keith Perkin, Public Protection Unit

Back garden search enters its fourth & final day

Police are excavating the back garden of this property. Credit: ITV West Country

Police are beginning the fourth day of an operation in Devon to dig up the garden of two convicted paedophiles who were friends of Fred and Rose West.

David and Pauline Williams were jailed last November for abusing children over a 13 year period.

Their abuse started at a pub in Gloucestershire and now their former home near Exeter is still sealed off while officers excavate the garden.

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Postcard suggests Williams' looked after West's children

Postcard was sent from the West's to the Williams' home Credit: Jules Annan/Gloucester News Centre

New details have emerged today of the close friendship between two convicted paedophiles from Devon and serial killers Fred and Rose West.

David and Pauline Williams were jailed last November for a total of 35 years, for abusing children over a 13 year period. Their former home in Bradninch, near Exeter, remains sealed off while officers continue excavating the garden.

The postcard shows landmarks from the Cheshire Ring Credit: Jules Annan/Gloucester News Centre

It has emerged today is that David and Pauline Williams may have looked after the Wests children when they went on holiday.

A postcard from the Wests has come to light - sent to their children - at the Williams then home. It's thought the postcard was written by Rose West - and refers to a canal holiday. The postcard shows landmarks from the Cheshire Ring but is post marked from the Wye Valley. It's signed Mum and Dad - and is addressed to The West Williams Menagerie - presumably referring to their children.

Third day of police dig underway

Police are spending their third day digging up the former garden of two convicted paedophiles who knew Fred and Rose West.

Aerial view of the excavation site. Credit: ITV West Country

David and Pauline Williams were jailed in November for a string of sexual offences dating back to the 1980s when they lived in Gloucester.

Work at their home in Devon is expected to continue until Saturday.

Police statement from excavation at paedophiles home

Devon & Cornwall Police have issued a statement as they continue to dig-up the garden of two convicted paedophiles, David and Pauline Williams.

Following intelligence received, Devon and Cornwall Police are undertaking excavation work at a property in Devon.

This relates to historic intelligence connected to the address and its former occupants. It is expected to take up to four days to complete.

Specialist officers will be involved in the excavation which we hope will have as little impact on the local community as possible.

– Devon & Cornwall Police Spokesperson

Following the statement, the police said they would not take questions from media.

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