A police force has been accused of “glorifying killers” for charging thrillseekers £75 – to spend Halloween in a cell used by FRED WEST.
West Midlands Police are holding a spooky ghost hunt at the notorious Steelhouse Lane cells in Birmingham.
Mass murderer West was held in the police station before being transferred to Winson Green prison in the city where he hanged himself on New Year’s Day 1995.
In advertising material for the October 31 sleepover, the force boasts: “This event provides a unique opportunity to spend an entire night on a Ghost Hunting Mission within the Victorian Lock Up in Birmingham City Centre on Halloween.
“These cells were occupied by none other than the original Peaky Blinders, Fred West and many more. Be there if you Dare!”
The night-long event starts at 7.30pm and includes ghost stories and tales about the cell’s most notorious criminals.
Attendees will be assigned cells which can accommodate two people and measure just 12ft by 12ft before being plunged into complete darkness from 1.30am.
They will be locked in until 7am the next day when they will be given breakfast.
The event, for 18s and over, also stipulates that “no alcohol or drugs are allowed in the cell block”.
Killer West hanged himself in Winson Green Prison on New Year’s Day 1995 as he awaited trial for 12 murders.
His wife Rose is serving a full-life term in Low Newton Prison for her part in ten of the
murders, including that of her own 16-year-old daughter Heather.
Police uncovered a number of mutilated female bodies in the garden and cellar of 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester.
The Halloween event has been slammed by residents, with some branding it “highly insensitive” and “glorifying killers.”
Mum-of-three Victoria Sanderson, 45, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, said: “It’s fine to hold a fun ghost hunting event but I think the police have gone too far promoting the fact that Fred West was once in their cells.
“How on earth will the families of those people he murdered feel about the fact that he is being celebrated in this way, and by the police?
“It’s very distasteful and highly insensitive to the victims and their families.”
Writing on Facebook, Andrew Tabin said: “Roll up roll up pay £75 to stay in Fred
West’s prison cell! Just shows how desperate the police are to make a few bob they’ve resorted to pimping out a murderer’s cell!”
Also commenting on Facebook, Greg Yates wrote: “Get haunted by Fred West’s ghost and wake up under the patio! What the hell are the cops playing at?
“I wonder if you get a ‘I survived a sleepover in Fred West’s cell’ T-shirt afterwards?
“Glorifying criminals is possibly the worst look for a police force to have.”
Timetable for Steelhouse Lane Halloween Ghost Hunt:
7.30 pm-7.55pm: Check In time for Hunters
8pm-8.10pm: Welcome to The Lock Up and Safety Briefing 8.15pm-8.40pm: Tales From the Cells – story of the cell block presented by WMP Police Museum volunteers.
8.40pm-8.50pm: Health and Safety brief from Ghost Company
8.50pm-9.40pm: Ghost Hunting Activities Session 1
9.40pm-10.30pm: Ghost Hunting Activities Session 2
11pm-11.50pm: Ghost Hunting Activities Session 3
11.50pm-00.20am: Close down and photo
00.20am – 01.30am: Free time
1.30am: Lights off
7am: Breakfast in the block (Tea and toast provided)
8am: Break out from the lock up
These either have a floor level wooden platform or a single wooden bench to sleep on.
Visitors must bring their own sleeping bags and pillows, but can also bring a camping mat or inflatable mattress with them.