West bids to stop trial

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Rosemary West, who is accused of murdering 10 women, is to apply to have the case against her stopped.

An application to stay proceedings against Mrs West, 41, of Gloucester, will be made at a special hearing at Winchester Crown Court next week to Mr Justice Mantell, the judge selected to conduct her trial.

The judge has agreed that the media can report that the application will be made on 7 July together with a further application in relation to the form of the indictment. But he has warned that all reporting restrictions made by him last month remain in force.

Rosemary West, who has denied the killings, will be represented by Richard Ferguson, QC.

Among her alleged victims were her daughter Heather, 16, and 8-year-old step-daughter Charmaine.

She also denies two rapes and two indecent assaults.