ITV cancel Fred and Rose West Trevor McDonald documentary hours before airing for ‘legal reasons’

ITV have confirmed that they have pulled their documentary about Fred and Rose West "for legal reasons" just hours before it was due to air this evening.

A rep told Mirror TV that the doc had been postponed but would be rescheduled for a later date.

The programme, Fred and Rose West: The Real Story with Trevor McDonald, was due to air at 9pm this evening.

However just hours before it was set to air on TV ITV began advertising that a repeat of Trevor McDonald’s Death Row would be airing tonight instead.

ITV cancel Fred and Rose West Trevor McDonald documentary hours before airing for 'legal reasons'

Trevor McDonald’s new documentary Fred and Rose West: The Real Story was due to air tonight
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An ITV representative told us: "Broadcast has been postponed for legal reasons and the film will be scheduled for a later date."

The new documentary presented by Sir Trevor McDonald was set to shed new light on the crimes that shocked the nation – and suggests for the first time that Rose was more violent than her husband.

ITV cancel Fred and Rose West Trevor McDonald documentary hours before airing for 'legal reasons'

Fred and Rose West’s crimes shocked teh nation
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ITV cancel Fred and Rose West Trevor McDonald documentary hours before airing for 'legal reasons'

The new documentary presented by Sir Trevor McDonald was set to shed new light on the murders

In the programme, Sir Trevor revisits the site of the infamous ‘house of horrors’ on 25 Cromwell Street, as reported by Gloucestershire Live – which has been torn down but never to be forgotten.

As well as exclusive interviews with people who have not spoken before publicly about the serial killings, early reports about the documentary to be screened this week suggest it will focus on the part played by Rose West.

The documentary would also suggest she was “actively involved” and was the friendly face that lured some of the couple’s 12 victims to their death by helping to kidnap them.

It follows Fred’s niece speaking out about the ‘unreal’ moment her teenage cousin’s body was found for another TV programme marking the anniversary of the killings.

ITV cancel Fred and Rose West Trevor McDonald documentary hours before airing for 'legal reasons'

The heartbroken sisters of one of Fred and Rose West’s victims appeared on This Morning today
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ITV cancel Fred and Rose West Trevor McDonald documentary hours before airing for 'legal reasons'

Juanita Mott was murdered by Fred and Rose West

This comes after the heartbroken sisters of one of Fred and Rose West’s victims appeared on This Morning today.

In their first ever TV interview, Juanita Mott’s sisters spoke about their ongoing pain ahead of the documentary.

The couple raped, tortured and murdered 12 women and girls between 1967 and 1987 – including their own daughter Heather.

Rose was convicted of 10 murders in 1995 and handed a whole life term, meaning she will never be released, but the mother of eight is said to still harbour hopes of being released.

ITV cancel Fred and Rose West Trevor McDonald documentary hours before airing for 'legal reasons'

Belinda visited her friend who was lodging in the house
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Mary-Ann Mitchell said that she wanted her sister’s killer to "rot in hell", while Belinda Mott called for a "very slow electric chair" for Rose.

They are furious that taxpayers’ money is being spent on keeping Rose in a "lap of luxury" in prison.

Speaking on This Morning, Mary-Ann said: "I’d like to see her rot in hell to be honest. I hope when her girlfriend is released from prison it rips her heart out.

"She will never get out and even if she does there will be a queue waiting. This is where I feel the death penalty is needed when there is no doubt."

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