Bookshop Slammed For Mother's Day Display Featuring Rose West Book

A bookshop and stationary chain has been forced to apologise after including a book about infamous serial killer Rose West in a display of 'Great Gift Ideas For Mum'.

The title, 'Love As Always, Mum XXX', was written by West's oldest daughter Mae and was spotted in the window of The Works' promotional Mother's Day display.

Rose West. Credit: Solent News
Rose West. Credit: Solent News

West was convicted of ten murders, which were carried out with husband Fred in the 1970s and 80s, including the sickening killings of her daughter Heather, 16, and eight year old step-daughter Charmaine. Not really the 'perfect' gift for your mam, is it?

She was jailed for life in 1995 for the shocking crimes and, funnily enough, recently won a prison bake-off competition.

Shopper Sheila Kimber complained when she spotted the book in a Mother's Day section at The Works, telling staff it was 'very poor taste' to advertise it as the perfect present for mums.

The shop window at The Works. Credit: Solent News
The shop window at The Works. Credit: Solent News

Discount store The Works has apologised to Mrs Kimber for displaying the book in the Mother's Day section of their Eastleigh, Hants, store.

'Love As Always, Mum XXX' has been written by the Wests' oldest daughter Mae, who catalogues the childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother.

It takes its name from letters West sent to her daughter, which she would always sign off 'love as always, mum xxx'.

Stunned shopper Mrs Kimber, 64, of Eastleigh, said: "The book is all about Rose West and her crimes and was displayed quite prominently in a 'Gifts for Mother's Day' section.

The store in Eastleigh, Hants. Credit: Solent News
The store in Eastleigh, Hants. Credit: Solent News

"It was in very poor taste to include a book about a woman who abused her children. When I expressed my displeasure to a member of staff she just said they'd been told by head office what to put out.

"If I worked there I'd have refused to include the book. I am really pleased it has now been removed.

"The Rose West case was several years ago and the decision to include the book in the display might have been taken by a younger member of staff to whom her name didn't really mean anything.

"But it wasn't the place for a book of that sort. I imagine quite a few people found it offensive."

The offending display itself. Credit: Solent News
The offending display itself. Credit: Solent News

A spokesman for The Works said: "We apologise if the placing of this item caused any offence. It has now been removed from the display across all stores."

While Rose was jailed for life after a trial at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, in 1995, husband Fred, who was charged with 12 murders, was never convicted, having committed suicide while on remand in prison in Birmingham, West Mids.

During her trial, Rose denied any involvement in the deaths, claiming her husband was the sole killer, but jurors did not believe her claims, unanimously convicting them.

There is now an ITV documentary about the couple called Fred & Rose West - The Real Story.

Featured Image Credit: Solent News

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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