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Chatham attack Woman who had throat slit in shopping centre car park

first_imgMolly McLaren is understood to have been a student at the University of KentCredit:Facebook Molly McLaren A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called to a serious assault in the dockside area of Maritime Way at 11.03am on Thursday 29 June 2017.”A woman in her 20s had sustained injuries consistent with a stabbing and died at the scene.”Joshua Stimpson, 25 and of High Street in Wouldham, Rochester, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.”On the afternoon of Friday 30 June 2017, officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate charged him with the murder of Molly McLaren. Molly McLaren “The victim and the suspect were known to each other and enquiries into the incident remain ongoing.”As part of officers’ on-going enquires, any previous reports made by the victim to Kent Police regarding the suspect will form part of the murder investigation.”Kent Police has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and they will determine whether there is a requirement for them to investigate. Sports science student Molly McLaren, 23, was discovered after a stabbing in front of shoppers at the Dockside Outlet Centre in Chatham, Kent.Miss McLaren, of Cobham near Gravesend, Kent, is understood to have been a student at the University of Kent, where she was studying Exercise, Sport and Health Education.She and Stimpson had told friends of their relationship on Facebook last December and their social media profiles featured several pictures of them together.Floral tributes have been left in the shopping centre car park.Kent Police confirmed the victim suffered injuries consistent with a stabbing and died at the scene.Witnesses claim to have heard screams and the beeping of the car horn.Witnesses told how the young woman was found in a car on Thursday morning.”I’m a bit shaken by what I’ve just seen,” said witness Michelle Textall.Another witness said: “A lady said the woman’s throat was slit. If that’s the case it’s quite terrible. Police at the scene of the attack at the Dockside Outlet Centre in ChathamCredit:WENN/ZDS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dockside outlet centre in Chatham “He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on the afternoon of Friday 30 June 2017. Molly McLaren is understood to have known the arrested manCredit:Facebook “This stuff doesn’t really happen round here, at this time of day as well. I’ve been here loads of times before at this time of day, so for this to happen is a disaster.”Miss McLaren was a second year undergraduate at the University of Kent studying Sport and Exercise for Health and worked as a dog walker and in pubs to fund her studies.Stimpson, from Rochester, has been remanded in custody and appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday afternoon.Police have revealed any previous reports allegedly made about Stimpson by the victim to Kent Police will form part of their investigation Police have charged a man over the brutal killing of a student whose throat was reportedly slit in a shopping centre car park.Joshua Stimpson, 25, was arrested at scene of the terrifying attack at Dockside Shopping Outlet in Chatham, Kent, at around 11am on Thursday.last_img read more