A man is to be charged with the murder of Kent schoolgirl Claire Tiltman more than 20 years ago. Claire was stabbed as she walked to a friend's house in Greenhithe near Dartford on January the 18th 1993 - four days after her 16th birthday.
Today the Crown Prosecution Service said there was sufficient evidence to charge former milkman Colin Ash-Smith, who's 45, with her murder. John Ryall has our report.
In November 2012 I received a file of evidence from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate relating to the murder of Claire Tiltman on 18 January 1993.
The investigation by the Police has been a lengthy and complex one...my review of all the evidence in the case has now been completed and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Colin Ash-Smith, 45, for the murder of Claire Tiltman on 18 January 1993 in Greenhithe, Kent.
Mr Ash-Smith will appear at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on 28 February via video link.
– Nigel Pilkington, Head of the Complex Casework Unit for Crown Prosecution Service South East
Claire Tiltman’s unsolved death is one of the longest-running cases for Kent Police and has remained in the forefront of the minds of investigating officers for over two-decades. Colin Ash-Smith is now to be brought before a court following our investigations and subsequent consultation with the CPS."