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Man appears in court over Claire Tiltman murder

A man has appeared in court via videolink over the murder of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death more than two decades ago.

Colin Ash-Smith, 45, is accused of fatally knifing 16-year-old Claire Tiltman in an alleyway off the A226 London Road in Greenhithe, Kent, on January 18, 1993.

The Dartford Grammar School pupil was wounded more than 40 times as she took a short cut to visit a friend, four days after her 16th birthday.

At Maidstone Magistrates' Court, Ash-Smith spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and last address via videolink.

No plea was indicated.

Ash-Smith was further remanded in custody and he will next appear at a preliminary hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, March 3.

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Man due in court charged with Claire Tiltman's murder

A man is due in court charged with the murder of a sixteen year old schoolgirl in Kent twenty one years ago.

Claire Tiltman was stabbed more that 40 times in an alleyway off London Road in Greenhithe, Kent, four days before her 16th birthday.

Former milkman Colin Ash-Smith, who's forty five, is due before Maidstone Magistrates.

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Claire Tiltman was stabbed in an alleyway 21 years ago Credit: PA

Man to be charged with murder of Kent schoolgirl

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.

Colin Ash-Smith to appear at court on 28th February

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

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BREAKING: Colin Ash-Smith to be prosecuted over Claire Tiltman's murder

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."

– Kent Police Statement

Who killed Claire Tiltman?

Tomorrow is the 21st anniversary of a murder that shocked Britain: the multiple stabbing of Kent schoolgirl Claire Tiltman. Her parents died without seeing justice. No-one was ever charged with the murder.

But tonight the case is being described by police as 'active' and there are hopes of a breakthrough. John Ryall spoke to Claire's friends Joanne Roberts and Vicki Atkins and Det Supt Rob Vinson of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Friends remember murdered Claire Tiltman 21 years on

Friends of Kent school girl Claire Tiltman, who was murdered nearly 21 years ago, are holding a concert this weekend to remember her and to raise money for charity.

Claire Tiltman was stabbed more that 40 times in an alleyway off London Road in Greenhithe, Kent, four days before her 16th birthday.

No one has ever been charged for the Dartford Grammar School pupil's murder back on the 18th January, 1993.

Claire Tiltman was murdered just 4 days before her 16th birthday Credit: PA
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