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Claire Tiltman wanted to become one of Britain's first female firefighters

Claire Tiltman wanted to become one of Britain's first female firefighters, she was stabbed four days after her 16th birthday in an alleyway in Greenhithe, near Dartford. The day she died she was on her way to visit her friend Vicky Atkins, to talk about the qualifications needed to become a firefighter.

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Claire Tiltman's killer branded as 'pure evil'

Claire Tiltman, who was murdered in 1993 Credit: Meridian

A former milkman branded "pure evil" by police has been found guilty of killing a schoolgirl in a "frenzied and remorseless" murder more than 20 years ago.

Colin Ash-Smith, 46, stabbed Claire Tiltman from behind as she took a short cut through a dark alleyway to a friend's house in 1993, just four days after her 16th birthday.

Friends of Claire who have attended court every day of the trial broke down in tears as the verdict was read out at Inner London Crown Court.

Blond-haired Ash-Smith stared straight ahead stoney-faced as the jury of seven men and five women gave their verdict after around three hours of deliberation.

Ash-Smith went on to launch a second ferocious attack on another young woman, Charlotte Barnard, in the same town, Greenhithe in Kent, in 1995, leaving her for dead. She was knifed 14 times but survived and Ash-Smith was later jailed for that attack.

Former milkman found guilty of 1993 murder of schoolgirl

Claire Tiltman Credit: PA

A former milkman who was branded "pure evil" by police has been found guilty of killing a schoolgirl more than 20 years ago.

46 year-old Colin Ash-Smith stabbed Claire Tiltman from behind as she took a short cut through a dark alleyway to a friend's house in 1993, just four days after her 16th birthday.

Friends of Claire who have attended court every day of the trial broke down in tears as the verdict was read out at Inner London Crown Court.

The jury gave their verdict after around three hours of deliberation.

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Colin Ash-Smith trial - latest report from court

A jury has heard how a murder suspect walked into the home of a woman he wrongly claimed to be his girlfriend - and was found in her garage holding a sharp metal file.

Colin Ash-Smith also included the woman's name in a document he drew up listing alleged girlfriends. He denies the murder of 16 year-old Claire Tiltman in Kent in 1993. Watch Derek Johnson's report

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