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Man appears in court charged with murder

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering an 85-year-old woman in Kent.

Stuart Lay, 44, is accused of killing Jean Robertson in Sittingbourne. He was held after officers were called to a property in Rectory Road in the town on Thursday. Post-mortem examination results have not yet been revealed.

Lay, of Homewood Avenue in Sittingbourne, was charged with murder.

A police spokesman said he appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.


Man killed and buried in plastic bag is named

A person who was killed and buried in a plastic bag in Epping Forest has been identified as a man from Margate.

The body of 53-year old Hidir Aksakal, also known as Boxer Cetin and Musa Yakut, was found close to Hollow Ponds on Whipps Cross Road in North East London on Wednesday, 9th September.

Mr Aksakal, a Turkish national, lived in Margate, but had close links to the Green Lanes area of Haringey.

He was last seen in Green Lanes in the early hours of Monday, 17 August.

Murder victim Hidir Aksakal Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police were called by a member of the public after reports of a body, partially buried and wrapped in plastic, close to Hollow Ponds along Whipps Cross Road.

The body of a man was removed from the area on Thursday, 10th September.

The body was decomposed. It remains unclear how long it had been at the scene.

We are keen to hear from anyone who saw Mr Aksakal in the area or has any information about where he went afterwards. Mr Aksakal was well known locally as 'Boxer Cetin' or 'Cetin Boxer' and we are hopeful that those in the Green Lanes community may have information to help with our investigation. People should be reassured that they can speak to us in complete confidence

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the Hollow Ponds area over the last few weeks.

Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder following reports of a disturbance in a flat in Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill earlier today.

Emergency services were called at 1.35pm after receiving a report of a stabbing.

A 20-year-old woman died at the scene.

Police carried out a search of the area for the suspect, who is known to the victim, and arrested a 21-year-old Bexhill man on suspicion of murder.

He is currently in custody.

"We are in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing to anyone who heard any disturbance or saw anything suspicious around this time in Sutherland Avenue to contact police."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

Man in court over student's murder

Janet Muller's body was found in a burnt out car in Ifield in March Credit: ITV Meridian

A man accused of murdering a Sussex student is due in court later.

Janet Muller's body was found in a burnt out car in Ifield in March.

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, who's 26 and from London, is charged with her murder.

He's yet to enter a plea.


Remembering Samantha - balloon release to remember mother of four

It's been a day to remember a much-loved daughter and mother who was taken too soon.

The family and friends of Samantha Henderson who was murdered by her fiancee - gathered in the town where she lived in Dorset to share their memories.

They released balloons into the sky - to celebrate what would have been the mother-of-four's 26th birthday this coming week.

Juliette Fletcher sends this report.

Balloon release in memory of murdered mum of 4

Samantha Henderson's body was found in a lake in Hamworthy Credit: Dorset Police

Family and friends of murder victim Samantha Henderson will gather today to release balloons in her memory.

The body of the 25-year-old mother of four was found at Ham Common in Hamworthy on January the 30th - nine days after she went missing from her home in Corfe Castle.

Her former boyfriend, 28-year-old Dominic Isom was jailed for life for her murder.

Today Samantha's family and friends are gathering where she lived in Corfe Hill to release balloons as a special memorial.

Victim named in Farnham murder case

The body of a man found in a property in Farnham on Sunday, has been formally identified as that of 41-year-old Glenn Hack. A post mortem examination has now been carried out which has given the cause of death as multiple injuries.

A murder investigation was launched following the discovery of Mr Hack's body at his home address in Victoria Road at 7.22pm.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder. A 46-year-old man from Farnham has been released on bail. A 47-year-old man of no fixed abode remains in custody.

"Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Mr Hack's family at this difficult time and we are continuing to support the family and provide them with regular updates while our investigation continues. We believe this to be an isolated incident and officers are carrying out a number of enquiries to establish the full circumstances of what happened. We would particularly like to speak to anyone who was in Victoria Road area between midday and 11pm on Saturday to come forward with any information which might help the enquiry. Any detail, no matter how small, could be vital. If you wish to do so you can report any details you may have to the independent charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity by calling 0800 555 111. Anyone with any information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101"

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston
Property where the body was discovered Credit: ITV Meridian
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