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Man charged with murder of teenager 30 years ago

Melanie Road was stabbed to death in Bath in 1984. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was stabbed to death more than 30 years ago.

Melanie Road, 17, was sexually assaulted and stabbed multiple times in Bath in June 1984.

Police said 63-year-old Christopher John Hampton from Bristol, who will appear in court on Monday, has now been charged with killing her.

Man charged with the murder of Melanie Road

Police have charged a 63-year-old man from Bristol with the murder of Melanie Road.

Melanie was 17 years old when she was murdered in Bath in June 1984.

Christopher John Hampton, of Fishponds, has been charged with Melanie’s murder.

Hampton is remanded in custody and is due before Bath Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

We’ve been keeping Melanie’s family fully updated on the progress of this investigation and they’re aware of this latest development.

– Det Insp Julie Mackay, Senior Investigating Officer


Police question man over 30 year old murder

Melanie Road was killed in 1984 in Bath

Police are continuing to question a man arrested on suspicion of murdering a Bath teenager 31 years ago.

Melanie Road was 17 when she was stabbed to death after a night out in the city in June 1984. More than 90 men were arrested in the months after her death, But this has been the first arrest in decades. The 63-year-old man being held is from Bristol. Last year detectives carried out DNA swab tests on new "people of interest" in the hope of a breakthrough.


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