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CPS investigates Kent Police file after investigation into murder of Claire Tiltman in Greenhithe alleyway in 1993

22 January 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Prosecutors are scouring through a file of evidence in the 21-year-old murder investigation of Claire Tiltman.

A CPS spokesman confirmed Kent Police had handed over a bundle ahead of a possible prosecution, after teenager Claire was killed in an alleyway in 1993.

A statement issued today said they hoped to reach a decision "as soon as is practicably possible".

Claire Tiltman

Claire Tiltman was found dead in an alleyway in 1993

It comes after police spent several hours searching through the home of Aubrey and Diane Ash-Smith in Myrtle Close, Dartford last September.

They are the parents of Colin Ash-Smith, who was the main suspect at the time of Claire's death, but there was never any evidence to convict him.


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Tilt, as she was known to her friends, was stabbed more than 40 times in an alleyway off London Road, Greenhithe, in 1993.

It was just four days after her 16th birthday and not far from her home in Woodward Terrace - her murder remains unsolved.

Her mum Linda died in 2008 and her father Cliff passed away in September last year without seeing justice done.

Claire, an only child, had been on her way to visit a friend when she was attacked between 6pm and 6.30pm - a time when many commuters were returning home.

Police search Myrtle Place in Dartford - the home of Colin Ash-Smith's parents

Police search Myrtle Place in Dartford - the home of Colin Ash-Smith's parents

Police investigating the murder search Colin Ash-Smith's parents' home in Dartford last year

Police investigating the murder search Colin Ash-Smith's parents' home in Dartford last year

The initial police inquiry racked up more than 16,000 pieces of paperwork but the identity of her killer was never uncovered.

Claire, a Dartford Grammar School pupil, had hoped to join the fire brigade and regularly visited her local fire station while completing her Duke of Edinburgh award.

Speaking after the latest news, Det Supt Rob Vinson MBE, of Kent Police's cold case team, said: "We have presented a file of evidence to the CPS for their consideration in relation to the murder of Claire Tiltman.

Claire's dad Cliff appealed for her killer to be found

Claire Tiltman's father Cliff died last September

 

"Claire's murder has been subject to an ongoing investigation by Kent Police, who have never given up on justice for Claire."

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson welcomed the latest development in the investigation.

He said today: "It's reassuring that the police investigation is so pro-active.

"I am hoping 2014 will finally see justice for Claire."

The CPS review of the case comes just days after friends and family of Claire marked the 21st anniversary of her death on Saturday with a celebration of her life.
 
A memorial walk was held to mark the 20th anniversary of Claire's death

A memorial walk held last year to mark the 20th anniversary of Claire's death

Friends hold fund-raising evening to honour Claire Tiltman. Picture Jon Snapaway

Friends hold fund-raising evening to honour Claire Tiltman. Picture: Jon Snapaway

 
Tribute band Abba Gold played at Dartford’s Princes Park and raffle prizes included tickets to football matches, days out, a signed book from comedian Jason Manford and a signed photo of Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
 
With the money from the raffle, people’s donations and an entry fee on the night, they raised £3,224.
 
It was organised by the campaign group, Justice for Claire, which includes six of Claire's school friends, who are now in their 30s.

 

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