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Murder charge for Dumitru Palazu after Alexandru Constantinescu dies at Brotherhood Wood caravan park in Dunkirk near Canterbury

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a 30-year-old at a caravan park.

Dumitru Palazu, 48, of Gate Hill in Dunkirk, near Canterbury, is alleged to have murdered Alexandru Constantinescu on Sunday.

Mr Constantinescu was found with a serious chest injury at the Brotherhood Wood caravan site in Gate Hill shortly after 7pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Palazu, who was charged this morning, has been remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court today.

Two men previously arrested on suspicion of murder have been released without charge.

Police at the Esso Garage, near the Brotherhood Wood caravan site on the A2 in Dunkirk
Police at the Esso Garage, near the Brotherhood Wood caravan site on the A2 in Dunkirk

Another two men, who were also arrested on suspicion of murder, remain in custody as enquiries continue.

On Monday, a section of the A2 between Brenley Corner and the A28 Ashford Road was closed in connection with the investigation while police are thought to have been looking for evidence.

The Brotherhood Wood site has been at the centre of a planning row after permission was granted to increase the number of pitches from 42-87, making it one of England's largest traveller camps.

It sparked a raft of objections, many referencing allegations, supported by police and Dunkirk Parish Council, that the site is already over-occupied and many of its residents are not travellers or gypsies, but Romanian migrant workers who are not permitted to live there.

Parish council chairman Jeff Tutt offered his condolences to the family of the victim following the death.

"We don't know them, but whoever they are, anyone's death in these circumstances is horrible and we wouldn't wish that on anybody," he said.

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