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Police look for smoker and passers by who could help in Cowgate Cemetery, Dover, murder investigation

Police investigating the murder at a Dover cemetery are appealing for specific members of the public for information.

It follows the discovery of the body of Polish man Piotr Lacheta in Cowgate Cemetery on Tuesday, October 1.

The body of Piotr Lacheta was found at Cowgate Cemetery, Dover at 7am on October 1
The body of Piotr Lacheta was found at Cowgate Cemetery, Dover at 7am on October 1

Officers along with the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the area where the 55-year-old had suffered injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have charged Claire Lunn, 47, and Justin Burnett, 37, both of no fixed address, with his murder.

The pair have been remanded in custody and are next due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, November 4.

Detective Chief Inspector Gavin Moss at Kent Police said: "A number of inquiries have been carried out since this incident and we would like to thank those people who have taken the time to come forward with information so far. It has been extremely useful to us.

"We are now asking anyone who was in the area of Worthington Street near to the junction with Queens Gardens at around 10pm on Monday, September 30, to get in contact with us.

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses
Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses

"We would specifically like to speak to a man who was smoking outside a pub near to the corner of the road and a man and woman who were also passing by.

"The woman was pushing a bike. We believe they might have seen or heard something suspicious in that area and may be able to assist as we build a picture of exactly what happened in the hours leading up to when the body was found the following morning at the cemetery.

Cowgate Cemetery
Cowgate Cemetery

"Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could be helpful so if you were in the town in that area please call 01303 289600 quoting reference 46/188461/19.’

Alternatively, anyone with details can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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