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Woman dies after 'throat was slit' at Dockside shopping centre in Chatham

Floral tributes have been left at the scene where a woman died in a frenzied attack.

Flowers were left with messages, as a suspect is still being questioned by police over the woman's possible murder.

It comes after police sealed off part of the Dockside Outlet Centre in Chatham yesterday following the "serious assault", which is thought to be a domestic incident.

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Flowers have been left at the scene of the Dockside Outlet death
Flowers have been left at the scene of the Dockside Outlet death
Notes have been placed on flowers at the scene
Notes have been placed on flowers at the scene
Tributes have been placed on a lamppost at the centre
Tributes have been placed on a lamppost at the centre
People have sent condolences to the family
People have sent condolences to the family

A man, who is 25 and from Rochester, has been arrested after he is alleged to have shut his partner in his car near the Odeon cinema before launching the attack.

One message on the flowers, from staff at the Flipout Trampoline Park, said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all your family and friends after hearing such unimaginable news."

Another simply said: "Such a tragedy. RIP."

Medics from Kent Air Ambulance arrived in a car as the helicopter circled overhead looking for somewhere to land, but the woman had already died.

The scene of the attack
The scene of the attack

Police yesterday released a statement, which said: "Kent Police is investigating after the victim of a serious assault in Chatham has died.

"Officers and South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to the dockside area in Maritime Way, Chatham at 11.03am on Thursday 29 June 2017

to a report of a serious assault.

"The woman, believed to be aged in her 20s, suffered injuries consistent with a stabbing, and died at the scene.

"Her next of kin has now been informed."

Forensics officers scour through potential evidence. Picture: Tom Smy (@EastKent999vids)
Forensics officers scour through potential evidence. Picture: Tom Smy (@EastKent999vids)
Police cordoned off an area to investigate forensic evidence. Picture: Tom Smy (@EastKent999vids)
Police cordoned off an area to investigate forensic evidence. Picture: Tom Smy (@EastKent999vids)
Several police cars attended the scene of the alleged murder. Picture: Tom Smy (@EastKent999vids)
Several police cars attended the scene of the alleged murder. Picture: Tom Smy (@EastKent999vids)

The victim and suspect are believed to be known to each other.

Officers are still at the scene while they carry out enquiries.

A witness said there was lots of blood and people could be heard shouting.

Ash Tucker posted on Facebook: "Just pulling into Dockside Chatham, 10 police cars race past with flashing lights, as I've locked the door I hear shouting and commotion.

"The next bay opposite to me there's a man covered in blood being restrained by officers. He's cut a lady's throat as she sits in her car and he doesn't even look phased."

Earlier, a green tent was erected and firefighters screened off the area.

The air ambulance also landed nearby.

Witnesses said they saw a man in a white vest and "covered in blood" being put in a police car in handcuffs.

Officers could be seen speaking to witnesses and guarding the cordon.

Police asked people with cars trapped in the cordon to be patient, as they would not be able to access them for several hours.

Firefighters held a green sheet over the woman as she was being treated.
Firefighters held a green sheet over the woman as she was being treated.

The Odeon cinema laid on refreshments for people stranded by the incident.

A man who did not want to be named said: "We came out of the gym and the place was sealed off. We have heard someone has been stabbed."

Another worried bystander said she saw the huge response from emergency services and thought there had been a terrorist attack.

The car park serves the outlet centre, the Odeon cinema, several restaurants and two gyms.

Anthony Sutton, manager of Dockside Outlet Centre, said there had been an isolated incident involving a man and a woman.

He said: "We are working with the police to minimise disruption as much as possible. I would stress this is an isolated case.

"The alarm was raised by calls to 999 from the public who unfortunately witnessed this incident.

"At the moment, we have only the multi-storey car park open but we shall posting updates on social media.

Forensic officers are carrying out investigations at the scene.
Forensic officers are carrying out investigations at the scene.

"The facilities at the Dockside Outlet Centre remain open as normal."

A police spokesman said yesterday: "Kent Police is currently attending the dockside area, Maritime Way in Chatham following a report of a serious assault.

"Officers were called at 11.03am on Thursday 29 June 2017 following reports a woman had been injured.

"A man has been arrested at the scene in connection with the incident.

"Officers do not believe there to be any further threat to the public.

"Officers remain at the scene carrying out enquiries."

Forensic officers are carrying out investigations at the scene. 


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