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Multi-agency review into the murder of Molly McLaren at Dockside Outlet Centre, in Chatham

By Amy Nickalls

A multi-agency review into the death of university student Molly McLaren is taking place.

Following the 23-year-old’s murder last year, the police self-referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

This was because she had been in contact with the force before her death to raise concerns about her ex-boyfriend Joshua Stimpson stalking her.

Molly McLaren was murdered at the Dockside Outlet Centre, in Chatham
Molly McLaren was murdered at the Dockside Outlet Centre, in Chatham

He stabbed her to death in the car park of Chatham’s Dockside Outlet a few weeks later.

Police spokesman James Walker said: “The IOPC deemed it appropriate for Kent Police to conduct the review itself while a thorough multi-agency domestic homicide review is also now underway to determine any lessons to be learnt.”

The results of this review are due at the end of the year.

Last month marked a year since Molly, 23, was brutally murdered in a case that shocked the nation.

He was jailed for life sentence and will serve a minimum term of 25 years.

In their time of grief, friends and family of Molly McLaren have rallied together to create a foundation and help others overcome the challenges she had faced.

The Molly McLaren Foundation has already raised £36,000 over the past year and continues to grow.

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