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Two men wanted in Gillingham murder investigation

Detectives are urging two men to come forward who may have important information in connection with a suspected murder in Gillingham.

Anthony Eastwood was killed on the afternoon of Friday, December 20, after suffering fatal stab wounds in Fox Street.

Anthony Eastwood was stabbed to death in Gillingham.
Anthony Eastwood was stabbed to death in Gillingham.

A 17-year-old boy appeared at Medway Magistrates Court Monday after he was charged with murder on Sunday and appeared at Maidstone Crown Court today, where he was remanded in custody.

The teenager from Barking was arrested at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, France, while on a coach with his mother, and has been remanded in youth custody.

Danny Moore, defending, applied for bail but Judge David Griffith-Jones QC turned him down. The youth will now go on trial on June 8 and it is expected to last two weeks.

A decision about charging his mother who was arrested, on suspicion of assisting an offender but has been released pending further investigation, has yet to be made by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The teenager will appear again in February when he is expected to enter his formal pleas to the charges.

The scene in Fox Street, Gillingham in December. Pictures: UKnip
The scene in Fox Street, Gillingham in December. Pictures: UKnip

An investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate is continuing and officers are now looking to identify two men, believed to have been wearing high visibility jackets and who were possibly builders or tradesmen.

They may have witnessed and intervened in an argument between a number of people in the Brompton High Street area, at around 6pm on the day of the offence.

The people involved in the argument are believed to have then got into three vehicles – two Mercedes and a Volkswagen.

Inquires are also continuing to establish the whereabouts of a large knife and anyone living in Fox Street or the surrounding area is asked to report the discovery of such a weapon.

If you can help call 01634 792209, quoting reference 46/242350/19.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously, on 0800 555111, or by using the online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

To get the latest updates on ongoing cases, police appeals and criminals put behind bars, click here.

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