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Second man charged with murder after Kyle Kelson shot dead in Cheam and police raid in Whitstable

A second man has been charged with the murder of a 25-year-old dad shot in the head in the street.

It comes after Luke Matthews, 28, was arrested in Whitstable on Tuesday morning after armed police stormed a holiday home in the coastal town. He has since been charged with murder.

Kyle Kelson died after being shot in the head last Friday. Picture: Met Police
Kyle Kelson died after being shot in the head last Friday. Picture: Met Police

Now Aaron McGrath, of Oakhill Road, Sutton, has also been charged with the murder of Kyle Kelson, who was shot in the head in Brocks Drive in North Cheam, near Croydon, at just after 1am on Friday.

Police provided first aid, while ambulances and London's Air Ambulance also rushed to the scene.

But despite their best efforts, Kyle was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.45am.

Kyle's mother, Angella Kelson, said: "Kyle was a much-loved father, son, brother and friend to so many people.

"His big beautiful smile brought joy to all of us."

The scene following Kyle's death on Friday. Picture: UK News in Pictures
The scene following Kyle's death on Friday. Picture: UK News in Pictures

On Tuesday, armed police were sent to Joy Lane in Whitstable, shortly before 7.30am, sealing off the street while they approached an £850,000 detached house.

Neighbours were ordered to stay inside their homes as the raid was carried out.

The drama was witnessed by next-door neighbour Gary Carter, 57, who said: “We were sat in our living room and heard lots of shouting.

“We didn’t think anything of it and just assumed it was someone arguing. Then we looked out the window and there were six or seven armed police with guns and wearing balaclavas. I went out but I was told to go back in.”

Mr Carter estimated the incident lasted about an hour and later realised the shouting was armed police giving instructions.

He said there were numerous police cars, some unmarked, at the scene.

Joy Lane in Whitstable was sealed off during the arrest on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Gambrill
Joy Lane in Whitstable was sealed off during the arrest on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Gambrill

Matthews was arrested and later charged with murder.

He was due to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The second suspect McGrath will appear at the same court today.

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