Molly McLaren Named As Woman Who Died After Chatham Stabbing

A man arrested after Molly McLaren died at The Dockside shopping centre in Chatham has been charged with her murder and has appeared in court.

Joshua Stimpson was arrested at the dockside areas of Maritime Way on suspicion of murder yesterday after a woman died from injuries consistent with a stabbing.

The 25-year-old from High Street in Wouldham, Rochester has been charged with the murder of Molly McLaren and appeared via virtual court at Medway Magistrates' Court. He's been remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday (3rd July).

Police say Molly and the suspect were known to each other and officers are still carrying out enquiries into the incident. They've also said any previous reports made by the victim to Kent Police regarding the suspect will form part of the murder investigation.

Kent Police has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and they will determine whether there is a requirement for them to investigate.

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