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Man charged with 'Bedsit murders' of two women more than 30 years ago

A 66-year-old man has been charged with the murder of two women in Kent more than 30 years ago.

Police said David Fuller, from Heathfield, East Sussex, has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in 1987.

He has been remanded in custody to appear before Medway Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Assistant chief constable Tracey Harman, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "Whilst more than three decades have passed since these murders took place, I would urge anyone who has any information, no matter how minor or insignificant it may appear to be, to contact us."

Shop manager Ms Knell, 25, was found sexually assaulted and beaten to death in her bedsit in Guildford Road, Tunbridge Wells, on June 23, after failing to turn up for work.

The second victim, also from Tunbridge Wells, was killed five months later after being attacked outside her home in Grosvenor Park.

Ms Pierce was last seen at about midnight on November 24 1987, when she was dropped off by a taxi at her home.

Screams were heard outside the house and her body was found by a farm worker in a drainage ditch 40 miles away on Romney Marsh on December 15 that year.

Police charged Mr Fuller following a cold case review of the deaths which became known as the Bedsit Murders.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kent Police on 01622 652006 quoting case reference 46/YY/16746/20 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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