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Police charge man, 66, over one of Britain's longest-unsolved double killings

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

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.

The victims, both in their 20s, were sexually assaulted before being beaten and strangled just months apart in what became known as the Bedsit murders. 

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

Wendy, 25, was found dead in June in her flat in Tunbridge Wells five months before Caroline, 20, was found dead in a remote field on Romney Marsh. 

Both women were found naked and their keys were missing.

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 (pictured) in 1987 

Wendy, 25, (pictured) was found dead in June in her flat in Tunbridge Wells five months before Caroline, 20, was found dead in a remote field on Romney Marsh

Despite a huge investigation at the time, their killer has evaded justice for more than three decades. 

The young women were living a mile apart in Tunbridge Wells at the time when they were targeted and murdered and linked by police due to their similarities.

Wendy was found dead in her bedsit on June 23, 1987, after being sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled. She was left naked on her bed covered by a duvet.

Wendy (pictured) was found dead in her bedsit on June 23, 1987, after being sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled. She was left naked on her bed covered by a duvet 

Officers believed her killer broke in through a faulty back window as there were no signs of forced entry.

Wendy's diary and keys with a distinctive Austrian keyring were missing and have never been found.

She had left work at about 5pm the previous day and went home after going to the bank.

After spending the evening at her boyfriend's house, he dropped her home at 11pm and kissed her goodbye on the doorstep.

Alerted by her boss that she hadn't turned up work the next morning, he went round to find her battered body.

Officers believe Caroline was killed on November 24, 1987, after she was also sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.

Her naked body was found three weeks later by a farm worker in the dyke of a remote field on the Romney Marsh - some 40 miles away from her home.

She was last seen at about midnight being taken home by a taxi after a night out with friends.

It is believed she was attacked outside her bedsit after neighbours reported hearing screams but she was never seen alive again.

Wendy's diary and keys with a distinctive Austrian keyring were missing and have never been found. Pictured: Wendy 

Pictured: Pam and Bill Knell the parents of Wendy Knell whose case has been unsolved since 1987

Caroline's keys with the Buster Browns restaurant fob where she worked were also never recovered.

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.' 

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