Man arrested in connection with 1987 Tunbridge Wells murders

Cold case detectives have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering two women from Tunbridge Wells more than 30 years ago.

The suspect, aged 66, from Heathfield, East Sussex was detained on Thursday 3 December 2020, in connection with the deaths of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in 1987 and taken into custody.

Wendy Knell, who was 25, was discovered dead in her bedsit in Guildford Road, Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday 23 June 1987. She had been sexually assaulted and beaten to death. Five months later, on Tuesday 24 November 1987, Caroline Pierce, aged 20, was murdered after being attacked outside her bedsit home in Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells.


Her body was found the following month, on 15 December, in a field near St Mary in the Marsh, Romney Marsh.

The case has remained unsolved and subject to periodic reviews by cold case detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. Families of both victims have been informed of the arrest and are being kept updated.

By Ed

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