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Prosecutors consider file as police take step in catching Claire Tiltman's killer

PUBLISHED: 15:56 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:56 22 January 2014

Claire Tiltman

Claire Tiltman

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Prosecutors could soon charge a man for the murder of schoolgirl Claire Tiltman, in Greenhithe, 21 years ago.

An officer stands outside a home in Stone where police are looking for evidence in connection with the murder of Claire Tiltman 21 years ago.An officer stands outside a home in Stone where police are looking for evidence in connection with the murder of Claire Tiltman 21 years ago.

It is understood that the Crown Prosecution Service are “considering” a file of evidence submitted by Kent Police following a search of a property in Myrtle Place, Stone, in September last year.

The house is the home of Aubrey and Diane Ash-Smith whose son, Colin Ash-Smith, was a suspect at the time of Claire’s death in 1993.

Ash-Smith is currently serving three life sentences for attacks on women, including the stabbing of Charlotte Barnard, 22, just two years after Claire’s death and yards from where she was killed.

The 16-year-old, known to friends as Tilt, was stabbed more than 40 times in an alleyway off London Road, in Greenhithe, just four days after her birthday.

Cliff and Lin Tiltman look through Dartford Times articles about their daughter Claire's murder during an appeal for information in 1995.Cliff and Lin Tiltman look through Dartford Times articles about their daughter Claire's murder during an appeal for information in 1995.

Her mother, Linda, died in 2008 and her father, Cliff, passed away in September before Claire’s killer could be brought to justice.

The latest development in the case, which spans more than two decades, comes just days after friends and family gathered at Princes Park, in Dartford, for a celebration of Claire’s life.

Organised by the campaign Justice for Claire, the evening on Saturday raised more than £3,000 for charity.

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