Man charged with murdering two women in village


A man has been charged with murdering two women who were stabbed in a Kent village.

Jack Ralph, 28, is also charged with attempted murder after a man was taken to hospital with serious injuries during the incident in Hadlow, near Tonbridge

Officers were called by paramedics to a house in Carpenters Lane just after 7.40am on Saturday.

Three people were found with injuries “consistent with a stabbing,” police said.

Two women in their 50s and 70s died at the scene, while a man, also in his 70s, was taken to hospital in London for treatment.

A murder investigation has launched after two women dead near Tonbridge
Image: A murder investigation was launched after two women died near Tonbridge

Ralph, who lives on the street, is due to appear via video link at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Police have not yet named the victims but believe they and the suspect knew each other.

Neighbours have spoken of their shock following the incident in the “quiet and friendly” village in the Medway valley.

A man, 28, has been charged with the women's murders
Image: A man, 28, has been charged with the women’s murders

“We’ve lived here for five years and never heard anything bad happen, it has always been so quiet and a lovely place to be,” said Sophie Moorey-Brown.

The 31-year-old added: “We are very shocked and saddened by what we have heard.

“It is such an awful thing to hear anywhere but in our lovely, friendly little village it’s bound to rock us residents even more so”.

Rev Paul White, vicar at the village church, St Mary’s, offered support to anyone affected by the deaths.

He tweeted: “Following a tragic incident in Hadlow earlier today just to let everyone know that St Mary’s will be open and clergy will be available all day on Monday if anyone wanted to speak or simply to light a candle and pray.”

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Neighbour Nigel Keogh, a 51-year-old plasterer, and his wife Natalie, 52, said: “It’s quite shocking really. It’s a nice little village.

“We moved from London to get away from all this and it’s right on your doorstep.”

From – SkyNews


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