Gillingham man charged with murder and arson

man arrested in kent murder probe

A 35-year-old man has been charged with murder and arson following an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate into the death of a man in Gillingham.

The body of 68-year-old Alan Wyatt was found at an address in Firethorn Close after officers received a report of a fire at the property at around 10.30am on Thursday 14 February 2019.

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised charges of murder and arson against Michael Bryant-McMurchie of Firethorn Close, Gillingham.

He remains in custody and will appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday 18 February 2019.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for motorists to come forward, whose vehicles are fitted with dashcam and may have been parked in or travelling through the following locations in Gillingham between 7am and 11am on Thursday 14 February.

• The Vineries;

• Castlemaine Avenue between The Vineries and Grange Road;

• Grange Road between Ingram Road and Castlemaine Avenue;

• Parr Avenue;

• Burnt Oak Terrace.

They are also appealing for any residents or businesses in the same areas who might have private CCTV systems and was recording during the timescale mentioned above.

Anyone with footage, no matter how irrelevant it may seem at first, is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Murray Tester on 01634 884001 or by emailing [email protected]