The identity of the woman who was attacked at Dockside shopping centre yesterday has been revealed
The victim of the horrific attack in the carpark of has been named as Molly McLaren, aged 23.
She has been named locally as a Sport and Exercise for Health student at the University of Kent.
Her next of kin have been informed.
I struggle to comprehend how some people can carry out barbaric, sickening attacks on other individuals for no apparent reason.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
A spokesman for Kent police said: “The woman, believed to be aged in her 20s, suffered injuries consistent with a stabbing and died at the scene.”
The spokesman added: “The victim and suspect are believed to be known to each other.”
An eyewitness, Michelle Hextall, told the Express how the woman – covered in blood – was honking the horn in a desperate bid to get attention.
She said: “The woman was screaming and bibbing the horn to get attention.
“Another shopper blocked the car in so he couldn’t escape.
“She did not manage to get out of the car.”
Sickening photos from the scene show a Peugeot 107 covered in blood with bloody handprints on the door.
Forensic teams are scouring the area around a black car, which has been left with its doors open.
The MP for Rochester and Strood tweeted: “Shocked & devastated by the horrific incident at Dockside – police in attendance and investigating.”
Shaken by the incident, Ms Hextall added: “Attacker was then put into police van. Didn’t appear to resist arrest.
“The attacker is leaning on the bonnet of police car in front.
“His hands were covered in blood up to his elbows. Blood on t-shirt.”
Another witness, Ash Tucker, posted on Facebook: “Just pulling into Dockside Chatham, 10 police cars race past with flashing lights, as I’ve locked the door I hear shouting and commotion.
“The next bay opposite to me there’s a man covered in blood being restrained by officers.”