Claire Tiltman 1993 murder: Colin Ash-Smith to stand trial in November

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Image caption Claire Tiltman was killed four days after her 16th birthday

A man charged with murdering a Kent schoolgirl who was stabbed to death more than two decades ago has been told he will stand trial later this year.

Colin Ash-Smith, 45, is accused of killing Claire Tiltman in an alleyway in Greenhithe, Kent, in January 1993.

He appeared at the Old Bailey via video link and was remanded in custody to await trial on 3 November.

The trial, expected to last five to six weeks, will be held at the Old Bailey or Woolwich Crown Court.

The killing is one of Kent Police's longest-running unsolved cases and it has been subject to a number of reviews by cold case detectives.

Claire had taken a shortcut on her way to see a friend when she died.

Her father Cliff died in September 2012 and her mother Lin died in 2008.

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