Murder investigation: Man, 23, is charged

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A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Nicola Cross, who was stabbed to death in her home in Hemel Hempstead while her children slept upstairs.

Marcin Porczynski, of Claymore, Hemel Hempstead, has been charged with murder, two counts of kidnap and a burglary at a neighbouring property in Dunlin Road, Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead.

Mother-of-two Nicola Cross, 37, was found stabbed to death at her home by police officers on Monday, September 14.

Porczynski remains in police custody ahead of his first court appearance tomorrow (Thursday, September 17) at Hatfield Remand Court.

A 19-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead, who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle, has been released on police bail until September 24.

Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Nicola’s family remain forefront in our minds at this extremely tragic time.

“The children are safe and with family, who continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

“We fully appreciate the events of Monday night have also significantly impacted the wider community however, I would like to reassure you that this was a tragic and isolated incident, the events of which are highly unusual within Hertfordshire. “Officers remain in the area to offer reassurance and residents are encouraged to talk to them if they have any concerns.

“We also understand people want answers but as you can imagine this has been and remains an extremely complex investigation.

“As a man has now been charged it is important for us not to speculate further to ensure the justice system can run its course.”

It is believed that Mrs Cross’ husband, named locally as Daniel, was working at the time of the tragedy.

The pair’s two children, aged six and three, were asleep upstairs.