Nicola Cross murder: Man released without charge

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A man who was arrested following the murder of a mother-of-two from Grovehill has been released without charge.

The 19-year-old, who is from Hemel Hempstead, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle following the murder of Nicola Cross on Monday night (September 14).

Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This has been, and continues to be, a highly complex investigation.

“Following extensive enquiries it has been ascertained that this individual played absolutely no part in the tragic events of Monday night and no further action will be taken against him.

“Specially trained officers are continuing to provide support to the family of Nicola Cross and our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time. Officers remain in the area to offer reassurance and residents are encouraged to talk to them if they have any concerns.”

> Marcin Porczynski, aged 23, from Claymore, Hemel Hempstead, has been charged with murder, two counts of kidnap and trespass with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

He appeared at Luton Crown Court this afternoon and has been remanded to appear for a plea and case management hearing at St Albans Crown Court on December 4.