Three charged over triple murder

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Three men have been charged in connection with a triple murder, police said today.

Keith Cowell, 52, and his son Matthew, 17, were shot dead at their home in Bishop's Stortford, Herts, on August 28, along with Tony Dulieu, 33, of Billericay, Essex.

Kevan Thakrar, 20, of Lomond Way, Stevenage, faces three counts of murder, two of attempted murder and a firearms offence.

His father, Atul Thakrar, 46, also of Lomond Way, Stevenage, has been charged with one offence of assisting an offender.

A third man, whose identity police are withholding "to protect the integrity of the case", has been charged with dealing class A drugs.

The Thakrars are due before Stevenage Magistrates' Court today.

Two women, aged 23 and 54, were badly hurt in the attack at the semi-detached house in Plaw Hatch Close.

They are said to be in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital, where they are thought to be under police guard.

Locals named the younger woman as Clare, Matthew Cowell's girlfriend. The older woman was said to be Keith Cowell's sister Christine.

Police said a three-year-old girl, named by neighbours as Clare's daughter Courtney, was unharmed and is being cared for by family members.

Kevan Thakrar was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Sunday and his father was detained on Tuesday.

Two men arrested in Stevenage last Friday have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Hertfordshire Police would not confirm if a man in his 30s arrested in London on Monday was the third person charged.

A spokeswoman said: "A third person has been charged in connection with this incident for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

"The identity of this person is currently being withheld to protect the integrity of the case."