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Catherine Wynter stabbing: Man charged

Catherine Wynter, 19,
Image caption Catherine Wynter was found by her mother on Tuesday morning

An 18-year-old man from Hertfordshire has been charged with the murder of a babysitter who was stabbed while caring for her young niece and nephew.

Tony Bushby, from Digswell Close, Borehamwood, will appear in custody at Hatfield Remand Court on Saturday.

Catherine Wynter, 19, also known as Katie, was found stabbed on Tuesday at her sister's home in Borehamwood.

She had been staying at the mid-terrace house on Boxing Day night while the children's mother was away.

Miss Wynter, of Borehamwood, was last heard from at around 21:30 GMT on Boxing Day.

The children, aged three and four, were in the house in Beech Drive at the time of the killing but were not injured.

Post-mortem tests found Miss Wynter, who also went by the surname of Briscoe, died from stab injuries.

'Extensive searches'

A 26-year-old man, from Islington, north London, was held in connection with the killing but released without charge on Wednesday.

Police said both men were known to Miss Wynter and her sister but were not direct relatives.

Detective Inspector Carl Foster, from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "Whilst a charge has been made, a team of detectives continue to work on the case.

"As part of our ongoing investigations, extensive searches by specialist officers have been carried out in the area surrounding Leeming Road and Gateshead Road to locate a black bin bag.

"It is believed there are clothes in this bag which we are keen to trace."

Police are urging people with information about the inquiry to contact them.

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