Cambridgeshire

Peterborough ditch deaths: Man on burial charge

John Chapman and Kevin Lee
Image caption John Chapman and Kevin Lee were both found dead in Cambridgeshire

A man has been charged in connection with the deaths of two men whose bodies were found in Cambridgeshire ditches.

Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, were found with stab wounds in ditches 10 miles (16km) apart in Newborough and Thorney in March and April.

Leslie Layton, 36, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, is charged with conspiracy to prevent the lawful and decent burial of both men.

He is due to appear before Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Mr Layton has already appeared at court charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the two deaths and that of 31-year-old Lukasz Slaboszewski, whose body was found with that of Mr Chapman.

Gary Stretch, 47, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay, appeared in court on Friday charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of Mr Slaboszewski and conspiring with Mr Layton and other persons to prevent the lawful and decent burial of Mr Lee and Mr Chapman.

Joanna Dennehy, 30, of Peterborough, has been charged with three counts of murder, and Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Welland, Peterborough, has been charged with assisting an offender.

All four defendants are in custody.

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