Folkestone public meeting after Osman Shazad stabbing

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At the time of the stabbing, more than 20 people spilled out on to Marine Terrace in Folkestone

More than 100 people have attended a public meeting in Folkestone to discuss safety concerns after a teenager was killed.

Local councillors, a Kent Police officer and MP Damian Collins were at the meeting, which was organised with the aim of reassuring the community.

Osman Shazad, 17, of Marine Terrace in Folkestone, suffered fatal wounds in a stabbing near his home on 24 January.

Two teenagers have been charged with his murder.

'People were reassured'

Shepway district councillor Sue Wallace said the main issue for the 112 residents who attended was how safe the area was and whether there would be more problems.

She said: "There is still an ongoing investigation but people were reassured by what was said.

"There is quite a good police presence everywhere in the town and we were assured that's not going to be cut."

People at the meeting also heard about the regeneration of the harbour and projects in east Folkestone that would bring communities together, she said.

Fazulmaq Walizada, 18, of Folkestone, and a boy aged 17, from Ashford, who cannot be named, were charged with murder and violent disorder following Osman Shazad's death.

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