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Police name Gossops Green murder victim

Residents are still in shock as investigations continue.

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Police are continuing to investigate the murder of a woman in Crawley.

The woman has now been formally identified as Christina Abbotts, age 29, who was living at the address where she was found by police.

Police were called at 10.30pm on Friday (May 25) from friends of Christina concerned she hadn’t turned up to pre-arranged plans in London.

Officers attended a flat in Highams Hill and found her dead in a bed.

A post mortem was conducted and a preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head.

A 47-year-old man, who was at the property when officers attended, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at this time. Magistrates have granted the investigating officers a further 36 hours to detain the man.

The suspect and victim were known to each other.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater said: “We are supporting Christina’s family, who aren’t local to Crawley, at this very distressing time. They have asked for privacy while they start to grieve.

“We are investigating the circumstances of her death and are keen to hear anyone who might have seen or heard anything which might help with our investigation. Please speak to us in confidence with any information, however small.”

Anyone with information or who saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately onlinequoting Operation Grayhill.

Alternatively, you can visit Crimestoppersor contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

Have you seen Michael Tewolde?

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Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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