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Two arrested on suspicion of murder after woman dies in Crawley fire

The 53 year old woman from Crawley was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A woman has tragically died following a fire at a flat in Crawley.

A police statement says emergency services were called to the incident in Warren Drive in Ifield just before 5.40pm on Wednesday (11 July).

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They carried out CPR but despite their best efforts the victim, aged 53, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin have been informed and the woman’s death is being treated as suspicious.

The scene at the property on Warren Drive, Ifield is still under police investigation. Forensics are being carried out.

A statement issued by Sussex Police said:

“Two men who were also inside the property when police arrived have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody at this stage. Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

“The fire occurred in a lounge on the first floor of the premises and was contained to that room.”

Police outside the property on Warren Drive.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service sent two fire engines to the scene after being called shortly after 5.40pm.

A spokesperson said:

“The fire service was called to a report of a fire at a flat in Warren Drive, Crawley at 17.42 yesterday afternoon (11 July). Two fire engines were sent. The fire was extinguished using one high pressure hose reel and two breathing apparatus. We left the scene at 18.02.”

Police continue investigations at the flat.

Forensics are being carried out at the scene, however police are in the very early stages of the investigation and police have said there are no further details available at this stage.

Forensic investigations have been carried out at the property where the fire originated in a first floor lounge.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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77-year-old man critical in hospital after being robbed by 3 men in Crawley Boulevard

A despicable crime in daylight in the towns city centre.

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A 77 year-old-man is in a critical condition this evening (22nd July) after he was robbed in Crawley town centre.

Following an initial call from the ambulance service, police were called at 15:49 where the man who was on a mobilty scooter was in cardiac arrest.

Police immediately taped off the surrounding area and multiple units were called to the scene.

3 males were arrested for robbery which the police suspect took place near the public toilets close to Marks and Spencer.

The victim is currently in a critical condition after he was flown by helicopter to St Georges Hospital.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen the incident in the Boulevard around this time.

If you have any information please contact Sussex Police using 101 and OP SALZBURG Cad no. 0959/22072018 or contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111

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