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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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Langley Green man sent to prison after more than £13k drugs found in his home

A Crawley man found with nearly £13,500 worth of drugs in his home has been given a prison sentence.

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Police conducted a warrant at the address of Matthew Stevens in Dobson Road, Crawley, after reports from members of the public regarding suspicious behaviour in the area was reported.

During the search on 15 July 2016, officers found a quantity of cocaine, spice and drug paraphernalia. Stevens, 44, was then arrested.

He was released under investigation and the Crawley Investigation team began a long and complex analysis of items seized from the address.

Stevens was charged in May 2017 and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply class A (cocaine), possession of a class B and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance (spice).

He stood trial at Hove Crown Court and on Friday 2 November Stevens was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to a total of four years.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said:

“Sussex Police work tirelessly to stop the supply of illegal drugs within our community.
“The presiding Judge recognised the severity of Stevens’ actions and imposed a sentence representing that.

“We are conscientiously robustly tackling drug issues in Crawley and urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to report it to us without delay.

“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems out of place.”

You can read police’s advice on how to report issues of drugs here.

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