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17 year-old charged with Crawley mans murder

The victim has since been formally identified as 24-year-old Arnold Potter, from Maidenbower, Crawley.

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[Victim was 24-year-old Arnold Potter ]

Post mortem results returned on Saturday (17 November) confirmed he died from being stabbed to the torso.

The incident occurred in nearby Watson Close around 6.40pm on Thursday (15 November), and despite the best efforts of members of the public and emergency services who attempted CPR, Arnold was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A 17-year-old boy from Crawley presented himself to Crawley Police Station on Friday afternoon (16 November) and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Crown Prosecution Service has since authorised charges of murder, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place (a knife) and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (cocaine).

The defendant has been remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (19 November). Due to his age he cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Three people arrested in connection with the incident have been released but remain under investigation pending further enquiries.
They are:

A 20-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of cannabis;
A 17-year-old boy from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender;
A 24-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Four further people arrested have since been released without charge and will face no further action. They are:
A 47-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender;
A 44-year-old woman from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender;
A 17-year-old boy from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender;
A 17-year-old boy from Crowborough, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson said:

“This was a tragic incident which has had a devastating effect on the community, and in particular on the friends and family of the victim. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“We have carried out numerous house-to-house enquiries in the area and we are grateful for the cooperation we have received so far.

“However, we are still appealing to anyone who saw what happened, who may have CCTV or other footage, or who knows anything about this tragic incident, to contact us.

“There will continue to be a police presence in the area as enquiries continue, and we would encourage anyone with any concerns to approach and speak to our officers.

“You can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Horseman.

“Alternatively, you contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.”

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Appeal for help after five masked robbers force way into home in Crawley

Detectives in Crawley are seeking information about a violent attack at a home in Pound Hill.

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At 3,30pm on Thursday 22 November the occupants of the house in Punch Copse Road, answered the door, and were confronted with five men with their faces covered who threatened the occupants and forced their way into the house.

They stole a quantity of cash and a box containing some cutlery before leaving the address and making off in a car which was parked nearby.

All the suspects are described as black, and were wearing dark coloured clothing.

One of the occupants, a 37-year old woman, was knocked to the floor during the attack and sustained bruising and a shoulder injury for which she was treated at East Surrey Hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said;

“We have been making extensive local enquiries and are still seeking witnesses who were in the area that afternoon, particularly around Punch Copse Road or surrounding roads, and including anyone who was using dashcam in their own car at the time.”

If you have any information please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 904 of 22/11.

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

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