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Crawley man arrested after arson at flats in Bewbush

Police investigating a deliberate fire in a block of flats at Ganymede Court, Bewbush, Crawley, early on Sunday (14 July) have made an arrest.

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Residents were evacuated while West Sussex Fire and Rescue brought the fire under control at 4.10am.

One woman was taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation. Two flats were badly damaged in the blaze.

A 37-year-old from Crawley has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Pauline Lane said:

“We have arrested a man in connection with the fire but we would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the fire being started or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area.”

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information should report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Clayhill.

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Murder investigation launched after young Crawley man dies in Brighton collision

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man who was struck by a vehicle in Brighton has sadly died.

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The 20-year-old from Crawley suffered serious head injuries after he and two other men were hit by a car in Marine Parade early on Sunday (1 December).

Officers were initially called to a report of a large group of people fighting on the seafront at 5.20am. As they responded, it was reported that three of the group had then been struck by a car.

The two other victims, an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, who were also seriously injured, remain in a serious condition in hospital.

A 32-year-old man who was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm has now been released under investigation. A 33-year-old man who was detained on suspicion of attempted murder on Monday morning (2 December) remains in custody.

The vehicle, a BMW X6, was later found abandoned nearby.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team:

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim who has sadly died this evening and with those of the other two victims who are in serious condition in hospital.

“This is now a murder investigation and we are again appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident or has any information about it to come forward.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have mobile phone footage, dashcam footage or anyone with private CCTV footage of the incident.

“Marine Parade is likely to remain closed between the pier roundabout and Camelford Street until Tuesday afternoon (3 December) while we are continuing searches and carrying out enquiries and I would like to thank the public for their patience.”

The incident is not terror-related.

If you can help with the investigation please report online  or ring 101 quoting Operation Danebridge.

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