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Crawley murder, police arrest eighth person

Police have made an eighth arrest in connection with the murder of a young man in Crawley.

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No other suspects are being sought, however detectives are still appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward.

Police received a report of a stabbing in Watson Close, Maidenbower, about 6.53pm on Thursday (15 November).

Despite the best efforts of members of the public and emergency services, who attempted CPR, the victim – a 24-year-old local man – was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been formed, however he is yet to be formally identified.

Two people arrested in connection with the incident have since been released without charge and will face no further action. They are:

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.
Five people have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. They are:

A 47-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender;
A 20-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of cannabis;
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 24-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
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. He remains in police custody at this stage.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson said:

“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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Help identify man who attacked a woman at her Langley Green home in Crawley

Police in Crawley have issued an Efit in their search for an intruder who struck a householder with a pole.

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At 8.50am on Saturday (9 February) the man climbed into the rear garden of an address in Jackdaw Close, Crawley, and struck the 28-year-old woman as she came out of the back door to find out what was happening, almost rendering her unconscious, then going into the house and searching it before leaving.

It is not yet clear what if anything was taken.

The suspect is described as white, in his forties, of stocky build, over 6′, with a thick neck and short thick dark blond greying hair. He wore dark clothing.

The pole was not found at the scene or nearby and it is not known whether it was metal or wooden.

The woman sustained a slight cut to her head but declined medical treatment.

PC Allen Latter said;

“If you saw anything in that area at the time, or if you think you know who this man is, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 334 of 09/02.”

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