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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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Man jailed for stealing charity collection tins

A man who broke into a café and stole three charity collection tins has been jailed.

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Police were alerted to the break-in at The Conservatory Café in North Street, Horsham, about 11.30pm on Monday 13 May.

Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene and a witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

Due to the description provided and the information received, a suspect was nominated.

A PCSO on patrol spotted the suspect in Hurst Road about 7pm the following evening (14 May) and noticed he had cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.

The suspect was identified as Kieran Blunden, 33, unemployed, of no fixed address.

Further officers attended to assist, and Blunden was arrested and charged with burglary.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £50 in compensation.

Blunden also admitted stealing a charity box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street, Horsham, on 14 May, and this offence was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Investigations Supervisor Dave Bell said:

“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.

“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the café owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”

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