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Murder investigation in Maidenbower after man stabbed

A man has died after being stabbed in the street in Crawley.

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Emergency services were called to Watson Close in Maidenbower just after 6.30pm on Thursday evening (November 15) where it was reported that the 24-year-old man had been seriously injured. Sadly, the man was declared dead at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Till Sanderson, who is leading the investigation into the man’s murder, said:

“We believe that the victim was known to his attackers and we have arrested three people in connection with the murder.
“Enquiries are continuing to locate two other people who we want to speak to.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this tragic time and I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, the events leading up to it or who has any information to assist our enquiry to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Horseman.”

A 44-year-old woman from Crawley was arrested at 8.15pm on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A 47-year-old man from Crawley was arrested at 11.15pm, also on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. At 4.45am on Friday, a 20-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of a controlled drug of Class B – cannabis.

There have now been additional arrests – read more here.

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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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