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Murder investigation: Police appeal for witnesses who may have seen two cars in Crawley

Detectives investigating the murder of Abdul Deghayes are looking for witnesses who may have seen either of these cars in Brighton or Crawley.

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Officers want to hear from anyone who sighted a sky blue Nissan Micra registration GU63 DLO and a midnight blue Citroen Cactus registration WX16 BSY in either of the two areas between Saturday 16 February and Monday 18 February.

Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team Detective Chief Inspector Colin Pirie from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said:

“We are asking the public to recall whether they have seen either of the two cars travelling or parked in Brighton or Crawley during the three-day period.

“If you have any information about the two vehicles please get in touch with us.”

The 22-year-old victim was found in the passenger seat of a car that had collided with a number of cars near St Joseph’s Church off Elm Grove, Brighton on the evening of 16 February.

He had suffered a number of stab wounds and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he sadly died from his injuries the following morning.

Contact police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Login.

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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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