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Three teens among four more arrested in connection with Maidenbower murder

Four more people have been arrested by police investigating the murder of a 24-year-old man in Crawley on Thursday evening (November 15).

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Three were 17-year-old boys who were in a car that was stopped near Three Bridges railway station shortly after 11.30am on Friday. They were all arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Additionally, a 24-year-old man from Horley was arrested at 10.49am on Friday on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson said:

“We have now arrested seven people in connection with this investigation and we believe that they and the victim are all known to each other.

“However, we are still seeking one more person who we would like to talk to about the events in Watson Close, Maidenbower on Thursday evening. Anyone who witnessed the incident, the events leading up to it or who has any information to assist our enquiry who has not yet talked to police is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Horseman.”

All seven people arrested remained in custody at 1pm on Friday (November 16).

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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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