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Tributes paid to second victim of Crawley Down double murder

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The family of Amy Appleton, 32, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, one of two women murdered in the West Sussex village on Sunday, 22 December, has paid tribute to her, saying:

“We have lost a beautiful, caring daughter, sister and friend. Amy had an amazing personality. She was such a strong, positive person who always smiled.

“She was a rock for her family, a rock for her friends and most of all a rock for herself. Amy always thought of others before herself.”

“Amy led the life she was destined to fill, following her passions. Her school will be missing an incredible, dedicated teacher, she gave 110 per cent to her pupils. Her light will always shine in our lives but a hole has been left with broken hearts.

“The whole family would like to send heartfelt thanks for all kind messages and thoughtful tributes. Keep shining our girl, you will forever be in our hearts.”

Their words follow a separate, earlier tribute to Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, who was the other woman to sadly lose her life in the pre-Christmas incident in Hazel Way.

A 37-year-old man, found seriously injured at the scene, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder. He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where he remains on life support and in a critical condition.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, of the Surrey and Sussex major crime team, said:

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims’ families, who continue to be supported by specialist trained officers. I would ask that people respect their privacy at this distressing time.”

Police continue to investigate the incident and if anyone has information that may help, they can report online or call 101, quoting Operation Deanland. Alternatively, they can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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13-year-old cyclist robbed at knifepoint near County Oak, Crawley

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage cyclist was robbed at knife point in Crawley.

The 13-year-old victim was riding his friend’s black Norco Storm 3 mountain bike on a footpath off the A23 London Road around 5.30pm on Saturday 27 June, when an unknown man emerged from the bushes and threatened him with a large knife.

The suspect took the bike, which has yellow signage and yellow pedals, and rode off in the direction of County Oak.

He is described as mixed race, about 5’7”, around 18-years-old and had a lazy right eye. He wore a black durag on his head, a dark grey Nike Air Max tracksuit and black trainers.

Anyone who knows anything about the incident, who recognises the suspect from the description provided, or has any knowledge of the stolen bike being offered for sale, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1272 of 27/06.

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