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Two arrested on suspicion of murder after woman dies in Crawley fire

The 53 year old woman from Crawley was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A woman has tragically died following a fire at a flat in Crawley.

A police statement says emergency services were called to the incident in Warren Drive in Ifield just before 5.40pm on Wednesday (11 July).

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They carried out CPR but despite their best efforts the victim, aged 53, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin have been informed and the woman’s death is being treated as suspicious.

The scene at the property on Warren Drive, Ifield is still under police investigation. Forensics are being carried out.

A statement issued by Sussex Police said:

“Two men who were also inside the property when police arrived have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody at this stage. Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

“The fire occurred in a lounge on the first floor of the premises and was contained to that room.”

Police outside the property on Warren Drive.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service sent two fire engines to the scene after being called shortly after 5.40pm.

A spokesperson said:

“The fire service was called to a report of a fire at a flat in Warren Drive, Crawley at 17.42 yesterday afternoon (11 July). Two fire engines were sent. The fire was extinguished using one high pressure hose reel and two breathing apparatus. We left the scene at 18.02.”

Police continue investigations at the flat.

Forensics are being carried out at the scene, however police are in the very early stages of the investigation and police have said there are no further details available at this stage.

Forensic investigations have been carried out at the property where the fire originated in a first floor lounge.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Crawley Man who was trying to guide youths away from crime jailed for causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to casing serious injury by dangerous driving following a collision in Horley in September 2018.

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Iqubal Khan, 35, also pleaded guilty to failing to stop and failing to report an injury collision when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on 4 February.

Khan was also disqualified from driving for three years and nine months.

Khan was driving along Shipley Bridge Lane around 6.10pm on 23 September 2018 when his car, a Toyota Corolla, was involved in a head-on collision with a Range Rover Sport.

He fled the scene immediately following the collision, leaving one of his passengers behind with serious leg injuries. He also failed to report the collision.

It later emerged that the car he was driving was also dangerously overloaded with excess passengers, with four adults squashed on the rear seat.

The other driver escaped uninjured, while the other passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.

Only recently Khan had expressed how much he wanted to help change the corrupt course of youngsters lives that drugs and knifes had put them on.

Khan was arrested on 29 November 2018 after officers tracked him down through DNA left in the vehicle when he fled.

Sergeant Geoff Longstaff, who investigated the collision, said:

“Not only was Khan driving dangerously at the time of the collision, his car was also excessively overloaded. He then fled the scene, not even bothering to check whether his passengers were unharmed. One of his passengers sustained serious leg injuries and is still suffering with the effects of the collision to this day.

“It didn’t take long to find out he had been driving, thanks to statements from his passengers and the other driver, and now he is off our roads and in prison where he belongs for the complete lack of regard and remorse he has shown.”

Sgt Longstaff added:

“The sentence handed to Khan demonstrates our determination to ensure that those who use Surrey’s roads dangerously and irresponsibly and put the lives of others at risk when they get behind the wheel, will be dealt with robustly.”

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