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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.



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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Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child



Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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