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Christmas Day 'suicide pact' investigated by police

The scene of the two deaths in Billingshurst Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A Christmas morning double suicide pact being investigated by detectives. The bodies of a husband and wife were found at a house.

Neighbours said that the victims were "in deep financial trouble" and that they had apparently decided to end their lives because they could not cope at Christmas with the money worries.

A worried relative had gone to the couple's home shortly after 9am and saw the bodies through a window.

Neighbours said that it was understood that the couple had two children but they were not present at the semi-detached house when police broke in.

It was thought the couple had made special arrangements for them to be looked after overnight, without giving a hint of what they had planned.

Police said that they were investigating the double death but stressed that they were not seeking anyone else. A report will be prepared for the West Sussex coroner who will hold inquests into the deaths.

Police search after man is stabbed to death on Christmas Day

Police search the area around Montague Street Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A murder investigation is continuing in Brighton after a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death earning on the morning of Christmas Day.

The scene of the killing in Montague Street was sealed off by police.

The victim, who was a visitor at the seaside flat where he was killed, was knifed in the chest and died within minutes at the scene.

Paramedics tried desperately to resuscitate the victim but were unable to save his life and detectives were called in.

It was revealed that the victim, who has not yet been named, was visiting the flat from his home in nearby Rustington, West Sussex and was believed to have become embroiled in a 1am row with someone else at the seaside flat.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Man stabbed to death after row on Christmas day

A murder investigation is underway in Sussex after a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death just an hour into Christmas day.

The victim, who was a visitor at the seaside flat where he was killed, was knifed in the chest and died within minutes at the scene.

Paramedics tried desperately to resuscitate the victim but were unable to save his life and detectives were called in.

A police spokesman said that a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and held in police cells for questioning.

The scene of the killing in Montague Street in the centre of Brighton was sealed off by police.

It was revealed that the victim, who has not yet been named, was visiting the flat from his home in nearby Rustington, West Sussex and was believed to have become embroiled in a 1am row with someone else at the seaside flat.

Explosions heard during Boxing Day fire

An area around an industrial estate at Hermitage, Berkshire, has been sealed off after a fire on Boxing Day morning.

Fire officers from Berkshire and Oxfordshire, along with paramedics and the police are at the scene at the Red Shute Hill Industrial Estate.

Dark smoke billowing from the huge fire can be seen for miles around and residents heard explosions from the site.

At the scene, one ambulanceman said: "There are no casualties that we're aware of, but with cannisters exploding we have be careful so this area is now a protected site."

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Community rallies round to help family, left homeless after Christmas fire

The roof was destroyed - a defectiove light bulb has been blamed Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A fire, just half an hour before Christmas Day, left a family homeless. The blaze, at Uckfield in East Sussex, has been blamed on an overheated lightbulb.

The fire is believed to have started in the loft of the semi-detached house. The family have returned to the property to salvage Christmas presents.

The local community is rallying round to the help the family today. A local councillor said an appeal had been started.

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