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Guilty of murder - The man who took photos of his dying victim.

Daniel Palmer will serve a minimum of 15 years. Credit: Sussex Police

A 24-year-old man has been convicted of battering to death a Portuguese man he found wandering the streets in Crawley.

Daniel Palmer repeatedly punched Joao Esteves, 45, on the forecourt of Kwik Fit, off Haslett Avenue East, on Saturday 18 January before leading his victim to a nearby alleyway where he continued with the assault.

He filmed the injured Mr Esteves using his mobile phone after the attack.

The body of Mr Esteves, from the Lisbon area of Portugal, was found on 19 January. He was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries but died later.

Mr Esteves had travelled to Britain from Portugal for a job interview but did not have anywhere to stay and was preparing to sleep rough for the night before catching a return flight home from Gatwick.

Palmer was jailed for life and told he would serve a minimum of 15 years.


Up to 30 firefighters tackle house fire in West Sussex

Almost thirty firefighters were needed to tackle a blaze in Crawley Credit: Eddie Howland

Firefighters are due to return to a house on Gorse Close in Crawley later to reinspect the site of a fire. The building was almost entirely destroyed after the blaze on Thursday evening.

Emergency services were called to Gorse Close just before 7pm on Thursday

There are no reports of any injuries. Up to thirty firefighters from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service tackled the fire at its height.

Serious crash leaves two people in hospital

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash in Crawley, injuring two people.

Emergency services were called to Breezehurst Drive in Bewbush at around 2:45am this morning to a car that had collided with a tree.

The car had lost control, hit the central reservation and then into the tree.

The driver, a 21-year-old man from Crawley and his passenger, who is 25-years-old and from Twekesbury, were both taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Packard.

Concern grows for missing Sussex teenager

Jessica Pusey hasn't been seen since Saturday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing teenager Jessica Pusey from Crawley. Jessica, 13, of Warren Drive, was last seen on Saturday at 9pm outside her home.

Police believe she maybe in the Brighton area as she has family and friends there. Jessica is described as white, 5' 3", with shoulder length brown hair, blue eyes and well built. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms.

PC Ben Whitehead said: "We are concerned for the welfare of Jessica because of her age. If you have seen her or know of her whereabouts, please contact police." Ring 101 or email quoting serial 1640 of 07/06.

Man left with fractured skull after attack

A 22-year-old man suffered a fractured skull after an argument outside a Co-op in Crawley. It happened at around 1am on Saturday morning on the Parade, shortly after the 'Bringing it Back' dance event in the Grasshopper Pub in Tilgate.

A 36-year old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and a 34-year old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Both were released on police bail until 13 August.


Have you seen this man?

Jean Leveque Credit: Sussex Police

Police say a family is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing man from Crawley.

42 year old Jean Leveque was last seen by a friend two weeks ago. He lives in Hawth Close but is often seen in the town centre and Three Bridges area.

He is described as black with short black hair and a pierced right ear and is believed to be wearing a fleece jacket and jeans.

PC Mark Green said: "His family are concerned for his welfare as this is very out of character for him to be out of contact for so long. We are appealing to anyone who has seen him to make contact with us on 101 quoting serial 1251 of 22/5."

Gang "waved cat in front of dog" and let it attack the cat

Police are appealing for witnesses after teenagers set a dog on a cat in Crawley.

Three boys were spotted playing with a ginger cat on Arne Close in Bewsbush before picking it up and waving it in front of the dog.

The dog was then encouraged to attack the cat which was being held by the boys.

When a neighbour saw what they were doing, they ran off and threw the cat over a fence.

It is now being treated for its injuries at a nearby vets.

PC Gillian Sadler said, "This was a very nasty attack on the cat and has left both the animal and its owner traumatised.

"It is difficult to understand why anyone could behave with such cruelty to a pet."

One boy has been described as 14 or 15 with blonde, shaved hair.

The second boy has been described as the same age, with dark brown hair and wearing a dark tracksuit.

Call 101 quoting 1334 of 12/5 with information.

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Families fail to gain places at nearby schools

Nearly 300 families in West Sussex failed to win places at the primary schools they wanted - it's a particular problem in Crawley. Several say it makes a mockery of parental choice. The county council says they give families preferred schools wherever possible.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports on the impact for families who have missed out on any of the schools they selected. Many face long journeys - one mum says she risks losing her job as a result.

Victim has acid poured over hands and face in Crawley

Sussex Police have launched an investigation after a man from Crawley had acid poured over him.

The incident happened last night in Lyon Close, Maidenbower.

The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he was treated to acid burns to his hands and face.

Paramedics, the air ambulance and the police attended the incident.

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