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Eighth person arrested after man stabbed to death

Police cordoned off the area while investigation were taking place Photo: ITV Meridan

An eighth person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old man, in Crawley.

Sussex Police received a report of a stabbing in Watson Close, Maidenbower, just before 7pm on Thursday.

Despite the efforts of members of the public and emergency services, who attempted CPR, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say his next of kin have been formed, however, he is yet to be formally identified.

Two people arrested in connection with the incident have since been released without charge and will face no further action. They are:

  • A 17-year-old boy from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
  • A 17-year-old boy from Crowborough, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Five people have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. They are:

  • A 47-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
  • A 20-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of cannabis.
  • A 44-year-old woman from Crawley arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
  • A 17-year-old boy from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
  • A 24-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
  • A 17-year-old boy from Crawley presented himself to Crawley Police Station on Friday afternoon (16 November) and was arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody at this stage

“We have carried out numerous house-to-house enquiries in the area and we are grateful for the cooperation we have received so far.

“However, we are still appealing to anyone who saw what happened, who may have CCTV or other footage, or who knows anything about this tragic incident, to contact us.

“There will continue to be a police presence in the area as enquiries continue, and we would encourage anyone with any concerns to approach and speak to our officers.

“You can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Horseman. “Alternatively, you contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson

No other suspects are being sought, however, detectives are still appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward.