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31 December 2019


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Tribute paid to second victim in Crawley Down double murder



The family of Amy Appleton, 32, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, one of two women murdered in the West Sussex village on Sunday, 22 December, has paid tribute to her, saying: "We have lost a beautiful, caring daughter, sister and friend. Amy had an amazing personality. She was such a strong, positive person who always smiled.
"She was a rock for her family, a rock for her friends and most of all a rock for herself. Amy always thought of others before herself."
"Amy led the life she was destined to fill, following her passions. Her school will be missing an incredible, dedicated teacher, she gave 110 per cent to her pupils. Her light will always shine in our lives but a hole has been left with broken hearts.
"The whole family would like to send heartfelt thanks for all kind messages and thoughtful tributes. Keep shining our girl, you will forever be in our hearts."
Their words follow a separate, earlier tribute to Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, who was the other woman to sadly lose her life in the pre-Christmas incident in Hazel Way.
A 37-year-old man, found seriously injured at the scene, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder. He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where he remains on life support and in a critical condition.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, of the Surrey and Sussex major crime team, said: "I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims' families, who continue to be supported by specialist trained officers. I would ask that people respect their privacy at this distressing time."
Police continue to investigate the incident and if anyone has information that may help, they can report online or call 101, quoting Operation Deanland. Alternatively, they can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




Crawley Down victims named as suspect remains on life support




The two women who sadly died when they were attacked outside a Crawley Down house on Sunday (December 22) have been named by police.

Sandy Seagrave, 76, (pictured) of Kiln Road, Crawley Down and Amy Appleton, 32, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, were both found dead outside a house in Hazel Way after police were called to the address at 10.18am.
Sandy's family has paid tribute to her saying: "She was one of a kind, an eccentric character who was stubbornly independent, feisty, brave and not afraid of anything. She was devoted to children and especially animals, including a wild fox who we are continuing to feed now that she has gone."

A 37-year-old man, found seriously injured inside the property, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder. He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he remained on life support on Friday afternoon (December 27).

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, of the Surrey and Sussex major crime team, said: "I extend my heartfelt sympathies to their families, who are being supported by specialist trained officers. I ask that people respect their privacy at this distressing time.

"We are continuing to investigate and if anyone has information that may help, they can report online or call 101, quoting Operation Deanland. Alternatively, they can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman, West Sussex divisional commander, said: "This was an isolated, yet shocking incident that has shaken many in the community. We are thankful to them for supporting officers as they go about their enquiries and anyone wants to talk to them about their concerns or if they have any information they should talk with them." 




Burgess Hill man sentenced for repeated child sex offending


A Burgess Hill man who has already served a prison sentence for possessing more than 50,000 indecent images of children has now been given a six-year sentence for similar offences and for sexual activity with a teenage boy, after his repeated and predatory flouting of the law was uncovered by a Sussex Police investigation. 

Phillip Patterson, 34, unemployed, of Alexandra Road, Burgess Hill, was sentenced to a total of six years at Hove Crown Court on Thursday (19 December) after pleading guilty in October to three offences of possession of indecent images of children, and three offences of sexual activity with a 13-year-old boy.

An offence of breach of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) was not proceeded with and was allowed to lay on the court file.
He will be a registered sex offender for life and the SHPO has also been continued, to run indefinitely. 

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police, working with colleagues in the West Sussex sex offender monitoring team. 

Detective Constable Vicky Jones said; "In September 2011 Phillip Patterson, using his birth name of Philip Savidge, then a serving police officer, admitted 42 offences of making and distribution of 54,323 indecent images of children, including the possession of 1,681 prohibited and extreme images. He was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment and the court also gave him a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), severely restricting his access to children, computers and related digital equipment. Read more here.




 
 

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