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5 November 2020
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Teenager charged with Crawley murder
A 14-year-old girl from Crawley, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murdering a man in the town on Tuesday evening (October 27).
The victim, who has been named as 24-year-old Nimroy Hendricks (above), died in Russell Way, Crawley, after being found with stab wounds to the chest.
The girl, who is also charged with possessing a knife in a public place, is expected to appear before magistrates in Crawley on Friday afternoon (October 30).
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “The circumstances of this case are particularly challenging for everyone involved and will continue to be difficult as people come to terms with significant loss and grief.
"It is imperative that the Criminal Justice system is allowed to operate effectively in order to support all involved in this case and therefore, I would make a personal plea to people to not speculate on social media on the circumstances of the case or the identity or motivation of the defendant, whose name may not legally be published."
Appeal for witnesses after man is assaulted in Crawley
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Crawley.
The 37-year-old man walked from Maiden Lane along a footpath in Ewhurst Wood, near to Crawley Avenue, around 5pm on Friday (October 30).
During this time, the victim saw three men walk towards him. After a brief verbal exchange, the victim tried to leave but was pulled off the footpath and into a wooded area nearby.
The three men assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries to his face, neck and abdomen. The victim was then sexually assaulted and robbed of a quantity of cash before the three men left the scene.
One of the suspects is described as black, tall, of wide build and with hair plaited in a hexagonal design. He was wearing a surgical mask and a Canada Goose puffer jacket with brown fur around the hood.
The two other suspects are both described as Asian with one wearing a mask with a shark tooth design, and the other wearing an Adidas branded face mask.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1129 of 30/10.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Sussex's Chief Constable 'disappointed' by weekend Covid19 breaches
Sussex’s Chief Constable has described a string of Covid19 breaches over the weekend as ‘disappointing and selfish’.
As England prepares for a second lockdown, Jo Shiner said police enforcement activity would be stepped up to address the behaviour of people knowingly breaking the rules in the coming days and weeks to help protect the NHS and save lives.
Police were called to a number of disorder incidents across the county over the weekend, with some officers experiencing both verbal and physical abuse. The incidents included:
· A house party involving mo re than 100 people at a property in Norwich Drive, Brighton. A £10,000 fine was issued to the organiser – the first £10,000 issued in Sussex
· A gathering in Stanmer Park. The group were dispersed and music equipment seized
· A gathering at the University of Sussex campus in Falmer. A section 34 dispersal order was issued and warning letters to students issued
· Disorder in Brighton city centre once pubs and bars were closed at 10pm
· A section 34 dispersal order was issued in Maidenbower Square, Crawley, due to anti-social behaviour being committed by a group of young people. Read full story here.
Man found not guilty of murder following five-week trial
Louis Harry Navarre, 57, a cleaner, of Blackwater Lane, Crawley, has been found not guilty of the murder of Marie Denise Toulsee.
A jury returned its verdict at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday 4 November following a five-week trial.
Ms Toulsee was sadly pronounced dead at a flat in Warren Drive on Wednesday 11 July, 2018.
Her family have expressed they do not wish to provide a statement, nor be contacted by the media.
Detective Inspector Chris Rambour, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “I’d like to thank the jury and all witnesses who provided evidence during this five-week trial. We respect the decision of the court, and our thoughts remain with the victim’s family.”
UK THREAT LEVEL INCREASES TO SEVERE
Statement from Head of CT Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu regarding the increased threat level in the UK can be found here.
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