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Two women killed in West Sussex home as man arrested for murder


Crawley Down
Two people have been killed in Crawley Down (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

Two women have been killed at a home in West Sussex.

A helicopter, ambulances, and police were called to an ‘isolated incident’ on Hazel Way, in Crawley Down, just before 11am today.

There they found the two women outside and a man seriously injured inside the property.

He was then rushed Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he remains.

A man was then arrested on suspicion of murder, with initial reports stating that he had been in possession of a knife.


TWO DEAD IN HAZEL WAY CRAWLEY DOWN - UNDER BLANKET IN STREET
One person is in a critical condition (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

Bloodbath before Christmas: 'Berserk' knifeman kills two people and leaves third fighting for life after launching savage attack in leafy housing estate
A large police presence remains in place (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

However, Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, of the Sussex and Surrey major crime team, has now stated that the incident was ‘not a knife crime’.

She continued: ‘At this time we believe this to be an isolated incident, with no ongoing risk to members of the public.

‘This is a fast-moving investigation which will see significant police resources deployed to the scene for the foreseeable future.

‘We are grateful for the support and patience of the local community while we conduct our enquiries.’

Three forensic tents were pitched in the street, while residents said 10 police cars had initially been dispatched to the scene to deal with the incident.


Bloodbath before Christmas: 'Berserk' knifeman kills two people and leaves third fighting for life after launching savage attack in leafy housing estate
A large police presence remains in place (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

Police at a scene in Hazel Way, Crawley Down, West Sussex, where two people are feared dead after a reported stabbing. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 22, 2019. See PA story POLICE Crawley. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A man has now been arrested on suspicion of murder (Picture: PA)

Police forensics officers at a scene in Hazel Way, Crawley Down, West Sussex, as a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the deaths of two women outside a house in Crawley Down, Sussex Police said. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 22, 2019. See PA story POLICE Crawley. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
It is thought the man was known to his victims (Picture: PA)

Investigators in white forensic suits could be seen combing the area for evidence.

A police cordon remains in place around the houses close to where the bodies were found.

Witnesses living in the area stated that they believed the women had been stabbed to death by the attacker.

One said: ‘It seems he has killed two people and severely stabbed a third person. I don’t know whether they are related to him but it is just terrible.

‘To think that on a Sunday morning you wake up to a normal day and suddenly all this happens. It is even more desperate because it is so close to Christmas.’

Another neighbour added: ‘This is normally such a quiet place, nothing nasty ever happens here. We are just a nice ordinary estate with now trouble.’

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