BREAKING NEWS: Eastbourne murder victim named

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Detectives have named the woman killed in a street attack in Eastbourne.

Thirty-six-year-old Emma Crowhurst died in Hurstwood Park Hospital on Monday night – two weeks after she was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road with a serious head injury.

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A murder investigation was launched on Tuesday and detectives say it is possible Ms Crowhurst’s killer was an unknown man she had an altercation with in the street.

Ms Crowhurst was found in Chawbrook Road close at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address in Albion Road, just before 11pm on Sunday April 26.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath on the following day where she remained conscious and her condition was assessed as serious but not life threatening. She had a fractured skull.

Police enquiries were carried out and it is believed she may have become involved in an altercation with an unknown man in the street where she was found.

On Monday May 11 Sussex Police were informed her condition had worsened and very sadly she died late that evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who have now taken over the investigation, said, “This is a tragic incident. At first the victim appeared to be making progress but her condition suddenly worsened over last weekend.

“This has now become a murder investigation, We would like to hear from anyone who was in the Dudley Road, Chawbrook Road area on the late evening of Sunday April 26, and who saw anything suspicious, perhaps an argument, or a man walking away from the scene.

“If you can help in any way, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Operation Shortgate. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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