Eastbourne murder - search continues for killer

Chawbrook Road, where the victim was found on the pavement
Chawbrook Road, where the victim was found on the pavement

As the search for the killer of Eastbourne woman Emma Crowhurst continues, police have issued a fresh appeal for information.

Thirty-six-year-old Emma died in hospital two weeks after being found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, close to her home in Albion Road, with a head injury.

Police believe there was an argument between Emma, a member of the street community, and a man which led to her being found with the head injury.

Police have been continuing their house to house inquiries and information and feedback is being compiled.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, who is leading the investigation, said, “The investigation by our Major Crime Team continues. We are still keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of late that Sunday evening at the end of April and saw Emma, and who saw or heard an argument in the street in the vicinity of the junction of Chawbrook Road, Dudley Road, and Havelock Road, near the fire station.

“If you can help in any way, please call us on 101 quoting Operation Shortgate. We have had a good response from people who have contacted us already, and are still assessing the feedback we received on Sunday evening, although there are no new leads at this time.

“Several people have also described an argument between a man and a woman just before midnight. I am making a specific appeal to anyone who went to Emma’s assistance before the police and ambulance teams arrived in Chawbrook Road, and to anyone who was there or in Dudley Road or Havelock Road at that time.

“We need to hear from anyone who saw anything unusual in the area earlier that evening, which could help build the picture of what happened. Emma was seen at 7pm in Seaside at the junction with Firle Road by Buskers Bar and got home sometime after 11.15pm, and then went out to fetch her cats. It was while she was doing that the argument was heard.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting Operation Shortgate.

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