Police renew appeal one year after death of Eastbourne woman

Emma Crowhurst
Emma Crowhurst

Police have renewed appeals for information one year on from the death of an Eastbourne woman.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road, was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, at around midnight on Sunday, April 26 2015.

She had suffered a serious head injury and was first taken to Eastbourne DGH before being transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath the following day.

Emma’s condition worsened over the following days and she died on Monday, May 11.

Acting Detective Superintendent Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said, “We have made extensive enquiries among people who knew Emma and we have also spoken to many local people who have contacted us.

“It has been a painstaking process but so far it has not been possible to establish exactly what happened to her. No arrests have been made.

“Several people have described an argument between a man and a woman just before midnight at or very nearby where she was found. This argument may have been what led to Emma being found in the road with the ultimately fatal injuries.

“We still need to hear from anyone who went to Emma’s assistance before the police and ambulance teams arrived in Chawbrook Road, and anyone who was there or in Dudley Road or Havelock Road at that time.

“Emma was last seen on CCTV, outside Sainsburys Local in Seaside at the junction of Belmore Road just after 11pm.

“We think Emma got home, where she lived with her partner, sometime after 11.10pm, and then went out to fetch her cats, which was her normal routine. It was at the same time she would have been doing that the argument was heard.”

Her mother, Marina Crowhurst, said last year, “Emma was a lovely girl, loved by her family and friends who had a heart of gold. This is a massive, irreplaceable loss and we want anyone responsible for this brought to justice. We have every faith in Sussex Police and fully support their investigation.”

Police ask anyone who has any information about what happened that night and who has not yet been in contact to email detectives on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Operation Shortgate.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave your name on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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