Police search Hailsham lake for murder weapon

Sussex Police Specialist Search Unit searching the lake at Hailsham
Sussex Police Specialist Search Unit searching the lake at Hailsham

POLICE divers have been searching a lake for the knife that killed Hailsham dad Darren Croxton.

A team of Sussex Police frogmen have been dredging the floor of the Hailsham lake and told the Gazette they are due to spend the whole week painstakingly searching the area for the murder weapon.

On Monday (February 13) and Tuesday, they braved the icy waters and had to break up sheets of ice which marred their progress.

The water is not deep and the three-man team of divers are systematically sifting through debris on the bed of the lake.

It is known locally as the Country Park Lake or the Gleneagles Lake, and is sandwiched between the A22 and Gleneagles Drive, near to the Chandlers Mini car dealership.

The park lies only a short distance from the scene of the fight in Bramble Drive which ended in the death of Darren Croxton on January 22.

Police launched a murder investigation after the pre-planned fight between two groups in woods next to the quiet residential street.

Mr Croxton, a father-of-one who lived in The Diplocks, was rushed to hospital but died early the following morning.

A post-mortem revealed Mr Croxton died as a result of wounds inflicted by a knife which is believed to be at least four inches long.

Dog patrols failed to find the murder weapon and police officers have also reviewed CCTV footage of the murder scene.

If you have any information that could help police with the investigation please call 101 quoting Op Consul or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Darren Croxton’s funeral will take place on Friday (February 17) at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Hellingly.

l A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Darren Croxton.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has not entered a plea to the charge and has been remanded to a young offenders’ institute.

He is due to appear at Eastbourne Youth Court on February 23 to be formally committed to the crown court.