EASTBOURNE MURDER: Police hope to jog memories of witnesses this weekend

Chawbrook Road Murder SUS-151205-174030001
Chawbrook Road Murder SUS-151205-174030001

Detectives investigating the death of an Eastbourne woman are hoping to jog the memories of potential witnesses exactly four weeks after the incident.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road, was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address, just before midnight on Sunday April 26 after suffering a head injury.



She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital. She died on May 11 and a post mortem examination found she died from the head injury.

On Sunday evening, May 24, between 7pm and 1am, uniform officers and PCSOs will be in Seaside, Firle Road, Havelock Road and Chawbrook Road, where there is a fire station. They will be talking to passers-by to ask if they were in the area at a similar time exactly four weeks previously, and if they saw anything suspicious.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, who is leading the investigation, said, “We have had a good response from people who have contacted the investigation team already, but are still hoping to hear from more people who could help. It is vitally important to establish Emma’s movements before she was assaulted and I’m appealing to anyone that has any information, however small they may think it is, to get in contact with us.

“Several people have also described an argument between a man and a woman just before midnight. This argument may have lead to Emma being found in the road with the, ultimately, fatal injuries. 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 Duidley Road or Havelock Road at that time.

“But 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 last seen in the town at 7pm in Seaside at the junction with Firle Road, by Buskers Bar.

“We also believe she had been in the Sainsburys Local in Seaside at the junction Belmore Road at some stage that evening.

“We think Emma got home sometime after 11pm, and then went out to fetch her cats, which was her normal routine. It was whilst she was in the process of doing that the argument was heard.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Shortgate. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Emma’s mother Marina Crowhurst said, “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 the person responsible for this brought to justice. We have every faith in Sussex Police and fully support their investigation.”