County News: Murder investigation launched after Sussex street attack

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A murder investigation has been launched after a 36-year-old Sussex woman was found near her home following an attack.

The investigation into the street attack in Eastbourne on the-old local woman has become a murder investigation after she died last night (May 11).

The woman was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, Eastbourne at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address, just before 11pm on Sunday April 26, having sustained a head injury.

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. It was established that she had a fractured skull.

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

A Sussex Police spokesman said they were informed that the woman’s condition had worsened and she died late last night (May 11).

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, 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 Monday 26 April, 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 Oban. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”