Sussex

Two arrested after Hailsham 'fight' murder

Darren Croxton's girlfriend lays flowers at the scene
Image caption Darren Croxton's girlfriend laid flowers near the spot where he was found with fatal injuries

Two people have been arrested after a 25-year-old man was stabbed to death during what police said was a pre-planned fight in East Sussex.

Darren Croxton, 25, was found collapsed with serious injuries in Bramble Drive, Hailsham, at 16:30 GMT on Sunday and died on Monday morning.

A 19-year-old and 17-year-old join two 16-year-old boys who were arrested on Monday.

Five other teenagers and three men have been released with no further action.

Sussex Police said the men, aged 20, 23 and 27, were now being treated as witnesses.

Search dogs

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Croxton, who had a young daughter and lived in Hailsham, died as a result of stab wounds inflicted by a knife.

Image caption Mr Croxton was a father of one

A blade at least 4in long is believed to have been used to stab Mr Croxton, police said.

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley said: "This is a fast-paced investigation and we are deploying a large amount of resources to bring whoever is responsible for this awful crime to justice.

"Local officers and detectives are continuing with house-to-house inquires, viewing CCTV, along with local high-visibility patrols and specialised search dogs will also be deployed today to help find the murder weapon and any other evidence."

"I have been speaking with local people, schools and businesses and will continue to do so over the coming days."

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