Sussex

Man held over fatal stabbing in Lewes

  • 30 March 2011
  • From the section Sussex
Map of South Chailey
Image caption The stabbing happened in South Chailey, near Lewes, at 1600 BST on Tuesday

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 63-year-old man was found stabbed to death in East Sussex.

Police and ambulance crews were called to a house in South Chailey, near Lewes, at 1600 BST on Tuesday, where a man had suffered serious stab wounds.

Sussex Police, who believe there may have been a dispute between relatives, said the victim was declared dead at the scene.

A 33-year-old man was arrested and is being questioned by detectives.

'Absolutely staggered'

Det Ch Insp Jeremy Graves said: "This appears to be an isolated incident between family members and we are not looking for anyone else at this stage of the investigation."

The killing has stunned villagers in South Chailey, which lies between Haywards Heath and Lewes.

Susannah Griffin, owner of The Coffee Shop, which is nearby, said: "I was absolutely staggered because it is a quiet village. You don't expect that in a place like this."

Police forensic officers are combing the property where the man was found, and his car has been taken away for further examination.

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