Appeal for witnesses after elderly man is stabbed to death at Findon

A 79-year-old man was stabbed to death at Findon. PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL
A 79-year-old man was stabbed to death at Findon. PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 79-year-old man was stabbed to death on the A24 at Findon last night.

A murder investigation has been launched after the elderly man died at the scene, opposite the garden centre at Rogers Farm, Findon, just before 8.40pm on Thursday, July 16.

Officers believe the suspect who was driving the first car got out following a collision and stabbed the victim, who was driving the other car. The suspect then made off in his car, police said.

The air ambulance landed and paramedics carried out first aid on the man but he died at the roadside.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 30 and 40, 6ft tall, skinny with shoulder length brown wavy hair with a thin face. His car is described as a pale coloured old style vehicle.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “Officers have been urgently making enquiries overnight to trace the suspect.

“We need to hear from witnesses who saw the collision, the suspect or the car involved, particularly if anyone filmed the incident or saw anyone filming it.

“Specially trained officers are supporting the victims family at this extremely difficult time.”

A section of the A24 southbound at the junction of Cross Lane, Findon, remains closed. A diversion is in place.

Anyone with information can contact Sussex Police by ringing 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Roseberg or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

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