Crawley murder investigation: Family pay tribute to ‘precious’ son
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Pictured: Harrison Tomkins
The family of a young man who tragically died following a stabbing in Crawley have paid tribute to him.
Harrison Tomkins suffered multiple stab wounds during the assault at a block of flats in Arthur Road, Crawley, at around 5.30am on Sunday (13 August).
Police and paramedics were on the scene within minutes and performed emergency first aid but despite their best efforts, the 25-year-old from Three Bridges sadly died from his injuries.
His family said in a tribute: “Harrison was a loving, kind, humorous and precious son and older brother. He will be sorely missed by so many.
“His unwavering ability to see the good in others was key to his core values and this shone through in everything he did.
“In the short time Harrison has been with us he has made a wide-reaching positive impact – not only to his family and friends but also his work colleagues and everyone he knew.
“As a family we would like to especially thank Sussex Police and the other emergency services for acting so quickly. This swift action will hopefully bring justice for Harrison.
“We would also like to thank all our family and friends for the immense love and support we have been surrounded with at this horrendous time.”
An investigation was immediately launched by the Surrey and Sussex Police Major Crime Team and a 22-year-old man from London and a 23-year-old man from Crawley were swiftly arrested on suspicion of murder following searches with the support of a drone and the National Police Air Service helicopter.
Kaydon Prior, 23, of Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley, has subsequently been charged with one count of murder, being in possession of an offensive weapon and assault by beating.
Jason Curtis, 22, of Lairdale Road, Lambeth, London, has been charged with one count of murder.
The pair appeared before Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (16 August) and were remanded in custody to next appear before Hove Crown Court on Friday (18 August).
Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers, from the Major Crime Team, said: “This is a truly tragic incident and our thoughts are with Harrison’s family at this difficult time.
“We would like to reassure the public that we are treating this as a targeted attack with no threat to the wider community, and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
“The public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area as we conduct our enquiries.
“Any witnesses or anyone who has information which could help us with our investigation is asked to come forward. You can report it online, or call 101, quoting Operation Churchtown.
“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.”