Update: Knife and vehicle seized after fatal stabbing

A family picture of Don Lock
A family picture of Don Lock
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Police have seized a vehicle and a knife as part of murder investigation.

Donald Lock, 79, of Worthing, was fatally stabbed on the A24 in Findon on Thursday (July 16).

A 34-year-old man from Worthing has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is being questioned in custody and police continue to search a number of locations in Worthing for evidence.

Officers have sent the vehicle and the knife to forensics. Other items have been recovered as part of the investigation.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Mr Lock was driving south on the A24 when he was involved in a minor collision with a car that was also travelling south, just past the junction with the Black Horse pub at about 8.40pm on Thursday (July 16).

“The driver of the first car then fatally stabbed the 79-year-old. The attacker then got back into his car and drove away.

“A 34-year-old man from Worthing was arrested at 2pm on Friday (July 17) on suspicion of murder. He is currently being questioned in custody.

“Officers have seized a knife and have sent it to be forensically examined.”

A post mortem has confirmed that Mr Lock, from Worthing, died as a result of stab wounds.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said his family was devastated.

He said: “Mr Lock was the victim of a violent, unprovoked attack that he had no chance to defend himself against.

“His family have requested that they are left to grieve and I would ask people to respect their wishes at such a difficult time.

“A significant number of officers are still involved with the investigation as we work to find out exactly what happened.

“This is a fast-moving operation and we are still looking for anyone with information contact us.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Wise, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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