Fourth man charged with murder of Lee Dawson

Thursday, June 23, 2022

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Lee Dawson in Preston have this evening (Thursday, June 23rd) charged another man with his murder. 

This brings to a total four people who have been charged with the murder of the 42-year-old and one person who has been charged with assisting an offender.

Six others have been arrested in connection with the investigation and bailed pending further enquiries.

The latest to be charged is Robert Cross, 33, of Milner Street in Preston. He is due to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Friday, June 24th)

The others charged with Mr Dawson’s murder are Stuart Brown, 36, of Dawson Walk, Preston, who is due to appear at Preston Crown Court tomorrow, Andrew Wilcock, 29, of Lincoln Walk, Preston and Benjamin Bibby, 20, of Dawson Walk, Preston, who both appeared at Preston Crown Court earlier today (Thursday).  

Kerry-Ann Metcalfe, 38, of Dawson Walk, Preston, is charged with assisting an offender. She appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court this morning and has been remanded until July. 

We were called around 3am last Friday (June 17) by the Ambulance Service after 42-year-old Lee Dawson was found with stab wounds in Jutland Street. 

Mr Dawson (pictured), originally from Preston but living in Sunderland - was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but sadly later died and a murder investigation was launched. 

A Home Office post-mortem examination showed Mr Dawson died as a result of stab wounds. 

Det Chief Insp Mark Haworth-Oates, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “We have now charged a total of four people with Mr Dawson’s murder, a further person with assisting an offender and we have arrested and bailed a number of others. I am grateful for all the assistance we have received during the course of our enquiries this week and I would continue to appeal to anyone with information to get in touch.

”My thoughts of course remain with all of Mr Dawson’s loved ones at this time.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0149 of June 17. 

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

You can also submit information here Murder investigation in Preston | Lancashire Constabulary | Community Portal ( 


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