More arrests as murder squad detectives continue to probe death of Lee Dawson

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

DETECTIVES investigating the death of Lee Dawson in Preston have this evening arrested three more people.


A woman aged 38  and a man aged 23 have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and a man aged 36 has been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody at this time.


We were called around 3am on 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.


Two men have already been charged with Mr Dawson’s murder


Andrew Wilcock, 29, of Lincoln Walk, Preston and Benjamin Bibby, 20, of Dawson Walk, Preston appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder and possession of a bladed article and are due to appear at Preston Crown Court on Thursday.


Five other men – aged between 18 and 31 - arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder have been released on bail pending further enquiries.


Det Chief Insp Mark Haworth-Oates, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This remains a complex and fast moving enquiry and while we have arrested a number of people, and charged two, I would continue to appeal to anyone with information to get in touch.”


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


Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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