Lee Dawson murder investigation latest as three more appear in court
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 24, 2022
Three more people have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the murder of Preston dad Lee Dawson.
Mr Dawson, 42, was found with stab wounds in Jutland Street, Preston, in the early hours of last Friday (June 17). He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but died from his injuries.
So far, four men from Preston have been charged with his murder. One woman, Kerry-Ann Metcalfe, 38, of Dawson Walk, Preston, is accused of assisting an offender.
Stuart Brown, 36, of Dawson Walk is accused of Mr Dawson’s murder. Brown and Metcalfe went before Preston Crown Court on Friday (June 24) for a brief hearing. They will return to enter pleas on July 26.
Two other men charged with Mr Dawson’s murder – Andrew Wilcock, 29, of Lincoln Walk, and Benjamin Bibby, 20, of Dawson Walk – are also due to appear on that date.
Friday morning also saw a fourth man charge with murder appear at Preston Magistrates Court for his first hearing. Robert Cross, 33, of Milner Street, was charged with murder on Thursday night. As the case is too serious to be heard at the lower court, he has been remanded into custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on Monday.
Six others have been arrested in connection with the investigation and bailed pending further enquiries.
After the latest charge, 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 is asked contact police on 101 quoting log 0149 of June 17. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.