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Man arrested after teen dies following fatal Horley collision

Offences include causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at a road traffic collision, and causing death by driving a vehicle without a licence and while uninsured.

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Surrey Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal collision near Horley that sadly led to the death of a 19-year-old man.

On Friday (26 October) officers were called to Rookery Hill in Outwood at 11.30pm after a white van was involved in a collision with a tree.

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Police said the Vauxhall Combo van was driving north ‘when the driver lost control and collided with a tree. The driver of the vehicle was seen leaving the scene on foot as the emergency services arrived.’

A 19-year-old man was taken to hospital but later died of his injuries. A woman in her 20s was seriously injured and is still recovering in hospital.

A statement from Surrey Police has revealed a man has been arrested on suspicion of: causing death by dangerous driving; Causing serious injury by dangerous driving; Failing to stop at a road traffic collision; Failing to report a road traffic collision; Causing death by driving a vehicle without a licence and while uninsured.

He has been released on bail.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said:

“Anyone with information, or dash-cam or helmet-cam footage, that could help the investigation is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation unit on 01483 639922 (999 in an emergency) quoting ref PR/45180114652.”

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Langley Green man sent to prison after more than £13k drugs found in his home

A Crawley man found with nearly £13,500 worth of drugs in his home has been given a prison sentence.

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Police conducted a warrant at the address of Matthew Stevens in Dobson Road, Crawley, after reports from members of the public regarding suspicious behaviour in the area was reported.

During the search on 15 July 2016, officers found a quantity of cocaine, spice and drug paraphernalia. Stevens, 44, was then arrested.

He was released under investigation and the Crawley Investigation team began a long and complex analysis of items seized from the address.

Stevens was charged in May 2017 and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply class A (cocaine), possession of a class B and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance (spice).

He stood trial at Hove Crown Court and on Friday 2 November Stevens was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to a total of four years.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said:

“Sussex Police work tirelessly to stop the supply of illegal drugs within our community.
“The presiding Judge recognised the severity of Stevens’ actions and imposed a sentence representing that.

“We are conscientiously robustly tackling drug issues in Crawley and urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to report it to us without delay.

“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems out of place.”

You can read police’s advice on how to report issues of drugs here.

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