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Crawley footballer found guilty after largest Surrey police seizure in history of laughing gas

A single call to 101 has resulted in a man being found guilty at Guildford Magistrates Court today (11 January) for possessing nitrous oxide with the intent to supply in what was the largest seizure in Surrey Police history.

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Semi-professional footballer Leon Redwood, 27 of Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, pled guilty to the possession of psychiatric substances with intent to supply and was sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work. He also has to pay £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

On 26 July 2018, officers stopped Redwood and, after a search, located just under 6,500 canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as NOS or laughing gas, as well as balloons and a device to transfer the gas from the canister into a balloon.

The stop occurred after a member of the public called Surrey Police to report a vehicle behaving suspiciously in Crawley which was subsequently stopped in Lingfield, Surrey.

PC Phil Howells and PC David Every of the Tandridge NPT team then searched the vehicle and located the drugs.

Tandridge Borough Commander, Inspector Dan Gutierrez said:

“Thanks to the member of the public who made the call regarding suspicious activity.

“It just goes to show that if you are concerned about something, to let us know on 101 as, from it and Constable Philip Howells’ stop, we’ve secured a record haul of nitrous oxide.

“While it may be called laughing gas, it is no laughing matter as the possible side effects can be fatal.

“Our message to drug dealers is clear; you aren’t welcome in Surrey. We will stop you, arrest you and put you before the courts.”

Government advice warns that inhaling nitrous oxide can be dangerous, and can lead to loss of blood pressure, fainting and even heart attack. In 2016, eight people died after inhaling the substance.

Prolonged exposure to nitrous oxide may result in bone marrow suppression and poisoning of the central nervous system.

These risks are likely to be made more acute if the exposure to the gas is combined with alcohol or other drugs.

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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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