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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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Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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