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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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Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child

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Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
 
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
 
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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