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Horley man gets jailed for possession with intent to supply cocaine

A man has been imprisoned for 30 months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine after being stopped by police in Horley in March 2018.

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Rory Newton, 26, of Victoria Road, Horley, also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and drug driving when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (13 May). As well as the prison sentence, he was also disqualified from driving, and an order was made to destroy the drugs, phones and paraphernalia which were found after Newton was arrested.

Newton was spotted by officers on the evening of 13 September 2018 getting out of a blue mini in Consort Way. He refused to provide his details and officers decided to search his car. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis after a green herbal substance was found in the vehicle.

Newton was drug wiped at the roadside, which showed he had taken cannabis, and he was arrested for drug driving.

He was further arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cocaine after he was found to be in possession of two bags of white powder, a burner phone and drugs paraphernalia. Examination of the phone uncovered messages which related to dealing drugs.

PC Steve Ellis, who led the investigation, said:

“Searches of Newton, his car and his address revealed clear evidence that he was involved in the supply of class A

“The fact that he is now behind bars means that he is no longer dealing drugs on our streets, and we hope that the sentence given to him will deter anyone involved in drug dealing from targeting our local communities.”

PC Ellis continued: “Information from members of the public can be really valuable in tackling drug dealing in our county. If you suspect someone is dealing drugs, or involved in the supply of drugs, we want to hear from you.”

If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

What are the signs of potential drug dealing?

– Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night

– People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash

– Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V’s or bikes but leaving empty handed

– Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address.

What the police want to know

– Time, date and place

– Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour

– Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing

– Direction they travelling to and from

– How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?

Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.

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Man jailed for stealing charity collection tins

A man who broke into a café and stole three charity collection tins has been jailed.

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Police were alerted to the break-in at The Conservatory Café in North Street, Horsham, about 11.30pm on Monday 13 May.

Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene and a witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

Due to the description provided and the information received, a suspect was nominated.

A PCSO on patrol spotted the suspect in Hurst Road about 7pm the following evening (14 May) and noticed he had cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.

The suspect was identified as Kieran Blunden, 33, unemployed, of no fixed address.

Further officers attended to assist, and Blunden was arrested and charged with burglary.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £50 in compensation.

Blunden also admitted stealing a charity box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street, Horsham, on 14 May, and this offence was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Investigations Supervisor Dave Bell said:

“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.

“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the café owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”

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