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Horsham man arrested in The Forum and charged with drug offences

A man has been charged for drug offences following a stop by police in Horsham.
Thomas Griffiths, 21, was arrested in The Forum shortly after 6.10pm on Wednesday (14 November).



Officers were searching the area following an earlier robbery of a bike in the stairwell of the Swan Walk Shopping Centre car park when they spotted Griffiths acting suspiciously.

Griffiths was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug (cannabis), possession of a bladed article in a public place and acquire, use or possession of criminal property.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Friday 14 December.

Sussex Police would still like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the robbery of a bike.

If you have any information please report online or call 101 quoting reference 1215 of 14/11.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.



Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website:

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