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Horsham man sentenced to 18 months after caught carrying drugs

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A Horsham man has been handed a prison sentence after being caught in possession of drugs.

Thomas Griffiths, 21, of no fixed address was spotted acting suspiciously by officers in The Forum, Horsham on November 14.

Griffiths attempted to flee from the scene but following a short pursuit on foot, Griffiths was detained. Officers conducted a search and found a large quantity of cannabis and cash in a rucksack Griffiths was carrying.

The decorator was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply class B drugs (cannabis), possession of a bladed article in a public place and the acquire, use or possession of criminal property.

Griffiths pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody until he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (February 1).

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, given an order for forfeiture of the drugs and cash and to pay a £140 victim surcharge.

Investigating officer Tom Hawkins said:

“Our officers had attended the area for a different matter when they spotted Griffiths acting suspiciously and dropping the rucksack he was carrying.

“It is vital that we do all we can to prevent the supply of drugs causing harm to the community.

“We prioritise crimes that cause the greatest harm to victims and communities and encourage the public to report drugs issues to us without delay.”

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20-year-old Crawley man in serious condition after stabbing in Horsham

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Police are seeking witnesses to a fight in Horsham town centre in which a man was stabbed.

At about 9pm on Friday (1 November) a fight took place involving several men in Bishopric, Horsham, outside the Lynd Cross pub.

A 20-year-old man from Crawley sustained a stab wound to his body and was taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious but not life threatening.

A 55-year-old Crawley man was arrested on suspicion of affray and is in custody for interview and further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said; “The investigation is at an early stage and enquiries are currently being made to trace other people suspected of being involved in the fight.

“If you were in Horsham town centre on Friday evening and saw anything of what happened,or have any further information, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Evesham.”

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“At this stage the Lynd Cross pub does not appear to have been directly involved in the incident, but it was a prominent and identifiable location directly outside which it took place.”

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