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Horsham man sentenced to 18 months after caught carrying drugs



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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Horsham school wins BEANO’s Britain’s Funniest Class

Foxes class from Castlewood Primary in Horsham, West Sussex have been revealed as the winners of Beano’s Britain’s Funniest Class national joke competition.



Their joke,

At the bank a lady asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over” 

received over a third of the final 7.4 million votes on crowning them the ultimate champions.

The national competition, launched in April this year, challenged primary school classes across the country to submit their best gags to be in with a chance of taking home the title of Britain’s Funniest Class 2019.

Ten schools were shortlisted by comedian Harry Hill along with a panel of Beano’s gag masters before being put to a public vote on to decide the winner. presenter Emma Shaw today presented the class with the official Beano Britain’s Funniest Class trophy along with prizes including a bundle of Beano annuals and comic subscriptions. The class will also be treated to a special joke workshop to help further hone their budding comedy skills.

Final Position School Class Name Shortlisted joke
1st Castlewood Primary School, Southwater (West Sussex) Foxes At the bank a lady asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.
2nd Polperro Primary, Looe (Cornwall) Talland YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are making a joint website. What would it be called?  YouTwitFace.
3rd Bispham Endowed CE Primary School, Blackpool (Lancashire) 6A A Mexican man says to his friends, ‘I can disappear in three seconds. Uno…dos…’ and then he disappears without a ‘tres’!

All shortlisted schools will have their jokes added to Beano’s joke generator ( and receive special Beano certificates marking their achievement.

The two runners-up, Polperro Primary and Bispham Endowed CE Primary, will also each receive annuals, comic subscriptions and a special VIP Beano visit in July.

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director at Beano Studios said,

“This competition has now proved to Britain and beyond that we have a nation of funny kids! A huge congrats to Castlewood Primary and all the shortlisted schools – keep that LOLZ comedy genius coming!”

Rachel Nunns, Headteacher of Castlewood Primary said,

“We are all so very proud of our Foxes class and their joke. We have been amazed by the support of the parents of the class and how the entire school has rallied behind them. Also the immense public support and votes on that have led to this wonderful result!”

Katy Smith, Foxes Class Teacher said of the win,

“The class are just so thrilled, they can’t quite believe they have won! We all want to say a huge thank you to Beano, we’ve had so much fun writing jokes for the competition.”

To view the final results of Beano’ Britain’s Funniest Class competition visit

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