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Local teenage motorcyclist sentenced to prison for dangerous driving

A teenager has been sentenced after pleading guilty to dangerous driving through Salfords last year.

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A teenager has been sentenced after pleading guilty to dangerous driving through Salfords last year. On 17 September, 19 year old John Reynolds, of The Crescent in Horley, was seen overtaking an unmarked police car on the A23, driving his motorcycle in excess of the speed limit.

Reynolds failed to stop for the officers, who used blue lights and sirens to attract his attention. The motorcycle rider drove through a red light and continued northbound on the A23.

Officers followed and he stopped at a red traffic light by Woodlands Road, where he identified himself as Reynolds. He admitted that his driving may have been dangerous.

This follows a previous incident in June where he was seen speeding on Horley Road and was driving on the wrong side of the road in order to get away. He was identified and interviewed subsequently.

Investigating officer Steve Ellis:

“The worst thing about a police officer’s job is telling someone their loved one has died.

“With the way Reynolds was driving, there was a very good chance we’d have had to make that call be it to his family or someone else’s.

“If you drive dangerously on Surrey’s roads you will be arrested, charged and brought before the courts.”


At Guildford Crown Court on 7 January, Reynolds was sentenced to 20 and 24 weeks, to run consecutively, for the dangerous driving charges and disqualified from driving for two years.

He was also on a 12 week suspended sentence that was imposed in July which was activated to run consecutively to the dangerous driving sentences, meaning a total sentence of 56 weeks in prison.

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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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