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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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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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