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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.



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.


Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.



A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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