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Two men arrested in Horsham for vehicle interference

Two men have been arrested for vehicle interference in Horsham in the latest bid to robustly tackle the issue.



Officers received a call from a member of the public on Tuesday 13 November to report men trying car door handles in Horsham.

Darion Bates, 51, was arrested and charged with two counts of vehicle interference after he matched a description provided. Bates, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty to both charges at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (14 November). He was remanded in custody and is due to stand trial at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on 7 January.

A 53-year-old man of no fixed address was also arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference and going equipped for theft of a motor vehicle. He was later released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

Sarah Leadbeatter, Prevention Inspector in Horsham, said:

“Vehicle crime is one of our main priorities in Horsham. We are aware of the impact it is having on local communities and we are committed to addressing this issue.

“We have increased patrol in and around Horsham and are being proactive in using our police powers in terms of stop and searches and identifying suspects on CCTV.

“The arrests over the last week show that we are not taking this behaviour lightly and it will not be tolerated.

“We urge everyone to read our advice below on how to protect your vehicle from being broken into. Make sure you don’t leave anything on display, park in a well-lit area and ensure they are always locked and secure.

“Please report any suspicious behaviour to us immediately and help us tackle this issue as a community.”

You can read the polices advice on how to protect your vehicle here.

To report an issue of vehicle crime please go online or call 101 quoting Operation Blackout. If you see a crime taking place please dial 999 without delay.

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Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.



Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website:

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