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Reigate & Banstead Borough Council announces new youth employment initiative

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have announced a new initiative to boost youth employment in East Surrey.

The ‘East Surrey Youth Hub’  will launch on 1 March to help target the significant increase in unemployment among 18-24 years since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

It will provide access to a wide range of coaching, mentoring and soft skills development, tailored to meet an individuals career aspirations. 

The programme is funded and developed by the Department of Work and Pensions  with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Tandridge District Council.

Football: Grimsby Town 2-1 Crawley Town

Grimsby Town moved from the bottom of League Two with a 2-1victory over Crawley at Blundell Park.

Filipe Morais and Jack Powell scored in the first half but Midfielder Joe Adams hit a late winner in the 79th minute.

Grimsby defender Joe Bunney was then sent off for two bookable offences.

Crawley Town are placed 14th in the tables.

Drink-driver almost four times legal limit pleads guilty

A motorist who caused an accident, while almost four times the drink-drive limit, has pleaded guilty to failing to stop after a collision and driving over the limit.

Lincoln Simmons was driving on the A23 London Road in Crawley, on 2 December when he collided with another car.

The impact caused the car to mount the roundabout and crash through road signage. The driver – a 53-year-old woman – sustained significant bruising.

The 48-year-old from Crawley, was disqualified from driving for 32 months.

County Lines Drug Dealer Sentenced to Ten Years In Prison

A drug dealer has been sentenced to ten years in prison for bringing drugs into Surrey. 

Michael Olalekan Oso from London was identified as a key player in a major County Lines drug dealing network.  Oso was charged with eleven separate drug dealing offences.  A 16 year old boy was among six individuals directed to supply crack cocaine and heroin into Surrey over a six month period as part of the network.  Police seized a mobile phone showing how Mr Oso directed the boy on who to sell drugs to, where to go and how much money he should have made. 

Oso appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to all charges.

Football Update

In League 2, Crawley Town claimed three points on Saturday.  James Tilley scored his first goal for Crawley in a 1-0 home victory over Colchester United.  The Reds climb to 12th place in the table.

There are no more league games for Dorking Wanderers this season after The National League North and South playing season was declared null and void on Thursday.  The National League Board will now take the resolution outcome to The Football Association for ratification. Dorking Wanderers were top of the National League South table, and plan to work with other supporting clubs to challenge the actions of the National League.