Young magistrate takes to the bench after years of work

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DEDICATED Edward Rees has become one of the country’s youngest-ever magistrates.

The 22-year-old took his oath of office and was sworn in at Winchester Crown Court.

Mr Rees, who grew up in the Bedhampton and Leigh Park area, said he wants to give something back.

He said: ‘It is a real honour to serve as a magistrate.

‘We should all try to give something back.

‘I hope my appointment will inspire other young people to come forward and be actively involved in our community.

‘There is a lot of responsibility with the role, as I have the ability to take someone’s liberty away.

‘However, I look forward to getting to work and I am ready to dispense justice and uphold the law.’

Mr Rees previously attended Warblington School, Havant College and the University of Portsmouth.

He had to undergo a rigorous three-year selection and training process to be put forward to the Lord Chancellor as a candidate.