A SOCIAL entrepreneur from Eastbourne has been awarded the OBE today.

Josh Babarinde is the Founder of Cracked It, an award-winning social enterprise that trains and employs at risk young people aged 16-24 in smartphone repair. 

He established the organisation having worked with disaffected young people in East London, many of whom turned to crime after feeling excluded from the mainstream. 

Cracked It’s mission is to provide a positive and credible route away from crime and towards employment.

He said: “I’m honoured to receive an OBE from The Queen for services to criminal justice, social enterprise and the economy

“Thank you to EVERYONE who made this possible

“I’m proud to have poured my heart into serving others in Eastbourne and beyond – and I’m nowhere near done yet.”