A young Sutton orator has scooped a regional award.

Daniel Emery, 15, beat 350 others to become the Jack Petchey Speak Out champion.

The Sutton Grammar School pupil wowed the judges with his speech The dangers of picking a penny up off the street.

The youngster will now speak at the July 2 grand final.

Winner Daniel said: "Feels amazing - I genuinely didn't expect to win. All the other speakers were so strong - it was just brilliant."

Daniel's Teacher, Peter Wroth said: "What a fantastic night - and a well-deserved prize for Daniel. He's worked so hard."

Mayor of Sutton Gerry Jerome, one of the judging panel, said: "I am astonished how they managed to do it in such a short time - and without notes. The standard of the speeches was incredibly high."

Second place went to Connor Buchanan, aged 14 from Cheam High School with his speech on "Facing your fear" and third place to Belky Wara, also 14 from Carshalton High School for Girls with her speech titled "Cup of tea".

Jack Petchey's "Speak Out" Challenge is the biggest public speaking event of its kind in the world.

Now in its seventh year, over 20,000 year 10 students are expected to compete for over £15,000 worth of prizes in this year's final. For further details visit www.speakoutchallenge.com