Monthly Archives: October 2013

Peter James unravels murky underworld of antiques and crime

October 31, 2013
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Crime novelist Peter James was at Guildford’s Electric Theatre on Friday (October 25) to introduce his latest thriller, Dead Man’s Time. His appearance formed part of the Guildford Book Festival, and before going on stage, Mr James sat down with Get Surrey to talk about the ninth novel in his Roy Grace series, set in…

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Landlord’s plea to councillors to lower business rates as pubs close

October 31, 2013
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Councillors have put forward a spirited case for why pubs are vital for the community following yet another spate of closures. But the response from at least one publican was clear; never mind the fine words, how about dropping your soaring business rates? The Jockey in French Street, Sunbury, is the latest casualty of a…

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What’s on for Thursday October 31, 2013

October 31, 2013
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A guide to what’s on aorund the area today. DANCING HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.50. (023) 9226 6177. EVENTS FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road. 10am-5pm. Half-term Hocus Pocus. Prepare to be scared this half-term with a terrifying trio of events that will fright and delight…

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Residents unhappy with council’s ‘lack of enforcement’ over Gypsy site

October 31, 2013
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Neighbours of a Gypsy site in Ottershaw that has permission to temporarily expand have slammed the decision as a ‘cynical attempt to manipulate the planning process’. Dozens of protestors from Ottershaw Park crammed into the crowded public gallery for a meeting of Runnymede Borough Council’s planning committee to hear a majority of councillors agree that…

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Housemate ‘holds no grudge’ over knife wound, court hears

October 31, 2013
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A mentally ill man cut his housemate with a large kitchen knife to ‘wake him up’, a court has heard. But Blaine Taylor told North Surrey Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday October 23 that although he admitted causing actual bodily harm on June 25, he merely ‘prodded’ his housemate, denying any intent to cause harm. Defending…

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Magistrate tells man on drunk charge ‘this is daft’

October 31, 2013
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A young man has appeared in court to face two charges just weeks after he was released from prison. Repeat offender Paul Chalmers, 21, from Camberley, admitted at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court last Thursday to acting drunk and disorderly in a public place, and theft from a shop. Chalmers, of Bristow Road, was out celebrating his…

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Family pay tribute to war veteran as police investigate his murder

October 30, 2013
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As a murder investigation continues, the family have released a tribute to a war veteran who died following a fire in Guildford. Frederyk ‘Fred’ Kucharski, 92, died in hospital on July 11 following a fire at his home in Slyfield Green five days earlier. A forensic post-mortem established he died as a result of injuries…

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Protest against ‘damaging stereotype’ of Halloween attraction name

October 30, 2013
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Campaigners in fancy dress descended on Thorpe Park on Wednesday (October 30) – but not as part of the theme park’s Halloween attractions. Instead they were there to take part in a protest against the name of one of the park’s horror mazes, Asylum, which campaigners say reinforces negative stereotypes about mental health problems. The…

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‘Appalling’ burglars trick their way into home of wheelchair-bound man

October 30, 2013
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The actions of burglars who tricked their way into the home of a wheelchair-bound man have been described as “appalling” by Surrey Police. Three offenders are believed to have pretended to be neighbours of the man, in his 50s, and entered his home in The Greenway, Oxted, at around 9.30pm on Monday (October 28). Around…

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University’s new £3.5m theatre

October 30, 2013
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A new £3.5 million theatre has been built, giving students, scholars and professional performance troupes further space to stage their productions in north Surrey. The curtain will go up on a new premises at the Royal Holloway University of London in Egham, boosting Surrey’s cultural footprint and helping the institution reach out to the wider…

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Council splashes out £2,000 to repair camel statue prompting criticism

October 30, 2013
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At a time of council cutbacks, Surrey Heath has agreed to spend £2,000 on renovating a statue of a camel. The bronze statue of General Gordon has stood at Gordon’s School in West End since 1959 – it has now reached a stage where repairs cannot be postponed as this will cause greater damage. Councillor…

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Three teenagers arrested after young boy is threatened

October 30, 2013
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A passerby helped a 12-year-old boy after two teenagers threatened him in Epsom on Monday (October 28). Two youngsters threatened the boy and searched him for his mobile phone at around 7pm near the Rainbow Leisure Centre, in East Street, before he escaped when a member of the public intervened. The teenagers are described as…

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Pair charged in connection with £45,000 armed robbery

October 30, 2013
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Two men have been charged in connection with a £45,000 armed robbery in Tattenham Corner, near Epsom. Lewis James Clark, 27, and Terrence James Clark, 50, both of Thessaly Road, Battersea, have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. Both…

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Warm welcome to Woking for Poppy Appeal launch

October 30, 2013
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Warm welcome to Woking for Poppy Appeal launch

The county’s annual poppy appeal was launched on Monday as veterans and dignitaries joined forces with young singers and dancers at the big parade. It was Woking’s turn to have the honour of marking the official start of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in Surrey. The parade was the start of a service which…

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In pictures: Disclosure in countdown to Mercury Prize 2013

October 30, 2013
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In pictures: Disclosure in countdown to Mercury Prize 2013

Chart-topping Disclosure, formed by Reigate brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, goes up against some of the biggest names in the music industry for a top accolade on Wednesday (October 30). The duo’s album, Settle, is shortlisted for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2013 Album of the Year award and is up against acts including David Bowie,…

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Marching band performs in Guildford after successful competition outing

October 30, 2013
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Student’s dreams of the West End stage

October 30, 2013
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A student from Surrey will pitch a musical she has co-written to London theatres in a bid to raise awareness about human trafficking. Amy Le Rossignol, 20, who is a music student at the University of Surrey, hopes her musical Slaves of the Kingdom can reach London’s theatre scene after already being showcased at the…

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Aitken gives insight into power and personality of Margaret Thatcher

October 30, 2013
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Former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken was at the Electric Theatre on Friday (October 25) to give a unique insight into the life of Margaret Thatcher. The event was part of the Guildford Book Festival and before his talk Mr Aitken spoke to Get Surrey about Mrs Thatcher’s family and politics – the focus of his…

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‘Council cares more about trees than peoples’ lives’, residents claim

October 30, 2013
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A Byfleet woman has accused her council of ‘caring more about trees than people’s lives’ after a massive Ailanthus tree fell perilously close to her home. The lofty Ailanthus, or Tree of Heaven, was one of the victims of the St Jude’s Storm that tore across the county on Monday (October 28). Margaret Cockwill, 74,…

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Mother sentenced for slapping and swearing at police officer

October 30, 2013
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A mother-of-three with a history of alcohol-induced violence has been given a community order after slapping a police officer in the face. Lisa James, 47, admitted a charge of assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty when she appeared before North Surrey Magistrates’ Court in Staines. Last Wednesday, magistrates heard a pre-sentence report…

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