Monthly Archives: October 2013

Shopping centre alert over substance found to be talcum powder

October 1, 2013
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Fears of a potential biological or chemical attack were raised when a mysterious parcel containing white powder was delivered to a Staines shopping centre. The delivery shut down the Elmsleigh Centre on Monday (September 30) as eyewitnesses described seeing “dozens” of emergency vehicles descending on the High Street. The alarm was raised at 8.45am, but…

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Win tickets to the British Military Tournament

October 1, 2013
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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in association with The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has announced the return of The British Military Tournament 2013, supported by The Boeing Company. This year’s theme is in celebration of the achievements of heroes and legends in British Military history. The code breakers…

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For goodness Blake, go to Camberley Theatre

October 1, 2013
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Vocal trio Blake bring their Live In Concert tour to the Camberley Theatre on Saturday October 12. Expect an evening of great music and entertainment from these singers whose stunning harmonies and rat-pack banter have been entertaining audiences around the world. As well as classic songs from their three previous chart-topping and award-winning albums Blake…

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Rush-hour delays after two-car crash on M25

October 1, 2013
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A two-car crash led to the closure of one lane of the M25 during the Tuesday morning rush-hour. Surrey Police was called to the accident at around 7am on the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions 13 and 12, for Staines and Chertsey. The collision involved a grey Volkswagen Golf and a black BMW. There were reports…

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Playhouse panto producers search skies for Tinker Bell star

October 1, 2013
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The countdown to Epsom Playhouse’s annual Christmas show has begun – and the pantomime’s producers are on the lookout for a special little star to play Tinker Bell. The cast of Peter Pan got together at the theatre to launch the show last month. Producer John Spillers said: “We are really pleased to be returning…

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Choir finds its voice again with new rehearsal space

October 1, 2013
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A music society that was almost silenced when it lost its rehearsal venue is singing from the rooftops again after a new home was found. In February this year, Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Elmbridge Big Band, part of Surrey Community Music Society, faced an uncertain future when they were left without a place to practice.…

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Visitors banned from second hospital ward due to norovirus

October 1, 2013
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Visitors were banned from a second ward at East Surrey Hospital this week, as it struggles with an outbreak of norovirus. One ward was closed to visitors last week after symptoms of the winter vomiting bug were spotted in some patients. And on Tuesday (October 1), visitors were banned from a second ward at the…

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Spelthorne fire station closure plans debated

October 1, 2013
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Fire station closure plans for Spelthorne came to a head during a full-house meeting in Staines. The Surrey Fire Authority is currently seeking views on plans to permanently close Staines and Sunbury fire stations from April 2015 and open a new one in the central Ashford area. Presentations on the proposals were given last Wednesday…

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Bank worker with ‘very bad cocaine addiction’ admits theft

October 1, 2013
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A man has admitted stealing more than £30,000 from the Epsom bank he worked at to fund a “very bad” drug addiction. Joshua Allen, of Mulgrave Road in Sutton, pleaded guilty to three charges when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (September 27). The 22-year-old admitted one count of fraud by dishonestly abusing…

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Broken engine ends Epsom drag racer’s championship bid

October 1, 2013
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An Epsom racer is refusing to be downbeat after engine failure scuppered his chance to become a national champion at the first attempt. Rick Garrett entered the final round of the MSA British Drag Racing at Santa Pod Raceway on September 21 top of the standings, when a piston broke in his first qualifying run…

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Man sought after teenage girl sexually assaulted on bus

October 1, 2013
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An image has been released of a man police want to speak to after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted on a bus. The incident happened at around midday on Friday August 23 while the 17-year-old victim was travelling on the number 400 bus between Caterham and Crawley. It is believed the man boarded the…

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Your pictures: stunning Surrey snaps as autumn arrives

October 1, 2013
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Your pictures: stunning Surrey snaps as autumn arrives

Surrey has waved goodbye to summer as autumn appears across the county. Beaming sunshine and bright blue skies have become a distant memory as cold, crisp mornings creep in. But if there is one positive to take from the frosty starts and misty mornings that lie ahead, it is the beautiful photographs that the change…

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Your pictures: Surrey snaps as autumn arrives

October 1, 2013
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Your pictures: Surrey snaps as autumn arrives

Surrey has waved goodbye to summer as autumn appears across the county. Beaming sunshine and bright blue skies have become a distant memory as cold, crisp mornings creep in. But if there is one positive to take from the frosty starts and misty mornings that lie ahead, it is the beautiful photographs that the change…

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Medal awarded to Arctic war veteran accidentally attacked by own country

October 1, 2013
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A navy veteran who survived freezing Arctic temperatures and being shot at by the RAF during the Second World War has finally been rewarded for his bravery. William Bradford, known affectionately as Bill, was presented with the Arctic Star on Tuesday (September 17) by the Mayor of Reigate Banstead, Cllr Dr Lynne Hack, for his…

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Cobham’s Medicine Garden aiming to attract a big crowd

October 1, 2013
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A unique community space in Cobham has resorted to an unusual fundraising method to raise £6,000 to cover the cost of new pathways. The clock is ticking for the Medicine Garden in Downside Road as it reaches the half way point in its crowdfunding project with just over £3,000 to go. Now the hub is…

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Parts of Ewhurst still in information superhighway slow lane

October 1, 2013
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People living on the outskirts of Ewhurst have been told by BT Openreach that there is no “viable solution” for them to have a broadband connection. Homes between Peaslake and Moon Hill Road have encountered connectivity issues since last October because of line length. BT Openreach said the available options are restricted as it is…

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Planning councillor investigated over council officer comments

October 1, 2013
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An investigation has been launched into the Waverley borough councillor who has so far been responsible for the borough’s controversial core strategy for planning. Councillor Bryn Morgan’s responsibilities as portfolio holder for planning have been suspended while the council considers complaints made against him by council officers over comments he made about planning performance targets.…

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Couple to meet Prince William at FA Grassroots Heroes reception

October 1, 2013
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The Duke of Cambridge will have the privilege of meeting a Mayford couple who have devoted their lives to youth football in their community. Pam and Roy Lomax were thrilled when they received a posh envelope in the post with an invitation inside asking them to the FA Grassroots Heroes reception at Buckingham Palace. The…

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