Monthly Archives: January 2014

Two people hurt as three others run off from van crash

January 31, 2014
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Two men suffered head injuries when a van hit a telegraph pole in the early hours of Thursday (January 30). The white Vauxhall Combo left Chipstead Way in Woodmansterne, near Banstead, at around 5.30am. Three people were reported to have run away from the scene, but two other occupants of the vehicle – an 18-year-old…

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Inquiry hears arguments over eco-park footpath diversion

January 31, 2014
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The inspector overseeing a two-day planning inquiry into a refused footpath around the proposed eco-park in Shepperton described it as a ‘pretty modest affair’. Inspector Sue Arnott frequently reminded witnesses at the inquiry on Wednesday (January 29) that it was the footpath route they were discussing, not the plans for the controversial waste management site…

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Epilepsy charity ‘saddened’ by Twitter posts on EastEnders scene

January 31, 2014
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A Lingfield charity which supports young people with epilepsy was “saddened” by the social media response to a storyline in EastEnders this week. Young Epilepsy said it had a “long battle” ahead to achieve acceptance and understanding for epilepsy sufferers following the online reaction to the scenes. In Tuesday night’s episode, newcomer Nancy Carter (Maddy…

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Pupils describe closure threat of much-loved school as ‘cruel’

January 31, 2014
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Students past and present at a Reigate school threatened with closure have written open letters about why it should not be shut. Parents of pupils at Dunottar School for Girls in High Trees Road have formed an action group in an attempt to prevent the school from closing. Governors announced earlier in the month that…

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Pothole causes puncture problem for motorists

January 31, 2014
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A large pothole in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, caused damage to several cars during the rush hour on Monday evening (January 27). A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “Officers attended Randalls Road at around 5.20pm on Monday following reports that a number of vehicles had been damaged by a large pothole in the road. “Police put…

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Cod you believe it? Any-fin possible as fish enjoy Lingfield floods

January 31, 2014
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Cod you believe it? Any-fin possible as fish enjoy Lingfield floods

Ground staff had a head-hake this week as they were left floundering after discovering six carp living in a flooded tunnel at Lingfield Park Racecourse. Employees tasked with clearing up the racing venue following the stormy weather that has battered Surrey over the past month had a surprise as they found the carp in a…

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More complaints over smell coming from Redhill landfill

January 31, 2014
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More than 120 complaints about the smell coming from Redhill’s landfill site have now been made as the pong refuses to go away. Residents in both Reigate and Redhill have had to put up with the sewage-like smell from the Biffa Waste Services landfill site in Cormongers Lane for around 10 days. Despite a visit…

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Lights, camera, action for Surrey Hills reality show stars

January 31, 2014
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Lights, camera, action for Surrey Hills reality show stars

The stars of Surrey Hills have been out and about in the county filming at luxury locations. Get Surrey has exclusive shots of some of the drama when the Surrey Hills cameras started rolling earlier this month. Cast members including Benny Rose, Holly Jennings, Charlie Pothecary and Julia Whiteway stepped in front of the camera…

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Senior swimmer ‘an inspiration’ as he smashes world record

January 31, 2014
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A 99-year-old Milford man who set his sights on breaking a swimming world record ended up smashing it on Saturday (January 25). John Harrison made history at Godalming Swimming Club by breaking the 50m short course world record for the 100-104 age group by 15 seconds. The nearly centenarian, who turns 100 in July, was…

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Residents invited behind the scenes at WWF-UK centre

January 31, 2014
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Residents invited behind the scenes at WWF-UK centre

Residents were given an opportunity to see behind the scenes of WWF-UK’s impressive headquarters on Saturday (January 25), when staff welcomed those eager to find out more about its work. More than 500 people visited the Brewery Road building to celebrate the opening of the Living Planet Centre. Those who went along on Saturday were…

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Drug dealer jailed for £10m cocaine haul has sentence cut

January 31, 2014
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A Shamley Green drug dealer, jailed following a £10m cocaine seizure, has been given a two-year cut in his prison term on appeal. Daniel Joyce, 38, of Upperhouse Lane, and Paul Wiseman, 38, from Fulham, west London, moved 14kg of high-grade cocaine, hidden in Daz and Coca Cola packets, to their contact, 46-year-old George Armstrong,…

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Gay employee’s compensation after boss’s Aids comment

January 31, 2014
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The managing director of a Guildford recycling firm who asked a gay employee whether he had Aids must pay him £700 in damages. Jack Howell, from Deepcut, said he was “mortified” when Peter Chambers made the homophobic jibe after he came out of the toilet looking pale and sweating. The office manager was awarded compensation…

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Business forced to cut apprentice role due to cost of fly-tipping

January 31, 2014
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Businessmen have criticised the council’s lack of help in dealing with flytippers who are affecting their companies. Bill Dyer and his son, Nicholas, own and run Interior Fabrics in Hamm Moor Lane, Addlestone Business Park. They claim the cost of monitoring and removing rubbish dumped on their premises has cost the salary of one young…

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Work under way to repair railway damaged by landslip

January 31, 2014
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Work is under way to repair a 40m stretch of railway near Ockley station, which was damaged during a landslip on Christmas Eve. The embankment collapsed after intense and prolonged rain, sending more than 1,000 tonnes of soil sliding down the slope. Network Rail said that considerable work had been undertaken to get machinery to…

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Egham ‘buzzing’ for Chinese New Year market

January 31, 2014
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Egham ‘buzzing’ for Chinese New Year market

Handmade gifts and crafts were on offer during a night market held to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Students from Royal Holloway, University of London, held the event in Egham High Street on Tuesday (January 28) and stalls included student businesses selling handmade goods and crafts in honour of the occasion. Live entertainment was provided…

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‘Bang and plume of smoke’ at McLaren car crash scene

January 31, 2014
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‘Bang and plume of smoke’ at McLaren car crash scene

Residents who live close to the scene of the accident near Ottershaw that killed two McLaren employees have described “a bang… [and] a large plume of smoke” as a car and a van collided. The A320 Guildford Road was closed for a number of hours following the crash on Wednesday (January 29) involving a blue…

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Teenage boy charged with Elizabeth Thomas murder in Oxted

January 31, 2014
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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Elizabeth Thomas, who was found stabbed to death in Oxted last Friday (January 24). The body of the 17-year-old, an Oxted School pupil from West Wickham, was found at a flat in Amy Road, Oxted. A post-mortem examination found she died from a stab wound.…

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Residents told to expect more flooding for months to come

January 31, 2014
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Residents told to expect more flooding for months to come

Groundwater flooding could affect homes across Surrey throughout spring and into early summer, according to a south-east weather expert. Ian Currie – who has a weather station at Rickman Hill, Coulsdon, for the forecaster Frosted Earth – said 400mm of rain had fallen on the county since December 12 compared to the normal amount of…

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County giants Esher RFC threaten revolt over mini-rugby proposal

January 31, 2014
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Esher RFC may withdraw from Surrey mini-rugby tournaments in protest at new regulations ensuring teams no longer play to win. The new rules of play are aimed at the six to 11-years-old age groups and would mean that sides will be weakened if they are too dominant in a match, and also that there can…

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Max Chilton drives the first laps of his new Marussia car

January 31, 2014
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Max Chilton drives the first laps of his new Marussia car

Max Chilton has completed the first laps of his brand new Formula 1 car as his Marussia team gears up for the 2014 season. The 22-year-old from Reigate took to the track at Jerez in southern Spain on Thursday afternoon (January 30) to complete the first laps of the new MR03, which is the team’s…

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