Monthly Archives: February 2014

Father calls for safety improvements at Austrian ski resort after death of son

February 28, 2014
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Father calls for safety improvements at Austrian ski resort after death of son

A devastated father has called for safety improvements at an Austrian ski resort after his son was killed when he crashed into a snow cannon. Aleksander Owens-Thurston, 23, of Brighton Road in Hooley, died on Monday (February 24) when he lost control on a steep run in St Anton during a family holiday with his…

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Top 10 things to do this weekend (Feb 28-March 2)

February 28, 2014
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Here are some of our top choices of things to do from around the area this week. Giselle, Epsom Playhouse Friday, February 28 A village is celebrating the grape harvest. Duke Albrecht of Silesia, a young nobleman, is madly in love with the shy and beautiful village girl, Giselle. Click here for more theatre events…

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Top 10 things to do this weekend (Feb 28-Feb 30)

February 28, 2014
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Here are some of our top choices of things to do from around the area this week. Giselle, Epsom Playhouse Friday, February 28 A village is celebrating the grape harvest. Duke Albrecht of Silesia, a young nobleman, is madly in love with the shy and beautiful village girl, Giselle. Click here for more theatre events…

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Guildford’s North Street plans hit by further delay

February 28, 2014
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Plans to revamp North Street in Guildford have hit yet another delay due to the “complex nature of the project”. Land Securities was chosen by Guildford Borough Council as its partner to develop the retail-led scheme next to the Friary Centre last September, with a condition that the terms of the agreement were approved by…

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Passers-by step in to help save car crash victim

February 28, 2014
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Heroic passers-by tried to prevent a precariously positioned car from falling down a verge next to a Pirbright road on Wednesday (February 26), members of the fire service have said. There was a 49-year-old man still inside the Renault Mégane after it veered off Gole Road at around 11.45am, and according to a firefighter’s account,…

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Residents’ green belt concerns over Byfleet homes plan

February 28, 2014
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Hundreds of people attended a consultation event revealing plans for more than 200 homes on green belt land in Byfleet. On Monday (February 24), about 270 people went to the first day of the consultation for the homes, as well as new community and recreation facilities, which could be built on sites to the south…

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Parents over the moon as school’s future is secured

February 28, 2014
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Parents and pupils of a school previously threatened with closure are over the moon after a contract securing its long-term future was signed. Dunottar School for Girls in High Trees Road, Reigate, signed a 10-year deal with United Learning to take over the running from the Reigate Grammar School (RGS) group on Friday (February 28)…

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Man found semi-conscious in village wooded area

February 28, 2014
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A man in his 50s was found semi-conscious in woodland off Pitch Hill in Ewhurst on Friday morning. Ambulance crews attended the scene just before 10am after receiving reports that a man was unconscious. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team attended to help paramedics access the scene. The man was taken to…

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Meet & greet Postman Pat at Redhill’s Harlequin Theatre

February 28, 2014
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Postman Pat Live! – It’s Showtime starring everyone’s favourite Postie, will be coming to the Redhill Harlequin Theatre on Saturday 22 March ( www.harlequintheatre.co.uk ). We have teamed up with Classic Media and Premier Stage Productions to give one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket (two adults/two children) for the 11.00 am…

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Parents win battle to get justice for their ‘little miracle’

February 28, 2014
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Parents win battle to get justice for their ‘little miracle’

The parents of a child left with permanent brain damage when doctors at a Guildford hospital delayed his birth for more than two hours have described the day they thought they would lose their ‘miracle’ son. Helen and Roger Leyster’s three-year-old son Julian suffers from cerebral palsy due to his brain being starved of oxygen…

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Campaigners fear Effingham and Bookham would ‘merge’ if green belt is developed

February 28, 2014
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Bookham and Effingham residents joined together to address Guildford Borough Council and urge them to consider the wishes of their residents when they are consulted on the Mole Valley Green Belt review. The council received a petition from Hands Off the Green Belt signed by 568 people, which exceeded the 400 threshold needed for a…

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Experts to review housing assessment following petition

February 28, 2014
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Independent experts will review a study that assesses housing need for Guildford as between 670 and 800 new homes each year, it has been announced. A special meeting of Guildford Borough Council was called on Wednesday (February 26) after an online petition to reject the draft Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) attracted 1,114 signatures. This…

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Museum’s aviation archive survives wheelie bin fire

February 28, 2014
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Museum’s aviation archive survives wheelie bin fire

An archive for a national aviation museum narrowly escaped destruction in a fire at a former RAF pilot’s home in Cranleigh. The blaze broke out at Alan Pollock’s house in Aven Close, when ash in his wheelie bins caught light on Tuesday evening (February 25), sending smoke billowing into the street. The fire gutted his…

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Time-lapse video plays out stunning Surrey sunset

February 28, 2014
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Time-lapse video plays out stunning Surrey sunset

After weeks and weeks of rain, wind, storms and even hail, it was a breath of fresh air to see the sun pop its head out over Guildford this week. And photographers Dan James and Mark Baker jumped at the opportunity – and the break in bad weather – to head up to The Mount,…

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Victim hit with hammer in gang break-in at Redhill flats

February 28, 2014
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A teenager has been arrested in connection with an aggravated burglary in Redhill in which the victim was hit over the head with a hammer. An 18-year-old man was held after the incident at The Dome flats in Dome Way at around 1am on Thursday (February 27). Police said a group of four forced entry…

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Dog plunges to death from multi-storey car park

February 28, 2014
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A Staffordshire bull terrier was killed after falling from the Elmsleigh Centre multi-storey car park in Staines. The dog was found dead on the roof of Spelthorne Museum at around 4pm on Sunday (February 23), with firefighters reporting the animal’s owner as being “quite distressed”. The museum, in Elmsleigh Road, had been shut at the…

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Ex-Surrey Police officer charged over alleged corrupt payments

February 28, 2014
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A former Surrey Police officer has been charged over alleged corrupt payments to public officials by journalists. Simon Quinn, 41, from Horsham in West Sussex, is accused of one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. He was charged as part of Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard’s investigation into claims of inappropriate payments by…

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Surrey United put Birmingham Knights to the sword

February 28, 2014
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Four wins in six games have finally given Surrey United some momentum in their troubled season. Three of them though have come against Birmingham Knights, stuck at the bottom of the BBL Championship and without a point, and at least the hosts can be pretty sure they will not find themselves down there again. Brandon…

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New Surrey coach Graham Ford on Cape Town mission

February 28, 2014
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New head coach Graham Ford is looking forward to getting to know his Surrey squad when they leave for Cape Town next week. The 53-year-old South African was appointed in October but his previous job, in charge of Sri Lanka, only finished last month so the county have had to wait. Ford has been in…

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Tony Reid hopes to turn Walton & Hersham around

February 28, 2014
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Tony Reid is the man who has been entrusted with maintaining Walton Hersham FC’s increasingly precarious Step 4 status. The former Swans striker – who quit Eastbourne Town in January following his first foray into management – was installed as the Ryman Division One South club’s fifth boss in 15 months and the 11th in…

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