Monthly Archives: August 2014

Farmer warns flooding will destroy new defences

August 31, 2014
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New flood defences will be ‘destroyed’ next time heavy rainfall strikes, according to an Elstead farm owner. Surrey Wildlife Trust has carried out essential riverbank restoration work at Thundry Meadows nature reserve in Elstead, in a bid to reduce flooding and strengthen the river margins. The area is badly affected by flooding during the winter…

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Surrey Cannabis Club stages protest picnic

August 31, 2014
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Pro-cannabis campaigners staged a ‘protestival’ in Guildford’s Stoke Park on Saturday (August 30). Members of the Surrey Cannabis Club, who believe the class B drug should be legalised, held a protest picnic for the second year running for both users and non-users of cannabis. Around 25 people attended the six-hour picnic, with some coming from…

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Surrey Cannabis Club stage protest picnic

August 31, 2014
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PRO-CANNABIS campaigners staged a ‘protestival’ in Guildford’s Stoke Park on Saturday (August 30). Members of the Surrey Cannabis Club, who believe the class B drug should be legalised, held a protest picnic for the second year running for both users and non-users of cannabis. Around 25 people attended the six-hour picnic, with some coming from…

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Concerns over £150m plan for Guildford rail station

August 31, 2014
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A plan to transform Guildford’s railway station through a £150 million redevelopment project has been given a mixed reception from residents’ representatives. While the developers have been praised for listening to previous comments in omitting a hotel and supermarket from the plans, concerns over congestion, the multi-storey tower and that the station is being developed…

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Willock at the double as Staines Town win at Chelmsford

August 30, 2014
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Battered, bruised and still banging in the goals – Calum Willcok was the brave two-goal Staines Town hero in their 3-1 triumph at Chelmsford City in Vanarama South. The Swans player/coach was brought back in to produce the physical threat at what is an athletics arena masquerading as a football ground and he produced a…

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Cards have the Wrex factor

August 30, 2014
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Unbeaten Woking FC showed their mettle to move up to fourth in the Vanarama Conference as a determined performance set up a 2-1 victory at Wrexham. League top scorer Scott Rendell’s first-half volley and an assured second-half winner from Dean Morgan – following Louis Moult’s leveller – proved enough, but Garry Hill’s Cards had to…

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Drug addict tells magistrate ‘you’re boring me now’

August 30, 2014
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A drug addict thief told a magistrate ‘You’re boring me now’ as he was being jailed for stealing a £920 bike. Obnoxious Lee Stevens even jeered ‘Ta ta Bernie Ecclestone’ to white-haired Chris Gay as he was led away by bailiffs at North Surrey Magistrates’ Court in Staines on Wednesday August 20. Stevens, 41, appeared…

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Commonwealth shooters on target as they tie the knot

August 30, 2014
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Commonwealth shooters on target as they tie the knot

A shooter who represented England at the Commonwealth Games has married a fellow international sports-man in Bisley after being struck by Cupid’s arrow. Sheree Cox, 24, and fellow shooter Dave Phelps, 37, chose the location of their wedding after meeting in the village when they were training. Mrs Phelps, née Cox, who is from Sunbury…

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Missing Reigate man found in Dorking

August 30, 2014
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A man who had been missing from the Reigate area for nearly ten days has been found safe and well. Chris Browne, 39, was found in Dorking on Friday afternoon (Friday 29) after he was last seen in Reigate on Wednesday August 20, around 7.30am. A Surrey Police spokesman thanked the public and media for…

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Black community more likely to be stop search target

August 30, 2014
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Members of the black community are four times as likely to be stopped and searched by police in Surrey as other ethnic groups, Home Office statistics have revealed. Figures published by the government show that Surrey Police stopped a total of 18,699 people in 2012/13 and that 817, or 4.3%, of those stopped were black.…

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Surrey Live recap: breaking news from across the county, August 29

August 29, 2014
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Surrey Live recap: breaking news from across the county, August 29

  HELLO: Good morning Surrey and welcome to this week’s final Surrey Live blog, and the final live blog of August. I’ll be with you this morning bringing you the latest traffic and travel updates, as well as headlines and news from across the county, alongside sport and entertainment news – and a bit of…

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A31 slip road shut after police called to man acting ‘strangely’

August 29, 2014
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An exit slip road off the A31 near Farnham was shut for almost an hour on Friday afternoon as police officers dealt with a “concern for safety” report. A man was spotted acting “strangely” by a member of the public in Oxenden Road. It led to the closure of the exit slip road for the…

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X Factor’s back

August 29, 2014
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X Factor’s back

As The X Factor returns for its 11th series this weekend, we take a look back at previous contestants from Surrey and north-east Hampshire. Going way back to the first series in 2004, Mike Christie shot to fame with classical foursome G4 when they came second. Christie was born in Redhill, brought up near Horley…

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Weather forecast: sunny September follows average August

August 29, 2014
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Weather forecast: sunny September follows average August

Temperatures could reach up to 25C next week in the south east, with forecasters predicting a sunny start to September following a rainy end to August. Surrey looks set for a dry and sunny spell, bringing back memories of the above-average temperatures of June and July. After unsettled conditions in August, hotter weather is now expected…

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End of an era as vehicle tax discs run out of road

August 29, 2014
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The traditional vehicle tax disc which has been around on everything from a Ford Transit to a Ferrari for 93 years will end its reign on October 1, saving an estimated £10m for the taxpayer every year. Technology has caught up with the round paper disc, a fixture of the bottom left-hand side of our…

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Boxing trainer Edwards handed prestigious award

August 29, 2014
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The dedicated voluntary work of John Edwards, a champion for youth boxing, has been recognised with a prestigious award. Guildford City’s head coach was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Guildford District (RCGD) in honour of his unstinting, selfless efforts – receiving his award, under the gaze of close family members,…

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Surrey Cannabis Club staging protest ‘smoke-up picnic’

August 29, 2014
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Police have said they “will not tolerate the use of illegal drugs” as pro-cannabis campaigners prepare to stage a protest and ‘smoke-up picnic’ in Guildford on Saturday (August 30). Members of the Surrey Cannabis Club, who are fighting to have the class B drug legalised, will congregate at Stoke Park for the second year running.…

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Man found dead at Pyrford home after ‘concern for safety’

August 29, 2014
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A man aged in his 40s has been found dead at a house in Pyrford. A Surrey Police spokeswoman confirmed officers had been called to the property, in Hare Hill Close, at around 6.30am on Thursday morning (August 28), following a report of a “concern for safety”. “The body of a man in his 40s was…

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Families ‘scared and upset’ after Asian gold burglaries

August 29, 2014
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A community is pleading for police action after a spate of Asian gold burglaries left some families fearful of leaving their homes. Surrey Police records show seven burglaries took place in Woking last weekend – of which three were in Maybury – and victims and others in that area said thefts of thousands of pounds…

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Weybridge motorcyclist dies after bike hits crash barrier

August 29, 2014
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A motorcyclist from Weybridge died after his bike struck a crash barrier on Thursday afternoon (August 28). The 51-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision on the A20 London Road, in Wrotham Hill, Kent, at around 3.45pm. The biker, who has not been named, was riding his red Honda 1000cc Fireblade on the…

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