Monthly Archives: December 2017

Police appealing for witnesses following fatal collision in Farnborough

December 31, 2017
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Hampshire Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal single-vehicle collision in Sandy Lane, Farnborough at around 1.50pm on Saturday (30 December). A 43-year-old man was riding a moped when he was involved in collision with a traffic island. He was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, where he sadly died of his…

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Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer awarded Queen’s Fire Service Medal in New Year Honours

December 31, 2017
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Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours. Russell Pearson was honoured for his “dedicated” service to the emergency services and the public. Mr Pearson joined Surrey Fire and Rescue Service in 1992 and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2007. David Hodge, Leader of Surrey…

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Console Corner: The 5 most anticipated games of 2018

December 31, 2017
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As we head into the new year I take a look at the top 5 most anticipated game releases of 2018. While dates are subject to change, I think you will agree the spring is looking hugely exciting! 1) Red Dead Redemption 2: No surprises here given that the original Red Dead Redemption is one…

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2017 in review: (Almost) everything that happened in Surrey this year

December 31, 2017
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2017 in review: (Almost) everything that happened in Surrey this year

January 2017 seems like such a long time ago. In the past 12 months, we have had controversies over council tax, spending cuts and street lights. We have had planning rows over huge new housing developments, two elections (county and general), a tongue-in-cheek proposal for a Grand Prix through Woking and a plea from Alan…

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Firefighter and father-of-two deployed to Bangladesh to assist with medical efforts following deadly diphtheria outbreak at refugee camps

December 31, 2017
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A highly-skilled firefighter based at Rushmoor station has been deployed to Bangladesh to assist medical teams as they battle to save thousands of lives following a deadly diphtheria outbreak at refugee camps. More than 20 deaths and 2,000 suspected cases have already been confirmed, with 160 new cases a day being reported in tourist city…

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Firefighter and father-of-two deployed to Bangladesh to with assist medical efforts following deadly diphtheria outbreak at refugee camps

December 31, 2017
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A highly-skilled firefighter based at Rushmoor station has been deployed to Bangladesh to assist medical teams as they battle to save thousands of lives following a deadly diphtheria outbreak at refugee camps. More than 20 deaths and 2,000 suspected cases have already been confirmed, with 160 new cases a day being reported in tourist city…

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Horley man banned from driving for nearly four years after driving while almost three times the alcohol limit

December 30, 2017
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A Horley man who was caught driving on the A23 while nearly three times the legal alcohol limit has been banned for almost four years. Alexandru Rotaru was stopped on the A23 near Gatwick on December 10 and a roadside breath test revealed that he had 101 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.…

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M25 anticlockwise crash: Slow traffic and major delays after single car collision

December 30, 2017
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A collision on the M25 anticlockwise caused a lane closure and major delays on Saturday (December 30). Slow traffic began to pile up at around 1pm between J12 and J11 following a collision which left a car off the carriageway. Lane one was temporarily closed as emergency service crew attended the accident. Firefighters from Woking…

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Epsom musician’s instruments stolen 8 years ago miraculously found during drugs raid in Tadworth

December 30, 2017
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A musician from Epsom was reunited with expensive instruments that were stolen eight years ago after they were recovered during a drug raid. The guitars and keyboard were stolen from his home in April 2009 but were then miraculously found at Simon Morris’s address in Preston Lane, Tadworth, in an intelligence led-operation in 2016. Morris,…

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The 11 best pubs and bars near Clapham Junction station

December 30, 2017
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Sometimes the stress of taking the train into London from Surrey can leave you in need of a stiff drink. Maybe you’ve got a spare half an hour between connecting trains. Maybe you can’t deal with the hordes of commuters and want some liquid refreshment to help you forget what you’ve just been through. Or…

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Everything you need to know as Storm Dylan brings wet and windy weather over New Year’s weekend

December 30, 2017
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Storm Dylan is set to bring wet and blustery weather to the UK as 2017 comes to a close. The Met Office predicts strong winds and heavy rain in parts of the UK from Saturday night (December 30) and into Sunday (December 31). Residents in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern…

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The most crime-ridden places to live in East Surrey according to the latest stats

December 30, 2017
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An analysis of November 2017’s crime statistics has revealed the most and least lawless places to live in East Surrey. Figures recorded by Surrey Police – available on www.police.uk – show that 1,283 crime were reported in the east of the county in November 2017 with these crimes broken down by each of the policing…

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Two tortoises and dog rescued from flat fire in Guildford

December 30, 2017
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Two tortoises and a dog have had a lucky escape after being rescued from a flat fire in Guildford . Firefighters from Guildford fire station were called to a two-storey flat in Rowan Close at around 11am on Saturday (December 30). They were alerted by neighbours who called the emergency services after hearing the flat’s…

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11 reasons Horley is so much more than that place near Crawley

December 30, 2017
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In the context of being next to the second busiest airport in the UK and bordering a town of more than 100,000 people, Horley can seem a little small fry. But with a population of 22,076 (at the time of the 2011 census) it’s hardly a small town with nothing going on. Hanging on the…

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East Surrey Hospital Christmas births: Nine babies born on Christmas Day in Redhill

December 30, 2017
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Christmas is a time of celebration and happiness for people across the world and this year for some Surrey residents they got the added joy of becoming new parents. This year at Redhill’s East Surrey Hospital nine babies, six boys and three girls, were born on Christmas Day. The first, a little girl, was born…

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Reigate Hollyoaks actor Dylan Llewellyn ‘thrilled’ to be cast in new Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls

December 30, 2017
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For some people acting is an obvious career path, but for Dylan Llewellyn a chance role in a school play turned into a successful career. The 25-year-old, from Reigate, started acting when he was 15 after his school won a competition to appear at the National Theatre in London. He was subsequently contacted by an…

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Save Guildford Spectrum!: Campaign launched to protect ‘iconic building’ as council eyes £100m replacement

December 30, 2017
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A campaign has been launched a bid to save an “iconic building of architectural merit” from a £100m redevelopment plan – none other than Guildford Spectrum. The anonymous campaigner has set up a petition entitled “Save Guildford Spectrum!” after Guildford Borough Council‘s ambitions to replace it with a £100m leisure facility took a step forward…

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New Year’s Honours: Surrey’s great and good named in the Queen’s annual honours list

December 29, 2017
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New Year’s Honours: Surrey’s great and good named in the Queen’s annual honours list

Our beautiful county is home to thousands of people who dedicate their lives to making a difference. As a way to say thank you for their hard work and commitment, the Queen has honoured them with a handful of important awards, including OBEs, CBEs and MBEs. Beekeeper Tim James Lovett and civil servant Raymond Long…

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Surrey County Council defends £3.8m property investment after announcing £19m predicted overspend

December 29, 2017
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Surrey County Council has defended its decision to invest more than £3million in property after it announced a forecast overspend of £19million. The county’s budget was discussed by members of the cabinet on Thursday, December 14 who confirmed the predicted overspend could be even higher. And opposition councillors are furious that £3.8 million that has…

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Surrey Police urged to improve staff wellbeing as more officers experience stress and anxiety according to report

December 29, 2017
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Surrey Police “could do more” to improve the wellbeing of its staff as more officers are experiencing stress and anxiety, a government-led inspection has revealed. The force maintained its overall ‘good’ rating in the latest Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) inspection, published on Tuesday, December 12. The report highlighted the importance of wellbeing and…

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