Thorpe Park’s Dome bar keeps the noise down

April 25, 2013

THORPE Park appears to have allayed residents’ fears over noise from one of its attractions, after it was granted permanent permission to stay open until 3.30am. Residents of nearby Penton Park, Chertsey, feared their lives would be blighted when Runnymede Borough Council approvedthe opening hours application for the Dome bar and venue on a one-year…

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Pub fails to block ‘hygiene breaches’ court case

April 25, 2013

A PUB company charged with a series of alleged hygiene breaches in Thorpe has failed in a High Court bid to stop the prosecution. Barons Pub Company Ltd attempted to block the prosecution after an environmental health expert visited the Rose and Crown pub in 2011 and said he found a dirty, grease-covered kitchen. However,…

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College supports A30 speed limit change

April 25, 2013

A TEMPORARY speed limit reduction placed on one of the Egham area’s busiest roads during the Olympic Games could be made permanent. Royal Holloway University has entered into talks with Surrey County Council with a view to having the A30 from the Egham Hill roundabout to St Jude’s Road crossroads, at Englefield Green, reduced from…

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Meningitis boy’s multi-million pound payout

April 25, 2013

A TEENAGER whose life was left devastated by a hospital blunder has been awarded a multi-million pound compensation deal. The boy was aged just three-years-old when he contracted meningococcal meningitis in October 2003. But a delay in both his diagnosis and administration of antibiotics at Frimley Park Hospital left him with massive brain damage, the…

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What’s on for Wednesday April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

A guide to what’s on around the area today. DANCING CLANFIELD: Memorial Hall, South Lane. 7.30pm-10pm. Clanfield Sequence Dance Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £2.50. (023) 9259 8456 or (01243) 430048. SOUTHSEA: Royal Beach Hotel, South Parade. 1pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Admission £4. (023) 9273 1281. WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way (Asda…

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County council elections on Get Surrey

April 24, 2013
County council elections on Get Surrey

SURREY residents go to the polls on Thursday (May 2) to decide which 81 councillors will best represent their interests at County Hall. Surrey County Council as an authority is responsible for managing a budget of £1.6bn, covering everything from waste management and recycling to highways and schools. The last election – held in 2009…

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Former ‘ecstasy kingpin’ releases second book

April 24, 2013

IN 1989, at the age of 20, Shaun Attwood took his first ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester. That night kick-started a chain of events that landed him in one of America’s deadliest prisons alongside the country’s most lethal criminals. Stockbroker-turned-drug dealer Shaun, who lives in Guildford, wound up in the notorious Maricopa County…

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Charges over ‘Sandhurst military press leaks’

April 24, 2013
Charges over ‘Sandhurst military press leaks’

Charges over ‘Sandhurst military press leaks’ By James Chapple April 24, 2013 FOUR people have been charged in relation to stories allegedly sold to the press from inside the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMA). Duncan Larcombe, John Hardy and Claire Hardy are accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office while Tracy Bell has…

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Pair charged with money laundering offences

April 24, 2013

A MAN and woman accused of being involved in an alleged criminal money laundering network are due in court next month. Frederic Charo, of Churchill Close in Redhill, and Radka Masih, of Vernon Close in Epsom, have been charged with two offences after answering bail on Monday (April 22). The pair were originally arrested by…

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Man drove at four times drink-drive limit

April 24, 2013

AN EPSOM man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and banned from the roads for three years after driving while more than four times the legal limit. Glen Brazil admitted driving with excess alcohol and was sentenced at Redhill Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (April 23). Police officers who pulled him over in Ewell on…

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Jewellery burglaries targeted by police

April 24, 2013

Jewellery burglaries targeted by police By Amy De-Keyzer April 24, 2013 POLICE in Reigate and Banstead are cracking down on thieves who target homes to steal jewellery and precious metals. The local neighbourhood policing team is currently focusing on tracking down burglars because of an increase in the number of incidents locally. Neighbourhood Inspector Richard…

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World War I medals stolen from elderly man’s home

April 24, 2013

World War I medals stolen from elderly man’s home By Andre Langlois April 24, 2013 MEDALS from the First World War were stolen from an 89-year-old Send resident in a daylight burglary. Thieves broke into a property near the A247 between 11.30am and 2.30pm on Wednesday April 3. They stole two Royal Flying Corps medals…

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Horse riding equipment stolen from livery yard

April 24, 2013

Horse riding equipment stolen from livery yard By Amy De-Keyzer April 24, 2013 THIEVES made off with more than £2,000 of equestrian equipment from a livery yard in Epsom. Surrey Police is investigating after the items, said to total around £2,050, were taken from the yard in Chalk Lane between 8pm on Saturday (April 20)…

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New homes granted for ‘derelict’ old school building

April 24, 2013

A FORMER school in Caterham will be converted into housing after councillors gave the scheme the thumbs-up. The Caterham Valley Board School, which was more recently used as a centre for adult education and social services, has stood empty for years. Last Thursday (April 18), Tandridge District Council’s planning committee approved proposals to build 38…

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Funding plea for wheelchair basketball hopeful

April 24, 2013

A DISABLED teenager who contracted meningitis as a baby could have her dream of playing competitive wheelchair basketball taken away from her. The charity that provides Leah Court, 15, of Ford Close in Ashford, with equipment said it was struggling for funds, putting the specialist chair valued at £1,524 she is due to receive in…

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Tour Series cycling ‘stamps Woking on the map’

April 24, 2013

PROFESSIONAL cyclists and event sponsors wheeled into St John the Baptist School on Monday (April 22) for the official launch of Woking’s leg of the Tour Series. The 50-day countdown was marked with a photoshoot and a behind-the-scenes talk for excited students by top professionals James Moss and Peter Hawkins from Team IG Sigma Sport.…

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Young Staines Town trio excite boss Gayle

April 24, 2013

MARCUS GAYLE heaped praise on a trio of young Staines Town academy stars who were given their chance in the 2-0 Blue Square South defeat by Dover Athletic. The Swans boss believes all three will make an impact next season and is delighted to have given them their opportunity before this term is completed, the…

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Davro and co’s Spectacular Show for hospice

April 24, 2013
Davro and co’s Spectacular Show for hospice

Bobby Davro with Rock Choir members behind him View gallery (total of 19 images) Davro and co’s Spectacular Show for hospice By Beth Duffell April 24, 2013 FROM a Pop Idol finalist to a piano-playing comedian, there was plenty of entertainment on offer at this year’s Gala Spectacular Show, raising funds for Woking Hospice. Hosted…

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£30k funding for Brooklands banking preservation

April 24, 2013

A GRANT of more than £30,000 has been donated to Brooklands Museum to fund a new conservation plan for the historic banking surrounding the site. The Weybridge museum has been awarded up to £32,540 from English Heritage for a conservation management plan for the Brooklands Motor Circuit and Aerodrome. The three-and-a-quarter mile circuit opened in…

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Duchess dines out with meals-on-wheels

April 24, 2013

THE DUCHESS of Cornwall visited Cobham Community Centre on Wednesday to give its meals-on-wheels service the royal seal of approval. Camilla, wearing a navy wrap dress and pearls, met staff and volunteers at the centre before seeing the inaugural Mole Valley meal sent off for delivery. She was accompanied by TV’s Hairy Bikers, Simon King…

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Coral criticised over bookies toilet death

April 24, 2013

A BOOKMAKER’S in Stanwell has sacked a member of staff following the grim discovery of a man’s body in a toilet cubicle, five days after he had died. Marc Smithers, 39, of no fixed address, was found dead in the cloakroom of the Coral branch in Clare Road on November 20 last year. An inquest…

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Motorcyclist badly hurt in crash with deer

April 24, 2013

Motorcyclist badly hurt in crash with deer By Amy De-Keyzer April 24, 2013 A MOTORCYCLIST was seriously injured when his bike collided with a deer near Oxted on Tuesday night. Police were called to the B269 Kent Hatch Road in Limpsfield at around 8pm. The crash involved a black Triumph motorcycle, and the 43-year-old rider…

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Ex-Surrey Police officer in ‘misconduct’ arrest

April 24, 2013

Ex-Surrey Police officer in ‘misconduct’ arrest By Andre Langlois April 24, 2013 A FORMER Surrey Police officer has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials. The 41-year-old man was detained on Wednesday morning and is the 62nd arrest resulting from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation…

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Milly Dowler phone-hacking failures ‘scarcely credible’

April 24, 2013

SENIOR officers at Surrey Police were “afflicted by a form of collective amnesia” in relation to the force’s failure to investigate an allegation that Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked by a tabloid newspaper in 2002, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said. A report into whether Deputy Chief Constable Craig Denholm and Temporary Detective…

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Funding to restore glory of Deepdene Estate

April 24, 2013

A SIX-figure sum has been given to a project to restore a historic Regency estate near Dorking. The £123,700 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go to the Hope Springs Eternal campaign to restore the Deepdene Estate. In the early 19th century it was owned by merchant banker and art collector Thomas Hope,…

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Giles has the answer to Countdown conundrums

April 24, 2013

A RECORD score for a new contestant on Channel 4’s Countdown ensured a Guildford student reached the quarter finals of the TV show. Giles Hutchings, 17, a sixth form student at Guildford Royal Grammar School, appeared on the television show, in which contestants battle using letters and numbers. His score of 129 was the best…

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