Man seen pouring liquid from petrol can before mobile home blaze

October 7, 2013

Two people managed to escape from their burning caravan after an arson attack in the early hours of Saturday (October 5). Witnesses reported seeing a man approach the mobile home and then pour a suspected accelerant over it from a green petrol can. The incident happened at around 1am near the Dog Duck pub in…

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What’s on for Monday October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013

A guide to what’s on around the area today. TODAY DANCING GOSPORT: Thorngate Halls, Bury Road. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Admission £2 (inc tea/biscuits). EVENTS COSHAM: The Link, Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road. 2.15pm-4pm. Free U3A Open Afternoon. Drop in and see what we do. (023) 9237 8785. PETERSFIELD: Winton House, High Street. 10.30am-12.30pm. JCPF Phoenix…

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Core strategy withdrawal an ‘admission of failure’ for Waverley

October 7, 2013

A blueprint for the future of development in Waverley will be withdrawn in a council U-turn following months of denial that it was fatally flawed. A housing market assessment indicates that more than 8,000 homes will need to be built in the borough over the next 20 years, which Waverley Borough Council has failed to…

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Kids ‘terrified of arrest’ after police warning over playing in street

October 7, 2013

Parents of children in Thames Ditton are up in arms after police warned them playing in the street is a criminal offence. Since Southville Road was resurfaced a fortnight ago, children have spent more time outside making the most of the space. Residents said youngsters were shunning television and computer games for fresh air and…

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Residents confused by bumps that go in the night

October 7, 2013

Bungling contractors have left neighbours in a Godalming street scratching their heads. After weeks of overnight disruption while resurfacing work took place on Brighton Road, residents were relieved when contractors appeared to stop disturbing their bed times two weeks ago. However, more than a month after work began, contractors appear to have packed up before…

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Pregnant woman ‘shocked’ after driver sped away from car crash

October 7, 2013

A pregnant woman who was rushed to hospital following a car crash in Guildford is appealing for the driver of the car that hit hers to come forward. Kaylee Headdon and her two-year-old daughter Alba were left in shock and tears when the vehicle sped away after driving into the back of their car at…

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What’s on for Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6, 2013

October 4, 2013

A guide to what’s on this weekend. TODAY CLUBBING PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7pm-1.30am. Scientific Funk and Kelly Wainwright. Presented by Response. House/tech house. Admission £5. (023) 9229 6352. SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 10pm-2.30am. Funkt*If*Ino. Featuring Jazzie B. Admission £8. (023) 9286 3911. COMEDY CHICHESTER: Theatre in the Park, Oaklands Park.…

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Experience a night of Simon and Garfunkel

October 4, 2013

As close friends growing up, Dan Haynes and Peter Richards (collectively called Bookends) developed a mutual appreciation for Simon and Garfunkel and a little over two years ago decided to create a theatre show to celebrate the unforgettable and highly influential music of the famous American folk-rock duo. However, they didn’t want to be “just…

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Frimley Park fundraising appeal for new breast care unit

October 4, 2013

After smashing its £150,000 Saving Tiny Lives appeal target earlier this year, Frimley Park Hospital has this week launched its most ambitious fundraising push to date. The hospital is hoping to raise £750,000, which will be match-funded by its board, to create a £1.5m dedicated breast care unit with the latest in 3D imaging equipment…

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Campaign group’s vow over Cranleigh homes ‘threat’

October 4, 2013

Campaigners against the building of houses on greenfield sites in Cranleigh have raised concerns over the number of developers who want to expand the village. With a 400-home proposal by Berkeley Homes and launch of the Knowle Park initiative this week, Stop Expansion into Cranleigh Greenfield Sites (SECGS) members said the infrastructure and road network…

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Boris Johnson says Crispin Blunt seat rumours ‘codswallop’

October 4, 2013

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has described suggestions that he could be set to replace Crispin Blunt as MP for Reigate as “codswallop”. Mr Johnson made the comment on Friday after rumours had linked him to the safe Conservative seat held by Mr Blunt since 1997. The incumbent MP discovered at the end of last…

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Hospice bike ride raises £50k for children’s charity

October 4, 2013
Hospice bike ride raises £50k for children’s charity

Fundraisers showed their pedal power on Sunday (September 29) as cyclists tackled the hills of Surrey to raise more than £50,000 for Shooting Star CHASE. The second Hospice to Hospice Bike Ride in aid of the children’s charity saw 350 people taking on a 20, 50 or 70-mile challenge, which took in the infamous cycling…

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Stewart seeks to rebuild Surrey spirits following relegation

October 4, 2013

Surrey want to lose their reputation for splashing the cash and make sure they can compete with the best again. That is the ambition of Alec Stewart as he bids to turn around a squad that finished bottom of LV County Championship Division One and were relegated for the third time in eight years. Although…

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Sandown’s National Hunt finale to be an all-jumps card

October 4, 2013

Sandown Park has cemented its position to stage the finale to the British jumps racing season. The Esher course has become the final stopping-off point in the National Hunt programme with the end of term awards and parade of champions, and now the occasion has received a massive makeover. The bet365 Gold Cup on Saturday…

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Southport and Barnet tests up next for Woking FC

October 4, 2013

Upbeat Woking will be hoping to set off alarm bells in the Southport defence as they head to Haig Avenue on Saturday. Manager Garry Hill watched his under-pressure Cards pick up their first Skrill Premier home win of the season against Nuneaton Town last weekend. And he admitted the first hurdle to overcome during a…

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Ballet school pupils dance in memory of costume designer

October 4, 2013
Ballet school pupils dance in memory of costume designer

A dance gala in memory of a popular costume designer has raised more than £10,000 for charity. Wendy Thomas, who designed costumes, including tutus, for the Susan Robinson School of Ballet for many years died from cancer in January this year, leaving all those who knew her devastated. To honour her memory a dance event…

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Ex-Godalming Town chiefs pitted against new Gs side

October 4, 2013

Slough Town chiefs Neil Baker and Jon Underwood say they are hoping for banter, not abuse, when they return to Godalming Town on Saturday (October 5). The pair – who left Wey Court in the summer taking with them virtually all of last season’s title-chasing Gs side following the club’s switch to Calor Division One…

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Dozens of arrests made in week of police drugs raids

October 4, 2013

Early morning raids carried out this week in a crackdown on the supply of drugs in Surrey have led to nearly 40 people being arrested. Officers, including some with dogs, who were involved in Surrey Police’s Operation Kirkos also managed to confiscate large amounts of class A and class B drugs, mobile phones and cash…

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GuilFest ‘wants to be town’s only major festival event’

October 4, 2013
GuilFest ‘wants to be town’s only major festival event’

GuilFest is ready to face off against Magic Summer Live as organisers claim they want to host “the only major festival event in Guildford” next year. Petitions for the return of the festival have gained more than 5,000 signatures, meaning Guildford Borough Council will debate appeals for the event to return after a one-year hiatus.…

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GuilFest ‘wants to be Guildford’s only major festival event’

October 4, 2013
GuilFest ‘wants to be Guildford’s only major festival event’

GuilFest is ready to face off against Magic Summer Live as organisers claim they want to host “the only major festival event in Guildford” next year. Petitions for the return of the festival have gained more than 5,000 signatures, meaning Guildford Borough Council will debate appeals for the event to return after a one-year hiatus.…

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Man told to demolish shed

October 4, 2013

PLANNING officers have asked a Worplesdon man if his land would be available for a housing development, despite battling to have his shed demolished due to its effect on the countryside. Two years ago Nigel Kendall, of Tangley Lane, put a wooden shed to keep his car under cover but when he submitted a planning…

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Frack Free Surrey hears of Balcombe resident’s ‘bad experience’

October 4, 2013

A Balcombe resident spoke about her campaign efforts against the controversial oil drilling technique, fracking, at the first public meeting of Frack Free Surrey. Held at Oxted Library in Gersham Road on Tuesday (October 1), residents turned out to listen to a presentation from the campaign group, Frack Off, about the unconventional onshore drilling method.…

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Florist ‘on edge now’ after shop distraction theft

October 4, 2013

CCTV cameras in Chobham may have captured two women believed to have targeted a florist during a daytime theft. Images released by Surrey Police show two people officers want to speak to in connection with the incident at Wooldridge Sleep in High Street. More than £200 cash was stolen from the rear workshop of the…

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Pedigree dog, ferrets and canaries stolen in house burglary

October 4, 2013

A dog, five ferrets and more than 50 canaries were stolen during a break-in at a home in Woking. The animals were taken in a burglary in the Goldsworth Park area some time between 10pm on Wednesday (October 2) and 5am on Thursday. The dog, a distinctive smooth haired Saluki of white and red colouring,…

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Man in critical condition after hospital car park crash

October 4, 2013

A pensioner is in a critical condition after suffering a suspected medical episode before his car crashed into a ditch at the St Peter’s Hospital site in Chertsey on Thursday morning. Ambulance, police and fire teams attended an embankment near the maternity ward car park at around 9.50am. A grey Honda CR-V had failed to…

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Max Clifford ‘totally innocent’ of indecent assault accusations

October 4, 2013

Hersham publicist Max Clifford has appeared in court to deny indecent assaults against teenage girls and young women. Mr Clifford, 70, of Onslow Road, Burwood Park, faces 11 charges relating to seven alleged victims, aged from 14 to 19, with the offences said to have taken place between 1966 and 1985. He was arrested last…

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