Heat coach proud after brave play-offs exit

April 22, 2013

THEY may have bowed out of the BBL play-offs, but Creon Raftopoulous had nothing but praise for his Surrey Heat players. A 28-point semi-final first leg defeat at Newcastle Eagles on Friday (April 19) was never likely to be overhauled. But Heat showed great spirit to win the return on Sunday (April 21) 96-92 at…

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Oxted supermarket extension plans refused

April 22, 2013

CONTROVERSIAL plans to extend a supermarket in Oxted have been thrown out by councillors. An application by Morrisons to extend the supermarket and decked car park in East Hill was submitted to Tandridge District Council, but on Thursday (April 18) the planning committee refused the application. A report by the planning officer found the form…

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Fundraisers collect £17k for racecourse stand abseil

April 22, 2013

A TEAM of brave fundraisers abseiled 90ft down the Queen’s Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse to raise £17,000 for charity. Sixty-six people faced the sponsored challenge on Saturday (April 13) to raise money for Princess Alice Hospice. Sandra Harper, from West Ewell, took part in memory of her son Dan Riglin who died at the…

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Extra £50k for Gypsy and traveller site extension

April 22, 2013

GUILDFORD Borough Council will put forward an extra £50,000 to allow extensions to a Gypsy and traveller site in Ash, following a unanimous decision made at last week’s executive meeting. Ash Bridge Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Site is the largest site in Surrey and is set to become even bigger after planning permission was granted…

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Talent show winner to share stage with pop superstars

April 22, 2013
Talent show winner to share stage with pop superstars

Bryan Adams and Jamiroquai Talent show winner to share stage with pop superstars By Amy De-Keyzer April 22, 2013 THE talented winner of a countywide talent show will share the spotlight with superstars Bryan Adams and Jamiroquai at a music festival in Guildford this summer. The PG Surrey School Games team have announced that the…

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Standards panel censures planning probe councillor

April 22, 2013

AN inquiry looking into whether an Elmbridge borough councillor breached the members’ code of conduct when he talked to undercover Daily Telegraph journalists has recommended he be removed from planning committees while he has a professional interest in the industry. The council’s audit and standards hearings panel recommended on Thursday  (April 18) that Councillor David…

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Alleged victim gives evidence in ex-police officer trial

April 22, 2013

ONE of the alleged victims of a former Metropolitan Police officer was abused and raped over a three-year period, a court has heard. Philip Gaisford stands trial at Lewes Crown Court accused of 33 sexual offences against nine victims – five underage – between 1997 and 2008. Some of the alleged offences occurred at his…

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Supermarket extension plans refused

April 22, 2013

CONTROVERSIAL plans to extend a supermarket in Oxted have been thrown out by councillors. An application by Morrisons to extend the supermarket and decked car park in East Hill was submitted to Tandridge District Council, but on Thursday (April 18) the planning committee refused the application. A report by the planning officer found the form…

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Police officer vows to return to bombed city

April 22, 2013

A REIGATE police investigator caught up in the Boston Marathon bombings said he will not let it deter him from returning to the city to complete the race. On Friday (April 19) as police embarked on a manhunt for one of the suspects believed to be behind last Monday’s Boston bombings, Get Surrey spoke to…

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Hanged inmate should have had ‘constant supervision’

April 22, 2013

A WOMAN found hanged at Send prison should have been under constant supervision, a doctor has said. At an inquest in Woking, the jury heard Melanie Beswick, found dead at the prison on August 21 in 2010, had been treated at Royal Surrey County Hospital earlier that day. The 34-year-old mother of two was serving…

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Tributes to wife who wanted to ‘make a difference’

April 22, 2013
Tributes to wife who wanted to ‘make a difference’

Barbara Beck with her grandson Ethan. Tributes to wife who wanted to ‘make a difference’ By Beth Duffell April 22, 2013 A HUSBAND has paid tribute to his wife who devoted her life to helping others. Barbara Beck, the chairman of the Woking branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, died at…

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Woking Hospice awarded £500k for extension

April 22, 2013

WOKING Hospice plans to build an extension for its counselling and education services, thanks to a £510,000 grant from the Department of Health. Staff at the Hillview Road hospice are celebrating the good news and said they will now be able to support even more people in the area. Work is planned to start in…

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Fight to save village pub ends in defeat

April 22, 2013

CAMPAIGNERS have failed in their fight to save Alfold’s village pub from being converted into two homes. At a Waverley planning meeting on Wednesday (April 17), councillors acknowledged the passion shown by supporters packed into the public gallery, but voted by a substantial majority in favour of the proposed change of use of The Crown.…

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Disgust at theft from graveyard

April 22, 2013

A DISABLED mother is appealing to thieves who stole a fence from her baby daughter’s grave to turn themselves in. Pam Hull, 48, who lives in Ripley, said she was upset and disgusted when she found green plastic fencing around her daughter’s grave had been stolen. Her daughter, Eleanor Sheila Rosa Hull, was stillborn on…

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Motorcyclist dies as two bikes and truck collide

April 20, 2013

Motorcyclist dies as two bikes and truck collide April 20, 2013 A BIKER riding in a group of up to 11 motorcycles was killed in a crash in Newdigate on Saturday afternoon. Two bikes were in collision with a blue Nissan Navara pick-up truck in Henfold Lane just after 1pm. Police said one of the…

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Fire at Surrey Towers flats in Addlestone

April 20, 2013
Fire at Surrey Towers flats in Addlestone

Pic from Keith Collett Fire at Surrey Towers flats in Addlestone April 20, 2013 FIRE crews have been battling a blaze at the Surrey Towers high-rise flats in Addlestone. A number of emergency service vehicles were at the apartment block in Garfield Road on Saturday. Pictures from the scene showed flames coming from a third-floor…

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What’s on for Saturday April 20, 2013

April 19, 2013

A guide to what’s on in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the rest of south east Hampshire. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 CLUBBING PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7.30pm-2am. A Night of DF Punk and Rock. Featuring: Charred Hearts, Bleach Boys with a night of punk rock. A Fever production presenting Annix with support…

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What’s on for Friday April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

A guide to what’s on around the area today CLUBBING PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 8pm-midnight. Retro Reflections. (023) 9221 0437. SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 11pm-2am. Wolf Cub Club. (023) 9286 3911. COMEDY HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 8pm. Lucy Porter: People Person. Lucy’s brand new show. Admission £12, concs.…

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Overdose victim lay in bookies toilet for five days

April 19, 2013

A man whose body lay undiscoverd in bookmaker’s toilet for five days has been described as a ‘joker with a love of family’. Woking Coroner’s Court heard on April 11 how Marc Smithers, 39, would probably still have died even if he had been found sooner. Mr Smithers, of no fixed address, was declared dead…

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Charterhouse teacher in sex offence quiz

April 19, 2013

Charterhouse teacher in sex offence quiz April 19, 2013 A TEACHER from Charterhouse School in Godalming has been arrested over an alleged serious sexual offence. The allegation is understood to involve a former pupil at the public school. A Surrey Police spokesman said: “A 48-year-old man is currently on conditional bail in relation to an…

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Man released after armed police arrest

April 19, 2013

Man released after armed police arrest By Amy De-Keyzer April 19, 2013 A MAN arrested after armed police were called to Caterham-on-the-Hill on Thursday (April 18) has been released from custody. On Friday, a Surrey Police spokeswoman confirmed no further action would be taken against the man, a 43-year-old from Caterham. An armed response unit…

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Thousands of books collected for African schools

April 19, 2013

MORE than 20,000 books have been sent to African children after a Caterham organisation joined forces with schools to help a town-based charity. The Fundanami Trust collects second hand books to stock school libraries in Kwazulunatal, South Africa. Caterham Rotary Club members worked with Whyteleafe School, Caterham School, Hamsey Green Primary School in Warlingham, St…

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Child in hospital after collision with car

April 19, 2013

Child in hospital after collision with car By Amy De-Keyzer April 19, 2013 A SIX-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after being involved in a collision with a car in Reigate. Surrey Police were called to Woodhatch Road at 5.10pm on Thursday (April 18) after the incident, involving a Smart Car. Kent, Surrey and Sussex…

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Judge orders destruction of dogs that mauled man

April 19, 2013

A JUDGE has ordered the destruction of three dogs that mauled their owner’s neighbour like a ‘pack of wolves’. Malcolm Elliott, from Tadworth, had to take three months off work and have skin grafts after being savaged by the dogs which had escaped from the house next door. On Thursday (April 18) Recorder Jack Bayliss…

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Man jailed for Woking sex assault

April 19, 2013
Man jailed for Woking sex assault

Man jailed for Woking sex assault By Beth Duffell April 19, 2013 A MINISTRY of Defence worker who served in Afghanistan and Iraq was jailed for five years and four months after sexually assaulting a woman in Woking. Father-of-one Mark Scully, 37, of Gole Road, Pirbright, appeared at Guildford Crown Court for sentencing on Friday…

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Esher’s winning run ended by Coventry

April 19, 2013
Esher’s winning run ended by Coventry

Synottgets brought down Esher’s winning run ended by Coventry By Richard Spiller April 19, 2013 ESHER missed a chance to take a firm hold on the National League One runners-up spot when they were beaten 35-24 at Coventry on April 17. A bonus point victory would have put them five clear of Blaydon but instead…

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