Bids to protect green land from development fail

November 19, 2014

Two bids to protect green land from the threat of development have failed after Surrey County Council invoked a legal loop hole. Village green status for Ongar Hill Brick Field off Marley Close, in Addlestone, and Murray House play area, at Palmer Crescent, Ottershaw, were both rejected by the county’s planning and regulatory committee on…

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Severe M25 delays as driver cut free after two lorries crashed

November 19, 2014

A crash involving two articulated lorries led to severe rush-hour delays on the clockwise M25 on Wednesday morning. Emergency services were called to the scene, near junction 8 for Reigate, shortly after 4.30am. Police and ambulance crews were joined by fire crews from Leatherhead, Reigate, Godstone and Painshill – which has specialist heavy-lifting equipment. Initially,…

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Severe M25 delays after two lorries crash

November 19, 2014

A crash involving two articulated lorries led to severe rush-hour delays on the clockwise M25 on Wednesday (November 19) morning. Emergency services were called to the scene, just after Junction 8, shortly after 4.30am after reports two lorries had been in collision. Police and ambulance crews were joined by fire crews from Leatherhead, Reigate, Godstone…

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Couple sought after ‘despicable’ Poppy Appeal collection box theft

November 19, 2014
Couple sought after ‘despicable’ Poppy Appeal collection box theft

A couple are being sought by police following the “despicable” theft of a Poppy Appeal collection box from a shop in Witley. The alleged theft happened at around 2.10pm on Friday November 7 at T E Francis in Petworth Road. Surrey Police said a man and a woman went in to the shop and the…

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Couple sought after "despicable" Poppy Appeal collection box theft

November 19, 2014
Couple sought after "despicable" Poppy Appeal collection box theft

A couple are being sought by police following the “despicable” theft of a Poppy Appeal collection box from a shop in Witley. Surrey Police say the theft took place around 2.10pm on Friday November 7 at T E Francis in Petworth Road. A man and a woman went in to the shop and the man…

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Surrey Live: breaking news from across the county, November 19

November 19, 2014

TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL: There is queueing traffic for two miles on the M23 northbound at the M25 junction 7, all backed up because of queues on the M25 stretching from junction 8 at Reigate, where there was an earlier accident involving two lorries, to junction 6 at Godstone. TRAVEL: M23 Northbound Qing now onto the M25…

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Second arrest over death of Robert Worrall in A24 collision

November 18, 2014
Second arrest over death of Robert Worrall in A24 collision

A second person has been arrested over the death of cyclist Robert Worrall on the A24 near Dorking. Mr Worrall was involved in a collision in Beare Green at around 1.25am on Sunday November 9 in Beare Green. The 30-year-old, who lived locally, was found lying in the road next to the Esso petrol station…

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Tillings Cafe sign about breastfeeding in toilet baby changing facilities ‘misunderstood’

November 18, 2014

A row has broken out over a cafe sign which said groups of mothers could be asked to breast feed in toilet baby changing facilities “instead of feeding at the table”. Photographs of the message – at the bottom of a “polite notice for the comfort of all customers” put up at the Tillings Cafe…

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Surrey Live recap: breaking news from across the county, November 18

November 18, 2014
Surrey Live recap: breaking news from across the county, November 18

GOOD MORNING: Hello everyone. Here is, a little later than planned, today’s Surrey Live blog with news and travel updates until 8pm this evening. Let’s get going. RAIL DISRUPTION: There’s bad news for rail passengers across the county, with delays of up to 40 minutes on South West Trains and First Great Western services. TRAVEL:…

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Stunning sunset over Surrey and north-east Hampshire

November 18, 2014
Stunning sunset over Surrey and north-east Hampshire

VIEW GALLERY The skies above Surrey and north-east Hampshire were lit up in a spectrum of colour on Tuesday thanks to a glorious sunset. The stunning scenes were captured by a number of residents who sent in their photos. As the sun went down, it lit the sky in shades of yellow, red, orange and…

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Hero passenger rescued woman from overturned car on A3

November 18, 2014
Hero passenger rescued woman from overturned car on A3

  A fearless Good Samaritan rescued an injured driver from an overturned and leaking vehicle on the A3 near Guildford. Adam Claughton, 37, from Aldershot, has been praised for pulling the elderly woman from the wreckage and keeping her safe until emergency services arrived. The collision involving a white Hyundai and a black Volkswagen Passat…

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Rangers FC ‘fraud’ case sees men from Woking and Esher in court

November 18, 2014

Four men – including two from Surrey – have appeared in court charged with fraudulent activity linked to the controversial sale of Rangers Football Club in Scotland. Gary Withey, of Woking, Paul Clark, of Esher, David Whitehouse, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, and David Grier, from Wokingham, were granted bail following a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court…

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Jimmy Mubenga death: plane passenger ‘saw him die’ after being restrained by G4S officers

November 18, 2014

A witness to the death of an Angolan deportee who was restrained on board a flight at Heathrow Airport has told a court how the man was “crying out for his life”. Jimmy Mubenga, 46, suffered a cardiac arrest on October 12 2010 after being held down by three Group 4 Securicor (G4S) custody officers…

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Controversial care home village plans approved at Nescot

November 18, 2014

Controversial plans to build a care home village on a college campus in Ewell have been approved. A majority of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s planning committee members – eight for, three against – voted in favour of a revised application on Thursday November 6 for the North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) site.…

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Bird flu ‘low public health risk’, Pirbright Institute says

November 18, 2014

The Pirbright Institute has stated that the latest outbreak of avian flu in Britain poses a low risk to public health. Experts at the Surrey-based biotechnology facility believe that, although people in direct contact with infected birds may catch the virus, it is unlikely to transfer from person to person. The Department for Environment, Food…

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Two police officers recovering after assault in Epsom

November 18, 2014

Two female police officers suffered cuts and bruises when they were assaulted in Epsom. The two response officers, based at Reigate police station, required hospital treatment for facial injuries following an incident in Pine Hill at around 6.40pm on Sunday (November 16). Chief Inspector Santi Gil said both women were due to return to work…

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Guildford Flames suffer double trouble on the road

November 18, 2014

Penalty trouble left Paul Dixon cursing as Guildford Flames suffered a weekend double whammy. The English Premier League ice hockey outfit went down 5-4 at Peterborough on Saturday before a miserable 24 hours on the road was capped by a second defeat, this time 5-3 in Manchester. Head coach Dixon reflected: “On Saturday, it was…

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When animals go wild

November 18, 2014
When animals go wild

Surrey’s rural nature means animals often go wandering off where they shouldn’t – including loose horses bringing traffic to a standstill near Guildford. Cantering motorists were halted near the Jacobs Well junction on the A320 Woking Road, by horses which had escaped from a nearby farm. Bemused drivers heading in both directions had to rein…

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Road floods after water main bursts in Addlestone

November 18, 2014

Water came gushing out of a road in Addlestone after a pipe burst, leaving people living nearby without supplies on Monday. Eyewitnesses spotted a torrent of water pumping out of the road in Woburn Hill, close to St George’s College, and flooding the carriageway. People living nearby lost their water supplies and residents were told…

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Beaujolais Run starts at Royal Automobile Club in Epsom

November 18, 2014
Beaujolais Run starts at Royal Automobile Club in Epsom

  The Royal Automobile Club’s Epsom base was the starting point for this year’s Beaujolais Run on Monday (November 17). A champagne reception was held at its clubhouse in Woodcote Park at 11am, to mark the involvement of Britain’s oldest motoring organisation in such a high-profile motoring event. The reception, sponsored by Taittinger, was followed…

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Watch Ed Sheeran singing out loud at Windlesham pub

November 18, 2014
Watch Ed Sheeran singing out loud at Windlesham pub

From the X Factor stage to the bar of a pub in Windlesham, it seems Ed Sheeran is comfortable performing in all manner of locations. Footage has been posted on YouTube and Facebook of the Band Aid star spontaneously singing at The Surrey Cricketers earlier this year. Dan Friend, landlord of the pub in Chertsey…

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Horses on A320 Woking Road cause rush-hour traffic

November 18, 2014

Other vehicles were not the mane concern for commuters stuck in rush-hour traffic on the A320 outside Guildford on Tuesday morning. Motorists hoofing it to work were brought to a halt near the junction for Jacobs Well by a stud of horses which had escaped from a nearby farm and were roaming in the road.…

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Christmas shopping – when does late

November 18, 2014

Shoppers can browse the high street for longer in the run-up to Christmas as shopping centres across Surrey and north-east Hampshire offer extended opening hours during the week and weekends. Some retailers will also be getting into the festive spirit by decorating their shop windows, offering free parking and handing out complimentary glasses of mulled…

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Actors’ campaign to stop Redgrave Theatre being demolished for new restaurant

November 18, 2014

Actors want to prevent the historic Redgrave Theatre from being knocked down as part of the Brightwells masterplan. Farnham Theatre Association (FTA), which campaigns for the re-opening of the theatre, or the opening of an alternative 300-plus seat venue, has called on “everyone who values performing arts and culture and the future of Farnham” to…

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Quiz: Do you recognise the Surrey M25 junction from the picture?

November 18, 2014

The M25 has a 30-mile stretch which passes through Surrey, running from Clacket Lane Services, at the border with Kent, round to Staines and Heathrow Airport. Thousands of motorists traverse at least part of this section of motorway every day with a large proportion of those coming across a traffic jam at some point. With…

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Stray of the Day: Daisy & Duke

November 18, 2014

Daisy and her son Duke are looking for a new home together after their previous owner moved abroad and the family could not keep them. The two cats, aged 13 and 11, are being looked after by RSPCA Millbrook in Chobham. Deputy manager Liz Wood said: “Ginger-haired Duke is a real sweetie, he wants to…

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