Police officer charged with making off without payment

February 17, 2014

A Surrey Police officer is to appear in court after being charged with making off without payment. PC Gina Patten, 50, who is based in Reigate, has been charged in relation to an incident in Godstone High Street on Friday January 10. She has been suspended from duty and released on police bail ahead of…

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Recap: Severe flood warnings lifted as weather finally improves

February 17, 2014

The Environment Agency lifted its severe flood warnings along the Surrey stretch of the Thames on Monday as river levels stabilised Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/recap-severe-flood-warnings-river-6716354 Famous Words of Inspiration...

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In pictures: North Surrey remains underwater

February 17, 2014
In pictures: North Surrey remains underwater

Parts of north Surrey remain underwater following severe flooding along the River Thames. Months of stormy weather and heavy rainfall led to the River Thames bursting its banks several times. And the latest flooding crisis has seen emergency services and military personnel drafted in from all over the country to help evacuate families and protect…

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Severe flood warnings lifted along the River Thames

February 17, 2014
Severe flood warnings lifted along the River Thames

Surrey’s seven severe flood warnings along the River Thames have been lifted after eight days in force. The Environment Agency (EA) said on Monday evening (February 17) that less serious flood warnings would remain in place and some properties could remain flooded for some time. EA regional manager Simon Hughes said: “While it is positive…

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Top 10 things to do this week (Feb 17-Feb 16)

February 17, 2014

Here are some of our top choices of things to do from around the area this week. Warming Red Wines for Winter – The Guildford InstituteTuesday, February 18The perfect evening for all you red wine fans to come along a get a little taste of what a Surrey Wine School evening is all about!Click here…

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Delight as new owner approved to save school from closure

February 17, 2014

An independent school threatened with closure has been saved after governors agreed to let a new group take over. The board of Dunottar School for Girls, in High Trees Road, Reigate, is to switch hands from Reigate Grammar School (RGS) group to United Learning, subject to contracts being agreed and signed, and brings to an…

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Woking men appear in court to deny GBH charges

February 17, 2014

Three men have denied charges of grievous bodily harm after an incident outside a Woking shop which left a man with serious head injuries. Hameem Kamali, Aqib Moghul and Jack Sutherland all pleaded not guilty to the allegation when they appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Monday (February 17). The incident in question happened at…

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Shepperton Studios film Gravity scoops six BAFTA awards

February 17, 2014
Shepperton Studios film Gravity scoops six BAFTA awards

Blockbuster Gravity, filmed at Shepperton Studios, won six awards at the British Academy Film and Television Arts awards on Sunday night (February 16). The winners, such as director, Alfonso Cuaron, and many of the production team, were based at the Shepperton branch of Pinewood studios throughout filming. The awards included Outstanding British Film, Best Director…

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Flames chief Paul Dixon speaks of ‘difficult time’ after double defeat

February 17, 2014

Frustrated Paul Dixon admitted Guildford Flames must rediscover the lost art of winning matches. Two more weekend defeats left his ice hockey side with an ever-weakening grip on the English Premier League title which they have won for the last two years. Flames – who host Peterborough Phantoms on Wednesday (February 19) – now trail…

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Black ice warning to cyclists after two men injured in accident

February 17, 2014

A cycling club has warned riders to be aware of black ice after two of its members came off their bikes in an accident in Smallfield, near Horley, at the weekend. The Redhill Cycling Club members were taken to hospital, one with severe leg injuries, after they came off their bikes having skidded on black…

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Stray of the Day: Sophie

February 17, 2014

She may be an old-timer, but little Sophie deserves a loving new home and would make a fabulous family pet. This 11-year-old Patterdale terrier is an active, intelligent and independent dog who loves a fuss. She loves going for walks and exploring new places, walks nicely on the lead but needs to follow her owner’s…

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Heavily pregnant woman assaulted in ‘disturbing’ attack

February 17, 2014

A heavily pregnant woman was assaulted as she walked through Reigate on Sunday afternoon (February 16). The woman, who was wearing a red duffel coat, was walking along Cockshot Hill, between Cannon and the Angel pub, at around 1.15pm when she was assaulted by a man believed to be known to her. Officers investigating the…

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Hope for November re-opening of fire-hit Goldwater Lodge

February 17, 2014

A fire-hit nursery and community hall could be fully restored by Christmas after another step was taken towards repairing the Goldsworth Park building. Councillors approved an amended version of the reinstatement and improvement of Goldwater Lodge, which was targeted in an arson attack in December 2012 . Members at Woking Borough Council had already given…

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Win Isle of Wight stay for Acoustic Isle festival

February 17, 2014

If music be the food of love, then visitors to the Isle of Wight this March  will surely be dining out in style, as the whole Island goes unplugged in a celebration of its rich musical heritage during a new music festival experience, “Acoustic Isle”. Local musicians will come together alongside special guests including Simon…

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Man in court accused of Bletchingley Post Office robbery

February 17, 2014

A man has been charged with robbing Bletchingley Post Office on New Year’s Eve last year. Daniel Arthur Brady, 28, of Ifield Road, Crawley, West Sussex, appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (February 15). He faced one charge of robbery and will reappear at Croydon Crown Court on February 28. The post office robbery…

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Live: Warning over river levels as thoughts turn towards floods clean up

February 17, 2014

Despite floodwaters receding in places, authorities are warning that river levels are set to rise again later this week Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/live-warning-over-river-thames-6716354 Famous Words of Inspiration...

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School admissions shake-up sparks protest from parents

February 17, 2014

A protest has begun against a Hinchley Wood secondary school admissions shake-up, with parents claiming they are being discriminated against. The consultation for new admissions arrangements for September 2015 at Hinchley Wood School is due to close on next Friday. If approved, the school would offer priority places to Claygate Primary School, Hinchley Wood Primary…

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Death of man who fell from hospital bed ruled accidental

February 17, 2014

The death of a man who fell from a hospital bed was an accident, a coroner has concluded. After he was taken to AE at Royal Surrey County Hospital, Derek Lindley, 86, of Godalming, was waiting to be seen by a doctor when he tried to climb over the rail of trolley bed. The fall…

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Some firefighters feel ‘second class’ to private company battling floods

February 17, 2014

Some Surrey firefighters are not trained to and do not have the equipment to save people from knee-high flood water, it has been revealed. One firefighter, who has asked to remain anonymous, said he feels “demotivated” and “second class” as a private company deals with the floods blighting the county. Specialist Group International (SGI) has…

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What’s on for Monday February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

A guide to what’s on around the area today. CONCERTS GOSPORT: Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Green. 1pm-3pm. Organ Recital. With Dr Nicholas Prozzillo, fellow of Harris College, Oxford. DANCING COSHAM: Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street. 7.30pm-10pm. MM’s Modern Sequence Dance Club. New members always welcome to this modern sequence club. Admission £2.50. (023) 9271 0060.…

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Recap: Sun shines on Surrey as flood relief efforts continue

February 16, 2014

Groups, organisations and charities from across the county have rallied around flood-hit residents in north Surrey to help with the relief effort Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/live-sun-shines-surrey-flood-6714291 Famous Words of Inspiration...

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Weather improves in Surrey but flood warnings remain

February 16, 2014
Weather improves in Surrey but flood warnings remain

The sun shone on Surrey this weekend but agencies continued to warn communities of the threat of flooding. Despite two days of good weather, following Friday night’s storm, seven severe flood warnings remain in place along the River Thames in north Surrey. Surrey Police, leading a multi-agency flood relief effort, has warned residents that river…

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Premature twins rescued from flooded house in Chertsey

February 16, 2014
Premature twins rescued from flooded house in Chertsey

Six-day-old premature twins were rescued as water flooded into their house, just hours after they arrived home from hospital. Sophie and Nikodem, who were born a week early at St Peter’s Hospital, were rescued with their parents when floodwater came up through the floorboards of their Chertsey home. Everything had been going smoothly for the…

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Communities pull together to help victims of Thames floods

February 16, 2014
Communities pull together to help victims of Thames floods

Volunteers and communities have been working overtime to help flood-hit communities in north Surrey. Residents from across the county and beyond have been doing their bit to help those who have had their homes devastated by floodwater in recent days. Food collections, sandbag filling, providing refreshments and offering places to stay for residents and their…

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Residents angry Prime Minister David Cameron ‘bottled out’ of meeting them

February 16, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron visited flood-hit Surrey for a second time this week to see how residents are coping with the crisis. He visited flooded Chertsey on Saturday (February 15). Mr Cameron met with military personnel to find out how the armed forces were helping with the flood relief efforts. Just saw David Cameron at…

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Man jailed for ‘haymaker’ punch that led to Ryan Harrison’s death

February 16, 2014

The man who killed Ryan Harrison by punching him and knocking him under a train has been jailed for five years. Joshua Elphick, of Abbotts Wood, Guildford, killed 22-year-old Harrison, from Woking, in a brawl at Guildford Train Station on March 30 last year. Elphick, 20, who admitted manslaughter in December , was sentenced to…

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