Epilepsy drug group takes campaign to Sanofi headquarters

February 19, 2014

Campaigners visited Guildford on Saturday (February 15), calling for a drug company to take responsibility for the side effects caused by an epilepsy drug. The visit marked the end of a week-long campaign, raising awareness of fetal anti-convulsant syndrome, which can be caused by sodium valproate. Children with the syndrome may have a delay in…

Read more »

Jail terms for 10 people arrested in class A drugs raids

February 19, 2014

Ten people have been jailed following a large-scale drugs operation in east Surrey. Police arrested a total of 22 people after raiding more than 30 properties in Horley, Redhill and London at the end of January. Ten people appeared at Guildford Crown Court last Thursday (February 13) for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to charges in…

Read more »

Teenager admits carrying cannabis and kitchen knife

February 19, 2014

A teenage boy from south London has admitted carrying a kitchen knife and 25 bags of cannabis in Epsom High Street. Deighton Wilson, 16, from Keston Road in Thornton Heath, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday. The teenager pleaded guilty to possessing class B drugs with intent to supply and possessing the blade, in…

Read more »

Funerals and minute’s silence held for McLaren crash pair

February 19, 2014
Funerals and minute’s silence held for McLaren crash pair

Funerals have been held this week for the two McLaren employees who were killed in a car crash in Ottershaw last month. Ollie Bourton, 22, and passenger Darren Hayes, 19, died when the Subaru Impreza sports car they were travelling in crashed on the A320 Guildford Road on, just a short distance from the McLaren…

Read more »

Tube diverting floodwater erupts in Chertsey road

February 19, 2014

A pipe diverting water away from flooded homes momentarily erupted in Chertsey on Wednesday afternoon. The dramatic moment was caught on camera at 1.15pm as a geyser-style shower of water was sent shooting 20 feet into the air. The smaller counterpart of the ‘Chertsey sausage’ sprung a leak on Bridge Road, by Abbey Chase nursing…

Read more »

Flood recovery fund set up as warnings reduced to 14

February 19, 2014
Flood recovery fund set up as warnings reduced to 14

An appeal has been set up to try to help families and businesses recover quickly from flooding around the River Thames and other areas of the county. The Flood Recovery Appeal was launched this week by the Community Foundation for Surrey, to assist people and communities “in their time of need“. Grants of up to…

Read more »

Mock The Week star Hal takes Tough Lovvie to Cranleigh

February 19, 2014

He was at the Woking panto this year. Oh yes he was, and his comic talent was enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Hal Cruttenden is now back on his daytime job and bringing his stand up tour of Tough Luvvie to the Cranleigh Arts Centre on Saturday March 1. Hal is being tipped as…

Read more »

‘Arms trafficking’ link to pair arrested in Al-Hilli murder case

February 19, 2014
‘Arms trafficking’ link to pair arrested in Al-Hilli murder case

Dozens of firearms were found at the home of a man arrested in France over the killing of Saad Al-Hilli and three other people, it has been revealed, but not the murder weapon. The 48-year-old man being questioned – believed to be former police marksman Eric Devouoassoux, from the Haute-Savoie region – was detained on…

Read more »

Pregnant ewe mauled to death and others hurt in dog attack

February 19, 2014

A pregnant ewe was killed and three others mauled when a dog attacked a flock of sheep in Reigate. Around 40 sheep, owned and managed by the National Trust, were grazing at Reigate Hill on Tuesday (February 18) when they were attacked by a dog. One pregnant ewe was killed and three others, all in…

Read more »

Hill ‘frustrated and angry’ as Cards slump to Dartford thrashing

February 19, 2014

Seething Garry Hill blamed poor preparation as 10-man Woking FC crashed to a humiliating 5-1 defeat at strugglers Dartford. The Cards boss revealed that almost a third of his squad reported late for Tuesday’s Skrill Premier clash at Princes Park, blackening his mood. Latest of all was Ipswich Town loan star Jack Marriott, the young…

Read more »

Stray of the Day: Nate

February 19, 2014

A puppy is in need of a new home after being handed over to the RSPCA. Nate, a 16-week-old large cross-breed, ended up at the charity’s Millbrook centre, in Chobham, because his owner had too many dogs and was unable to meet their needs. He can be a little shy around new people but soon…

Read more »

Former chef cleared of baby shaking charges

February 19, 2014

A former chef has been acquitted of shaking a six-week-old baby. On Monday (February 17), a jury at Guildford Crown Court found Mark Leighton, 33, not guilty of assaulting a child and a separate count of neglecting a child. The charges related to an incident that was alleged to have taken place between August 25…

Read more »

Man on fire in graveyard was ‘running, falling and screaming’

February 19, 2014

A priest has recalled how he and other church members made the horrific discovery of a man on fire at a graveyard in Horley . Rev Calvert Prentis, rector at St Bart’s in Church Lane, was one of a group of around 10 people who were holding a church council meeting when one of them…

Read more »

Toast of Surrey Business Awards 2014

February 19, 2014

Following the deadline for nominations at the end of January, 30 companies have been shortlisted across the 10 categories for this year’s awards, hosted by the Surrey Advertiser. The year’s categories are: the Social Enterprise Award, Young Business of the Year (trading less than 12 months), Companies with a Turnover up to £1 million, Companies…

Read more »

Harvey the Helicopter books make for pleasant reading

February 19, 2014

A Row Town couple have juggled creating a new publishing company around raising their four young children. Michelle Fuller, 33, wrote her first book nine years ago, when her eldest son Harvey was just a baby. The Lost Elephant was to become the first of what will now be a series of books starring Harvey…

Read more »

Free tickets to The Home Improvement Show

February 19, 2014

CLICK HERE TO CLAIM A FREE PAIR OF TICKETS TO BOTH EVENTS   The Home Improvement Show No matter the size of your project, dream or budget, you’ll find all of the ideas, products and advice you need at this years show to make the most of your home. Perhaps you are looking to improve…

Read more »

Volunteer efforts raise spirits in River Thames flooding

February 19, 2014
Volunteer efforts raise spirits in River Thames flooding

Rugby club members were among volunteers who braved high winds and lashing rain to fill bags with sand donated by a DIY store to help stem the River Thames flooding. On Friday (February 14), 34 tonnes of sand and 600 bags were dropped off at London Irish RFC, in Sunbury, after being gifted by BQ.…

Read more »

London Irish players take time out to fill sandbags

February 19, 2014

Rugby club members were among volunteers who braved high winds and lashing rain to fill bags with sand donated by a DIY store to help stem the Thames flooding. On Friday (February 14), 34 tonnes of sand and 600 bags were dropped off at London Irish, in Sunbury, after being gifted by BQ. The home…

Read more »

Investigation into death of man in Reigate street

February 19, 2014

Police are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Reigate on Tuesday (February 18). Officers were called to Bell Street at around 2.20pm after receiving calls from members of the public. A spokesman said: “An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the man is now being carried out.”…

Read more »

Man charged with murder in connection with death of boy

February 19, 2014

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a boy, believed to be a 14-year-old from Caterham. Computer engineer Lewis Daynes, of Roseberry Road, Grays, in Essex, was due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. The victim has not been formally identified but is believed to be Breck Bednar,…

Read more »

Flood volunteers served 300 bacon rashers in ‘quiet’ three hours

February 19, 2014

Away from the front line of battling the River Thames floods, a team of tireless volunteers have been dealing with the enormous job of keeping rescue teams fed. The Surrey Fire and Rescue Volunteer Service helpers have been based at Chertsey fire station, providing food and drink for the rescue workers between 9am and 11pm. …

Read more »

What’s on for Wednesday February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014

A guide to what’s on in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the rest of south east Hampshire. WEDNESDAY, FEB 19 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. FAREHAM: Wallington Village Hall, Broadcut. 8.30pm-10pm. Ballroom and Latin Social…

Read more »

Redhill Aerodrome runway appeal dismissed by Planning Inspectorate

February 18, 2014

Redhill Aerodrome’s final attempt to replace grass runways with hard surfaces has ended in failure after the Planning Inspectorate dismissed its appeal. Aerodrome bosses wanted to replace the three grass strips with a single 1,349m-long hard runway along with 420m of approach lighting – at 60m intervals at either end of the runway, on 5m…

Read more »

Licence review for pub after three serious incidents in a month

February 18, 2014

More than 20 police call-outs to a pub last year have led to its licensing hours being reduced. Officers were called to The Fox and Hounds in Walton Street, Walton-on-the-Hill, near Banstead, 22 times in 2013 due to complaints including noise, drink-driving, people using the pavement as a toilet and a serious assault involving those…

Read more »

Campaigners’ fury at traveller site plans for Wisley Airfield

February 18, 2014

A traveller site could become part of plans to build a new community on the former airfield at Wisley. Developer Wisley Property Investments last month announced it wants to build a town or village on the site and released a brochure to illustrate the proposal. While no formal plans have been submitted to Guildford Borough…

Read more »

Recipes wanted for butcher’s real ‘Chertsey sausage’

February 18, 2014
Recipes wanted for butcher’s real ‘Chertsey sausage’

Efforts are being made to restore some form of normality for communities along the River Thames in north Surrey, with the removal of temporary flood defences. The so-called ‘Chertsey sausage’ was drained and taken away from Bridge Road on Tuesday, with the Environment Agency (EA) saying the removal of seven severe flood warnings in the…

Read more »