GPs oppose plans to remove hospital services

July 8, 2013

GPs oppose plans to remove hospital services July 08, 2013 Nearly 70% of GPs in Surrey Downs who responded to a secret ballot have voted against proposals to remove acute services from Epsom Hospital. Local MPs Chris Grayling, Crispin Blunt, Sir Paul Beresford and Dominic Raab sent out the ballot to all GPs practicing in…

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Armed robbery sparks police search

July 8, 2013

Armed robbery sparks police search July 08, 2013 Police officers were called to Caterham on Monday (July 8) following reports of an armed robbery at a travel agents. Officers were deployed to the scene in Croydon Road at around 2.40pm and searched the area for the suspect. Surrey Police is appealing for information in connection…

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‘Suspicious vehicle’ causes Hog’s Back closure

July 8, 2013

‘Suspicious vehicle’ causes Hog’s Back closure July 08, 2013 A stretch of the Hog’s Back near Seale has been closed after a suspicious vehicle was reported to Surrey Police. Emergency services went to a lay-by close to the junction of White Lane following calls from members of the public at around 2.30pm on Monday (July…

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Teenager Giles is a Countdown record-breaker

July 8, 2013
Teenager Giles is a Countdown record-breaker

Giles Hutchings Teenager Giles is a Countdown record-breaker July 08, 2013 A conundrum champion from Farnham has won Channel 4’s Countdown for the eighth time and broken records after gaining the highest number of points in the history of the show. Giles Hutchings, 17, secured his title after beating rival Andy Platt 96-86 in the…

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Police drop Knaphill suspicious incidents case

July 8, 2013

Police drop Knaphill suspicious incidents case By Beth Duffell July 08, 2013 Police have completed investigations into alleged suspicious incidents in Knaphill and said there is no evidence to uphold the allegations. On Monday (July 8) officers from Surrey Police confirmed a “thorough investigation” had taken place following reports in May that men had been…

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Statue will be memorial to women’s rights activist

July 8, 2013
Statue will be memorial to women’s rights activist

Statue will be memorial to women’s rights activist By David Stubbings July 08, 2013 A piece of artwork which will be a lasting memorial to a militant suffragette killed in the Epsom Derby 100 years ago has been selected by councillors. Epsom Ewell borough councillors ran a competition to find a piece of public art…

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Man cleared of raping teenage drug addict

July 8, 2013
Man cleared of raping teenage drug addict

Man cleared of raping teenage drug addict July 08, 2013 An ex-train driver previously jailed for sexually abusing a teenage girl has been cleared of raping and indecently assaulting an 18-year-old heroin user. Eric Hames, from Ockleys Mead, Godstone, was acquitted on Friday (July 5) of attacking the woman between 2006 and 2007. The 45-year-old,…

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New CCTV cameras to tackle Ash vandalism

July 8, 2013

Ash Parish Council is considering spending £15,000 on CCTV cameras to crack down on antisocial behaviour as part of a new list of projects to carry out over the next two years. The council has chosen five projects to submit to Guildford Borough Council, including the CCTV cameras, which will be discussed at a meeting…

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Police name Dorking victim involved in fatal crash

July 8, 2013

Police name Dorking victim involved in fatal crash By Guy Martin July 08, 2013 A woman who died in an A24 crash has been named as Dorking 20-year-old Shelby Gillespie-Boarer. The young woman, of Hart Road, was involved in a crash on the dual-carriageway near Horsham on Thursday (July 4). Paramedics rushed to the scene…

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Protest at plan to raze wall

July 8, 2013

A PROPOSAL to demolish an ‘historic wall’ in Thames Ditton has been met with dismay by local councillors. The brick wall, in Ash Path on the border of Thames Ditton Junior School, is more than 100 years old and originally formed the northern boundary of the Ditton Lodge residence. Part of the wall lies in…

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Inspector to decide on disputed play area

July 8, 2013

A PROPOSED play area for the Wood Street Village green will be decided by the Planning Inspectorate after objections from neighbours. Worplesdon Parish Council received a letter of complaint from one resident who claimed there was insufficient mandate for the proposal and there had not been a proper consultation – claims that are denied by…

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Guildford cyclist becomes Italian hero

July 8, 2013

A CYCLIST from Guildford has become a local hero for a town in southern Italy. Having originally planned a simple cycling holiday, Stoughton resident Kenneth Riches became an ambassador for the city of Matera in its bid to be capital of culture in 2019. After riding 2,300 kilometres over 17 days the 34-year-old was greeted…

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Duke’s Head tops pub crime list

July 8, 2013

A LEATHERHEAD High Street pub tops a list of Mole Valley licensed premises where crimes have occurred over a 12-month period. The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the pubs, restaurants and shops selling alcohol where offences have been recorded in the financial year ending in March 2013. There were seven logged…

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What’s On for Saturday July 6, 2013

July 5, 2013

A guide to what’s on in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the rest of south east Hampshire. SATURDAY, JULY 6 CLUBBING PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7pm-1.30pm. Georgie Loves Colin Dale (Kiss FM). A night of tech-house. Admission £3 before 8pm, £5 after. (023) 9221 0437. SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert…

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Inquest told depressed man ‘walked towards’ train

July 5, 2013

A depressed train enthusiast from Camberley calmly stepped out in front of a speeding commuter service just weeks after reviving his career, an inquest heard this week. Unemployed for eight years, Jeremy Purton, 52, of Chapel Road, had recently started working again as a bookkeeper following stints as a lab assistant and as a postman.…

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Council boss ‘not suspended’ during investigation

July 5, 2013

The future of Guildford Borough Council’s chief executive could be in jeopardy following a grievance procedure being lodged against him by a senior staff member. Judith Coslett, the head of HR at the council, has launched the procedure against David Hill and the claim is being investigated by an independent assessor. A spokesman for the…

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Surrey Hills reality show criticised

July 5, 2013

Casting has begun for a reality television show called Surrey Hills but representatives of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are not best pleased with the title. Producers of the show, which follows in the footsteps of The Only Way Is Essex and Made in Chelsea, are seeking people who “lead an…

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Man found unconscious in toilets

July 5, 2013

Man found unconscious in toilets By Joe Finnerty July 05, 2013 A man was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious in the toilets of a Woking betting shop. Police and paramedics swarmed around Ladbrokes, in Chertsey Road, on Friday morning (July 5) after reports of a ‘concern for safety’. Staff at the bookmakers had…

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Inspectors return to see if hospital has improved

July 5, 2013

Inspectors have revisited a private hospital in Guildford following the publication of a damning report from health regulators earlier this year. In May, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported that the BMI Mount Alvernia, in Harvey Road, had put child patients at a significant risk of harm to a life-threatening level. It ruled that improvements…

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TV appeal in bookmakers robbery investigation

July 5, 2013
TV appeal in bookmakers robbery investigation

CCTV images of the Epsom bookies raid were shown on TV TV appeal in bookmakers robbery investigation By Amy De-Keyzer July 05, 2013 Detectives investigating a robbery at a bookmakers in Epsom featured the incident on the Crimewatch Roadshow in a bid to trace the culprits. Officers from Epsom CID hoped to identify those responsible…

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Charity ball in honour of mum with cancer

July 5, 2013

Friends of a young Busbridge mum who has incurable cancer have organised a charity black tie ball in her honour. Lisa Staniford, 31, who lives in Admiral Way, has a very rare aggressive inflammatory cancer which has spread to her liver and back. Despite being the main carer for her husband who has schizophrenia as…

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Young girl approached by stranger in Ashtead

July 5, 2013

A second 11-year-old has been approached by a man in suspicious circumstances in Ashtead, police have revealed. They launched a manhunt after an attempted abduction of a boy on June 18 in Berry Meade, and now they have stepped up their efforts after a girl was approached in Taleworth Road on Wednesday (July 3). Police…

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Traveller caravan swiftly moved on from park

July 5, 2013

A traveller camp, which sprung up in Lightwater this week, has been moved on after intervention by the police and borough council. Three caravans were spotted on Monday evening (July 1) in Lightwater Country Park – a site owned and managed by Surrey Heath Borough Council. A spokesman for the council said the following day…

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Two men charged with robbery after bookies raid

July 5, 2013

Two men charged with robbery after bookies raid By Amy De-Keyzer July 05, 2013 TWO men have been charged in connection with a robbery at a Reigate bookmakers this week. On Thursday (July 4) officers charged 22-year-olds Libian Handuele Ismail, of Edwards Street in London, and Omar Mohammed, of Idonia Street in Deptford, with robbery…

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Farnham pottery centre brought back to working life

July 5, 2013

A new charity in Farnham will celebrate all things ceramic in a very historic setting. Chairman Ashley Howard and his volunteers have launched 318 Ceramics in the old Farnham Pottery building in the middle of the craft town after a grant from the arts council. The organisation was first set up by the Farnham Pottery…

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Neighbours petition council over parking blight

July 5, 2013

Parking problems in a Staines neighbourhood have become so stressful that every household, bar one, signed a petition calling for action to be taken to cut the “inconsiderate blight”. Now, hopes are high that a solution can be found by this autumn that would give residents their road back. The petition, from people living in…

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