Neville grabs chance as Staines Town extend winning run

November 14, 2013

Teenager Luke Neville admitted his first senior goal for Staines Town was a bit cheeky. The young defender from Ashford was the local boy who came good as Marcus Gayle’s Swans crept over the line in Tuesday’s incident-packed 2-1 win against Weston-super-Mare in Skrill South. “It went in off my cheek, it wasn’t a clean…

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TeenTech inspires generation of scientists

November 14, 2013

Hundreds of school students visited Surrey Sports Park to learn about opportunities in science and technology industries. At this year’s TeenTech event on Wednesday (November 13), activities included programming robots, solving a forensics crime scene, running a production line and becoming a virus detective. Students could create digital art and see a planet show in…

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Police issue advice after thieves target pub fruit machines

November 14, 2013

Police are investigating after money was stolen from fruit machines in two pub break-ins in east Surrey. Money was taken from a fruit machine at the Limes Public House, in Merstham, at around 6.20am on Tuesday (November 12). In the early hours of Friday morning (November 8), money was also taken from the machine at…

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Cat owner condemns ‘pond life’ after pet shot and hit by car

November 14, 2013

A pet owner has been left questioning the village she lives in after her beloved cat was shot with an air rifle and hit by a car. Joanna Bowman rushed her much-loved cat Buddy to the vets after finding him collapsed in the back garden of her Merstham home. It is believed the puss was…

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What’s on for Thursday November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013

A guide to what’s on around the area today. COMEDY FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Bond! An Unauthorised Parody. Presented by Gavin Robertson. Admission £13.50, concs. (01329) 223100. CONCERTS OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Concert. Featuring Nick Miller and Will Drakett (organ). Admission £3, concs. Light refreshments available. (023)…

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Protesters to march against planned fire station closures

November 14, 2013

Protesters fighting closure of Staines and Sunbury fire stations will march to show the strength of feeling against plans they say will put people’s lives at risk. Save Our Services in Surrey (SOSiS) is a county-wide network of community groups, trade unions and residents that has united to demonstrate against the county council’s proposals to…

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BT cable faults leave residents ‘cut off entirely’

November 14, 2013

Hundreds of households in Heatherside and Frimley have been cut off for almost a fortnight after major cable faults disrupted their landline connections. BT Openreach customers in GU15 and GU16 post codes have been reporting issues since November 2 but for some residents, problems have been ongoing for nearly a month, leaving them ‘frustrated’ and…

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Appeal over rejected wood burning power station plans

November 14, 2013

A wood burning power station planned for the edge of St George’s Hill is back on the agenda, after developers launched an appeal. Earlier this year Surrey County Council’s planning committee rejected plans for a small scale biomass plant at Redhill Road which would generate 2.5 megawatts of electricity an hour. Applicants Barnes Wallis Heat…

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‘Priceless’ Lancaster cockpit stops traffic on Lord Mayor’s journey

November 14, 2013

A Lancaster bomber caused a stir in Egham when the RAF came to pick it up. The cockpit was being taken to central London to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. Traffic stopped and people took photographs as the 22ft aircraft was moved from a garage to the transporter before being whisked…

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IPCC referral after man fell critically ill in police custody

November 13, 2013

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been called after a mental health detainee became critically ill. The 33-year-old was being held in Staines Police Station on Wednesday (November 12). South East Coast Ambulance Service had originally called police to Vanguard House in Douglas Road, Stanwell, for assistance shortly after 10pm. The man was detained…

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Gospel music contest finalist shows her soul

November 13, 2013

A singer from Merrow reached the final of a televised gospel competition. Hannah De Souza, performing as Hannah Dee, first auditioned for the Loveworld Music Festival competition back in May, along with hundreds of other singers. On October 26 she narrowly lost out in the final as one of the last four. The 19-year-old, who…

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Clarke steps into Swayze’s shoes with Ghost The Musical

November 13, 2013

A timeless fantasy about the power of love, Ghost the Musical tells the story of Sam, who is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next, trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a fake psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. The story was made famous by the Oscar-winning…

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University of Surrey student found dead in woods is named

November 13, 2013

The identity of a University of Surrey student found dead in woodland near halls of residence has been revealed. Christopher Chai, 18, was discovered near the university’s Manor Park student village in Guildford at around 1.30pm last Wednesday (November 6), by police officers who were searching the area following reports of a concern for safety…

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No Escape from Andrew Lawrence in Dorking

November 13, 2013

Is your life so awful you sometimes wish you could disappear completely and never be found? Then perhaps Andrew Lawrence’s There is No Escape is the stand-up show for you. As seen on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo and star of three acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series in his own name, Andrew Lawrence returns with…

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Road shut as diesel barrels found after ‘stolen car’ police chase

November 13, 2013

A police chase of a suspected stolen vehicle ended in a car crash in Thames Ditton. At around 11.45am on Wednesday, officers responded to a possible sighting of a stolen Nissan Prairie. The car was pursued until it was involved in a collision with the police vehicle and also hit a wall in Station Road.…

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On-loan Marriott hits bullseye against Darts in Woking FC debut

November 13, 2013

Wonderkid Jack Marriott savoured his dream Woking debut after firing the Cards to a 3-0 Skrill Premier victory over Dartford. The jet-heeled 19-year-old, snapped up from Ipswich Town on a month’s loan last Friday, scored the opener at Kingfield on Tuesday night and then set up a second in front of watching Portman Road boss…

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Esher man admits snooping on Olympic Stadium bidding details

November 13, 2013

Three private investigators, including one from Esher, face an unlimited fine for snooping on confidential documents related to bidding for the Olympic Stadium by two Premier League football clubs. Lee Stewart, 39, of More Lane, together with Richard Michael Forrest, 30, and Howard Hill, 58, accessed private information while Tottenham Hotspur FC was battling West…

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‘No-one could have predicted’ mother murdering her children

November 13, 2013

A serious case review has concluded no-one could have predicted that a mother from Lightwater would murder her two young children after her relationship with their father fell apart. Fiona Donnison, 47, was jailed in August 2011 for a minimum of 32 years after suffocating Harry, three, and Elise, two, as they slept at the…

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Mourners bid farewell to Jonathan Beaumont at funeral

November 13, 2013
Mourners bid farewell to Jonathan Beaumont at funeral

Mourners said a final farewell on Tuesday to Jonathan Beaumont, the teenager who died following an incident in an Addlestone park in August. His funeral took place at St Peter’s Church, Chertsey, where his parents, Robert and Elaine, and brothers James, Nick and Chris were joined by Jonathan’s family and friends. The Beaumonts opened the…

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Air rifles stolen from scout hut in Caterham

November 13, 2013

Three air rifles have been stolen from a scout hut in Caterham. Police are appealing for information after the rifles were taken from 1st Caterham St Mary’s scout hut in Chaldon Road. It is believed thieves forced entry to the building through a fire door between 9am on October 30 and 9.30am on November 1.…

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Horse put down by vet after being found stuck in ditch

November 13, 2013

A horse had to be put down after it was found lying in a muddy ditch on Tuesday (November 12). Fire crews were called just before 6pm with a unit from Godstone joined by a team with specialist lifting equipment from Painshill, to free the horse which was stuck in Kings Mill Lane, South Nutfield.…

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Thorpe Park denies agreeing to change Asylum maze name

November 13, 2013

Confusion remains over whether Thorpe Park will change the name of its Asylum horror maze, which has been the subject of protests by mental health campaigners. The live-action Fright Night maze, which featured a chainsaw-wielding ‘patient’, was criticised in a campaign led by student mental health nurse Katie Sutton, who said it reinforced negative stereotypes…

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‘Sad’ to see historic Staines building ravaged by fire

November 13, 2013
‘Sad’ to see historic Staines building ravaged by fire

A solicitors firm will be out of their offices in Staines for around six months after a blaze tore through one of the town’s oldest buildings – but client documents remained safe from damage inside filing cabinets. A blaze took hold at Dale and Newbury in Clarence Street in the early hours of last Friday…

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Woman bit victim’s head in ‘savage’ fight

November 13, 2013

A woman has been handed a community order and curfew after biting a person’s head during a “savage” fight in Addlestone. Terri McConnachie, 21, appeared at North Surrey Magistrates’ Court in Staines last Wednesday (November 6), where she admitted one charge of assaulting Sherri Edwards on the basis that she was provoked, and both had…

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Councillor jeered over Heathrow village demolition support

November 13, 2013

Stanwell and its neighbouring communities are uniting under a single banner to oppose plans to expand Heathrow. More than 100 people packed a meeting at the Grade I-listed St Mary’s Church for a debate on the airport’s expansion plans. The future of the ancient church itself could be in jeopardy. The meeting agreed that villages…

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Win tickets to see Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Polka Theatre

November 13, 2013

Curiouser and curiouser… When Alice falls down a mysterious rabbit hole she stumbles upon a magical fantasy world where anything can happen… Lewis Carroll’s classic characters spring to life in an enchanting festive show for the whole family, bursting with music, madness and mystery. Take tea with the Mad Hatter, meet the White Rabbit, grin…

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