‘Discrimination’ is driving Gypsy who lives opposite Murray Lane site to give up her dream

August 12, 2013

A gypsy who claims she is facing discrimination has offered to sell her Byfleet land to the residents’ association. Charmaine Valler wants to sell her land in Murray’s Lane, which is opposite the green belt site where controversial plans for a Gypsy site were refused. The application for four pitches for an extended Romani Gypsy…

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Man to stand trial accused of raping woman in Whyteleafe

August 12, 2013

A Croydon man is to stand trial accused of raping a woman in Whyteleafe earlier this year. Colin Andrew Ford, 58, from Fernhurst Road, pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape and one of assault by penetration at Guildford Crown Court on Monday (August 12). He is accused of raping a woman between May…

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Flats and Tesco store to be built at historic cinema and former nightclub

August 12, 2013

More than 60 homes and a Tesco Express store are to be built on the site of a former nightclub and cinema in Redhill. The building, which was built in 1938 as an Odeon cinema in Station Corner, and was more recently used as a Liquid and Envy nightclub is set to be re-developed. The…

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Pub of the Year 2013 contender: The King’s Head in Guildford

August 12, 2013

The 15th century building in Quarry Street is a feature on the town’s regular ghosts walks and plans are now in place to expand its garden as it is often packed out on sunny afternoons. There have been numerous reports of spooky sightings over the years, with one of the tales refering to a night…

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Pub of the Year 2013 contender: The Boatman in Guildford

August 12, 2013

The 15th century building in Quarry Street is a feature on the town’s regular ghosts walks and plans are now in place to expand its garden as it is often packed out on sunny afternoons. There have been numerous reports of spooky sightings over the years, with one of the tales refering to a night…

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Ex-police inspector to stand trial over multiple fraud charges

August 12, 2013

A former Surrey Police chief inspector accused of multiple fraud charges will stand trial next year. Tanya Brookes, nee Sillett, 45, has denied 27 charges of fraud and will go on trial at Winchester Crown Court, in Hampshire, on January 13. Her charges all relate to either making and supplying an article for use in…

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Mum battling cancer has a ball and gains petition support

August 12, 2013
Mum battling cancer has a ball and gains petition support

A ball held in honour of a young mum with incurable cancer “went down a storm” last weekend. Friends of Lisa Staniford, 31, organised the black tie ball to raise money for cancer charities and to help send the Busbridge family on special trips this year. The organisers were delighted to welcome people from across…

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Complainant’s departure will not halt investigation into CEO

August 12, 2013

The woman who launched a grievance complaint against Guildford Borough Council’s chief executive has left her job. David Hill took leave in July when it was revealed that the procedure had been launched by the council’s head of HR, Judith Coslett. The CEO, who earns a salary of more than £123,000 and has worked at…

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Swallows Tiles site: Developers apologise over HGV disruption

August 12, 2013

Developers have apologised to residents for the disruption caused by heavy vehicles that are accessing the Swallows Tiles site. The scheme of 58 homes on the site off Brookhurst Road was given the go-ahead last September after planning officers concluded that although it would be ‘substantial in size’, it would not be inappropriate for the…

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Surrey County Council social workers acted ‘unfairly’ in taking baby girl from parents

August 12, 2013

A couple were left ‘helpless’ after their gravely ill one-year-old was taken from them by Surrey County Council on the basis of ‘wholly improbable’ fears. The High Court heard on Wednesday, one of the parents was accused of putting their daughter at risk by cutting a tube that was part of her ventilation equipment. Judge…

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What’s on for Monday August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013

A guide to what’s on in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the rest of south east Hampshire. MONDAY, AUGUST 12 DANCING COSHAM: Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street. 7.30pm-10pm. MM’s Modern Sequence Dance Club. All welcome to this modern sequence club. Admission £2.50. (023) 9271 0060. EVENTS FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN).…

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Appeal over plans for 400 homes

August 12, 2013

In a dramatic turn of events, Ash Residents’ Association has asked for a controversial planning application in Ash South to be called in by the secretary of state after fears Guildford Borough Council will approve the application. The group, known as ASHRA, has written to Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government,…

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Speculation mounts over potential ‘fracking’

August 12, 2013

Sites in Surrey could be used to drill from as part of a hydraulic fracturing process – known as ‘fracking’ – campaigners have warned. Speculation over where such sites could be has been rife in recent weeks, as energy exploration and production companies look to take advantage of licenses granted by the government to search…

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English National Ballet dancer leaps into stardom

August 12, 2013

As Laurretta Summerscales sneaked through the curtains to watch an exam at her mother’s Horsell dance school, she could have never imagined that one day she would take on the principal role in Swan Lake. From a young girl who could never quite achieve gold to first soloist with the English National Ballet, 22-year-old Laurretta…

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Thieves stole litter but left pup behind

August 12, 2013

A puppy that was left behind after its mother and siblings were stolen has been taken in by border collies. The litter of five springer spaniels was just two weeks old when, along with their mother, Bonnie, the pups were stolen from a farm in Albury overnight on Monday July 29. A lone female was…

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Win 25 pairs of tickets to the Chilterns Craft & Design Show!

August 12, 2013
Win 25 pairs of tickets to the Chilterns Craft & Design Show!

We have teamed up with the Chilterns Craft Design Show to offer 25 lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic show and tickets to the beautiful Stonor Park House and Gardens on either Sunday 25 or Monday 26 August.  Set in the picturesque surrounds of Stonor Park, Henley on…

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What’s on for Saturday August 10 and Sunday August 11, 2013

August 10, 2013

A guide to what’s on in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the rest of south east Hampshire. SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 CLUBBING PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7pm-1.30am. Revelation presents Amber D (Tidy Girls). A night of hard dance and trance. Admission £3 before 8pm, £5 after. (023) 9221 0437. SOUTHSEA: Edge of…

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New developer chosen for Guildford North Street revamp

August 9, 2013

A different developer has been tipped to take on the transformation of Guildford’s North Street area, following a council U-turn. Guildford Borough Council’s evaluation panel, which assessed bids from three interested developers, will recommend Land Securities as the best partner for the development. The decision represents a reversal of the panel’s conclusion earlier this year,…

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Apology after train sent wrong way by signalling error

August 9, 2013

Rail passengers in Redhill had a surprise on Wednesday (August 7) when their train to Reading went the wrong way. The 10.13am First Great Western (FGW) service, which originated from Gatwick Airport, was due to make its next stop at Reigate. However, a signalling error by Network Rail meant the train headed back down towards…

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Cannabis factory ‘gardener’ jailed for 12 months

August 9, 2013

A builder who was a “grunt” in an industrial scale operation to produce cannabis in Shepperton has been given a 12-month prison sentence. James Scantlebury-Grant, of The Heart, Walton, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday where his role in the operation was described as “just a gardener”. Scantlebury-Grant and two others were arrested on…

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Further arrest made over injured man in car park

August 9, 2013

Police have made a fourth arrest following the discovery of a man with serious facial injuries in the stairwell of a Guildford car park last weekend. A security guard found the man, aged in his 40s, collapsed on the fifth level of the York Road car park at around 5.20am on Saturday (August 3). Ambulance…

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Heart attack woman, 91, forced to walk to ambulance during RideLondon-Surrey

August 9, 2013

A 91-year-old Ripley woman had to walk to an ambulance after suffering a heart attack, as the RideLondon-Surrey cycling event left paramedics unable to drive to her door. The patient remains in a serious condition after it took more than an hour to get her to hospital on Sunday (August 4), and her daughter said…

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Horsing around at Sandown Park pantomime race

August 9, 2013
Horsing around at Sandown Park pantomime race

  The Mayor’s Pantomime Horse Race, in aid of Councillor Mike Bennison’s chosen charity, Riding for the Disabled, featured nine equine entrants vying to cross the finish line first. The race was won by Ellie Lloyd-Jones and Paula Jones, a mother and daughter team from Woking, who left the other horses eating their dust with…

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Morrisons pub bid ignites opposition from rival stores

August 9, 2013

Plans have been submitted to Guildford Borough Council asking for permission to extend a disused pub in Ash Wharf so that it can then be converted into a Morrisons Local supermarket. The Standard of England pub in Ash Hill Road closed down in June last year and the premises have been empty ever since. The…

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Schizophrenic teenager admits Jake Bates stabbing manslaughter

August 9, 2013
Schizophrenic teenager admits Jake Bates stabbing manslaughter

A paranoid schizophrenic has admitted the manslaughter of 19-year-old Jake Bates, who was fatally stabbed in the neck at a house in the Park Barn area of Guildford. Liam Martin, also 19, will now be detained indefinitely in the Shaftsbury Clinic at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, south-west London. Martin pleaded guilty to killing Mr…

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Full-frontal assault on nudists spa closure order

August 9, 2013

Nudists will have to wrap things up after an enforcement notice demanded that a colony which came complete with its own dungeon close its doors, seven years after it opened. The Kestrel Hydro naturists spa in Horton Road, Stanwell Moor, has said it will fight to allow its members to carry on stripping after it…

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