Surrey Live Recap: Breaking news from across the county, March 31

March 31, 2015

GOOD MORNING: Hello and welcome to another day of Surrey Live.

It’s Steve here and I’ll be bringing you all the latest news, travel and weather on this very windy morning.

WEATHER: Today is going to be very windy with bright or sunny spells and scattered blustery showers.

It will feeling cool in the strong winds, which may reach gale force in places early in the day. Maximum temperature 12C.

Winds will slowly ease overnight with a few showers still likely at first, although most parts will become dry with some good clear spells developing later. Minimum temperature 3C

FALLEN TREE: Disruption is likely on South West Trains between Haslemere and Guildford due to a fallen tree on the line.

The tree has now been removed and trains are getting back to normal but operating with knock-on delays until around 7am.

TRAVEL: A broken down train between Surbiton and Weybridge is affecting Woking-bound trains.

South West Trains says Esher, Hersham and Walton on Thames stations cannot be served by Woking-bound trains.

Customers at these stations will need to travel to Surbiton for trains towards Woking.

ROADS: Traffic is slow on the A243 northbound between the A244 (Leatherhead) and B280 Fairoak Lane (Malden Rushett / Chessington).

It’s also slow on the M25 clockwise between J10 (Wisley Interchange) and J11 (Chertsey).

We will keep you updated.

GUILDFORD STABBING: A second person has been charged in connection with the death of Daniel Sommerville.

Daniel Sommerville

Mr Sommerville, 24, died on Monday February 2 following following an altercation in Aldershot Road, Guildford.

He was admitted to the Royal Surrey County Hospital at around 3.35pm but died shortly after. A post-mortem examination found he died of a single stab wound.

Robyn Kirk, 28, from Mary Road, Guildford, has been charged with assisting an offender. She is due to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday April 28.

Meanwhile a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice has been released with no further action taken.

*A man has also been charged with murdering Daniel Sommerville. Nathaniel Johnson, 24, from Barkworth Road in Bermondsey, south-east London appeared at Guildford Crown Court in February. He is next due to appear at on Friday April 24.

KNIFEPOINT ROBBERY: A man was pushed to the floor during a knifepoint robbery of a Co-operative store in Woking.

Co-op store in St John's Road, Woking
Co-op store in St John’s Road, Woking

Surrey Police said a man entered the store in St John’s Road just before 10pm on Saturday (March 28) and demanded money from the cashier.

Enquiries are still ongoing into how much was stolen.

Read the full story here.

FALLEN TREE: We’re getting reports of a fallen tree on Woolmer Hill Road at Hatchetts Drive in Haslemere.

We will keep you updated.

ELECTION 2015: Earlier in March we asked you to make your voice heard ahead of the general election by completing the Get Surrey manifesto.

Well, hundreds of you wanted to make your thoughts known on issues such as building on the green belt, the NHS and social care cuts.

We can now bring you the results of our survey which will show those wanting to stand for the next parliament what you want from them.

The demands above are based on the results you gave us.

Get Surrey election manifesto demands
Get Surrey election manifesto demands

Read the full results here.

Don’t forget – every vote counts!


TRAVEL: Following the earlier fallen tree between Haslemere and Guildford


PTA THEFT: The treasurer of a parent-teacher association (PTA) has avoided an immediate prison term after stealing more than £2,000 from a Stanwell primary school.

Samantha Reddick with her partner, Cllr Spencer Taylor

Samantha Reddick, 38, took the money between December 9 2011 and May 25 2013 after she was put in charge of running the PTA’s accounts at Stanwell Fields Primary School.

During a four-day trial at Guildford Crown Court in February, a jury heard the mother-of-two failed to deposit any cash into the PTA’s HSBC account during her two-year tenure as treasurer and instead stole a total of £2,272.20 to help fund her own shopping.

A total of £681.16 was also found in loose change at her Ravensborne Avenue home, kept in a Sports Direct bag.

Read the full story here.

TRAVEL: We are getting reports of one lane being blocked and slow traffic due to an accident on the M3 London bound at J3 (Bagshot/Lightwater).

We will keep you updated.

DREAM HOME: It will come as no surprise to those who know Weybridge and its surrounding areas, that it provides some of the finest properties to been seen in the country.

CHK Mountford is currently listing this astounding property and estate in St Georges Hill.

Priced at a whopping £20,000 a month, this six-bedroom detached residence dubbed ‘Pentlands’ features a leisure complex, indoor pool, gym, sauna, tennis court, media room, games room, four reception rooms and a triple garage!

There’s also accommodation space for staff with a self-enclosed apartment sat above the garaging.

With quick access to the A3 and M25, this property is also a commuter’s dream.

The property even has a children’s play area with a wooden adventure walkway and fort, what more could you possibly want?

WATER FEATURE STOLEN: A “unique” five tonne piece of art has been stolen from the grounds of the Watts Gallery, in Compton in a night-time raid.

The sculpture stolen from Watts Gallery

The copper and bronze mixed sculpture, named Coracle, is worth tens of thousands of pounds and was stolen from the gallery in Downs Lane between Thursday (March 26) and Friday (March 27).

Read more from Natasha Salmon here.

UP IN FLAMES: A surprise defeat at the hands of Milton Keynes Lightning means Guildford Flames will miss out on the EPL play-offs for the first time.

Alan Bone
Battling for position: Flames forward Ben Campbell (right) looks to get the better of Leigh Jamieson in the second leg at Spectrum
Battling for position: Flames forward Ben Campbell (right) looks to get the better of Leigh Jamieson in the second leg at Spectrum

The Spectrum-based side, who finished runners-up in the league, were beaten by seventh-placed MK in both legs of the quarter-final, losing 3-2 on Saturday and then 4-3 24 hours later on their own rink.

Read Richard Spiller’s full report here.

BQ CLOSURES: DIY giant BQ is to close 60 stores in the UK and Ireland over the next two years, the firm announced today.

Parent company Kingfisher announced the closures as it posted a 7.5% drop in annual profits to £675 million after sales fell by 1.4% to £11billion in the year to January 31.

BQ currently has stores in mainland China, the Republic of Ireland and Taiwan, as well as the UK.

It is the largest DIY retail chain in China and the United Kingdom.

It is the second largest in Europe, and the fourth largest in the world.

The scale of possible job losses caused by the store closures has yet to be announced.

ROYAL BABY: The bets are on for the royal baby’s name, with one bookmaker facing a potential five-figure payout if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name their second child Alice.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The odds on William and heavily pregnant Kate calling their baby Alice have tumbled with bookmaker William Hill from 14-1 to 4-1 after the bets were made last week.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Alice is the new favourite and we have seen a significant number of bets, particularly from the Tunbridge area – you have to think there is good reason for the gamble.”

If the wagers prove correct the bookmakers face losing a five-figure sum.

See all the odds here.

DOG SPARED DEATH SENTENCE: A dog that ravaged a builder’s arm and left him unable to work for 12 weeks has avoided a death sentence following a court hearing.

Bruno, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with a Boxer, jumped up at the throat of Martin Goggin outside the Sutton Green home of the dogs’ owners, with whom he had an agreement to store a skip and vehicle, Guildford Magistrates Court heard.

Guildford Magistrates Court
Guildford Magistrates Court

Owner James Maskrey appeared at the court on Tuesday, where the 61-year-old pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control, causing injury.

Read the full story from Guy Martin here.

FREE PARKING: Increasing the free parking time in Chobham’s main car park to three hours is the latest idea suggested to solve traffic problems in the village.

Chobham High Street

Residents commonly park elsewhere to avoid paying for the charges in the car park behind the high street, where drivers have to pay if they are staying more than two hours.

It leads to people, particularly those working at shops and businesses in Chobham, parking wherever they can find a free space, including at the village hall and recreation ground.

Read the full story by Guy Martin here.

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