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Fire Destroys Buildings at Redhill Aerodrome – 14/04/15
A massive fire has destroyed several buildings at Redhill Aerodrome including the Chef on the Road restaurant. The fire was spotted at around 1.45am on Monday by an air ambulance coming in to land and fire crews rushed to the scene. Eight fire engines and several special response units attended the scene but the buildings were already destroyed so fire crews concentrated on preventing the fire from spreading to other buildings. The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is underway.
Communities Secretary Opposes Castle Debate – 13/04/15
After 9 years of dispute concerning the castle illegally built by a farmer in Salfords, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has contributed to the debate with a potentially damning over-ruling of a planning inspector’s recommendations. Mr Fidler built his castle in Axes Lane in 2002 behind hay bales and kept it hidden until 2006. Since that time he has been locked in a legal battle with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council over planning permission and his right to keep the building. The council obtained a High Court injunction last June requiring Mr Fidler to demolish the building. Mr Fidler appealed and at a public inquiry in November, inspector Rod Evans recommended that temporary planning permission be granted for a maximum of 3 years. However, Mr Pickles overturned the recommendation on the basis that it would set a precedent for illegal building on the Green Belt and he stated that Mr Fidler’s claimed ‘business needs’ were not robust.
Teenagers Plead Not Guilty to Brutal Attack – 27/03/15
Six teenagers who are accused of brutally attacking a man for singing have denied the charges at Guildford Crown Court. 24 year old Adam Cooper was walking past the YMCA’s East Surrey Hillbrook House in Brighton Road at around 12.20am on 14th November 2013 after a night drinking at The Sun pub in Redhill. When he saw the YMCA, he began singing the Village People’s YMCA song and was heard by a group of teenagers outside the building, some of whom were residents at the hostel at the time. The teenagers took offence to Mr Cooper’s singing and began to follow him. When he crossed the road, one of the teenagers grabbed him and Mr Cooper retaliated before being hit from behind and falling unconscious. He awoke in hospital and required reconstructive surgery to his face. Max Coetzee, James Jones, Jerome Grantham, Luke Stapleton Taylor Boulden and one other defendant who cannot be named for legal reasons all deny the charges.
Horley Woman Charged with Attempted Murder – 17/03/15
A man in his 40s is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed at a house in the early hours of Saturday morning. Emergency services were called to the address at 1am and the man was taken by ambulance to St George’s hospital in Tooting. 44 year old Tracy Ann Donovan has been charged with attempted murder.
Horley Woman Charged Over Gun Scare at Waitrose – 16/03/15
A 49 year old woman has been charged with affray, possession of an air pistol in a public place and criminal damage. Jennifer Gwen Lloyd was arrested at the supermarket after witnesses saw her loading a gun nearby.
Woman Dies in Stream – 10/03/15
A woman in her 50s has died after being found in a stream near Smallfield Road on Saturday 7th March. Emergency services tried to resuscitate her at the scene and she was flown by air ambulance to St Georges hospital in Tooting where she was pronounced dead. The woman has been identified as Sandra Underhill and, whilst cause of death has not yet been confirmed, it is believed that she fell from a horse whilst riding along the road.
Four Homes Burgled in 24 Hours – 06/02/15
Surrey police are warning local residents to be extra vigilant after four homes in close proximity of each other were burgled within a 24 hour period. The houses in Vandyke Close, Brooklands Way and two in Budgen Drive were burgled on Tuesday and police believe they were specifically targeted for high-value jewellery and money.
Council Tax Rise Proposed – 27/01/15
Surrey County Council are planning to increase council tax this year by 1.99 per cent. The increase is just below the figure that would require a public vote, but is essential due to the cuts in government funding of £24 million. The cabinet will make a decision on the increase on Tuesday 3rd February.
Reigate Man Arrested as Part of Burglary Gang – 15/01/15
A 28 year old man from Reigate has been arrested on suspicion of being involved with a gang responsible for up to 200 burglaries in the South East. Police across Surrey, Sussex and Kent joined forces to catch the gang after a pattern emerged last September. Officers were alerted to two burglaries in Midhurst and West Chiltington on Tuesday night and immediately pounced into action when a group of men were spotted in a stolen VW Golf. The men forced a Ford Focus to stop and then stole that car but had to abandon it shortly after. In addition to the suspect from Reigate, a 24 year old man from Sidcup, a 29 year old from Essex, a 20 year old from Billingshurst and a 16 year old boy were also arrested.
Murderer of Redhill Schoolboy Jailed for Life – 14/01/15
The 19 year old man guilty of the murder of St Bedes pupil Breck Bednar has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years. Lewis Daynes pleaded guilty to Breck’s murder on 17th February last year and was sentenced this week at Chelmsford Crown Court. The court heard how Daynes had lured 14 year old Breck to his home in Essex under the pretence of including the boy in a multi-million pound computer software deal having groomed him online for several months. Despite overwhelming DNA evidence and the original 999 call made by Daynes, he tried to claim that two Middle Eastern men had broken into the flat, forced them to perform a sexual act and then stabbed Breck in the neck. He changed his plea to guilty in November last year. After sentencing, many harrowing details of the murder were released to the public including the full recording of the emergency call Daynes made.
Station Re-Development to Begin in Spring – 13/01/15The developers responsible for transforming Redhill train station have announced that work will begin in the next few months. The £50 million development will include a new Waitrose supermarket, multi-storey car park and new homes, as well as a state of the art rail station.
Redhill to Get New Youth Centre – 09/01/15
After years of campaigning, Redhill is finally going to get a youth centre. The new facility will be opened at the East Surrey Family Centre in Station Road, providing activities for the town’s youngsters. The facility was agreed by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council at a meeting this week and it is hoped that the facility will be open in the next couple of months.
Teenager’s Death an Accident – 08/01/15A coroner has ruled that the death of a Redhill teenager at Horley train station was an accident. 15 year old Jesse Quincey died on April 7 last year after he fell from the platform and was electrocuted. Woking Coroners Court heard how Jesse had been caught on CCTV taking two bottles of vodka from the Tesco store in Hookwood and was drinking from one of these bottles shortly before the accident. Witnesses said that the teenager, who lived in a residential care home, had been stumbling and staggering on the platform just before he fell onto the tracks.
Police Name and Shame Drink Drivers – 28/11/14
Surrey and Sussex police have launched a campaign to stop drink and drug driving over the festive period by publishing the names of offenders. Anyone caught committing an offence in December will have their details published on a special website and throughout local media. Officers will also use Twitter to communicate arrests in real time. Members of the public are also being encouraged to participate in the campaign by reporting anyone they see getting into a car who could be under the influence.
Man Shot in Redhill – 26/11/14Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in Redhill on Tuesday evening. Having received a report of the shooting, police acted quickly warning the public of the potential danger via social media. However, it became evident that the man in his 20s had been shot in the chest with an air rifle and the danger to the public was less of a threat.
Winter Homeless Shelter Returns – 20/11/14
A night shelter for the homeless will be returning to Redhill, Reigate and Horley this Winter. The shelter, which will be held in different church halls across the towns, will run for 11 weeks from December 22. Up to 15 homeless guests can be accommodated each night and will be given an evening meal, a bed for the night and breakfast.
Rain Causes Motorway Chaos – 14/11/14
Fears that the country is in for another Winter of flooding became a reality for many motorists this morning after torrential rainfall caused part of the M25 to collapse. Three lanes of the clockwise carriageway near Leatherhead were closed, causing lengthy tailbacks on the motorway and throughout nearby towns. Experts warn that we have already exceeded the average rainfall for November and we aren’t even halfway through the month yet.
New Park Opens in Redhill – 09/10/14
The £1.5 million revamp of Redhill’s Memorial Park has now been completed and will be opened to the public this Saturday. The fantastic new look boasts a new café pavilion with toilets, a large children’s play area plus tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment. The whole park has been overhauled and is a real oasis in Redhill town centre, with new walking and cycle paths, benches and flower beds.
Taxi Driver Attacked in Reigate – 07/10/14A man and woman from Horley have been arrested for a vicious attack on a taxi driver in Reigate on Saturday. The 30 year old man and 25 year old woman along with a 29 year old from Wallington were picked up from JJ Whispers nightclub in Church Street at around 1.30am. Shortly after the pick up, the threesome attacked him, breaking his nose and causing other facial injuries before stealing several hundred pounds off him and running away.
Woman Attacked by Cyclist – 30/09/14
A woman in her 50s was kicked in the stomach and robbed by a man on a bicycle in broad daylight on Friday as she walked along a residential road. The woman was walking along Holmesdale Road in Reigate at around 10.15am when the man approached on a red bike. Without warning he kicked her in the stomach and demanded that she hand over money. She gave him around £80 in cash and he fled on the bike towards Croydon Road. He was described as fairly young and wore a dark beanie hat.
Counterfeit Goods Raid in Reigate – 24/09/14
A house in Reigate was raided by police yesterday morning as part of an operation led by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit. The house in Blackthorn Road was one of three houses raided in the South East and a number of counterfeit designer items were seized including handbags, aftershave and clothes. A 61 year old man was arrested at the scene.
Runner Dies in Half Marathon – 23/09/14
Reigate’s first half marathon was tainted by tragedy on Sunday when a young runner collapsed and died during the event. 27 year old James Phillips from Battersea collapsed at around 11.15am and stopped breathing. British Red Cross staff attempted to resuscitate him at the scene before he was taken to East Surrey hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Cash Machine Stolen from Forecourt – 19/09/14
Thieves stole a cash machine from a petrol station in Woodhatch last night in what looks like a well-planned operation. Four people arrived at the Texaco petrol station in Dovers Green Road in a white van shortly after midnight and removed the barriers to give them access to the forecourt. They then pulled the free-standing cash machine over, smashed it open and emptied the contents into the van before making their escape.
Drugs Raid at Redhill House – 19/09/14A house in Redhill was raided by police in the early hours of this morning as part of Surrey Police’s on-going war on drugs. Information had been received that the occupants of the house in Nash Drive were involved in the supply of Class A drugs. Officers conducted the raid at around 7.15am and searched the premises, arresting three men.
Multi Vehicle Pile Up on M25 – 10/09/14
The M25 was thrown into chaos yesterday morning after an accident involving seven vehicles resulted in the closure of both carriageways. The accident happened between the Reigate and Leatherhead junctions at around 8.10am. One man in a Toyota Yaris had to be cut free from his car and was then airlifted to St Georges hospital in Tooting.
Natural Causes Killed Man Outside Hospital – 03/09/14
The man in his 70s who was found unconscious in an East Surrey hospital car park died of natural causes according to a police investigation. The man was discovered at around 5pm last Tuesday and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Initially, police suspected that a vehicle may have been involved in the death but have now announced, following a post-mortem examination, that there was no third party involvement.
Pensioner Dies Outside Hospital – 28/08/14
A man in his 70s was found dead in East Surrey hospital’s car park on Tuesday evening. The man’s body was discovered by the entrance to the golf club car park and the cause of his death is currently unexplained. He had apparently been attending a routine out-patient appointment at the hospital and police are now investigating whether he could have been hit by a vehicle.
Thieves Steal Bikes from Disabled – 27/08/14
A cycling school for disabled youngsters are devastated after callous thieves stole all of their bicycles. Reigate and Redhill YMCA’s On Side project helps youngsters with physical and learning disabilities to ride. The shed where the bikes were stored in Earlswood Lakes was broken in to sometime over the weekend and the eight bikes, worth around £5000, were taken. Other cycling equipment, including helmets, was thrown around the area.
Horley Man Charged With Arson – 14/08/14
A 29 year old man from Horley has been charged with arson relating to the series of recent attacks across Horley and Reigate. David Stephens of Massetts Road has been charged with eight counts of arson, three counts of criminal damage and one count of attempted criminal damage. Surrey Police set up a special task force called Operation Retinta after it became apparent that the attacks, which included Old Reigations Rugby Club and Horley Lawn Tennis Club, were possibly being committed by the same individual.
Armed Robbery at Supermarket – 13/08/14
Three men armed with crowbars robbed the Morrisons supermarket in Bell Street, Reigate in the early hours of yesterday morning. The raiders smashed through the front door of the supermarket at around 1am and threatened night shift workers before stealing two cash tills and leaving. They drove off towards Reigate High Street in a dark Vauxhall Vectra.
Three Factors Led to Bikers Death – 08/08/14
An inquest into the death of a motor cyclist from Redhill has found that there were three contributing factors that led to the fatal accident in which he died. 27 year old Lee Friend died on February 27 last year after his motorbike collided head-on with a car on Dovers Green Road. He had rounded a blind corner at speed and was suddenly confronted by stationary traffic caused by temporary lights. He hit the car in front of him and then rebounded off a car travelling in the opposite direction. The inquest found that police had failed to identify a risk to life in regard to the positioning of the traffic lights following an accident at the same spot the day before Mr Friend died. The jury also concluded that the positioning of the lights and warning signs for the roadworks being carried out by Sutton and East Surrey Water as well as the speed Mr Friend was traveling were contributing factors to his death.
Seven Hospitalised After Crash – 07/08/14
Seven people were taken to hospital for treatment after two cars collided in Salfords. The cars were travelling along Axes Lane at around 10.40am when a black VW Golf veered across the road and collided with a grey VW Golf travelling in the opposite direction. Six people were taken to East Surrey Hospital and one was taken to St Georges hospital in London.
Man Arrested on Suspicion of Arson – 28/07/14
Police have arrested a man from Horley in connection with the series of arson attacks over recent weeks. The 29 year old from Horley was arrested on Friday and released on police bail until September 24 whilst the investigation continues. No further action will be taken against the 43 year old man from Epsom previously arrested in connection to the attacks.
Teenagers Arrested for Burglary – 28/07/14
Three teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary after police received reports of several men trying to break in to a house in Earlswood on Friday. The occupant of the house was not injured during the incident and the intruders fled after hearing police sirens. The police helicopter was used to assist officers on the ground and the suspects, a 17 year old and two 13 year old boys, were arrested nearby.
Fire at Oakwood Sports Club – 22/07/15
Oakwood Sports Club in Balcombe Road is the latest victim of fire, after a blaze destroyed part of the centre on Sunday night. The fire, which may have gone undiscovered for several hours, damaged the roof above the changing area. Whilst there is no evidence to support suspicions, police are not ruling out that the Oakwood fire could be related to the string of other arson attacks at sports clubs in Horley and Reigate.
Shops Burgled in Reigate Town Centre – 21/07/14
Sweet-toothed thieves broke into two shops in Reigate town centre on Sunday night. Cullenders Delicatessen and Cherry’s Dessert Parlour were both broken into and had low-value goods stolen. Cullenders lost an I-Pad, £275 in cash, some wine and a large quantity of tomato ketchup. Cherry’s lost £169 in cash and £500 worth of chocolate bars, but the thieves also helped themselves to ice cream that had been left on display in the refrigerator.
Second Fire at Rugby Club – 13/07/14
Old Reigations rugby club has been the victim of a second arson attack, causing further damage to that suffered in another arson attack two weeks ago. Emergency services were called to the club at around 4.30am on Saturday following reports that the roof was on fire. In this attack, the North side of the building was targeted. The attack on 28th June badly damaged the South side of the building before fire crews could extinguish the blaze.
Government Building to be Redeveloped – 11/07/14
The office building in London Road, Redhill that was formerly the headquarters for the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions is set to be redeveloped after Reiaget and Banstead Borough Council approved proposals submitted by McKay Securities. The Crown Buildings will be demolished and a new four-storey office block will be built in its place.
Man Arrested on Suspicion of Multiple Arson Attacks – 07/07/14
A 43 year old man from Epsom has been arrested on suspicion of arson in relation to the recent attacks at Horley Lawn Tennis Club, Churchfields Bowls Club, Old Reigations Rugby club and a house in Massetts Road, Horley. He has been released on police bail until August 21 pending further police investigation.
Police Search for Serial Arsonist – 04/07/14
A series of deliberately started fires around Horley and Reigate have resulted in a reward being offered by Crimestoppers. The latest arson attack was in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a house in Massetts Road which was being renovated and unoccupied. The house fire is being linked with three other fires in the area at Horley Lawn Tennis Club, Reigate Bowls Club and Old Reigations rugby club and police believe that the same individuals could be responsible for all four attacks.
Rugby Club Inferno – 28/06/14
Another sports club has suffered a devastating loss in a week that has seen three clubhouses destroyed by fire. Emergency services were called at 3.30am to Old Reigations rugby club in Park Lane where their new state of the art clubhouse was engulfed in flames. Firefighters fought for several hours to extinguish the fire that is believed to have started at the rear of the building, but the damage sustained is said to be significant.
Bowls Pavilion Destroyed by Fire – 26/06/14
Investigators are looking into the cause of a that completely destroyed a Reigate Bowls pavilion in the early hours of Thursday morning. Firefighters from Reigate Fire Station were called to the Churchfield Bowls Club in Church Walk at 2.30am where the blaze had already engulfed the entire building. It took more than five hours to completely extinguish the fire and ensure that the area was safe, but the building was completely destroyed.
School Teacher Convicted of Child Sex Offences – 06/06/14
A supply teacher who taught at Snadcross Primary School in 2009 has been convicted of sex offences against 39 children. 40 year old Paul Cannon from Old Coulsdon was sentenced to 4 years in prison after admitting the offences, which were committed between 1999 and 2009 and involved him exposing himself in public places. None of the crimes for which he were conducted were related to the Reigate school where he worked as a supply teacher in 2009.
Conservatives Victorious at Local Elections – 28/05/14
The Conservative party maintained their stronghold in Reigate & Banstead, but UKIP showed the biggest growth and gained their first seat on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. Out of the 17 seats up for re-election, the Tories won 12, Resident's Associations claimed 2, The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party took 1 each and UKIP took 1. The first ever seat for UKIP was won by Christian Stevens in the Horley Central region. The council is now made up of 37 Conservatives, 7 Residents' Associations, 3 Green Party, 2 Liberal Democrats, 1 Independent and 1 UKIP.
Former Police Chief Jailed – 07/05/14
The former chief inspector of Surrey Police has been jailed for two and a half years at Winchester Crown Court for a series of fraud offences. 46 year old Tanya Brookes from Godalming pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of making an article for use in fraud. She had also been convicted earleir of twenty five other charges relating to fraud. Among her offences were claiming to be a counter-terrorism officer in order to get a cheap holiday to the Caribbean, wrongful damage claims against airlines and demanding refunds from high street shops after purchasing items cheaply on E-bay. In sentencing, the judge stated that he had to make an example of Ms Brookes as she was a serving police officer and the shame she has brought on the uniform could not be ignored. Her husband, David Brookes who was also a chief inspector with Surrey Police was sacked in April after an investigation, but will not face criminal charges.
Biker Dies in Horrific Crash – 06/05/14
A man in his 40s died after his Honda motorbike collided with a car on Bank Holiday Monday. The incident happened at around 3.45pm in Reigate Road near the junction with Deerings Road. Despite the efforts of paramedics who worked for nearly hour in an attempt to save the man's life, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger was thrown from the nike and treated in hospital for a leg wound. Police closed Reigate Road for several hours to investigate the incident.
Reigate Teenager Guilty of Producing Child Porn – 29/04/14
A 19 year man from Reigate has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children at Guildford Crown Court. Maximillian Coughlin of Holmesdale Road had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges at Redhill Magistrates court, but changed his plea prior to the start of his Crown Court trial. He has admitted making and distributing 159 pictures of which at least one was the most serious category five and also possessing 22 videos, five of which were category four. He also pleaded guilty to inciting a an underage teenage boy to commit a sex act. He will be sentenced later this month.
Road Closures to Cause Havoc in Reigate Town Centre – 24/04/14
Drivers in Reigate will face a month of detours and closed roads when travelling at night due to essential resurfacing work. Seven of the main roads around the town centre will be closed between 8pm and 6am to allow the work to take place. Castlefield Road and London Road will be closed until 30th April, Church Street and High Street will be closed between 30th April and 2nd May, Bancroft Road and Bell Street will be closed from 6th May to 19th May and Reigate Hill will be closed from 22nd May to 28th May.
Sainsbury's to Open in Car Park – 22/04/14
Sainsbury's in Redhill have made a request to Reigate and Banstead Boropugh Council to allow them to open a temporary store in a Redhill car park whilst they develop their existing site. The store will need to close for 18 months while renovation work takes place and a new gym and hotel are built above it. But in order to continue trading, they have made an application to set up a store in the Gloucester Road car park. The 15,000 square feet store would take up 186 of the 285 space car park, leaving 99 spaces for shoppers. If approved, work could start on the renovation in October.
Landfill Stink Not Toxic – 18/04/14
Public Health England have declared this week that the stench coming from a landfill site in Redhill is not a danger to the public. For over three months, the smell emanating from the site in Cormongers Lane has prompted complaints and concern from residents in Redhill, Reigate and Horley. The Environment Agency instructed Public Health England to analise the levels of hydrogen sulphide and whilst the findings state that the levels should be below the current level, they present zero risk to health.
Teenager Dies on Train Track – 09/04/14
A 15 year old boy died at Horley train station on Monday after falling from the platform and touching a live rail. Jesse Quincey was waiting for a train to go home to Redhill after spending the evening with friends in Horley. Emergency services were called at around 8.25pm and the electricity supply had to be turned off to allow them to reach him. However, there was nothing paramedics could do and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Social network tributes have already started pouring in describing Jesse as a wonderful and happy young boy.
Runway Consultation Starts – 08/04/14
The public consultation into proposals to build a second runway at Gatwick Airport opened on Friday, giving local residents the opportunity to review the plans and to have their say. There are three options for the position of the second runway, all of which are South of the existing runway towards Crawley. Anyone interested in the proposal can visit the website set up exclusively for the process www.gatwickobviously.com and have their say on which site is most suitable, although campaigners opposed to the proposal are angry that there is not an automatic selection available to select ‘no runway’.
Sahara Sand Blamed for Dirty Cars – 2/4/14
Residents in East Surrey woke on Monday to find their cars covered in a film of muck that experts say has travelled from the Sahara Desert. Sandstorms in the African desert set dust into the atmosphere that was then deposited over Southern England in rain showers. The dust particles have also created high levels of pollution, causing breathing difficulties among prone individuals.
Air Stench No Threat - 19/3/14
The operators of Redhill’s landfill site have issued a statement claiming that the foul smell in the air over East Surrey caused by their site poses no risk to health. Biffa have collected air samples from 25 locations twice a day and say that hydrogen sulphide levels have not exceed 0.5 parts per million which is one third of the level considered to be a risk. However, despite Biffa’s claims, the Environment Agency have issued an enforcement notice threatening legal action if the company do not comply with measures to reduce the release of gases from the site.
Assault at Taxi Rank – 17/3/14
A man in his late thirties was taken to hospital suffering from a fractured eye-socket after being attacked on Friday night. The man was waiting at the taxi rank outside Roadrunners taxi firm in Station Road, Redhill at around 11.20pm when a fight broke out. A second victim also in his late thirties suffered minor injuries to his face. A man in his twenties was arrested on suspicion of assault.
Park Closes for Revamp - 06/03/14
Memorial Park in Redhill will soon close for the major rejuvenation project costing £1.5 million. Whilst the work will vastly improve amenities at the park, regular users were disappointed to hear that it will be off limits throughout Spring and Summer this year. The improvements will include a new cafe pavillion, play areas, multi-use sports zone and toilets.
Lifeline for Reigate School - 04/03/14
Dunottar School in Reigate has been saved from closure by a learning charity. After governors announced that the school might have to close due to low pupil numbers, United Learning who run 50 independent schools and academies made a bid to take over the school and will run it for at least 10 years. As part of the rescue attempt, the charity will allow boys into the school for the first timein it's history. As a result of the deal, all links with Reigate Grammar School will finish and a battle to attract boys and girls to both school swill no doubt ensue.
Coroners Rule on Bodies Found Near Hospital - 28/02/14
Two inquests held in Woking in the last week have ruled against foul play in relation to two bodies discovered near East Surrey hospital in unrelated incidents last year. The first inquest was into the death of 42 year old care worker Adrian Sirbu in March last year. Mr Sirbu had visited the hospital suffering from psychiatric problems but was discharged following tests which attributed his mental state to his reliance on alcohol. The inquest ruled that Mr Sirbu stabbed himself in the heart shortly after leaving the hospital. The second inquest was into the death of 52 year old Carol Holmes who went missing from her care home last September prior to her body being discovered in woodland in Earlswood. The court heard that Ms Holmes had suffered from mental health issues for a long time and was unhappy living at the Orchard House Care Home in Green Lane, Redhill. The inquest found no evidence of third party involvement in her death but had to conclude an open verdict.
Gun Shop Suicide Man Facing Sexual Assault Allegation - 22/02/14
The 76 year old man who shot himself inside a Reigate gun shop was on bail for an investigation into sexual assault against him. Michael Belford had been charged with assault in December and was also under investigation for a historic sexual assault in the 1990's. It is believed that he entered the shop in Reigate with live ammunition which he loaded into a gun owned by the shop and shot himself.
Schoolboy Stabbed in Neck - 19/02/14
A 14 year old boy from Caterham who attended St Bedes School in Redhill hasbeen killed at a flat in Grays, Essex. Breck Bednar from Caterham was pronounced dead at the flat in Rosebery Road, Grays after police were called at around 11am on Monday. 18 year old computer engineer Lewis Daynes has been charged with his murder.
Another Council Tax Increase for Borough - 14/02/14
Residents in Reigate and Banstead Borough will have to foot yet another increase in council tax after Surrey Police, Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council all announced increases of just under 2%. The increase has been deliberately set just under the 2% barrier in order to avoid triggering a public referendum according to government guidelines.The increases mean that the average household will pay around £30 more in the new financial year.
Man Shot Dead in Gun Shop - 12/02/14
An elderly man died after shooting himself in what is suspected to be a suicide in gun shop in Reigate. The man in his 80s entered John Powell Gunmakers in Reigate Church Street at around 9.40am on Tuesday carrying a loaded weapon. After the gun went off, police and paramedics quickly arrived at the scene but were unable to save the man's life. Police have launched an investaigation into the shooting but believe that no third party was involved.
Local Businesses Get Zero Hygiene Rating - 07/02/14
A Reigate restaurant and Redhill pub have both been told that they must make urgent improvements in their food hygiene standards. The Red Lion pub in Linkfield Lane, Redhill and Thai Dining in Reigate High Street received zero ratings in their most recent inspections, although both businesses dispute that the reports are accurate. Several other businesses received ratings of just one, requiring significamt improvement, including Frankie & Bennys in Redhill, The Golden Curry in Reigate, The Gourmet Wok in Reigate, Peri Peri Original Grill in Redhill and New Fort Raj in Horley.
Police Raids Target Drugs Network - 30/01/14
An early morning operation targeting drug dealers in the area resulted in 22 arrests of people suspected of supplying drugs. The co-ordinated strikes started at 6am on Wednesday morning and involved more than 270 officers raiding properties in Redhill, Earlswood, Horley and North London. The police belive that, whilst the targets were low-level drug dealers, the effects of the arrests will have a significant impact on drug dealing in the area.
Private School Faces Closure - 23/01/14
A school in Reigate that has provided education to girls for 83 years has announced this week that it could close in the Summer. The board of governors at Dunottar School in High Trees Road have announced that the dwindling number of pupils at the school have caused financial problems that could result in the school's closure. Dunottar, which charges around £4000 per term, have been struggling with pupil numbers for several years. In 2013, the school entered the Reigate Grammar School group in a bid to secure their future but pupil numbers have continued to decline. If the school does close, all assets (estimated at around £8 million) will pass to the RGS Trust.
Artists' Retreat Closes - 17/01/14
The charity that ran a unique rest home for artists and writers from a mansion in Reigate have had to close their doors after succumbing to financial problems. Mount Pleasant Artists' Rest Home in Coppice Lane was opened in 1958 after the charity moved it's base from Hertfordshire. For more than 50 years it operated as a retreat for creative types, giving them food and lodgings for a fraction of the price of a hotel. However, the charity were spending three times as much as they made and the money finally ran out.
Man Dies in Front Garden – 14/01/14
A man from Redhill died after collapsing in his front garden on Sunday. 39 year old Daniel Bourne was discovered laying unconscious by his neighbour in Gatton Park Road at around 2.30pm. The neighbour tried to administer CPR whilst waiting for the paramedics but could not revive Mr Bourne and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Bourne was an avid rugby fan and a popular coach of the under 17s and 18s at Dorking Rugby Club. He had just returned from coaching when he collapsed.
Developer Chosen for Redhill Rejuvenation – 13/01/14
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have appointed the company to undertake the massive redevelopment of Redhill town centre. Coplan Estates have been awarded the project which will create a six screen cinema, four restaurants and four retail units, plus 90 new homes, in the Marketfield Way car park and High Street in Redhill.
Storms Wreak Havoc Across County – 02/01/14
Families forced to leave their flooded homes, drivers fleeing their submerged vehicles, and businesses forced to close during one of the busiest times of the year have all been a result of what experts are calling the worst storm to hit the South East since 1987. Torrential rain and gale force winds struck overnight on 23rd December, resulting in flooding throughout the county. Many homes were left without electricity and Christmas preparations were either put on hold or cancelled altogether as friends and neighbours rallied to help each other. Severe flooding resulted in gridlock on many roads as motorists failed to make it through deep water. But despite a brief respite on Christmas day, there are still flood warnings in place as the bad weather continued at the end of December and into the new year.
Air Ambulance Cleared for 24 Hour Service – 28/12/13
Surrey has become the first county in the country to receive a 24 hour emergency air ambulance service. Following numerous fundraising events, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance have purchased a MD902 helicopter capable of flying at night, which will be based at Redhill Aerodrome. The new service will mean the difference between life and death for thousands of patients who require emergency treatment and speedy transport to hospital at night.
Christmas Nightmare on Railways – 13/12/13
Passengers wishing to travel on the London to Brighton line over the Christmas period will face considerable inconvenience and diversions. Southern Rail have announced that there will be no trains travelling from Gatwick to London Victoria between Boxing Day and January 1st due to platform work at the airport and maintenance on the lines. Passengers wishing to use Horley, Redhill and Merstham stations to travel to London will have to find an alternative route or other means of transport during this period.
Policeman Injured in Hit and Run – 26/11/13
A police officer sustained an injury to his arm after the marked police car he was in was rammed by a 4x4 that they were trying to stop. The policeman and his companion were attempting to stop the Volkswagon Touareg on Shepherd’s Hill in Merstham in the early hours of Saturday morning when the suspect vehicle hit their Ford Focus. It then fled the scene and was later located off Babylon Lane, Lower Kingswood.
Conservatives Vote for Blunt – 20/11/13
Members of the local Conservative party have voted to allow Crispin Blunt to stand as the Conservative candidate for Reigate at the 2015 general election. In September, leaders of Reigate and Banstead Conservative Association voted to deselect Mr Blunt as their candidate. However, after massive publicity surrounding their decision, they have been over-ruled by an overwhelming vote by their members in favour of Mr Blunt.
Bikes For Hire at Station – 19/11/13
A new bike hire facility called a Brompton Dock has been installed at Redhill train station giving commuters a flexible option for travelling to and from the station as well as at the other end of their journey. All of the 20 bikes available are fully folding, meaning that they can be taken on the train at any time of day. The bikes cost £2.50 per day to hire and can be returned at any time convenient to the user. To use the service, customers must first register at www.bromptondock.co.uk.
TV Programme Reveals Years of Abuse at School – 7/11/13
A BBC documentary has revealed how teachers at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School had abused children over a period of 30 years. The Panorama programme, aired on Monday this week, revealed that the years of abuse at the school were covered up by the authorities, despite a string of complaints against several teachers. The abuse took place from the 1950s right through to the 1980s but no action was taken until further complaints were made in the 1990s. Former Assistant House Master Colin York was jailed in 2011 for abusing two boys in the 1970s and he was prosecuted again earlier this year for additional crimes after more victims came forward. Allen Meredith, a house master at the school in the early 1980s who was prosecuted for raping 11 year old boys at another school in Hereford, told the documentary that numerous allegations were made against him whilst he was at Royal Alexandra and Albert, but none were reported to police.
Hospital Receives Top Rating – 31/10/13
East Surrey Hospital has been named one of the safest hospitals in the country in a new report. The Care Quality Commission compiled the report on 161 hospital trusts across the country and graded each trust in bands between 1 and 6. Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust was one of 37 trusts given the highest rating meaning that patients receive safe, effective, high quality care.
MP Gets Support from the Top – 25/10/13
Some of the Conservative party’s biggest figures have come out in support of Reigate MP Crispin Blunt after he was rejected as parliamentary candidate for the 2015 general election by the local Conservative association. Many believe Mr Blunt’s rejection was because he revealed that he was gay after the last election in 2010. However, he has received huge support from local people, MPs and even David Cameron himself in his fight for the right to stand.
Man Jailed for Racial Harassment – 24/10/13
A 25 year old man from Redhill has been jailed for eight weeks for racial and religious harassment of a taxi driver. Ross Woodard of Park View Road, Redhill threatened and verbally abused Masum Haque at the Shell petrol station in Earlswood in February this year. Mr Woodard used the word Muslim in a derogatory sentence and threatened to run the Belfry Cars driver over. He also drove his vehicle towards Mr Haque in a threatening manner.
New School Planned for Green Belt Land – 18/10/13
A planning application for a new primary school in Battlebridge Lane has now been submitted to the council, although it is likely to face significant opposition from local residents who claim that the site is not suitable. Lime Tree Primary School have submitted plans to Surrey County Council to build a 420 pupil, two storey school with a small nursery attached, but as the location is on Green Belt land, it will face scrutiny from both the council and the government before any decision is made. The school is currently operating out of temporary premises in Reigate having taken on children in Reception year in September.
Identity of Body Confirmed – 10/10/13
Police have identified the body found in woods in Earlswood last week as 52 year old Carol Holmes from Redhill. Ms Holmes was last seen in Hatchlands Road, Redhill on 13th September, 17 days before her body was discovered in the woods. Her death is still being treated as unexplained after inconclusive post-mortem results, although police still claim that there is nothing obviously suspicious.
Redhill Station Development Approved – 09/10/13
The massive overhaul of Redhill train station and the surrounding area has now been approved, giving the green light to the most important project in Redhill since The Belfry shopping centre was built 22 years ago. The £50 million plan will completely transform the area around Princess Way, with a new Waitrose supermarket, 450 space car park, and 150 new apartments. The station will also receive massive improvements with an additional £7 million investment. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council approved the plans by Solum Regeneration at their planning committee meeting last week and work is set to start early next year.
Body Found in Woods – 03/10/13
A large area of Earlswood Common was cordoned off by police on Monday, after a human body was discovered in a wooded area. The body was spotted near St John’s by a dog walker on Monday lunch time in a dense overgrown area, close to footpaths. A post-mortem on Tuesday proved inconclusive regarding the cause of death and police suspect that the body may have been in the woods for some time. Whilst foul play cannot be ruled out at this stage, the police are currently treating the death as unexplained.
Gay MP Rejected by Tory Party – 02/10/13
Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP for Reigate who announced that he was gay following the 2010 election, has been rejected by the Conservative Association as the area’s candidate for the 2015 general election. At a secret ballot of the 22 person council, Mr Blunt lost his automatic right to stand. If he wishes to run for the position again, he must win the vote of 565 local party members. The Conservative Association’s chairman vigorously denied that the decision had anything to do with Mr Blunt’s sexuality.
Businesswoman Accused of Theft – 26/09/13
A Reigate businesswoman has gone on trial accused of theft at Guildford Crown Court. 48 year old Sue Butt is accused of stealing £237,500 from Joyce Harrison, the wealthy divorcee of multi-millionaire Peter Harrison. Ms Butt of Reigate Road in Hookwood claims that Mrs Harrison agreed to lend her £300,000 to set up a new restaurant in Reigate but that Mrs Harrison wanted to keep the payments below £15,000 each in order not to alert her family to the loan. A total of 22 cheques were paid from Mrs Harrison to Ms Butt, including one during a period that Mrs Harrison was in hospital following a stroke. The prosecution claim that Ms Butt deliberately kept the cheques below £15,000 in order to avoid the attention of the bank’s anti-fraud team.
Two-Way Traffic Returns to Redhill – 20/09/13
After enduring years of gridlocked rush hour traffic, motorists in Redhill will see the town’s notorious one-way system phased out from Monday. As part of a multi-million pound plan to ease congestion throughout Redhill, work will start at the Lombard roundabout next week where the one-way system will become two-way. After that work is completed, new traffic lights will be installed in Cromwell Road, St Matthew’s Road, and Queensway to control the traffic.
Council Increase Investment in Schools – 12/09/13
Surrey County Council have increased their investment in creating additional school places by £93 million in an attempt to ensure that all children in the county have a place at a nearby school. The additional investment is on top of the £261 million already allocated to school expansion. Among the schools selected for expansion are Reigate Priory and Holmesdale Community Infant School.
Pilot Dies in Plane Crash – 29/08/13
The pilot of a microlight aircraft has died after his plane nose-dived into the ground at Redhill Aerodrome. The horrific accident happened at around 12.30pm on Wednesday when, according to eye-witnesses, the aircraft seemed to experience engine trouble shortly after taking off before turning erratically and plummeting to the ground. Paramedics declared the male pilot dead at the scene and confirmed that nobody else was involved in the crash. The scene was attended by fire crews from Reigate, Dorking and Godstone, but there were no further incidents resulting from the crash.
Fears for Rail Routes in Franchise Debate – 23/08/13
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (the RMT) have warned that there could be massive disruption to train services if franchise operations collapse across the network. First Great Western who operate trains from Redhill, Reigate, and Dorking have asked the Department of Transport for an extension to the deadline after failing to extend its current franchise. However, if a new deal is not struck, the RMT believe that services will be thrown into disarray with cancellations and severe disruption to commuters. The Union believes that the government should give the franchise operation to the publicly owned Directly Operated Railways.
Travellers Flock to Borough – 21/08/13
Residents in the borough have expressed concern over the number of travellers setting up camp on recreation grounds and public land in recent weeks. Following the drawn out eviction process of the travellers who occupied the Hooley Recreation Ground for three weeks, smaller groups of travellers have been appearing on public land in Meadvale, Whitebushes and Horley. The laws regarding police intervention favour the travellers, making immediate eviction difficult after the travellers have accessed a site if no criminal damage has been committed. However, both the Meadvale and Whitebushes sites were cleared after swift intervention from the council and the Horley site was cleared after private action from landowner Barratt Homes.
Teenager Assaulted in Reigate Tunnel – 13/8/13
A teenage girl was sexually assaulted as she walked along Tunnel Road in Reigate in the early hours of Friday morning. Police have not released details of the girls exact age or identity, but the alleged attack is being described a serious sexual assault and took place at around 2.30am. A 29 year old man from Crawley was arrested a few hours after the assault and released on police bail until September 19.
Police Hunt Paintball Gunman – 06/08/13
Police are appealing for witnesses after two people were shot with a paintball gun in two separate attacks. The first attack happened in Church Street in Reigate at around 12.20am on Saturday when a woman who was walking with a group of friends was hit on the forearm by the paintball fired from a black Vauxhall Corsa. Minutes later, a man was hit three times with paintballs fired from a moving car at the junction of Mill Street and Garlands Road in Redhill. Both victims suffered bruising but were fortunately not seriously injured.
Temporary Shop Causes Outrage in Reigate – 26/07/13
With many High Streets across the country struggling, filling retail space is a priority for most councils. However, a shop that opened its doors in Reigate this week has caused outrage among other businesses and local residents. The Homeware Zone shop has taken up a short term lease with a decreased rent in the premises formerly occupied by Blockbuster in Reigate High Street, but when they opened their doors last Friday, shoppers were confronted with a mountain of cheap plastic as they walked along the ordinarily conservative street. Social media site Twitter was inundated with comments from unhappy residents including Eastenders star Shane Ritchie.
Bungling Robber Jailed – 16/07/13
One of the men who attempted to rob a Reigate jewellers has been jailed for five and a half years at Guildford Crown Court. 47 year old Michael King from Bordon in Hampshire was one of two men involved in the failed raid on Philip Lloyd Jewellers in Reigate High Street on 16th October 2012. The men were dressed as postmen and forced their way into the shop before striking manager David Price with a metal bar. After failing to gain access to the safe, the two men fled empty handed but King was traced through forensic evidence left at the scene and in a van they hired for the raid.
Schoolboy Hit by Lorry – 12/07/13
A 7 year old boy was hit by a 32 tonne lorry as he tried to cross a busy road on his scooter yesterday. The boy had crossed half the road between stationary traffic on the A217 in Woodhatch but didn’t realise that traffic was still moving in the opposite lane. The lorry hit the boy and he was thrown up the road by the impact. An air ambulance landed in Woodhatch Park and the boy was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting with serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his head and pelvis.
Masked Gang Attack Two Men – 08/07/13
Two men were attacked in two separate incidents in Earlswood Road on Friday. The first attack was on an 18 year old man cycling along a footpath just after midnight when he was pushed of his bike and punched in the head. He was taken to East Surrey Hospital with minor head and facial injuries. The second assault happened 25 minutes later to a man in his 30’s who received cuts to his wrists and facial bruising. The motive for the attacks is not known and a 33 year old man from Croydon has been arrested.
Congestion Prevention on M23 – 05/07/13
The M23 between the M25 and Crawley is set to get extra lanes in an attempt to ease future congestion. Although the motorway currently handles the level of traffic adequately, with the occasional accident causing large traffic jams, the motorway has been identified as one that could suffer from increased congestion in the future. The government have allocated £122 million to the improvement works which will turn the hard shoulder into a permanent driving lane, with emergency refuge areas created at regular intervals. Variable speed limits will also be introduced to the motorway to help improve traffic flow.
Friends Rescue Man from Fire – 03/07/13
Two friends rushed into a friend’s burning flat after seeing smoke billowing from the window. Aaron Woolhouse and Mark De’Boswell saw the smoke coming from friend Matt Phillips’ flat in Park Lane East on Sunday evening. They realised that their friend was probably at home and immediately rushed to the top floor flat where they discovered the kitchen engulfed in flames due to a chip pan fire. The quick thinking duo managed to put the fire out using a jumper soaked in water. 42 year old Mr Phillips had put the pan on the hob and then fallen asleep.
Merstham Development Plan Revealed – 28/06/13After years of confusion and doubt, the regeneration of Portland Drive in Merstham looks as though it may finally get under way with a £1.25 million investment from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. The joint venture between Raven Housing Trust and the council will see a new community and youth centre plus two shops built on The Triangle, four shops and ten flats built on the former Iron Horse site and forty low cost properties on the Purbeck Close site. The Portland Drive parade will be demolished and more than fifty new homes will be built there.
Redhill Loses One-Way System – 07/06/13Redhill town centre will get a complete overhaul of it's roads, starting with a change to the current one-way system. The Department for Transport have approved funding of £2.8 million for the new scheme after a joint application from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council. The existing system has struggled with increased traffic since it's introduction and the town centre is often gridlocked during rush hour.
Man Attacked at Train Station – 04/06/13A horrific daylight attack at Redhill train station left a man with severe facial injuries and witnesses stunned by the brutality. The 26 year old man from Reigate was in the ticket hall at Redhill station at around 3.45pm on Monday when he was struck in the face with a belt buckle. He stumbled outside and collapsed on the steps as passers-by rushed to his aid and called paramedics. The attacker ran off and the motive for the attack is not known.
£40 million Proposal Submitted for Station – 31/05/13An enormous plan to upgrade Redhill railway station has been submitted to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council by Solum Regeneration. The plans include a Waitrose supermarket, which would have it's own car park, 150 new homes, a multi-storey car park for 450 cars and a radical improvement of the station itself, including a better ticket hall, drop-off points at both entrances and a designated taxi rank. If the plans are approved, developers hope to commence work early in 2014.
Conmen Rob Elderly Women – 21/05/13Callous thieves stole hundreds of pounds from two elderly women after they conned their way into the women's flats. The women, both in their 70's, were at home in their flats in Redlin Court, Linkfield Lane between 10pm and 11pm on Sunday when they were disturbed by three men claiming to have caught a thief in their block. The men convinced the women to allow them into their flats and asked where they kept their money so that they could check where the alleged thief had stolen from. The women complied and were subsequently robbed by the conmen. All of the suspects were white, two in their late teens and the third in his 40s.
Conservatives Succeed at Local Elections – 08/05/13The Conservative Party were celebrating last week after increasing the number of seats they hold on Surrey County Council, but many councillors admitted that they were nervous about the meteoric rise of UKIP. The Conservatives hold a huge majority across Surrey and increased their share from 54 seats to 58 out of the total 81. However, much of the talk was about UKIP taking three seats and the Green Party taking their first ever county seat in Redhill East. The Lib Dems lost 4 of their seats, giving them just 9 seats throughout the county.
Mother Accused of Arson – 01/05/13A mother of five children has been accused of setting fire to her own home in Reigate. 41 year old Amanda Ghoniem was arrested following the blaze at her home in Atherfield Road, Reigate. Fire crews were called to the scene after neighbours spotted flames and smoke at around 6.15am on Saturday. Despite their swift response, the fire completely gutted the ground floor of the property. Ms Ghoniem has been remanded in custody until she appears at Redhill Magistrates Court on May 16.
Woman Loses Teeth in Hotel Fight – 25/04/13A 22 year old woman suffered facial injuries and lost teeth after being punched by a man in a hotel brawl. The woman was part of a group that had been out in Reigate town centre when they had an altercation with another group. One group returned to the Reigate Manor Hotel where they were staying but the other group followed and a fight broke out. Police attended the scene and a 22 year old man was arrested on suspicion of assault.
Osteopath’s Jail Sentence Increased – 19/04/13
The Redhill osteopath who sexually assaulted five patients has had his jail sentence increased by the Court of Appeal. 40 year old Mark Piraino was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Guildford Crown Court in February for assaulting his patients, including two young boys. However, victims and their relatives thought that the sentence was far too lenient for his crimes, which stretched over a 12 year period, and appealed for a longer sentence. Judges at the Court of Appeal agreed and increased his sentence to four years.
Company Accounts Executive Jailed for Theft – 16/04/13
A 29 year old woman from Horley has been jailed for stealing nearly £70,000 from her employer. Cheryl Smith of Charlesfield Road had worked at Stocksigns in Redhill since 2003. In November 2008, Smith stole the first amount of £9700 to pay a large tax bill and, after discovering that she was able to steal from the company, she continued to make payments against fake invoices in order to fund home improvements and lifestyle. Her crimes were revealed when an external auditor reviewed the accounts in March 2012. Smith, who is currently pregnant, was jailed for nine months at Guildford Crown Court and will give birth in prison if she serves her full term.
Man Dies After Dog Fight – 10/04/13
A 63 year old man has died after trying to protect his dog from another dog. Jim Summers from Holland Close in Redhill was walking his two dogs in fields in Woodhatch on 28th March when another dog became aggressive against one of Mr Summers' dogs. As he tried to pull the two dogs apart, Mr Summers suffered a heart attack. Paramedics were called by fellow dog walkers and Mr Summers was rushed to St George's hospital in Tooting. However, Mr Summers didn't recover and died on Sunday.
Work Starts at Salfords Custody Suite – 09/04/13
After massive local opposition, rejected planning applications and building delays, work has finally begun on the controversial new police custody suite in Salfords. The 24 cell custody suite is being built on an industrial estate in Salfords and should be finished by September in advance of an October launch date. When the new suite is fully functional, it will take over from the cells at Reigate Police station which have been described as inadequate.
Stabbed Man Dies Near Hospital – 26/03/13
A 47 year old man died from a single stab wound in Royal Earlswood Park near East Surrey Hospital on Sunday. Adrian Sirbu of no fixed abode was spotted by a passer by at around 5.30pm lying in the park. When ambulance crews arrived 10 minutes later, Mr Sirbu was pronounced dead at the scene and police cordoned off the park, including a path leading to homes in the Royal Earlswood Park estate. Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to Mr Sirbu's death, but are currently not looking for any suspects.
Council Vows to Protect Green Belt – 20/03/13
Surrey County Council have sworn to protect the local Green Belt from enforced development plans by the Government. The Government announced last year that it wanted local councils to identify parts of the Green Belt that could be sacrificed to meet development needs. Reigate & Banstead Borough Council set about earmarking areas for development and revealed their plans. However, at a full council meeting in Kingston on Tuesday, councillors declared that borough and district councils should be allowed to make their own decisions regarding the Green Belt and should not be directed from central Government.
Man Protests on Rooftop – 07/03/13
A 49 year old man climbed onto the roof of his house on Tuesday to protest against his eviction. Lawrence Nicholls has lived in the three bedroom house in Apley Road, Reigate since he was born and has watched both of his parents die at the home. He recently cared for his mother at the house prior to her death last June. Following her death, Mr Nicholls contacted Raven Housing Trust to inform them of his new situation and was told that they would be evicting him. When officers arrived on Tuesday to evict him, Mr Nicholls barricaded the door and climbed to the roof. After several hours, the officers left and Mr Nicholls climbed down, but they returned on Wednesday morning and successfully evicted him, leaving him homeless.
Motorcyclist Killed in Collision at Roadworks – 26/02/13
A 27 year old man from Redhill was killed on his way to work on Thursday when his motorbike collided with two cars at a set of roadworks on the A217 at Sidlow. Father of two Lee Friend was riding his Honda motorbike on his way to work at Reigate Motor Company in Sidlow when tragedy struck at a set of roadworks dangerously placed on a blind corner. Regular users of the road had complained about the safety of the roadworks after several other minor accidents had occurred the previous day and following the accident on Thursday, the temporary lights were moved so that they were visible from a greater distance. Mr Friend was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gambling Club Refused Licence – 23/02/13
A private club in the heart of Reigate has been refused a licence to re-open after council officials decided that the club would continue to be used for illegal gambling. The Reigate Town Club was shut down in November after a police raid discovered illegal high-stake poker games being played at the premises in Church Street. An application was made to re-open the private members club under the new name The Jubilee Club but the licensing committee at the council claimed that the club would continue to attract illegal gambling and therefore denied the licence.
Inferno at Redhill Pub – 11/02/13
An area of Redhill town centre had to be evacuated on Thursday after a fire tore through a troubled pub in the town centre. The fire at the Dog and Duck started at approximately 3.45pm on Thursday on the first floor above the main pub. It quickly spread to the second floor and flames were seen billowing through the roof and windows. Firefighters evacuated workers from nearby offices and shops whilst they battled the blaze.
Lenient Sentence for Rapist – 07/02/13
A 28 year old NHS worker from Earlswood has been jailed for rape, but received a lighter sentence than reccommended due to the 'exceptional' circumstances of the crime. Guildford Crown Court heard that on a night in November 2011, Simon Bragg had been out drinking in Reigate with the unnamed 24 year old woman. The pair went back to his flat in Canada Court at East Surrey Hospital at the end of the evening where they had consensual sex. However, Bragg insisted on having sex again later on against the woman's wishes. The woman did not recall the incident immediately, but after Bragg apologised via text message, she began having flashbacks. He was jailed for 3 years despite the normal minimum being 4 years.
Schoolgirl Hit by Car – 07/02/13
Linkfield Lane in Redhill was closed on Wednesday morning after a young girl was hit by a car. Police, paramedics and the Surrey Air Ambulance rushed to the scene at around 9am. The girl had been hit by a silver VW Golf driven by a man in his 80's near the junction with Donyngs Recreation Centre. The air ambulance landed in the road, and after being treated by a doctor form the nearby surgery and paramedics, the girl was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting.
Water Company Sold to Japanese – 05/02/13
The Sutton and East Surrey Water Company has been sold by it's parent company to a Japanese corporation. The business was put up for sale last year by Aqueducts Capital UK and the sale to Sumitomo Corporation was announced this week. It is understood that there will be no changes to the operation of the company and no jobs will be lost at the Redhill headquarters as a result of the sale.
Historic Reigate Pub Closes – 25 /01/13
A pub that has served the residents of Reigate for 185 years will call last orders for the final time today. The Nutley Hall in Nutley Lane, Reigate has been on the market for nearly three years, but due to poor custom it has not attracted a buyer wishing to run it as a pub. Last year, Hall and Woodhouse the brewer that owns the pub applied for planning permission to turn the pub into housing and despite fierce opposition from local residents, consent was given by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. A local couple have bought the building and intend to commence building work imminently.
Fatal Helicopter Took Off From Redhill – 17/01/13
The helicopter that crashed into a crane in Vauxhall, killing two people and leaving thirteen others injured, had taken off that morning from Redhill Aerodrome. The Agusta 109 helicopter took off from Redhill at 7.35am on Wednesday, piloted by experienced pilot Pete Barnes, heading for Elstree where it was due to pick up the millionnaire owner of the Ivy restaurant, Richard Caring. Due to bad weather, the helicopter was diverted to Battersea heliport and at around 8am, tragedy struck as the helicopter crashed into a crane on the side of a building in Vauxhall. Mr Barnes died in the crash as did a pedestrian on the ground below.
Poorly Displayed Tickets Fine – 09/01/13
Drivers who park in pay and display car parks without purchasing a ticket have always run the risk of receiving a fine. But now, even those who have purchased a ticket could receive a fine if their ticket is not displayed correctly and easily visible. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have announced that drivers who have received a fine because they have not displayed their ticket correctly will no longer be excused from paying the fine on appeal. Parking officers are equipped with cameras and will obtain photographic proof if a ticket is not displayed correctly.
Hospital Bans Visitors – 19/12/12
East Surrey Hospital have had to take the drastic steps of banning visitors in a bid to contain the Norovirus bug. Sick patients are being told to stay in their wards and have been advised that they will not be permitted visitors until the contamination risk is reduced. The hospital-wide ban on visitors comes just weeks after the hospital was forced to close a third of it's wards after an outbreak of the vomitting and diarrhoea bug. Patients with minor injuries are also being advised to attend walk-in injury units at Crawley and Caterham rather than attending the Accident and Emergency at East Surrey. It is hoped that the visitor ban will be lifted before Christmas Day.
New Fire Station Proposed in Salfords – 14/12/12
Following the public outrage at the announcement that Horley Fire Station will close next year, the fire service plan to open a brand new single-engine fire station in Salfords, providing a fast response service to both Horley and Redhill. The crew from Horley Fire Station are being relocated to Horsham in April, but a fire engine from Reigate will be based at the existing Horley station until the Salfords facility is opened. The move is part of a wider strategy to provide faster response times by having more single-engine stations, each providing back-up support for the closest neighbours. Reigate would also become a single-engine station rather than it's current two engines.
Redhill Osteopath Guilty of Sexual Assaults – 12/12/12
A Redhill-based osteopath has been found guilty of sexually assaulting five patients over a 10 year peiod. 40 year old Mark Piraino who runs the Westway Clinic in Hatchlands Road, Redhill was found guilty of three charges of sexual activity with a 13 year old boy, two with a 15 year old boy and five counts of indecent assault on three adult male patients. He will be sentenced on 11th January.
Pedestrianisation Plan for Reigate High Street – 06/12/12
Surrey County Council have approved a proposal to ban vehicles from Reigate High Street and make it a pedestrianised shopping precinct. The council are now investigating alternative routes to bypass the town centre but have not ruled out allowing buses to continue driving along the High Street. Reigate town centre struggles to accommodate for the large amount of traffic travelling through, especially during rush hour, but many retailers believe that diverting traffic away from the High Street will have a negative effect on business.
Green Belt Land Identified for Development – 05/12/12
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have released their latest blueprint for development, which identifies several areas of Green Belt land around Reigate and Redhill that could be developed for housing. The plan outlines where new homes and business premises should be built over the next 15 years and suggests areas east of Redhill and Merstham and south / south west of Reigate. Around 700 homes could be built in each of the areas if the plans are approved.
Reigate Man Cleared of Holiday Assault Charges – 29/11/12
George Hollands from Reigate, one of the six men accused of the sickening attack on another holidaymaker in Crete, has been cleared of the charges at a court in Crete. However, Hollands' friends, Curtis Taylor, Daniel Bell and Sean Branton from Horley and Joseph Bruckland from Hookwood were convicted of the assault on Robert Hughes and given four year suspended sentences. All four of the men intend to appeal against their conviction, despite not having to serve any actual jail time. Ben Herdman from Worth was also cleared of the attack.
Community Centre Plans Approved – 27/11/12
Redhill town centre will soon have a new community centre after Reigate and Banstead Borough Council approved plans for the project. The new development, which will be built at the former site of the Kandootoo shop in London Road, will incorporate a cafe, a religious meeting area, a business centre, youth facilities and a homeless shelter. The application for the project was made by members of the Redhill and Reigate Community Church.
Holiday Assault Trial Begins – 22/11/12
After a three year delay surrounded by legal red tape and extradition orders, six local men have been brought to trial for an assault on another British man in Crete in 2008. Rob Hughes, a promising football player, was attacked whilst on holiday in Malia leaving him in a coma and with permanent brain damage. The six men, Curtis Taylor, Sean Branton and Daniel Bell from Horley, George Hollands of Reigate, Ben Herdman of Worth and Joseph Bruckland from Hookwood are all accused of the horrifying attack but deny the charges. The trial is expected to last for several weeks.
Norovirus Strikes Again – 16/11/12
Schools, businesses, care homes and hospitals have all been struck by the sudden return of the vomitting bug, Norovirus. Attendance at local schools has dropped dramatically in the last week as children have fallen victim to the bug whilst many care homes for the elderly have had to confine the guests to their rooms to prevent the bug from spreading. Nine wards at East Surrey Hospital have been affected causing the hospital to take emergency infection control actions including closing down selected areas. Doctor's are appealing for people who may have contracted the virus NOT to visit their GP's surgery but to call for advice.
Thai Restaurant Fills Gap in High Street – 14/11/12
Reigate is set to get a new Thai restaurant after the Giggling Squid signed a 20 year lease for the former Puccinos cafe in Reigate High Street. Puccinos closed more than three years ago but there has been little interest in the unit until now. The Giggling Squid already run five restaurants in the South East and believe that Reigate is the perfect setting for their newest opening. They hope that the Reigate restaurant will be open in Spring 2013.
Police Close Pub – 07/11/12
A Reigate pub was ordered to close by police on Saturday night and will now have it's licence reviewed. The Admiral Inn in Nutley Lane has been a cause of concern for police after numerous complaints from local residents. They were called to the pub at around 1am on Sunday morning after threats of violence were heard from groups of drunk people wandering in and out of the pub. The police ordered the pub to close immediately for 24 hours and then attended Redhill Magistrates court on Monday morning to enforce the closure order.
TV Stars Bring Ice Rink to Reigate – 29/10/12
Two local TV stars have announced that they will be bringing a Winter Wonderland to Reigate this Christmas. Shane Ritchie, star of Eastenders, and Tony Tobin, celebrity chef and owner of The Dining Room in Reigate, are planning to bring a synthetic ice rink to Priory Park with festive attractions including food and drink stalls for everyone to enjoy. The duo have embarked on the project together and hope that it will be the first of many events and features in the popular park. The ice rink will be opened on 2nd December with a special charity day including music from Right Said Fred and lots of celebrity appearances. The ice rink will then be open everyday from 10am to 10pm until 6th January.
Private Firm Get Fire Contract – 26/10/12
Having closed down several full time fire stations and re-allocated emergency response responsibilities, Surrey County Council announced on Tuesday that it will hire the services of a private company to offer support to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Specialist Group International based in Dorking are experts in search and rescue and will be employed full time to support the fire service in emergencies such as underwater searches and cliff-side rescue. The deal was approved by the council's cabinet but was met with disappoinment by the Fire Brigades Union who claim that the money spent on the private service should have been invested in the fire service itself.
Armed Robbery at Reigate Jewellers – 18/10/12
Two masked robbers assaulted a shop worker and stole money from a High Street jewellers during a daylight raid on Tuesday. The two raiders dressed as postmen burst into Philip Lloyd Jewellers at 11.20am on Tuesday brandishing a weapon. They struck the shop worker over the head before fleeing with two bags full of money and jewellery. They escaped down Park Lane on a silver motorbike leaving the man in the shop requiring hospital treatment for a head wound.
Taxi Driver Jailed for Sex Attacks – 4/10/12
A 34 year old taxi driver from South Park has been jailed for five and half years after being found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and one of kidnap. Father of three Mohammed Iqbal attacked his first victim in March 2009 when he picked her up from JJ Whispers nightclub in Reigate. His second victim was attacked in his taxi in March 2012 when he took advantage of her drunken state and performed a sexual act on her. Iqbal had pleaded innocent to all of the charges but was found guilty based on DNA evidence found in the second victim’s underwear.
Paedophile Faces Jail Sentence for Collection of Vile Pictures – 2/10/12
A sick paedophile from Redhill who created thousands of sick images of children has been found guilty of 25 charges at Redhill Magistrates Court. 30 year old Lee David Moulson of St John’s Road had more than 5000 images on his computer when he was caught by police. The pictures ranged from category one, which are often erotic posing, to category five which are the most vile and can include sadism and bestiality. He was referred for sentencing at Crown Court as the punishments available at Magistrates Court were deemed too lenient for his crimes.
Schoolgirl Hit By Car – 19/09/12
A 13 year old schoolgirl sustained serious head injuries after she was run down by a car as she left school. The Royal Alexandra and Albert pupil had left the school by the back entrance at around 5.20pm on Monday when she was hit by a silver Honda Civic as she crossed Gatton Park Road. Local residents, including an off duty paramedic and police officer, rushed to the girls aid whilst they waited for emergency services to arrive. The girl was airlifted to Royal London Hospital and police closed the road for several hours whilst they investigated the scene.
Crowds Flock to Reigate for Tour of Britain – 17/09/12
Reigate town centre welcomed thousands of spectators on Sunday as they flooded the town to watch the Tour of Britain cycle race. Cycling superstars like Mark Cavendish, who went on to win the Surrey stage, were cheered on as the cyclists started the 147km course at Priory Park and then looped around the town past the town hall and then out towards Leigh on their way to Guildford.
Surrey Police Shun Outsourcing Proposal – 13/09/12
Following a consultation period, Surrey Police Authority have chosen not to outsource any of their services to private security companies. The original proposal was tabled in July when the annual government grant for policing was cut by 20% and reccomendations made that police authorities should outsource some administration functions to the private sector. One of the security firms pitching for the business was G4S, the security company who failed to supply enough security personnel for the Olympic games, which was a factor in the decision not to proceed with the plans.
Recycling Scheme Saves £9000 in First Month – 12/09/12
Despite complaints from many residents who claim that the new bin collection scheme is unhygienic and inadequate, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council announced this week that in the first month they have saved nearly £9000 of taxpayers money through reduced landfill tax. The new scheme will roll out to the last areas of the Borough - Redhill, Merstham and Earlswood - on 21st September.
Local Man Dies in Holiday Crash – 06/09/12
A 32 year old man from Reigate who worked in Horley has been killed in a tragic road accident on an idyllic Thai island. Ben Harrington was on holiday with his brother and friend on the isle of Koh Tao when tragedy struck. The threesome had been out for a meal and Mark, Ben's younger brother, and friend Chris Stansfeld had returned to their hotel. Ben stayed out with an Australian acquaintance but whilst driving his moped back later on, he was involved in a collision with a car and died.
Lorry Destroys Pub – 04/09/12
A local pub had it's beer garden and pool room destroyed by an out-of-control HGV lorry on Friday morning. Fortunately, nobody was hurt at The Hatch Pub on Shaw's Corner, Redhill when the lorry driver lost control and swerved across the road, destroying the garden wall and smashing through the pool room. Eye witnesses said that the lorry appeared to hit a curb, causing it to swerve and hit a white van travelling in the opposite direction before ploughing into the pub.
Planning Applications Cause Controversy – 31/08/12
Three planning applications for new business premises in Redhill have prompted mixed responses from local residents and other businesses due to the lack of innovation and similarity to many other bsuinesses in town. Applications have been made for a new coffee shop to open at the old Dabners store in Station Road, a takeaway at the former Leaders office in Brighton Road, and a bookmakers in Station Road that was previously a recruitment agency. Despite the need to attract new business to Redhill, there is a huge demand for a wider variety of retailers and these three new businesses only duplicate Redhill's existing offering.
Tour of Britain Comes to Reigate – 27/08/12
Olympic Gold Medallist and Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins and cycling superstar Mark Cavendish will visit Reigate as part of the Tour of Britain race in September. For the first time in history, the race will pass through Reigate on September 16, marking the end to a stunning Summer of cycling for Surrey after the success of the Olympics races.
Supermarket Wars in Redhill – 23/08/12
A new challenger has entered the competition to open another supermarket in Redhill town centre. The Co-Op have announced that they would like to take over the old Lidl site in Station Road which is part of the new Nobel House site. The site already has planning permission for a food retailer and the Co-Op have made an application for a licence to sell alcohol at the site. The Co-Op's bid is in addition to Sainsbury's plans to triple their size and Asda's bid to build a new store in Redhill.
Arsonists Attack Family Home – 16/08/12
A married couple and their 17 year old daughter have been left terrified and afraid to stay in their home after arsonists set fire to their front door. Allan and Sharon Pinfield-Wells were fortunately not in their home on Saturday night when the arsonists struck, but discovered the damage to their front door when they returned on Sunday. The entire house was covered in soot from the blaze although the fire did not manage to spread throughout and burned itself out before causing more internal damage.
Farm Refused Event Licence – 14/08/12
The Charlwood farm who had hoped to hold live music events on their vast grounds have once again been refused a licence by Mole Valley District Council's Licensing Committee after significant public opposition. The owner of Edolph's Farm in Norwood Hill, Kim Seaman had twice withdrawn previous applications in order to make the proposal more acceptable for local residents. However, at the hearing on Monday, the committee were overwhelmed by the ferocity of the public opposition and denied the licence on the grounds of public safety, prevention of crime and public nuisance.
Drunken Mother Jailed for Baby's Death – 02/08/12
The 24 year old woman who tried to blame the death of her 1 year old baby on her two year old son has been jailed for nearly four years at Guildford Crown Court. Danielle Reeves who was living in London Road, Redhill at the time of the death, left baby Frankie-Joe in a bathtub with toddler Alfie whilst she sat in the other room drinking vodka and ignoring the two children despite Alfie's distress calls. Ms Reeves initially tried to blame the death on Alfie, claiming that he had deliberately dunked the baby's head under the water, before admitting manslaughter. She was jailed for 45 months.
NHS Plans to Close Respite Centre – 31/07/12
Parents of disabled children are furious after NHS Surrey branded a local respite centre a 'waste of money' and announced plans to close the vital facility. Beeches Bungalow in Reigate provides a safe facility with qualified nursing staff for parents to leave their disabled children overnight to allow them a break from the constant care at home. The parents claim that the only reason the facility is under-used is that the NHS are not referring people for help. The other nearest repsite centre is in Tadworth and many of the parents say that it will not be possible to travel there if Beeches Bungalow closes.
Weather Helps to Make Redfest Success – 23/7/12
Robins Cook Farm once again played host to Redfest, the local Summer music festival at the weekend, with the glorious weather helping to make it the most succesful festival to date. Thousands of revellers flocked to the festival in Kings Mill Lane near Redhill Aerodrome to enjoy the music, stalls and party atmosphere. Now in it's sixth year, Redfest struggled to get established due to poor local support but has now become a firm fixture in the festivals calendar. Despite some complaints of noise pollution from local residents and an attack that left a 24 year old man with a suspected broken jaw, the festival ran smoothly and was hailed as a huge success.
Farm Resubmits Festival Plans – 12/7/12
Edolphs farm in Charlwood have submitted plans to Mole Valley District Council, despite withdrawing the proposal on two previous occassions due to significant public opposition from local residents. Edolphs Farm had originally applied for a licence for events with up to 60,000 visitors but have now reduced the application to just 5000 visitors. Edolphs are planning an event in September called 70s Reload if their applicationis succesful.
Drunk and Violent Thug Jailed – 6/7/12
An anti-social drunk who repeatedly broke the terms of his ASBO and threatened people with violence has been for five months. 25 year old Craig Gorringe was given the 5 year order in 2009 which included banning him from Redhill town centre and from being drunk in public places. On June 1 this year, Gorringe threatened customers at the Admiral Inn in Nutley Lane, Reigate where he had been staying. He then threatened to burn the pub down. The following day he was arrested by police in Redhill town centre for being drunk and abusive.
Residential and Shops Plan for Vacant Offices – 28/6/12
A large office building on the corner of London Road and Somers Road in Reigate could be turned into a block of flats with shops below. Trinity House, which was vacated by the Surrey Mirror nearly two years ago, has stood vacant in a very prominent positionof position. A plan has been submitted to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to create four shop units on the ground floor and six flats and eight maisonettes on the first and second floors.
Teenager Sexually Assaulted in Earlswood – 18/6/12
Police have launched a rape investigation after a 17 year old girl was assaulted by three men in Earlswood on Friday. The girl was walking along Earlswood Road at around 11.30pm, having left a party at a nearby property. Police believe that this was not a random attack and that the victim may have been acquainted with her attackers. Two men have been arrested and released on bail until August 17 pending further police enquiries.
Nightclub Trading Insolvent – 15/6/12
Reigate's popular drinking venue and the only nightclub in the area, JJ Whispers, are still trading despite going into liquidation at the end of April. The appointed liquidator David Rubin has given the go-ahead for the business to continue trading, providing losses are kept to a minimum, in the hope that it will help to find a buyer.
Hospital to Take Over Golf Club – 7/6/12
After fears that Redhill Golf Centre would be turned into additional car parking for the hospital following the announcement that the current lease would not be renewed, East Surrey Hospital have announced that they intend to run the golf club themselves to raise funds for the hospital. The popular community course and driving range in Canada Avenue will be taken over by the hospital in October and any profit made from the centre will be ploughed back into improvements at the hospital.
New Mayor of Reigate & Banstead Announced – 3/6/12
Reigate & Banstead Council have announced the new mayor for the next 12 months. 73 year old Conservative Councillor Roger Newstead was elected unopposed for his second stint as mayor. Mr Newstead first served as mayor in 2008 and is delighted to be given the privilege again, seeing his role as an opportunity to recognise and reward achievements throughout the borough.
New Recycling Scheme Introduced – 25/5/12
Horley will be the first town to trial the new recycling scheme introduced by Reigate & Banstead Bourough Council before it is rolled out across the rest of the borough. The new scheme will mean that households will have five bins to manage. The existing black box for paper and cardboard plus a new smaller green bin for food waste will be collected every week. A larger green bin for general waste and a brown bin for cans, glass, foils and plastics will be collected every fortnight. There will also be a small grey bin designed to be kept in the kitchen to help with tranferrign food waste to the larger outside bin. The scheme will begin in Horley on 23rd July and will be rolled out across the borough over the Summer.
Woman Dies After Collapsing in Woods – 9/5/12
A young woman has died after being discovered in woodlands near her home in a critical condition. Lucy Rayner from Hazel Close in Woodhatch was discovered in the woodland near Holly Road at around 2.20pm on Saturday. Despite the swift response of the ambulance service, including an air ambulance that attended the scene, Lucy was pronounced dead at hospital at around 4.45pm after receiving emergency treatment. Police are not treating Lucy's death as suspicious.
Shoppers Catch Cashpoint Robber – 4/5/12
An heroic group of people chased and captured a man after hearing an elderly lady yelling that she had been robbed. The 66 year old woman was withdrawing money from the Natwest bank cashpoint when the robber pushed her from behind and stole the £200 that she had taken out. The victim shouted out for help and, as the robber ran into Cage Yard, several people gave chase. He was cornered at the back of Marks & Spencers and detained until police arrived. A man and woman in their 30's from Woodhatch were arrested.
Four Neighbouring Houses Burgled – 2/5/12
Four homes within 250 yards of each other in a quiet area of Reigate were burgled over the weekend. Two houses in Manor Road and two in Nutley Lane were raided whilst the residents were out and many valuable items including jewellery, laptops and an I-Pad were stolen. All four break-ins involved the intruders smashing a window to gain entry.
Futuristic Technology at Reigate School – 25/4/12
Reigate School in Pendleton Road, Woodhatch is one of the first schools in the country to install fingerprint scanners for pupils. The new scanners have replaced the electronic cards used by pupils to purchase their lunches, which were often lost or damaged. Now pupils simply press their fingers to a screen and all of their lunch purchases are recorded instantly. If the trial is a success, the technology could be used to record attendance and control access to areas of the school.
Knifeman Jailed – 23/4/12
The boyfriend who attacked his partner and her daughter with a knife in a jealous rage has been jailed for four years at Guildford Crown Court. Donna Bogle had been dating Julian Hickman for less than a year when he became obsessive and jealous, threatening to harm her. On January 7th this year he turned up at the nail bar in Cockshot Road where she worked alongside her daughter and attacked them both with a knife.
Government Grant to Improve Town Centres – 13/4/12
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have been given a £100,000 government grant after discovering it was in the worst 100 regions in the country for vacant shop premises. 16.4 per cent of business space is vacant across the county, with Redhill and Horley two of the worst affected towns, and the money is meant to be used to improve occupancy rates and encourage new business in town centres. The grant has been awarded by the High Street Innovation Fund which was set up as part of Mary Portas' mission to save the high street.
Pub Ordered to Increase Security – 6/4/12
The Dog & Duck pub in Redhill in town centre has been ordered to hire a team of professional door staff or face closure by a licence hearing committee. Surrey Police presented evidence of 36 incidents relating to drink and drug fuelled violence in a 6 month period at the hearing. The pub must make numerous changes to it's operation including having a minimum of three specially trained security staff on a Friday and Saturday night and during high profile sporting events.
East Surrey Hospital One of 10 Worst in Country – 29/3/12
East Surrey Hospital received a damning report this week as it was labelled one of the 10 worst hospitals in England for diagnostic waiting times and patient referral waiting times according to an NHS review. An NHS survey also revealed that staff at the hospital were poorly motivated and nearly half of all staff had witnessed potentially harmful errors in the month that the survey was conducted. However, claims that the hospital are struggling financially have been refuted by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare Trust who run the hospital and say that they will start the new financial year owing no money and planning new improvement projects.
Reigate Firefighter to Carry Olympic Torch – 23/03/12
A fireman from Reigate who won a gold medal at the World Firefighters Games has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch. 63 year old Malcolm Styles, who is the oldest full time firefighter in the country, was chosen as one of 8000 torch bearers and will carry torch through Felbridge on 17th July. Mr Styles of Claremont Road in Redhill won his gold medal in table tennis at the first ever World Firefighters Games held in New Zealand in 1990.
Sick Thieves Steal Charity Boxes from Pub – 19/03/12Callous thieves broke into a Reigate pub and stole six charity boxes as well as alcohol. The thieves struck at the Black Horse pub in Reigate on Wednesday night after they had broken in through the cellar door. Although they were unable to open a locked till, they stole the charity boxes and a large quantity of alcohol including beer, cider and spirits. They also scrawled graffiti on the bar.
Olympics Cabinet Members Sacked – 09/03/12
Two senior councillors at Surrey County Council have been sacked from the cabinet after it was revealed that they both had financial interests in a potentially conflicting company. Denise Saliagopoulis and Ian Lake were told on Tuesday that they were no longer required after it emerged that they were both directors of Charter House Chancery, a company that provides hospitality packages for large events such as the Olympics. Both have been referred to the Council’s Standards Committee although they both deny that they have done anything wrong.
Reigate Hill Traffic Chaos – 02/3/12
Rush hour traffic was once again brought to a standstill in Reigate on Wednesday after a series of accidents and mechanical problems. Traffic on the M25 motorway was halted after a mjor incident between junctions 8 and 9 in the early hours of the morning. Then, a police car and a Volkswagon van crashed at the junction with Wray Lane at around 6am, closing the road for around 2 hours. Although nobody was seriously hurt, the two police officers were taken to hospital by ambulance.
Arsonists Attack Garages and Cars – 16/2/12
Thousands of pounds of damage was caused to two cars last Wednesday after arsonists set fire to the garages they were parked in. The incident happened at around 5am in Pendleton Road and could have been far more serious were in not for the quick response of emergency services.
Man Falls From Reigate Shop Roof – 7/2/12
An elderly man fell from a Reigate shop roof on Friday, sustaining serious injuries and bringing Reigate to a standstill as roads were closed around the scene. It is not known what the man in his 60s was doing on the roof of Knights department store in Bell Street and whether he jumped or fell off. Following the incident at around 2.40pm on Friday, an air ambulance landed at the entrance to Morrisons supermarket car park and air lifted the man to hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit with chest, pelvis and limb injuries.
Reigate Pub Taken Over – 1/2/12
A popular pub in the centre of Reigate has been sold to a national pub chain. The Market Hotel was previously run by a small independent pub company called Market Taverns and the land was owned by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. However, Market Taverns decided not to renew their lease so the council took the decision to sell the land. Despite rumours of another restaurant chain taking over the premises, it was sold to Fuller Smith & Turner, brewers of London Pride, who have vowed to invest in the pub whilst keeping it looking and feeling very similar to now.
Drug Gang Jailed – 30/1/12
Five local men were given prison sentences on Monday for their parts in a Class A drug dealing operation. The men were arrested as part of a huge operation by Surrey Police which resulted in 16 properties, including the homes in Redhill, Horley, Woodhatch, and Nutfield, being raided last February. The local men jailed for between 36 and 24 months were Marc Northover, Rahiel Abid Hussain, Mark Edwards, Stephen Buckland and Oliver Ripley-Duggan.
Council Refuse Grant and Increase Tax – 27/01/12
Surrey County Council have turned down the offer of a £14 million grant from the government in favour of increasing council tax by 2.99 per cent. Councillors have defended their decision by claiming that had they accepted the grant and frozen tax increases, they would have to increase council tax by 5 per cent in 2014.
Attack at Reigate Beauty Salon – 09/01/12
A woman and her daughter were attacked and stabbed by a knife-wielding maniac at a beauty salon in Reigate on Saturday morning. The attack happened at around 10am at the Mon Amie salon in Cockshot Road. The mother, who works at the salon, received non-life-threatening stab wounds to her neck and her daughter sustained minor lacerations. Police responded to emergency calls quickly but the attacker had escaped when they arrived. A 40 year old man from Tadworth later reported to Reigate Police station to assist officers with the enquiry. He has been remanded in custody.
Reigate Churches Get Go-Ahead for Building Work – 05/01/12
Two churches in Reigate have been granted planning permission to demolish and rebuild their community centres by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. St Mary’s church in Chart Lane will build themselves a new, modern and more suitable building opposite the church. Holy Family church in Yorke Road will demolish their existing community building and sell the land in order to raise funds to pay for a new community centre attached to the church.
Food Hygiene Concerns at Reigate Kebab Shop – 04/01/12
A popular kebab shop in Reigate has been ordered to pay more than £3500 by a court after admitting numerous health and safety offences. The owners of Reigate Kebab and Burger House, Adem and Clare Eskisan, pleaded guilty to 16 offences including the risk of salad being contaminated by raw meat, lack of hot water for hand and equipment cleaning, mould, and water leaking onto live electrics. Despite the offences, the kebab shop remains open whilst all of the infringements are made good.
Festival Plans Put on Hold – 16/12/11
Following the fierce public opposition to a proposal for a live music festival at a Charlwood farm, the event organisers have withdrawn their application. Dansell Multimedia were shocked at the extent of the local opposition to an event at Edolphs Farm and have withdrawn the application in order to review their proposal.
Runaway Lorry Destroys Street – 14/12/11
An out of control 18 foot lorry wreaked havoc in a quiet residential street on Monday, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage. The lorry smashed into 17 parked cars along Beaufort Road in Reigate before crashing into a house and destroying the external wall. Amazingly nobody was hurt during the terrifying event at 11.40 on Monday, but the damage to personal property is catastrophic. Residents were evacuated as police and fire crews secured the area and checked that no gas mains had been ruptured. It is not known if the vehicle's driver was behind the wheel during the ordeal or if it was unmanned.
ShopWatch To Help Reigate Shops Tackle Shoplifters – 10/12/11
A new scheme, similar to the PubWatch system, is due to be introduced in Reigate to help all shops protect each other against shoplifters. The scheme introduced by Reigate Business Guild will see retailers calling each other when they witness or suspect a person shoplifting in their store. The pyramid system will mean that each retailer only has to make a couple of calls and very quickly every shop participating in the scheme will be aware of suspicious individuals.
Plans for Farm Festival Opposed – 9/12/11
Angry residents joined forces at Stanhill Court Hotel on Tuesday to oppose plans for a Glastonbury-style festival to take place at a farm in Charlwood. The owners of Edolphs Farm in Charlwood have been in discussions with Dansell Multimedia regarding holding a live music event and festival in the grounds of their farm next year. Dansell arranged the consultation at Stanhill Court to discuss the plans with local residents, but they did not expect the level of fierce opposition and hostility that they received. Edolphs Farm has over 150 acres of open land that would make a perfect setting for a festival as well as other live events.
Major Re-Development Plan for Redhill – 2/12/11
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have announced brave new plans designed to re-invigorate Redhill town centre and promote it as a thriving town for local residents and visitors. In addition to the new shopping projects that have recently been given the go-ahead, the Council also have a ideas for a multi-purpose leisure, retail and housing facility which could include a brand new cinema. The site being reviewed for the project is in Marketfield Way, opposite the Belfry, where there are several empty retail units as well as Argos, Coral and some restaurants. Redhill has suffered in recent years, as major retailers moved out of the town, forcing people to travel to other towns to do their shopping and creating a downward economic spiral. This new development could be the catalyst for Redhill returning to greatness.
Increase to Car Park Charges – 24/11/11
In a year that local parking charges have caused petitions and disputes, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have announced that all council owned car park charges will increase effective from 1st January 2012. 20 minutes parking will increase to 35p from 30p, and parking for 1 hour will increase to 90p in Horley and £1.10 in Redhill and Reigate.
Travellers Swiftly Moved On – 17/11/11
A Reigate beauty spot was saved from being turned into a traveller settlement this week thanks to the speedy reactions of local residents and and prompt intervention from the police and council. A convoy of caravans mounted the kerb and drove onto Wray Common at around 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. Residents flooded the police and council with calls almost immediately and the police were able to move the travellers on before they could establish a settlement, avoiding a lengthy and costly eviction process.
Olympic Torch Coming to Reigate – 11/11/11
The route for the Olympic torch was announced this week and Reigate residents were delighted to hear that it will be paraded through the town. When the torch arrives in the UK on 18th May, having been lit in Greece, it will be carried by 8,000 torch bearers through over 1,000 towns and cities throughout the country as part of a 70 day relay before it reaches the Olympic Village in London. The torch will appear in Reigate on 20th July and councillors have vowed to make the event special.
The Queen Is Coming to Redhill – 11/11/11
Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting Redhill next week to officially open the redeveloped East Surrey College. More than £61 million has been spent at the college to create one of the most up-to-date vocational learning facilities in the country. The new building boasts a car workshop, recording studio and beauty salon as well as being the new home of Reigate School of Art, Design & Media. The Royals will arrive on Friday morning, be given a guided tour of the facility and stay for lunch.
Council Prepared for Winter – 10/11/11
Surrey County Council aren't taking any chances with the bad weather this Winter and have invested heavily in ensuring that they will no t be caught out by snow and ice again. The council have bought 24 new gritting vehicles, taking their fleet up to 40 vehicles, and have stock-piled 17000 tons of salt - an increaae of 4000 tons on last year. These new measures will ensure that more roads can be cleared and kept safe in the event of another heavy snow period.
24 Hour Asda Could Open in Redhill – 06/11/11
After months of planning and negotiations, Asda have now submitted an application to build a brand new supermarket in Redhill. The planned site for the new store is between Cromwell Road and the High Street and has generally been met with approval by residents and other business owners. Business in Redhill has been on a downward curve for several years as shops have closed down and major retailers have withdrawn from the town. The new Asda store could breathe new life into Redhill and in addition to the 7922 square foot supermarket, there could also be new space for additional restaurants and smaller retailers.
High Street Gym Approved – 04/11/11
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have approved an application to build a new gym in empty offices in Reigate High Street. The new gym will be built in the 730 square foot office space above Marks & Spencer and will boast 11 tread mills, 10 cross trainers, 4 rowing machines, 22 cycles and a full range of resistance machines to compliment a large free weights area.
Eastenders Star Rocks Reigate – 01/11/11
Shane Ritchie, better known as Alfie Moon from Eastenders, entertained pub-goers on Friday when his band performed at the Market Hotel in Reigate. The gig in the upstairs bar was the first of five planned live music nights at the venue, which is currently up for sale.
Swan Killed at Lakes – 26/10/11
A local charity is asking for witnesses who may have witnessed a horrific attack on a swan to come forward. Swans & Friends Bird Rescue were called to Earlswood lakes last Thursday after a dead swan was spotted in the water near the car park. When they arrived and retrieved the corpse, the true extent of the injuries became evident as around a quarter of the bird had been eaten. The most likely cause of the injuries is a dog attack and the charity are asking for witnesses to contact them.
Reigate Residents Oppose Developers – 20/10/11
Two separate developers have felt the wraith of Reigate residents this week. The first set of campaigners are in opposition to a planning application submitted to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, proposing that they bulldoze a single detached family home in Monks Walk to make way for ten new homes on the same site. The second set of campaigners are trying to prevent developers of flats from removing an ancient yew tree that was damaged by weed killer whilst they were building the flats in Warren Road.
Nightclub Re-Development Revealed – 13/10/11
The developers who bought the site previously occupied by Liquid and Envy nightclub have revealed their plans for the development of the site. The proposal is for a large ground floor space which could be used for retail and food service plus seven further floors that will be a mix of one and two bedroom flats. There will also be underground parking for 35 cars and a large parking area at the front. At present, the proposal is for the building to retain it’s traditional and iconic front.
Council Tax Will Not Rise – 7/10/11
Contrary to plans by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to raise council tax next year, residents in the borough will now not face an increase. The government this week announced that it wanted councils to freeze tax next year and offered a grant equivalent to a 2.5% increase to authorities willing to accept a freeze.
Man Killed in Gardening Accident – 4/10/11
A landscape gardener from Kent was killed last Wednesday when the digger he was operating overturned. Kenneth Pinkerton was working in Juniper Close, Woodhatch when the incident occurred. He was not seriously injured by the initial accident but was then killed as co-workers tried to rescue him using a dumper truck, which subsequently overturned and crushed him. Despite the swift response of Surrey Air Ambulance, Mr Pinkerton was pronounced dead before he arrived at hospital.
Campaigners Win Parking Battle – 22/9/11
After months of campaigning and petitioning, local businesses and residents have finally convinced the council not to install pay and display machines throughout local towns. Both Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council voted against to abort the plans after accepting that inadequate consultation had taken place. Horley and Reigate managed to avoid almost all of the proposed pay and display areas, whilst Redhill will have some machines installed but many will have a short period of free parking.
Asda Reveal Plans for Redhill Store – 8/9/11
Asda will this week launch a public consultation to gauge opinion and support for a brand new superstore in Redhill Town Centre. The plans show an eye-catching redevelopment of the shopping area in Cromwell Road, opposite the Belfry Shopping Centre. An exhibition to show the plans will be held at the Harlequin Theatre next Thursday and Friday.
Sainsbury’s Plans Approved – 7/9/11
The council have approved plans submitted by Sainsbury’s to increase the size of their Redhill supermarket and build a 98 room hotel, a new super-gym and a car park with space for 562 cars. The development could take up to two years as it involves the demolition of Lombard House next door.
Nail Gun Attack at Pub – 3/9/11
Drinkers at the Red Cross pub in Reigate were terrified when a disgruntled customer opened fire on the pub with a nail gun. The dangerous attack took place at around 12.30am on 28th August, when the man shot around a dozen nails at the pub from across the road. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured but police are taking the crime very seriously and asking for any witnesses to contact them.
Hundreds Attend Funeral of Rugby Giant – 3/9/11
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to a Reigate rugby legend on Friday at his funeral and then celebrated his life until the early hours at his much-loved Reigate Rugby Club. Jon Seymour died two weeks ago aged just 40 having been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the Summer. He had been a huge part of the club for over 15 years, as both a player and the club’s chairman, and will leave all of his friends and family with many treasured memories of time spent with him.
New Gym Planned for Reigate High Street – 2/9/11
Plans for a new super-gym in Reigate town centre have been submitted to the council for approval. The new gym would be located in the vacant offices above Marks & Spencer in the High Street and would boast an impressive arsenal of exercise equipment, weights and fitness areas. The council should make a decision in October.
Redhill Regeneration Commences – 26/08/11
Local businesses and private investors, alongside Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, have formed the Redhill Regeneration Forum in an attempt to improve the appearance of the town and therefore attract more businesses. The group will start work next month with a project to improve Station Road and Memorial Park, with many other locations planned for the future.
Mega Sainsbury’s Recommended for Approval – 26/08/11
A proposal for the Sainsbury’s supermarket in Redhill to triple in size plus for a new hotel, gym and car park to be built has been recommended for approval by council planners. Not only would the new development create 100s of new jobs and improve the look of the town, but it will also help to improve the transport network in the town as the developers would give £369,000 to this cause.
Abduction Scare at Supermarket - 19/08/11
Policing around Reigate town centre has been increased after two children escaped a suspected abduction attempt at Morrisons supermarket. The 7 year old girl and her 5 year old brother were shopping with their mother when they wandered off and were approached by an Asian man, described as slim and in his early 30s. The children ran back to their mother and the made hastily left the shop.
Riot Threats Close Town Centre - 11/08/11
Following the horrific riots in London and Croydon last weekend, public fear and an element of scaremongering saw many businesses throughout Reigate close their doors early on Tuesday for fear of the riots spreading south. Despite the gossip on social networking sites, there were no reported incidents of violence in the town. Officers from Surrey Police were called to assist the MET police with the mayhem.
Bomb Found by Volunteers – 05/08/11
An unexploded bomb from the 2nd World War was unearthed by volunteers clearing weeds on Colley Hill this week. The mortar bomb had to be detonated in a controlled explosion by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team sent by the Ministry of Defence at around 6pm on Tuesday.
Half a Dozen Bins for Homes – 03/08/11
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have approved a £4.5million plan to change the way we dispose of rubbish and recycle. The new scheme, which will be phased in throughout 2012 and 2013, will mean that some households could have as many as six separate bins to use and leave out for collection. Food and paper waste will be collected every week whilst glass, plastics, cans, and garden waste will be collected fortnightly.
Reigate & Banstead Most Violent Borough in County – 28/07/11
New Home Office figures show that Reigate & Banstead reported more violent crimes than any other borough in Surrey last year. More than 2100 violent crimes were reported in the borough last year, averaging out at 5.8 per day, despite Surrey being the eighth safest county in the country. The figures also revealed that robbery and burglary were up by 6% on the previous year, although vehicle theft and vandalism of vehicles were down 1% and 51% respectively.
Future of Liquid & Envy Nightclub Revealed – 21/07/11
The new owners of the Liquid & Envy nightclub in Redhill have revealed that they hope to turn the building into new flats and shops, breathing new life into Redhill town centre. Developers are planning for approximately 50 new flats, with underground car parking and a small mall-type shopping area. Although the existing building will be bulldozed to the ground, the developers are keen to keep the front of the building in order to retain some of it’s previous identity.
New Community Centre Opens – 14/07/11
Over 1000 people showed up to celebrate the opening of Reigate's brand new community centre. The centre, situated behind Marks & Spencer in the High Street and owned by Reigate Methodist Church, laid on a huge family fun day which included celebrity chef Tony Tobin cutting a celebratory cake and announcing the winners of a children's art competition.
Reward on Offer for Swan-Killing Dog – 06/07/11
The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton have offered a £500 reward for information that leads to prosecution of an irresponsible dog owner. The reward has been offered after a cygnet was killed in Reigate Priory by a Japanese Akita dog. Allegedly, a park user had approached the owner of the dog moments before the attack, complaining that the dog was not under control or on a lead.
Multi-Million Pound Project to Aid Congestion – 23.06.11
Reigate & Banstead Council have put in a proposal for a major project designed to significantly ease congestion in Redhill Town Centre. The plan targets the stretch of road between the roundabout outside Redhill station and the Lombard roundabout where traffic is always at a standstill during rush hour and drivers are confused by the merging lanes. The plans do not specify exact details, but preliminary suggestions include phased traffic lights and wider lanes. In addition, the Surrey Travel Smart proposal will promote cycling and walking as well as car sharing schemes.
End of Era for Redhill Nightclub – 22.06.11
This Saturday will mark the end of an era for generations of clubbers in Redhill when the nightclub, currently called Liquid and Envy, closes it’s doors for the last time. Originally built as a cinema in the 1930s, the venue was transformed into a nightclub in the 1970s. The club has had many transformations and name changes over the years, including Busbys, Millionaires, and The British Embassy and it’s closure will be a sad occasion for many. The site has been sold to an unidentified buyer and the future usage is not known.
Roadwork Chaos for Reigate - 16/06/11
Two planned sets of roadworks on Reigate Hill and the A217 will coincide to cause traffic chaos for thousands of drivers for more than 4 months from July. Surrey County Council will be closing one lane on Reigate Hill as they repair the footbridge for 22 weeks from 11th July. At the same time Sutton & East Surrey Water will be digging up the A217 north of the M25 to lay pipes from Mogador to Burgh Heath. Rush hour congestion is already a nightmare for motorists along this stretch of road and these new delays are sure to cause huge problems.
Female Fraudsters Prey on Elderly - 09/06/11
Surrey Police have issued a warning following a number of theft and fraud instances in Reigate, Horley and Redhill. The first incident happened in Morrisons car park where an 85 year old woman was approached for directions by one suspect whilst another suspect stole her bank cards from her bag. £500 was later taken from her account and used in the Argos store in Redhill. The second incident occurred in the Tesco car park in Hookwood when a 65 year old woman was asked for directions in the car park. 30 minutes later she was contacted by her bank who advised her that over £2200 worth of transactions had been attempted. The first suspect at the Morrisons incident was described as a tall Asian woman and the second suspect was a white woman with bleach blonde hair. The suspect at the Tesco incident was described as an Asian woman in her 40s wearing a turquoise sari.
New Mobile Police Service - 03/06/11
Surrey police have announced plans to launch a new Mobile Counter service this month. The move comes following the closure of many local stations across the county due to a reduced need for stand alone police stations. The new service will visit 12 locations including Oxted, Lingfield, Capel and Horley on a fixed timetable giving local residents a more convenient way of speaking with police.
Parking Charges Reviewed - 01/06/11
The parking charges imposed by Reigate & Banstead Council could be abandoned after complaints that the council failed to conduct an adequate public consultation prior to approving the plans. The plans to introduce Pay & Display parking bays across the borough were approved by Surrey County Council last week despite a petition containing mor ethan 40,000 names. The decision will now be reviewed by the Environment and Transport Select Committee.
Harlequin Fair Gives Hope to Jobseekers – 18/05/11
Hundreds of jobseekers flocked to the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill on Wednesday to attend the Redhill Jobs Fair. Attendees were offered training and career advice as well as the opportunity to brush up on interview techniques. There were also more than 15 employers exhibiting at the fair looking to fill current vacancies.
Troubled Pub Landlord Sacked - 30/04/11
The landlord of the Nutley Hall pub in Nutley Lane was sacked from his job last week after a licensing sub-committee deemed that he had failed to comply to the conditions of his licence. Following several police investigations, underage drinkers were found on the premises as well as high levels of cocaine in the toilets. Owners of the pub, Hall and Woodhouse now have 21 days to find a replacement or must surrender their licence.
Potentially Lethal Prank Injures Cyclist - 28/04/11
Police have condemned a foolish prank after a cyclist received neck injuries after being knocked off his bike. The man in his 50's was cycling along Asylum Arch Road in Earlswood in the early hours of the morning when he was suddenly thrown from his bike. A black cord had been tied between a tree and lamp post so that it stretched across the road and was barely visible. Police have increased patrols in the area amd have warned that, if caught, the offenders will face serious consequences.
Harlequin Theatre Given £1 million Lifeline - 15/04/11
The Harlequin theatre in Redhill has been given nearly £1 million pounds to undertake a major refurbishment this year. The council money, totalling £939,000, will be used to replace the air conditioning and heating system, improve facilities and decorate the reception area. Work will start at the end of the Summer and it is hoped that the investment will help with other plans to rejuvenate Redhill twon centre.
Proposed Facelift for Redhill Train Station - 31/03/11
A new scheme has been unveiled to help ease congestion and commuter chaos at Redhill train station by introducing an Oyster style ticket system and building a new platform. The logistics of how the proposal will work need finalising in order to connect the ticket system to the London transport network, but the plans have been warmly welcomed by commuters to and from Redhill who have suffered years of misery queuing at inadequate ticket booths and waiting on over-crowded platforms.
Council Ignore Parking Protest - 23/03/11
Despite thousands of signatures on petitions and a staged protest at County Hall, council bosses refused to discuss further their plans for parking charges across the borough. Campaigners from Reigate, Redhill and Horley joined many other towns on Monday to demonstrate to the council that their plans to implement widespread parking charges throughout towns in the borough were unwelcome, unneccessary and damaging to local business.
Hospital Investigation After Mis-treatment of Patient Exposed - 04/03/11
East Surrey Hospital have launched an investigation after an undercover TV camera recorded footage of distressing and callous mis-treatment of a patient. The footage was aired on Channel 4's Dispatches programme on Monday and shows the appalling treatment of an elderly patient who died at the hospital in December 2010. The chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare has promised a full investigation and that the individuals concerned will be held to account for their actions.
Retailers Protest Against Council - 15/02/11
Reigate's businesses and residents have stepped up there campaign to stop the council imposing parking charges throughout the town centre by holding an official protest on Monday. Surrey County Council plan to turn 115 parking bays in Reigate into pay and display spaces, which retailers say will drive business away from the town.
Police Raid Suspected Drugs Dens - 13/02/11
Police from across Surrey and Sussex undertook a series of synchronized dawn raids on 16 properties in an operation to smash heroine and crack cocaine ring. More than 200 officers raided properties in Horley, Redhill, Woodhatch, South Nutfield, London & other location in Sussex at 6am on Thursday morning. More than 100 wraps of heroine were found along with stolen goods and money and 16 people were arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.
Redhill Worst in County for Crime - 06/02/11
According to the new Home Office website, Redhill is the worst town for crime throughout Reigate & Banstead Borough. 308 incidents were recorded in December including 139 antisocial incidents, 42 violent crimes and 7 burglaries. In the same month, Reigate had a total of 181 crimes reported including 20 incidents of violent crime.
Redhill Supermarket Wars - 04/02/11
Three of the biggest retailers in the UK are going head to head for retail space in Redhill. Plans for a new Tesco store in Reading Arch Road have already been countered by Sainsbury's plans to radically redevelop their store in Redhill town centre and now Asda have shown an interest in building a superstore in Cromwell Road opposite the exit from teh Belfry shopping centre. Whilst Redhill is in need of some development and more retailers, Reigate & Banstead Council have declared that three major projects would be too much for the town.
No Increase to Council Tax - 28/01/11
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have decided that there will be no increase to council tax in the coming year. The news will be welcomed by residents throughout the district, particularly in the current economic downturn. By not increasing council tax, the council will receive a grant of £286,000 from the Government.
Sainsbury's Proposal Could Revitalise Town - 20/01/11
Sainsbury's supermarket and Aviva Investors have submitted a joint proposal to redevelop part of Redhill which could create hundreds of extra jobs and breathe new life into Redhill town centre. The proposal would see the existing Sainsbury's redeveloped and adjacent office block as well as a brand new hotel, and gym.
Gas Works Misery for Town - 14/01/11
Retailers, residents and motorists are in for 6 weeks of traffic misery as essential gas works get under way throughout the town centre. The works, that have already started in Bell Street and will move right through the town over the course of the next 6 weeks, will cause serious delays for anyone trying to travel through the town especially for commuters during the busy morning and afternoon rush hours.
New Parking Charges Set to Hit Town - 04/01/11
The council have started the year by upsetting retailers and residents with a new proposal for parking zones throughout Horley, Redhill and Merstham. Pay and display machines will be installed by Surrey County Council in numerous roads around the towns with Horley getting 113 machines, Reigate 115, Redhill 94 and Merstham 47.
Snow Brings Chaos... Again! - 20/12/10
Less than two weeks after snow brought the South East to a standstill, a fresh dusting of snow on Friday and Saturday sent the country into more chaos. Shops and businesses were unable to open, shoppers were unable to get to those shops that were able to open, the roads were gridlocked with cars unable to move and public transport came to a standstill. Furious members of the public have questioned the government and council's lack of preperation for what has become inevitable weather conditions that could be made much easier.
More Police in Town - 15/12/10
Surrey Police have increased the number of patrolling policeman in Redhill and Reigate town centres in an attempt to control violence and anti-social behaviour over the Christmas period. There will also be increased undercover officers visiting pubs and clubs to check for under age drinkers.
Snow Brings South East to Halt - 02/12/10
For the third time in the last 12 months, snow has brought the South East of England to a standstill, causing chaos for everyone. Schools have been closed, workers have been unable to reach their place of employment and the drivers that were able to venture out have experienced extreme difficulty to travel on roads with little or no grit to clear the snow.
Teenage Motorbike Rider Hurt in Crash - 22/11/10
A 17 year old boy was rushed to East Surrey Hospital on Thursday morning after the Yamaha motorbike he was riding collided with a Range Rover on London Road near the railway crossing. The boy was taken to East Surrey Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Public To Make Decision on Spending Cuts - 18/11/10
In an attempt to avoid massive backlash from angry residents, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council are asking you to decide what gets cut and what deserves funding across the borough. Councillors have drawn up a hit list of amenities that could suffer from the massive spending cuts but rather than make an unpopular decision themselves, they are giving everyone a chance to vote on projects. The consultation will run until 14th January 2011.
Car Crashes Into Hospital - 12/11/10
An out of control car crashed through the Accident & Emergency entrance of East Surrey Hospital on Tuesday, narrowly missing patients in the waiting area including a small child. The silver BMW, driven by an elderly lady, lost control and smashed through the double doors at the front of the hospital. The driver was taken away on a stretcher and seemd confused about the situation.
New Rugby Club Could Collapse - 28.10.10
After two years of building work and a £4 million investment, a brand new rugby clubhouse could collapse according to an exclusive report by the Surrey Mirror newspaper. The new clubhouse built for Old Reigations rugby club in Park Lane, Reigate was due for completion by the end of this year. However, a general survey by structural engineers Ove Arup reported that the new building had been built on loose sand and soil which could result in subsidence and even collapse. The club now wait anxiously for further surveys to reveal the extent of the danger.
Policeman Arrested for Sexual Assault - 26/10/10
A police office based at Reigate Police station has been arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault that occurred in Burgess Hill on 22nd October. The incident is still being investigated but the officer has been suspended in the meantime.
Red Tape Closes Beer Garden – 20/10/10
The landlord of The Priory pub in Bell Street has been left bemused and angry at a ludicrous planning regulation stating that the beer garden to the rear of the pub must be allowed to become overgrown in order to restore it to it's natural state. Andy Goff has carefully maintained and decorated the garden area for the use of pub goers at considerable cost and time, but Reigate & Banstead Borugh Council planning officers consider the plot of land to be Urban Open Land and are insisting that it is returned to it's overgrown, natural state.
Church Project Receives Funding Boost – 07/10/10
Development plans at Reigate Methodist Church were given a huge boost when it was revealed that one of the congregation had left £200,000 to the church in her will. Jean Clarke MBE died in June and left the generous sum to the church. After years of fundraising in order to finance the new community centre behind the church, Jean’s money will be used to complete phase one and will go a long way to financing phase two of the work.
Paedophile Gets Four Years – 06/10/10
David Lyn Jenkins, the paedophile who abused young boys over a forty year period, was jailed for four years at Lewes Crown Court on Monday. The ex-leader of Redhill Boys Brigade was jailed for sex offences committed against a 13 year old boy in 1968 and with a boy of 9 in 2005 through to when the same boy was 13 in 2009.
Schools to Become Academies – 01/10/10
Talks have taken place between the council and the government to turn all of our local secondary schools into academies according to an exclusive report by the Surrey Mirror newspaper. The proposals, which would mean that the schools would be funded by a central government rather than local education authorities, have received mixed reactions from teachers and parents alike, though the main concern is the reduction in facilities and service if the government opts to cut spend in the future.
Aerodrome Expansion Plans – 27/09/10
After two years of consultation and design work, plans have now been released for the expansion of Redhill Aerodrome. The massive redesign includes a 1300 metre hard runway, which would allow slightly larger passenger planes to land at the aerodrome instead of the existing grass runway that only allows very small aircraft enough space to take off and land. The new plans could mean a massive boost to the local economy. The public consultation will conclude at the end of October.
Sick Paedophile Faces Long Sentence – 09/09/10
A paedophile whose reign of terror lasted 40 years has been warned by a judge that he faces a long prison sentence for his vile crimes. David Lyn Jenkins pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual abuse on boys under the age of 14. The first count of abuse goes back to 1968 when he abused his wife's 13 year old brother. Jenkins was a trusted leader of the Boys Brigade in Redhill and Merstham where he befriended his victims and their families. He originally lived in Merstham, before moving to Chart Lane in Reigate and subsequently to Smallfield where he carried out four attacks on a boy between 2005 and 2009. He will be sentenced on 4th October.
Government Cash for Buildings – 03/09/10
The government have awarded £1.3 million to Reigate & Banstead Council to assist with building developments in the area. Reigate, Redhill and Horley will all benefit from the money, given to the council following accreditation as a New Growth Point. The money will be used for substantial building projects, including Horley's new leisure centre.
Gay MP Pledge to Constituents – 02/09/10
Following his shock announcement last Friday that he is gay, Reigate MP Crispin Blunt has vowed not to let the announcement or media attention detract from his duties. The Conservative, who has a second home in Horley made the announcement on the Conservative website last Friday that he has seperated from his wife and asked for people to respect the privacy of his family whilst they are coming to terms with his sexuality.
Record GCSE Results Throughout Borough – 26/08/2010
Students, teachers and parents alike are jumping for joy following this year's record breaking GCSE results. The Warwick School in Redhill achieved a 74 per cent pass rate against a target of 65 per cent. Reigate School in Woodhatch continued their success of recent years, with 65 per cent of students achieving more than 5 A* grades.
Reigate Windmill Gets New Tail Post – 22/08/2010
The historic windmill that overlooks Reigate Heath has been given a £14000 renovation after rot was discovered in the centre of the tail post.As well as being a beautiful landmark, the windmill is also a consecrated church, holding regular services for worshippers. The windmill is believed to have been built around 1765 and has been kept in excellent condition over recent years by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.
Highest Number of Benefit Claimants in County – 17/08/2010
New figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that Reigate & Banstead has the highest number of people claiming Jobseekers allowance in the entire county. The July figures show that 1620 people were claiming the benefit - more than double the number claiming in Mole Valley and Tandridge.
Local Fundraiser Found Hanged – 05/08/2010
A local man who had dedicated huge amounts of time to raising money for the Surrey Air Ambulance charity was found hanged in a flat in Horsham last week. Andrew Mayne, 46, who lived in Royal Earlswood Park, had recently been made redundant and had gone through a difficult divorce. Police are treating the death as suicide.
Priory Park Wins Green Flag Award – 04/08/2010
For the second year in a row, Priory Park has received the top honour of being named as one of the country’s best parks and has been awarded the coveted Green Flag Award.
College Student Dies on Holiday – 30/07/2010
A fun loving 17 year old girl studying at Reigate College has collapsed and died whilst holidaying in Majorca. Nathalie Cocks of Oakdene Road, Redhill was enjoying a well-earned holiday in the Mediterranean when she collapsed at the side of a hotel swimming pool. Despite resuscitation attempts, Nathalie died of a suspected heart defect.
Minibus Road Chaos – 30/07/2010
Local roads around Redhill and Reigate were gridlocked with traffic following a crash on the M25 that caused emergency services to close the motorway for five hours. An EasyBus minibus carrying four passengers from Gatwick Airport to London overturned at around 4.30pm on Wednesday between the M23 junction and the Reigate junction, resulting in rush hour chaos that literally halted traffic in all directions.
Local Lads Fail in Bid to Avoid Extradition - 29/07/10
The five local men accused of attacking a footballer and causing near fatal injuries in Malia in 2008 have failed in their bid to avoid extradition to Crete to face trial for the alleged attack. Curtis Taylor, Daniel Bell and Sean Branton, all from Horley along with George Hollands from Reigate and Ben Herdman from Worth all expect the extradition order within the next two weeks.
Local Men Accused of Rape at Redhill Festival - 26/07/10
Three men from Dorking and one from Reigate have been arrested on suspicion of taking part in an horrific rape at the Redfest Festival last weekend. A 17 year old girl claimed that she was raped in a tent by two men whilst two others laughed and took pictures on their mobile phones. Two 20-year-old men from Dorking were arrested on suspicion of rape and two other men, one from Dorking and one from Reigate were arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment. All suspects were bailed until 5th September pending further investigation.
Water Pipes to Cause Havoc for Motorists - 14/07/10
Plans by Sutton and East Surrey Water to build a new pipeline could cause misery for motorists and local residents along the A217 as the works will cause serious disruption and delays along the busy road. Plans are yet to be finalised, but the two favoured options are either to dig new pipelines under the main road or to dig up part of Banstead Heath.
New Coucil Chief Vows Improvement - 12/07/10
John Jory, the new chief executive of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has vowed to make massive improvements in order to justify his £138,000 salary. Mr Jory is widely recognised as the man who changed the fortunes at Mid Sussex District Council and intends on making a similar name for himself in hi snew post.
Families to Sue E. Coli Farm - 16/06/10
Victims of the E. Coli outbreak at Godstone Farm are planning legal action following the release of a report by the Health Protection Agency revealing that appropriate safety measures were not taken to prevent the outbreak. 93 people were affected by the outbreak in August last year of which 27 were hospitalised. 76 victims were the under the age of ten including Redhill toddler Alfie Weaver.
Cannabis Factory in Earlswood - 13/06/10
Police uncovered a around 100 cannabis plants when they swooped on a family house in South Earlswood following a tip-off from the property's landlord. Drugs with a street value of more than £200,000 were discovered at the house in Horley Road which had been transformed by the tenants into a drug factory using hydroponics equipment to cultivate the plants.
Face of the Community - 12/06/10
Local residents are being invited to become a real part of the new Reigate Community Centre situated behind Reigate Methodist Church in the High Street. A giant mosaic of the Old Reigate Town Hall is being built, made up of the faces of hundreds of local people, to raise money to cover the costs of the £1.1 million development.
Tax Cheat Sent to Prison - 17/05/10
A self employed man from Redhill has been convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to eight months in prison. 57 year old Nicholas West of Heston Road failed to pay more than £40,000 in tax between 2002 and 2007 as he undertook cash in hand work. In order to settle his debts, West will have to sell the family home and repay the money owed in full within six months or he will face a further 12 months in prison.
Man Stabbed in Redhill Flat - 17/05/10
A 31 year old was fatally stabbed at a flat in Observatory Walk, Redhill last Tuesday. Anthony Kennard Gray was stabbed in the neck and, despite being airlifted to hospital, died the following day from his injury. Marlon Kelly, a 31 year old from Battersea has been charged with murder although police are appealing to local residents for information on the circumstances leading up to the attack.
Local Pub Faces Closure - 12/05/10
Another familiar local landmark faces extinction at the hands of developers due to poor revenue. The Nutley Hall in Nutley Lane, Reigate will be developed into residential properties if plans are accepted by the council. Though popular with local residents and regulars, the pub does not attract as many customers as town centre pubs and therefore does not make enough profit to remain a viable business.
75th Anniversary for Local Club - 08/03/10
This weekend, Reigate Rugby Club in Colley Lane will be celebrating their 75th anniversary with a host of special events and games. The club will host of series of games on Saturday, starting with a display from their mini's section and culminating in a game between a select Presidents XV and the current 1st XV.
Memorial Park Vandalised - 05/03/10
Mindless vandals have once again struck at a small garden of remembrance in Reigate. The garden in Bancroft Road was attacked by thugs, who smashed ornaments left in memory of loved ones, decapitated statues and generally made a mess of the peaceful area. The attack is thought to have happened over the course of last weekend and follows a series of similar attacks across the district in recent months.
School Admissions Cause Chaos- 03/03/10
Hundreds of local families are distraught as they face the difficult task of appealing against their children's school allocation which was announced at 7am on Saturday morning. Many local schools are at bursting point and places are at a premium, with many families not getting any of their preferred choices. The problem is widespread throughout the district and applies to primary, middle and secondary schools.
Local Soldier Cleared of Assault - 02/03/10
A local soldier, who was also a former professional rugby player, has been cleared of allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in her Redhill flat. Lance Bombardier Andrew Dawlings from Reigate, who has served in the Parachute Regiment for 18 years, was accused of entering a woman's flat, lifting her out of her bath and sexually assaulting her on the floor of her living room. Mr Dawlings had visited the property on 2nd December 2008 at the request of the woman's family but denies that any assault occurred. He claims that the woman was fully-clothed in her living room when he arrived, they had a brief conversation and then he left. The jury took less than an hour to clear him of all charges.
Snow Brings Reigate to Standstill... Again! - 09/01/10
Following the heavy snow before Christmas, Reigate residents expected the town to be prepared for more snow this week. However, weather unseen in England for nearly thirty years brought the town to a standstill once again and caused havoc for anyone trying to leave their homes. All of the local schools in the town were closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, leaving parents unable to even attempt to reach work. Untreated roads made driving hazardous and, as the cold snap continues, concerns for the elderly and ill are being addressed by care workers.
MP Resigns After 18 Years - 06/01/10
MP Peter Ainsworth has shocked friends and colleagues by resigning after 18 years. The former Shadow Cabinet Minister announced on Monday that he will stand down at the next election. Mr Ainsworth has been a popular MP for the East Surrey constituency, supporting local causes with passion and enthusiasm.
Local Men Face Extradition - 06/12/09
Six local men face extradition to Crete if found guilty of a vicious attack on another young Briton whilst on holiday in Crete. Curtis Taylor, Sean Branton, and Daniel Bell all from Horley, alongside Joseph Bruckland from Hookwood, George Hollands from Reigate and Benjamin Herdman from Crawley are all accused of savagely beating Robbie Hughes in Malia last year. Mr Hughes' injuries were so severe that he underwent four separate operations on his brain and has lost his memory since his teenage years. The six defendants refused to return to Crete to answer questions and European arrest warrants were issued.
New Street Lamps Throughout County - 02/12/09
Surrey County Council have signed a £250million deal to replace every street lamp across the county. The 25 year contract will see all 89,000 street lights replaced within five years resulting in massive savings of an estimated £12million to taxpayers through energy saving elements of the new lights.
Plans to Axe Bus Services Met With Outrage - 02/12/09
Surrey County Council's plans to axe several local bus routes due to poor usage has been met with outrage by regular users and a campaign to prevent the closures has begun, backed by local newspaper the Surrey Mirror with their Save The 324 campaign, named after one of the services under threat. The council's public consultation ends on 31st January 2010 when the fate of many services will be decided.
Internet Date Kidnapped - 22/10/09
A man was jailed for two years on Wednesday for kidnapping a Redhill woman he had met on the internet. Matthew Aldrich, 28, was upset after the woman had called time on their relationship after just a few meetings. He burst into her flat on July 27 and tied her to her bed with cable ties. The woman escaped the ordeal four hours later after convincing her captor to release one of her hands so that she could have a drink.
Local Club Debt Crisis - 15/10/09
Reigate's only nightclub, JJ Whispers, is in crisis talks with creditors having failed to pay more than £24000 in business rates. The exclusive club and the restaurant above, owned by the same company, owes a total of £29778. Council bosses will decide this week whether to pursue the company for the debts or to wipe the slate clean as an unclaimable loss.
Redhill Bank Robbery - 09/09/09
Daring robbers got away with hundreds of pounds after they robbed a security guard in broad daylight. The robbery took place at Loyds TSB in Redhill town centre at 10.48am on Tuesday when two unmasked men lay in wait for a G4S security van. The robbers escaped down the alleyway next to Kandootoo where a third accomplice waited in a silver BMW to complete their escape north on the A23. Both robbers were white and in their twenties.
Tesco in Merstham? - 12/08/09
Merstham could soon be the proud recipient of a brand new Tesco supermarket after the supermarket chain expressed an interest in the village. A prime location for the store would be at the site of the closed Iron Horse pub in Bletchingley Road.
Rugby Stars Honour Local Hero - 08/08/09
Rugby legends including Martin Johnson, Will Carling Sean Fitzpatrick and Zinzan Brooke joined 400 guests at Twickenham on July 17 for a fundraiser in aid of tragic local rugby star James Skeens who died of cancer in January. More than £32000 was raised at the event for the Oliver Morgan Skeens Trust set up to provide a future for James' one year old son.
Pensioner Conned Out of Savings - 22/07/09
Heartless conmen stole £1500 from a pensioner after conning their way into hisSouth Earlswood home and claiming that they would install a humnidifier in his home. The two men brazenly knocked on the pensioners door and them drove him to the bank to withdraw the money. The two suspects were white and thought to be in their early 30's.
Swine Flu Hits Surrey Schools - 09/07/09
Six schools in the borough have issued alerts that they may have been exposed to swine flu. Both the Warwick school and St Bedes in Redhillhave confirmed that they have either had actual cases or that relatives of pupils or staff had been diagnosed with the virus.
Petrol Leak Closes Service Station -05/07/09
The trouble-ridden Esso petrol station on Reigate Hill has been closed for over a week now following a fuel leak. Approximately 33 gallons of fuel leaked from one of the fuel tanks, causing the garage to close whilst investigators analyuse the extent of the leak. In March, several motorists were left stranded when water contaminated one of the tanks at the station.
Roadworks Misery for Reigate - 6/06/09
Motorists in Reigate are furious after the council allowed three major routes into the town to be dug up simultaneously, causing massive congestion especially during rush hour. The three roadworks are sited at Reigate Hill, Blackborough Road and Reigate Road.
Imposter Taxi Driver Sexually Assaults Teenager - 4/06/09
A teenager was sexually assaulted by a man posing as a taxi driver after he tricked her into his car. The girl had ordered a taxi from Reigate-based Belfry cars to pick her up from an address in Woodhatch at 2.30am last Friday night. An unmarked blue car pulled up outside and the driver identified himself as a taxi driver. The girl sat in the front seat and was then driven to a quiet residential road where she was attacked before managing to open the car door and flee. Police are warning taxi users to be extra vigilante whilst they investigate.
Drugs Found at School - 20/05/09
Two 14 year old school boys were arrested last week under suspicion of bringing Class B drugs to their school. The pupils at St Bede's school were found with a substance thought to be cannabis by one of their teachers. Both boys were bailed pending further investigation.
Schoolboy Airlifted to Hospital -03/05/09
A 12 year old pupil of the Warwick school in Redhill was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car last Wednesday. The boy was struck by a silver Ford Focus as he walked home from school and friends immediately dialled for an ambulance. A Sussex air ambulance landed in Memorial Park and paramedics trated the youngster in the road before airlifting him to Royal London hospital with serious head injuries.
Reigate Estate Agent Dies on Holiday -02/04/09
An estate agent for White and Sons in Reigate High Street has died while on holiday in Africa. 30 year old Lloyd Dansie, who was a popular character around the pubs and bars of Reigate, died in his hotel room last weekend. The cause of death is not yet known.
Morrisons Clamp Down on Illegal Parking - 30/03/09
Morrisons supermarket in Reigate are installing number plate recognition cameras in an attempt to crack down on motorists using their car park without shopping at the store or for staying longer than the permitted two hours. The new cameras will record time of entry and exit to the car park and automatically issue fines when appropriate.
More Power Cut Misery for Reigate Businesses - 23/03/09
A power cut that lasted nearly three hours threw Reigate into chaos on Saturday, costing shops and restaurants thousands of pounds in lost revenue. Shops were forced to close and restaurants could not serve as they lost all power on the warmest weekend of the year so far. Rugby fans hoping to watch the final games of the Six Nations championship were also left frustrated and in the dark. This is yet another incident in a long line of power faults over the last year that has cost local businesses money.
Last Members of Drug Cartel Sentenced - 09/03/09
The final members of the drug cartel exposed by police were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday. Members of the gang lived in Redhill, Horley, Merstham and Woodhatch and earned more than £20,000 per week dealing class A drugs in the area. The gang were caught following Surrey's biggest ever police operation, codenamed Operation Kingbird last May. The members sentenced to serve time in prison included Kenneth Abrams from Horley, Paul Smith from Redhill, Tara Pickers Gill from Horley, Oliver and Patricia Ripley-Duggan from Woodhatch, Jarren White of Horley, Samantha Newbury from Redhill, Daniel Walk from Redhill, and Grant Smith from Horley.
If Only Cars Ran On Water - 06/03/09
Several motorists were left stranded this week when they unkowingly filled their fuel tanks with water rather than diesel. Some of the pumps at the Esso Service Station on Reigate Hill became contaminated with water resulting in unlucky customers breaking down on a dangerous stretch of the A217 climbing Reiagte Hill.
Local Lad Dies in Skiing Tragedy – 23/2/09
A 21 year old man from Redhill was tragically killed whilst on a skiing trip with family in the French Alps. Patrick Evans died after hitting rocks whilst skiing down a slope and plummeting into an icy stream. He was airlifted to hospital in Grenoble but later died from his injuries.
Secret Wedding for Wes – 21/2/09
An unsuspecting groom found himself involved in his own dream wedding after his long-term girlfriend won a Radio Mercury competition. Wes Parker from Merstham was completely unaware that bride Carly had won the wedding until just hours before the ceremony and was delighted when all became clear. Wes, a talented rugby player for Reigate Rugby Club, and Carly have two young children.
Driver Loses Control – 12.2.09
A woman driving a Toyota 4x4 lost control of her vehicle and collided with two pedestrians before crashing into a shop front in Church Street on Monday. The driver, taking her son to school, passed out at the wheel and mounted the pavement on one side of the road, hitting one of the pedestrians before careering across the road, hitting the second pedestrian and finally coming to a halt when the vehicle hit the side of the Anglian Window centre.
Thugs Break in to School and Steal Fish – 10.2.09
Thieves smashed a classroom window and broke in to the Priory School last Wednesday night, stealing only a plastic pot and the class fish. Whilst the items stolen were not of a huge monetary value, police are taking the break in seriously and calling for information on the incident.
Reigate Property Firm go into Administration – 28.1.09
Oakdene Homes, based in Bell Street, have gone into administration, halting work on one of their developments in Frenches Road, Redhill. Administrators sited widespread problems in the UK property market following the economic downturn as the reason for the companies financial problems.
Surrey Rugby Mourn the Death of Local Coach – 26.1.09
James Skeens, a superb community rugby coach who dedicated his working life to help others enjoy the sport, died in hospital just days after marrying the love of his life, Jeanette. James died in the Royal Marsden hospital after a long battle with cancer of the spine. James was well known throughout Surrey schools and clubs where he patiently and expertly coached children of all ages. The couple married in his hospital room, witnessed by friends and family including their seven month old son Oliver. The ceremony was also attended by rugby legends Rob Andrew and Martin Johnson. James' funeral will be held on Friday 30th January where mourners have been asked to wear rugby shirts rather than suits.
Local Women Fear Sexual Prowler – 8.1.09
Local women around Redhill, Merstham and Reigate are being warned to be extra careful when walking in the dark following a series of attempted attacks. The latest two attacks occurred last Tuesday within three hours of each other in Redhill and Merstham. The first involved a young woman walking along Gatton Park Road who became aware of a man following her. When she ran towards Colesmead Road, the man gave chase before disappearing close to where a 19 year old girl was brutally raped last May. The second attack occurred in Merstham where a teenage girl was grabbed from behind but managed to struggle free and escape.
Snow Brings Joy to Kids... But Misery for Motorists - 5.1.09
On most people's first day back at school and work, nature taunted us all with an overnight snow storm that left Reigate under a blanket of snow on Monday morning. As the kids built snowmen and raced to Reigate Hill and Priory park with their sledges, motorists faced a far more dangerous proposition. Police were called to several incidents involving cars sliding on the treacherous ice and crashing into other mobile and parked vehicles.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – 1.1.09
The staff at All About Reigate would like to wish all of our users and advertisers a happy New Year. We hope that 2009 brings success, health and happiness to you all.
Golf Club to Sell Land – 5.12.08
Redhill & Reigate Golf Club in Pendleton Road are hoping to sell part of their land to developers in a bid to rescue themselves financially. The club hope to sign the contract over the next few weeks which will free up enough capital to pay it’s rent arrears and existing debts. To avoid the situation re-occurring, the council have agreed to lower the club’s rent.
Parking Plans to Cause Chaos in Reigate – 20.11.08
Surrey County Council have ignored strong resistance from Reigate residents and will go ahead with plans to lay over 2000 metres of double yellow lines throughout Reigate. The plans will cause chaos for commuters, shoppers and parents dropping their children at school as Reigate is turned into a no parking or waiting zone. The plans were unveiled in June and despite being met with objections from hundreds of Reigate residents, the council have made only minor changes.
Local Builder Jailed for Attack on Pensioner - 18.11.08
A Woodhatch builder who attacked a pensioner in the street has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Mark Evans attacked 71 year old Charlie Connor as he walked home on May 13 this year. The court were also told how earlier in the year Evans had attacked his 61 year old grand father and stolen money from him. On both occassions, the defendant was allegedly drunk. Evans was jailed for three and a half years.
Teenager Suspected of Rape - 17.11.08
A 19 year old Woodhatch man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 50 year old woman in her own home on November 8. The teenager conned his way into the victim’s home after knocking at her door asking for a light for his cigarette. The man has been bailed until December 22 whilst police conduct further investigations.
Vandals Cause Damage at Golf Club - 22.10.08
A gang of yobs broke into Reigate Hill Golf Club and caused thousands of pounds of damage after they hot wired seven golf buggies and drove them around on the course on two separate occassionsa. One of the buggies was dumped into the lake and others were crashed and discarded. The vandals first broke in on Monday night and then again on Tuesday night. The damage to the course alone will cost over £10,000 to repair and each buggy is worth £5000. They also damaged two cars and the front door.
Time Called at the Skimmington Castle - 25.9.08
One of Reigate’s oldest and most popular pubs has closed without warning. The Skimmington Castle on Reigate Heath had it’s doors closed by auditors according to a local resident, leaving regulars and ramblers stunned… and thirsty.
Twins Tragedy - 18.9.08
Tragedy has struck a Reigate family holidaying in Canada when the body of 21 year old William Costaschuk was found hanged. The devastating news has been worsened by news that William’s body was found by his identical twin brother Michael, who went missing after the discovery and has still not been found. The former St Bedes students were inseparable and friends are not only devastated by the loss of William but are also fearful for the safety of Michael.
Car Arson Attack – 18.9.08
A Woodhatch couple have been left shocked and angry following a mindless arson attack on their brand new car. John Siddall and Therese McKeown of Felland Road, Woodhatch were woken by a noise at 3.30am on Tuesday and witnessed someone smash the driver’s window of their Ford Fiesta and throw something inside. The car then burst into the flames and the arsonist escaped.
Plans to Close Reigate Fire Control Centre Could Cost Lives - 11.9.08
Government plans to close regional fire control centres in favour of larger centres controlling multiple counties, could cost lives claim firefighters. The government want to close the Reigate control centre and h
Reigate Rugby Star Dies – 16.9.08
A 20 year old rugby player from Reigate has died suddenly from suspected Meningitis. Andrew Wylie who played for Reigate Rugby Club’s first team was admitted to hospital on Sunday night and was quickly placed on a life support machine. The machine was switched off on Monday after doctors could no nothing more. The ex-pupil of the Royal Alexandra & Albert School and more recently Reigate college, was a very popular young man who will be sadly missed but remembered fondly.
Discarded Barrel Causes Road Chaos - 11.9.08
Firefighters and police were called to the M25 roundabout at the top of Reigate Hill on Tuesday following reports of a spillage of an unknown substance from a barrel left at the side of the road. After chemical experts had checked the barrel, it was identified as a non-hazardous cleaning detergent.
Teenagers Robbed in Priory Park - 9.9.08
Four teenage boys were robbed at knifepoint whilst walking through Priory Park late at night on Saturday 30th August. The 17 year olds were stopped by two men who were part of a larger group and were asked for cigarettes. One of the men then produced a pocket knife and demanded that the lads empty their wallets.
Funds Needed to Repaint Tree - 13.8.08
A Reigate artist who painted the now famous red tree near Junction 8 of the M25 at the top of Reigate Hill, is looking for funding to paint the tree again. Christian Hayes and friend Jon Bauer first painted the tree four years ago, instantly turning it into a Reigate landmark. The pair plan to re-paint the tree during the summer but are undecided on the new colour.
New Celebrity Moves to Reigate - 1.8.08
Millionaire Grahame Chilton and his family are having a new mansion built for them in Flanchford Road, Reigate as the businessman joins a growing list of celebrity Reigate residents.
Reigate Teacher Dies in Rwanda - 30.7.08
A teacher at Ashcombe School in Dorking died whilst leading a school trip to Rwanda to do voluntary work. James Rosser, 39 from Reigate collapsed and died of a heart attack last Saturday.
Tropical Thunderstorm in Surrey - 29.7.08
Reigate's skys were lit up on Monday night by a fantastic thunderstorm at the end of a two-week long heatwave. The storm lasted for around forty minutes and created a real spectacle as fork and sheet lightning ripped through the night sky.
Power Cut Misery for Reigate Workers - 26.7.08
The latest in a long line of power cuts left Reigate residents and businesses without power for eight hours last Thursday. This time, the cut was caused by builders who accidentally damaged two underground cables.
More Power for Reigate - 22.7.08
Following a bout of power cuts in Reigate recently, EDF Energy will be replacing electricity cables and equipment in a bid to reinforce power supplies. The town centre works will be carried out at night to keep disruption to a minimum.
Park Celebrations - 21.7.08
The celebrations in Reigate Priory park last weekend proved a huge success as thousands of people gathered to enjoy a variety of events and shows. There was something for everyone during the day, with stalls and demonstrations wowing the crowds plus a fascinating historical look at the park. Each evening saw bands take to the stage to entertain the crowds.
Prince Opens Priory Park - 9.7.08
Around 1,000 Reigate residents, including the staff and pupils of Reigate Priory School, welcomed Prince Edward to the park on Tuesday as he officially declared the newly refurbished park and facilities open.
Fire at Priory Park Stables - 2.7.08
Arsonists are suspected of setting fire to the historic stables in Priory Park for the third time this year, just days before Prince Edward is due to visit the park to officially open it after the massive £2 million refurbishment. The blaze, which started in the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday 1st July, took two hours to put out.
Park Cafe Open for Business - 12.6.08
The brand new Pavillion Cafe in Priory Park was officially opened on Thursday by the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead. The modern looking cafe has caused much discussion since design plans were revealed, but all who have seen it since building was completed agree that it is a beautiful asset in the £6.5 million revamp of the park.
Reigate Schoolboy Dies on Train Track - 9.6.08
Tristan Griffith, an 18 year old pupil at Reigate Grammar School has died after he stepped onto a live track at Redhill station in the early hours of Saturday morning. No further information is known about the tragedy, but tributes have already begun to flood in via a tribute page on Facebook.
Chaos in High Street - 8.6.08
Traffic in Reigate High Street was thrown into chaos on Friday when a coach broke down outside the Red Cross Pub at around 9am. Rather than wait for the coach to be removed motorists mounted the pavement, endangering pedestrians and other road users in order to get around the stranded vehicle.
Donation to Church Community Centre Fund - 21.5.08
Reigate Methodist Church have received a gift of £50,000 from the Peter Harrison Foundation towards the £1.2 million needed to build a proposed community centre for the church. Members of the fundraising committee hope that this generous donation will enable them to begin building work early next year.
Reigate Priory Gardens Opened - 20.5.08
The restored Victorian Gardens in Priory Park have now been officially opened as part of the council's multi-million pound renovation of the park.
Reigate Honour the Territorial Army - 11.5.08
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Reigate yesterday to watch soldiers from the Territorial Army march through the town to mark their 100th anniversary. Members of the cadets had been in town all morning promoting the event with leaflets and union jacks and collecting money for the Help for Heroes charity. The soldiers were not phased by the sweltering heat as they marched through town in the midday sun, many of them having served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Reigate Man Arrested Over Murder 20 Years Ago - 22.4.08
Garry Vian from Reigate was one of five men arrested in connection with a murder that happened more than 20 years ago. Daniel Morgan was found dead in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham on 10th March 1987 having been repeatedly struck by an axe. It is suspected that Morgan was going to expose a drugs network that could have involved corrupt police officers. One of the five men arrested was Det. Sgt. Sid Fillery who investigated the murder at the time.
Is your business listed on All About Reigate? - 20.4.08
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No More Coffee, Thanks - 18.4.08
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have refused an application from Costa Coffee to open one of the chain's coffee shops in Reigate. Reigate traders opposed the plans and petitioned the council on the grounds that the town already has a Starbucks and a Cafe Nero (plus other cafes and coffee shops) and the addition of another one would have a detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of the primary shopping area.
Widow of Reigate Man Can Stay - 18.4.08
Aranya Weller, the widow of Reigate man Andy Weller has been granted permission to legally live and work in England after eight weeks of battling to remain in the country. Aranye came to the UK with her daughter last December following Andy's sudden death from a suspected heart attack and his grieving family asked her to stay. The Surrey Mirror newspaper campaigned for the family and the battle was eventually won on Friday 11th April when permission was granted by the Home Office. Well done to the Surrey Mirror and Welcome to Reigate, Aranya.
Calling All Shops, Restaurants, Builders, Hotels, Pubs, etc. - 1.3.08
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More Problems for Chart Lane Property - 14.4.08
24 Chart Lane is back on the market again after the proposed sale fell through. The landmark Victorian property has been at the centre of local protests after plans were released proposing it's demolition to make way for terraced housing. The guide price for the property is still £500,000.
Church Community Project Denied Grant - 14.4.08
The £1.75million community centre project behind Reigate Methodist Church has been denied a grant by Surrey County Council. This is the second blow for the project after failing to attract £500,000 of lottery funding. The church still have £500,000 to raise in order to begin the £1.1million project.
Brand New Information site for Reigate Restaurants, Shops, Travel Agents, Cars, Pubs and lots more - 24.2.08
A brand new website specifically for residents and businesses in Reigate will soon be launching officially - and you are looking at it! All About Reigate will have local news and events as well as business listings for restaurants , hotels , pubs , travel agents , builders , shops , windows , doors & conservatory fitters and manufacturers , car showrooms , personal trainer , , gym , mechanics , schools , doctors , dentists , vets , garden centres , cinema , carpet fitters , cafes, hair dressers and barbers, tanning centres , banks and lots more. Please have a look around and let us know what you think.
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