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Appeal for witnesses following serious sexual assault in Camberley

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following an allegation of serious sexual assault in London Road in the early hours of Sunday 28 February.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, left the Agincourt nightclub between 2.30am and 3am and headed towards the McDonald’s on London Road. Shortly after at approximately 3.30am she was assaulted near the meadows roundabout.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to a man who left the nightclub around 3.30am. He is described as white; around 5ft9 to 5ft10 in height, of skinny build with blonde hair that was short at the back and longer on top. He is believed to be in his early 20’s and spoke in a southern accent.

Detective Sergeant, Ross Linaker, said: “If you are the man we would like to speak to, you know who he might be or if you have any information at all please contact us immediately.

“We are carrying out an extensive investigation to establish the circumstances of this incident. Any information you have could help us piece together the events of that morning.”

Surrey Police information please call 101 quoting, 45160016854. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you witness dangerous driving through Ash and Mychett?

Officers from West Surrey response are appealing to members of the public who witnessed a vehicle driving dangerously through Ash and Mychett to contact them with information.

At around 10.30am this morning (Sunday, 28 February) a car was seen being driven in suspicious circumstances on Vale Road in Ash. The car was then seen travelling along Mychett Road in a manner which officers deem was unacceptable. The vehicle was found on Loman Road, Mychett near the children’s playing area.

The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, a white Volkswagen Golf, left the car and a search was carried out in the local area. This included the area, including woodland, surrounding Basingstoke Canal Centre. Officers on the ground were assisted in the search by NPAS, Surrey and Sussex Dog Unit and Surrey Search and Rescue who were already in the area on a training exercise.

Sergeant Brian Prodger, said: “We know that several drivers had to dangerously manoeuvre their vehicles around this car and I would strongly urge those people to get in touch with police.

“If you believe you are one of the witnesses we need to speak with, please contact Surrey Police as a matter of urgency. This can be done by calling 101 or using the reporting online tool on our website.”

*A man in his late teens has been arrested on suspicion of several motoring offences and remains in police custody at this time.

Anyone who can assist police with their investigation is urged to make contact as soon as possible quoting reference P16045591. Information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order after pleading guilty to harassment

A man has been given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order after pleading guilty to three charges of harassment when he appeared at South West Surrey Magistrate’s Court in Guildford last week.

Paul Roper, 41, of Guildford, was given a 24 month community order, ordered to carry out 60 days of rehabilitation work and to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60 when he appeared in court last Wednesday (10 February).

He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years, with the condition not to go within 50m of the perimeter of Collingwood College, Kingston Road or Barossa Road in Camberley, and not to get involved with any activity whether paid, voluntary, or social, which would bring him into contact with girls under the of 18.

Roper was arrested for the harassment offences after police received a report on 12 October 2015 from Collingwood College in relation to a 15-year-old female student who said she had been followed by a small black car.

After carrying out a number of enquiries, officers discovered that two other female students had been similarly targeted. Roper would drive around the Old Dean Estate in the area of Collingwood College and would identify a teenage girl as she left school. He would drive towards them at normal speed, slowing down as he passed the girls, and behaving in an intimidating manner.

He was arrested two days later and, following extensive enquiries, was charged with three offences of harassment, to which he pleaded guilty on 5 January 2016.

PC Theresa Clancy, who dealt with the investigation, said: “Roper deliberately targeted young female students as they left Collingwood College. The way he then deliberately slowed down and stared at them made them feel extremely fearful and agitated. I am pleased that he has been given this order before his offending escalated any further.”

PC Clancy added: This case also demonstrates that offences of this nature are taken extremely seriously and will always be thoroughly investigated.”

Man charged with sexual offences following incidents in Guildford

A man from Lightwater has been charged with two counts of attempted rape and false imprisonment following a number of reported incidents in Guildford town centre over the weekend.

Ross Henson, 24, of Lightwater Meadow, was arrested on Saturday, 13 February and later charged with three offences.

One charge of attempted rape and the false imprisonment relate to an incident in Guildford High Street which was alleged to have taken place shortly before 9am on Saturday, 13 February.

A further charge of attempted rape relates to an incident which took place at around 5.45am on Saturday, 13 February in Onslow Street.

Henson appeared at South East Surrey Magistrates Court (Redhill) on Monday, 15 February and was remanded in custody. He is next due to appear at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, 10 March.

Motorcyclist left with serious injuries following collision in Frimley

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was left with serious injuries following a collision in Frimley last night (8 February).

The collision took place just after 10-40pm in Albany Park, Frimley Road, Frimley. The motorcycle left the carriageway and mounted the footpath before colliding with a metal fence.

The motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, was taken to Frimley Park Hospital with serious injuries but was later transferred to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any other information which could help, is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting incident reference P16030100.

Fixed penalty notices for two licensed premises in Surrey Heath for selling alcohol to underage customers

Fixed penalty notices have been issued to two licensed premises in Surrey Heath for selling alcohol to underage customers following a joint test purchasing operation.

The operation was carried out by Surrey Police and Surrey Heath Borough Council last Thursday (28 January), with nine licensed premises targeted in Surrey Heath.

Two of the premises failed the test after serving alcohol to the 16-year-old test purchaser, with employees from both of them served with £90 fixed penalty notices. The two premises were Camberley Supermarket in Old Dean Parade, Camberley, and The One Stop shop in Ansell Road, Frimley.

The designated premises supervisors of both premises have been given strong words of advice by police. All staff from both premises will be required to undertake re-training on the licensing laws.

The operation was carried out to prevent alcohol being made available to young people under the age of 18 years in Surrey Heath.

Surrey Heath’s Licensing Officer Rab Carnie said: “Surrey Police works very closely with the licensing trade but where we receive intelligence or concerns from the community that standards at a premises are not being maintained we will seek to prosecute with our colleagues from Surrey Heath Borough Council and Trading Standards.

“Poorly-run premises often have a negative impact on a community and this is one of the tactics we use and will continue to use to deal with any premises that falls below the required standard. Any premises which fails two test purchases within a three month period risks prosecution and a review of the premise’s license.

“It is a proven fact that the misuse of alcohol is a factor in leading young people to behave in an anti-social manner and those businesses that have a licence to sell alcohol have a responsibility to ensure that both the conditions of that licence, and the law, are upheld.”

Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Inspector Bob Darkens said: “It is incumbent upon each and every staff member working in a licensed premise to ensure they act within the law by checking the age of anyone who attempts to buy alcohol if they are in any doubt.

“The manager of the premises should also make training available to all staff on a regular basis. All licence holders must realise that it is their responsibility to ensure everyone working for them follows the letter of the law.”

Insp Darkens added: “My team will continue to carry out these operations, as reducing the availability of alcohol to young people reduces the reports of crime and anti-social behaviour in the local community. We would also continue to encourage the public to report any information about underage alcohol sales straightaway.”

If you have any information about underage alcohol sales, please contact Surrey Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local neighbourhood team.

Body Worn Video cameras to become available for Surrey Police officers

body-camerasImproved evidence capturing and quicker outcomes for victims are just two of the benefits of new Body Worn Video cameras that will be available to Surrey Police officers in the future.

The initiative, supported by and using funds made available by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will see the Force take on more than 1,200 units in March.

Surrey will use the same Reveal devices as those operated in Hampshire,Thames Valley and in Sussex which means there is already a knowledge base to support training, best practice, as well as sharing back office ICT functions.

The key benefits of using BWV are that it allows officers to quickly capture early evidence, which in turn because of its strength and quality can result in early guilty pleas at court and a much faster court process.

This saves victims having to go through the distressing experience of giving evidence in court, while also saving the Force and Crown Prosecution Service valuable time and resources.

The devices will primarily be used by frontline officers around the county.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley said: “I am very pleased that Surrey Police will be adopting the use of Body Worn Video as soon as we can procure the units this year.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner I have been keen to encourage the introduction of this enormously effective piece of kit for some time now and I look forward to witnessing the inevitable benefits.”

Detective Superintendent Claire Pridgeon, Director of the Surrey and Sussex Digital Enablement Team, said: “We know that capturing evidence at an early stage is a vital part of our on-going efforts to bring more offenders to justice.

“There are occasions where victims are particularly vulnerable and may be unwilling to attend court, or provide further evidence. However, where early capture of injuries and accounts has taken place, that information can be used at court. This is obviously particularly useful for sensitive cases, such as dealing with the victims of domestic abuse.”

A number of recent studies and reports from across the country also found that public order and assault crimes dropped when frontline officers were wearing BWV – resulting in fewer assaults on police and, potentially, the number of days lost owing to staff being off sick owing to assaults on police being reduced.

In some parts of the UK the introduction of BWV has also led to a reduction in complaints regarding use of force by officers. Metropolitan Police Service officers using BWV stated that 80% of the complaints against them could be disproved using video capture and this increased officer confidence about turning the video on.

D/Supt Pridgeon added: “Another benefit from the use of Body Worn Video is that it helps to increase public awareness of the dangers police face on a daily basis.

“There have been a number of recent incidents where, following a criminal trial, police forces have uploaded BWV footage onto social media in an effort to highlight the risks that officers face on a daily basis. Whilst in some cases this may be distressing it highlights to the general public the lengths police go to in order to keep people safe.”

Parents urged to be vigilant after boys falls victim to online crime

Surrey Police is urging parents to be vigilant and protect their children from falling victim to online crime, as officers investigate a report that a teenage boy was blackmailed by someone he was befriended by on the Internet.

The 15-year-old victim has alleged that he was befriended by a woman he met through an online game. She is alleged to have recorded him performing a sexual act and then threatened to pass the video to his family and friends if he did not pay her 500 euros.

PC Carina Jewell, who is investigating the allegation, said: “We have carried out extensive enquiries since this was reported to us at the end of December 2015 but unfortunately the woman has changed her name and photo so we have no way of tracing her. However, we do have concerns that she may have befriended other young people and threatened them in the same way and we would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a similar offence.

“We would also like to remind young people in particular to be careful online and never add people they don’t know. Social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have obviously become incredibly popular in recent years and most users are genuine, but because it is so easy to hide your real identity, it is possible to come into contact with people you would normally avoid.

“If you believe you have been a victim of any type of crime, please ensure you report it to us by calling 101 or use our online reporting form.”

Anyone using the Internet is urged to follow the advice below to ensure their online safety:

Further advice to parents to help make your child safer online:

  • Keep the computer in your family room where you can monitor your child’s activities and spend time online together to show your child proper behaviour and rules,
  • Become more computer literate – get to know the sites your child uses, what type of information they offer and whether there are ways to block out inappropriate material,
  • Help your child to understand some people lie online and it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust,
  • The internet is not a private space – advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles or in chat rooms that they would not want a parent or guardian to see,
  • Never give out personal information online such as your home address, telephone number or child’s school name,
  • Always keep in mind that you leave information about yourself behind as you move through the internet,
  • Some websites collect information called ‘cookies’. Cookies are compiled lists of information that may include your name, address, telephone number and possibly even your credit card number. Find out how to turn off your cookies – contact your internet provider for help if you need it,
  • Never allow a child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they have met online without your permission. If a meeting is arranged, make the first meeting in a public place and accompany your child to the meeting. If in doubt, contact the police,
  • Do not allow your child to respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene or threatening. Forward a copy of such messages to your internet service provider,
  • Do not allow them to access private chat rooms unless you are present,
  • Consider using an online service that has special child accounts with restricted access to chat rooms and the internet,
  • Monitor your credit card bill. Many pornographic internet sites require credit card payments in order to gain access,
  • Visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for more information on staying safe online,
  • Working in partnership with police, government, the internet and mobile phone industries, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content. The IWF’s service is free to the general public to help minimise the availability of illegal content and protect internet users, visit their website to find out more.

Warning after bogus police officers target elderly man in Surrey Heath

Surrey Police is urging the public to remain vigilant after a vulnerable man in Mytchett was conned into handing over £60,000 to fraudsters who posed as police officers.

A 79-year-old man was persuaded to make a series of extravagant purchases after receiving a call on his landline from a man who claimed to be a detective.

The conman gave a fake collar number and crime reference number and explained that he was investigating a covert case of fraud and corruption involving a bank and a jewellers and that the victim’s bank accounts were significantly at risk.

The victim received the call on Tuesday 19 January or Wednesday 20 January from the fraudster who claimed he needed to collect evidence for the investigation. A taxi was sent to take the victim to the jewellers in Reading, where he was instructed to purchase two Rolex watches, amounting to £50,000.

Upon his return home a man claiming to be from the evidence unit attended his address to collect the watches and discuss evidence on behalf of the police.

The following day the victim received another call instructing him to withdraw currency at a shop in Woking.

Detective Constable, Mike Taylor, said: “This was a spineless and cruel case which has conned a vulnerable man out of a significant amount of money.

“Unfortunately it’s not uncommon for fraudsters to impersonate police officers and therefore extremely convincing to their victims.

“Think twice before giving out your personal details and always challenge somebody for proof of their identity before agreeing to speak to them.

“A police officer will never ask for your bank details or to withdraw money or purchase goods for them.”

A number of steps can be taken to protect yourself, or someone you care about:

  • Don’t give personal details, bank cards, or money to someone you don’t know.
  • If you’re asked to call someone back, hang up and wait 5 minutes before calling back or use a mobile phone.
  • Trading Standards can provide sticker packs which can be put on telephones as a reminder not to give out details. Call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06
  • trueCall provide hardware that can block unwanted telephone calls including nuisance and scam calls.
  • Registering with the Telephone Preference Service can reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive. Registration is completely free. Visit http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/ or call 0345 070 0707.
  • Registering with the Mail Preference Service can reduce the quantity of unsolicited mail you receive. Registration is free of charge. Visit http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/.

If you have any information or think you think you may have been a victim of a similar crime please call Surrey Police on 101. For further advice, visit www.Surrey.Police.Uk/Fraud or find us on (FB) SurreyPolice (Twitter)@SurreyPolice.

Can you help officers find missing teenage girl Bobbie-Joe from Frimley

UPDATE: Missing teenage girl Bobbie-Joe located

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Bobbie-Joe Parker was last seen at around 1.00pm yesterday (Tuesday, 19 January) and has not been in contact with family since.Surrey Police is appealing for information from the public to help trace a vulnerable missing 17-year-old girl from Frimley.

She is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, of a slim build, with naturally red hair which is currently dyed brown. She was last seen wearing a leather jacket with faux fur collar, a blue top, black leggings and black shoes and has a large, black and white zebra print Lipsy branded bag with a pink trim.

Anyone who sees Bobbie-Jo or has any information on her current whereabouts should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference P16014216, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively you can report information using the online reporting system at https://my.surrey.police.uk/splonlinereportingweb.

 

Man charged after meat and drink stolen from Bagshot Co-op

Anthony Gransden 28 years, has been charged with one count of robbery and another of theft after meat and alcohol were stolen from the Co-op in Bagshot.
Gransden has been charged with robbing the Co-op store of meat and alcohol to the value of £80 on 22 September 2015. During the incident, members of staff where threatened with a capped needle.

He has also been charged with the theft of numerous items of meat to the value of £40 from the same store on Monday 28 December 2015.

Gransden appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court on 29 December where he pleaded guilty to the theft charge but no plea was entered for the robbery. The robbery offence was adjourned to Guildford Crown Court on 8 January 2016.

He is currently on bail to an address in Northolt, London.

Appeal for witnesses following fatal collision in Lightwater

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal single-vehicle collision on the Gordon Boys Roundabout in Lightwater.

The incident happened at around 11.40pm yesterday (December 25) when the black Honda Jazz left the road and collided with a tree on the roundabout. The vehicle is believed to have been travelling from the Red Road direction prior to the collision.
The passenger, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a woman in her 60s, has been taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting with serious injuries.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw the movements of the car prior to the collision. If you have any information please contact Surrey Police by calling 101 or report it online at http://www.surrey.police.uk/, and quote the reference number P15328841.

The roundabout is currently closed at all junctions and is likely to remain closed until around 5am.