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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.”