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Cllr Mike Goodman’s ePetition for a strategic review of HGV access to #Windlesham and #Chobham

Photo 07-06-2014 16 45 15Surrey County Councillor Mike Goodman has set up an ePetition to Stop the increase of large HGV’s through the villages of Windlesham and Chobham.

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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.

Surrey Heath Borough Council Planning Applications Committee – 10th February 2016

IMG_7838In my nearly 5 years as a councillor I have to say that this evenings Planning Applications Committee was as about as contentious and emotive as they come.

There would not be much point in me adding my own views on these items as I am not a member of that committee and to my mind the decisions were made democratically with the upmost integrity of councillors and council officers.

There were 3 items heard by the committee this evening but I am only including the two that were contentious. I have not edited the content in any way other than to cut out the silences at the beginning and end. I have also included a recording of one of the lead resident campaigners prior to the committee meeting.

Please note that the audio from proceedings are not an official record. For an official record please contact SHBC.

Planning Application 15/0884 (Relevant committee papers available at surreyheath.gov.uk

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Planning Application 15/0868 Relevant committee papers available at surreyheath.gov.uk

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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.