Category Archives: Surrey Police

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.

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.

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.