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.

Could you be the voice of independence?

Surrey Heath Borough Council has an opportunity for an Independent Person to help maintain high standards of conduct by its elected Councillors and co-opted Members.

The council has developed a Code of Conduct setting out the key obligations of its elected office. The views of the Independent Person would be sought should a complaint be made that a Member failed to comply with the code. Their independent view can be sought at any other stage during an investigation, or by a Member against whom an allegation has been made.

The council is looking for someone already involved in the local community, but not politically active within it, and with an interest in Local Government. No professional background is required but it’s important they have the profile and experience the community would recognise and respect in bringing an impartial and informed perspective to the investigation process.

The appointment will be effective until May 2019 with the possibility that the period may be extended. Appropriate training will be given. Although the appointment is unpaid, travel expenses will be paid for by the council.

Having experience in interpreting codes of conduct would be an advantage, as would knowledge of Local Government.

To ensure a truly independent voice in the role, the law rules out anyone who currently is, or has been within the last five years, a Member or co-opted Member of Surrey Heath Borough Council or its associated Parish Councils, or a close friend or relative of any of those persons.

If you wish to discuss this role please call Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer on 01276 707304, or if you wish to make an application for appointment, please write with your CV and personal statement, to: Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3HD, or email: karen.limmer@surreyheath.gov.uk

The closing date is Friday 26 February at 5pm.

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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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.