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Crews deal with woodland fire in Surrey

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire burning in around eight hectares of heathland and woodland yesterday afternoon. A number of fire engines, specialist off-road vehicles and firefighters were sent to the scene.

Fire crews are at woodland near Farnham in Surrey Credit: Surrey Fire and Rescue

“We plan to have four fire engines, two Land Rovers and around 25 firefighters tackling this fire today. Firefighters are working hard in hot and difficult conditions to put the fire out and dampen down the area."

– Spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Fire crews are at woodland near Farnham in Surrey Credit: Surrey Fire and Rescue

As the weather is set to remain warm and dry Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to enjoy the countryside safely.

Tips on staying safe and protecting Surrey’s countryside include:

  • ensure cigarettes and other smoking materials are fully extinguished
  • only use barbecues in suitable area and never leave them unattended
  • don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start fires
  • avoid lighting open fires in the countryside
  • If you see a fire in the countryside:
  • dial 999 and report it immediately to the Fire and Rescue Service
  • do not try to tackle the fire if it can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible

Meningitis survivor calls for jab to be approved

A woman from Farnham who almost died of meningitis has told ITV Meridian she's appalled at delays in introducing a vaccine to save lives.

22-year-old Amy Davis - who had to have a leg amputated and a hip replaced - is urging the government to make the jab, which was approved last March, available as soon as possible.

The delay is down to a dispute over the vaccine's cost.

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Domestic violence deaths 'cannot continue to happen'

Stacy Banner, whose mother and sister were murdered last year, says the government needs to look at the way agencies deal with domestic violence and ensure changes are made.

She claims she warned police that John Lowe, who is now serving life in prison, was dangerous.

She says no one should have to go through the pain she has experienced:

Car 'crossed carriageway' in serious A31 crash

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the A31 in Farnham yesterday evening.

Officers were called to the scene at 7.35pm following reports of a multi-vehicle crash, one mile west of the Coxbridge roundabout.

It is believed that a silver Volkswagen Polo travelling from the Hampshire direction towards Farnham, crossed the carriageway and collided with a number of other cars.

Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were on scene and the road was closed for more than ten hours.

Statement from Surrey Police on puppy farm murders

Surrey Police has said it is investigating three members of staff for gross misconduct in connection with the murder of two women by Surrey pensioner John Lowe.

In a statement it said a number of shotguns had been seized from Lowe in 2013 and then returned to him. He shot dead Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee in February this year.

Today John Lowe has been convicted of killing Christine and Lucy Lee at his home address in Farnham in February this year. Both women suffered fatal shotgun wounds and Lowe was arrested at the scene by armed police. This has been a tragic case and our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the two women who lost their lives.

A year before this incident, in March 2013, Surrey Police seized a shotgun licence and a number of shotguns belonging to Lowe. In July 2013 they were returned following an assessment by firearms licensing officers. After his arrest, Surrey Police immediately referred this previous contact to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). They determined the Force should conduct a supervised investigation into our decision to return the weapons.

We commissioned two independent reports by firearms licensing experts from Hampshire Constabulary and North Yorkshire Police. The initial findings from both reports indicate the decision was flawed and did not meet national standards. Whilst the full investigation into this matter remains on-going, in light of these early findings we have spoken with members of Christine and Lucy Lee's family to apologise for this.

Three Surrey Police employees remain subject to a gross misconduct investigation and, as a result of the two independent reports, the IPCC have re-determined that going forward, this will now be an independent investigation led by them. We continue to co-operate fully with their investigation.

The safety of the public is our primary concern and we have already taken steps to ensure our firearms licensing policy and procedures are in line with national best practice. We are also instigating the recommendations from both reports and reviewing all cases where licences and firearms have been removed and returned to their holders in the last three years."

– Surrey Police

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Jury continues deliberations in murder trial

A jury is continuing its deliberations in the trial of an elderly dog breeder charged with murdering his partner and her daughter in Surrey.

John Lowe, 82, is accused of deliberately shooting 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with a legally-held shotgun he normally used for killing rats at his property near Farnham in February.

Farmer Lowe told the jury that Christine was shot accidentally in a struggle over the double-barrelled weapon when she tried to stop him going to put down some dogs, and that Lucy was accidentally shot twice a short time afterwards.

Lowe denies two counts of murder and one of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Jury retires to consider verdict in double murder trial

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a dog breeder charged with shooting dead his partner and her daughter.

82-year-old John Lowe denies murdering Charlotte, who was 66, and 40-year-old Lucy Lee at his puppy farm at Tilford near Farnham.

Richard Slee sends this report from Guildford Crown Court.

Jury out in shotgun murders trial

The jury has retired in the trial of an elderly dog breeder charged with murdering his partner and her daughter.

John Lowe

John Lowe, 82, is accused of deliberately shooting 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with a legally-held shotgun he normally used for killing rats at his property near Farnham, Surrey in February.

His trial at Guildford Crown Court heard that Lowe told police after the shooting that he had "put down" the women after they had been "giving me s*** for weeks".

But giving evidence, farmer Lowe told the jury that Christine was shot accidentally in a struggle over the double-barrelled weapon when she tried to stop him going to put down some dogs, and that Lucy was accidentally shot twice a short time afterwards.

Lowe denies two counts of murder and one of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. The trial continues.

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