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Police say lack of contact "deeply concerning"

A dedicated team of detectives is investigating the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl from Surrey and has appealed for anyone with information to make contact and help bring her home.

It is now over a week since Esme was last seen and although the investigation this far has not led us to believe Esme has come to any harm it is still deeply concerning that a 14-year-old girl has not made any contact with her family or friends for this period of time. We have received a number of calls from people who believe they may have seen Esme following the appeals in the media and these are being followed up."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Savell, Head of Surrey Police Public Protection

Detective Superintendent Savell also appealed directly to Esme, asking her to contact the police, her family or a friend to let them know she was safe and well. He added: "You can also contact 'Missing People' free on 116 000 which is a confidential helpline."

I would like to thank the members of the public and the media who have assisted with the investigation thus far and hope they will continue to support us while we work to bring Esme home."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Savell, Head of Surrey Police Public Protection

New CCTV released of missing teenager

A CCTV image released by police of Esme Police near Charing Cross station
A CCTV image released by police of Esme Police near Charing Cross station Credit: Surrey Police

Detectives are continuing their appeal for information on missing teenager Esme Smith who disappeared on 12th September 2013 and has not been seen or made contact since.

Esme left All Hallows School, Farnham at about 3.15pm that day, telling friends she was going to Woking and then on to a party.

She boarded a train at Aldershot Railway Station just after 4pm and was then seen getting off a train at London, Waterloo around 5pm.

The last confirmed sighting of Esme, 14, was in the vicinity of Charing Cross station heading towards Villiers Street at around 5.30pm the same day.

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Ex-teacher convicted of assaulting boys

Colin York, 62, from Farnham in Hampshire who was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court on six counts of sexual abuse Credit: Surrey Police/PA Wire

Colin York, 62, from Farnham in Hampshire was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court on six counts of sexual abuse against the boys who were aged nine and 10 at the time, Surrey Police said

The offences took place in Reigate in Surrey.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Trudie Harrison said: "York was a respected member of society who abused the trust people placed in him.

"I hope this sentence sends out a clear message to people like him that no matter how old the allegation is we will carry out a thorough investigation in an attempt to bring offenders to justice.

"I would like to praise the two victims for the bravery that they have shown throughout the investigation and subsequent court case and although this sentence will never undo the damage York caused it will make sure people are protected from him for some time."

"Our hearts are broken": family pays tribute to teenager

18 year old Charlie Barker died suddenly after going to a party Credit: Hampshire Police

A teenager who died at the weekend after going to a party, where it is believed he took an illegal drug, has been formally identified as 18-year-old Charlie Barker from the Wrecclesham area of Farnham.

His mother, Trudy Barker, in a tribute to her son said: "Charlie, even as a child, was confident and warm, in adulthood he grew to become a thoughtful, artistic and caring young man. He worked hard at the fish and chip shop while studying at Farnham College.

"Both at his place of work and at college he was loved by all, his smile lit up any room he entered. Everyone who met Charlie was touched by his thoughtfulness and caring attitude towards others.

"As a family we are lost without him, our hearts are broken. He will never be forgotten and will live on in the hearts of all he became dear to.”

The circumstances leading up to the sudden death are being investigated by Surrey Police.

Minor injuries after school bus crash

Two children are being treated for minor injuries after a coach crashed in Surrey.

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a coach in Tilford Road, Rushmoor, Farnham, earlier this afternoon.

The single decker coach, which was carrying 40 schoolchildren, was involved in the collision around 3-43pm near the Duke of Cambridge pub.

Two of the pupils, who were aged between eight and 11 years, were taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford with minor injuries.

A number of other pupils were treated at the scene for shock. The driver was not injured but was also treated for shock.

Witnesses should contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting incident number P12136047.

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Design guru made a professor

Prof Sir Terence Conran with UCA Vice-Chancellor Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr Credit: UCA

One of the world’s best known designers has become an honorary professor at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Former Dorset schoolboy Sir Terence Conran received the award for services to design, education and the creative arts.

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