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A3 bridge repairs over 5 nights next week

The maintenance will be carried out over five nights from tomorrow on the bridge which carries the A3 over the A322 roundabout. The work will take place from Monday 7 October for five nights, finishing on the morning of Saturday 12 October.

All work will take place overnight between 10pm and 6am and in lanes with signage about the 10mph speed limit in place on approach to the work.

The work will involve the resurfacing of the westbound carriageway and then the replacement of a bridge joint which supports traffic on the A3. This means the bridge will continue to safely carry traffic on the A3 and the need for emergency work in the future will be reduced.

– Gemma Luckhurst, Highways Agency

Cyclist assaulted near Guildford

A teenage cyclist was allegedly assaulted when he was riding along a country lane near Guilford on Tuesday.

The incident is said to have happened on Combe Lane in Shere on Tuesday afternoon at 4.20pm when the 17-year-old was overtaken by a car which then stopped further along the rural road.

A man is alleged to have got out of the passenger side of a silver hatchback and approached the cyclist, shouting at him. The victim was hit on the forehead and fell to the ground where he was then further punched and kicked.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged 20-21, 5ft 10” tall, medium build. He was a skin head, was clean shaven and wore a baggy black top and trousers.

The vehicle is described as a silver hatch back, either a Vauxhall Astra or Corsa, which was in good condition and a few years old.

This was a diabolical unprovoked attack on a young man enjoying a ride though the Surrey Hills close to the Olympic route. I am urging anyone who may have seen a silver car matching this description in or around the area, or who has any information which could help officers locate the suspect, to call me as soon as possible.

– PC Nick Sharpe, investigating officer


Teenager in court to face Guildford murder charge

Neil Tulley, 54, was discovered in Cedar Way, Guildford, Surrey, just after 10am on Tuesday, and a post-mortem examination found he died from multiple stab wounds.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at North Surrey Magistrates' Court today charged with murder, Surrey Police said.

He has been remanded into the care of social services and is due to appear at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Attack in car park leaves man seriously hurt

Surrey Police is appealing for information after a man was found with serious facial injuries in the stairwell of a multi-storey car park in Guildford. The victim, a man in his 40s, was found by a security guard on level 5 of the car park on York Road around 5.20am on Saturday, 3 August.

He was treated by ambulance crews at the scene and was taken to hospital for treatment to a possible fractured eye socket and broken jaw.

We are currently working with the victim to ascertain the full circumstances surrounding the incident and how he sustained his injuries. I would appeal to anyone who was in the York Road area between 9pm (Friday, 2 August) and the time the man was found and who saw anything suspicious which may assist with the investigation to contact us with information.

– Detective Inspector Martin Stables

Man charged with manslaughter

Ryan Harrison, 22, who died at Guildford Station earlier this year

Four men have been charged following the death of 22-year-old Ryan Harrison at Guildford station on Saturday, 30th March 2013.

The four men were charged by the British Transport Police after answering bail on 23rd July 2013.

Joshua Elphick, 20, of Abbots Wood, Guildford, has been charged with manslaughter and affray.

Jack Hardy, 20, of Findlay Drive, Guildford, Adam Kulikowski, 20m of Dukes Close, Cranleigh, Sussex, and Harry Miller, 20, of Coltsfoot Drive, Guildford, have been charged with affray.

All four men are due to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on 6th August 2013.


Girl died after violent shaking by father

Benjamin Curtis 'lost control' Credit: Surrey Police

A father who violently shook his baby daughter, leaving her with severe brain damage which contributed to her death, was today jailed for two years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Ocean Elliot was three and half months when Benjamin Curtis 'lost control' and caused injuries which left his daughter functionally blind and suffering from severe seizures. She died just over two years later having contracted swine flu after complications caused by injuries inflicted by Curtis.

Ocean was forced to spend long periods in hospital and, despite the fact the assault had taken place two years earlier, a court heard that the injuries she suffered were a significant contributory factor in the cause of her death.

Curtis, 30, from Mallard Close, Eastbourne was due to stand trial for manslaughter but changed his plea to guilty at Guildford Crown Court today. The court heard that Ocean had been left in his care at an address in Sheerwater, Woking, on the night of 2 April 2007.

Curtis called on a neighbour that night claiming his daughter had started shaking and shivering when he went to change her nappy. He called for an ambulance and later told doctors that Ocean had bumped her head on the side of her cot.

However later medical examinations concluded that the injuries she had suffered were as a result of head trauma caused by shaking. Curtis was arrested and at first denied causing Ocean any harm.

He eventually admitted to detectives that he 'lost control momentarily' and shook her four or five times back and forth. He was previously jailed for 20 months in April 2008 after admitting assault occasioning GBH.

After her health deteriorated, Ocean died on 18 August 2009 at St Thomas' Hospital, London, aged two years and eight months. Curtis was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in November 2009 and, following medical reports and advice, was charged in September 2011.

Detective Chief Inspector Juliet Parker said: "The actions of Curtis that night left a young baby with terrible injuries from which she never recovered.

"Ocean was a healthy and vibrant young baby, but the consequences of the violent shaking left her suffering from severe ill-health for the rest of her young life."

Council leader's 'profound regret' after drink drive ban - statement

Cllr Stephen Mansbridge Credit: Guildford Borough Council

Councillor Stephen Mansbridge, leader of Guildford Borough Council, has expressed his profound regret for driving whilst in excess of the legal alcohol limit.

Cllr Mansbridge received a driving ban and a fine, which were increased because of an earlier offence nine years before.

Cllr Mansbridge said "I am deeply sorry for this dreadful lapse of judgement and regret my actions in every sense possible. I am fully aware that I have caused intense embarrassment to my family, friends, political colleagues and the Council and offer them all my unreserved and heartfelt apologies.

"I commend the officers of Surrey Police for acting quickly and sensibly and fully accept the punishment of the Court, which I did not seek to contest in any way. "I do completely understand the impact of drink driving and can only offer my complete and utter apology for this error on my part.

"I will take every opportunity available to me in the future to work with our partners on drink and road safety issues.

"I fully accept that my actions set a very poor example and I want to put right what I have done by working as hard as possible for the good of all the residents of Guildford Borough and the Council."

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."

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