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Inquiry into death of woman in police custody in Surrey

Surrey Police Credit: ITV news

An investigation has been launched into the death of a woman whilst in custody at Guildford Police Station. The woman, who was in her 40s, had been arrested just before 3am on Saturday, 30 May on suspicion of entering a property in Park Barn. At around 1.30pm she was taken to hospital for medical treatment and was subsequently returned into police custody.

The woman was further assessed by health care professionals whilst in police custody awaiting transfer to court. At around 7.20am yesterday she was found unresponsive during a check and died a short time later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an independent investigation into the death.

Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Cundy, said: "Surrey Police is deeply saddened by this death and our sympathy is with the lady's family at this difficult time. With the IPCC we will support the family throughout the investigation."

Inquest finds soldier was killed by speeding police car

The family of a Hampshire soldier who was killed when he was struck by a police car say their son has not received the full justice he deserves.

The inquest into the death of Joshua Brown heard the officer was driving too fast along the A31 at Hog's back near Guildford when he hit the 21 year old as he walked along the road.

Today the coroner recorded a verdict of death by road traffic accident. Emma Wilkinson was there:


Driver jailed after 100mph 12-mile chase

A driver has been jailed after a 12-mile chase at speeds of up to 100mph on country roads.

Alexander Crew turned his lights off in the dark, drove through junctions and travelled on the wrong side of the road during the 25 minute pursuit across Surrey.

The 23-year-old was eventually caught when he was boxed in by police on the A3 and attempted to flee on foot.

He was jailed for nine months and banned from driving for two years at Guildford Crown Court having previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence, no insurance and failing to stop.

Cash boost for Guildford Cathedral

Cash injection for Guildford Cathedral Credit: PA

Guildford Cathedral has been awarded £4.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The cash injection will allow the unique building - known as the People's Cathedral - to carry out building repairs and host a number of community activities.

Theme Park say they deeply regret 'isolated incident'

Chessington World of Adventures regards the Health & Safety of its guests and employees as its number one priority. The Resort has an excellent safety record with no previous convictions or enforcement notices against it, and every year invests significant resources in maintenance and safety measures.

What happened to the young child was an isolated incident which we deeply regret, and from the outset we have put in place a package of support for the child and the family which will continue for as long as is required.

We also co-operated fully with the HSE investigation. This showed both a rigorous inspection and maintenance regime, and evidence not only of very swift action by staff, but also that the paling was dislodged by the application of exceptional force upon it shortly before the accident. Nevertheless, following the incident in 2012, we worked with the HSE to act on all their comments, including putting some additional measures in place such as the installation of a new metal safety fencing along the queue line.

– Chessington World of Adventures

Theme park fined after girl suffers 'life-changing' injuries

Chessington World of Adventures was today sentenced for safety failings that led to a four-year-old girl suffering life-changing head injuries when she fell from a raised walkway while queuing for a ride.

The youngster, from Kent, fell nearly four metres while waiting in line for the Tomb Blaster ride with her family at the theme park in Surrey on 7 June 2012. She suffered a fractured skull, bleeding to the brain and broken ribs and was in hospital for a month. She still needs extensive rehabilitation treatment and specialist support.

The walkway area where the girl fell

Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd., of Market Close, Poole, Dorset, was fined £150,000 and ordered to pay £21,614 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and prosecuted Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd after finding the girl had fallen through a gap in a wooden fence.

A hearing at Guildford Crown Court heard HSE had identified that a rotting paling in the fence had fallen out on the morning of the incident and that the whole fence showed evidence of serious weakening.

The gap in the fence

After the sentencing, investigating HSE inspector Karen Morris said: “This was a disastrous and horrifying incident for the child and her parents. They had travelled from their home in Kent for a fun day out together at this well-known attraction only to find themselves hours later in an intensive care ward with their daughter.

– HSE inspector Karen Morris


Teenager charged with Guildford attempted murder

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Guildford in October.

Officers were called to an address in Cranley Road at around 8.10pm on Monday, 13 October following a report that a man had been stabbed.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was taken to St Georges Hospital in Tooting for treatment to his injuries which were described as life threatening. He has since been discharged.

On Friday, 19 December a teenager was arrested in connection with this incident.

The following day a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with attempted murder.

Guildford candidates in Twitter challenge

MP’s Questions will be coming to Guildford on Wednesday 5 November at 1pm.

The National Union of Students have challenged the candidates who want to be Guildford’s next MP to answer 10 questions from students live on Twitter.

Labour’s Richard Wilson and the Conservative’s Anne Milton will be going head-to-head in 140 characters or fewer.

Students and young people have been let down by the Coalition government. This debate will give them the chance to compare candidates and force us to address the issues which matter to them.

Twitter can be an unforgiving medium so I am pleased that Anne Milton, the current MP, is brave enough to take part. Democracy is under threat in this country due to public disillusionment with politicians.

This challenge is one step towards bringing politicians closer to the public so I relish the opportunity.

– Richard Wilson

The questions will be tweeted to both candidates on the NUS’s account @NUSUK and their answers will be retweeted there too. The hashtag #GenerationVote is used.

Police appeal after Guildford road rage assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault near the bus station on Commercial Road, Guildford.

The incident happened at around 4.40pm on Thursday 30 October as the victim, driving a blue Peugeot was waiting in a line of stationary traffic. It appears that an argument occurred about lane blocking between the victim and the drivers of two separate vans. As the victim got out of his car to speak to the drivers he was assaulted by both of them. The victim managed to break away and both men then got back in their vans and drove off.

The victim sustained bruising to his face and ribs as well as a cut lip and attended the Royal Surrey Hospital.

One of the suspects is described as around 5ft 7” tall, with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing an orange high visibility jacket, a hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms and sandy coloured boots.

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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