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Man left with head injuries after robbery in Woking

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was left with head and facial injuries following a robbery in Woking.

The 29-year-old victim was walking from the train station to Horsell Moor on November 15, when he was robbed of his mobile phone and bank cards.

Police are particularly keen to speak to a man who is described as white with short brown hair, in his late 20s and approximately 5ft 9 inches to 6ft tall.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Pegden said:

This was a nasty attack which left the victim with head and facial injuries.

Given the time of night it occurred we appreciate there may not have been many other people in the area, but because of that anyone else’s presence may have been more memorable.

– Richard Pegden

Anyone who was in that area between 2.30am and 3am, or with any information should contact police on 101, quoting the reference number 45140096447.

CCTV images released after charity box theft in Surrey

Surrey Police have released CCTV images of a man and a woman, following the theft of a British Legion Charity box in Walton-on-Thames.

The pair entered the Wilkinson store in Bridge Street on November 14, just after 3pm. The woman distracted a member of staff whilst the man took the charity box from the customer help desk.

Do you recognise these people? Credit: SurreyPolice

He is described as white, around 5ft 9” tall with brown hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt, a black jacket with a chequered hoodie, blue jeans and light blue trainers.

The woman is described as white with dark hair. She was wearing dark clothing, carrying a handbag and had sunglasses on her head.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 45140097048, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police urge public to surrender firearms and ammunition

Surrey and Sussex Police are encouraging members of the public to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition so they can be disposed of safely and avoid risks of becoming involved in criminality.

New legislation that came into effect on July 14 increased the maximum jail term for illegal gun possession from 10 years to life. This now includes anyone who is storing a weapon for someone else. It also includes antique firearms due to the fact that obsolete weapons can be made viable by criminals with ballistics knowledge.

Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison, the head of operations command across Surrey and Sussex Police, said:

Gun crime in the UK has continued to fall year on year for the last ten years but we are not complacent. We must do all we can to ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of criminals and the public can help us.

People may have firearms or ammunition that belong to other people, who have inherited them or who might have items they have overlooked or forgotten.

We would encourage people to check their attics, sheds and cupboards and hand weapons in. A firearm might not be a danger in your hands but if it was stolen by a burglar and passed to other criminals it could put people's lives in danger.

– Paul Morrison

The nationwide operation is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, which analyses guns and ballistic material for police forces across the UK, and starts from Monday, November 10, until Friday, November 21 November.

Anyone with information about the possession of an illegal firearm or criminal activity related to weapons, can report online at or call 101.

Dog breeder sentenced for double murder

A pensioner who shot dead his partner and her daughter has been jailed for life - to serve a minimum of 25 years.

Dog breeder, John Lowe, who's 82, gunned down Christine and Lucy Lee at his farm near Farnham. Earlier this week, Surrey Police apologised after seven guns were returned to the pensioner just months before.

The judge told him "there was no doubt you intended to kill". From Guildford Crown Court, Divya Kohli reports.

Lowe 'grinned' at supporters prior to sentencing

Stacy Banner, whose mother and sister were killed by John Lowe, wept in court after the 25 year sentence was handed down.

Stacy Banner wept in court

A woman in the public gallery then shouted: "What about all the animals he's killed?"

Delivering his sentence, Mr Justice Singh said Lowe "lost his temper" when he took out his shotgun on February 23 to kill Christine Lee.

"She died of a single shot wound to the chest fired at close range from above," the judge said.

"Lucy was able to use her mobile phone to make a frantic and desperate call to the emergency services on 999.

John Lowe with Lucy Lee's mother, Christine

"She said that you had shot her mum and that she feared that you were going to shoot her as well.

"Nevertheless, in an act of extraordinary courage, she went back to see if there was anything she could do to help her mother."

Lowe, dressed in a plaid jacket, shirt and tie, with his white hair combed back, had earlier grinned at his supporters in the public gallery as he entered the dock for the sentencing.

He then waved as he returned to his cell when the hearing was briefly adjourned.

Lowe was found guilty of two counts of murder and a third of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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Puppy farm breeder sentenced to life for double murder

An elderly dog breeder is likely to die in jail after he was sentenced to at least 25 years for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm.

John Lowe. Credit: PA

John Lowe, 82, was found guilty of murdering 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with his shotgun at his home near Farnham, Surrey, in February.

Sentencing Lowe at Guildford Crown Court, Mr Justice Singh praised the "extraordinary courage" of Lucy Lee after she returned to face her killer following a frantic 999 call on the day of the shootings.

Lowe, flanked by three security officers, winked at his supporters in the public gallery as he was led from the dock.

Families pay tribute to John Lowe's victims in court

Stacy Banner at Guildford Crown Court after John Lowe was convicted of murdering her mother and sister Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The woman who lost her mother and sister in a double shooting by Surrey pensioner John Lowe has said she is "haunted" by their murders and that her grief "came crashing down" when she had to identify their bodies.

In a statement read to Guildford Crown Court this morning, Stacy Banner said: "Every time I close my eyes I see them. I have nightmares. I'm haunted by what John did to them."

Ms Banner, who has criticised Surrey Police for returning Lowe's guns to him months before the shootings, said counselling had not helped her.

In another statement read by the prosecutor, Christine Lee's sister Julia James said she had felt "physically and emotionally weak" since the deaths.

She said: "Christine and Lucy were lovely people - kind, witty and generous, I miss them more than I can say."

Ian Lawrie QC, mitigating, said his client was "highly likely" to die during his sentence and Lowe had perceived his two victims as "his jailers."

Lawyers say age should not 'dramatically' reduce sentence

A pensioner who shot dead his partner and his partner's daughter should not have his sentence "dramatically" reduced because of his age, a court has heard.

John Lowe, 82, was found guilty of murdering 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy, 40, at his home near Farnham in Surrey in February.

At his sentencing hearing at Guildford Crown Court, prosecutor Mark Dennis QC said the starting point for a double murder with the use of a firearm was a jail term of 30 years.

He wanted the women "put down": Sentencing today of John Lowe

A man found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter is due to be sentenced today.

John Lowe, who's eighty two, denied the murders and a firearms charge, claiming the deaths of Christine and Lucy Lee at his puppy farm in Tilford near Farnham were a "terrible accident".

But jurors at Guildford Crown Court heard he wanted the women "put down".

John Lowe Credit: ITV Meridian
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