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Exam time for police dogs - find evidence under water

On the whole we are used to seeing police dogs helping the force find vital evidence, in the fight against crime in the region. But now a select few of our four-legged friends, have been trained to sniff out evidence that has been hidden under water.

Only 14 dogs in the whole country have this ability. Cary Johnston caught up with two labradors attached to Surrey Police, as they were put through their paces in their final doggy exams, designed to test them to the limit.

Surrey Police launch online 'stop and search' map

A new online police stop and search map has been introduced in Surrey Credit: www.police.uk

A ground-breaking new scheme has been set up to allow the public to access details of the age, gender and ethnicities of people who are stopped and searched by Surrey Police.

Police searches will be mapped online for the first time, to see exactly how their power is being used.

"This scheme should enable us, and the Police Service nationally, to further improve the trust and confidence of local communities and demonstrates our continued commitment to being accountable, open and transparent to the Surrey public."

– Chief Superintendent Charlie Doyle, Surrey Police

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Surrey Chief Constable sparks debate over A&E visits

The chief Constable of Surrey Police has said officers should not be called out by hospitals to deal with drink visitors to A and E.

Instead Lynne Owens wants hospitals themselves to to deal with the problem, so police aren't taken away from other bigger duties.

But with our A and E units in crisis and staff at breaking point is dealing with really drunks fair?

That's a question ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage put to Lynne Owens when he spoke to her earlier today.

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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