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Govt must act to meet south east air pollution target

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the British government must act to meet air pollution targets for the South East.

The region is one of 16 places in the country that's expected to exceed the limits set for nitrogen dioxide in the air.

The target, which was meant to have been reached in 2010, is not expected to be met until at least 2020.

Alan Andrews, ClientEarth lawyer, said:

Thousands of people die because of air pollution every year. This ruling will save lives by forcing the government to finally take this issue seriously.

They will now have to come up with an urgent plan to rid our towns and cities of cancer-causing diesel fumes.

– Alan Andrews

Temperatures set to plummet as cold front arrives

It might be time to unearth woolly hats and scarves as the unseasonably mild weather looks set to end next week.

Forecasts indicate there will be a frosty start to Monday morning and temperatures are likely to drop below average for the time of year in northern parts of the UK.

Even in the south, where temperatures are likely to be normal for the time of year, it will feel chilly in comparison to the unusually balmy weather so far this autumn.

Laura Young from the Met Office said: "For parts of the week next week you're likely to see colder weather, maybe even some snow in the north, sleety stuff.

"This week's probably your last chance to have a bit of warmer weather." Ms Young said the change in forecast means "we might even be able to get our winter clothes out".

Cloudy weather recently has prevented temperatures from dropping too low at night, but clearer forecasts for next week are likely to prompt a cold snap.

Ms Young said: "Our overnight temperatures have been very warm. We have been looking at 7, 8, 9C and sometimes double figures in the South East.

"So it has been a good four or five degrees above average overnight and that makes daytime temperatures higher as well.

"When you get clear nights, the heat escapes quite rapidly so there's likely to be a little frost around on Monday morning."


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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