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County Council's drone captures extent of flood damage from the air

The county council say it has so far:

· Taken more than 3,500 highways calls, with fire crews receiving another 2,000

· Responded to around 315 instances of flooding affecting roads

· Carried out over 70 safety inspections to bridges and embankments

· Cleared 850 fallen trees

· Dealt with nearly 350 other incidents

· Supported vulnerable people through regular contact and home visits.

Council says bill could rise to £10 million to repair weather damage

Surrey County Council say torrential rain, strong winds and burst riverbanks over recent weeks mean engineers have been working 'around the clock' to clear hundreds of flooded roads and fallen trees, and the county council’s fire and rescue service responded to thousands of calls.

Experts assessing damage to roads and river banks across the county say the original bill estimated at £5 million could rise above £10 million.

More flooding is possible, with the Environment Agency asking the county council today to remove repair scaffolding from the bridge over the Wey at the bottom of Guildford High Street in anticipation of further predicted rainfall.


Millions to be spent repairing roads in Surrey

Roads throughout the region have been affected by the severe weather Credit: Meridian

The estimated repair bill to fix Surrey’s roads and bridges has reached £6m. Torrential rain, strong winds and burst river banks over Christmas and the New Year prompted county council roads teams to work around the clock to clear hundreds of flooded roads and fallen trees.

Council roads inspectors assessing damage to roads, bridges, drainage, embankments and footpaths across the county gave early estimates that the clear-up would cost around £5 million. This has now gone up to £6 million. The eventual bill could be as much as £10m.

Prolific paedophile guilty of series of offences

He was a prolific paedophile who used the internet to groom young girls - and, he got away with it for more than a decade.

Tonight, the full extent of the crimes carried out by delivery driver Darren Jeffries were revealed - following two Crown Court trials.

There were eighty offences in all carried out over a period of 13 years.

Children in Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Kent were targeted. Victims kept silent - and it wasn't until January 2013 - when a mother became suspicious of a man her daughter met in a chatroom - that police were called.

Even then, they were unaware just how many children and young people had been abused. Here's Mel Bloor.

Kent delivery driver guilty of 80-plus sexual offences

Darren Jeffries was found guilty of a series of sexual offences Credit: Surrey Police

A delivery driver from Kent has been found guilty of more than 80 sexual offences that took place over 13 years. Darren Jeffries, who is 48 and from Sittingbourne, was found guilty of charges including the rape and abduction of victims between the ages of two and 17.

He will be sentenced next month.


Royal wedding dress embroider takes on new challenge

If being tasked with embroidering the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress wasn't enough, a woman from Surrey is taking on her next challenge - to design and embroider a tapestry of the Magna Carta.

It's to coincide with its 800th anniversary and will eventually be taken around the country in the lead up to the event next year.

Mel Bloor has been to see it in the making.

Interviewees: Runnymede Borough Councillor Derek Cotty and Embroider Rhoda Nevins.

New centre provides services for cardiovascular disease

Frimley Park Hosptial has announced the launch of Surrey Heart, Stroke and Vascular Centre, providing services for patients in three counties.

The new centre brings together a number of excellent hospital services related to cardiovascular disease into one department.

Conditions such as coronary heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease are treated at the centre, with the aim to co-ordinate better care for all of them as well as reduce the number of patients visiting.

The hospital already provides a 24/7 heart attack service for Surrey and parts of Hampshire and Berkshire.

It also provides round the clock services for emergency stroke and vascular surgery for large parts of the three counties too.

Some of the new Surrey Heart, Stroke and Vascular Centre team Credit: Frimley Park Hospital
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