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Police chief calls for force mergers to save cash

Police forces in neighbouring areas should consider merging together to save cash and put "tens of thousands" more officers on the beat, a senior police chief has said.

Kevin Hurley, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Surrey, made the comments after a report by the Home Affairs Committe on the Architecture of Policing.

Kevin Hurley, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Credit: surrey-pcc.gov.uk

He said maintaining 43 forces - each with expensive headquarters, chief officer teams and PCCs - was an "unforgiveable misuse of public money" when it came at the expense of front-line services.

When people call the police in an emergency, they have two concerns - will they get here quickly and will they solve my problem?

Keeping the 43 forces leeches money from the front line and hinders, not helps, the police’s ability to address those concerns.

No-one has ever turned away police assistance in their hour of need because they have the wrong badge on their hats.

– Kevin Hurley, Surrey PCC

It follows similar calls from Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who urged emergency services to work together as they struggle to deal with sweeping budget cuts.

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Police and fire service launch probe into caravan deaths

Surrey police and fire service have launched a joint investigation into the deaths of two children and an adult in a mobile home fire.

Surrey Fire Service and Surrey Police are carrying out a joint investigation and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this very sad time.

– Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman

Two children and adult die in mobile home fire

Three people, believed to be two children and an adult, died in a mobile home fire early today, Surrey Police said.

Three people were declared dead at the scene following the deadly mobile home blaze. Credit: Google Maps

Police were called to Newchapel, off West Park Road at around 1.45 am today following reports of a fire.

Three people were declared dead at the scene.

A man and another child were also treated for burns following the deadly blaze.

Officers and fire crews remain at the scene as inquiries into the circumstances of the incident continue.

Lithuanian builder due in court accused of double murder

A Lithuanian builder accused of murdering a couple will make his first crown court appearance today.

Viktoras Bruzas, 38, faces two counts of murder after Patrick and Gillian Kettyle, who were in their 50s, were found dead at their home in Fetcham in Surrey shortly after midnight on Thursday.

Viktoras Bruzas is accused of a double murder in Surrey. Credit: PA

Police said they had suffered stab wounds.

Bruzas,from Walton-on-Thames, appeared at South East Surrey Magistrates' Court in Redhill on Saturday, speaking only to confirm his age and address.

He was remanded in custody ahead of his appearance before Guildford Crown Court today.

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Builder charged with double murder of couple in Surrey

A man in his 30s has been charged with two counts of murder after a man and a woman died at a property in Fetcham earlier this week.

Viktoras Bruzas, 38, from Walton-on-Thames. Credit: Police handout

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the victims are believed to be Patrick and Gillian Kettyle, a married couple who lived at the property.

Viktoras Bruzas, 38, from Walton-on-Thames has been charged with murder. He is due to appear at South East Surrey Magistrates Court in Redhill tomorrow.

Another man in his 30s who was arrested on Thursday morning at a property in Walton-on-Thames on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has now been released with no further action taken against him.

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.

Puppy farm double murder pensioner to be sentenced

An elderly dog breeder who was found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter at his puppy farm in Surrey is to be sentenced later.

John Lowe. Credit: PA

John Lowe, 82, used a shotgun to kill Christine Lee, murdering the 66-year-old and her daughter Lucy, 40, at his home near Farnham, Surrey, in February. In court it emerged the weapon had previously been seized by Surrey Police, but was later returned.

The force apologised to the family after the weapons were confiscated in March last year following an allegation that threats to kill had been made, but were returned to Lowe four months later.

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