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Police arrest 27 on suspicion of illegally entering UK

Police have arrested 27 people on suspicion of illegally entering the UK after stopping a lorry at Cobham Services in Surrey.

Surrey Police's road division said the driver of the lorry was also arrested.

A police spokesperson told ITV News:

Surrey Police was called to Cobham Service Station at around 10.50am on Friday 28 August following suspicions around a lorry parked at the location.

On arrival 27 people were detained on suspicion of illegal entry .

Ambulance crews also attended the scene and medically assessed the people.

Surrey Police have now handed this investigation to the UK Visas and Immigration Service.

– Surrey Police


Jimmy Savile abused 22 pupils at Surrey school

Disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused at least 22 pupils and one visitor at a school for emotionally disturbed girls in the 1970s, police say.

Disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile. Credit: PA Wire

Surrey Police said Savile was given "unrestricted and largely unsupervised" access to Duncroft School in Staines, Surrey, which he visited 16 times between 1974 and 1979 - even staying overnight on two occasions.

Teenage girls at the school were the victims of 46 offences of sexual abuse by the disgraced entertainer, the force's report found.

The attacks occurred in vehicles taken to the school by Savile and in rooms including the principal's office, dining room, common room, kitchen, TV room and a bedroom of the intensive care unit.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced in December last year that no charges would be brought against former staff members following an investigation into whether anyone was complicit in the abuse.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 81, was a former BBC DJ and presenter and is now known to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.

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:

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.


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.

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