Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2018: 1st Update

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180071905 – On 06/07/2018 at 19:00, in Victoria Court, Victoria Avenue, Camberley. Attempted break-in to empty flat
  • Crime no.45180072519 – Between 05/07/2018 from 13:17 to 06/07/2018 21:00, in Old Dean Road, Camberley. Theft of off-road bike, a gold pen and a scooter from shed.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180072697 – On 08/07/2018 from 19:00 to 21:00, in Brackendale Rd, Camberley. Keys are believed to have been taken by suspect reaching through the ground floor window
  • Crime no.45180073610 – Between 09/07/2018 from 18:30 to 10/07/2018 at 11:00, in Church Hill, Camberley. Have used B&B guest room without paying for it and have stolen items from hospitality tray and the room.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180072441 – On 08/07/2018 at 04:40, in Cumberland Rd, Camberley. 3 youths have been seen to ‘smash up’ a road sign
  • Crime no.45180072566 – On 07/07/2018 from 22:02 to 22:55, in Charles St, Camberley. Victim’s car door has been damaged whilst in a car park.
  • Crime no.45180074073 – Between 04/07/2018 from 10:00 to 10/07/2018 at 18:00, in Cumberland Rd, Camberley. Car windscreen severely damaged by thrown glass bottle whilst parked on the drive
  • Crime no.45180074127 – Between 11/07/2018 from 23:00 to 12/07/2018 at 05:30, in Arena leisure Centre, Grand Avenue, Camberley. Two windows and a glass door smashed
  • Crime no. 45180071931 – On 06/07/2018 at 14:05, in High St, Camberley. Damage to motor vehicle parked in the High St
  • Crime no. 45180072513 – On 08/07/2018 from 00:00 to 11:30, in Highland Rd, Camberley. Overnight vehicle has been damaged whilst parked in the street
  • Crime no.45180072836 – Between 06/07/2018 from 20:00 to 07/07/2018 at 12:00, in London Road, Camberley. Wing mirror on passenger side of Audi A3 has been kicked off.
  • Crime no.45180073127 – On 09/07/2018 at 12:00, in Waverley Close, Camberley. Have entered into a van parked in an allocated parking space and stolen a wallet and its contents.
  • Crime no.45180074433 – Between 01/05/2018 from 22:48 to 12/07/2018 at 13:37, in Buttermere Drive, Camberley. Spare wheel stolen from vehicle.
  • Crime no.45180074562 – On 13/07/2018 from 00:00 to 01:00, in London Road, Camberley, Vauxhall Corsa has been left unlocked and suspect has entered vehicle and stolen items from the vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180073016 – On 09/07/2018 at 16:52, in Le Marchant Rd, Frimley, Tools and chequebook stolen from plumber’s Ford Transit van.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180073532 – On 09/07/2018 from 14:00 to 19:00, in Park St, Camberley. Theft of bicycle from cycle rack
  • Crime no.45180071830 – Between 01/07/2018 from 00:30 to 03/07/2018 01:00, in Frimley Grove Gardens, Frimley. Have entered house and stolen a camera from within
  • Crime no.45180072804 – Between 08/07/2018 from 16:00 to 09/07/2018 at 05:50, in Tomlinscote School, Tomlinscote Way, Frimley. Three school kitchen windows have been smashed overnight.
  • Crime no.45180072978 – On 08/07/2018 at 00:00, at Pine Ridge Golf Centre, Old Bisley Rd, Frimley. Graffiti has been sprayed on fairways of golf course causing damage.
  • Crime no. 45180073342 – Between 30/06/2018 from 00:01 to 10/07/2018 at 10:29, in Beresford Close, Frimley. Damage caused to council fencing
  • Crime no.45180071682 – On 06/07/2018 at 12:21, in Worsley Road, Frimley. Two suspects have attended the location and caused damage to a motor vehicle.  (Insufficient evidence)
  • Crime no. 45180072004 – On 06/07/2018 at 10:28 in Waitrose, Frimley High St, Frimley. Theft of credit cards from person.
  • Crime no. 45180071598 – On 06/07/2018 at 01:00, in Houlton Court, Bagshot. Suspects have gained entry to detached house in residential area through insecure window.  Have stolen two high value BMW motor vehicles with keys.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180072722 – On 08/07/2018 from 12:30 to 18:30, in Guildford Rd, Bagshot. Has returned home to find front door kicked off its hinges – believed someone has attempted to burgle house.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180074576 – On 06/07/2018 at 06:30, in Gloucester Road, Bagshot. Criminal damage to gate.
  • Crime no.45180072958 – On 07/07/2018 from 22:00 to 22:45, in High St, Chobham. Whilst parked in car park vehicle has been damaged.
  • Crime no.45180073406 – On 09/07/2018 from 08:00 to 21:00, in Church Road, Bagshot. Catalytic converter stolen
  • Crime no.45180073875 – On 10/07/2018 at 19:10, in High St, Bagshot. Criminal damage to motor vehicle following road rage incident.
  • Crime no.45180074175 – Between 11/07/2018 from 19:00 to 12/07/2018 at 08:00, in Freemantle Rd, Bagshot. Malicious damage to hire car
  • Crime no.45180073164 – On 09/07/2018 at 22:00, in Brookleys, Chobham. During an argument has made threats to commit criminal damage.  (Under investigation)

Developer short list for Camberley’s London Road site

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced that,

Camberley Town Centre is currently undergoing an exciting regeneration programme led by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC).

A significant stage of regenerating Camberley is investing in and improving the area along London Road (A30) between the High Street and Park Street and opposite the historic Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

SHBC is now in the process of appointing an experienced regeneration developer with the resources and vision to deliver a comprehensive and transformational development of the 2.0 ha (5.5 acres) site.

We are very pleased to announce today (9 July 2018) that we have shortlisted four companies who will be put through to the next stage of selection. These are; Countryside, Keir Group, Hub Group, and Berkeley Group.

Karen Whelan, CEO, SHBC said: “SHBC are delighted with the outstanding response to the first stage of tendering for our flagship development in Camberley, which is testament to the drive and determination of Officers and Members to deliver high quality partners.

Our vision for Camberley is dynamic and innovative and our shortlisted developers can bring the same qualities to the project.  We look forward to hearing more about their vision for the site, with our final decision being made around Christmas 2018.”

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader, SHBC said: “Developing this area has been a key long-term objective for the Council.  The site occupies a substantial part of the town centre and the development, once complete, will totally transform and regenerate this area. It is a great result for the council to have secured four impressive developers to take forward to the next stage of procurement.”

It is envisaged that the new development on London Road will include a combination of housing, retail and car parking. Bidders are also being asked to include new office space within their bid which could unlock other sites in the town centre for redevelopment.

To date SHBC has invested £140 million into Camberley; which includes the acquisition and subsequent refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, acquisition of Ashwood House a former office building which is currently being redeveloped into 116 high quality residential apartments.   Substantial projects to improve the town centre car parks, Princess Way and the High Street are also in the pipeline.  Find out more here.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2018

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180068466 – On 29/06/2018 02:00, in Victoria Ave, Camberley. Neighbour has heard a loud bang from across the street and has seen that a door has been forced entry. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180069720 – Between 31/05/2018 from 23:55 to 01/07/2018 at 08:59, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Car keys stolen from house and used to take cash from the victim’s vehicles.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180070272 – On 03/07/2018 from 00:01 to 03:00, in Lawrence Lodge, Old Dean Rd, Camberley. Mobile phone stolen from dwelling after break-in (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180071425 – On 05/07/2018 at 11:45, in Upper College Ride, Camberley. Residential shed break where by power tools have been stolen.
  • Crime no.45180069008 – Between 26/06/2018 from 14:00 to 29/06/2018 at 18:00, in London Rd, Camberley. Empty hotel broken into.
  • Crime no.45180069028 – On 28/06/2018 at 21:30, in Shildon Close, Camberley. Eggs thrown at house and car.
  • Crime no.45180069809 – Between 01/07/2018 from 09:00 to 02/07/2018 at 10:00, in Berkshire Rd, Camberley. Car has been dented most likely by a kick.
  • Crime no.45180069842 – Between 23/06/2018 from 21:00 to 02/07/2018 at 12:26, in Wimbledon Rd, Camberley. Taking motor vehicle without consent.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180071204 – On 04/07/2018 at 13:21, in Victoria Ct, Victoria Avenue, Camberley. Door to flat has been damaged but no entry gained.
  • Crime no.45180071544 – On 05/07/2018 at 19:00, in Larkenshaw Farm, Stonehill Rd, Chobham. Fencing broken in order to steal a horse.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180069466 – Between 27/06/2018 from 12:00 to 01/07/2018 at 12:00, in Kings Ride, Camberley. Black Carrera Vengance push bike has been stolen from the rear garden.
  • Crime no.45180070205 – Between 02/07/2018 from 22:30 to 03/07/2018 at 09:00, in Deepcut Bridge Rd, Deepcut. Theft of red Seat Ibiza AU56VMV
  • Crime no.45180069350 – On 29/06/2018 at 13:00, in Streets Heath, West End. Burglary between the hours of 1300 and 1700 when elderly victim was out
  • Crime no.45180071370 – On 05/07/2018 from 12:00 to 14:00 in Lucas Green Road, West End. Entry through open window of first floor flat, ransacked and cash stolen.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180071150 – Between 04/07/2018 from 17:00 to 05/07/2018 at 07:30, in Higher Park Farm, Halebourne Lane, Chobham. Commercial warehouse has been broken into and 2 vans inside have been damaged and broken into and tools stolen from inside. A client key has also been stolen from inside the warehouse at the same time.
  • Crime no.45180071563 – Between 01/07/2018 00:01 to 05/07/2018 at 23:59, in Stonehill House, Guildford Road, Bagshot. Barn has been broken into and two machetes have been taken.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180068928 – Between 28/06/2018 from 15:00 to 29/06/2018 at 15:00, in Macdonald Rd, Lightwater. Offensive words spray painted on fence.
  • Crime no.45180069020 – Between 28/06/2018 from 23:00 to 29/06/2018 at 06:00, in Macdonald Rd, Lightwater. The word DYKE has been sprayed onto fence. This is part of a series of neighbourhood graffiti.
  • Crime no. 45180071544 – On 05/07/2018 at 19:00 in Larkenshaw Farm, Stonehill Rd, Chobham. Fencing broken in order to steal a horse.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180069901 – On 01/07/2018 from 17:30 to 22:00 in Guildford Road, Bagshot. Have left car insecure after unloading shopping and have returned to find handbag stolen from between two front seats.
  • Crime no.45180069262 – On 30/06/2018 at 14:20 in Guildford Rd, Lightwater. Wallet stolen from trouser pocket with cards – cards have been used.
  • Crime no.45180069327 – Between 14/05/2018 from 00:00 to 26/06/2018 at 23:59, in London Road, Windlesham. The victim is claiming their post has been stolen.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180070395 – Between 10/06/2018from  00:01 to 29/06/2018 at 23:59 in St Lawrence Church, High St, Chobham. Theft of cash from safe at location.
  • Crime no.45180070592 – On 03/07/2018 from 11:00 to 15:00, in Green Lane, Bagshot. Theft of pedal cycle. (Under investigation)

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: June 2018: 4th update

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180067652 – On 26/06/2018 from 10:00 to 16:00, in Mathews Road, Camberley. Victim reported a burglary where she had stolen from her house, whilst the back door was open, a box with jewellery, cash box with cash, a canon camera and stands for jewellery all worth over £6000.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067565 – On 27/06/2018 from 03:20 to 03:25, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Burglary at barber shop in residential area. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067237 – On 26/06/2018 at 08:30, in Highland Road, Camberley. Third incident of eggs being thrown at the side of victim’s car.
  • Crime no.45180067871 – Between 20/06/2018 from 22:08 to 27/06/2018 at 22:08, in Larch Close, Camberley. Bridleway swing gate post damaged.
  • Crime no.45180068040 – On 28/06/2018 from 03:30 to 05:45, in Trafalgar House, London Road, Camberley. Theft of rear number plate from Ford Fiesta van (MT 13 XXK)
  • Crime no.45180067858 – On 27/06/2018 at 13:50 in St Georges House, Camberley. Theft of pedal bike
  • Crime no.45180068002 – On 27/06/2018 at 14:15, in Upper College Ride, Camberley. Male has stolen 2 rings whilst being at property to look into buying gold and other pieces of jewellery from victim.
  • Crime no.45180068091 – On 27/06/2018 from 11:30 to 18:00 in Grayswood Drive, Frimley. Gold jewellery stolen after a messy search
  • Crime no.45180067782 – On 26/06/2018 at 23:13, in Lyon Way, Frimley. During the hours of darkness have removed tracker from Ford Transit vehicle YS13MYD parked alongside the road and have taken vehicle
  • Crime no.45180068487 – Between 25/06/2018 from 12:00 to 27/06/2018 at 09:00, in Richmond Close, Frimley. Front screwed on index plate has been removed and stolen
  • Crime no.45180067706 – Between 26/06/2018 from 22:00 to 27/06/2018 at 06:00, in Benner Lane, West End. Garage used by football club has been broken into and searched – nothing stolen (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067732 – Between 26/06/2018 from 23:45 to 27/06/2018 at 01:47, in Canal Centre, Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett. Traffic barrier to venue has been broken and door to storage barn has been forced open. Items have been moved but nothing stolen
  • Crime no.45180067388 – Between 25/06/2018 from 18:50 to 26/06/2018 at 08:00, in Chertsey Road, Windlesham. Egg has been thrown at victim’s vehicle windscreen overnight.
  • Crime no.45180067584 – Between 26/06/2018 from 22:00 to 27/06/2018 at 06:00, in Benner Lane, West End. Have caused damage to garage door
  • Crime no.45180067567 – On 26/06/2018 at 19:30, in Premier Inn, Bagshot. Theft of tools from van (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067470 – On 26/06/2018 at 19:49, in Church Lane, Bisley. 2 males have stolen victim’s bike which he left outside his friend’s house (Under investigation)

Camfest blessed with splendid weather

Activities in Camfest – Camberley’s Community Arts & Crafts Festival – were happening all over the centre of Camberley over the last three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I was there on Friday to see the re-opening ceremony of Surrey Heath Museum, and took in a few of the events, notably those hosted in Surrey Heath’s Council Chamber and Members Room. Much thanks should go the Council for allowing use of these rooms. They’re a local asset, and it would be good to see them put to use for similar such events.

My conclusion on Camfest, there’s a vibrant arts and craft community in Camberley and Surrey Heath, which Camfest has done well to promote. Here are a few photos of my visits to some of the activities on Friday.

Volunteers happy to see the Surrey Heath Museum re-open

Surrey Heath Museum is now open in its new location in Camberley’s Square. It’s co-located with the Heritage Gallery in Obelisk Street, next to its entrance onto Park Street.

At the opening ceremony last Friday Gillian Riding, Museum Heritage Officer – curator really, welcomed over 50 museum volunteers and supporters to the re-opening at its new home. Many of whom spilled out of the crowded museum, and listened firstly to Gillian, then Phil Stevens, doyen of the heritage scene in Surrey Heath, and finally to our MP Rt Hon Michael Gove, before Phil and Michael cut the ribbon to officially open the new Museum.

The Heritage Gallery, previously occupying the ground floor is now entirely located upstairs. It’ll be interesting to see how the Museum and Heritage gallery develop together, and how the museum develops, now that it has the potential for greater visitor numbers being in a shopping arcade. I wish it a happy and fulfilling future. Meanwhile, here are a few photos of the event, and a short video of the opening ceremony.

Camberley High Street improvement at design stage

Surrey Heath Borough Council [SHBC] has announced that,

SHBC has appointed Project Centre to design and deliver the Camberley High Street and surrounding public spaces improvements.

Project Centre is a leading streetscape design, engineering and landscape architecture consultancy.

Kevin Donnelly, Technical Director at Project Centre said; “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to design and deliver the Camberley High Street improvements for Surrey Heath Borough Council.

The scheme will focus on making the High Street and surrounding areas better for pedestrians and encourage more people to shop locally in the area. High quality urban design and place making will transform the public space; improving access and movement for pedestrians and reducing the dominance of cars on the High Street. Public art will also be integrated into the High Street transformation.”

The three areas for improvement proposed are:

  • High Street – Improvements include increasing the amount of space available to pedestrians, creating an important hub that can be used for a variety of public events and uses and decluttering the high street
  • Princess Way – improvements will include better lighting and street furniture
  • Knoll Walk – to look at how space can be used feasibly for activities such as for market stalls, improvements to street furniture and improved green and soft landscaping

Project Centre will see the project through from preliminary design through to construction with the contract starting in June.

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader, SHBC said: “This key milestone of the appointment of the designer for the High Street ensures this project is running to schedule.  The works will start spring 2019 and we aim to complete by the end of 2020.  The resulting changes will retain the unique architecture of the existing High Street but with an improved pedestrian experience. We are committed to supporting the unique and independent businesses on the High Street and attracting new businesses to Camberley.”

Karen Whelan, CEO, SHBC said: “Project Centre will be undertaking a very important regeneration project in a landmark area in Camberley.  The resulting redeveloped and improved High Street will be a wonderful asset to Camberley and will completely transform this part of the town.”

SHBC secured £3.5 million in funding from Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in 2017 to enable this improvement project for the High Street.  SHBC has added funds of £900k bringing the total budget to £4.4 million.

Kevin Travers, Head of Transport of the Enterprise M3 LEP said: “We are delighted to be supporting this project, which underpins our plans for economic growth and better quality of life in the Blackwater Valley. These improvements to Camberley Town Centre will help meet the wider challenges and objectives identified in our Strategic Economic Plan by promoting town centre renewal to secure inward investment and create vibrant communities.”