New Surrey Police headquarters and operational base in Leatherhead

Surrey Police announce a future move to new headquarters, as follows,

A new Surrey Police headquarters and operational base will be created in Leatherhead following the successful purchase of a site in the town.

The former Electrical Research Association (ERA) and Cobham Industries site on Cleeve Road has been bought to replace a number of existing sites, including the current HQ at Mount Browne in Guildford, following a detailed search to identify a location in a more central area of Surrey.

The new site will become an operational hub housing specialist teams as well as chief officers and senior leadership team, support, corporate functions and training facilities. It will replace the existing Mount Browne HQ and Woking Police Station in addition to replacing Reigate Police Station as the main Eastern divisional base. Neighbourhood Policing Teams will continue to operate from all eleven boroughs including Woking and Reigate.

Further sites at Burpham and Godstone where the Roads Policing Team and Tactical Firearms Unit are based will also be moved to the new location.

The sale of those five sites will fund a significant proportion of the cost of buying and developing the new Leatherhead base and the Force hopes the new building will be fully operational in around four to five years’ time. The Cleeve Road site, which covers around 10 acres, has cost £20.5m to purchase.

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Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police let you know what’s happening in your community

This Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police communique is huge, covering a wide range of issues. I show it here as an example of what you too can receive by email if you sign up to the InTheKnow service.

How to join the InTheKnow community is described near the end of this long communique. To save you that trouble, here it is,

JOIN THE “IN THE KNOW” COMMUNITY
If you are receiving this information from the Police having been forwarded by a member of In the Know, why not join yourself.  You can keep in touch with what’s happening in your local area by signing up for information from https://intheknow.community/ .  From the Police you will receive witness appeals, crime updates and prevention advice, and news about what is going on in the parts of Surrey that interest you.

Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police Communique No84

February 2019/ Issue 84
Contents:
Surrey Heath Police Activity
Press Release:  Appeal for witnesses following a serious collision in Deepcut
Press Release: Did you witness what happened to a woman on Pembroke Broadway, Camberley this morning?
Press Release:  Woman from Pembroke Broadway, Camberley incident traced, found safe and well
Witness appeal – assault Frimley High Street
ASB
Crime report analysis
Surrey Police Fraud Newsletter
County lines
County lines assessment – drug supply, vulnerability and harm
Rogue traders, scams and cold callers
Report a fraud or a scam online
Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch
Keeping our communities In the Know
Your Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team – personalities, priorities, crime statistics, stop & search statistics
How you can help your Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team
How to join the In The Know community
 
SURREY HEATH POLICE ACTIVITY
On the 30th January following a court hearing at Guildford Magistrate’s Court a partial closure was granted for an address in London Road, Camberley until the 29th April 2019. The vulnerable victim had been cuckooed, County Line drug dealers took over their property and used it as a base to deal drugs from. The partial closure was sought to allow the victim to remain in their property and prevent those targeting them from being allowed into the address. If anyone other than the tenant and those named on the order are found in the property then they are committing an offence and will be arrested. Positive and robust action is needed to protect vulnerable people from those who target and exploit them for financial reward amongst other things.
PRESS RELEASES
Appeal for witnesses following a serious collision in Deepcut.  Issue Date: 28 January 2019
We’re appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Deepcut on Saturday evening (26 January).  Officers were called to the parade of shops on Deepcut Bridge Road at around 8.40pm following reports of a collision between a car and a motorcycle.  The motorcycle, a Yamaha, and the car, a Nissan Micra, both caught fire following the collision.  The motorcyclist, a man in his 20’s, is thought to have life-changing injuries and remains in hospital.  The driver of the Nissan Micra was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.  The road was closed between Woodend Road and Brunswick Road until around 2am on Sunday morning while officers worked at the scene.
If you have any information on this incident, or you have any dashcam footage or CCTV, please contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore , quoting reference PR/P19020688.  You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

Did you witness what happened to a woman on Pembroke Broadway, Camberley this morning?  Issue Date: 27 January 2019
We are appealing for witnesses following a concern for the welfare of a woman who was seen with two men and another woman outside the Travelodge on Pembroke Broadway, Camberley in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Concerns were initially raised by a member of the public at around 1am on Sunday, 27 January, having witnessed an altercation between the parties. It is believed that the group moved from outside the Travelodge to a secluded car park on Albert Road. A small white car was seen driving off from the location shortly after the incident took place.  The woman is described as white, approximately 20-years-old, large build, dark hair, wearing a short skirt.
Detective Sergeant David Bentley, who is investigating the incident said: “We are extremely keen to speak with anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious around the time the incident took place.  The woman, who appeared to be in distress, was heard by witnesses to be calling for help. We are extremely concerned for her welfare and would like to check that she is ok.  If you were near the Travelodge, or Albert Road during the early hours of this morning, please contact us if you think you may have seen or heard anything. The road the incident took place on can be very busy, so if you were driving in the area please review your dash cam footage.”

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore, quoting reference PR/45190009479.

Woman from Pembroke Broadway, Camberley incident traced, found safe and well.  Issue Date: 28 January 2019
As a result of our witness appeal looking to identify a woman in Camberley, officers have successfully tracked her down and we’re pleased to say she is safe and well.
We would like to thank the person who called us for bringing the matter to our attention as well as the public who have assisted our enquiries.

WITNESS APPEAL – ASSAULT FRIMLEY HIGH STREET
Can you help? We’re investigating after a 12-year-old girl was assaulted on Frimley High Street on Sunday evening (20 January).  She was approached by a teenage girl opposite the Railway Arms pub who punched her in the face a number of times and continued to do so after she fell to the floor.
If you were in the area between 7 and 8.30pm and have any information on the incident, please contact us on 101 quoting reference PR45190007144.
Please share if you know anyone who was in the area at the time.

ASB
Did you know you have the right to request a review of your ASB complaint?  Community Trigger gives victims of anti-social behaviour the right to request a review of their ASB complaints.
If you’re experiencing anti-social behaviour and have reported it three times or are part of a community that has reported five or more separate, but related anti-social incidents in the last six months, you can review and bring agencies such as the local council, police and housing providers, together to take a joined up, problem solving approach to find a solution.
If you’re suffering from ASB, don’t suffer in silence. To find out more about submitting a Community Trigger in your local area, follow the link: http://www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk/projects/community-trigger/
If you were in the area at the time and have any information, or you have CCTV or dashcam footage, please contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference PR/P19020688.

CRIME REPORT ANALYSIS
The Crime Reduction Advisor & Designing Out Crime Officer has been looking at some of the crimes committed in Surrey Heath over the past three months and has produced the following advice.
Burglaries.  Almost all the burglaries have been during the day while people are out and the criminals continue to enter by forcing a rear door or smashing the glass in a patio door.
I repeat the advice I gave in October to encourage you to secure the rear of your property. Have good 1.8 metre fences and 300mm trellis on top and similar gates with a good two way lock at a central point. Make sure there are no climbing aids for the fences/gates.  This includes chaining up your wheelie bins (I have at long last got back into this habit myself). Keep trees and foliage cut back to stop climbing and giving cover for a burglar to attack your gates or doors at the front.
Garden chairs have been used to smash windows, so keep them chain up as well.
If replacing your windows or patio doors, consider laminated glass and install PAS 24 2016 standard. Consider anti shatter film on existing glazing. Upgrade your front and rear locks to TS007 3 star standard.
Alarms. We have had one alarm reported set off at a burglary and no further entry was gained.  A good quality alarm remains a major deterrent to a criminal and is well worth the investment.  Check out a local company registered with these two organisations:
National Security inspectorate (NSI)   http://www.nsi.org.uk/information-centre/business-security-options/intruder-alarms/
Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) https://ssaib.org/
Sheds. These have been attacked a lot and on one occasion garden tools taken and used to break into the house.  We always forget sheds, (that’s is my next project at home), but if our tools are not in a solid shed (ideally with no windows), with a good quality lock fitted with security screws or bolts, then the criminal has all they need to get in our homes.
Cars and vans. A spate of number plate thefts has occurred and tools stolen from vans.  You can fit your number plates with anti-theft screws, available from any DIY outlet. Van theft can be combated by investing a security system. Here is an example – https://uwatch.co.uk/
Electric Gates.  These have been damaged on several occasions.  If you have electric gates, always keep them well maintained and consult with your installer for any more robust upgrades.
Stolen Property.  Surrey Heath Police stopped some criminals with a large amount of stolen property on them recently.  Please consider registering your property with Imobilise.com and or marking it with Selecta DNA. Then if the worst happens and you are broken into, we can identify your property quickly to ensure the criminals are charged and you get it back. Also signs saying ‘Our property is marked’, will be a deterrent.
Identity Theft.  We have had one instance of people seen going through wheelie bins. What were they looking for?  It is possible they were searching for paper work with the occupants’ personal details on, so as to steal their identity. I always shred anything with my family’s personal details on before I put it out for recycling, maybe I was not wasting my time!
And Finally. As a chicken and a dog owner, I was saddened to read of some dogs that had attacked and killed a large number of chickens. Our dogs our best friends, but we have a responsibility to train and secure them to ensure tragedies like this do not occur.

Mike Jones, ID 15714, Crime Reduction Advisor & Designing Out Crime Officer, Western Division, Surrey Police.
Address – Surrey Police, PO Box 101, Guildford, GU1 9PE.  Tel: 01483 636626 or 07967987908

SURREY POLICE FRAUD NEWSLETTER
Below is the Surrey Police fraud newsletter for January. In this edition we’re highlighting a courier fraud scam which involves fraudsters posing as police officers over the phone. We’re also pleased to let you know that the criminals behind a large-scale investment fraud with victims across the country are now behind bars
Fraud newsletter January 2019.pdf – 213.9 KB
If you suspect someone you know may be vulnerable to fraud, please share this newsletter with them.
If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud call: Surrey Police on 101 or visit www.surrey.police.uk

COUNTY LINES
Heard of the term County Lines?  In a nutshell it’s a name given to a drug dealing methodology which involves criminal networks using phone lines to facilitate the supply of Class A drugs – frequently heroin and crack cocaine – to customers. The line becomes a valuable brand which is protected with extreme violence and intimidation which can have a devastating impact on both the community and those who become involved with them.
We are working extensively to identify and target the most serious offenders, but we need your help to ensure we have #ResilientCommunities to this activity.
If you believe you’ve seen signs of drug dealing in your community, report it. If you don’t want to speak to Police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, they never ask your name or trace your call.

COUNTY LINES ASSESSMENT – DRUG SUPPLY, VULNERABILITY AND HARM
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has recently published its fourth annual assessment into county lines drug supply, vulnerability and harm.  The report highlights how violence and control used by drug dealing networks is continuing, and the exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is increasing.
The number of lines has increased from 720 (as acknowledged in the 17/18 assessment) to around 2,000.
Children aged between 15-17 make up the bulk of the vulnerable people involved in county lines, and we know both girls and boys are groomed and exploited.  The grooming techniques seen as part of county lines are similar to what has been seen in child sexual exploitation and abuse, and often the young people don’t see themselves as victims. Instead they are flattered by the attention and gifts they receive, so are less likely to speak to law enforcement.
Exploitation methods continue to involve sexual abuse and exploitation, modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as the threat of violence and injury to ensure compliance. This makes the whole system approach to tackling county lines more important than ever before.
The impact of county lines covers all police force areas and organised crime threats, so law enforcement, government, charities and other organisations need to continue to work together to disrupt the criminal activity and safeguard the vulnerable.
Nikki Holland, Director of Investigations at the NCA and County Lines lead, said:
“Tackling county lines is a national law enforcement priority. We know that criminal networks use high levels of violence, exploitation and abuse to ensure compliance from the vulnerable people they employ to do the day-to-day drug supply activity.  Every organised crime group trafficking drugs is a business which relies on cash flow. County lines is no different. What we will continue to do with our law enforcement partners is disrupt their activity and take away their assets.  We also need to ensure that those exploited are safeguarded and understand the consequences of their involvement. This is not something law enforcement can tackle alone – the need to work together to disrupt this activity and safeguard vulnerable victims must be the priority for everyone.”
The assessment publication follows a week of coordinated law enforcement activity across the UK which resulted in over 600 arrests.  Please click pdf here (246 KB) to download a copy of the fourth annual assessment into county lines drug supply, vulnerability and harm.

ROGUE TRADERS, SCAMS AND COLD CALLERS
Scammers, fraudsters, rogue traders – there are many names for individuals or companies that attempt to obtain money or something else of value by being misleading, coercive or by simply lying.
Rogue traders are generally those who cold call, i.e. knock without invitation and exploit people by convincing them to pay for shoddy or incomplete repair work, charging extortionate fees for their services, or threatening residents who do not comply.
Scams can take place in a number of different ways such as on your doorstep, via the post, on the phone or on the computer through the internet or email.
We expect traders to respect the wishes of householders. If they do not, it is possible that the trader commits a criminal offence under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. We also encourage family, friends and neighbours to look out for those around them who are vulnerable and could fall victim to rogue traders or scams.

REPORT A FRAUD OR A SCAM ONLINE
Report a fraud
Frauds that can be reported include:
Banking fraud.
Business fraud.
Buying and investment scams.
Charity and competition frauds.
Advance fee fraud.
Identity fraud and theft.
Online fraud.
Find out more about these types of fraud by visiting the Action Fraud website.
Report a scam to trading standards
A scam is a scheme to con people out of their money. You can receive them by advert, email, internet, phone, post or even by someone knocking on your door.
Scams that can be reported include:
cold calling doorstep traders,
rogue traders,
scam or fraud
unsafe products,
scam mail and emails,
underage sales,
counterfeit products and
loan sharks etc
When reporting a scam or fraud please try to give as much as information as possible, even if you think it is not relevant or important. Please note you can remain anonymous if you wish.

By reporting a scam we can identify local trends and warn others through our social media channels such as: Twitter, Facebook and our TS Alerts.
If you would like advice, please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or contact them online via the Citizen advice contact us page.

SURREY HEATH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
You can help the neighbourhood police in Surrey Heath by joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or by forming a new Watch in your road or street.
To find the nearest Watch scheme to you see:  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
If there is no Watch scheme in your road and you would like to form a new Watch, please contact the appropriate Area Coordinator listed below.
Camberley Ward.  This Watch covers the following areas: St Pauls, Old Dean, Town, St Michaels Watchetts. The Camberley Area Coordinator is Alan Hitchcock ahitchcock@surreyheathnw.co.uk
Frimley Watch.  This Watch covers the following areas: Frimley, Frimley Green, Mytchett, Deepcut, Heatherside, Parkside, Heathside, Cheylesmore.  The Frimley Area Coordinator is Martin Shorten mshorten@surreyheathnw.co.uk
Lightwater Watch.  This Watch covers the following areas: Lightwater, Bagshot, Bisley, Chobham, West End and Windlesham. The Area Coordinator is Mike Potter MPotter@surreyheathnw.co.uk

KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE KNOW
We are dedicated to keeping the communities in Surrey safe, and we want to keep you as up to date as possible.  We are encouraging people to stay up to date with what we are up to by following us on as many of our social media’s as possible.  You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, all at @SurreyPolice. You can also follow your local ‘Beat’ pages as well as our main page, so that you can be kept up to date with what’s going on in your local area.

Perhaps you know someone who could benefit from being In The Know?  As you well know, it’s quick and easy to sign up and register areas of interest as well as certain crimes you may want to be kept up to date about i.e. shed related crimes, burglaries, vehicle crimes and more. If you know someone who wants to be kept up to date with what’s going on in their area, why not suggest they sign up to In The Know.

We want to be able to reach as many people as possible, to keep you up to date with what’s going on in your area as well as ways to contact us and how to contact our partner agencies, such as Stop Hate UK, Action Fraud, Country Watch and more.
Find us on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat at @surreypolice.


YOUR SURREY HEATH NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM

In the year ending September 2017, the average crime rate in Surrey Heath was the same as the average crime rate across similar areas.  See the link to view the evidence: https://www.police.uk/surrey/SHSV/performance/compare-your-area/
Police in Surrey Heath continue to work to cut crime, but they cannot fight crime alone.  They need your support.  Your Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team is there to listen to your concerns and act upon the issues that matter to you most in order to help you feel more confident in your community.  Details of the Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team can be found here: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/.  This link also provides you with the latest news from the police in Surrey Heath.
For more detail on your local neighbourhood team including the local PCSOs, their local priorities, the local crime statistics map and a stop and search map please follow the links below:
Camberley Town and St Paulshttps://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/camberley-town-and-st-pauls/
Old Dean, St Michael’s and Watchetts: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/old-dean-st-michaels-watchetts/
Frimley, Heatherside and Parkside: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/frimley-heatherside-parkside/
Mytchett, Deepcut and Frimley Greenhttps://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/mytchett-deepcut-frimley-green/
The Six Villages: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/the-six-villages/
If you have any information to give to the police on crimes in your area or wish to discuss issues that relate to crime in your area, the Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team can be contacted as follows:
Police Station Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Surrey Heath, Surrey GU15 3HD
Phone 101
Twitter https://twitter.com/SurreyHeathBeat
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SurreyHeathPolice
Email surreyheath@surrey.pnn.police.uk

HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR SURREY HEATH NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM
Reporting a crime.  If you’ve witnessed or been the victim of crime, please report it. It will help us to bring the offender to justice and make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.  https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
Reporting anti-social behaviour.  Antisocial behaviour can have a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and communities as it often leads to an increase in crime, particularly violence and criminal damage. If you’ve witnessed antisocial behaviour of any kind, find out how to report it at:  https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/asb/af/antisocial-behaviour/
Reporting lost and found property.  If you’ve lost or found property in a public place, we may be able to help: https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/lp/lost-or-found-property/
Reporting neighbour disputes.  Disputes between neighbours can be caused by a variety of reasons. If it involves an assault or threat of violence, a breach of the peace or criminal damage it is a police matter. Call 101 or call 999 in an emergency. For further details on how to report neighbour disputes see: https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/cd/civil-dispute/
Reporting road traffic collisions.  If you are the driver of a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision and owner / insurance / vehicle details were not exchanged at the scene OR you sustained an injury, you must report the incident in person at a police station as soon as possible and within 24 hours. You are legally obliged to do this.  For further details on reporting non-urgent traffic accidents see: https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/rti/report-a-road-traffic-incident/
Reporting a sounding alarm.  If an alarm sounds and there is evidence of criminal activity underway or you see something suspicious call 999. Don’t be tempted to put yourself in danger by making checks yourself.  Unless there is suspicious activity the police will not attend.  If an alarm persistently sounds and it becomes a nuisance you should contact your local council who may send an Environmental Health Officer.
Reporting lost or stolen vehicles. If your car has gone missing, please report it at: https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/lsv/report-lost-or-stolen-vehicle/
Report Fraud.  Anyone can find themselves the victim of fraud. If you suspect you may have been scammed or involved in fraudulent activity, or have information about a possible fraudster, find out who to contact at:  https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/fo/fraud/
Submission of CCTV images.  If you have CCTV footage of suspicious persons in relation to burglaries, vehicle crime, shed breaks etc, please share them with us via the following email address Surreyheath@surrey.pnn.police.uk
 
JOIN THE “IN THE KNOW” COMMUNITY
If you are receiving this information from the Police having been forwarded by a member of In the Know, why not join yourself.  You can keep in touch with what’s happening in your local area by signing up for information from https://intheknow.community/ .  From the Police you will receive witness appeals, crime updates and prevention advice, and news about what is going on in the parts of Surrey that interest you.
Everything happens in a community – make sure you know what is going on in yours.  It is specific to your interests and local area; from reliable sources; and you’re in control of how often you are contacted and who you receive information from.
Available information providers
Only licenced Information Providers are able to send messages and you control if they are able to see your details or not.  Below are the currently available information providers for you to receive information from.  You will only receive information from the information providers you select on registration.
Angling Trust.
British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS).
Crimestoppers.
Fire & Rescue Service
Local Authority.
Neighbourhood Watch.
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.
SGN (Gas Emergency Service).
The Police.
Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau).

Message Sent By
David Howie (Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Surrey Heath)

Action Fraud Alert: Beware of an extortion scam

The In the Know service from Surrey Police has issued details of an extortion scam in the latest Action Fraud Alert,

Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims’ password to install spying malware on the victims’ computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

What to do if you get one of these emails?

Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

 

Surrey Chief Constable’s open letter regarding Unauthorised Encampments

This is a copy of the open letter from Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave QPM, to the Editor of the Surrey Advertiser, regarding unauthorised encampments across the county.

This summer has seen an unprecedented number of unauthorised encampments, no part of the county has been unaffected and as the summer has passed, the amount of ill feeling and anger about a perceived lack of action by police has been palpable.

The disappointing thing is that all of this was predicted and there is a practical solution available that would help. It has been successfully implemented in a number of surrounding counties, but has yet to be implemented in Surrey, leaving the local authorities and police with limited powers to deal with those intent on trespass.

Before I come to that solution, let me make it clear that there are two related but separate issues that need to be addressed. The first is the issue of an unauthorised encampment. This is of itself not a criminal matter and the lead agency for implementing eviction is the local authority, working with the land owner supported where necessary by the police. In this regard, it is absolutely the case that we in the police and our colleagues in the Boroughs and Districts have significantly upped our game this year and now have well-rehearsed and effective procedures for assessing and evicting unauthorised encampments in accordance with the legislation currently available to us. The shortcoming is that under the only legislation that we can utilise, there is nothing to stop those evicted from simply moving 100 yards down the road and setting up camp there. We then have to go through the whole rigmarole again and this is exactly what has happened this year, with repeated encampments as we follow groups round the county, creating further upset and disruption far and wide.

The related issue is that of criminality associated with some encampments. My clear direction to officers is that where there is criminality and where there is sufficient evidence to take action against identified perpetrators, then we will do so swiftly and firmly. The frustration comes when it is not possible to attribute a criminal act, for example criminal damage, to any one individual due to a lack of witnesses or other evidence to implicate them. This is no different to any other crime. One cannot simply arrest whole groups of people because ‘one of them must have done it’.

So, what else might be done? Under the legislation, if a designated transit site is available, the police are enabled to direct encampments to move immediately to the transit site, with far fewer criteria necessary to act. If those on the encampment refuse, or return to camp unlawfully elsewhere within three months they are liable to immediate arrest. Currently, Surrey has no transit sites and so none of these powers are available.

An increasing number of surrounding counties have created designated transit sites and their experience has been that this significantly addresses the issue of unauthorised encampments. Surrey, without any such sites, remains vulnerable to those who know the legislation and understand that the powers available to police are more limited, no doubt making Surrey an attractive venue for those who wish to set up unauthorised encampments.

To conclude, I recognise the frustration and anger of local residents and businesses affected by unauthorised encampments. We will deal with criminality as and when it occurs and continue to support local authorities in their actions, but the options available to my officers are limited and given other demands, I can ill afford the enormous resource and energy my officers put in to dealing with this. The provision of even one transit site will make an enormous difference to our ability to respond to unauthorised encampments, but it is not in my gift to make it happen – that is a difficult political decision that sits with our local leaders who I know have the issue under active consideration.

Yours sincerely, Nick Ephgrave, Chief Constable

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: August 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.45180081282 – On 30/07/2018 from 02:00 to 06:30, in College Ride, Camberley. Shed has been broken into and a tin of paint removed. This paint has then been thrown over the doors and windows of victim’s residential property.
  • Crime no.45180081354 – On 30/07/2018 from 14:30 to 14:45, in Mitcham Road, Camberley. During daylight hours have attended residential property and removed items from the address (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082842 – Between 01/08/2018 from 22:00 to 02/08/2018 at 07:00, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Attempt burglary dwelling.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180080142 – Between 01/06/2018 from 12:00 to 27/07/2018 at 01:30, in Highland Rd Camberley. Harassment by repeatedly throwing eggs at victim’s car
  • Crime no.45180081162 – On 29/07/2018 at 11:08, in Multi-storey Car Park, Albert Rd, Camberley. Male has forced barrier of car park up to let a car out the car park causing damage to the barrier mechanism
  • Crime no.45180081285 – On 29/07/2018 at 11:45, in Love Coffee, The Square, Camberley. Graffiti on advertising board of The Square shopping centre in Camberley.
  • Crime no.45180082230 – On 01/08/2018 at 14:45, in Multi-storey Car Park, Albert Rd, Camberley. Damage to barrier.
  • Crime no.45180082577 – Between 27/07/2018 from 00:00 to 29/07/2018 at 00:00, in Woodbridge Drive, Camberley. Fence post has been removed from entrance to allotments. Has been left in the garden to a residential property.
  • Crime no.45180082646 – On 01/08/2018 22:00, in Surrey Avenue, Camberley. Damage has been caused to victim’s front garden gate and wall by unknown teenagers
  • Crime no.45180082738 – On 20/07/2018 00:00, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Theft of electricity.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082089 – On 01/10/2016 at 11:49, in Mytchett Road, Frimley. Criminal damage/civil trespass.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180081079 – Between 28/07/2018 from 00:00 to 29/07/2018 at 23:59, in Frimhurst Farm, Deepcut Bridge Road, Deepcut. Peugeot Expert vehicle has been broken into.
  • Crime no.45180080608 – Between 21/07/2018 from 13:09 to 28/07/2018 at 13:09, in Green Lane, Bagshot. Shed door handle has been damaged situated within a communal gardens from what appears to be an attempt to break in.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180081823 – On 31/07/2018 at 13:00, in Windsor Court Road, Chobham. Neighbour has entered property and taken money whilst the victim was asleep.
  • Crime no.45180082198 – On 29/07/2018 at 10:00, in Marigold Drive, Bisley. Laptop has been taken from home address.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082181 – Between 31/07/2018 from 16:15 to 01/08/2018 at 10:40, in Windlemere Golf Centre, Windlesham Road, West End. Have gone to the location and have forced entry to the store shed.
  • Crime no.45180082529 – Between 01/08/2018 from 11:35 to 02/08/2018 at 11:36, in Four Walls, Blackstroude Lane East, Lightwater. Wooden shed containing equipment for go karting broken into and items taken.
  • Crime no.45180080579 – Between 27/07/2018 from 22:00 to 28/07/2018 at 07:30, in Lightwater Country Park, Lightwater. During hours of darkness have set fire to a 4×5 ft path of grass on rugby field.
  • Crime no.45180081982 – On 31/07/2018 at 22:30, in Blackstroude Lane East, Lightwater. Damaged to fence caused by travellers on quad bikes (Under Investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082763 – On 02/08/2018 from 06:00 to 15:00, in Windlemere Golf Centre, Windlesham Road, West End. Window broken at golf clubhouse.
  • Crime no.45180082024 – Between 31/07/2018 from 18:30 to 01/08/2018 at 07:37 in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Vehicle interference attempted access to commercial van parked overnight at Premier Inn by screwdriver – damage caused.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082030 – Between 31/07/2018 from 20:30 to 01/08/2018 at 07:45, in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Peugeot Partner motor vehicle. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082032 – Between 31/07/2018 from 21:45 to 01/08/2018 at 07:00, in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Vauxhall Vivaro motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082033 – Between 31/07/2018 from 19:30 to 01/08/2018 at 06:30 at Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Citroen Dispatch motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180080097 – On 26/07/2018 at 00:01, in Arthur Close, Bagshot. Theft of bikes and scooter which were secured with a chain and lock.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2018: 3rd 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.45180079902 – Between 05/07/2018 from 00:01 to 26/07/2018 at 12:06, in Portesbury Road, Camberley. Have caused damage to disused school building.
  • Crime no.45180077799 – Between 20/07/2018 from 18:00 to 21/07/2018 at 06:30, in Esher Road, Camberley. Garden has been accessed – damage to garden furniture.
  • Crime no.45180078209 – On 21/07/2018 at 12:50, Surbiton Rd, Camberley. Damage has been caused to BMW 316 windscreen following a brick being thrown.
  • Crime no.45180078699 – On 23/07/2018 at 16:55, in McDonalds, London Rd, Camberley. Have punched window causing crack.
  • Crime no.45180078962 – Between 12/07/2018 from 08:00 to 24/07/2018 at 17:00, in London Road, Camberley. Front tyre slashed to black Audi A3 whilst parked on London Road Camberley.
  • Crime no.45180079634 – On 25/07/2018 at 20:35, in Travelodge, Park Lane, Camberley. Males staying at the Travelodge have broken the window restrictor in room 243. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180077706 and 45180077719 – On 21/07/2018 at 00:30, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Vehicle interference.
  • Crime no.45180079293 – On 25/07/2018 at 04:20, in Elsenwood Drive, Camberley. Rear window smashed and golf clubs stolen whilst vehicle parked in driveway.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180078556 – On 06/03/2018 at 12:15, in Park Road, Camberley. Items taken, damaged and moved about in garden.
  • Crime no.45180079973 – Between 25/07/2018 from 20:00 to 26/07/2018 at 15:30, in Turf Hill Road, Camberley. During the hours of darkness have taken 2 bicycles from side garden of property.
  • Crime no.45180077545 – On 19/07/2018 at 21:30, in Frimley High St, Frimley. Have forced entry into a storage cupboard at the rear of a business premises accessible from a car park off High Street Frimley.  Have removed items from the cupboard and then left the scene.
  • Crime no.45180077549 – Between 14/07/2018 from 13:30 to 19/07/2018 at 12:00, in Sandown Drive, Frimley. Have approached silver Toyota Avensis parked on Sandown Drive and caused damage by creating scratches to the paintwork.
  • Crime no.45180078059 – On 21/07/2018 at 18:00, in Hollytree Gardens, Frimley. Damage to a bicycle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180079184 – On 24/07/2018 at 17:20, in Frimley Green Recreation Ground, Frimley Green Road, Frimley. Youths have been throwing items at an abandoned building. Whilst doing this 4 windows have been smashed. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180078107 – Between 21/07/2018 from 14:30 to 21/07/2018 at 16:50, in Broad Walk, Frimley. Rear car window smashed.
  • Crime no.45180078316 – Between 20/07/2018 from 20:00 to 21/07/2018 at 10:00, in Longmeadow, Frimley. During the evening tyre has been damaged causing it to be completely flat.
  • Crime no.45180077274 – On 19/07/2018 at 17:00, in The Parade, Frimley High St, Frimley. Pedal cycle stolen whilst victim was in the barbers.
  • Crime no.45180078430 – On 23/07/2018 at 05:15, in Coleford Bridge Rd, Frimley. Mini digger (plant) has been stolen from front garden.  (Under investigation)

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Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2018: 2nd 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.45180076893 – Between 18/07/2018 from 00:20 to 19/07/2018 to 00:34, in Sullivan Rd, Camberley. Bicycle stolen but recovered by victim.
  • Crime no.45180075309 – On 15/07/2018 at 01:10, in Highland Road, Camberley. Vehicle has been egged for the fifth times in five weeks.
  • Crime no.45180077042 – On 19/07/2018, in Lancaster Drive, Camberley. Have thrown stones into garden smashing patio table top.
  • Crime no.45180074562 – On 13/07/2018 from 00:00 to 01:00, in London Rd, Camberley. Vehicle has been left unlocked and suspect has entered vehicle and stolen items from the vehicle.
  • Crime no.45180074919 – On 13/07/2018 from 10:00 to 17:00, in Upper Gordon Rd, Camberley. Cycle stolen from communal hallway
  • Crime no.45180075352 – On 15/07/2018 at 04:00, in Park Lane, Camberley. Ongoing ASB – group of males will be there until 4 am drinking, shouting and swearing they have been abusive to resident who came out to ask them to leave. Having an effect on all the neighbours (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180075143 – On 14/07/2018 at 00:00, in Coleford Bridge Road, Frimley. On-going issues further criminal damage has been caused.
  • Crime no.45180075342 – Between 14/07/2018 from 22:00 to 15/07/2018 at 09:00, in The Hatches, Frimley. Criminal damage to BMW 318 motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180076547 – On 24/06/2018 at 14:02, in Bartlett Place, Frimley. Criminal damage to Volvo V70 motor vehicle.
  • Crime no.45180075130 – On 14/07/2018 from 06:00 to 17:30, in Deepcut Bridge Road, Deepcut. Criminal damage to motor vehicle.
  • Crime no.45180075670 – Between 13/07/2018 from 16:00 to 16/07/2018 at 08:00, in Natwest, Frimley High St, Frimley. Approx half a tonne of lead stolen from front of roof
  • Crime no.45180077274 – On 19/07/2018 at 17:00, in The Parade, Frimley High St, Frimley. Pedal cycle stolen whilst victim was in the barbers
  • Crime no.45180077040 – Between 01/05/2013 from 08:00 to 20/05/2013 at 19:00, in All Saints Road, Lightwater. Between the times shown person/s unknown have broken in to aggrieved’s caravan by means unknown and have searched it taking a holdall from the wardrobe and removing aggrieved’s military service medals
  • Crime no.45180074576 – On 06/07/2018 at 06:30, in Gloucester Rd, Bagshot. Criminal damage to gate.
  • Crime no.45180075126 – On 14/07/2018 from 17:00 to 17:00, in Lightwater Country Park, Lightwater. Damage caused to fencing around all-weather pitches.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180076032 – On 15/07/2018 at 00:00, in Guildford Rd, West End. Hate crime – “pikey” written over the victim’s fence.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180075435 – On 15/07/2018 from 14:22 to 16:00, in Longacres Nursery, London Rd, Bagshot. Theft from motor vehicle
  • Crime no.45180075816 – Between 14/07/2018 from 12:00 to 16/07/2018 at 13:00, in Guildford Rd, Lightwater. Criminal damage to SEAT Ibiza motor vehicle.