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Teenage Murderer Obsessed with Horror Characters – 03/10/14
A court has heard how the 17 year old who stabbed and partially dismembered his girlfriend was obsessed with horror films and in particular the serial killer character Dexter. Steven Miles, who was 16 at the time of the attack, stabbed 17 year old Elizabeth Thomas in the body and head with such force that the knife became embedded in her skull. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years.
Fridge Causes Restaurant Fire – 02/10/14A restaurant in Oxted suffered extensive damage when a fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Emergency services were called to the Gurkha Kitchen restaurant in Station Road East at around 4.30am after reports of the fire were received. The fire was promptly extinguished and the cause was attributed to a faulty fridge in the kitchen. Nobody was hurt in the incident but the kitchen has sustained severe smoke damage.
17 Year Old Pleads Guilty to Murder – 12/09/14
A 17 year old boy from Edenbridge has pleaded guilty to murdering fellow student Elizabeth Thomas on January 24 this year. Steven Miles killed Elizabeth in a property in Amy Road, Oxted by stabbing her. He will be sentenced on October 2.
Woman Dies When Car Hits Tree – 19/05/14
A 24 year old woman has died after her car crashed into a tree in Lingfield. Vicki Reid from Oxted, the mother of a two year old boy, was driving along Godstone Road at around 3.30am on Friday when her Ford Fiesta left the road, crashing through a hedge before hitting a tree. Emergency services responded quickly but Miss Reid was pronounced dead at the scene.
Young Couple Die in Car Crash - 01/05/14
Family and friends of a young couple who died in a tragic accident have paid tribute to the inseperable lovers. 26 year old Lee Palmer and his fiancee 20 year old Hannah Sanders were on their way to their new flat when tragedy struck on a sharp bend in Titsey Road, Oxted. Their Renault Clio which was being driven by Miss Sanders collided with a Toyota travelling in the opposite direction and both of the youngsters died. The couple both worked at the Morrisons Supermarket in Oxted and their death has left fellow staff members devastated.
Schoolboy Stabbed in Neck - 19/02/14
A 14 year old boy from Caterham who attended St Bedes School in Redhill hasbeen killed at a flat in Grays, Essex. Breck Bednar from Caterham was pronounced dead at the flat in Rosebery Road, Grays after police were called at around 11am on Monday. 18 year old computer engineer Lewis Daynes has been charged with his murder.
Teenage Student Murdered – 27/01/14
The Oxted community have been stunned by a schoolgirl's murder at a property near the town centre. 17 year old Elizabeth Thomas' body was found at around 5.20pm last Friday in a property in Amy Road and a later post-mortem confirmed that she had died from a stab wound. A 16 year old boy known as Steven Miles has been arrested on suspicion of murder and detained under the Mental Health Act.
Fight at Racecourse – 3/12/13
Police were called to Lingfield Racecourse in the early hours of Sunday morning after a huge fight broke out at a Christmas party. Two companies were holding their staff parties at the function venue when an argument started between the groups. Security staff quickly stepped in and halted the fight, moving one of the groups to the Marriott hotel situated within the racecourse grounds at around 11pm. However, the other party moved on to the hotel at around 1am after their function had finished and the two groups resumed the fighting, with approximately 30 individuals involved. The hotel staff called police who arrived in six cars and a police van and broke the fight up. Two members of staff were injured during the fracas, one requiring hospital treatment.
Local Business Fined for Dumping – 27/09/13
A local, family run business has been fined £15,000 for illegally dumping waste in East Grinstead. Martell’s had been given permission to fill in an area of disused land behind their warehouse in Charlwoods Road. However, the company received £30 a time to allow 350 lorry loads of waste from other companies to be dumped at the site. In addition to the company fine, managing director Charlie Martell was fined £2000 and the company must foot the bill to clean up the site.
Coffee Shop Owner Innocent – 26/09/13
The owner of a coffee shop in Oxted who was accused of raping a woman in his car has been found not guilty at Chichester Crown Court. 53 year old Terry Sleet of Sheridan Place in East Grinstead was charged with rape after he offered the 21 year old student a lift back from Brighton and ended up having sexual intercourse with her in his car. The girl claimed that she had not consented and was too drunk to be responsible for her actions. However, after the prosecution had made their case in court, the defence made an application of ‘no case to answer’ which was successful and the judge directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict.
Novice Pilot Dies in Horrific Crash – 04/09/13
The pilot whose microlight aircraft plummeted to the ground shortly after take-off at Redhill Aerodrome last week has been named as David Marjason, a chartered surveyor from Oxted. It has been revealed that Mr Marjason had only acquired his pilot’s licence recently and had joined a syndicate of three other flyers who owned the Rans S-6 microlight four months ago. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown, although eye witnesses claim that there was some form of engine failure.
Supermarket Expansion Plans Cause Mixed Emotions – 10/11/12
Morrisons announced plans to significantly increase the size of it's Oxted store this week and received mixed feedback from local residents and business owners. The new planning application would mean expanding the existing store over it's service yard and car park, whilst enlarging the existing car park to accommodate more cars. Whilst many local people are pleased that the growth would create new jobs and bring more people to the town, there are concerns that an increased range of non-food products could impact on other local businesses.
Private Firm Get Fire Contract – 26/10/12
Having closed down several full time fire stations and re-allocated emergency response responsibilities, Surrey County Council announced on Tuesday that it will hire the services of a private company to offer support to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Specialist Group International based in Dorking are experts in search and rescue and will be employed full time to support the fire service in emergencies such as underwater searches and cliff-side rescue. The deal was approved by the council's cabinet but was met with disappoinment by the Fire Brigades Union who claim that the money spent on the private service should have been invested in the fire service itself.
Coffee Shop Owner Filmed Woman On Toilet – 5/10/12
The owner of an Oxted coffee shop appeared at Redhill Magistrates Court on Monday accused of voyeurism after he admitted to filming a female customer using the toilet in his café. 52 year old Terry Sleet of Sheridan Place in East Grinstead who owns Robertsons in Station Road West, Oxford had deliberately moved one of the CCTV cameras so that it was pointing at the toilet. A security guard discovered the camera and alerted police. Sleet was released on bail pending a report from the Probation Service.
School Unveils New Sports Hall – 3/10/12
Oxted School opened its new sports hall this week after a £275,000 refit. New features of the hall include spring-loaded flooring, new lighting, new cricket nets and modernised changing rooms. The school hope that the fabulous new facility, £125000 of which was funded through the National Lottery, will not only encourage pupils at the school to participate in a wider range of sports, but will also attract many local clubs to use the facilities.
Surrey Police Shun Outsourcing Proposal – 13/09/12
Following a consultation period, Surrey Police Authority have chosen not to outsource any of their services to private security companies. The original proposal was tabled in July when the annual government grant for policing was cut by 20% and reccomendations made that police authorities should outsource some administration functions to the private sector. One of the security firms pitching for the business was G4S, the security company who failed to supply enough security personnel for the Olympic games, which was a factor in the decision not to proceed with the plans.
Oxted Teenager Killed in Boating Accident – 24/7/12
A 14 year old school boy from Oxted has died after falling from a boat just off the Isle of Wight. Charlie Hutton was on a rigid inflatable boat with his father and two friends last Friday, when he fell off the boat and was hit by the propellor. He was rushed to Southampton General Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Another of the boys also fell from the boat and sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Graffiti Vandal Jailed – 26/6/12
An unemployed man who was caught graffitiing garages has been jailed for six weeks at Redhill Magistrates Court. 27 year old Callum Parker of Boulthurst Way in Oxted was caught red-handed spray painting graffiti on garages in Hurst Green last Wednesday after residents called police.
East Surrey Hospital One of 10 Worst in Country – 29/3/12
East Surrey Hospital received a damning report this week as it was labelled one of the 10 worst hospitals in England for diagnostic waiting times and patient referral waiting times according to an NHS review. An NHS survey also revealed that staff at the hospital were poorly motivated and nearly half of all staff had witnessed potentially harmful errors in the month that the survey was conducted. However, claims that the hospital are struggling financially have been refuted by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare Trust who run the hospital and say that they will start the new financial year owing no money and planning new improvement projects.
Olympics Cabinet Members Sacked – 09/03/12
Two senior councillors at Surrey County Council have been sacked from the cabinet after it was revealed that they both had financial interests in a potentially conflicting company. Denise Saliagopoulis and Ian Lake were told on Tuesday that they were no longer required after it emerged that they were both directors of Charter House Chancery, a company that provides hospitality packages for large events such as the Olympics. Both have been referred to the Council’s Standards Committee although they both deny that they have done anything wrong.
Council Prepared for Winter – 10/11/11
Surrey County Council aren't taking any chances with the bad weather this Winter and have invested heavily in ensuring that they will no t be caught out by snow and ice again. The council have bought 24 new gritting vehicles, taking their fleet up to 40 vehicles, and have stock-piled 17000 tons of salt - an increaae of 4000 tons on last year. These new measures will ensure that more roads can be cleared and kept safe in the event of another heavy snow period.
Repeat Offender Jailed – 18/10/11
A 26 year old man has been jailed for assault after he attacked shoppers and a police officer in Oxted. Callum Parker had been released from prison on the morning of October 11 and later that afternoon he committed his latest crimes whilst drunk. He was sentenced to complete the 87 days remaining from his previous sentence as well as an additional 4 months for the assaults.
Lingfield Man Crowned Superbike Champion – 12/10/11
26 year old Tommy Hill was crowned British Superbike Champion last weekend, completing a lifelong dream for him and his family. The Lingfield speedster won the title in the very last race at Brands Hatch by six 1/1000th of a second.
Former Police Officer Jailed – 9/9/11
A former East Grinstead police office who had held the post of acting sergeant has been jailed for sharing images of child pornography. 26 year old Philip Savidge pleaded guilty to 42 offences of making and distributing indecent images of children and was jailed for 27 months. Investigators uncovered more than 54,000 indecent images including 1681 level 5 images which are considered to be the most extreme examples. Savidge had shared his sickening work via file-sharing websites where he used the name babypass2004.
Landowner Jailed for Terror Campaign – 8/9/11
The landowner who engineered a persistent terror campaign against a couple was jailed for 3 years. 58 year old Mikhail Semenyuk from Oxted denied all charges but was convicted of blackmail and a threat to kill relating to the threats he had made against Stuart and Carol Barnett at their home in Newchapel Road, Lingfield.
58 Year Old Accused of Terror Campaign - 04/08/11
A 58 year old Ukranian man stands accused of launching a hate campaign against a man and his wife after being refused planning permission in a field adjacent to the couple’s Lingfield home. Mikhail Semenyuk denies organising hate mail and threatening to have Stuart and Carol Barnett killed and he also denies having anything to do with a horrific attack on Mr Barnett where a chemical was sprayed into the victim’s face. The trial continues at Guildford Crown Court.
Local Charity Awarded Queen’s Award – 07/07/11
Oxted & District LINK has been awarded the Queen’s Award for voluntary service as collective recognition of the contribution it makes to the community. The charity was founded in 1973 following local transport cuts to drive local residents to essential appointments at hospitals, doctors, opticians etc. The charity is entirely run by 150 volunteers who man the phones and drive the vehicles.
New Mobile Police Service - 03.06.11
Surrey police have announced plans to launch a new Mobile Counter service this month. The move comes following the closure of many local stations across the county due to a reduced need for stand alone police stations. The new service will visit 12 locations including Oxted, Lingfield, Capel and Horley on a fixed timetable giving local residents a more convenient way of speaking with police.
Teenagers Arrested for Burglary - 24.05.11
Two teenage boys have been arrested for a series of burglaries in the Oxted area. The boys, aged 15 and 16 were arrested in connection witha burglary at The Factory Store in Station Road East. The boys, from Hurst Green, are also suspected of committing several house burglaries in the area.
Elderly Woman Hit by Coach - 05.03.11
A road was closed and an elderly woman rushed to hospital with serious head and chest injuries after being struck by a coach. The accident happened on the A25 at East Hill in Oxted at around 4pm on Thursday afternoon. The police were forced to close the road in both directions, causing lengthy tailbacks for motorists.
Oxted Retailers Say NO to Parking Charges - 15.02.11
Oxted & Limpsfield Residents Group has teamed up with the Oxted Chamber of Commerce to oppose Surrey County Council's plans to impose parking charges throughout the town. The Council want to place 329 pay and display machines at parking spaces in Oxted, which retailers claim will have a detrimental effect on business by turning shoppers away.
Yobs Kill Peacock - 29.01.11
A distraught peacock owner claims that one of his magnificent birds was killed by yobs firing a catapult. Juan Sanchez, who lives in Bullbeggars Lane, Godstone, noticed that one of his birds was missing last Friday and then spotted that his cars had also been damaged apparently by stones fired at high-velocity. The dead peacock was discovered nearby after leaving a trail of blood.
Motorcyclist Injured on Icy Roads - 27.01.11
A motorcyclist crashed his bike in Westerham Road, Oxted on Wednesday morning after skidding on black ice. Local residents and motorists have claimed for many years that the stretch of road is dangerous and prone to poor conditions in cold weather.
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