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WOKING borough commander Detective Inspector Andy Greaves has said targeting drug-related crime is the priority for local police.

“Drugs are the threads that affects so much crime in the borough,” he told a community meeting in Knaphill last week.

Woking borough commander Detective Inspector Andy Greaves

DI Greaves said this included drug-related violence in the town centre, especially some of the takeaways in Chertsey Road and in surrounding streets where people had been stabbed and seriously injured.

“Walton Court in Sheerwater is a hub of criminal activity, including drug-dealing violence. We have obtained a number of closure orders to protect vulnerable residents from gangs coming in, particularly from London and South Coast.”

“Walton Court in Sheerwater is a hub of criminal activity, including drug-dealing violence. We have obtained a number of closure orders to protect vulnerable residents from gangs coming in, particularly from London and South Coast.”

The Knaphill meeting had been called because of concern about a rise in antisocial behaviour and thefts in the area. DI Greaves added that while reported crime had reduced by 1.5% since last year, there were significant spikes, including a 5.3% increase in drug-related violence and a 7.4% rise in domestic violence.

For the full story get the 14 March edition of the News & Mail

SURREY Police are increasing reassurance patrols around Woking’s mosque following the terrorist attack in New Zealand.

Neighbourhood officers are visiting the Shah Jahan Mosque as well as mosques in Camberley, Reigate and Redhill, and will be providing reassurance and advice to communities.

The Shah Jahan Mosque will see extra police patrols after anti-Islamic terrorist attack in New Zealand

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Head of the Surrey and Sussex Joint Operations Command said: “We stand together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand.

“Today in Surrey and Sussex we are stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.

“Places of worship can also use our online training package ‘ACT Awareness eLearning’ for advice on Protective Security and how to react should the worst happen. It can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/act-awareness-elearning.

“We also encourage everyone to be aware of our Run, Hide, Tell advice.

“We take all forms of extremism seriously and anyone with concerns about someone becoming radicalised can get advice and support through the PREVENT programme at www.TLAI.info.”

“We advise the public to remain vigilant. If you see or hear something suspicious, trust your instincts and ACT. Report it to police in confidence via gov.uk/ACT and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to police, in confidence via gov.uk/ACT or 0800 789 321. In an emergency the public should always call 999. If you get caught up in the event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.”

For more on this story see the 21 March edition on the News & Mail

JEWELLERY and antiques worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been stolen in a burglary in Woking.

Two rings and a pair of earrings were taken from a bedroom of the house in Hockering Road.

STOLEN: Bronze La Rosee figure

Two antique figures and a Georgian tea caddy were also taken.

One of the figures is a bronze La Rosee, possibly made in the late 19th century and 70cm (2ft 4in) tall, and the other a bronze winged statue, inscribed “H’Dailion” and measuring 50m (1ft 8in).

STOLEN: The yellow and white gold ring with sapphire

The jewellery consisted of a pair of diamond pendant earrings in platinum, handmade by Baileys of Horsell, an 18ct yellow and white gold claw set stone sapphire and diamond ring and a three-stone brilliant cut diamond claw set platinum ring.

A Surrey Police spokesman said that officers were called around 2.50pm on Monday this week after reports of a break-in.

“Have you been offered any jewellery or antiques for sale matching the descriptions above? If you have, or you can help us with any other information, please call 101 (999 in an emergency) and or report it online via http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore , quoting the reference number PR/45190014823,” he added.

For the full story and pictures get the 14 March edition of the News & Mail

YOUNG people who carry weapons have been warned they are putting themselves at risk of serious harm, during a national week of action to tackle knife crime.

Surrey Police say that while knife crime remains low locally, much of what does take place is related to drugs and gang activity, some of which spills over the border from London. The force says it is working hard to tackle and prevent the threat of “county lines” gangs who are using young people in local towns to spread their supply network.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro

“We must continue to raise awareness, particularly amongst young people, that carrying a blade can have fatal consequences. The message to those who carry a knife, or are thinking of carrying one, is that a knife does not protect you. It will make you more vulnerable placing you in danger of serious harm,” said the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, David Munro.

“We must ensure that education, social care and public health are all factored into our plans to work together to combat the underlying root causes which is why I am looking forward to seeing the county’s knife crime strategy in the next few weeks.”

Superintendent Peter Fulton, force lead for Violent Crime, said: “As part of our #OpSceptre campaign, we are giving people the opportunity to surrender their knives or weapons without fear of prosecution or questions being asked for one week only.

“Knife bins are located at police stations in Woking and Guildford until 17 March, to enable people to give up their weapons safely. Last year in Surrey there were two amnesties which resulted in a total of 166 weapons being handed in.”

Anyone with information on knife crime should call 101 or report online. In an emergency always dial 999.

For the full story get the 14 March edition of the News & Mail

A SUCCESSFUL meeting of Knaphill residents addressed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and the police borough commander, could lead to regular similar gatherings across Woking.

DI Andy Greaves addressing the meeting on Monday

The meeting at Knaphill Baptist Church on Monday evening was organised by borough councillor Melanie Whitehand and attended by more than 40 residents who heard presentations from David Munro, the PCC, and Detective Inspector Andy Greaves.

Topics discussed included a perceived increase in anti-social behaviour and burglaries in the area.

The PCC said that the police neighbourhood teams would be doubled in size after the increase in the police precept part of the 2019/20 council tax.

“People say they don’t see enough officers and the reason is that there aren’t enough of them because we haven’t got the money to pay for them.

“One of our aims is to get back on the streets with the resources we’ve got. Antisocial behaviour is sometimes called a low-level crime but it isn’t low level at all to people who suffer it.”

DI Greaves said a good way of dealing with youths causing disruption to residents and businesses was for the local authority to issue a public space protection order. This order could then be enforced if breached, as the police had to follow a process, especially when dealing with children.

For the full story get the 7 March edition of the News & Mail – for more on tackling knife crime, see the 14 March edition available this Thursday

A MAN from Sheerwater who bound and gagged an elderly woman before robbing her of jewellery worth around £50,000 has been jailed.

Adrian Kosmider, 25 of Dartmouth Avenue, Sheerwater, broke into a property on Fordbridge Road, Sunbury-on-Thames in the early hours of 16 December 2018 while the victim, aged 82 was sleeping. He pleaded guilty to the offence at Guildford Crown Court on 7 February and was sentenced to eight years in prison on 28 February.

Adrian Kosmider has been jailed for eight years for robbery

He bound and gagged his victim using her own clothes before warning her not to move or make a sound otherwise she would be killed.

The offence had a profound effect on the victim, who feels she has lost her independence.

The victim said in a statement in January: “I feel that since the incident I have physically slowed down significantly.  I feel cold at different times and don’t have the confidence I used to have.”

Investigating officer PC Charlotte Irwin said: “This was a truly harrowing experience for the victim and she is still suffering in the aftermath of the attack.

“People have been in her home and her bedroom at night and those places are sacred for anyone. 

“I am delighted that he has pleaded guilty to this offence and spared her the anxiety of a full trial.”

The police are still looking for a second person who may have been involved in the robbery.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or report it online via http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore quoting reference PR/45180133422.

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/

For more advice on how to keep your property safe, visit:www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/

For the full story get the 7 March edition of the News & Mail

A MOTHER and her six-year-old daughter left a Knaphill pub just before a car crashed through the wall and wrecked the table where they had been sitting.

Two other customers were showered with broken glass as the front of the people carrier ended up in the Royal Oak’s dining area.

Royal Oak landlord Mark McDermott by the hole in the wall

“The mum and daughter had finished their meal and left about three minutes before the crash,” the landlord, Mark McDermott, told the News & Mail.

He said that the car driver had apparently parked at the front of the pub to collect his son from a nearby house. It was unclear what had caused the vehicle to surge forward into the wall.

The police were called and told Mr McDermott to evacuate the pub, as the building might be unsafe. He was allowed to re-open at 9.30pm, after the dining area was cordoned off.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call the police on 101, quoting reference PR/P19036867.

For the full story get the 21 Feb edition of the News & Mail

POLICE hunting the killers of a Surrey family gunned down in the French Alps have held a joint news conference at Woking Police Station.

Surrey Police are assisting French detectives in the hunt for the brutal killers of Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, her mother Suhaila Al-Allaf and a man who may have witnessed the bloodbath.

Mr and Mrs Al-Hilli, from Claygate, were shot dead in their BMW while on a caravan holiday near Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of the country on the border with Switzerland and Italy.

GUNNED DOWN - Iraq-born Saad Al-Hilli

GUNNED DOWN – Iraq-born Saad Al-Hilli

The couple’s four-year-old daughter Zeena hid under the body of her mother for eight hours before being discovered by French police unharmed.

Zeena’s seven-year-old sister Zainab suffered severe injuries after being shot and beaten around the head.

She is expected to make a full recovery after doctors brought her out of a medically-induced coma on Sunday.

Senior French detectives flew to Britain on Friday to visit the couple’s home while forensic experts carried out a full search of the property.

Baghdad-born Mr Al-Hilli worked for Surrey Satellites Technology Limited near Guildford.

Police are working on a number of theories including that the family may have been murdered by a professional assassin or been the victims of an attempted car-jacking.

Colonel Marc de Tarle, of the Gendarmerie, said: “The French delegation is here in England under the direction of the French Prosecutor, who requests international assistance from Great Britain in relation to a crime committed in France.

“What I can tell you is that our co-operation is very good and the British Police are making a due effort both in human and technical terms.

“I thank the British Police for its great support. Our arrival has been prepared by the services of the French Embassy. The investigation will be difficult and complex.”

Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Rob Price said: “This is a French-led investigation. I would like to assure members of the public that Surrey Police will be providing all possible support for this complex investigation.

“As you are already aware we have provided specialist search teams to carry out thorough checks at an address in Claygate and we have also provided a family liaison officer to assist members of the family involved both in France and the UK.

“We are also working with our partners, both locally and internationally, to manage the longer-term impact of this tragic incident.”

French investigators plan to interview Mr Al-Hilli’s brother Zaid after it emerged there may have been a disagreement over a family inheritence.

On Sunday it also emerged that a friend of the family was also helping detectives with the investigation at Woking Police Station.

Italian and Swiss Police have also joined the hunt for a green coloured Peugeot seen speeding away from the scene of the killings.

CHARGED - a man from Pirbright remains in custody

CHARGED – a man from Pirbright remains in custody

POLICE have charged a man following an attempted rape in Woking on Friday.

Mark Scully, 37, of Gole Road, Pirbright, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Monday (July 30).

Police were called in the early hours of Friday morning after a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in Greenheys Place, off White Rose Lane, near the train station.

The victim was travelling by train from London Waterloo just before midnight yesterday, when she was approached by the suspect.

After both alighting at Woking railway station at around 12.30am this morning the suspect offered to help the woman home.

She was led to a wooded area where she was attacked, leaving her with injuries to her face and neck.

The victim stopped for help at a nearby address and when officers attended the scene an area of woodland was cordoned off allowing police to conduct forensic inquires.

This morning officers arrested a man in his 30s from Pirbright in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number WK/12/4488 or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to give information anonymously.

ARREST - a man from Pirbright remains in custody

ARREST – a man from Pirbright remains in custody

A MAN from Pirbright has been arrested in connection with an attempted rape in Woking.

Police were called in the early hours of this morning after a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in Greenheys Place, off White Rose Lane, near the train station.

The victim was travelling by train from London Waterloo just before midnight yesterday, when she was approached by the suspect.

After both alighting at Woking railway station at around 12.30am this morning the suspect offered to help the woman home.

She was led to a wooded area where she was attacked, leaving her with injuries to her face and neck.

The victim stopped for help at a nearby address and when officers attended the scene an area of woodland was cordoned off allowing police to conduct forensic inquires.

This morning officers arrested a man in his 30s from Pirbright in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody.

Detective sergeant Eddie Poole, of Surrey Police, said: “This was a violent attack on a woman who was simply trying to make her way home from an evening out.

“Surrey Police has specially trained officers who work with victims of sexual assault and we are doing everything we can to ensure her welfare. Officers have been working through the night and have arrested a suspect.

“Inquiries will continue today and I am appealing to anyone who was traveling to, from, or past, Woking railway station between the hours of midnight and 1am last night to contact police.

“I am also asking anyone who was out in the area around Oriental Road, Heathside Crescent and Greenheys Place and who may have seen or heard anything to come forward and speak to us.”

CCTV footage has been reviewed and officers have carried out house-to-house inquiries along neighbouring roads.

The suspect is described as a white man approximately six foot tall, of slender but muscular build with a shaved head.

He was wearing light coloured trousers, a long sleeved top with a motif on the front and carrying a black rucksack.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number WK/12/4488 or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to give information anonymously.