MORE than 130 people were stopped and searched by police at Woking railway station after possible signs of drugs were found by sniffer dogs.

Nine arrests were made during Operation Barricade last week. Four weapons were seized, eight people were given warnings over drugs and four were reported for summons to appear in court. Stolen property worth £300 was recovered.

The five-day Operation Barricade was an initiative led by Detective Inspector Andrew Greaves, the Woking Borough Commander, into one of the greatest scourges in the area.

Police officers and a sniffer dog on patrol at Woking rail station as part of Operation Barricade

Det Insp Greaves, who took over the role last summer, said that tackling drug supply and its associated violence, was his main priority.

He said drug dealing and consumption had various knock-on effects, from violence between dealers to burglaries by drug users to fund their habit.

“A smartly dressed gentleman walked past our dog on the station platform during Operation Barricade and said words to the effect of ‘why aren’t you out catching burglars?’ If I had been able to go up and talk to him, I would have explained how drug dealing and crimes such as burglaries are linked,” Det Insp Greaves said.

For the full story, see the 20 December edition of the Woking News & Mail  

A PIRBRIGHT father has been jailed for nearly five-and-a-half years after sexually assaulting a woman in Woking town centre.

Mark Scully, 37, of Gole Road, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (Friday) after being found guilty on one count of sexual assault by penetration at a previous hearing on March 22.

Eight men and four women found the civil servant guilty of the attack on a 30-year-old woman, which happened in a wooded copse near Green Hayes Place at around 12.30am on July 27, 2012.

Scully was on a train travelling from London Waterloo when he approached the victim, who was a passenger, and offered to help her home after she missed her station.

JAILED - Mark Scully was sentenced to five-and-a-half years

JAILED – Mark Scully was sentenced to five-and-a-half years

He claimed to want to help her by getting her a taxi.

The victim and offender got off the train at Woking station and Scully led the woman to the scene of the crime where he sexually assaulted her, causing facial and neck injuries.

Detective Constable Tim Budd of the Surrey Police Sexual Offences Investigation Team said: “The outcome today demonstrates the defendant has been identified as a predatory sexual offender. His premeditated actions are those of a nightmare which became a reality for this victim and instead of being the knight in shining armour Scully had portrayed himself as, his actions were those of a violent offender.

“He has shown no remorse throughout the trial and his demeanour before the court has demonstrated his lack of humanity.

“This has been a lengthy, indepth investigation involving many officers including specialists trained to work with victims of sexual offences, CID officers, members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team and colleagues from British Transport Police. I hope that today’s outcome will go some way to providing the victim with the strength to pick up the pieces of her life and put this traumatic experience aside.

“She is to be congratulated on her courage and fortitude in the manner in which she has supported the police investigation and I would encourage any alleged victim to come forward and report any similar incidents. Surrey Police treats all allegations of rape and sexual assault extremely seriously.

“Our priority is victim care and people need to feel confident that if they come forward and report an offence we can help. We have a dedicated investigation team for such crime and the dedicated unit works to obtain best evidence. We also work closely with our partner agencies including the NHS with whom Surrey Police has a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.”

FORMER Woking mayor Rosie Sharpley enjoyed a day she’ll remember for the rest of her life when she went to Windsor Castle last week to receive her MBE medal from The Queen.

Rosie said: “Her Majesty’s opening comment to me was: ‘Well, you didn’t have far to come’.

“It was a truly memorable occasion in the most lovely setting with masses of primroses leading up the slopes to the castle.”

Rosie’s services to the community have been second to none, and when she heard she was being made an MBE in the New Year Honours, she modestly said: “I was very surprised and humbled. However, I feel the privilege has always been mine to be in such a position to help others.”

Although she is self-effacing about her ability to focus on the good, recognise a need and get something done about it, those in the know recognise her remarkable achievements and think she has certainly earned her place as a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Rosie said: “The Queen is truly amazing – she has the skill to effortlessly glean the maximum information from each person as she fixes you with those wonderful deep blue, enquiring eyes.

“She asked me in which order I fulfilled the roles of being a nurse, magistrate and a councillor.

“When I said I did them all at the same time, she asked: ‘How did you manage all that?’ I explained it was merely a matter of organising things around a shift pattern, and said that doing a wide range of duties left me privileged in having a unique insight into the lives of local people.

“The ceremony was a very private and intimate occasion and Her Majesty was wearing the beautiful brooch – a basket of flowers with gems petals – I always used to draw as a child, never thinking that I would ever see it for real.”

Rosie has loved Woking ever since she and her husband Jamie moved to Alterton Close after they married 36 years ago.

She said: “We were pioneers of the then very new Goldsworth Park in 1977.”

As well as being a dedicated nurse since 1969 and a Liberal Democrat councillor since 1988 until her retirement in 2011, she is still, and has been, a magistrate since 1989. She was also Woking mayor in 1993-94.

Rosie, who has two children and is an avid fan of Woking Football Club, has always put people before politics.

She said: “These duties have enabled me to channel local needs. Anything I have done has been specific to Woking. As mayor I concentrated on the needs of children.”

And the first thing she did when arriving back from Windsor was go straight to Woking Walk-in Centre, where she had worked for many years, to show her medal to some of her friends and former colleagues who presented her with a bouquet and celebration tea.

Rosie said: “I’ll remember the day forever.”

THE dust has yet to settle, but already the council are at odds over who should receive credit for the installation and design of the new Bedser Bridge.

The sparkling new walkway was opened to the public on Monday, with building work carried out alongside the construction of the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Centre in Brewery Road.

Leader of the council John Kingsbury has already expressed his delight at the path’s opening and believes the bridge plays a vital role in linking Horsell with the town centre.

He said: “During the design process, we listened and acted upon residents’ concerns which led to a bridge we should all be proud of, and is good for local residents, good for town centre businesses and good for visitors to Woking.”

But his comments struck a nerve with Lib Dem councillors who feel it was their input, and not that of the council’s Conservative contingent, who helped shape the design and construction of the bridge.

Cllr Ann-Marie Barker (right) said: “The initial design looked more like a concrete bridge you’d see going over a motorway.

“It was only after a huge petition of more than 2,000 responses that the leader of the council turned around and said this needs to change.

“It took a long time and a lot of action from residents to get the design changed, but now I think the bridge fits nicely into its

“It is very accessible, thanks to the new split-level design.”

The bridge was named in honour of Horsell cricket heroes Alec and Eric Bedser.

Alec was a former England international and previous chairman of selectors for the national squad before his death back in 2010.

Twin brother Eric, who died in 2006, was only selected once by his country but is regarded as one of the best English bowlers of the 20th century.

The council is currently in the process of commissioning two statues, one of each twin, that will be incorporated on plinths either side of the canal. The bridge will also allow split-level access to the WWF’s Living Planet Centre once complete.

The centre, along with the rest of Brewery Road car park, is set to open later this year.

Woking 5
AFC Telford 2

HAT-TRICK hero Bradley Bubb helped see Woking over the 50 point line in a game that threatened to turn sour.

Bubb fired Woking into a third minute lead before a Jayden Stockley strike doubled Cards’ advantage.

Bubb struck again before the break to the hosts a seemingly insurmountable three goal cushion but goals from Steve Jones and Aaron Williams meant Woking were sweating heading into time added on.

It all looked too close for comfort until Telford keeper Ryan Young fouled Jack Parkinson and Bubb completed his hat-trick from the spot.

Kevin Betsy added a coat of gloss to the score line when he intercepted a back pass and rounded Young to make it five and wrap up all three points.

Hill was thrilled to see his side smash the 50 points barrier which he believes will keep them in the division.

“That’s what me and Steve Thompson set out as number one,” explained Hill. “It is a good achievement there is no doubt about that.

“It’s guaranteed us going forward to next year and there’s still nine games to play so another 27 points on offer.”

“We made hard work of it. I can’t be too disappointed because we’ve got three points and five goals but we’ve played better this season and not got points out of matches.

“At the end of the day it’s a results business and we got what we needed.”

Woking 1 Mansfield 2

CONTROVERSY reigned at Kingfield last night after an attack on the away team dressing room.

A Woking fan was believed to have thrown a brick through a window and into the room where Mansfield were celebrating a smash and grab victory over the Cards.

But Woking chairman Mike Smith later issued a statement confirming that no brick had been hurled and the supporter had used his hand to break the glass.

SPOT ON - Bradley Bubb celebrates his penalty leveller Picture by: David Holmes

SPOT ON – Bradley Bubb celebrates his penalty leveller Picture by: David Holmes

Mr Smith said:  “Following last night’s Blue Square Bet Premier home game against Mansfield Town, an individual home supporter, who was exiting the stadium broke the window to the away team dressing room with his hand.

“Stories about a brick being thrown are untrue. Mansfield officials and players were inside the room and thankfully, no one was injured.

“For reasons of personal safety and in the interests of wider safety and crowd management, ground operations staff and security removed the individual from the situation, as Mansfield players and officials understandably reacted. Order was quickly restored.

“On behalf of Woking Football Club and its supporters, I apologised to the directors, players and officials of Mansfield Town, which was accepted.

“The individual responsible is known to the club as a season ticket holder and has had the privilege removed. In addition, he has also been informed he is no longer welcome at the club. Woking Football Club has also referred the matter to Surrey Police.

“This kind of behaviour is repulsive and deplorable to all proper fans of football. It has no place in football or at Kingfield.”

Mansfield keeper Alan Marriott, who allegedly suffered a small cut, tweeted: “Something defo came through the window and got me!”

But he also said he didn’t believe the object used to smash the glass was a brick.

Mansfield manager Paul Cox said: “Thankfully Alan was facing the other direction and only suffered a small cut. The shards of glass were huge and someone could have been blinded or scarred for life.”

Cox claimed he had also been spat at and said: “It went straight into my eye. I wouldn’t accept that on the street so I am not accepting that just because I am a football manager.”

Bradley Bubb’s 69th-minute penalty cancelled out Louis Briscoe’s strike but Matt Jones popped up with a winner 13 minutes from time to leave Woking empty handed.

WHILE children revelled in a winter Woking wonderland as schools closed early, people travelling to and from work were battling the blizzards.

Angry commuters were left frustrated by South West Trains’ revised timetables.

But even though service alterations were made before a single flake of snow had fallen, councillor Ann-Marie Barker reckons SWT’s pre-emptive action just about struck the right balance.

She said: “I asked a few people about the changes when they were announced on Thursday and I got mixed reviews. There was a lot of division and some people thought it was a terrible idea to be cancelling trains before the snow had hit.

HAVING A BALL - Liz Perera with sons Oliver, four, and William, seven

HAVING A BALL – Liz Perera with sons Oliver, four, and William, seven

“There were no trains first thing on Friday and only two an hour after that, as opposed to four or five.

“On balance it makes sense to run less trains if they can assure they run on time. I think a lot of people had decided not to go into work on Monday so it would have been easier to cope.”

When the snow did fall on Friday, it came down fast and furiously.

Schools across the borough were hit by closures, resulting in a white nightmare for working parents but powdered delight for youngsters.

As the snow eased on Sunday and Monday, temperatures remained icy and it wasn’t much joy for students sitting exams who were forced to battle their way to school or college, otherwise they would have to wait until the summer to take them.

Surrey Police’s Nicola Bur-ress confirmed that, despite early warnings, the force had an influx of calls as icy roads got the better of Woking’s drivers.

A statement said: “Without going through every call, we did experience an increase in the number of calls reporting collisions due to snow and ice on Friday – our advice to motorists was not to travel unless absolutely essential.”

The snow was back with a vengeance on Tuesday evening, with Woking FC having to cancel their game despite fans pitching up on Monday to help clear the Kingfield ground.

SOMEONE up there did not want this game to be played.

Despite the unparalleled effort of fans, the expert and precision decision making of the ground staff, plus all the will in Woking, Cards could not fulfil their Blue Square Premier meeting with Newport County on Tuesday.

A blanket of snow was carefully rolled off the Kingfield turf on Tuesday and, when match officials arrived at the ground at around 5.30pm, the pitch was deemed playable.

But a violent and unrelenting snow storm arrived to ruin the party, undoing all the volunteers’ efforts in a matter of minutes.

By 7pm the game had been chalked off – just the latest casualty in a long list of matches to be claimed by the freezing temperatures.

Garry Hill’s hopes were dashed as the green turf disappeared under a fresh coat of powder.

He also expressed his gratitude to the fans who helped give this fixture a fighting chance.

He said: “I feel so sorry for the supporters and everyone who have put in so much hard work earlier in the week. What I have learned at Woking is that we are all in it together.

“You’ve seen that response and that effort in the fans trying to get this game on. They all played their part and that is an encouraging sign for Woking.

“It’s unfortunate because there has been a lot of work put into this game by everyone connected with the club.

“The chairman, the directors, the supporters – everyone has put in such a great effort – and the groundsman has done brilliantly to get the pitch in perfect playing order at 6pm. It looked a treat – but all of a sudden the sky opened and the snow came down.

“It’s disappointing that we’ve now got to arrange the game for a later date.”

Hill’s primary concern is the prospect of a trip to in-form Kidderminster on Saturday, having not played a competitive game since the 1-0 win over Ebbsfleet on January 13.

Steve Burr’s Harriers will not be the same team who shared the spoils at Kingfield in November – but Hill urged fans not to forget Cards’ recent run heading into Saturday.

Kidderminster have rocketed up the table after losing their first five games of the season.

Burr’s side now occupy the final play-off place, and sit just six points off top spot.

But Hill pointed to the Cards’ recent upturn in fortunes and said: “They are a good side and are arguably as good as any we’ve played this season.

“It will be a very tough game for us because I think they’ve only lost something like two in their last 20 league games.

“They are flying but we’re not going too badly ourselves at the moment so hopefully we’ll get a good result.”

A BRAVE panto star came to the rescue of a real damsel in distress in a Christmas Day drama that could have ended in disaster.

Michael Pickering, 27, who plays the lead in the New Victoria Theatre’s smash hit rendition of Dick Whittington, became a real life hero when he and fellow star Dewayne Jameson Adams, 28, stumbled across a woman lying unconcsious in the canal.

But none of their stage training could have prepared them for what they found.

HEROES - Michael Pickering (left) and Dewayne Jameson Adams

HEROES – Michael Pickering (left) and Dewayne Jameson Adams Picture by: Tony Charters

Michael said: “It was quite a scary situation and the adrenalin kicked in straight away. We could easily have walked past and not found her – it could have been dreadful.”

The pair were walking back to Michael’s digs in Horsell after grabbing some dinner in the town centre.

As they crossed the canal at the bridge near the Lightbox they heard a faint cry for help.

Michael went on: “There was a bit of confusion when we first heard the call. We knew something wasn’t right and it was only after we’d taken another 10 paces that we agreed to go back and make sure everything was all right.”

With understandable caution the duo left the main road and made their way towards the source of the distress call.

Dewayne added: “We thought we were going to get mugged. At this time of year you never know what is going to happen, we couldn’t see anything but we knew we had to at least check.”

On the towpath they found a very anxious man who claimed his friend had fallen into the canal. Without hesitation the pair began scanning the edge of the water and the banks for the woman.

Dewayne said: “I had to use the light from my phone to find her and that’s when we saw her lying face down, up to her waist in the water.

“The woman was unconscious and we had no idea how long she had been there.” Dewayne, part of the Dick Whittington ensemble, immediately ordered the man to call 999.

But the pair were not out of the woods yet. Michael and Dewayne made sure the woman did not sink any further into the murky waters but their rescue soon hit a snag.

“We had no time to waste but we couldn’t move her because there was no way of telling if she was injured,” said Michael. Eventually the woman, named only as Debbie, came around and confirmed that she was fit enough to be moved.

The heroes slid down to the water’s edge, pulled the woman from the freezing canal and safeguarded the victim until an ambulance arrived eight minutes later.

Dewayne said: “The fact that both of us were there was a blessing.

“There is no way either of us could have pulled her away from the canal without the other.”

The modest pair even played down their festive heroics. Dewayne said: “We were never just going to walk on – that’s not my mentality. I’m just happy and grateful we were there to help.”

And Michael added: “It’s not a situation you ever want to find yourself in and, for me, it was a case of the right place, right time, with the right two people.”

Woking 1
Stockport County 0

ADAM DOYLE glanced home an 85th-minute winner as Cards made it back-to-back victories and clean sheets in the Blue Square Premier.

The defender’s header five minutes from time kept Garry Hill’s men on the road to recovery, ensuring they followed up the midweek victory at Lincoln with another three points.

Brett Williams could have put Woking in control as early as the second minute but a rasping drive cannoned back off the underside of the bar.

WINNER – Adam Doyle celebrates his late goal against Stockport County

The Reading loanee then blazed well over with the goal at his mercy and it looked as if the Cards, for all their productivity in the final third, would fail to find the crucial goal.

But with time ticking away Doyle popped up to lift his side back into the top half of the table.

Hill said: “We are starting to realise that we have to do the ugly side of the game.

“We’ve had to work hard and sort a few things out this week but I’m well chuffed.

“It was a result we thoroughly deserved – I don’t think any club at any level can come off a result like we did last Saturday and get the two results that we’ve got.”

Pick up Thursday’s News & Mail for full reaction and report.