Surrey Police

  1. Witness appeal following sex assault in park

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Forensic teams at the park near Millmead Lock in Guildford
    Image caption: Forensic teams at the park near Millmead Lock in Guildford

    Police are appealing for witnesses following a report a woman was sexually assaulted in a park in Guildford.

    The incident took place near Millmead Lock between 23:30 on Monday 21 September and 00:30 BST on Tuesday 22 September.

    The suspect is described as being tanned with a beard and dark hair.

    Det Insp Deborah Birch, of Surrey Police, said the force was trying to piece together what took place.

    She added: "I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything possible to ensure that this matter is thoroughly investigated. The victim is also being provided with the appropriate support."Anybody in the area around the time of the incident is urged to contact police.

  2. Coronavirus: New rules 'will put strain on police'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Surrey’s police and crime commissioner says enforcing a new law banning gatherings of more than six people will put a strain on police resources.

    But he thinks the more rigorous rules are inevitable after a national rise in coronavirus cases – an increase of 2,659 in 24 hours, of which 32 are in Surrey.

    Police on patrol

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday the new law was needed to avoid another lockdown, in his first Downing Street coronavirus briefing since July.

    Surrey’s PCC David Munro said police would use their powers, though he hoped they would not have to.

    “As a libertarian I don’t like laws generally,” he said. “Most people don’t need laws, we should only have them where it’s absolutely necessary.

    “It will put a strain on resources but I can see the rationale for it.”

    He added: “We don’t want to enforce, we want to be on the community’s side and we recognise that the vast majority want to cooperate, but we all make mistakes and it’s up to the force to correct those mistakes.

    “But we don’t want to go hammering in and issuing all sorts of notices. I always say, the style of Surrey Police is to be as nice as they possibly can, but as ‘nasty’ as they have to be.”

  3. Police give blue light salute to Captain Tom Moore

    Surrey and Sussex Police paid their own tribute to Captain Tom Moore on his 100th birthday, describing him as a "national treasure".

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  4. Police use 'sky talk' drone to disperse crowd

    A talking drone was used by police to break up a group of 30 people not abiding by social distancing guidelines.

    Surrey Police said the "sky talk" drone, which was used in Walton-on-Thames on Friday morning, allowed the force to communicate without putting officers at additional risk.

    The drone told the group: “Attention this a police message. You are gathering in breach of government guidelines to stay at home in response to the coronavirus. You are putting lives at risk. Please disperse immediately and return home.”

    The plea was effective and the group left the area, the force said.

  5. Driver caught doing 130mph claimed he was trying to avoid virus

    A motorist caught driving at 130mph claimed he was speeding to avoid catching coronavirus, according to police.

    Surrey Police stopped the driver on the M25 on Tuesday. The force posted a tweet which read: "An officer stopped a driver who was speeding on the M25 at 130mph.

    His reply to why he was speeding was 'I thought the faster I went the less chance I would catch coronavirus'. Driver reported to court. #slowdown."

    Police forces across the country have reported that some motorists are taking advantage of quieter roads by driving at high speed.

    The Metropolitan Police revealed that one driver was caught speeding twice in two days on the same stretch of the A10 in Enfield, north London, with a 40mph limit.

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  6. Sunbathers found at beauty spot during lockdown

    Scores of people were found sunbathing at a Surrey beauty spot at the weekend, despite government advice for people to stay at home, Surrey Police has said.

    Officers found the sun seekers when they responded to reports of more than 40 cars parked at Box Hill, near Dorking, on Sunday.

    The force said a passing police helicopter prompted some to disperse, while officers on the ground had to engage with a "significant number" to persuade them to leave.

    It said cars continued to arrive throughout the afternoon and officers were also alerted to a similar situation at Epsom Downs.

    Meanwhile, Surrey Police had to deal with eight people "having a mini street party" in a front garden.

    Supt Chris Colley said: "We understand that in normal situations the warm weather is appealing and we all want to get out and about. However, these are not normal times. This is a national health emergency."