Appeal following burglary in Epsom.

Surrey Police  have released images of two men they would like to speak to following a burglary in Epsom.

At around 6:30pm on Monday 23rd December two handbags were stolen from the kitchen of a house on Bannow Close.

A bank card from one of the handbags was later used at Costcutter, Vale Road, Epsom shortly before 6:45pm.

Surrey Police would like to speak to two men who were seen in the store who may be able to help our investigation. Images of the men are attached to this appeal.

The first man is described as:

  • White.
  • Aged in his twenties.
  • Around 5ft 8ins tall.
  • Medium build.
  • He has short blond shaved hair with a beard.
  • He was wearing a black baseball cap with VLTN written on it (he had taken this off in the third image), a grey hooded jumper, and blue jeans    

The second man is described as:

  • White.
  • Aged in his twenties.
  • Around 6ft tall.
  • Medium build.
  • He was wearing a dark grey hooded jumper with the hood pulled up.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) quoting PR/ 45190137734.

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/

What To Do If You Are Alone For Christmas

If you’re alone this Christmas but wouldn’t mind some company, why not join one of the Christmas dinners on offer in Epsom & Ewell. Please note that you will need to book in advance to attend any of these.

Epsom

Epsom Methodist Church is hosting its annual Christmas Day Lunch for all ages and anyone who wants to come, including those in Epsom & Ewell Borough who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. The Church has been hosting this event for a number of years and it has proved very popular in Epsom and Ewell, with approximately 75 guests each year.

Venue:
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ

The event is well supported by volunteer help from members of the Church and the community, who get involved in all the cooking, preparation of vegetables, setting up the room, welcoming, entertaining and providing lifts to and from the event for those who have no transport. Local retail businesses kindly donate various foodstuffs as well. As in previous years, they will have a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings followed by the Queen’s speech and join in with some homespun entertainment!

For further information, please call 01372 728 535 or email [email protected]

Ewell

‘Churches Together in Ewell‘ is pleased to offer a Christmas dinner plus festive activities to all who would otherwise be on their own. On Christmas Day from 12.30pm until 4:30pm at a local church – the offer is open to all Ewell and Stoneleigh Residents and transport can be arranged. There is no charge, but donations can be made.

If you’d like to join them (or know someone who would) please email [email protected]

The event is sponsored by Ewell Rotary Club who wish everybody a Happy Christmas!

Tadworth

Bupa Tadworth Grove will open its doors this Christmas to welcome local, older guests experiencing loneliness to enjoy a traditional roast dinner, festive games and entertainment, plus company from staff and residents at the home. The event will provide Christmas Meal at no charge BUT you do need to arrange your own transport. Booking is required so Call 0808 115 4520  or Email [email protected]

Message from Local MP Chris Grayling

Dear constituent
 
I am writing to let you know that the local NHS have announced that they intend to go ahead with the consultation about where they will build their new acute hospital early in the New Year, after a final meeting between the local GP groups to confirm their recommendations. At present they plan to recommend that Sutton should host the new unit.
 
I intend to challenge this assumption on two grounds, particularly the accessibility of the Sutton site and the fact that the NHS’s estimated cost for the three site options shows that it is far cheaper to site the new unit at Epsom than it is in Sutton. I understand the logic of siting the new unit halfway between St Helier and Epsom, and also of close working with the Marsden, and from the feedback I had previously I know that many people are happy with that option. But it is also the case that Epsom is sited much more centrally in the area covered by the Trust, and it has much better transport links. And is significantly cheaper, based on the very limited financial information published so far.
 
I will be doing my own detailed consultation about the issue across the area early in the New Year so I know exactly what the majority view is. In the meantime I will be asking the NHS to justify their  recommendation based on cost and accessibility.
 
I should, though, stress that under the proposals we are being asked to consider most of what Epsom Hospital does at the moment will remain in Epsom. And reports that have been circulating in recent weeks saying that the acute services at Epsom and St Helier will close next year are completely inaccurate. Any changes to our hospital services resulting from the consultation will not happen until the middle of the next decade.
 
I will provide a more detailed update in the New Year.
 
Finally can I once again wish you a Happy Christmas and a happy 2020. We are lucky to live in an area with a strong sense of community, and I am particularly grateful to all of those volunteers who are working across the Christmas period. Our local churches, local Islamic and Hindu and other faith groups, as well as a myriad of local charities, do incredible work locally and help make life easier for those facing challenges in our area. I know they will carry on doing so in 2020.
 
Best wishes
 
Chris Grayling

Message from Improving Healthcare Together 2020 to 2030

We are writing to let you know that detailed proposals for investing £500 million to improve hospitals for more than 700,000 people in Surrey, Sutton, and Merton have been published today.

We have been working with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals. 

The draft documents have been published here ahead of representatives from the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Surrey Downs, Sutton, and Merton meeting on Monday 6 January 2020 to examine all the options and decide whether to launch a public consultation in early January to hear local people’s views.

The proposals outline three options, and a preferred option, for the location of a new 21st century hospital facility to bring together services for the most unwell patients, as well as births in hospital. All three options would see the majority of services (85%) staying at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, with an investment of more than £80m in the current buildings. Both hospitals would run 24/7, 365 days a year, with urgent treatment centres, inpatient and outpatient services.

The proposals make it clear that all three options could be delivered by the local NHS.

The proposed preferred option for the new state-of-the-art hospital facility is proposed to be Sutton Hospital, next to the Royal Marsden specialist cancer hospital. The other two options would be for the new facility to be at Epsom Hospital or St Helier Hospital. An additional urgent treatment centre is also proposed on the Sutton Hospital site if it were to be the location of the new hospital facility.

Also outlined, are the detailed and thorough assessments of site options which resulted in Sutton scoring as the highest for the location of the new hospital facility, called the ‘specialist emergency care hospital’. Services provided at this ‘specialist emergency care hospital’ would include A&E, critical care, emergency surgery, births in hospital and inpatient children’s beds.

The proposals explain that Sutton would have the greatest benefit for the most people, the least overall impact on travel for older people and those from deprived communities, while also having the smallest increase in average travel time for the most people. A new facility at Sutton would be the easiest and fastest to build – taking around four years, rather than up to seven for the other two options of the specialist emergency care hospital being built at Epsom or St Helier.

The funding for the Epsom and St Helier Trust, announced nationally in September 2019, would address major workforce, buildings and financial pressures: including a lack of doctors and health specialists, and mounting costs to keep repairing buildings older than the NHS, and fund temporary staff.

We are keen to emphasise that, even if the CCGs agreed to launch a public consultation in early January, no decisions would be made on the future of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals until the Spring/Summer when CCGs would consider the views of local people gathered during the consultation, and all the clinical and financial evidence before making any decisions.

We would be happy to meet with you or arrange a phone call to talk through the proposals. We will update you on the date and duration of the consultation period if it is approved by the three Clinical Commissioning Groups at their meeting on 6 January 2020.

Details of the Committees in Common meeting are included on the IHT website.

Improving Healthcare Together 2020 to 2030

Best wishes,

Ioana Miron
Project Support Officer for Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030

E: [email protected]

NOTE: Meeting to be held on
Monday 6 January 2020, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Main Hall, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF

To attend you must register by:

  • Emailing: [email protected]
  • Calling: 02038 800 271 by 5:00pm on Thursday, 2nd of January 2020.

To Ask A Question:
Please note that the meeting, although held in public, is not a public meeting, so questions from the audience will be taken after the formal business part of the meeting. There will be 45 minutes for questions.

Questions relating to the agenda must be submitted in advance by:

  • Emailing us: [email protected] or
  • Calling us: 02038 800 271 by 5:00pm on Thursday, 2nd of January 2020.

For More Details and the Papers CLICK HERE

Nominate now for the Epsom and Ewell Young Champions Awards

The Epsom and Ewell Young Champions Awards are about recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of the brilliant young people in our borough. Lets celebrate those who have gone above and beyond to help their local community and support others.

The council are looking for nominations from members of the public, including friends and neighbours along with schools, youth groups and voluntary organisations.

Please help us to celebrate our young people’s achievements.

The winners will be announced at the celebration ceremony being held on Monday 24 February 2020.

Please EMAIL completed nominations to [email protected]

Please POST nominations to: The Mayor’s Office, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, KT18 5BY.

The Award Categories

Community Spirit Award

This award will be given to a young person or group who has provided outstanding community and voluntary service, or has made a significant contribution to the life of a fellow resident.

Carer Award

This award will be given to a young person who regularly goes out of their way to help other people or has caring responsibilities and has demonstrated outstanding care for a family member or friend in need.

Volunteer Award

This award will be given to a young person or group who has made a difference in their community through giving their time and best efforts voluntarily for the benefit of others.

Hero Award

This award will be given to a young person who has shown courage, bravery, determination and strength during unimaginable circumstances and is an inspiration to others.

Disability Champion Award

This award will be given to a young person who has overcome adversity and has worked through disability with a positive and inspiring attitude on those around them, or a young person who has contributed to improving the lives of those with disability.

Sports Person Award

This award will be given to a young person who has excelled in their commitment to sport through hard work and determination as an individual, also overcoming personal challenges.

Team Player Award

This award will be given to a young person who has achieved excellence through their encouragement of others, their unselfishness and willingness to be part of a team.

Young Environmentalist Award

This award will be given to a young person or group of young people who have provided a service to improve the environment for the benefit of their local community.

Fundraiser Award

This award will be given to an individual or group who has made a fantastic effort to raise funds for a good cause in an innovative and creative way.

 

Nomination Rules

  • The young person being nominated must live in the borough.
  • Nominees must be no older than 21 (maximum age for disabled young people is 25). Please note this includes both individual and group nominations.
  • You cannot nominate a young person you are related to.
  • You can only submit two nominations.
  • Self-nominations for both individual and group awards will not be accepted.
  • The individual / group you are nominating must agree to being nominated.
  • Parent/guardian must agree to the nomination for both the individual and group awards.
  • You agree that by submitting a nomination you are happy for the young person’s name and photograph to be included in press/media releases.
  • You cannot nominate if you are a serving elected member or officer of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.
  • An individual or group can only win one award. If they are nominated by different people for more than one award, the assessment panel will decide which category is appropriate.
  •  Nominations for party political related work cannot be accepted.

Nominations must be received at the Town Hall either in electronic or hard copy by Friday 24th January 2020

The Ashley Centre is offering Extended Opening Hours for Christmas

This Christmas The Ashley Centre is offering extended opening hours, free parking on Sundays, carol singing, roaming entertainers, food for the homeless collection and present wrapping for charity!

 On Thursday 19th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Monday 23rd December the Centre will stay open until 8pm for more present buying time. On Sunday 22nd shops will be open from 10.30am until 4.30pm and on Christmas Eve any last minute items can be bought from 9am – 5pm.

 There is free parking at The Ashley Centre Car Park and other council car parks every Sunday in the run up to Christmas making a shopping experience in Epsom even better value.

In the run up to Christmas there will be roaming entertainers and carol singing on behalf of local charities.

The Ashley Centre Manager David Beddows said: “We are really pleased to be supporting our local community again this Christmas. The Sunnybank Trust will be offering a gift wrapping service until 24th December. There is also a food box by Waitrose if anyone would like to donate any food for the homeless. We would like to thank all our shoppers very much for their support and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.”

For more information about The Ashley Centre and all the latest events, please like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or Instagram or visit their website theashleycentre.co.uk

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council to debate Building Target Petition.

In response to a petition, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is to hold a debate at the full council meeting on Wednesday 18th December about the strategy to adopt, in order to meet the Government’s housing target for the borough, while addressing petitioners’ concerns.

The council’s forthcoming Local Plan is the formal strategy for delivering the Government’s housing target which is based on the Government’s assessment of housing need in the borough using their standard methodology. Within Epsom and Ewell the Government has determined that an additional 579 homes, plus associated infrastructure, needs to be built in the borough each year.

In order to ensure that the Local Plan responds to the concerns and priorities of local residents, the council formally adopted six principles at its Licensing and Planning Policy Committee in November. These principles address important issues relating to character, design and height, the focus for new homes, securing the right infrastructure and responding to the challenge of climate change.

The process for developing a Local Plan is determined by Government. The council is currently assembling the required ‘evidence base’ required for the Local Plan in order to undertake a formal public consultation in the spring.

Under council protocols, petitions received with over 1,500 legitimate signatures will be debated at the next available full council – the petition to be debated on Wednesday was signed by 1,815 people between 25 September and 1 November 2019.

Petition text:

We the undersigned petition the council to hold a full Council Meeting debate to determine a definitive strategy for the Borough to adopt in order to meet Government’s house building targets whilst retaining control of planning matters in the Borough.

The government’s housing target of 579 units per annum has placed Epsom and Ewell Borough Council in a very difficult position and has resulted in the EEBC Planning Department proposing to the Council’s Planning Committee to break their own guidelines as laid down in the Local Plan regarding planning regulations about height and density. This will cause much disruption and discontent which will only get worse as available sites for new developments diminish.

The building of eleven thousand new dwellings in the next fifteen years will change the nature of Epsom forever and in order to retain some control over the process, the Council must have a plan to achieve the target which is more acceptable to the residents than handing control over to the government which is the government’s default strategy if we do not fulfil the imposed number of dwellings each year or have more than a few planning proposals appeals upheld by Government. The Council meeting to discuss this should be advertised well in advance and decisions made should be accompanied by a public information campaign.

Burglary Crime Prevention Advice From Surrey Police

The Surrey Police Neighbourhood Policing Team is reminding people to lock up and leave a light on to deter opportunistic burglars this winter as various investigations progress.

The crime prevention reminder comes during the Christmas shopping period, where it’s also important to not highlight the gifts you’ve bought for family and friends to potential burglars. Don’t leave presents on show to the outside world from your windows and make sure you think about how to dispose of the packaging without advertising it to passers-by.

Surrey Police would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention advice:

  • Leave a light on when you leave your property to deter opportunistic burglars.
  • Shut and lock all windows and external doors when you are not using the room, at night, and when you leave your property
  • If your home has UPVC doors or windows with multi-point locks make sure they are locked with a key and that door handles have been lifted properly. Remove the key after the door or window is locked and leave it out of sight.
  • Don’t leave other keys visible from outside your home or near a letterbox.
  • Consider using timer switches for lights and other electrical appliances like radios while you are out.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property and that ladders and tools are properly locked away. Consider an alarm system that’s clearly visible and outside lighting to deter opportunistic thieves.
  • Always check who is knocking before you open your door and use door chains and spy holes to help you to identify who it is. Don’t feel pressured to open the door and call 101 to report anyone acting suspiciously.
  • Register your property at www.immobilise.com to improve the chances of getting your property back if it’s stolen.
  • Mark your property with a forensic marking product such as www.selectadna.co.uk

Additionally at Christmas:

  • Don’t leave presents on show while you are out of your house. Make sure wrapped gifts are away from windows and out of sight from the outside of your property.

  • Make sure you don’t leave valuable presents on show in your vehicle while out shopping or outside your home.

  • Think about how you throw away the packaging for presents. It may signpost your property by highlighting valuable gifts that your family received.

For more advice on how to keep your property safe, visit:

https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/

 

Mayor’s Charities Support Epsom Division Girlguiding

Councillor Neil Dallen dropped in to support Epsom Division Girlguiding when they were carol singing at Epsom Station on Thursday 5th December. He presented them with a cheque for £9,500 from his Mayor’s Charities fundraising when he was Mayor of Epsom and Ewell during 2018/19.

Division Commissioner Mary Zoeller said: ” We are so grateful to Councillor Dallen for choosing us as one of his charities during his mayoral year. We are currently fundraising to open Little Acres Lodge at Horton Country Park in Epsom, a brand-new facility that will benefit young people in the local area and beyond. We are radically transforming the limited facilities at our campsite by constructing a well-equipped, modern building offering kitchen facilities, disabled access, accommodation, toilets and showers to Guiding and Scouting groups and the wider community.”

The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides raised an incredible £610.74 carol singing and would like to thank Epsom Station and Epsom commuters for their support and generosity.

 For more information on Girlguiding in Epsom please contact Mary Zoeller (Division Commissioner) on 07764 938548 email: [email protected]

Investigation re-opened following brutal murder of Joyce Cregeen in Epsom in 2008

The investigation into the murder of an 81-year-old woman from Epsom in 2008 has been reopened as a result of new information coming to light.

Joyce Cregeen was found at her home address in Sefton Road, Epsom, around 12 noon on 15 May 2008 by a member of the public who was visiting the house. She had been stabbed.

A woman was charged with murdering Mrs Cregeen but was acquitted on 30 November 2009 following a trial at the Central Criminal Court.

A member of the public came forward with new information in 2017 and a review, including a full forensic review, was carried out. The review identified additional lines of enquiry and the investigation was re-opened in 2018 by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Jo Hayes said: “A member of the public came forward with new information which has resulted in us re-opening the investigation. This remains ongoing.

“We are remaining open-minded in terms of the motives and possible suspects for Joyce’s murder. However, someone somewhere knows who was responsible for what happened to her.

“Several years have passed since Joyce’s death and it may be that the person responsible, or the person who knows who killed her, may want to clear their conscience and come forward with the information we need to bring her murderer to justice. Even if names are passed to us and they are not connected with the offence, someone can be easily eliminated from our enquiries using the forensic tests available to us.”

DCI Hayes continued: “The answers we are looking for may lie in the local community. Whoever is responsible for this vicious killing of an elderly woman deserves absolutely no protection. If you know something that could help us – however insignificant you may think it is – please contact us or report your suspicions to Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To watch DCI Jo Hayes talking about the re-opening of the investigation into the murder of Joyce Cregeen, please click on the video below.