Name Hobbledown’s Lemurs

Six playful new primates are on their way to join an Epsom zoo, and you could be the one to name them!

The new lemurs will be joining the rest of the gang at Hobbledown this spring, and the adventure park and zoo is launching a competition to find them the perfect names!

Native to Madagascar, Ring Tailed Lemurs are an endangered species, believed to be as low as 2000 in the wild. They are nosey, playful animals that are fun to watch and are well known for standing in a yoga type position, warming their bellies in the sun!

The competition opens on February 3rd and closes on February 29th when Hobbledown’s zookeepers will pick the six winning names.

The proud winners will be invited to meet the lemurs and officially open their fantastic new walkthrough enclosure in March.

Assistant curator Dolores Nicholson said: “We are delighted to welcome these primates into our collection. All lemur species are threatened in the wild with extinction due to habitat loss and hunting. Our aim is to promote awareness of these issues and for our guests to have an experience of a lifetime by getting up close and personal in our walkthrough exhibit with these wonderful and amazing animals, whilst learning about the importance of conservation and preservation of the species.”

To enter the competition  CLICK HERE

Hobbledown is a multi award winning adventure park and zoo based at Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT. Animals range from camels and otters to more traditional farm animals. It is also home to a host of play villages, secret underground tunnels, mazes, role play areas, jumping pillows, a daring High Ropes Course and much more.

Visit www.hobbledown.com

 

Contestants Sought For Live Love Gameshow

The Ashley Centre, Epsom is looking for couples to be contestants in their live Me and You Game Show in the centre on Saturday 8th February.

From 11am until 4pm couples are invited to compete to win tons of great valentine’s gifts from Ashley Centre retailers by answering easy questions about their relationship. No need to book, just turn up and give it a go!

The Ashley Centre Manager David Beddows said: “We are looking forward to sharing the love in Epsom in readiness for Valentine’s Day by asking couples to see just how much they really know about each other in our fun game show. But you don’t have to take part in the live quiz to win, just like our Facebook page between 31 January and 13 February for an opportunity to win prizes every day!”

For more information about The Ashley Centre and all the latest events, please “like ” them on Facebook (facebook.com/theashleycentre), follow them on twitter (@ashley_centre) or visit our website (theashleycentre.co.uk)

A previous Valentines competition held in The Ashley Centre

Policing Your Community Event Highlights

From L to R Borough Commander Joe Easterbrook, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro and Assistant Chief Constable Alison Barlow.

On Monday 27th Jan we attended the Surrey Police Policing Your Community Event held at Community and Wellbeing Centre, Sefton Rd, Longmead. The event was a 6:45pm for a 7pm start and despite the importance of the event the hall was not full. Of the chairs there were put out 3/4 were used but there was plenty of space for more chairs. 

The evening started with a speech by PCC  David Munro. Mr Munro is currently doing a online survey to see if residents of Surrey would be happy to pay an extra 3% on their council tax so the police allocation is 5% not at the current level of 2%. For more on this story and to take part in the survey  CLICK HERE The PCC is an elected role to oversee the work of the police, they are not police commissioners, the next election is on the 7th May 2020. Mr Munro priorities is to make Surrey Police a force fit for the future. But with the current level of 1,900 offices and 1,300 support staff that is not enough and he feels we need an extra 500 more staff. This is why he wants us to pay extra in our council tax. 

The highlights of last year were:

  • 79 more officers on the street or in training
  • Surrey Police been awarded “Outstanding by HMICFRS Report. First time ever
  • £2m funding for local crime projects
  • Improvement in 101 calls response times.

So what is planned for the future:

  • 78 more officers in 2020/21
  • Make the force fit for the future
  • Focus on ASB and Road Safety
  • Try to increase Surrey Police budget, It is the lowest in the country
  • Increase a more visible force on the streets of Surrey

Next to talk was Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Alison Barlow. She started by telling us that Surrey Police receive on average per day 388 999 calls, 955 101 calls and 288 crimes are reported. Because of this the police don’t have the staff to cope. But again highlighted that Surrey Police received “Outstanding” in recent report.

She said the key to reducing crime is Prevention and Surrey Police are working on a central problem solving team. Their role is, after an incident, to look at what can be done to prevent this from happening again. One case mentioned was about a free climber who has caused havoc around the UK. Because of the new team he was issued an banning order which covers the whole of the UK. No other force had look to do this.

There is a new Anti Social Behaviour team looking at ways and the law to issue more ASB Orders to reduce the levels of ASB. As for the future there is a new Police HQ  planned for 2024/25 in Leatherhead and the increased use of Mobile Data Terminals, saving officers the need to return to the station and more use of body cams. But again she stated the need for more officers is critical. 

Before the questions it was now time for Borough Commander Joe Easterbrook to talk. He started that despite what people might feel Epsom & Ewell is still a save place to live and work. Most crime levels in the borough have dropped. The drop is Domestic Burglary and ASB is the best in Surrey. The only crime on the increase is Violent Crime , with Injury  up by 5.8% and without 8.5%.

Why has crime dropped? Again this is down to the problem solving team. Looking at hotspots, Identifying and tackling the issues and recapping what can be done to prevent it happening again. The area also has new number plate recognition cameras. Most crimes committed in the borough are from people living outside the borough.

His priorities for the year are:

  • More community information
  • Town centre violence, working with local pubs and clubs to combat the rise in violence and using Police cadets to test for under age drinking purchases.
  • Drug Dealing and county line active. Epsom was the first borough to obtain a phone number to be blocked causing major disruption to drug dealing in the area. 
  • Working closely with more police agencies such as NCA, Firearms, Road traffic as well as the local council. This has recently led to arrests in connection to international sex trafficking in the borough

The key to reduce crime in Epsom & Ewell is more community involvement. If you see anything suspicious report it.  With more intel from the public they can build a better picture what is going on and where.

The meeting was now open to the floor to ask the panel questions. There were question ranging from what’s being done to educate drivers about bike safety, why are there so many police cars parked in the town hall car park ( this according to PCC is being reviewed and has something to do with shift patterns)  and about what support will local youth project get from Surrey Police to stop funding being cut and many more but I like to highlight 3 main questions which we know are a major concern to our followers.

What is Surrey Police doing to get the street lights turned back on at night? According to the Mr Munro 2 reports have been done that indicates that there is not a linking factor to increase in crime and the lights being turned off. Borough Commander Joe Easterbrook confirmed that most burglaries happen during the day when people are out. Mr Munro added you need to address this issue with your local Surrey County Councillor.

What is Surrey Police doing about monitoring CCTV which has been paid for by Epsom & Ewell Council after recents incidents were not spotted on the system?  The question was put by local councillor Alex Coley. Mr Munro admitted CCTV is not where it should be on tackling crime. Other police forces use it a lot better than Surrey. He informed us that a plan is being put together to tackle the issue BUT when asked when this will be done by he refused to give a date or a year. In fact he tried to throw this back that he is waiting for Epsom & Ewell council buy in on the plan. Which he was advised by Councillor Alex Coley he already had that and they are waiting for the date of the plan to be finished. Mr Munro quickly moved on to another question.

The final question was regarding the lack of crime solving. Crime solving results in the borough is approx as low as only 15% what is being done to tackle this? Straight away Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Alison Barlow replied we need 500 new officers across Surrey. With 288 crimes reported every day they don’t have the staff to tackle them. So they prioritise which ones they feel has a line of enquiry for them to follow. Its not perfect but they don’t have the staff.  Borough Commander Joe Easterbrook stepped in highlighting that this year Epsom & Ewell will get 5-6 new staff members including new officers. BUT it is vital for the community to help with information and intelligence. What every you see if you think it doesn’t look right report it to 101. That way a picture can be formed of what areas the police need to target. 

The meeting ended just after 8:30pm.  My personal conclusion is it all boils down to not enough police officers on the street. Reason for this is not enough money in the budget. BUT would you pay more council tax for this to be corrected? Recently on WOIE Facebook page the overwhelming response from our followers to this question was NO. 

We all need to work together to look after Epsom & Ewell. The polices role is not an easy one we can all help by making one simple call if we spot anything suspicious.

Don’t post it on social media if you see guys looking in vans or gardens CALL THE POLICE 999 if an emergency/ crime taking place or 101 to report suspicious behaviour or to report a crime. You will be amazed how much stuff is posted on Facebook but not reported. That’s why WOIE only report direct from emails sent by Surrey Police Comms Team. 

We intend to work more closely with the Epsom & Ewell Beat team promoting their community events and we are planning to interview Borough Commander Joe Easterbrook shortly and we will be looking for your questions to ask him. Make sure you keep following WOIE for more information on this event.

Remember 

CALL THE POLICE
999 if an emergency/ crime taking place
101 to report suspicious behaviour or to report a crime

This is our borough let’s work together to make Epsom & Ewell a safe place to live, work and visit.

For More Information or to report a crime online visit https://www.surrey.police.uk/

 

Just Because Day at Epsom Primary School

On Friday 24th Jan I was invited back to my old school Epsom Primary, or as I called it back in 1969-1975 Pound Lane School. The event was Just Because Day. A special day where staff, children, parents and visitors celebrate helping others with an act of kindness.The idea behind the day is to celebrate doing something for nothing and making the children feel valued. 

Michelle Pollard Head of School

Speaking to Michelle Pollard Head of School she said ” Value is something that gets distorted and can sometimes be related to what you got or finance but actually what you can do for your community, your friends, your family  and others is a life skill and is so important” She added “As well as all the wonderful ideas the children, staff and parents have come up with its escalated now with local businesses and independent schools getting involved which is great and looking to expand working with these groups in the future.”

The morning started with a school assembly some of the children had a special gift and a lovely poem for one of the teacher who is expecting. The poem was lovely and that was the cue for the tissues all round. The Choir started singing Bruno Mars Count On Me with the whole school joining in. I knew I was in for a special day, make sure you watch the video with the sound on,. 

During the assembly one of the local independent schools involved  St Christopher’s School presented the school with a check of £2,000 to go towards new equipment 

Annie Thackray presented with a Thank You card from pupils of Epsom Primary

Headteacher Annie Thackray told me “St Christopher’s has been working with Epsom Primary for several years due to our shared passion for literature.  Epsom Primary have attended every one of our ‘Great Read’ competitions and their avid readers often win prizes by finishing in the top 3 teams.  This link allows us to see what goes on inside this amazing school and you only have to look at their incredible library to know that inspiring and developing a love of literature is at the heart of their ethos.  When we heard about their ‘Just Because Day’ we were eager to get involved.  As a registered charity we have a responsibility to support schools wherever we can and this partnership has been successful because we see first-hand just what a difference we can make.  The money will buy some fabulous Early Years equipment and we are delighted to be able to help.  Our wonderful PE teacher Mrs Sarah Pryor was also keen to get involved and as she is a netball specialist, Headteacher  Mrs Michelle Pollard, warmly welcomed her to teach netball skills on Friday afternoon as part of this day of kindness.”

Inspirational is the best word that I could use to describe Michelle Pollard.  Her drive and energy to make the children’s educational journey as magical as it can be has seen her introduce a raft of initiatives such as their annual Shine Awards. We are delighted to be working together and look forward to future opportunities.

Throughout the day the Parents cleaned the lower years play area, St John’s School gave Cricket Lessons, Sutton & Epsom Rugby Club popped in to run a training session for the school rugby team, City of Freemen’s band joined the school band. There were talks by the Children Trust and loads more. Some of the children also visited Applyby House Care Home 

We love this idea and great lesson for a lot of us to learn. Life is not all about money, It helps, but a kind act goes a long way. At the end of the assembly there was a saying on the screen 

” If you have to choose between being Kind & being Right choose being Kind and you will always be Right”

Make sure you watch the video below to get a small taste of a wonderful day.

Council Agrees Ambitious Climate Change Action Plan

On Monday 20th Jan 2020 Epsom & Ewell Borough Council agreed an ambitious plan to address the negative impact on the environment from activities undertaken within the borough by the council and others in the local community. As part of the plan the council has adopted a 15 year target to become net carbon neutral.

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee, said “The Government has a target for the UK to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 – our target is for the council to be carbon neutral by 2035. We’re also going to do more to support local residents, businesses and other public sector organisations in the borough to improve their carbon footprint.

“This is not going to be easy. There will be practical, technical and financial constraints to overcome, but overcome them we must.  We now have a much better understanding of the risks and impact of climate change and why decisive action is needed now”

Councillor Alex Coley chaired an all-party working group which formulated the council action plan. Councillor Coley stated “Climate Change is one of the most serious threats facing the planet and is one that can only be addressed by changing the way we do certain things.  This requires fresh thinking and working in a positive way with others who can help.”

“Our action plan addresses a wide range of subjects from increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points to boosting biodiversity. We’re going to lead by example, by no-longer having single-use plastics within our venues and moving progressively to all-electric Council vehicles. We’re also going to work with others, such as the county council, to help improve public transport including promoting better walking and cycling routes.” 

The Climate Action Plan is not a static document and the council is working on understanding and confirming the individual costs within the plan and extent of carbon reduction the actions will achieve. Going forward new technologies and new research will also lead to changes in what the council can do and achieve.

To read the action plan Click Here

Climate change

Climate change is now accepted by most scientists and governments as the most serious environmental challenge facing society. There is clear scientific evidence that the activities of people and organisations have been having a significant detrimental impact on the climate, the environment and biological life.

Climate change is caused by the build-up of gases in the atmosphere in a ‘greenhouse effect’ that leads to higher temperatures on the earth’s surface. Increases in greenhouse gasses started in the 19th century at the beginning of the industrial age and continued alongside large scale global population growth. During this time it has been possible to intensify industry and support a rapidly growing global population by using fossil fuels, including the burning of coal, oil and gas which has released growing quantities of carbon, which was stored over millions of years, in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 accounts for the vast majority (over 80%) of the UK greenhouse gas emissions (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy).

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the leading international scientific body on global warming – advises that global average temperature rises above 1.5C will have devastating consequences for the planet and society. These could include the social, economic impact of rising sea levels and ocean temperatures, flooding, higher ground temperatures, extreme weather patterns, water supply shortages, food production shortages; and the growth in pests and diseases. Their analysis also indicates that temperature rises above 1.5C could place 20-30% of species at risk of extinction.

Within the South-East of England, climate change is projected to result in between 700 and 1,000 more heat-related deaths per year compared to today (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy).

 Epsom & Ewell’s carbon footprint

The overall borough’s carbon footprint is estimated at 44.9 kilo tonnes per year. This includes both domestic and industrial CO2 emissions. Epsom and Ewell has the lowest per capita CO2 emissions within Surrey at 3.2 tonnes per person, some 38% below the Surrey Borough and District average. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, published in June 2019

EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT THE RACE FOR LIFE EPSOM

THIS January, everyone is invited to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Epsom.  The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the town but are no longer restricted to female participants.

This means everybody can be part of the empowering Race for Life movement – and show support for the 33,800 people diagnosed with cancer every year in Greater London.

Anyone who signs up in January can claim a special 30% off the entry fee* by using the code RFLJAN30.

The Race for Life events take place at Epsom Downs on Sunday, June 21 and are open to people of all ages and abilities.

Sarah Parker, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Epsom, said: “This year, our Race for Life events are open to everyone.

“We’re sending a heart-felt message to anybody who’s thought about signing up in the past but for one reason or another hasn’t got round to it.  This is your year – please seize the opportunity to register in January and become part of the Race for Life community. 

She added: “Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Participants take part at their own pace – taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park.  For others, it’s a jog or a run.

“Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k and 10k events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

Sarah continued: “This January, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life.  It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research.

That’s why money raised through the Race for Life events is vital. It funds world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.

Sarah said: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Epsom with people across the South East and the whole of the UK.

“People get together and remember loved ones lost or celebrate the lives of those who have survived.  At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with the disease, right now.

“Please go to the Race for Life website, choose an event, and sign up today.”

To enter, visit raceforlife.org

Crime Prevention Advice Regarding Catalytic Converter Thefts

Surrey Police have issued crime prevention advice issued following spate of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in Epsom And Ewell. The most popular vehicles targeted are predominantly the Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz and the majority have happened during the day.

Thieves are attracted by the potential to steal the valuable metals palladium and rhodium. The best way to prevent theft is to make access to your car’s converter as inconvenient and difficult as possible.

Here are some tips to prevent catalytic converter theft:

    • Park in as well-lit areas where possible.
    • Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public car parks. This leaves your vehicle in a location where many people can see it.
    • If you have a garage use it and keep it locked.
    • Consider CCTV if your vehicle is parked on your driveway or a RING-type device.
    • Adjust the security system on your car or have one installed that will activate upon vibration, such as those produced by a saw.
    • Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, such as ‘ARMACAT’ or ‘CATLOC’ – https://blog.toyota.co.uk/catalytic-converter-theft-how-to-protect-your-car
    • Consider ID Etching – Etching a catalytic converter with a serial number will help police track a stolen converter and overtly advertising that a vehicle is protected by property marking may also deter offenders as it will potentially reduce the opportunities for selling on the converters at reputable scrap metal dealers. More information on ID etching can be found at www.retainagroup.co.uk
    • Consider welded bolts – If a catalytic converter is a ‘bolt on’ it is possible to have the bolts welded shut. This is only a deterrent to the lowest grade of catalytic converter thief working with a wrench but may still be enough of a deterrent to help prevent a theft.
    • Report suspicious activity to the Police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.

Anyone with information can call 101. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress always dial 999.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Local MP Chris Grayling Supports Epsom Hospital

Local MP Chris Grayling supports that the new investment to local NHS should go to building new unit at Epsom Hospital. Read his message below.

Dear constituent

I am writing to you with a further update about what is happening over the future of Epsom Hospital.

The NHS has now decided to launch its formal consultation about the proposed new £400 million acute hospital, which it wants to build during the 2020s to serve our area. It has not formally decided where it wants to build the hospital, but is recommending that the final decision should be to have the new facility on the Sutton Hospital site next to the Royal Marsden.

I support the new investment, as there is no doubt that the existing services at both St Helier and Epsom are sited in buildings which are not going to be fit for the future. It’s clearly good for everyone who uses the NHS locally to have access to new facilities.

The option of having a new hospital built on a site between Epsom and St Helier, and adjoining the Marsden, is clearly a potentially attractive one. However I have looked carefully at all the evidence put forward and believe that there remains a very strong case for the new build to be at Epsom.

So I will be making the argument that it should be at Epsom, which is sited at the geographic centre of the area covered by the Trust. In fact the Epsom option is the most financially attractive to the Epsom and St Helier Trust, and delivers the same care plan as the other two sites. But it does have more of a knock-on effect on other hospitals, with patients in the St Helier area more likely to go to Kingston, Croydon or St George’s if the new unit is at Epsom. That’s why the NHS is making the recommendation for Sutton.

However with the need to provide more homes in Surrey, I am not convinced that all the benefits of Epsom have been properly considered, and will be making this argument strongly. That part of Sutton is also poor for transport links compared to Epsom and access to the site is not great.

You will be receiving a leaflet through your door from the NHS about this. Please do take part in the consultation.

I have also now had confirmation from the NHS about what the plans mean for Epsom if it does not win the battle to be the chosen site. It will continue to provide most of what it does at the moment, and will be particularly focused on supporting the frail elderly.

The services that would remain at Epsom would be:

  • All current outpatient clinics
  • All current day case surgery
  • All current urgent treatment centre attendances (c. 66% of emergency attendances)
  • All current diagnostics and endoscopy
  • All current chemotherapy
  • Inpatient spell for patients needing inpatient care but not needing major acute services (c. 57% of NEL inpatient days)
  • All current ante- and post-natal care
  • SWLEOC – the elective orthopaedic centre 

The services currently provided at Epsom that would move would be:

  • Emergency department attendances and admissions (c. 33% of emergency attendances)
  • Inpatient spell for patients needing critical care and/or major acute services (c. 43% of NEL inpatient days)
  • High dependency unit
  • Inpatient paediatrics
  • Hospital birth episodes 

I have been promised that some ambulances will continue to come to Epsom, particularly for the frail elderly who need the kind of specialist care that it will offer. It will continue to have just under 300 beds. So if Sutton is the chosen option Epsom will remain a significant local facility for the NHS, though it won’t carry out major operations any more.

I hope this is helpful, and will be back in touch shortly with more details of how my team and I, together with Sir Paul Beresford in Mole Valley, will be mounting the campaign in support of Epsom Hospital.

With best wishes

Chris Grayling

Here at WOIE we welcome Chris’s backing for Epsom Hospital BUT is vital you have your say as well.

For more information on the Improving Health Together Consultation and details about the investment planned please  CLICK HERE 

Lester Bowden to close fashionwear and Re-Brand

On February 21st Lester Bowden will be closing their fashionwear department. The shop will then be renamed Stevensons School Uniform Outfitters and will feature expanding Schoolwear and Sportswear departments

Stevensons, the UK’S largest independent schoolwear retailer took over the ailing Lester Bowden store in 2017, and has since invested over £100k into refurbishing and upgrading the fabric of the building and implementing new systems.

As a team they are very proud of the new brands (Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Gant etc.) that Andy the fashionwear buyer has attracted into the store since 2017, which have certainly had a far wider appeal to the local shopper and Andy should take most of the credit for the increased fashion wear sales and footfall that has resulted.

However as a Schoolwear company they are always looking to expand and innovate within their schoolwear and sportswear ranges both here and at any of our other 16 Schoolwear retail stores, so it is with significant thought that they have decided to close down the small but popular fashion wear arm of the business to focus on expanding our core business model at the Epsom branch.

The recent investment has really been quite staggering, there has been a significant increase in schools and clubs that have signed up to partner with them here in Epsom. The store for those who may remember was a very tired building not in keeping with modern shopping experiences, but now the improvements have helped make this a far more positive place to shop and work.

They have had some great people who have worked there in the fashion department over the years, all with a tale or two to tell and they have had some absolutely wonderful and loyal customers as well, so I would personally like to thank all and sundry.

The store will of course remain open following the end of the ‘fashion’ sale, as the School Uniform and Sportswear departments at the top of the shop are moved to the more accessible ground and first floors. In this time they will also be expanding their sports equipment section to include a greater range of equipment. Alongside this they will look to continue the renovations and investment within the store. Following the closure of the Fashion sections the store itself will be renamed ‘Stevensons School Uniform Outfitters’, to better reflect the retail offer.

Looking to the future they are seeking additional staff to help with the number of new school partners which have recently signed up. (See https://www.stevensons.co.uk/careers/). They will also recruit for temporary staff between June and September and with the expansion this year they will be looking to employ significantly more temporary summer staff so please keep an eye out for this from the end of March if you would like to join their team.

Due to the closing of the Fashion wear departments there is currently up to 70% off Sale in Mens and Womens Fashion while stocks last.

Man left with life-changing injuries following Oxshott collision – Can you help?

Surrey Police are continuing to appeal for witness after a pedestrian was left with life-changing injuries following a collision in Oxshott last month.

The pedestrian, a 73-year-old man from Oxshott, had to have his leg amputated after he was involved in the collision with a silver Honda Civic at 5:43pm on Tuesday 24 December in Warren Lane.

A 37 year-old man from Epsom was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit through drugs, and driving with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit. He was interviewed and has been released under investigation.

Our enquiries are ongoing and we would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, particularly any drivers who were directly behind the vehicle involved.

Investigating officer Sergeant Ben Grilli said: “A man has had to have his leg amputated as a result of this incident and we are really keen to establish exactly what has happened.

“We believe that there would have been witnesses who, for whatever reason, did not stop and speak to police at the time. We would urge them to come forward as a matter of urgency as the information they provide may be of significance to our investigation.”

If you can help, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number PR/45190137988. Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.