Important Information Regarding ECRA Annual Charity Duck Race

Announcement from  Ewell Court Residents’ Association regarding the Annual Charity Duck Race

“It came to our attention during Autumn that significant work had been done by the South East Rivers Trust to improve river flow and enhance local wildlife along the section of the Hogsmill used for the duck race, including the addition of ‘berms’ on each side of the riverbank. We fully support these improvements and we feel lucky that our special Hogsmill River will be improved for the future.

However, after careful consideration we feel that it will not be possible to run the duck race at the moment because it’s important that those river improvements are given time to bed in and make a difference to the environment and the local wildlife.

If you visit the river you will also see that our ducks (unlike the real ones!) will most likely get stuck in the new berms and, if the river flow is low, it would be even more difficult than before to move the ducks along.

We are hopeful that we might be able to bring the race back at some point in the future as evidence suggests the berms smooth out with sediment over time, or we might be able to screen it off somehow.

Obviously we are all very disappointed that we can’t go ahead for this year at least, however we would like to thank you for all the support you have given to the event and for your generosity in helping us to raise over £27,000 for Epsom General Hospital’s Casey Children’s Ward, 1st Ewell Court Scouts, Epsom Girlguiding and other good causes over the last ten years. We could not have done it without you all.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for other events we may come up with! Our sixth Trifest will be in early September.”

Kerrie Baker
Chair
Ewell Court Residents’ Association

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Message on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, David Munro.

Surrey Police launches first ever Fast-Track Detective Development Programme

As crime and technology evolves, the need for investigative roles in Surrey is greater and more important than it’s ever been. As a result Surrey Police is investing in the attraction and development of detectives across the county and Monday (06 January 2020) sees the launch of its first Fast-Track Detective Development Programme.

Being a detective is demanding, diverse and incredibly rewarding. Dealing with some of the most serious crimes possible, from fraud, serious assaults and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and domestic abuse; detectives help ensure we prevent and respond to crime, help and protect vulnerable people and use their skills to achieve justice.

The Fast Track Detective Development Programme is an intensive two-year practice based approach aimed at existing degree holders of any subject areas. Successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer role while studying towards their accreditation as a detective.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Boshier, Head of Crime for Surrey Police said: “This new fast-track programme is an exciting opportunity to become a fully accredited detective and help us achieve our policing priorities; while enabling us to attract those who wish to have an investigative career yet may not have consider a role in policing before.

“I’m delighted to launch this entry route and welcome applications from anyone who has the desire to help victims of crime and make a difference.”

Being a detective is a vital role in our ability to prevent and respond to crime, help and protect vulnerable people and, most importantly, bring justice for victims. We’re looking for degree-holders with the emotional resilience to keep calm, yet confident; those who are inquisitive and observant and have the resolve to see a case through from crime scene to court room.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, supportive working environment, great learning experiences, opportunity for progression and, upon completion of the development programme, a graduate diploma in professional policing practice.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a detective, or know someone who has, then apply now: https://www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/jobs/fast-track-detective-development-programme-sysx-unfm00013-1

For more information visit: https://www.surrey.police.uk/police-forces/surrey-police/areas/careers/careers/DCFasttrack/

Great News For Commuters heading to Waterloo

Line between Epsom and Ewell West to reopen on Monday 6th January

Trains will resume running between Ewell West and Epsom on Monday 6th January, following a landslip which has closed the line for three weeks.

The landslip occurred on Saturday 14th December following heavy rainfall. Engineers assessed the damage and found the saturated embankment had failed, causing the ground beneath the track to drop, meaning it was not safe to run trains.

Since the line closure teams have worked to repair the damage by removing the affected track from the site before removing 2,000 tonnes of failed material from the embankment.

Teams worked around the clock to build a 40 metre long sheet pile wall, constructed of 71 sheet steel piles which are 13 metres long. The section of the embankment that failed was removed using excavators and is being rebuilt with 2,400 tonnes of fill material behind the sheet pile wall.

This weekend, Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th January, the track will be replaced and the electrical supply and signalling system will be reconnected. Detailed tests will take place on Sunday night to make sure it is safe for trains to run on the morning of Monday 6th January.

In order to open the line in time for most people’s return to work Network Rail have installed a temporary track layout with a set of points removed. Engineers will return to the site in the future to relay the track and install points.

Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director, said: “Repairing the damage from the landslip has been a complicated task and I want to say sorry to passengers, local residents and business owners for the inconvenience that these works have caused.

“I know our teams have put in a tremendous effort to get this work complete. Their dedication and commitment to these repairs has ensured that we will soon get passenger services running again.”

Christian Neill, SWR’s Interim Head of Stations, said: “We’d like to thank passengers for their patience over the festive period. We know this hasn’t been an easy time for those travelling on our services and are sorry for the inconvenience these major engineering works have caused to their journeys.

“We would also like to thank Network Rail for their hard-work to ensure services fully resume between Epsom and Ewell West stations ahead of the introduction of our new timetable on Monday.”

The majority of planned trains will run from Monday 6th January, but during the evening peak there will be a small reduction in the number of trains due to the temporary track arrangement. Network Rail will work with SWR on a plan to fully repair the line over the coming weeks that will see a full service resume on the line.

Well Done to all the Staff at Network Rail who have worked so hard over the Christmas period…

Witness appeal following serious assault outside Epsom bar

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault outside Dia Y Noche bar in Epsom in the early hours of Wednesday, 1st January.

Surrey Police were called to Dia Y Noche bar in The Oaks Square at around 2am following reports of an assault outside the premises. Officers arrived to paramedics treating the victim, a man who was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. 

Detective Constable Andy Robinson, who is investigating the case said: “This assault happened outside a busy bar where there were almost a hundred potential witnesses, but sadly no one has come forward. If anyone saw the movements of a man described as a white, of large build, wearing a blue short sleeved t shirt and jeans, we encourage you to come forward. It is believed that the assault occurred at around 1.15am and we want to speak to anyone who may have any useful information.” 

Surrey Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this or have any further information to get in contact by calling 101, quoting reference number PR/45200000009.

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/