Do you recognise these men? CCTV image released following sexual assault in Epsom

Surrey Police have released an image of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault in Epsom.

The incident happened at around 00.53am on Sunday morning (23 February) at Be At One in Derby Square.

A member of the public was dancing with a friend near the bar when an unknown man came up behind her and sexually assaulted her.

The man is described as black, in his 30s, around 5’9” tall, and of medium build. He has long dreadlocked hair tied back in a ponytail and a goatee beard.

He was described as wearing dark coloured trousers, a white vest with an unbuttoned light-coloured shirt over the top, and glasses. 

An investigation is currently underway and Surrey Police are keen to speak to the two men pictured, as they may have information which can assist with their enquiries.

If you know who these men are, or you have any other information that could help the investigation, please contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) quoting reference PR/45200021319.

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/.

Epsom & Ewell Young Champions Awards 2020

Many young people give up their time and effort to make Epsom and Ewell a better place. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council think it’s important to recognise these special individuals.

The winners of the 2020 Epsom and Ewell Young Champions were announced at a ceremony at Epsom Playhouse on Monday (24 February).

The winners of each category were presented with a trophy and special certificate.

Fundraiser Award – sponsored by What’s On In Epsom. This award is 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.

Winner – 8/14th Cub Pack

The Cub Pack decided to not have a Christmas party and instead spent weeks preparing games and activities to entertain friends and family and raise money for a local charity called Rianna’s Fund. They raised over £485, a fantastic achievement.

Environmentalist Award – sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. This award is 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.

Winner – Joshua Webb

Joshua willingly gives up his lunchtime every day to work in The Vale Primary School eco garden.

Community Spirit Award – sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. This award is 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.

Winner – Epsom College Service programme

Epsom College students dedicated over 13,500 volunteering hours to local projects in over 40 different placements. This is in addition to the 994 hours of volunteering last term, which has also supported 25 Duke of Edinburgh students. Placements are organised by the school’s service coordinator, who creates weekly one-hour placements as part of the pupil’s timetable, or as a one off project.

Carer Award – sponsored by Home Instead. This award is 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.

Winner – Abi Harvey

Our winner is a friendly and caring young member of Epsom and Ewell Phab club. She is always willing to help at the club with those who are younger or who have particular special needs. At home she provides care and support within her family This was particularly important when her Mum was in hospital in London for a long stay. Abi remains cheerful and positive throughout whatever comes her way, with a great attitude and maturity way beyond her years.

Sports Person Award – sponsored by Wilsons . This award is 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.

Winner – Chloe Seeley

As Sutton and Epsom’s under 15’s captain, Chloe has led a successful campaign at her school, Blenheim High School, to have rugby introduced to the curriculum for girls. Chloe showed initiative and passion and fought for equality at her school so that her fellow students could enjoy the sport she loves so much, no matter their gender. Her achievement has seen England Rugby recognise her efforts.

Volunteer Award – sponsored by Epsom Rotary This award is 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.

Winner – Miranda Pratt

Miranda is a volunteer at Stoneleigh Community Library on Saturday mornings. She has shown real commitment towards her role, which has been exceptionally challenging for her as she is on the autistic spectrum and therefore finds social situations more difficult than other young volunteers.

 

Hero Award – Sponsored by McDonalds This award is given to a young person who has shown courage, bravery, determination and strength during unimaginable circumstances and is an inspiration to others.

Winner – Lewis Houghton

Lewis was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitts Lymphoma in February 2015 and subsequently underwent six months of intensive chemotherapy. Since his treatment, he has supported The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and amassed over £125K, generating the construction of a new garden at the hospital to ensure children get the outside space they need during treatment, which wasn’t available when he was ill.

 

Disability Champion Award – – sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. This award is 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.

Winner – Dom Dawson

Dom has developed strengths and skills to get around and get on with life due to being born with Spina Bifida. He is an inspiration to able-bodied and mobility impaired people with whom he comes into contact. He had to compete for one of ten borough spaces at the world scout jamboree in the USA against 49 nominees by showing leadership and scouting skills and knowledge. 45,000 scouts attended from around the world. When there he impressed the mountain bike course organisers and other wheelchair users by his prowess on his mountain trike.

As well as the main awards there was also 3 Highly Commended Awards which the judges felt needed special recognition for what they do. There went to

  • Community Spirit Award – Year Two Choir at Wallace Field Infant School
  • Volunteer Award – Ashleigh Kaye
  • Disability Champion – Alex Gurteen

Kathryn Beldon, Chief Executive of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, thanked all the nominees and winners for their positive contribution to the borough, adding “The Epsom and Ewell Young Champions Awards are about recognising the outstanding achievements of the brilliant young people in our borough.

“When we think about role models, we tend to think about historical figures, celebrities or individuals who have spent decades honing their skills. But there are young members of our community who have already made a positive impact and are some of the most important role models within the borough who should be celebrated”.

The Epsom and Ewell Young Champions Awards were instigated last year, and nominations for this year’s awards were received from individuals, local charities, schools, volunteer groups and youth organisations.

Images supplied by Epsom & Ewell Council.

Bidding Now Open For CIL

Community and voluntary groups are being given an opportunity to help shape the future of their local area by submitting bids for funding from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

CIL is a levy payable by developers and is charged according to the size of developments. 15% of CIL is set aside for community bids and, for 2020/2021, there is £250,000 available to support a range of projects, both large and small.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee said “We are pleased to make the latest round of funding available and we hope local community organisations will take advantage of this opportunity.

“Bids must have the support of a borough councillor and it’s advisable for groups to discuss plans with their ward councillors and the relevant council departments to help shape their bids before submission”.

The scheme has been running for two years and successful schemes include, funding for children’s playground equipment, repairs to pathways in Horton Country Park, defibrillators installed across the borough, additional streetlights and improvements to scout halls.

The closing date for 2020/21 applications is 31 May 2020.

Bids will be evaluated by a panel of councillors in two stages, bids successfully passing the first stage will be asked for more detailed information before the successful schemes are selected. Winning bids will be announced in September.

If you would like to bid for a community project or a bit more information on what you can and can’t apply for CLICK HERE

Paths in Horton Country Park resurfaced thanks to money from CIL

Update On Epsom and Ewell Bus Services

You may remember at the beginning of the year we informed you that E5, E9, E10, E16 & 408 bus routes were up for tender. We can now inform you the tender results for the Epsom and Ewell services currently operated by Quality Line.

Quality Line RATP Group were not successful in retaining the tender for the routes. So from Saturday 4th April the routes will be run by the following companies:

Falcon Buses will be running the following routes

  • E5 – Watersedge-Epsom-Langley Vale
  • E16 – Epsom-Stoneleigh-Worcester Park
  • 408 – Epsom-Leatherhead-Cobham/Effingham

Metrobus will be running the following routes

  • E9 – Epsom-Park View-Clarendon Park-Livingston Park-Manor Park circular
  • E10 – Epsom-Manor Park-Noble Park

There is no change to any of the routes or timetables so hopeful we will have a smooth transition from Quality Line.

So who are these companies?

Falcon, who currently operate in North West Surrey, will be a new operator in Epsom. Based in Byfleet Falcon Buses is a trading name of Falcon Coaches Ltd, although they have only been operating Buses since 2016, the company can trace its history back over 40 years.  Since 2012 the company has been under the ownership of the Telling Family who have diversified and grown the business.

In 2012 the core of the business was based entirely on local school contracts and other school work.  Since then the business has evolved into all types of passenger transport.

As part of the package of three routes awarded to Falcon Buses they will be operating E5, E16 & 408 with brand new Euro 6 low emission buses which are the cleanest diesel buses available and will assist in working towards reducing air pollution.

 

Metrobus currently operate routes 460/480 & 318 and they are part of the Go-Ahead group. Go-Ahead is a leading transport provider, operating bus services in the UK, Ireland and Singapore. 

Metrobus was acquired in 1999. They run a comprehensive local bus network in Sussex, Surrey and Kent including the Fastway Bus Rapid Transit service in the Gatwick and Crawley area with four routes running 24 hours a day.

Passengers are a priority and they are proud that their regional bus services have the highest scores for customer satisfaction according to the Bus Passenger Scores by Transport Focus. 

David Harper – Unexpected Tales

David Harper BBC TV antiques presenter, and star of  Bargain Hunt, Flog It!, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and The Antiques Roadtrip, brings his first stand up theatre show ‘Unexpected Tales’ to Epsom Playhouse on Wednesday 26th February 

David, known for his brightly coloured trousers, is also known for his for his appearances on BBC TV shows which are often disastrously – he’s been described as the worst ever contestant in the history of Celebrity Masterchef!

His stand up show is an improvised, story telling night of entertainment. Often involving the audience, he shares tales of embarrassing moments, funny celebrities, run-ins with the police, big antiques profits , bigger losses, strange historical journeys through time, behind the scenes TV gossip and unexpected world records. The show is very much audience led with involvement in the form of questions from the audience or questions and challenges from David throughout, as the talk develops.

Initially the tour was purely for the north of England, but it’s had some rave reviews and so ‘Unexpected Tales’ is now being extended to cover the whole of the UK

If you would like more information or to book tickets CLICK HERE

Mayor and Mayoress Opens New Showroom at Wilson’s

The Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell have opened the new main showrooms at Wilsons in Kiln Lane. Wilsons have invested over £1,000,000 in the renovation of their main showroom. 

Wilsons Epsom, a new and used family run car dealership and Service Centre. Established all the way back in 1904, have expanded tremendously over the past 116 years to now the largest family car supermarket in the South of England.

Wilsons are extremely excited to announce three new franchises that have recently joined our family; Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Hyundai, which will run alongside our already successful franchises Abarth, Dacia, Fiat, Nissan, Nismo, Peugeot and Renault.

One lucky owner being handed the keys to her new car by Vincent Tourette – Renault Managing Director

A goal for Wilsons is to drive the switch to Electric Vehicles, and with five of our ten franchises being leading franchises within the EV market, we are confident this will be a huge year for Electric Vehicles at Wilsons.

The Mayor and Mayoress toured the centre and spoke to staff. The Mayor was keen on the new Jeep as he owns a 1940’s Jeep which he has built himself.

As well as looking at the cars there was also time for some fun and games on the driving simulator. Its not for us to say who was the better driver. 

9.5p a week Council Tax increase

Council Tax to remain lower than the Surrey average “A Budget to safeguard frontline services”

At yesterday’s full council meeting (Thursday 13 February), councillors agreed a 2.5% increase for the borough council portion of the council tax – the increase is equivalent to a rise of £4.95 a year for ‘band D’ properties or just 9.5 pence per week.

The borough portion of the council tax is the smallest element of the council tax, which for 2020/21 includes an increase from Surrey County Council (3.99%) and an increase from Surrey Police (3.84%).

The council tax for 2020/21 for a band D property within Epsom and Ewell will rise to £1,985.34, with the borough council receiving £203.31.

Councillor Eber Kington, chair of the Strategy & Resources committee said “Epsom & Ewell’s Council Tax will remain well below the average in Surrey”

“At the meeting on Thursday, the council received an independent audit which stressed the sound financial management of the borough council. 

“76% of residents’ council tax goes to the county council, 14% to Surrey Police but just 10% of council tax is allocated to fund all the services provided by this council.

“We have agreed a budget which, despite ongoing financial pressure, sees no withdrawal of the frontline services on which residents depend and that allows us to continue to invest in in one of the best places to live and work in the country”.

In his speech Councillor Eber Kington pointed out:

  • Epsom & Ewell Council have had no Revenue Support Grant since 2016/17
  •  Following several changes to the formulae our New Homes Bonus has been cut dramatically during that same period.
  • Those two grant reductions alone have seen this council’s direct funding from Government since 2016 reduced by over £2.2 million which is down almost 90% from what it was four years ago.
  • In addition this Council only retains only 5% of the income it collects from local businesses and redistributes the vast majority of business rates income to be utilised elsewhere within the Country
  • This year’s unexpected reduced cap of 2% or £5 on council tax increases before a referendum is triggered is a mystifying blocking mechanism on the one element of funding that is within our own hands to determine
  • Yet ironically it is because this Council relies so heavily on council tax, that we are penalise in the annual financial settlement.  For our high reliance on council tax is actually a factor used by the Government to claim we are less in need of grant support.

    In conclusion Mr Mayor, and as the council papers show:

    • Efficiency savings next year of £463k next year
    • A balanced budget with no use of reserves
    • A council tax rate that will see 76% of every residents council tax bill go to Surrey County Council, 14% of the precept go to Surrey Police BUT just 10% of council tax allocated to fund all the services provided by this council.
    • A council tax rate which will see the Borough’s council tax precept remaining one of the lowest in Surrey
    • No cuts in services – again
    • And Council Tax increase of £4.95p which is a rise of just over 9 pence a week at Band D for all the services provided by the Borough Council.

If you would like to read Councillor Eber Kington speech in full CLICK HERE

Horton Country Park Footpaths Resurfaced

Over 4,300 metres of footpaths in Horton Country Park have now been resurfaced, funded by contributions from the Community Infrastructure Levy, money raised from developers as part of the planning permission for developments within the borough. Community groups, supported by councillors, can apply for the funding of local schemes to benefit their community.

Prior to restoration, the paths’ surface was in a poor state and in wet weather became very muddy, riddled with large puddles and in places the hard core base layer was protruding.

Limestone scalpings, off-cuts or shards created by dressing stone for building work and from quarry waste, were used to resurface the paths. The use of this material for off road countryside routes is standard, providing a stable, long lasting and hard wearing surface suitable for pedestrians with stout footwear, all terrain push chairs and wheelchairs, mountain bikes and horses. Over time the surface will further smooth out and will last for many years with minimal maintenance.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said “Local councillors nominated projects for funding in their respective wards based on discussion with local people and I am delighted by the success of this scheme which will contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of local residents by ensuring that they can continue to access the park to unwind, enjoy the outdoors and undertake a safe and enjoyable walk”

New Royal British Legion Bench Unveiled in the Market Place

In November 2017 a legacy was given to the Royal British Legion by Miss Michèle Donald in memory of her late father, Adam Donald, who was an Epsom resident and a career soldier.  He lived from 17 January 1895 to 21 August 1974 and served in both World Wars, being in the Scots Guards from 1914 to 1919 and the Royal Artillery from 1925 to 1945.  During the 1942-1945 campaign he fought alongside the Ghurkas and received the Burma Star when his regiment was stationed in South-East Asia.  Adam was a very fit man and competitive cyclist, winning many medals.  A display of his memorabilia “A Life In A Box” can be seen in Bourne Hall Museum in Ewell. 

Adam Donald

When the Second World War ended Adam Donald returned to civilian life in Epsom.  Michèle, his only child, lived with her parents in Epsom until she moved to London in the 1950s to train as a physiotherapist.  She subsequently became one of the top practitioners in the capital.  

After working in Harley Street she started her own private practice and later joined BUPA as one of their main physiotherapists. Over many years she also helped injured soldiers regain their mobility during convalescent periods in hospital. 

Miss Donald died in June 2016 and in her will left a legacy to the Epsom and Ewell Branch of the Royal British Legion. 

The Epsom & Ewell RBL Branch Committee spent many hours trying to find a suitable use for the legacy.   They decided to use a significant part of it at Mais House, Epsom & Ewell’s nearest RBL care home.  Some of the money from the legacy has equipped the Butterfly Suite, a purpose-designed end of life suite, which allows residents to end their lives in peace and dignity with their loved ones around them.  In the months to come more legacy money will fund the refurbishment of the dining room. 

On Monday 10th February, a very special day, Barbara Warwick, Epsom and Ewell Branch Chair, Treasurer Bob Ferris and his wife Barbara and member James Martin attended the official opening ceremony of the Butterfly Suite by Jean Rogers, President of Sussex RBL.  Present were the Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex Derek Stevens, the Deputy Mayor of Bexhill-on-Sea Cllr. Lyn Langlands and Nigel Allison, Chairman of Sussex RBL.  Also present were six standard bearers, including County Standard Bearer Laura Parker.  Officers and members of other RBL Branches were present, coming from Pett District, East Grinstead, Little Common, Hastings, Brighton, Lewes and Isle of Oxney.

Another part of the legacy went was spent locally in the Epsom area and on Wednesday 12th February  a memorial RBL bench  was unveiled in the newly refurbished Market Square by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr. John Beckett, dedicated to the memory of Adam and Michèle Donald and all of those who have been lost to war.  Also present was the Project Manager for the Market Square refurbishment Dr Sam Beak, several Council office holders, a few members of the public and from Epsom and Ewell RBL Bob and Barbara Ferris, Graham Hewitt, James Martin, Keith Ovens and Peter Perry. 

Zoe Milne, Michèle’s executor, feels that the use so far of Michèle’s legacy fits exactly into what Michèle would have wanted.  Sadly, Zoe and her husband Mike were unable to attend either ceremony due to illness, but later in the year they will visit both Mais House and Epsom Market Square.

Epsom & Ewell RBL are very grateful to Miss Donald’s for the legacy she left the branch in memory of her father and hope she and her father would be happy with how they have spent it.

Appeal to identify man in CCTV in connection with Epsom assault

Surrey Police are appealing for help to identify a man in CCTV images in connection with an assault in Epsom.

Officers would like to speak to the man as he may have more information about the incident which took place in Waterloo Road on December 21.

The victim suffered a broken jaw and nose after being attacked on the pavement next to an alleyway at the side of Nandos, between 1.10am and 1.20am.

The man in the CCTV is described as being white, early to mid 20s, with dark hair and approximately 5ft 9 or 10 inches tall. He was wearing dark clothing.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Patrick McCann said: “This assault has left the victim with serious facial injuries on the weekend before Christmas. We know there were a large number of people in the area at the time but have not had any witnesses come forward.

“We know that someone must have seen what happened and will also know who the man is in these images. Please do the right thing and come forward if this is you and help our investigation.”

Anyone with any information should contact Surrey Police on 101 or use www.surrey.police.uk to report and quote the reference number PR/45200000609.

A 19 year-old man from Epsom was arrested in January on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession a psychoactive substance with intent to supply after being found with 106 NOS canisters. He has since been released on bail. This is not the man in the CCTV images.