Do You Recognise These Dogs?

Following a recent animal welfare warrant in Shipley Bridge where 20 dogs were seized under the Animal Welfare Act, Surrey Police are now releasing images of these dogs and appealing for their owners to come forward.

On 15th April, Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team conducted a warrant at an address in Shipley Bridge. 20 dogs were seized under the Animal Welfare Act and now, as part of our ongoing enquiries, Surrey Police are launching a public appeal to try and locate their owners.

Anyone who believes they can provide proof of ownership in relation to any of these dogs, please contact Surrey Police quoting PR/45210038723 via:

Webchat on their website surrey.police.uk

Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

Calling us on 101.

Please provide the owner’s name and contact details, the dog’s name and microchip number, and the number of the dog you recognise from the slideshow.

Please do not contact Surrey Police with offers to rehome the dogs. As much as they appreciate your kind offers, if the dogs’ owners are not traced they have a rehoming procedure already in place.

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Keep Your Child Safe On Social Media

Amid reports of a distressing video circulating on TikTok, parents are being urged to take measures to ensure their children use social media safely and responsibly.

Thanks to INEQE Safeguarding Group a series of Safety Card have been produced to help parents understand the social media their child is using and how to set up Privacy, Blocking & Reporting settings

There are 13 safety cards in all and you can download them below. Just Click on the link of. the social media platform your child users.

·         Discord

·         Facebook

·         Facebook Messenger

·         Hoop

·         Houseparty

·         Instagram

·         Minecraft

·         Snapchat

·         TokTok

·         Twitch

·         Twitter

·         Whatsapp

·         Youtube3

Murder investigation underway following altercation in Walton-on-Thames

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses following an altercation in Walton-on-Thames on Thursday 22nd April, which has sadly left one man dead and another seriously injured in hospital.

Police were called to Church Street around 2.15pm following reports that an altercation had taken place between a group of men.

One of the men then got into his car, a white 1 series BMW, and is reported to have driven at two of the other men in the group.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, a man in his 40s was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed. A second man has been airlifted to hospital but is expected to recover.

The owner of the vehicle has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.  Police are not presently seeking anyone else in connection with this incident.

Officers are carrying out a number of enquiries to establish the full circumstances of the incident.  

A cordon is in place behind the Marks and Spencer store and the car park is closed although the shop remains open.

Surrey Police would respectfully request that you avoid this area if possible while we continue to carry out further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Springett said: “We understand that a serious incident like this has caused a lot of concern in the local community and we would like to reassure residents that we are doing everything we can to establish what has happened.

“From our initial enquiries, it appears that an altercation has taken place, leading to a physical confrontation, which then resulted in one of the group getting into his car and driving at two of the other men.

“Tragically, this has resulted in the death of one man and left another seriously injured and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

DCI Springett continued: “To assist the investigation, I would encourage anyone who has any information, particularly anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who has any mobile phone or dashcam footage, to come forward, quoting incident reference PR/P21083894.”

You can contact us via:

•            Webchat on our website surrey.police.uk

•            Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

•            Calling us on 101

Surrey Police launches survey to determine how safe women feel in the county

A survey to gather women’s experiences and thoughts on personal safety was launched in Surrey on Monday (12 April) as part of a wider Force initiative to make everyone feel safe. 

Since the tragic death of Sarah Everard in London, women across the UK have been prompted to share their experiences of feeling unsafe, harassed or intimidated. The survey, which has been inspired by the Cumbria Police’s ‘Call It Out’ campaign, seeks to understand concerns of women across the county and use this information to look at what the Force could be doing differently. 

In Surrey, we want to support women who want to share these experiences and are encouraging them to fill in this survey.  

The survey is anonymous and can be completed here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FBTJZX/

It will run until Monday, 3 May. 

Deputy Chief Constable, Nev Kemp said: “We are encouraging women across Surrey to fill in this survey to help us better understand how they are feeling and whether there is any more or anything we could be doing differently to help them feel safe. 

“Our mission is for people in Surrey to be safe and feel safe and whilst we know that anyone can feel harassed and intimidated, we are keen to better understand the experiences of women with this survey. The information collected from this survey will be reviewed by Surrey Police and Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner.


“As the police, we have an important role in addressing these issues which are currently being discussed at a national level and we understand that concerns around personal safety can also be in a domestic environment. We would like to reassure everyone that we take reports of being feeling unsafe or being harassed very seriously.” 

If you have been the victim of crime, please contact us via: 

 • Webchat on our website https://www.surrey.police.uk/

• Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

• Calling us on 101


There are also a number of support services available in Surrey, regardless on whether the police have been contacted or not. Details on helplines for various support services can be found here: https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-helplines/

GP Federation Works with Local Partners to Launch Mobile Vaccination Unit in Surrey

GP Federation, Alliance for Better Care (ABC), has launched a new Covid-19 Mobile Vaccination Unit today in Surrey, aimed at providing vaccinations to people who face additional challenges accessing vaccination sites. The project, which is staffed by ABC’s Community Team is the second Mobile Vaccination Unit to be launched by the federation and has, once again, been created in partnership with Metrobus.

The first site to host the bus in Surrey is the Merstham Community Hub which is run by the Merstham Community Facilities Trust. The unit’s locations are planned by ABC’s central team, working with the local GP practices and other community hosts.

Appointments for the mobile unit are by invitation only and are booked by the federation’s GP practices. The team therefore ask that the public wait to be invited.

ABC has partnered with numerous local organisations to bring the project to life including, Moathouse Surgery, Merstham Community Hub, Merstham Mix Café and Reigate and Banstead Council.

Lena Abdu, PCN Development Manager at Alliance for Better Care, is leading the Surrey project. She said: “We are extremely proud to have rolled out a second Mobile Vaccination Unit in the region. The first unit, which ABC launched in Crawley, was the brainchild of Leacroft Practice Manager, Matt Cullis and was a huge success in broadening the reach of our vaccination programme. Our aim has always been to ensure that every member of our community is afforded access to the vaccine and the bus has become an essential component in doing just that.”

Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Mark Brunt said: “We are delighted that this mobile facility will be hosted in Merstham – to help some of our more vulnerable residents and those less able to travel to receive the vaccine. We are also pleased to be able to support this important initiative with the help of our incredible local volunteers, who continue to give their time to the collective battle against coronavirus.”

The bus provides a self-contained, clean and safe location for vaccinations to take place, and benefits from its inbuilt one-way system.

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus Managing Director Martin Harris said: “We are pleased and proud to get behind the roll out of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme. I’d like to thank Metrobus colleagues and our NHS partners, Alliance for Better Care, for their hard work in mobilising this vital service so quickly.”

Alliance for Better Care is a GP Federation covering East Surrey, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex. It has launched seven vaccination sites and its team have administered more than 90,000 vaccinations to date.

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Dog Thefts in Surrey

MESSAGE FROM SURREY POLICE REGARDING DOG THEFTS IN SURREY:
 
Dog thefts have been a hot topic on social media recently, so we wanted to address this issue with you here.
 
Throughout lockdown we have seen an increased demand for pets, particularly dogs. Google search results for “buy a puppy” increased by 115% since the beginning of lockdown, and this demand has led to a subsequent increase in prices. Sadly this means that criminals are stealing dogs to breed from or sell on for a profit, and this is true across the UK as a whole.
 
In Surrey, the number of reported dog thefts remains low. However, this may mean that there are thefts or attempted thefts that have not been reported to police. If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed a dog theft or attempted dog theft, we need you to tell us.
If you want to share the information you have on social media, please make sure you have a police reference number; either a report number, or a call log number from when you reported it on the phone or online, and include that in your post.
 
Without reference numbers, there could appear to be more dog thefts than there actually are in reality. If you see information shared without a police reference number, please check that it was reported to us before passing the information on. If not, please encourage that person to do so.
 
It has also come to our attention that there are questions online regarding cable ties fastened to lampposts. This is something that other police forces have received queries about, and concerns that these are used as markers to indicate properties containing dogs. To our knowledge, there is no correlation between cable ties on lampposts and dog thieves. If you have any information contrary to that, please report it to us.
 
You can report any information you have about dog thefts to us via
Webchat on our website
• Online – http://orlo.uk/vRutm
• Calling us on 101
 
Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
To protect your dogs from theft, we would recommend the following:
Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with up to date information. There are 15 pet microchip databases you can choose from that meet government standards, and you can find the list here: http://orlo.uk/mFoJ8
• Invest in a collar and name tag, but use your surname rather than your pet’s name on name tags. Include your telephone number so you can be easily contacted if your pet is found.
• Take plenty of clear photos of your pet (not hard for most animal lovers!). Remember to include any distinctive markings that could identify your pet.
• Don’t leave your dog unattended in the garden, the car or outside shops if at all possible.
• Review your social media security settings, and be careful with the details you share, especially when it comes to your pets, your location or your favourite walking spots.
• Pay attention to your surroundings and know where your dog is at all times when out walking. Be mindful of anyone trying to distract you or draw your dog’s attention away from you. If you feel that someone is following or watching you and your dog in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, call police.
• We know that some dogs may live in kennels outside. Please ensure you make it as hard as possible for some to break in. Use multiple locks and have CCTV cameras covering the kennel as a deterrent.
• Ensure all gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock.
• Ensure gardens and yards are secure so that no one can gain entry or pull your dog out. Make sure fences and hedges are secure, with no gaps that a dog can squeeze through.
• Consider driveway alarms and CCTV – these can act as a visual as well as a physical deterrent.
• If you are concerned for your safety or that of your dog, we recommend investing in a personal safety alarm. Please do not carry anything that can be used as a weapon.
 
If your dog is stolen, call police on 999 or report it to us via our website: http://orlo.uk/LIhWF
 
Notify your microchip database provider immediately and advise http://orlo.uk/Czbjq either via their website or Facebook page. They will offer help, support and advice.

Advice From Surrey Police Regarding Dog Thefts

Lockdown has naturally increased the amount of time we’ve spent at home, and subsequent demand for pets has also increased. The demand for puppies is so high that prices have also increased, and sadly this means that criminals are stealing dogs to breed from or sell on for a profit.
 
Surrey Police  are aware of specific rumours on social media about persons trying to lure or entice dogs away whilst on walks with their owners. We have not received any direct reports of this, so if you have witnessed or experienced it, please report it to us.
 
However, do not rule out the possibility that someone may just want to say hello to your dog, and not mean you or them any harm.
We would recommend vigilance and following our safety tips below to help protect your pet from being targeted.
 

Some tips are applicable to all pets, not just dogs, so please read and share with others:

Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with up to date information.

 

• Invest in a collar and name tag, and use your surname rather than your pet’s name on name tags. Make sure to include your telephone number so you can be easily contacted if your pet is found.

 

• Take plenty of clear photos of your pet (not hard for most animal lovers!). Remember to include any distinctive markings that could identify your pet.

 

• Don’t leave your dog unattended in the garden, the car or outside shops if at all possible.

 

• Review your social media security settings, and be careful with the details you share, especially when it comes to your pets, your location or your favourite walking spots.

 

• Pay attention to your surroundings and know where your dog is at all times when out walking. Be mindful of anyone trying to distract you or draw your dog’s attention away from you. If you feel that someone is following or watching you and your dog in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, call police.

 

• We know that some dogs may live in kennels outside. Please ensure you make it as hard as possible for some to break in. Use multiple locks and have CCTV cameras covering the kennel as a deterrent.

 

• Ensure all gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock.

 

• Ensure gardens and yards are secure so that no one can gain entry or pull your dog out. Make sure fences and hedges are secure, with no gaps that a dog can squeeze through.

 

• Consider driveway alarms and CCTV – these can act as a visual as well as a physical deterrent.
 
If your dog is stolen, call police or report it to us via our website:

Notify your microchip database provider immediately and advise Dogs Lost either via their website or Facebook page. They will offer help, support and advice.

If you have any information about dog thefts or illegal puppy farms, we need to know so we can act. You can report any information to us online via our website:
You can also direct message us via Surrey Police social media channels or call 101. In an emergency, please dial 999.
Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to police, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers instead on 0800 555 111.

Alert – Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: 
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”


How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

  • ask for your bank account or card details
  • ask for your PIN or banking passwords
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to [email protected]. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

Woking residents urged to report any suspicious incidents happening on the Basingstoke Canal towpath

Officers are urging Woking residents to continue to be vigilant whilst using the Basingstoke Canal towpath, following a number of suspicious incidents and sexual exposure offences over the last 18 months.

The incidents have included victims being flashed or being approached in a suspicious and intimidating manner. However, we do not believe all of these offences are linked as the descriptions of the suspect have varied on a number of occasions.

The most recent incident involved a report of sexual exposure along the towpath around 8pm on Thursday, 17 December. The incident occurred when the victim was crossing the canal bridge on Dockfield Drive when the suspect exposed himself to her. The suspect is described as in his 20s, white, around 6ft tall and was wearing a dark grey hooded top and black sport trousers.

In response to this ongoing issue, the number of uniformed and plain clothes police patrols in the area have increased and officers have provided personal safety advice to schools and community groups.

Officers have also been working closely with Woking Borough Council, Basingstoke Canal Society, Neighbourhood Watch and the local community to set up ‘Canal Watch’ – a community initiative which will involve local volunteers patrolling the towpath and reporting any suspicious behaviour and concerns.

Woking Borough Commander Inspector David Bentley, said:

“We are urging the public to remain vigilant when using the towpath and to report anything suspicious to us straightaway. The quicker you report suspicious behaviour or activity, the quicker we can attend and this increases our chances of successfully locating and catching the offender.

“I would personally like to reassure the public that my team is doing everything they can, including working with our partner agencies, to identify those responsible. If you have any information which could assist us with our investigations, we would like to hear from you.”

 If you find yourself in a similar situation:

  • trust your instincts and if you think a situation is getting worse, try not to get involved;
  • look for a way to escape;
  • put distance between yourself and the other person if you are able to;
  • call 999 if you can;
  • if you’re unable to, then call police as soon as you can.

 
Anyone with any information which could help with our investigation is asked to contact us via

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

 

Surrey Police faces biggest challenge yet following introduction of third national lockdown

Surrey Police is facing its biggest challenge yet since the start of the pandemic, Chief Constable Gavin Stephens has warned as a third national lockdown was introduced this week.

The emergence of a new and much more transmissible strain of the coronavirus has resulted in more of the Force’s employees currently off sick and at home self-isolating, and he urged the Surrey public to continue adhering to the rules and stay at home to protect the lives of health and care workers, police officers and staff and others working in public service to keep our county safe.

He said: “As we enter a third national lockdown, this remains a challenging and unprecedented time for everyone. However, we have seen a high level of compliance in Surrey, even during the Christmas and New Year period, and I would like to once again thank the county’s residents doing the right thing and staying at home.

“However, the situation the Force is currently facing is much more serious than it has been so far and this has presented us with additional challenges.

“The robust preventative measures that we put in place at the start of the pandemic have stood us in good stead so far. However, the new variant of the virus is so transmissible that even these robust measures are sometimes insufficient to protect our staff.

“We had to close Staines custody centre for 12 days last month, which meant that only two out of our three custody suites were open, resulting in staff having to travel further for work and to transport prisoners in order to keep people safe. We also had to ask for assistance from our colleagues in Hampshire during one shift at the end of December as so many of our call handlers were off sick or self-isolating.

“Our frontline officers and staff are used to putting themselves at risk every day – that is part of the job. But this time is different – they are not only putting themselves but also their loved ones in harm’s way – and that is why I am appealing to the public now more than ever to strictly follow the rules and stay at home to save lives.”

Despite these challenges, CC Stephens reassured Surrey residents that the Force remained resilient, and would continue to police the pandemic alongside business as usual.

He said: “The Force has always pulled together as a team during difficult times and this is no exception – there is a strong support system in place not only amongst our staff but also with our other emergency and public sector colleagues as well.”

Stressing that officers would continue to use the well-established 4Es policing approach of engaging, educating and explaining and only enforcing in exceptional cases and only as a last resort, CC Stephens said: “There will soon be life after the pandemic, and it is so important that we have a strong sense of community and support for policing.  We will engage with people who appear to be in breach of the regulations and we will be strongly encouraging compliance with the new lockdown. 

“However, these new regulations need little explanation, so where people show a blatant disregard for the rules, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action. In the last two weeks, we have issued one £10k Fixed Penalty Notice and one summons for holding a gathering of 30 people or more.                         

“We have also issued 572 Fixed Penalty Notices between the start of the lockdown on 23 March and 5 January for contravention of lockdown regulations.”

CC Stephens added: “However, the risk of a fine should not be the motivation for people to follow the rules – the motivation should be the pain and suffering that this virus is inflicting and which is affecting us all.”

As well as the challenges of Covid Surrey Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers has led to 186 arrests across the county in just four weeks

The campaign is run annually by officers with the aim of protecting the public from the dangers of drink and drug-driving by educating motorists and targeting offenders.

A total of 186 arrests for drink and/or drug driving were made by Surrey Police during the operation which ran from Tuesday, 1 December to Friday, 1 January inclusive. These included 83 arrests on suspicion of drink-driving and 109 on suspicion of drug-driving.

During the same period, Sussex Police made 212 arrests – 114 on suspicion of drink-driving and 114 on suspicion of drug-driving.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said:

“These statistics show that there is still a minority of people who think drink and drug-driving is acceptable action, with little regard to their lives or those of other people.

“There is simply no excuse for this and we will always take these incidents extremely seriously.

“Fortunately, the vast majority of road users are sensible and law-abiding but there are still some people who refuse to comply.

“It cannot be overstated how enormous the consequences of drink and drug driving are. Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can impair your judgement and seriously increase the risk of you injuring or killing yourself or someone else.

“We will be identifying anyone who is arrested and convicted as a result of this campaign, and we hope that this will serve as an extra deterrent to those people who refuse to stop this unacceptable behaviour.”

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

•           Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;

•           A minimum 12 month ban;

•           An unlimited fine;

•           A possible prison sentence;

•           A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;

•           An increase in your car insurance costs;

•           Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

This life-saving campaign is run twice a year during the festive period and also in the summer, in addition to our proactive patrols to tackle drink and drug-drivers which are carried out 365 days a year.

The campaign is run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.

Follow Surrey Police at www.twitter.com/surreypolice.

For all non-emergency policing matters there are a number of ways to contact us including reporting online at https://report.police.uk/ and calling 101.

Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger)

Call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don’t want to leave your name.