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We were at Magna Square recently for a quick check-in with staff ahead of a Friday evening in Egham town. Don’t forget you can report suspicious activity and anti-social behaviour at Report | Surrey Police


Neighbourhood Specialist Officers (NSOs) PC Hall and PC Hemmings, following complaints around local substance misuse, arrested a driver on Harvest Road, Englefield Green on suspicious of driving whilst unfit through drugs.


Local Officers have been on patrol along Knowle Grove, Trumps Green following concerns raised in a local Neighbourhood Watch WhatsApp regarding door step cold callers. For more information please visit ℹ️ https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/consumer-advice/rogue-traders-scams-and-cold-callers/door-step


PC Vasilova and PC Taylor have been at Penton Park in Chertsey taking time to speak to residents at the social club in relation to local issues. They have provided bag bells to them following recent bag thefts from local supermarkets. Please keep your bag in sight and not open when shopping.


Crime in Runnymede is varied. Alongside our targeted patrols for burglars, opportunist thieves, protecting and safeguarding our most vulnerable members of the community and intelligence gathering, the Specialist Neighbourhood Team have been following up on enquiries around the borough and the surrounding wooded areas following reports of illegal poaching and hunting. On our patrols we came across a number of deer sheltering from the adverse weather. Deer’s are protected under the Deer Act 1991. It is an offence to poach deer without the consent of the owner or occupier or other lawful authority in search or pursuit of any deer with the intention of taking, killing, or injuring it. There are separate offences also for the attempt to use a firearm in the pursuit of this.


We have received reports relating to anti-social behaviour affecting residents in Blue Ball Lane and surrounding areas of Egham. We’d like to hear from anyone with CCTV or video doorbell footage that identifies people banging and kicking at doors harassing occupants. If you have been affected by this behaviour or can assist with our enquiries, please contact us at Contact us | Surrey Police quoting reference 45230026170.


Do you work in hospitality around the borough of Runnymede? Over the next week you may see our PCSOs distributing campaign materials as part of a routine national operation to help identify victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE). The campaign aims to heighten awareness and equip those working in the various hospitality industries with the tools to identify potential victims of CSE and CCE and feel more empowered to report concerns to the Police. Your information and observations will help us with our partner agencies ensure that appropriate intervention is made prior to any children or young people coming to harm. Our target audience are those working in hotels, bars, restaurants and taxi services. We’ll be posting more about this operation in the coming weeks.


Councillor Jonathan Hulley has said “Great to collaborate recently with my Virginia Water Councillors and other Runnymede colleagues, Dr Ben Spencer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and her Deputy Ellie, and the Runnymede Beat (Surrey Police) in a series of Residents' Summits, including in Virginia Water and Thorpe and more meetings are planned for communities like Ottershaw and elsewhere soon. We covered a lot of good ground: speeding and dangerous driving, further investment in our local road network, measures to deal with localised flooding and how to successfully tackle anti-social behaviour and other crime. Happily, Thorpe and Virginia Water are very safe places to live but where incidents do occur, the police are determined to deal with them effectively and efficiently. We will be conducting regular visits to identified areas to protect the wildlife of Runnymede along with our duties to protect life and property”.


Runnymede’s very own PCSO, Nichola Brumell, has been recognised with a Victim Care Award from the Force for her outstanding commitment to victims of crime in the borough. Nichola won the award after her work to tackle anti-social behaviour and her ability to build trust with victims of domestic abuse, was recognised by colleagues and victims alike. Well done Nichola! 


Joint investigation between our Paedophile Online Investigation Team and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit led to a man being sentenced to three years and three months in prison at Guildford Crown Court for arranging the commission of a child sex offence.   Rupesh Seth, 36, of Filleul Road, Wareham, Dorset, a practising GP at the time, pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence at an earlier hearing after travelling from Dorset to Egham on 12 November 2020 in order to meet an adult in order to sexually abuse the adult’s 10-year-old daughter. Police attended and he was arrested on suspicion of attempting to arrange and facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.  He also pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children after his phones were seized and analysed.  Seth was also suspended from practice following his arrest.  Read more here: https://www.surrey.police.uk/news/surrey/news/2023/03/dorset-man-jailed-for-child-sex-offences/



Neighbouring News 

A man has been charged with two offences of vehicle interference in Cobham (5th March) and Molesey (6th March). Nicholas Leon, 38, of no fixed abode was charged and remanded in custody. He appeared at Guildford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 8th March 2023.


Trainers and thousands of pounds in cash seized from a county line drug dealer have been donated to worthy Surrey causes. On 1 September 2020, officers from Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police conducted a warrant at an address in South West London. During the warrant, phones used to sell drugs were seized, along with more than £3,000 in cash and multiple pairs of expensive trainers. The 17-year-old suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in December 2022 to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin as well as offences under the proceeds of crime act. He was sentenced to two years in a young offender institute, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 180 hours of community service. The judge ordered the £3,080 of cash seized to be forfeited and donated to the Community Foundation of Surrey and also agreed that the seized trainers could be donated to a suitable Elmbridge-based cause. The trainers have been donated to the Cobham Centre for the Community, an accessible community venue that provides facilities for the local community. PC Deacon, who investigated the case, said: “Whilst the proceeds of crime seized from criminals are often donated to charity by the courts, it is a rare pleasure that we as police get to hand over items directly to a worthy cause. “Illegal drugs cause horrendous suffering throughout our communities, so any opportunity to take from those who perpetrate this crime and give back to those in need is satisfying.”


One of Elmbridge’s very own PCSOs, Jazz Reed, has been awarded a Victim Care Award from the Force for her unwavering commitment in dealing with victims of domestic abuse and fraud offences. Some of the brilliant feedback Jazz received from victims included praise for her kindness, regular check-ins on their welfare, and visiting the local food bank on their behalf. Sergeant Rob Thomas of Elmbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team said of Jazz; “She has been my go-to person when assigning incidents as she really goes above and beyond and ensures follow up visits are made both for reassurance and to prevent further issues.”


A 31-year-old man from Hounslow has been banned from driving for 3 years and 8 months after pleading guilty to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. The man was seen driving erratically on the A30 London Road, Ashford on Sunday, 12 February and was stopped and breathalysed by officers. He was arrested and taken to Staines custody, where he blew a breath sample of 76mcg – the legal limit being 35mcg. He appeared at Guildford Magistrates' Court on Monday, 6 March. As well as receiving the disqualification, the man was ordered to pay a fine of £120, costs of £85 and a surcharge of £48. Police Constable Ross Freeman, investigating officer, said “A small amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can massively impair your judgement and increase the risk of you seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else on the road. “If you know someone who is driving whilst over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.”




Officers have taken down a drugs line responsible for dealing MDMA and cocaine throughout Surrey.  The drugs line, labelled ‘Tarzan’, was uncovered by officers investigating class A drug supply in Surrey last year. By January this year, they had cut the drugs line off at the source when they arrested the man who headed up the operation.  Intelligence had led officers to Mason Dean, 24, of Oyster Lane, Byfleet, who was arrested during a warrant conducted at his address on 31 January.  In total, officers found and seized 23.3g cocaine, 172 MDMA pills, 3g cannabis and £1400 in cash from his home.  The burner phone used to operate the drugs line was also found among his property, with a subsequent search of the device finding messages pertaining to large-scale drug dealing.  Dean pleaded guilty to six offences related to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of cannabis and possession of criminal property at Guildford Crown Court on Monday (1 February).  On Thursday (2 March), Dean was handed a prison term of three years and four months at the same court.  The cash seized from Dean’s home was forfeited and ordered to be paid to Surrey Drugs and Alcohol Care (SDAC).  
PC David Oliver, who investigated the case, said: “We work around the clock to investigate and disrupt drug supply in Surrey every day, using proactive tactics and intelligence to pursue perpetrators responsible for dealing drugs and unleashing the wide-scale poisonous impact they have on communities.  “The Tarzan drugs line was identified by my team, shut down and the ring-leader behind bars in less than a year, showing that there is no place to hide for drug dealers in our county.”


Seized last week: £17,000 in cash. 168 wraps of crack cocaine. 22 phones. Six weapons. Surrey Police Officers, and a number of teams working behind the scenes, were busy last week helping to keep Surrey’s communities safe from county lines. Officers also safeguarded 23 people, carried out 45 cuckooing prevention visits, and spoke to over 700 people at school events and through community engagement. Detective Chief Inspector Debbie White said: “Drug dealers and county lines gangs exploit the most vulnerable members of our community for their own gains. We, however, will stop at nothing to disrupt county lines operating within Surrey. “The information the public provides us with is vital in helping us to stop this criminality. Any information you may have, no matter how small, can help us to build the bigger picture and ultimately be the missing piece of the puzzle that means we can disrupt a county line.  “Please contact us with any information that you may have, which could be the missing piece of the puzzle that means we can disrupt a county line. If you’d rather not speak to police, please reach out to the anonymous and fully independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”



Congratulations to everyone who received awards at our Chief’s Commendations Ceremony the other night. This event was of great significance to the Force as the people who received awards the other night will be the last people to receive commendations from Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, as he moves to his new role in national policing very soon. Since becoming Chief Constable back in 2019, Gavin has hosted many ceremonies, and given out countless commendations to staff, and this night was one for the memory bank as not only were the regular commendations given out, but the Chief also got to present the Richard Gunn Memorial Award, a 60-year long service award and a special award for outstanding care for victims of crime.



To mark National Careers Week, we spoke to colleagues who have enjoyed several different roles within the Force to see what their careers at Surrey Police have looked like so far.  PC Ross Sandiford works across both Surrey Police and Sussex Police in Centurion, which is a specialist crime team that focuses on tackling county lines across both counties.   His role involves building an intelligence picture around a drug line, how it operates, and where the drugs are coming from. Those operating these drug lines will usually be part of a gang or a wider organised crime network and cause significant harm within our communities. The people who run county drug lines will often exploit children or vulnerable adults, sometime using intimidation, violence and coercion to get them to move around drugs and cash.  His team will assist with every part of the investigation from intelligence work, the intervention and arrest of those involved, through to the point of charge, when they present these individuals to the court. They assist investigation teams throughout Surrey and Sussex with specialist knowledge, including the examination of mobile phones, drug identification, forensics, and information on how these drug lines will operate.  The team uses the information people report to start building up an intelligence picture, which could cover anything from a phone number, person’s name, or an address. They will start to develop this, to see if an investigation can be built around the information provided. The team strongly urge anyone who has concerns about drug dealing, or that a child may be getting involved with county lines, to contact us, or to report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  The Centurion team, though focused on tackling drug lines within Surrey and Sussex, will often target the line holder, who is usually from another county. This takes the team all over the country in order to combat county line drug dealing, where they work alongside a number of different police forces. Sharing information and combining resources increases the impact they have when dealing with these individuals, whose sole motivation is to make money without a care for who this is impacting. 


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