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Winter Homeless Shelter Returns – 20/11/14
A night shelter for the homeless will be returning to Redhill, Reigate and Horley this Winter. The shelter, which will be held in different church halls across the towns, will run for 11 weeks from December 22. Up to 15 homeless guests can be accommodated each night and will be given an evening meal, a bed for the night and breakfast.
Horley Woman Arrested in Connection with Cyclists Death – 11/11/14
A 47 year old woman from Horley has been arrested for failing to stop at the scene of an accident and drink driving after a man from Beare Green was killed in a hit and run accident. Robert Worrall was discovered lying in the road near the Esso Petrol Station on the A24 in Beare Green in the early hours of Sunday morning. A member of the public called the emergency services but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cannabis Factory Discovered – 29/10/14
A 47 year old man has been arrested after police searched a property in Antlands Lane, Shipley Bridge and discovered around 300 cannabis plants. Andy Andrews was arrested and charged with production of a class B drug and remanded in custody after the search last Friday. A large amount of cash and hydroponics equipment was also seized at the property.
Assault Allegations at Drilling Site – 17/10/14
A week after the discovery of oil was announced near Horley, protesters and site staff have clashed at the drilling site. Following the announcement that a drilling operation was to be established at the site in Horse Hill protesters set up camp outside the gates, despite the operators insisting that only traditional drilling techniques will be used and not the controversial fracking technique. Police were called at around 1.15pm on Friday after allegations of assault were made by two people.
Oil Found in Horley – 10/10/14
The company behind exploratory drilling in Horse Hill have announced that they have discovered oil at the site. Horse Hill Developments hope to be able to extract oil from the site within two years but have reassured local residents that they will not utilise the controversial fracking technique.
Missing Horley Girl Found – 09/10/14
A 12 year old girl from Horley who went missing on Sunday evening has been found safe and well. Lily Webster was last seen at around 8pm on Sunday leaving an address in Horley but then went missing. The police search stretched across Surrey to Epsom, Guildford and Leatherhead where she was known to visit. She was found on Wednesday.
Taxi Driver Attacked in Reigate – 07/10/14A man and woman from Horley have been arrested for a vicious attack on a taxi driver in Reigate on Saturday. The 30 year old man and 25 year old woman along with a 29 year old from Wallington were picked up from JJ Whispers nightclub in Church Street at around 1.30am. Shortly after the pick up, the threesome attacked him, breaking his nose and causing other facial injuries before stealing several hundred pounds off him and running away.
Teenage Boys Charged with Arson – 01/10/14
A 14 year old boy from Horley and two 15 year old boys from Smallfield have been charged with arson with intent to endanger life. The three boys are accused of setting fire to a roll of carpet at a block of flats in Lumley Road on March 27 this year. They will appear at Guildford Youth Court on October 8.
Rail Death Victim Identified – 25/09/14
The identity of the man hit and killed by a train at Horley train station on September 11 has been released by police. 48 year old David Norton-Frost from Horley was pronounced dead at the scene and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
Cash Machine Stolen from Forecourt – 19/09/14
Thieves stole a cash machine from a petrol station in Woodhatch last night in what looks like a well-planned operation. Four people arrived at the Texaco petrol station in Dovers Green Road in a white van shortly after midnight and removed the barriers to give them access to the forecourt. They then pulled the free-standing cash machine over, smashed it open and emptied the contents into the van before making their escape.
Horley Teenager Attacked and Robbed – 18/09/14
A 16 year old girl from Horley was punched in the face and had her mobile phone stolen in Langley Green on Wednesday. The attack happened in Langley Walk at around 5.20pm when the girl was approached by a man in his late teens who asked for the time. The attacker then struck her under the chin and grabbed her Samsung Galaxy phone before running off. The attacker was wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans with a yellow belt and dark trainers.
Another Fatality at Horley Train Station – 12/09/14
A man died yesterday morning when he was hit by a train at Horley train station. Emergency services were called to the station at 8.23am but paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious. Trains on the busy London to South Coast line were disrupted for several hours.
Natural Causes Killed Man Outside Hospital – 03/09/14
The man in his 70s who was found unconscious in an East Surrey hospital car park died of natural causes according to a police investigation. The man was discovered at around 5pm last Tuesday and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Initially, police suspected that a vehicle may have been involved in the death but have now announced, following a post-mortem examination, that there was no third party involvement.
Double Trouble for Gatwick Flights – 29/08/14
Emergency services at Gatwick Airport had a busy morning yesterday after two flights suffered technical problems and were forced to make emergency landings. At 7.20am an Easy Jet flight to Naples carrying 137 passengers had to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit. The second incident involved a British Airways flight to Las Vegas, which detected a hydraulic fault whilst flying over the Atlantic forcing it to turn around and return to Gatwick. Nobody was injured in either incident.
Pensioner Dies Outside Hospital – 28/08/14
A man in his 70s was found dead in East Surrey hospital’s car park on Tuesday evening. The man’s body was discovered by the entrance to the golf club car park and the cause of his death is currently unexplained. He had apparently been attending a routine out-patient appointment at the hospital and police are now investigating whether he could have been hit by a vehicle.
Horley Teenager Reaches Final of National Dance Competition – 27/08/14
An 18 year old from Horley is one step away from achieving his dream after his dance team reached the final of Sky 1’s Got To Dance competition. James Black and his team mates from Dance Illusion beat of stiff competition in Mondays semi-final to reach the final on Friday night. The team are mentored by world-class dance crew Diversity leader Ashley Banjo.
Fireworks Store Blaze – 21/08/14
Firefighters battled a blaze in an outbuilding used to store fireworks in Meath Green Lane on Wednesday night. The fire started at around 11pm at the SDG Post Office and Off Licence and spread quickly, destroying the outbuilding and damaging an adjacent flat. An investigation is under way to establish the cause of the fire.
Horley Man Charged With Arson – 14/08/14
A 29 year old man from Horley has been charged with arson relating to the series of recent attacks across Horley and Reigate. David Stephens of Massetts Road has been charged with eight counts of arson, three counts of criminal damage and one count of attempted criminal damage. Surrey Police set up a special task force called Operation Retinta after it became apparent that the attacks, which included Old Reigations Rugby Club and Horley Lawn Tennis Club, were possibly being committed by the same individual.
Three Factors Led to Bikers Death – 08/08/14
An inquest into the death of a motor cyclist from Redhill has found that there were three contributing factors that led to the fatal accident in which he died. 27 year old Lee Friend died on February 27 last year after his motorbike collided head-on with a car on Dovers Green Road. He had rounded a blind corner at speed and was suddenly confronted by stationary traffic caused by temporary lights. He hit the car in front of him and then rebounded off a car travelling in the opposite direction. The inquest found that police had failed to identify a risk to life in regard to the positioning of the traffic lights following an accident at the same spot the day before Mr Friend died. The jury also concluded that the positioning of the lights and warning signs for the roadworks being carried out by Sutton and East Surrey Water as well as the speed Mr Friend was traveling were contributing factors to his death.
Seven Hospitalised After Crash – 07/08/14
Seven people were taken to hospital for treatment after two cars collided in Salfords. The cars were travelling along Axes Lane at around 10.40am when a black VW Golf veered across the road and collided with a grey VW Golf travelling in the opposite direction. Six people were taken to East Surrey Hospital and one was taken to St Georges hospital in London.
PCSO Guilty of Theft at Gatwick Airport – 01/08/14
A PCSO who stole more than £15,000 from passengers at Gatwick Airport has been found guilty of theft. Alexis Scott stole the money by approaching passengers just before they boarded their flights and told them that they were carrying more than the maximum amount of cash permitted on an overseas flight. She then confiscated the money and told them that they could reclaim it when they returned to the UK. After returning passengers began to enquire about their missing cash, Scott’s deception was quickly discovered and she was dismissed by Sussex Police for gross misconduct in July last year. She was found guilty of six counts of theft and one of misconduct in a public office and will be sentenced next week.
Teenagers Arrested for Skip Fire – 30/07/14
Two 17 year old boys have been arrested after a skip was set alight in Albert Road. Police were called to the scene at 1.30am on Tuesday and arrested the boys from Horley shortly afterwards. The boys are not thought to be involved with the series of arson attacks across Horley and Reigate in recent weeks.
Man Arrested on Suspicion of Arson – 28/07/14
Police have arrested a man from Horley in connection with the series of arson attacks over recent weeks. The 29 year old from Horley was arrested on Friday and released on police bail until September 24 whilst the investigation continues. No further action will be taken against the 43 year old man from Epsom previously arrested in connection to the attacks.
Police Search for Missing Teenager – 23/07/14
Surrey Police have appealed for help in finding a teenager who went missing two weeks ago. 16 year old Latvian born Sanita Muceniece was last seen at home in Horley on the evening of July 10. CCTV footage shows her boarding a train at 5.10am the following day and leaving the train at Purley but she then disappeared and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Fire at Oakwood Sports Club – 22/07/15
Oakwood Sports Club in Balcombe Road is the latest victim of fire, after a blaze destroyed part of the centre on Sunday night. The fire, which may have gone undiscovered for several hours, damaged the roof above the changing area. Whilst there is no evidence to support suspicions, police are not ruling out that the Oakwood fire could be related to the string of other arson attacks at sports clubs in Horley and Reigate.
Offices to be Converted to Flats – 10/07/14
An office block in the centre of Horley will be converted to flats after Reigate and Banstead Borough Council approved the proposal submitted by Alpha UK Property Fund. The existing building at Saxley Court in Victoria Road will be partly demolished, leaving just the ground floor retail units, which will be remodelled and will continue to be used for retail space. The three floors above will be converted to flats and a new five storey block of flats will be built at the back of the building.
Man Arrested on Suspicion of Multiple Arson Attacks – 07/07/14
A 43 year old man from Epsom has been arrested on suspicion of arson in relation to the recent attacks at Horley Lawn Tennis Club, Churchfields Bowls Club, Old Reigations Rugby club and a house in Massetts Road, Horley. He has been released on police bail until August 21 pending further police investigation.
Police Search for Serial Arsonist – 04/07/14
A series of deliberately started fires around Horley and Reigate have resulted in a reward being offered by Crimestoppers. The latest arson attack was in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a house in Massetts Road which was being renovated and unoccupied. The house fire is being linked with three other fires in the area at Horley Lawn Tennis Club, Reigate Bowls Club and Old Reigations rugby club and police believe that the same individuals could be responsible for all four attacks
Crash Leaves Horley Woman in Critical Condition – 26/06/14
A 45 year old woman from Horley is in a critical condition after her car collided with another vehicle on Monday evening. The collision happened at the junction of Balcombe Road and Fernhill Road at around 6.30pm when the Horley woman’s Citroen Picasso collided with a Landrover driven by a 50 year old woman from Crawley Down. It took firefighters two hours to cut the Horley woman out of the car and she was rushed to St George’s hospital in Tooting with serious head and body injuries. The Landrover driver was taken to Royal Sussex County hospital with facial and back injuries.
Horley Burglaries – 24/06/14
Police believe that two burglaries committed on the same day in Horley are linked. The houses in Southlands Avenue and Fallowfield Way were broken into during the day last Wednesday between 9.30am and 4pm. Both properties were accessed from the rear doors. Two suspicious-looking men in their mid 20s were seen in the Fallowfield Way area at the time of the break in.
Tennis Club Destroyed by Fire – 23/06/14
A blaze at Horley Lawn Tennis Club in Vicarage Lane has destroyed their brand new club house. The blaze started in the early hours of Sunday morning and it took fire crews from Horley and Reigate almost five hours to extinguish it, but not before the roof had collapsed and the interior destroyed. The £250,000 clubhouse, which was funded through a culmination of tireless fundraising and a £50,000 donation from Sport England, hadn’t even been finished and the wooden structure was empty. Investigators do not suspect foul play at present but continue to search for the cause of the fire.
Rail Death Man Identified – 10/06/14
The man who died after being hit by a train at Horley railway station two weeks ago has been identified as 28 year old David McCallum from Redhill. Incidents leading to Mr McCallum's death have not yet been established but the police are not treating it as suspicious.
Man Dies at Train Station – 29/05/14
An unidentified man has been killed by a train at Horley station. Emergency services were called after the man was struck by the 4.24pm Brighton to Bedford train. Paramedics and a hazardous area response team were sent to the station but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the man and the cause of the accident have not yet been established, although police do not suspect any foul play.
Conservatives Victorious at Local Elections – 28/05/14
The Conservative party maintained their stronghold in Reigate & Banstead, but UKIP showed the biggest growth and gained their first seat on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. Out of the 17 seats up for re-election, the Tories won 12, Resident's Associations claimed 2, The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party took 1 each and UKIP took 1. The first ever seat for UKIP was won by Christian Stevens in the Horley Central region. The council is now made up of 37 Conservatives, 7 Residents' Associations, 3 Green Party, 2 Liberal Democrats, 1 Independent and 1 UKIP.
Man Attacked in Car – 26/05/14
A man was attacked and robbed as he drove home on Friday night. The victim was driving along the Smallfield Road at around 10.15pm when he spotted three men standing in the road near the roundabout at Wheatfield Way. He stopped the car to investigate and was dragged out of his car and repeatedly punched in the face and kicked. His attackers then stole cash that was on the passenger seat. The victim was treated at East Surrey Hospital for injuries to his face and neck.
Former Police Chief Jailed – 07/05/14
The former chief inspector of Surrey Police has been jailed for two and a half years at Winchester Crown Court for a series of fraud offences. 46 year old Tanya Brookes from Godalming pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of making an article for use in fraud. She had also been convicted earleir of twenty five other charges relating to fraud. Among her offences were claiming to be a counter-terrorism officer in order to get a cheap holiday to the Caribbean, wrongful damage claims against airlines and demanding refunds from high street shops after purchasing items cheaply on E-bay. In sentencing, the judge stated that he had to make an example of Ms Brookes as she was a serving police officer and the shame she has brought on the uniform could not be ignored. Her husband, David Brookes who was also a chief inspector with Surrey Police was sacked in April after an investigation, but will not face criminal charges.
Alzheimer's Sufferer Found Under Hedge – 30/04/14
After a two day manhunt involving police, Surrey Search and Rescue, family and volunteers, a 78 year old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's was discovered safe and well lying under a hedge near her home. Patricia Boniface went missing from her home at around 6pm on Saturday and concerned relatives alerted the emergency services, as well as launching a Facebook appeal for help. They searched tirelessly throughout the weekend and Mrs Boniface was eventually discovered by police at around 1.30pm on Monday lying under the hedge near Weatherhill Close suffering from nothing more than a few scratches.
Crowds Flock to St George's Day Celebrations – 28/04/14
Horley town centre once again played host to the annual St George's day celebrations on Saturday, and local residents flooded the town to join in with the fun and participate in the many attractions. More than 50 market stalls were set up in the town selling everything from clothes and jewellery to pottery and plants along with lots of fun for childrfen of all ages including bouncy castles and a rodeo. The weather stayed kind for the entire day and organisers, the Horley Association of Traders, were delighted with the success.
Cyclist Injured in Hit and Run – 22/04/14
Sussex police are appealing for witnesses after the driver of a car hit a cyclist and failed to stop. John Dolby from Horley was cycling along the A264 in Copthorne at around 6.30pm on Wednesday in training for his participation in the London to Brighton Cyle Ride when an impatient motorist hit Mr Dolby's handlebars with the wing mirror of his car as he overtook. Mr Dolby fell from his bike, sustaining a twisted ankle, fractured elbow and cuts and bruises. The offending motorist was driving a black Peugeot.
Landfill Stink Not Toxic – 18/04/14
Public Health England have declared this week that the stench coming from a landfill site in Redhill is not a danger to the public. For over three months, the smell emanating from the site in Cormongers Lane has prompted complaints and concern from residents in Redhill, Reigate and Horley. The Environment Agency instructed Public Health England to analise the levels of hydrogen sulphide and whilst the findings state that the levels should be below the current level, they present zero risk to health.
Teenager Dies on Train Track – 09/04/14
A 15 year old boy died at Horley train station on Monday after falling from the platform and touching a live rail. Jesse Quincey was waiting for a train to go home to Redhill after spending the evening with friends in Horley. Emergency services were called at around 8.25pm and the electricity supply had to be turned off to allow them to reach him. However, there was nothing paramedics could do and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Social network tributes have already started pouring in describing Jesse as a wonderful and happy young boy.
Runway Consultation Starts – 08/04/14
The public consultation into proposals to build a second runway at Gatwick Airport opened on Friday, giving local residents the opportunity to review the plans and to have their say. There are three options for the position of the second runway, all of which are South of the existing runway towards Crawley. Anyone interested in the proposal can visit the website set up exclusively for the process www.gatwickobviously.com and have their say on which site is most suitable, although campaigners opposed to the proposal are angry that there is not an automatic selection available to select ‘no runway’.
Sinkhole Closes Road – 07/04/14
Part of the A23 near Gatwick had to be closed yesterday after a large sinkhole appeared in the road. The northbound carriageway of the A23 between the Fleming Way roundabout and the Lowfield Heath roundabout had to be closed whilst Thames Water engineers investigated. The cause of the sinkhole was a leaking high-pressured pipe and the road is likely to be closed for at least a week whilst repairs are made.
Sahara Sand Blamed for Dirty Cars – 2/4/14
Residents in East Surrey woke on Monday to find their cars covered in a film of muck that experts say has travelled from the Sahara Desert. Sandstorms in the African desert set dust into the atmosphere that was then deposited over Southern England in rain showers. The dust particles have also created high levels of pollution, causing breathing difficulties among prone individuals.
Another Proposal for Flats in Horley Town Centre – 21/3/14
Developers who have submitted a plan to convert office space into flats have come under fire from local residents and business owners in the town. The application to convert the offices at 121-129 Victoria Road into 43 apartments would include building another storey and a courtyard to the rear. Retailers occupying the ground floor of the building are concerned about loss of light and disruption to their businesses whilst the Chamber of Commerce are concerned that Horley is losing all of its office space, which is essential to bring money into the town.
Air Stench No Threat - 19/3/14
The operators of Redhill’s landfill site have issued a statement claiming that the foul smell in the air over East Surrey caused by their site poses no risk to health. Biffa have collected air samples from 25 locations twice a day and say that hydrogen sulphide levels have not exceed 0.5 parts per million which is one third of the level considered to be a risk. However, despite Biffa’s claims, the Environment Agency have issued an enforcement notice threatening legal action if the company do not comply with measures to reduce the release of gases from the site.
Teenager Airlifted to Hospital After Horse Fall – 17/3/14
A teenage girl from Horley was airlifted to King’s College hospital in London after she fell from her horse on Sunday. The girl suffered head injuries and was semi-conscious when paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident in Greenfields Road. The air ambulance was called and landed in the grounds of Meath Green Junior School before transporting the girl to the major trauma centre.
Burglar Chased Through Gardens – 17/3/14
Horley residents enjoying the first sign of Spring were shocked to find police officers running through gardens and checking garden sheds on Sunday afternoon. The officers were searching for a man wanted on suspicion of burglary after he was spotted by an officer responding to an unrelated incident. A police helicopter and police dogs were also used in locating the man, who was arrested and charged with burglary.
Pub Staff Threatened with Knife - 14/3/14
Knife wielding burglars left a woman terrified after they broke into a pub in the early hours of Thursday morning and demanded cash. The raid at The Greyhound pub in Charlwood happened at around 5.30am, when the woman was woken by the two men breaking in. When she investigated the noise, the burglars threatened her with a knife and forced her to open a safe containing a substantial amount of money. Police believe that the pub was targeted specifically because the burglars knew exactly what they wanted.
Man Jailed for Bus Stop Assault - 04/03/14
A 41 year old man who sexually assaulted a 13 year old girl at a bus stop in Horley has been jailed for 20 months at Guildford Crown Court. John Baboony from Redhill attacked the girl at a bus stop in Victoria Road on June 5 last year. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Coroners Rule on Bodies Found Near Hospital - 28/02/14
Two inquests held in Woking in the last week have ruled against foul play in relation to two bodies discovered near East Surrey hospital in unrelated incidents last year. The first inquest was into the death of 42 year old care worker Adrian Sirbu in March last year. Mr Sirbu had visited the hospital suffering from psychiatric problems but was discharged following tests which attributed his mental state to his reliance on alcohol. The inquest ruled that Mr Sirbu stabbed himself in the heart shortly after leaving the hospital. The second inquest was into the death of 52 year old Carol Holmes who went missing from her care home last September prior to her body being discovered in woodland in Earlswood. The court heard that Ms Holmes had suffered from mental health issues for a long time and was unhappy living at the Orchard House Care Home in Green Lane, Redhill. The inquest found no evidence of third party involvement in her death but had to conclude an open verdict.
No Suspects in Graveyard Fire Man - 26/02/14
Police have announced that following an investigation and numerous witness statements, they are not looking for a third party in connection with the man found on fire in St Bartholomews Church graveyard last week. The man was discovered crying for help by church council members who assisted in dousing the flames. The 20 year old from Crawley is still in a critical condition in hospital.
Man Set on Fire in Graveyard - 19/02/14
A man in his 20s from Crawley is in hospital with life threatening injuries after being found on fire in a church garveyard in Horley. The man was spotted by a group of people attending a meeting at the church at around 8.30pm on Monday, who thought that a bush had been set on fire. The witnesses rushed to the man's.aid and helped him to extinguish the flames in the wet grass. The man was taken to St George's Hospital in London where he is currently in a critical condition. Police are investigatin the circumstances leading to the tragedy and are asking for witnesses.
Another Council Tax Increase for Borough - 14/02/14
Residents in Reigate and Banstead Borough will have to foot yet another increase in council tax after Surrey Police, Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council all announced increases of just under 2%. The increase has been deliberately set just under the 2% barrier in order to avoid triggering a public referendum according to government guidelines.The increases mean that the average household will pay around £30 more in the new financial year.
Man Shot Dead in Gun Shop - 12/02/14
An elderly man died after shooting himself in what is suspected to be a suicide in gun shop in Reigate. The man in his 80s entered John Powell Gunmakers in Reigate Church Street at around 9.40am on Tuesday carrying a loaded weapon. After the gun went off, police and paramedics quickly arrived at the scene but were unable to save the man's life. Police have launched an investaigation into the shooting but believe that no third party was involved.
Local Businesses Get Zero Hygiene Rating - 07/02/14
A Reigate restaurant and Redhill pub have both been told that they must make urgent improvements in their food hygiene standards. The Red Lion pub in Linkfield Lane, Redhill and Thai Dining in Reigate High Street received zero ratings in their most recent inspections, although both businesses dispute that the reports are accurate. Several other businesses received ratings of just one, requiring significamt improvement, including Frankie & Bennys in Redhill, The Golden Curry in Reigate, The Gourmet Wok in Reigate, Peri Peri Original Grill in Redhill and New Fort Raj in Horley.
Police Raids Target Drugs Network - 30/01/14
An early morning operation targeting drug dealers in the area resulted in 22 arrests of people suspected of supplying drugs. The co-ordinated strikes started at 6am on Wednesday morning and involved more than 270 officers raiding properties in Redhill, Earlswood, Horley and North London. The police belive that, whilst the targets were low-level drug dealers, the effects of the arrests will have a significant impact on drug dealing in the area.
Housing Development at School Declined – 23/01/14
The expansion plans of a thriving Horley school have been jeopardised after Reigate and Banstead Borough Council refused an application to allow them to build houses on part of their land. Yattendon School in Oakwood Road had hoped that the sale of an unused bit of land to build seven five-bedroom houses would fund extensive plans to provide first-class facilities at the school. However, despite the proposal being supported by school governors and parents alike, councillors sided with the residents of Oakwood Road, who claim the road is already over-populated, and voted 10 to 7 against the application.
Residents Query Floodplain Development – 15/01/14
Following the recent storms and flooding, many Horley residents have been left baffled and angry about two projects to build houses on flood prone areas. Fields in Meath Green were turned into lakes over the Christmas period on the site approved for 1000 new homes. Meanwhile, at the other side of town, the controversial plans to build 50 new homes off Haroldslea Drive have been ridiculed after many neighbouring homes were flooded over the Christmas period. Reigate and BAnstead Borough Council have assured residents that proper flood prevention measures will be undertaken prior to the commencemtn of any building work.
Storms Wreak Havoc Across County – 02/01/14
Families forced to leave their flooded homes, drivers fleeing their submerged vehicles, and businesses forced to close during one of the busiest times of the year have all been a result of what experts are calling the worst storm to hit the South East since 1987. Torrential rain and gale force winds struck overnight on 23rd December, resulting in flooding throughout the county. Many homes were left without electricity and Christmas preparations were either put on hold or cancelled altogether as friends and neighbours rallied to help each other. Severe flooding resulted in gridlock on many roads as motorists failed to make it through deep water. But despite a brief respite on Christmas day, there are still flood warnings in place as the bad weather continued at the end of December and into the new year.
Air Ambulance Cleared for 24 Hour Service – 28/12/13
Surrey has become the first county in the country to receive a 24 hour emergency air ambulance service. Following numerous fundraising events, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance have purchased a MD902 helicopter capable of flying at night, which will be based at Redhill Aerodrome. The new service will mean the difference between life and death for thousands of patients who require emergency treatment and speedy transport to hospital at night.
Gatwick Shortlisted for New Runway – 19/12/13
The government have included Gatwick on a shortlist of airports suitable for expansion. If successful, Gatwick’s new runway would be situated 3000 metres south of the existing runway and it is thought to be the most environmentally friendly option being considered. However, opposition to the expansion at Gatwick claim that housing and transport infrastructure is not good enough and the local area could not cope with the demands of a busier airport.
Christmas Nightmare on Railways – 13/12/13
Passengers wishing to travel on the London to Brighton line over the Christmas period will face considerable inconvenience and diversions. Southern Rail have announced that there will be no trains travelling from Gatwick to London Victoria between Boxing Day and January 1st due to platform work at the airport and maintenance on the lines. Passengers wishing to use Horley, Redhill and Merstham stations to travel to London will have to find an alternative route or other means of transport during this period.
Family Home Set on Fire – 4/12/13
Police suspect that a fire at a house in Court Lodge may have been started deliberately. Fire crews battled the fire at the house in Roffey Close for three hours after receiving an emergency call from a passer-by at around 8.30pm. The family were not home at the time but two dogs were in the property and had to be rescued by the firefighters. Police are treating the cause of the fire as suspicious and want to speak to two teenage boys spotted in the area at the time of the fire.
Fight at Racecourse – 3/12/13
Police were called to Lingfield Racecourse in the early hours of Sunday morning after a huge fight broke out at a Christmas party. Two companies were holding their staff parties at the function venue when an argument started between the groups. Security staff quickly stepped in and halted the fight, moving one of the groups to the Marriott hotel situated within the racecourse grounds at around 11pm. However, the other party moved on to the hotel at around 1am after their function had finished and the two groups resumed the fighting, with approximately 30 individuals involved. The hotel staff called police who arrived in six cars and a police van and broke the fight up. Two members of staff were injured during the fracas, one requiring hospital treatment.
Horley Hotel Closes Suddenly – 2/12/13
Staff and guests at a Horley hotel found themselves out on the street when the hotel was suddenly closed down on Friday. The Menzies Chequers Hotel in Bonehust Road had been up for sale since its parent company Menzies Hotel Group went into administration six months ago. However, administrators KPMG announced on Friday that no buyer could be found for the Horley hotel and immediately closed the doors. Around 50 people worked at the hotel and now find themselves unemployed.
Morrisons Opens in Horley – 29/11/13
Shoppers in Horley were excited on Monday to witness the opening of the new Morrisons store in the High Street. With so many retail units in the town empty, a big name like Morrisons is a welcome addition and will hopefully encourage other retail chains to look at the benefits of opening in Horley. As well as offering shoppers a new experience, the new Morrisons M Local has created 20 new jobs in the town.
Coroner Rules Drunken Man’s Death an Accident – 27/11/13
A coroner has ruled that the death of a 46 year old man form Horley was as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident. Terence Hall was hit by a car after laying in the road having consumed too much drink on March 10 this year. Eye-witnesses described having seen Mr Hall staggering in Bonehurst Road and one witness stated that they saw him lay down in the road and spread his arms out. Moments later he was hit by a car, causing a fatal chest injury.
Local Man Killed byTrain – 11/11/13
A man from Horley was tragically killed when he was hit by a train at Gatwick Airport on Wednesday. 45 year old Darren Lansdown of Hamilton Close in Horley was hit by the train at the station at around 8.20pm, causing services on the busy London to Brighton line to be suspended for more than an hour. Police do not suspect anything suspicious about Mr Lansdown's death and an inquest was opened today.
Horley Police Station to be Sold – 7/11/13
A review into the sale of police stations throughout the county has concluded that Horley police station in Massetts Road should be one of the stations closed down and put up for sale. Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley had put a hold on all land and property sales in 2012 in order to conduct a full review of services. Horley police station has been closed to the public since 2011 but is still being used as a base for local officers.
Hospital Receives Top Rating – 31/10/13
East Surrey Hospital has been named one of the safest hospitals in the country in a new report. The Care Quality Commission compiled the report on 161 hospital trusts across the country and graded each trust in bands between 1 and 6. Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust was one of 37 trusts given the highest rating meaning that patients receive safe, effective, high quality care.
Two New Schools Approved for Horley – 24/10/13
Surrey County Council have this week approved plans for two new primary schools to be built in Horley in order to cope with the massive increase in demand for school places caused by the recent surge in new housing developments. A brand new school will be built in The Acres development and Langshott Infant School in Smallfield Road will be redeveloped into a two-storey building allowing for a greater number of classes and pupils. Both schools should be ready to accept new pupils by September 2014.
Neglect Contributed to Deaths at Care Home - 23/10/13
After a five week inquest into the shocking conditions at a local care home, it has been reported that the neglect of staff was a contributing factor in the death of five residents. The Orchid View Care Home in Copthorne was closed down at the end of 2011 after an administration worker at the home reported the disgusting treatment she had witnessed to police. The court were told of atrocious conditions and treatment including how a resident received a lethal overdose of a blood thinning drug, how medical records were forged, how emergency pull-cords were tied up out of residents’ reach and how a male resident was discovered eating his food on the ground like a dog. Nineteen deaths at the home were investigated during the coroner’s inquest and, whilst all residents died from natural deaths, the sickening neglect contributed to five of them.
Identity of Body Confirmed – 10/10/13
Police have identified the body found in woods in Earlswood last week as 52 year old Carol Holmes from Redhill. Ms Holmes was last seen in Hatchlands Road, Redhill on 13th September, 17 days before her body was discovered in the woods. Her death is still being treated as unexplained after inconclusive post-mortem results, although police still claim that there is nothing obviously suspicious.
Body Found in Woods – 03/10/13
A large area of Earlswood Common was cordoned off by police on Monday, after a human body was discovered in a wooded area. The body was spotted near St John’s by a dog walker on Monday lunch time in a dense overgrown area, close to footpaths. A post-mortem on Tuesday proved inconclusive regarding the cause of death and police suspect that the body may have been in the woods for some time. Whilst foul play cannot be ruled out at this stage, the police are currently treating the death as unexplained.
Care Home to Re-Open – 26/09/13
The Brambles care home in Suffolk Close, Horley will re-open next year, but will not offer specialist treatment for sufferers of multiple sclerosis. Brambles closed in May this year after failing to find funding from the MS society. Owners, St Cloud Care submitted a planning application to build a new 65 bed care home on the site, but were rejected in July. Now, the company plans to renovate the existing building to create more rooms and re-open the home as a general care facility in the new year.
Dedicated Bus Route for the Acres – 20/09/13
A major redevelopment of the roads around The Acres has been approved by Surrey County Council to allow a new bus route to serve the 710 home estate. When planning permission was granted for the estate in 2006, one of the conditions was that the developer would part fund a bus service linking the development to Horley town centre and other locations. However, work is not due to be completed on the final stages of The Acres development until 2015 and it is likely that the new bus service will not be operational until then.
Proposals for Increased School Places – 12/09/13
Having experienced a baby boom and considerable building development in recent years, Horley schools are struggling to accommodate the demand for places and Surrey County Council have forecast that the situation will get worse over the next 10 years. A new plan to turn Langshott Infant school into a primary school will create an additional 240 places and the expansion of Yattendon Primary school alongside the new junior school at The Acres, both of which will open in September 2014, will create even more school places in the town.
Novice Pilot Dies in Horrific Crash – 04/09/13
The pilot whose microlight aircraft plummeted to the ground shortly after take-off at Redhill Aerodrome last week has been named as David Marjason, a chartered surveyor from Oxted. It has been revealed that Mr Marjason had only acquired his pilot’s licence recently and had joined a syndicate of three other flyers who owned the Rans S-6 microlight four months ago. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown, although eye witnesses claim that there was some form of engine failure.
Pilot Dies in Plane Crash – 29/08/13
The pilot of a microlight aircraft has died after his plane nose-dived into the ground at Redhill Aerodrome. The horrific accident happened at around 12.30pm on Wednesday when, according to eye-witnesses, the aircraft seemed to experience engine trouble shortly after taking off before turning erratically and plummeting to the ground. Paramedics declared the male pilot dead at the scene and confirmed that nobody else was involved in the crash. The scene was attended by fire crews from Reigate, Dorking and Godstone, but there were no further incidents resulting from the crash.
Travellers Evicted from The Acres – 20/08/13
Concerned residents from The Acres development rallied together last week after caravans started appearing on the un-developed land known as Little Acres field nearby. Five caravans moved onto the land on Wednesday evening and a further fifteen joined them on Thursday. Barratt Homes, who own the field, reported the unauthorised occupation to the police but were told that nothing could be done due to the presence of pregnant women and children. However, Barratts quickly initiated private action and the travellers were evicted on Saturday morning. A clean-up team were sent to the field yesterday to dispose of rubbish and repair damages.
Controversial Development Plan Approved – 16/08/13
A plan to build 50 new homes in fields off a quiet residential road in Horley has been approved after the developers appealed against the council’s previous rejection. Rey Construction had applied for planning permission to build 50 executive homes on the site off Haroldsea Drive but were rejected by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council planning committee in February on the grounds that the development is in the Rural Surrounds of Horley where non-essential development is prohibited. However, a planning inspector has now overruled that decision giving the green light to the developers to proceed with their plans.
Consultant to Advise on Horley Town Centre – 09/08/13
The Horley Town Management Group have agreed to spend £16,000 from the Mary Portas fund on a report examining traffic flow and shopping habits in an attempt to understand shoppers’ needs in Horley. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council were awarded £100,000 from the £10 million government fund to be split between schemes in Redhill and Horley. Consultancy firm Metamorphosis Group will conduct the research and report back with advice on areas for improvement and the best use of the remaining money from the fund.
Armed Police Respond to Toy Gun Alarm – 06/08/13
Armed police and a police search helicopter were rallied to Horley on Friday night after reports were received of a youth seen with a gun. The police were called after a resident in The Drive complained about a group of five youths making a nuisance at around 10pm. One of the youths was seen pointing a gun up the road, prompting the full scale response. The helicopter aided police on the ground to locate the group, who were arrested without any problems. The gun turned out to be a children’s toy plastic gun and the youths were taken home to their parents.
Horley in Bloom Winners Announced – 26/07/13
After one of the coldest Winters on record, a non-existent Spring and a sudden Summer heatwave, gardeners would have been forgiven for hanging up their secateurs. However, the entrants and winners of Horley’s annual Horley in Bloom competition, now in its 19th year, defied the weather to put on a truly magnificent display to impress the judges. The winners this year are Peggy Clarke (Residential Front Garden), Sue Sherwin (Residential Back Garden), June Ward (Cottage Garden), John Byrne (Flats), Gary Thomas (Hanging Baskets), Horley Infant School (Schools), Horley Bowling Club (Community), Jai Ho Restaurant (Commercial), Springwood Guest House (Guest House / Bed & Breakfast) and Catherine Robertson (Best Newcomer).
School Climbs the Ofsted Charts – 19/07/13
Teachers, parents and pupils at Oakwood School in Horley are celebrating after the announcement that the school is in the top 20 per cent of the country for improving GCSE grades. Having been taken out of special measures by Ofsted last year, the school moved from 70th to 54th in Surrey for GCSE results and has continued to work on improvements.
Return of Carnival a Scorching Success – 15/07/13
The return of Horley Carnival on Saturday after ten years absence was hailed as a huge success for the town. Spectators flooded the streets of Horley as the parade full of colourful characters and floats made its way from Horley Town Centre to the recreation ground in Brighton Road where a fairground incorporating live acts had been set up. The floats were accompanied by street performers and dancers and all were cheered along by the crowd.
Congestion Prevention on M23 – 05/07/13
The M23 between the M25 and Crawley is set to get extra lanes in an attempt to ease future congestion. Although the motorway currently handles the level of traffic adequately, with the occasional accident causing large traffic jams, the motorway has been identified as one that could suffer from increased congestion in the future. The government have allocated £122 million to the improvement works which will turn the hard shoulder into a permanent driving lane, with emergency refuge areas created at regular intervals. Variable speed limits will also be introduced to the motorway to help improve traffic flow.
Horley Bungalow Blaze – 03/07/13
A massive fire destroyed a bungalow and threatened to spread to neighbouring properties in a quiet residential road on Monday night. The blaze in Elm Tree lane, just off Horley Row, started at around 11.15pm and tore through the home with such ferocity that despite the swift response of fire fighters from four different crews, the building was completely gutted. The fire fighters battled for nearly four hours, breaking into a neighbouring property in order to access the loft and prevent the fire spreading, but the bungalow was reduced to four walls and half a roof by the time the flames were put out.
Morrisons Comes to Horley – 28/06/13
Horley High Street could get a much needed boost from one of the UK's biggest retailers. Supermarket chain Morrisons have made a licence application to serve alcohol at the site of the former Peacocks store, which is currently occupied by the YMCA. Morrisons have only recently joined their competitors such as Tesco and Sainsbury in operating a convenience format and, should the application be approved, Horley could be home to one of the first Morrisons Local stores.
Man Charged for Sexual Assault on Teenager – 25/06/13
A 40 year old man has been charged with sexual assault on a 13 year old girl in Horley. John Baboony of Heston Road in Redhill allegedly assaulted the girl whilst she waited at a bus stop in Victoria Road at around 5.15pm on 5th June. He will appear at Redhill Magistrates Court on 9th July.
Facebook Party Turns into Riot – 11/06/13
A teenager’s plan to celebrate the end of his exams with a group of close friends went terribly wrong after his Facebook advertisement was seen by hundreds of strangers who gatecrashed the party. 17 year old Jacob Little had sent a private invitation to 30 friends to attend a party at his parent’s bed and breakfast in Heron’s Close, Copthorne on Saturday. However, more than 200 people showed up to the party and the celebration quickly got out of hand. The teenager’s parents were on holiday in Poland at the time, but a neighbour called to tell them about the large crowds and Jacob’s father immediately called the police. Around 30 police officers, a police dog unit and a police helicopter attended the scene, but officers were pelted with bottles by the revellers as they tried to disperse the crowd. Four teenagers were arrested at the scene.
Nightclub Owner Told to Stand Down – 23/05/13
The co-owner of Flirt nightclub in Horley has been told that he can not be the the designated premises supervisor after police found a taser gun at the nightclub during a raid on New Year's Eve. Gray Coe claimed that the stun gun which was found in the safe at the nightclub had been confiscated from a member of staff who had been sacked prior to the raid. He also claimed that he had reported the weapon to PCSOs in Horley and was waiting for it to be collected. However, there was no record of the alleged report and Mr Coe was obstructive in allowing the raiding officers to access the safe. The licensing committee ruled that Mr Coe should not be allowed to be in charge at the nightclub.`
Job Losses as Care Home Closes – 09/05/13
After 18 months of doubt and a change in ownership, the Brambles Respite Care Centre in Horley was finally closed on Saturday. The home for sufferers of multiple sclerosis was told that the MS Society were pulling funding back in 2010, but it seemed that the care centre had been rescued when MS Respite & Care Services Ltd took over in early 2012. However, the new owners announced to staff two weeks ago that the home was not financially viable and would therefore be closed, making 45 redundancies.
Men Arrested for Bomb Alert at Airport – 07/05/13
Bomb disposal experts were forced to carry out a controlled explosion at Gatwick Airport last Wednesday after a van raised suspicions. Two men were seen lifting a barrier in order to gain access to the North Terminal short-stay car park and then abandoned the van they were driving. Having performed the controlled explosion and gained access to the van, police announced that it was not a suspected terrorist threat. The two men seen abandoning the van had been identified on CCTV boarding a plane to Majorca and when they returned yesterday, they were arrested on suspicion of theft, fraud by false representation, handling stolen goods, causing a public nuisance and money laundering.
Horley Nightclub Closed by Police - 01/05/13
Flirt nightclub was closed by police in the early hours of Saturday morning after officeers visited the club and deemed that the majority of customers were too drunk. The club was issued an immediate closure notice and all of the customers were ordered to leave at around 2.30am. However, the wrong date was written on the documentation allowing the club to re-open on Saturday night despite the protestations of the police. Club owner Gray Coe claims that he is being victimised by the police, having been raided three times since opening last December.
Horley Student Found Dead at Home - 29/04/13
A 14 year old student from Oakwood School in Horley was found dead at his home last Tuesday. Yutao Wang, known to his friends as Ding Ding, was discovered at his home in Hyperion Walk at around 5pm. Whilst police are not looking for anybody else in relation to the tragedy, they have said that the teenager's death is unexplained. Social networking site Twitter has been flooded with tributes for the well-liked student.
Horley Department Store Closes Fashion Department - 26/04/13
Collingwood Batchellor have announced that they will close their fashion department and concentrate exclusively on homeware items. The shop in Victoria Road which has served the Horley community for more than 50 years claim that their decision is based on the changing needs of the market and will encourage people from outside of the town to visit. The shop will be closed over the weekend to prepare for the biggest sale in their history when they hope to clear all of their clothing stock ahead of next month’s rebranding exercise.
Success for St George – 23/04/13
Horley celebrated in the sunshine on Saturday with the town’s annual St George’s day celebration bringing thousands of people into the town centre to enjoy the fun and sun. Dozens of stalls were set up along the High Street as well as entertainment including mini golf, a petting zoo and bouncy castles which were erected in the town’s car parks. Revellers danced along to music and sampled the many delights on offer and cheered as St George himself battled a dragon. The event, organised by the Horley Association of Traders, was the biggest and best yet and plans to grow next year are already being discussed.
Council Investigate Illegal Caravan Site – 18/04/13
Planning officers from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have visited a plot of land in Horley after local residents claimed that caravans were being moved onto the Green Belt land illegally. The landowner of the site in Peeks Brook Lane, Eddie Connors, had applied for planning permission last July to develop a caravan site on his land. After fierce opposition from residents and councillors, the permission was denied but neighbouring residents claim that caravans have been appearing on the site over recent months. Mr Connors is currently appealing against the planning decision.
Company Accounts Executive Jailed for Theft – 16/04/13
A 29 year old woman from Horley has been jailed for stealing nearly £70,000 from her employer. Cheryl Smith of Charlesfield Road had worked at Stocksigns in Redhill since 2003. In November 2008, Smith stole the first amount of £9700 to pay a large tax bill and, after discovering that she was able to steal from the company, she continued to make payments against fake invoices in order to fund home improvements and lifestyle. Her crimes were revealed when an external auditor reviewed the accounts in March 2012. Smith, who is currently pregnant, was jailed for nine months at Guildford Crown Court and will give birth in prison if she serves her full term
Mother and Son Die in Cottage Blaze – 10/04/13
An 83 year old woman and her 52 year old son died after a huge fire tore through their cottage in Copthorne on Saturday night. Fire crews were called to The Lodge at Great Finches Farm at 12.35am and spent nearly nine hours battling the flames. At around 9am on Sunday morning, firefighters with breathing apparatus were able to enter the burnt ruins of the property and discovered the body of the 83 year old woman. The damage to the property was so severe that the second body was not discovered until Sunday afternoon in a bedroom that had collapsed onto the ground floor. The victims have not yet been formally identified.
Work Starts at Salfords Custody Suite – 09/04/13
After massive local opposition, rejected planning applications and building delays, work has finally begun on the controversial new police custody suite in Salfords. The 24 cell custody suite is being built on an industrial estate in Salfords and should be finished by September in advance of an October launch date. When the new suite is fully functional, it will take over from the cells at Reigate Police station which have been described as inadequate.
Table Tennis Star Comes to Horley – 03/04/13
Olympian and the UK’s number 1 table tennis player, Joanna Parker visited Horley on Saturday to launch the new Ping Pong in the Park initiative. Crowds including the Mayors of Reigate & Banstead and Horley braved the weather to attend the grand unveiling of six new outdoor table tennis tables which have been funded by the Horley and District Pubwatch scheme. The concrete tables are located at Charlwood Recreation Park, Horley Recreation Ground, Court Lodge Playing Fields, Michael Crescent and outside Centenary Hall in Smallfield. Bats and balls can be hired from local shops.
Yattendon School Celebrates Ofsted Report – 28/03/13
Teachers and pupils at Yattendon school in Horley were celebrating this week after Ofsted awarded them a Good rating in their latest report. A new management team, led by headteacher Dave Cole, took over at Yattendon in September 2010 and immediately began to instill a new sense of pride and respect into all aspects of the school. Although the school was rated as Good across the board, pupils' behaviour was singled out as Outstanding as well as praise being given to teaching standards and leadership.
Stabbed Man Dies Near Hospital – 26/03/13
A 47 year old man died from a single stab wound in Royal Earlswood Park near East Surrey Hospital on Sunday. Adrian Sirbu of no fixed abode was spotted by a passer by at around 5.30pm lying in the park. When ambulance crews arrived 10 minutes later, Mr Sirbu was pronounced dead at the scene and police cordoned off the park, including a path leading to homes in the Royal Earlswood Park estate. Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to Mr Sirbu's death, but are currently not looking for any suspects.
Teenager Sexually Assaulted Near Station – 22/03/13
A woman in her late teens was sexually assaulted as she walked along Victoria Road near Horley train station on Sunday. The woman was approached by a man asking for directions at around 8.30pm. When he was close enough, he touched her groin and then fled to a small silver car that was waiting for him in Limes Avenue, driven by another person. Police suspect that the man had arrived at the railway station either from Crawley on the train that arrived at 8.29pm or from Croydon on the train that arrived at 8.21pm.
Illegal Dump Upsets Residents – 22/03/13
An illegal dump in Salfords is being investigated by the Environment Agency, Network Rail and the British Transport Police after the smell of rotting rubbish was reported by local reidents. Huge piles of rubbish have appeared on the wasteland between Salfords railway station and Southern Avenue since late last year. Residents claim to have seen a group of people digging at the site in order to prepare it for dumping and assumed that it must be legal. Network Rail have vowed to have the site cleared by the end of March and will take measures to ensure the illegal dumping ground is secured.
Second Robbery in a Month at Local Shop – 20/03/13
A convenience store in Smallfield have been the victim of a second robbery in a month and the fourth in two years, causing concern amongst local residents. The robbers broke into the Co-Op store in Redehall Road through a back door at around midnight on Friday and stole over £3000 worth of cigarettes. A local resident called police when he heard the alarms but the robbers had already fled when police arrived. In February, robbers broke into the store through the front of the shop and stole and unknown quantity of cigarettes.
Foreign Weed Threatens Riverside – 08/03/13
Horley Town Council are appealing to local residents to set up a special environmental task force to combat an invasive weed that is threatening Horley's riverside. The Himalayan Balsam is an Asian weed with pink flowers and large leaves that grows in wet areas such as riverbanks. The weed suffocates and destroys other plant life and grows so quickly that there is a risk of it creating a dam in the river. The task force will need to cut back the weed and dig out it's roots in order to prevent it growing back.
Development Rejected by Council – 01/03/13
A proposal to build 50 luxury new homes in Horley has been rejected by the council after significant objection to the plan from local residents. The plan to build homes on land behind Inholms Farm at the end of Haroldslea Drive came under fire from residents in the area due to safety and traffic concerns, but councillors rejecting the plan cited the land being in the Rural Surrounds of Horley thus preventing non-essential development as grounds for refusing permission. Other reasons for refusal include the loss of protected oak trees and the absence of investment in infrastructure, facilites and affordable housing.
Motorcyclist Killed in Collision at Roadworks – 26/02/13
A 27 year old man from Redhill was killed on his way to work on Thursday when his motorbike collided with two cars at a set of roadworks on the A217 at Sidlow. Father of two Lee Friend was riding his Honda motorbike on his way to work at Reigate Motor Company in Sidlow when tragedy struck at a set of roadworks dangerously placed on a blind corner. Regular users of the road had complained about the safety of the roadworks after several other minor accidents had occurred the previous day and following the accident on Thursday, the temporary lights were moved so that they were visible from a greater distance. Mr Friend was pronounced dead at the scene.
Council Siege the Castle – 22/02/13
The Redhill man who built a castle without planning permission has lost his battle to keep his dream property and been ordered to tear it down by the council. Robert Fidler built and concealed his castle at Honeycrock Farm in Axes Lane in 2002 and hid it inside a haystack until 2006, believing that he could exploit the four-year planning rule.However, after a lengthy legal battle culminating in a High Court case, Mr Fidler has now been ordered to demolish the property.
Plans for New Bus Route Attracts Petition – 21/02/13
Plans for a new bus route to serve the Acres development have caused outrage from local residents, claiming that the plans would be dangerous and have a serious impact on the countryside. Barratt Homes have revealed the proposal on their website to create a bus route along Langshott, the narrow country lane popular with dog walkers and ramblers. Campaigners claim that the enormous development has already stolen a huge area of beautiful countryside and the bus route will destroy what is left as it will be unsafe to stroll along the lane.
Tennis Club Applies for New Clubhouse – 15/02/13
After years of hard work and fundraising, members of Horley Lawn Tennis Club have submitted a planning application for a new clubhouse which they hope will provide a new community hub for Horley. The existing clubhouse has been in need of repair, with a leaking roof and poor security that lead to a series of break-ins in 2009. The tennis club have received an extra boost to all of their fundraising efforts with a £50,000 donation from Sport England as part of it's Olympic legacy policy. However, more money is still needed to see the project come to fruition and the club are appealing for local businesses and residents to get involved.
Horley Gets a Cinema – 12/02/13
For the first time in over thirty years, Horley will have a cinema in the town realising the dream and wishes of many local residents. The Archway Theatre have announced that they will begin showing films from 3rd March with the 2012 film Last Shop Standing - perhaps a reference tot he town's ailing High Street. Offering a completely different experience to modern cinemas, The Archway Theatre will accompany films with live music and a far more personal experience.
High Court Approve Development – 07/02/13
After a three year battle, Burstow Parish Council have been awarded the right to develop a plot of allotments into housing. The Parish Council announced plans to build on the 2.5acre site in 2009, but furious allotment holders and local residents opposed the plans and took the Council to the High Court in a bid to stop the development. However, the High Court upheld the Council's right to build on the land and work on the 10 homes will begin in the near future. All of the allotment holders affected will be found new plots.
Town Centre Development Approved – 24/01/13
Plans to build a residential and retail complex in Horley Town centre have been approved by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council despite fierce opposition from local residents and businesses. Council-owned Newman House in Victoria Road was bulldozed at the end of 2011 in a bid to sell the site, after sitting empty for the previous two years. Developers, Boyer Planning will begin work at the site in the near future to build 90 residential flats and a retail complex on the ground floor.
Snow Problem at Gatwick – 22/01/13
Passengers at Gatwick Airport praised the benefits of the airport's £8 million pound investment in a fleet of vehicles designed to clear snow. Whilst other airports in the UK were cancelling numerous flights due to the heavy snowfall over the weekend, Gatwick managed to keep the disruption to a minimum thanks to the foresight of their investment in snow ploughs, de-icing vehicles, and blowers. Less than 100 flights were cancelled at Gatwick over the weekend although many faced delays.
High Street Stalwart Closing Down – 18/01/13
A retailer that has been a prominent feature of Horley town centre for 27 years will close it's doors for the last time in February. Cook's Electricals was opened by husband and wife team Ray and Brenda Cook in 1986 and has thrived over the years providing electrical products to the residents of Horley. Mr and Mrs Cook have now decided to retire having delayed their plans to help customers through the digital TV switchover last year.
Poorly Displayed Tickets Fine – 09/01/13
Drivers who park in pay and display car parks without purchasing a ticket have always run the risk of receiving a fine. But now, even those who have purchased a ticket could receive a fine if their ticket is not displayed correctly and easily visible. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have announced that drivers who have received a fine because they have not displayed their ticket correctly will no longer be excused from paying the fine on appeal. Parking officers are equipped with cameras and will obtain photographic proof if a ticket is not displayed correctly.
Horley Teenager Missing – 03/01/13
The family of a 15 year old girl from Horley are becoming increasingly concerned after she went missing last weekend. Toni Cox was last seen wearing a blue hooded Nike top on Saturday 29th December in Horley Town Centre but has made no contact with family or friends since. Although she has gone missing before, she has always made contact within a short time of leaving. Anyone with any information regarding Toni's whereabouts is urged to contact either her family or the police.
Armed Raid at Betting Office – 02/01/13
A man believed to be carrying a handgun robbed a bookmakers on New Year's day. The white man wearing a woollen hat and scarf over his face entered the Ladbrokes betting on Brighton Road in Salfords at around 2.25pm on the 1st January and demanded money from the cashier, claiming to have a gun in the pocket of his jacket. The staff refused to open the till and the robber fled empty handed.
Hospital Bans Visitors – 19/12/12
East Surrey Hospital have had to take the drastic steps of banning visitors in a bid to contain the Norovirus bug. Sick patients are being told to stay in their wards and have been advised that they will not be permitted visitors until the contamination risk is reduced. The hospital-wide ban on visitors comes just weeks after the hospital was forced to close a third of it's wards after an outbreak of the vomitting and diarrhoea bug. Patients with minor injuries are also being advised to attend walk-in injury units at Crawley and Caterham rather than attending the Accident and Emergency at East Surrey. It is hoped that the visitor ban will be lifted before Christmas Day.
New Fire Station Proposed in Salfords – 14/12/12
Following the public outrage at the announcement that Horley Fire Station will close next year, the fire service plan to open a brand new single-engine fire station in Salfords, providing a fast response service to both Horley and Redhill. The crew from Horley Fire Station are being relocated to Horsham in April, but a fire engine from Reigate will be based at the existing Horley station until the Salfords facility is opened. The move is part of a wider strategy to provide faster response times by having more single-engine stations, each providing back-up support for the closest neighbours. Reigate would also become a single-engine station rather than it's current two engines.
Thieves Target Horley Baby Shop – 05/12/12
A Horley shopkeeper has been left devastated after thieves stole £1200 worth of stock during a daylight distraction theft. A heavily pregnant woman entered the baby shop Coochicoo in Victoria Road, Horley at around 3pm and distracted owner Mhairi Morris whilst two men entered the shop and stole racks of clothes. The men are described as white, 5ft 6 inches tall and of medium build. The woman was in her early 20's wearing a pink cardigan and black tracksuit bottoms.
Horley Trio Found Guilty of Holiday Attack – 29/11/12
Three men from Horley and one from Hookwood have been found guilty of the sickening attack on another holiday-maker in Crete. Curtis Taylor, Daniel Bell and Sean Branton from Horley and Joseph Bruckland from Hookwood were convicted of the assault on Robert Hughes and given four year suspended sentences. All four of the men intend to appeal against their conviction, despite not having to serve any actual jail time. Two of their friends, George Hollands from Reigate and Ben Herdman from Worth were cleared of all charges.
Horley Traders Raise Money for Town's Christmas Lights – 27/11/12
The Horley Association of Traders (HATS) are celebrating this week after Christmas lights were turned on in the town, paid for after the association managed to raise £11,000 through their fund-raising efforts. Half of the money was raised by HATS members through collection tins, a Halloween Party and Christmas Raffle and the money was then doubled by Raven Housing Trust who agreed to match the funds raised.
Holiday Assault Trial Begins – 22/11/12
After a three year delay surrounded by legal red tape and extradition orders, six local men have been brought to trial for an assault on another British man in Crete in 2008. Rob Hughes, a promising football player, was attacked whilst on holiday in Malia leaving him in a coma and with permanent brain damage. The six men, Curtis Taylor, Sean Branton and Daniel Bell from Horley, George Hollands of Reigate, Ben Herdman of Worth and Joseph Bruckland from Hookwood are all accused of the horrifying attack but deny the charges.
Norovirus Strikes Again – 16/11/12
Schools, businesses, care homes and hospitals have all been struck by the sudden return of the vomitting bug, Norovirus. Attendance at local schools has dropped dramatically in the last week as children have fallen victim to the bug whilst many care homes for the elderly have had to confine the guests to their rooms to prevent the bug from spreading. Nine wards at East Surrey Hospital have been affected causing the hospital to take emergency infection control actions including closing down selected areas. Doctor's are appealing for people who may have contracted the virus NOT to visit their GP's surgery but to call for advice.
New Development Causes Local Concern – 15/11/12
Plans to develop the site formerly occupied by Newman House in Horley town centre have come under criticism from local residents and businesses. Thames Valley Housing have now submitted their plans to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council to build a five-storey development consisting of 90 new homes and 1100 square metres of retail, restaurant or office space. Many local residents believe that the height of the new building will not be in keeping with existing town structures and will cause traffic problems within the town.
New Shop Welcomed to Horley – 09/11/12
In the week that Poundworld said that Horley wasn't a good enough site for one of it's stores, a new independently owned store has opened in town, offering another unique proposition. The Red Kite Country Store opened it's doors this week and owner Jerry Parks Young who has worked in Horley for 20 years claims that the town is the perfect venue for independent stores offering something different that customers are willing to travel to.
Father of Three Not Guilty of Indecent Assault – 01/11/12
A 39 year old father of three from Smallfield has been found not guilty of indecent assault charges dating back to 1986 at Lewes Crown Court. Joseph Maslen of Wheelers Lane was charged in 2010 with fifteen counts of sex offences against children between 1986 and 1990 at a farm near Gatwick. Despite his innocence, Mr Maslen has endured two and a half years of being publicly shunned and hopes that now that he has been acquitted, he can begin to rebuild his life.
Private Firm Get Fire Contract – 26/10/12
Having closed down several full time fire stations and re-allocated emergency response responsibilities, Surrey County Council announced on Tuesday that it will hire the services of a private company to offer support to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Specialist Group International based in Dorking are experts in search and rescue and will be employed full time to support the fire service in emergencies such as underwater searches and cliff-side rescue. The deal was approved by the council's cabinet but was met with disappoinment by the Fire Brigades Union who claim that the money spent on the private service should have been invested in the fire service itself.
Last Engine to Leave Horley Fire Station – 17/10/12
The fate of Horley fire station has finally been sealed after months of debate, negotiation and public consultation. The last fire engine will be moved to Horsham next April and the station will be officially closed. Despite being officially in Surrey, Horley fire station has been under the jurisdiction of West Sussex County Council since 1982 as the majority of the call-outs it served were over the border in Sussex. Horley will continue to be served by Sussex fire brigade with emergency cover from Surrey.
Council Snub Horley Traders in Favour of Housing Development – 3/10/12
Horley retailers and residents are furious after Reigate and Banstead Borough Council agreed to sell the former Newman House site to Thames Valley Housing instead of using the land to build a cinema and other amenities for the benefit of the community. The feeling was that a cinema could help to put Horley back on the map and bring much needed business to the town, and more residential buildings were the last thing needed. However, the council revealed that no cinema operator had been forthcoming in proposing a cinema at the site and the suggestion was only made by the developers proposing to build a Morrisons supermarket after their bid was rejected in an attempt to get their project approved. The site will have 90 new flats as well as commercial property on the ground floor.
Sickness Bug Closes School – 17/09/12
Burstow Primary School in Wheelers Lane, Smallfield was closed last week after a violent sickness bug broke out amongst pupils. Around a quarter of the pupils were suddenly hit by an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting on Wednesday and Thursday resulting in the school being closed and a professional cleaning agency being called in to deep clean the entire school.
Surrey Police Shun Outsourcing Proposal – 13/09/12
Following a consultation period, Surrey Police Authority have chosen not to outsource any of their services to private security companies. The original proposal was tabled in July when the annual government grant for policing was cut by 20% and reccomendations made that police authorities should outsource some administration functions to the private sector. One of the security firms pitching for the business was G4S, the security company who failed to supply enough security personnel for the Olympic games, which was a factor in the decision not to proceed with the plans.
Recycling Scheme Saves £9000 in First Month – 12/09/12
Despite complaints from many residents who claim that the new bin collection scheme is unhygienic and inadequate, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council announced this week that in the first month they have saved nearly £9000 of taxpayers money through reduced landfill tax. The new scheme will roll out to the last areas of the Borough - Redhill, Merstham and Earlswood - on 21st September.
Local Man Dies in Holiday Crash – 06/09/12
A 32 year old man from Reigate who worked in Horley has been killed in a tragic road accident on an idyllic Thai island. Ben Harrington was on holiday with his brother and friend on the isle of Koh Tao when tragedy struck. The threesome had been out for a meal and Mark, Ben's younger brother, and friend Chris Stansfeld had returned to their hotel. Ben stayed out with an Australian acquaintance but whilst driving his moped back later on, he was involved in a collision with a car and died.
Oakwood Students Achieve Record Results – 30/08/12
One month after Oakwood School in Horley was taken off Ofsted Special Measures, this year's GCSE students have justified all of the hard-work by achieving record breaking results in their exams. 77 per cent of pupils achieved at least five five passes between A* and C compared to 64% in 2011. The latest results put the school as 'above the national average'.
Armed Robber Remanded in Custody – 27/08/12
A drug addict who robbed two shops in Horley whilst brandishing an imitation firearm has been remanded in custody pending psychological reports after appearing Guildford Crown Court on Friday. 22 year old Alexander Highfield of Hurst Road in Horley stole codeine linctus from Horley Late Night Pharmacy in Victoria Road whilst armed with an air pistol on April 10 after staff refused to sell him codeine. Whilst on bail he robbed the Premier store in Lee Street brandishing a firearm, getting away with money and cigarettes. Highfield had become withdrawn and increasingly reliant on cannabis after doctors had refused him pain relief for back problems.
Farm Refused Event Licence – 14/08/12
The Charlwood farm who had hoped to hold live music events on their vast grounds have once again been refused a licence by Mole Valley District Council's Licensing Committee after significant public opposition. The owner of Edolph's Farm in Norwood Hill, Kim Seaman had twice withdrawn previous applications in order to make the proposal more acceptable for local residents. However, at the hearing on Monday, the committee were overwhelmed by the ferocity of the public opposition and denied the licence on the grounds of public safety, prevention of crime and public nuisance.
Horley Town Carnival to Return – 02 /08/12
Following massive public support, the famous Horley Town Carnival is set to return more than a decade after the annual event was cancelled. Local groups including the Horley Chamber of Commerce, Horley Lions and Round Table have pledged to revive the event in an attempt to raise public spirit and put Horley back on the map. Although plans are only in their infancy, the carnival is scheduled to take place in July 2013 and has already gained the support of local businesses, residents and councillors.
Weather Helps to Make Redfest Success – 23/7/12
Robins Cook Farm once again played host to Redfest, the local Summer music festival at the weekend, with the glorious weather helping to make it the most succesful festival to date. Thousands of revellers flocked to the festival in Kings Mill Lane near Redhill Aerodrome to enjoy the music, stalls and party atmosphere. Now in it's sixth year, Redfest struggled to get established due to poor local support but has now become a firm fixture in the festivals calendar. Despite some complaints of noise pollution from local residents and an attack that left a 24 year old man with a suspected broken jaw, the festival ran smoothly and was hailed as a huge success.
Oakwood School Out of Special Measures – 13/7/12
Teachers, staff and pupils are celebrating this week after Oakwood School in Horley was taken off special measures by Ofsted. Oakwood was placed on special measures in June 2011 after an Ofsted report revealed that it was inadequate, meaning that the school faced far closer scrutiny from the government watchdog and the threat of closure if significant improvements weren't made. In the new report published on Wednesday, Ofsted inspectors labelled the school as satisfactory and commended the progress both staff and pupils had made.
Farm Resubmits Festival Plans – 12/7/12
Edolphs farm in Charlwood have submitted plans to Mole Valley District Council, despite withdrawing the proposal on two previous occassions due to significant public opposition from local residents. Edolphs Farm had originally applied for a licence for events with up to 60,000 visitors but have now reduced the application to just 5000 visitors. Edolphs are planning an event in September called 70s Reload if their applicationis succesful.
Plans to Close Horley Fire Station Revealed – 6/7/12
In an attempt to cut costs and save money, West Sussex Fire and Rescue have announced plans to close Horley Fire Station and merge the services with Crawley fire station. Horley fire station employs a crew of 28 and costs around £1.2 million per year to run. However, the station answered less than 500 calls last year, and it's closure could save the service £350,000. The plan is one of a number being discussed and will go out to public consultation before any decisions are made.
Teenager Assaulted in Salfords – 2/7/12
A teenage boy was hit over the head with a crowbar by a 57 year old man during an argument on the street last Friday. The 17 year old was with a group of friends in Honeycrock Lane at around 11.30pm when the argument broke out with a local resident, John O'Donnell. The boy was hit with the crowbar and required hospital treatment whilst Mr O'Donnell was arrested later that night actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
Poundworld Withdraw from Horley Plans – 29/6/12
Horley town centre has suffered another blow after the discount retailer Poundworld pulled out of their plans to open in Horley. Poundworld announced in April that they intended to occupy the large premises vacated when Peacocks closed, even suggesting that the store could be open by July. However, the retailer said this week that they have no plans to open a store in Horley in thenear future.
Blaze at Horley Shoe Shop – 27/6/12
A shoe shop that announced it would be closing down last week, has had to close earlier than expected after a fire ripped through the flats above it. The fire broke out at the flats above Stead and Simpson in Horley High Street at around 1.30am on Wednesday. Fire crews from Horley and Reigate battled the blaze for six hours, trying to prevent the flames from spreading to neighbouring properties. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis in the flats and it is suspected that their equipment caused the fire.
Violent Mums Spared Jail – 18/6/12
Two young mums who attacked a woman in a night club causing potentially life threatening injuries have been given suspended sentences at Lewes Crown Court. 20 year old Leanne McGovern from Broadfield and 19 year old Naomi Parker from Horley attacked Miah Fogg at the Liquid & Envy nightclub in Crawley in May last year after Miss Fogg had made advances towards Parker's boyfriend. Parker pulled Miss Fogg to the ground and McGovern repeatedly kicked her whilst on the ground. During the assault, one of the attackers stamped on Miss Fogg's leg with a stiletto, causing a puncture wound that developed into deep vein thrombosis. Whilst the judge condemned the horrendous attack, he spared the pair jail due to the fact that they have sinceboth become mothers, giving them nine month suspended sentences and 150 hours of unpaid work instead.
Burning Car Causes Rush Hour Mayhem – 13/6/12
A car burst into flames shortly after the driver had escaped the vehicle on a busy main road on Monday. The female driver was travelling to work along the A23 Brighton Road near the Shell roundabout at around 8.30am when she smelt a burning smell in her car. She pulled over to the side of the road to call the RAC and moments later her car burst into flames. Horley firefighters were swift to extinguish the blaze and nobody was hurt in the incident.
New School in Charlwood to Ease Congestion – 9/6/12
Surrey County Council have begun a consultation on plans to expand Charlwood Village Infant School in order to ease the shortage of school places in Horley. The plans would see the site of the existing schools expanded to incorporate a junior school so that children can remain there until they are 11 and move to senior school. The plans fro Charlwood would be in addition to another new school being proposed in Langshott as part of the development project.
Jubilee Parade a Huge Success – 4/6/12
Hundreds of families took to the streets of Horley today to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, despite some brief spells of rain. The celebrations commenced at midday as the parade of community groups made their way from Horley town centre to the recreation ground to the cheers of the crowd lining the streets. Once at the recreation ground, visitors were treated to dozens of stalls run by local organisations, fairground rides and numerous live acts including amateur dramatics from the Archway Theatre Group and a dog show.
Extra Classes Demanded at New School – 1/6/12
The new primary school being built as part of 1570 home development in Meath Green will have extra entry form classes in an attempt to ease the burden on the other schools in Horley. Having been delayed since planning was originally granted in 2007, it now looks likely that the development will proceed and building work is expected to commence early in 2013.
Horley Trials New Recycling Scheme – 25/5/12
Horley will be the first town to trial the new recycling scheme introduced by Reigate & Banstead Bourough Council before it is rolled out across the rest of the borough. The new scheme will mean that households will have five bins to manage. The existing black box for paper and cardboard plus a new smaller green bin for food waste will be collected every week. A larger green bin for general waste and a brown bin for cans, glass, foils and plastics will be collected every fortnight. There will also be a small grey bin designed to be kept in the kitchen to help with tranferrign food waste to the larger outside bin. The scheme will begin in Horley on 23rd July and will be rolled out across the borough over the Summer.
Mayor of Horley Retires – 11/5/12
The popular and active mayor of Horley, Simon Marshall, will end his term next week as he officially stands down from his role. 63 year old Councillor Marshall has held the position of Town Mayor for 5 years and has been instrumental in numerous community projects to help the town as well as his chosen charities - Brambles Respite Care Centre and St Catherine's Hospice. A new mayor will be elected at the town council's annual meeting.
Abduction was a Terrible Hoax – 29/4/12
The teenage girl who sparked a massive police investigation and drove concerns deep into the Horley community has confessed that the allegation of being abducted by a group of men in a van was a lie. Following the false allegation on Wednesday, police laynched a thorough investigation, carrying out house-to-house visits, reviewing CCTV footage and performing vehicle stops in Horley on Thursday. The girl confessed to her lie on Saturday.
Teenager Escapes Abduction – 26/4/12
A girl in her late teens was forced into a van by two men as she walked home on Wednesday. The girl was walking along Langshott Lane near the junction with Tanyard Way when a Ford transit van pulled up alongside and two men bundled her into the back. A third man was driving and sped off towards the Shell roundabout and A23. However, the terrified teen managed to escape from the van near Salfords Industrial Estate and fled on foot. The men did not give chase and she was able to contact police. Surrey police are keen to hear from anybody who may have been in the vicinity at the time, including anyone travelling on the Gatwick Express train that passed the scene at the time of the abduction.
Poundworld to Open in Horley – 26/4/12
Local residents and retailers have welcomed the news this week that national chain Poundworld will be moving into Horley. There were fears that, after Peacocks closed in February, there would be another gaping hole in the High Street, putting more pressure on the future of the town centre. However, many believe that Poundworld opening will not only attract new shoppers to Horley but will also attract other large retailers.
St George's Day Festival a Huge Success – 24/4/12
Horley Town centre was transformed into a hive of activity on Saturday as hundreds of people flocked to the town to celebrate St George's day. Although the event has been run for several years by the Horley Chamber of Commerce, this year was the first time that the newly formed Horley Association of Traders took over, and it proved to be the biggest and best yet. The highlight of the parade was a very realistic St George accompanied by a smoke-breathing dragon but there were also lots of stalls and activities to amuse people of all ages for hours. The organisers were delighted with the success, which culminated in a pie-eating contest, and claim that it goes to show how desperately local people want to see a thriving town centre in Horley.
Subway Closes – 20/4/12
Another unit in Horley Town centre will be empty from today after the Subway store closed it's doors for the last time on Thursday. The owner of the Subway franchise, Mitesh Patel blamed the closure on high rent and claimed that it was not sustainable to run his business in Horley. The Subway branch opened in February 2008 to mixed reactions from locals but has since been a popular fixture in the town.
British Airways Axe Jobs at Gatwick Airport – 18/4/12
British Airways announced cost-cutting plans this week, which could result in 500 staff losing their jobs. The proposal is for the airline giant to oursource much of it's ground crew labour to a private contractor. The jobs at risk are around 400 ramp worker and approximately 150 customer service and management staff. However, it is hoped that the company who win the contract will need to hire the staff themselves and that the majority of people made redundant by British Airways will be employed by the new contractor.
Government Grant to Improve Horley Town Centre – 13/4/12
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have been given a £100,000 government grant after discovering it was in the worst 100 regions in the country for vacant shop premises. 16.4 per cent of business space is vacant across the county, with Redhill and Horley two of the worst affected towns, and the money is meant to be used to improve occupancy rates and encourage new business in town centres. The grant has been awarded by the High Street Innovation Fund which was set up as part of Mary Portas' mission to save the high street.
Armed Robber Raids Chemist – 12/4/12
A late night pharmacy in Horley town centre was robbed on Tuesday evening, sparking a manhunt involving armed police and a police helicopter. A man walked into the Horley Late Night Pharmacy at around 8.30pm and told staff that he had a gun, demanding that they hand over quantities of prescription medicine. After he fled, staff called the police who responded quickly and cordoned off large areas of the town, including Albert Road. A man in his 20's was arrested the same night but has not yet been charged.
Petition Over Exposed Swimming Pool – 5/4/12
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have been handed a petition from angry users of the new Horely Leisure Centre who claim that they feel exposed to passers-by when using the swimming pool at the £9 million leisure centre. Concerns were raised during the building of the new leisure centre over the fact that the pool was surrounded by clear glass, but no action was taken and the installation of a seating area in a bus stop at the front of the building added to the concerns.
Oakwood Improving, But Still Inadequate – 30/3/12
Oakwood School in Balcombe Road have made significant improvements following a report by Ofsted labelling them inadequate last July. However, the school must now wait for a new Ofsted inspection to find out just how much progress they have made. The interim report published last week commended the improvements in leadership, student safety, behaviour and achievements.
East Surrey Hospital One of 10 Worst in Country – 29/3/12
East Surrey Hospital received a damning report this week as it was labelled one of the 10 worst hospitals in England for diagnostic waiting times and patient referral waiting times according to an NHS review. An NHS survey also revealed that staff at the hospital were poorly motivated and nearly half of all staff had witnessed potentially harmful errors in the month that the survey was conducted. However, claims that the hospital are struggling financially have been refuted by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare Trust who run the hospital and say that they will start the new financial year owing no money and planning new improvement projects.
Public Consultation for New Homes in Horley – 29/3/12A development company have submitted plans to build 50 new homes in Horley which they claim will help to meet the area’s rising demand for high quality homes. The area proposed for development is Inholms Farm, just off Haroldslea Drive, and the developers are keen to work with the local community to ensure that they have public support for the project. To view details and have your say during the consultation process, CLICK HERE.
League Championship for Horley Rugby Club – 24/03/12
Horley Rugby Club secured their second league championship and promotion in two years on Saturday with an emphatic win over a Bognor side that were determined to put an end to the Griffins’ superb season. Horley have lost just one game in the last 12 months, including friendly fixtures against teams two leagues above them. Regardless of what happens in their final league game next Saturday, Horley are champions and will be celebrating!
Local Man Jailed for Armed Robbery – 20/03/12
An unemployed man from Horley has been jailed for 14 years for his part in an armed robbery where £2 million was stolen from the Dubai royal family. 37 year old Jonathan Haynes from Haroldslea Drive in Horley was the getaway driver during the robbery in Knightsbridge on 24th June last year. Employees of the royal family were loading suitcases containing the money into a car outside the Emirates bank when one of the robbers pulled out a gun and threatened to kill them. The robbers grabbed the suitcases and fled to the waiting getaway car driven by Haynes, but a swift response by armed police resulted in them being stopped less than half a mile from the scene of the crime.
Olympics Cabinet Members Sacked – 09/03/12
Two senior councillors at Surrey County Council have been sacked from the cabinet after it was revealed that they both had financial interests in a potentially conflicting company. Denise Saliagopoulis and Ian Lake were told on Tuesday that they were no longer required after it emerged that they were both directors of Charter House Chancery, a company that provides hospitality packages for large events such as the Olympics. Both have been referred to the Council’s Standards Committee although they both deny that they have done anything wrong.
St George's Day Celebrations Announced – 2/3/12
The newly formed Horley Association of Traders have announced the details of their first town centre event to celebrate St George's day. The event will take place throughout Horley town centre on Saturday 21st April 2012 from 10am until 5.30pm and will include plenty of activities for people of all ages including a variety of stalls, bouncy castle, puppet show, fancy dress, pie eating contest and live music.
Peacocks Closes – 1/3/12
One of Horley's largest high street shops closed last week, leaving another huge gap in Horley town centre. The Horley branch of Peacocks was one of the stores not purchased by Edinburgh Woollen Mills when they purchased the clothign chain out of administration. However, a spokesperson at Edinburgh Woollen MIlls has offered a glimmer of hope in a statement that said they were considering re-opening a number of the stores not included in the purchase.
Court Lodge Care Home and Church Plans Approved – 23/2/12
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have approved the proposal for an derelict plot of land in Court Lodge, Horley to be turned into a new 60 bedroom care home and church. The site of the old Court Lodge County Primary School has stood vacant and derelict for several years and has attracted a great deal of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The building work for the new development will begin within 3 months by developer GB Development Solutions and the care home will be operated by Gracewell Healthcare. The church will become the new home of Horley Baptist Church.
'Mr Horley' Dies – 17/2/12
A large crowd of mourners attended Sussex Crematorium in Balcombe Road today to say their final farewells to John McFarlane who died last week. Mr McFarlane was hugely proud of his town and spent much of his adult life helping with various organisations in Horley. He was a member of the Horley Lions and was always present to help them raise money, a member of the Horley Local History Society and President of Horley Residents Association. He also served a year as Mayor of Reigate and Banstead between 1987 and 1988. Mr McFarlane was 78 years old when he died..
Man Kills Himself at Gatwick – 10/2/12
A 33 year old foreign man killed himself with a broken bottle at Gatwick Airport train station in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Police were called to a shop in the South Terminal at around 3am where the man was acting strangely. They spoke to him via a telephone interpreter and then escorted him down tot he train station where he smashed a bottle and tried to take his own life. Police tackled and restrained him, but by the time he was taken to a waiting ambulance, he was pronounced dead.
Oakwood School Showing Improvement – 2/2/12
According to the latest results published by government, Oakwood School in Horley has begun to show improvements in student grades. The school has faced huge criticism over recent years and was labelled as inadequate by an official Ofsted report last year before being put in special measures to demand improvement. Oakwood has climbed 10 places to 70th in the county after last Summer’s GCSE results and, whilst the improvement is small and much more is needed, it is an encouraging start to getting Horley’s only secondary school providing better education for Horley students.
Drug Gang Jailed – 30/1/12
Five local men were given prison sentences on Monday for their parts in a Class A drug dealing operation. The men were arrested as part of a huge operation by Surrey Police which resulted in 16 properties, including the homes in Redhill, Horley, Woodhatch, and Nutfield, being raided last February. The local men jailed for between 36 and 24 months were Marc Northover, Rahiel Abid Hussain, Mark Edwards, Stephen Buckland and Oliver Ripley-Duggan.
Horley Retailers Form Alliance – 27/01/12
A group of independent retailers in Horley have formed the Horley Association of Traders in an attempt to breathe new life into Horley town centre. The group plans to organise new events and bring back some old favourites to boost the community pride in what was once a thriving town centre. Among the retailers supporting the new association are Party Pad, the fancy dress and party shop in Horley, Chris White Butchers, Dapper Shoes and Mayhews Estate Agents although many other shops and businesses in Horley have pledged their support to the committee.
Council Refuse Grant and Increase Tax – 27/01/12
Surrey County Council have turned down the offer of a £14 million grant from the government in favour of increasing council tax by 2.99 per cent. Councillors have defended their decision by claiming that had they accepted the grant and frozen tax increases, they would have to increase council tax by 5 per cent in 2014.
Peacocks For Sale – 25/01/12
More concern over the future of Horley town centre has been raised this week after the popular Peacocks store was put up for sale by administrators. Whilst Peacocks doesn’t attract a huge variety of shoppers to Horley, it is important that the town centre boasts some high street names in order to attract other large retailers.
Teenager Sexually Assaulted – 09/01/12
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16 year old girl was sexually assaulted in Horley last week. The teenager was walking along Smallfield Road near the junction with Balcombe Road at around 7.15pm on Wednesday when a man wearing a black hooded top approached her from behind and touched her indecently. The incident left the girl extremely shaken and has caused concern among local parents who fear that a sex fiend is on the loose. A police helicopter was seen circling the Balcombe Road area on Sunday night after reports of a 'girl's scream', but nothing was discovered.
Horley’s New Leisure Centre Opens – 05/01/12
After considerable delays and questions over it’s practicality, the brand new Horley leisure centre will open on Monday 9th January. The much anticipated opening will be welcomed by many locals who have been keen to experience the new facility having witnessed the building taking shape over the last year. In addition to it’s two swimming pools, the centre also boasts a modern gym packed full of exercise equipment, a multi-use sports hall and exercise studios.
Horley Rugby Club Unbeaten This Season – 22/12/11
Horley Rugby Club have their sights set on another promotion at the end of this season, and have got off to a great start with an unbeaten first half of the season. The Griffins have brushed aside some very tough opposition and have not faltered once in their title pursuit, proving that the relatively new club are a force to be reckoned with. Sitting at the top of the Sussex 2 league, the club have everything to play for when they resume the season on 7th January. Horley RFC play their home games at the New Defence Sports Club, just behind the new leisure centre in Court Lodge Road.
Festival Plans Put on Hold – 16/12/11
Following the fierce public opposition to a proposal for a live music festival at a Charlwood farm, the event organisers have withdrawn their application. Dansell Multimedia were shocked at the extent of the local opposition to an event at Edolphs Farm and have withdrawn the application in order to review their proposal.
Council Approve Demolition of Buildings – 14/12/11
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have approved the demolition of two buildings in Horley to make way for new developments. During a council meeting on Thursday, it was decided that Newman House in Victoria Road would be demolished at a cost of £125,000 to make the site more appealing for developers. The hope is that a proposal will come forward to build a new complex of shops and restaurants on the site. It was also agreed that the Horley Anderson Leisure Centre in Court Lodge would be demolished when the new leisure centre finally opens in the New Year.
Plans for Farm Festival Opposed – 9/12/11
Angry residents joined forces at Stanhill Court Hotel on Tuesday to oppose plans for a Glastonbury-style festival to take place at a farm in Charlwood. The owners of Edolphs Farm in Charlwood have been in discussions with Dansell Multimedia regarding holding a live music event and festival in the grounds of their farm next year. Dansell arranged the consultation at Stanhill Court to discuss the plans with local residents, but they did not expect the level of fierce opposition and hostility that they received. Edolphs Farm has over 150 acres of open land that would make a perfect setting for a festival as well as other live events.
Transition for Horley – 2/12/12
Horley Town Council have been investigating initiatives to make Horley more eco-friendly and could even result in the town having it’s very own currency. Among the ideas being discussed are plans to make Horley and it’s residents more self-sufficient by increasing organic food production locally. The re-opening of the allotments in Smallfield this week demonstrates people’s desire to grow their own food and anything to improve the impact on the environment is viewed positively.
Office Block Could Make Way for Shops – 1/12/11
A vacant office block that has stood empty for nearly two years could be demolished to make way for a new shopping centre in Horley Town Centre. Newman House is in a prime location, sitting opposite the Jack Fairman pub on the corner of Russell’s Crescent and Victoria Road and has attracted the attention of large retailers in the past. Having failed to rent the building out, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council are now considering possible uses for the site, acknowledging that if they demolish the existing building, the site will be far more attractive for developers.
Christmas Fair Could Be Last – 25/11/11
Saturday’s Christmas Fair could be the last for Horley after the town’s Chamber of Commerce announced that they will no longer organise charity events. Popular events such as St George’s day and the Scarecrow festival have been organised by the Chamber for years to boost the economy of the town and it’s retailers. However, the Chamber of Commerce have changed their focus to give more solid business support to local businesses and unfortunately the charity events do not fit in with their plans. It is hoped that a new organiser will come forward for the events and the Chamber have offered their full support to anyone wishing to take it on.
Increase to Car Park Charges – 24/11/11
In a year that local parking charges have caused petitions and disputes, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have announced that all council owned car park charges will increase effective from 1st January 2012. 20 minutes parking will increase to 35p from 30p, and parking for 1 hour will increase to 90p in Horley and £1.10 in Redhill and Reigate.
Rare Brain Condition Kills Bubbly 16 Year Old – 18/11/11
A popular and kind 16 year old girl died after an undiagnosed brain condition caused bleeding on her brain. Deni Bateman from Brighton Road Horley collapsed at home on 4th November and died the following day in St George’s Hospital Tooting. Deni had grown up in Horley, attending several schools in the town before moving on to East Surrey College in Redhill to study an NVQ in construction. The condition that she did not know she was suffering from is called spontaneous intracranial hypertension. Her funeral will be held next Wednesday at St Bartholomew’s church in Horley.
Drilling for Black Gold in Salfords – 15/11/11
Surrey County Council have given permission to an oil company to commence exploratory drilling for oil in Salfords. Magellan Petroleum UK have been given the go-ahead to sink an 8000 foot well into the land off Horse Hill in Salfords dspite concerns from environmentalists and local residents.In order to appease objections to noise pollution, the council have restricted the operating hours of the site.
Firework Thrown at Pub – 01/11/11
Patrons of a local pub were left shocked, scared and angry on Monday after a large firework was thrown at the open doorway, exploding in front of a woman and her dog. The firework was thrown at the Kings Head pub at around 5.30pm on Sunday from a car waiting at the traffic lights, before the mindless idiots sped away along the Balcombe Road. Fortunately, nobody was hurt during the attack but the outcome could have been far worse.
Thugs Jeopardise Charity Event – 26/10/11
Mindless vandals put a local charity fundraising event in jeopardy at the weekend when they ignited their bonfire two weeks early. Horley Cricket Club hold their annual bonfire and fireworks night in the first week of November every year to raise money for local charities. The arsonists struck late on Friday night and it took fire crews from Reigate and Horley several hours to bring the blaze under control. Local residents and club members are now working tirelessly to rebuild the bonfire in time for their event next Friday.
England Captain Teaches Local Kids – 24/10/11
School children at Yattendon Infant School were left speechless last week when England and Chelsea footballer John Terry paid them a surprie visit. Pupils at the school had been enjoying a series of coaching sessions with trainers from the John Terry Academy during their Y Factor week and had participated in a variety of football based activities. On Thursday, the man himself showed up and delighted pupils by training with them and giving an inspirational talk to the school.
Care Centre Will Close – 20/10/11
Despite efforts to find a new source of funding, Brambles MS Respite Care Centre will close in November. Last month, negotiations with the potential new partner, MS Respite & Care Services Ltd broke down but the MS Society remained hopeful that they could find a new care provider. All avenues have now been exhausted and the centre will close next month.
Former School Sold to Developers – 14/10/11
The derelict building that was formerly the home of Court Lodge Infant School is due to be sold to developers, much to the relief of local residents. Since it’s closure in 2004, the school has been targeted by vandals and has become a local eyesore. Developers, GB Building Solutions propose to build a new care home on part of the site and are in talks with Horley Baptist Church about relocating to the new site.
Lingfield Man Crowned Superbike Champion – 12/10/11
26 year old Tommy Hill was crowned British Superbike Champion last weekend, completing a lifelong dream for him and his family. The Lingfield speedster won the title in the very last race at Brands Hatch by six 1/1000th of a second.
Sports Club Will Stay After Swimming Pool Closes – 12/10/11
With the exciting prospect of the new Horley Anderson Leisure Centre opening in less than a month, another important leisure facility in Horley are keen to stress that they will continue to operate out of the site of the old leisure centre. The Innes Sports Pavillion provides vital changing and social facilities for many football clubs playing at the Court Lodge playing fields and they will continue to do so despite the old leisure centre being demolished.
Council Tax Will Not Rise – 7/10/11
Contrary to plans by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to raise council tax next year, residents in the borough will now not face an increase. The government this week announced that it wanted councils to freeze tax next year and offered a grant equivalent to a 2.5% increase to authorities willing to accept a freeze.
Care Centre Future in Jeopardy – 29/09/11
The Brambles Respite Care Centre in Horley is once again under threat of closure after the company that had been planning to takeover the centre had to withdraw their offer due to Charity Commission regulations. Brambles, who provide care for sufferers of multiple sclerosis, were told last year that the MS Society were withdrawing funds from the centre and a new provider would need to be found.
Campaigners Win Parking Battle – 22/9/11
After months of campaigning and petitioning, local businesses and residents have finally convinced the council not to install pay and display machines throughout local towns. Both Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council voted against to abort the plans after accepting that inadequate consultation had taken place. Horley and Reigate managed to avoid almost all of the proposed pay and display areas, whilst Redhill will have some machines installed but many will have a short period of free parking.
Sick Thieves Steal from Crematorium – 16/9/11
The Surrey and Sussex Crematorium on Balcombe Road has been the latest victim of sick and callous thieves who will stop at nothing to steal valuable metal. The crematorium was targeted last weekend when the thieves stole around 40 brass memorial plaques from the remembrance garden. As the price of metal continues to rise, thieves have targeted many premises to steal metal, but the crematorium is the sickest yet.
Teenage Paedophile Pleads Guilty – 8/9/11
The 18 year old who sparked a worrying man-hunt following allegations of sexual assault on a young girl had pleaded guilty to the charges at Guildford Crown Court. Joshua Barnard of Brighton Road in Horley, who is himself a father, touched a five year old girl in a ‘sexual manner’ at the Horley Anderson Leisure Centre on 6th June. Barnard will be sentenced on 20th September.
Next Phase of Housing Development Begins – 8/9/11
Barratt Homes have been given the go-ahead to commence work on the next phase of the housing development to the North of the Langshott estate. The first phase of 252 homes has now been completed and the second phase will include 308 houses and a 60-bed care home. However, plans to build 1570 homes on the other side of town near Meath Green Lane have still not been decided, four years after they were approved as part of the Horley Master Plan.
Horley Rugby Club Start Season in Fine Form – 5/9/11
After a long summer of recruitment and training, Horley Rugby Club started their season with two encouraging wins last week. On Wednesday evening, the Griffins hosted an army side from the 27th Regiment Royal Logistics Corp. Despite the army fielding a very fast and physical side including several Fijian players, Horley played extremely well and ran out 57-24 winners. On Saturday, Horley played Ditchling, who are currently a league above and, despite trailing for most of the match, Horley scored a late try to emerge winners by the smallest of margins, 22-21.
Troubled Hospital Plans New Temporary Ward – 02/09/11
Having come under fire on numerous occasions already this year, East Surrey Hospital have submitted plans to build a new temporary ward in an attempt to increase capacity and improve the service they can give to patients. The new prefabricated two-storey ward is in addition to the much-needed improvements to the Accident & Emergency department which will commence this month.
Police Van Schedule – 01/09/11
Following a successful trial of the mobile police counter, Surrey Police have now set a fixed timetable for the service. The mobile counter was introduced following the closure of many small town police stations, including Horley. The new timetable incorporates 11 locations for the service and the van will be in the Waitrose car park in Horley every Wednesday from 12.30-2.30pm.
Suspected Arson Destroys Church – 23/08/11
Fire crews were called to Salfords in the early hours of Friday morning when a blaze engulfed a community church. The fire at Southlands Church in Salbrook Road started at around 1am and quickly destroyed a portable office used as a Sunday school before moving to the adjacent church building. Fortunately, the fire did not spread to other nearby businesses, including Booker Cash & Carry next door, but the damage to the church was substantial. Police suspect that the fire was started by arsonists and are investigating.
Care Home Below Standard – 18.8.11
A Horley care home has received a report stating that it is not meeting essential standards. Woodbourne Care Home in Oakwood Road who provide residential care for people with mental illness, have had an enforcement action taken against them by the Care Quality Commission. Among the concerns highlighted in the report were staffing numbers, safety, cleanliness, training and supervision of staff.
Riot Threats Close Town Centre - 11/08/11Following the horrific riots in London and Croydon last weekend, public fear and an element of scaremongering saw some businesses in Horley close their doors early on Tuesday for fear of the riots spreading south. Despite the gossip on social networking sites, there were no reported incidents of violence in the town. Officers from Surrey Police were called to assist the MET police with the mayhem.
Half a Dozen Bins for Homes – 03/08/11
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have approved a £4.5million plan to change the way we dispose of rubbish and recycle. The new scheme, which will be phased in throughout 2012 and 2013, will mean that some households could have as many as six separate bins to use and leave out for collection. Food and paper waste will be collected every week whilst glass, plastics, cans, and garden waste will be collected fortnightly.
Reigate & Banstead Most Violent Borough in County – 28/07/11
New Home Office figures show that Reigate & Banstead reported more violent crimes than any other borough in Surrey last year. More than 2100 violent crimes were reported in the borough last year, averaging out at 5.8 per day, despite Surrey being the eighth safest county in the country. The figures also revealed that robbery and burglary were up by 6% on the previous year, although vehicle theft and vandalism of vehicles were down 1% and 51% respectively.
Oakwood School Labelled ‘Inadequate’ – 27/07/11
A new report from Ofsted has given Oakwood School in Horley the lowest possible grade after an inspection found the school to be inadequate in numerous areas. Despite a previous report saying that Oakwood was making good progress, the latest report says that the school’s capacity for sustained improvement was inadequate and special measures need to be put in place. In addition to the school falling way below par for pupils’ learning, most worrying is the announcement that the school’s safeguarding procedures are inadequate and children do not feel safe in the school. The special measures put in place mean that Oakwood will have to show progress on a set action plan and will face more frequent inspections. If the school continues to deteriorate, it could face closure.
Custody Suite Plans Approved – 22/07/11
Residents in Salfords are fuming after the proposals for a police custody suite were approved despite significant public opposition. The planning inspectorate upheld the police’s appeal at a hearing on Monday, thus giving the go-ahead for the 24 cell suite to be built in Salbrook Road Industrial Estate. Work will start on the new suite as soon as possible.
Double Burglary in Smallfield – 20/07/11
Callous burglars struck two properties within hours of each other last week in a night of raids that netted them around £11,000. At around 11.30pm on Tuesday night, the masked raiders broke into the Co-Op supermarket in Redehall Road and stole around £5000 worth of cigarettes. Hours later, at approximately 3.30am, it is suspected that the same burglars broke into a family home whilst the family were asleep upstairs and stole around £6000 worth of the family’s possessions.
Taxi Driver Beaten and Robbed – 19/07/11A 27 year old taxi driver was brutally beaten and then robbed by passengers he was dropping off in Horley. The cabbie was asked to drop the passenger off in Rosemary Lane. The cowardly attackers grabbed the driver from behind as he let one of them out of the back door and when he struggled, he was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched, sustaining a broken nose during the assault. The attackers then stole all of his takings and sat nav before making of on foot towards Balcombe Road.
Con Artist Jailed – 14/07/11
A 53 year old woman was branded 'wicked' and jailed for three years after pleading guilty to conning an elderly widower out of £11,000. Loraine Upritchard of Brighton Road in Horley befriended James Saunders after he placed an advertisement in a local paper looking for female company in 2007. Upritchard moved into Mr Saunders flat and in 2008 asked to borrow the money to pay for medical treatment. She also attempted to forge his signature on several cheques that she had stoled from his cheque book. Whilst sentencing, the judge referred to Upritchard's four previous convictions of obtaining property by deception and called her a wicked, gold-digging con-artist.
Bookmaker Raider Jailed – 06/07/11
The man who committed an armed robbery on a Horley bookmakers has been jailed for four years. Burak Ozbay, 38, from Horley committed the robbery on 3rd March when he forced the two female employees who were closing the shop back inside whilst brandishing a knife. Ozbay got away with £200 in cash but was traced by police who found the discarded coat, mask and glove at his former and current residence.
Aeroplane Narrowly Misses Disaster – 04/07/11
A pilot and his two passengers chanced with death on Friday when their light aircraft overshot a runway and collided with another plane. The Piper light aircraft was attempting to land at the Gatwick Aviation Museum in Charlwood but the pilot miscalculated the runway and lost control. Before they struck the stationary 1950s Shackleton, the Piper struck a support truck, tearing off part of a wing. Though the scene was attended by fire and ambulance crews, nobody was seriously injured.
End of Era for Redhill Nightclub – 22.06.11
This Saturday will mark the end of an era for generations of clubbers in Redhill when the nightclub, currently called Liquid and Envy, closes it’s doors for the last time. Originally built as a cinema in the 1930s, the venue was transformed into a nightclub in the 1970s. The club has had many transformations and name changes over the years, including Busbys, Millionaires, and The British Embassy and it’s closure will be a sad occasion for many. The site has been sold to an unidentified buyer and the future usage is not known.
Pensioner Lost in Hospital – 16/06/11
A 95 year old woman has spoken out after staff at East Surrey Hospital left her on a trolley in Accident & Emergency for 26 hours. Speaking to the Surrey Mirror, Doris Miller recalled her ordeal and her son’s bid to track her down. Mrs Miller was taken to hospital on 11th April after falling in her bathroom and hurting her ankle. She was then left on the trolley and forgotten, with staff telling her son Michael that first she had been moved to a ward and then to a care home in Caterham.
Illiterate Thief Sent to Prison – 16/06/11
A thief who stole plaques from Lingfield War Memorial has been jailed for 54 weeks at Guildford Crown Court. Ernie Jones, a 24 year old traveller from Lingfield, claimed that the plaques had been sold to him by a teenager and he subsequently tried to sell them to Trojan Metal Recycling. When staff at Trojan saw what the metal was, they refused to pay and called the police.
Two New Shops Open in Horley – 10/06/11
Horley Town Centre has received a boost to it’s fledgling retail offering with the opening of two new shops. Londis are planning to open a store on the site of the now closed Co-OP in Victoria Road and an international market store stocking Oriental and Asian foods has been opened in the popular The Corner Shop plot.
Female Fraudsters Prey on Elderly - 09/06/11
Surrey Police have issued a warning following a number of theft and fraud instances in Reigate, Horley and Redhill. The first incident happened in Morrisons car park where an 85 year old woman was approached for directions by one suspect whilst another suspect stole her bank cards from her bag. £500 was later taken from her account and used in the Argos store in Redhill. The second incident occurred in the Tesco car park in Hookwood when a 65 year old woman was asked for directions in the car park. 30 minutes later she was contacted by her bank who advised her that over £2200 worth of transactions had been attempted. The first suspect at the Morrisons incident was described as a tall Asian woman and the second suspect was a white woman with bleach blonde hair. The suspect at the Tesco incident was described as an Asian woman in her 40s wearing a turquoise sari.
Girl Sexually Assaulted at Leisure Centre – 08/06/11
A young girl was sexually assaulted whilst playing at the Horley Anderson Sports Centre on Monday. He attack took place at around 5pm when the centre was busy and police are appealing for witnesses. The attacker fled by foot through the playing fields adjacent to the centre in the direction of the Six Bells pub. He is described as being in his early 30s with short, dark brown hair and stubble.
New Mobile Police Service - 03/06/11
Surrey police have announced plans to launch a new Mobile Counter service this month. The move comes following the closure of many local stations across the county due to a reduced need for stand alone police stations. The new service will visit 12 locations including Oxted, Lingfield, Capel and Horley on a fixed timetable giving local residents a more convenient way of speaking with police.
Parking Charges Reviewed - 01/06/11
The parking charges imposed by Reigate & Banstead Council could be abandoned after complaints that the council failed to conduct an adequate public consultation prior to approving the plans. The plans to introduce Pay & Display parking bays across the borough were approved by Surrey County Council last week despite a petition containing mor ethan 40,000 names. The decision will now be reviewed by the Environment and Transport Select Committee.
Police Car Rammed – 01/06/11
A 40 year old man was arrested last Friday following an incident in Consort Way where a silver Mitsubushi rammed into a police car twice. The man was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit and also under suspicion of stealing a bag of groceries.
Campaigners Win Parking War – 19/05/11
Surrey County Council will make a dramatic u-turn on it’s proposals to impose town-wide pay and display parking bays if new recommendations are approved. After campaigners protested long and hard, the new proposal suggests a 30 minute free parking zone throughout the town followed by charges of £1 per hour.
Motorcyclist Airlifted to Hospital – 18/05/11
A 50 year old man was airlifted to King’s College Hospital following a horrific crash on Tuesday. The man crashed into the central reservation on the A23 near the Longbridge roundabout and sustained major leg injuries. Paramedics attempted to treat the man in the road and police had to eventually close the road so that the helicopter could land.
New Phone Mast a Worry for Drivers - 28/04/11
Residents of Langshott are protesting over plans to install a new mobile telephone mast on a blind corner in Wheatfield Way. Vodafone and O2 networks have always suffered from poor reception in the area and this new mast is designed to improve users' connections. However, the planned mast will be built on a blind corner and residents believe that, in addition to it being an eyesore, it will reduce visibility for drivers.
Teenager Cut Out of Swing - 26/04/11
Crowds gathered at the playground in Court Lodge on Sunday to watch a red-faced teenager being cut out of a baby swing. Firefighters had to use hydraulic cutting equipment to free the youth after he had wedged himself into the seat designed for toddlers and babies. Despite the humour of seeing the dim-witted teenager stuck, the exercise cost valuable time and money for the fire service as well as a cost to Horley Town Council to replace the swing.
St George Brings Life to Horley Town - 25/04/11
The annual St George's Day parade and festival brought flocks of people of all ages to Horley town centre on Saturday as residents came out in the sun to celebrate. A march led by Scouts, Cadets, St George and a Queen Elizabeth II lookalike was supported by numerous stalls and a fun fair. The event, organised by the town's Chamber of Commerce, was a huge success and showed the potential to transform Horley into a thriving town centre again.
Rats Destroy Lights and Ease Congestion - 15/04/11
For the last month, motorists using the Longbridge roundabout have been baffled by the lack of traffic lights and it has now been revealed that the cause of the breakdown is rats gnawing through the wiring and circuit boards. However, many motorists believe that the rats have helped to ease congestion at the busy roundabout, which has experienced long tailbacks during rush hours since the lights were installed.
Police Search For Hooded Attacker - 01/04/11
Police are searching for a potentially dangerous attacker following a series of incidents in the Langshott area. On four separate occassions in March, a hooded man has approached females walking in Langshott but has so far been scared away by the reactions of the victims. The first incident occurred on 1st March in Wheatfield Way when a 23 year old woman was approached by the man but scared him away by screaming. A 17 year old girl was approached in Tanyard Way on 7th March, but the girl's dog scared the man off. An 11 year old girl was approached on March 11 in Wheatfield Way and a 19 year old woman was approached on 19th March in Ladbroke Road, but again the attacker was scared off by her screams. Police are asking for any witnesses to contact them and warning Langshott residents to be vigilant.
Goat Causes Havoc in Pub - 30/03/11
Staff and customers in the Jack Fairman pub were shocked and scared when a goat started rampaging through the pub on Monday. Two men had stolen the goat and attempted to take it into several pubs throughout the town but were refused entry. When they arrived at the Jack Fairman, staff told them that they would not serve them and asked the men to leave. They then unleashed the goat before leaving. Police were called and the goat was returned to it's owner, who had not noticed that it was missing.
Council Ignore Parking Protest - 23/03/11
Despite thousands of signatures on petitions and a staged protest at County Hall, council bosses refused to discuss further their plans for parking charges across the borough. Campaigners from Reigate, Redhill and Horley joined many other towns on Monday to demonstrate to the council that their plans to implement widespread parking charges throughout towns in the borough were unwelcome, unneccessary and damaging to local business.
Bookmakers Robbed - 08/03/11
A masked robber brandishing a knife terrified staff and stole £200 when he robbed the Coral Bookmakers in Brighton Road last week. Two members of staff were locking up at the end of the day on March 3rd when the robber struck. He forced them to the back of the shop and threatened them with the knife before fleeing on foot with the money.
Horley Rugby Club Voted Team of the Year - 04/03/11
Horley Rugby Club received another trophy to go with their league champions trophy from last season when they received their award for Team of the Year at the East Surrey & Sussex Sports Awards on Thursday. The awards ceremony, held at Lingfield Racecourse, rewarded many individuals and teams for their commitment and success, and Horley RFC were delighted to have been voted as Team of the Year by members of the public.
Hospital Investigation After Mis-treatment of Patient Exposed - 04/03/11
East Surrey Hospital have launched an investigation after an undercover TV camera recorded footage of distressing and callous mis-treatment of a patient. The footage was aired on Channel 4's Dispatches programme on Monday and shows the appalling treatment of an elderly patient who died at the hospital in December 2010. The chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare has promised a full investigation and that the individuals concerned will be held to account for their actions.
Sexual Assault in Smallfield - 03/03/11
A 26 year old woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in a children's play area in Plough Road, Smallfield in the early hours of Sunday morning. The young woman was approached by her attacker before being thrown to the ground and assaulted.
High Street Butcher Selling Up - 17/02/11
Yet another Horley retailer is being forced to close due to the terrible trading conditions in the town. Chris White Family Butchers are the latest retailer to cut their losses and retreat from the town. With so many empty retail units, Horley is looking more like a ghost town every month and pressure is on for the council and landlords to make retailing in Horley a more attractive proposition.
Police Raid Suspected Drugs Dens - 13/02/11
Police from across Surrey and Sussex undertook a series of synchronized dawn raids on 16 properties in an operation to smash heroine and crack cocaine ring. More than 200 officers raided properties in Horley, Redhill, Woodhatch, South Nutfield, London & other location in Sussex at 6am on Thursday morning. More than 100 wraps of heroine were found along with stolen goods and money and 16 people were arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.
Brawlers Found Guilty - 09/02/11
Three men from Horley have been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm during a group brawl in Crawley town centre which left a man with an umbrella spoke stuck in his head. Adam Brown, Danny Richmond and Thomas Reilly were all found guilty at Brighton Crown Court and will be sentenced on 9th March.
Horley Street is NOT 10th Worst in Country - 06/02/11
A street that was wrongly labelled the 10th worst in England for anti-social behaviour is all due to an administration mistake. The Crescent appeared on the brand new Home Office website, where users can search for crimes in a specific town, area or postcode, when it was launched on Tuesday despite residents claiming that any kind of trouble was few and far between. The mistake occurred due to wrongly routed emergency calls being referred back from Sussex police to Surrey. As The Crescent is near the border of the two counties, police logged the incidents against the road regardless of where they actually occurred.
No Increase to Council Tax - 28/01/11
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have decided that there will be no increase to council tax in the coming year. The news will be welcomed by residents throughout the district, particularly in the current economic downturn. By not increasing council tax, the council will receive a grant of £286,000 from the Government.
Parking Fine Overturned - 20/01/11
A Horley resident has taken on the council in the courts and won to have his unfair parking fine overturned. Colin Hawkes parked in Victoria Road last September in what was a legitimate parking bay until the previous month. The tribunal ruled that the new parking restrictions were inadequately signposted.
Employee Jailed for Theft - 14/01/11
A Horley woman was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to stealing £46000 from her employer. Teresa Smith was employed at family owned World of Water in East Grinstead by business owner Annette Yeomans as a book keeper in October 2008 and immediately used her position of trust to begin stealing from the business to pay her own debts.
Free Parking Battle Intensifies - 13/01/11
The battle to keep free parking in Horley has intensified with town councillors threatening to take a judicial review to allow the courts to decide whether Surrey County Council will be permitted to impose the revenue generation scheme. The town council and retailers fear that removing the vast majority of free parking in the town will have a detrimental effect on business.
Man Injured in Road Smash - 12/01/11
A crash in the early hours of Tuesday morning on the A217 near the Black Horse pub in Hookwood left two men needing hospital treatment, one with serious head injuries. The crash involved a Royal Mail van and Ford Transit and is thought to have been caused by one of the drivers attempting a dangerous turn in the road.
Council Stops Charity Work - 05/01/11
Surrey County Council have blocked a local charity from giving money to the needy because it requires too much paperwork. Horley Round Table have delivered money in Christmas cards for more than 50 years, but this year social services refused to supply a list of people who were in need because £2000 was deemed too small to warrant the amount of work required.
New Parking Charges Set to Hit Town - 04/01/11
The council have started the year by upsetting retailers and residents with a new proposal for parking zones throughout Horley, Redhill and Merstham. Pay and display machines will be installed by Surrey County Council in numerous roads around the towns with Horley getting 113 machines, Redhill 94 and Merstham 47.
Snow Brings Chaos... Again! - 20/12/10
Less than two weeks after snow brought the South East to a standstill, a fresh dusting of snow on Friday and Saturday sent the country into more chaos. Shops and businesses were unable to open, shoppers were unable to get to those shops that were able to open, the roads were gridlocked with cars unable to move and public transport came to a standstill. Furious members of the public have questioned the government and council's lack of preperation for what has become inevitable weather conditions that could be made much easier.
Violent Thug Jailed - 17/12/10
A 33 year old man has been jailed for 17 months following a spree of violence and anti-social behavior. Cuneyt Korkut attacked a 31 year old woman in Court Lodge Road and also a 41 year old woman that came to her aid on 26th October. He has also subjected his neighbours to constant anguish with his violent outburts both verbally and physically.
More Police in Town - 15/12/10
Surrey Police have increased the number of patrolling policeman in Horley town centre in an attempt to control violence and anti-social behaviour over the Christmas period. There will also be increased undercover officers visiting pubs and clubs to check for under age drinkers.
Christmas Lights Left to Rot - 03/12/10
Councillors from Horley Town Council were left with a predicament prior to the turning on of the town's Christmas lights this week when the lights were discovered broken on top of a shop. Nobody had taken responsibility for taking the lights down after last Christmas and they had been left out in all conditions, rendering them useless. The lights were donated by the Horley Chamber of Commerce last year after the council reported that there was no money to fund lighting up the town. The Town Council have purchased a small amount of icicle lights to ensure that Horley does have some festive illumination.
Snow Brings South East to Halt - 02/12/10
For the third time in the last 12 months, snow has brought the South East of England to a standstill, causing chaos for everyone. Schools have been closed, workers have been unable to reach their place of employment and the drivers that were able to venture out have experienced extreme difficulty to travel on roads with little or no grit to clear the snow.
Horley's Roundabout of Memory - 23/11/10
A tribute to lost loved ones has been established in Horley thanks to the town's Chamber of Commerce. The roundabout of memory at the previously overgrown Longbridge roundabout has been planted with 23,000 bulbs that will flower in Spring. Relatives and friends of people that have died can purchase a bulb in remembrance of their loved ones.
Jewellery Robbery Foiled - 21/11/10
Masked raiders attempted to rob Magpie Jewellers on Thursday, only to be fended off by the owner of the shop. Frank Berrington was in his shop at around 2.50pm when two raiders wearing white masks entered the premises. Mr Berrington was hit over the head with a baseball bat but managed to push the intruders back out of the door. They then fled the scene on foot.
Public To Make Decision on Spending Cuts - 18/11/10
In an attempt to avoid massive backlash from angry residents, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council are asking you to decide what gets cut and what deserves funding across the borough. Councillors have drawn up a hit list of amenities that could suffer from the massive spending cuts but rather than make an unpopular decision themselves, they are giving everyone a chance to vote on projects. The consultation will run until 14th January 2011.
Horley Woman Falls To Death from Hotel Balcony - 11/11/10
A Horley woman died after falling from a hotel balcony whilst on a trip to India. Sunanda Valand, 37, from Kelsey Close, Horley was holidaying in India with her husband when the tragedy happened. According to her husband, she had been feeling homesick and wanted to return to Horley earlier than planned before she fell from the terrace.
Armed Man Shot By Police - 11/11/10
A quiet Copthorne Street was turned into something from a Hollywood movie on Monday when armed police seiged a house to arrest a suspected armed man. Police were called to Borers Arms Road at 10pm on Monday night following a report that an armed man was threatening a woman who lived in the house. Following a 55 minute stand off, the police fired their weapons and seiged the house where they arrested the man with a gun shot wound in his hand.
New Super Jet Approved for Gatwick - 27/10/10
The huge, double-decker Airbus A380 will soon become a regular sight in the skies over Horley and Crawley. Gatwick Airport has been given permission to operate the huge Airbuses despite fears of increased noise pollution from local residents.
Car Booters Face Parking Charges – 21/10/10
The organisers of Horley car boot sale fear that council plans to start charging for parking in the town centre on Sunday could lead to the demise of the popular attraction. Every Sunday, the car boot sale attracts as many as 5000 people to the town centre, bringing in £1000s of pounds to the local economy. The proposed charge for parking in the High Street car park is £1 for the whole day.
Paedophile Gets Four Years – 06/10/10
David Lyn Jenkins, the paedophile who abused young boys over a forty year period, was jailed for four years at Lewes Crown Court on Monday. The ex-leader of Redhill Boys Brigade was jailed for sex offences committed against a 13 year old boy in 1968 and with a boy of 9 in 2005 through to when the same boy was 13 in 2009.
Schools to Become Academies – 01/10/10
Talks have taken place between the council and the government to turn all of our local secondary schools into academies according to an exclusive report by the Surrey Mirror newspaper. The proposals, which would mean that the schools would be funded by a central government rather than local education authorities, have received mixed reactions from teachers and parents alike, though the main concern is the reduction in facilities and service if the government opts to cut spend in the future.
Wheelchair Bound Man Dies After Road Accident – 30/09/10
An elderly gentleman confined to a wheel chair was involved in a road accident in the centre of Horley last week and later died in hospital of his injuries. The man in his 80s was struck by a Volkswagon van whilst crossing at the busy junction between Victoria Road and Consort way in the middle of the day.
Farmers Save Market – 24/09/10
Local residents will have noticed the slow demise of Horley market in recent years, as traders have pulled out to pursue more lucrative market locations. However, thanks to a new deal with farmers attending Crawley market, a lifeline has been thrown to Horley in the form of a monthly Farmers Market. With retailers pulling out of the town and not being replaced, it is time that all Horley residents get behind the town, it's shops and market to stop the town from completely dying.
Dying Mother's Final Act – 22/09/10
A young mother dying of cancer discharged herself from St Catherine's Hospice to take her four year old son to his first day of school. 31 year old Gemma Hogg left the hospice in a wheelchair to take Thomas to school and died the following day of incurable lung cancer. The brave mum had previously been treated for breast cancer and been given the all clear before it was discovered that the cancer had moved to her lungs and could not be treated. Mrs Hogg also had two other children.
Work Begins on New Leisure Centre – 18/09/10
After years of planning and delays, the demolition of the old Court Lodge School has begun, signalling that the new leisure centre is on it's way. Builders are demolishing the old school in stages to allow for clearance of the debris but expect the site to be cleared by the end of October ready for construction to begin.
Sick Paedophile Faces Long Sentence – 09/09/10
A paedophile whose reign of terror lasted 40 years has been warned by a judge that he faces a long prison sentence for his vile crimes. David Lyn Jenkins pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual abuse on boys under the age of 14. The first count of abuse goes back to 1968 when he abused his wife's 13 year old brother. Jenkins was a trusted leader of the Boys Brigade in Redhill and Merstham where he befriended his victims and their families. He originally lived in Merstham, before moving to Chart Lane in Reigate and subsequently to Smallfield where he carried out four attacks on a boy between 2005 and 2009. He will be sentenced on 4th October.
Government Cash for Buildings – 03/09/10
The government have awarded £1.3 million to Reigate & Banstead Council to assist with building developments in the area. Reigate, Redhill and Horley will all benefit from the money, given to the council following accreditation as a New Growth Point. The money will be used for substantial building projects, including Horley's new leisure centre.
Gay MP Pledge to Constituents – 02/09/10
Following his shock announcement last Friday that he is gay, Reigate MP Crispin Blunt has vowed not to let the announcement or media attention detract from his duties. The Conservative, who has a second home in Horley made the announcement on the Conservative website last Friday that he has seperated from his wife and asked for people to respect the privacy of his family whilst they are coming to terms with his sexuality
Lasers Put Lives in Danger – 01/09/10
A police helicopter with thermal imaging equipment was called to hunt down hooligans who were aiming red lasers at planes landing at Gatwick Airport last weekend. The latest incident on Saturday night follows a string of similar offences and have been pinpointed to the East Grinstead area. A Civil Aviation Authoriy spokesperson explained that these type of lights are extremely dangerous as they can temporarily blind the pilots putting the safety of the aircraft and it's passengers in jeopardy.
Oakwood Students Achieve Record Results – 25/08/10
The headteacher of Oakwood School in Balcombe Road, Sue Child, is delighted to see the fruits of her labour start to appear with this year's GCSE results. It was only a few weeks ago that the latest Ofsted report branded Oakwood as inadequate and these results will go a long way to restoring public faith in the school. 62.4% of pupils received five or more A* to C grades, an 11 per cent increase on last year.
Another Shop Closure in Town – 19/08/10
As another shop in Horley town centre announces it's closure this week, concerns over the future of the town increase. Mud Pie Ceramics announced that it will close it's doors at the end of the year and sell it's products via the internet, leaving yet another empty retail unit in the town centre. Despite council plans to invest £350,000 on a regeneration program, traders fear that this may not be enough to encourage retail chains and shoppers to the town.
Highest Number of Benefit Claimants in County – 17/08/2010
New figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that Reigate & Banstead has the highest number of people claiming Jobseekers allowance in the entire county. The July figures show that 1620 people were claiming the benefit - more than double the number claiming in Mole Valley and Tandridge.
Horley Green Week – 01/08/10
Horley Town Council are asking local residents to get involved during environment week by reducing use of fossil fuels and cleaning the streets. Green week takes place from 20th to 25th September. Anyone wishing to get involved in organised projects should contact the town council.
Stolen Tools – 01/08/10
More than £8000 worth of equipment and tools were stolen from a building site on the Balcombe Road last Wednesday night. The high value items included a hydraulic breaker, laser level and nail gun amongst other pieces of equipment. Police have asked local workmen and DIY enthusiasts to be on the lookout for these items being sold cheap.
Local Lads Fail in Bid to Avoid Extradition - 29/07/10
The five local men accused of attacking a footballer and causing near fatal injuries in Malia in 2008 have failed in their bid to avoid extradition to Crete to face trial for the alleged attack. Curtis Taylor, Daniel Bell and Sean Branton, all from Horley along with George Hollands from Reigate and Ben Herdman from Worth all expect the extradition order within the next two weeks.
Roadworks Cause Traffic Chaos - 28/07/10
Despite extensive planning and notification, the essential roadworks in Victoria Road leading up to Horley train station caused chaos this week, causing motorists to seek back road detours and gridlocking the surrounding roads every evening this week. The works, costing around £350,000, are only scheduled to last for two weeks, although one workman claimed that they would not finish on time.
Leisure Centre Build Gets Underway - 28/07/10
The long awaited building work on Horley's leisure centre finally has a start date following the Council's appointment of a contractor to undertake the work. Pellikaan Construction, who have been responsible for building over 900 leisure centres throughout Europe, have been instructed to begin work in September. Following the demolition of the exisiting buildings - the former Court Lodge School - building work will begin in November with a completion date set for early 2012. The Horley Anderson centre will be demolished after the new centre is opened.
Police to Slam the Door on Horley Station - 17/07/10
Horley Police Station is set to close as part of cost cutting measures by the service. The historical building in Massetts Road is no longer a viable option to run as a police station due to increasing costs and the need for refurbishment. However, the closure of the local station should not result in a diminished service as new shared premises are being looked at throughout the town.
Horley in Bloom Winners - 15/07/10
The winners of this year's popular Horley in Bloom competition have been announced following the judging of the most fiercely competed competion in recent years. The winners are Peggy Clarke (Residential Front Garden), St Wilfred's Church (Cottage Garden), The Farmhouse (Hanging Basket), Langshott Infant School (Best School), Douglas House (Community Garden), The Gatwick pub (Commercial Garden), Rosemead (Top Guest House), Horley Infants School (best Newcomer). The presentations will be made on 24th September at Regent House, Albert Road.
Pupils Design Uniform - 14/07/10
Pupils at Oakwood School will return in September with a stylish new uniform thanks to their fellow classmates. A new, trendier uniform has been designed by pupils incorporating high street fashions and school heritage.
New Coucil Chief Vows Improvement - 12/07/10
John Jory, the new chief executive of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has vowed to make massive improvements in order to justify his £138,000 salary. Mr Jory is widely recognised as the man who changed the fortunes at Mid Sussex District Council and intends on making a similar name for himself in hi snew post.
Blaze Evacuates Residents - 07/07/10
More than 40 residents were evacuated from their homes when a fire ripped through a workshop housing highly flammable substances in Hookwood on Tuesday. A 200 metre exclusion zone was set up around Mill Lane whilst fire crews tried to control the blaze and cool down combustible cylinders. The Regent House Communiy centre in Albert Road opened it's doors for refugees whilst others stayed with family and friends.
MS Centre Faces Closure - 16/06/10
Over 100 employees at Brambles, the respite home for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, face losing their jobs and sufferers face losing their vital care after the MS Society announced it is pulling it's funding. The society funds four respite homes throughout the UK worth £2.7 million annually but have decided to focus it's investment on a 'more personalised system of support'. The home has until November 2011 to find another source of funding.
Didn't We Have A Lovely Time the Day We Saw The Bangers! - 14/06/10
Crowds flocked to Smallfield at the weekend to revel in a whole host of party activities including the Banger Racing. The annual party had something for everyone, with lots of activities for children as well as a large screen for patriotic football fans to watch the dismal display against the USA.
Cannabis Factory in Earlswood - 13/06/10
Police uncovered a around 100 cannabis plants when they swooped on a family house in South Earlswood following a tip-off from the property's landlord. Drugs with a street value of more than £200,000 were discovered at the house in Horley Road which had been transformed by the tenants into a drug factory using hydroponics equipment to cultivate the plants.
Horley In Bloom Competition Launched - 20/05/10
Green-fingered local residents and businesses now have the news they've been waiting for - this year's Horley in Bloom competition has been launched and gardeners will be competing fiercely to win the coveted prize in eight categories. Entry forms are available from the Town Council Offices in Albert Road.
Rugby Club Move to New Ground - 19/05/10
After just one year playing competitive rugby, Horley Rugby Club finished the season as league champions, earning themselves promotion to Sussex 2 and moving up in the rugby world. In addition, the club have formed a ground share agreement with Horley Town Football Club, giving them their own much needed club house as well as superior facilities for playing and training. The club will officially relocate to the New Defence before the start of the next season in September.
Man Dies in Fire - 14/05/10
A 71 year old Horley pensioner was killed when a fire ripped through his flat in Longbridge Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Paul Milne lived alone in the flat and the cause of the blaze has not yet been identified, although it is not being treated as suspicious.
Woman Robbed in Home - 20/04/10
A local woman was terrified when two armed robbers forced their way into her flat and robbed her at gunpoint. The blatant attack happened at 5.30pm in broad daylight on Monday at a flat in Pine Gardens. The two robbers, both described as white and with London accents stole a small amount of cash and a mobile phone before fleeing on foot.
One of Our Statues is Missing - 09/03/10
Residents of the Langshott development are up in arms following the disappearance of the female adult statue from the familiar landmark on the corner of Wheatfield Way. The thieves callously cut through the ankle of the brass statue and removed the heavy figure, presumably by lorry or van. The statue was stolen on February 18 but residents presumed that it had been taken away for cleaning.
New Custody Centre in Salfords - 04/03/10
Local residents have joined together to fiercely oppose plans for a new 30 cell custody centre in Salfords, fearing that it will lead to increased drime in the area. More than 50 residents crammed into a tiny meeting room at Salfords Village Hall to hear Chief Superintendent Charlie Doyle's proposal for the new facility in Salbrook Road.
Langshott Drug Factory - 22/02/10
More than 250 cannabis plants with a street value of over £40,000 were discovered by police when they raided a a house in Ewelands on the Langshott estate last Friday. Officers raided the property whilst a police helicopter hovered overhead, causing worry amongst local residents. The house had been rented for £1000 per month and significant alterations had been made to the electricity supply in order to cultivate the plants. An oriental man fled the house when police swooped and was not aprehended.
Betting Shop Robbery - 17/02/10
Police are searching for a man who robbed the Bet Fred bookmakers in Victoria Road on Monday, stealing cash from the till after pushing the cashier away. The man is described as mixed race, in his late twenties and approximately 6ft 2in.
Snow Brings Horley to Standstill... Again! - 09/01/10
Following the heavy snow before Christmas, Horley residents expected the town to be prepared for more snow this week. However, weather unseen in England for nearly thirty years brought the town to a standstill once again and caused havoc for anyone trying to leave their homes. All of the local schools in the town were closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, leaving parents unable to even attempt to reach work. Untreated roads made driving hazardous and, as the cold snap continues, concerns for the elderly and ill are being addressed by care workers.
MP Resigns After 18 Years - 06/01/10
MP Peter Ainsworth has shocked friends and colleagues by resigning after 18 years. The former Shadow Cabinet Minister announced on Monday that he will stand down at the next election. Mr Ainsworth has been a popular MP for the East Surrey constituency, supporting local causes with passion and enthusiasm.
Horley School Worst in Surrey - 17/12/09
Manorfield Nursery & Primary School in Horley has scored the worst SATs results in the whole county, sparking fears from parents choosing schools for their children next year. Manorfield scored just 23.9 in Key Stage 2 tests whilst the local average is 28.5. Only 35 percent of students managed to pass the controversial tests in English and Mathematics.
Local Men Face Extradition - 06/12/09
Six local men face extradition to Crete if found guilty of a vicious attack on another young Briton whilst on holiday in Crete. Curtis Taylor, Sean Branton, and Daniel Bell all from Horley, alongside Joseph Bruckland from Hookwood, George Hollands from Reigate and Benjamin Herdman from Crawley are all accused of savagely beating Robbie Hughes in Malia last year. Mr Hughes' injuries were so severe that he underwent four separate operations on his brain and has lost his memory since his teenage years. The six defendants refused to return to Crete to answer questions and European arrest warrants were issued.
Town Centre Lights Scrooged by Council - 03 /12/09
Horley Town Centre has been declined funding by the council to pay for festive lights this Christmas leaving the town with limited illuminations that look pitiful compared to previous years. The Chamber of Commerce have done their best to brighten up the town with wreaths and blue lights, but the results do not live up to expectations. At a time when Horley town centre has more vacant premises than ever, something has to be done to rejuvenate the town centre and turn it into the shopping centre it should be.
New Street Lamps Throughout County - 02/12/09
Surrey County Council have signed a £250million deal to replace every street lamp across the county. The 25 year contract will see all 89,000 street lights replaced within five years resulting in massive savings of an estimated £12million to taxpayers through energy saving elements of the new lights.
Horley Rugby Club Storming Ahead - 30/11/09
The new rugby club in Horley, based at the Oakwood school, are taking the rugby world by storm with a series of impressive wins. The club, nicknamed the Griffins, have won all of their games this season, accumulating more than 400 points whilst conceding just 25 points. They are top of their Sussex league with maximum points possible and are through to the semi-final of the Sussex cup.
Gatwick Airport Sold - 21 /10/09
Six months after the Competition Commission ruled that BAA would have to sell Gatwick Airport within two years, the airport has been sold to Global Infrastructure Partners who also own London City Airport. Many local businesses believe that the new ownership will bring operational changes that will have a positive effect on the surrounding economy. 34 million passengers travel through Gatwick Airport every year.
Arsonists Set Horley Ablaze - 20/10/09
Arsonists started four fires in the space of an hour in the early hours of Sunday morning, causing substantial damage and wasting vital firefighting resources. The first fire happened behind the Foresters Pub in Consort Way at 1.48am when two wheelie bins were set on fire. Shortly after, two wheelie bins behind Iceland were set ablaze. Then another two bins were set fire to at the rear of the British Heart Foundation shop in the High Street. The final fire was lit behind the Tanning Studio in Massetts Road at approximately 3.13am.
Chemical Leak at Flats - 13/10/09
Over 30 people were evacuated from their homes on Monday when a dangerous chemical leak was discovered. Residents of the flats in Lumley Road were evacuated at 5.30pm and the road was cordoned of by police. The scare was caused by dangerous levels of hydrogen peroxide leaking into the flats from an unknown source.
Roadworks Misery for Hospital - 09/09/09
Plans to close the main access road for East Surrey Hospital will cause misery for patients and visitors to the hospital as well as chaos for motorists on the main A23. Resurfacing work will close Three Arch Road for six weeks, forcing motorists to take a detour via Honeycrock Lane in Salfords.
Horley Station Horror - 08/09 /09
Commuters and rail passengers were left stunned and horrified on Monday as they witnessed a man being struck and killed by a high speed train at Horley station. The incident happened at around 8.20am on Monday when a 44 year old male appeared to throw himself in front of the express train. Trains were delayed for over an hour whilst police had the scene cordoned off.
Fatal Car Crash Near Gatwick - 06/09 /09
A young mother was killed when her car collided with a coach on the roundabout by Gatwick's North Terminal on Friday. Melanie Wisden, 34 from Cardiff was killed as her car was crushed by the National Express coach carrying 40 passengers. The incident happened at around 1.30pm but caused hours of chaos as police closed the road to investigate.
Fire Destroys Flats - 09/08/09
A fire in a third floor flat is being treated as suspicious by police after it broke out just after 5pm on Wednesday. The occupants of the flat in Court Lodge Road were not at home at the time of the blaze and fortunately nobody was hurt despite the damage.
Corner Shop Drugs Raid – 05/08/09
Police raided The Corner Shop in Victoria Road on Tuesday following information that local residents that quantities of drugs were being held on the premises. Police found cannabis and suspected stolen items in the raid. A man and a woman were arrested.
Confidential Documents Found – 01/08/09
Confidential papers containing the personal details of 14 patients were found at the side of the road in Smallfield. The documents contained names, addresses, phone numbers and medical records for patients of Britannia Healthcare, based in Horley. The company are investigating the serious breach in confidentiality.
Vandals Attack Garden – 31/07/09
The new community garden in Horley’s Recreation Park was targeted by yobs just a week after it was finished. The vandals pulled up the newly laid paving slabs and hurled them onto the nearby bowling green causing £2000 of damage and causing distress to users of the park.
Police Raid Horley Brothel – 24/07/09
Three women were arrested when police raided a flat in Horley High Street, suspecting that the premises were being used as a brothel. The raid took place on Wednesday morning and came as a result of complaints from local residents.
Church Treasurer Jailed - 21/07/09
Colin Cooksey, the former treasurer of Horley Methodist Church, has been jailed for stealing over £150,000 from the church. Cooksey, 61, pleaded guilty to six counts of transferring money by deception and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court last Friday. Cooksey used the stolen money to pay off his mortgage and fund a lavish lifestyle.
Mentally Ill Patient Escapes - 21/07/09
A mentally ill patient at the Farmfield Hospital in Charlwood escaped on Monday and is still at large, potentially trying to travel to Southampton. Samuel Boylan, 20, escaped from the secure unit on Monday and, though he is considered low risk, police have advised the public not to approach him.
Swine Flu Hits Surrey Schools - 09/07/09
Six schools in the borough have issued alerts that they may have been exposed to swine flu. Both the Warwick school and St Bedes in Redhillhave confirmed that they have either had actual cases or that relatives of pupils or staff had been diagnosed with the virus. There were also unconfirmed reports that Oakwood School in Horley had reported potential exposure to the virus.
Formula 1 Comes to Horley - 05/06/09
A revolutionary new Formula One simulator centre could be built in Horley according to plans shown to the Surrey Mirror this week. An application has been submitted by BullRacing Developments to build the centre at the old Sidlow dealership site in Brighton Road and, if successful, the centre could open later this year.
AMEX to Close Horley Office - 04/06/09
American Express have announced that they will be closing their Horley office, based in Consort Way, potentially making the 75 staff based at the office redundant. The services offered by the Horley team will be relocated the customer service centre in Brighton.
Oakwood Schoolboy Injured - 03/06/09
A 15 year old schoolboy was rushed to hospital with serious injuries following a crash in New House Lane, Salfords last Friday. A 17 year old from Crawley was arrested and subsequently released on bail in relation to the incident.
Power Cut Misery for Shoppers - 19/05/09
A massive power cut left around 2000 Horley homes and businesses without electricity for nearly four hours on Saturday. The failure just before midday resulted in shops, restaurants and hotels being forced to turn away customers, including the Tesco supermarket in Hookwood, who had to evacuate over 1000 customers midway through their shop.
Bike Explosion - 19/05/09
A motorbike burst into flames when the rider lost control and hit a bus stop in Balcombe Road last Friday. The aaccident occurred just up the road from the entrance to Oakwood School. The rider was taken to hospital with burns.
Drug-Taking Clubber Accused of Murder - 07/05/09
A man accused of murdering a young father had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, a court heard this week. James Redmile-Gordon, a former pupil of Oakwood School in Horley, is accused of murdering 28 year-old Ovidiu Pop after striking him on the head with a fire extinguisher following a scuffle between two groups of friends outside the Honey Club in Brighton last August. Mr Pop suffered a fractured skull and died shortly after the incident. Mr Redmile-Gordon denies murder, claiming he struck out in self defence. The trial continues at Lewes Crown Court.
New Leisure Centre Gets Go Ahead - 1/04/09
The council have finally given the go ahead for a new leisure centre to be built at the site of the old Court Lodge school. As well as building the new leisure centre, the site will also contain a new church to replace Horley Baptist church, new homes and a care home for the elderly.
Woman Attacked in Subway - 31/03/09
A 40 year old, deaf woman was attacked by four men brandishing a knife as she walked through the subway going beneath the train line between Station Road and Yattendon Road. The attack happened at around 10.15am on Wednesday morning. The assailants stole the woman's handbag and pushed her to the ground before fleeing.
Schoolgirl Followed Home by Hooded Man - 18/03/09
A 9 year old schoolgirl ran home terrified on Tuesday after she spotted a man wearing a hooded top following her. The incident happened in Grove Road and the man was described as white, medium build and around 25 years old.
Teenager Attacked in Home - 16/03/09
A 17 year old boy was attacked when a group of thugs forced entry into his flat on the Langshott Estate. The teenager was alone when the attackers struck last Wednesday evening and viciously beat him before smashing up belongings in the flat. The boy was unable to give a description of his attackers and police do not have a motive.
Last Members of Drug Cartel Sentenced - 09/03/09
The final members of the drug cartel exposed by police were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday. Members of the gang lived in Redhill, Horley, Merstham and Woodhatch and earned more than £20,000 per week dealing class A drugs in the area. The gang were caught following Surrey's biggest ever police operation, codenamed Operation Kingbird last May. The members sentenced to serve time in prison included Kenneth Abrams from Horley, Paul Smith from Redhill, Tara Pickers Gill from Horley, Oliver and Patricia Ripley-Duggan from Woodhatch, Jarren White of Horley, Samantha Newbury from Redhill, Daniel Walk from Redhill, and Grant Smith from Horley.
Elderly Brothel Keeper Sentenced - 09/03/09
A 72 year old man from Charlwood has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for running a brothel from his home for two years between 2004 and 2006. Anthony Cox had 123 girls on his books and allowed them to entertain clients in adapted rooms in his house, taking a fee from each girl and earning £44,000 a year.
Oakwood Pupils Return to Mourn Teacher – 25/2/09
Pupils at Oakwood School returned from half term this week to a series of assemblies and group discussions organised to remember and mourn the tragic death of their much-loved PE teacher, Andrea Hinton, who died of leukaemia last week. Miss Hinton was just 31 years old and had worked at the school for five years.
Heavy Rain Brings Flood Fears to Langshott Residents – 13.2.09
The recent snow, followed by torrential rain has increased fears that the Horley Master Plan for 2600 new properties may have miscalculated the flood risk to new and existing homes. The initial investigation undertaken by the Environment Agency calculated the risk of a flood would only occur every 100 years, despite local campaigners providing evidence to the contrary.
Death-Crash Lorry Driver Jailed – 12.2.09
The truck driver responsible for the death of Horley resident, Wanda Harden, has been jailed for two years at Guildford Crown Court. Christopher Weech pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after the accident on the A3 near Guildford last April. Weech could not explain why he failed to spot the stationary traffic which he ploughed into causing Mrs Harden's death.
Plans for New Leisure Centre in Horley Going Ahead – 30.1.09
Plans for a brand new leisure centre in Horley have taken a giant leap forward after Surrey County Council agreed to sell the former Court Lodge infant and secondary school to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. The new development on the site of the old secondary school will house the brand new leisure centre (including swimming pool, sports hall, dance studio and gym) and some housing. The site of the infant school will house a new care home, a church and more housing.
Virus Closes Hospital Wards – 28.1.09
Three wards at East Surrey Hospital have been closed as a result of a rise in the cases of a winter virus. The virus called Norovirus, which causes prolonged spells of vomitting and other flu-like symptoms, caused chaos before Christmas when over 50 people fell ill in the hospital. This new outbreak has seen eighteen cases in less than a week. Healthcare experts advise that people do not go to the hospital unless absolutely urgent and should instead contact their GP if they think that they may have the virus.
Battle for Castle Goes On – 27.1.09
Robert Fidler, the farmer who built a castle in the grounds of his estate in Salfords, has won another step in his battle to keep his home. Mr Fidler attended the hearing at the High Court on Monday where he was told that he may continue to fight the council on their order to demolish the property.
Violent Boyfriend Walks Free – 7.1.09
A violent thug who threatened to kill his girlfriend whilst holding a broken bottle to her neck has walked free from Redhill Magistrates Court. Michael Hesketh, 29, from Haroldslea Close, Horley pleaded guilty to common assault and was given a suspended sentence, 100 hours community service, ordered to complete an alcohol treatment programme and to pay court costs.
Snowy Start to New Year – 5.1.09
On most people's first day back at school and work, nature taunted us all with an overnight snow storm that left Horley under a blanket of snow on Monday morning. The weather brought a smile to kids faces as they built their snowmen and threw snowballs but brought misery to motorists as they attempted to return to work in the treacherous conditions.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – 1.1.09
The staff at All About Horley would like to wish all of our users and advertisers a happy New Year. We hope that 2009 brings success, health and happiness to you all.
Horley Lifeguards Sacked – 3.12.08
Following several months of investigations by Reigate & Banstead Council and Courtneys, who own the Horley Anderson Swimming pool, the two lifeguards on duty when a nine year old boy nearly drowned have been sacked. The incident, which occurred on September 20 this year, resulted in a customer jumping in to the pool to rescue the boy, who was not breathing when he was pulled out but later made a full recovery.
Olympic Hopeful Behind Bars – 2.12.08
A British Olympic hopeful has pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court to his involvement in a heroin and crack-cocaine network, dealing in Horley and Redhill. 19 year old Theo Gonzales was arrested in May alongside his accomplices Simeon Brown and Jason Kissi-Brown as part of a police operation targeting dealers in the two towns. During the operation, the trio dealt class A drugs to undercover police officers.
Credit Crunch Closes Estate Agent – 21.11.08
More signs of the credit crunch will be apparent in Horley town centre this weekend as shoppers will see another vacant building in the town centre. Gascoigne Pees Estate Agents in the High Street have been forced to close, leaving all five staff members jobless, as the crash in the housing market takes it’s toll.
Motorcyclist Injured – 21.11.08
A 24 year old motorcyclist was taken to hospital following a collision with a Volvo at the Chequers roundabout at around 10pm on Thursday evening. Details of the cause of the accident are unclear and police are calling for winesses.
Supermarket Closes Without Warning – 27.10.08
Local residents were left confused and angry when the Sainsbury's Local supermarket on the Chequers roundabout closed last Friday. Customers using the store in the latter part of the week were confronted with empty shelves and the news that the busy and popular store was closing. The petrol facilities are due to re-open within the next couple of days and the store will be converted to a Shell Select shop.
New Playground for Horley Kids – 16.10.08
Horley Town Council have spent £15,000 on a much needed update of the playground equipment at Horley Recreation Ground. The out-dated central activity has been replaced with a colourful, multi-activity climbing frame and smaller pieces opf new equipment have been installed.
Guilty Plea of Paedophile – 7.10.08
A paedophile living in Horley has pleaded guilty to a string of offences involving images of children. David Murdoch of Peeks Brook Lane was arrested in January 2008 and police found more than 1400 disturbing images of children on his computer. He will be sentenced at the end of October.
Suicide of Local Taxi Firm Boss – 5.10.08
One of the owners of the Horley based Carline Private Hire committed suicide in Crawley on Tuesday 30th September. The decapitated body of David Betchley, who lived in Redhill, was found in playing fields in Bewbush after he hanged himself from a bridge crossing the A2220.
Horley Residents Halt Council Plans – 25.9.08
The multi-million pound scheme to pedestrianise part of Horley town centre has been put on hold by the council following heavy opposition from residents and business owners. The council have not abandoned the plans for Horley’s regeneration project but were forced to re-think the scheme after being presented with a 740 name petition against existing plans.
Another Win For Horley Rugby Club – 21.9.08
The new rugby club in Horley have built on their first victory against Eastbourne two weeks ago with a hard fought win against Newick rugby club. Horley scored two magnificent tries early in the first half but were then stifled as Newick resorted to old-fashioned forward’s mauling rugby. Horley grabbed victory late in the second half with a drop goal from their fly-half. The final score was 17-14.
Gatwick Airport For Sale – 18.9.08
British Airports Authority announced yesterday that they will sell Gatwick Airport. The announcement has created uncertainty and job loss fears amongst airport workers and experts say that passengers out of the World’s busiest single runway airport will suffer.
Horley Man Jailed for 'Minding' Drugs - 9.9.08
Melvin Mettle from Victoria Close, Horley has been jailed for 18 months at Guildford Crown Court for allowing his flat to be used as a storage place for drugs. The 24 year old restaurant worker was intimidated and injured by drug dealers before allowing them to store heroin, cocaine and cannabis in his flat.
12 Year Ban for Anti-Social Drinker - 8.9.08
A Horley man has been banned from entering any of the town’s 22 pubs for 12 years following a series of anti-social outbursts at pubs around the town. Harry Horan, 21, from The Ridgeway is well known to most pub landlords for his behaviour. The latest offence occurred outside the Jack Fairman pub where, having been refused entry for being drunk, Horan threw a bottle at a window, abused staff and customers and finally scuffled with police officers called to arrest him.
Horley Rugby Club Win their First Game - 8.9.08
The newly formed Horley Rugby Club got off to a fantastic start on Saturday with a hard-fought win over a strong opposition from Eastbourne. The new team, sponsored by G4S and All About Horley, showed enormous skill and commitment to overcome the visitors 22-15. For full details, visit www.horleyrugby.co.uk
Horley Businesses and Residents Campaign Against Pedestrianisation - 20.8.08
Local residents and businesses are campaigning against the pedestrianisation of Victoria Road as part of the Horley Regeneration scheme. The plans to pedestrianise a large part of Horley's town centre are opposed by traders who fear it will have a detrimental impact on their business as well as residents of neighbouring roads who would have to endure the re-routed traffic from the town centre. A similar scheme in Horsham has already seen businesses suffer. For more information on the plans and to support the campaign, please visit www.horleymatters.org
Skunk Car For Sale - 13.8.08
The Rover 216 decorated as a skunk to compete in the Ramshackle Rally is up for sale in E-Bay having completed the 3000 mile race Europe, ending in Poland. The team left Horley on 31st July and returned on 8th August. The team, led by teacher Jo Backhouse, competed to raise money for St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley.
Kid on a Hot Tin Roof - 11.8.08
A 17 year old burglar had to be rescued from the roof of Horley's Regent House Community Centre last Friday after getting stuck during the attempted robbery. Police and fire crews were called to the scene at around 2am and the firemen placed a ladder against the side of the building to allow the youth to climb down to safety... right into the arms of waiting police officers.
Police Arrest Man Threatening Suicide - 4.8.08
Armed police stormed a house last Thursday after a mentally ill patient threatened to slit his own throat. Todd Fuller, 26, locked himself in an upstairs room of the house in Churchill Road, Smallfield and hurled abuse at passers by and police attending the scene. The siege started just after 1 pm and Fuller was eventually arrested after police entered the property via the back door at around 5.30pm.
Police Sergeant Bailed - 2.8.08
A MET police sergeant living in Horley has been bailed by Crawley Magistrates after he was accused of assault against a fellow police officer. Patrick Byrne, 49, will return to Crawley Magistrates in September for a committal hearing.
Tropical Thunderstorm in Surrey - 29.7.08
Horley's skys were lit up on Monday night by a fantastic thunderstorm at the end of a two-week long heatwave. The storm lasted for around forty minutes and created a real spectacle as fork and sheet lightning ripped through the night sky.
No Pool for School - 24.7.08
Plans to build a brand new leisure centre at the Oakwood School on Balcombe Road have been scrapped by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. Having reviewed the plans, the council claimed that it would be cost-prohibitive to build at the site. They are fully committed to building a new Horley Leisure Centre and are now looking at new potential sites, including the old Court Lodge School site.
New Rugby Club Calls for Players - 6.7.08
The brand new Horley Rugby Club are delivering leaflets around Horley this weekend in a bid to recruit more players. The club, set up by three rugby-playing friends, will train and play their home games at Oakwood School. For more information on the club, you can visit their website (see link on our Sport & Leisure pages)
Massive Fight in Horley - 2.7.08
An enormous fight involving dozens of females, erupted outside the Jack Fairman pub last Friday. An argument about a taxi broke out between two groups of women and soon escalated into a full scale riot as friends and onlookers became involved.
Horley Rejuvenation Could Cause Death of Town - 1.7.08
Horley shops and businesses are furious at the council's plans for a £4 million rejuvenation of the town, saying that it will discourage shoppers from visiting the town. Most of the money is being used on traffic regulations and 'unnecessary' road improvements, which traders claim will simply help shoppers to by-pass the town. Everyone who lives or operates a business in Horley is keen to see genuine improvements to the town centre which will encourage new shops and businesses to the area but spending this money on road layouts does not seem like the best way to do this.
Residential Road to Become Major Route - 3.7.08
Residents of Russells Crescent in Horley are up in arms having discovered plans for the vast majority of traffic travelling through Horley to be redirected along their quiet road. The plans were discovered via an anonymous source and detail a proposal to semi-pedestrianise Victoria Road which would result in traffic being re-routed along Russells Crescent.
Mill Lane Car Crash - 1.7.08
Firefighters had to cut a man free from the wreckage of his car after he lost control and collided with a tree in Mill Lane. The driver, in his 40's, was complaining of neck pains whilst trapped in his vehicle and was taken to East Surrey Hospital.
Burglary Gang Operating in Horley - 11.6.08
Police have asked residents of Horley to watch out for any suspicious activities following a number of burglaries on public buildings recently. The gang of thieves are targeting shops, schools, churches and other local public buildings to steal lead and copper from the buildings. The most recent sites of burglary were the Keys Youth Centre in Court Lodge Road and The Adult Education Centre next door last weekend. If you spot anyone acting suspiciously, you should call 999 immediately.
Horley Fire Crews Help Tackle Blaze at Crawley Tip - 11.6.08
Firefighters from Horley joined forces with crews from Crawley, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead when a massive fire swept through Crawley's Council Tip causing millions of pounds of damage. Although the cause of the fire is as yet unknown, it is believed to have started at around 5.30pm on Monday in the household waste section. Part of the building's roof collapsed and it is expected that it will take 12 months to rebuild the destroyed building.
£4 million for Horley Roads - 20.5.08
Surrey County Council have announced that they will spend £4 million pounds on road improvements in Horley as part of developers' investment of £90 million. The improvements will focus on road safety and traffic congestion and will be welcomed by residents of the town, especially following a number of serious road accidents recently.
Charlie Robinson Update - 20.5.08
We are pleased to report that three year old Charlie Robinson is now out of intensive care and making a good recovery following the horrifying road accident that left him seriously injured last week. We wish you a speedy recovery Charlie and hope to have you back in Horley soon.
Horley Child Seriously Injured - 16.5.08
Charlie Robinson, a three year old pupil at Manorfield Primary and Nursery School, has been seriously hurt after being hit by a motorbike on his way home from school on Wednesday. The horrific accident on the Brighton Road have left Charlie in intensive care with internal bleeding, damage to his vital organs, a fractured skull and other broken bones. The accident was attended by local paramedics and an air ambulance who all fought to save the tots life.
Farmer Ordered to Demolish Castle - 15.5.08
Robert Fidler, the farmer who built a castle-style home on his land at Honeycrock Farm and hid it from view with bales of hay, has been ordered to demolish the building by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. Mr Fidler now plans to take his appeal to the High Court.
Rugby comes to Horley - 15.5.08
It has just been announced that Horley will have it's own rugby club in time for the next season, beginning in September. Horley has never had it's own senior rugby club before, despite local schools teaching the sport and producing some good players. Until now, players from the area have had to travel to Crawley or Reigate for their nearest club. More information will be coming soon.
Scorching Weather or Arson? - 14.5.08
Firefighters were called to put out two seperate blazes in garden sheds last Monday just two hours apart. The first fire was in a garden shed in Haroldslea Drive and the second was in an unused shed in woodland just of Smallfield Road. Investigators were unable to determine the cause of either fire and will not speculate on the possibility of arson.
Horley Paedophile Jailed - 23.4.08
Richard Kloss from Meath Green Lane in Horley has been jailed for six and a half years and placed on the sex offenders register after pleading guilty to numerous sexual offences which included having sex with a 15 year old girl. Kloss met his victim after 'grooming' her through an internet chat room. The court heard how Kloss had a history of visiting chat rooms and had coerced girls to expose themselves to him via webcams.
Town's Graffiti Problem Worsens - 21.4.08
Police and residents are growing more concerned at the amount of graffiti appearing in Horley, in particular around the Garden Estates area of the town. The vandals have already defaced a number of buildings and fences and Police are eager to catch the criminals before the ugly problem worsens.
£1000 for Fly-Tipping - 17.4.08
A Horley man has paid nearly £1000 in fines and legal costs after being caught fly-tipping Smallfield last December.
Horley in Bloom Competition - 16.4.08
Green-fingered gardeners get pruning - the Horley in Bloom Summer Gardening competition (now in it's 14th year) has been launched. The closing date for entries is June 30th and entry forms are available from the town council offices or at www.horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk
Domino's Pizza Opens in Horley - 16.4.08
The second of two high-profile fast food outlets has opened it's doors in Horley this week. Domino's Pizza took it's first orders on Monday, providing Horley with another delivery & takeaway option. Domino's comes just two months after Subway opened in the High Street and should help to encourage other high street names to consider Horley as an emerging town. Please visit our Restaurants page to view all of Horley's food offerings.
Distress of Local Retailer - 15.4.08
Vicky Johal, owner of the Balcombe Road post office has described the awful treatment received by the post office after they informed her that they were to close her post office. Following the shocking news that Vicky would be forced to close, post office officials have harassed her into making hasty decisions otherwise she could lose the compensation on offer. The post office will close on May 19th. However, astute Vicky has already made plans to expand her off licence section and turn her shop into a Premier convenience store with a much greater food offering. We wish you every success Vicky.
Horley to Celebrate St Georges Day - 15.4.08
The English celebrate St Patrick's Day, Australia Day, American Independence Day and a wide variety of other nation's holidays but often forget our very own Patron Saints day. Well, not patriotic Horley. St Georges day will be celebrated in style, starting this Saturday (19th April) with a full day of music and dancing in the High Street including morris dancers and live bands. Retailers like Chris White Butchers, Horley Corner Shop and Planet Sweet will be joining in the festivities and Subway will be running a special St Georges day promotion.
Sat Nav Stolen from Taxi Driver - 9.4.08
A Horley man has been fined and ordered to pay compensation to a taxi driver after stealing the driver's satellite navigation system following a fare dispute.
Pub Chef to Appeal - 8.4.08
Mark Dixie, the former chef at Ye Olde Six Bells pub, is to appeal against 34 year prison sentence for the murder of Sally Anne Bowman outside her home in Croydon in 2005.
Horley Town Centre Development Delayed - 8.4.08
Plans to develop Newman House in Victoria Road have been delayed after councillors were not satisfied with developers proposals to convert the building into an eight storey block. Although the council are keen to sell the property, they do not want to jeopardise the style of Horley town by allowing high-rise buildings to overshadow other buildings.
Horley Post Office to Close - 7.4.08
Despite substantial local opposition and campaigning, the Balcombe Road post office in Horley will be closed as part of the government's Network Change program, designed to stem heavy financial losses across the Post Office network.
Arson Attack on Horley Restaurant - 7.4.08
A popular indian restaurant in Horley town centre has narrowly avoided being burnt to the ground thanks to the heroics of it's chef. Spice Boys' tandoori chef, Abdul Mannan was woken in the early hours of Saturday morning by the restaurants fire alarm and discovered a fire of burning boxes in the restaurant's extension. The quick thinking chef threw the boxes outside, burning his arm in the process, avoiding any serious damage to the property. Despite minor smoke damage, the restaurant continues to open as usual.
Horley Restaurant Wins 'Restaurant of the Year' award 2008 - 6.4.08
The Curry Bengal Indian Restaurant has one the 'Restaurant of the Year' accolade in the hard fought, intensive competition run by the Horley Observer / Crawley Observer. Curry Bengal fought of competition from dozens of other local residents to win the prestigious award.
New Youth Club for Horley - 2.4.08
A brand new Youth Centre is to be built at the site of the old fire station in Albert Road, Horley. The new centre, due to be opened early in 2009 will have a youth cafe, dance studio, creche, counselling facilities and careers advice. The step by Surrey County Council will be welcomed by Horley residents who have become increasingly concerned with youths loitering in the streets, apparently with nowhere to go. The new centre will be open until 10pm on weekdays and will also play host to a brand new youth radio station.
Horley Restaurant & Takeaway menus - curry, chinese, pizza, kebab - 1.4.08
Now you don't need to go hunting around in kitchen drawers whenever you want to find a takeaway menu for a Horley restaurant. Simply go to the Restaurants & Takeaways page and click on an advert for an up to date menu for your favourite curry, chinese, pizza, thai or kebab shop.
Ancient Sport in Horley - 30.3.08
A game similar to cricket dating back to the 14th century, has been officially recognised as a sport. Stoolball, played at Horley Cricket & Hockey Club, is often seen as the forerunner to cricket and baseball.
Local Elections - 24.3.08
Borough Council elections will be held on Thursday 1st May. For information on how to vote and for your local polling station, please visit www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk
Social Club Will Not Close - 18.3.08
The social club adjoined to the Horley Anderson centre will not be closed when the leisure centre is demolished according to Neil Kerr, treasurer of the 180 member club. The club, based in Innes Pavillion, Thornton Close, is leased from Horley Town Council and provides many facilities for members as well as a club house and changing facilities for several local football teams. Horley Anderson will remain open until a new swimming pool is built close to Oakwood School in 2010.
Syringe Found Outside School - 5.3.08
Three students at Oakwood School were shocked to find a dirty needle and syringe outside of their school. The needle was found near the recycling area at the entrance to the school grounds and it is suspected that the needle was left there during the recent half term. Police are looking at CCTV footage to see if they can discover how the needle came to be left so close to the school.
Horley Blackout - 3.3.08
More than 800 businesses and homes were plunged into darkness at around 10pm last Friday during an electricity blackout. This most recent power failure follows a spate of problems around Christmas on the EDF Energy Network.
Calling All Shops, Restaurants, Builders, Hotels, Pubs, etc. - 1.3.08
If you own or manage your own business in Horley, you should be on All About Horley. If you have a restaurant or takeaway we can list your menu. If you have a shop we can list your products. If you own / manage a hair or beauty salon we can show your price list. If you are a builder or window fitter, carpet fitter or gardener we can help to market your business to local customers. If you have a hotel or guesthouse, a pub or a kebab shop we have solutions for all of you. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
34 Years for Murdering Pub Chef - 27.2.08
Mark Dixie, the former chef at Ye Olde Six Bells Public House, has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for the murder of Sally Anne Bowman in Croydon in September 2005.
Local Parks Could Ban Dogs - 26.2.08
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is planning to ban dogs from four parks in Horley as well as other multi-use recreational areas. Dog-walkers may be fined for having their dogs of the lead, walking more than six dogs or allowing their dogs to foul. The minimum fine could be £75 and maximum £1000. The new orders could be imposed within the next three months if agreed.
Arson Attack on Flats - 24.2.08
A block of flats in Langshott were the target of an arson attack in the early hours of Thursday morning. 18 residents were evacuated from the block of flats in Whitecroft after fires were started in three wheelie bins in a communal walkway.
Pub Chef Denies Murder - 5.2.08
Mark Dixie, the former head chef at Ye Olde Six Bells pub in Horley denies murdering model Sally Anne Bowman outside her home in Croydon in the early hours of 25th September 2005. Dixie, who has a history of sexual assault, does not deny his presence at the scene of the horrific murder but claims that Sally Anne had already been attacked and killed and he took 'advantage of the situation'. Prosecutor Brian Altman refers to Dixie's defence as ludicrous and born of desperation. The trial continues at the Old Bailey.
Information on Horley Website Launched - 1.2.08
All About Horley, the information webiste exclusively for Horley businesses and residents, has now been officially launched. So if you are looking for news or information on business services in Horley, look no further. You will find all you need to know about Horley town right here, including details of restaurants, hotels, pubs, travel agents, builders, shops, windows, doors & conservatory fitters and manufacturers, car showrooms, mechanics, schools, doctors, dentists, vets, garden centres, carpet fitters, cafes, hair dressers and barbers, tanning centres, kitchens, bathrooms, beds, banks - in fact, anything you could possibly want is available in your town, so please have a look around. If we've missed anything or you would like to comment, please e-mail us at email@example.com
Horley Post Office Faces the Axe - 30.1.08
Balcombe Road post office has been named as one of four in the area that could be closed in a Government shake-up of the post office network, which will eventually lead to 2,500 closures across the country. Vicky Johal who runs the Balcombe Road post office says that she fears she will have to close the shop altogether if she loses her post office services. The proposed closure is made even more ridiculous in light of the fact that 700 new homes are due to be built near her shop, vastly increasing the demand for the shops services. MP Peter Ainsworth has launched a campaign to save the shop and local residents are up in arms about the proposal.
Fertility Doctor Charged with Sexual Assault - 27.1.08
An East Surrey Hospital doctor has been suspended following sexual assault allegations made in September 2007. Dr Edwin Nwokedi Onugha's suspension has resulted in the fertility services at two hospitals being closed indefinately meaning that couples struggling to fall pregnant will now have to seek treatment elsewhere. Dr Onugha will appear before magistrates on 29th February.
Heightened Security at Gatwick Airport - 24.1.08
Border control bosses at Gatwick Airport have increased the number of officers at the airport in an attempt to tackle the number of illegal immigrants travelling into the country and to come down hard on drug smuggling. A merger between the Border & Immigration agency and Revenue & Customs is also expected later this year.
Couldn't Find A Castle in A Haystack!- 24.1.08
A local farmer, who built his family's dream house styled like a castle and then 'hid' it inside a haystack, may be forced to demolish the stunning property because he did not have planning permission for the building on his farm in Axes Lane. Robert Fidler, the owner of Honeycrock Farm, will fight Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in court for his right to keep his property.
New Housing Estate for Meath Green - 23.1.08
Planning for 1,510 new homes in Meath Green will be submitted later this year following the outline planning permission being granted in December 2007. Providing developers can satisfactorily offer contributions in excess of £30 million towards infrastructure and community facilities, they will get the green light. The development will be built in four phases from 2009 - 2015.
Fake Car Theft Wastes Police Time & Money - 23.1.08
A Horley motorist crashed his car and then reported it stolen, resulting in a helicopter and dog unit being deployed at huge cost to taxpayers. Aaron Richens, 23 of Skipton Way ploughed into a telegraph pole in the early hours of the morning last September. He was given a suspended sentence at Guildford Crown Court.
New Maternity Ward for East Surrey - 19.1.08
A second maternity ward could be opened at East Surrey due to the number of people giving birth at the hospital rising by 50% since Crawley Hospital closed it's in-patient services in 2001. Currently, 4300 women give birth at East Surrey Hospital every year.
Subway comes to Horley - 14.1.08
The international sandwich chain, Subway, has been given the green light to open a new store in Horley Town Centre. The new store is expected to open it's doors at the end of February and will be at 22-24 High Street, the building previously occupied by Horley Bookshop, which has moved to Victoria Road.
Pubs Impose a Two-Drink Limit on Parents - 14.1.08
A Horley pub, owned by national pub operator JD Wetherspoon, has imposed a two drink limit on customers with children. The Jack Fairman in Horley is one off the 683 pubs owned by JD Wetherspoons who have blanket imposed the rule across their estate. A company spokesman explained that children entering one of their pubs must be accompanied by an adult and both must order a meal. The adult may order up to two alcoholic drinks to accompany their meal but would be expected to leave approximately 40 minutes after finishing their meal.
New Information website for Horley. Restaurants, Shops, Travel Agents, Cars, Pubs and lots more - 10.1.08
A brand new website specifically for residents and businesses in Horley will soon be launching officially - and you are looking at it! All About Horley will have local news and events as well as business listings for restaurants, hotels, pubs, travel agents, builders, shops, windows, doors & conservatory fitters and manufacturers, car showrooms, mechanics, schools, doctors, dentists, vets, garden centres, carpet fitters, cafes, hair dressers and barbers, tanning centres, banks and lots more.
Sources: Our local news is sourced from other local media and our thanks for their vital coverage of local events goes to them. They include but are not limited to:
Redhill, Reigate, Horley LIFE
Surrey Mirror / Horley Mirror
All local radio stations
and other web-based media sites
Note: All About Horley is an information website for all businesses in Horley giving contact details based on the latest information we have. All About Horley can not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, but we would appreciate your feedback if you spot any information that is not current.
All About Horley includes information on all Horley Restaurants including Khushboo , Curry Bengal , The Curry Inn , Le Gourmet , Kemal at the Cambridge Hotel , Saigon Nights , Pizzasta , Blue Lake , Il Sorisso , all indian restaurant , chinese restaurant , italian restaurant , thai and vietnamese restaurant , takeaway and delivery services such as Dominos Pizza , Subway and Spice Boys.
All About Horley has information on all shops in Horley including Mitchells , High Street Pets , Collingwood Batchelor , The Factory Store , Cooks Electrical Retailer , Orchid Kitchens , Burstow Garden centre and nursery , Chris White Butcher , Mud Pie Ceramics , Waitrose , Tesco , Iceland , Sweetpea Florists , Don Ruffles Stationers , Boots the chemist and Horley's Travel agents such as Travel Sense and cycle shops in Horley such as Mellow Miles and Horley Cycle centre. One of Horley's most recent shops to open is Mellow Miles Cycles in Victoria Road, Horley. Mellow Miles offer bikes for all customers, ranging from high end racing and mountain bikes to children's bikes, BMX's and folding bikes. Mellow MIles Cycles in Horley is a real gem and worth visiting to discuss your cycling needs.
If you are looking for a unique birthday party for your children, why not try All Star football parties in Horley who will put on a fantastic football themed party for your children. And for a shop with all of the fancy dress and costume hire requirements for your party you should take a look at Party Pad fancy dress shop in Horley.
It also lists all of the schools and nurseries such as Oakwood School , Langshott School , Cranbrook Nursery , local playgroup and nursery.
All of the Horley hairdresser and barber shops are listed including Sue Jane Hairdressing , Shear Class , Andrew Lyon Hair & Beauty , as well as beauticians such as Pro Nails Design , Tulsi , and Studio 44 in Salfords.
You can find a wide variety of estate agents for that new home such as Gascoigne Pees , Cubitt & West , Andrews Estate Agent , James Dean Estate Agents , and Savills. And if you would rather build your own home or conservatory , you can find details for local builders such as Hystar construction and a local Horley plumber or electrician. In fact, anything to do with your home and garden such as window fitters like Future Windows , kitchen showrooms like Orchid Kitchens and bathroom specialists like the Bathroom Studio or garden furniture from Mitchells or the garden centre or CPM Fireplaces. You can even get a skip from a local Horley skip company such as MF Mini Skips.
If you are looking for a builder in Horley, we have all of the trusted a reputable building companies in Horley listed right here including D and R Carpentry, Amphibian Scaffolding, R Weller builders Langshott Landscapes and many more. We also have the most reputable electricians in Horley here on All About Horley such as AHK Electrical Services. So if you need a quality electrician in the Horley area, you can find out more information about Ahk Electrical Services, L&C Installations and many other electricians in the Horley area on All About Horley.
No comprehensive Horley site would be complete without a full listing of Pubs and Bars such as The Gatwick Arms pub , The Kings Head pub , The Forresters pub , The Black Horse pub , The Farmhouse pub , The Air Balloon pub and Jack Fairman.
Horley is renowned for all of it's hotels and guesthouses being so close to Gatwick Airport and All About Horley has a full listing of these such as the Rennaissance hotel , Langshott Manor Hotel , The Lawn Guesthouse , the Cambridge Hotel and lots more.
Plus lots of other information such as sports club like Horley Rugby club , Horley Town football club , Horley Tennis club , Horley Squash and Cricket club. Taxi numbers like A2B , 780780 and Roadrunners , all of the local churches and places of worship such as St Bartholomews church , St Francis church and St Wilred's church. All of Horley's doctors , dentists and opticians.