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Police officers on horseback have recorded a successful few months in Surrey, snaring people breaking the law and committing traffic offences.
More than £2,000 in fines have been handed out and one suspect was eventually charged and later pleaded guilty to offences against animals.
Surrey Police’s new mounted section is able to get across fields and rural roads better than cars, and horses have also been out and about around the county to boost engagement with police.
Speaking at the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner’s performance meeting on Tuesday, Ch Con Gavin Stephens said the horses were part of a drive to boost police presence in villages and harder to reach areas around the county.
Two dedicated rural and wildlife crime officers have been recruited and one PCSO per borough is being trained in specialising in rural crime, the meeting heard.
Ch Con Stephens said the mounted section was proving very popular at events and in communities.
He said: “This is not a mounted section for public order. This is a mounted section that can do engagement work, prevention work and some search capabilities."
A world-first infant teaching tool has been developed by clinicians working with some of Hollywood's top model makers.
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has worked with an Oscar winning team at Elstree Film Studios to create two life-like baby manikins – one pre-term and one full-term – that will be used in training and simulations.
The team at Lifecast Body Simulation worked on blockbusters including Saving Private Ryan, Kingsmen, and Beauty and the Beast.
The manikins are based on scans of a 29 and a 36 week-old baby, and have clicky hips to allow doctors to practice the newborn examination.
They also have compatible airways to practice resuscitation methods, tiny visible veins, and true-to-life skull and jaw movement.
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Cash seized from criminal gangs and drug dealers is to be ploughed back into trying to tackle County Lines problems across Surrey.
Over the last three years Surrey Police has raked in more than £660,000 from confiscation orders and cash seizures.
This is then ploughed back into the force to pay for officers and support staff. It is hoped £50,000 from this year’s haul will help to pay for a County Lines Co-ordinator – someone to tackle the movement and selling of drugs from across county borders, a meeting heard.
Ch Con Gavin Stephens praised the use of the funds – known as POCA funds (Proceeds of Crime Act).
Speaking at Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner’s performance meeting yesterday he said: “We have performed very well in terms of money coming back into the force.”
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Unemployment in the South East was 2.9% in the three months ending June 2019.
The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.
Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.
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Passengers on a flight from Gatwick Airport to New York have been delayed after their plane was damaged before take off.
The Norwegian Dreamliner aircraft, due to fly to New York JFK hit a fence while being pushed back from the stand, a passenger on board posted on Twitter.
Mr Rushworth said the plane was being pushed back from the stand at about 11:30 BST, and passengers remained on the aircraft for about 45 minutes.
A spokesman for the airline said all passengers had left the plane and would be boarding a replacement aircraft.
The GMB union is to undertake a consultative ballot of members at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in an attempt to halt trust plans to privatise non-clinical services at Frimley Park, Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals.
The proposals could see the privatisation of about 1,000 housekeeping and cleaning services, porters, security, and catering amongst others.
The consultative ballot will open on 14 August and close on the 29 August.
The GMB said it would give members "the opportunity to have their say on the potential of taking direct action in defence of their jobs and to remain solely within the NHS".
Demonstrations outside the three hospital sites are also planned.
Met Office warnings are in place for rain and wind for the next couple of days in the South East of England.
A yellow warning for rain is in force all day today.
The band of heavy rain followed by heavy showers or thunderstorms has the potential to bring disruption.
A yellow warning for strong winds is in force from 15:00 BST today and will continue all day on Saturday, with gusts up to 60mph.
Some disruption is expected, including delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport with fallen trees possible.
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No government-funded trees have been planted in Surrey Heath between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.
Surrey Heath was among about a third of English districts that did not get any government-funded trees. Almost all of these were urban areas and the government has promised to spend £10m planting trees in towns and cities.
Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.
Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.
Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.
Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.
The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.
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Gatwick has also responded to those problems with air traffic control.
A spokesperson for the airport said: “Flights continue to arrive and depart from Gatwick however Nats - which controls UK airspace - currently has an issue with one of its radars and has put limits on the number of flights that can use Gatwick and other London airports. Passengers are advised to check the latest on their flight with their airline.”
A man has been arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences,
The 51-year-old was detained on Wednesday accused of the preparation of terrorist acts.
The Met Police said his arrest is not linked to a "UK-based threat or threat to the airport".
He remains in police custody at a Sussex police station.
Passengers using Gatwick Airport have been experiencing delays and cancellations caused by weather conditions across the UK and Europe.
The airport said 17 flights had been cancelled on Friday, while the average delay for departures was about 21 minutes.
A spokesman said: "We would like to apologise to anyone affected by this disruption.
"We advise all passengers to contact their airline for the latest information about their flight before they travel.”
Rail passengers are being advised not to travel today, or to allow extra time for their journeys, because of speed restrictions being imposed due to the heatwave.
Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink are all running a "significantly reduced service".
Public Health England has maintained a level three heat health watch for eastern areas of England, where temperatures topped 30C on Wednesday.
The current record of 38.5C was set in Faversham in Kent in August 2003.
Councils have called on the public to check on family and friends, warning that the elderly and those with heart and respiratory problems are most at risk from the hot weather.
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Drowning is a bigger cause of death in Surrey than accidental house fires, with 20 people killed in water-related accidents over the last five years.
The safety messages from rescue crews and volunteers come as the heatwave threshold is expected to be reached in the county this week and people look to cool off in rivers, lakes, canals and reservoirs across the county.
Temperatures could reach as high as 34C.
But temperatures in the water rarely go above 12C and cold-water shock can quickly kick in, putting even strong swimmers in danger, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service warned.
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