Surrey Police

Police give blue light salute to Captain Tom Moore

Surrey and Sussex Police paid their own tribute to Captain Tom Moore on his 100th birthday, describing him as a "national treasure".

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Police use 'sky talk' drone to disperse crowd

A talking drone was used by police to break up a group of 30 people not abiding by social distancing guidelines.

Surrey Police said the "sky talk" drone, which was used in Walton-on-Thames on Friday morning, allowed the force to communicate without putting officers at additional risk.

The drone told the group: “Attention this a police message. You are gathering in breach of government guidelines to stay at home in response to the coronavirus. You are putting lives at risk. Please disperse immediately and return home.”

The plea was effective and the group left the area, the force said.

Driver caught doing 130mph claimed he was trying to avoid virus

A motorist caught driving at 130mph claimed he was speeding to avoid catching coronavirus, according to police.

Surrey Police stopped the driver on the M25 on Tuesday. The force posted a tweet which read: "An officer stopped a driver who was speeding on the M25 at 130mph.

His reply to why he was speeding was 'I thought the faster I went the less chance I would catch coronavirus'. Driver reported to court. #slowdown."

Police forces across the country have reported that some motorists are taking advantage of quieter roads by driving at high speed.

The Metropolitan Police revealed that one driver was caught speeding twice in two days on the same stretch of the A10 in Enfield, north London, with a 40mph limit.

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Sunbathers found at beauty spot during lockdown

Scores of people were found sunbathing at a Surrey beauty spot at the weekend, despite government advice for people to stay at home, Surrey Police has said.

Officers found the sun seekers when they responded to reports of more than 40 cars parked at Box Hill, near Dorking, on Sunday.

The force said a passing police helicopter prompted some to disperse, while officers on the ground had to engage with a "significant number" to persuade them to leave.

It said cars continued to arrive throughout the afternoon and officers were also alerted to a similar situation at Epsom Downs.

Meanwhile, Surrey Police had to deal with eight people "having a mini street party" in a front garden.

Supt Chris Colley said: "We understand that in normal situations the warm weather is appealing and we all want to get out and about. However, these are not normal times. This is a national health emergency."

Police disperse house party guests

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Spelthorne beat of Surrey Police
Surrey Police

Police in Surrey were called to break up a house party on Saturday night.

Guests attending the birthday party in Stanwell were "sent on their way", officers said.

Writing on Facebook, Surrey Police said: "It is not acceptable to invite your friends over."