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As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, local officers will be out, as usual, visiting shops and licensed premises to ask for their co-operation in minimising the risks of people buying fireworks or alcohol underage, as well as other items such as flour and eggs which may not be intended for cooking!!

  Although the majority of people enjoy these festivities in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, some people use the opportunity to target vulnerable residents and cause criminal damage. Please speak to your children to ensure that they do not throw anything at other people’s houses or, for their own safety, knock on doors of people they do not know.

  As in previous years, police will be out in force on the evening of Halloween and will take a very dim view of anyone causing any damage or intimidating residents. If you live near someone you consider may be vulnerable to this type of targeting, please visit them and if you think it is necessary then let your local officers know of your concerns. You can contact your local team on 01483 639886 or by email to

  On a totally different matter, we had been very pleased to note a significant decline over the summer in the number of reports we received about telephone scams – where people had been tricked into giving money or their bank details to people pretending to be from the police, the bank or building society. When this first came to our notice, we tried to spread the word about this type of fraud via many methods, including handing out information in local banks and shopping centres. This may have had some impact on its decline?

  Sadly, however, it appears to have started up again and we would like to reinforce the message that genuine callers from the police or other organisations, such as banks, building societies etc. will NEVER ask you to disclose personal account details. Please help us to spread the word to anyone you may believe could be vulnerable to this type of fraud?

  If you have any concerns yourself or feel that someone could benefit from being contacted by their local policing team (or by me as the Crime Reduction Advisor for the District), then please call us on 101.

  This time of year also tends to see an increase in the number of rogue traders going door-to-door, offering to do “work” for inflated prices. If you have any concerns about this, or have been targeted yourself, please let us know by calling us on 101.

  Neil Clarke, 13363. Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division, PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE. To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call:Tel:  101 Extension 30809 or 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters. Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (e.g. a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger). Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don't want to leave your name.

  For more crime prevention advice visit


Leatherhead town centre will be awash with all things that go bump in the night on Saturday 31st October when the town will once again be hosting an afternoon of Halloween fun for all the family from 3pm until 6pm.

For those brave enough there will be an opportunity to get up close with some seriously creepy crawlies, whilst those keen to show off their frightful dress sense will battle it out to win one of three prizes up for grabs in a fancy dress competition at the Swan Centre from 5pm. There will be a prize for the best home-made outfit, so get your thinking caps on and start getting creative during half term. The competition is open to all so expect a few ‘mummies’ – and daddies – too!

  Those up for a challenge can take part in the delightfully disgusting ‘Yucky Dip’ game or see if they have what it takes to be a grave digger. Meanwhile, youngsters can enter the ‘Pumpkin Pursuit’ competition, taking place in the town’s shops.

  New for this year we have a pumpkin carving competition. Bring your carved pumpkins along to the event to be judged and you could win a prize. So get thinking and carving (under supervision from an adult) during half term and bring your finished jack-o-lanterns along on the 31st. The Surrey Society of Model Engineers will offer rides on their miniature steam train throughout the day. This costs 50p per ride.

  You may be excused for thinking that Leatherhead has been invaded from outer space with aliens lurking in giant tubes! Watch out for Vooboo, scary skeletons that will tower above you and the friendly Mr Pumpkin Head.

  Why not come along and have a ‘spooktacular’ time! We look forward to scaring you….I mean seeing you!

  Please note: There will be a small charge for some of the competitions and games. The barrier to the High Street will remain closed until 7pm to allow for greater safety of residents and visitors during the event.


Mole Valley District Council’s #cleanmv campaign hit a high note early in early September when a major sting operation to reduce fly-tipping took place at two locations within the district, stopping and searching vehicles.

  Mole Valley District Council joined forces with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council and Surrey Police to mount the multi-agency operation. They were also joined by the Department for Work and Pensions, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards and the UK Visas and Immigrations service.

  Paul Newman, Executive Member for Environment said, “Yesterday’s events involved the stopping and searching of more than 50 vehicles, sending out a clear message to would-be fly-tippers that it will not be tolerated in Mole Valley. I’d like to thank all the partners involved.

  We are proud of our beautiful environment here in Mole Valley and as our current ‘Clean Mole Valley’ campaign demonstrates, we are committed to tackling this particular type of anti-social environmental crime.”

  Successful Flytipping Prosecution

  The end of August saw another example of a successful multi-agency partnership when a fly-tipping prosecution led by Elmbridge Borough Council resulted in a custodial sentence. Mr Eastwood from Claygate, had posed as a Landscape Contractor and answered to 8 offences of fly-tipping spanning a two and a half year period. Mr Eastwood pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 44 weeks in prison. One of the incidents occurred in Fetcham and it was through the partnership between Mole Valley District Council, Elmbridge Borough Council and Surrey Police that evidence from the incident helped secure this result.

  Paul Newman, added, “This is a great example of partnership working with neighbouring authorities to secure prosecutions. It is important to us that offenders are prosecuted and receive an appropriate sentence, demonstrating our message that fly-tipping in Mole Valley will not be tolerated.”

  Residents should be aware that they have a responsibility to dispose of waste legally and should check the credentials of anyone collecting their waste. Visit for details of reputable companies.

If you see fly-tipping in progress, please contact the police directly on 101. To report a fly-tip visit or call 01306 885 001


Surrey Police is warning elderly residents to be on their guard after a number of people have been duped into handing over money to a conman in the borough claiming to need to borrow money to pay for a locksmith.

  The most recent incident took place in West Hill on 31 August when a man claimed to be the victim’s neighbour and asked to borrow £80 for a locksmith, making off once the money had been handed over. The suspect is described as white, aged 18-20 years, around 5ft 9 tall, of slim build, with mousey brown hair. He was clean-shaven and wearing jeans and a light-coloured T-shirt.

  Detective Sergeant Ruth Atkins, who is investigating the incident, said: “We are urging residents to be vigilant and never hand over any money to people who just show up on their doorstep or even approach them in the street or a car park, no matter how plausible or heart-wrenching the story is. “We are also urging Epsom residents to keep an eye out for anyone spotted acting suspiciously in the area and to report any sighting to us as soon as possible. “The suspect has targeted an elderly resident, which makes this crime all the more despicable, and we are determined to do all we can to trace the offender responsible and ensure he is brought to justice.”

  If you believe you have been a victim of a similar or any scam, or you have any information which could assist police with their enquiries, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 45150064167 or by using the online reporting system found at

  Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. -


The aim of the Hubs is to allow disabled people, older people, carers, families, professionals and other members of the community to access to a wide range of information and support regarding services in their community.

  The Hubs also provide access to advice such as advocacy, independent living, welfare benefits and many other services. Each Hub has a Volunteer Development Worker whose role is to oversee the smooth running of the Hub, ensure a high quality, professional service is provided to our customers and to support, train and develop a skilled team of volunteers.

  The Surrey Hubs East now has a Mobile Hub service.  If you need information and support around advocacy, benefits, independent living, housing, employment, transport, etc, but can’t easily get to the nearest Hub (Redhill, Dorking, Epsom, or Walton on Thames), then look out for the Mobile Hub coming to a venue near you.

  Dates for Mobile sessions are being added all the time. Details can be found on the website address on the bottom of the page.

  In October we are pleased to be providing the following sessions:

Thurs 8th. The Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom. 10am-1pm.
Tues 13th. The Meeting Place Community Hub, 42 Church Road, Bookham. 10am-12pm.
Wed 14th. Mary Frances Trust, 23 The Crescent, Leatherhead. 10am-1pm.
Tues 20th. The Woodhatch Centre, Whitebeam Drive, Reigate. 10am-1.30pm.
Thurs 22nd. Whiteley Village Shop, Whiteley Village, Walton on Thames. 9.45am-12.30pm.

We are looking to bring our services to the wider community and would welcome any support to help us to reach people that may benefit from a free information service. We are looking for suitable venues and also looking for volunteers to assist with providing the service.

  The Mobile Hub East has previously visited The Wells Centre, Epsom; Regents House , Horley; The Fairfield Centre, Leatherhead; The Meeting Place Community Hub , Bookham; The Longmead Centre, Epsom; Whiteley Village, Walton on Thames; and Mary Frances Trust, Leatherhead. The Mobile Hub is looking forward to returning to each venue on a regular basis, and to expanding the service to other venues within Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Reigate & Banstead and Mole Valley.

  If you would like us to bring the service to your venue, or can support us by volunteering please contact Jo Mather, Volunteer Development Worker, on 07805 081204, or email and


Join Challengers in confronting this statistic head on with their vital play and leisure schemes for disabled children and young people in Surrey. Bookings are underway for the Autumn term, but there is just one this missing… we want you to come and join in the fun!

  Play is a crucial part of any child’s life. Children learn, socialise and express themselves through play which is vital to any child’s upbringing and development. Disabled children and young people need the opportunity to do all of these things, with the correct support provided. Take a second to imagine your life without play? This is where Challengers are making a huge difference by providing services that families in Surrey need.

  Along with the huge benefits that Challengers schemes offer young people, they also provide short breaks for families. Short breaks are essential to families who can often struggle with the demands of having a disabled relative. One Challengers parent said “Challengers for us is a Godsend, it is a safe, happy place for me to leave one of the most precious things in my life for a few hours, worry free, to look after the other precious things in my life.” By visiting a Challengers scheme, parents get a chance to re-charge, spend time with other family members and get that all important break from what can often be a constant cycle of care.

  Summer holidays saw Challengers deliver 34,000 hours of play to disabled children and young people across all of their schemes. They got up to loads of fun activities including; Chessington World of Adventures, chill-out days, mini golf, Thorpe Park, Harry Potter World, music workshops, messy art, petting zoos and so much more - you name it, Challengers has made it possible for thousands of young people to have these experiences, which must continue if that huge 86% figure is to be eradicated.

  Challengers have recently introduced a new policy at their play schemes which means that any child, disabled or otherwise are welcome to go, play and have fun. Not only are non-disabled siblings encouraged to attend schemes, but the doors are now open to non-disabled friends, or any child that wants to go and experience what Challengers have to offer.

  The schemes running in Surrey are: Leatherhead Play; Bookham Youth; Epsom Young Adult; Epsom Play; Epsom Youth; Farnham Pre School; Godstone Play; Guildford Play – Outstanding Ofsted ranking; Caterham Youth; Farnham Youth; Guildford Youth; Farnham Young Adult and Guildford Young Adult.

  So why not come and join Challengers in their fight to make vital play opportunities available for everyone. Find your closest scheme and get in touch with the Challengers team. For more information please contact Hannah Woollven at Challengers, 01483 230060 or email

  Challengers, Stoke Park, Guildford, GU1 1TU. A Charitable Company limited by guarantee no. 4300724. Registered Charity no.1095134


Back in March 1999 the Mole Valley District Council Dogs (Fouling of Land) Order 1999 came into effect. This order means that it is an offence to allow your dog to foul public land. The maximum fine for failing to clear up after your dog is £1,000. Not only is it against the law and anti-social, but it can be a danger to public health. Dog waste can contain the roundworm Toxacora which can result in a serious infection lasting between six and 12 months. The infection, Toxocariasis, most commonly affects children between the ages of 18 months and five years.

Where does the Law Apply?
· footpaths, grass verges, parking areas or hard surfaced areas alongside or on the carriage way of a road. You must pick up on the actual road if the speed limit is 40mph or less.
· all public footpaths
· all private roads and footpaths
· all recreation grounds and open spaces
· all roads and footpaths on housing estates provided by the local authority
· all pedestrianised areas in towns and village centres
· all public car parks

  Reasons not to pick up such as "I've forgotten my poo bags" or "It’s natural fertiliser for the soil" are not valid excuses.

Be Prepared.

As a dog owner it is your responsibility to clear up after your dog. You need to be prepared at all times and take poo bags or nappy sacks with you to remove your dog's waste. Picking up dog waste is not dangerous to health if done correctly. The council provides specialist dog waste bins across the district. Although you can also use a normal rubbish bin provided the waste is bagged. If there is no waste bin nearby then carry your dog's waste home and dispose of it in your own black bin.

  Report it.

You can report instances of dog fouling under the "Report It - Dog Fouling and Animal Complaints" section of the Mole Valley website, or email In order to investigate or prosecute the council would need the address of the person causing the fouling. If this is not possible then MVDC would need details such as; a description of dog and owner with a regular time and place where the fouling is committed.