Firefighters to go on strike again over pensions dispute

Surrey Comet: FBU president Alan McLean speaks to striking firefighters at protest in Kingston

3:42pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Firefighters will take part in further industrial action over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

Appeals launched to help rejuvenate fire-damaged Ewell Court House

Surrey Comet:

9:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Two appeals have been launched by residents to restore fire-ravaged Ewell Court House to its former glory once refurbishment work starts on the listed building.

Evangelical minister praises David Cameron for declaring Britain "Christian"

Surrey Comet: Gerald Coates, team leader at Pioneer Engage Church in Leatherhead

5:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

An evangelical minister who was at No 10 when the Prime Minister said Britain is a Christian country has praised his courage for making the controversial statement.

Princess Alice Hospice re-opens Esher store

Surrey Comet: Lend a hand: The hospice helps countless people, can you help it?

3:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Princess Alice Hospice will re-open its Esher shop next week, after a three month closure for building work.

Free course at Epsom Hospital offering cancer support

Surrey Comet: Visitors to Epsom Hospital witnessed an operation taking place through a window

4:56pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A free course created to support and guide people about how to live with and manage their experience of cancer will start at the end of April.

UPDATE: Mum warns about dangers of toilet training seats

Surrey Comet: Emily Pitt with the toilet training seat round her neck

4:47pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A woman whose toddler got trapped in a toilet training seat and had to be freed by firemen wants to warn other mums of the risk.

Man suffers leg and pelvic injuries in crash between car and motorbike

Surrey Comet: The junction of Elm Road and Moor Lane. Image: Google

4:13pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The crash happened in Elm Road, Chessington, at about 3.20pm today.

Fake gun burglar jailed for seven years after petrified victim jumped off balcony

Surrey Comet: Raphael Audain-Reason

1:27pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A teenager has been jailed for more than seven years for his role in a burglary where the victim was left so terrified after being shown a gun he jumped off his balcony.

Promising athlete spared jail for oral rape of child

Surrey Comet: Adam Hulin, 19, of Headley, admitted oral rape and sexual assault of a girl aged under 13

1:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A promising teenage athlete has been spared jail after admitting orally raping and sexually assaulting a young girl.

Spider-Man is hometown hero in Banstead, Ashtead and Epsom

Surrey Comet: Spider-Man is hometown hero in Banstead, Ashtead and Epsom

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Epsom, Banstead and Ashtead can all now lay claim to their own superhero as Andrew Garfield, in the shape of Spider-Man, wows cinema audiences across the country.

Fundraising duo descended Base Camp Everest hours before avalanche

Surrey Comet: The Unfinished Business Society team after they arrived back at Heathrow Airport

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A fundraising father and son have arrived safely back in Britain after descending from Base Camp Everest hours before an avalanche killed 16 Sherpa climbing guides.

Shane Lynch says Boyzone will go back to Motown roots

Surrey Comet: Shane Lynch

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Shane Lynch talks about Boyzone working their way back to a Motown beginning, remembering Stephen Gately, wild fans, dyslexia, religion and his new beard ahead of a summer concert.

UPDATE: Neighbours shocked at Good Friday double stabbing

Surrey Comet: The house in Hook Road where the attack took place on Good Friday

3:39pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Neighbours have spoken about their shock at a double stabbing on Good Friday as the air ambulance service released more details of the victims' injuries.

Toddler's head stuck in toilet seat

Surrey Comet: Creeping, sleeping and a fight to stay up

12:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Toilet training is a challenge for many youngsters, but few get into such problems as a two year old girl who got trapped in a toilet seat on Sunday.

VIDEO: Thousands of ducks and people take part in annual river race

Surrey Comet: The Ewell Court Duck Race 2014 attracted 1,500 visitors

12:57pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

More than 1,500 well-behaved plastic ducks bobbed down the Hogsmill river on Saturday to raise money for youngsters.

Two stabbed in Epsom - man held under Mental Health Act

Surrey Comet: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

9:58am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two people were stabbed in the early hours of Good Friday.

Mob bay for blood at Good Friday crucifixion reenactment

Surrey Comet: Roman soldiers escort Jesus to the place of execution

10:50am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Hundreds of churchgoers took to Epsom’s streets on Good Friday as part of a rowdy re-enactment of Jesus’s trial, crucifixion and resurrection.

Good Friday delight as rescue dogs arrive from Romania

Surrey Comet: Adopters collect their new dogs from the Kingswood kennel

11:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Despite cancelled travel documents and a day-long delay in Calais, a lorry-load of Romanian dogs finally arrived in the UK on Good Friday to the delight of their new owners.

Meeting to discuss controversial plan for dome next to Nonsuch Park

Surrey Comet: A dome similar to the one proposed

9:36am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

People are being offered the chance to have their say about plans for a huge dome and sports facilities on the edge of a nature reserve.

Doomed First World War soldiers remembered on centenary tea towel

Surrey Comet: Ray Sharp and David Brooks from Bourne Hall Museum with the tea towel

9:53am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Soldiers are shown leaving Epsom for battle on a tea towel printed to mark the centenary of the Great War.

Easter Bunny visits Leatherhead

Surrey Comet: The Easter Bunny entertained visitors at the Swan shopping centre

3:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Alice left Wonderland to team up with the Easter Bunny and deliver Easter eggs to youngsters on Saturday.

Young bookworms meet children's author

Surrey Comet: Deborah Daley visited children at Stoneleigh Library

2:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

Young bookworms tried their hand at writing, drawing and designing book covers when they met a local children’s author.

Henry VIII admits executing 72,000 people

Surrey Comet: Henry VIII at Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

12:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

Henry VIII gave an audience to children at a museum kids club on Tuesday, April 15.

New finance boss at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Surrey Comet: HIV charity Herts Aid welcomes legalisation of home testing kits

5:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A new finance boss has taken over the reins at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group.

Firefighters called to Chessington gas cylinder blaze

Surrey Comet: False alarm for fire services

4:44pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Four fire crews were called to a shed fire involving a gas cylinder.

Big band to jazz up Epsom Playhouse

Surrey Comet: The Big Band Show will be coming to the Epsom Playhouse for one night only

10:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A jazz musician whose father played with Frank Sinatra will be bringing his big band’s show to town for one night only.

Premiership star Steve Sidwell visits entrepreneurial students

Surrey Comet: Steve Sidwell visited Blenheim High School, in Longmead Road, Epsom

5:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A film created by young entrepreneurs will be shown on Sky Sports after they presented it to Premiership football star Steve Sidwell.

Award-winning crime writer to speak at Ewell Library

Surrey Comet: Denise Mina will be speaking at Ewell Library in Bourne Hall

10:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

The award-winning crime writer of the Field of Blood and the Garnethill trilogy is giving a talk on her work.

Farmer dissociates himself from cemetery plan

Surrey Comet: The design for a war memorial as part of cemetery plans

6:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

A farmer whose pigs, miniature ponies and sheep could be kicked off land to make way for a cemetery, is keen to dissociate himself from the plan.

Avoid becoming an 'A&Easter'

Surrey Comet: Epsom Hospital where visitors saw an operation taking place last week

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are advising DIY devotees on how to avoid becoming an ‘A&Easter’.

Residents celebrate after council refuses to approve conversion

Surrey Comet: Mothers helped to cross Chessington Road, Ewell, outside the former Bytes office

5:26pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Residents are cracking open the champagne after a council refused to approve the conversion of an office into affordable housing without planning permission.

Father and son on course to reach Base Camp Everest in charity challenge

Surrey Comet: Julie Jones, Jan Meek, Roger Davies, Leslie Pende, Annabel Hancock, Lucas Bateman, Clive Hagley and Max Hagley

4:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A fundraising father and son team are trekking more than 5,000 metres up to Everest Base Camp accompanied by a professional adventurer and triple Guinness World Record holder.

Good Samaritan punched in nose while breaking up fight outside nightclub

Surrey Comet: The fight took place outside Boogie Lounge in Waterloo Road, Epsom

3:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Police have praised a good Samaritan who was punched in the nose while trying to break-up a fight outside a nightclub.

'I want to stand up for people who don't fit the mould', says Labour MP candidate

Surrey Comet: Sheila Carlson is standing as Labour's candidate for MP for Epsom and Ewell in the 2015 General Election

3:03pm Thursday 17th April 2014

An ex-mayor, union official and breast cancer survivor will champion the cause of people who do not "fit the mould" as Labour's candidate in next year's general election.

Barbara Windsor carries on entertaining at Headley Court

Surrey Comet: Barbara Windsor visited injured servicemen at Headley Court, near Epsom

11:47am Thursday 17th April 2014

Television legend Barbara Windsor carried on entertaining when she visited the UK’s largest rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women.

Over 400 people sign petition to protect playing fields from development

Surrey Comet: An artist's impression of the sheltered housing with 24-hour care

10:45am Thursday 17th April 2014

More than 400 people have signed a petition in bid to protect playing fields from development.

Recorded crimes fall sharply but arrests soar

Surrey Comet: Epsom and Ewell Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Knight

9:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

The number of recorded crimes in Epsom and Ewell fell sharply last year while the number of arrests soared by more than a third.

Inquest finally listed for grandmother who died in retirement care home fire

Surrey Comet: Irene Cockerton died after a fire in the retirement home in Hinchley Wood on September 30, 2011

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

The inquest of 87-year-old Irene Cockerton who died after a fire in a Hinchley Wood retirement home will finally take place next month – more than two and a half years after her death.

Epsom and St Helier hospitals "working hard" to achieve clinical standards for London

Surrey Comet: Epsom Hospital where visitors saw an operation taking place last week

5:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are to invest at least £2m more a year in new staff in a bid to meet all the new clinical standards developed for London hospitals.

Charity plans £22m centre of excellence for disabled

Surrey Comet:

3:28pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A charity wants to build a £22m centre of excellence for disabled and disadvantaged people.

Standing room only at cemetery opposition meeting

Surrey Comet: People crowd into the room at United Reformed Church in Woodmansterne Lane, Banstead

11:17am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Hundreds of people attended a meeting last night to oppose plans to build a multi-faith cemetery and chapel on greenbelt fields.

Londoners make up third of people arrested for crimes in Epsom and Ewell

Surrey Comet: Epsom and Ewell Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Knight described figures as "not that surprising"

10:32am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A third of those arrested for crimes in Epsom and Ewell last year were from London it has been revealed.

Army technician completes London Marathon in under four hours for Epsom charity

Surrey Comet: Ben Watts, from Stoneleigh, completed the London Marathon for Epsom Phab

5:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

An army helicopter technician raised £500 by running the London Marathon for a charity which helps disabled youngsters.

Company to start building leisure centre this spring

Surrey Comet: Pellikaan Construction has been chosen to build the leisure centre

5:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A construction company has been chosen to build a £10m leisure centre in Tadworth.

Special accessibility shopping evening to be held in Epsom town centre

Surrey Comet: Epsom's business development manager Adam Worley

4:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

People with disabilities are to be made especially welcome in Epsom town centre at a special event raising awareness of its accessibility.

London Marathon runner raises £700 for Parkinson’s UK

Surrey Comet: Niki Taylor, 48, from Epsom, ran in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

4:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A London Marathon runner has raised more than £700 for charity Parkinson’s UK.

Daughter and father run marathons in memory of grandma

Surrey Comet: Pip and Keith Bolding, from Leatherhead, ran the Brighton and London marathons

4:16pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A daughter and her father have run the Brighton and London Marathons in memory of her grandma.

Rugby star's mum sentenced after years dodging fraud convictions

Surrey Comet: Lynne Hampson

4:52pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A fraudster who conned Sutton taxpayers out of more than £60,000 has been prosecuted after spending years trying to wriggle out of being punished.

VIDEO: Ten of the best Epsom Derby films from the last 100 years

Surrey Comet: Opening Meeting at Epsom, 1919 (YouTube/British Pathé)

11:51am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A collection of historic films of the Epsom Derby spanning the past century have just been published on the web.

Roast chicken at Sunday marathon

Surrey Comet: John Melbourne runs the London Marathon dressed as a chicken

11:39am Tuesday 15th April 2014

It was a case of roast chicken on Sunday, when a man attempted to break a world record for "fastest marathon in a full-body animal costume."

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