richard walsh

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Jail for Surrey company director who laundered cash

A Surrey company director has been jailed for laundering cash after an elderly couple were fleeced out of nearly £1million in a double scam. It follows an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards* working with Thames Valley Police. Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: “Booker has been brought to … Continue reading

Surrey farmer given suspended jail sentence for animal cruelty

A Surrey farmer has been given a suspended jail sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to cattle. James Goffin, 36, of Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, admitted six charges of animal cruelty following an investigation by Surrey County Council’s trading standards officers. Goffin was found to have castrated six bulls in an unlawful way causing them unnecessary pain … Continue reading

Boom in children’s library book borrowing in Surrey 

Children borrowed more than two million fiction books from Surrey libraries in the last year – the highest figure for more than a decade. It means fiction borrowing by under-13s has risen nearly a third since 2002 – and five per cent in the last year alone. The most popular children’s book issued by Surrey … Continue reading

Trading Standards praised for expanding healthy eating campaign

National competition judges have praised Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards for the way they extended their healthy eating campaign into leisure centres across the country. “Eat Out Eat Well”, a scheme that rewards caterers and restaurants for providing customers with healthy menu options, won a “highly commended” in the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and … Continue reading

Rogue trader had £150,000 in off-shore accounts

Trading standards officers searching for funds a cowboy gardener conned out of elderly customers discovered he stashed away £150,000 in off-shore bank accounts. Benjamin Brown, 62, of Epsom, Surrey, who is serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence for fraud and money laundering, ignored a court order to disclose all his accounts and moved large sums around before … Continue reading

Horley Library to move to ‘more accessible’ location

Following the approval of plans to relocate Horley Library at today’s meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet, Richard Walsh, Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing said: “We have decided to relocate Horley Library to the centre of town so it is in a more accessible location. It will be similar in size the current … Continue reading

VIDEO AND MAP: RideLondon delivers £622,000 boost to Surrey community groups

Community groups and charities in Surrey have been awarded £622,000 thanks to the county’s role in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events. Mickleham Children’s Playground Association, Guildford Archery Club and Ripley Bowling Club are among eight Surrey organisations handed grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which gives out proceeds from the RideLondon cycling festival. The … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Duke of Kent opens memorial garden; Surrey Children pick book winner; Have your say on fire safety plan

Duke of Kent opens memorial garden at Ripley school HRH The Duke of Kent was greeted by Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks when he opened a war memorial garden at Ripley Court School in Ripley to honour former pupils who lost their lives in battle. Mrs Marks said: “It was lovely to see this … Continue reading

Jail sentence for rogue trader who conned £10,000 out of elderly former teacher and volunteer

A Surrey rogue trader who charged an elderly former victim support worker nearly £10,000 for botched work on her garage roof has been jailed for three years and three months. Walter Smith, of Park Lane East, Reigate, applied water-based paint to his victim’s roof over the top of twigs and moss after carelessly filling gaps … Continue reading

New website launches to immortalise Surrey’s Great War story

People with stories or photographs of Surrey in the Great War are being urged to help create a lasting digital memorial to the county’s role during the conflict. Surrey Heritage, part of Surrey County Council, has launched a new website to document the experiences of Surrey residents during the First World War – both on … Continue reading

Round up: Football tournament to commemorate Battle of the Somme centenary; Charity baking competition

Football tournament to commemorate Battle of the Somme centenary Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will join teams from across Europe for a day of football to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity. Teams from as far afield as Germany and Cyprus will line up … Continue reading

Sir Bradley Wiggins announces new Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 event

Sir Bradley Wiggins met young riders from three charities at the Lee Valley VeloPark today as he officially launched the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, the new event that will be part of Prudential RideLondon 2016, the world’s greatest festival of cycling, in London and Surrey on 30-31 July. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 on Sunday 31 July … Continue reading

Accolade for joint Trading Standards team

The joint Trading Standards team from Surrey and Buckinghamshire have won two silver awards for efficiency. In the national Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise 2016 awards, the team picked up the two awards for the work they did in merging Surrey and Buckinghamshire’s Trading Standards operations a year ago, harnessing their collective expertise to give … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Hoverboards destroyed after failing safety checks

Dozens of hoverboards which posed a fire risk have been destroyed to prevent them ever harming members of the public. The consignment of 90 hoverboards imported from Hong Kong via Heathrow was intercepted by Surrey trading standards officers and sent for testing against electrical safety standards. The boards were found to have defective battery packs … Continue reading

Prudential RideLondon raises record-breaking £12million for charity

Riders who took part in last year’s RideLondon-Surrey mass participation event raised more than £12million for charity. The 100-mile ride was completed by 25,500 cyclists who between them raised £2million more for good causes than in 2014. It means that more than £29million has been raised for charity since the festival of cycling began in … Continue reading


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