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    Flood defences for Shepperton

    Residents have hailed plans to build flood defences along the River Thames, which the Environment Agency (EA) says will prevent another 2003-style catastrophe.

    The EA hopes to spend £300million, granted by the government, on creating three river diversion channels which, it says, will protect about 12,000 homes in Spelthorne, Runnymede and Elmbridge.

    Car fire brings Shepperton High Street to a halt

    A car fire broke out in Shepperton High Street this morning (Monday 10th August) and closed traffic in both directions.

    Fire, Police and the Ambulance service were on hand with the car ablaze

    Attempted abduction on Laleham Road

    Updated: Police release e-fit of abductor's van

    POLICE believe a vehicle like this was driven by a man who tried to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Shepperton.

    Nearly two months after the attempted abduction, which happened in Laleham Road on April 9 between 2.45pm-2.55pm, detectives have still to make a breakthrough in their search for the suspect.

    They hope this image, based on the teenager's description will generate fresh leads.

    A man has attempted to drag a 14-year-old girl into a car as she was walking in Laleham Road, Shepperton.

    The driver – described as a black or Asian man – pulled alongside her in a white transit van shortly before 3pm on April 9, and pretended to ask directions.

    Moments later he leaned out of the window and grabbed her hand, then attempted to drag her into the vehicle. There was a struggle and the girl managed to break free and run away.

    Stabbing hoax outside Budgens

    A TIME-WASTER has been fined for causing police to dispatch 14 officers, dogs and a helicopter, after claiming he had been stabbed.

    The man, whose age is unknown, was given a fixed penalty notice for wasting police time after admitting he had wounded himself. He initially told police he had been stabbed in the stomach. It is believed the man, who has not been named, injured himself with a screwdriver.

    Huge fire in Littleton

    Fire crews have been tackling a large fire on a trading estate in Littleton.  They were sent to the Brett Trading Estate, in Littleton Lane, Shepperton, just before 1840 BST on Saturday, after reports of 80 tonnes of rubbish alight.

    The fire then spread to industrial buildings, some containing acetylene cylinders. That led to an exclusion zone being put in place at the site.  Surrey Fire and Rescue said Heathrow Airport had to be advised as smoke was drifting in that direction.  But a spokesman for the airport said it had not affected any arrivals or departures.

    He added that the airport had sent one of its own fire engines to help deal with the blaze.  On Sunday morning, the fire was still being tackled, with people living nearby being told to keep their windows closed.  Fire crews were expected to remain at the site all day.  No-one was injured in the fire, the cause of which is unknown.

    Have you seen the Elms family?

    I had contact on the site from, it's probably better to just show you the message sent to me but the short story is that someone is looking for the Elms family.

    If you can help then please contact us here.

    Hi, I'm looking for family that moved to shepperton many years ago.

    Its my husbands family and we just wondered if they were still there and if there's a chance of contacting them. My husbands uncles name is Douglas Elms and his wife's name was Nan and they had two sons Brett and Philip.
    Is there any chance that you could help me in tracking them down.

    Many thanks Debbie and Douglas Price

    Residents angry at proposed clay pigeon shoot.

    Villagers are vowing to stop clay pigeon shooting on private land known as The Ranges in Shepperton.

    David Smith, boss of Thames Car Boot Sales, is planning to attract almost 1,000 people to the fields off Chertsey Road for a monthly car boot sale, plus 28 days of clay pigeon shooting a year. Villagers say the 89-acre site site is unsuitable for both the car boot sales and shooting because it’s liable to flooding, is a quagmire in the winter and will bring litter and noise.

    Shepperton Village Hall - Parking Charges?

    Drivers could be charged to park in Shepperton after the council said it was spending too much cash maintaining free parking out of town.

    A council spokesman said although members were set to consult on proposals to introduce charges in Orchard Meadow, Green Street and the Walled Garden, Sunbury, along with the Broadway, Laleham, and Shepperton Village Hall, the decision will not come back before councillors and will instead be decided by unelected officials.

    A council report said drivers will not pay for the first hour of parking, so as not to discourage people from using shops and restaurants, but a small charge would be introduced after.

    Speaking at Tuesday night’s meeting, Councillor Colin Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “Car parks cost this council a fortune. The council has to pay business rates to itself in effect, but then to the Government.

    Police Seek Shepperton Brick Burgler

    Police are hunting a burgler who tried to smash his way into a Shepperton home armed with a brick.

    Spelthorne detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the burglary.Officers spotted the man on a petrol station CCTV camera at the Esso garage, Walton Bridge Road, Shepperton around the time of the burglary.

    Police believe the man tried to break in to the home on Gordon Road between 8.55am and 1.45pm on January 22 using a brick taken from the back garden.

    Walton Bridge history

    I found this article by Mort Smith over on The Surrey Herald website.

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