Epsom & Ewell is the smallest of all Surrey boroughs in terms of total population and geographical area, but is the most densely populated. The borough is at a range of elevations, scaling the lower slopes of the North Downs and drains into a large stream which springs above the surface in Ewell (the Hogsmill River) and feeds into the Thames at Kingston.
The borough is surrounded by green belt with Nonsuch Park to the East, Epsom Downs, home to Epsom Racecourse, venue for the Derby and area of outstanding natural beauty, to the South-East, Epsom and Ashtead Commons to the SouthWest and Horton Country Park and Chessington woodland to the West. Epsom Common is considered the largest local nature reserve in Surrey, over 56% of the area is green land.
It is bordered by the London Boroughs of Kingstonupon-Thames and Sutton and the Surrey districts of Mole Valley and Reigate & Banstead. Transport infrastructure is good, allowing easy ingress and egress by road (A24, A240 and A232) and rail. A main line railway service to and from central London (Waterloo and Victoria) services Stoneleigh, Ewell and Epsom. There are five railway stations in the Borough; Epsom, Ewell East, Ewell West, Stoneleigh and Epsom Downs with Tattenham Corner station on the boundary with Reigate & Banstead. In addition, the M25 and A3 are easily accessible, with central London less than 30 minutes by train. Also, both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are located close by.
There are a number of priority locations in the borough for speed enforcement. These locations are deemed to be the highest risk for fatalities and those who have received serious injuries. If members of the public have specific concerns regarding road safety, we can explore the need for enforcement at those locations. I will ask that our Casualty Reduction Officer completes a survey at London Road.
There are a number of priority locations in the borough for speed enforcement. These locations are deemed to be the highest risk for fatalities and those who have received serious injuries. If members of the public have specific concerns regarding road safety, we can explore the need for enforcement at those locations. I will ask that our Casualty Reduction Officer completes a survey at Dorking Road.
I am unable to answer this question without knowing details for the incident referred to. The number of resources deployed to any incident will be determined by a review of the initial information available. There may be a legitimate reason why more resources were required under the circumstances described.
The local authority now own issues around parking since this has been dicriminalised. However, in certain situations where the nature of the parking causes a serious obstruction and/or a danger to public safety, the police can take action to either prosecute the driver and/or remove the vehicle.
The vehicles outside of the town hall are only a small snapshot of the Police vehicle fleet that patrol our Borough. The Neighbourhood, Roads Policing and proactive team all keep vehicles in other locations. The team that use these vehicles stationed at the Town Hall hold the vast majority of crime investigations for the borough. Therefore there will be periods of time that necessitate them completing office based enquiries. They remain available to respond to priority calls for service when required.
This is a great question and a topic that we take very seriously. We are working very closely with partner agencies and charities to minimise the risk to victims of domestic abuse and take robust action against perpetrators. Within Epsom there has been a small increase in domestic abuse related reports, but we recognise that the true picture is likely to be more signifiant. If you have concerns regarding anyone suffering domestic abuse, I would urge you to report these concerns to us so that we can take further actions to ensure their welfare.
There is a role of Disability Liaison Officer where that officer has received additional training and can provide advice for police officers/staff, and also to victims of crime. Our officers are all trainined in recognising some of the many different behaviours that people presenting with mental health issues may have. However, for long term support and guidance we would ensure that our partner agencies, who are specifically trained, would take the lead under these circumstances.
If someone is arrested and taken to custody, there are medical professionals on site who, together with custody staff, assess whether or not that individual is fit to be detained and/or interviewed. There is legislation and policy in place that govern how we treat and look after those who are under arrest in custody. If appropriate a mental health assessment can be completed .
The police are not in a position to impose such restrictions. This would require a legislative change and it may be best to speak with your local MP regarding this. We are aware of the impact the NOS canisters have in the borough. We are working closely with the borough council to establish whether they can use any powers available to them to restrict possession and use of these items.
The police were not informed of a location of the proposed party. This party was not then reported once it was underway, which was in a remote location. It only came to our attention the following day. Further enquiries are ongoing to identify anyone who may have been involved.
A great question. We feel we already have a good working relationship with many of the partner agencies that you have spoken about. The easiest answer for this is we need clear and simple dialogue across all agencies. We also need to improve the feedback to local communities, which is especially hard at the moment. There are a number of regular statutory meetings attended by many agencies and a lot of work goes no behind the scenes. We are getting better all the time at working collaboratively and using the powers available to tackle behaviour that harms local communities.
Thank you for recognising the hard work that I, and my team, have put in to tackling ASB. And yes, we have had an increase in our overall numbers of Officers which has enabled us to have a dedicated patrol car for ASB. My intention, whilst resourcing allows, is to continue this. We will also look to highlight any good interventions when we can
We have seen reductions in many aspects of criminality, primarily due to lockdown. However, demand on resources has increased in other areas. We are assisting our partner agencies where possible in the valuable work that they do. Everyone is pulling together to get us through this difficult period. Whilst arrests and convictions are important, they do not reflect the wider picture of the work we are involved in.
I am unable to comment on specific incidents, such as these, especially without any information. I would advise that if you are unhappy with the way that a case has been dealt with, you can make a complaint by calling 101 or by using the Surrey Police website
The issue of unauthorised encampments is a particularly devisive one. There is a strict procedure in place for dealing with any such reports, which is supported by current legislation. Our main objective will be to safeguard those involved and to support the land owner where appropriate. Any actions by the police are taken with due regard to the rights and welfare of those residing on these encampments. We must take a balanced approach and where the rights of the community are infringed, we will rightly take action and use the legislation available to us.
We have a number of colleagues in civilian roles that assist with many aspects of Policing. However, a number of civilian roles have been lost during the period of austerity in order to protect police officer numbers. This allows us to continue to provide core policing services
The easy answer for this will always be money. Thefts always revolve around people wanting what they cannot have or should not have. During the pandemic the cost of dogs has increased and therefore the potential gain for criminals is greater. We are aware of offences in other boroughs and my team are working to identify suspects and locations where dogs may be taken to. This bit of work is ongoing.
We would want as many of our Officers out, as possible. However there are far too many variables for me to be able to give you a number or percentage for any one moment in time.
As this event reflects, we are living in a time when we cannot meet face-to-face as much as we would like. Prior to March 2020 my team often visited schools, youth groups (including those in Scouting and Girl Guiding) and had street meets across the borough. We hope to resume these as soon as it is safe to do so. Until then social media is one of our best tools for getting messages to our residents and we are thankful to partners in the Council also passing these messages on. Having said that, we are aware of a number of local publications and we would like to work with them to get a page in monthly magazines to speak about the successes we have across the borough, of which there are many.
If you are referring to Police Community Support Officers (PCSO's) their core work time is 0800-2200. However, if they are deployed to an incident they may work outside of these times. For the Police Officers within our Safer Neighbourhood Team and Neighbourhood Support Team, there is 24/7 cover for the borough.
The best way to contact us at the moment is online, either via the website or on social media. The alternative is to call 101. We have made use of Zoom and other similar platforms to communicate with residents, councillors, partner agencies, and community leaders.
There are a number of ways to contact us. In an emergency it would always be 999. Otherwise we would ask people to call 101 or use the direct message facility through Facebook (Epsom and Ewell Beat) and Twitter (@EpsomEwellBeat) to start the conversation with us. Our contact centre team can then make a decision whether it is best to deploy an officer there and then, or forward the details to the Neighbourhood Team to pick up when they are next in a position to do so. Once restrictions are lifted, we will review when it is safe to reopen our front counters.
I would agree that in some cases we need to get better at updating informants of our actions. This process has started and we have put measures in place to ensure that this is done, particularly for reports of ASB. In some cases it may not be appropriate to provide certain information due to sensitivities involved.
We have strict guidance as to when we can utilise social media for appeals. A number of other steps have to be taken prior to the appeal being made. Therefore, if an appeal is needed, if it would add to our investigation, we will look to produce one. This is also at the discretion of the investigating officer. When possible we also look to update the public via social media of any matters that might be in their interest to know
In the future we absolutely look forward to getting back to physical resident's meetings. However, until that point we are looking into alternatives. If your resident's meetings are already taking place virtually, please speak to us further and we can look to see if someone is available to dial in remotely
This is something we can look to explore, as we agree it is worthwhile. I am aware that the old style of monthly panel meetings, where people would all converge in a hall (or similar) stopped as attendences dropped off. However the move to a more virtual setting, such as this, does give us new options and I will look into this further
The Community Trigger is overseen by the borough council Community Safety Officer, but this is a process that we are heavily involved in. There have been recent applications that are in the process of being considered.
There are many crime types that were not discussed, primarily due to time constraints. Sexual offences reported to us decreased by over 16% last year. Violence offences have decreased also. The only area of increase is around domestic abuse related offences, which have increased by 5%.
The current postive outcome rate is hovering around 15% for Epsom and Ewell. As far as I am aware there are no proposed targets in this respect. There are too many variables involved that impact on any individual case's solvability. What we do agree is that we need to do more to increase the number of positive outcomes. This is something that we are working closely to achieve. Furthermore, positive outcomes only relate to crime investigations. As the Chief Constable highlighted, the majority of work that we do falls outside of this category. It is important to recognise the additional valuable work that is undertaken that is not measured in the same way.