CORRRECTION:  Please accept our apologies for a mistake in the item entitled, 'Speeding linked to half of all serious and fatal crashes in Surrey'. 2,030 people did not die on Surrey's roads between 2020-22. This sentence has been corrected to refer to individuals who were killed or seriously injured.
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November 2023

Speeding linked to half of all serious and fatal crashes in Surrey

The Commissioner says driving is a "responsibility" after revealing speeding and carelessness are responsible for half of all serious or fatal collisions in Surrey.

Between 2020 and 2022, 2,030 people were killed or seriously injured on the county's roads, figures from partnership Surrey RoadSafe reveal.

More than three-quarters of all serious crashes took place in urban areas, and around half happened in areas subject to a 30mph limit.

Lisa, who spoke to mark BRAKE Charity's Road Safety Week, said: “I want to reiterate yet again that driving is a responsibility.

"It is the most dangerous activity most people will carry out as part of their day-to-day lives, and it should be treated with the seriousness that it deserves."

Commissioner welcomes your questions as joint 'Policing Your Community' events move online

Residents who missed out on our in-person 'Policing your Community' events this Autumn are invited to join us as we launch as new series of online meetings from 08 January.
The meetings are your chance to ask the Commissioner, Chief Constable and the local Borough Commander in your area your questions about community safety and local policing. 
Residents at meetings held in each Surrey borough and district since the end of October have spoken about topics including anti-social behaviour, road safety and the visibility of local officers.

Lisa said: "
I encourage residents to join us and ask any questions they may have at the online events in the new year."
Custody visiting scheme receives Platinum award for impact in Surrey
The Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme overseen by Commissioner Lisa Townsend was recognised nationally this month, as it attained Platinum status for the quality of its work in Surrey.
Under the scheme, volunteers from the local community make unannounced visits to Surrey Police custody to check on the rights, wellbeing, and dignity of detainees.
In the year to March, Independent Custody Visiting Volunteers (ICVs) made 172 visits and spent over 400 hours in custody suites across Surrey.

"If you're suffering, you're not alone - please come forward"

The Commissioner reaffirmed her commitment to support those affected by violence against women and girls on the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Lisa Townsend urged anyone suffering in silence to come forward and speak to either Surrey Police or one of Surrey's dedicated  services as she marked the date in November.

Through her own funding, as well as successful bids to various government awards, Lisa will allocate more than £4.3million to support victims of all offences in 2023/24.
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"Unacceptable and disgusting"

The Commissioner has warned that organised crime is fuelling a nation-wide boom in shoplifting - as she branded the abuse of retail workers "abhorrent".

Lisa Townsend made visits to retailers in Oxted, Ewell and Dorking in November for  Respect for Shopworkers Week, organised by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW).

During a meeting at the Co-op in Ewell, Lisa heard criminals are stealing to order, with laundry supplies, wine and chocolates targeted most frequently.

“It is hugely concerning to hear about the abhorrent violence and abuse suffered by shop workers," Lisa said. 

“I want to be clear that any report of assault or harassment is unacceptable and disgusting, and will be firmly dealt with by police."

Commissioner hails 'laughing gas' ban

The Commissioner has welcomed a ban on the recreational use of nitrous oxide.

Lisa Townsend said the substance - also known as 'laughing gas' - fuels anti-social behaviour across the country.

The ban, which came into force in November, means nitrous oxide is now a Class C drug, with exemptions for legitimate use such as pain relief in hospitals.

Lisa said: "It so often goes hand-in-hand with anti-social behaviour, which has an out-size impact on residents."
Praise for young award winners in Elmbridge

Young people from Surrey were honoured for their kindness, dedication and strength at a special awards ceremony last month.

Deputy Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson handed out prizes at the Elmbridge Youth Awards, which are funded by the Commissioner's office.

Ellie said: "Nights like these remind us of how hopeful we can be for the future, thanks to the generation of young people who are just beginning to make their mark on the world."

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