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39 Found Dead Inside Lorry Container
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39 Found Dead Inside Lorry Container

Police reported the vehicle was found just before 1:40 BST at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays. The report states that the bodies of 38 adults and a young teenager were found within the container, which has been confirmed to have been registered Bulgaria. It has been stated that the people within likely froze to death due to conditions within the container. The police told reporters that the trailer arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium into Purfleet-on-Thames. The driver has been identified locally as 25 year old "Mo Robinson" from Northern Ireland and has been detained by the police on suspicion of murder. The police have also stated that identifying the victims has remained their "number one priority" but expected the whole affair to likely be a "lengthy process". Despite th...
“Suspicious package” reported at George Eliot Mailroom
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“Suspicious package” reported at George Eliot Mailroom

At 1.05pm today, students at Royal Holloway were evacuated from various buildings across campus.  Students were told to evacuate and move towards the other end of campus and to congregate at The Hub. Shortly after, security were given the all clear and students were allowed to return.  The Orbital spoke to Surrey Police officers that were present during the incident, and they confirmed that a suspicious package was reported in the George Elliot mailroom, and hence George Elliot, Windsor Building, Emily Wilding Davison library and Founders were all evacuated. The officers noted that the students were difficult to move, and that some remained on campus and officers had to knock on doors and make them move. They ask that students comply and remain vigilant during incidents such as these...
Armstrong Gun Burgled
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Armstrong Gun Burgled

An Englefield Green pub favoured by students for its quizzes and karaoke nights has been burgled. The Armstrong Gun, situated on Victoria Street, was broken into overnight on Wednesday 1st March. The theft happened as the manager slept upstairs. Money was stolen from the fruit machines and the till, and an iPad that was kept behind the bar also went missing. Speaking to local paper Get Surrey, the pub’s manager, Daniel Freeman, said: "It happened overnight without us realising, I only knew there was something wrong when I went downstairs and saw the devastation. I was very shaken up but it is just lucky that we weren't downstairs at the time of the break-in. We will need to replace the locks and the rear door of the pub as that was what was used to break-in." The break-in comes ju...
Missing: Woman in Egham Now Found Safely
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Missing: Woman in Egham Now Found Safely

Yesterday afternoon (February 2) a woman in Egham was reported missing by her family, and Surrey Police were put on the case. Carol Davies, a 58-year-old resident from Englefield Green, had last been seen leaving her home in a Black Audi early on Thursday morning wearing an oversized grey sweater, and grey trousers. Officers from Surrey Police were growing increasingly concerned for her welfare, as her family stated it was very "out of character for her to be away from home for this length of time without making contact". The news was spread quickly online, via social media, in the hope of increasing awareness and bringing Carol back safely. Update: in the early hours of this morning (February 3) Carol Davies was found safe and well. No further details have been released regard...
Man Restrained by Police outside SU
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Man Restrained by Police outside SU

A man has allegedly been restrained by police and forced into a van after becoming aggressive towards SU staff at Tommy’s. The incident occurred at the burger bar at lunchtime. Details are unclear at the moment, but eyewitnesses suggest he was drunk and may have acted inappropriately towards female students and staff; prompting a complaint from one student. It was as the SU staff became involved that the man became aggressive. Grace Bilney complained to the SU after the man “made uncomfortable comments about girls on campus”, and claims she overhead him saying he worked at one of the construction sites on campus. “He said he was too drunk to work and so was ‘kicked off site’, so I assume he was working on one of the building sites at the uni.” Eyewitnesses say he then had tw...
Egham War Memorial Vandalised
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Egham War Memorial Vandalised

A monument in Egham bearing the names of the town’s lost soldiers has been defaced in what police have called a “shocking act of criminal damage”. The obelisk and accompanying plaques, just outside of St. John’s Church, were targeted for the senseless destruction sometime over the night of 3 August. It appears as if the perpetrators prised off the plaques before shattering them, while damage was also committed to the memorial wreaths surrounding the monument. The attack comes just a few months before Remembrance Day. The vicar of St. John’s church, Rev. Jeff Wattley, today expressed his sadness at the events, saying: “It’s very sad that something as precious for the memories of many people in Egham has been mistreated in such a way. “It looks as if it was primarily just p...
New Blood: A new concept for BBC One?
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New Blood: A new concept for BBC One?

I was introduced to New Blood by the Metro, promising a fantastic foray from Anthony Horowitz into the gritty side of London's policing and fraud investigation. Once a friend from the capital mentioned the show and its greatness, I knew I had to 'tune in' and find out for myself. I use 'tune in' in the figurative sense because the first I heard of the show was as a box set on BBC iPlayer, not realising it had a prime time slot on BBC One. The way this works is that the series is made up of three cases, each consisting of two episodes (except the first which has three instalments), and released on a case by case basis. The episodes are also aired weekly over seven weeks on BBC One on Thursday evenings. A strange idea, some might think, considering that the episodes are already available ...
Interview: Gun Threat in the USA
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Interview: Gun Threat in the USA

Katherine Gorman spent a term studying History at Royal Holloway during her Junior year of college in the USA. Last month her college was closed after parents informed the administration that their son, Jacob, retrieved a gun from their home and went missing. In light of the previous major gun incident in America that led to threats being made against the University of Edinburgh, Beth Carr spoke to her about her situation and the steps taken by the college leadership. (Photo: Katherine outside the college, credit: Katherine Gorman) TIMELINE OF EVENTS November 16th 5:30am- Texts and emails were sent to students, faculty, staff and parents informing students of the suspension of classes due to the threat. The gunman’s identity was revealed shortly afterwards. 7am- College was closed w...
Number 1 Safest Place to be a Student?
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Number 1 Safest Place to be a Student?

Following the ‘Crime Rate Doubles in Englefield Green’ (written by Orbital Journalist Hannah Foord) article which gave us worrying statistics of increasing crime levels in the area, more incidents have occurred. There was a continual stream of criminal acts leading up to the Christmas months and end of term. Rather worryingly many of these incidents are of a violent nature. Some incidents since the ‘Crime Rate Doubles in Englefield Green’ article being published in October, are included below: Early on the twelfth of November there was the bag theft incident on campus, which led to two suspected assaults. The helicopters had to be brought in to successfully detain the man. On the twenty-sixth of October a man was mugged for his MP3 player in Egham, the three hooded suspects threa...
Crime rate doubles in Englefield Green
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Crime rate doubles in Englefield Green

Whilst Royal Holloway can be proud of its status of being amongst some of safest Universities in the UK, according to sturents.com Egham is the safest place for students to live, unfortunately there is still crime that occurs around the neighbouring areas. (more…)