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Newsletter - Sat 22 Apr, 2023

Reigate branch of Carmona closes

Carmona restaurant at 12 Church Street, Reigate, in the evening sun

The Reigate branch of Carmona Steak & Tapas (Opens in a new window), at 12 Church Street, has closed.

In a recent message to a customer, about a table booking, the chain said that "unfortunately our Reigate branch has closed down", adding "we will not be open from now onwards". has also verified the closure by speaking to other Carmona branches that remain open, and by visiting the Church Street premises this week and confirming that the doors are shut.

Attempts to obtain comment from the company about the closure, including by phone and e-mail, have not yet been successful.

Carmona opened in Reigate in August 2018 (Opens in a new window) at the former site of Italian deli Valentina.

Have your say on new 20mph limits

Map of proposed new 20mph limits for Reigate town centre

Image: map of the proposed limits - full PDF here (Opens in a new window) (credit: Surrey CC)

New 20mph limits could be coming to some roads on the north side of Reigate town centre, with Surrey County Council running a consultation on the scheme.

The proposals take in Holmesdale Road, Warren Road, Mark Street, Birkheads Road, Oak Road, Alma Road, Beverley Heights, and part of Wray Park Road (from the junction with Alma Road to the junction with Brightlands Road).

The plans were developed after residents' concerns about road safety in Holmesdale Road, which contains a nursery and is also a route to get to other local schools. Other nearby roads were then also considered.

The consultation (Opens in a new window) closes on 11 May.

The Angel begins the next chapter of its history

The former Angel pub at Woodhatch, Reigate

The five-bedroom home that has been created out of the former Angel pub in Woodhatch is now on the market.

It's listed with estate agent Andrews with an asking price of £700,000: more details are here (Opens in a new window).

The 17th-century building is Grade II listed, and has been known as the Angel since 1814.

Given the heritage of the building, there was a fairly involved planning process for the redevelopment, with approval granted back in 2017. (Opens in a new window)

Inside the redeveloped Angel pub

Images: Andrews

Earlswood Carnival is here

Earlswood Carnival is taking place today, Saturday 22 April. The poster is below and there are more details on the Facebook event listing (Opens in a new window).

Poster for Earlswood Carnival 2023

Details of other local events can be found on our What's On page (Opens in a new window).

Surrey and Sussex police forces reprimanded over call recording app

Surrey Police and Sussex Police have been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner’s Office (Opens in a new window) (ICO) for unlawfully capturing personal data through an app that recorded incoming and outgoing phone conversations without the knowledge of those involved.

More than 1,000 staff members downloaded the app to their work mobile phones, and more than 200,000 recordings were automatically saved, likely including conversations with victims, witnesses, and perpetrators.   

The ICO considered it highly likely that the app captured a large variety of personal data, and that the processing of some of that was unfair and unlawful.

Surrey and Sussex police say (Opens in a new window) that they originally made the app available in 2017 for a small number of specialist hostage negotiators, but that there was no means at that time of restricting the app, and it was unintentionally made available for all staff to download.

When the error was spotted in March 2020, the two forces say they took immediate action including self-referring themselves to the ICO and the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO).

A police internal audit found only four users who identified recordings that were evidence of an offence then or previously under investigation.  Three were criminal cases, and the CPS were then informed of the existence of the calls in line with criminal procedure rules.    Only one was thought to have the potential to impact a case if it proceeded to trial.

“At no point was any risk or harm to any data subject identified,” the police have also said.

The app has now been withdrawn from use, and recordings, other than those considered to be evidential material, have been destroyed.

The ICO has reprimanded both forces, instead of fining them as that might impact public services, and has also recommended remedial actions.   Surrey and Sussex police say they have “fully complied” with directions from the ICO and IPCO. 


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