Famous residents of leafy Elmbridge include footballers Jamie Redknapp and Peter Crouch, as well as Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, tennis sensation Andy Murray and quiz show hostChris Tarrant, but the desirable district is not just a hotspot for celebs.
Elmbridge, home to exclusive commuter villages like Claygate, Esher, Oxshott, Weybridge and Cobham, is the dogging capital of the UK, according to new data released under the Freedom of Information act.
According to the Daily Mail, Police have identified at least 10 areas, from car-parks to secluded woodland nooks, where strangers watch each other have sex. In total, Surrey has 93 different areas.
In contrast, the whole of Norfolk has just six, Warwickshire three and Sussex only two, according to the data, although results could equally mean that Surrey Police spend more time monitoring this sort of thing than other forces.
Police forces across the country were asked to disclose the number of ‘public-sex environments’ they monitor.
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Dominic Raab, Tory MP for Esher and Walton, told the paper: ‘Public places, especially woods and parks, are for everyone to enjoy. Endorsing them as communal pick-up joints is wrong.
"I’ve had complaints from women walking their dogs alone who were propositioned, and many parents don’t want to take their children anywhere near that kind of environment."
Dogging websites in the area list sites next to luxury golf clubs.
Dogging is not illegal, but only a criminal offence if it causes ‘alarm or distress’ to others.
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