Shooting at Copleys

A most dramatic incident occurred in 1991 when there was an armed robbery in the post office at Strood Green. The Regional Crime Squad was involved and they followed the suspects from London to Brockham. The shop assistants were replaced by armed police and when the robbery took place shots were fired. One of the police officers from the firearm's team was stabbed, and a villager hit in the foot by a ricochet. This was the first time the police in Surrey had ever opened fire during an operation. The criminals were arrested and sent to prison for a long time.  The stabbed officer Acting Sergeant Peter Moore recovered and was awarded a Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.