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Medal for captain who died trying to rescue De Gualle

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

A plane captain killed while on a mission to get to safety Madame De Gaulle and her family was awarded a posthumous medal at a ceremony in France.

West Croydon carnival bringing cultures together

Your Local Guardian:

1:50am Thursday 10th July 2014

West Croydon will take on a carnival feel on Sunday when people come together to celebrate their part of town and the changing face of the area.

School closures as public sector workers strike

Your Local Guardian:

5:52pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Schools are set to close as teachers, firefighters and other public sector workers go on strike tomorrow.

Eight Richmond schools closed due to strike tomorrow - is one of them yours

Your Local Guardian: Support moving forward: Laura Whateley, headteacher of Darell Primary School

5:50pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Some schools across the borough will be closed tomorrow as teachers go on a one-day walkout.

Police release CCTV images of man and woman attempting to con a pensioner out of £15,000

Your Local Guardian:

5:49pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Police have released CCTV images showing a man and a woman attempting to con a 76-year-old pensioner out of £15,000.

Industrial action by teachers will close Merton primary schools tomorrow

Your Local Guardian:

5:40pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Parents urged to check school closures in Merton.

Mitcham man jailed after stealing iPhone from blind man

Your Local Guardian:

5:30pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for nearly three years after stealing a blind man's phone and forcing him to travel to a cash point to pay to get it back.

Drunks across Kingston 'costing ambulance service £159,000 a year'

Your Local Guardian:

3:20pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Drunks in Kingston should pay a £180 fine for their bad behaviour, a Conservative Greater London Authority (GLA) member has said.

Public consultation to explore South Thames College redevelopment

Your Local Guardian:

2:54pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A public consultation event is being held to explore proposals to redevelop South Thames College.

Leader of 'independent micronation' in Carshalton donates land to Renasia

Your Local Guardian:

1:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

The leader of Austenasia has given a plot of land to the people of Renasia, in a deal that has strengthened ties between the two nations.

Is Mitcham cemetery a 'derelict graveyard' or a 'wildflower haven'?

Your Local Guardian:

1:46pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Residents calling for grass to be cut at the graveyard of St Peter and St Paul Catholic Church in Mitcham

Driver who left schoolgirl in coma after running red light faces just points on his licence

Your Local Guardian:

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Exclusive: The family of a teenager who suffered life-changing injuries when a car ploughed through a red light and knocked her down have called for a law change after learning the driver faces just a fine and points on his licence.

Eleven Wandsworth primary schools to close tomorrow during teacher strikes

Your Local Guardian: Teacher strike – school closures revealed

3:46pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Eleven Wandsworth primary schools will close tomorrow as the National Union of Teachers go on strike.

Man undergoes five-hour operation after brutal attack at music festival

Your Local Guardian:

12:16pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Exclusive: A "happy-go-lucky" 21-year-old spent five hours in surgery yesterday after being brutally beaten in an allegedly unprovoked attack at a music festival.

LISTEN: Rapper and singer Poltz chats about his new track

Your Local Guardian:

11:40am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Hear in Sutton: Twenty-one-year-old rapper and singer Louis Macklin started writing songs seven years ago, and went on to study music at Nescot College in Epsom.

PICTURES: 24-hour ‘musicathon’ raises money for instruments

Your Local Guardian:

1:49pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Students, teachers, parents and music groups have taken part in a 24-hour ‘musicathon’.

Crystal knob sets Clapham bedroom on fire

Your Local Guardian:

11:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A beaming crystal knob sent a bedroom up in flames after the sun refracted through it.

Asda to make changes in North Cheam pub takeover plan

Your Local Guardian:

1:46pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Plans to replace a popular pub with a supermarket received a positive response when they went on show to the public, according to the developer.

Thief who swiped £30k of school laptops spared prison

Your Local Guardian: Nicholas Jackson was handed a four-month jail term but had served that time in custody on remand

9:45am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A man who stole £30,000 worth of laptops from a Kew primary school avoided jail last month.

£1,000 raised at mayor's civic service

Your Local Guardian:

9:37am Wednesday 9th July 2014

More than 200 people celebrated the start of World War I commemorations in the borough at a special service.

1,000 home village planned for Walton in the spotlight again

Your Local Guardian: Drake Park: What do you think?

9:27am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Amended plans for a 1,000 home village in Walton go on display today after residents aired their concerns about the development.

Claygate woman wins silver award at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Your Local Guardian:

9:39am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A Claygate garden designer has added another accolade to her name after scooping a silver award at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Burglary brings terrible flashback for granddaughter of Stockwell Strangler victim

Your Local Guardian:

9:28am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Miss Cockett's grandmother, Janet Cockett, was the second victim of 'Stockwell Strangler' Kenneth Urskine, who strangled seven elderly people to death in the 1980s.

Sixth person arrested in Barnes child sex abuse investigation

Your Local Guardian:

8:41am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A 68-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child and has been bailed to return on a date in early October.

St George's College cooks up a storm at Rotary competition

Your Local Guardian:

9:33am Wednesday 9th July 2014

St George’s College has proved it has Weybridge’s answer to Jamie Oliver after coming out on top at a cooking competition.

Ewell Village traders speak out after facing difficult challenges this year

Your Local Guardian:

1:14pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

It has been an extremely tough first half of the year for traders in Ewell Village - to say the least.

Croydon heritage photography competition winner announced

Your Local Guardian:

10:31am Wednesday 9th July 2014

The winner of the Future of Past Places photography competition has been announced.

Council boss gets £15k bonus amidst cuts

Your Local Guardian: Paul Martin, Wandsworth's chief exec

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

The council’s chief executive, who has overseen millions of pounds worth of cuts, will rake in a £15,000 bonus this year.

New Mitcham health facility plan revealed as Nelson Hospital roof is completed

Your Local Guardian:

5:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A landmark moment in the redevelopment of a Wimbledon hospital was marked by health bosses yesterday in a special ceremony where plans for a similar development in the middle of Mitcham were revealed.

Police used phone app to trace yellow Mini reported stolen from Tolworth

Your Local Guardian:

5:10am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Officers were able to use a tracking app on a phone to trace the yellow Mini, discovered parked in Verona Drive about a mile away.

People power transforms look of Ewell Village war memorial

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

People power has transformed the look of a bedraggled war memorial just in time for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Battersea teen saves family from fridge freezer fire

Your Local Guardian:

10:22am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A teenage boy saved his family from a fridge freezer fire.

Guinea pigs stolen from Beddington garden after kitten theft earlier this year

Your Local Guardian:

8:35am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A pair of much loved guinea pigs have been stolen from their owner's garden in Beddington.

A very Welsh wonder comes to Richmond Theatre

Your Local Guardian:

10:36am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Review: Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood is a fantastic piece of physical theatre when you consider it was originally written for radio.

New Malden Christmas lights switch on could be cancelled

Your Local Guardian: Christmas lights turn on: "New Malden isn't Regents Street but it's home"

4:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

The show may not go on for the New Malden Christmas lights switch on this year.

Thousands of pounds raised at Joseph Hood School fair for new play equipment

Your Local Guardian:

12:29pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Youngsters enjoyed a tombola and bouncy castle as part of the event on Saturday.

Miranda star Sarah Hadland returns to performing arts college for graduation day

Your Local Guardian:

1:58pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Actress Sarah Hadland presented students with national diplomas at a graduation ceremony on Friday.

King's College School hope for record exam results after remark

Your Local Guardian:

8:49am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A Wimbledon school has once again achieved stellar results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma results, released last weekend.

Clapham 5-year-old chops off hair for kids with cancer

Your Local Guardian:

1:20am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A five-year-old little girl made a big decision to cut off her hair for children who have lost theirs through cancer treatment.

School friends prepare for charity trip of a lifetime in Mongol Rally across 17 countries

Your Local Guardian:

1:10am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Former King's College School pupils from Wimbledon and Southfields will drive thousands of miles to Mongolia.

Croydon adventurer taking on Europe 6,000km cycle challenge for Shelterbox

Your Local Guardian:

1:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

An adventurer is taking on the elements in a 6,000km cycling challenge from the Arctic to the Adriatic Sea, to raise money for charity.

Minister David Laws opens Cheam Fields Primary School's new kitchen

Your Local Guardian:

1:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Schools minister David Laws paid a visit to Cheam Fields Primary School to open their new kitchen.

NHS campaigners meet for talks in Sutton

Your Local Guardian:

12:40am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Supporters of the campaign group Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) met in Sutton last week.

Mitcham man charged with attempted murder is released on bail

Your Local Guardian:

5:31pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A 29-year-old man charged with attempted murder has been released on bail.

Fight outside Wimbledon Waitrose - throwing knives and air pistol seized

Your Local Guardian:

4:22pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A 31-year-old man has been charged with possession of throwing knives and an air pistol after allegedly beating up a man outside Waitrose.

Competition could be launched for sponsor to name new 'iconic' £40m Nine Elms bridge

Your Local Guardian:

3:41pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A £40m pedestrian bridge connecting Nine Elms to Pimlico could be the first in the capital to be named after a commercial sponsor.

Did murdered Saad Al-Hilli's wife have 'secret ex-husband'?

Your Local Guardian: Murdered: Saad Al-Hilli

2:30pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Detectives investigating the death of a Claygate businessman and two members of his family are looking into whether his wife had a secret ex-husband.

Solicitors discover hand grenade during 'tidy-up'

Your Local Guardian:

12:41pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Police also discovered two rusty shotguns at Pearson Hards

Burst water main causing traffic chaos

Your Local Guardian:

2:47pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A burst water main is causing traffic chaos in Epsom Downs today.

Ambulance smashes into Southfields office

Your Local Guardian:

8:35am Tuesday 8th July 2014

This is the dramatic moment an ambulance crashed into the front of an insurance agents’ office in Southfields.

London News

Duggan family bid to quash verdict (link)

BBC London 1:46pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The family of Mark Duggan start a legal challenge to have an inquest jury's verdict of lawful killing quashed.

Health body responds to waiting list criticism after patient's fall (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 5:18pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Tommy Anderson, 57, collapsed in the street after being unable to get an appointment at his doctor's surgery.

More tributes pour in following death of former Addicks and Hammers women's footballer from Sidcup (link)

News Shopper 4:31pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Tributes have continued to pour in for an aspiring semi-professional footballer from Sidcup who died aged 20.

Date for public meeting on 'mini-holland' announced (link)

Enfield Independent 6:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

A public meeting has been organised for to discuss the plans for multi-million pound cycling scheme.

Business owner forced to spend thousands to evict illegal ravers (link)

Haringey Independent 5:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The owner of a warehouse was left in despair after a group of ravers broke into her property and claimed…

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