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Battersea's Emanuel School holds huge war exhibition

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8:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

A private Battersea school hosts a huge exhibition focused on the two world wars.

Friar Tuck and Little John come to the New Wimbledon Theatre as you've never seen them before

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6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Ten years after a messy divorce Robin and Marian are forced back together to fight the Sheriff of Nottingham once more.

Artists invited to transform Routemaster buses for new 'sculpture trail'

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6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Artists have been invited to submit designs for an series of sculptures that will see miniature London buses roll into Croydon.

Have you seen The Yeti?

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5:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Presented by The Airballoon, Live At Scream in the Showcase room at the Scream Lounge Music Venue is a great way to sit and enjoy live music on Halloween night, writes Rian Hoskins.

Men in tights squeeze 37 plays into 97 minutes: Complete Works of William Shakespeare coming to Epsom Playhouse

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5:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Three men in tights defy the rules of time to squeeze 37 plays into 97 minutes as they romp through The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

Medium Derek Acorah coming to Epsom Playhouse

Your Local Guardian: Derek Acorah: The Enlightenment Tour

5:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Medium Derek Acorah will be bringing his Enlightenment tour to Epsom.

Family calls for police spying inquiry at Ricky Reel vigil

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5:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

The mother of Ricky Reel has called on the Metropolitan Police to launch a public inquiry into undercover spying.

Seriously silly: How events like Surbiton Ski Sunday can teach new life skills

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5:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Sliding down St Mark's Hill with ice blocks strapped to your feet is educational - according to a consortium of academics from Europe who attended this year's Surbiton Ski Sunday.

Get your skates on as Hampton Court Palace ice rink returns

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3:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

It is time to start rummaging in the cupboards for hats, scarves and gloves as the winter begins to creep upon us.

Fundraising target doubled - now pharmacy worker faces the razor

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3:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

A pharmacy worker is shaving her head in a Teddington salon this Saturday to raise money for a charity that provides wigs for young cancer sufferers.

Magic Macca: Mind-reader to appear at Rose Theatre's Champions of Magic

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3:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Mind-reader Alex McAleer is one of four acts taking over the Rose Theatre next Thursday for Champions of Magic, which also features Edward Hilsum, Fay Presto and Young and Strange.

Kew Park Rangers looking for footy-loving girls

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2:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

A youth football club is calling on more girls to put on their shin pads and enjoy a kick about.

Police use Pava gas in arrest of driver

Your Local Guardian: Three daylight burglaries hit Hersham in one day

2:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

A form of pepper spray was used by police as part of an arrest.

Four caravans move in to Weybridge car park

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2:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Travellers have set up a camp of about four vehicles with caravans.

Ghoulish goings on at the Wetlands Centre this weekend

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2:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Things will get spooky, creepy and wonderfully weird at the WWT London Wetland Centre this half term.

Curtains raise on the Big Draw at Strawberry Hill House

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2:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

A giant walk-in theatre book filled with stories and drawings from around the world was created by families and children this week.

UPDATE: Teenager fighting for his life after being 'stabbed by group of males' at Rose Hill roundabout in 'serious but stable condition'

Your Local Guardian:

4:06pm Friday 24th October 2014

A teenager is fighting for his life after being brutally stabbed by a 'group of males' in broad daylight at the Rose Hill roundabout

Car flips on roof after bouncing off two parked cars

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5:56pm Friday 24th October 2014

A car flipped and landed on its roof after colliding with another vehicle and bouncing off two parked cars in Cambridge Road, Carshalton.

UPDATE: Mother and baby in pram hit by skidding motorcycle as they crossed the road

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9:30am Friday 24th October 2014

Police closed a section of St Helier Avenue, close to the junction with Bristol Road.

My dentist was a convicted unlicensed fraudster says shocked patient

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5:50pm Friday 24th October 2014

Amir Kamburov admitted being a dentist after being struck off.

US teenager 'flew to UK' the day before he tried to stab woman to death

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5:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

The teenager from Boston admitted attempting to stab the woman to death in her home on Good Friday.

Police appeal after man takes double decker bus from Orpington bus depot and drives it to Shirley

Your Local Guardian:

4:40pm Friday 24th October 2014

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a double decker bus was taken and driven from Orpington to Shirley.

Burka-wearing armed robbers jailed for £40,000 Phones 4U raid

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4:41pm Friday 24th October 2014

Mohammed Sabek, 27, and Aneel Khan, 28, robbed the Phones 4 U store in Putney High Street - where they had both previously worked - wearing religious garments to conceal their identity.

Sham marriages trial collapses over claims immigration officials lied in court

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4:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

The trial of a vicar accused of presiding over a "conveyer belt" of a sham marriages has dramatically collapsed over allegations Home Office officials lied in court. 

‘Strip Twister’ internet paedophile spared jail - despite packing bags for prison

Your Local Guardian: Dr Bryan McIntosh was cleared of any wrong-doing at Kingston Crown Court today

3:57pm Friday 24th October 2014

Kevin Hollingshead, 51, took an overnight bag with him for his sentencing today - but was later told he would not be going to jail.

Community mourns loss of two former councillors who died within a day of each other

Your Local Guardian:

2:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

Former Conservative councillors Ron Wilson and Honorary Alderman Jan Jones passed away last week.

'Talk it out': Samaritans offer help and advice to anyone feeling low or suicidal

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2:01pm Friday 24th October 2014

Samaritans in Kingston are encouraging anyone feeling low to get in touch and talk through their issues in confidence following two deaths from the same car park this week.

Rebel councillor thrown off committee for speaking out against free schools

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1:14pm Friday 24th October 2014

A rebel Labour politician has been thrown off all council committees and threatened with further punishment after speaking out against Merton's policy on free schools.

VIDEO: Large fire breaks out at tower in Croydon town centre

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1:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

A large fire has broken out at a tower block in Croydon town centre.

Is Waterstone's returning to Epsom?

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12:40pm Friday 24th October 2014

Much-loved book store Waterstones could be coming back to Epsom.

Charity's research on prison officer cuts slammed as "deliberately misleading"

Your Local Guardian: The latest independent report into High Down prison raises serious concerns over staff shortages and prisoners' rehabilitation

12:33pm Friday 24th October 2014

Research published by the Howard League for Penal Reform shows a 42 per cent decrease in prison officer numbers at High Down in the last four years.

Disgruntled residents demand Network Rail repairs 'dangerous' footbridge

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11:34am Friday 24th October 2014

The Wimbledon footbridge runs from Merton Hall Road across the tracks to Elm Grove.

More than 35 per cent of Wandsworth year 6 kids are obese

Your Local Guardian: Almost two thirds of people in Worcestershire overweight or obese

11:25am Friday 24th October 2014

In the 2012/13 school year about 22 per cent of reception children at Wandsworth schools were overweight or obese.

Ed Miliband promises votes for teenagers and to address racial inequality if he wins election

Your Local Guardian:

11:27am Friday 24th October 2014

Votes for 16-year-olds, all black candidate shortlists and Croydon Council policies rolled out across the country will all be on the cards if Labour wins the next election.

Permission granted for new high street at Battersea Power Station

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11:06am Friday 24th October 2014

A corner of the Battersea Power Station site will be completely transformed after permission was granted for huge glass buildings and a new high street.

Woman in her 70s suffers life-threatening injuries after being hit by car

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10:03am Friday 24th October 2014

A pedestrian suffered "life threatening injuries" after being hit by a car last night.

Richmond man admits seven counts of indecent pictures of children

Your Local Guardian: Merseyside men on firearms charges

9:01am Friday 24th October 2014

A paedophile from Richmond will be sentenced after admitting seven counts of downloading pornographic images of children.

Families struggling to make ends meet, despite low child poverty figures

Your Local Guardian: Pleased: Councillor Rachael Lake

8:58am Friday 24th October 2014

Child poverty in Elmbridge is among the 20 lowest in the country, but many families are fighting a day-to-day battle to survive.

Fly-tipping forces road closure in West Molesey

Your Local Guardian:

9:10am Friday 24th October 2014

A bath, television, chairs and broken glass were just some of the items that disrupted traffic and closed a road.

Poignant war cemetery visit for Cobham school children

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8:54am Friday 24th October 2014

To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I, pupils from year 2 to year 6 visited a military cemetery to have a firsthand opportunity to learn more about the legacy of the war.

Investigation launched at mental health hospital after a whistle-blower's 27 allegations of abuse and neglect

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5:50am Friday 24th October 2014

A thorough investigation was launched at a mental health hospital after a whistle-blower made 27 allegations of abuse and neglect.

Police investigate football match assault

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5:40am Friday 24th October 2014

No arrests have been made after a player was punched in the face

Paul’s Cancer Support Centre in Battersea gets £2,000 donation

Your Local Guardian:

5:40am Friday 24th October 2014

A Battersea-based cancer charity has received a £2,000 cash boost.

You may spot a world-famous author scribbling in a local cafe

Your Local Guardian:

5:30am Friday 24th October 2014

Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series, talks of her love for Wimbledon and how she solves plot problems

Busy post office to close for refurbishment

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5:30am Friday 24th October 2014

The post office will be closed for a week while refurbishment takes place

Train lover completes model of old Epsom station after 20 years

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5:30am Friday 24th October 2014

After two decades of tireless work, a train enthusiast has finally realised his dream of creating a huge model railway of Epsom.

Discover what life was like in Croydon during Roman times

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5:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Ancient Roman and Anglo-Saxon artefacts will go on show after 60 years hidden from public view.

'A tragic accident': Husband's fish smoker started house fire that killed 90-year-old Chessington pensioner

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4:00am Friday 24th October 2014

An inquest into Dorothy Whiteway's death revealed the blaze started when husband Roy was smoking mackerel in the conservatory using methylated spirit.

Inquest hears of "fun and kind" man who died at his home in Kew

Your Local Guardian: A verdict of death by road traffic collision was reached at Salisbury Coroners' Court

3:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A "charming" but reclusive man was found dead in his home a week after neighbours saw him alive, an inquest has heard.

Plans for beloved Teddington Studios approved

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2:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Teddington Studios, where some of Britain's best-loved comedies and chat shows were filmed, is to be demolished and replaced by a 213-flat development, with many concerned the "bland" plans ignore the site’s history.



London News

Suicide mother gave girls acid drink (link)

BBC London 4:48pm Fri 24 Oct 14

A mother poisoned herself and her two young daughters by drinking acid after struggling to get on with her in-laws, an…

Black History Month celebrated with music and dance (link)

Haringey Independent 6:00am Sat 25 Oct 14

Black History Month will be celebrated with music, film, arts and crafts today.

Speaking Out: Vernon Gurtner on pioneering stem cell research (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 7:00am Sat 25 Oct 14

A disabled Waltham Abbey resident has spoken of the pioneering therapy that allowed a paralysed man to be able…

Five sentenced for money laundering millions (link)

Enfield Independent 5:10pm Fri 24 Oct 14

Five members of a money laundering group that processed millions of pounds have been sentenced.

VIDEO: Is it fair bus driver lost his job after this brawl with passengers? (link)

News Shopper 11:40am Fri 24 Oct 14

Amazing CCTV footage has emerged of a wrestling match between a bus driver and two passengers which cost the…

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