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Hospital windows frosted after horrified visitor saw patient being operated on

Your Local Guardian:

9:41am Thursday 31st July 2014

Exclusive: A window through which an operation was viewed by visitors and other patients at Epsom Hospital was fitted with a blind which was left open for a fortnight, it has been revealed.

Fire tears through home - flats evacuated

Your Local Guardian:

9:11am Thursday 31st July 2014

Homes had to be evacuated as flames tore through a flat last night.

Man who raped and attempted to murder pensioner 'dies after prison suicide'

Your Local Guardian: Robert Richards

9:14am Thursday 31st July 2014

Robert Richards, 22, was found hanged in his cell on Tuesday night, according to several people who know his family.

Street parties and activities planned for when RideLondon-Surrey cyclists pass through Merton

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Crowds are set to line the streets to cheer on cyclists as they pass through Raynes Park and Wimbledon.

Nursery fails Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting staff

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A nursery has failed an Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting its staff which left young children at significant risk.

772km running challenge in memory of boy who died after falling onto spinning propeller

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Memories of the brother who died in a boating accident are spurring on a runner during every kilometre of his 772km challenge – one kilometre for every week his sibling was alive.

Royal Automobile Club under fire over greenbelt plans and derelict walled garden

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

The Royal Automobile Club has come under fire over plans to develop its greenbelt estate and for allowing a historic walled garden to fall into disrepair.

Museum appeals for photo, objects and memories from First World War

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A museum is appealing for photographs, objects and memories from World War I.

Royal Mail First World War stamps go on display in Battersea Library

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Thirty new stamps commemorating the First World War are going on display in Battersea Library.

Neighbours threaten to sue Morrison's in Sutton over car park noise

Your Local Guardian:

5:30am Thursday 31st July 2014

A group of neighbours are suing a Sutton supermarket they say has kept them awake with late night construction work.

Epsom in Great War: University students and public schoolboys set up military camp

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A ‘band of brothers' of former university students and public schoolboys set up camp in Epsom, where they paraded down its high street and were inspected by Lord Kitchener.

Epsom to remember outbreak of Great War with services, exhibition and military camp

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Monday will mark the beginning of a series of thought-provoking events around the borough commemorating the start of the Great War.

Night market returns to kick off Kingston Food Festival

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

The night market returns to Kingston this evening, ahead of the big weekend at the annual Kingston Food Festival.

Kingston Council at fault over housing benefit cancellation which left man homeless and 'suicidal'

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A jobseeker claims he was left suicidal after being made homeless when Kingston Council failed to inform him they would not be backdating his housing benefits.

One of Epsom's war dead: Young lad rushes to fight in Great War

4:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A brave young man rushed to the front as quickly as possible only to be fatally injured in the Battle of the Somme.

Latest event at Kew Gardens could literally blow your mind

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Explore the history behind mind-altering plants and fungi at Kew Gardens seasonal exhibition.

Orange Tree Theatre announces new executive director

Your Local Guardian:

2:20am Thursday 31st July 2014

The Orange Tree Theatre has confirmed Sarah Nicholson will take over as the theatre's new executive director.

Sculptor turns decaying tree into inspirational art

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A renowned artist has turned heads in the borough after he transformed a decaying tree into an owl sculpture as part on an environmental art project.

ASBO for 18-year-old who verbally abused shopkeeper

Your Local Guardian:

12:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

An 18-year-old man who verbally abused a shopkeeper has been hit with a fine and an ASBO.

Sutton war hero's watch unearthed encrusted in mud from the Somme 100 years after the First World War

Your Local Guardian:

12:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

The mud-encrusted watch of a Sutton-based soldier has been unearthed nearly 100 years since its owner died in the First World War.

VIDEO: Freerunners flip Sutton on its head

Your Local Guardian:

5:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

This video shows freerunners using Sutton as their playground, flipping the town on its head with their unique way of getting around.

Children's cancer charity still waiting for £27k from high-tech iPad charity auction company

Your Local Guardian:

5:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A Kingston charity is still waiting to be paid £27,000 raised at a charity auction celebrating its 10th anniversary two months ago.

HMV to return to Croydon with new store

Your Local Guardian: Shoppers pass HMV on its final day’s trading at Cornmarket Street, Oxford, yesterday

5:12pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Entertainment retailer HMV is to open a new shop in Croydon 16 months after leaving the town. 

Great War soldier's relative to sing in Gareth Malone's military wives choir

Your Local Guardian:

5:07pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The great-granddaughter of a soldier who rode war horses is set to join television choirmaster Gareth Malone for a commemorative prom.

Wandle Park among 13 Croydon green spaces named among UK's best

Your Local Guardian:

4:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Wandle Park has joined the list of green spaces in Croydon to be named among the UK's best.

Somali family living on bench outside Tooting TK Maxx

Your Local Guardian:

2:37pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A Somali family have been living on a bench in Tooting for weeks on end.

Neighbours' anger over 'drastic' hedge trimming

Your Local Guardian:

2:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Council workers got a little trim happy in Kingston – after sawing hedges almost in half.

News of the World journalist charged with phone hacking

Your Local Guardian: Taxpayer cash 'wasted' on council mobile phones

1:51pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A former features editor of the News of the World has been charged with hacking the phones of famous people and their associates.

Walking football tournament keeps the old legs going

Your Local Guardian:

1:35pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Footballers perhaps a little past their prime enjoyed a slow-paced version of the beautiful game at a walking tournament in Walton.

Thousands celebrate Eid at Baithul Futuh Mosque in Morden

Your Local Guardian:

1:17pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Heavy traffic has been reported between Rose Hill in Sutton and the mosque in London Road, Morden, as up to 15,000 worshippers travel to the mosque to mark the end of Ramadan.

Surrey train death man was from Coulsdon

Your Local Guardian:

12:59pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 49-year-old from Coulsdon has died after being hit by a train.

Cheam dog owner calls for Staffies and other 'dangerous' dogs to be muzzled

Your Local Guardian: Bindi, Staffordshire bull terrier, 18 months

12:42pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A dog owner wants people to join her call for dangerous dog laws to be beefed up.

"No way" under-threat GP surgery could disappear, says Chris Grayling

Your Local Guardian: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in Southampton yesterday

12:46pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Epsom’s MP has said there is "no way" a cramped GP surgery could be forced to close because NHS bureaucrats have not considered an application for it to move to new modern premises.

Woman hospitalised after crash in Cromwell Road, Kingston

Your Local Guardian:

12:30pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The woman, reported to be in her 60s, was taken as a priority to St George's Hospital in Tooting, London Ambulance said.

Zippy from Rainbow spotted in Cheam bush

Your Local Guardian:

12:16pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

This piece of muppet-themed topiary has been spotted in Cheam.

Man arrested for 'threatening to shoot drinking partners'

Your Local Guardian:

11:38am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his drinking partners.

Firefighters dig out elderly dogs stuck in badger sett

Your Local Guardian:

10:56am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Firefighters had to dig a 4ft hole to rescue two elderly dogs stuck down a badger sett yesterday.

Serious questions raised over killer on the run

Your Local Guardian:

10:15am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A killer is on the run after being granted bail by a senior judge despite being found guilty of causing the death of a man so terrifed for his safety he threw himself out of a window.

Man charged with raping 14-year-old girl in Wandle Park is remanded in custody

Your Local Guardian:

10:20am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 24-year-old man charged with raping a 14-year-old girl has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Have you seen the Twickenham peahen?

Your Local Guardian:

10:38am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A peahen has ruffled a few feathers in Twickenham this week after being spotted roaming around the town.

Grayling slams Lidl's "poor behaviour" in bulldozing Organ and Dragon

Your Local Guardian:

10:56am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Epsom’s MP has slammed a budget supermarket chain for bulldozing a much-loved ex-pub without planning permission to replace it with a new store.

Free school secures funding less than two months before start of term

Your Local Guardian:

10:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A new free school due to open in September has only just received funding, despite already hiring teaching staff and offering school places.

Garden centre prepares to close as National Trust indicates takeover

Your Local Guardian:

9:29am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Owners of a garden centre threatened by an "awful" takeover by the National Trust are preparing to leave with a closing down sale.

Dodgy builders get their sentences for conning victims

Your Local Guardian:

9:28am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A gang of phony builders have been jailed after relentlessly harassing elderly men into paying over-the-odds for unnecessary home renovations.

Cemetery expansion plan has allotment holders losing the plot

Your Local Guardian:

9:09am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Plot holders are protesting to prevent the expanding Teddington Cemetery from taking over their allotment space.

Police join Eid festivities in Sutton

Your Local Guardian:

8:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sutton police officers joined in the festivities to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday. 

Proposal to close hospital's mental health services and cut beds

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Health bosses want to close mental health services at Queen Mary’s Hospital, which treats 500 patients a year, and reduce inpatient beds across south-west London by 10 per cent.

Commonwealth games superstar Joanna Rowsell gets four legged namesake

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Cheam's cycling superstar Joanna Rowsell has a four legged namesake after a charity decided to honour her Commonwealth Games success.

Council fails to use powers to crack down on empty homes with higher tax

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Merton is one of seven councils in London which has failed to make use of powers to penalise homeowners who leave houses empty for more than two years.

Horrified elderly man watches dogs maul cat in his garden

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

An 89-year-old man watched in horror as two large dogs cornered a terrified cat and ripped it apart in his garden.



London News

Tags plan to cut alcohol-linked crime (link)

BBC London 9:58am Thu 31 Jul 14

Repeat offenders convicted of alcohol-related crimes could be forced by courts to wear ankle tags to monitor whether…

Peter Pan performance to hit Muswell Hill (link)

Haringey Independent 9:54am Thu 31 Jul 14

Children are rehearsing for a one-off performance of Peter Pan this week.

Thank Bank: Readers say thank you (link)

News Shopper 9:34am Thu 31 Jul 14

If there is someone you want to express your gratitude to, whether they donated a kidney or opened a door for you,…

CCTV released of fuel thief (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 8:40am Thu 31 Jul 14

Police have released a CCTV image of a suspect fuel thief. 

Supermarket to close after 39 years (link)

Enfield Independent 5:00am Thu 31 Jul 14

A supermarket store is set to close after 39 years in a shopping centre.

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