• Here are today's news headlines from south-west London and north Surrey. For more visit our sister websites: Croydon Guardian; Elmbridge Guardian; Epsom Guardian; Kingston Guardian; Streatham Guardian; Sutton Guardian; Wandsworth Guardian; and Wimbledon Guardian.

Southern denies problems with electronic travel card at Epsom station

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Southern has denied that there have been any major problems with people using its new electronic travel card at Epsom station, despite commuters' claims to the contrary.

Decision day over plans to build care home on playing fields in Ewell

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Friday 29th August 2014

A decision on whether a care home can be built on playing fields will be made next week amid opposition from Sport England and campaigners.

Croydon police launches anti-crime poster campaign

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Friday 29th August 2014

If you are waiting for a bus in the next few weeks then you will become quite familiar with this poster which is part of the Metropolitan Police’s latest advertising campaign.

Thousands of Kingston adults at risk of heart attack or stroke because of undiagnosed high blood pressure

Your Local Guardian: Picture from stock

5:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Public health bosses say 20 per cent of over-18s may have the condition, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Clean-up for Worcester Park green space left to become "wasteland"

Your Local Guardian:

4:30am Friday 29th August 2014

The play area was created from the remains of houses bombed by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War.

Rydens unveils plans to sell playing fields for rebuild

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Rydens Enterprise School has submitted plans to demolish and completely rebuild its school and sixth form, by selling off playing fields for 296 houses.

Deportation fight for man with Down's syndrome who lost his parents

Your Local Guardian: Vince Cable MP pictured in York.pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (6653968)

3:00am Friday 29th August 2014

A man with Down's syndrome faces deportation to Lebanon after his application to stay in the UK was refused by the Home Office.

Train lines down in Twickenham for three weekends in September

Your Local Guardian: Twickenham station plans cause further divide

3:00am Friday 29th August 2014

All train lines in the Twickenham area will be closed for three weekends in September due to planned works on the station.

Former mayor of Elmbridge gives thousands to charity

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Former mayor of Elmbridge has donated the funds that had been raised during his year in office.

St George's College stalwart dies

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Friday 29th August 2014

John Burke, who worked at St George's College, Weybridge, as a painter for more than 40 years, died at St Peter's Hospital on Wednesday, August 20.

Television calling for Battersea admin worker

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Friday 29th August 2014

An admin worker has been given the opportunity to become a TV news reporter.

Spanish film night returns to Battersea haunt

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Battersea Spanish gears up for yet another exciting film night, writes Kazim Ukka.

Squire’s Garden Centres celebrates 24 awards

Your Local Guardian:

1:30am Friday 29th August 2014

Squire’s Garden Centres picked up 24 accolades at this year’s Garden Centre Association awards, with the Twickenham, Hersham and Long Ditton centres triumphing.

Two central Sutton Post Offices will merge into one

Your Local Guardian:

4:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Two Post Offices in central Sutton are merging to create a single branch.

Exciting line-up announced for Merton's Celebrating Age Festival

Your Local Guardian:

3:12pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Aiming to raise the profile of older people in the community, preparations are in full swing for the launch of Merton's twelfth Celebrating Age Festival.

Worcester Park man jailed for ammonia attack on clubbers

Your Local Guardian:

4:01pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A drunken thug who sprayed a noxious substance into the faces of three men outside a nightclub has been jailed.

Delivery van damaged after getting stuck under railway bridge

Your Local Guardian:

2:20pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Damage to the roof of the van was caused by the bridge.

"Prisons are being reduced to warehouses": Company pulls the plug on contract to educate inmates at High Down

Your Local Guardian: Firefighters were called to High Down Prison on Saturday evening

12:26pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A private company has prematurely pulled the plug on a contract to provide education to inmates at High Down prison as the numbers attending lessons meant it has been delivering the service at a loss.

Safety fears to be discussed at residents' meeting after violent Kings Road burglary

Your Local Guardian:

11:53am Thursday 28th August 2014

A special meeting has been organised after the attack on Paul Kohler earlier this month.

Repairs to burst Surbiton water pipe will continue into next week

Your Local Guardian:

11:59am Thursday 28th August 2014

A 6in pipe burst yesterday afternoon, causing "significant" damage to the road at the junction of St Mark's Hill and Ewell Road.

Dramatic car fire captured on video

Your Local Guardian:

11:08am Thursday 28th August 2014

These pictures show the moment a car caught fire after near a DIY store.

Olivier award winner Janie Dee on performing Shakespeare at the Rose Theatre Kingston

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Olivier Award winner Janie Dee talks to the Surrey Comet about her upcoming performance as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rose Theatre.

"Epsom would be welcomed into London with open arms", says Sutton and Croydon Assembly Member

Your Local Guardian: Councilor Steve O’Connell

6:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

Epsom would be "welcomed with open arms" if it became part of the capital and the borough's residents should be given a say on the issue, according to a London Assembly member.

Nursing home resident with dementia found wandering in street

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

An outraged man found an elderly woman with dementia wandering in the street after a door was accidentally left unlocked at her care home.

'Geeky' brothers attempt to visit all 270 tube stations to fund holiday for sick children

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Richard and Michael Brownnutt, who grew up in Wimbledon, set off from Wimbledon Station at 4.53am this morning and hope to arrive in Morden at 12.30am tomorrow morning.

Bar staff get icy soaking for ALS ice bucket challenge

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Imagine getting a text from your boss stating the next time you come into work he will be pouring 50 litres of icy cold water on you. Well, this is what happened to the ‘lucky’ staff at The Old Bank pub in Sutton, who are all doing the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Police and council initiative deals with 20 cases in its first year

Your Local Guardian:

5:36pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A Sutton police and council initiative launched to deal with complex anti-social behaviour has dealt with twenty cases in its first year of operation.

Kingston pub regulars set up petition against owner's restaurant plans

Your Local Guardian:

4:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Punters have started a petition to 'save' a Kingston pub after owners Young's announced redevelopment plans.

Park Lane Stables can stay, but must raise £40k for repairs

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

A family run stable in danger of losing its home has been given one year to raise £40,000 for repairs.

Curfew for benefits cheat who swindled £130k of taxpayers' money

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

A benefit fraudster who wrongly claimed more than £130,000 has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to comply with a curfew order.

PCs rescue flightless parakeet from Wandsworth street

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Two police officers saved feathers from being ruffled after a stray parakeet got into a spot of bother.

Vandals hit Ham Common, smashing bottles and targeting trees

Your Local Guardian:

2:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

Community groups leapt into action after trees on Ham Common were targeted by vandals.

Wandsworth Council warns taxpayers against telephone scam

Your Local Guardian: Wandsworth Council approves £792,840 cuts in past month

2:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

Con-artists are using a sophisticated council tax scam to steal from residents, council finance chiefs have warned.

Stonemason restores graves of two brothers lost in WWI

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

A stonemason has devoted more than 20 hours to restore the Twickenham graves of two brothers who gave their lives in battle in World War I.

Driver loses control and crashes car into ditch in Esher

Your Local Guardian: Hard at work: Crews from Esher and Painshill battled the fire

2:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Fifrefighters from Esher were called after a car crashed in a ditch in West End Lane, Esher.

Elderly woman's purse stolen from Cobham Waitrose

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

2:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

A theft was reported from an elderly woman's handbag in a supermarket on Tuesday morning.

The saddest dog at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home finds a new family

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s saddest dog has become its happiest, after finding a new home.

Artist completes mural homage to Richard Attenborough

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

A street artist has created a mural as a tribute to Lord Richard Attenborough.

Dr Seuss musical gets Walton Stagecoach performers in the limelight

Your Local Guardian:

1:50am Thursday 28th August 2014

Young performers trod the boards in an internationally-cast performance of a musical inspired by Dr Seuss.

Six bedroom house to be built on tennis court near All England Club in Wimbledon

Your Local Guardian: Merton Council

4:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Plans were approved by the planning committee of Merton Council.

NBA All-star Luol Deng talks about inspiring kids and replacing LeBron James at Miami Heat

Your Local Guardian: Luol Deng is the new patron for the London Youth Games

4:17pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Two –time NBA All Star Luol Deng was back where he grew up in south east London this month for two initiatives to bring basketball – and opportunity – to youngsters.

Four-way temporary traffic lights installed after burst Surbiton water pipe

Your Local Guardian:

2:33pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Police are directing traffic at the crossroads at the top of St Mark’s Hill.

Cycling flasher exposed himself on Bank Holiday Monday

Your Local Guardian:

2:22pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A cycling flasher exposed himself in the morning on Bank Holiday Monday.

PICTURES: Racegoers turn out for day of racing and family fun day

Your Local Guardian:

2:20pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Despite overcast skies punters turned out for a day of racing at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Tuesday.

Firefighters tackle flooding at accommodation owned by charity for the disabled

Your Local Guardian:

2:10pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Firefighters tackled a flood at accommodation owned by a charity for the disabled.

Phoenix Festival flies the flag after Fab Festival disappointment

Your Local Guardian:

2:06pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Music lovers were treated to a free day of live music thanks to Richmond’s Crawdaddy Club.

Luxury basement with 1,000 bottle wine cellar approved for Wimbledon Village home

Your Local Guardian:

2:19pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Neighbours opposed the development in Murray Road.

Video: MP gets a freezing cold soaking for Ice Bucket Challenge - and nominate Boris Johnsons

Your Local Guardian:

3:20pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan got a soaking last night, after being nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Two men taken to hospital after BMW crash

Your Local Guardian:

1:10pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A BMW crash led to two men being taken to hospital on Bank Holiday Monday.

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke visits Kingston to promote Tobago

Your Local Guardian:

12:53pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Ex-Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke visited Kingston to promote tourism in his native Tobago.



London News

Teenagers guilty of mugging killing (link)

BBC London 2:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Four teenagers are found guilty of killing a man with a mental age of nine who was stabbed during a mugging in west…

Family search for missing teenager (link)

Haringey Independent 5:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

The family of a missing girl are desperate for news of her whereabouts.

Video: Pupils create short film to tackle cyberbullying (link)

Enfield Independent 6:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

A group of pupils took a stand against cyberbullying on social media by creating a hard-hitting short film.

Arsonist sets himself alight at park run by 'bully' (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 3:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

CCTV films attacker on fire running from the scene.

Young dancers wanted to join Strictly star in Dartford panto (link)

News Shopper 5:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Young dancers are being given the chance to work alongside Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood in…

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