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Clapham man faces murder charge after death of James Fiennes

Your Local Guardian: The scene today: The pub closed this morning

11:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of xxx resident James Fiennes at a Mortlake tapas bar.

Post mortem examinations to take place into New Malden child deaths

Your Local Guardian: Father Gary Clarence with twins Ben and Max, both 3. Their four year-old sister Olivia was also found dead

10:59am Thursday 24th April 2014

Post mortem examinations for the three children found dead in a New Malden home will take place today as fresh flowers and toys were left outside.

Breaking news Mother of murdered schoolgirl Ellie Butler charged with intent to pervert the course of justice

Your Local Guardian: Mother, Jennie Gray

10:45am Thursday 24th April 2014

Jennie Gray, the mum of murdered Sutton schoolgirl Ellie Butler, has been charged with intent to pervert the course of justice.

Unsafe building closes Balham High Road

Your Local Guardian: Photo of the emergency services by Chadwick's Butchers

10:33am Thursday 24th April 2014

An unsafe building caused severe traffic delays in Balham this morning.

Bungalow destroyed in early morning blaze

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

9:21am Thursday 24th April 2014

A bungalow in Walton has been left uninhabitable after a fire broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Appeals launched to help rejuvenate fire-damaged Ewell Court House

Your Local Guardian:

9:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Two appeals have been launched by residents to restore fire-ravaged Ewell Court House to its former glory once refurbishment work starts on the listed building.

Severed finger found in North Cheam park

Your Local Guardian: The scene yesterday (pic: Simon Densley, The Worcester Park Blog)

9:05am Thursday 24th April 2014

The grim discovery of a severed finger led to a North Cheam park being sealed off by police.

Surrey Comet article helps reunite Easter bunny with owner

Your Local Guardian: Ciara Hill, 17, was reunited with Treacle after he was featured in the Surrey Comet

11:12am Thursday 24th April 2014

The Easter bunny that went missing has been reunited with its teenage owner thanks to its Surrey Comet appearance.

Police to visit pawn shops in stolen goods crackdown

Your Local Guardian: Croydon police officers are taking part in the London wide operation

9:21am Thursday 24th April 2014

Cops will be out in force on the streets of Croydon today targeting burglars and thieves as part of a Met-wide operation.

New video reveals how Battersea Power Station's chimneys will be rebuilt

Your Local Guardian: Battersea Power Station's chimneys are to be refurbished next year

9:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

A new video reveals how Battersea Power Station’s iconic chimneys will be removed, demolished and rebuilt.

Police probe 'head butt' on Carshalton footballer

Your Local Guardian: Charlie Wassmer

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

A police investigation has been launched after a player for Margate FC appeared to headbutt a Carshalton Athletic player.

New political party wants Mitcham 'independence'

Your Local Guardian: A new party has been formed in Mitcham

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

Husband pitches against wife in Mitcham Cricket Green election

'Interesting buildings' lost as new housing sweeps through Merton

Your Local Guardian: The building work on the corner of Kingston Road and Palmerston Road, Wimbledon

5:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

As major building works gets underway the face of Merton will be changed forever

Flaming flytipped rubbish in Addiscombe

Your Local Guardian: London Fire Brigade to charge for false alarms

9:03am Thursday 24th April 2014

Flytipped rubbish was set on fire behind garages in Addiscombe last night.

Evangelical minister praises David Cameron for declaring Britain "Christian"

Your Local Guardian: Gerald Coates, team leader at Pioneer Engage Church in Leatherhead

5:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

An evangelical minister who was at No 10 when the Prime Minister said Britain is a Christian country has praised his courage for making the controversial statement.

Unique Merton pictures from last 150 years in online archive

Your Local Guardian: Merton Memories: Underground line construction to Morden

5:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

View Merton days gone by in extensive online archive

Expect a knock on your door from Merton Council's recycle team

Your Local Guardian: Wrongtom, Mark Professor and Councillor Stephen Alambritis launch the Mega Recycle campaign

4:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Expect a knock on your door from Merton Council's recycle team as part of the Mega Recycle campaign.

Princess Alice Hospice re-opens Esher store

Your Local Guardian: Lend a hand: The hospice helps countless people, can you help it?

3:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Princess Alice Hospice will re-open its Esher shop next week, after a three month closure for building work.

Legend of the rink dies aged 96

Your Local Guardian: Loving couple: Roy and Betty Callaway

3:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Legendary ice dancer and coach Roy Callaway, 96, has died.

Weston Green fun day raises £900 for Macmillan

Your Local Guardian: Bunting fun: The day was a big success

2:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

A day of Easter family fun in Weston Green raised more than £900 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thousands of tins donated by children of St George's

Your Local Guardian: Thanks: Major Loxley with St George's pupils

2:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Students and staff at St George’s College have donated more than 3,600 tins of food to the Salvation Army (SA).

Emphatic “no” to Weylands Treatment Works

Your Local Guardian: Silent protest: Councillor Christine Kelly,Councillor Andrew Kelly and Gary and Claire Miller

2:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Petitioners have won through, after plans for a waste and recycling plant were sent to the scrapheap by Surrey County Council.

Festival promises folk and blues bonanaza

Your Local Guardian: Stiff joints: But still playing up a storm

2:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

The Sheen Folk and Blues Festival draws closer, with four days of live music treats from more than 20 musicians.

Write your first novel with St Mary's University

Your Local Guardian: Worth a go: Give St Mary's a call if you got close

2:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

St Mary’s University in Twickenham will hold a postgraduate open evening at its Strawberry Hill campus.

Surprise bunny delivers eggs to children at YMCA

Your Local Guardian: L-R: Lara Mazzini with her children, Camilla, 2, and Isabella, 5, with Juliette MacVarish

3:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

A bunny mummy surprised children with eggs and Easter cards as they played at the weekend.

Murdered teller's memory to be honoured when bank moves out

Your Local Guardian: Memory: Angela was murdered in 1976

3:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

The memory of a young woman murdered while working at a bank in Ham will be preserved when the bank shuts this summer.

Three children found dead in New Malden

Your Local Guardian: Gary Clarence with his two twin sons, found dead by police in New Malden last night

6:29am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

UPDATED 4.30pm: A woman has been arrested after three children were found dead at an address in New Malden.

Man charged with murder after death in Mortlake

Your Local Guardian: Scene: The Tapestry bar in Mortlake. Photo: BBC London News

10:37pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A man has been charged with murder after a 49-year-old was killed in Mortlake.

Police seek three young men seen 'loitering' before Roehampton murder

Your Local Guardian: The scene this morning

5:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Detectives want to speak to three young men seen ‘loitering’ in Roehampton just before a man was murdered.

UPDATE: Tapas bar murder inquiry launched - police seek witnesses

Your Local Guardian: The scene today: The pub closed this morning

1:45pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A Clapham man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbing in Mortlake last night.

International rugby star 'attacked glamour model and former Miss Wales' at Dane Bowers's Croydon house

Your Local Guardian: Ian Gough in action for Ospreys against Ulster in 2008 (photo: Chris Jobling)

5:15pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A Welsh international rugby star has been charged with assaulting the glamour model fiancée of Dane Bowers at the pop star's South Croydon home.

Free course at Epsom Hospital offering cancer support

Your Local Guardian: Visitors to Epsom Hospital witnessed an operation taking place through a window

4:56pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A free course created to support and guide people about how to live with and manage their experience of cancer will start at the end of April.

Alleged drug dealers appear in court over Daniel Spargo-Mabbs death

Your Local Guardian: Daniel Spargo-Mabbs died yesterday

6:01pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Two alleged drug dealers appeared in court today in connection with the death of teenager Daniel Spargo-Mabbs.

UPDATE: Mum warns about dangers of toilet training seats

Your Local Guardian: Emily Pitt with the toilet training seat round her neck

4:47pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A woman whose toddler got trapped in a toilet training seat and had to be freed by firemen wants to warn other mums of the risk.

Croydon Village Outlet employee 'sexually assaulted woman in store'

Your Local Guardian: Ali Boukrough leaves Croydon Magistrates' Court this morning

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A Croydon Village Outlet employee has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at the department store.

Fierce competition for Wimbledon school places - 500 metres still too far out for one family

Your Local Guardian: Angry parent: Nikki O'Rourke

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Last week we revealed 76 families have not been offered a place at any primary school in Merton. A further 127 have been offered a place, but not at one of their six choices.

Murder investigation launched after man killed in Roehampton

Your Local Guardian: A man has died in Huntingfield Road, Roehampton

10:27am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

UPDATED 2pm: A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Roehampton.

Man suffers leg and pelvic injuries in crash between car and motorbike

Your Local Guardian: The junction of Elm Road and Moor Lane. Image: Google

4:13pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The crash happened in Elm Road, Chessington, at about 3.20pm today.

Fake gun burglar jailed for seven years after petrified victim jumped off balcony

Your Local Guardian: Raphael Audain-Reason

1:27pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A teenager has been jailed for more than seven years for his role in a burglary where the victim was left so terrified after being shown a gun he jumped off his balcony.

Promising athlete spared jail for oral rape of child

Your Local Guardian: Adam Hulin, 19, of Headley, admitted oral rape and sexual assault of a girl aged under 13

1:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A promising teenage athlete has been spared jail after admitting orally raping and sexually assaulting a young girl.

Lights go out at St Margarets roundabout

Your Local Guardian: No lights: TfL is on its way

12:20pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Motorists faced confusion this morning after a set of traffic lights failed at St Margarets roundabout.

Owner shocked at death of regular customer after stabbing inside Mortlake tapas bar

Your Local Guardian: The scene today: The pub closed this morning

8:52am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

UPDATED 12pm: A man has died after he was stabbed in a pub in Mortlake.

Protesters campaign for link road to get HGVs off Gander Green Lane

Your Local Guardian: The protesters outside Paul Burstow's office

1:13pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Protesters gathered to call on the council to provide a link road and stop lorries rumbling past their homes.

Fraud officers arrive at suspect's house find cannabis factory

Your Local Guardian: HUNT:  West Mercia Police are hunting two men who attempted an armed robbery at Cofton Post Office. SP

11:34am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Police arrived at the man's house in Staynton Road, Sutton, shortly after 7am today.

Notorious North Cheam eyesore finally set for demolition

Your Local Guardian: green SUTT: Future of North Cheam eyesore Victoria House thrown into doubt

10:52am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A property developer has pledged to demolish a notorious North Cheam eyesore later this year.

Crime in Croydon falls by nearly 10 per cent - new figures

Your Local Guardian: Borough Commander Chief Superintendent David Musker

10:28am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Crime in Croydon has fallen over the past year according to figures released by the police.

Basketball star Luol Deng to run summer camp in Crystal Palace

Your Local Guardian: Luol Deng credit Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Two time NBA All-Star Luol Deng will be running a basketball camp in Crystal Palace this summer.

Broken down lorry causes traffic chaos near Vauxhall Gyratory

Your Local Guardian: Pic by @TfLTrafficNews

9:20am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A broken down lorry is causing traffic chaos this morning.

Human remains unearthed at house are 'probably Saxon'

Your Local Guardian: The skull which was unearthed in Riddlesdown Road, Purley

9:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Historians believe human bones which were unearthed by landscape gardeners at a house in Purley will be found to date back to Anglo-Saxon times.

Stranded pensioner fell and could not reach her panic button

Your Local Guardian: Police arrest man following serious sexual assault in Runcorn

11:05am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

An elderly woman was rescued after being found collapsed and unable to reach her panic button by two police officers.



London News

Police make Syria plea to UK women (link)

BBC London 9:46am Thu 24 Apr 14

British counter-terrorism police chiefs are to hold events in London, Birmingham and Manchester to urge men against…

Top marks for Haringey and Enfield college (link)

Haringey Independent 6:20am Thu 24 Apr 14

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is celebrating top marks in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Wanstead band to play O2 Academy (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 10:38am Thu 24 Apr 14

A Wanstead band will play the Islington’s O2 Academy in July, it was announced last week.

Plan your summer with 7 of London and Kent's biggest music festivals (link)

News Shopper 9:47am Thu 24 Apr 14

It’s going to be a busy summer and Vibe wants to help you plan it to perfection, so we’ve rounded up our pick…

Southgate MP to host 'mini-holland' debate tonight (link)

Enfield Independent 9:24am Thu 24 Apr 14

Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes will welcome members of the public to discuss their views on a multi-million…

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