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

Travellers set up camp in West Molesey

Your Local Guardian: Elmbridge Council seeks council tax benefit replacement

10:28am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A group of travellers have set up an unauthorised camp with 14 caravans in West Molesey.

Thugs guilty of community centre murder after brutally attacking father-of-two sitting quietly at computer

Your Local Guardian:

4:50pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Thugs who viciously assaulted a father-of-two in an attack from which he never recovered have been found guilty of killing him.

Tennis club 'shocked' by courts closure

Your Local Guardian:

4:40pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

It should have been expected, said Merton Council as school expansion work starts.

Primary school pupils paint tiles for huge artwork

Your Local Guardian:

4:28pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Primary school pupils in Cheam are creating a huge artwork to mark their new academy status.

Mim Grey's Chasing Tigers up for Putney gig

Your Local Guardian:

4:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A number one chart topper brings her country vibes to the Putney next month.

Kevin Costner films scenes for Hollywood blockbuster in family-run Croydon shop

Your Local Guardian:

3:01pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A touch of Hollywood glamour came to a family-run Croydon shop as Kevin Costner filmed a scene for a blockbuster thriller.

MPS helicopter hovers over Sutton in drug search

Your Local Guardian:

2:04pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A Met police helicopter was hovering over Sutton yesterday, while officers searched for drugs at a house in Worcester Road.

Record label executive jailed after £650,000 scam which 'he showered on staff'

Your Local Guardian:

1:10pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A record label executive who stole almost £650,000 from Universal Music while suffering from a "serious medical condition" has been jailed for three years.

Flood fears after £3m restaurant quarter redevelopment works

Your Local Guardian:

1:14pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A restaurant quarter makeover is a case of style over substance and risks being washed away, according to one business owner who fears being proved right when the rains come.

Man wanted in connection with Surrey crimes hunted by police for prison recall

Your Local Guardian:

12:50pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A man who is wanted in connection with crimes in Surrey is being hunted by police for recall to prison after missing his probation appointments.

Disappointment as council rejects zebra crossing outside Tooting school

Your Local Guardian:

12:30pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Governors, parents and politicians are disappointed after the council rejected a petition calling for a zebra crossing outside a Tooting school.

Controversial charity wins right to open secondary school in Merton

Your Local Guardian:

12:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Plans have been opposed by Merton Council and the National Union of Teachers

Lemon meringue cupcake maker wins Wandsworth Bake Off

Your Local Guardian:

12:14pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A Lemon meringue cupcake maker took home the coverted title of star baker at the Wandsworth Bake Off.

Trains disrupted after 'explosion' on tracks near East Croydon station

Your Local Guardian:

12:25pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Trains running through East Croydon station have been severely disrupted after reports of an explosion on the tracks.

Man hospitalised in drag race collision

Your Local Guardian:

12:16pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A man was hospitalised in a collision after a drag race.

Primary school headteacher denies wrongdoing over Sats results investigation

Your Local Guardian:

11:10am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Primary school children could have their Sats papers torn up as the Department for Education investigates allegations of misconduct by staff.

Heroin and cannabis gang: 16 jailed as police warn others to "turn back on gang lifestyle"

Your Local Guardian:

11:01am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Sixteen gang members from around Roehampton have been sentenced to a total of 37 years in prison for drug offences.

Chessington World of Adventures taken to court over fall which left girl with fractured skull

Your Local Guardian: Chessington World of Adventures

10:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Chessington World of Adventures are being prosecuted over alleged health and safety failings that left a four-year-old with a fractured skull after she fell from the queue of a popular ride.

PICTURES: Street party marks start of arts festival

Your Local Guardian:

10:25am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A street party, with live music and dance, marked the start of a vibrant arts festival on Saturday.

Firefighters called to tree fire in Long Ditton

Your Local Guardian:

9:42am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Firefighters were called to Long Ditton this morning after a pile of chopped trees caught fire.

Vandals repeatedly trample flowers planted by community by war memorial

Your Local Guardian:

9:55am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Vandals have repeatedly trampled flower beds planted by a community to mark the centenary of the Great War.

Three employees attacked during travel agent robbery

Your Local Guardian: Motorcyclist killed in crash

9:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Three employees were injured during a robbery at a town-centre travel agent. 

Body found in river in search for missing Alice Gross

Your Local Guardian:

8:59am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A body was found in the River Brent in the search for missing Alice Gross.

Multi-vehicle crash closes two lanes on A3 Surrey-bound at Tolworth

Your Local Guardian:

7:57am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A crash on the A3 towards Surrey at the Tolworth underpass is causing delays, Transport for London has said.

Delicious cheesecake crowned winner at Harvest Festival

Your Local Guardian:

6:10am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Hundreds of people turned out for the Deen City Farm Harvest Festival.

75th birthday for advice service set up to help people cope with World War II

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

An advice service set up to help people cope at the start of the Second World War is celebrating its 75th birthday.

Sign up for this year's Surbiton Ski Sunday and raise cash for Shooting Star Chase

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Surbiton Ski Sunday is back, and the brave and the foolhardy will slip, slide, stumble and tumble down St Mark's Hill in aid of the Shooting Star Chase children's charity.

Premature baby given wrong medication after hospital blunder

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

The parents of a premature baby were outraged to discover they had given their son the wrong medication after the hospital sent him home with someone else's epilepsy medicine.

Stem cells to be extracted at Croydon hospital in an NHS first

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

In an NHS first, stem cells from babies born in Croydon will be extracted so they can be used in life saving treatments, in a deal worth £2m to the hospital trust.

Police in morning raid at address in Wallington

Your Local Guardian:

11:21am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A motorist reported seeing a police officer raid an address in Manor Road, Wallington, this morning.

Teacher writes book based on East Sheen school

Your Local Guardian:

3:04pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A school in East Sheen is the centre point in a new novel written by a teacher who previously worked in the borough.

DJ Dr Fox arrested over alleged sexual offences

Your Local Guardian:

11:59pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

The Magic Radio DJ, who goes by the name Dr Fox, was arrested at the studio in Soho earlier today.

Reports of motorbike crash causing traffic jams near train station

Your Local Guardian:

6:21pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A reported motorbike crash has caused traffic jams near Leatherhead train station.

Tributes to beloved former mayor who lost cancer battle

Your Local Guardian:

5:37pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A much loved former mayor and the founder of the cancer charity which bears her name has lost her battle with the disease.

Teenager stabbed five times on Croydon tram by knifeman

Your Local Guardian:

5:20pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A 15-year-old boy was stabbed five times on a tram in Croydon town centre.

Sewage stench means disabled man unable to eat in his own home

Your Local Guardian:

5:12pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Wayne Lawrence said the foul smell of sewage coming out of drains in the back garden of his council house is too much to bear.

Driver seriously injured after car ploughs into tree and bursts into flames

Your Local Guardian:

6:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A man was seriously injured after his car ploughed into a tree and burst into flames.

Teenager punched after two families row in Asda gravy aisle

Your Local Guardian:

4:44pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Shoppers proved not to be 'Bisto' friends after two families got into a spot of beef in Asda's gravy aisle.

AFC Wimbledon bid 'weak' in face of greyhound proposals, report on Plough Lane finds

Your Local Guardian:

4:31pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A report commission by residents' association raises significant concerns over football plans.

Zoo keepers? Elephant, zebra and giraffe models face eviction from Lower Kingswood roof

Your Local Guardian:

4:18pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Two giraffes, an elephant and zebra have appeared on a shop roof to the delight of children, but not of the local council.

Colliers Wood man walks free after sting by the 'fake sheikh' who targeted X Factor's Tulisa unravels in court

Your Local Guardian:

3:10pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A drugs prosecution against a Colliers Wood man has been dropped because it was based on a sting by the same undercover reporter who targeted X Factor star Tulisa Contostavlos.

Molesey care home faces £100,000 fine as judge decides if carer's poor English left pensioner to choke to death

Your Local Guardian:

2:50pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A care home will be sentenced for negligence tomorrow after a vulnerable resident died from choking on her breakfast while left unattended.

Activist who climbed on Chris Grayling's roof sings 'stick your new world order up your arse' to Tory MPs

Your Local Guardian:

2:20pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A fathers’ rights activist who recently camped out on Chris Grayling’s roof was banned from protesting at the Tory party conference yesterday, New Fathers 4 Justice have claimed.

Neglect arrest after screaming baby left in car while childminder shopped at Tesco in Sutton

Your Local Guardian:

2:12pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A screaming baby was left alone in a Tesco car park for at least 30 minutes as her childminder did the shopping, the Sutton Guardian has learned.

"Vulnerable" missing woman spotted at London tube station

Your Local Guardian:

1:40pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A "vulnerable" woman who disappeared from Epsom nearly two weeks ago has been spotted at a London underground station.

Rehab and anxiety treatment services could remain split after "botched" council consultation

Your Local Guardian:

1:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Dr Phil Moore, deputy chairman of Kingston clinical commissioning group, said the move of psychological therapies was planned about six months ago for space reasons.

Councillor and CEO of YMCA take on London half marathon for charity

Your Local Guardian:

12:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

The Royal Parks half marathon will take in London landmarks on the 13.1 mile route.

Firefighters called to fourth Battersea fire in seven days

Your Local Guardian:

12:26pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A man and a woman were rescued in two separate Battersea fires in the early hours of this morning.

Battersea firefighters clearing trees from canal in search for missing teenager Alice Gross

Your Local Guardian:

12:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Battersea firefighters have joined the search for missing teenager Alice Gross.

Man wanted in connection with unsolved sexual assault in Purley

Your Local Guardian:

11:35am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Police are appealing for the public's help to identify a man who may be able to help with unsolved transport crime in the capital.



London News

Body find sparks Alice murder probe (link)

BBC London 11:46am Wed 1 Oct 14

The disappearance of teenager Alice Gross is now being treated as a murder inquiry after a "significantly concealed"…

VIDEO: Man left with head injuries after assault in Slade Green (link)

News Shopper 10:53am Wed 1 Oct 14

A man has been left with head injuries after an assault in Slade Green.

Ex-Hong Kong Police officer becomes Lib Dem councillor (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 4:26pm Wed 1 Oct 14

Newly elected councillor and ex-police officer Kim Adams is ‘honoured’ to be representing the residents that…

Retired vicar to appear in High Court (link)

Haringey Independent 1:44pm Wed 1 Oct 14

A retired vicar who refused to pay council tax in protest against benefit cuts will appear in the High Court next…

School calls on former pupils to make a difference (link)

Enfield Independent 2:04pm Wed 1 Oct 14

Students past and present are set to link up in a bid to inspire current students to success in the classroom.

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