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Controversy for rail bosses after they said disabled Chessington passengers should go to New Malden

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

The suggestion disabled passengers should use "nearby" New Malden and Worcester Park has been called "flippant", "outrageous" and "bureaucratic and boorish".

Witness appeal launched in three Sutton manhunts

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Sutton Police has released images of three men wanted in connection with a range of offences.

Swiss Chalet gets a lift, literally, in £1.4m renovation

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Hampton Court’s historic Swiss Chalet will be lifted up by 2m as part of a £1.4m restoration project and the addition of a new basement floor.

Hundreds fed and happy at Tooting Foodival

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Tooting’s foodival served up more than 600 portions of locally-grown food to hungry residents at the weekend, smashing organisers’ goal of feeding 300 people.

Dickens descendant honours ancestor with one-man Great Expectations

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson is bringing his celebrated ancestor’s masterpiece Great Expectations to Normansfield Theatre this October.

High earners hot-footing it to Richmond Park and Twickenham

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Richmond Park and Twickenham have been named as the UK's two highest-earning parliamentary constituencies.

North Sheen street photographer takes work international

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

A street photographer from North Sheen showcased her latest prints at the Rotterdam International Art Fair earlier this month.

Museum unveils new school membership programme

Your Local Guardian:

2:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

Elmbridge Museum has launched a school membership scheme to support schools and community groups.

Take your talents to Tooting pop-up tomorrow

Your Local Guardian: Range of employers at Jobs Fair

2:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

A one-day Pop-up Talent shop will provide hands-on taster sessions and deliver inspiring talks in Tooting on Friday.

Motorist hails heroes after spinning out on A3

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Two heroes came to the rescue when a car span out of control across three lanes of the A3 and came to a rest in the inside lane.

Get down to gallery for Yolo

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

International art stretching from all corners of the globe comes to Herne Hill for a dynamic and challenging group art show.

Goose fayre granted by Henry VIII takes 2014 back to Tudor times

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

It was so successful last year, that the Walton Goose Fayre is returning this year to take the area back to Tudor times.

Children's drama school takes centre stage

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

A new drama school that focuses on the "four Cs" of confidence, communication, co-ordination and concentration comes to Putney.

Man stripped naked and kicked to death in alleyway after trying to chat up one of his attackers, court hears

Your Local Guardian:

1:10pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

An Irish man was beaten to death, stripped naked and dumped in a skip in after trying to "chat up" one of his killers, a court has heard.

Max Clifford to appeal eight year prison sentence for indecent assaults

Your Local Guardian: Max Clifford: Appealing his sentence

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Disgraced PR publicist and Hersham resident Max Clifford, is appealing against his eight year prison sentence, after being found guilty of eight of 11 charges of indecent assault in April 2014.

Woman taken to hospital after a crash in Epsom

Your Local Guardian:

4:45pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A woman has been taken to hospital and vehicles have been moved to the side of the road after a crash this afternoon.

Escaped convict in court charged with burglaries

Your Local Guardian:

4:40pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

An escaped convict has appeared in court today charged with six burglary offences.

Man charged with robbery escapes from mental health facility in Wandsworth

Your Local Guardian:

4:31pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Police are appealing for help to find a man charged with burglary after he escaped from a mental health facility earlier today.

Prisoners' education charity urges votes for £3,000 bank grant

Your Local Guardian:

4:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A charity providing education to prisoners is urging people to vote for it to receive a £3,000 grant from a bank.

More people than ever reading the Surrey Comet website

Your Local Guardian:

3:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Nearly 100,000 people now visit the Surrey Comet website each month

Mayor Boris Johnson to make decision on Sutton Tramlink 'by the end of the year'

Your Local Guardian: Public transport users will be hit by above inflation fare increases

3:35pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has committed to giving a firm decision on whether Sutton Tramlink will go ahead 'by the end of the year' after being urged to make the £240 million project part of his 'legacy'.

Bay City Roller Les Mckeown: "England and Scotland would be better friends separated than together"

Your Local Guardian:

3:18pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A 70s Scottish heartthrob believes it might be better for everyone if his home country and England get a "divorce".

Primary school plummets from 'outstanding' to 'inadequate' in four years

Your Local Guardian:

3:33pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A primary school has been branded "inadequate" just four years after inspectors hailed it as one of Croydon's best.

Outdoor cinema screening raises £8,000 for children's brain injury charity

Your Local Guardian:

3:07pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Crowds flocked to the home of a leading children’s charity which was converted into an outdoor cinema for the day.

Nescot apprentice wins award while training with former student

Your Local Guardian:

3:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

An apprentice has won an award while training with a company set up by a former student at his college.

Top doctor gets award for being "tower of strength" to sick baby and family

Your Local Guardian:

2:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A top doctor at a hospital trust was given an award for being a "tower of strength" to a sick baby and his family.

Fire damages outbuilding conifer trees and fence in Ewell

Your Local Guardian:

2:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Fire damaged an outbuilding at the end of a garden, conifer trees and a fence in West Ewell last night.

Firefighters mop-up fuel after car crash in high street

Your Local Guardian:

2:21pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Firefighters mopped-up split fuel after a car crash in a high street last night.

Cousin of murdered Fico Dougan invites ex-gang members to share their stories

Your Local Guardian:

2:40pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A teenage girl whose cousin was fatally stabbed in an unprovoked attack last year has re-launched a project to deter young people from crime.

Hotel beds for Twickenham as Network Rail works begin

Your Local Guardian: Men at work: Twickenham station

1:12pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Neighbours of Twickenham station have expressed their frustration over noisy Network Rail night work.

Chris Grayling urges Epsom's residents to say 'No'

Your Local Guardian: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in Southampton yesterday

11:42am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Exclusive: On the eve of the historic vote on Scottish independence, one politician is urging Epsom’s people to say ‘No’ to any move to merge the borough with the capital.

Bank robber wielding kitchen knife jailed after he was snapped on CCTV smoking

Your Local Guardian:

10:50am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Zhoa Wan, 29, of Sigrist Square in Kingston, admitted forcing cashiers to hand over nearly £2,000 cash at a bank in Hounslow in February.

Burglar pleads guilty to battering academic Paul Kohler at his Wimbledon home

Your Local Guardian:

10:12am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A man has pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm to academic Paul Kohler in his Wimbledon home last month.

Power out after electrical manhole cover blown off by explosion in West Molesey

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

A electrical manhole exploded in Balmoral Crescent, West Molesey at about 4am today.

Firefighters tackle 'large rubbish fire' at Chessington farm

Your Local Guardian:

8:16am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Firefighters, including two crews from Surrey, were called to Five Acre Farm in Clayton Road at about 5.30am today.

Developer dismisses safety and wildlife concerns over four new homes

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A developer has dismissed residents’ concerns that building four new homes in their backyards is a threat to highway safety and wildlife.

Comic legend Tim Vine takes to Twitter to call on Sutton Council to halt theatre closure plans

Your Local Guardian: Tim Vine, who is appearing at Leeds City Varieties next year

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Dear Sutton Council please don't close the Secombe Centre and the Charles Cryer studio

Council to axe 500 jobs amid £93m funding shortfall

Your Local Guardian: Croydon Clocktower

5:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

The axe could fall on up to 500 Croydon Council employees as the authority faces cutting its spending by £93m in three years.

Teenager to release single to raise money for ecstasy death friend's charity

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A teenage musician is to release a single in tribute to his school friend, who died after taking ecstasy earlier this year. 

Man jailed for sexual assault in New Malden

Your Local Guardian:

4:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sherwan Amin, 20, of Coombes Road, Dagenham, attacked the girl in her home in New Malden last October.

Richmond station ticket fraudsters sentenced for £100k con

Your Local Guardian:

4:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Six South West Trains employees have been jailed for nearly seven years after a ticketing fraud thought to be worth more than £100,000.

Walton Charity development plans lead to board resignation

Your Local Guardian: Conservative Christine Elmer will 'win' a council seat on May 22 after no opponents registered to stand against her

4:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A councillor has resigned as a member of the Walton Charity due to plans to build on public open space.

Moleseys experiencing "worst summer of noise" from Heathrow flight trials

Your Local Guardian: Flights: Not popular with residents

3:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

More than 1,900 furious people have signed an online petition calling for an end to Heathrow’s easterly departure routes trial.

Dangerous child seats that put lives at risk discovered in Surrey

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Deadly car seats that can kill a child at 30mph and fail all UK safety standards have been found in Surrey, after being imported from China.

Hundreds sign petition after Heathrow flight trial proves a "true blight"

Your Local Guardian: A plane comes in to land at Heathrow Airport

3:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

More than 1,800 furious people have signed an online petition calling for an end to Heathrow’s easterly departure routes trial.

Grandfather's death remains unsolved after case dropped against two men

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Two men charged in connection with the death of a grandfather of eight have had their cases discontinued.

Shy rottweiler wins hearts to be named Battersea's best dog

Your Local Guardian:

2:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A rottweiler cross stole the hearts of judges at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s annual reunion fun day and was crowned as the best Battersea dog.

Wandsworth Prison nurse sees suspension lifted

Your Local Guardian: Wandsworth Prison unveils refurb

2:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A Wandsworth Prison nurse who was suspended for six months has been reinstated after a review.

Roehampton University's plans for £40m library and student block wins approval

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A proposal for a new £40m library and student accommodation buildings for the University of Roehampton gained unanimous approval at planning.

Not a drop of bubbly as cyclists take on Calais to Cannes ride

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A keen cyclist and three friends embarked on an 804-mile bike ride from Calais to Cannes, all in the name of charity.



London News

Custody death PC wants to be priest (link)

BBC London 1:43pm Wed 17 Sep 14

A police officer who is under investigation over a death in custody wants to leave his force to become a priest, a…

Police search for abandoned children's relatives (link)

Haringey Independent 6:00am Thu 18 Sep 14

Police are appealing for help finding the parents of four children abandoned in Wood Green.

M11 delays after three-car collision (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 7:31am Thu 18 Sep 14

The M11 Southbound is blocked with stationary traffic due to accident involving three vehicles.

Stat Chat: What happens when dogs go missing? (link)

News Shopper 6:30am Thu 18 Sep 14

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What to do with stray…

Rogue trader arrested after being caught red handed (link)

Enfield Independent 5:30pm Wed 17 Sep 14

A rogue trader has been arrested after being caught in the act of ripping off a 59-year-old man.

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