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Overnight thefts target luxury cars

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

7:34am Friday 31st October 2014

Three cars were stolen overnight from outside houses.

Fox raids Teddington bedroom

Your Local Guardian:

7:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A fearless fox made himself at home in a Teddington bedroom this week, before going for a sunbathe on some garden cushions.

Terrifying scenes as Halloween hits Richmond

Your Local Guardian:

7:26am Friday 31st October 2014

Spooky season has hit Richmond once again as children dress up as witches, wizard and even pumpkins.

Austerity leaves youth groups footing the bill

Your Local Guardian: Investing: Geoffrey Samuel

7:12am Friday 31st October 2014

Youth organisations that have benefited from a rent subsidy for years will see the funding withdrawn by the council in an effort to save £57,000-a-year.

Presidential visit strengthens international links at Kew Gardens

Your Local Guardian:

7:07am Friday 31st October 2014

Kew Gardens was given the seal of approval by the president of Singapore last week.

Councillor to shave off hair for Cancer Research

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Friday 31st October 2014

A Wandsworth councillor is stocking up on woolly hats as she prepares to shave her hair off for Cancer Research.

Sports charity hosts free basketball championships for teenagers

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Friday 31st October 2014

Basketball championships spearheading an innovative match format drew more than 40 teenagers to Merton on Tuesday.

Question the people aiming to become your MP at our Sutton Debates

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Friday 31st October 2014

The candidates hoping to earn the opportunity to represent Sutton and Cheam in the House of Commons have agreed to lock horns in a series of public debates hosted by the Sutton Guardian.

Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker visits Tooting's Ernest Bevin College

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Friday 31st October 2014

The 2010 Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker attended the official opening of the refurbished food technology room at Tooting's Ernest Bevin College.

Roller Derby girls gear up for next big test

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Friday 31st October 2014

In an unassuming leisure centre on a rather sunny autumnal Sunday morning, Vice Squad are taking on each other behind closed doors and no one is holding back.

Spooky cat or what!

Your Local Guardian:

5:30am Friday 31st October 2014

It is spooky! Not only does this cat love hunting spiders, but it looks like it has just seen a ghost.

Buy a Battersea Power Station flat and Sting could be your neighbour

Your Local Guardian:

3:10pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Sting has bought one of the swanky new pads at the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Mansion block residents evacuated during Battersea gas leak

Your Local Guardian:

10:35am Thursday 30th October 2014

A private mansion block next to Battersea Park had to be evacuated last night after a gas leak.

Popular greengrocer who inspired character in film Mrs Henderson Presents dies

Your Local Guardian:

5:13pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A well-known greengrocer who is thought to have inspired a character in the film Mrs Henderson Presents died on October 14.

Police concern over missing Whyteleafe man who has not been seen since his car was spotted on M25 10 days ago

Your Local Guardian:

4:58pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a 22-year-old man who has been missing for 10 days.

Vulnerable missing man found safe and well

Your Local Guardian:

4:50pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Police thanked people for their help in finding Joseph Ward

Marcus Campbell: Family fighting to transfer critically ill father away from Croydon University Hospital

Your Local Guardian:

4:10pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The family of a critically ill father-of-two staged three emotional demonstrations outside Croydon University Hospital are fighting for him to be transferred to another hospital.

Epsom band pipped to the post in battle-of-bands contest

Your Local Guardian:

4:07pm Thursday 30th October 2014

An Epsom band were pipped to the post in a battle-of-the-bands final of a competition to support Biffy Clyro, but have just released their debut EP.

Burglar who raided Crystal Palace football stadium, schools and restaurants jailed for two years

Your Local Guardian:

2:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A prolific burglar who broke into Selhurst Park and raided five schools, stealing laptops, cameras and DVD players, has been jailed for two years.

Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton loving life in Sutton

Your Local Guardian:

2:05pm Thursday 30th October 2014

One of Sutton’s movers and shakers is making waves on Saturday night television, with a starring role in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Interview: Pop Idol Gareth Gates gets ready for panto

Your Local Guardian:

12:45pm Thursday 30th October 2014

It has been more than a decade since Gareth Gates battled it out with Will Young on Pop Idol, but in the last year alone fans have seen him ice skating, in a boyband, performing solo and now he’s gearing up for panto.

Shamed former Kingston Council leader Derek Osbourne out of prison

Your Local Guardian: Mr Osbourne outside Westminster Magistrates' Court this mornign where he faced charges of possessing thousands of indecent images of children

12:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The ex-Liberal Democrat leader was released on licence on Tuesday, October 28 – one day short of a full year.

UK Border Agency building in Croydon evacuated over 'suspicious package'

Your Local Guardian:

12:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Lunar House in Croydon has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the building.

Riders take to the saddle in fancy dress to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity

Your Local Guardian:

11:57am Thursday 30th October 2014

Cruella de Vil, a clown and cowboys were among the characters to be spotted.

Zone 4 Croydon: Conservative politicians pushing Boris Johnson to support Zone 4 campaign

Your Local Guardian:

11:13am Thursday 30th October 2014

Conservative politicians have put their weight behind the Croydon Guardian’s Zone 4 Croydon campaign and are hoping to meet with Boris Johnson to get his support.

Another Odeon cinema sign bursts into flames - this time in Epsom High Street

Your Local Guardian:

11:05am Thursday 30th October 2014

A cinema was evacuated this morning after the D in its iconic sign burst into flames.

Fuming council tenants endure 'seven months of hell' as 'cowboy' builders take them for a ride

Your Local Guardian:

11:11am Thursday 30th October 2014

Council tenants have blasted 'cowboy' builders, after months of shoddy building work has thrown their lives into disarray.

Under-fire care home being investigated by police after death of resident

Your Local Guardian:

10:39am Thursday 30th October 2014

Exclusive: An under-fire care home is now being investigated by police following the death of one of its residents, it has emerged.

Find out where and when you can park for a pound this Christmas

Your Local Guardian:

10:07am Thursday 30th October 2014

Parking in Croydon town centre will be a little bit cheaper for late night shoppers who are searching for the perfect Christmas gifts.

Elderly woman unharmed after getting trapped in bathroom

Your Local Guardian:

10:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

An elderly woman trapped in her bathroom this morning had to be rescued by firefighters.

A&E staffing gap 'does not bode well' for Kingston Hospital this winter, GPs told

Your Local Guardian: Kingston Hospital: Not in charge of transport

9:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

A report to doctors has said a staffing gap, which the hospital has not quantified, is "the key performance issue" driving concerns this winter.

Police search for dementia sufferer missing from care home

Your Local Guardian:

9:15am Thursday 30th October 2014

Joseph Ward was last seen on Tuesday.

Dementia training to be rolled out across staff at Sutton Council

Your Local Guardian: Council wants neighbours to be good friends

9:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Dementia training is to be rolled out to all front line Sutton Council staff.

Kingston Hill homes could get woodland tax refund over 99-year-old map revelation

Your Local Guardian:

8:45am Thursday 30th October 2014

Kingston homes on the borders of Merton and Wandsworth could be due a tax refund, after it emerged a 99-year-old map was being used to determine who paid the commons woodland levy.

Calls for Putney and Wimbledon commons tax refund after boundaries based on 1915 map

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A community group has called for refunds for dozens of homes paying the Wimbledon and Putney Commons levy, after it emerged a map from 1915 was being used to determine who paid.

Great nephew moved by Walton's tribute to Battle of Britain crash pilot

Your Local Guardian:

7:04am Thursday 30th October 2014

The great nephew of a fighter pilot shot down during the Battle of Britain visited his memorial plaque for the first time.

Teen singer impresses to reach national semi-final

Your Local Guardian:

6:53am Thursday 30th October 2014

A sixth form student who has been performing since she was seven, sung her heart out last weekend to secure a place in a national competition semi-final.

Charged: Surrey tries out electric police cars to save cash

Your Local Guardian:

6:57am Thursday 30th October 2014

Electric cars mark a move into modern times for the police force.

Darker evenings ideal for oohs and aahs at fireworks displays

Your Local Guardian:

6:50am Thursday 30th October 2014

Fireworks will light up the Richmond skyline next week, with a number of displays taking place across the borough.

War walk recalls stories of 86 local heroes

Your Local Guardian:

6:42am Thursday 30th October 2014

The stories of 86 war heroes were recounted as part of a one-mile walk, organised by the North St Margarets Residents' Association.

Dozens of groups keen on first ever Richmond arts festival

Your Local Guardian: Launch: Mayor Meena Bond and Baroness van Dedem

6:35am Thursday 30th October 2014

Plans for the first borough-wide music and drama festival are well under way, with more than 60 organisations declaring an interest.

Croydon Minster organist, 83, to release album

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A musician who has dedicated his life to mastering the organ is set to release his second major CD aged 83.

GP surgery rapped after inspectors find toilet floor towels being washed in hand basins and an empty first aid box

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Action is being taken against a doctors’ surgery after it breached multiple regulations, had out-of-date medicines and a dirty consultation room.

Man jailed for "nasty" attempted burglary of 93-year-old woman

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A man has been jailed after a "nasty" attack in which he pushed a 93-year-old woman over in an attempted burglary.

MI5 spy who posed as Gestapo agent to trick Nazi sympathisers was quiet bank worker from Epsom

Your Local Guardian:

5:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

An extremely effective MI5 World War Two operative who pretended to be in the Gestapo and befriended British Nazi sympathisers was a quiet bank worker from Epsom, it has emerged.

Dancers and actors brought stories of Diwali to life

Your Local Guardian:

5:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

Resplendent in their brightly coloured costumes, dancers and actors brought the stories of Diwali to life.

Rise in number of posh dogs admitted to Battersea with matted fur

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has seen an increase in the number of posh dogs arriving with matted and neglected fur.

Art-lovers delight at duo of Hampton Court Palace events

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Journalist Andrew Graham-Dixon chairs a panel of art experts at Hampton Court Palace next month.

Home Office acts to prevent repeat of asylum seekers packed into hotel

Your Local Guardian:

4:37pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

The Home Office has said a Crystal Palace hotel that was packed full of asylum seekers should not be used to house them in the future.

Hit-and-run victim died of multiple injuries police say as they continue hunt for killer

Your Local Guardian:

2:52pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A Tamil asylum seeker killed in a hit-and-run on Sunday died of multiple injuries, police said today as they continued their hunt for the driver.



London News

Council to challenge 'super sewer' (link)

BBC London 1:54am Fri 31 Oct 14

A council applies for a judicial review into plans to use a site surrounded by schools and flats for a "super sewer"…

Stat Chat: Top 10 boring areas of life that make us feel most fed-up (link)

News Shopper 6:30am Fri 31 Oct 14

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: The things that stop us…

Council set to invest £16million to redevelop services (link)

Enfield Independent 9:53pm Thu 30 Oct 14

Council chiefs have agreed this evening to invest £16million over three years on redeveloping customer services.

Concerns grow for missing teenager (link)

Haringey Independent 4:21pm Thu 30 Oct 14

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing teenager known to frequent the Haringey area.

Church warden jailed for £5m fraud (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 6:30pm Thu 30 Oct 14

Former investment banker 'preyed on closest friends'.

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