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PICTURES: Crucifixion re-enacted in Croydon

Your Local Guardian: The reenactment of the crucifixion in Croydon today

6:44pm Friday 18th April 2014

Hundreds of people gathered in Croydon town centre today to witness a re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Hospice and funeral service to encourage conversation on death

Your Local Guardian: Poppy Mardall, of Poppy's Funerals

11:50am Friday 18th April 2014

Planning ahead for a funeral is a topic people prefer to avoid, but the event ‘You Only Die Once’ is hoping to break the taboo surrounding the subject.

Avoid becoming an 'A&Easter'

Your Local Guardian: Epsom Hospital where visitors saw an operation taking place last week

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are advising DIY devotees on how to avoid becoming an ‘A&Easter’.

Hit the lights: Riverside Kingston illuminated for opening night

Your Local Guardian: Stilts performer Desiree Kongerod lights up the official opening of the Riverside Kingston development. Photo: Jon Sharman

10:01am Friday 18th April 2014

The £30m development has four new restaurants already open, with a fifth to be up and running in June.

Teen masters ADHD with magic

Your Local Guardian: Frank Roome will feature in the 100 Londoners film

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A teenager with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia has found himself in the spotlight after featuring in the London-wide documentary, 1000 Londoners.

Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

Your Local Guardian: Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Kingston Council’s infamous CCTV enforcement cars are a source of annoyance for many residents.

Businesses raise charity money with Great British Bake Off

Your Local Guardian: Dawn Hartwell with the judges

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A publishing company held a charity cake sale to raise funds for the Diamond Riding Centre for Disabled Riders.

Surbiton company designs background for Mo Farah waxwork

Your Local Guardian: Olympian Mo Farah with his waxwork

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The backdrop for Madame Tussauds’ latest offering – Olympian Mo Farah – was designed by a Surbiton company.

Parking boss who oversaw bumper profits axed to save council money

Your Local Guardian: Parking boss who oversaw bumper profits axed to save council money

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The man who oversaw a bumper year for parking fines in the borough has been let go as part of a cost-cutting scheme.

'Desperate' - homeless couple with six-month son old break into empty council flat to try and claim squatters' rights

Your Local Guardian: 'Desperate' - homeless couple with six-month son old break into empty council flat to try and claim squatters' rights

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A family with a six-month old baby say they resorted to squatting in an empty one-bedroom Tolworth council flat out of desperation after spotting it was empty, write Nazia Dewji and David Gazet.

Heart shopping centre hosts Easter kids' workshop tomorrow

Your Local Guardian: Easter excitement: Head to the Heart

3:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Children can create their own egg cups and make Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sweets at a Kids’ Club Workshop held at the Heart Shopping Centre tomorrow.

Footy fan fined after admitting ban breach

Your Local Guardian: Keston oil trader faces jail over multimillion fraud

3:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A football fan who breached his banning order was forced to cough up more than £200 after appearing in court this week.

Benefits cheat busted after stealing £70k

Your Local Guardian: JAILED: David Young, 23, used his ex-girlfriend's accounts to buy himself takeaway food, mobile phone top-ups and accessories, and shoes and clothing.

3:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A woman from Richmond received a year's suspended sentence after being found guilty of benefit fraud.

Dancing horses delight at Hampton Court Palace

Your Local Guardian: Neigh bad: Roland Heiss, Brahim Brinkhaus, Arne Koets, Maruis Schneider, Janna Behrens and Wolfgang Krischke

2:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A troop of horses put on their dancing hooves when they performed a routine at Hampton Court Palace this week.

Blues bonanza at Barnes' Bull's Head tonight

Your Local Guardian: Blues brothers: Paul Lamb and Chad Strentz

2:00am Friday 18th April 2014

For the chance to catch two of Britain’s most respected blues players this bank holiday weekend, head down to the Bull’s Head in Barnes.

Winter shelter project celebrated

Your Local Guardian: Shelter project: Transforming Elmbridge

2:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Transform Housing and Support celebrated the successful completion of pilot project Emergency Winter Shelter this month.

People wasting time queuing for "disastrous" recycling centre

Your Local Guardian: Oh dear: Teething problems are causing long queues

2:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Users of a newly renovated recycling centre think it is a load of rubbish.

Comedian Eddie Izzard hits the streets of Croydon for Labour campaign

Your Local Guardian: Eddie Izzard in Croydon

12:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Comedian and Palace fan Eddie Izzard hit the streets of Croydon town centre on Friday as part of Labour's local election campaign.

Croydon Village Outlet goes into administration - but 'new owner lined up'

Your Local Guardian: Shoppers outside Croydon Village Outlet on its opening day in September

5:47pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Croydon Village Outlet has gone into administration - but a new owner may already be lined up.

Animal rights activist jailed for six years after blackmail campaign involving bomb threats, paedophile smears and 'HIV-infected' tampons

Your Local Guardian: Debbie Vincent

5:45pm Thursday 17th April 2014

An animal rights activist has been jailed for six years for her role in a campaign group that targeted a research company with explosive devices, bomb threats, false paedophile accusations and sanitary towels allegedly infected with HIV.

Residents celebrate after council refuses to approve conversion

Your Local Guardian: Mothers helped to cross Chessington Road, Ewell, outside the former Bytes office

5:26pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Residents are cracking open the champagne after a council refused to approve the conversion of an office into affordable housing without planning permission.

23-year-old man charged after police find sub-machine gun and ammunition

Your Local Guardian: A Scorpion sub-machine gun was recovered during the Commonside East raid

4:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A 23-year-old man has been charged after police recovered a Scorpion sub-machine gun and bullets at a house.

Father and son on course to reach Base Camp Everest in charity challenge

Your Local Guardian: Julie Jones, Jan Meek, Roger Davies, Leslie Pende, Annabel Hancock, Lucas Bateman, Clive Hagley and Max Hagley

4:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A fundraising father and son team are trekking more than 5,000 metres up to Everest Base Camp accompanied by a professional adventurer and triple Guinness World Record holder.

Polish man who committed more than 81 burglaries arrested on a European Arrest Warrant

Your Local Guardian: Heart-warming act of honesty

4:26pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A Polish man who committed more than 80 burglaries has been arrested by Croydon police have on a European Arrest Warrant.

Scooby Doo surprises children ahead of mystery-solving gang reunion

Your Local Guardian: Scooby surprise!

4:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A surprise from Scooby Doo brightened up a library trip for more than 30 children yesterday.

CEO of mental health trust responds to MP about violent absconder

Your Local Guardian: David Bradley CEO of South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

4:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The CEO of the Springfield University Hospital has admitted a paranoid schizophrenic who almost killed a stranger 20 years ago was on unsupervised leave when he went missing from the mental health unit last month.

Kingston mayor sends out message of support to South Koreans after ferry disaster

Your Local Guardian: Mayor Penny Shelton sends out her message of support

4:01pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The mayor of Kingston has sent out a message of support to South Koreans in the borough after a ferry sank in the region.

Good Samaritan punched in nose while breaking up fight outside nightclub

Your Local Guardian: The fight took place outside Boogie Lounge in Waterloo Road, Epsom

3:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Police have praised a good Samaritan who was punched in the nose while trying to break-up a fight outside a nightclub.

Marathon man completes century of runs

Your Local Guardian: John Krause has now run 100 marathons

3:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Marathon man, John Krause, 53, made Sunday’s London marathon his 100th marathon.

'I want to stand up for people who don't fit the mould', says Labour MP candidate

Your Local Guardian: Sheila Carlson is standing as Labour's candidate for MP for Epsom and Ewell in the 2015 General Election

3:03pm Thursday 17th April 2014

An ex-mayor, union official and breast cancer survivor will champion the cause of people who do not "fit the mould" as Labour's candidate in next year's general election.

Tube worker attacker jailed

Your Local Guardian: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

2:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A man who brutally attacked a Tube staff member as the worker helped an unwell passenger has been jailed for four months.

Travel disruption on South West Trains this Easter weekend

Your Local Guardian: More than a hundred passengers stranded on train

2:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

People wanting to travel by train this Easter should plan their route as engineering work will see a change to services.

WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen spent holidays in Wimbledon Village

Your Local Guardian: Portrait of Wilfred Owen, by his uncle John Gunstun

2:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

War poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, spent his holidays with family in Wimbledon, the writer of a musical celebrating his life has revealed.

Mum stabbed by neighbour in front of baby after row about it crying

Your Local Guardian: Dominic Desouza

1:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A man who stabbed his neighbour after complaining about her five-month-old baby crying has been jailed for two years.

Beggars and drug addicts target generous people at Clapham Junction station

Your Local Guardian: The new sign outside Clapham Junction station

1:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Beggars are preying on the good will of people using Clapham Junction as the weather gets warmer, police warn.

'Record number' of children secure sought-after school places despite rising demand

Your Local Guardian: Chief Inspector of Estyn will publish his annual report tomorrow on schools in Wales.  St Joseph’s High School is mentioned as part of the best practice case studies in the annual report. Pictured is a classroom with St Joseph's pupils at work.

1:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

 A record number of children have secured a place at one of their preferred primary schools for next year, but a fifth of Croydon's four-year-olds missed out on their top choice.

Police called as politician gets involved in blue badge parking row

Your Local Guardian: Councillor Phil Thomas says the woman verbally abused the parking attendant

12:59pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Politicians usually restrict their arguing to inside the town hall but one councillor found himself caught up in a row on the street over a woman’s blue badge.

Postwoman stole gift vouchers and cash from greetings cards

Your Local Guardian: Beata Lincel with her husband

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A Royal Mail postal worker who stole more than £500 worth of gift vouchers and cash from greetings cards has avoided a prison sentence despite her "gross breach of trust".

Barbara Windsor carries on entertaining at Headley Court

Your Local Guardian: Barbara Windsor visited injured servicemen at Headley Court, near Epsom

11:47am Thursday 17th April 2014

Television legend Barbara Windsor carried on entertaining when she visited the UK’s largest rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women.

Teenager from Sutton named Young Person of the Year for helping youngsters cope with issues

Your Local Guardian: Aidan McNulty

11:35am Thursday 17th April 2014

A schoolboy who overcame crippling anxiety to set up a website that helps other young people beat their demons has been honoured.

Spike goes straight through man's hand in Hampton fall

Your Local Guardian: A man and a woman were treated by London Ambulance crews at the scene.

11:25am Thursday 17th April 2014

An elderly man was left in excruciating pain after his hand became impaled on a spike in Hampton on Wednesday.

Five charged with violent disorder following town centre brawl

Your Local Guardian: Gangs of youths 'with sticks' battle in Kingston town centre

11:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

Five people have been charged with violent disorder following an alleged brawl in Kingston town centre.

Over 400 people sign petition to protect playing fields from development

Your Local Guardian: An artist's impression of the sheltered housing with 24-hour care

10:45am Thursday 17th April 2014

More than 400 people have signed a petition in bid to protect playing fields from development.

More than 75 families not offered primary school places

Your Local Guardian: WIMB GREEN Did your child miss out on their primary school of choice?

10:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

More than 200 disappointed families were not offered a primary school place from any of their five choices yesterday, with 76 children left without a school place at all.

Guantanamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Your Local Guardian: MP vows to press for Aamer release

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

The last British prisoner being held at Guantanamo Bay has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Woman hospitalised after crash between car and motorbike

Your Local Guardian: Crash: Ewell Road in Surbiton

9:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

The crash took place near Tippetts Honda in Ewell Road, Surbiton, at about 8.40am today.

Comedian Eddie Izzard enjoying Crystal Palace success

Your Local Guardian: L-R Maxi Jazz, Stephen Browett and Eddie Izzard

9:31am Thursday 17th April 2014

Eddie Izzard has warned the top half of the Premier League that Crystal Palace will be coming for them next season.

Drama as police stop traffic in Carshalton to rescue a family - of ducks.

Your Local Guardian: Police stopped traffic to rescue the nducks

9:21am Thursday 17th April 2014

Police officers did not quack under the pressure as they rescued a mum and her children from a perilous situation yesterday.

Recorded crimes fall sharply but arrests soar

Your Local Guardian: Epsom and Ewell Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Knight

9:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

The number of recorded crimes in Epsom and Ewell fell sharply last year while the number of arrests soared by more than a third.

Missing 73-year-old woman from South Croydon has been found

Your Local Guardian: Pauline Lake went missing last night

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A vulnerable 73-year-old woman who went missing from South Croydon on Tuesday has been found.



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