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

Prince Philip former aide charged with sexually assaulting girl

Your Local Guardian: Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

4:42pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Prince Philip’s former aide has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl in Putney, while he was working with the Royal Family in the 1970s.

St George's University paramedic raped woman after pretending to be gay

Your Local Guardian:

3:43pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A paramedic pretended to be gay to gain the trust of a female friend who he went on to rape.

Man who raped and attempted to murder pensioner 'dies after prison suicide'

Your Local Guardian:

9:14am Thursday 31st July 2014

UPDATE 4.30PM: The half-brother of Robert Richards, 22, found hanged in his cell on Tuesday night, said: "He was not as bad as people made him out to be".

Croydon rave death cops make two arrests

Your Local Guardian:

4:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Detectives investigating the East Croydon sorting office rave where teenager Rio Andrew died have arrested two men and raided two addresses.

Up to 300 blood samples taken after van is stolen from outside GP surgery in broad daylight

Your Local Guardian: Epsom and St Helier Hospital has had a contract with Mitie since June 1

3:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Anyone who submitted a blood sample before yesterday's theft, at any one of nine south west London surgeries, or Croydon Hospital, could be affected.

Drunks will be forced to wear 'sobriety tags' in crime crackdown

Your Local Guardian:

3:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Drunken yobs will be forced to stay sober and made to wear so-called ‘sobriety tags’ in a scheme unveiled by Boris Johnson in Croydon this morning.

Young man rescued from scaffolding and treated for leg injury

Your Local Guardian:

2:20pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Emergency services are in Arthur Road, Wimbledon, after the man got into difficulty.

Adult education moved to Newent House after 'botched' consultation

Your Local Guardian:

1:17pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The service's prospectus had already been printed, and students enrolled on courses, before the committee made its decision.

Huge police man-hunt after 'suicidal' woman went missing in Raynes Park

Your Local Guardian: A SLEEK new type of emergency ambulance is being brought into operation. The German-made ambulances, which are built byMercedes, will be introduced in the next few weeks. The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) is the first in the UK to switch to the new

12:58pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The woman was found safe by police officers and taken for further medical treatment.

Listen to the mind-bendingly experimental Soap Company

Your Local Guardian:

12:20pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Musical innovators The Soap Company have dabbled in just about every style of music you can imagine.

Merton shares its World War One family stories ahead of centenary

Your Local Guardian:

11:40am Thursday 31st July 2014

Rosemary Lever was among those to share family memorabilia as the centenary for Britain's entry into the First World War approaches.

Police release image of man who tried to take child from school

Your Local Guardian:

11:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

Police have released an image of a mystery man who tried to collect a child who did not know him from school. 

Hospital windows frosted after horrified visitor saw patient being operated on

Your Local Guardian:

9:41am Thursday 31st July 2014

Exclusive: A window through which an operation was viewed by visitors and other patients at Epsom Hospital was fitted with a blind which was left open for a fortnight, it has been revealed.

Fire tears through home - flats evacuated

Your Local Guardian:

9:11am Thursday 31st July 2014

Homes had to be evacuated as flames tore through a flat last night.

Nursery fails Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting staff

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A nursery has failed an Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting its staff which left young children at significant risk.

Royal Automobile Club under fire over greenbelt plans and derelict walled garden

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

The Royal Automobile Club has come under fire over plans to develop its greenbelt estate and for allowing a historic walled garden to fall into disrepair.

Museum appeals for photo, objects and memories from First World War

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A museum is appealing for photographs, objects and memories from World War I.

Street parties and activities planned for when RideLondon-Surrey cyclists pass through Merton

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Crowds are set to line the streets to cheer on cyclists as they pass through Raynes Park and Wimbledon.

772km running challenge in memory of boy who died after falling onto spinning propeller

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Memories of the brother who died in a boating accident are spurring on a runner during every kilometre of his 772km challenge – one kilometre for every week his sibling was alive.

Royal Mail First World War stamps go on display in Battersea Library

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Thirty new stamps commemorating the First World War are going on display in Battersea Library.

Neighbours threaten to sue Morrison's in Sutton over car park noise

Your Local Guardian:

5:30am Thursday 31st July 2014

A group of neighbours are suing a Sutton supermarket they say has kept them awake with late night construction work.

Kingston Council at fault over housing benefit cancellation which left man homeless and 'suicidal'

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A jobseeker claims he was left suicidal after being made homeless when Kingston Council failed to inform him they would not be backdating his housing benefits.

Epsom in Great War: University students and public schoolboys set up military camp

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A ‘band of brothers' of former university students and public schoolboys set up camp in Epsom, where they paraded down its high street and were inspected by Lord Kitchener.

Epsom to remember outbreak of Great War with services, exhibition and military camp

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Monday will mark the beginning of a series of thought-provoking events around the borough commemorating the start of the Great War.

Night market returns to kick off Kingston Food Festival

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

The night market returns to Kingston this evening, ahead of the big weekend at the annual Kingston Food Festival.

One of Epsom's war dead: Young lad rushes to fight in Great War

4:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A brave young man rushed to the front as quickly as possible only to be fatally injured in the Battle of the Somme.

Latest event at Kew Gardens could literally blow your mind

Your Local Guardian:

3:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Explore the history behind mind-altering plants and fungi at Kew Gardens seasonal exhibition.

Orange Tree Theatre announces new executive director

Your Local Guardian:

2:20am Thursday 31st July 2014

The Orange Tree Theatre has confirmed Sarah Nicholson will take over as the theatre's new executive director.

Sculptor turns decaying tree into inspirational art

Your Local Guardian:

2:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A renowned artist has turned heads in the borough after he transformed a decaying tree into an owl sculpture as part on an environmental art project.

Sutton war hero's watch unearthed encrusted in mud from the Somme 100 years after the First World War

Your Local Guardian:

12:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

The mud-encrusted watch of a Sutton-based soldier has been unearthed nearly 100 years since its owner died in the First World War.

ASBO for 18-year-old who verbally abused shopkeeper

Your Local Guardian:

12:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

An 18-year-old man who verbally abused a shopkeeper has been hit with a fine and an ASBO.

Children's cancer charity still waiting for £27k from high-tech iPad charity auction company

Your Local Guardian:

5:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A Kingston charity is still waiting to be paid £27,000 raised at a charity auction celebrating its 10th anniversary two months ago.

VIDEO: Freerunners flip Sutton on its head

Your Local Guardian:

5:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

This video shows freerunners using Sutton as their playground, flipping the town on its head with their unique way of getting around.

Great War soldier's relative to sing in Gareth Malone's military wives choir

Your Local Guardian:

5:07pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The great-granddaughter of a soldier who rode war horses is set to join television choirmaster Gareth Malone for a commemorative prom.

HMV to return to Croydon with new store

Your Local Guardian: Shoppers pass HMV on its final day’s trading at Cornmarket Street, Oxford, yesterday

5:12pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Entertainment retailer HMV is to open a new shop in Croydon 16 months after leaving the town. 

Wandle Park among 13 Croydon green spaces named among UK's best

Your Local Guardian:

4:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Wandle Park has joined the list of green spaces in Croydon to be named among the UK's best.

Somali family living on bench outside Tooting TK Maxx

Your Local Guardian:

2:37pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A Somali family have been living on a bench in Tooting for weeks on end.

Neighbours' anger over 'drastic' hedge trimming

Your Local Guardian:

2:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Council workers got a little trim happy in Kingston – after sawing hedges almost in half.

News of the World journalist charged with phone hacking

Your Local Guardian: Taxpayer cash 'wasted' on council mobile phones

1:51pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A former features editor of the News of the World has been charged with hacking the phones of famous people and their associates.

Walking football tournament keeps the old legs going

Your Local Guardian:

1:35pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Footballers perhaps a little past their prime enjoyed a slow-paced version of the beautiful game at a walking tournament in Walton.

Thousands celebrate Eid at Baithul Futuh Mosque in Morden

Your Local Guardian:

1:17pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Heavy traffic has been reported between Rose Hill in Sutton and the mosque in London Road, Morden, as up to 15,000 worshippers travel to the mosque to mark the end of Ramadan.

Surrey train death man was from Coulsdon

Your Local Guardian:

12:59pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 49-year-old from Coulsdon has died after being hit by a train.

Cheam dog owner calls for Staffies and other 'dangerous' dogs to be muzzled

Your Local Guardian: Bindi, Staffordshire bull terrier, 18 months

12:42pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A dog owner wants people to join her call for dangerous dog laws to be beefed up.

"No way" under-threat GP surgery could disappear, says Chris Grayling

Your Local Guardian: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in Southampton yesterday

12:46pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Epsom’s MP has said there is "no way" a cramped GP surgery could be forced to close because NHS bureaucrats have not considered an application for it to move to new modern premises.

Woman hospitalised after crash in Cromwell Road, Kingston

Your Local Guardian:

12:30pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The woman, reported to be in her 60s, was taken as a priority to St George's Hospital in Tooting, London Ambulance said.

Zippy from Rainbow spotted in Cheam bush

Your Local Guardian:

12:16pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

This piece of muppet-themed topiary has been spotted in Cheam.

Man arrested for 'threatening to shoot drinking partners'

Your Local Guardian:

11:38am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his drinking partners.

Firefighters dig out elderly dogs stuck in badger sett

Your Local Guardian:

10:56am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Firefighters had to dig a 4ft hole to rescue two elderly dogs stuck down a badger sett yesterday.

Serious questions raised over killer on the run

Your Local Guardian:

10:15am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A killer is on the run after being granted bail by a senior judge despite being found guilty of causing the death of a man so terrifed for his safety he threw himself out of a window.

Man charged with raping 14-year-old girl in Wandle Park is remanded in custody

Your Local Guardian:

10:20am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 24-year-old man charged with raping a 14-year-old girl has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

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