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A fifth of Croydon children miss out on preferred primary school

Your Local Guardian: Schools are cracking down on truancy from class

5:51pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Almost a fifth of Croydon children learned today they had missed out on a place at their first-choice primary school.

Postman stole letters and parcels because he felt 'stressed'

Your Local Guardian: Simon Junior Wellington has been spared jail

4:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A postman who threw away thousands of letters and parcels and hoarded hundreds more has been spared jail despite being told “only custody could be justified”.

Police hunt attacker in Waddon gardens

Your Local Guardian: Police helicopter above Weaverham on look out for 'vulnerable' woman

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Police have launched a search for an alleged attacker in Waddon.

Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing 73-year-old woman

Your Local Guardian: Pauline Lake went missing last night

1:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Police are growing "increasingly concerned" about a missing and vulnerable 73-year-old woman.

Eddie Izzard visits Croydon as local elections race hots up

Your Local Guardian: Eddie Izzard in Croydon

12:04pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Comedian Eddie Izzard is having a walk round Croydon town centre today.

South Norwood business owners upset at continuous road closures

Your Local Guardian: Tennison Road bridge will be closed for nine months

10:43am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Business owners in South Norwood have said that continuous road and bridge closures are ruining their trade.

Safe haven set up to support vulnerable girls in Croydon

Your Local Guardian: Sherica Spence inside the house

10:33am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Two youth workers are setting up a safe haven for girls in Croydon who have been caught up in gang violence.

Croydon's youngest candidates want more young people to vote

Your Local Guardian: Rosina St. James (Con), Stephen Mann (Labour) and Matthew O'Flynn (Con)

11:05am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Croydon’s youngest election candidates - including a teenager who is still at school - are hoping they can inspire the town’s younger voters in the lead up to this year’s council elections.

Human bones found at house in Purley

Your Local Guardian: The landscape gardeners unearthed a skull and a thigh bone at a house in Riddlesdown Road, Purley

4:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

UPDATE: 19:27 Discovery of human bones at a house in Purley has 'livened up Easter holidays' for family

Inquiry opens into allegations nurses at £54,000-a-year school gave child overdose

Your Local Guardian: Greer Elizabeth Desiree Ramsammy-Westmaas worked at Rutherford School in South Croydon

4:35pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

An inquiry has opened into allegations that nurses at £54,000-a-year special school gave a child an overdose.

Boy with sore bottom wins payout after school bench gives him painful splinter

Your Local Guardian: Winterbourne Junior Girls' School

9:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Exclusive: A primary school pupil received thousands of pounds in compensation from Croydon Council after getting a splinter lodged in his backside.

Five classic Croydon videos from the last 100 years

Your Local Guardian: The aftermath of the 1947 South Croydon train crash is captured on film

2:14pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

The devastating train crash that killed dozens of people in South Croydon in 1947, factories destroyed by German World War Two bombers and politicians landing at Croydon Airport are all documented in historic archive footage made public this week.

Croydon University Hospital scores worse than others in Care Quality Commission survey

Your Local Guardian: CROY YELLOW Croydon University Hospital scores worse than others in Care Quality Commission survey

8:40am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Inpatients at Croydon University Hospital have a worse experience than those staying at other hospitals, according to a recent satisfaction survey.

Calls for council to clear trees they chopped down in Purley

Your Local Guardian: Residents are upset at the destruction of the trees

10:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A group of residents have called on the council to remove the debris of a number of felled beech trees.

'Boris must do more to protect pubs'

Your Local Guardian: Boris Johnson and Steve O'Connell on the campaign trail

9:12am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Boris Johnson has been warned to protect the area's pubs or risk damaging to communities.

Handel's Messiah brought to life by pupils in 18th century costumes

Your Local Guardian: Trinity School choirboys with conductor Paul McCreesh as Handel

8:56am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Costume dramas are a popular mainstay on television schedules at Easter and this year one has a very musical slant.

Archbishop Tenison's pupils delve into 300 years of school history at book launch

Your Local Guardian: Archbishop Tenison's pupils met author David Smith at the book launch

8:50am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Sixth formers gleaned an insight into 300 years of life at their school at a book launch.

Crystal Palace cheerleader vying for Miss England title

Your Local Guardian: Crystals cheerleader Neesha Robinson created an eco dress in one of the Miss Afro Beauty rounds

2:30pm Monday 14th April 2014

A pizza loving cheerleader will be taking some Crystals magic with her when she strives to become the next Miss England.

Drugs burglar caught after leaving stash in car near crime scene

Your Local Guardian: James Good

12:34pm Monday 14th April 2014

A serial burglar who broke a pharmacy to steal drugs was caught after dumping in the stash in his car and leaving it parked metres away from the store.

Crystal Palace cinema campaigners celebrate: Old bingo building becomes 'community asset'

Your Local Guardian: Pop princess Pixie Lott is backing the campaign

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Campaigners who want to turn a former bingo hall in Crystal Palace into a cinema have managed to get the building listed as an asset of community value.

VIDEO: Circus acts come to Croydon town centre

Your Local Guardian: Dave Chameleon

11:02am Monday 14th April 2014

The circus came to Croydon town centre this weekend.

VIDEO: 'Under the Sea' flash mob hits Croydon

Your Local Guardian: Flashmob in Croydon

10:15am Monday 14th April 2014

Shoppers were given a surprise last week as more than 80 pupils performed a flash mob in Croydon town centre.

Phunky foods encourages healthy eating in Croydon schools

Your Local Guardian: The Phunky Foods programme is coming to Croydon

10:18am Monday 14th April 2014

Kids are being encouraged to eat healthily through a new programme.

Kids take part in Easter activities in Croydon town centre

Your Local Guardian: Children got to meet an owl

10:09am Monday 14th April 2014

School is out for the Easter break and there are plenty of activities going on in the Whitgift Centre this week.

Grumpy old women ready for Fairfield Halls show

Your Local Guardian: Grumpy Old Women

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Getting old does not seem to be much fun, especially if listening to grumpy old women is anything to go by, writes Andy Bloss.

Former Imagination member Leee John to perform at Hideaway

Your Local Guardian: The Hideaway

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Eighties soul man Leee John is putting on a rare live show in Streatham this week.

Crystal Palace FC sell wines for the Easter period

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Crystal Palace fans have the opportunity to take home some top wines this Easter.

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer working on Breaking the Bank scenes in Croydon

Your Local Guardian: Kelsey Grammer is filming Breaking the Bank in Croydon

5:38pm Friday 11th April 2014

Chatting on his phone and looking dashing in a sharp suit Kelsey Grammer looks every bit the banker he is portraying in his latest movie.

Primary school places in Croydon to be announced

Your Local Guardian: Bonus Pastor Catholic College is asking its ex-students for help

4:13pm Friday 11th April 2014

The wait is almost over for parents to hear what primary school place their child has been offered for September.

Petition to improve parking on Coulsdon estate

Your Local Guardian: Are tickets affecting tourism?

4:31pm Friday 11th April 2014

A petition has been launched to persuade the council to provide additional parking on an estate.

Croydon tennis player sues Lawn Tennis Association over 'racial discrimination'

Your Local Guardian: Isaac Stoute

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A South Croydon tennis player is suing the sport's British governing body over alleged racial discrimination.

Serial burglar jailed after 99th crime

Your Local Guardian: Colin O'Brien

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A burglar has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of his 99th crime.

Circus acts to perform in Croydon this weekend

Your Local Guardian: Street entertainers

8:59am Friday 11th April 2014

The circus is coming to town this week adding a new twist to your shopping experience. 

Pollution blamed for Croydon and Sutton deaths

Your Local Guardian: Croydon today

9:13am Friday 11th April 2014

More needs to be done to protect people from harmful air pollution, health officials have said after new estimates suggest thousands die every year as a result of poor air quality.

Crystal Palace's Jess Plummer excited about next Neon Jungle single

Your Local Guardian: Neon Jungle

9:05am Friday 11th April 2014

Fresh from the success of their latest top five hit girl band Neon Jungle are releasing their new single later this month.

Kelvin Chibueze's killers fail in appeal bid

Your Local Guardian: Kelvin Chibueze lived in Underwood, New Addington

5:21pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Two men who stabbed and chased a New Addington teen and left him to die in an Ilford car park have failed in their legal bid to clear their names.

Loan shark must pay back £170,000 or be jailed

Your Local Guardian: Mark Mamerga was sentenced to eight months in jail at Croydon Crown Court

11:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

A convicted loan shark who made £220,000 through his money lending must pay back 'the proceeds of his illegal trade' to the courts or face a further 30 months in prison.

Half billion pound funding bid could create jobs, homes and offices in Croydon

Your Local Guardian: The funding would finance house-building and improved infrastructure

11:30am Thursday 10th April 2014

Croydon has bid for a share of £559m funding to create jobs, homes and offices.

Charity aims to boost education in Croydon

Your Local Guardian: The Young London today team

9:44am Thursday 10th April 2014

A charity which helps give vulnerable young people a chance is to open a new education centre.

Racist Croydon doctor who took £100,000 from out-of-hours GP service did not do it dishonestly, tribunal decides

Your Local Guardian: Ravi Sondhi

6:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A racist doctor who sent offensive messages to his staff has been cleared of dishonestly taking £100,000 from the out-of-hours GP service he ran.

Paedophile jailed after sexually abusing children as young as four

Your Local Guardian: Martyn Littell arrives at Croydon Crown Court

4:53pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A paedophile has been jailed for six years after abducting children as young as four and sexually abusing them in the flat he shared with his wife. 

Top grammar school plans to build comprehensive for Sutton, Croydon and Epsom pupils

Your Local Guardian: Wallington County Grammar School headteacher Jonathan Wilden

12:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A top grammar school is planning to build a comprehensive school to serve pupils from Sutton, Surrey and Croydon.

Revealed: The truth about Croydon Village Outlet bosses' history of failed businesses

Your Local Guardian: Marco Cash, CEO of Croydon Village Outlet

9:44am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Exclusive: Key figures alleged to have racked up more than £1m of debt at the troubled Croydon Village Outlet opened the department store following the collapse of a string of other businesses, it has emerged.

Non-slip socks reduce falls at Croydon University Hospital

Your Local Guardian: Croydon University Hospital staff are taking steps  to cut inpatient falls

9:09am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Inpatients are now given non-slip socks as part of a plan to cut the number of people falling over during their stay at Croydon University Hospital.

Gang violence girls 'must get more help from hospitals and sex health clinics'

Your Local Guardian: Laura Butterworth of the Empower Project

9:45am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A project has called for youth workers to be placed in hospitals and sexual health clinics to help girl victims escape violent gang culture.

Norbury teen admits carrying fake firearm at Wimbledon station

Your Local Guardian: Police shut down Wimbledon Station while they arrested two teenagers on Sunday

8:37am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A teenager pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm at Wimbledon station in court.

Car thief escapes after police helicopter and road chase

Your Local Guardian: Arrests made in crackdown on uninsured drivers in Bexley

6:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A car thief escaped from police despite a manhunt on road, air and foot.

Fight hay fever with wrap-around sunglasses and Vaseline up your nose, says top doc

Your Local Guardian: Dr James Marsh

5:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Spring has sprung and hay fever sufferers have been urged to wear wrap-around sunglasses and smear their noses with Vaseline to make the season as pain free as possible.

Croydon British Heart Foundation volunteer honoured for outstanding contribution to the charity

Your Local Guardian: Richard Ruffell with Commonwealth heptathlon champion and BHF running champion Louise Hazel

9:41am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A 62-year-old man who has been volunteering at the Croydon branch of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for 22 years has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the charity.

Aggressive beggar banned from Croydon town centre

Your Local Guardian: Aaron Arnold has been given an ASBO banning him from Croydon town centre and parts of Purley Way for three years

3:04pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A drug taking beggar has been banned from Croydon town centre and parts of Purley Way for three years.

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