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Emotional journey with Eva Cassidy music show

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

A concert featuring the music of Eva Cassidy performed by a former Hollyoaks star is coming to Croydon next month, writes Harry Howes.

Body found at Beachy Head believed to be missing Ewell man

Your Local Guardian:

7:27am Sunday 21st September 2014

A body, believed to be that of missing Ewell man Desmond Carr, has been found at Beachy Head.

Take a journey through history of the BBC in theatre show

Your Local Guardian:

4:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

After a series of sell-out shows at both 2014 Brighton Fringe and the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, Five Rounds Rapid are back with a revised, updated and equally endearing version of A Complete History of the BBC (Abridged).

London Victoria services delayed due to earlier broken down train

Your Local Guardian:

2:38pm Friday 19th September 2014

Trains which go to or from London Victoria are disrupted this afternoon due to an earlier broken down train just outside the station.

Trains through Norwood Junction returning to normal but trains to London Victoria are delayed

Your Local Guardian:

12:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

Earlier train delays caused by a vehicle hitting a bridge at Norwood Junction have been cleared but an earlier broken down train at London Victoria is causing problems.

Disappearance of "very intelligent" Ewell family man completely out of character, says friend

Your Local Guardian:

9:30am Friday 19th September 2014

The friend of an "intelligent and gentlemanly" father missing from Ewell has said he is very concerned by his out-of-character disappearance.

UPDATE: Police hunt continues for man missing from mental health hospital

Your Local Guardian:

2:41pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Police continue to search for a man charged with burglary after he went missing from a mental health hospital yesterday.

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.

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.

Police make arrest following Mitcham stabbing

Your Local Guardian:

5:20pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm following a violent knife attack in Mitcham yesterday morning.

War veteran fears asbestos poisoning after housing association neglect

Your Local Guardian:

2:03pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

David Ford, 75, has had a leaking roof in his Mitcham house since January.

Delay to prison opening due to 'lack of prisoners'

Your Local Guardian: Downview prison, in Banstead, lacks the resources and will to effectively tackle its culture of drugs, according to the Independent Monitoring Board

5:12pm Monday 15th September 2014

Exclusive: A new men's resettlement prison may not now open until next year as there are already enough prison places for inmates, according to the Government.

'Government must wake up to ticking time bomb', Croydon Council leader says

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Monday 15th September 2014

Campaigning councillors will be lobbying Whitehall to try and disarm the “ticking time bomb” of Croydon’s increasing funding problems.

Mad science with Albert Einstein

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

Can physics ever be funny? Well, this one-man show by actor and comedian John Hinton is aiming to answer that question with an emphatic yes, writes Harvey Day.

Battersea gun murder: Victim named and one man arrested

Your Local Guardian:

11:11am Saturday 13th September 2014

The 21-year-old man who was shot outside his Battersea home this week has been named as Sebastian Jamal Hyman-Knight.

Blue plaque for playwright RF Delderfield

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

The memory of Croydon novelist and dramatist RF Delderfield has been honoured with a blue plaque at his former home in Ashburton Avenue.

Man stabbed in broad daylight in Battersea street today

Your Local Guardian:

3:29pm Friday 12th September 2014

A man was stabbed in broad daylight today in a Battersea street.

21-year-old father dies after Battersea shooting

Your Local Guardian:

8:26am Friday 12th September 2014

A 21-year-old man has died after he was shot in Battersea last night.

Inclusive dance group taking to parks for family fun on Sunday

Your Local Guardian:

10:52am Friday 12th September 2014

After sliding down every slide in Croydon in 24 hours, Slide dance is hosting community events in Wandle Park, North Down Park and Lloyd Park on Sunday.

Putney Bridge will open this month

Your Local Guardian:

4:54pm Thursday 11th September 2014

First they said Putney Bridge would be closed for six months; then they said it would be closed for three, now they have announced will be open after just 75 days.

VIDEO: Brazen burglar in action in Epsom

Your Local Guardian:

4:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A man who had his house broken into and his luxury car driven away by a brazen burglar is urging the police to take action after a third house in a month was ransacked in his street on Friday.

Council wants to stop parents exploiting primary school sibling rule

Your Local Guardian: Councillor Kathy Tracey

4:05pm Thursday 11th September 2014

The council is planning to consult parents on proposed changes to school admissions to prevent people exploiting the ‘sibling rule’.

Home Office urged to act over 600 asylum seekers in hotel

Your Local Guardian:

12:21pm Thursday 11th September 2014

An MP is calling for the Home Office to take action after it emerged that more than 600 asylum seekers have been packed into a hotel in Crystal Palace.

Full steam ahead for Putney Station improvements

Your Local Guardian: WAND Putney station improvements unveiled by Network Rail

7:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

Transport bosses have offered assurances on improvement works at Putney station.

Fundraising family inspired by friend's cancer battle raises £3,000 with craft fair

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

A friend’s battle against ovarian cancer inspired a fundraising family to raise thousands for a cancer charity at their annual fair.

Former Cabinet Office worker Sebastian Crump jailed for child abuse images

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Thursday 11th September 2014

A former Cabinet Office digital expert has been jailed for nearly three years after being caught with hundreds of indecent images of children.

PICTURES: Breathtaking BMX stunts

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

BMX riders performed 360s, X-Ups, tail whips, barspins and other tricks at a jam session.

UPDATE: Police treating baby death as "suspicious"

Your Local Guardian:

1:20pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

The death of a five-month-old baby girl this morning is being treated as suspicious, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Nine Elms helicopter crash: Safety fears raised four years before tragedy

Your Local Guardian: FLASH BACK: The aftermath of the helicopter crash in central London, in January last year Picture: NIC WALKER

5:36pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A report into last year’s Vauxhall helicopter crash revealed safety fears had been raised four years before the tragedy.

Surrey County Council refuses to name employees sacked following death of Banstead pensioner Gloria Foster

Your Local Guardian: Death of pensioner Gloria Foster highlights need to 'look out for elderly and vulnerable'

4:36pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Surrey County Council has confirmed that it has sacked two social workers following the death of Banstead pensioner Gloria Foster but has refused to name them.

Police search for men who nearly killed a man in Garratt Lane

Your Local Guardian:

4:26pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Police are trying to find two men who nearly killed a man by stabbing him in the leg.

Teenage boys freed without charge in connection with Derby sex attack

Your Local Guardian:

2:15pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Two teenage boys arrested in connection with a sex attack at the Derby have been released with no further action being taken against them.

New Tooting estate agents fear boards were sabotaged by a rival

Your Local Guardian:

1:30pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A new estate agents has been targeted by a rival after dozens of their boards were torn down and stolen in the middle of the night.

Woman, 64, stabbed repeatedly at carer support centre

Your Local Guardian:

1:04pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A 64-year-old woman is in hospital after being stabbed multiple times in Croydon town centre last night.

Motorcyclist in hospital after crash

Your Local Guardian:

12:08pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A motorcyclist was taken to hospital suffering from back and groin pain after a crash in Shirley.

PICTURES: Open Putney Funday

Your Local Guardian:

12:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A day of free family fun was held in Putney.

Wandsworth health bosses issue advice on International Suicide Prevention Day

Your Local Guardian: MONEY PROBLEMS: Losing jobs and other financial worries are being blamed for a surge in referrals to Sussex mental health services

11:51am Wednesday 10th September 2014

The GPs in charge of Wandsworth’s healthcare have issued advice for people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

£100,000 target for playground rebuild project

Your Local Guardian:

11:12am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Campaigners embarking on a £100,000 fundraising mission need help to get their playground completely rebuilt.

Infant reported dead on residential road

Your Local Guardian:

11:15am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A five-month old baby has died this morning, Sutton Police has said.

Guilty plea after £160,000 cannabis factory found

Your Local Guardian:

10:40am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A 31-year-old man arrested during a police raid has pleaded guilty to running a cannabis factory with a street value of £160,000.

Criminal who absconded from prison wanted in connection with burglaries

Your Local Guardian:

9:37am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A criminal who absconded from a prison is being hunted by police in connection with a string of burglaries.

South Norwood decides: Independence referendum draws near

Your Local Guardian:

9:26am Wednesday 10th September 2014

While Scotland is still umming and erring about whether to choose to become an independent nation, South Norwood people are preparing to go to the (online) polls at midnight tomorrow.

Croydon Council to double amount of affordable housing built in borough

Your Local Guardian:

9:15am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Double the amount of affordable homes are set to be built as part of housing developments in Croydon.

Boozy borough blights bright image

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Wednesday 10th September 2014

The council refers to Wandsworth as the ‘brighter borough’ but a recent report indicates ‘booze borough’ might be a more appropriate term.

Mates cycle from Rome to Putney for disabled children's charity

Your Local Guardian:

5:40am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A group of friends cycled from Rome to their home in Putney to raise money for disabled children.

£3.2m riot-ravaged street makeover begins

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Work has begun on a £3.2m improvement programme for a street which was badly damaged in the 2011 riots.

Questions remain about death of Marc Hutton who drowned in River Thames

Your Local Guardian:

5:47pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Questions remain about the death of a young man who drowned in the Thames.

Council releases three line statement after damning verdict into death of pensioner left to starve

Your Local Guardian:

5:30pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Two hours after a coroner ruled that the death of a pensioner left to starve for nine days was a "grave indictment of the service or lack of service provided" by Surrey Council Council, it has released a three line statement.

Labour announces inquiry into councillor's secret £11,000 pay rise

Your Local Guardian:

5:15pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

An inquiry is to take place into how former Croydon Council leader Mike Fisher was able to secretly award himself an £11,000 pay increase while in charge of the town hall.

Two men injured in Tooting Broadway fight

Your Local Guardian: Swarming: Tooting Broadway

5:23pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A man was found near Tooting Broadway station with head injuries following an fight.

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