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After year of dry taps and toilets Thames Water bosses quizzed about supply problems

Your Local Guardian:

11:55am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Imagine waking up every day and not knowing whether you will have water when you turn the taps on.

Businesswoman battling Sir Alan Sugar in The Apprentice boardroom

Your Local Guardian:

3:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

While Ben Haenow battles it out on stage, Croydon businesswoman Bianca Miller has her fights in the boardroom.

Brave boy hoping to be first in UK to survive double transplant operation, but it could lead to his death

Your Local Guardian:

11:16am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A seriously ill 10-year-old is facing up to the fact the next time the phone rings it could lead to him having a new lease of life or it could bring about the end.

Streatham and Clapham High School welcomes Robert Winston and Duke of York

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Streatham and Clapham High School was transformed into a conference centre to welcome Robert Winston and the Duke of York.

Eight-year life expectancy gap between rich and poor of Wandsworth

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

There is an eight-year life expectancy gap between men in the most and least deprived wards of Wandsworth.

Riot-damaged town benefiting from more than £23m investment

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

More than £23m is being invested in regenerating West Croydon, three years after it was badly damaged in the 2011 riots.

Girl, 8, names Thames river barge helping remove Battersea Power Station cranes

Your Local Guardian:

5:32pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

An eight-year-old girl has named the Thames river barge that helped remove the Battersea Power Station cranes.

Exclusive: X Factor star in 80s car wash action

Your Local Guardian:

5:03pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

If X Factor has a disco music night this year Ben Haenow would be a perfect choice to sing Car Wash, as this exclusive photo shows.

Popular student stepped in front of breakdown truck, inquest hears

Your Local Guardian:

3:44pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A truck driver wept this morning as he told the family of a teenage girl how she was fatally injured when she was hit by his vehicle while on the way home from college.

Millionaire businessman reveals shock new greyhound plans for Wimbledon Stadium

Your Local Guardian:

3:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The new plans have been exclusively revealed to the Wimbledon Guardian today.

Robber who absconded from mental health hospital has been found

Your Local Guardian:

5:46pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A serving prisoner who absconded from a mental health hospital has been found in Croydon.

Two teenage boys stabbed after fight near Tooting Bec school

Your Local Guardian:

4:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

Two teenage boys were stabbed near a Tooting Bec school this morning.

Ten litterbugs of Battersea and Tooting named, shamed and fined

Your Local Guardian:

1:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

Litterbugs are being named and shamed by Wandsworth Council.

Crackdown on Wandsworth car dealers using highways like a 'garage forecourt'

Your Local Guardian: Councillor Jonathan Cook warned some street collections are scams

11:06am Monday 20th October 2014

Car dealers who use other people’s parking spaces to store and flog their vehicles are facing a crackdown by the council.

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to host ice rink

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Monday 20th October 2014

A scenic garden nestled near the River Thames will be home to an ice rink this autumn.

Film festival organisers promise this year will be best ever

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A film festival that showcases independent movies from around the world is back for its fifth year and the organisers are promising it will be the biggest one yet.

Enjoy Battersea show all about dad dancing

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

Dad Dancing aims to explore the relationship between fathers and their children.

Battersea's annual Collars and Coats Gala Ball returns

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

An evening of entertainment with global stars will take place in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Calling all young fashion designers: Croydon launches brand competition

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

A competition to find the next big thing in fashion has been launched as part of Croydon business month.

Diary of a Madman comes to Omnibus in Clapham

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

The tale of a Russian civil servant during the time of Tsar Nicholas I is coming to Clapham.

Putney primary school take part in International Walk to School day

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Putney took part in International Walk to School day on Wednesday, October 8.

The X Factor's Ben Haenow talks marriage, getting recognised and being Simon Cowell's £50 bet choice

Your Local Guardian:

5:26pm Friday 17th October 2014

The X Factor house is riddled with flu but Croydon’s favourite van driver has vowed the show must go on and he is ready to wow the crowds again tomorrow night.

Dangerous robber on the loose after he absconded from mental health hospital

Your Local Guardian:

3:52pm Friday 17th October 2014

A manhunt is underway after a serving prisoner absconded from a mental health hospital.

Elderly man killed by lorry outside church in West Croydon: Witnesses wanted

Your Local Guardian:

9:46am Friday 17th October 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision in West Croydon where a man was hit by an articulated lorry.

Writer’s debut play comes to Battersea's Theatre503

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Friday 17th October 2014

A writer’s debut play promises to be searingly funny and dangerously intimate, writes Sophia Sleigh.

Will there be mouse droppings in your Christmas dinner?

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Anyone booking a special Christmas meal with family, friends or work colleagues is advised to check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating beforehand.

Campaigners take aim at station resorting to offering a taxi to elderly and disabled who can’t climb its 101 steps

Your Local Guardian:

2:34pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A station with 101 steps is a virtual no-go zone for the elderly and disabled according to campaigners demanding step-free access.

John Peel favourite Ian Prowse to play in Croydon

Your Local Guardian: A train is being named after legendary DJ John Peel

9:36am Thursday 16th October 2014

John Peel’s last ever Festive 50 included a song which the DJ often admitted reduced him to tears – and now the man behind that song is about to perform in Croydon almost exactly a decade since Peel’s untimely death.

Is Tooting dirty and disgusting?

Your Local Guardian:

6:20am Thursday 16th October 2014

Is Tooting dirty, disgusting and in need of some wheelie bins?

Tickets on sale for Battersea Park fireworks

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

Tickets for the Battersea Park fireworks display are on sale.

Who's creating Banksy-style graffiti across Battersea?

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Thursday 16th October 2014

The mission is on to identity a mystery artist responsible for a number of Banksy-style graffiti pieces.

Rugby ace Jonny Wilkinson helps children design their kit

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

Former rugby player Jonny Wilkinson joined a group of pupils from two Croydon schools in a workshop to design their school team’s rugby shirt.

Police swarm Wimbledon station after abandoned rucksack spooks passenger

Your Local Guardian:

5:25pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Officers rushed to the platform receiving the London Waterloo to Guildford train after the suspicious bag was reported unattended at Earlsfield.

Athletes hit out at Crystal Palace stadium demolition plans

Your Local Guardian:

11:12am Wednesday 15th October 2014

An army of athletes is coming together to defend Crystal Palace stadium from the “greatest threat to the progress of sport” after plans to demolish it were unveiled.

Jacqueline Wilson to become new University of Roehampton chancellor

Your Local Guardian:

10:52am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Author Dame Jacqueline Wilson has been made chancellor of Roehampton University.

The Railway in Putney displays photo of actor Tony Rohr

Your Local Guardian:

10:03am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A photograph of an actor is being displayed in his local pub.

Roehampton University cafe wins organic award

Your Local Guardian:

9:44am Wednesday 15th October 2014

The cafe at Roehampton University has won a national organic award.

POLL: Smoking should be banned in parks, report says

Your Local Guardian: London parks should become smoke-free zones, a report says

9:24am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Thousands of acres of parkland in London and landmarks including Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square should become smoke-free zones, a report has said.

Friends of Battersea Park object to Formula E finale in park

Your Local Guardian:

6:20am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Serious concerns have been raised by a charity about Formula E coming to Battersea Park.

Mansion wing once home to President John F Kennedy's father up for sale

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A wing in a mansion once home to President John F Kennedy’s father has been put on the market for £1.1m.

Campaign launched after leaked document reveals possible cuts

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A leaked document revealing potential cuts by Wandsworth Council has sparked fierce reaction from campaigners and residents.

Mystery surrounds sudden departure of popular headteacher

Your Local Guardian:

6:02pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Carey Neil will not be at work for 'an extended period'

Little girl who nearly died from stomach injury asked to live with foster carer, court hears

Your Local Guardian: Dr Bryan McIntosh was cleared of any wrong-doing at Kingston Crown Court today

4:55pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A little girl who nearly died from stomach injuries told her foster carer she loved her and asked to live with her forever, a court heard.

Disabled woman's humiliation at wetting herself when refused access to Jobcentre toilet sparks national debate

Your Local Guardian:

1:14pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A disabled woman who wet herself after being barred access to a Jobcentre toilet could see her case raised in Prime Minister's Question Time tomorrow.

New Addington boy's £80,000 operation plea to fulfill football dream

Your Local Guardian:

11:50am Tuesday 14th October 2014

A cerebral palsy sufferer who dreams of being able to play football hopes an £80,000 fundraising campaign for an operation in the States will make this a reality.

Elderly residents slept through fire at care home in early hours

Your Local Guardian:

10:50am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Firefighters put out a fire at Pelham House care home last night as elderly residents with Alzheimer's disease slept on, unaware of the drama.

Second year of WAND cards helping Wandsworth's disabled children

Your Local Guardian:

6:30am Tuesday 14th October 2014

A card helping disabled children and their families around the borough has been going for two years.

Report hate crime says Wandsworth police

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Wandsworth police are encouraging people to report hate crimes.

Somali family continue to live on Tooting bench through wind and rain

Your Local Guardian:

11:54am Monday 13th October 2014

The Somali family living on a Tooting High Street bench have continued to stay there through the pouring rain and cold weather.

Man stabbed in broad daylight near Tooting Common

Your Local Guardian:

11:19am Monday 13th October 2014

A man was stabbed in broad daylight in front of families near Tooting Common.

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