• 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.

Back to school safety campaign launched by Croydon police

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Croydon police is launching a back to school safety campaign, focusing on keeping young people and their possessions safe.

Burglary suspect arrested after near nine-hour stand-off with police

Your Local Guardian:

9:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

A burglary suspect who showered police with roof tiles in a tense stand-off throughout yesterday, was eventually brought down and arrested.

Crystal Palace footballers, cheerleaders and strippers take on the ice bucket challenge

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

Movie stars have been filmed having icy cold water poured over them, ex-presidents have got on board and Facebook timelines are filled with people getting wet for charity.

General Medical Council scraps second inquiry into conduct of doctor who sent racist messages

Your Local Guardian: Ravi Sondhi

12:40pm Friday 29th August 2014

Health officials have decided to scrap a second inquiry into the conduct of a doctor who sent racist messages to staff and took £100,000 in "advances" from a GP service.

Croydon police launches anti-crime poster campaign

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Friday 29th August 2014

If you are waiting for a bus in the next few weeks then you will become quite familiar with this poster which is part of the Metropolitan Police’s latest advertising campaign.

"Prisons are being reduced to warehouses": Company pulls the plug on contract to educate inmates at High Down

Your Local Guardian: Firefighters were called to High Down Prison on Saturday evening

12:26pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A private company has prematurely pulled the plug on a contract to provide education to inmates at High Down prison as the numbers attending lessons meant it has been delivering the service at a loss.

Dramatic car fire captured on video

Your Local Guardian:

11:08am Thursday 28th August 2014

These pictures show the moment a car caught fire after near a DIY store.

"Epsom would be welcomed into London with open arms", says Sutton and Croydon Assembly Member

Your Local Guardian: Councilor Steve O’Connell

6:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

Epsom would be "welcomed with open arms" if it became part of the capital and the borough's residents should be given a say on the issue, according to a London Assembly member.

Bar staff get icy soaking for ALS ice bucket challenge

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Imagine getting a text from your boss stating the next time you come into work he will be pouring 50 litres of icy cold water on you. Well, this is what happened to the ‘lucky’ staff at The Old Bank pub in Sutton, who are all doing the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Theatres under threat as Sutton Council consider huge culture cuts

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

The cultural heart of the borough looks set to be torn out after the council published plans to close its two theatres and Wallington Hall and offer them up to developers.

Suzanne Shaw to star in a Blockbuster of a musical

Your Local Guardian: Suzanne Shaw

6:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A new musical will be making its way to Fairfield Halls on its tour of the UK, writes Ella Griffiths.

Croydon International Film Festival is coming soon

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Monday 25th August 2014

Entries for this year’s Croydon International Film Festival have now closed meaning the nervous wait for the event to start can begin, writes Gabriel Samuels.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home holds annual reunion

Your Local Guardian:

9:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

Families and their pets can enjoy a range of activities at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s twentieth annual reunion fun day.

Celebrity supporters got sporty at ACLT fun day

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

Celebrity supporters got sporty at a fun day to promote a charity that works to get ethnic minorities to sign up as blood, bone marrow and organ donors.

Cricketer Mark Butcher and celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala are world food fest special guests

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Indian dancers brought alive the aisles and spices from around the globe hung in the air when a food store held a world food festival.

Man pretends car was stolen after he's involved in collision

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Friday 22nd August 2014

A man who lied about his car being stolen has been found guilty of wasting police time. 

LIVE: Wandsworth GCSE results day 2014

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Thursday 21st August 2014

Nervous teenagers across Wandsworth will receive their GCSE results today.

Unconscious Earlsfield woman and her dog rescued by fire fighters this morning

Your Local Guardian:

11:14am Thursday 21st August 2014

An unconscious woman and her dog were rescued from a burning flat this morning.

Croydon pupils finding out GCSE results: Tell us your exam stories

Your Local Guardian: Exams regulator Ofqual warned there was likely to be "variability" in grades this summer

8:42am Thursday 21st August 2014

After two years of hard work the wait is over as Croydon teenagers head to their schools to pick up their GCSE results. We will be covering the news throughout the day and want to hear your great stories.

Tooting foxes affectionately nuzzle each other on garage roof

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

These images show two foxes affectionately nuzzling one another.

Hackbridge songwriter Tony Power releases album with his pop heroes from the past fifty years

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A songwriter and music producer has realised his dream of producing an album sung by his musical idols from the past five decades.

Work starts on new Putney primary school

Your Local Guardian:

5:50am Thursday 21st August 2014

Work has started on a new Putney primary school

Gangster jailed for nine years after police uncover firearms haul

Your Local Guardian:

5:20pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A gangster who stashed guns and ammunition at a Croydon woman's house has been jailed for nine years. 

Hackbridge lollipop lady allowed to stick around

Your Local Guardian:

5:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Parents preparing their children to return to school will be delighted after Sutton Council confirmed a temporary lollipop lady post will continue at a controversial new road layout.

Clapham man charged with gun and cocaine possession

Your Local Guardian:

5:09pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A 29-year-old Clapham man has appeared in court today charged with possessing guns and cocaine.

Suspected machine guns and crack seized in Clapham ahead of Notting Hill Carnival

Your Local Guardian:

2:17pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Suspected machine guns and huge chunks of crack cocaine were seized in a raid of a Clapham penthouse.

Toddler raises alarm about house fire

Your Local Guardian:

12:10pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A three-year-old girl raised the alarm when she discovered a fire in her home last night.

First London roundabout completely separating cyclists unveiled in Battersea

Your Local Guardian:

11:25am Wednesday 20th August 2014

This is the first glimpse of an innovative new roundabout which will be the first in London to completely segregate cyclists and vehicles.

Family trying to trace fire hero

Your Local Guardian:

10:14am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A family is trying to trace a man who broke down their door and evacuated their block of flats after a fire broke out destroying their home.

Parents fighting to get daughter home from hospital, 10 months after operation

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Parents of a seriously ill girl will never stop fighting to be allowed to bring their daughter home so her last memories are not of a hospital.

Family's long ordeal set to end with son's return following US terror sentence

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

“I hope Theresa May will one day say sorry to my mum for the needless agony she caused her.”

'Epsom should merge with a London borough like Sutton', says councillor

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Epsom and Ewell should become part of London and merge with another borough like Sutton, according to one of the market town's councillors.

Leading ear doctor accused of multiple sexual offences appears in court

Your Local Guardian:

5:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A respected doctor charged with a string of sexual offences has appeared in court.

PICTURES: Operation launched to retrieve granite blocks knocked into River Thames by bus

Your Local Guardian:

1:59pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

These photographs reveal the work taking place to retrieve blocks of granite knocked into the River Thames when a bus crashed into Putney Bridge.

Woman bites would-be robber to break stranglehold

Your Local Guardian: More than 500 people are signed up on social media to attend the Wandsworth Common rave

1:45pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A brave woman bit a would-be robber on the arm when he grabbed her by the neck and tried to steal her possessions in broad daylight.

Plumber found not guilty in 'whodunit' Battersea gun murder

Your Local Guardian: Kyle McDonald aka Veli Goodfellaz

12:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A plumber accused of shooting a teenager in the back, outside his former primary school, has been found not guilty of murder.

Teens behind bars for causing death of homeless man in Sea Cadets building arson

Your Local Guardian:

7:54am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Teenagers who torched a derelict house with a homeless man inside have been sent to a young offenders institute for three years.

10 of the best: Tim Vine tops festival jokes - which makes you laugh the most?

Your Local Guardian:

3:23pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A wisecrack about a vacuum cleaner has won Tim Vine an award for the "funniest joke" of the Edinburgh Fringe for a second time.

Max Clifford allowed out of jail to attend his brother's funeral

Your Local Guardian:

5:31pm Monday 18th August 2014

Disgraced PR guru Max Clifford was let out of prison to attend his brother Bernard's funeral this afternoon.

Investigation at Wandsworth Prison after murderer's Facebook photos of birthday cake and kebab

Your Local Guardian:

5:26pm Monday 18th August 2014

A convicted murderer is under investigation after posting photographs of his birthday cake and a kebab on Facebook.

Crunch time for Battersea Power Station's iconic chimneys

Your Local Guardian:

4:09pm Monday 18th August 2014

It is crunch time for Battersea’s iconic chimneys.

Man charged with murdering father Nicholas Stewart on Earlsfield basketball court

Your Local Guardian:

10:04am Monday 18th August 2014

A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a father who was stabbed on an Earlsfield basketball court.

Masked robbers tie up shop workers in violent raid

Your Local Guardian:

9:53am Monday 18th August 2014

Masked robbers tied up shop workers and stole cash and cigarettes in a violent raid on Sunday.

Pensioner spills the beans about life behind bars in High Down prison

Your Local Guardian:

6:30am Monday 18th August 2014

A pensioner who ended up in prison after a series of personal tragedies has spoken out about the harsh conditions behind bars, how ‘just’ the justice system is, and his unlikely friendship with a murderer.

Concerns for patient care as St George's Hospital aims to save £91m in two years

Your Local Guardian: St George's Hospital

5:50am Monday 18th August 2014

St George’s Hospital is set to make a staggering £91m of savings in just two years.

Japanese trip of a lifetime for Croydon scout

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Monday 18th August 2014

A teenager is preparing for the trip of a lifetime after being chosen to represent the United Kingdom at a scout jamboree in Japan.

Plan a voyage to The Ship for bank holiday indoor market

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Sunday 17th August 2014

It’s always difficult to decide how to spend your precious August bank holiday weekend, writes Ella Griffiths.

Croydon people donate £79,200 to Gaza appeal

Your Local Guardian: Palestinians run for cover from Israeli soldiers during clashes near the West Bank town of Tulkarem (AP)

5:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

Kind hearted people in Croydon have donated more than £79,000 to an appeal launched to get aid to people in Gaza.

Police hunt middle-aged man seen chopping down For Sale signs with a chain saw

Your Local Guardian:

1:34pm Friday 15th August 2014

A middle-aged man armed with a chain saw has been chopping up For Sale signs outside people's homes.

Mums rally behind school in racial and religious dispute over 'non-halal' chicken sandwich

Your Local Guardian:

12:57pm Friday 15th August 2014

Mums have rallied behind a nursery accused of "starving" a 5-year-old girl because the meat in her sandwich was non-halal.

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