• Ant and Dec to hand back comedy gong

    Chiswick duo Ant and Dec are to hand back a comedy gong after allegations it was wrongly awarded to them. According to reports the pair received the People's Choice prize at the 2005 British Comedy Awards - after organisers promised presenter Robbie

  • Hampton & Richmond 0 Eastbourne Borough 2 (R)

    Blue Square South play-off finalHampton & Richmond's promotion dream died when they paid the price for failing to take their chances and fell to two late goals against Eastbourne Borough. The Beavers constantly looked dangerous from set-pieces but could

  • Child's death sparks immunisation calls

    Parents are being urged to ensure their infant's inoculations are up to date after a child died of a suspected case of diphtheria. The child, who has not been identified, died after initially being treated at Sutton's St Helier Hospital before being

  • Security to be beefed up at town hall

    Croydon Council is set to install a card entry turnstile system at the entrance to the town hall after it claims that security is an issue at the Katharine Street building. It has put in an application for permission to install a card entry double paddle

  • Bluebells face Spanish invasion

    Nature Notes' Tony Drakeford talks about bluebells and the threats to Britain's favourite wildflower. It's bluebell time once again. Voted Britain's most loved wild flower, woodland floors are now carpeted with a blaze of deep blue and pervaded by a

  • Woman rescued from Mitcham blaze

    An elderly woman was rescued after a blaze broke out at a Mitcham home. Firefighers were called to the fire at a house in Hengelo Gardens at 10.21am which damaged part of the ground floor and caused heavy smoke damage throughout the building. An elderly

  • New football goals in Sutton are more than just hot air

    Cup ties between Hackbridge Primary School and Stanley Park Juniors would never normally loom large in the annals of football history. But last week the two teams made an unlikely entry into the record books after playing the first match in the borough

  • Pay-out over holiday blackouts

    Householders left without electricity in North Cheam were still waiting for supplies to return three days later when the great bank holiday getaway had begun. As thousands of Britons took to roads to chase the sun, about 40 gloomy residents in Ridge

  • Man released in Birchwood inquiry

    A man who has now been questioned twice about the murder of Ashtead divorcee Sharon Birchwood was released again last night. Graham Birchwood, the victim's ex-husband, returned to Surrey Police's headquarters in Guildford yesterday to be grilled again

  • £10m Shotfield health centre approved

    More than 50,000 patients are to benefit from improved care after plans were finally approved for a new £10million health centre in Shotfield, Wallington. Local people had been stunned in July when Sutton Council refused an application to redevelop the

  • A journey through icier times

    Nicky Slater just loves being back on the ice. The Dancing on Ice judge was a champion figure skater in his own right in the 1970s and 80s, and came a respectable sixth at the 1984 Winter Olympics. But his skating past is often forgotten and many see

  • Violent burglars who tied up and tormented victim are caged

    Two burglars who tied up a young woman and held a 'Rambo-style' hunting knife to her throat have each been jailed for five years. Martin Dias, 25 of Bowstead Court, Parkham Street, in Battersea, and Steffan Franklin, 27 of Lavender Sweep, Wandsworth

  • Rugby star Cipriani strips off for charity

    Sexy rugby star Danny Cipriani shows he's not frightened of showing his tackle by stripping off for a charity photoshoot. The 20-year-old Raynes Park fly-half peeled off to help out male cancer charity Everyman. With only a rugby ball to preserve

  • Pizza restaurant owner fined for late opening

    A Surbiton pizza restaurant owner has been fined for opening later than allowed. Village Pizza owner Faraidoon Qaderi was prosecuted after he breached planning permission restricting his opening hours. Mr Qaderi's Claremont Road restaurant was granted

  • Oxfam goes designer

    Charity Oxfam is to open a high fashion, designer boutique in Chiswick this summer. The boutique is expected to have a mixture of one-off pieces created by seven of the country's most influential young designers from Oxfam's secondhand clothing and

  • "At first I was afraid...."

    If there was one song and one artist who was ever going to survive for 30 years, it was Gloria Gaynor and her world-renowned disco classic, 'I Will Survive'. A full three decades after its original release when it catipulted her into mainstream stardom

  • Woman hit by bus in Kingston

    A 20-year-old woman has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a bus in Kingston this morning. London Ambulance service confirmed they were called to a road traffic collision at 9.30am in Penryhn Road. An ambulance and fast response car was sent

  • Renovation marks Allder’s hard work

    The grave of Allders' founder Joshua Allder is to be given a facelift. The monument in Queen's Road Cemetery is more than a century old and shared by a number of relatives, including his late wife Jane Anne and three of their children who died at a

  • Pupils have the right idea

    If the words "neek", "goth", "rudeboi" and "emo kid" mean nothing to you then help is at hand in the form of an illustrated guide to teenage subcultures, written by a Sutton Young Enterprise group. The Little Book of Big Stereotypes was written and illustrated

  • Fire in Whitton

    Whitton High Street was partly closed by fire trucks racing to a blaze behind shops. Firefighters were called to the blaze behind shops in the street about 7.30pm yesterday. The fire is believed to have started in rubbish behind a shop. One witness

  • Indian restaurant to host delegation

    Haweli Indian Restaurant of Belmont has been chosen to host an Indian press trip as part of a tour of London later this month. As part of a Indian press delegation run by Visit London, the restaurant's owner Mirage Ahmed will be providing dinner for

  • Car ban to bring cafe culture to the High Street

    Cars will be banned temporarily from Sutton High Street and Throwley Way in a bid to bring cafe culture to the town centre. In July Throwley Way will be closed to traffic during trading hours while the high street will be closed to traffic outside of

  • Emergency measures for green waste scheme

    An emergency £90,000 waste disposal contract has been signed by Sutton Council after its new scheme to charge £35 per bag of garden waste proved unpopular. The council's executive approved a motion on Tuesday to pay a waste disposal company £5,000 a

  • Travellers hit the road

    A group of travellers have vacated their camp at Roundshaw Park after being served with a notice to leave. Local resident Hazel Szmidt contacted the authorities to complain about the vans after she noticed a barrier to the park had been left open. "

  • Thousands join Race for Life in Battersea Park

    More than 5,600 women were cheered on by celebrities as they took part in Cancer Research's Race for Life yesterday. Paula Radcliffe, Gloria Hunniford, David Cameron, male cheerleaders and a salsa dancer encouraged the participants as they made their

  • Lit rubbish sparks Whitton fire

    A fire caused disruption in Whitton yesterday evening as the High Street was partially closed by the attendance of five fire appliances. The fire started at around 7.30pm in the rear access road and one eyewitness said that as he left Whitton Station

  • Developer gets ‘excellent’ rating

    Tower Homes, an environmentally-aware developer, has been awarded an excellent rating from independent environmental assessor, the EcoHomes scheme. The award is for Tower Homes' new low-cost development in Croydon, Centre View. The building, which

  • Lollipop ladies reach crossroads

    They are guardians of good manners who have cheerfully endured the British weather, blaring horns and unflattering high-visibilty jackets for 70 years. Now lollipop ladies and men are being driven from the mean streets by motorists unswerving in their

  • BA knew of Terminal 5 problems: Walsh

    British Airways' boss Willie Walsh has told MPs the chaotic opening of Terminal 5 was "a combination of factors", including a lack of staff training. Hundreds of flights were grounded and thousands of passengers flew without their luggage when Heathrow's

  • To clarify, God’s love will never grow cold

    It is always heartening to read a contribution from Don Mayle. We all need to be alerted to Biblical guidelines. The English language being what it is, it would be clearer to show the prophecy mentioned as "in the latter times the love for God will

  • Train depot drinking plan derailed

    Plans to open a late night train depot in a quiet part of Battersea have been rejected by Wandsworth Council's licensing sub-committee. On Tuesday councillors turned down proposals for the Old Train Depot in Silverthorne Road. The application outlined

  • Jasper to try and win seat as a Lambeth MP

    Disgraced former mayoral aide Lee Jasper is attempting to become a London MP. Ken Livingstone's former race adviser, who was revealed to live in a £90 a week council house in Clapham last December, said he has been asked to challenge Vauxhall MP Kate

  • Terrors hero Paul earns his holiday

    Tooting & Mitcham head off on their end-of-season break in Magaluf next week with one man out to make sure he gets his money's worth. Striker Paul Vines bagged 26 goals this season to lead the Terrors into the Ryman Premier League. They included both

  • Transport booze ban to start in June

    Boris Johnson's public transport alcohol ban will take effect from next month. Yesterday London's new mayor announced booze will not be allowed on the Tube, bus, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and tram services and stations across the capital. As

  • South African ace boosts Spencer

    Newly promoted Spencer have signalled their intentions for their return to the top flight of the Shepherd Neame Surrey Championship by signing South African Free State skipper Hancke von Rauenstein as their overseas pro. The 27-year-old, who has a first-class

  • Transport booze ban to start in June

    Boris Johnson's public transport alcohol ban will take effect from next month. Yesterday London's new mayor announced booze will not be allowed on the Tube, bus, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and tram services and stations across the capital. As

  • Row sparks date change

    The St Mary's Classic has reverted to its original date of Wednesday, June 4, following a howl of protest from club team managers. Plans to hold the event on Sunday, July 8, would have meant clashes with the opening matches in the men's British Athletics

  • Winehouse bailed after 'drug video' arrest

    Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of drug offences. A spokesman for the Met said the 24-year-old, a former student of the Brit School in Croydon, was arrested yesterday in connection with a video

  • Pair due in court over terrorism charges

    Two men from Mitcham and Norbury will appear in court today for terrorism charges. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, known as AC Shanthan, 51 of Upwood Road in Norbury, and Murugesu Jegatheeswaran, known as M Jegan, 33 of Bond Road in Mitcham, will attend

  • Brown to axe Dons heroes

    Terry Brown revealed he will break up his promotion-winning AFC Wimbledon side as he plans for life in the Blue Square South. The Dons boss is set to release several players in the coming weeks as he looks to establish a winning formula. And it is the

  • Smith wants to keep Tooting heroes together

    Tooting & Mitcham boss Billy Smith has admitted that keeping hold of promotion hero Paul Vines will be his number one priority this summer. Vines struck a priceless winner as the Terrors clinched a place in the Ryman League Premier Division with a 1-

  • McDermott 'right to question Quins'

    Harlequins RL chairman Keith Hogg has laughed off suggestions that Brian McDermott's job is on the line by backing the under-fire coach. In a tetchy press conference following Quins' 18-16 Millennium meltdown defeat to Catalan Dragons on Sunday, McDermott

  • Dev hopes to call on big-match experience

    Alan Devonshire is hoping the memory of lifting the Ryman League Premier Division on the final day of last season can inspire Hampton & Richmond to promotion glory. The Beavers needed a 4-2 penalty shootout triumph to edge past Fisher Athletic at the

  • On this day...

    8th May 1980 - The World Health organisation announces that smallpox has been eliminated worldwide. 1983 - Christopher Hughes, a London tube driver, wins 'Mastermind'. 2000 - A man who tried to attack Celine Dion with a stungun at her farewell concert