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  • Eaton shocks Wimbledon

    Former Sutton Tennis Academy graduate Chris Eaton pulled off the shock of the first round at Wimbledon today beating a man 547 places above him in the rankings. The Surrey-based 20-year-old blasted his way past Serbian Boris Pashanski 6-3 7-6 6-4 to

  • Police clamp down on mini-moto riders

    Residents whose lives are blighted by illegal mini motorbikes are hoping to get some relief after police launched a crackdown on the riders. Officers have stepped up patrols in Hillingdon Avenue and Cranford Avenue in Stanwell, Town Lane Recreation

  • Sharapove proud of Russia's Euro run

    Number three seed Maria Sharapova reckons the efforts of her Russian countrymen at the European Championships can inspire her to a similar run at Wimbledon. The 21-year-old former champion eased past Stephanie Foretz of France 6-1 6-2 on Court One today

  • Croydon Mosque never heard of 'Muslim' Alex

    Croydon's Muslims have never heard of Big Brother bully Alex De Gale, despite the housemate's claim to be a prominent member of the community. A spokesman for Croydon's largest mosque said the 23-year-old mouthy housemate, who claimed to be a prominent

  • Tesco plan 'unimpressive'

    An enormous £80m shopping and housing development in New Addington could threaten the livelihood of existing traders, critics say. The plan is the biggest investment in New Addington since its conception according to Andrew Harris from Tesco, the supermarket

  • Blues on the Samba beat

    Samba stars will strut their stuff at Imber Court in July after Metropolitan Police lined up a friendly clash with nomad side Brazilian United. A carnival atmosphere is assured after all 3,000 tickets were snapped up moments after going on sale. United

  • Keothavong's loo break saves day

    British number one Anne Keothavong revealed she had to beat herself as much as opponent Vania King to set up a second-round clash with defending champion Venus Williams. Keothavong produced an edgy first set display before returning from a toilet break

  • Shots fired in Thornton Heath

    Operation Trident detectives are appealing for witnesses after an exchange of shots in Thornton Heath. Residents called police after hearing about five shots at 2.10am on Saturday in Beulah Road, Thornton Heath. No one was injured in the incident although

  • Cavaday hopes for lift-off

    Brit Naomi Cavaday is hoping her gutsy display against defending champion Venus Williams will be the springboard for future success. Cavaday forced Williams to dig deep in a tough first set before tiring and sliding to a 7-6, 6-1 defeat. And the British

  • Badu delighted with Beavers switch

    Hampton & Richmond-bound striker Nana Badu says the lure of life in the Blue Square South was the prime factor in his move from Walton Casuals. Hotshot Badu was chased by a host of clubs after impressing with 15 goals to help the Stags avoid relegation

  • Williams praises beaten Brit

    Defending champion Venus Williams poured praise on British opponent Naomi Cavaday after her first round straight set victory. Williams was forced into a first set tiebreak before easing to a 7-6 6-1 win. And the American admitted the form of Cavaday

  • Wanted - the review

    WANTED - Three stars Ok, think Matrix meets Fight Club. There, that got your attention. I did mention on my previous comments that I had an idea of what this film would be like from watching the trailers but I thought I would give it the benefit of

  • Rams announce new management team

    Croydon Athletic have announced Kevin Rayner as their new reserve team manager and Roly Martin as his assistant. Both men join from Carshalton Athletic where they had the same roles under Croydon boss Dave Garland when he was in charge there. They replace

  • Former Palace striker passes away

    Former Crystal Palace striker Mick Hill has passed away aged 60. The Welsh International joined Palace from Ipswich Town in December 1973 as manager Malcolm Allison saught an escape from the foot of of the division two table. The forward failed to make

  • Air con for District line

    Trains on the District line will be air conditioned by 2010, London Underground has revealed. As well as the District line, which travels through Putney, Wimbledon and Richmond, other partly above-ground lines such as the Circle and Metropolitan lines

  • Police appeal for witnesses as schoolboy mugged on way home

    Police are hunting two muggers who targeted a schoolboy as he walked home on Friday. The boy was robbed as he left Coombe Boys School, Blakes Lane, on June 20 at 3pm. He was threatened and cash and a mobile phone was stolen. The robbers are described

  • Greenpeace Heathrow campaigners ordered to pay £5,700

    Five Greenpeace protestors who clambered on top of a British Airways passenger jet were convicted of various offences in court today. The campaigners pleaded guilty to being in a restricted zone, boarding an aircraft and demonstrating in an airport

  • Violent train robber jailed

    A gang member who beat, robbed and threatened to shoot rail passengers has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Kingston Crown Court heard on Friday how James Laywood, of Bedfont Avenue, Feltham, punched a man to the floor and then stomped repeatedly

  • Nalbandian rendered speechless

    Seventh seed David Nalbandian was almost rendered speechless by his straight sets defeat to Canadian Surbiton Trophy winner Frank Dancevic on the opening day of the Wimbledon Championships. The Argentine went down 6-4 6-2 6-4 on Court One to a 22-year-old

  • £6m trial hit by anonymity ruling

    A £6m murder trial has been halted at the Old Bailey following a Law Lords ruling on witnesses giving evidence anonymously. The murder trial of Douglas Johnson, 27 of New Addington, and David Austin, 41 of Thornton Heath, who are accused of shooting

  • Update: 5 arrested after boozy mob brawl

    Five men were arrested following a 30-strong brawl on Saturday, during which a police officer was attacked with a bottle. Police were initially called by a member of the public just after 8pm on Saturday evening to the One Stop shop in Kingston Road

  • Club's centenary celebrated in a timely way

    Wimbledon Common golfers marked the centenary of their club by turning back the clock in an Antiquarian golf match. Wearing period clothing and using equipment dating back to the turn of the 19th century, four teams took part in a one-off game.

  • Penguin fairytale flies to Fairfield

    When composer Alla Sirenko met a wild blue penguin in New Zealand, it gave her an idea. The Ukrainian decided to write her own fairytale opera and such was its success that it premiered at London's Royal Opera House in 2001 and has a ten year contract

  • Gipsy Road post office to close

    A Gipsy Hill post office which many believed would avoid the axe will in fact close. The Gipsy Road post office was one of seven post offices handed a lifeline last month when the Post Office ordered a review into whether it should close. But the

  • Morgan wins Banstead birthday race

    Striders of Croydon's Matt Morgan helped to celebrate the first anniversary of the Banstead Woods time trial in style by winning Saturday's event. Making his sixth appearance, Morgan clocked 16 minutes 51 seconds - 20 ahead of South London Harriers'

  • Surbiton six celebrate

    There was delight at Surbiton Hockey Club, based in Long Ditton, when all six of their Olympic hopefuls were selected for Beijing. Richard Alexander, Matt Daly, Ben Hawes, Ben Marsden, Rob Moore and James Tindall were officially named in the Team GB

  • Fire engulfs Wimbledon flats

    Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a block of flats in Wimbledon. Six fire engines and about 20 firefighters are trying to put out the fire in Poplar Court in Gap Road. A London Fire Brigade spokesman said half of the building's roof and half

  • Coach criticises Wimbledon crowds

    LTA Women's Head Coach Carl Maes has urged the British public to ditch the genteel image and create a more hostile atmosphere for opponents at Wimbledon. Maes spoke out after seeing Mel South slip to a hard-fought defeat to 28th seed Alona Bondarenko

  • Bogdanovic hoodoo continues

    Alex Bogdanovic bemoaned his lack of killer instinct after slumping to a first-round defeat for the seventh year in succession. Bogdanovic fell to a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 defeat to world number 46 Simone Bolelli in a tough match that lasted over three hours

  • South remains defiant after loss

    Surrey tennis star Melanie South has vowed to crack the women's top 100 world rankings despite her first-round exit at SW19. South, currently ranked 139th, produced a battling display that fell just short as she slipped to a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 defeat to Ukrainian

  • Factory unit damaged in blaze

    A factory unit in Thornton Heath caught fire in the early hours of this morning. Four fire engines and about 20 firefighters from Norbury and Croydon fire stations were called to the blaze in London Road at 2.15am. About 20 per cent of the single-storey

  • Man sentenced for his part in revenge torture

    A talented footballer who helped an estate agent kidnap and torture her former boss after being sacked has been sent to a young offenders' institution for eight-and-a-half years. Shakib Chowdhury, 20 of Surbiton, was one of three men who put businessman

  • Biker killed in road crash

    A motorcyclist died yesterday after his bike was involved in a collision in Banstead. At about 3.35pm the man's motorbike was in collision with silver Nissan Almera in the A217 Brighton Road. He was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel

  • Hercules youngsters in fine form

    Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters turned in another fine effort in their third UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. The club's two outstanding athletes were Eleanor Hahn-Smith and Nathan Safo-Barnieh

  • Sloppy Staines fail to capitalise

    Staines entertained Oxted and Limpsfield on Saturday. Despite wet weather leading up to the game the Staines wicket was firm and Oxted had no hesitation in electing to bat having won the toss. Two early wickets put Staines in the driving seat as once

  • Update: Man in court over fire attack

    A 24-year-old student has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a man was set on fire in Staines. Nadim Kurrimbukus, from Hounslow, appeared at Staines Magistrates' Court yesterday. He is accused of setting alight 23-year-old Charles

  • Resident flees burning flat

    A flat was destroyed by fire in Colliers Wood last night. The London Fire Brigade was called to the blaze in Runnymede at 9.44pm. One person escaped the building before the Brigade arrived. About 70 per cent of the five-room ground floor flat

  • John Leslie quizzed over rape claim

    Former Blue Peter presenter John Leslie has been arrested on suspicion of rape over an attack that is alleged to have happened 13 years ago, reports say. Scotland Yard confirmed a man in his 40s was questioned by detectives at Teddington police station

  • McDermott: Don't hammer my young Quins

    Coach Brian McDermott has slammed criticism of his side's inconsistent form by insisting that it is all part of his young squad's development process. McDermott spoke out after seeing Quins slump to a disappointing 26-16 defeat at struggling Huddersfield