• Wimbledon, Mitcham and Morden MPs reveal expenses

    Details of expenses claims made by Merton’s MPs have been published today. The documents, published by the Government, reveal some of the claims made by MPs in the last four years. Mitcham and Morden MP Siobahn Mcdonagh also revealed she

  • The Dagenham Three

    The worst kept secret in football was finally confirmed this week. No, it wasn’t Ronaldo completing his protracted transfer to Real Madrid, rather it was the fact that Brentford announced the signing of three players from Dagenham & Redbridge

  • Theme Park security 'let my son wander off'

    A concerned mother has criticised security at Chessington World of Adventures after her four-year-old son was allegedly allowed to wander out of the park gates unattended. Janet Williams, from Wallington, who was at the park on May 29, said

  • Beyond Flesh and Blood - review

    Beyond Flesh and Blood, Tabard Theatre This is a most unusual play on a most unusual subject - incest, a subject which is almost taboo but which the Josef Fritzl story has brought to the front pages of the world. The talented playwright

  • Taking up the baton for the Barnes Choir

    The summer concert season is in full swing and Barnes Choir is joining the party by performing a programme of French and English choral works next Saturday (June 27). The concert takes place at All Saints’ Church in East Sheen and the choir

  • Artists prepare to throw open their studio doors

    Next Friday borough artists will be throwing open their doors for the ARThouse Open Studios event that runs until July 5. Artists will be tidying away their easels and packing up their dirty overalls to give the public an insight into what goes into

  • Saucy morning surprise for Kingston residents

    Stunned Kingston residents awoke to a saucier morning delivery than their regular milk run this week, as the Heinz ketchup doorstep delivery service began making trial rounds in the area. The baffling breakfast time delivery driver was handing

  • Herbal medicine walk taking place in East Molesey

    A herbal medicine walk takes place on Sunday, June 21, in East Molesey, where people can discover about the practice as well as take in the beautiful natural habitat the area has to offer. The event is run by Riki Davies, a herbalist from Surbiton

  • Surbiton teen slashed in fairground brawl

    A Surbiton teenager has been slashed in the head, chest and thigh after a brawl at a fairground in Caterham. The mass fight happened on Friday, June 12, and broken bottles, a hammer and knife were used as weapons. Two opposing groups

  • Week 2: Fame, more pain, some gain and a touch of hedonism

    Four sessions into my newly launched boxing career, my self-assessment is that my punching has improved but I still need to work on taking evasive action. My fitness is coming along as well. I can now climb a flight of stairs without pausing for breath

  • Students capture Sutton on celluloid

    Students rummaged through the wardrobe of Sutton’s past to give the town a youthful makeover with two short documentaries on its heritage. Wallington High School for Girls students delved into the local studies centre’s collection of archive

  • Carnival comes to Mitcham

    Mitcham was bathed in glorious sunshine as thousands celebrated the area’s largest ever carnival. Dancing, music and a dazzling array of costumes burst through the town centre as the carnival proceeded from Figges Marsh to Three Kings Piece

  • New Epsom and Ewell mayor weighs in to office

    The scales in the jockeys’ weighing-in room at Epsom racecourse added some unkind pounds and ounces to Jan Mason’s usual weight when she stood on the scales for the annual weigh-in. The new Mayor of Epsom was weighed in wearing her full (and

  • Sutton residents honoured by Queen

    Three Sutton residents joined the great and good this week when they were honoured with MBEs. Those celebrating after the Queen’s Birthday Honours list was published on Saturday include Marcelle de Sousa, a retired nurse specialist, David Stevens

  • Monye's Lions call means Quins is the place to be

    Winger Tom Williams reckons the success of British Lion Ugo Monye and Chris Robshaw’s recent England debut prove Harlequins is the place for top players to further their careers. Monye touched down for his fourth try of this summer’s tour to

  • Trainee priest shows signs of life after 20ft plunge

    A trainee priest who plunged 20ft from a loft window, where he was smoking with three friends, has atonished doctors after showing signs of recovery. John Paul Lyttle, 28, met the woman and two men, aged between 18 and 21, on Sunday night before

  • Monye makes Lions cut

    Harlequins winger Ugo Monye put aside a sleepless night to make the cut for the first British & Irish Lions Test against South Africa on Saturday. The 26-year-old scored in Tuesday’s hard-fought 20-8 triumph over the Southern Kings to put

  • £2.2M earmarked for St Helier children and family services

    A £2.2m cash boost has been secured to bring child and family services under one roof in St Helier. A new two-storey centre will now be built at Tweeddale extended school to provide space for a play project for children with disabilities.

  • Slabinsky misses out on main draw

    Sutton's Alex Slabinsky admitted it was a case of too little, too late after he failed to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw at the Bank of England Sports Club. The 23-year-old put up a valiant fight against world number 112 Roko Karanusic and despite

  • Hearn turns down chance to join Dozzy's Sutton renaissance

    Sutton United boss Paul Doswell insists missing out on former Millwall trainee Charley Hearn will not de-rail his plans to bring Blue Square South football to Gander Green Lane in 2010. The United chief found absence doesn’t necessarily

  • Surbiton’s stars fall to Aussies

    All five of Surbiton’s England hockey internationals featured in the two 16-man squads that lost their Test matches against Australia in Nottingham last week. Ben Hawes, James Tindall, Richard Alexander, Matt Daly and Rob Moore were all in action in

  • Indiana Jones' snake man immortalised in national gallery

    When animal handler Jed Edge took a cobra to see Steven Spielberg, as he recruited for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Hollywood director stopped the Sutton man from getting too close. Mr Edge said: “I showed him how I

  • Hampton Court event is a thriller

    Hampton Court Palace Golf Club recently held their second annual Pro-Am tournament – to great acclaim. More than 150 golfers teed off in glorious weather in the breathtaking surroundings of the Royal Park in Hampton Wick, where Hampton Court Palace

  • Devonshire's holiday blues

    Hampton & Richmond Borough boss Alan Devonshire has revealed plans to land a new striker have been shelved for the time being - because of the holiday season. The Beavers chief said a fortnight ago he hoped to land a new front man to lighten the load

  • Patel leads Teddington romp

    Teddington’s Nishel Patel starred as his side returned to winning ways with a four wicket triumph over Brondesbury at Bushy park on Saturday to move to fourth in the Middlesex County League Premier Division table. Patel claimed figures of 4-43 from

  • Weybridge good enough to beat the drop

    Weybridge Cricket Club skipper Abeed Janmohammed is confident he has the team to retain the club’s Surrey Championship Premier Division status after securing its second triumph in the three games at the weekend. Janmohammed’s men began the season slowly


    Aged 98 years. Passed away peacefully in East Sheen on 10 June 2009. A service will be held at Mortlake Crematorium, Wednesday 24 June 2009 at 12 noon. Family Flowers only or donation to RSPCA.


    Passed away peacefully on 12th June in Kingston Hospital, aged 94. Much loved mum and nan who will be sadly missed. Funeral to take place on 26th June, 11.40 a.m. at Kingston Crematorium.


    Distinquished plant pathologist in the Colonial Service and at Kew Gardens, died peacefully in Kingston Hospital on May 27th 2009, aged 98. His funeral will take place at 3 p.m., Tuesday 30th June at Mortlake Crematorium. Enquiries to: T. H. Sanders


    LOST Josh is a 10-month-old grey/tan brown tabby with white legs and chest. Last seen on Tuesday 2nd June on Vellum Drive, Carshalton. Please call 07900 917 288 Reward offered for finding him. 020 8330 9989

  • Five in court on burglary charges

    Five men have appeared in court charged with burglary and handling stolen goods after a crack down by Sutton’s crime squad last week. Officers from Operation Jabin, set up to combat break-ins on borough boundaries, arrested four men on Thursday


    29th October 1933 - 11th June 2009. Much loved husband, father, father-inlaw and grandpa, as well as friends to many, Dickie died peacefully at home with family around him. Funeral 11 a.m. Randalls Park Crematorium, afterwards at the NPL Sports

  • Win £500 in our Fashion Festival competition

    To celebrate Croydon Fashion Festival we have teamed up with stores at Centrale to offer shopping vouchers worth £500. Aldo, Miss Selfridge, French Connection, Zara, and Joy in Centrale on North End are offering the prize as the second Fashion


    14.09.1957 - 20.06.95 We think about those happy times when you were very young then growing up you talked to us when things were going wrong but now he's taken you away there is nothing we can do, we still miss you more than ever


    In loving memory of my dear husband Len, who died 23rd June 2001. Miss you more each day. Wife Eileen, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  • Plea not to cut Surrey Police budget

    Surrey’s community leaders joined forces to back calls for the Prime Minister to reverse plans to cut Surrey Police’s budget. About 50 people, including MP Jeremy Hunt attended a meeting in Farnham to throw their weight behind the Surrey Police

  • Fly fishing by J R Pinder

    Spend an hour with Janice Pinder and you have no need to make endless calls via the Yellow Pages to find a copy of Fly Fishing by J R Hartley – she knows it all. The 55-year-old Worcester Park resident jets off to Ireland next week to compete


    17.01.75 - 18.06.99. Ten years without our Red Bus, ten years without our Spiritual Warrior: we miss and remember you every single day, the Aspen Poplar quivering over you, Timo. All our love, Mum and Sam.

  • Game review: Prototype - Xbox 360

    The Oxford English dictionary defines a “prototype” as “An original example from which others are developed.” Looking at the latest offering from Radical Entertainment, it should have said: Prototype: “Huge amounts of ass-kicking featuring

  • Man left for dead in flat for 12 hours

    A man was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries after he was savagely beaten in his Surbiton flat and left in a pool of blood for 12 hours. The 21-year-old – named locally as Dean – was said to be in a stable condition after the incident

  • Slip, slop, slap, warns MP

    Tom Brake MP warned residents of the dangers of burning in the sun after learning more about sun safety from experts. Mr Brake attended the annual Molewatch Clinic at Westminster last week where he was given a warning message by experts from

  • Purley gets plugged in

    High street electrical store Comet has launched a pilot scheme that offers customers free charging for their electric vehicles. Comet is the first retailer to offer the service to customers, with Plug and Go points in its store car park in

  • Hospital sees day of shady crimes

    Mystery shrouds two strange crimes involving cash-in-transit vans near St George’s Hospital last Wednesday. Locals believe the two incidents on June 10 were linked, but police are keeping an open mind with their investigations. In the

  • Fathers Day Malts

    With Fathers day approaching, I thought I should recommend a few excellent examples of the Single Malt Whiskies that are available out there. A contemplative sip on a calm summers evening should bring a gleam to any Dad or grandad’s eye. My two favourites

  • Elke Squibbs' art comes to Bourne Hall

    Although Epsom’s Elke Squibbs is first and foremost a painter, there is little doubt that if the easels run dry there is a career in fireside storytelling in the offing. A quick scan through her professional CV does little justice to her fascinating

  • Readers look forward to book festival

    The organisers of Wimbledon Bookfest have promised to keep the community at the heart of the party, as the annual event grows in its third year. Journalist Sir Max Hastings, chick lit author Penny Vincenzi and veteran actor Tim West have all

  • Council needs to do allot more, say gardeners

    Allotment waiting lists on the Phipps Bridge estate have caused outcry from locals eager to put their green fingers into practice. While authorities are urging families to grow their own fruit and vegetables to help keep food costs down during

  • Queen's honours for residents

    Two Epsom residents are celebrating after being honoured with MBEs. Norma Darter, of Walton-on-the-Hill, and Epsom-resident Christina Kitchen both received their awards for charity work. Mrs Darter, of Sandlands Road, said she “couldn

  • Croydon businesses take up the C100 challenge

    The excitement is mounting as teams across Croydon begin trying to increase the charity cash flow in Croydon Commitment’s C100 challenge. The 14 teams have been charged with the task of turning £100 into as much money as possible for local

  • MBE for music chief who resurrected 'dead' festival

    The woman responsible for revolutionising the Croydon Music Festival has been made a Member of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Helen Watkins-Snart, a singing teacher from Purley, is responsible for rescuing the festival

  • Lambeth College submits plans for technology centre

    Plans for a £50m redevelopment of Lambeth College’s Brixton centre have been submitted to Lambeth Council. If the plans are approved, the outdated 1960s building the college currently occupies in Brixton Hill will be replaced with a state-of-the

  • Was policeman's death covered up by Government?

    To mark its 90th anniversary, local historian Brent Stevens reports on a riot started by Canadian soldiers that led to the death of a police officer in Epsom. Yesterday, June 17 marked the 90th anniversary of a riot in Epsom by Canadian soldiers

  • Missing 10-year-old found by cops

    A 10-year-old girl who ran away from her foster care home has been found. Jasmin Leacock was found safe and well in the West Norwood area at 3pm yesterday. Police are still searching for Natalie Mustafa, 12, who ran away last week from


    To Daddy Happy Fathers Day Lots of love Paige, Lucy and Libby xxx


    I've only been here for six months but you are the Best Daddy Ever Love always Harvie Bleu


    To DADDY Happy Fathers Day Lots of love Chloe, Callum and Zak xxx


    THANK YOU LUISA & SCOTT Had fantastic time celebrating your wedding in Barbados Pam x Andy


    SILLS, ARNOLD of Sutton. His wife Sylvia and family would like to thank everyone who attended Arnold’s funeral on 1st June for their kind support and sympathies, and for any donations made to St Raphael’s Hospice.


    To the best daddy in the world on Fathers Day Lots of Love Taylor and Baylee x x


    Happy Fathers Day MALCOLM HEAVENS Have a relaxing day! We love you loads. Dan, Lauren & Jordan xxx


    Re: The late REG PERRY (Artist) Who died on 30th May 2009 in Church, Stretton (late of Chalgrove Ave, Morden). The family of Reg wish to thank all friends and neighbours for their kind thoughts and donations.


    Our beloved grandmother hung up her dancing shoes 13/06/09. She dances in our hearts and memories forever more. Funeral Service at North East Surrey Crematorium, Wednesday 24th June at 2pm. We Love You, Tanya and Jamie


    10.03.1951 - 02.06.2009 Of Middleton Road, Morden Theresa was much loved and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends


    Parklands, Surbiton Rene Gooch, much loved, passed away peacefully on Monday 8th June. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Rene’s family would like to thank friends, carers and neighbours for all the help they gave her. The

  • Atkinson kicks off Edinburgh Previews

    With Edinburgh Festival less than two months away the preview shows begin in earnest at Wimbledon Studio this week. One of the funny men trying out their material will be Dan Atkinson with his new show Death By A Thousand Pricks. Here, he answers

  • Welsh raid Pirates

    London Welsh have signed former Worcester Warriors centre Simon Whatling from Championship rivals Cornish Pirates. Whatling, 24, who can also play fly half, joined the Pirates in 2007 after a three-year spell at Worcester, having played his early rugby


    22.06.1914 - 09.06.2009 Passed away peacefully. Beloved Mum of Peter, Janice and Maureen and loving Grandmother to Amy and Eve. Funeral service to be held at Trinity church, Sutton on Tuesday 23rd June at 11:15am.


    In loving memory of Philip, Phil Munn, passed away Friday 12.06.09. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Penny, son Paul, sister Margaret, grandchildren, family friends and all who knew him through his involvement with the Veteran Athletic


    Sadly passed away on 13th June 2009, aged 77. A funeral service will take place at the Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead, on Tuesday 23rd June at 4.15 p.m. Family flowers only please but donations, if desired, may be sent; cheques payable

  • One in 10 children admit boozing

    Almost one in 10 children aged between 10 and 15 have admitted getting drunk, new figures have revealed. The London Assembly's health and public services committee report showed the extent of boozy kids in Croydon and across the capital.


    68 died peacefully at home in Ham Tuesday 2nd June 2009. Dear wife of Ron, loving mother of Paul & Andrew, much loved Granny of Billy, Georgia, Bethany and Aidan. Funeral at St Thomas Aquinas Ham Common 10am on Monday 15th June

  • Battersea artist is the face of national charity

    This striking self-portrait by a Battersea artist who lost her brother to cancer is the new artwork for a project run by Sue Ryder Care. Silence, by Arina Gordienko from Albert Bridge Road, will feature on all marketing material for the charity


    Loved and admired by all her family JOAN THOMSON Aged 89 years on 11th June 2009, passed away peacefully after a lifelong commitment to social justice and helping others. Funeral 22nd June 2.30pm at Croydon Crematorium followed by a thanksgiving


    1956-2007 Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all of his sisters, brothers and their families.


    Retired engineer, aged 81 years, died peacefully in hospital on 12th June after a short illness. Dearly loved father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by family and friends. Funeral at Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead, 11:45 a.m. on


    28th May 1937 - 12th June 2009 Passed away peacefully at Princess Alice Hospice A loving husband, father and grandfather who will be sadly missed Funeral Service takes place on Thursday 25th June at 2.45pm at Randall's Park Crematorium Family

  • NHS boss agrees to reveal her expenses claims

    Croydon’s top health boss has agreed to publish her expenses after the Prime Minister called on other public bodies to be scrutinised. Caroline Taylor, chief executive of NHS Croydon, said she would be happy to divulge her claims after calls


    IN LOVING MEMORY of SHEILA POWELL Passed away on 11th June 2009, aged 80. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends Service on Tuesday 23rd June 11.15am Croydon Crematorium. Family flowers only. Donations if wished for Coeliac U.K or

  • Kingston riverside revamp sketches revealed

    Plans to rejuvenate the riverside below Kingston Bridge are to be unveiled to the public at an exhibition at the Rose Theatre tomorrow afternoon. Canadian and Portland Estates wants to open up the riverside with more walkways and a double height

  • Canbury Arts Festival draws community together

    The rain stopped just before the outdoor events for the first Canbury Arts Festival at the weekend, as the community gathered for brunch and jazz in the vicarage garden and nearby pubs. Another moment which co-organiser Father Martin might

  • Petition launched over introduction of parking charges

    The Labour Party has launched a petition over the introduction of parking charges in Croydon. Labour Councillor Alison Butler, spokesperson for streets and environment, condemned the £700,000 extra they claim the Conservative council is raising

  • Furzedown Festival ready for launch

    Furzedown Festival kicks off this weekend with a variety of fun events, music, historic walks and comedy set to keep you busy for the next fortnight. It all begins at noon on Saturday with a festival community funday that will include football

  • Former Kings College student killed in Afghanistan

    The young soldier killed in Afghanistan while protecting his platoon from a bomb blast was a former King’s College student who will be “hugely missed” by the school community. Lieutenant Paul Mervis, who studied at the Wimbledon school for

  • Dragon destroys opposition in pub awards scheme

    The Green Dragon is the best pub in Croydon, bar none, according to a council-run awards scheme. The town centre favourite was announced overall winner at the council’s Best Bar None awards at an event at the Croydon Hilton yesterday.

  • Football supporter assaulted in unprovoked attack

    A football supporter was taken to hospital by a pub landlord after he was punched by two men in an unprovoked attack. The man, in his early 40s, was walking home from watching the Champions League final at a pub when he was attacked. He

  • Epsom burglar spotted hiding in a bush

    A suspected burglar was arrested after a member of the public spotted a man hiding in bushes in Hook Road, Epsom. Surrey Police was called at 11.30am on Wednesday, June 10 to Chessington Road following reports a burglary was in progress at

  • Volunteers dig in for good cause

    Volunteers have given their time to transform homes for vulnerable people. A group of 16 to 25-year-olds on the Prince’s Trust Programme at Merton College have spent two weeks picking up tools, wheelbarrows and paintbrushes to improve a sheltered

  • Putney philanthropist closing in on £1M target

    A Putney philanthropist who recently gave away over £700,000 to local children’s charities has vowed to break through the £1m mark with her latest project. Charlotte Grobien, of Putney Park Avenue, bought, renovated and sold three properties

  • Refreshing ice cream made from real ale

    If the weather is hot and sunny it is worth dropping in to the White Horse pub for an ice cream with a difference – an icy treat made with real ale. The ice cream is produced by artisan ice cream makers Sulqui from its premises in Battersea

  • Hero dives in to rescue woman motorist trapped in floodwaters

    A brave pub punter dived to the rescue when a woman motorist ended up submerged in raging water after attempting to negotiate a flooded road. Colin Dunn pulled the 24-year-old from her sinking car after a flash flood caused by Monday’s torrential

  • Offending drivers are Leatherhead locals say police

    More than half the anti social motorists caught driving over a mini roundabout in the outskirts of Leatherhead live locally, say police. The motorists who drove over the mini roundabout rather than driving round it were stopped during a crackdown

  • Teen bitten by police dog in 'unprovoked' attack

    An Upper Norwood teenager was bitten by a police dog in an “unprovoked" attack during a night drugs raid, it has been claimed. Crystal Miller-Hazelden, 17, of Hermitage Road, said the drug search dog mauled her while at a friend's house on

  • Massive new development for tower site?

    Initial plans for a massive redevelopment on the site of the Colliers Wood tower have been revealed. Speculative proposals for a major building project by Merton Council, in partnership with a housing association, are outlined in an exchange

  • 'This is the summer of blood'

    A 27-year-old journalist from Battersea is receiving rave reviews after publishing his first book. Dan Jones, of Reform Street, has been featured in the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Observer for his medieval history book, Summer of Blood

  • Bungling robber offered cigarette to couple he stole from

    A robber offered a couple a cigarette after threatening them with a knife and taking their mobile phone. The man also stole £20 before he tried to make off on a bike but got stuck as his track-suit bottoms got caught up in the chain.

  • Enforcement action against Southern Rail depot drafted

    Residents fighting for an “ugly and intrusive” structure built behind their homes to be ripped down have been given a boost. Homeowners in Sternhold Avenue have been fighting for four years to have Southern Rail take down parts of a 300m cleaning