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  • Silver lining to Richmond Park parking charges?

    By Community Correspondent Charlie Hudson For many people in South West London, Richmond Park is the perfect day out, whether for walking the dog, admiring the horticulture or simply playing a bit of football. At almost two and a half thousand acres

  • Talent of Tomorrow Showcased Through Local Trade Fair

    By Community Correspondent Enya Jha. On the 6th February 2010 the entrance of Centrale shopping centre in Croydon was packed with local teenagers. Contrary to some beliefs, they were not there for pleasure, but instead taking part in a Young

  • Wings of Hope Achievement Award

    By Community Correspondent Roshini Fernando. The Wings of Hope charity aims to empower children through education and they do so by providing free education. For those living in poverty and those that are orphaned or separated from their

  • Heavy snow could hit Croydon tomorrow, Met Office warns

    Heavy snow could hit Croydon again tomorrow, the Met Office has warned. Severe weather is expected to hit Kent later tonight before becoming lighter towards the capital, but could worsen again later in the day. There is also a risk of

  • Snow begins to fall in south-west London and Surrey

    Snow showers have begun to fall over Kingston and are expected to get worse tomorrow and Friday, leading to fears of further commuter disruption. The Met Office is predicting a heavy snow shower in the south-west London area in the early hours of Thursday

  • Epsom death crash driver wanted for breaching bail

    The driver of a car which crashed into a roundabout killing the front seat passenger is wanted by police for breaching his bail. Antino Vital, 24, from Epsom, was driving a black Citroen Saxo which crashed into a roundabout on Longmead Road, on September

  • Weston delight at Brentford contract extension

    Winger Myles Weston has expressed his happiness at signing a one-year contract extension at Brentford. The deal, which ties him to the club until 2012, had been on the table for a while and the 21-year-old, who scored twice in Saturday's 4-

  • Hodgson: Fulham will give Notts County respect

    Roy Hodgson vows Fulham will take Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Notts County seriously after revealing he would gladly trade Europa League glory in exchange for seeing off the League Two side. Due to cup commitments the Cottagers will play at least eight

  • Bleasdale completes Thames double

    Thames Hare & Hounds won the Surrey Ladies League as well as the Sweatshop Surrey Men’s cross country title – the first time they have achieved the double. After her strong run in the South of England championship the previous weekend, Julia Bleasdale

  • Thames hold off Herne Hill challenge to lift title

    Thames Hare & Hounds won the Sweatshop Surrey League crown at Newlands Corner, Guildford, on Saturday. But they had to hold off a stirring challenge from Herne Hill Harriers, winners for the past two years. With Chris Smith winning the five-mile race

  • Sir Richard Branson to look at buying Crystal Palace

    Sir Richard branson has revealed he is willing to "have a look" at purchasing cash-strapped Crystal Palace Football Club. The Virgin supremo, who has been linked with buying the club in the past, would be able to name his price for The Eagles

  • Children's charity Jigsaw4u relaunches new service in Sutton

    The “Can We (Talk 2)” service, run by Jigsaw4u and funded by London Borough of Sutton, enables disabled children and young people in Sutton to be part of the consultation and decision making process with service providers and members of the Sutton Disability

  • Sick Twell retains colleges title

    Steph Twell overcame a chest infection to retain her British University and Colleges title in Scotland on Saturday. Despite a sleepless night before the race, the St Mary’s Twickenham student took control from the start. She finished

  • Double joy for Parfitt down under

    Kingston's John Parfitt has won back-to-back doubles tournaments in Australia, writes Marshall Thomas. After ending 2009 just short of a place inside the top 30 of the quad singles world rankings, Parfitt has moved up two places to number 31 since starting

  • Plans for academy on Fenstanton site to be decided

    Lambeth's planning committee will decide tonight if an academy will be built on the site of a Tulse Hill school. The council has proposed demolishing Fenstanton school in Christchurch Road, and replacing it with a primary, nursery and 1,100

  • Trio target Winter Olympics glory

    Ed Drake admits his Winter Olympics debut is more of a fact-finding mission than a medal hunt, writes Ryan Bangs. The 24-year-old, Britain’s reining giant slalom skiing champion, is in Vancouver as part of a youthful GB alpine team with Dave Ryding,

  • Little hope of good news at Streatham Hub meeting

    Streatham residents looking forward to hearing some positive news at the Streatham Action meeting this week about progress on the proposed new ice rink and leisure centre had their hopes dashed when it was reported that Lambeth Borough Council

  • Dons boss keeping tabs on Chester problems

    Terry Brown admits he is keeping close eyes on the crisis at Chester City as the Deva Stadium side lurch ever closer to liquidation. The Blue Square Premier strugglers sank to new depths on Tuesday night, failing to play their fixture at Forest

  • Rare away defeat for Ks

    Kingstonian's excellent away record, unbeaten since October 3, was ended at Harrow Borough last night. Ironically it was winger Lewis Cook, on-loan from Ks, who set up the opener for free-scroring Harrow striker Rocky Baptiste. Until then, a scrappy

  • Stevie Wonder for Glastonbury?

    Rockers Muse and legend Stevie Wonder look set to join the bill at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Organiser Michael Eavis revealed soul icon Wonder was the "probable" Sunday-night headliner on the Pyramid Stage, while reports claim Muse

  • Hounslow Council 'will cope with population growth'

    The chief executive of Hounslow Council said he is confident the authority has the tools it needs to cope with a predicted 25 per cent population growth in the next 20 years. Mark Gilks, who will retire following the May elections, said

  • Charlie and Lola return to Polka

    Since Charlie and Lola were last at the Polka Theatre they have been touring the country with their Best Bestest Play and even made it to Brazil. Now, they are back to help celebrate the Polka's 30th birthday with a production that also coincides

  • The comedians are back at BAC

    Battersea Arts Centre's N2O Season of Comedy returns next week with a host of comics lined up to make you laugh. Andy Zaltzman kicks things off on Wednesday but here GRAHAM MOODY talk to musical storytelling duo Ginger (Eri Jackson) and Black (Daniel

  • Sugar Babes in Wimbledon next week

    The Sugar Babes are coming to Wimbledon. No not whichever three of Heidi, Keisha, Amelle, Siobhan, Mutya and Jade make up the line-up these days, but instead two girls who believe Sir Alan Sugar to be their long lost dad and go on a quest

  • Dogs take to the stage

    Everyone has heard of Cats the musical up in the West End, well now it's time for the dogs to have their turn. Dogs the Musical starts a two-month run at Colour House Theatre on Saturday and follows the journey of Digger as he attempts to find

  • Sutton Schools start year in style

    Sutton Schools U11s resumed the new year where they left off in 2009 with a 3-0 victory over top-of-the-table Gloucester on Saturday. Sutton started strongly snuffing out the dangerous Gloucester forwards and took the lead when Alex Bannister intercepted

  • Richards: Richmond have let people down

    Richmond coach Geoff Richards feels his squad of players owe their fans an apology after their poor form this season. Richards saw his men get back to National League Two South winning ways last weekend with a 27-18 win over visitors Canterbury. But

  • Grasshoppers new boys make a big impact

    Grasshoppers ran out 22-5 in a friendly at Weybridge Vandals at Saturday. Veteran Peter Dymott stood in as captain of a side that also saw debuts for new boys Micky Freeman at second-row and Danny Hutchins at scrum-half. Grasshoppers scored an early

  • Rams ease into cup quarter finals

    Croydon Athletic progressed to the quarter finals of The Championship Manager League Cup after Jeremy Williams' goal gave them a 1-0 win over Walton & Hersham at Stompound Lane. Manager Tim O’Shea made four changes from the starting line-up that comprehensively

  • Burns brothers do the damage for Glynonians

    Old Glynonians ran out convincing 58-0 winners at Egham Hollowegians on Saturday, writes Andy Carnell. Egham tried to upset OGs’ rhythm from the start, but the aggression was soaked up and Liam Burns’ penalty after 10 minutes gave the visitors the lead

  • Palace player ratings v Swansea City

    Julian Speroni: Maybe could have closed Kuqi down quicker for the goal but save from Orlandi at start of the second half kept Palace in the match. 6 Nathaniel Clyne: Composed as ever and did better than Hills against Dyer when the winger switched sides

  • Teacher lead secret triple life, murder trial hears

    Horticulture teacher Lynda Casey lived a mysterious triple life keeping her husband and two lovers unaware of each other, the Old Bailey heard. Lynda Casey, from south Croydon, was lured to Banstead Woods where she was attacked by her married

  • Streatham rail death man moved to London for better life

    A man found dead on a railway line had come to Britain in search of a better life, according to his friend. Mitcham man Andrius Marcinkus, 23, died at Streatham station after falling off the platform on to the tracks. It is thought the Phipps

  • Game review: MAG - Playstation 3

    Following on from the SOCOM series, Zipper have come up with something a little different this time round. MAG (or Massive Action Game as it was originally known), was promised to feature epic battles of up to 256 players, blowing the hell out of

  • Police appeal for witnesses after robbery in Croydon

    A man who was walking to his friends house was accosted by three robbers who stopped in a silver BMW. Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery in Derby Road at 9.40pm on Sunday, January 31. The man was walking

  • Carle delighted to be back in favour at Palace

    Nick Carle is determined to hold on to his starting spot at Crystal Palace after six months in the wilderness at Selhurst Park. The Australian international is back in favour with manager Neil Warnock and has started the last five games after falling

  • Coin Collection Competition for Haiti

    Students at Thamesmead School in Shepperton have been busy collecting coins from family and friends for a house competition at school to see who could collect the most, all in aid of the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. The students then spent lunchtime

  • Evans: Massive month ahead for Quins

    Nick Evans has issued a rallying call to his Harlequins side as they prepare to embark on what the outside half describes as ‘the biggest four weeks of our season’. Quins face Gloucester, Northampton, London Irish and Worcester in successive weeks as

  • Warriors shine in Watford

    London Warriors enjoyed success at the Watford Open Nationals. Mark Claridge claimed second place in the novice men’s category, with Liz Ferioli finishing third in the women’s brown and black belt category. Adam Naismith displayed a fine example

  • Success for Warriors trio at Windsor

    Three members of London Warriors enjoyed success in the first CIMAC event of the year at Windsor Leisure Centre. Liz Ferioli took first place in her category, with chief instructor Tony Francis - who hasn’t competed for 11 months - a runner-up in the

  • Armed robber jailed for six years for security van heist

    An armed robber who used his aunt’s Mercedes to steal £35,000 from Halifax security van has been jailed for six years. Dominic Stewart, 21, swooped on the van outside the branch in London’s Fleet Street after security guards prevented him entering

  • Festive walk to Christmas Common raises £1,000 for charity

    A serial fundraiser has collected more than £1,000 for sick children by tackling a festive challenge. John Dodd walked from outside Christmas Cottage in East Thornton Road, Wimbledon, to the village of Christmas Common in Oxfordshire. This week he

  • Epsom teenagers under curfew after park muggings

    Two teenage tearaways who carried out several frightening muggings have been placed under an overnight curfew to stop them from reoffending. The boys from Epsom, aged 15 and 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at South East

  • Lambeth pupils hear Holocaust stories at Streatham synagogue

    Fifty students from a Lambeth school visited the South London Liberal Synagogue last week as part of a project to teach youngsters about the Holocaust. Pupils in years nine and 10 from Dunraven School listened to Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich talk

  • Rampant Moles make it 10 unbeaten

    Molesey made the familiar trip to Merland Rise to take on Banstead Athletic in buoyant mood following their recent run of form that has seen them take 26 points out of a possible 30 and gatecrash the top five. Merland Rise has become a happy hunting

  • Leatherhead Swimming Club swimmers catch the eye

    Seven Leatherhead Swimming Club swimmers gained qualification times for the Surrey Championships at the Surrey qualifier meet at Guildford Spectrum. The swimmers who battled it out to earn themselves entry times were 9 year old Rachel McArthur (200

  • Dragons commit to keeping sport clean

    After a turbulent start to 2010, the London Welsh squad decided to step away from the rugby pitch and have a team-bonding day at Lingfield Park racecourse on Monday. The event was organised by GroupClean, the Premium Cleaning Services Company that

  • Depleted Surbiton fail University test

    Bottom-of-the-table beating top-of-the-table was not quite the shock it appears on paper as an understrength and walking wounded Surbiton went down to the promoted newcomers University when England’s elite National Hockey League resumed on Sunday after

  • Banstead frozen out at Merland Rise

    Banstead Athletic 0 Hanworth Villa 1 At a very cold Merland Rise, Banstead Athletic took on a spirited Hanworth Villa side, writes Bob Lockyer. This was a game that the As wanted to get three points from as Villa had played three more games than

  • Sutton pizza restaurant raided by Border agency officials

    A restaurant chain has been caught employing an illegal immigrant. Pizza Hut on Sutton High Street could face a £10,000 fine after the 37-year-old Mauritian man was found to be working illegally as a chef. UK Border Agency officer swooped

  • Thugs steal girl's savings in Selsdon burglary

    Burglars who broke into a house and attacked the homeowner made off with just £10 from a young girl's savings. Three men broke into a house, in Foxearth Road, Selsdon, on Monday, February 1. At 10.10pm the burglars entered the house

  • ACS Cobham wins top award for healthy eating

    ACS Cobham International School has won an award recognising its commitment to offer its student nutritious meals. The Eat Out Eat Well awards, organised by Surrey County Council Trading Standards, recognises caterers throughout the county who make

  • Kingston youngsters are ID card guinea pigs, says campaigner

    The Government has been accused of using young people in Kingston as guinea pigs after it rolled out national identity cards to Londoners aged 16 to 24 on Monday. The cards cost £30 and are available to people with a valid or recently expired

  • Sutton shopping centre has buoyant footfall

    A shopping centre is trading as normal and has a “buoyant footfall” despite falling into receivership last year, the centre manager has said. Times Square Shopping Centre on Sutton High Street was placed under a receiver last April.

  • Today's racing at Kempton

    An all-weather flat race meeting is held at Kempton Park today (first race 5.10pm). Top jockeys in action include Phillip Makin and Tom Queally who both finished in the top 10 of the 2009 Jockeys' Championship, top female Hayley Turner and champion

  • Worcester Park in line to get flood defence funds?

    Worcester Park may get much needed cash for flood prevention as a new Government bid is prepared. The Environment Agency has agreed to work with Sutton Council to prepare a resilience fund bid for Worcester Park after torrential rain caused

  • Southfields doctor speaks of horror in Haiti

    A surgeon has described working alongside the sound of gunfire and the stench of dead bodies in earthquake-hit Haiti. Dr Asif Hamid recently spent a fortnight providing emergency medical aid to disaster victims as a volunteer with Morden charity Humanity

  • Surge in numberplate thefts hits Elmbridge

    Motorists have been warned to stay on high alert, after a spate of numberplate thefts across Elmbridge and its neighbouring boroughs. There have already been 31 of these incidents in north Surrey since the beginning of the year, with 10 in

  • Cuts mean no capping for Surrey Police Authority

    The Surrey Police Authority (SPA) budget will not be capped by the Government after it announced a 2.41 per cent increase in the police’s share of council tax, representing an annual increase of £4.68 for band D properties. The SPA was capped

  • Thousands in Croydon targeted by scam mail every year

    Up to 20,000 people in Croydon are being duped by scam mail each year, the council’s lead member for safety and cohesion has said. Croydon Council is calling for people targeted by fraudsters to fight back during a ‘Scamnesty’ scheme this February

  • Business at Croydon restuarant heats up after cold snap

    Business at South Indian style restaurant Chennai Dosa is beginning to heat up following a challenging period during the wintry weather. The London Road restaurant is planning a revamp of its menu as it attempts to capitalise on better trading