• Leading thinkers debate at Graveney School

    Leading thinkers, politicians, academics and media commentators visited Graveney School on Wednesday to take part in debates with sixth formers. The day-long event, organised by the Global Uncertainties Schools Network, culminated in a “Question Time

  • Star headteacher to turn around Elliot School in Putney

    A headteacher with a track record for turning around underperforming schools has been appointed to lead Elliot School in Putney. Mark Phillips, former headteacher of de Stafford School in Caterham, is to take over the reins after the Easter break. De

  • Teen stabbed in Wimbledon

    A teenager was stabbed in a brawl outside a Wimbledon pub on Tuesday night. The 18-year-old was attacked on the Broadway during a night out with friends. Two others, an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, suffered head injuries in the street

  • Folk champion coming to Thames Ditton's Ram

    A champion of English folk music is performing at the Ram Club in Thames Ditton on Friday, March 5. Pete Coe, who is known to tell a good joke, will entertain the crowd with his songs performed on the melodeon, banjo and bouzouki. To

  • Ks denied victory by freak goal

    A freak goal saw Kingstonian denied all three points at ninth-placed AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday night. Keeper Rob Tolfrey lost a harmless high punt from Jamie Dormer in the floodlights after 68 minutes and his flailing hands directed the ball into the

  • BBC producer from Kingston jailed for secret sex tapes

    A BBC producer has been jailed for eight months for filming himself having sex with five different women. Benjamin Wilkins, 37, who now lives with his mother in Clevedon Road, Kingston, rigged a camera above his bed. Today at Inner London

  • Parking charges set for Lords showdown

    The fate of parking charges in Richmond and Bushy parks will be decided in the House of Lords next week. MP for Richmond Park, Susan Kramer, has learned the Lords will be deciding whether the Royal Parks’ controversial parking charges should

  • No holes in Meredith Kercher evidence, judges say

    The student lovers who murdered Meredith Kercher have suffered a blow to their appeals, after Italian judges announced there were no holes or inconsistencies in the original evidence. Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito were found guilty in

  • Sutton claim a valuable victory

    Sutton United produced another fine form at a promotion rival to go third in the Ryman Premier League on Tuesday night. United opened up a two-goal lead but a controversial goal eight minutes from time set up a nervous finish in which Bradley Fraser

  • Humphrey header sinks Casuals

    A solitary Nicky Humphrey header just pastthe quarter hour mark made it eight games unbeaten for the Met Police against Corinthian-Casuals in an entertaining encounter. The game was littered with gilt-edged chances perhaps aided by some sloppy defending

  • Epsom urged to hit the dance floor to lose weight

    Residents in the borough have been urged to put on their dancing shoes and get fit this month. Free dance classes, part of the NHS’ Change4Life programme, will take place across Epsom over the weekend of March 6 and 7 in the hope it will encourage

  • Testing goes well for Stevens

    Will Stevens (Oxshott, Surrey) and Lewis Williamson kicked-off the official Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship pre-season in perfect style for Manor Competition at Brands Hatch this week – the New Ollerton team heading both days of testing with

  • Warnock's parting shot at Palace administrator

    Neil Warnock has hit back at Crystal Palace's joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, claiming he was difficult to work with and had a high opinion of himself. Guilfoyle, of The P&A Partnership, said Warnock lacked the stomach for the fight at Palace

  • Man stabbed in Herne Hill

    Police are hunting a man who stabbed a motorist in the chest after he stopped to visit a Herne Hill convenience store. The 25-year-old man was stabbed at about 9.10pm on February 28 as he tried to drive away from Costcutter in Norwood Road.

  • Bailiffs used more than 15,000 times over council tax debts

    Lambeth Council has called in the bailiffs an astonishing 15,103 times so far this financial year to collect unpaid council tax from the homes of defaulters. A response to a Freedom of Information request also showed just under 30,000 court

  • Richmond through to Lord's final

    Richmond boys will play at Lord’s tomorrow after winning last weekend’s Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Indoor Cup qualifiers at Harrow Leisure Centre. Richmond beat Barnet, Sutton and Brent in their group. Team manager Clive Shaw said: “The secret

  • Richmond stay in promotion hunt

    Head coach David Rijvers was encouraged by Richmond’s performance even though they went down 3-2 at Sheffield in their National Volleyball Division Two clash. The 15-25 25-18 22-22 19-25 12-15 defeat means that, with three games left, the Kingston College-based

  • Croydon service station workers robbed and assaulted

    Police are hunting three men who attacked and robbed two service station workers. The robbery, on February 25, involved three black males who entered the Fernside Connect service station on Mitcham Road at 11.30pm. One of the workers

  • Day to forget for Wanderers

    A lacklustre performance sent Hounslow Wanderers’ Middlesex County League Premier Division promotion challenge back to the drawing board on Saturday. They were left fuming in the 20th-minute when a penalty appeal was rejected when Wanderers felt Jas

  • Twickenham plunged into fight to avoid drop

    Twickenham’s 24-23 defeat at Guildford last Saturday has left them in a precarious position just one point of the London two South West relegation zone. They host Weybridge Vandals desperate for points tomorrow after losing a clash in which they outscored

  • Newton double lifts Staines

    Staines Town added to Weymouth’s well-publicised problems with a 2-1 win on their first visit to The Wessex Stadium. Weymouth chairman George Rolls had to take a seat in the dug-out as boss Jerry Gill was ill and assistant Andy Harris was playing.


    The BBC has announced it is to close 6 Music and the Asian Network as part of major plans to restructure the corporation's finances. Other initiatives announced include cuts to the company's web sites, spending on imported TV shows, with more

  • Another title for Snowden

    Herne Hill Harriers’ Katie Snowden won the England women’s U17 800m indoor title at Birmingham in two minutes, 15.49 seconds last weekend. She also took silver in the 300m (40.2). Seven days earlier, Snowden had won the U17 race at the Surrey Cross Country

  • Hat-trick of national wins for Gorecka

    Howard of Effingham schoolgirl Emelia Gorecka retained her women’s U17 title at the English Championships on Saturday. It completed a hat-trick of national victories and added to her Surrey schools and South of England wins at Reigate and Parliament

  • Games in hand a pain - Strevens

    Ben Strevens reckons he would much rather have the points on the board than games in hand as Brentford face a full-on fixture pile-up to end the League One season. The Bees have played at least two games less than any of their rivals and face a further

  • Man robbed at gunpoint while parking car

    A 55-year-old man had a gun put against his head as robbers tried to steal his car. The man, who was parking his silver Toyota Previa, was approached by hooded men at 10.30pm on Monday, February 15. The attack, in Upwood Road, Norbury

  • Forecast looking bleak for Chemmy

    Chemmy Alcott has hinted that she may be forced to hang up her ski boots after her third Winter Olympics came to a disappointing close. The Surbiton School old girl rounded off a rollercoaster Winter Olympics on a low in the women’s slalom

  • Tanners left to rue harsh red card

    If the travelling Tanners fans could not have dreamt for a better start on Saturday, going a goal up inside 60 seconds, they most certainly would not have imagined such a nightmare finish as the hosts slammed in three goals in the last four minutes to

  • Tarpey magic secures another valuable draw

    Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Havant & Waterlooville 1 The Beavers edged closer to the 40-point target that anager Alan Devonshire reckons is needed to guarantee Blue Square South survival with this hard-earned point against a side that

  • Ayckbourn to be funny

    Alan Ayckbourn has done a lot of good things for theatre and his Norman Conquests trilogy is one of his greatest achievement. From next Tuesday, amateur dramatics group Chelsea Players will be doing the third of those plays, Round and Round the Garden

  • Scott: Bees must not fear Leeds

    Andy Scott has demanded his Brentford side ditch the fear factor when they travel to face League One juggernaut Leeds United this weekend. The Bees will travel to Yorkshire to face a title-chasing United side that have lost just one game at

  • Social care roadshow comes to Croydon

    A Government roadshow will be urging residents to consider a career in social care when it arrives in Croydon tomorrow. The three-day recruitment event will provide advice on finding social care jobs in the borough, details on training and

  • Horses on parade before big raceday

    An impressive line-up of former racehorses is set to parade at Sandown Park racecourse for Paddy Power Imperial Cup Day on Saturday. Organised by Retraining of Racehorses, Make a Stand, Moscow Flyer, Kicking King, Brave Inca, Blowing Wind,

  • Help Afghans to play cricket

    The Cricket for Change charity is appealing for hard-ball cricket equipment for an Afghan cricket academy held each Thursday. The academy, based at the Cricket for Change Indoor Centre in Plough Lane, Wallington, is part of the Refugee Cricket Project

  • Croydon man arrested after cyclist hit by van

    A 29-year-old man from Croydon has been arrested for perverting the course of justice after a traffic collision left a cyclist in a “life-threatening” condition. The cyclist was knocked off his bike by a white Ford Transit van, which was abandoned

  • Teacher jailed for sexually abusing 14-year-old girl

    A school basketball coach has been jailed for 30 months after sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Sean Andre Alleyne, a former England U18 coach and pundit for channel Five, encouraged the girl to show him her private parts and performed sex

  • Disabled patients missing out on information

    Some 1,000 Merton patients could be struggling to access important health information, a charity has claimed. Many blind or partially sighted patients are not provided with appointment letters and test results in large print or braille, according

  • Merton Council spent £1.8m on consultants

    Taxpayers forked out an “obscene” £1.8m paying consultants up to £1,800-a-day to work at the council in the past year, the Wimbledon Guardian can reveal. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed experts, who charged between

  • Increase in dangerous dogs seized by Lambeth police

    Lambeth's problem with dangerous "status" dogs is growing, with figures obtained by the Streatham Guardian showing the number of animals seized by police increased by a third in one year. Figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request

  • Victory for Council designer bullied and intimidated at work

    Bullying, poor management and excessive workloads drove an ex-council employee to suffer a mental breakdown, a Judge has ruled. Stephen Whiteside, a landscape designer, was driven to despair due to “a catalogue of breaches” by Croydon Council's

  • Thieves caught attempting to steal copper cables

    Four thieves were caught red-handed attempting to take hundreds of meters of copper cabling from underground sewer ducts, police said. They tried to take 220-metres of copper cabling from underground BT and sewer ducts, in Ewell, estimated

  • Thames Ditton man conned out of £3,000

    An elderly Thames Ditton was conned into handing over £3,000 in cash to a “cowardly” thief on Friday, February 19. The incident took place at a house in The Island between 1.30pm and 4pm, when the con artist knocked on the victim’s door under

  • Women can improve their health at free workshops

    Women can learn more about how local services can help them improve their mental health and wellbeing at two free events next week in Battersea and Tooting. To support International Women’s Day, NHS Wandsworth and Wandsworth Council are holding

  • Special needs crisis after Sutton college closure announced

    School provision for autistic children is in crisis in Sutton after the closure of a specialist college. Sutton Council has to find extra places for more than 25 autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) children after the surprise announcement that

  • Wentworth Golf Club charity drive sinks £36,000 for hospital

    St Peter’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit has received a record-breaking £36,000 boost from Wentworth Golf Club. It is the largest donation the hospital’s Early Birth’s Fund has ever received and was raised through a lady captain’s

  • Close encounters at Tooting school

    It was a close encounter, of a kind, at one primary school last week, where aliens were reported to have landed. Pupils filing out of lessons last Thursday saw police guarding a cordoned off area of the playground. As they approached

  • Police team honoured for tackling antisocial behaviour

    A police team has been given an award for clearing its streets of antisocial behaviour. The Shirley safer neighbourhood team (SNT) was awarded the George Hammond police safer neighbourhood team of the year award for 2009. Shirley received

  • Bone marrow donor drive held in Imogin's memory

    More than 150 people registered to become blood and bone marrow donors at a charity drive in memory of Imogin Appiah who died of leukaemia earlier this year. The Afro-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust held the drive in memory of brave seven-year-old

  • WIN! Dean Martin album and Rat Pack tickets!

    A new compilation of tracks from the 'King of cool' Dean Martin has finally been released - and this is your chance to get your hands on a copy. 'That's Amore' is a two-disc, 40-song collection of love songs performed by the rat-pack crooner

  • Parents' anger at Sutton college closure

    Liz Greensmith, from Woodfield Avenue, Carshalton Beeches, is concerned about son James, 15, who is in year 10 doing GCSEs at Stowford College. She said: “He’s a mainstream pupil but has learning difficulties – he’ll find changing schools very