• ‘Politics’ – Open to All?

    For many, the prospect of entering the world of ‘Politics’ would be an unnerving and daunting experience. Likewise, for the vast majority of the electorate, it’s often seen as an elite club for the privileged few, its members being our elected MPs.

  • Guantanamo detainee's fate now down to politics

    The fate of the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay is in the hands of political powerbrokers in London and Washington ahead of crucial elections, and has little to do with national security and justice, his lawyer has claimed.

  • Arts festival to make comeback

    Music fans and comedy lovers are applauding the return of Wimbledon’s biggest arts festival. The annual Cannizaro Park Festival was dropped in 2009 after the company behind the event said it had become too expensive to run. But this

  • Firefighters called to KFC Surbiton

    Firefighters have today been called to Kentucky Fried Chicken in Brighton Road, Surbiton. Firefighters got notice of a smell of burning at 2.48pm and sent two pumps. The fire has now been extinguished and the damage, if any, was thought

  • Father and daughter charged with attack on Donal MacIntyre

    A 47-year-old man and his daughter appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with assaulting celebrity journalist Donal MacIntyre, during an alleged “revenge attack” in an East Molesey bar last year. James Wild, from Isis

  • Appeal after teen sexually assaulted on Streatham train

    British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a teenager. Police said the incident occurred at about 5.35pm on board a train between Streatham and Peckham Rye

  • Gadgets: Sony "move" into motion controls

    Initially rumoured to be called Arc, Sony announced the details of the 'Playstation Move' - their new wireless motion controller - to a packed out hall at the GDC 2010. Playstation Move will work through the Playstation Eye - a camera device

  • Croydon in the spotlight on Harry Hill TV show

    The slating of the borough in an episode of Eastenders sparked TV funny man, Harry Hill, to compose a song about Croydon. In his critique of that weeks television on his show, Harry Hill's TV Burp, he is spurred on to sing about Croydon after

  • Wasteful Robins slip back into trouble

    Bognor Regis Town 1 Carshalton Athletic 0 Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession in Tuesday night's Ryman League Premier Division clash, the Robins struggled to convert this into scoring opportunities, and those that were created

  • Beavers waste chances to let points slip at home

    HAMPTON & RICHMOND 1 DORCHESTER TOWN 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough’s disappointing home form continued as they slipped to a seventh home Blue Square South defeat of the season against a resolute Dorchester side on Tuesday night. Two first-half headers

  • Teen caught up in armed robbery cleared in court

    A teenager who fell in with a gang of armed robbers during a trip to the countryside has been found not guilty of being involved with the heist. Aaron King discovered the car he was waiting in for a lift back to London was the getaway vehicle

  • John Lewis staff get 15% bonus after profits boost

    Cheers greeted the news John Lewis staff will receive a 15 per cent bonus this year, after the retailer finished the year strongly, recovering from a large drop in sales in the first half of 2009. Expectant staff at the Kingston store heard

  • Supermarkets grab the Croydon Guardian

    From this week you can pick up a free copy of Croydon's favourite newspaper at supermarkets right across the borough. A list of 23 supermarkets, including Asda in Wallington, Sainsbury's in Crystal Palace and the Co-op in Addiscombe, are now

  • Tributes paid to nurse who died of a stroke

    A cardiac nurse who died of a stroke was remembered at a memorial service near the hospital where he worked. Ben Pabines, 37, a well-respected cardiac ward nurse, had worked at St Anthony’s Hospital in London Road for five-and-a-half years

  • Crystal Palace urges residents to support cancer charity

    Crystal palace players and managers have thrown their weight behind Marie Curie’s daffodil appeal. The cancer charity is asking Croydon residents to wear yellow daffodil pins this March to raise money to provide free nursing care for people

  • Paprika

    Paprika has been serving the area excellent, authentic Indian food with sophisticated flavours since 2000. The menu integrates both traditional and western tastes which are prepared by our Chef, who has more than 20 years experience. We serve all

  • Copsey named as London Scottish chief executive

    Tony Copsey has been appointed as chief executive of London Scottish. He replaced Joe Flaherty, who had held the post on an interim basis since April last year. London Scottish chairman David Reid said: “This major appointment follows on from

  • Rations reduced at Merton Council?

    A generous food and drink allowance for councillors and officers attending evening meetings could soon be taken off the menu. Earlier this year, Merton Council was criticised for spending £6 per person on drinks, sandwiches and snacks at some

  • Heroic Wells puts Hampton on course for safety

    Hampton & Richmond Borough coach Dudley Gardner has hailed skipper Dean Wells' star turn between the sticks at the weekend as key to his side’s Blue Square South survival hopes. Centre-back Wells took over the gloves from Matt Lovett after

  • Malory Eagles end Sheffield hoodoo

    Malory Eagles avenged their home defeat to Sheffield with an emphatic 3-0 win at last year’s league and cup champions, writes Graham McConney. Malory entered the All Saints sports hall as underdogs, having lost five meetings in a row going back to

  • Scottish concede Esher have hands on title

    London Scottish director of rugby Brett Taylor has conceded National Division One leaders Esher are unstoppable, but is yet to give up hope of joining them in the Championship next season. Esher thrashed third placed Cambridge 53-15 on Saturday, while

  • Game review: Alien vs Predator - Xbox 360

    You’d think that after several films, a handful of games and numerous graphic novels the Weyland Yutani corporation would of learned its lesson and steered well clear of any Xenomorphs and strange looking pyramids. Yet here we are in the

  • Successful hairdresser still close to his roots

    A hairdresser who kick-started his fledgling business in Croydon is set to open his 50th salon. Andrew Phouli is the chairman of Rush hair and beauty, a company he founded with business partner Stelios Andrew in 1995. Despite opening

  • YOUR SAY: Role models

    The image of a British role model is in severe decline, a new report suggests. In a poll of more than 1,000 people across the UK, conducted by online games site, 67% of people considered John Terry and Tiger Woods as perfect public figures

  • Palace blog: Time to put an end to the rumour mill

    Nick Gentry talks about his building boredom with takeover rumours at Crystal Palace. He analyses those who might be making a firm bid before tomorrow's deadline and admits if administrator Brendan Guilfoyle has to extend it again, then the Eagles could

  • Muscats ready to pounce

    New Addington-based band Muscats face a make-or-break week next week as they launch their debut single. The four-piece indie-ska band, which includes brothers Dave and Jon Fleckney who grew up in Shirley, guitarist Tommy Ryan and drummer Dan Dale,

  • Patient killed himself after suicide watch relaxed

    A “much-loved son” escaped from Springfield Hospital and killed himself just two days after he was taken off constant watch, an inquest heard. Paul Collins, 30, threw himself under a train at Wimbledon station on July 12 last year after jumping

  • Somalian President visits Tooting

    The Somalian President visited Tooting during an official UK visit to discuss Somali politics and piracy. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed met Tooting MP Sadiq Khan and members of Tooting Islamic Centre on Tuesday. Farouk Valimahomed, chairman

  • Time to put an end to the rumour mill

    We need to stop all this scrambling for news about Friday's deadline for bids for Crystal Palace. I just hope there is some news to hear when we get there as one deadline extended I could dismiss as Brendan Guilfoyle giving potential suitors more time

  • Leon's Dream diary

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rose has been a great success thanks in no small part to performances of theactors playing the hapless Rude Mechanicals. Leon Williams, who gives a hilarious performances as Flute, tells us how the play went from

  • Grieving mother pays tribute to stabbed son

    Perry Nelson Jr was was just about to marry his fiancee and start a family. The 24-year-old, known as Juju to his friends and family, had spoken to his mother just days before he was killed about his wish to settle down and start a family of

  • Family's murder trial anguish as confessed killer goes free

    The trial of a confessed killer cleared of murdering an alleged robber was a “serious miscarriage of justice” according to a former member of the London Criminal Justice Board. Lee Jasper, a former senior policy advisor to the Mayor of London

  • Mitcham man dies after crash with bus in Croydon

    A van driver who collided with a bus was discharged from hospital but died just days after from multiple organ failure. Russell Bishop, 38, was involved in a crash with the 407 bus at 9.30am on February 28, at the Wellesley Road junction with

  • Hodgson warns Quins trio of tough task ahead

    England scrum-half Paul Hodgson has warned Quins’ England trio Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Nick Easter not to under-estimate Scotland when they clash in the Six Nations at the weekend. Care, Monye and Easter all retained their starting slots

  • Bees boss will not be held to ransom over striker MacDonald

    Brentford boss Andy Scott says he will not be held to ransom over striker Charlie MacDonald’s contract negotiations. The 29-year-old - out of contract in the summer - was offered a new deal on Tuesday, days after his cross shot was turned in

  • Award for heroic coach explosion cop

    A heroic Wimbledon policeman who risked his life to rescue children from a burning coach has won a national award. PC Colin Swan was off duty when he battled through thick smoke to help about 50 people escape a coach that burst into flames

  • Charity boss warns of tough times ahead

    Funding cuts to good causes will hit some of Merton’s most vulnerable residents in the next few years, the head of one of the borough’s biggest charities has said. Russell Humphreys, chief executive of the Wimbledon Guild, made the prediction

  • Waste bidders all involved in incineration

    The four companies bidding to treat south west London’s waste problems are all involved in controversial incinerator schemes across the UK, the Croydon Guardian can reveal. Viridor, Veolia, Resources from Waste and Waste Recycling Group are

  • Tramlink left off Underground map because of 'clutter'

    The Croydon Tramlink is to be left off the London Tube map despite its key future connecting east and west London. London Assembly member Steve O’Connell slammed Transport for London’s refusal to include the 28km Tramlink on the map, which

  • Skip lorry stolen for cash machine raid

    Thieves rammed a skip lorry through the wrought iron gates of a Mitcham merchant’s yard before using the stolen vehicle for a smash-and-grab raid on a Thornton Heath supermarket. The truck was taken from Goat Road just after midnight on Monday

  • Tribute to dad who died on his own doorstep

    The grieving daughter of a man poisoned with a lethal concoction of alcohol and drugs has spoken of her continued sadness after losing her dad. Stephen McCullough’s body was found slumped against his front door in West Molesey at 7am on July

  • Residents hit back at 'angriest place in UK' tag

    Disgruntled residents dissatisfied with crime, antisocial behaviour and hectic lifestyles have seen Lambeth topping the poll of the angriest place in the UK. Lambeth scored the highest of all London’s boroughs, analysed in the first phase of

  • Controversial school catchment proposal to be scrapped

    A controversial proposal that would have seen local council estates excluded from the catchment area for a new West Norwood school has been scrapped. Lambeth Council drew up proposals for a priority catchment area for Kingswood Primary School

  • Bisexual murderer killed himself in prison

    A bisexual murderer who hanged himself in a Lambeth jail was not given a statutory mental health assessment to see if he was at risk of self-harm, an inquest heard. A number of procedural failings took place at Brixton Prison prior to the death

  • Kingston campaigners call for cafe culture

    Campaigners wanting to use the empty Borders bookshop to create a cafe culture in Kingston town centre will hold holding a public meeting on Saturday. Ideas given for the venue so far include a cafe and restaurant, a live music venue or an