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  • Bulky Skyscrapers in Croydon

    By Community Correspondent Samia Ahmed The planned Cherry Orchard Towers, is a high-rise building that will cost £500m to construct. It is part of the Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration plan for Central and East Croydon. The mixed-use buildings

  • Epsom milkies help raise £6,000 for cancer charity

    Dairy Crest staff and customers in Epsom have rallied round to raise more than £6,000 for charity. Since the firm chose cancer group Macmillan as its charity partner, a range of events, including car washes to fitness challenges, have raised a total

  • Twickenham's Meredith issues Premier League warning

    Twickenham’s Tom Meredith has warned league rivals there are plenty more runs where his fourth century of the summer came from. The 26-year-old Australian wicketkeeper-batsman smashed a mammoth 192 at Chiswick & Latymer on Sunday, having already taken

  • Kingston Magistrates' Court under threat once again

    Kingston Magistrates' Court has been included in a list of 157 "underused and inadequate" courts that may be closed by the Ministry of Justice in an effort to save £15.3m in yearly running costs. Courts Minister Jonathan Djanogly said population changes

  • Surrey County Council flies the flag for armed forces

    Surrey County Council’s chairman Geoff Marlow hosted a flag raising ceremony at County Hall in Kingston on Monday, June 21, dedicated to the brave men and women of Britain’s armed forces past and present. The event was one of thousands expected to take

  • Flag flown at town hall to honour armed forces

    A flag was flown at Lambeth town hall to honour the country’s armed forces, past and present. Lambeth Council hoisted the flag at 10.30am on Monday, simultaneously with other councils and community organisations across the country to mark Armed

  • Farah leads by example for GB

    Twickenham’s Mo Farah captained Great Britain to second place in last weekend’s European Team Champion-ships in Bergen, Norway. Farah led from the front, executing a tactically astute plan to move through the pack and kick over the final 100m to win

  • Sculptor doubles up with award-winning waxwork

    Academics have discovered a novel way to beef up security at the Wimbledon College of Art - with the help of a waxwork double. The lifelike re-creation of assistant facilities manager Paul Lurkins by final-year student Eun Jung Ha has scooped

  • Paralysed mum gives birth again despite horrific knife attack

    A woman who was left paralysed after being stabbed in the neck in Little Bookham has given birth to a second baby after the attack. Abigail Witchalls, 31, suffered horrific injuries when a knifeman left her for dead on a bridle path in Little Bookham

  • Snowden storms to national glory

    Teenager Katie Snowden gained a stunning victory at the England Athletics Championships in Bedford. The Herne Hill Harriers runner clocked a lifetime best 54.59 seconds to win the U20 women’s 400m title. Despite, at 16, being the youngest of the finalists

  • Kids set to get lost in space-themed reading project

    Volunteers are needed to make sure a space-themed reading scheme gets the perfect lift off. The summer reading scheme begins at Merton’s libraries on July 17. Children will be challenged to read six books, with prizes on offer if they complete the

  • Winner Ronnie may miss out on Canada

    St Mary’s University College had three winners at the English Championships at Bedford. Ronnie Sparke raced to victory in the junior men’s 1,500m in three minutes, 50.38 seconds. But he missed out on the 3:44.00 qualifying mark for next month’s World

  • Kiwi claims Richmond 10km title

    Paul Martellini led home more than 500 runners in Sunday’s inaugural Richmond 10km road race, promoted by Ranelagh Harriers. The New Zealander clocked 30 minutes, 33 seconds, to finish ahead of Basingstoke’s John Hutchins (31:10) and Bournemouth’s Steven

  • Judy in Paradise

    The so-called ‘star-makers’ of the music industry are generally thought to be the svengali figures – the managers, agents and record producers who wheel, deal, move and shake in the shadows of their protégés. But consider for a moment the influence

  • A World Cup song for World Cup widows

    Most men have been looking forward to this summer's World Cup with great excitement, while women like young singer-songwriter Natalie May have been dreading it. So much so in fact, that she has written a song, wonderfully called I Wish I Was

  • Come to Kingston - here be dragons

    A giant dragon boat will be land-locked in Kingston Market Place in July, a week before rowers take to the Thames. This year’s race will see up to 36 teams vying against each other to reach the final. Dragon Boat racing began on the southern shores

  • Soggy sandwiches in Osterley Park

    By Community Correspondent Lucy Courtnadge A rainy start to the half-term week didn’t stop Home-Start Hounslow families, volunteers and staff turning out to celebrate National Family Week. The local family support charity organised a picnic

  • Carl holds Cort with Bees

    Bees boss Andy Scott reckons Carl Cort is going to be key to his side’s chances of bettering last season’s ninth place League One finish. The 32-year-old former Newcastle United striker finally put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the club on

  • Mini power station plan for town centre

    A mini power station could be built in the centre of Croydon as part of a £55m council plan to sell its own heat and electricity. The District Energy (DE) scheme would involve setting up a small-scale plant near the current council headquarters

  • Kingston College celebrates its brightest pupils

    Students at Kingston College celebrated their achievements at the college’s annual prize-giving ceremony on Thursday, June 17. Kingston mayor Councillor Chrissie Hitchcock was on hand to present the awards to students in front of a full house at the

  • Residents attack council silence over guard rails

    Silence over Merton Council’s controversial road re-design, which parents say is putting children’s lives at risk, has been blasted by residents and councillors. The council has not revealed documents explaining why metal railings - which line a busy

  • Ks sign Harrow Borough star Jinadu

    Kingstonian boss Alan Dowson signed Harrow Borough defender Tobi Jinadu this week before insisting there were still places up for grabs in his squad next season. The 26-year-old left-sided centre-back, supporters player of the year at Earlsmead last

  • Two more triumphs for Sutton Schools

    Sutton Borough Schools U11 ran out 1-0 winners in a match with a Rest of the League representative side at Newbury. After taking an early lead through Tommy Hicks, they kept their 10th clean sheet in 11 Southern League matches this season. A no-nonsense

  • Five men to be extradited after High Court blocks appeal

    A group of men accused of an attack which left a British holidaymaker in a coma have lost a High Court battle to block their extradition to Greece. Curtis Taylor, 20, Daniel Bell, 21, Sean Branton, 20, all from Horley, Benjamin Herdman, 20,

  • Sham spins Woods to victory

    Woodmansterne ran out 44-run winners over Long Ditton in their Fuller’s League Division Two clash on Saturday, writes David Clisby. Richard Knight (41) and Robbie Joyce (35) were the main contributors as Woods were 214 all out, while Oli Fegan and

  • Haworth relishing Tooting captaincy

    Rob Haworth reckons his experience could be a decisive factor for Tooting & Mitcham this season after being installed as new Terrors captain last week. Striker Haworth was unveiled as one of boss Mark Beard’s key summer signings, arriving from last

  • Sullivan has high hopes for Tanners

    Mick Sullivan admits there is a real air of anticipation at Fetcham Grove as Leatherhead prepare to return to training ahead of this season’s Ryman Division One South campaign. Having been the form team in the second half of last season, the Tanners

  • Elliott plays down title talk at Sutton

    Sutton United chairman Bruce Elliott has been quick to play down reports his side are the bookies favourites to lift the Ryman League Premier Division title this season. Boss Paul Doswell’s men finished second last season before losing out to Kingstonian

  • Tooting theatre group heading to Edinburgh

    A Tooting theatre group has landed a slot at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, writes Jack Mills. Black Coffee Theatre, three students of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, will be performing Let's Have Sex at the famous festival. In the lead

  • St Helier post office worker held up by automatic pistol

    A security guard was held up by automatic pistol on Middleton Road in St Helier last Friday June 18. The member of staff was moving cash between the post office and a van outside when he was robbed just before midday. No shots were fired

  • It's important to be earnest

    The critically acclaimed Clockhouse Theatre Company is performing Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, this weekend at St Mary's Church, Putney. Described as fun, witty and fast-paced, the play turns human deception into a comical affair

  • Turning trash into treasure

    Have you ever thought what you could do with that rusting bucket in the garden? Or those empty can's of fizzy pop? Well, the possibilities are endless, as the latest exhibition at the Museum of Croydon shows. Treasures From Trash, in partnership with

  • Bruce Foxton just happy to be Paul Weller's mate again

    Bruce Foxton's appearance at the Royal Albert Hall last month was a very special one - it was the first time he and fellow The Jam member Paul Weller had played together since 1982. His stint on stage, on Weller's birthday, marked the conclusion

  • Demolition plans for RACS building withdrawn

    Campaigners are celebrating this week after plans to destroy the Royal Arsenal Co-Operative Society building in Tooting were withdrawn. The council received thousands of objections to the redevelopment of the historic Art Deco building in Upper Tooting

  • Emergency services raise £1.5K from ambulance pull

    Emergency services raised more than £1,500 after pulling a 4,000kg ambulance through the streets of Tooting last Saturday. As part of a Midsummer Fun Day, Tooting Fire Station, Tooting Safer Neighbourhood Team and the London Ambulance Service

  • Lambeth residents must recycle more

    Waste material Weee is the focus of a campaign in Lambeth to get people to recycle more. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (Weee) are any small electricals – from electric toothbrushes to toasters, hair straighteners and remote controls – that

  • Spa novice takes refuge from the norm

    The idea of being pampered in luxurious surroundings while basking in glorious sunshine may sound appealing to most people, but when I hopped on a plane to visit one of the world's leading hotels and spas, I felt nervous. Having never been

  • Croydon Schools draw Jack Hobbs Trophy

    Croydon Schools U15 drew its Jack Hobbs Trophy match with South London Schools U15 last Wednesday, as both sides scored 163 at The Oval. It is the first time in the match's 39-year history it has been drawn, though Croydon should have won it but for

  • Great Train Robber book author visits Sutton

    The author of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs’ latest book will be visiting Sutton next month for a signing session at Waterstones. Mike Gray’s new book ‘Ronnie Biggs - The Inside Story’ tells the Great Train Robber’s story of his time in prison

  • Suspected drink driver crashed into lampost on Maldon Road

    A man suspected of drink driving crashed his car into a lamppost on Maldon Road on Monday night (June 21), turning the car onto its roof and smashing the lamppost to the ground. The 43-year-old-man was taken to hospital and later arrested by

  • Award winning garden trashed before judges' visit.

    An award-winning garden has been trashed by youths in the middle of the night, hours before judges were due to visit. The Garnet Road shelter for elderly residents prides itself on the garden at the base of the two tower blocks . It

  • Golfers play from dawn until dusk to raise £7,000

    Sixteen weary golfers completed the longest round of golf they had ever played - 72 holes at three different courses. The charity golfing marathon, in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital Children’s Unit and the Sutton Stroke Club, required the earliest

  • Vulnerable man lay dead for a week, inquest hears

    The body of a vulnerable man who died in sheltered housing was discovered up to a week later when a neighbour complained of a bad smell. William Veitch, 60, was found dead in his flat at Elmwood Court in Battersea Park Road on April 26, his inquest

  • Few changes in new council cabinet

    Many of the faces stayed the same as when the council announced its new cabinet earlier this month. During a special council portfolio meeting at the Town Hall, councillors were told who would be leading the various departments. Edward

  • Police search for fake gas man who tricked pensioner

    A con artist who masqueraded as a gas man to trick his way into a 94-year-old woman’s home is wanted by police. The woman, who lives in Stoford Close, Southfields, let the man in at 4.30pm on Thursday, June 10, after he buzzed on her intercom. He

  • Video: Youths storm pizzeria and brawl with staff.

    A manager and one of his employees were assaulted by a gang of youths who stormed his fast food restaurant. Asif Michael, 37, and a 56-year-old employee were set upon by hooligans after they refused to give them free pizza. The attack

  • Richmond residents advised to make gardens bee-friendly

    Richmond residents have been encouraged to make their gardens bee-friendly, following dramatic falls in UK bee numbers. The advice was given at Twickenham and Thames Valley Bee-keepers Association, who held an open day this month. Bee number