Indie-folk singer Gabrielle Aplin performed exclusive gig in Banquet Records, Kingston on Valentine’s Day. Aplin gained a huge following on YouTube after uploading covers of songs by bands such as ‘Paramore’ and ‘You Me At Six’, but shot to fame

  • Foxed out!

    Foxes have been in the news recently since a child was injured by a fox that walked into a home through an open door or window. Many Londoners have confirmed reports that foxes are out on the streets, and that have these creatures have been sighted

  • Don't Dump Animals

    Another day of card-sending, present-giving and stress-making is drawing to an end, but for many, Valentine’s Day is no ‘special occasion’… It’s the time of year that we all remember and celebrate the loved ones in our lives. Sadly, along with

  • Romanian found hanged in park after grim Facebook messages

    A young Romanian man who had just broken up with his girlfriend hanged himself in a park, a court heard. Tudor Marcel Trusculete, 20, had posted comments on his Facebook site shortly before his death in which he claimed he was fed up with life.

  • Have you seen missing pensioner?

    A 76-year-old woman has gone missing. Beryl Black, who lives in assisted housing and receives health care and medication every day, did not return to her home in Worcester Road, Sutton, last night. She was last seen at Sutton Station at 12.30pm

  • Charity founder aims to inspire youngsters

    An award winning entrepreneur who gave up banking to go into community work wants to take a campaign into schools to inspire young people to help others. Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, from Broad Green, was told by a teacher he would never be anything,

  • Car park plans anger residents and commuters

    Commuters and residents have reacted angrily to plans to sell off Brighton Road car park to an engineering firm. Subsea 7, a multinational seabed-to-surface contractor, announced last week it intends to level the building to make way for a state

  • Iron Men to raise money for Meningitis UK

    Two fundraisers will be taking part in a gruelling 140 mile Iron Man triathlon in 30 degree heat this summer to raise money for Meningitis UK. Luke Perry, 24, from Earlsfield, and Max Rogers, 23, from Walton, will be competing in the Iron Man,

  • Water world: Saving water in your household

    After so much snow, excess water is a problem, if anything, but it probably won't be long before we're being told to save water because of a drought. If your home has a water meter, conserving water should always be something you're conscious

  • Hercules Wimbledon latest news round up - part two

    Hercules Wimbledon's women's cross country runners finished their League season strongly taking fourth place in the final Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meeting at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking. They were led in by marathon-running mum Claire Grima

  • Hong Kong high life

    Sitting in a battered old armchair in a dated therapy area, a heated lavender-scented pillow around my neck, and my feet in a barrel of warm soapy water, it's hard to believe I'm in the heart of the thriving metropolis that is Hong Kong. As I listen

  • Owner helpless as dog is stolen in car theft

    A distraught dog owner is appealing for help after her beloved pet was stolen in a car theft. Lana Hyman, who lives in Inner Park Road, Southfields, said her car was stolen was she quickly popped out in Lavender Hill, near Clapham Junction station

  • Use parking fine funds on potholes

    Having bumped my way once again down Nightingale Lane, I was outraged to read on your front page last week that the council has taken £25m in parking fees from motorists last year. The potholes are what you would expect to see in some backwater

  • Student speaks of moment she found Shelley Pratt

    A college student has spoken of the dramatic moments she found missing teenager Shelley Pratt. Martina Edwards, 17, of Thornton Heath, was out shopping when she spotted the 14-year-old in Centrale Shopping Centre with her friends Jade Frazer and

  • The ‘Old’ put back in ‘Old Palace’

    On the 4th of February, a Croydon-based school, Old Palace of John Whitgift had the very exciting opportunity to learn about the origins of their society. A Classical Civilisation teacher, a Mrs. A Constantinides presented the school with information

  • Salts team ethos is not shaken after a perfect 10

    Epsom & Ewell are sitting proudly on top of the Combined Counties Premier Division after achieving a perfect run of 10 straight wins, and manager Lyndon Buckwell knows just how they did it. The Salts’s crowning win came at Chessington &

  • Queen Mary's Hospital evacuated after suspected arson

    Four people have been hospitalised and 20 staff and patients evacuated from Queen Mary's Hospital, after a suspected arson attack early this morning (Saturday). Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters attended the blaze, which started just after

  • Train users told to expect afternoon delays

    South West Trains said services between Wimbledon and Waterloo will be delayed or even cancelled as emergency engineering works continue today. Emergency engineering work in the Wimbledon area is causing disuptions to services in and out of central

  • Flames of love while firefighting

    The flames of love were lit for a couple of firefighters by working together at the same fire station. Jane Northeast, 44, met her husband Steve, 45, at Epsom fire station where they worked on the same watch and travelled together in the same fire

  • Latest Wimbledon Hercules news - part one

    Hercules Wimbledon AC teenager Cassian Hyde claimed his first ever win in last weekend’s final Division One meeting in the 2XU U17s Surrey men’s Cross Country League. Hyde, 16, stormed home over the 2.5 miles in 15 minutes, 13 seconds, beating

  • 'Smart' bins set to tidy up high street

    Unsightly gum, cigarette butts and litter have been targeted in a new scheme set to smarten up our streets. Ten new bins, designed by  UK company Smartstreets, have been installed in Morden as part of a trial to reduce the amount of dropped litter

  • All there in black and white: Wearing monochrome

    Do not adjust your sets. Your eyes are not deceiving you: the style world has decided to banish colour in favour of black and white this season. The usual fanciful florals of spring have been left to wilt, pretty pastels are in the shade and bright

  • Samurai sword man walks free

    A man who left his brother needing four stitches after hitting him over the head with a scabbard has avoided a jail sentence. Matthew Ballard, of Gloucester Road, Croydon, pleaded guilty to attacking his younger brother with the samurai sword sheath

  • Avoid falling prey to rogue agents

    As more and more people turn to renting, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) is warning would-be tenants to watch out for rogue letting agents. In just over a decade, the private rented sector has grown by 1.62 million people,

  • Sutton United's promotion push is under intensive care

    Harry Ottaway believes a fresh approach on the training pitch will catapult Sutton United to the upper reaches of the Blue Square South. The striker was on target in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over second-placed Welling United at Gander Green Lane

  • Romantic routes to a happy relationship

    Heartfelt declarations of love, candlelit dinners and flower bouquets are some of the traditional ways to mark Valentine's Day. But what if you're single? Or what if you're in a partnership but secretly feel it could be more loving and fulfilling

  • Men avoid jail after "brutal" attack outside pub

    Four men who beat, punched and kicked a man to the ground during a fight outside a pub have narrowly avoided jail. In what was called a "brutal attack" four men were caught on CCTV repeatedly punching and kicking a man to the floor outside the

  • Free flowers for customers in the Whitgift Centre

    Love is in the air at the Whitgift Centre. Customers can collect a free flower in the shopping centre by visiting the VIP desk or telling promo staff around the centre 'I love Whitgift.' Flowers will be handed out until 5pm.

  • VIDEO: Crimewatch tonight to feature missing Lee Boxell

    Murder detectives believe a paedophile could have been behind the disappearance of Lee Boxell more than 24 years ago. In a Crimewatch appeal to be aired this evening, police will reveal they are working on the hypothesis the 15-year-old, who was

  • Trains severely disrupted after 1km of overhead cable falls

    Train travellers are facing major disruption after a length of overhead wire fell on to the line.   Problems on the lines between Radlett in Hertfordshire and St Albans last night means Thameslink services between Sutton and St Albans and Luton

  • Soon-to-be superstar golfer sets record winning Surrey title

    A Cobham pupil has set his sights on becoming the next Rory McIlroy, after being crowned Surrey U14 order of merit scratch champion. Scott Murray, a year 8 pupil at Reed’s School, beat fierce competition from the 64 top golfers in the county.

  • Don't make it a dirty Valentine's Day

    Planning on taking your loved one to a restaurant for Valentine’s Day? A campaign by the Food Standards Agency is aiming to make consumers make better eating out choices. Sutton has 300 premises on their ratings page. Restaurants with a 0,

  • Weybridge home welcomes Year of the Snake

    To mark the beginning of the year of the snake, Sunrise Senior Living of Weybridge hosted a themed afternoon social to celebrate Chinese New Year. Sunrise opened its doors to friends, family and neighbours for a cultural celebration, Chinese dancing

  • Care Quality Commission needs to dig deeper

    I have no particular beef with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and I don't know if their review of the Luz residential home is fair, but some of their online reviews give less than a full, comprehensive picture. In one care home I had one relative

  • Black cab drivers yearn for return to pole position

    Black cab drivers are demanding to be allowed back outside Epsom Station - claiming the location of their current taxi rank is costing them a fortune. Sheila Siggers and up to 50 other black cab drivers, used to be based right outside the Epsom

  • Bournemouth woman seeking lost love this Valentine's Day

    A forlorn lover is hoping to be reunited with her date after he lost his phone and all contact with her. Soraya Elseaud decided to give love a try after meeting rugby player James Clark and was looking forward to the hooker from Richmond visiting

  • VIDEO: Children with autistic siblings tell their stories

    Children who have siblings with autism are telling their stories. A unique project will culminate in a free drama performance at the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre. The Awards For All is a funded collaboration between a theatre company,

  • Emergency rail works causing rush hour delays

    Commuters are facing delays and cancellations this morning due to emergency engineering works. Emergency engineering work at Wimbledon station has caused disruption to all South West Train services into and out of London Waterloo. All trains

  • Housing crisis is historic

    If Wandsworth Council hadn't been flogging off all their housing stock over the last 30 years and not replacing them, they might not have to resort to evicting tenants and making them homeless to rehouse families on the waiting list. How kind

  • Tables turned on reporter

    The tables were turned on reporter Alice Foster when she went to visit a school magazine club last week. During a visit to St Martin’s Junior School in Ashley Road, Epsom, last Wednesday, dozens of children, aged 8 to 11, quizzed her on the most

  • Merton move up to the fringes of the battle for promotion

    Merton recorded their fourth win on the spin in Surrey Division Four with an impressive 26-3 mauling of third-placed Woking. Rob Bell, Jason Newell, Laurence Griffiths and Neil Quinn, with three Nick Bentley conversions, brought Merton within a

  • One in six Surrey roads in poor condition

    One in six roads in Surrey is in a poor condition, twice the national average, according to figures released by Surrey County Council. In the past calendar year, the county council received 934 claims for damage to vehicles that occurred in that

  • Groups hit by council cuts are helping elderly

    By Sue Tickner; Raynes Park I was absolutely furious at the council quote in your story about funding cuts to voluntary groups, stating "Merton Council … is cutting funding to voluntary groups deemed to be not contributing to helping keep the elderly

  • Council disgrace over pay to play

    Just when you think that Wandsworth Council cannot get any worse, it surpasses itself.  Having recently demolished Battersea Park adventure playground, claiming they could not afford staffing and would therefore install new permanent structures

  • Nursery celebrates 10th anniversary

    A nursery celebrated its 10th anniversary with a day of fun and games. Sutton Montessori Nursery in Robin Hood Lane was founded 10 years ago with just four children on its books. Now it has 50, many of whom were around to celebrate the anniversary

  • Love grows: Creating a romantic garden

    Valentine's Day will come and go, but you can create a lover's paradise in your outdoor space, incorporating all the senses of touch, smell, sight, taste and sound. Whether it's a woodland garden or flowing fields or a rustic cottage garden bursting

  • Fox attacks teenage girl out jogging

    A fox has attacked a teenage girl out jogging - fuelling calls for cull. The fox leapt out of the darkness and bit Clare Laudy, 17, when she was running along Worple Road, in Epsom, on the evening of January 10. Following the attack on a baby

  • Former mayor dies

    A former mayor and long-standing councillor has died. Pat Hecks, who spent 16 years representing Croham ward on Croydon Council and chaired several committees, died on Saturday aged 78. Former colleagues have paid tribute to the father-of-two

  • Rival rugby teams to play for charity

    Rival rugby teams are joining forces to raise money for charity. Sutton & Epsom Extra Bs and Old Suttonians RFC will be staging a friendly match in aid of Help for Heroes at Sutton & Epsom RFC in Cuddington Court, Cheam. Donations will

  • Renal institute looks to hit £5m mark

    The South West Thames Institute for Renal Research, based at St Helier Hospital, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The unit is supported by the South West Thames Kidney Fund charity which funds their vital research. Over the last 15 years