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  • The Drama Bug!

    The exam period is upon us! The sky is gloomy, the pen-nibs are warm and morale in need of a refresher. The drama girls of Croydon are not exempt. Their AS examination is a bit more optimistic however with a performance rather than a daunting paper

  • Work to be done for Triggs Hodge

    Olympic champion Andrew Triggs Hodge stroked the GB Rowing men’s eight to victory on the final day of the Essen International Regatta on Sunday, but then claimed the team has a “lot to do” before the World Cup at Eton Dorney in June. Molesey Boat

  • A Blayze of glory

    Putney schoolgirl Catherine Blayze showed off her tennis talents to some of England’s top scouts last Wednesday. The 14-year-old, who trains at Chiswick Riverside, was one of 39 youngsters who took part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s National

  • Golden boy McKibbin

    Paralympic table tennis star Aaron McKibbin put up a great performance to win gold in the men’s class eight team event at the Slovenian Open last weekend. With GB playing partner Ross Wilson not competing in Slovenia, McKibbin, the world number

  • Harriers show promise on Premiership debut

    A clutch of strong individual performances suggested that Herne Hill Harriers will be able to compete at the highest level of British athletics as the club made their bow in the top flight at the weekend. Promoted Herne Hill made their debut in

  • Cricket round-up: Spencer and Bank of England

    Spencer’s first game in the Surrey Championship Premier Division ended in defeat on Saturday. Spencer were promoted as Division One champions last season and Daniel O’Shea’s figures of 3-36 helped reduce Reigate Priory to 151-5 in a rain-affected

  • Edwards has the Blues over Park exit

    Neville Edwards admitted it was bittersweet to walk away from Rosslyn Park for pastures new. After three years at the club, the 25-year-old winger has taken the plunge and signed for Championship outfit Bedford Blues, and could even find himself

  • Road clear after three-car crash in Kingston

    Traffic is back to normal after an earlier three car crash in one of Kingston's busiest roads. The accident happened shortly after 4.20pm in Wheatfield Way - where buses are currently being diverted due to sewer repairs in Eden Street. Police

  • Palace's KG: We deserve our shot at the big time

    Kagisho Dikgacoi feels Crystal Palace deserve their place in the Championship play-off final and now wants another crack at the Premier League. The Eagles claimed their spot in the game at Wembley, where a whopping £120m prize is at stake, with

  • Porsche crashes into wall near Wimbledon tennis

    A silver Porsche crashed into a brick wall near the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon causing substantial damage. A witness said the Porsche Cayenne was driving up Somerset Road, when it lost control and drove into the corner of a house on Newstead

  • Byzantium: Reviewed

    Starring: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Daniel Mays, Johnny Lee Miller, Tom Hollander Director: Neil Jordan I have to say that I was somewhat sceptical when I went to the screening of Byzantium as this was yet another take on the Vampire movie.

  • Five illegal immigrants arrested in Battersea and Clapham

    Five immigrants working illegally were arrested during a police crackdown. Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers made the arrests during a series of raids across the capital on May 9. Two Nepalese men, aged 24 and 38, working in the

  • Scheme launched to keep elderly living in homes for longer

    A controversial scheme aimed at keeping the elderly living in their homes for longer was officially launched last week. The Ageing Well initiative, set up by Merton Council and the Merton Voluntary Service Council (MSVC), has seen a restructuring

  • Fallen tree again delays trains to Berrylands

    Passengers travelling through Berrylands Station face disruption following a fallen tree on the tracks. The line between Surbiton and Berrylands were closed while staff removed the tree. South West Trains tweeted: "All lines between Surbiton

  • Seven in 10 people in Sutton 'argue over partner's snoring'

    Seven out of 10 people in Sutton say their partner's snoring has caused them to argue or lose sleep. According to a new survey, 72 per cent of people in Sutton say they have argued or lost sleep because of their partner's grunts, snorts and whistling

  • Police stop 450 drivers in uninsured cars crackdown in Sutton

    Nearly a dozen uninsured vehicles were seized during a police operation last week. Officers in Sutton took part in a London-wide crackdown on uninsured drivers and seized 11 cars which either were not insured or were being driven without a licence

  • Get on the water with Teddington Watersports

    With the summer season fast approaching people are being encouraged to get on the water. Teddington Watersports will hold an open day for people wanting to try out activities including canoeing, dragon boating, rowing or waterskiing. The event

  • Moxey happy to prove the Palace doubters wrong

    Crystal Palace's underdogs status played right into their hands at Brighton last night, according to Dean Moxey. The Eagles left-back helped Palace secure a first Wembley appearance since 2004 as they beat Brighton 2-0 at the Amex Stadium to secure

  • Stuart Hazell jailed for life to serve at least 38 years

    The man who murdered  Tia Sharp has been jailed for life to serve at least 38 years. Stuart Hazell shocked the courtroom in the Old Bailey yesterday morning by pleading guilty to murder, after the indictment was put to him again. The 37-year-old

  • Public invited to meeting on future of Clapham Fire Station

    A public meeting is taking place on the future of the fire service, with Clapham Fire Station under threat of closure. The meeting at Lambeth Town Hall aims to let the community comment on the future of the London Fire Brigade. In March the

  • Merton Conservatives elect second new leader in two months

    Merton Conservatives have named their third leader in three months following a shock leadership election last night. Councillor Oonagh Moulton has been named the groups' new leader after their former leader, Councillor Richard Hilton, ward member

  • Sutton hopes to bring Crossrail 2 to Worcester Park

    Crossrail 2 could be coming to Worcester Park. As Boris Johnson today launches the consultation on potential routes for the new service, Sutton Council has thrown its weight behind the option of bringing Crossrail 2 to Wimbledon and Worcester Park

  • Nature Notes: Habitat destruction

    A major reason for a decline in wildlife is the steady reduction in suitable habitat. Since the second world war, hundreds of miles of hedgerows have been grubbed up to increase areas available for growing food crops. Woodlands have been damaged

  • More police patrols today after attempted child abduction

    Police are spending a second day hunting the man who tried to abduct a child in a park on Sunday. Officers carried out increased patrols as they track a tall, bald man who grabbed a 12-year-old girl in Beddington Park on Sunday. The child was

  • 5th annual bike ride

    This year Emma's Bubble Trust are hosting our 5th annual Royal Marsden Hospital to Brighton bike ride. "Ride for Emma" was started by Emma Brandon's friends who wanted to organise a challenging event, after the teenager sadly passed away in late 2007

  • Unrepaired water hydrant leaks 40,000 litres in four months

    A water hydrant has leaked almost 40,000 litres in the last four months, it has been estimated. The bollard, on the junction of Pepys Road and Cottenham Road, west Wimbledon, has been leaking a stream of water along the residential road since late

  • Tia Sharp murder trial: Stuart Hazell to be sentenced

    He also told Hazell the concealment of Tia's body in the loft made Tia's family suffer the agony of uncertainty as to what had happened to her. Judge added: "And time after time, you spun the wholly false story that Tia had left home on Friday

  • Students get to work helping hard-pressed retailers

    High streets have been hit hard by the recession but university students now believe they might be able to offer a helping hand - for free. As part of the University of the Creative Arts (UCA)'s fashion management & marketing degree, students

  • Places open for this weekend's Kingston Bridge to Bridge run

    Kingston residents are being invited to take part in a run along the Thames this weekend. The Kingston Bridge To Bridge run will be held on Sunday, May 19, offering children and adults of all ages the option of taking part in either a 4km or 8km

  • Search for founding fathers of football proves fruitless

    A search by the Football Association (FA) to find the eight founding fathers of football has proved fruitless. In its 150th anniversary year, The FA has called upon the public to come forward with any information about the eight men who established

  • Pitbull could be destroyed after mauling Jack Russell to death

    A fighting dog which mauled a Jack Russell to death could be destroyed after its owner admitted his guilt in court yesterday. It happened in the same street where the dog owner's mother kept a Staffordshire bull terrier which bit two postmen, prompting

  • Feminist tale of astrophysicist who missed out on Nobel prize

    Starry-eyed audiences can explore the cosmos in a new play by up-and-coming theatre company Take the Space. Siobhan Nicholas’ Stella, which has been shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Best New Play award, will be coming to the Rose after its debut

  • Walton turns wonderland

    The stars of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass headed to The Heart, Walton, on Saturday to greet children and their parents. The cast even headed to Waterstone’s to keep warm when the rain set in. Being dedicated thespians,

  • Alice to disappear down rabbit hole at Epsom Playhouse

    Follow Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole this month when Alice in Wonderland comes to Epsom Playhouse. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Ballet Theatre UK’s artistic director Christopher Moore has masterminded this incredible ballet

  • New book explores the legends that lurk in Epsom's past

    Unravel the legends of Epsom's past later this month at the book launch of Surrey Folk Tales. Surrey storyteller Janet Dowling will give a performance of several folk tales featuring flying pigs and wicked witches at the Sanctuary in Ewell Village

  • Independents trump brands at Surbiton food festival

    Independent traders left big brands in the dust as the Surbiton community gathered to celebrate the best of local produce. Residents filled the St Andrew’s Square at the Village Fete and Dry Hopped Beer Festival this weekend. The fete was part

  • Richmond comedian to deliver Bloom-ing marvellous show

    Richmond-born comedian Adam Bloom talks to Michelle Vilk about his comedy idol, heckling and his best gig yet before his upcoming show at the Bearcat Club in Twickenham this month. Not only did 42-year-old Bloom spend the first 30 years of his

  • Plea for new foster homes as carers fortnight begins

    Potential foster parents are being encouraged to find out more about what it takes to give children a happy home. Sutton Council has aimed to drive up recruitment of foster carers during Foster Carers Fortnight, which runs until May 26. Foster