A date has been set to elect a new councillor following the shock resignation of Labour's councillor Niroshan Sirisena.

The former Fairfield ward councillor stepped down last month following a "serious incident."

On Thursday Croydon Council published a Notice of Election for the vacancy.

Voting to find Sirisena's successor will take place at five polling stations in the ward during the polling hours of 7am to 10pm on November 7. The council advised that electors should receive their poll card by 16 October.

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Residents living in the Fairfield ward who are British, eligible Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizens, and aged 18 or over on November 7, will be able to vote at this election, but only if they are registered to vote.

The deadline for applying to vote by post in this election is 5pm on October 23. All postal votes should be dispatched to electors who have arranged to vote by post by October 25.