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Q&A with Avenue Q stars ahead of their show in Croydon this summer

Croydon Guardian: The Avenue Q Cast

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A host of fuzzy friends will be visiting Croydon this summer but it is unlikely they will be on their best behaviour, writes Andy Bloss.

PICTURES: Crucifixion re-enacted in Croydon

Croydon Guardian: The reenactment of the crucifixion in Croydon today

6:44pm Friday 18th April 2014

Hundreds of people gathered in Croydon town centre today to witness a re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Comedian Eddie Izzard hits the streets of Croydon for Labour campaign

Croydon Guardian: Eddie Izzard in Croydon

12:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Comedian and Palace fan Eddie Izzard hit the streets of Croydon town centre on Friday as part of Labour's local election campaign.

Croydon Village Outlet goes into administration - but 'new owner lined up'

Croydon Guardian: Shoppers outside Croydon Village Outlet on its opening day in September

5:47pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Croydon Village Outlet has gone into administration - but a new owner may already be lined up.

Animal rights activist jailed for six years after blackmail campaign involving bomb threats, paedophile smears and 'HIV-infected' tampons

Croydon Guardian: Debbie Vincent

5:45pm Thursday 17th April 2014

An animal rights activist has been jailed for six years for her role in a campaign group that targeted a research company with explosive devices, bomb threats, false paedophile accusations and sanitary towels allegedly infected with HIV.

Polish man who committed more than 81 burglaries arrested on a European Arrest Warrant

Croydon Guardian: Heart-warming act of honesty

4:26pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A Polish man who committed more than 80 burglaries has been arrested by Croydon police have on a European Arrest Warrant.

Mum stabbed by neighbour in front of baby after row about it crying

Croydon Guardian: Dominic Desouza

1:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A man who stabbed his neighbour after complaining about her five-month-old baby crying has been jailed for two years.

'Record number' of children secure sought-after school places despite rising demand

Croydon Guardian: Chief Inspector of Estyn will publish his annual report tomorrow on schools in Wales.  St Joseph’s High School is mentioned as part of the best practice case studies in the annual report. Pictured is a classroom with St Joseph's pupils at work.

1:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

 A record number of children have secured a place at one of their preferred primary schools for next year, but a fifth of Croydon's four-year-olds missed out on their top choice.

Police called as politician gets involved in blue badge parking row

Croydon Guardian: Councillor Phil Thomas says the woman verbally abused the parking attendant

12:59pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Politicians usually restrict their arguing to inside the town hall but one councillor found himself caught up in a row on the street over a woman’s blue badge.

Teenager from Sutton named Young Person of the Year for helping youngsters cope with issues

Croydon Guardian: Aidan McNulty

11:35am Thursday 17th April 2014

A schoolboy who overcame crippling anxiety to set up a website that helps other young people beat their demons has been honoured.

Five charged with violent disorder following town centre brawl

Croydon Guardian: Gangs of youths 'with sticks' battle in Kingston town centre

11:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

Five people have been charged with violent disorder following an alleged brawl in Kingston town centre.

Comedian Eddie Izzard enjoying Crystal Palace success

Croydon Guardian: L-R Maxi Jazz, Stephen Browett and Eddie Izzard

9:31am Thursday 17th April 2014

Eddie Izzard has warned the top half of the Premier League that Crystal Palace will be coming for them next season.

Missing 73-year-old woman from South Croydon has been found

Croydon Guardian: Pauline Lake went missing last night

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A vulnerable 73-year-old woman who went missing from South Croydon on Tuesday has been found.

A fifth of Croydon children miss out on preferred primary school

Croydon Guardian: Schools are cracking down on truancy from class

5:51pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Almost a fifth of Croydon children learned today they had missed out on a place at their first-choice primary school.

Postman stole letters and parcels because he felt 'stressed'

Croydon Guardian: Simon Junior Wellington has been spared jail

4:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A postman who threw away thousands of letters and parcels and hoarded hundreds more has been spared jail despite being told “only custody could be justified”.

Police hunt attacker in Waddon gardens

Croydon Guardian: Police helicopter above Weaverham on look out for 'vulnerable' woman

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Police have launched a search for an alleged attacker in Waddon.

Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing 73-year-old woman

Croydon Guardian: Pauline Lake went missing last night

1:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Police are growing "increasingly concerned" about a missing and vulnerable 73-year-old woman.

Eddie Izzard visits Croydon as local elections race hots up

Croydon Guardian: Eddie Izzard in Croydon

12:04pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Comedian Eddie Izzard is having a walk round Croydon town centre today.

South Norwood business owners upset at continuous road closures

Croydon Guardian: Tennison Road bridge will be closed for nine months

10:43am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Business owners in South Norwood have said that continuous road and bridge closures are ruining their trade.

Safe haven set up to support vulnerable girls in Croydon

Croydon Guardian: Sherica Spence inside the house

10:33am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Two youth workers are setting up a safe haven for girls in Croydon who have been caught up in gang violence.

Croydon's youngest candidates want more young people to vote

Croydon Guardian: Rosina St. James (Con), Stephen Mann (Labour) and Matthew O'Flynn (Con)

11:05am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Croydon’s youngest election candidates - including a teenager who is still at school - are hoping they can inspire the town’s younger voters in the lead up to this year’s council elections.

Human bones found at house in Purley

Croydon Guardian: The landscape gardeners unearthed a skull and a thigh bone at a house in Riddlesdown Road, Purley

4:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

UPDATE: 19:27 Discovery of human bones at a house in Purley has 'livened up Easter holidays' for family

Inquiry opens into allegations nurses at £54,000-a-year school gave child overdose

Croydon Guardian: Greer Elizabeth Desiree Ramsammy-Westmaas worked at Rutherford School in South Croydon

4:35pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

An inquiry has opened into allegations that nurses at £54,000-a-year special school gave a child an overdose.

Boy with sore bottom wins payout after school bench gives him painful splinter

Croydon Guardian: Winterbourne Junior Girls' School

9:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Exclusive: A primary school pupil received thousands of pounds in compensation from Croydon Council after getting a splinter lodged in his backside.

Five classic Croydon videos from the last 100 years

Croydon Guardian: The aftermath of the 1947 South Croydon train crash is captured on film

2:14pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

The devastating train crash that killed dozens of people in South Croydon in 1947, factories destroyed by German World War Two bombers and politicians landing at Croydon Airport are all documented in historic archive footage made public this week.

Croydon University Hospital scores worse than others in Care Quality Commission survey

Croydon Guardian: CROY YELLOW Croydon University Hospital scores worse than others in Care Quality Commission survey

8:40am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Inpatients at Croydon University Hospital have a worse experience than those staying at other hospitals, according to a recent satisfaction survey.

Calls for council to clear trees they chopped down in Purley

Croydon Guardian: Residents are upset at the destruction of the trees

10:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A group of residents have called on the council to remove the debris of a number of felled beech trees.

'Boris must do more to protect pubs'

Croydon Guardian: Boris Johnson and Steve O'Connell on the campaign trail

9:12am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Boris Johnson has been warned to protect the area's pubs or risk damaging to communities.

Handel's Messiah brought to life by pupils in 18th century costumes

Croydon Guardian: Trinity School choirboys with conductor Paul McCreesh as Handel

8:56am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Costume dramas are a popular mainstay on television schedules at Easter and this year one has a very musical slant.

Archbishop Tenison's pupils delve into 300 years of school history at book launch

Croydon Guardian: Archbishop Tenison's pupils met author David Smith at the book launch

8:50am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Sixth formers gleaned an insight into 300 years of life at their school at a book launch.

Crystal Palace cheerleader vying for Miss England title

Croydon Guardian: Crystals cheerleader Neesha Robinson created an eco dress in one of the Miss Afro Beauty rounds

2:30pm Monday 14th April 2014

A pizza loving cheerleader will be taking some Crystals magic with her when she strives to become the next Miss England.

Drugs burglar caught after leaving stash in car near crime scene

Croydon Guardian: James Good

12:34pm Monday 14th April 2014

A serial burglar who broke a pharmacy to steal drugs was caught after dumping in the stash in his car and leaving it parked metres away from the store.

Crystal Palace cinema campaigners celebrate: Old bingo building becomes 'community asset'

Croydon Guardian: Pop princess Pixie Lott is backing the campaign

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Campaigners who want to turn a former bingo hall in Crystal Palace into a cinema have managed to get the building listed as an asset of community value.

VIDEO: Circus acts come to Croydon town centre

Croydon Guardian: Dave Chameleon

11:02am Monday 14th April 2014

The circus came to Croydon town centre this weekend.

VIDEO: 'Under the Sea' flash mob hits Croydon

Croydon Guardian: Flashmob in Croydon

10:15am Monday 14th April 2014

Shoppers were given a surprise last week as more than 80 pupils performed a flash mob in Croydon town centre.

Phunky foods encourages healthy eating in Croydon schools

Croydon Guardian: The Phunky Foods programme is coming to Croydon

10:18am Monday 14th April 2014

Kids are being encouraged to eat healthily through a new programme.

Kids take part in Easter activities in Croydon town centre

Croydon Guardian: Children got to meet an owl

10:09am Monday 14th April 2014

School is out for the Easter break and there are plenty of activities going on in the Whitgift Centre this week.

Grumpy old women ready for Fairfield Halls show

Croydon Guardian: Grumpy Old Women

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Getting old does not seem to be much fun, especially if listening to grumpy old women is anything to go by, writes Andy Bloss.

Former Imagination member Leee John to perform at Hideaway

Croydon Guardian: The Hideaway

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Eighties soul man Leee John is putting on a rare live show in Streatham this week.

Crystal Palace FC sell wines for the Easter period

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Crystal Palace fans have the opportunity to take home some top wines this Easter.

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer working on Breaking the Bank scenes in Croydon

Croydon Guardian: Kelsey Grammer is filming Breaking the Bank in Croydon

5:38pm Friday 11th April 2014

Chatting on his phone and looking dashing in a sharp suit Kelsey Grammer looks every bit the banker he is portraying in his latest movie.

Primary school places in Croydon to be announced

Croydon Guardian: Bonus Pastor Catholic College is asking its ex-students for help

4:13pm Friday 11th April 2014

The wait is almost over for parents to hear what primary school place their child has been offered for September.

Petition to improve parking on Coulsdon estate

Croydon Guardian: Are tickets affecting tourism?

4:31pm Friday 11th April 2014

A petition has been launched to persuade the council to provide additional parking on an estate.

Croydon tennis player sues Lawn Tennis Association over 'racial discrimination'

Croydon Guardian: Isaac Stoute

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A South Croydon tennis player is suing the sport's British governing body over alleged racial discrimination.

Serial burglar jailed after 99th crime

Croydon Guardian: Colin O'Brien

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A burglar has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of his 99th crime.

Circus acts to perform in Croydon this weekend

Croydon Guardian: Street entertainers

8:59am Friday 11th April 2014

The circus is coming to town this week adding a new twist to your shopping experience. 

Pollution blamed for Croydon and Sutton deaths

Croydon Guardian: Croydon today

9:13am Friday 11th April 2014

More needs to be done to protect people from harmful air pollution, health officials have said after new estimates suggest thousands die every year as a result of poor air quality.

Crystal Palace's Jess Plummer excited about next Neon Jungle single

Croydon Guardian: Neon Jungle

9:05am Friday 11th April 2014

Fresh from the success of their latest top five hit girl band Neon Jungle are releasing their new single later this month.

Kelvin Chibueze's killers fail in appeal bid

Croydon Guardian: Kelvin Chibueze lived in Underwood, New Addington

5:21pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Two men who stabbed and chased a New Addington teen and left him to die in an Ilford car park have failed in their legal bid to clear their names.

Loan shark must pay back £170,000 or be jailed

Croydon Guardian: Mark Mamerga was sentenced to eight months in jail at Croydon Crown Court

11:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

A convicted loan shark who made £220,000 through his money lending must pay back 'the proceeds of his illegal trade' to the courts or face a further 30 months in prison.

News from our neighbours

Helicopter scrambled to search for homeless people on roof of burning Sidcup building (link)

News Shopper (Bromley) 10:52am Sat 19 Apr 14

A huge blaze in a derelict Sidcup building was tackled by more than 40 firefighters.

Snapper donates picture to St Helier Hospital after the original was stolen from a ward wall (link)

Sutton Guardian 6:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

An amateur photographer has donated an inspiring picture to St Helier hospital to replace one that was stolen.

Fire breaks out at Tooting construction site (link)

Streatham Guardian 6:47am Tue 15 Apr 14

UPDATED 4pm: A block of flats just one month from construction completion have been wrecked in a fire which started…

Medieval abbey celebrates 900th anniversary with art exhibition (link)

Wimbledon Guardian 8:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

Merton Priory is hosting an exhibition displaying eight artist’s works that has been inspired by the theme of…

First supper club women recreate Da Vinci's iconic painting in time for Easter (link)

Surrey Comet 5:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

The Last Supper was an all-male affair but, two thousand years later, things are changing.

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