Local news in Addiscombe, Coulsdon, Croydon town centre, Crystal Palace, New Addington, Purley, Selhurst, Selsdon, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood and Waddon

Add a Banksy or a Damien Hirst artwork to your shopping list when gallery opens for business

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Damien Hirst, Banksy and Andy warhol are among the artists that will be sold at a new gallery in Croydon, which the owner hopes will help to change people's opinions about the town.

VIDEO: 'Slippery tracks' disrupt trains across south London in aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo

Croydon Guardian:

8:36am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Trains across south London have been disrupted because of 'poor rail conditions' after the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blew through the region.

Hurricane Gonzalo not expected to devastate south London and Surrey

Croydon Guardian: A fallen tree in Bishopsford Road

8:23am Monday 20th October 2014

South west London and north Surrey are expecting wind speeds of slightly more than 20mph on Tuesday as Hurricane Gonzalo arrives in the country.

Film festival organisers promise this year will be best ever

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A film festival that showcases independent movies from around the world is back for its fifth year and the organisers are promising it will be the biggest one yet.

Calling all young fashion designers: Croydon launches brand competition

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

A competition to find the next big thing in fashion has been launched as part of Croydon business month.

First picture of elderly man killed by lorry in Croydon released by police

Croydon Guardian:

1:35pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Maurice Baxter was killed on Thursday.

Hammer attacker jailed after stealing pizza delivery moped and using it as getaway vehicle

Croydon Guardian:

12:45pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Billy O'Brien stole a pizza delivery moped, drove it to a nearby Croydon road and attacked a man with a hammer he had hidden up his sleeve

Woman taken to hospital with head injuries after being hit by car in Croydon

Croydon Guardian:

9:20am Saturday 18th October 2014

The collision happened at about 8pm last night

Police name elderly man who died after being hit by lorry in West Croydon

Croydon Guardian:

7:22pm Friday 17th October 2014

An elderly man who was killed after being hit by an articulated lorry yesterday has been named by police.

The X Factor's Ben Haenow talks marriage, getting recognised and being Simon Cowell's £50 bet choice

Croydon Guardian:

5:26pm Friday 17th October 2014

The X Factor house is riddled with flu but Croydon’s favourite van driver has vowed the show must go on and he is ready to wow the crowds again tomorrow night.

Witnesses describe horror after elderly man dragged to death under lorry in front of funeral mourners

Croydon Guardian:

4:30pm Friday 17th October 2014

Funeral mourners and supermarket staff speak of shock after a man, thought to be in his 80s, died under the wheels of an articulated lorry.

Dangerous robber on the loose after he absconded from mental health hospital

Croydon Guardian:

3:52pm Friday 17th October 2014

A manhunt is underway after a serving prisoner absconded from a mental health hospital.

Child and two adults taken to hospital after fire 'caused by discarded cigarette' in Upper Norwood

Croydon Guardian: London Fire Brigade to charge for false alarms

2:40pm Friday 17th October 2014

A child and two adults were taken to hospital after a house fire in Upper Norwood this morning.

Elderly man killed by lorry outside church in West Croydon: Witnesses wanted

Croydon Guardian:

9:46am Friday 17th October 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision in West Croydon where a man was hit by an articulated lorry.

Will there be mouse droppings in your Christmas dinner?

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Anyone booking a special Christmas meal with family, friends or work colleagues is advised to check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating beforehand.

Man dies after being hit by lorry at West Croydon

Croydon Guardian:

3:50pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A man who died after being hit by an articulated lorry in West Croydon may have been paying his respects at a funeral just moments before he was killed.

Major travel disruption in south London after person hit by train

Croydon Guardian:

3:50pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Trains are not stopping at stations between Crystal Palace and Balham via Streatham Hill after a person was hit by a train earlier this afternoon.

Police hunt for thieves seen driving erratically after burglary

Croydon Guardian:

10:52am Thursday 16th October 2014

Police are on the hunt for thieves who drove a black Audi erratically along the streets of Coulsdon after a burglary.

Croydon Council asks Government for devolved tax powers to generate £5.25bn

Croydon Guardian:

9:49am Thursday 16th October 2014

Croydon Council has asked the Government for devolved tax powers to generate £5.25bn for the borough's economy.

John Peel favourite Ian Prowse to play in Croydon

Croydon Guardian: A train is being named after legendary DJ John Peel

9:36am Thursday 16th October 2014

John Peel’s last ever Festive 50 included a song which the DJ often admitted reduced him to tears – and now the man behind that song is about to perform in Croydon almost exactly a decade since Peel’s untimely death.

Goofing around: Hospital leaves human teeth in scaffolder's leg after bizarre iPad trampoline incident

Croydon Guardian:

9:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

A man who had his best friend's teeth embedded in his leg in a bizarre accident with a trampoline is suing a hospital for failing to remove them.

Rugby ace Jonny Wilkinson helps children design their kit

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

Former rugby player Jonny Wilkinson joined a group of pupils from two Croydon schools in a workshop to design their school team’s rugby shirt.

Athletes hit out at Crystal Palace stadium demolition plans

Croydon Guardian:

11:12am Wednesday 15th October 2014

An army of athletes is coming together to defend Crystal Palace stadium from the “greatest threat to the progress of sport” after plans to demolish it were unveiled.

POLL: Smoking should be banned in parks, report says

Croydon Guardian: London parks should become smoke-free zones, a report says

9:24am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Thousands of acres of parkland in London and landmarks including Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square should become smoke-free zones, a report has said.

Family 'will never forgive' care home after granddad, 91, dies in fall despite warnings

Croydon Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A grandfather with dementia who moved into a care home to give his doting wife a rest died in agony after twice falling while left alone by nurses.

Council to spend £840,000 to prevent repeat of flooding crisis - but won't receive Government money until 2017

Croydon Guardian: Flooding in Croydon.

5:17pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Croydon Council is to spend £841,000 on defences in a bid to prevent a repeat of floods that crippled parts of the borough last winter - but Government cash to fund long-term solutions will take four years to materialise.

POLL: To pee or not to pee: students say save the planet by relieving yourself in the shower

Croydon Guardian:

3:30pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

To pee, or not to pee, that is the question, and campaigning students say when in the shower there should be only one answer.

Campaigners unveil plans to protect Upper Norwood Library as council confirms funding increase

Croydon Guardian:

12:05pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Campaigners have unveiled ambitious plans to safeguard the future of Upper Norwood Library, which is also set to receive increased funding from Croydon Council.

New Addington boy's £80,000 operation plea to fulfill football dream

Croydon Guardian:

11:50am Tuesday 14th October 2014

A cerebral palsy sufferer who dreams of being able to play football hopes an £80,000 fundraising campaign for an operation in the States will make this a reality.

Downton Abbey creator and Lady Kitchener remember shell-shocked soldiers consigned to Croydon asylum

Croydon Guardian:

7:38am Tuesday 14th October 2014

War veterans, servicemen, wellwishers and public officials united to remember the forgotten soldiers of Cane Hill asylum at a special memorial event.

Croydon College submits its plans to open a new secondary school

Croydon Guardian: Croydon College looks for apprentices

4:13pm Monday 13th October 2014

Croydon College has moved a step closer to opening a new town-centre secondary school.

UPDATE: Industrial action by ambulance workers to continue all week in Surrey and London

Croydon Guardian:

8:07am Monday 13th October 2014

Poll: NHS workers were striking this morning between 7am and 11am over a national pay dispute. Were they in the right?

Palestine fundraiser will see non-stop acting for 12 hours

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Monday 13th October 2014

If sitting at your desk for eight-and-a-half hours seems tiring, spare a thought for a bunch of actors who will be fundraising by singing, rapping, improvising and acting for 12 hours, writes James Gormley.

Singer turned jewellery designer encouraging others to set up own businesses

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Sunday 12th October 2014

A charity which helped a jewellery designer set up her own business after overcoming serious illness and unemployment is hoping others will be inspired by her story.

Singer launches anti-start smoking campaign for children

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

Instead of getting people to stop smoking, one singer-songwriter is focusing his efforts on making sure children do not want to start.

Boris Johnson accused of contempt over Crystal Palace Tramlink 'broken promise'

Croydon Guardian:

4:24pm Friday 10th October 2014

Boris Johnson is being accused of showing ‘contempt’ for the people of Crystal Palace for seemingly breaking his promise about extending the trams to the town.

Sutton Council was under pressure to approve Beddington incinerator, court hears

Croydon Guardian:

4:26pm Friday 10th October 2014

Time and financial pressures placed on Sutton Council led the authority to agree an incinerator in Beddington Park, claimants in a judicial review into the matter have claimed.

Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games film features Croydon school choir

Croydon Guardian:

2:13pm Friday 10th October 2014

School choirs do not usually get the chance to be part of blockbuster movies, with performances more likely to be in front of family and friends. But, if you go to the cinema this winter, the chances are you will hear singers from Trinity School in action as they appear in three of the season’s biggest films.

Muddy footprints snare prolific Croydon burglar

Croydon Guardian:

10:47am Friday 10th October 2014

A burglar’s muddy footprints led to his capture and a four year jail sentence for stealing from two neighbouring homes.

Anti-incinerator campaigners set out their case at judicial review

Croydon Guardian:

3:24pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A judicial review opened today into plans to build an incinerator on the Sutton/Croydon border.

Brutal killers who stripped friend and left him to die in skip are jailed for life

Croydon Guardian:

2:50pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Fiona Nalty and Arry Green will spend at least 19 years in prison for attacking Michael Hunt,stripping him, dumping his body in a skip and leaving him to die.

Masked man forces staff to open New Addington newsagent's safe

Croydon Guardian:

1:15pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A newsagent has been the victim of an early morning robbery just days after a sister store was targeted in a similar fashion.

Lord of the Rings and X-Men star Sir Ian McKellen talks coming out and gay rights

Croydon Guardian:

11:31am Thursday 9th October 2014

Instead of the magical powers of Gandalf and the magnetism of Magneto, Sir Ian McKellen used his own experiences to mesmerise students with a talk about gay rights.

Restored Victorian park in the running for landscape architecture award

Croydon Guardian:

10:09am Thursday 9th October 2014

A historic park that has been recently restored to its former Victorian glory is in the running for an award that recognises outstanding landscape architecture.

Cash crisis: Croydon Council falling £805m short of ambitious £1.1bn plan

Croydon Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

Billions of pounds are being invested into the borough, but a document planning for this future has warned the council faces a £805m shortfall in meeting infrastructure demands.

Appeal likely if judicial review over £1bn Croydon redevelopment is dismissed by High Court judge

Croydon Guardian:

6:02pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

The group fighting against Westfield/Hammerson’s £1bn redevelopment of Croydon town centre in the High Court may appeal after the judge indicated he is minded to dismiss their judicial review.

Lovers found guilty of savage murder of man who was attacked, stripped naked then left to die in a skip

Croydon Guardian:

4:30pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Lovers who savagely beat a man to death before stripping him and dumping his body in a skip have both been found guilty of murder.

Domestic abuse victim breaks free from violent past

Croydon Guardian:

1:26pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

October is domestic violence awareness month. In the latest of a series of features, chief reporter Robert Fisk finds out how one victim was able to escape domestic violence.

Murder victim's mother is finalist in Lorraine Kelly most inspirational woman award

Croydon Guardian:

12:10pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

The mother of a murdered teenager who founded an organisation in his memory is through to the final three in a television contest to find the country’s most inspiring woman.

Remains found at school building site are 'not human', police confirm

Croydon Guardian:

10:01am Wednesday 8th October 2014

The discovery of suspected human remains on a site earmarked to be the permanent home of one of Croydon’s newest primary schools, caused a brief stir on Monday.

News from our neighbours

Three sentenced after cannabis discovered in Sidcup nightclub, leading to discovery of huge cannabis factory in Pratts Bottom (link)

News Shopper (Bromley) 1:42pm Tue 21 Oct 14

Three people have been sentenced after cannabis was discovered in a Sidcup nightclub, leading to the discovery of a…

Vigil for student Ricky Reel to be held outside Scotland Yard (link)

Surrey Comet 10:20am Tue 21 Oct 14

The 20-year-old disappeared during a night out in Kingston on October 15, 1997, shortly after he and his friends…

St Nicholas Way reopened after sewer collapse closure (link)

Sutton Guardian 9:50am Tue 21 Oct 14

A busy route through town which was shut off after a sewer collapsed, has now been reopened following the…

'Council and governors must come clean about headteacher's mystery disappearance' (link)

Wimbledon Guardian 12:50pm Tue 21 Oct 14

A temporary headteacher is at West Wimbledon Primary School while an investigation is carried out

MI6 'did not want' Epsom surgeon Abbas Khan freed from Syrian jail, inquest into his death hears (link)

Streatham Guardian 12:26pm Tue 21 Oct 14

Claims that MI6 "did not want" a doctor returned from a Syrian jail to the UK has emerged at an inquest into his…

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