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A quarter of corner shops could close due to tobacco smuggling

A new survey has found that 23 per cent of corner shops in the South East are under threat due to lost sales from tobacco smuggling and cross-border shopping. The figure is up from last year when the...

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Combined team earn promotion

THE combined team of Dorking & Mole Valley Athletic Club and Reigate Priory Athletics Club have won Division Two of the Ebbisham League to progress into the top division.After two meetings, Dorking...

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Flowers aiming to bloom at Brands

MATT FLOWERS is looking for some home comforts as he aims for a podium finish at Brands Hatch this weekend.The Banstead racer has been making steady progress in his debut season in the Ginetta GT5...

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New campaign group want new homes proposal refused

A PROPOSAL to build on the former garden of Bletchingley's Whyte Harte Inn has run into fierce opposition.More than 50 residents and organisations, the Historic Conservation Team at Surrey County...

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Selhurst Park to 12Bet: Crystal Palace in talks for stadium name change

CRYSTAL Palace could be set to rename their Selhurst Park stadium, with strong rumours linking online betting company 12Bet.com to SE25. One fan online has posted a photo of the stadium layout outside...

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"Huge" shortfall in new homes

The South East is facing a major shortfall in new homes over the next five years, according to planning consultants. The report, South East Housing Land Supply Update, examines the published five year...

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Call to ban cars from South Norwood High Street

SOUTH Norwood High Street should be shut off to cars and pedestrianised, a Labour councillor has suggested.Councillor Wayne Lawlor believes pedestrianisation could be the answer to the high street's...

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Shih tzu loses eye after being mauled by dog

A BELOVED pet shih tzu lost an eye after being mauled by another dog.Now the injured animal's Purley owner has launched an appeal to find the owner of the aggressive dog, whom she claims simply walked...

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Help find a cure for boys like Alex

Boys with incurable disorder, Adrenoleukodystrophy, have only a matter of a few years to live.Last year, Alex Hunt, from East Dulwich, lost his fight against Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ALD, a rare...

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Free office furniture offer as Croydon Council prepares for move

CHARITIES, schools or not-for-profit groups in need of office furniture could find help is at hand from Croydon Council.The authority is planning to get rid of a wide range of furniture when it moves...

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'My rap tribute to brave dad gunned down while protecting me'

THE stepson of an heroic dad shot dead as he tried to protect his family has told how he has poured his grief into music.Karl Wilson – who raps under the name Konan – was chased home to Langdale Road,...

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Children 'start one in four of all fires'

FIREFIGHTERS in Croydon are braced for a spate of deliberate blazes over the summer – with bored primary school pupils the most likely causes. Officers have been visiting schools and youth centres in a...

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Boy's beloved stolen buggy recovered just in time for big race

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD has been reunited with his stolen kart just days before he was due to race in it.The vehicle, called a mini-sprint, belonged to young Harry Franklin. It was taken from his family's...

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Croydon's Miss GB hopeful inspired by Marilyn Monroe

A MARILYN Monroe-wannabe from Purley has landed herself a place in the south-east regional final of Miss Great Britain.Personal assistant Bianca Mcdouall, 25, is hoping to be selected for the national...

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Kenley traders worried by plan to axe parking officers

KENLEY shopkeepers have criticised plans to slash the number of officers patrolling parking spaces along the parade.The traders have lobbied hard to have the parking restrictions enforced to stop cars...

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New WI to spread wine drinking and knitting across Croydon

THREE young mums are hoping to provide an "outlet for women in the community" by setting up a Croydon branch of the Women's Institute (WI).Amy Le Pelley, Florence Hallett and Abi Lynn, in their...

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Waste protesters call on Boris to halt incinerator

BORIS Johnson is being formally urged to reject plans to build an incinerator on the Sutton/Croydon border.Solicitors acting for the Stop the Incinerator campaign sent a letter to the mayor on Friday,...

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'We must ban travellers from site after third camp in two months'

A COURT order is needed to ban travellers from a site they've pitched up at three times in eight weeks.This is the view of Labour councillor Paul Smith, who is urging the council to seek a court...

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Woman at tram stop hit in face by '150m to one' golf shot

A WOMAN was struck in the face by a freak "150 million to one" golf shot while waiting for a tram.Anne Mulholland, 66, was waiting at Arena tram stop with her sister and cousin when an errant golf ball...

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Council agrees to stump up for heritage open day this year

AFTER a year out, Croydon is rejoining the annual celebration of the best of London's buildings.Open House, scheduled for September 21 and 22, gives people the chance to visit buildings across London...

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