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New Addington mother and school cook dies after heart op

A MOTHER of three and school cook who "loved to laugh" has died as a result of complications from heart surgery.Melanie Norman, 49, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, died three weeks after the procedure at...

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YUMMY MUMMY: Why the summer holidays prove that absence makes the heart grow...

OUR columnist VERONICA MADDEN is pleased to see the back of the school holidays...THE screams of parental joy combined with the shrieks of children's horror are echoing from every corner of Croydon. At...

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Tories set date for choosing new leader following Mike Fisher's resignation

TORIES on Croydon Council will be meeting on Saturday September 20 to choose a new leader, following the resignation of former council leader, Mike Fisher yesterday (Friday) night. The date was set a...

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Graduation for Crystal Palace Foundation sports camp students

STUDENTS who took part in a Crystal Palace FC Foundation summer course 'graduated' at a special ceremony last week.The foundation has been working with Westfield and Hammerson's Croydon Partnership to...

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Mike Fisher apology for taking pay rise follows resignation as Tory leader

FORMER council leader, Mike Fisher, has apologised for not letting the people of Croydon know he was taking a £10,000 pay increase before it was made public in a council document outlining councillors'...

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GEOFF THOMAS: Life is never dull at Crystal Palace

IN HIS latest column, Crystal Palace legend GEOFF THOMAS assesses the club's transfer deadline day business...IT CERTAINLY hasn't been boring at Crystal Palace this week, has it?With Neil Warnock...

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Croydon van driver Ben Haenow earns Simon Cowell praise after impressive X...

VAN driver Ben Haenow carried on Croydon's tradition of success on the X Factor when he appeared on Saturday night's audition show.The 29-year-old wowed the judges with his rendition of Bill Withers...

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Teenage millionaire's shisha bar plan for disused Purley pub

A TEENAGE millionaire is planning to invest £500,000 to turn the old Royal Oak pub site into the biggest shisha bar in London.The pub, on the Brighton Road roundabout between South Croydon and Purley,...

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Fairfield Halls war exhibition has special significance for one family

FOR Jenny Brady, an exhibition of First World War memorabilia at Fairfield Halls in November will have a particular poignancy.This is because a key feature of the display will be two postcards sent by...

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A new theatre for Croydon? Musical trio's ambitious plan for industrial...

FORMER session musicians are hoping a five-year ambition to bring a new live theatre venue to Croydon is close to being realised.Samuel Facey, Mark Nicholson and Dave Prince run the DOXA Partnership,...

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Bid to raise £100k to revamp Grange Park, in Old Coulsdon

A CAMPAIGN to raise £100,000 for a complete revamp of a children's playground in Old Coulsdon has been launched.The Friends of Grange Park Play Area, a group of mums, dads and concerned locals, say the...

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EDITOR'S BLOG: How we reported the departure of Mike Fisher - and why I'm not...

ADVERTISER editor GLENN EBREY looks at how the resignation of former Croydon Council leader Mike Fisher played out in the media and on social media...SO Mike Fisher has gone.In truth, he couldn't...

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Crystal Palace powerchair side needing help to hit back of net

THE Crystal Palace FC Foundation is appealing for help funding motorised wheelchairs for its new powerchair football team.Powerchair is a fast-moving four-a-side indoor disability football game which...

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WATCH: Croydon van driver Ben Haenow's X Factor audition

HERE'S Croydon van driver Ben Haenow, smashing it out of the park - as the kids say - on Saturday night's X Factor.The 29-year-old impressed the ITV show's judges with his performance of Bill Withers...

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New Addington man caught carrying a handgun and lock knife is jailed

A MAN from New Addington who police caught carrying a handgun and a lock knife in a minicab has been jailed for five years and eight months.Jordan Battick, of Cudham Drive, was handed the sentence at...

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Trafficking fears over Croydon brothel raid deportees

A CHARITY is concerned that workers at two Croydon brothels could have been victims of human trafficking.The brothels were raided by police within three weeks of each other after complaints from...

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Driver with head injury cut free from car after collision near Norbury fire...

FIREFIGHTERS were quick on the scene of road collision between two cars outside the fire station in Norbury last night.A woman believed to be in her fifties, who was driving one of the cars, had to be...

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Boy, 17, taken to hospital after being stabbed in the leg while riding bike...

A TEENAGER was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the leg in New Addington. Police were called to reports that a boy had been injured near the Man on the Moon Pub, by Frensham Drive, at 9.30pm on...

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Crystal Palace boss rejects offers for Scotland international

BARRY Bannan says Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has rejected moves from other clubs for the midfielder. The Scotsman, who has been away on international duty, has come back into the fold at Selhurst...

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Croydon cleaner takes her cat to work to help keep houses squeaky clean

A Croydon cleaner has enlisted the help of her cat to keep her customers' homes mice free.Andrea Troth, from Mopp cleaners who lives in South Norwood, first bought her cat Cimpa a year ago when she...

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