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Man pleads to be sent to jail - then launched into foul-mouthed tirade when...

A MAN pleaded to be sent to jail at Croydon Magistrates' Court today - but launched into a tirade of expletives when the judge said his crime wasn't serious enough.Toby Sawyer, 42, pleaded guilty to...

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Opposition View: Tottenham fan says Palace could nick a win

The Advertiser spoke to Tottenham fan and sports journalist Glenn Garrett ahead of Saturday's game. It's fair to say he's rather critical of his own side and believes the Eagles could get something at...

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Man's organ donation is first by black person in Croydon for six years

A MAN remembered as "everyone's second son" is believed to be the first black person to donate organs in Croydon for six years after his death.James Robotham, a logistics coordinator who lived in...

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Trinity School head says rate relief cut proposal is 'unfair' for smaller...

THE head teacher of one of Croydon's top independent schools has questioned Labour's plans to remove business rates relief from private schools which do not do enough to help those in the state...

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Fire brigade warning after woman injured in chip pan fire in Shrublands

A woman received minor burns yesterday (Friday) night after she poured water on a chip pan when the oil inside caught alight. The incident has prompted a warning from the fire brigade telling people...

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Meet Croydon's answer to Gavin and Stacey (but with bigger muscles)

A COUPLE described as the 'world's most powerful' have married after their own Gavin and Stacey-style romance.Lisa Dennis, from Addiscombe, and her partner Chris Pitman both hold world records for...

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Ben Haenow: The boy who grew up to be an X Factor semi-finalist

BEN Haenow has made it to the X Factor semi-finals – but his family still haven't adjusted to his new found fame."He is still just Ben," said mum Rosanna Ward, who went to the Hunger Games film...

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Where can I see a panto this Christmas?

DAMES in big skirts and wigs, handsome princes, wicked stepmothers, stepsisters, witches and queens, fairy godmothers, lamps and dwarves – oh yes it is – panto time.And there is such a choice in and...

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Tottenham 0–0 Crystal Palace: Excellent Eagles should have had all...

CRYSTAL Palace produced a fine display at White Hart Lane to come away with a point this afternoon, but it should have been three.Neil Warnock's side were fantastic in north London, with Yannick...

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Ben Haenow X Factor blog: 'I hope I'm doing Croydon proud'

Croydon's Ben Haenow gives Advertiser readers an exclusive sneak peak behind the doors of the X Factor house as he gets ready for the semi-final this weekend...I can't believe I'm still here. It's been...

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'No suggestion' AA van or driver to blame for death of father of seven in tow...

A FATHER of seven died after his car, being towed by an AA van, steered slightly off the road, hit a tree and skidded on its side into an oncoming vehicle, an inquest heard.Abdulla Bakar, 48, of St...

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Croydon University Hospital recruits 38 nurses from Italy but 230 posts...

CROYDON University Hospital has recruited 38 nurses from Italy as it looks to address ongoing staff shortages.Eighteen of the Italian nurses began work this month and a further 20 will start in...

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What is Ben Heanow singing in the X Factor final?

CROYDON'S Ben Haenow will sing Demons by Imagine Dragons, Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson and Something I Need by One Republic in the X Factor final this weekend.The 29-year-old van-driver from...

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South Croydon couple who decorate homes of X Factor's Cheryl, Graham Norton...

CHERYL Fernandez-Versini, George Michael and Graham Norton will all be sitting down to Christmas dinner this year in festive homes decorated by a South Croydon couple.Eve Da Silva and Peter Sweeney...

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Stamp duty changes set to benefit Croydon, say estate agents

CHANGES to stamp duty on houses could make Croydon one of the best areas to buy in London, according to estate agents.Chancellor George Osborne announced an overhaul of stamp duty into a tiered system...

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Croydon Council boss pledges commitment to retain frontline services

SAVINGS of £33 million, the loss of 100 jobs but a commitment to protecting frontline services are the key elements of Labour's first budget proposals unveiled this week.Over the next three years,...

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Ben Haenow bookies favourite to win X Factor

BEN Haenow has just overtaken Fleur East as the bookies favourite to win the X Factor final.The 29-year-old from Shirley is 4/7, with Fleur at 7/4 and Andrea Faustini at the bottom at 14/1...

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Developers deny 'skilful segregation of rich and poor' in Croydon flats

THERE are fears rich and poor are being separated into opposing blocks of flats in Croydon town centre.At a meeting of the planning committee last Thursday (December 4) Councillor Sean Fitzsimons,...

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Crystal Palace 1–1 Stoke City: McArthur and Crouch light up Selhurst...

CRYSTAL Palace gained a point at home this afternoon as they were held by Stoke City in a less than entertaining affair.The Eagles took the lead through James McArthur's header before Peter Crouch...

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Ben Haenow through to X Factor final part two on Sunday

CROYDON'S Ben Haenow is through to the second night of the X Factor final.The 29-year-old from Shirley will go up against Fleur East tomorrow night to win a £1 million record deal. Italian Andrea...

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