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Randy Latin duck pulls all the birds at Old Coulsdon pond

A SOUTH American drake with an eye for an English bird has won the right to stay on a village pond – despite ruffling a few feathers.Bertie, a Muscovy duck, is to be a permanent feature at Bradmore...

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Princess Diana: the Musical - Kenley man creates show celebrating Royal icon

SHE was one of the world's most well-loved celebrities, her life and untimely death inspiring thousands of magazine articles, headlines and a forthcoming movie.Now a Kenley ad man has created a stage...

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Croydon club make fourth final in row

INTEGRITY Surrey Health & Racquets made squash history this week by becoming the first to reach the final of the Premier Squash League (PSL) for the fourth year in a row.The Croydon-based club and...

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Ramage points to positives amid gloom

PETER Ramage has reiterated it's important to remember just how far Palace have come this season and that it was important to stop their recent rot with a clean sheet against Barnsley.The 29-year-old...

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Eagles team up with Tooting to present roadshow

SOUTH London received a major community sporting boost last week as two of the capital's oldest football clubs, Crystal Palace and Tooting & Mitcham United, launched a joint community initiative...

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Flanagan is Striders' star

ATHLETICS: Lee Flanagan, from Striders of Croydon, ran well to place 11th out of 534 finishers in the third annual Croydon half marathon on Sunday.He ran the undulating course in 80 minutes and 56...

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Owen Garvan set for Crystal Palace first team return

OWEN GARVAN is set to resume full training with the rest of the Crystal Palace squad on Sunday and he has targeted a return to first-team action by April 27.The midfielder has been out of action...

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Boateng: I've got big plans for Palace

CRYSTAL Palace youngster Hiram Boateng couldn't believe it when Micah Richards and Maicon were named in the Manchester City line-up in Palace's recent U21 development match.Even though the 17-year-old...

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Builders cleared of pressuring elderly man over roof work

A FATHER and son building team have been cleared of pressuring an elderly man into having expensive building work done on his roof. Maurice Cole, 45, and Sean Cole, 20, were found not guilty of making...

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This week's Croydon Advertiser - on sale now!

THIS week's Croydon Advertiser has hit the shops today - and it's an edition packed with local news and sport.We have been made aware that a malicious third party has been calling newsagents, urging...

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Croydon Advertiser sabotaged by "Joanna Lumley" in Margaret Thatcher story...

A CRANK caller using the name of actress Joanna Lumley has been sabotaging sales of today's Croydon Advertiser.The seemingly unemployed prankster found time between episodes of Jeremy Kyle and Loose...

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Upper Norwood Library will open for just three days a week

UPPER Norwood Library will have its opening hours cut down to just three days a week, it has been revealed.Funding cuts have meant that libraries will now only be open to the public on Tuesdays,...

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PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town

PALACE may have a rare Saturday off tomorrow, but preparations for Tuesday's trip to Ipswich Town are well under way.The Eagles' original fixture against Millwall was cancelled after the Lions reached...

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Croydon police chief slams courts for letting repeat offenders off the hook

PROGRESS made in tackling a sharp rise in robberies is being hampered by a criminal justice system which is failing to send those responsible to prison, a senior police officer has said.Detective...

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Sir Bernard Ingham: My life with Margaret Thatcher

AN INSIGHT into what the Iron Lady was really like behind closed doors has been given by her chief press secretary, who has lived in Purley for decades.Sir Bernard Ingham worked for Margaret Thatcher...

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Hiram Boateng: I'm ready to step up to Crystal Palace's first team

HE MADE his Crystal Palace first-team debut against Premier League opponents in the FA Cup in January and did not look out of place in the slightest.And now, young Hiram Boateng has targeted a regular...

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Renewed appeal for missing teen with links to Croydon

POLICE have released new images of missing 15-year-old Sophie Nynan from Westcott who has been missing for two weeks. Sophie has links with Croydon and police think she was in Thornton Heath on...

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Van 'set on fire' in Purley woods

A VAN was dumped in the woods and set on fire in Purley on Friday night. Croydon crews had to scramble through the woods behind the shops at Old Lodge Lane to reach the vehicle. A spokesman at Croydon...

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ANALYSIS: Margaret Thatcher - good or evil?

MARGARET Thatcher was possibly the most divisive politician of the 20th century - but was she good or bad for Britain? Here the Advertiser presents two opposing points of view; the Croydon councillor...

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Patience pays off for Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward

PALACE defender Joel Ward wants to take the performance from last weekend's 0-0 draw against Barnsley and turn it into three points away at Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.The right-back returned to the...

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