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David Petch witness insists: 'I did see attack'

A WITNESS in the trial over the alleged murder of David Petch has insisted she did see the attack on the 55-year-old, telling jurors: "If I had not seen this incident, I would not be here." Under tense...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Youngsters demand proper use of stop and search

STOP and search has been a source of controversy for years, long before it was held up as contributing to the 2011 riots in Croydon. When a report which looked into the root causes of the violence...

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Ronnie Corbett backs the big walk for mental health

HE MAY look dapper but Ronnie Corbett was ready to muddy his smart shoes for a good cause.The comedian was lending his backing to Mind in Croydon's fundraising walk in Lloyd Park on Saturday.More than...

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Tramlink extension could bring £500m to Sutton

MASSIVE economic benefits, increased job opportunities and improved links with central London are all being predicted if Tramlink is extended to Sutton.The boost to the borough of the £200million-plus...

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David Petch 'had footprints on cheek,' witness tells court

DAVID Petch had footprints on his cheek after the alleged attack that killed him, a witness told jurors today. John Nolan said he saw the 55-year-old being attacked from the next-door window of his...

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New budget based on £20m debt position

THE GP group leading health commissioning in Croydon has taken the "unprecedented" step of posting a £20 million deficit budget just two months after it officially came into existence.Croydon Clinical...

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Palace fans call for a parade through Croydon

FANS have called for a parade through Croydon to celebrate Crystal Palace's promotion to the Premier League. Reaching the big time is estimated to be worth at least £120 million for the Eagles,...

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Former Met cop gets life sentence for child rape

A former Met police chief has been jailed for life after been found guilty of 17 sexual offences including raping a teenage boy. Philip Gaisford, who taught scuba diving to children from a number of...

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Teen disappeared on her way to social services meeting in Croydon

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Joy Vincent went missing from Gilroy Court Hotel in Croydon on March 15, 2011.Brief police records showed that Joy came from Nigeria with a trafficker aged 14.After escaping him, she...

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Human trafficking rife in Croydon, say experts

SLAVERY, rape, sexual exploitation. These may seem like threats facing women in a third-world country but they are very real danger in Croydon.The borough has been revealed as the third worst place in...

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Ricky Ponting gets Surrey back on track with debut century

WHEN people look back at this season, there will be little debate over which great of the game, Graeme Smith or Ricky Ponting, had the better debut innings for Surrey. Back on April 18, captain Smith...

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MacGregor awarded for school golf work

KEEN surfer and golfer Alex MacGregor is on the crest of a wave after the efforts of six PGA pros were recognised by a leading golfing charity.MacGregor, a PGA professional at Addington Court who grew...

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Tributes to Palace stalwart who died two days before final

PALACE'S play-off success would have "meant everything" to a club stalwart who died just two days before the club reached the Premier League.Len Chatterton, 91, was involved at Selhurst Park for more...

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Croydon muslim group condemns Woolwich killing

A MUSLIM association in Croydon has spoken of its members' horror at the atrocity in Woolwich, in the same week that police arrested a man in Norbury on suspicion of posting violent threats against...

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Three people flee house fire caused by shower fault

THREE people escaped unhurt from a house fire in Thornton Heath after a woman's shower caught fire while she was using it. Firefighters from Norbury fire station and West Norwood were called to Mersham...

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It's all systems grow on new batch of allotments in New Addington

GROWING dinner down the road will become a realistic prospect for more New Addington residents now that land for allotments is being reclaimed.Fifty extra half-plots should be available at the...

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Croydon nursery slammed after inspector sees door fall on child

OFSTED has condemned a "lack of regard for safety" at a nursery after a cupboard door fell off and landed on children during an inspection.It criticised staff at Mini VIP's Montessori Nursery and...

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Big Lunch brings friends and neighbours together in sunny New Addington

Friends and neighbours came together in the sunshine on June 2,at New Addington's first Big Lunch celebration. Amongst the 200 people showing their support on Central Parade were the new  Mayor of...

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'Support our troops': Charity speaks out after Woolwich murder

WITH the brutal killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on everybody's mind, it is important to celebrate those men and women who chose to protect their country by serving abroad.This is the message...

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Napoli president linked with move for Palace

An Italian journalist has suggested Crystal Palace are the club being targeted by Napoli boss Aurelio De Laurentiis. The millionaire film producer has made no secret of his desire to take over an...

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