Woman, 36, charged with murder following stabbing of Levi Earnest Morrison in Sydenham on Saturday

A woman has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing on 17-year-old Levi Ernest-Morrison in Sydenham. Nichola Leighton, 36, of Lockwood Close, Sydenham will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 14 April charged with murder.

   

Lambeth Council leader urges all residents to get tested for Covid

Everyone in Lambeth should get a Covid-19 test, the council leader has said. The advice follows the announcement of “the largest surge testing operation to date” after 44 confirmed and 30 probable cases of the Covid variant first identified in South Africa were found in Lambeth and Wandsworth.

  

Mayor of London declines to intervene on controversial development

The Mayor of London has declined to intervene in plans for a controversial development in Blackheath. GS8 and Vabel plan to demolish all business units in the Blackheath Business Estate to build 63 flats in two blocks of nine and seven storeys, along with a four-storey workspace building.  

  

American burger chain Wendy’s to open branch in Croydon town centre

An American burger chain is set to open up a branch in Croydon town centre. Wendy’s announced last month it wants to bring the chain back to the UK after 21 years. A planning application submitted to Croydon Council shows that Wendy’s has plans for the former Barclays bank on the corner of George Street and Wellesley Road.

   

Lambeth Council leader urges all residents to get tested for Covid

Everyone in Lambeth should get a Covid-19 test, the council leader has said. The advice follows the announcement of “the largest surge testing operation to date” after 44 confirmed and 30 probable cases of the Covid variant first identified in South Africa were found in Lambeth and Wandsworth.

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Eight fire engines called to fire in Forest Hill pub

Two pub owners have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in their premises in Forest Hill. Asa Holmes, 49, and Monika Luckasova, 42, were taken to Lewisham Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after escaping from a fire in the Bird in Hand Pub in Dartmouth Road.

  

QPR boss Warburton on failing to battle in Rotherham loss, broken nose for centre-back + praise for full debutant Kelman

Mark Warburton felt QPR didn’t “roll up their sleeves” in their 3-1 loss at Rotherham last night. Lyndon Dykes had given put the Rs ahead just after half time, before a Freddie Ladapo brace and a Matt Smith goal in injury time sealed the victory for Rotherham.

  

Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Healthy turnout as Wimbledon Park 5km road race sees club competition return

Herne Hill Harriers fielded a 10-man team and two six-women teams in the Wimbledon Park 5km road race on Sunday – as local athletics club competition returned. Harriers’ men placed fifth of 12 complete teams with the women’s A and B teams second ninth respectively.

  

“He’s very different…” – analysing what Alex Gilbey brings to this Charlton team with the help of Conor Washington

In his latest Charlton column, Benjy Nurick takes a deep dive into Alex Gilbey and what the midfielder can bring to this Addicks side over the final weeks of the season – aided by insights from team-mate Conor Washington.

   

‘This squad needs major surgery’ – Ipswich boss Paul Cook blasts Ipswich display as Dons down them

Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook tore into his players after last night’s defeat against AFC Wimbledon – with a trip to Charlton Athletic next up this weekend.

  

Current crop of AFC Wimbledon players challenged to create their own history – as wait for back-to-back wins is finally over

AFC Wimbledon boss Mark Robinson urged his side to create their own history after their 3-0 win over Ipswich saw his side record consecutive league victories for the first time since October 2019. 

  

AFC Wimbledon’s players found cutting edge after heart-to-heart with head coach Robbo

Mark Robinson has revealed that a heart-to-heart with his AFC Wimbledon players before last weekend’s game at Accrington has been the catalyst for their recent feast of goals.

  

AFC Wimbledon boss Robinson: We shouldn’t see Ipswich as a scalp

AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson has urged his side to reinstall the club’s past mentality – using their 3-0 win over Ipswich Town tonight as an example of how the club’s perception “has got to change”.

  

Blues into Champions League semi-final after losing second leg 1-0 to sensational goal by Porto

Chelsea are into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 after losing 1-0 against Porto tonight, but win 2-1 on aggregate.

A sensational bicycle kick by substitute Taremi deep into added time illuminated what was in fact a terrible football match.

  

AFC Wimbledon 3 Ipswich 0 – Rampant Dons stay in the goal groove to churn over Tractor Boys

Wimbledon boosted their League One survival hopes with an excellent 3-0 win over Ipswich Town at Plough Lane – making it eight goals scored in the space of just four days

  

Exclusive: Millwall open talks with Jed Wallace – with winger’s deal having 15 months left to run

Millwall have opened talks with Jed Wallace over his contract situation – with the attacker having 15 months remaining on his current terms.

Education

  

Private school to carry out a ‘forensic review’ of policies following sexual harassment allegations

A private school in Wimbledon will carry out a “forensic review” of its policies following shocking allegations of misogyny, harassment and abuse. King’s College School was named at least seven times on Everyone’s Invited – a website where people can anonymously share experiences of sexual, harassment, abuse and assault.

  

Website creator that exposed Dulwich College ‘rape culture’ allegations warns of pornography dangers

Parents need to be aware of the dangers of online pornography and must teach their children about consent early, the creator of a website which has published thousands of allegations of sexual assault from students said today.

  

The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon creates free workshops for children’s well-being

After a year of uncertainty, loneliness and fear, both children and adults are experiencing a rise in mental health problems – dubbed “the silent pandemic”. But arts organisations in South London are combatting this, using art and theatre to explore negative feelings and stay connected.

  

Students and staff protest over school’s ‘racist’ uniform policy

Sixth formers are protesting against their central London school’s uniform policy after it was branded “racist”. Tensions between Pimlico Academy’s senior leadership and its parents and pupils began in August 2020 when a new uniform policy was imposed.

Opinions

  

In My View: Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

The Everyone’s Invited campaign was set up last June to campaign against a culture of misogyny, harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault amongst young people. More than 13,000 people, mainly young women and girls have now anonymously shared their experiences on the campaign’s website.

  

In My View: Janet Daby, MP for Lewisham East

It has been widely reported that 56,000 people are still living in unsafe blocks, but this only accounts for those buildings using Grenfell-style ACM cladding. Inside Housing has estimated that the true number of people living in potentially dangerous properties is around 600,000

  

In My View: Harriet Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham

We’ve got the worst of all worlds when it comes to demonstrations during this Covid pandemic. The law is confusing, with some people being angry because they think they don’t have the legal right to demonstrate.

  

In My View: Rosena Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting – In South London, we stand up for the rights of all women…

This last week has been incredibly difficult for women across the country. Women should be safe and feel safe to walk the streets without fear. After what was such a traumatic week, the vigil on Clapham Common was our chance to come together and grieve the loss of Sarah’s life.

Food & Drink

  

Best burger kits delivered directly to your door

The closure of restaurants to in-dining customers for much of the past year has been hugely disappointing.

  

Craft breweries – A brewing revolution

The craft beer revolution of the last decade has exploded the number of breweries in the UK, and of course the capital is the epicentre. There were fewer than 10 breweries in London in 2006 and now there are more than a hundred.

  

The Hand In Hand… one of the best “village” pubs in London

The Hand in Hand, a glorious alehouse on the edge of Wimbledon Common. For me, this is one of the best “village” pubs in London.

  

Easter Gatherings

Garden gatherings are back on the agenda, and better weather means only one sort of meal – a barbecue.

Entertainment

  

South London rapper releases second film on why many black people don’t swim

Clapham-raised musician and rapper Ed Accura is releasing his second film tackling the topic of why so many black people don’t swim.

  

Liz West unveils her immersive art installation in Greenwich

Liz West’s Hundreds and Thousands will cover the glass on The Tide – a walkway on Greenwich peninsular that has a view of the Thames.

  

Dulwich singer breaks into the UK Soul charts at no.10

Dulwich singer James Aaron’s single Chosen has broken into this week’s UK Soul charts at no. 10. 

  

Wimbledon author debuts children’s book encouraging kids to enjoy gardening

A Wimbledon author is hoping to encourage kids to try gardening with her debut children’s book about a green-fingered guinea pi

  

Music lovers will flock to Crystal Palace Park this summer as festivals return

Music lovers will flock to Crystal Palace Park this summer as festivals return. Wireless Festival is set to take place in the park from September 10-12. Run by Festival Republic, the first release of tickets have already sold out.

  

South London actor publishes second novel

Peep Show actor Paul Clayton, from Shortlands, has published his second page-turning novel – a psychological thriller called The Hoax. It tells the story of a struggling mum of three whose youngest son goes missing, and is returned by a fairy godmother-like character Cora.

Theatre

  

Review: Love in the Lockdown – Reaching into the past to explore previous plagues

Love in the Lockdown: Two tentative lovers begin a tortuous relationship over Zoom, brought together by a shared interest in Boccaccio’s classic The Decameron. It is a touching starting point for all of us to explore what this pandemic means for us, and to give us hope for our future.

  

Christopher Walker reviews Sasha Regan’s Pirates of Penzance

Sasha Reagan is something of a living legend in South London theatre. Her all-male version of The Pirates of Penzance will delight Gilbert & Sullivan lovers who are open to re-interpretation. It is available online for Easter week.

  

The Bread and Roses Theatre awards grants to production companies

Two production companies led by underrepresented groups have been awarded a research and development grant by a Clapham Theatre.

What's On

  

Goldsmiths students open exhibition in Deptford shop fronts

Goldsmiths students who are studying fine art and curating have opened an exhibition in shop fronts across Deptford.

  

The Old Vic opens applications for free workshops for 19-30 year olds in Lambeth

Applications are now open for The Old’s Vic Front Line, a series of free workshops for people aged 19-30 living in Lambeth.

  

Spring activities for Londoners provided by Elephant and Castle

Elephant & Castle is providing a range of activities for Londoners to enjoy this spring, including a new shopping area and a range of online events.

  

Rooftop Film Club opens for its tenth year in Peckham

Rooftop Film Club is opening for its tenth year this summer at the Bussey Building in Peckham. The outdoor cinema is running a programme of classic movies, including Clueless, Grease, Dirty Dancing and Notting Hill.

Best of South London

  

Camberwell kids launch online petition to ban use of wasteful plastic in packing

Three friends have launched an online petition to ban use of wasteful plastic in packing. Camberwell girls Raya Branford, 11, Katie Leeming, 11 and Katia Woods, 10 who all attend Lyndhurst school in Camberwell have launched a petition online to stop the use of packing peanuts made from non-renewable plastic in the UK. 

  

Deptford charity distributing hundreds of thousands of meals after huge increase in demand in lockdown

A charity supplying surplus food to hard-up families has more than doubled the number it gave out during the pandemic. Fareshare, which redistributes edible food that would otherwise have gone to waste, has donated more than 40,000 packs from its Deptford depot to 254 London charities.

  

Six school girls walk five kilometres to raise money for a deaf children’s charity

Six school girls have walked five kilometres to raise money for a deaf children’s charity. The Bromley College pupils, aged from 16 to 18, hiked around Bromley to support the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Pets

  

Pet-owners warned against keeping exotic animals as pets after shocking TV documentary

Pet-owners are being warned against considering wild animals as pets, after viewers were left shocked by a TV documentary. The recent two-part ITV documentary Britain’s Tiger Kings – On The Trail With Ross Kemp highlighted the growing problems associated with the keeping of wild animals as pets.

  

Get your dogs ready to socialise

With England entering the second phase of Stage 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown, Dogs Trust is issuing advice to dog owners as gatherings of up to six people are allowed from this week.

  

Look after pets’ teeth from early years

Dental disease is common among our four-legged friends, which causes pain, plus it can be linked to other health problems over time.

South London Memories

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

Tributes have been paid to an “outstanding” headteacher who became the first Muslim to run a UK school.

  

Always arty, never crafty

The book Kelmscott Chaucer was the culmination of the life’s work of designer, poet and Arts & Crafts originator William Morris who lived in the now iconic Red House in Bexleyheath. 125 years after the
publication of that seminal work, Alexandra Warren tells his story

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

A cancer survivor will take two giant leaps of faith when he does a charity skydive and bungee jump. Dafydd Jones, 28, from Gipsy Hill, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October, 2009.

  

It actually has been a marathon not a sprint

Monday was the 40th anniversary of the first London marathon – one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Here TOBY PORTER traces its history.

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Millwall

  

Exclusive: Millwall open talks with Jed Wallace – with winger’s deal having 15 months left to run

Millwall have opened talks with Jed Wallace over his contract situation – with the attacker having 15 months remaining on his current terms.

  

Lions youngster joins National League promotion chasers – with hectic schedule of matches to come

Millwall left-back Junior Tiensia has joined National League title contenders Sutton United on a 28-day youth loan.

  

Millwall boss Gary Rowett resigned to another year in Championship – but also explains why he is pleased at season to date

Gary Rowett has accepted that his Millwall side are set for another season in the second tier after the latest round of Championship results left them 10 points behind sixth-placed Bournemouth.

  

Former Millwall transfer target earns praise for contribution in Swansea City’s victory at Den

Steve Cooper was pleased with Swansea’s performance in their 3-0 win over Millwall and had plenty of praise for Jamal Lowe, who has previously been a transfer target for Millwall.

Charlton Athletic

  

“He’s very different…” – analysing what Alex Gilbey brings to this Charlton team with the help of Conor Washington

In his latest Charlton column, Benjy Nurick takes a deep dive into Alex Gilbey and what the midfielder can bring to this Addicks side over the final weeks of the season – aided by insights from team-mate Conor Washington.

   

‘This squad needs major surgery’ – Ipswich boss Paul Cook blasts Ipswich display as Dons down them

Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook tore into his players after last night’s defeat against AFC Wimbledon – with a trip to Charlton Athletic next up this weekend.

  

Charlton Athletic boss planning scouting trip to watch Ipswich Town at AFC Wimbledon

Nigel Adkins will be an interested spectator at AFC Wimbledon’s home game with Ipswich Town tonight. Charlton face the Tractor Boys at The Valley on Saturday.

  

No Charlton Athletic return for Marcus Maddison – as he considers walking away from football

Marcus Maddison has revealed he is considering quitting football after his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers was cut short.

Crystal Palace

  

Tyrick Mitchell seals Crystal Palace contract extension until 2025

Tyrick Mitchell has signed a new contract with Crystal Palace which keeps him with the South Londoners until 2025.

  

Crystal Palace youngster Jesurun Rak-Sakyi signs first professional deal

Highly-rated Crystal Palace youngster Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has signed his first professional contract, the club has confirmed.

  

Crystal Palace’s failure to replicate Everton performance against Chelsea a frustration for Joel Ward

Joel Ward was frustrated that Crystal Palace were unable to replicate their good performance against Everton in their 4-1 defeat by Chelsea.

  

Christian Benteke reveals half-time dressing down by Roy Hodgson led to improved second half against Chelsea

Crystal Palace showed more resilience after a half-time dressing down by Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington in the Eagles’ 4-1 defeat against Chelsea, Christian Benteke believes.

AFC Wimbledon

   

‘This squad needs major surgery’ – Ipswich boss Paul Cook blasts Ipswich display as Dons down them

Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook tore into his players after last night’s defeat against AFC Wimbledon – with a trip to Charlton Athletic next up this weekend.

  

Current crop of AFC Wimbledon players challenged to create their own history – as wait for back-to-back wins is finally over

AFC Wimbledon boss Mark Robinson urged his side to create their own history after their 3-0 win over Ipswich saw his side record consecutive league victories for the first time since October 2019. 

  

AFC Wimbledon’s players found cutting edge after heart-to-heart with head coach Robbo

Mark Robinson has revealed that a heart-to-heart with his AFC Wimbledon players before last weekend’s game at Accrington has been the catalyst for their recent feast of goals.

  

AFC Wimbledon boss Robinson: We shouldn’t see Ipswich as a scalp

AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson has urged his side to reinstall the club’s past mentality – using their 3-0 win over Ipswich Town tonight as an example of how the club’s perception “has got to change”.

Dulwich Hamlet

  

Dulwich Hamlet Women land Exeter midfielder and Dons full-back

Dulwich Hamlet have signed Exeter midfielder Daniella Tyson and AFC Wimbledon defender Liz Berkeley.

  

“Gobsmacked” – Dulwich Hamlet chairman Ben Clasper on National League sanctions

Dulwich Hamlet chairman Ben Clasper has described himself as “gobsmacked” at their £8,000 fine and suspended points deduction from the National League.

  

Dulwich Hamlet fined £8k and hit with suspended points deduction for not playing National League South fixtures

Dulwich Hamlet have been fined £8,000 by the National League for not fulfilling some of their fixtures – and also given a suspended eight-point deduction.

  

Dulwich Hamlet’s Farouk Menia crowned Grassroots Coach of the Year

Dulwich Hamlet’s Farouk Menia was crowned Grassroots Coach of the Year at the FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2020.

Chelsea

  

Blues into Champions League semi-final after losing second leg 1-0 to sensational goal by Porto

Chelsea are into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 after losing 1-0 against Porto tonight, but win 2-1 on aggregate.

A sensational bicycle kick by substitute Taremi deep into added time illuminated what was in fact a terrible football match.

   

Blues cruise to three vital Premier League points, routing Eagles 4-1 at Selhurst Park

Christian Pulisic netted a brace and goals from Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma  put Chelsea back into fourth place in the Premier League following their 4-1 thumping of South London neighbours Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this evening.

   

Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4 – Eagles comfortably beaten by rampant Blues

A Christian Pulisic brace helped a dominant Chelsea side to a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

  

Mount and Chilwell give Blues one foot in Champions League semi-final after 2-0 win over Porto

Mason Mount and a wonderful individual goal by Ben Chilwell have put Chelsea into the box seat to reach the Champions League semi-final, after the west Londoners beat Porto 2-0 in the 1st leg quarter-final in Seville tonight.

Fulham

  

Scott Parker: I’m as low as my players after Wolves setback – but we’ll come back fighting

Fulham boss Scott Parker says he is “proud” of his team despite another crushing blow in their Premier League survival and adds they must come back “fighting”.

  

Parker says Wolves game on Friday is ‘massive’ if Fulham are to stay in top flight

Fulham boss Scott Parker says his side need to “eradicate” their mistakes from their game – and says Wolves game on Friday is “massive”. Aleksandar Mitrovic had put the Whites ahead just after the hour mark as he pounced on a Tyrone Mings error.

  

Aleksandar Mitrovic pushing for Fulham start at Villa after red-hot scoring streak for Serbia

Aleksandar Mitrovic has pushed his claim to start Fulham’s Premier League match at Aston Villa after a red-hot scoring streak while on international duty.

  

Fulham captain pulls no punches over performance against Leeds United

Joachim Andersen reckons that Fulham put in their poorest performance of the season in last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Leeds United. The Danish centre-back, on a season-long loan from Lyon, scored his first goal for the club as he cancelled out Patrick Bamford’s opener.

QPR

  

QPR boss Warburton on failing to battle in Rotherham loss, broken nose for centre-back + praise for full debutant Kelman

Mark Warburton felt QPR didn’t “roll up their sleeves” in their 3-1 loss at Rotherham last night. Lyndon Dykes had given put the Rs ahead just after half time, before a Freddie Ladapo brace and a Matt Smith goal in injury time sealed the victory for Rotherham.

  

“A player that deserves a lot of respect” – QPR boss Warburton reveals high hopes for midfielder

Mark Warburton has high hopes for George Thomas next year as the midfielder seeks to finally kickstart his Queens Park Rangers career after having been hampered by injury this season. 

  

QPR striker Lyndon Dykes earns praise after topping QPR’s scoring charts this season

Mark Warburton believes Lyndon Dykes deserves “enormous credit” after emerging from a tough spell to become Queens Park Rangers’ leading scorer this season. 

  

QPR manager Warburton: We dropped our standards and paid the price

Manager Mark Warburton felt Queens Park Rangers performed below their standards as they were punished by a ruthless Nottingham Forest in a 3-1 defeat.  Alex Mighten edged the hosts in front close to half-time before goals in the second half from Lewis Grabban and James Garner sent Forest on their way to a comfortable win.

Boxing

  

Ted Cheeseman earns praise from ring legend Carl Froch after halting James Metcalf in Gibraltar to regain British title

Ted Cheeseman has revealed that his performance in regaining the British super-welterweight title got the seal of approval from ring legend Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch.

  

Dillian Whyte already focusing on next opponent – and ‘The Dream’ scenario could be WBA champion Trevor Bryan

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or, in Dillian Whyte’s case, with some sledgehammer right hands before a pulverising and fight-finishing left hook.

  

Battersea’s Denzel Bentley takes on Felix Cash next month – with two major belts at stake

Battersea’s British middleweight champion Denzel Bentley is set to face Felix Cash, who holds the Commonwealth strap, on April 24.

  

Bermondsey’s Chris Kongo loses WBO Global title to Michael McKinson

Chris Kongo suffered the first loss of his career as Michael McKinson claimed the WBO Global welterweight title in Gibraltar with a narrow but unanimous points decision.

More Sport

  

Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Healthy turnout as Wimbledon Park 5km road race sees club competition return

Herne Hill Harriers fielded a 10-man team and two six-women teams in the Wimbledon Park 5km road race on Sunday – as local athletics club competition returned. Harriers’ men placed fifth of 12 complete teams with the women’s A and B teams second ninth respectively.

  

Reece Topley a positive for Surrey as they misfire in County Championship opener

Surrey’s eight-wicket defeat in their season opener against Gloucestershire was tinged with the re-emergence in red-ball cricket of left-arm seamer Reece Topley, who took 5-66 in the first innings at Bristol.

  

Clinical Cheek keeps Bromley in the National League play-off hunt

Michael Cheek scored the only goal as Bromley beat a spirited Dagenham and Redbridge side at Hayes Lane. The bedrock of the victory was a superb defensive performance with Chris Bush outstanding.