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Fears floods could be “taste of things to come” as residents call for improved drainage

The flooding saw a car trapped, buses flooded and businesses being forced to close, as Battersea’s Queenstown Road was turned into a “canal”.

  

Sewage spouts 100ft into the air over Hammersmith Bridge as storm drain erupts

Heavy rainfall battered the capital yesterday afternoon, causing a storm drain to burst open, spewing water and sewage into the air 100ft over Hammersmith Bridge.

  

Housemates spend hours bailing out water to save home during floods

Friends forced to create makeshift sandbags to protect the basement level of their home as flood water rushed in

  

Cyclist who suffered multiple life-changing injuries when hit by car on way to work issues warning to others

Father-of-two Darius Kravitz was cycling down Knight’s Hill Road in West Norwood, Lambeth, when a car turned across his path as the driver attempted to turn into Cheviot Road.

  

Eight charged with drugs offences after police raids across Southwark

Police carried-out a number of warrants in the borough on Wednesday and the following people all appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

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Campaigners fighting to save green space from housing development

Council has to build 11,000 homes by 2043. Campaigners are fighting to save green space in Southwark after the council outlined 28 estates in the borough on which it hopes to build new homes.

    

Tens of thousands told to self-isolate by Track and Trace

‘Pingdemic’ causing havoc across South London. The increase in people being told to self-isolate has led to the government saying ‘critical workers’ including those in food production and transport will be exempt from isolating.

  

Man to appear in court today charged with murder of woman in East Dulwich

36-year-old died on Friday evening after an incident in Lordship Lane, East Dulwich. A man will appear in court today charged with murder following the death of a woman in East Dulwich.

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AFC Wimbledon sign Chelsea right-back Henry Lawrence on loan

AFC Wimbledon have signed Henry Lawrence on loan from Chelsea. The right-back, an England U20 international, is the Dons’ seventh addition of the summer transfer window.

  

Portsmouth have not made official approach for Millwall midfielder Ben Thompson

Millwall manager Gary Rowett has described talk of Portsmouth exploring a move for Ben Thompson as “speculation”.

  

Stefan Johansen: Fulham has meant a lot to me

Stefan Johansen has thanked the Fulham fans for their support – and says he will be keeping an eye on their results in the future.

  

Millwall striker Matt Smith gives his verdict on QPR – as two clubs meet in opening Championship fixture

Millwall striker Matt Smith sees no reason why QPR cannot continue to impress in the Championship – but will be hoping they have an off day on August 7.

  

Wimbledon’s Liam Ansell scores twice in GB Hockey’s 3-1 win over Canada at Tokyo Olympics

Wimbledon’s Liam Ansell scored twice as Great Britain’s men made it six points from six with a 3-1 victory over Canada in the early hours of Monday morning in Pool B of the Tokyo 2020 hockey tournament.

  

Lewisham’s Alex Yee wins silver in the triathlon at Tokyo Olympics

Lewisham’s Alex Yee won a silver medal in the triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics – four years after a serious crash left him with multiple injuries.

  

Dons assistant head coach Rob Tuvey: It’s about relationship-building now

Rob Tuvey spoke of the importance of the new signings building relationships with the current squad after AFC Wimbledon lost 1-0 against Dartford at Princes Park.

  

QPR manager reveals his hope for Lyndon Dykes after his double in win over Manchester United

Mark Warburton hopes Lyndon Dykes will carry his momentum into the new season as he netted twice from the bench in Queens Park Rangers’ 4-2 pre-season victory over Manchester United. 

   

Crystal Palace ‘close in’ on Lyon defender Joachim Andersen

Crystal Palace are reportedly closing in on the signing of Joachim Andersen after the Danish defender held ‘positive’ talks with manager Patrick Vieira.

  

Fulham complete double transfer deal as Wilson and Gazzaniga deals tied up

Fulham have signed Harry Wilson from Liverpool and former Tottenham and Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga on a free transfer.

  

Millwall midfielder Ryan Leonard: Hard graft will be worth it if I start against QPR

Ryan Leonard says that all the hard work recovering from his injury will be worth it if he starts in the first game of the season against QPR on August 7.

  

Millwall boss Gary Rowett on 4-1 friendly loss to Arsenal + Alex Mitchell giving him a loan dilemma

Gary Rowett was pleased with Millwall’s performance despite their 4-1 friendly defeat against Arsenal – and says that he is considering keeping Alex Mitchell rather than sending him out on loan.

Education

 

Whole secondary school year group will not be able to attend the last week of term due to Covid-19

A whole year group at a Croydon school will not be able to attend the last week of term due to coronavirus cases. A positive case from a Year 8 pupil at Shirley High School means the year of more than 100 children will be taught remotely.

 

Southwark primary school in over £200k debt set to close as pupil numbers plummet

A school in debt to the tune of over £200,000 is set to close as pupil numbers plummet. The 156-year-old primary school in Southwark will close in September, council documents show. Southwark Council’s cabinet approved a report on Tuesday recommending that St John’s Walworth Church of England Primary School closes after falling pupil rolls placed “irreversible pressure on the school budget”.

 

Historic Walworth school on brink of closure because of falling pupil numbers

A school in debt to the tune of over £200,000 is set to close as pupil numbers plummet. The 156-year-old primary school in Southwark will close in September, council documents show.

  

Kings Avenue Primary School – The Most Improved School In Lambeth!

Over the last three years the staff of Kings Avenue Primary School have work incredibly hard and the results are impressive. Attendance has increased from 94% to 97%. Behaviour is outstanding, attainment has doubled and leadership is strong. A recent Ofsted inspection, June 21, confirmed the significant and impressive changes.

 

Parents fundraise to mount legal challenge after school plans to axe 24 special needs staff

Parents of a school’s pupils are fundraising to mount a legal challenge to it axing 24 special needs staff and three teachers redundant. They have nearly collected all of their £1,500 target to block the plan by The John Roan School in Maze Hill, Greenwich.

Opinions

  

In My View: Ellie Reeves, MP for Lewisham West & Penge

Prosecutions and convictions for rape have been deteriorating since 2016 and are now at an all-time low, and with court backlogs, victims are waiting years for their case to be heard.

  

In My View: Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP for Streatham

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Denardo Samuels-Brooks, the teenager fatally stabbed in Prentis Road. My thanks go to local emergency workers who dealt with the incident and the support services who are dealing with the aftermath.

  

In My View: Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford

As an MP, I am often approached by constituents who have been let down by the criminal justice system. Some of the most harrowing of these cases involve rape and serious sexual violence. Unbelievably, only one in 60 rape cases recorded by the police last year resulted in a suspect being charged and 44 per cent of rape victims end up pulling out of their case before the trial begins.

Food & Drink

  

Wahaca… delicious Mexican food with a twist

Wahaca has become a family favourite – including with mine – because it’s ideal for the whole family. Little ones are greeted warmly with drawing materials, the food’s cracking and the cocktail list pretty unbeatable.

  

SPOTLIGHT ON BARBECUES

The UK has already seen one heatwave this year with Europe recording its second warmest June on record, and with another one expected for the end of this month it is safe to say summer is officially here. Now that the lifting of Covid restrictions is also finally within reach, it is the perfect time to get your friends and family together for a barbecue.

  

Tastes of the Mediterranean at SW16 Bar & Kitchen

Streatham dwellers were pleased to welcome neighbourhood restaurant SW16 Bar & Kitchen last autumn. Further lockdowns and on-going restrictions saw tough times, surviving on a takeaway collection service of fresh pasta, which thankfully proved popular.

  

A hidden gem in The Builder’s Arms, Croydon

I didn’t expect to find this. On a recommendation I set out to find The Cricketers, only discover that there is not one but three pubs of that name nearby.

Entertainment

  

Kokoroko creates a storm at South London festivals this summer

Afrobeat inspired band Kokoroko are set to shake up a storm at two South London festivals this summer. The eight-piece band will take the stage at an all-day concert at the Crystal Palace Bowl on August 15, alongside Kruder and Dorfmeister and veteran DJ Giles Petterson, as part of the month-long South Facing Festival. The band will head to Brockwell Park for Wide Awake Festival on September 3.

  

South London artists sweep up music awards nominations

Artists from South London have swept up a number of music awards nominations. Arlo Parks, AJ Tracey, Shygirl and ENNY are among the musicians to be nominated for the AIM Independent Music Awards.

  

Tate Modern presents free programme of playful art-inspired activities for families

Visitors to the Tate Modern will be able to draw all over its walls as part of a free programme of playful art-inspired activities for families, writes Charles Harrison.

  

Talawa, bringing the rave to Fairfield Halls theatre

Talawa, will be bringing the rave to Fairfield Halls theatre in September. Run It Back, which will include a live set is set in an explosive club night and hopes to immerse the audience in black British club culture with dance and physical theatre

  

Westminster gallery launches online auction to raise money for summer school for neurodiverse artists

A growing community of artists is producing beautiful work – but hardly anyone is seeing it. Westminster road-based Hart Club, an art gallery for disabled artists, is aiming to change that by running a fundraiser for their new three month summer art school, which will help launch the careers of emerging neurodiverse artists.  

Theatre

  

Heathers ruffles feathers

Dynamo producer Paul Taylor Mills reopens the 2021 season of London musicals with the extraordinary high-octane Heathers, writes Christopher Walker.

  

Peckham actor Sara Lessore speaks on growing up in theatre

Growing up in Peckham as a self-confessed naughty kid at school, Sara Lessore never thought Shakespeare was for her. But the actor, who is performing three plays with the Globe on Tour this summer, has been firmly proved wrong

  

Theatre reopens after £8.5 million redevelopment with re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood

As the final curtain drops after the recent epic Wimbledon Championship’s mens finals, another curtain lifts in Wimbledon at the end of this month. Polka Theatre is setting up shop in the Queen Road’s Centre Court Shopping Centre with a new pop up theatre space in the shopping mall.

What's On

  

OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie hosts exhibition raising awareness of food waste

A restaurant in Southwark is hosting a pop-up exhibition to raise awareness about food wastage and its impact on the environment, writes Connor McLaughlin. OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is using its space to showcase 14 prints by some of Europe’s most talented artists.

  

Shipwright offers a line-up of arts and theatre from July to August

Shipwright is an atmospheric new venue located in the grounds of the historic Master Shipwright’s house near Deptford on the banks of the river Thames.

  

Musician Ego Ella May to release deluxe edition of LP June 25

To mark the first anniversary of the release of her debut album Honey For Wounds, singer, songwriter and musician Ego Ella May is releasing a deluxe edition of the LP, on June 25

Best of South London

  

EastEnders screenwriter who wrote miscarriage storyline to walk 21 miles to raise awareness

An EastEnders script writer who used her own experiences to write the storyline about Ruby Allen’s miscarriages is doing a sponsored walk this month to raise money for charity. Natalie Mitchell, 38, originally from Brenley House, Tennis Street, Borough and now living in Bexley, signed up for the Miscarriage Association’s Miles That Matter 21 with husband Sam Wainwright, a construction engineer.

  

British Library’s business help gets Yum Seng starting a new venture

For husband and wife team, Chuong and Stephanie Van Dang, the lockdown over the past year has resulted in the start of a new business venture, Yum Seng – a successful dim sum and cocktail meal kit business based in Lambeth. After Chuong and Stephanie moved house, they missed their local dim sum restaurants and couldn’t find any that compared, so they decided to start their own.

  

Croydon residents urged to donate plasma

NHS Blood and Transplant is today launching its first national campaign for people to donate plasma for medicines, including at the Croydon donor centre.  Plasma donation only restarted in April after a gap of more than 20 years and few people know what plasma donation is. An NHSBT survey shows only 23 per cent of the public know about it. 

Pets

  

A treat for us, but deadly for our pets

As delicious as it might be for us, eating chocolate can be extremely dangerous, and even fatal, for cats and dogs. Though we might leave chocolate treats lying around the house, or receive them through our letter boxes as gifts – chocolate should always be kept well out of reach from tempted paws and claws.

  

If rabbit does a binky, they are happy

Bunnies’ needs can be more complex than some other pets so despite their popularity they can unintentionally become neglected. The good news is there are lots of simple things you can do to help keep your rabbits healthy, happy and living their best lives

  

Tick the right boxes to prevent ticks

Ticks are small parasites which feed on humans and animals alike. They’re more common during the summer months, so time is ticking to give your pet the best chance of avoiding these potentially dangerous critters.

South London Memories

  

From a vegetable patch grew bustling Walworth

Walworth might have been mentioned in the Domesday Book and been an inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and painter Samuel Palmer. It might also have been the headquarters of the Labour Party from 1981 to 1997, but it is only now recovering from decades as a deprived area. FRANK PACHAS tells some of its history and reports on a grant to improve its image.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

Disgruntled estate residents are calling on a council to return a valuable sculpture that has been in storage for a decade.

  

House where William Cecil courted slavery

Wimbledon homes are a prized asset, especially during the Championships, when, pre-Covid – players rent some of them. But one of the mansions near Centre Court was where the Transatlantic Slave Trade was devised and planned. Wimbledon historian PETER WALKER highlights Wimbledon’s links with the evil trade.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

A plaque is planned and a statue being considered as a memorial to one of South London’s most famous sporting sons.

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Millwall

  

Portsmouth have not made official approach for Millwall midfielder Ben Thompson

Millwall manager Gary Rowett has described talk of Portsmouth exploring a move for Ben Thompson as “speculation”.

  

Millwall striker Matt Smith gives his verdict on QPR – as two clubs meet in opening Championship fixture

Millwall striker Matt Smith sees no reason why QPR cannot continue to impress in the Championship – but will be hoping they have an off day on August 7.

  

Millwall midfielder Ryan Leonard: Hard graft will be worth it if I start against QPR

Ryan Leonard says that all the hard work recovering from his injury will be worth it if he starts in the first game of the season against QPR on August 7.

  

Millwall boss Gary Rowett on 4-1 friendly loss to Arsenal + Alex Mitchell giving him a loan dilemma

Gary Rowett was pleased with Millwall’s performance despite their 4-1 friendly defeat against Arsenal – and says that he is considering keeping Alex Mitchell rather than sending him out on loan.

Charlton Athletic

  

Charlton Athletic assistant boss explains absence of Jayden Stockley + discusses first friendly game time for Ryan Inniss

Charlton assistant manager Johnnie Jackson has revealed that a “bad stomach” kept Jayden Stockley out of today’s 1-1 draw with Reading.

  

Four takeaways from Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 friendly draw at Reading

Richard Cawley watched Charlton’s 1-1 friendly draw at Reading today. Here are his four takeaways from the match.

  

Illness forces Jayden Stockley to miss Charlton’s pre-season friendly at Reading

Jayden Stockley is missing from Charlton Athletic’s squad for their pre-season friendly at Reading this afternoon.

  

‘Helluva lot of potential’ – Charlton teenage defender earns praise from academy chief

Charlton academy boss Steve Avory reckons that teenage centre-back Deji Elerewe has major potential. The 17-year-old has featured for the Addicks in their early pre-season matches.

Crystal Palace

   

Crystal Palace ‘close in’ on Lyon defender Joachim Andersen

Crystal Palace are reportedly closing in on the signing of Joachim Andersen after the Danish defender held ‘positive’ talks with manager Patrick Vieira.

  

Four takeaways from Crystal Palace’s 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town

Edmund Brack watched Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win at Ipswich Town. Here are his four takeaways as Patrick Vieira’s winning start as Eagles boss continued.

  

Crystal Palace ‘leading’ the chase for Lyon defender Joachim Andersen

Crystal Palace have reportedly moved to the ‘front of the queue’ to sign Lyon defender Joachim Andersen.

  

Marc Guehi ready-made to be a Premier League hit – as £18m deal could prove a snip in the long term for Crystal Palace

Marc Guehi ended his time at Swansea City as one of the first names on Steve Cooper’s teamsheet, now the young centre-back will look to become a key component in Patrick Vieira’s new-look Crystal Palace side.

AFC Wimbledon

   

AFC Wimbledon sign Chelsea right-back Henry Lawrence on loan

AFC Wimbledon have signed Henry Lawrence on loan from Chelsea. The right-back, an England U20 international, is the Dons’ seventh addition of the summer transfer window.

  

Dons assistant head coach Rob Tuvey: It’s about relationship-building now

Rob Tuvey spoke of the importance of the new signings building relationships with the current squad after AFC Wimbledon lost 1-0 against Dartford at Princes Park.

  

AFC Wimbledon’s Nesta Guinness-Walker: I never want to take being a professional footballer for granted

When Nesta Guinness-Walker walks through the door at AFC Wimbledon’s training ground in New Malden he still, on occasion, can’t quite believe that football is his full-time profession.

  

AFC Wimbledon closing in on sixth signing of summer transfer window

Mark Robinson has confirmed that AFC Wimbledon are very close to another signing.

Dulwich Hamlet

  

Gavin Rose set to run with 17-man Dulwich Hamlet squad next season

Dulwich Hamlet are set to run with a squad of 17 players in their 2021-22 National League campaign.

    

Dulwich Hamlet, Millwall and Charlton bosses speak out in support of Jadon Sancho after South Londoner’s penalty miss in Euro 2020 final

Managers at our South London clubs have spoken out in support of Jadon Sancho after his penalty miss for England – and also condemned the abuse aimed at all of the players who failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sunday’s European Championship final.

   

Former Crystal Palace defender makes Dulwich Hamlet move

Dulwich Hamlet have signed Jack Holland following the defender’s release by Bromley. The former Crystal Palace youngster captained the Ravens and also won their Player of the Year award three times.

  

No coaching role for new Dulwich Hamlet director Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch will not be handed a coaching role by Dulwich Hamlet. It was announced last week that the former England international had been appointed as a director at the National League South side.

Chelsea

   

AFC Wimbledon sign Chelsea right-back Henry Lawrence on loan

AFC Wimbledon have signed Henry Lawrence on loan from Chelsea. The right-back, an England U20 international, is the Dons’ seventh addition of the summer transfer window.

  

West Ham want Ross Barkley…..but Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham set to be too expensive

Ross Barkley is wanted by West Ham and they are also trying to take his Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham on loan.

  

AC Milan set to complete deal for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud – with Italian Euro 2020 star a potential replacement

Olivier Giroud is expected to be announced as AC Milan’s new striker today. The France World Cup winner had signed a new deal with the Blues in April but has now got the move he wanted last season.

Fulham

  

Stefan Johansen: Fulham has meant a lot to me

Stefan Johansen has thanked the Fulham fans for their support – and says he will be keeping an eye on their results in the future.

   

Crystal Palace ‘close in’ on Lyon defender Joachim Andersen

Crystal Palace are reportedly closing in on the signing of Joachim Andersen after the Danish defender held ‘positive’ talks with manager Patrick Vieira.

  

Fulham complete double transfer deal as Wilson and Gazzaniga deals tied up

Fulham have signed Harry Wilson from Liverpool and former Tottenham and Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga on a free transfer.

   

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen makes permanent QPR move

QPR have completed a permanent deal for Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen. The Norwegian midfielder, who joins for an undisclosed fee, has signed a three-year contract.

QPR

  

QPR manager reveals his hope for Lyndon Dykes after his double in win over Manchester United

Mark Warburton hopes Lyndon Dykes will carry his momentum into the new season as he netted twice from the bench in Queens Park Rangers’ 4-2 pre-season victory over Manchester United. 

  

QPR inflict friendly defeat on Manchester United as boss Warburton thrilled by Johansen deal

Mark Warburton believes Stefan Johansen will have a major impact for Queens Park Rangers this season as they stormed to a 4-2 pre-season victory over Manchester United.

   

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen makes permanent QPR move

QPR have completed a permanent deal for Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen. The Norwegian midfielder, who joins for an undisclosed fee, has signed a three-year contract.

  

QPR add Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne and Norwich full-back McCallum to their squad

QPR have signed Jimmy Dunne from Burnley and Sam McCallum on loan from Norwich City. Dunne joins for an undisclosed fee from Burnley, and has signed a three-year deal with QPR.

Boxing

  

Chris Bourke expecting sternest test yet as he defends WBC International title at Wembley Arena

Chris Bourke is expecting James Beech Junior to be the toughest test of his professional career. The 26-year-old Streatham southpaw makes the first defence of his WBC International super-bantam title tomorrow night at Wembley Arena.

  

Chris Bourke to make first defence of WBO International bantamweight title

Streatham bantamweight Chris Bourke will make the first defence of his WBC International title against James Beech Junior on July 24.

  

Dillian Whyte set to box in States in August – with DAZN promotional deal looking likely

Dillian Whyte is set to box in the United States in August, with the Brixton heavyweight looking likely to agree a promotional deal with DAZN.

  

Joshua Buatsi set Latvian test as he defends WBA title on August 14

Joshua Buatsi is set to defend his WBA International light-heavyweight title against Richard Bolotniks on August 14.

More Sport

  

Wimbledon’s Liam Ansell scores twice in GB Hockey’s 3-1 win over Canada at Tokyo Olympics

Wimbledon’s Liam Ansell scored twice as Great Britain’s men made it six points from six with a 3-1 victory over Canada in the early hours of Monday morning in Pool B of the Tokyo 2020 hockey tournament.

  

Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Phoebe Anderson takes seventh place in 5,000m at European U20 Championships

Phoebe Anderson placed seventh in the European U20 Championships 5,000m A final in Tallinn on Sunday.

  

Watts tastes racing’s highs and lows at Anglesey

Woolwich motorcycle racer Gavin Watts ended his first visit to the North Wales Anglesey track with four podiums and a crash in round five of the No Limits Racing Championships last weekend.