Loss of parking bays causing “destruction” for traders in Bromley Road, Downham

Shopkeepers have urged road chiefs to have parking bays reinstated to stop the “destruction” of their high street. The 10 parking spaces between 436 and 470 Bromley Road, in Downham, provide much-needed access to local shops. But Transport for London (TfL) has suspended the bays for the next 18 months to widen pavements and allow pedestrians to better socially distance. Alex Klimcke, owner of Downham Autostores, said: “One customer had breakfast in the cafe and parked in the bay. His breakfast just cost him £135.”

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Police Commissioner Cressida Dick offers “heartfelt condolences” to family of police officer shot dead at Croydon custody centre

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has offered her “heartfelt condolences” to the family of a police officer shot dead at a Croydon custody centre this morning. At around 2.15am this morning the officer was shot by a man who was being detained at Croydon Custody Centre, in Windmill Lane.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomes plans for a new market for Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre traders as historic market closes after more than half a century

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has welcomed proposals for a new market for Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre traders that have not been offered new premises. The 55-year-old mall closed yesterday with several shop owners still looking for new premises to sustain their livelihoods. Mayor Khan said he “would welcome any solution” that would provide the space traders need.

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Plans for north Kensington Crossrail station back on track

Kensington and Chelsea council has confirmed it is in talks with Network Rail on producing a feasibility study that could lead to the “Kensal Portobello Station” being built. Also called the Elizabeth Line, the 73-mile underground route will link Shenfield in Essex to Reading in Berkshire, with branches to Heathrow Airport and Abbey Wood in South-east London.

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Accusations that blood testing system has “collapsed” at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, as patients wait for hours on phone for appointments

The blood testing system at an NHS Trust has “collapsed”, with patients waiting hours on the phone to book appointments – and many not able to get through at all. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust recently centralised its blood testing booking system by getting patients to book over the phone.

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London added to coronavirus watch list as “area of great concern”

London has been added to the national coronavirus watch list as an area of greatest concern, as infections rise in the capital. There will be no new restrictions at present, but the change in status reflects higher risks in the city. However a separate report claimed infections had in fact plateaued since the start of September.

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Residents trapped in Grenfell Tower thought police helicopters were there to rescue them, inquiry hears

Emergency service call handlers must be clear that police helicopters are not able to rescue people, after residents trapped in Grenfell Tower thought they could. New recommendations call for clearer information after a man who lost family members in the tragedy complained that people thought six police helicopters which flew near the burning building had come to rescue them. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) looked into his concerns and warned call handlers to be clear after people thought the helicopter would be a lifeline out of the burning building in 2017.

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Concern over tenants’ rights as Government’s protection against evictions comes to an end

Greenwich’s senior councillor for housing has expressed concerns that residents will be made homeless in the face of an oncoming coronavirus wave, after the Government protections preventing tenants from being evicted during the pandemic expired.

Cllr Anthony Okereke, who was earlier this year named Greenwich’s cabinet member for housing, also said the Government had not gone far enough with supporting local authorities on the front line of providing housing for vulnerable members of the community. Commenting after the Government rolled back its eviction ban on Sunday, Cllr Okereke said “support for renters has been minimal” during the pandemic.

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Teenager arrested on suspicion of rape after woman attacked in Lewisham

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman in her 20s was attacked in Lewisham last Friday. Police were called following a report that a woman had been raped at around 7pm in Forster Memorial Park, near Bellingham. The Metropolitan Police said it is believed the victim and the attacker were known to each other.

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£1m-a-year gangs unit set up in Hammersmith and Fulham to keep youngsters away from crime

Initiative between council and police one of the first of its kind – all paid for by outside developers. A new gangs unit which will cost almost £1m a year to run is to be set up to keep young people out of a life of crime. Youngsters at risk of getting groomed and ensnared in gangs will be offered a way out in the move – which will see police and Hammersmith and Fulham council working closely together.

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Lambeth council announces details of low traffic neighbourhood for Tulse Hill

A new traffic control system will involve six modal filters and camera-enforced blocks with planters and signs. Lambeth council has published plans for its latest low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) – in Tulse Hill. The fifth to be put in place in Lambeth, the Tulse Hill LTN will involve six modal filters and camera-enforced barriers identified with planters and signs, which prevent motor vehicles getting through.

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Police officer shot and killed in custody centre in Croydon

A police officer has been shot and killed by a man at a police custody centre in Croydon. At around 2.15am this morning the officer was shot by a man who was being detained at Croydon Custody Centre, in Windmill Lane. Officers and paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service but he died later in hospital.

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New Cross rocker gets record deal – almost half a century after tunes were penned

1972 recording is discovered during clear out, uploaded to YouTube and picked up by record label in Spain just days later. For most aspiring rock stars, following your dreams means going back to bed. It’s a recipe for lack of success. Jeff Ball, raised in New Cross and Catford, knew all about the tiring slog of trying to make it. He and his band, Grit, toured as far away as Athens to get a break – and appeared on Greek TV with their blend of blues-inspired psychedelia-tinged rock. But London record labels shrugged and moved on to Brixton’s David Bowie and the likes of prog rock stadium-fillers The Who, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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South-east London pubs “aggrieved” that they’re being blamed for increase in cases of coronavirus, says Campaign for Real Ale boss

By Lachlan Leeming, Local Democracy Reporter
Boris Johnson’s new 10pm closing time will further hobble pubs already on their knees, the head of an industry advocacy group has warned, saying new restrictions could see more businesses permanently close their doors.

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Kids will be sent home from school on “daily, if not weekly basis” with coronavirus symptoms, says Hammersmith and Fulham council’s education chief

By Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter
It is likely to become normal to have a handful of pupils sent home after testing positive for coronavirus, according to a west London council’s education head. Jan Parnell said one Year 10 child and three primary school pupils had recently tested positive at Hammersmith and Fulham schools.

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Construction of west London “super sewer” creating a living “nightmare” for residents

By Owen Sheppard, Local Democracy Reporter
A Fulham man who lives beside a Tideway “super sewer” construction site says the project has made his life a “nightmare” for four years. David McGinty and his neighbours claim they have been routinely disturbed by the traffic of giant barges and tugboats carrying concrete and rubble to and from the tunnelling site.

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Lewisham mayor Damien Egan promises to “urgently” address problems caused by Lee Green low traffic neighbourhood, introduced in wake of Covid-19

By Grainne Cuffe, Local Democracy Reporter
The mayor of Lewisham has admitted the Lee Green low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) is causing problems which the council is “urgently” planning to address. The LTN, a set of road barriers to reduce through-traffic, was brought in under Covid-19 emergency transport measures at the end of June and has received mixed feedback.

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Competition opens to create new design for Nine Elms railway arch

By Sian Bayley, Local Democracy Reporter
A railway arch in Nine Elms leading to the new Northern line extension stations is set to be transformed. Wandsworth council, in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture, has launched an open call for designers, architects and artists to improve the historic railway arch known as Arch 42.

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Jude Gayle death: Three years on family still do not have justice

The family of a man who was stabbed to death are still waiting for justice three years later – as a new appeal for information is launched by the police. Jude Gayle, 30, described as a “family man” and a father-of-one, was fatally stabbed in an alleyway near his home in West Norwood on September 24, 2017. Now, on the third anniversary of Jude’s death, the police are asking members of the public who may have information to come forward.

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Serial burglar described as a “one man crime wave” jailed for multiple offences that took place in Westminster

A man who committed a variety of crimes in the Westminster area over a number of months – including burglaries, homophobic abuse and threatening someone with a samurai sword – has been jailed. Philip Oyelade, 40, of no fixed address, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for a slew of offences including assault, possession of offensive weapons, and drug and public order offences.

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Online beer tasting and speed dating – fresher’s week 2020 style at colleges such as Goldsmiths and Imperial

By Rachael Burford, Local Democracy Reporter
London universities are rolling out a string of measures to keep students socially distanced during fresher’s week – including asking them to do online speed dating and beer tasting. Student unions and universities have been working with councils over the summer break to ensure campuses are “Covid secure” for the start of term, with students unable to meet up in groups of more than six.

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DLD College in Lambeth nominated for two prizes in Independent School of the Year Awards 2020

A college has been named as a finalist in two categories of the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2020. DLD College London, in Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, has been announced as a finalist for the Independent Boarding School of the Year and 2020 Independent School of the Year for International Student Experience.

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