EXCLUSIVE: South Norwood gravedigger who fought through fire to save Forest Hill publican – ‘I just did what had to be done’

A gravedigger who pulled a landlord unconscious from his burning pub has said he was just doing “what had to be done”. Joe O’Rourke saved the life of Asa Holmes by dragging him from the Bird in Hand in Dartmouth Road in Forest Hill on Monday.


Mothers of knife crime victims urge Londoners to report information

Three women who have lost their sons to knife crime in south London have joined a campaign to encourage people to call Crimestoppers.


Second arrest over killing of Levi Ernest-Morrison

A second arrest has been made in connection with a fatal stabbing in Sydenham as the lead investigator appeals for those with information to share what they know with police. A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday, 14 April in relation to the fatal stabbing of Levi Ernest-Morrison, 17, in Sydenham Road, Sydenham on Saturday, 10 April.


Your latest 52-page South London Press

Your latest 52-page South London Press – For all your news, sport and entertainment. Look out for our 10 pages of South London Press sport, including George Evans discussing his Manchester City upbringing and why he feels right at home at Millwall. All that plus much more…


Surge testing extended into parts of Southwark after South African variant cases from Wandsworth and Lambeth spill over

Surge testing has been extended into Southwark after the South Africa Covid variant was found there. A case was discovered in Rotherhithe, where targeted door-to-door testing is now taking place.


Croydon private boy’s school ‘deeply concerned’ about allegations of misogyny and harassment

A private boys’ school in Croydon has responded to “deeply concerning” allegations of misogyny and harassment. Whitgift School was named at least nine times on the Everyone’s Invited where website which collates anonymous experiences of sexual, harassment, abuse and assault.


Croydon Council warned ‘remember we are spending taxpayers money’ during financial update

‘We must remember we are spending taxpayers money’ was the warning to Croydon Council as it heard the latest financial update. The council is no longer under a Section 114 notice, which bans all spending, but faces serious financial challenges over the coming months.


Kings College researchers could accurately predict patients who will benefit from a liver transplant

A team of researchers at King’s College Hospital has identified new clinical criteria to more accurately predict which patients with acute liver failure (ALF) will most likely benefit from a liver transplant. A study published in the Journal of Hepatology, reveals which patients are less likely to recover from the trauma if they do not get a new liver.


Music school that had thousands of pounds worth of instruments stolen receives massive grant

A music school which had thousands of pounds worth of equipment and instruments stolen by a practised burglar has received a massive grant to emerge from lockdown. World Heart Beat Music Academy is to receive £67,514 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.


Alarm as police firearms units swoop following gunshots in Brixton

Armed units of police swooped on a street in Brixton after gunshots were fired. Detectives investigating the firearm discharge in Listowel Close, Brixton at 2.30pm yesterday, Tuesday, are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.


Cat and her kitten shot and killed with airgun in Barnhurst – has this happened to your beloved pet?

A mother cat and her five-month-old kitten have been allegedly been shot and killed in attacks only two weeks apart. Ani Powell, 29 from Holmsdale Grove in Barnhurst found her two-year-old cat dead in the garden with a bullet-like wound on her side, and only two weeks later found her five-month-old kitten profusely bleeding with the same injury.


Heroic passerby rescues barman from burning Forest Hill pub after blaze shuts off road

A ‘heroic’ passerby has rescued the owner of a burning pub after a blaze broke out in Forest Hill this morning. Two people have been taken to hospital after a fire spread through the apartment above the Bird in Hand pub on Dartmouth Road.


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.


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.


Record number of candidates for Mayoral election as Londoners head to the polls next month

On May 6, Londoners will have a record number of candidates to choose from as they head to the polls to decide the next Mayor of London. A total of 20 candidates are standing in May’s election, but while voters may be familiar with current mayor Sadiq Khan and his challengers from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Greens, there are many more candidates in the running.


Thornton Heath teenager charged over Brixton stabbing in February

A man has been charged following a stabbing in Brixton which left a 17-year-old male critically injured. Leon Rashid, 18, of Dunheved Road, Thornton Heath has been charged with attempted murder; possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a class B drug (cannabis).


EXCLUSIVE: Claims Sydenham dying teenager Levi Earnest Morrison’s last moments were filmed by gang ‘in jest’ as family appeals for help with funeral expenses

The familiy and friends of a teenager stabbed to death near his home have appealed for help in funding his funeral – amid claims his dying moments were filmed by those who attacked him. Levi Earnest Morrison died yards from his family in Sydenham Road, Sydenham, after paramedics and cops tried desperately to save his life.

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