Club owner says June 21 date always unlikely to happen

The owner of an iconic London music venue where the Rolling Stones once  had a residency said he has budgeted for a full reopening  of clubs and bars in September if venues are not allowed to open without restrictions this month. (June 21) Jeff Horton’s family have run the 100 Club in Oxford Street for decades.


Three injured and two arrested after in a shooting and stabbing in Westminster

Three men have been injured, including a teenager, with two arrests after in a shooting and stabbing in Westminster. Police were called at just before 8pm on yesterday (June 13) to reports of gunshots heard in the vicinity of Beethoven Street.


London marks four years since the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people

London today marks four years since the Grenfell Tower fire as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says that “we must ensure nothing like this ever happens again”. On June 14, 2017, 72 people were killed when a fire engulfed the 24-storey residential building in west London.


Southwark Council plans to convert historic stables into work space

Historic stables in Bermondsey could be turned into workspace for locals, according to a report going before Southwark’s cabinet on tomorrow. The council is planning to buy the Old Southern Railway Stables at the junction of St James’ Road and Catlin Street to “preserve their heritage” but also to “make them productive and useful work spaces for local businesses and start-ups”.


Blood donors urged by the NHS to make and keep an appointment over ‘critical’ summer months

Blood donors in London are being urged by the NHS to make and keep an appointment to donate over the critical summer months, as demand for blood creeps back to normal capacity. Extra appointments have been added at four London donor centres to help meet this rise in demand.


Merton’s carers are recognised and celebrated during Carer’s Week

Carer’s Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the challenges unpaid carers face, and to recognise the contribution they make to family members and the community. The Merton Carers Strategy 2021-2026 which has been developed with carers, was launched last week during Carer’s Week to demonstrate the council’s commitment to make lives better for carers in Merton.


Merton calls on residents to help shape the borough’s future

A town hall is calling on residents to help shape its borough’s future post-pandemic. Merton Council has launched its biggest-ever community conversation, and is asking local people for their views on what the council’s priorities should be after the pandemic.


Londoners ‘confused’ when officers seize illegal e-scooters that are virtually everywhere

Police say riders of illegal  electric scooters react with “confusion” when officers confiscate them from London’s roads. This week, a team of officers took to Oxford Street for a day of action that saw them seize two dozen privately-owned e-scooters. The confusion, they readily acknowledge, comes from the fact that London’s relationship with e-scooters is still rather confusing.


Teenager among four men charged with murder and aggravated burglary after Greenwich stabbing

Four people, including a teenager, have now been charged after the fatal stabbing of Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago in Greenwich. The fourth man was arrested and charged yesterday. Ernesto Elliott, 44, of Parquier Road, was charged on Sunday with murder and aggravated burglary.


Streatham murder victim on Thursday confirmed as Denardo Samuels-Brooks, 17

Four people have been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Prentis Road, Streatham on Thursday. The Met said, although formal identification is yet to take place, the family of the deceased has been informed and he has been named as 17-year-old Denardo Samuels-Brooks.


Second teenager charged over BLM activist Sasha Johnson shooting

A second teenager has been charged with conspiracy to murder over the shooting of the Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, the Met has said. The 27-year-old remains in a critical condition in hospital.


Sadiq Khan set to call on government to ‘urgently’ review safety laws for financial protection after Grenfell tragedy

Sadiq Khan is set to call on the Government to “urgently” review construction safety laws to provide more financial protection for tenants and leaseholders after the Grenfell tragedy.


Deptford pensioners ‘on top of the world’ after meeting for the first time in 15 months

Elderly Londoners were “on top of the world” after meeting for the first time in 15 months on Tuesday. Members spent a sun-soaked afternoon relaxing and catching up in the garden of the Albany arts centre in Deptford, after a year of lockdowns and isolation.


City Hall Tories attack Sadiq Khan for ‘failing to build the right homes in the right places’

More homes were built in Tower Hamlets than in any other London borough during Sadiq Khan’s first term as mayor, figures have revealed. The east London borough saw 4,306 homes completed between 2016 and 2021 under the GLA’s housebuilding programme, more than the bottom 11 boroughs combined.


Pavements and buildings in Lewisham to transform into an outdoor gallery to celebrate Euro 2020

Pavements, roads and buildings across London will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery during the summer as the capital plays host to eight games in the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Photographs of more than 3,000 Londoners will be pasted across five locations in the capital during the tournament as part of the large-scale public installation “in a celebration of our diversity”.


Croydon trading standards’ three year battle against retailers selling knives to children

A company that sold knives to a child has been told to pay £25,000 in fines and costs following a court case brought by Croydon Council Trading Standards. The case against Daventry-based company Extreme GB LTD was the 17th and final in a three-year Croydon-led nationwide clampdown on knife sales to children which was backed by the Home Office and National Trading Standards.


Over 200 MPs, Peers and Mayors write to the Prime Minister in a bid to keep the Covid-19 Wall of Hearts permanent

Over 200 MPs, Peers and Mayors have come together today to write to the Prime Minister to urge him to support a campaign for the Covid-19 Memorial Wall to become a permanent site. The Covid Memorial Wall, with its endless line of hand-drawn red hearts, has engulfed the wall opposite Parliament since March as bereaved families visited the site to add messages for their loved ones.


Former Crystal Palace boss Hodgson and ex-Eagles captain Thomas in Queens’ Birthday Honours List

Croydon-born manager Roy Hodgson has been awarded a CBE in the Queens’ Birthday Honours List, while former Crystal Palace captain Geoff Thomas has been given an MBE.


South-west London residents urged to hurry second dose of vaccine as cases surge

A top south-west London doctor is urging people to get their second vaccination as soon as possible, with the number of Covid-19 cases starting to rise. Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park ground and Harlequins’ Twickenham stadium are among the places residents can get their second jabs in Croydon, Merton, Sutton and Kingston.


Pensioner says new home will let him enjoy ‘what remains of our lives’ as neighbours object to controversial redevelopment

Councillors have unanimously approved a controversial redevelopment in one of central London’s most highly regarded council estates. Plans submitted by Westminster Council will see Darwin House, a block for elderly residents on the 1950s Churchill Gardens estate in Pimlico, demolished and rebuilt.

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