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.


New nursery to open in Eltham for up to eighty children and babies

One of the South East’s fastest expanding nursery groups for under-fives, is due to open a new site in Eltham, by early September. Fennies Nurseries, the nursery group, which has 11 sites around London, Surrey and Kent, is currently reconstructing a shell of a former building, on Westmount Road, Eltham which will be launched in September. 


Witness describes horror as Levi Earnest-Morrison, 17, was stabbed to death in Sydenham

A witness has described the scene of the latest fatal knife attack in London as “horrific”. A 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in daylight on Sydenham Road, at its hunction with Hazel Grove, in Sydenham, on Saturday. 


Health chiefs urge Lambeth and Wandsworth residents to get tested after outbreak of South African variant

Everyone over the age of 11 who lives or works in Lambeth is being asked to take a PCR Covid-19 test after new cases of the variant first identified in South Africa were found in the borough.  The additional testing being introduced will help quickly identify any further cases and help limit any potential spread.


Deptford gym survived lockdown by creating ‘pandemic-proof’ gym equipment

An award-winning community gym in Deptford started making its own equipment to fit into people’s homes or offices to create a “pandemic-proof” element to its business. Commando Temple, located under three arches of the Greenwich to London Bridge rail link, also rented out £50,000 of its equipment in a bid to survive the past year.


Increase in tube and bus passengers as lockdown restrictions ease

The number of passengers using Tube and bus services in London rose this morning as lockdown restrictions eased, initial data has revealed. TfL has said that as of 10am this morning, the number of passengers making journeys on the Tube rose by 18 per cent from last week, while bus journeys rose by 15 per cent.


Fearful tenants stage protest demanding they not be evicted for failure to pay rent during lockdown

Fearful tenants have staged a protest demanding they not be evicted for any failure to pay their rent during lockdown. A protest was held on Saturday [april 10] by renters in Southwark and Lambeth, calling for property company Uncle to promise no evictions for tenants who’ve got behind on rent payments during the pandemic.


Witness describes horror as Levi Ernest Morrison, 17, was stabbed to death in Sydenham

A witness has described the scene of the latest fatal knife attack in London as “horrific”. A 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in daylight on Sydenham Road, at its hunction with Hazel Grove, in Sydenham, on Saturday. 


Teenager arrested after the attempted murder of a 17-year-old boy left with life changing injuries

An 18-year-old man has been arrested today on suspicion of the attempted murder of James Bascoe-Smith, aged 17. The teenager has been taken to a South London police station where he remains in custody.


Students will pay less rent if they are good to their over-55 neighbours

Students will pay less rent if they are good neighbours to their over-55 neighbours in a block which has been given planning permission. The development, to be owned and run by Phoenix Community Housing, will involve the demolition of 16 vacant bedsits in Melfield Gardens, near Beckenham Hill station, to be replaced with 32 flats in two blocks between three and six storeys.  


Husband and wife sentenced for five years after stealing £87k to fund luxury shopping spree

A couple who used credit cards, cheques and false identities to pay for their luxury lifestyle – then complained about a cop who investigated them – have been jailed for a total of five years. The couple, who lived in Queenstown Road, Wandsworth and Gatliff Road, Chelsea conspired together to commit at least a total fraud of £87,897, using fake documents to buy Rolex watches from luxury West End shops.


Founder of craft beer company speaks out about ‘severe blow’ from pandemic

A small business on the Bermondsey Beer Mile was kept afloat through the pandemic by its “incredible” customers, its founder said. Hannah Rhodes launched Hiver in 2013, a craft beer company that infuses its lagers and ales with honey from urban beekeepers, with a focus on sustainability.


Former Brexit Party announces Croydon candidate for London Assembly elections

Reform UK – formerly the Brexit Party – has announced a new candidate ahead of next months election. Robert Poll will be a candidate for Croydon and Sutton in the upcoming London Assembly elections on May 6.


Charities awarded funding including support for older people from the Windrush Generation

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime, so the saying goes. For community group Walworth Golden Oldies, teaching pandemic-weary elderly people how to become silver surfers is top of list now that they have been awarded new townhall funding.  


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. 


Fresh appeal after mysterious death of critic of Russian President in a quiet South London suburb

The death of a Russian critic of President Putin is still a mystery three years after it happened in a quiet suburban South London street. Detectives from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command investigating the death of Nikolai Glushkov in 2018 are making a fresh appeal for information.


Leading female entrepreneurs win national award for new projects in the tech world

Leading female entrepreneurs have won a national award for their new projects in the tech world. Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation awards recognised 12 women from London who have exciting ideas and business plans, recognising the challenges and subconscious bias that exists in the start-up tech sphere.

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