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Refugee who fled state execution tells of life stuck in a London hotel

An Iranian man who fled his home to avoid state execution is among thousands who are now stuck in London hotels, waiting to hear if they can stay in the UK or be forced to leave.

   

Thousands fined on bus, Tube and rail network for not wearing masks

More than 1,700 fines have been handed out to people who refuse to wear face coverings on London public transport as TfL insists it is cracking down on those who flout the rules.

  

Number of patients at Croydon Hospital expected to be at same levels for another five weeks

The number of coronavirus patients at Croydon University Hospital is not expected to drop for up to five weeks. As of yesterday (Tuesday, January 19) there were 233 Covid-19 patients being treated at the London Road hospital. 

  

Victims infected with Hepatitis C and HIV speak of trauma

After the government’s Infected Blood Inquiry looked at the delayed use of F8 at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, Toby Porter talks to South London victims about their trauma.

   

High court ruling could give hope to thousands fuming about lower traffic neighbourhood in Tooting

The High Court has ruled that the Mayor of London and Transport for London acted “unlawfully” by introducing a Streetspace scheme at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £9k for ‘potentially lethal’ flat

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for letting out a former bank vault as an illegal and dangerous flat in Sanderstead.

  

Croydon council told to move mayoral referendum date

Croydon Council has been told by the Government to hold a referendum for a directly-elected mayor in May.

   

Primary schools in Kensington and Chelsea face drop in pupils

Primary schools in Kensington and Chelsea are facing an 11 per cent vacancy rate with 861 vacant places at schools across the borough which could lead to a reduction in the number of entry level classes.

  

The New Cross Fire – How ’13 dead and nothing said’ energised a generation

Forty years ago on January 18, Yvonne Ruddock and Angela Jackson held a joint birthday party at a house in New Cross. The celebration was to end in tragedy after a fire ripped through the house in the early hours of the morning. A total of 13 young black people died.

  

Safer cycle lanes and crossings approved for Streatham Hill

Transport for London (TfL) is going ahead with permanent measures to make Streatham Hill safer for walking and cycling. Changes include segregated cycle lanes, new pedestrian crossings, and reduced speed limits. 

  

Developer apologises after Lewisham Council forced to deny lobbying for housing

A developer has apparently backtracked and apologised after saying Lewisham Council lobbied to get more housing on a protected wharf in Deptford.   

  

New barge named after long-serving employee’s daughter

A waste disposal and energy recovery company has named a new barge after its longest serving employee’s daughter on her 21st birthday.

  

Support for unemployed as redundancies rocket during pandemic

A group of Rotary clubs has launched the second phase of a scheme to support the unemployed and those at risk of losing their jobs, whilst redundancies skyrocket due to the pandemic.

  

King’s College Hospital re-opens £100m critical care unit

King’s College Hospital first opened the unit in April, where it played a key role in the first wave of the pandemic.

  

New Covid-19 testing centre opens in Damilola Taylor Centre, in Peckham

A new Covid-19 rapid testing centre has opened at the Damilola Taylor Centre in Peckham. Testing is open to people over 16 who do not have Covid-19 symptoms

  

Southwark council offices completely powered by renewable energy

The council also plans to do the same in the communal areas of its housing stock by September of next year.  

  

TfL builds bike lane in Streatham to encourage cyclists

The route will be almost 2km and will run from Sternhold Avenue to Holmewood Road in Streatham.

  

Croydon council to borrow £240 million to balance budget

The cash-strapped council is currently waiting to hear back from the Government on whether it will receive a £150 million loan, known as a Capitalisation Direction. 

  

Lewisham police launch plan to stop misuse of stop and search

Officers also have to answer to stop and search panels, who look into how the power is carried out and how it can be improved.

  

Retirement home without heating during coldest month

Four flats in retirement housing were left without heating for three weeks last month as temperatures drop below zero.

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