This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

10 Years Ago

A heartbroken family were still fighting for justice two years after the fatal shooting of Trevor Ellis during the height of the 2011 London riots.

The father of four, from Brixton Hill, was shot while sitting in a black Ford Fiesta in Duppas Hill Road, Croydon on August 9, 2011.

Last June, two men who were with Trevor when he was shot were both sentenced to 28 months in prison for looting offences during the London riots.

But the police have never tracked down the 26-year-olds killers, despite offering a £20,000 reward for information.

People woke up to find themselves trapped in their homes, cars submerged and their streets flooded, all thanks to a burst water main.

People living and working in five roads in Herne Hill spent two days counting the cost as they cleared up the flood.

The damage caused by the flood which ripped through 37 homes and businesses in Half Moon lane, Dulwich Road, Milkwood Road, Herne Hill and Norwood Road ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

More than 20 people suspected of being involved in rioting or looting in South London, two years before, were still being sought.

Lewisham police, who took a lead role in the Met’s Operation Withern set up in the wake of the riots, issued pictures of the 29 people they wanted to speak to in connection with the unrest.

Thousands took to the streets, looting shops and causing millions of pounds worth of damage in town centres across the capital over three days in August 2011.

20 Years Ago

A radio station run by teenagers in Brixton hit the airwaves for the first time in 2003.

Teen Lifestyle Radio (TLS) was set to feature music and phone-ins on issues such as drugs, sex and careers advice.

The station was set to be on air 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout September.

Its young broadcasters had been trained to use broadcasting equipment by the BBC, which helped fund the project.

A massive blackout caused chaos for hundreds of homes and businesses in South London.

St George’s Hospital in Tooting and King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill had to rely on generators to keep vital equipment running and several roads were left gridlocked after traffic lights went down.

Around 250,000 commuters were left stranded by the power cut and the Government demanded a review into what caused the meltdown.

A noisy stunt performed by illusionist David Blaine left some South Londoners fuming.

Southwark council’s noise pollution team had to be called several times after Mr Blaine suspended himself in a glass box on the South Bank.

The US illusionist’s stunt – in which he deprived himself of food for 44 days – was accompanied by a troupe of drummers who played into the early hours of the morning.

30 Years Ago

Half a million South London commuters were told they would be hit with a 16 per cent hike in rail fares in 1993.

Documents leaked to passengers’ watchdog Transport 2000 revealed that British Rail was considering three options to increase fares on Network South-east from January 1994.

The favoured option would put the cost of a travelcard up by 16.2 per cent – 11 times the rate of inflation.

A husky, a man dressed as a rhino and a team of eight volunteers began a trek across the Lake District to raise money for charity.

Mark Millington, of Kirkstall Road, Streatham Hill, his three year-old husky Miskoe and his team set off on the trek in September 1993 to raise funds for the Save the Rhino charity.

The team planned to cover 72 miles in just 24 hours.

A minicab driver awoke from a nap at 4am to find a warden giving him a parking ticket.

Graham Pullen, 47, from South Norwood, was parked on double yellow lines outside Swift Cabs in Streatham.

He said he had only been asleep for a few minutes and was shocked to be given a £30 fine.


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