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The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

Croydon’s Italian eateries make up almost a quarter of the borough’s foreign restaurants – more than any other ELL borough. But just 0.11 per cent of the population are Italian-born. The area boasts nearly 50 Italian joints, however, ranging from independent delis and family run businesses such as I Calabresi…

ELL #migrantmunchies: I Calabresi’s fresh Italian twist

There are almost 50 Italian restaurants in Croydon, but surprisingly only 0.11 per cent of the borough’s population are Italian migrants. Many of these restaurants are chains or run by English people, but I Calabresi stands out because it is different – it doesn’t do the usual Italian fare of pastas and pizzas. Instead, owner […]

#ELLGetRegistered: Peter Staveley on voting UKIP

Parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central Peter Staveley talks to ELL on why you should vote for UKIP in the upcoming election.

GayEastLondon: Where is Croydon’s gay community?

GayEastLondon: Where is Croydon’s gay community?

The number of local gay bars and pubs in east London is significantly decreasing. Many beloved establishments have been lost and those that remain have had to adapt. ELL has mapped the decline of LGBTQ venues in our boroughs over the past 30 years from 1985 to 2015. Follow the…

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

A Lithuanian man who swallowed 969 grams of cocaine has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for drug smuggling. Mindaugas Milius, 37 and from Beckton, was travelling home from a three-week holiday in Bolivia on December 23 last year, when customs officers in the “Nothing To Declare”…

Company launched to improve Croydon schools

Company launched to improve Croydon schools

Croydon Council and local schools have launched a business that aims to make the borough’s pupils among the best in London. The Octavo Partnership will provide educational psychology services and employment training to help improve teaching standards and day-to-day administration in local schools. It promises to “[Shine] a light on…

Man jailed after threatening family with garden fork

Man jailed after threatening family with garden fork

A Portuguese man has received a 14-month prison sentence for threatening his family with a garden fork at his Croydon home in November last year. Vitor Silva Santos Arauja, 59, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday (March 25) after the court heard how he got drunk and angry…

Life sentence for man who shot couple 16 times

Life sentence for man who shot couple 16 times

A Croydon man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a young couple 16 times at a home in Purley. Zarak McKoy, 23, of Hambrook Road, will serve a minimum of 10 years behind bars after he was found guilty of two counts of grievous bodily harm with…

Man sentenced for double attack on girlfriend

Man sentenced for double attack on girlfriend

A man from Croydon has been given a suspended sentence for assaulting his former girlfriend on two occasions. Cale McArthur assaulted the woman twice in four days. They had been in a relationship for a year. He punched the victim twice on her right arm, three times on her left…

Croydon men jailed for owning sawn-off shotgun

Croydon men jailed for owning sawn-off shotgun

Three Croydon men have been sentenced to a combined 13 years in prison for owning and modifying a shotgun. Junior Lewis, 30, and Cornell Burrell, 29, pleaded guilty before Judge Stephen Waller at Croydon Crown Court, while Tony Daly, 47, was found guilty following a two-day trial after denying some…

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