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Enjoy plenty of festive family fun this yuletide season

Enjoy plenty of festive family fun this yuletide season

There’s no need to let the Christmas spirit fade as soon as the big day is over. There’s magic galore in Croydon for the little people to keep the belief going on until well until next year.  Festive Family Fun Day at Platform, Ruskin Square – Saturday, December 20 We’re…

Booze buses to scour Croydon’s streets this holiday

Booze buses to scour Croydon’s streets this holiday

Specially adapted ambulances will be monitoring the streets of Croydon this weekend as London braces itself for festive drinking. The booze buses, modified ambulances that allow up to three patients to be transported to alcohol recovery centres, are preparing for the heavy drinking that accompanies the last weekend before Christmas. They…

100 jobs to be lost as council tightens belt on spending

100 jobs to be lost as council tightens belt on spending

Up to 140 jobs are to be cut by Croydon council in a bid to save £100 million over the next three years. At least 100 council workers will lose office jobs in finance and planning to ensure that frontline services – such as “looked-after children” and street cleaning –…

Taberner House to retain “peverse” 32-story tower

Taberner House to retain “peverse” 32-story tower

A revision of Taberner House’s controversial redevelopment plans will increase the development ’s affordable housing but retain a “perverse” 32-story tower. The tower, set to make up the first phase of construction, will contain 230 “bespoke” private rented apartments as well as “exclusive” facilities including a concierge service, club room,…

Chimpanzee skulls and lion claw hoarder sentenced

Chimpanzee skulls and lion claw hoarder sentenced

A man has been sentenced after a chimpanzee skull which “still smelt from having been recently killed and prepared” was found in his house amongst other endangered animal parts. Peter Prineas, 52, received a suspended jail sentence of ten months on Tuesday at Croydon Crown Court after he acquired a…

Man jailed for shattering business partner’s skull

Man jailed for shattering business partner’s skull

A Croydon man who has been on the run for six years after shattering his business partner’s skull in a violent attack has been sentenced to more than 14 years in jail. The Met police confirmed yesterday that Husamettin Selimoglu, 53, fled to the Netherlands in 2007 after committing the…

14 arrested and £10,000 seized in drug bust

14 arrested and £10,000 seized in drug bust

Police have arrested 14 people and seized a BMW, a Mercedes Benz and £10,000 after drug raids in Croydon this morning. Fourteen males, aged between 14 and 37, have been arrested for a range of offences including conspiracy to supply, supply, offer to supply and concerned in supply of Class A…

Whistleblower doctor unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules

Whistleblower doctor unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules

A renowned cardiologist who blew the whistle over a hospital’s failings was unfairly dismissed in an attempt to ruin his reputation, an employment tribunal has ruled. Dr Kevin Beatt was sacked in September 2012 after calling Croydon hospital out on alleged staff shortages, “appalling” equipment and the bullying and harassment…

Croydon University Hospital A&E among UK’s five worst

Croydon University Hospital A&E among UK’s five worst

Accident and emergency services at Croydon University hospital are among the  five worst in the country for patient satisfaction, according to the Care Quality Commission.  Almost forty per cent of 189 A&E patients who answered a questionnaire in February said their experience of the standards of care was ‘worse than…

Man jailed for stealing cash and alcohol from church

Man jailed for stealing cash and alcohol from church

A man was jailed for stealing wine, whiskey and collection money from a Catholic Church residence in Croydon. William Stanley, 40, of Selhurst New Road, was sentenced to three years imprisonment on November 27 following a three-day trial at the Old Bailey where he was found guilty of burglary. Stanley smashed a…

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