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Staggering rise in cases of rape and domestic violence

Staggering rise in cases of rape and domestic violence

Reported rapes in Croydon have risen by a staggering 33 per cent despite the overall crime rate falling by nearly ten per cent. The increase in rape reports has emerged as the highest within the ELL boroughs: Lewisham has increased by 26 per cent, Hackney by 22 per cent and…

Croydon man pleads not guilty to girlfriend’s murder

Croydon man pleads not guilty to girlfriend’s murder

A Croydon man has pleaded not guilty at The Old Bailey today, after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Kane Boyce, 33 from Erith, was charged with the murder of the his 20-year-old girlfriend, Paula Newman, after she died following a fall from a black BMW in New…

Woman who served journalist with harrassment order is arrested

Woman who served journalist with harrassment order is arrested

The woman who accused a local Croydon newspaper journalist of harassment, has been arrested and bailed. Neelam Desai, who last month served the Croydon Advertiser’s Chief Reporter, Gareth Davies, with a Prevention of Harassment Letter , was charged with fraud. Desai voluntarily attended a South London police station last week,…

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Crystal Palace Caravan Club takes up a small part of the north side of Crystal Palace Park. Seventy-one pitches are rolled out along lighted, curved gravel roads that swing between large pitches of grass, isolated from the rest of the park by fences and blocks of bushy trees that allow…

Croydon Council issue over 100,000 parking penalties

Croydon Council issue over 100,000 parking penalties

Croydon has the fifth highest number of parking tickets issued in London, reveals new research. Data collected through a Freedom of Information request by car insurance firm Churchill showed that Croydon Council issued 108,409 penalty charge notices last year. Putting the south London borough only lower than Westminster, Newham, Barnet…

Fast growing technology hub attracts new businesses

Fast growing technology hub attracts new businesses

Croydon is the fastest growing technology hub after Hackney. The Information and Communication sector is the third largest sector in Croydon, and since 2011, it has grown 25 per cent, against the London average of 17 per cent and the UK average of 11 per cent. The 185 businesses employ…

Sword swallowers and stilt walkers take over Croydon

Sword swallowers and stilt walkers take over Croydon

The circus is returning to Croydon this spring as street entertainers are set to take over the North End of the town centre. Following a series of popular performances last year, Covent Garden Entertainment will once again be relocating to South London in a bid to bring more shoppers to…

New short film shows scale of human trafficking in Croydon

New short film shows scale of human trafficking in Croydon

A youth worker has produced a short film about human trafficking in Croydon. Joy Grace Gilbert, a youth worker for the New Life Christian Centre, made Traffic to raise awareness of the trade in humans most commonly for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour. The 25-year-old wrote and directed the…

Foodbanks, the BNP, hunger and food poverty

Foodbanks, the BNP, hunger and food poverty

As an all-party parliamentary inquiry into hunger and food poverty is launched this week. the number of foodbanks in Croydon and Tower Hamlets is rising and the British National Party has launched a door-to-door service, delivering canned foods to needy people in their homes. However, BNP leader Nick Griffin announced…

How the welfare reforms affect you: Croydon

How the welfare reforms affect you: Croydon

With over 50, 000 welfare claimants Croydon has the biggest claimant populations in all four ELL boroughs. It is in the top 7 per cent in the whole country, when it comes to average losses per claimant household. The average loss per Local Housing allowance will be hefty at £1,500…

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