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Man jailed for over eight years after raping 11 year old

Man jailed for over eight years after raping 11 year old

A man from Croydon has been jailed for raping an 11-year old girl he befriended. 26 year old James Bodenham, from South Norwood, was sentenced to eight years and six months imprisonment and was given sexual offenders prevention order (SOPO) on October 3, at the Central Criminal Court. Officers from…

Commuters surprised by West Croydon bus station closure

Commuters  surprised by West Croydon bus station closure

Many Croydon locals were shocked to find  West Croydon bus station  closed today. The closure is scheduled to last until until early 2016 as extensive redevelopment is undertaken at the terminal. No buses will stop at the station for at least 15 months, but the estimated 8 million commuters that…

East London Lines investigates alleged ‘child exorcisms’ near South Norwood Leisure Centre in Croydon

East London Lines investigates alleged ‘child exorcisms’ near South Norwood Leisure Centre in Croydon

Following allegations of ‘child exorcisms’ in a number of newspapers last week, EastLondonLines went to Croydon to investigate. The exorcism rituals seem to have taken place between 4am and 6am, where members of the group could be heard saying: “In the name of Jesus” and “Get the demon out”, near the…

Croydon van driver through to next stage of X Factor

Croydon van driver through to next stage of X Factor

Croydon van driver Ben Haenow has sung his way to the next stage of this year’s X Factor after wowing judges with another impressive performance on Saturday. The 29-year-old captivated audiences with his passionate rendition of the Eagles’ Hotel California at boot camp auditions in London. The notoriously difficult Simon…

Former mayor and founder of local cancer centre has died

Former mayor and founder of local cancer centre has died

Former Mayor of Croydon and founder of a local cancer care centre, Brenda Kirby, lost her long battle against the disease yesterday. Kirby’s husband, Bob, said this morning that she had died at Croydon University Hospital, and that “she had struggled for a long time”. She was 70 years old.…

Croydon Council proposes to set up own housing company

Croydon Council proposes to set up own housing company

Croydon Council is proposing to set up its own housing company to address the shortage of homes in the town across all tenures, including affordable housing. The building of new homes has previously been financed by the council through its housing revenue account, or HRA. The council say that, due…

New safety app presented at Croydon Tech City

New safety app presented at Croydon Tech City

  A digital project manager presented her personal safety app for the first time yesterday at Croydon Tech City, a monthly meet up for technology entrepreneurs. Lauraine Griffiths, 42, a digital project manager from Beckenham is working on a new safety app called Meanderlings after experiencing a lucky escape from a van…

Croydon authority shortlisted for award

Croydon authority shortlisted for award

Croydon Council has been shortlisted for planning authority of the year in the first MIPIM UK Awards. The awards celebrate the best regeneration projects in the country. The team of judges are impressed with Croydon’s “radically pragmatic approach” to planning and feels it is a model for other authorities in…

Croydon van driver’s “gritty” voice has The X Factor

Croydon van driver’s “gritty” voice has The X Factor

A van driver from Croydon blew the judges away at his X Factor audition on Saturday night. Ben Haenow, 29, impressed the ITV show’s panel with his performance of Bill Withers’ classic, Ain’t No Sunshine. The infamously harsh Simon Cowell was especially glowing in his praise. “A little bit over the top,” said…

Man charged with Croydon murder remanded in custody

Man charged with Croydon murder remanded in custody

A 26-year-old man has been charged with murdering a young father in Croydon last week, after the victim was stabbed to death in broad daylight. Jordan Glasgow of Silverdale, Sydenham, is accused of attacking 24-year-old Adrian Young in Whitehorse Road. Appearing in court today, Glasgow was remanded in custody until November. Young was chased…