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Ambulance diversion causes grandmother’s death

Ambulance diversion causes grandmother’s death

Monica Lewis, a 57-year-old Croydon grandmother, died from a heart attack after an ambulance took more than an hour to reach her on Friday morning. Lewis, who suffered from epilepsy was having a severe fit when her partner Harry Smith, 73, phoned for emergency medical attention. Lewis had been classed…

Class A drug supplier sentenced to five years

Class A drug supplier sentenced to five years

A man has been sentenced to over five years in jail for supplying crack cocaine and heroin after police carried out dawn drug raids last December. Jason Kissi-Brown, 34, from Bromley, was sentenced to five years and four months at Croydon Crown court on Tuesday. Kissi-Brown pleaded guilty to three…

Palace reach for freedom as they take on Burnley

Palace reach for freedom as they take on Burnley

Alan Pardew is aiming to pick up his first away Premier League victory as his squad tackle Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday. Pardew won his first game in charge of Palace against Dover Athletic in the FA cup, and his first league game against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Now…

BBC Apprentice finalist says: “push employability”

BBC Apprentice finalist says: “push employability”

An Apprentice runner-up has complained about lack of support for small business from Croydon council. Talking to the the Croydon Advertiser, the 25 year old Apprentice runner-up, Bianca Miller, complained that, last September,  she had been forced out of the premises in Sydenham rd where she launched her personal development business…

Croydon is “high priority trust” for inspection, watchdog says

Croydon is “high priority trust” for inspection, watchdog says

Croydon Health Services Trust has been labelled a “high priority” for inspection in the latest data from the Care Quality Commission, released in December. This, according to the health watchdog, means that there is a “likelihood that people may not be receiving safe, effective, high-quality care.” The result comes as…

Downham robbery killers begin lengthy jail sentences

Downham robbery killers begin lengthy jail sentences

Three men are facing lengthy prison sentences for the manslaughter of Afyon Saint-Hilaire, 22, following a botched drug deal. Dad-of-one Saint-Hilaire was fatally stabbed on his way to trade cannabis, during a “robbery that went wrong” outside McDonalds on Bromley Hill in July of last year. The convicted men, two of…

Pardew will “fight” to keep Eagles in Premier League

Pardew will “fight” to keep Eagles in Premier League

Newly- appointed Crystal Palace manager, Alan Pardew, today said he will “fight” to keep his side in the Premier League and hopes to “enthuse” fans in doing so. In his first press conference as Eagles manager, at Selhurst park this afternoon, Pardew said: “I think this challenge will bring the…

Stormzy takes third place in BBC Sound of 2015 list

Stormzy takes third place in BBC Sound of 2015 list

Grime artist Stormzy has come third place in the BBC Music Sound of 2015 list, which unveils the best and brightest emerging talent. Otherwise known as Michael Omari, the 21-year-old Croydon-born unsigned artist and MC appeared on the music scene aged 11 when he won rap battles at his local youth club,…

Manslaughter conviction for men in drug deal killing

Manslaughter conviction for men in drug deal killing

Three men, convicted with the manslaughter of a young father in a botched drugs deal, will be sentenced today. Bromley property developer Ayfon Saint-Hilaire, 22, was fatally stabbed in July of last year during a clash with a gang on Old Bromley Road, Downham, during a cannabis deal gone wrong. Lance Sloley,…

Pressure on Croydon Hospital A&E comes to a head as it announced “major internal incident” this morning

Pressure on Croydon Hospital A&E comes to a head as it announced “major internal incident” this morning

Croydon University Hospital has now revised the announcement of a “major internal incident”, due to pressure on its A&E department, which it made this morning. Croydon became the first London hospital to announce a major incident at 7:00am today, as the hospital was forced to introduce a “series of actions…