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London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

East London Line boroughs have insufficient childcare for young children and struggling parents according to the Family and Childcare Trust. In the London Childcare report 2014 released by the Trust, statistics point out that the problem is particularly acute in Hackney, where the borough has insufficient childcare in 7 out…

‘So U think I’m CraZy’ at Maudsley Hospital

‘So U think I’m CraZy’ at Maudsley Hospital

A new play by a Croydon woman about the challenges of treating mental health patients is to be performed at the Maudsley Hospital tonight Written and directed by Ekanem Hines, a mother of four and a mental health carer, ‘So U think I’m CraZy’ is described as ‘a powerful therapeutic…

Last minute appeal saves Stop the Incinerator campaign

Last minute appeal saves Stop the Incinerator campaign

Local campaign “Stop the Incinerator” has succeeded in raising sufficient funds to challenge Sutton council in a judicial review thanks to a last minute appeal. The campaigners needed to raise at least £5000 in less than two days to cover the mounting legal costs of the hearing at the Royal…

Haenow continues on his X Factor journey

Haenow continues on his X Factor journey

Ben Haenow has made it through to the X Factor’s live shows after being one of the only acts to impress judge Simon Cowell at the Judges’ Houses on Saturday. The 29-year-old van driver persuaded Cowell and, guest judge, American singer Sinitta to put him through to the finals with…

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…