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Croydon to build hundreds of affordable homes till 2019

Croydon to build hundreds of affordable homes till 2019

Work has started on 821 affordable homes in the Borough of Croydon. This is London’s second biggest affordable housing project this year. The Croydon New Build Program has started fixing and refurbishing 50 empty homes which will go into use as affordable housing. The homes are to be completed and…

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

  A South Croydon garage owner has been ordered to pay almost £7,000 after being found guilty of illegally dumping trade waste and old car parts. Ramiz Laci, 39, of Haling Park Road, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5…

Number of jobless drops one-third in Croydon

Number of jobless drops one-third in Croydon

Croydon recorded a drop of almost one-third in the number of people claiming job seeker’s allowance (JSA) compared with last year, according to new statistics. This is the sixth biggest drop among London boroughs. Figures from the latest Labour Market Bulletin, prepared by the Office for National Statistics, indicate that…

Teenage dealer jailed after 16-year old died of overdose

Teenage dealer jailed after 16-year old died of overdose

A Croydon teenage dealer, who sold the ecstasy that killed a 16-year-old at an illegal rave, was jailed for five years at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday. Nicqueel Pitrora, 18, of London Road, Croydon, was sentenced for supplying the drug. Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, 16, fell unconscious after taking a lethal dose…

Croydon student wins scholarship for farming app

Croydon student wins scholarship for farming app

Croydon resident Nasir Yammama has won a golden mentoring opportunity after creating an app to help Nigerian farmers facing a food crisis in the country. Yammama, 24, from Nigeria, is a student at Middlesex University and has lived in Croydon for the past two years. He beat thousands of applicants…

Two arrested in connection with illegal Croydon rave

Two arrested in connection with illegal Croydon rave

  Two men were arrested and two addresses raided yesterday in connection with an investigation into an illegal rave in East Croydon last month where teenager Rio Andrew died. The raids occurred at addresses in Poplar, East London, and West Horsley, Surrey. The arrested men, both in their 20s,  remain…

Couple jailed after seven-year housing benefit fraud nets £188,000

Couple jailed after seven-year housing benefit fraud nets £188,000

A married couple were jailed this week after a property scam which netted £188,000 of taxpayers’ money over seven years. Nicole Mwamba, 48, and her husband William Kapuya, 47, were sentenced to 30 and 14 months respectively at Croydon Crown Court last month for 18 offences related to the fraud, which…

Croydon Council moves away from controversial bed and breakfasts

Croydon Council moves away from controversial bed and breakfasts

  Croydon Council has announced plans to provide alternative short-term accommodation for homeless people living in controversial bed and breakfasts following the purchase of 189 flats in Thornton Heath. The council estimates it will save upwards of £2 million over the duration of the leases. Sycamore House and Concorde House –…

Campbell transfer deal completed

Campbell transfer deal completed

Fraizer Campbell has agreed terms with Crystal Palace, completing his protracted move away from Cardiff City. The Eagles triggered the release clause of the 26-year-old who scored nine goals in all competitions for Cardiff last season. The fee for the former Sunderland striker is expected rise to £1m with add-ons.…

Croydon’s London Road thrives in the Carnival spirit

Croydon’s London Road thrives in the Carnival spirit

Croydon’s London Road was in the party spirit on Sunday as the Carnival of Cultures took place. The event, which launched as a response to the 2011 London riots, saw a celebration of local businesses, community groups and diverse cultures. The Carnival of Cultures showcased Russian and Indian dancers, an opera…