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Pupils embark on trip of a lifetime to Vietnam

Pupils embark on trip of a lifetime to Vietnam

A group of students from a Croydon secondary school are today embarking on the trip of a lifetime to Vietnam after spending almost two years raising funds for the adventure. The 14 students from Addington High School will fly out today to spend three weeks in Vietnam, traveling to many…

‘Dad of the Year’ faces jail for assault on his wife

‘Dad of the Year’ faces jail for assault on his wife

A Michael Jackson impersonator, Keith Preddie, is facing jail after admitting to assaulting his wife at Christmas following a row over a present. Keith Preddie, dubbed ‘’Dad of the Year’’ by GMTV in 2010, threw a washing frame and a plastic step at his wife Emma Preddie, and then pinned…

New scheme offers rate relief to small, struggling businesses

New scheme offers rate relief to small, struggling businesses

Small businesses are being offered discounts of up to 65 per cent on their business rates as part of a new scheme unveiled by Croydon Council, to encourage businesses into the borough. The Business Rate Relief scheme will allow firms to offset big fixed costs of running a shop or office…

MP responds to suggestions he may lose his seat in 2015

MP responds to suggestions he may lose his seat in 2015

Gavin Barwell, Conservative MP for Croydon Central, has responded to a new poll that suggests he may lose his seat in the 2015 general election. “Croydon Central is a marginal seat,” he told the Croydon Guardian. “I’ve never taken people’s support for granted and I never will. I’ve done this…

MP warns of ‘more hardship’ under benefit cap trial

MP warns of ‘more hardship’ under benefit cap trial

Croydon families face more hardship as a result of the Government’s benefit cap, a local Labour MP has warned, ahead of the trial due to start in the area next month. Steve Reed,  Labour MP for Croydon North told Eastlondonlines that although “capping benefits is fine” setting the cap at…

Croydon schools get highest amount of funding in UK

Croydon schools get highest amount of funding in UK

Croydon Council this week secured the highest allocation of funds in the UK for new schools and classrooms Croydon is receiving a £63m funding package from the Department of Education following predictions that by 2017, Croydon will see a 28 per cent increase in school age children, from 52,000 to…

Man accused of Tia Sharp murder appears in court

Man accused of Tia Sharp murder appears in court

A man pleaded not guilty to the murder of 12-year-old Croydon girl Tia Sharp at the Old Bailey today. Stuart Hazell, 38, remained at Belmarsh Prison for the hearing, appearing in court via videolink. At the time of Tia’s murder, Hazell was in a relationship with her grandmother, Christine Sharp.…

What does it mean to be a woman in East London today?

What does it mean to be a woman in East London today?

Around the world today over 100 countries will celebrate International Women’s Day,  an event that honors women of the past and the change they fought for, whilst continuing to campaign to improve the future for women. International Women’s Day will be celebrated in places like the United Kingdom, where women…

Protest over cuts to Croydon Family Justice Centre

Protest over cuts to Croydon Family Justice Centre

  Labour supporters rallied outside Croydon’s Family Justice Centre on Monday fighting government cuts that will affect domestic violence victims in the borough. The Centre, which was the first of its kind to open in Europe in 2005, tackles a range of social welfare issues, focussing on civil justice and…

Ofsted praise for Croydon Adoption services

Ofsted praise for Croydon Adoption services

Croydon adoption services are committed to “improving outcomes for children”, according to an Ofsted report published this week. Mike Stapley, inspector, said that staff “have a real determination to ‘get it right’ for children in Croydon” and praised them for a realistic but humane approach to their work. Stapley reported…