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Croydon café crowdsources funds for new arts space

Croydon café crowdsources funds for new arts space

Croydon’s flagging arts scene could be rescued with funding crowdsourced by a local business. Matthews Yard, a café and workspace in the centre of Croydon, is using crowdfunding website Kickstarter to raise money for a new arts space on their premises. There has been a huge void in the Croydon…

Croydon Warehouse staff bidding to reopen theatre

Croydon Warehouse staff bidding to reopen theatre

The former artistic director of an East Croydon theatre hopes the building, boarded up last week, will stage performances again soon. “They’ve boarded it up because it is practical in terms of keeping the building safe while they do a survey,” said Ted Craig, who is now part of a group…

Poor GCSE results lead to calls for new academy school

Poor GCSE results lead to calls for new academy school

West Girls’ College in Upper Norwood is set to become an academy following poor exam results. Councillor Tim Pollard, a cabinet member for Children, Families and Learners, told Eastlondonlines he wants the Department for Education (DfE) to change the status of the school “as soon as possible”. Pollard said: “The…

Sleeping commuters caught out in Croydon

Sleeping commuters caught out in Croydon

Almost a fifth of commuters admit to missing their station after falling asleep, according to a new survey by train company Southern. However, the same research showed that one in 10 commuters deliberately choose to travel by train so they can take cat naps. Southern serves commuters travelling between Croydon…

Man who would ‘never walk again’ strolls through Croydon

Man who would ‘never walk again’ strolls through Croydon

A man who was told he would never walk again, strolled through Croydon on Sunday as he nears the end of his 2,012 mile challenge. Phil Packer, who served in the army for 17 years, suffered severe spinal cord damage in 2008 while on operational duty. A vehicle struck him…

Plea for missing girl at Crystal Palace, police renew calls

Plea for missing girl at Crystal Palace, police renew calls

The parents of a missing girl from Croydon have made a plea for help to find their daughter. Shelley Pratt, 14, was last seen November 8 getting off a bus on Portland Road. Her parents, Lisa and Tony Pratt, spoke at a press conference Friday, November 30: “Shellz, you’re not…

Council names secret bidder to run library services

Council names secret bidder to run library services

John Laing Ltd has been named by Croydon Council as the secret bidder chosen to run the borough’s library services. The council have offered the contract to John Laing Ltd following a meeting of the corporate services committee last week, which had to be moved after members of the public…

Basketball stars find new home in Croydon

Basketball stars find new home in Croydon

The newly renamed London Lions basketball franchise has moved into Croydon’s Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. After 15 years of competing in Milton Keynes, the British Basketball League outfit took the decision to move town and change their name, after failing to secure a permanent venue. A deal was struck…

‘Murder Mike’ sentenced to life for killing accomplice

‘Murder Mike’ sentenced to life for killing accomplice

A robber from Croydon who accidentally shot his accomplice during a botched burglary has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years for his murder. Daniel Tesfay, 27, who styled himself as ‘Murder Mike’ was sentenced at the Old Bailey on November 26 for shooting Jonathan Barnes, 20, as they…

Plans for London’s second Tech City to set up in Croydon

Plans for London’s second Tech City to set up in Croydon

Croydon’s computer nerds and entrepreneurs were out in full force on Thursday at a meeting to discuss the borough’s future as London’s “second Tech City”. In the second of a series of public meetings about sustainable regeneration in Croydon, organiser Jonny Rose, 25, told the crowd it was time to…