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Residents protest to save school from academy status

Residents protest to save school from academy status

A crowd of more than 100 students, teachers and parents protested outside Lewisham town hall in Catford yesterday to oppose the council’s proposal to turn Sedgehill school into an academy. The campaign to “Stop Academies In Lewisham” stepped up as petitions were handed to the council at 04:00pm. Executive director…

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re not scared

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re not scared

Deptford may not have grassy banks, oozing mud, dark forests and caves, but there is still the opportunity to go on a bear hunt this week. The Albany Theatre is hosting the hunt to give a lucky few the chance to win tickets to a musical dramatisation of Michael Rosen’s…

Man too poor to eat breaks down in tears on radio

Man too poor to eat breaks down in tears on radio

An LBC radio debate on food banks yesterday heard a New Cross man break down in tears, describing how he is too poor to eat. 35-year-old Mike told LBC’s James O’Brien that he was made redundant, leading to the collapse of his marriage and forcing him to move to a…

Rejected London bikes to get new life in Malawi

Rejected London bikes to get new life in Malawi

Plans are well under way for 50 bikes repaired by Lewisham cycle-enthusiasts to be sent to disadvantaged people in Africa. The scheme, geared towards bringing together young people and educating them about bike maintenance, is part of the Young Lewisham Project, a set of “alternative educational courses” for young people…

Horniman Christmas Fair opens this weekend

Horniman Christmas Fair opens this weekend

The Horniman Museum is joining in on the festive fun by holding a Christmas Fair this weekend with plenty of activities for children, festive food and drink as well as shopping for adults. Children can follow the clues on the Christmas trail to solve the riddle and earn a festive gift…

Fake footballer attempts £3,000 champagne swindle

Fake footballer attempts £3,000 champagne swindle

It is not unheard of for Chelsea footballers to be seen quaffing champagne off the pitch. However, when a high-end restaurant received a call asking for bottles to be sent via taxi to Lewisham, they were more than a little suspicious. On the week of November 11, a man impersonating Chelsea player…

Police hero gets his paws on public service award

Police hero gets his paws on public service  award

A special member of the police force got his paws on a national award last week following his bravery during an armed robbery in Downham. Fuzz, a seven-year-old German Shepherd who has served in the Metropolitan Police force for most of his life, won the Public Service Animal of the…

New Cross Remembrance of World War II bombing  

New Cross Remembrance of World War II bombing  

    It was a typical Saturday morning at New Cross Road. Shoppers queued outside Woolworths following rumours that a new supply of sought-after saucepans had become available. Then disaster struck. At 12:26 pm, a V2 rocket landed onto Woolworths, killing 168 shoppers and injuring another 123 on November 25,…

Police officer stabs dog to death during drug search

Police officer stabs dog to death during drug search

A Lewisham police officer stabbed a dog to death earlier this morning during a drug search, sparking a complaint to be filed against the police. The dog, which police believe was not of a dangerous or banned breed, is said to have attacked after officers entered the property on Lonsdale…

Sun reporter cleared of making unlawful payments

Sun reporter cleared of making unlawful payments

A Sun reporter from Brockley has been found not guilty of paying a government press officer for tip-offs at the Old Bailey. Clodagh Hartley, 40, was accused of paying HMRC press officer Jonathan Hall £17,000 over a three-year period. Hall has accepted he supplied Hartley with stories and will be…