Local news in Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park, Wimbledon

Thousands celebrate Eid at Baithul Futuh Mosque in Morden

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:17pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Heavy traffic has been reported between Rose Hill in Sutton and the mosque in London Road, Morden, as up to 15,000 worshippers travel to the mosque to mark the end of Ramadan.

Man arrested for 'threatening to shoot drinking partners'

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:38am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his drinking partners.

Man charged with raping 14-year-old girl in Wandle Park is remanded in custody

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:20am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A 24-year-old man charged with raping a 14-year-old girl has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Free school secures funding less than two months before start of term

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A new free school due to open in September has only just received funding, despite already hiring teaching staff and offering school places.

Garden centre prepares to close as National Trust indicates takeover

Wimbledon Guardian:

9:29am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Owners of a garden centre threatened by an "awful" takeover by the National Trust are preparing to leave with a closing down sale.

Council fails to use powers to crack down on empty homes with higher tax

Wimbledon Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Merton is one of seven councils in London which has failed to make use of powers to penalise homeowners who leave houses empty for more than two years.

Proposal to close hospital's mental health services and cut beds

Wimbledon Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Health bosses want to close mental health services at Queen Mary’s Hospital, which treats 500 patients a year, and reduce inpatient beds across south-west London by 10 per cent.

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Wimbledon Guardian: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

7:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Iranian TV firm set to takeover studio where The Bill was produced

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:40pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Documents seen by the Wimbledon Guardian show a deal with Wandsworth-based Iranian television company "is more or less finished."

CLEARED: Accident at West Barnes Lane level crossing closes Burlington Road

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:12pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

The barriers at the crossing, at West Barnes Lane, have been damaged and are stuck in the down position.

Fraudster gang jailed after 'inside man' at Royal Marsden cancer hospital helped them run £642k scam

Wimbledon Guardian: The Royal Marsden Hospital

3:20pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A pack of fraudsters led by a Carshalton couple swindled a cancer hospital out of so much money unpaid bills almost caused catastrophic effects for patients.

Man charged with murder of Southfields grandmother found strangled

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:48pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A man has been charged with murdering a 61-year-old grandmother found strangled at home.

Touched by an Angel: New pastor welcomed by church community

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A former IT home repairs workman, Rev Featherstone turned to Christianity after it helped him overcome a drugs habit.

Youngsters get creative as part of library reading challenge in Merton

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:50am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Three-year-old Milika Patel was among those to make masks.

A 55-year-old man appeared in court charged with possessing extreme pornography and images of a child

Wimbledon Guardian: Dr Bryan McIntosh was cleared of any wrong-doing at Kingston Crown Court today

6:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Martin Childs, of Church Road, Mitcham, has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him.

VIDEO: Thousands of pounds raised at rugby sevens tournament for paralysed Wimbledon RFC player Jack Fishwick

Wimbledon Guardian:

6:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Hundreds of people turned out to support wheelchair-bound Jack Fishwick in first fundraiser to contribute to his ongoing care.

Men appear in court accused of tampering with cash machine in south Wimbledon

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:50pm Monday 28th July 2014

Pathmamathan Jeganathan and Senthuran Velautham appeared at Kingston Crown Court.

Elderly woman terrified for her life in sheltered accommodation as lift 'intermittently' works

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:42pm Monday 28th July 2014

Resident speaks out anonymously after concerns over faulty lift at Trellis House in Colliers Wood.

Rescue dog goes missing on Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:10pm Monday 28th July 2014

Heart-broken owners of a rescue dog who went missing on Wimbledon Common the day it arrived from Spain are appealing for help to find him.

'Takeover will kill studios' - Boss of Wimbledon Studios resigns in row over multi-million pound takeover

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:58am Monday 28th July 2014

Piers Read and financial controller David Smith announce resignations today in row over company takeover.

Fire starts in bedroom after over-heated downlight bursts into flames

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:03am Monday 28th July 2014

Firefighters were called to a house on Friday evening after a downlight overheated and set on fire.

'Appalling' vandalised poppies and litter at Mitcham War Memorial days before First World War centenary

Wimbledon Guardian:

9:27am Monday 28th July 2014

Figges Marsh and Mitcham War Memorials have been strewn with litter.

Water park opens for school summer holidays

Wimbledon Guardian:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Children have been making a splash over the weekend after the opening of a new water park part-funded by an anonymous contributor in memory of a little girl.

Muslim group inspires community cohesion at Ramadan meal

Wimbledon Guardian:

6:50am Sunday 27th July 2014

Hundreds of people of all faiths got together at the country's biggest mosque to break the fast in Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

Chinese takeaway in Mitcham re-opens after mice infestation and lack of cleanliness

Wimbledon Guardian:

12:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

A takeaway has re-opened after a mice infestation, poor cleanliness and a ‘complete lack of food safety management’ meant an emergency order was granted by magistrates.

The Great British Busk Off

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:22pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Three teenagers from Wimbledon are set to face the music in the country’s biggest busking competition.

Night bus goes up in flames in quiet residential street

Wimbledon Guardian: Firefighters tackle car fire in Widnes

10:16am Saturday 26th July 2014

Firefighters were called out in the early hours of this morning, after a bus went up in flames in a residential street in Wimbledon.

Men jailed over Rolex fraud

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:40am Saturday 26th July 2014

Men who attempted to buy Rolex watches using fake IDs to secure 0% finance deals have been jailed.

No service on District Line from Putney Bridge to Wimbledon and severe delays from Edgware Road

Wimbledon Guardian: District Line trains are suspended between Parsons Green and Wimbledon

5:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

No service on District Line from Putney Bridge to Wimbledon and severe delays from Edgware Road

Lightning strike at a Morden pharmacy 'sounded like a bomb going off'

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:50pm Friday 25th July 2014

Miraculously nobody was hurt after a lightning bolt hit Rowlands Pharmacy in St Helier Avenue.

Man jailed for burgling Wimbledon delicatessen

Wimbledon Guardian:

3:30pm Friday 25th July 2014

A 45-year-old man has been sent to prison after burgling a Wimbledon delicatessen one month after a break-in was reported down the road

Lightning strike causes massive train disruption

Wimbledon Guardian: A man tried to climb onto the tracks at Surbiton station shortly after midnight

3:10pm Friday 25th July 2014

South West Trains said signalling problems at Waterloo are also causing delays there.

25-year-old man charged with possession of cannabis after early morning drugs raid

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:31pm Friday 25th July 2014

A 25-year-old man has been charged with possession of cannabis following an early morning raid yesterday.

Robber behind bars after 'appalling level of violence' against mum in the street

Wimbledon Guardian:

12:04pm Friday 25th July 2014

Mason Lindsay, of Croydon, is behind bars after an attack on a woman in Mitcham.

Updated: Young man freed from under car after leg trapped in second collision in Kingston Road, Raynes Park

Wimbledon Guardian: Firefighters tackle car fire in Widnes

9:06am Friday 25th July 2014

The man was trapped under the car after a collision last night on same stretch of road that claimed life of cyclist Laurent Patrick Cullinan.

Brave employee nominated by colleagues leads athletes at Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in London

Wimbledon Guardian:

6:20am Friday 25th July 2014

A shop employee who helped a colleague when she had a stroke was nominated to lead athletes into the arena of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London at the weekend.

The Specials who kept calm and carried on regardless

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: In the third part of our World War 1 centenary series, we remember the volunteers to helped the ordinary police maintain order in Wimbledon following the start of the war.

Police called to Wimbledon Village after reports of burglary - no suspect found

Wimbledon Guardian:

6:50pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Police were called to reports of a burglary in Wimbledon Village.

Epsom and St Helier hospitals referred to Health Secretary over financial concerns

Wimbledon Guardian: Visitors to Epsom Hospital witnessed an operation taking place through a window

5:15pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Epsom and St Helier hospital trust has been referred to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after auditors raised concerns over the state of its finances.

Distressed children see 1,400 dead and dying fish in Cannon Hill Common lake

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:10pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Fish of all sizes die after hot weather and algae starves lake of oxygen.

Family raise money for Marie Curie nurses in charity run in memory of grandmother

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Stephen Mould and family ran five miles in memory of grandmother Rita Mould.

Police seize Rolex, Louboutins, cash and drugs in early morning raids - three arrested

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:49am Thursday 24th July 2014

Police arrested three people in their 20s this morning and seized luxury goods worth thousands of pounds in a series of drugs raids in Mitcham and Colliers Wood.

Hundreds of pounds raised for children in Zimbabwe at church summer concert

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:03am Thursday 24th July 2014

Folk and Latin music and performances from the Inspire Community Choir made up the event.

Train tissue seller fined by magistrates for contravening railway bylaw

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon Magistrates' Court in Alexandra Road

9:20am Thursday 24th July 2014

Ovidiu-Florin Adir admitted selling tissues on a train between Wimbledon and Raynes Park.

Cyclist death sparks calls to improve road safety

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:40pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The death of a 25-year-old cyclist hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning has led to renewed calls to make the borough safer for those on two wheels.

Updated: Patient taken to hospital with serious injuries after collision in London Road, Mitcham - road re-opened

Wimbledon Guardian: A SLEEK new type of emergency ambulance is being brought into operation. The German-made ambulances, which are built byMercedes, will be introduced in the next few weeks. The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) is the first in the UK to switch to the new

3:43pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The road has re-opened after the second collision between a car and a motorcycle today.

Man pleads guilty to possessing throwing knives and an air pistol outside Waitrose

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:45am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to physically assaulting a man in his 20s for racial or religious motivations outside a Wimbledon Waitrose.

Record entries as Merton Best Business Awards finalists announced

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Dozens are celebrating after being announced as finalists in Merton Best Business Awards.

Man in his 20s treated for chest injuries at Mitcham crash scene

Wimbledon Guardian:

9:54am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A man in his 20s was treated for chest injuries following a collision between a car and a motorbike this morning.

Parents of cyclist killed in Raynes Park crash pay tribute to 'lovely, kind' son

Wimbledon Guardian:

7:10am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A grieving New Malden family have paid tribute to their "entrepreneurial" youngest child who loved doing up old motorbikes.

News from our neighbours

Children's cancer charity still waiting for £27k from high-tech iPad charity auction company (link)

Surrey Comet (Kingston news) 5:10pm Wed 30 Jul 14

A Kingston charity is still waiting to be paid £27,000 raised at a charity auction celebrating its 10th…

Somali family living on bench outside Tooting TK Maxx (link)

Wandsworth Guardian 2:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

A Somali family have been living on a bench in Tooting for weeks on end.

HMV to return to Croydon with new store (link)

Croydon Guardian 5:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Entertainment retailer HMV is to open a new shop in Croydon 16 months after leaving the town. 

Sutton war hero's watch unearthed encrusted in mud from the Somme 100 years after the First World War (link)

Sutton Guardian 12:00am Thu 31 Jul 14

The mud-encrusted watch of a Sutton-based soldier has been unearthed nearly 100 years since its owner died in the…

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan (link)

Streatham Guardian 7:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of…

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