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News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. To contact us, please email

Croydon Athletic look to Lineker to keep them on target

BRIAN GRANVILLE, the doyen of non-league football writers, gets ready for the start of the league season at Croydon Athletic tomorrow Final preparations are underway for a momentous league season AFC Croydon Athletic, as they race to get their Mayfield … Continue reading

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Barwell exposed for broken election promise on expenses

Promises made by politicians before elections should be regarded as about as useful as full-scale model of the starship Enterprise made out of honey. Take, for instance, the solemn undertakings given by gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, before he was elected as … Continue reading

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Campbell soups up attack as Pulis seeks more signings

RAY RYAN runs the rule over Palace’s summer transfer business so far Tony Pulis performed a football miracle last season when he kept Crystal Palace in the Premier League, rightly earning himself the Manager of the Year award from his … Continue reading

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Beware, Edinburgh: these Babysitters have a funny side

A group of childhood friends from Croydon will make their debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this week with a multi-award-winning play they have written, produced, directed and act in. The Babysitters was described as a “rip-roaring black comedy” when it … Continue reading

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Sensible is as Sensible does, as the Captain unveils his bench

“It has always been hard being known as ‘Sensible’ when sometimes I’m not,” Raymond Burns said on Saturday, wearing a bright Hawaiian shirt, baggy shorts and trademark red beret. “But it helped me in my career so I shouldn’t really … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Gardening, Music, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board, Transition Town, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council claims that conduct of elections is a ‘private matter’

Croydon Council has been breaking the law to keep some details of its senior appointments secret, and it is refusing to reveal details of the new chief executive’s work in his role as the returning officer for the recent local … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Capita, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Nothing to see here’, police say over Gipsy Hill election case

The police has concluded its investigation into allegations of electoral fraud in Lambeth’s Gipsy Hill ward in May’s local elections, and says it will be taking no further action. The voters of Gipsy Hill elected three Labour councillors, including Matthew … Continue reading

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Inspired by Glasgow 2014? Get on track with Croydon Harriers

Croydon Harriers is hosting six free athletics sessions this August for budding young athletes aged from six to 18. Taking place at Croydon Sports Arena, a range of events will be on offer, including sprinting, middle-distance running, throwing, jumping and … Continue reading

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More absurdity coming to Croydon – this time on film

The film-makers assured everyone that it really was Michael Fassbender under the Frank Sidebottom mask in Frank. Regulars at screenings at the David Lean Cinema will be able to form their own opinions next month, when the acclaimed, absurd and … Continue reading

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Herne Hill Velodrome school holiday cycling sessions

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Police launch investigation over Labour councillors’ election

The police are investigating allegations over the conduct of last May’s local elections in Lambeth’s Gipsy Hill ward, where Matthew Bennett – whose state-funded day-job is as the “head of office” for Croydon North MP Steve Reed OBE – was … Continue reading

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Keep it quiet: councillors make allowances for themselves

Croydon’s councillors last week opened the way for potential increases in their own “allowances” of as much as 20 per cent, and they did it all without any debate. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s new council last week passed a range … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Julie Belvir, London-wide issues, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Festival of Code youth competition is coming to Centrale

Children from Croydon with a keen eye for coding are being urged to sign up to a competition taking place across the country between July 28 and August 3. The LNK unit, in Centrale’s Upper Mall, is a host centre … Continue reading

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Don’t persecute cyclists as they are forced off the roads

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Earlier this week, another cyclist was killed on the roads of south London, this time after a collision involving a local authority dust cart. When it comes to traffic control, KRISTIAN GREGORY, pictured left, believes the police have … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Crime, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, Environment, Planning, Policing, Transport, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

Stopped and searched? Contact new monitoring group

A new group, the Croydon Stop and Search Community Monitoring Group, was formed in May to provide independent oversight of stops and search conducted in the borough. If you wish to get involved or to talk about a grievance you … Continue reading

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