25 arrests made in South Norwood in police dawn raid

The police made 25 arrests in early morning raids yesterday on what the Met described as “seven commercial premises” along South Norwood High Street and Portland Road, “targeting those believed to be involved in gang activity, drug supply and violence”, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police.

The dawn raids come just ahead of a community policing meeting being staged at Stanley Halls this evening.

Local police were supported by units from across London in what they called “a large policing operation”, as they served warrants in South Norwood and Woodside wards.

“This operation has been conducted in a direct response to local concerns regarding levels of crime in South Norwood,” the police said. Continue reading

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‘I paid £45 to see Dame Judi, and this is the view I had’

It was a grate experience for theatre-goers at the Fairfield Halls on Monday

The management of the Fairfield Halls is facing having to make thousands of pounds-worth of refunds after the latest nuclear weapons-grade balls-up connected to the re-opening of the venue this week.

Our loyal reader has been in touch, desperately disappointed that their evening with Dame Judi Dench at the Ashcroft Theatre was ruined.

“We paid £45 each for front-row seats,” our reader says.

“And this is the view we had.”

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FOLP Lloyd Park to Shirley Park autumn walk, Sep 29

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What next for Crystal Palace Park?, Penge Town Hall, Sep 26

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Unfinished and incomplete: where’s Fairfield £41m been spent?

The Fairfield Halls has re-opened – late, over-budget and it seems, unfinished

And… Breathe! The Fairfield Halls has finally re-opened, with a gala concert planned for tonight. But after over-running by 15 months and over-spending by £11million, the refurbishment is not yet finished and is incomplete.
Our photo-journalist, DANNY LEIBOVITZ, reports

It is a tale which has become part of Town Hall legend, although we are assured that it did really happen. In 2012, the veteran Tory councillor, Dudley Mead, went to visit the ageing doyenne of the Riesco family to advise her of the then Conservative-controlled council’s intention to flog off some of the valuable collection of ancient Chinese porcelain, which had been donated to the people of Croydon by Raymond Riesco upon his death nearly 50 years earlier. Continue reading

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Clarice Cliff and Charlotte Rhead collections up for auction

Moorcroft pottery, like this vase, is highly collectable

A colourful collection of more than 40 pieces of Clarice Cliff ceramics will be included Catherine Southon’s auction at Farleigh Golf Club in Selsdon on October 2.

The Clarice Cliff 
collection includes items from the well-known and highly collectable 1920s Bizarre and Fantasque ranges.
 Items include tableware from toast racks to tureens, and napkin rings to teapots, each item is hand-painted and generally in good condition.

“There are items for Clarice collectors and items for those who just want pieces of affordable Clarice Cliff,” according to television antiques expert Southon. Continue reading

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Family Fun Day and picnic, Pollards Hill, Sep 22

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