Wandle Park concerns after rape, drug deals, gangs and arson

There is growing anxiety among residents and park users, with some beginning to regard Wandle Park as “a no-go zone”.

After a £3.5m investment, Wandle Park was supposed to be a town centre oasis of calm

As well as an alleged rape attack in the park last month, which is under police investigation, Wandle Park has become notorious as a gathering place for drug dealers, children’s play equipment has been destroyed by vandals, and last week armed gangs gathered in the park for what is suggested was some kind of “turf war”.

And now the council officer responsible for over-seeing community activities in and around the park has announced that he is to leave the job at the end of this month, with no replacement planned. Continue reading

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More turmoil as Davies quits as manager at troubled Trams

BRIAN GRANVILLE, our veteran non-league football correspondent, on the latest blow at Croydon Arena

They have no chairman, no points and now they have no manager: things can surely only get better for Croydon FC.

With the season barely a month old, Craig Davies, the club’s young manager, announced his resignation via social media last night.

“After consideration I’ve decided to step down as manager of Croydon FC,” Davies tweeted.

“Tough job from off and not worked how we wanted it to.” Continue reading

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St George’s church appeal QuizFest, Shirley, Nov 3

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Autumn Lunchtime Recitals, Croydon Minster, from Oct 5

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Council names Henderson as new exec for children’s services

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how the replacement executive director for the council’s failing children’s services department

Robert Henderson: passionate, apparently

Almost six months after Barbara Peacock opted to leave her £170,000 job as Croydon’s executive director for children, families and education, the council today announced that her replacement is to be Robert Henderson.

Henderson will take on Croydon’s failing children’s services department, which a year ago was placed into special measures following a damning Ofsted inspectors’ report, exhibiting “widespread and serious failures”, and which left “some children at risk of significant harm”.

Henderson is coming to Croydon after playing a lead role in the conversion of two London local authorities’ children’s services departments into a community interest company, but one which was blamed last week for blocking grant applications and the forced closure of a charity which worked to help 700 families.

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The Sixteen choral concert, Croydon Minster, Oct 1

The Sixteen return to Croydon with the next instalment of their Choral Pilgrimage 2018. Continue reading

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Emer Casey 10k road race, Brockwell Park, Nov 18

The Emer Casey Foundation and Herne Hill Harriers would be delighted to see you at the very special 10th anniversary edition of the annual Emer Casey London 10K in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, on Sunday, November 18 at 9.30am.

This is a community event in a picturesque park in South London which is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities. We can guarantee that our marshals will encourage you and make you feel welcome whatever your standard or level of fitness. As always, all of the race proceeds will be used to fund research into the causes and detection of ovarian and uterine cancer and for the first time every finisher will receive a memento promoting the work of the Foundation and a goody bag. Continue reading

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