RSPB investigation launched after two Wandle egrets killed

A little egret in flight at Beddington Farmlands last week, with what may be a broken leg. A dead egret with a broken leg was recovered from the River Wandle at the weekend

Wildlife wardens from the RSPB are investigating what one conservationist has described as “an unusual cluster” of two dead and one injured little egrets from the River Wandle and Beddington Farmlands in the past week.

The birds do not appear to have been attacked by predators, but have wounds consistent with being hit by pellets from air guns or catapults. Continue reading

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Race For Life puts everyone in the running in Lloyd Park

Race For Life returns to Croydon, Crystal Palace and other south London venues in 2019, with the organisers offering a 30 per cent discount on entry fees for anyone who signs up in January.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of 5-kilometre, 10km, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research. In 2019, more than 400 Race for Life events will take place around the country.

Croydon’s Race for Life in Lloyd Park will take place on July 7, with the Crystal Palace event being staged in the park on July 21.

And anyone registering to take part in Race for Life events in January will get a 30 per cent discount on entry fees. Continue reading

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High-level concerns raised on TfL’s answers over tram safety

Growing concerns about public transport safety in London, many of which arose following the Croydon tram crash in 2016, are worries that have been shared by senior figures on a Transport for London safety committee.

How much safer is London’s public transport, more than two years on from the tram crash at Sandilands?

Inside Croydon has found a memo from the chair of the TfL safety panel which calls into question the accuracy of answers and reports submitted by senior transport management at City Hall.

Until last year, Michael Liebreich sat on TfL’s finance committee and chaired the transport authority’s grandly titled “Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources Panel”, or SSHR.  Continue reading

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Junkyard Choir, The Oval Tavern, Jan 25

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Free boxing training sessions, South Norwood, every Wed

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Fly tipper caught on CCTV was using Brick by Brick site

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE reveals how, as they were patting themselves on the back over a fly tipping ‘collar’, the council was deliberately withholding one essential detail

Inside Croydon has discovered that the serial fly tipping in Waddon which led to a conviction and £2,000 fine, and which was triumphantly publicised this week by Croydon Council, in fact all took place on a Brick by Brick development site which was not properly secured.

The council’s press office released the news on Thursday, including the name of the criminal tipper, his address, the type of vehicle he had used, and a full report of the council operation using CCTV cameras that snared him.

What they failed to mention, conveniently, was that the garages on Thorneloe Gardens which the fly tipper used to dump his rubbish is a development site being run by Brick by Brick. Continue reading

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Memorial service for Maggie Mansell to be held at Minster

Maggie Mansell

A memorial service paying tribute to Maggie Mansell will take place at Croydon Minster on Tuesday January 29, the council has announced.

Until her death earlier this month, Mansell had been one of the longest-serving members of Croydon Council, having first been elected in 1986.

The service will begin at 11.30am, with attendees asked to arrive by 11.15am. The Vicar of Croydon, Rev Canon Dr Andrew Bishop, will lead the service.

Well-wishers are asked not to bring flowers but to make a donation to the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley.

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