Category Archives: Croydon 8/8

Croydon riots 10 years on: Arson land put up for sale at £2m

It is being marketed as a “design and build opportunity”, a patch of land close to the town centre, less than one-fifth of an acre, on the market this summer from the borough’s largest landowners, for a mere £2million. It … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: Risks greater now than in 2011

The key risk factors which led to rioting in Croydon and across the country 10 years ago are “even greater today than in 2011”, leaving London at risk of riots. That’s according to a review by Steve Reed OBE, the … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: ‘I was in real fear for my family’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: On August 8 2011, the night that Croydon burned, photographer JAN PODSIADLY captured some of the scenes close to his home that he witnessed and terrified him, and here, 10 years on, recalls some of the events  Ten … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: A decade of missed opportunity

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Croydon riots, an outbreak of disorder that followed similar violence elsewhere in the capital that week in August 2011. Here, local lawyer and community activist MARINA AHMAD says that the government has failed … Continue reading

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They survived world wars and riots. They can survive Westfield

Leading Croydon businesses, who have been trading for more than 150 years, are angry at the ‘complete dereliction of duty, mismanagement and incompetence in every single aspect’ over the non-development of the town centre. And they offer some prospect of … Continue reading

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Maurice Reeves: sculptor, cricketer, rally driver and leader

This week saw Croydon Minster stage the funeral of Maurice Reeves, an artist, sportsman and businessman who always had his home town at heart and who, late in life, became a Croydon hero when he showed the kind of leadership … Continue reading

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Photographer with focus on peace stages Clocktower exhibit

Seven years ago in August, the people of Croydon watched in fear and horror as rioters took over our streets, ransacking shops, attacking bystanders and setting fire to local businesses. The image of Reeves Corner blazing furiously against the night … Continue reading

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Tory O’Connell gets it wrong on Commissioner’s retirement

Not for the first time, City Hall figures are asking whether Croydon’s representative, Steve O’Connell, is up to the task as a London Assembly member. O’Connell yesterday made a desperate grasp for some political capital over the retirement announcement of … Continue reading

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Croydon’s silly season stats which do not stand up to scrutiny

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The infamous maxim that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth has flourished in Croydon this week. STEVEN DOWNES is just glad the silly season is over Thank goodness it’s September. I wouldn’t usually … Continue reading

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Council having second thoughts over its ‘busybodies’ charter’

WALTER CRONXITE on how attempts to give special powers for the police and private security guards in central Croydon have stalled Five years on from  rioting, arson and looting breaking out in West Croydon, there are signs that the borough’s … Continue reading

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Tory O’Connell oversees yet more cuts for Croydon policing

Having already had the majority of the borough’s police stations closed under the current Conservative Mayor of London, yesterday saw an announcement from the Metropolitan Police that it is to shut five of Croydon’s community bases for its safer neighbourhood … Continue reading

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Evening all: Police commissioner Hogan-Howe visits Croydon

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, is addressing a public meeting in Croydon next week. The event is free and does not require booking, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The event … Continue reading

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Shhh! Keep it quiet, Hammersfield have a policing plan

Who knew? The Croydon Partnership is staging a not-so-public public event tomorrow. You may not be aware of it. It is so hush-hush that the people behind the £1 billion redevelopment scheme haven’t even bothered to mention it on their … Continue reading

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8/8: ‘There’s real anxiety that the riots could happen again’

To mark the fourth anniversary of the Croydon riots, BUSHRA AHMED recalls that infamous night and assesses what progress has been made towards rebuilding West Croydon I cannot begin to describe what it felt like to witness the Croydon riots … Continue reading

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Croydon needs a comedy candidate: Run, Jonny! Run!

Yesterday’s announcement that The Pub Landlord is to stand as a candidate in the General Election in South Thanet, wherever that might be, was satire of the highest calibre, worthy of Beyond the Fringe or Private Eye. But it also … Continue reading

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Croydon risked handing back £20m unspent riot recovery cash

A community activist, Bushra Ahmed, herself one of the victims of the 2011 Croydon riots, has discovered that after three years, Croydon’s Conservative-run council had managed to spend less than £4 million of the £23 million Riot Recovery Fund promised … Continue reading

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Councils too lazy and prejudiced to help small businesses

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Three years after the London riots, with many small businesses still awaiting compensation, in response to our feature about the forgotten residents and businesses of West Croydon, ROD DAVIES argues that our borough council fails to properly serve … Continue reading

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The festering scandal of how London Road has been forgotten

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a week of anniversaries, tomorrow’s of the Croydon Riots reminds us quite how poorly served the people of London Road have been by some working in public service. By STEVEN DOWNES To borrow a phrase, August 8 … Continue reading

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Met to appoint armed police chief as Borough Commander

A senior police officer who has served in the unit at the centre of the Plebgate row and which was also involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan that led to the 2011 London riots will be the next … Continue reading

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Croydon MP missed the riots but now calls for water cannon

Comedy special on BBC this morning, where the Sunday Politics – apparently a serious current affairs programme, even though presented by Andrew “Brillo Pad” Neil – featured an item on how unrepresentative Parliament is, on the housing crisis, and briefly on … Continue reading

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Tories pick councillor who oversaw £12m riot cash to own ward

Croydon Tories have ensured that the 2011 riots will be a live issue at the 2015 General Election after choosing Fairfield councillor Vidhi Mohan as their candidate to stand in Croydon North – the man who, when a cabinet member … Continue reading

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West Croydon festival gets the thin end of Westfield cash

The crass disparity in treatment between those areas of Croydon which were worst-hit by the riots and those which escaped too much damage is exposed yet again, with the announcement of this year’s South End Food Festival next month. Westfield, … Continue reading

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Does Croydon’s new council have much to rave about?

One month on, WALTER CRONXITE, our local elections pollster who was first to call correctly the result of the Croydon Town Hall vote, takes a look behind the scenes in Fisher’s Folly to see what changes might be in store … Continue reading

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Police forced to abandon efforts to control East Croydon rave

For the second time in less than three years, last night the Metropolitan Police was forced to abandon a part of central Croydon to an unruly mob, with officers ordered to withdraw from an area that was unsafe for them … Continue reading

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Bear Grylls visit is spur for Scout scheme in community

The recent visit of Bear Grylls to Croydon’s Pinewood Scout Centre has led to a collaborative partnership between local Scouts and the Croydon Forest School and Adventure Project to make the centre more accessible to non-Scouting groups. This is Scout … Continue reading

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