Category Archives: Mayor of London

Regina Road fire alarms failed to sound, council confirms

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES A senior Croydon Council official has admitted that no alarms sounded and sprinklers failed to work when a fire broke out in one of the residential tower blocks on Regina Road, South Norwood, on Sunday. More … Continue reading

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55 residents evacuated after 3am fire at Regina Road block

Fears about the safety of residents living in tall blocks of flats were made worse this morning after the London Fire Brigade was called out to a blaze in one of the council blocks on Regina Road, South Norwood. No … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls’ £70m fiasco: ‘BxB didn’t know what it was doing’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Trade newspaper The Stage has described the five-year saga of the Fairfield Halls refurbishment as a ‘catastrophic mess’ and a ‘£70m fiasco’. Now, the centre’s former artistic director has broken his silence over the bungling of Brick … Continue reading

Posted in Arnhem Gallery, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Fairfield Halls, Neil Chandler, Oliver Lewis, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Councillor’s alarm call helps save lives in Thornton Heath fire

A Croydon councillor has spoken of how she called 999 in the early hours of this morning after she was woken up by “horrible screams” and “saw loads of black smoke coming out of neighbour’s house”. Leila Ben-Hassel is a … Continue reading

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Police name teenager killed in Bensham Manor stabbing

Council’s cabinet member admits that crime strategy is still being ‘developed’, two years after an out-of-work Labour politician was put in charge of the borough’s ‘violent crime reduction network’ The police have named the second Croydon 16-year-old to have been … Continue reading

Posted in Bensham Manor, Crime, Croydon Council, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Manju Shahul Hameed, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Four London boroughs have no plans for waste reduction

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Kingston have a new draft South London Waste Plan and, according to PETER UNDERWOOD (right), it’s a load of rubbish One of the most common issues people raise with me is … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Environment, Fly tipping, Kingston, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Merton, Peter Underwood, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

London Mayor insists on masks on capital’s public transport

Face coverings must be worn on London’s buses, trains, Tube and trams, despite lockdown restrictions easing on Monday, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, announced overnight. Mayor Khan has made “the right decision”, according to Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones. … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Elly Baker, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Police in second murder investigation after teen’s stabbing

The police have launched a second murder investigation in Croydon within barely a week, after a teenager stabbed in an altercation in Bensham Manor on Friday died in hospital last night. The victim, who was aged 16, has yet to … Continue reading

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Tributes paid to Croydon’s, and UK’s, first black policewoman

Tributes have been paid this week to Sislin Fay Allen, Britain’s first black woman police officer, who has died, aged 83. Allen had served as a nurse in Croydon’s Queen’s Hospital before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1968. Her first … Continue reading

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De Zoysa to face Old Bailey hearing over Sgt Ratana murder

Louis de Zoysa, the Norbury man charged with the murder of Police Sergeant Mat Ratana at the Croydon Custody Centre on Windmill Road last September, faces a hearing at the Old Bailey this Friday. De Zoysa, 23, has been in … Continue reading

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Fire Brigade warns public to check their domestic appliances

A house fire on Sundridge Road, Addiscombe, last night has prompted the London Fire Brigade to issue a reminder to register your white goods – domestic appliances such as washing machines, driers, fridges and freezers. Part of the ground floor … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick use police to remove New Addington residents

Only “frantic calls” to the local MP and councillors managed to get the police to stand down from “horrifying scenes” in New Addington this morning, as a council official colluded with staff from Brick by Brick to have residents removed … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Kola Agboola, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Policing, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Parents of fire-bomb attacker feared terror-style ‘mass killing’

EXCLUSIVE: Owner of business at the centre of terrifying petrol bomb assault claims police failed to act despite repeated threats. By STEVEN DOWNES The man arrested by an armed police operation after a fire-bomb attack against business premises on Beddington … Continue reading

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No casualties as 8 fire engines deal with Sydenham Road blaze

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire at a flat on Sydenham Road, Croydon, last night that needed eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters to deal with it. No one has been reported hurt, but most … Continue reading

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Tories accused of ‘giving London a kicking’ over TfL funding

With the government exploiting difficulties arising over covid-19 to turn the financial screw on Transport for London, a Labour Assembly Member has accused the Tories of “giving London a kicking”. Elly Baker AM’s report, TfL Funding Settlement – Another short-term … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Commuting, Elly Baker, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barwell backs Cummings’ call for inquiry into covid response

Gavin “Lord” Barwell, the former Croydon MP and sometime Downing Street chief of staff, has waded into the row over yesterday’s explosive account of the government’s chaotic and ill-prepared response to covid-19 given to a Westminster committee by Dominic Cummings. … Continue reading

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Voting figures suggest there’s a storm coming for Labour

Croydon’s own red wall turned blue in the London elections this month. Ward-level voting figures provide more bad news for Labour in Croydon, reports our resident psephologist, WALTER CRONXITE The unseasonable heavy rainfall in May is not the only reason … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Hamida Ali, Jason Perry, Maddie Henson, Mayor of London, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury Park, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Croydon, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tories won’t scrutinise Grenfell scandal and Arcuri affair

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A week ago, we reported how horse-trading at City Hall had seen the Tories take their pick of the top posts on the various committees at the London Assembly. Here, MURAD QURESHI explains why that is a very … Continue reading

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CLP chair fixes vote to block emergency motion on Gaza

The chair of the Croydon Central Constituency Labour Party avoided losing a no confidence motion in her competence last night by delaying the vote long enough so that friends and allies were able to log-in to the meeting belatedly. The … Continue reading

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Union demands Mayor conducts full probe into TfL safety

The GMB trades union has called on Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, to open a full independent investigation into safety practices used by operators working within the Transport for London network. The union’s campaign has the backing of a … Continue reading

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Greens and LibDems team up with the Tories at City Hall

Less than a week since Assembly Members were elected to City Hall, a Labour party strop has left the London Assembly hobbled in its work of holding the capital’s devolved government to account, as the Greens and LibDems have forged … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan takes the stage to launch city’s tourist drive

Sadiq Khan used his formal signing-in ceremony for his second term as London Mayor this morning to reveal his cunning plan to revive the capital’s economy post-covid: tourism. Mayor Khan announced a £6million advertising campaign to encourage tourists back to … Continue reading

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Detective who used racist terms in computer games is sacked

Croydon-based detective Neil Buckmaster has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police and placed on a blacklist following a disciplinary hearing last week that found he had used racially offensive terms while playing computer games, which he even uploaded on to … Continue reading

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Brigade blames cigarette stub for Tavistock Road fire

A carelessly discarded, unextinguished cigarette is the likely cause of a fire in Tavistock Road, central Croydon, on Friday. Firefighters using breathing apparatus rescued a man from a third-floor flat. The man was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance … Continue reading

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Garratt doubles victory margin as he takes City Hall seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: Labour has slipped back in the London Assembly voting, with its worst result in Croydon and Sutton for 13 years. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Neil “Father Jack” Garratt was named on Saturday as Croydon and Sutton’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Patsy Cummings, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Norwood, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments