Category Archives: Thornton Heath

Veteran cars are back on the road for 125th run on Nov 7

Hundreds of veteran cars are gearing up for this year’s very special commemorative pilgrimage from capital to coast, via Croydon. Close to 300 pioneering veteran cars dating back to the dawn of motoring have entered this year’s very special staging … Continue reading

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Underdog Kinlock now has his eyes on Olympic prizes

Croydon has produced another champion sprinter. ANDREW SINCLAIR caught up with Derek Kinlock to discover how the Thornton Heath teenager overcame covid and other barriers (literally) to become a European Junior gold medallist “It was just fun, man,”  Derek Kinlock … Continue reading

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Happy 120th Birthday Grangewood Park celebration, Sep 12

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1 in 4 Labour councillors choose not to seek selection for 2022

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports that Labour’s problems nationally are being reflected in the party’s selection process for next May’s council elections. Plus a change of mind by two of the council’s more notorious figures Almost one-quarter of the … Continue reading

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Anti-racism campaigner Wadsworth wins High Court libel case

Marc Wadsworth, the prominent anti-racism campaigner, journalist and broadcaster from Thornton Heath, has won his libel case against the Jewish Chronicle, with the newspaper agreeing to pay “substantial compensation” and issue an apology. In an article on the publication’s website … Continue reading

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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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Reports on Fairfield Halls and BxB missing from audit meeting

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Tonight’s meeting of the council’s GPAC – General Purposes and Audit Committee – will mark the end of a error, as Labour councillors risk handing even more control to council executives. By STEVEN DOWNES Karen Jewitt, the … Continue reading

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Roots & Shoots gardening course, Thornton Heath, from Jul 8

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Council does a play street U-turn after Inside Croydon report

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The borough’s senior Labour councillors continue to appear to be in power, but not in control. Just days after a report on this website about attempts to charge organisers of kids’ play schemes hundreds of pounds, a … Continue reading

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Reed rails against Tory plans, as his mates flog off public park

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council pushes on with its plans to sell off part of Grangewood Park, a ‘quiet secluded oasis in the heart of a busy local area’, while Blairite MP does nothing to oppose. By STEVEN DOWNES As Steve … Continue reading

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Bediako released from detention centre after 24-day battle

Joey Bediako, the Thornton Heath man facing forced deportation, was given an 11th-hour reprieve last night when he was released from the notorious Brook House detention centre near Gatwick Airport. The news was announced just after 8pm last night by … Continue reading

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MP Reed calls for halt to deportation of Thornton Heath man

By CLARA MURRAY A man from Thornton Heath has been detained for almost a month and is facing deportation on Wednesday despite being legally eligible to stay in the UK. Joey Bediako, 26, was taken “without warning” to the notorious … Continue reading

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Disabled resident’s harrowing plea: ‘I don’t want to be in here’

After a decade of complaints and media exposés, living conditions endured in council temporary accommodation in Thornton Heath remain a scandal. By STEVEN DOWNES Gilroy Court, the budget hotel in Thornton Heath which Croydon and other councils use for temporary … Continue reading

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Police investigating cause of blaze at Thornton Heath flats

Around 40 residents of a block of flats in Thornton Heath had to be evacuated last night when fire raged up the outside of the building. Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to Crystal Court, on Woodville … Continue reading

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Teenager convicted of eight violent and sex assaults on girls

A 15-year-old boy from Thornton Heath has been convicted of eight separate charges involving violent or sexual attacks against girls who were walking to school. The attacks took place over a period of more than a year, from November 2019 … Continue reading

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Under-threat libraries missing from council’s re-opening plans

Croydon Council this morning released details of its phased re-opening of some of the borough’s public libraries – but with no immediate plans for three of the buildings which it has listed for permanent closure in its recent consultation. Broad … Continue reading

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Celeb-backed charity seeking help from local businesses

CLARA MURRAY reports from the launch of a celebrity-backed skills and employability programme for disadvantaged youngsters The Music Relief Foundation has been working with young people in the borough for 10 years from its Thornton Heath base, and today they … Continue reading

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‘My family’s hell on earth’: 18 months in a Croydon B&B

The appalling conditions in council flats in Regina Road is just one aspect in which Croydon Council is failing residents. It is nearly 10 years since Croydon Council was exposed for using sub-standard and dangerous B&B bedrooms in a Thornton … Continue reading

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Thornton Heath ‘boosted’ by Camilla’s vaccination centre visit

Health service workers, volunteers and those Thornton Heath locals arriving at a local church for their coronavirus vaccination appointment at lunchtime today were given an added boost when the Duchess of Cornwall turned up on a visit to see the … Continue reading

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Councillors demand urgent sight of Town Hall bullying report

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Claims that the council might be more ‘open and transparent’ ring hollow, as questions are raised at the bankrupt borough over other serious allegations. By STEVEN DOWNES Councillors from both political parties at Croydon Town Hall have … Continue reading

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Council applies emergency brake on New Year parking hike

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on how Fisher’s Folly officials have been forced into a sudden U-turn over their money-spinning ’emissions-based’ parking charges New car parking charges, due to come into force at council-run car parks and … Continue reading

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Brigade warn against burning waste on wooden decking

Firefighters were kept busy again yesterday, with house blazes in Thornton Heath and Kenley. In the case of one of the fires, it is believed to have started when the householders had domestic waste burning outside their home – on … Continue reading

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Audit shows £9m shortfall in Hall’s property speculation deals

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Internal audit report will make very uncomfortable reading for the council leader and his finance chief, and shows worrying budget problems for most of the council-run schools. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor It is barely a week … Continue reading

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Rams’ boss Rayner ready with a few surprises for new season

A seat in the boardroom and a new assistant means that the Croydon Athletic manager is working with more than the challenges presented by covid-19 ahead of the new season. Exclusive interview by ANDREW SINCLAIR Croydon Athletic are less than … Continue reading

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Amazing lockdown efforts as school starts Parcels for Pupils

Schools and businesses continue to raise money and collect donations of food to support families around the borough whose circumstances have been affected by coronavirus and a loss of earnings. In Thornton Heath, the Paxton Academy primary school has identified … Continue reading

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