Category Archives: Thornton Heath

Grandson of Thornton Heath murder victim appears in court

The Metropolitan Police last night charged Verushan Manoharan, 31, with the murder of his own grandmother. The victim has been named as 89-year-old Sakunthala Francis, who was found with fatal stab wounds at home on Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, at … Continue reading

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89-year-old murdered in Brigstock Road and three stabbings

A murder investigation is underway following the death of a 89-year-old woman at Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, on Tuesday. The incident was one of at least four stabbings in Croydon on Tuesday. According to Scotland Yard, the police were called … Continue reading

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RSPCA community dog event, Thornton Heath Rec, Jun 16

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All the King’s men (and women): meet Labour’s shadow cabinet

Last week, we provided the low-down on the new council cabinet under £81,000 per year Tory executive Mayor Jason Perry. Now our Town Hall reporter KEN LEE provides a briefing on the newly unveiled shadow team Some are born great, … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Alisa Flemming, Bensham Manor, Brigitte Graham, Callton Young, Chris Clark, Chrishni Reshekaron, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Enid Mollyneaux, Fairfield, Jamie Audsley, Janet Campbell, Mayor Jason Perry, Mike Bonello, New Addington, Nina Degrads, Rowenna Davis, Stuart King, Thornton Heath, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

No Overall Control: full election results for Croydon’s 28 wards

No overall control. After weeks of campaigning, all the voting and, eventually, all the counting was concluded three days after the polls closed, the final results of the 2022 Croydon local elections were in. With the borough’s first Green councillors … Continue reading

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From bankrupt to laughing stock as council count continues

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the country’s longest-lasting election count, and more unwanted notoriety for Croydon The Croydon election count looks set to head into a fifth day, and its second week, after yesterday’s session at Trinity School managed to … Continue reading

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Addiscombe East to Coulsdon Town: 2022 election results

As Croydon’s 2022 local election count heads towards a fifth day, here are the results declared so far after Saturday’s count. After 10 of the borough’s 28 wards have been declared, the parties stand at: CON  6 LAB 19 GRN … Continue reading

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TfL confirms 37 bus routes likely affected by drivers’ strikes

Transport for London has today warned passengers to expect as many as 37 bus routes, operating out of four Arriva garages, to be out of action during next week’s strike action. “Transport for London is advising customers to check before … Continue reading

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Mayor candidate Shawcross’s ‘new’ direction not so new at all

Any ‘clean break’ with the incompetence and graft of the past at Croydon Town Hall that is being offered by Labour Mayoral candidate Val Shawcross appears doomed by her own campaign’s deep-rooted connections with discredited Tony Newman and some of … Continue reading

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Take your pick: our ward-by-ward guide to council elections

With a complete listing of all the candidates in Croydon’s May 5 councillor vote, political editor WALTER CRONXITE provides a guide to where the contest for the Town Hall might be won or lost The introduction of Croydon’s first democratically-elected, … Continue reading

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Your Park, Your Voice, Grangewood Park, Apr 10

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CR7 Charity Bake Off, in aid of Guy’s Cancer Centre, Mar 26

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CR7 Charity Day in aid of the Guy’s Cancer Centre, Mar 26

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Thornton Heath Sustainable Hub, 4th Saturday of each month

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Bus passengers face three days of strike action in pay dispute

Bus passengers in Croydon face having their journeys disrupted by three days of planned strike action in a dispute between drivers and operators Arriva, after the company made what a union official has described as a “pathetic” pay offer. The … Continue reading

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Going, going… Labour council flogs off parkland for £600,000

The toxic legacy of Alison Butler, Hamida Ali, Tony Newman and the rest of his numpties was hammered home this morning, with an auctioneer’s gavel. Heath Lodge, the long-neglected park keeper’s cottage in Grangewood Park, Thornton Heath, was sold by … Continue reading

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MP Reed’s letter to save park lodge ignored by Labour council

The campaign by the Friends of Grangewood Park to save a Victorian park keeper’s lodge from being sold by the cash-strapped council has attracted the support of the local MP. But even Steve Reed OBE doesn’t get replies to his … Continue reading

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Council needs to listen to the people and halt Lodge auction

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Labour-run council promised that the borough’s parks and green spaces would be safe in their hands. On Wednesday, part of a public park in Thornton Heath goes up for auction. PETER UNDERWOOD explains why he is protesting … Continue reading

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Locals to protest in Thornton Heath over sale of parkland

Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition raised in Thornton Heath to call on the council to stop the auctioning of Heath Lodge, a former park keeper’s house in Grangewood Park, together with a chunk of parkland. A Friends group … Continue reading

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Labour group’s response to £73m scandal? Sack the auditors!

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Having been caught out with another multi-million-pound scandal, the councillors who have been running the Town Hall for the past eight years have now decided to pass the buck to accountants Grant Thornton. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN … Continue reading

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Council’s misleading Open+ and shut case for public libraries

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The bankrupt council is spending £1.6m on an untried system that will allow it to reduce staffing hours at our libraries, a decision passed without debate at a Town Hall meeting. Our libraries correspondent, GENE BRODIE, investigates … Continue reading

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Residents’ despair over vile fly-tips, including a pig’s head

Residents of a quiet Thornton Heath street are becoming increasingly angry at Croydon Council for its lack of action over some persistent fly-tipping, which most recently has seen bin bags full of rotting animal parts, including a pig’s head, dumped … Continue reading

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E-bike battery fire prompts renewed warnings from Brigade

Firefighters have issued a safety warning after an e-bike caused a fire at a house on Beechwood Avenue in Thornton Heath last night. Part of the ground floor of a mid-terraced house was damaged by the fire. Two women and … Continue reading

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Boycotts and resignations in rows over Labour selections

‘The conduct of Labour Party affairs locally does seem to be almost tailored to create continuing unease and disaffection’. WALTER CRONXITE,  political editor, with the latest round-up of shenanigans “Croydon North’s in meltdown” was how one angry Labour member put … Continue reading

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70 people evacuated after gas main fire in Thornton Heath

Firefighters tackled a fire at a row of terraced houses on London Road in Thornton Heath on Friday evening. The ground floor of one terraced house was damaged by fire due to a ruptured gas main. Another two terraced houses … Continue reading

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