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Bankrupt borough could leave homeless out in the cold

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Charity workers express their worries that the consequences of the council’s financial collapse could be felt the hardest by some of the borough’s most vulnerable, ELLA HOPKINS reports At the start of the first coronavirus lockdown in … Continue reading

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Portland Arms pub opens its kitchen for community service

South Norwood reporter JANE NICHOLL on the latest lockdown initiative Community groups in South Norwood this week welcomed a much-needed additional self-help service, when the Portland Arms pub offered its kitchen and food during lockdown to prepare and distribute meals … Continue reading

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Residents left empty-handed after seeking £500 covid grant

EXCLUSIVE: More than half of Croydon applicants for a Government-funded isolation grant have been rejected by the council. CLARA MURRAY reports Applications to a government-funded self-isolation payment have surged in Croydon over the past two months, but many residents have … Continue reading

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London’s blue light services team up in battle against covid

London’s blue-light services have this week forged a partnership like they have never needed before, with officers from the Metropolitan Police and crews from the London Fire Brigade driving ambulances and assisting medics to help boost the emergency response to … Continue reading

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Schools and businesses deal with Croydon’s ‘digital divide’

As hundreds of families in the borough struggle with expensive broadband connections or are having to use shared laptops for homeschooling, community groups have rallied round to help. ELLA HOPKINS reports It was little more than a year ago that … Continue reading

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Covid-hit Royal Mail is struggling to deliver in Croydon

Residents across the borough are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of a regular service from their local postie – as Croydon and South Norwood sorting offices and their delivery staff have been hard-hit by coronavirus. There’s particular concern from … Continue reading

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Addiscombe Donation Centre, Canning Road, Weds & Sats

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Mayor declares covid emergency as 1-in-30 Londoners infected

5pm UPDATE: ELLA HOPKINS reports on the rapidly worsening situation around the capital’s hospitals, including Croydon, as the death toll rises to a record number London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a major incident, as coronavirus cases continue to rise … Continue reading

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#MakeSchoolsSafe: The NEU advert the Mail banned

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‘Extremely serious’: Croydon’s 600 new covid cases every day

The coronavirus situation in Croydon “is extremely serious”, according to an internal email sent by the council’s director of public health last night. The email from Rachel Flowers, sent to councillors and seen by Inside Croydon, explained that by 6pm … Continue reading

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Elderly and vulnerable warned over covid jab scam message

Senior council figures have today issued an urgent warning to all residents to beware a new, covid-linked phishing scam which insidiously targets the elderly and vulnerable in an attempt to steal money from their bank accounts. The scam sends a … Continue reading

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Croydon A&E doctor acclaimed in Hail Your Heroes awards

The lead doctor at Mayday Hospital’s emergency department has been named “Top Doc” in a national newspaper’s “Hail Your Heroes” awards. Dr Mayank Agarwal helped the hospital care for thousands of people needing emergency treatment during the covid-19 crisis. And … Continue reading

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NHS in New Year plea to public: ‘999 is for emergencies only’

The NHS – facing the biggest challenge in the organisation’s history – is urging Londoners to follow government guidance on staying safe over New Year’s bank holiday weekend and remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies only. Because of … Continue reading

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1,500 new covid positive cases in Croydon over Christmas

NHS England orders hospitals to free up all available beds for a surge in coronavirus cases which could last until March Any suggestion that the government placing London in Tier 4 restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus was too … Continue reading

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Hospitals are stretched as covid-19 cases double in a week

‘We are in an incredibly dangerous situation’, warn scientists as five die in a single day at Croydon’s biggest hospital, as the national death toll from coronavirus reaches worst level for eight months Staff at Croydon’s Mayday Hospital go into … Continue reading

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Family and friends the biggest help to covid shielders – report

Croydon’s communities, friends and families rallied around to provide most help to those shielding from covid-19 during the early months of the pandemic emergency, a health services report has found. The latest report from Healthwatch Croydon, the local health services … Continue reading

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‘Incredible’ Selsdon volunteer wins Mayor of London award

A member of a church in Selsdon who helped co-ordinate her community’s response to the first coronavirus lockdown has been named as a winner of a special volunteers’ award from the Mayor of London. And no sooner was Jaz Potter … Continue reading

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Croydon’s coronavirus deaths pass 500 as Tier 4 begins

Government has been aware of rocketing infection rates of new variant of covid-19 for two weeks before Prime Minister announced the Christmas lockdown last night The new coronavirus lockdown measures introduced today could not have come a moment too soon … Continue reading

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After 22 years, Thameslink is back on London’s Tube map

After a break of 22 years, London’s Tube map is back on track as far as Thameslink is concerned. Thameslink, which includes services from East Croydon, Norwood Junction, Purley, Sutton and Wimbledon into London Bridge, Blackfriars and St Pancras, will … Continue reading

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In the classroom during covid: Schools morale is sinking fast

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In September, a locally based teacher* gave us an insight into what life was like in the classroom as the schools returned following the first coronavirus lockdown. Here, they update us after the strangest of terms It has … Continue reading

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Mayor warns on coronavirus: ‘We still have a long winter ahead’

As Britain hurtles headlong towards a no-deal Brexit, so London appears to be heading for Tier 3, the tightest covid restrictions perhaps as soon as next week – all just in time for Christmas. Government scientific advisers and the London … Continue reading

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Take a butcher’s at this: 90-year-old George gets covid jab

George Dyer, aged 90, a retired butcher from Croydon, was the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine at Mayday Hospital this morning. He is thought to be the first Londoner to be vaccinated against the deadly virus. Dyer was interviewed … Continue reading

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‘Pivotal moment’ as hospital starts coronavirus vaccinations

Patients will be vaccinated against coronavirus at Mayday Hospital as early as this Tuesday, at the start of the biggest immunisation programme in history. The hospital, part of the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, is one of 50 around the … Continue reading

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Lockdown ends with positive covid cases still on the rise

Croydon woke up this morning no longer in covid lockdown, with some queues forming outside what are left of the shops on the high street, and with news that a vaccine for coronavirus has been licensed for use and will … Continue reading

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London can begin to emerge from covid lockdown next week

Croydon and the rest of London, plus Surrey and Sussex, though not Kent, will be able to emerge from the second lockdown next Wednesday, it was announced in the House of Commons this morning. From December 2,  the capital and … Continue reading

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