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Murder investigation as man in his 20s fatally stabbed in Mitcham

Streatham Guardian - 2 hours 25 min ago
A man in his 20s has been stabbed to death in Mitcham.
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Crowdjustice page to fund legal challenge against Croydon Council hits first target

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 6:50pm
A campaign to raise funds for a legal challenge against Croydon Council has hit its first target. The CrowdJustice page, set up by Alex Toogood from South Norwood last month, has raised £5,000. Ms Toogood wants to see a planning decision overturned and says a group of her neighbours feel the same. In March, a three-storey block of 12 flats in Avenue Road, South Norwood was approved by the council. The crowdfunding page aims to raise a total of £30,000 to fund legal action against Croydon Council and its developer Brick by Brick. Before starting the page Alex said that she and husband Rob spent about £2,000 getting legal advice from independent planning consultants. The 39-year-old was one of 35 people to object to the development in Avenue Road, which will back onto her garden, in the consultation process. The initial £5,000 will be used to pay for a ‘pre-action letter’ which was sent to the council at the end of April calling for planning permission to be revoked. Ms Toogood, a civil servant, has lived in Warminster Road for four years with children Jack, five and Harry, three. She claims that the development would be ‘overbearing’ and block light into her garden and home. It will now be up to a legal team to decide whether legal action would be successful. Ms Toogood hopes that the page will be able to raise a total of £30,000 to fund any possible action. “We wouldn’t have gone ahead with it if we didn’t think we had a chance,” she said. “We have had some really good support – I was anxious about raising it because otherwise it would have meant we would have to put quite a lot of money in ourselves.” The group expects to know by the end of the month whether they will proceed with legal action. The CrowdJustice page, named, ‘Stop Croydon Council’s planning bias destroying our community,’ also makes claims there is a ‘conflict of interest’ in the process. “We are concerned that the council is driving through decisions without the usual democratic safeguards because the council is simultaneously the land owner, developer and planning authority,” it said. A spokeswoman for Croydon Council said that all applications are subject to a rigorous process ‘irrespective of the nature of the applicant’. The fundraising page can be found at www.crowdjustice.com/case/croydon-planning-bias
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Sutton Council makes 30k from overpaid parking charges

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 5:48pm
More than £30,000 was pocketed by Sutton Council from overpaid  parking tickets in one year.
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Former Shirley student signs new deal with Leeds United

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 5:33pm
A former Shirley school student has continued his rise in the footballing world.
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Man arrested in connection to Banstead armed robbery

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 5:18pm
A man has been arrested following an armed robbery near Banstead train station on Wednesday.
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Sinkhole appears in Surbiton Crescent - cause under investigation

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:59pm
A sinkhole has appeared in Surbiton Crescent, and investigations into what caused it are ongoing.
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Police to stop people entering Patmore Estate this weekend due to 'unlicensed event'

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:54pm
There will be an increased police presence in Patmore Estate this weekend after police caught wind of an "unlicensed event" planned.
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Vintage and Vinyl fair will have 'party atmosphere' for Royal Wedding

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:35pm
Epsom's Vintage & Vinyl Fair is running alongside The Royal Wedding tomorrow.
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Gough House development plans stall over issue with council-owned Neville House car park

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:32pm
Recently approved plans to demolish Gough House to build an eight-storey block of shops and flats cannot go ahead unless an issue with the adjacent car park is resolved.
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Elderly man fighting for his life after being hit by a car

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:26pm
An 80-year-old man is in a life-threatening condition after being hit by a car.
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Thornton Heath man jailed for trying to smuggle drugs into Wandsworth prison

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:15pm
A Thornton Heath man has been jailed for trying to smuggle drugs into a prison.
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Teen closer to becoming youngest woman to complete Seven Summits challenge

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:14pm
A teenager is confident she could become to be the youngest woman to complete the Seven Summits challenge after climbing 14 Welsh mountains in under 24 hours.
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Turner's House architects scoop awards for 'solemn structure'

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 4:11pm
The architects at the helm of the Turner's House renovation have won two Royal Institute of British Architects awards.
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Sutton Central Library re-opens following £700,000 refurbishment

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 3:58pm
Following a £700,000 refurbishment, the Sutton Central Library is open once more.
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Art classes re-open following exhibition success

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 2:58pm
Local art lovers have celebrated their own artist achievements with a community exhibition.
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Queer, trans Merton Police cadet speaks out on homophobic bullying he suffered

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 2:38pm
When Isaac was in secondary school, the bullying he received for being a queer, trans man was a regular occurrence.
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Elmbridge Council leadership handed to Conservatives after election gains

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 1:32pm
The new Conservative leader of Elmbridge Borough Council has thanked his predecessor after handing the position over.
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Two men charged with series of robberies with imitation guns

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 12:34pm
Two men have been charged over a series of gunpoint robberies.
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Carshalton school celebrates royal wedding with its own horse and cart

Streatham Guardian - May 18, 2018 - 12:11pm
As Harry and Meghan prepare for the royal wedding, a Carshalton school has had a celebration of its own.
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