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Teenager dies after being stabbed in Croydon

A teenager has died after being stabbed at an address in Croydon.

Police were called at 1358hrs on Wednesday 25 September, to reports of a stabbing at a residential address in Ockley Road, Croydon.

Upon arrival officers found a 17-year-old boy with stab wounds.

He was taken to a south London hospital by London Air Ambulance a short while later in a critical condition where he later died.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody at a south London police station.

– Met Police statement

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Pensioner named after park death

A Croydon man, whose death in a park is being treated as murder, has been named by detectives. John Gilbert, 76, was found dead in Seven Sisters Country Park at Exceat, near Eastbourne, in the early hours of Friday.

A 78-year-old woman was arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail until October 10. A Sussex Police spokesman said:

"Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are investigating. The man and woman are known to each other and police are not looking for anyone else."Officers are waiting for further test results for an exact cause of death."

– A Sussex Police spokesman

Concern for missing man

Andrew Parker. Credit: Met Police handout.

Police in Croydon are becoming increasingly concerned over the welfare of a 52-year-old man who was reported missing earlier this week.

Andrew Parker of Church Way, South Croydon was reported missing to police on Tuesday, 23 July.

He was last seen leaving his place of work at Victoria Coach Station, at approximately 16:15hrs on Tuesday afternoon. He also made a call to his son at approximately 19:00hrs but has not been seen or heard from since then.

Andrew is described as a white, approximately 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short grey/white hair and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, grey tie, dark smart trousers and black shoes.

Police are increasingly worried about his wellbeing and are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard from him to help them locate him.

Tram abuse woman 'mentally ill'

A mother whose tirade of racist abuse at fellow passengers on a tram received millions of viewings on YouTube was bound over to keep the peace today.

Emma West during rant.
Emma West's defence lawyer said he had heard figures quoted that the footage had received either 11 or 25 million viewings online. Credit: Youtube

A judge said that Emma West, 36, was clearly suffering from mental health problems at the time of the outburst on board the tram in Croydon, south London, and had unwittenly overdosed on the medication she took for depression.

The mother-of-two was also handed a 24-month community order for offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against her partner and assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty as she appeared for sentencing at Croydon Crown Court.

The court heard witnesses described West "reeking of alcohol" when she carried out the verbal attack.

Prosecutor Julius Capon said: "She in essence persecuted a number of passengers on the tram, subjecting them to some disgusting racial abuse."

Prosecutor Julius Capon said: "She in essence persecuted a number of passengers on the tram, subjecting them to some disgusting racial abuse."

He said the things she said included "you're not English", "none of you are English", "f*** off" and "get back to your own countries".

Mr Capon said many of the passengers were "upset" by West's behaviour.

"Some of them described themselves as being disgusted, shocked and horrified," he said.

But he added that it was not them who complained to police, rather that it came to their attention after a passenger who had filmed it posted it on the internet.

David Martin-Sperry, defending West, said the defendant's offending was out of character and she does not harbour any racist views.

Mr Martin-Sperry told the court he had heard figures quoted that the footage had received either 11 million or 25 million viewings on YouTube.

The publicity the case generated led her to attempt suicide and she had become reclusive due to the abuse she received when she left the house, he said.

It also led her to receive flowers and messages of support from far right supporters. Some have even sent her cheques.

"People gave support to what they thought was a noble cause - they could not be more wrong," he said.

Mr Martin-Sperry said before the tram incident took place West had admitted herself to an institution attached to the psychiatric Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell, south London.

On the day of the incident, in late 2011, she had again felt "overheated" and went to see her psychiatrist who increased her dose of citalopram.

After collecting her prescription she took one pill after having already taken one that day and drank a large glass of wine before taking the tram home.

Mr Martin-Sperry said that not only had she taken twice her usual dosage, five days later the maximum limit was reduced from 60mg to 40mg, and so she had in fact taken two and a half times the recommended dose when that was taken into account.

Couple deny beating man to death

A mother of eight killed a father of nine by beating him with a baseball bat, a court heard.

Cherri Gilmartin suspected David Petch had been selling drugs to her sister, the Old Bailey was told.

She and her partner Jason Lodge went round to his flat on the New Addington estate, Croydon, south London, and attacked him after finding him in bed, said Simon Denison, QC, prosecuting.

He said the couple, who had eight children aged from their late teens to a few months, fled to Rye, East Sussex, but later gave themselves up to police.

Mr Petch, 55, died from a brain injury on April 18, last year, four days after he was attacked.

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Croydon is 'England's Lake District' says tourist board

The 'Lake District' is commonly associated with the countryside of Cumbria

A South London tourist board is claiming that part of Croydon should properly be known as England's 'Lake District'.

The term is of course, more commonly associated with the countryside of Cumbria.

But the South Norwood Tourist Board claims it has got a greater claim to the title because Cumbria only has one official lake, although it does have many more meres, tans and waters.

The Cumbrian authorities have fired back calling their competitor's lakes mere puddles.

Child hit by van in Croydon

Police are appealing for information following a fatal collision in Croydon.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at just before 9am to Wellesley Road, following reports of a van in collision with a child.

The driver stopped at the scene.

The three-year-old girl was taken to St George's hospital but was later pronounced dead. Next of kin have been informed.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage are investigating.

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and remains in custody at a south London police station.

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Protests staged across UK over 'bedroom tax'

Protests are taking place nationwide today against a new housing benefit, labelled by campaigners as "bedroom tax", that will cut benefits to people with a spare room.

Under the Government's welfare reforms, those deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home will have their benefit claims reduced by £40 to £80.

Protestors take part in a demonstration outside Croydon Town Hall in Surrey. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Protestors take part in a demonstration against the government's proposed housing benefits.. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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