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£219 million hospital development 'unlikely to go ahead'

A major redevelopment of St Helier Hospital in south London now looks unlikely to go ahead. The £219 million scheme was promised four years ago. But MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhan McDonagh has been told the project is "unaffordable" by the group which delivers NHS services in England.

Google Street View image of St Helier hospital in south London Credit: Google Street View

Siobhain McDonagh said:

"This news represents an appalling betrayal by this Government. St Helier is clearly still under threat of losing our A&E, maternity and other services, and now the redevelopment promised 4 years ago by the previous Government has also been taken off the table.

"Anyone who thinks the battle to Save St Helier is being won needs to think again, and the whole community must step up the fight to save this popular local hospital."

Suspended borough commander served with Met for 26 years

According to the Metropolitan Police website, Mr Williams has been based in Merton since February 2012 and has served with the force for 26 years:

  • A former soldier, he previously led the Met's pan-London crime squad and specialised in hate crime and public protection
  • He has overseen a challenging year in Merton, with the death of Pc Andrew Duncan who was run down and killed in September when he tried to stop speeding driver Gary Bromige
  • Local officers were also involved in dealing with record crowds coming to watch the Wimbledon tennis championships, won by Andy Murray

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Borough Commander suspended over allegations about his conduct

The Borough Commander of Merton has been suspended. The action by the Met Police follows complaints about the conduct of Detective Chief Supt Darren Williams which are now being investigated by the professional standards division.

Detective Chief Supt Darren Williams Credit: Metropolitan Police

A number of issues were raised by employees over alleged inappropriate behaviour. The Met has not given any further details about the complaints.

Christmas hampers to be delivered to Merton families

Officersand cadets from the Metropolitan Police will hand out Christmas hampers thisweekend to the families most in need in Merton.

Five hundred hampers have been put together through a projectrun by the Doxa Deo Church and members of the local community.

The hampers, which will go to some of the most financially vulnerable families and individuals in the area, include Christmas Lunch ingredients, toys and presents.

Police plea for identification

Detective Supt Dave Palmer of Merton Police said:

"This latest picture is being released as it provides a much clearer image of the suspect and we hope that someone will come forward and provide information that will allow police to prosecute this offender and prevent any further residents becoming victims to his criminal activity".

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merton Police on 020 8649 3159 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Burglar caught on camera at another attempted burglary

The man caught on CCTV after an attempted burglary on Arthur Road Credit: Metropolitan Police

Officers last year released a CCTV still believed to be the same man after an attempted burglary in Wimbledon Village. Police were called on Thursday 12 January 2012 to a home on Arthur Road in Wimbledon Village following reports of an attempted burglary.

The man is thought to be the perpetrator of other burglaries in the area Credit: Metropolitan Police

The suspect is believed to have arrived in a dark Vauxhall Astra or Corsa which he parked nearby before using a small ladder to climb over a fence. He then cut the cables to the exterior CCTV cameras and tried the rear doors before leaving the scene.

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Police release clear image of burglar

A clear image of the man wanted by police, captured during a burglary in Wimbledon in March Credit: Metropolitan Police

This close up image was captured by a security camera during a burglary in Bathgate Road in Wimbledon Village on 29 March this year.

The number of burglaries being potentially linked to this burglar is 35. Police say the incidents date as far back as 2006. Despite extensive enquiries and the release of a photographic image to the media in 2012, he has yet to be caught.

The burglaries are being linked as they have been committed in a similar manner within the Wimbledon Village area.

The meticulous removal or destruction of security equipment of the properties is part of the burglar's tactic prior to committing the burglary.

The thief steals small items during the burglaries, including money and jewellery.

Police appeal to trace missing 5-year-old boy

Police are appealing for the help to trace a five-year-old boy who has been missing since 3pm today.

Malachi Punch. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A family friend went to pick up Malachi Punch from Garden Primary School, Abbotts Road in Mitcham. She turned to speak to her own children, but when she looked around, Malachi was missing.

Malachi is described as black, 3ft tall, wearing a white-coloured top and a dark baseball cap. He had a scooter with him.

Malachi has not gone missing before and Merton police would like to hear from anyone who has seen Malachi this since he went missing.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Merton police on 020 8649 4070, or call 101.

Police in Merton see the funny side of cold snap

It isn't all doom and gloom; in south-west London, Merton Police have tried to lighten the mood by tweeting a picture of two snowmen, dressed in police garb and a row of police vans with faces drawn in the snow:

Forecasters have predicted it could be the coldest March in 50 years. In 1962, average temperatures for the month were 2.8C.

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