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We can't keep paying massive litter bill

Wepay £1billion in England each year to clean our streets – and this is a bill wecan’t keep paying.

Itis time everyone realised the scale of the task facing local authorities likeSutton in keeping the places we call home clean and tidy and initiatives likethis are vital if we are to educate people about the impact of their behaviour.

Thequestion we all need to ask ourselves is “When it comes to litter, which sideof the fence are you on?

– Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy

Litter costs council £4 million a year

Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey with the litter mountain in Sutton High Street Credit: Sutton Council

The pile, over 10ft tall and just as wide in clear plastic bags,demonstrates how much street litter is collected each day at a cost of £4m ayear.

The council says that cost is the equivalent of running a library service for a year; repairing 100,000 potholes; providing 210 residential care places for the elderly; or building half a primary school.


Rapist jailed after using a carwash advert to lure victim

A man who raped a woman after luring her to his address in Sutton with a job advert has been jailed for 17 years. 38-year-old Atanas Miryanov, a Bulgarian national, told his victim to go to a bedsit after responding to an advert to work at a carwash.

38-year-old Atanas Miryanov Credit: Metropolitan Police

As the victim tried to leave Miryanov grabbed her, threw her on to a bed and raped her. In desperation, the women faked an asthma attack. Miryanov responded by raping her again and threatening her with a knife.

Police appeal for missing 15-year-old boy from Sutton

Police in Sutton are appealing for information in tracing a 15-year-old boy who went missing from an address in High Street, Carshalton on Tuesday.

Callum English Credit: Metropolitan Police

Callum English, who has also used the surname Crafton, is likely to be residing in Sutton, police said. He is unlikely to have access to any money or savings.

Anyone with any information please contact police immediately on 101 quoting ref no: 13MIS038127.


Ellie was a considerate and kind girl

Her headteacher Alex Clark, of Avenue Primary School, said the school community had been shocked by the death and their thoughts were with Ellie's family.

Ellie had many friends at school and this is a very sad time for us all. Ellie came to school every morning with a big smile on her face and was always giggling away about something. She was polite and well mannered and was a considerate member of the class, always kind and helpful towards her peers.

– Alex Clark, Avenue Primary School headteacher
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