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Britain's first underwater rugby team set to compete abroad

Wandsworth Guardian: The Putney-based team will be the first UK team to perform abroad

7:20am Saturday 19th April 2014

An underwater rugby team are gearing up for their first international tournament.

Hospice and funeral service to encourage conversation on death

Wandsworth Guardian: Poppy Mardall, of Poppy's Funerals

11:50am Friday 18th April 2014

Planning ahead for a funeral is a topic people prefer to avoid, but the event ‘You Only Die Once’ is hoping to break the taboo surrounding the subject.

Teen masters ADHD with magic

Wandsworth Guardian: Frank Roome will feature in the 100 Londoners film

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A teenager with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia has found himself in the spotlight after featuring in the London-wide documentary, 1000 Londoners.

CEO of mental health trust responds to MP about violent absconder

Wandsworth Guardian: David Bradley CEO of South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

4:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The CEO of the Springfield University Hospital has admitted a paranoid schizophrenic who almost killed a stranger 20 years ago was on unsupervised leave when he went missing from the mental health unit last month.

Tube worker attacker jailed

Wandsworth Guardian: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

2:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A man who brutally attacked a Tube staff member as the worker helped an unwell passenger has been jailed for four months.

Beggars and drug addicts target generous people at Clapham Junction station

Wandsworth Guardian: The new sign outside Clapham Junction station

1:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Beggars are preying on the good will of people using Clapham Junction as the weather gets warmer, police warn.

Postwoman stole gift vouchers and cash from greetings cards

Wandsworth Guardian: Beata Lincel with her husband

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A Royal Mail postal worker who stole more than £500 worth of gift vouchers and cash from greetings cards has avoided a prison sentence despite her "gross breach of trust".

Guantanamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Wandsworth Guardian: MP vows to press for Aamer release

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

The last British prisoner being held at Guantanamo Bay has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Child abuse interview suite opened in Putney

Wandsworth Guardian: The new suite in Putney

1:31pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The first family-friendly interview suite in London has been opened at Putney Police Station by the Met’s child abuse team.

Wandsworth parents set to learn primary school place results

Wandsworth Guardian: Follow the latest news as nervous students pick up their exam results

11:26am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Families across Wandsworth will find out if their children have got a primary school place at their chosen school today.

Father died in hospital following surgery after telling his wife 'I'm going home tomorrow'

Wandsworth Guardian: St George's Hospital in Tooting

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A middle-aged father died in hospital following surgery after telling his wife ‘they are going to send me home tomorrow’, a coroners’ court heard.

Fire breaks out at Tooting construction site

Wandsworth Guardian: The blaze broke out at just after 5am.

6:47am Tuesday 15th April 2014

UPDATED 4pm: A block of flats just one month from construction completion have been wrecked in a fire which started in the early hours of this morning.

Two jailed for Clapham knife point robbery

Wandsworth Guardian: Michael Bond

2:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Two men have been jailed for robbing a man at knife-point in Clapham.

Air pollution kills over 100 people in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Guardian: Slowly the lid is being lifted on air pollution

1:17pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

An astonishing 1,331 years are thought to have been cut off the lives of Wandsworth residents because of inhaling air pollution.

Council: Complaining community groups are 'NIMBYs'

Wandsworth Guardian: David Cameron hailed Accenture's 2,000 jobs drive

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Wandsworth Council has accused community groups of being ‘NIMBYs’ after they wrote to David Cameron to complain about the borough’s planning procedures.

Dance legends Above and Beyond to headline SW4 Weekender festival

Wandsworth Guardian: The line-up for SW4

10:33am Tuesday 15th April 2014

The line-up has been announced for a star-studded dance festival returning to Wandsworth this summer.

Car crashes into road sign in Tooting

Wandsworth Guardian: GREEN EPS Firefighters cut man from car following lorry crash

8:38am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A busy crossroads is experiencing serious traffic delays after a car struck a road sign this morning.

MP Sadiq Khan claims Shadow Cabinet 'bragging rights' after beating colleagues in London Marathon

Wandsworth Guardian: Ed Balls, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham take a quick 'selfie' before the marathon

6:10pm Monday 14th April 2014

Tooting’s MP is ‘doing great’ after running the London Marathon but is now considering abusing his position in Parliament to ban the use of stairs.

Terrified armed robbery victim leaped off balcony to escape gunmen, court hears

Wandsworth Guardian: Kingston Crown Court

4:54pm Monday 14th April 2014

A man jumped off his second floor balcony to escape armed robbers looking for gold in his home, a court has heard.

Two 15-year-old boys stabbed following argument in Battersea

Wandsworth Guardian: The cordon in Battersea yesterday afternoon

10:00am Monday 14th April 2014

UPDATED 2pm: A large police cordon appeared around a block of flats in Battersea on Saturday afternoon.

Moped rider, 17, taken to hospital after collision in Fishponds Road in Tooting

Wandsworth Guardian: Fishponds Road in Tooting

10:19am Monday 14th April 2014

A 17-year-old moped rider was taken to hospital yesterday after a collision with a car.

Battersea riverside plans divide community

Wandsworth Guardian: An artist impression of the work

12:02pm Monday 14th April 2014

Freeholders of the Falcon Wharf in Battersea want to build eight new flats, two roof gardens, and a rooftop children’s play area on the site.

Tooting Primary School pupils raise £1,000 by skipping

Wandsworth Guardian: Saskia Benham, Leo Krienke, Brianna Lambert and Leo Boller

6:10am Sunday 13th April 2014

School children managed to raise £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

New generation of cherry trees planted in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Guardian: The new trees

6:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

A new generation of cherry trees have been planted to mark spring.

Elderly cat reunited with owners after travelling 70 miles away from home

Wandsworth Guardian: 18-year-old Amy

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

An elderly cat wandered over 70 miles all by herself before being rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Balham and Putney libraries extend opening hours

Wandsworth Guardian: Putney Library

5:50am Saturday 12th April 2014

Two of the most popular libraries in Wandsworth have extended their opening hours to meet demand.

UKIP election candidate suffers suspected stroke during meeting

Wandsworth Guardian: The meeting last night. Pic by Clapham Junction Action Group @c_j_a_g

12:37pm Friday 11th April 2014

A Ukip candidate suffered a suspected stroke during a community group’s hustings.

Battersea marketing company go back to school

Wandsworth Guardian: The team

4:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Staff from a Battersea-based marketing and web company, Southerly, visited Falconbrook Primary School, in Wye Street, on March 28.

Murder accused had history of harming, says ex-lover

Wandsworth Guardian: Henry Stangroom was killed in the flat he rented in Battersea

3:45pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A man found with a harpoon impaled in his head after killing his flatmate had a history of self-harm, his ex-girlfriend has revealed.

Woman 'regarded as parents' possession' slapped in face by man in park

Wandsworth Guardian: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

4:12pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Afghani man who slapped woman in park is given supervision order by courts

Southfields boy handed prize at Downing Street

Wandsworth Guardian: Zafar Ahmad with other flood volunteers from the community

8:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

A public-spirited schoolboy is one of Britain’s first ever winners of a Points of Light Award.

Battersea father 'over the moon' after winning fight to keep home

Wandsworth Guardian: Barry Walters with granchildren with Destiny and Rain

5:30am Thursday 10th April 2014

A family man threatened with homelessness, is celebrating after winning a fight to keep his house.

Labour Lord Parry Mitchell visits Battersea businesses

Wandsworth Guardian: green WANDS: Labour Lord Parry Mitchell visits Battersea businesses

5:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

The Labour Party business advisor has paid a visit to Battersea’s entrepreneurs and companies.

PICTURES: Battersea disabled gardening charity moves into new centre

Wandsworth Guardian: Musa Erdonmez, Natalia Silcher and Jack Antony

4:50am Thursday 10th April 2014

The Battersea-based charity Thrive are set to move into an exciting new centre this month.

Sacred Heart Primary School in Battersea marks Palm Sunday

Wandsworth Guardian: Youngsters dressed up for the occasion

4:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

A Catholic primary school held an early Palm Sunday celebration complete with a donkey.

Jilted lover committed murder and speared himself with harpoon, court hears

Wandsworth Guardian: Chef Henry Stangroom was found dead on October 17

2:34pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A jilted lover murdered his ex's brother in an act of revenge before attempting to kill himself with a harpoon, a court has heard.

Single dog owners look for love in Battersea Park

Wandsworth Guardian: Did any of them get lucky?

1:50pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Single dog owners descended on Battersea for a bark in the park.

Board game created about life on Battersea's Winstanley Estate

Wandsworth Guardian: Osmond Gordon-Vernon

1:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

An innovative schoolboy has invented a board game about life on the Winstanley Estate.

Do you live in a flat? Think of your escape plan, warns fire Brigade

Wandsworth Guardian: Huge fire at Daly Plastics at the Horwich Loco Works site. Pictures by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

12:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Wandsworth fire chiefs have launched a new safety campaign, targeted at residents living in flats.

Geldof family return to Battersea home following sudden death of Peaches

Wandsworth Guardian: Peaches Geldof and Tom Cohen

12:33pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Members of the Geldof family have returned to their family home in Battersea following the sudden death of 25-year-old Peaches.

Police officers could face criminal charges over Sean Rigg inquest

Wandsworth Guardian: "Rigg's mental health problems obvious" says witness

12:24pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Two police officers could face criminal charges over evidence given at the inquest into the death of musician Sean Rigg, who was arrested in Balham for attacking passersby and later died in custody.

More die of lung diseases in Wandsworth than national average - 4,000 remain undiagnosed

Wandsworth Guardian: X-ray image of a pair of lungs

9:27am Wednesday 9th April 2014

More people are dying of lung diseases in Wandsworth than the national average, and thousands remain undiagnosed with potentially fatal conditions according to health bosses.

Putney designer uses skills to protect bats

Wandsworth Guardian: Kate Palmer

10:09am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Many people are scared of bats but one Putney designer has used her skills to raise money to protect the little critters.

Putney has something to shout about with Lulu in town

Wandsworth Guardian: Lulu in Putney

5:50am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Putney had something to shout when singer Lulu turned up to celebrate the first ever Superdrug's 50th anniversary.

Fight hay fever with wrap-around sunglasses and Vaseline up your nose, says top doc

Wandsworth Guardian: Dr James Marsh

5:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Spring has sprung and hay fever sufferers have been urged to wear wrap-around sunglasses and smear their noses with Vaseline to make the season as pain free as possible.

Entire primary school take part in one giant performance

Wandsworth Guardian: Photo by Andrew Barnes

10:12am Wednesday 9th April 2014

An entire primary school with more than 200 children came together to take part in one big performance.

'I won't be beaten by Ed Balls or a man with a fridge' vows Sadiq Khan

Wandsworth Guardian: MP Sadiq Khan limbers up for the marathon

1:24pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

MP Sadiq Khan is feeling the nerves as he prepares to take on Ed Balls and a man carrying a fridge in the London Marathon this weekend.

Broken down train causes travel problems

Wandsworth Guardian: Your views: Which Bromley stations require improved disability access?

8:35am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A broken down train is causing major disruption on the Southern rail network.

Cyclist killed in 'fail to stop' collision with BMW

Wandsworth Guardian: Drugs haul after police raid on Hanwell house

6:30am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Police are investigating a fatal fail to stop road collision between a car and cyclist.

Baby bumps Cameron on the head in Battersea

Wandsworth Guardian: David Cameron visited the store today

3:12pm Monday 7th April 2014

David Cameron visited a Battersea supermarket today where he welcomed the creation of 12,000 jobs over the next five years.



News from our neighbours

Fire breaks out at Tooting construction site (link)

Streatham Guardian 6:47am Tue 15 Apr 14

UPDATED 4pm: A block of flats just one month from construction completion have been wrecked in a fire which started…

Two jailed for Clapham knife point robbery (link)

Streatham Guardian 2:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Two men have been jailed for robbing a man at knife-point in Clapham.

Medieval abbey celebrates 900th anniversary with art exhibition (link)

Wimbledon Guardian 8:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

Merton Priory is hosting an exhibition displaying eight artist’s works that has been inspired by the theme of…

Avoid becoming an 'A&Easter' (link)

Wimbledon Guardian 11:00am Fri 18 Apr 14

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are advising DIY devotees on how to avoid becoming an ‘A&Easter’.

Richmond Chamber of Commerce has events coming up (link)

Richmond & Twickenham Times 3:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

Richmond Chamber of Commerce continues its busy schedule next week.

Sex shop retains licence despite Richmond Council rules (link)

Richmond & Twickenham Times 2:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

A sex shop in Richmond will continue trading after its licence was renewed, despite the council’s no sex…

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