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Missing mental health patients on the increase

Wandsworth Guardian:

12:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Exclusive: Vulnerable mental health patients regularly go missing from hospital an investigation has discovered, with some not recovered for more than two weeks.

Clapham man faces murder charge after death of James Fiennes

Wandsworth Guardian: The scene today: The pub closed this morning

11:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of James Fiennes at a Mortlake tapas bar.

Unsafe building closes Balham High Road

Wandsworth Guardian: Photo of the emergency services by Chadwick's Butchers

10:33am Thursday 24th April 2014

An unsafe building caused severe traffic delays in Balham this morning.

New video reveals how Battersea Power Station's chimneys will be rebuilt

Wandsworth Guardian: Battersea Power Station's chimneys are to be refurbished next year

9:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

A new video reveals how Battersea Power Station’s iconic chimneys will be removed, demolished and rebuilt.

Man charged with murder after death in Mortlake

Wandsworth Guardian: Scene: The Tapestry bar in Mortlake. Photo: BBC London News

10:37pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A man has been charged with murder after a 49-year-old was killed in Mortlake.

Police seek three young men seen 'loitering' before Roehampton murder

Wandsworth Guardian: The scene this morning

5:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Detectives want to speak to three young men seen ‘loitering’ in Roehampton just before a man was murdered.

UPDATE: Tapas bar murder inquiry launched - police seek witnesses

Wandsworth Guardian: The scene today: The pub closed this morning

1:45pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A Clapham man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbing in Mortlake last night.

Free course at Epsom Hospital offering cancer support

Wandsworth Guardian: Visitors to Epsom Hospital witnessed an operation taking place through a window

4:56pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A free course created to support and guide people about how to live with and manage their experience of cancer will start at the end of April.

Murder investigation launched after man killed in Roehampton

Wandsworth Guardian: A man has died in Huntingfield Road, Roehampton

10:27am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

UPDATED 2pm: A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Roehampton.

Fake gun burglar jailed for seven years after petrified victim jumped off balcony

Wandsworth Guardian: Raphael Audain-Reason

1:27pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A teenager has been jailed for more than seven years for his role in a burglary where the victim was left so terrified after being shown a gun he jumped off his balcony.

Broken down lorry causes traffic chaos near Vauxhall Gyratory

Wandsworth Guardian: Pic by @TfLTrafficNews

9:20am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A broken down lorry is causing traffic chaos this morning.

Mystery of the jogging bunny of Clapham solved

Wandsworth Guardian: Something bunny going on in Clapham Common

12:32pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Have you seen a mystery jogger dressed as a bunny in Clapham Common? 

Patient died after fleeing operating theatre and falling off hospital roof

Wandsworth Guardian: Peter Watson from Putney died after falling off the roof at St George's Hospital

3:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A confused grandfather fleeing hospital staff working to heal his broken wrist died after trying to escape through a fire escape on to scaffolding.

New tube strike dates announced for May

Wandsworth Guardian: Fatal crash tube driver didn't see 86-year-old, inquest hears

12:42pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Two new tube strike dates have been announced after talks broke down again between London Underground and the Rail and Maritime Union (RMT).

Hundreds left without water on Easter Monday

Wandsworth Guardian: Wandsworth Road (Pic Google Maps)

11:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Hundreds of people were left for 12 hours without water in Wandsworth Road.

Woman suffers broken arm in dance floor attack - new CCTV images of wanted man

Wandsworth Guardian: Club Collosseum Complex in Nine Elms

10:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A 24-year-old woman had her arm broken during an attack on a nightclub dance floor.

Woman hit by bus in Battersea

Wandsworth Guardian: Battersea Park Road (Pic Google Maps)

9:33am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A 34-year-old woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a bus in Battersea.

Tooting Common to get £273,200 boost

Wandsworth Guardian: Tooting Common is set to get a large cash boost

6:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Plans to restore some of Tooting Common’s most prominent features have received a £273,200 boost.

New affordable housing scheme opens in Balham for people with learning disabilities

Wandsworth Guardian: Balham

5:50am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A new affordable housing scheme for people with learning disabilities has opened in Balham.

Vessel that braved Atlantic storms to win charity challenge to be auctioned off

Wandsworth Guardian: Will North and Dan Howie with their beloved Blue Steel

7:40am Monday 21st April 2014

Blue Steel, the trusty vessel that carried a pair of rowers through brutal storms 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to glory, will be sold off for charity.

An Easter message of love and new life

Wandsworth Guardian: The Bishop of Kingston Richard Cheetham

7:30am Sunday 20th April 2014

Last week I visited a remarkable charity called Chapter 1, together with Bishop Paul Hendricks from the Roman Catholic Church.

Scarecrow, tinman and lion join Dorothy for possibly the cutest production of Wizard of Oz

Wandsworth Guardian: Is this the cutest ever cast to play classic story

7:20am Sunday 20th April 2014

There’s no place like St Luke’s Community Hall for children in Wandsworth.

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.



News from our neighbours

Tribute for world renowned dancer who died in Norbury house fire (link)

Streatham Guardian 1:38pm Thu 24 Apr 14

A world-renowned dancer who died in a fire last week has been called a true gentleman by his daughter.

Clapham man faces murder charge after death of James Fiennes (link)

Streatham Guardian 11:40am Thu 24 Apr 14

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of James Fiennes at a Mortlake tapas bar.

Post mortem examinations to take place into New Malden child deaths (link)

Wimbledon Guardian 10:59am Thu 24 Apr 14

Post mortem examinations for the three children found dead in a New Malden home will take place today as fresh…

New Merton Park free school site will not be ready this September (link)

Wimbledon Guardian 11:25am Thu 24 Apr 14

Park Community Free School have secured a site in Merton Park but it will not be ready in time for the new term

Clapham man faces murder charge after death of James Fiennes (link)

Richmond & Twickenham Times 11:40am Thu 24 Apr 14

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of James Fiennes at a Mortlake tapas bar.

Legend of the rink dies aged 96 (link)

Richmond & Twickenham Times 3:00am Thu 24 Apr 14

Legendary ice dancer and coach Roy Callaway, 96, has died.

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