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Victim in hospital after Croydon street stabbing

A male has been stabbed in a Croydon street.

Police were initially called to Tamworth Road shortly after 13:00 BST over reports of an attack.

Following a brief search, the victim was found injured in Frith Road.

He was taken to a south London hospital. Police are waiting for an update about his condition.

No arrests have been made.

Major transport disruption in Croydon in late August

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There will be 10 days of disruption on trams and buses in Croydon at the end of the summer holidays.

A range of works on the network means that there 04:00 on 2 September.

During this time there will be no services between East Croydon and New Addington as well as between East Croydon and Elmers End/Beckenham Junction.

And there will be a reduced service in both directions between Wimbledon and East Croydon.

There will be some tram replacement buses and more buses on busy routes during this time. Some bus routes will be affected too.

A Transport for London spokesperson said: “We appreciate a closure of this scale will cause disruption and inconvenience but it has been carefully planned so that we can complete a number of improvements within this period, reducing the need for further closures in the future."

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Man arrested after Brighton shooting

East Drive, Queen's Park, Brighton
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Shots were heard just over a week ago in the East Drive area

A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm after gun shots were heard in the Queen’s Park area of Brighton.

The 21-year-old was sought by police after shots were heard in the East Drive area on 4 August.

The man, of no fixed address, was arrested in Croydon on Saturday and transported into custody in Sussex on Sunday, police said.

A 22-year-old Brighton woman was arrested at the same time on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The firearm believed to have been involved, has still not been found.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old Croydon man was arrested in Godstone, Surrey, on Sunday, on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three suspects remain in custody.

A 42-year-old Brighton woman arrested on 5 August on suspicion of assisting an offender and failing to comply with conditions of a shotgun certificate, remains released on conditional bail, Sussex Police added.

CCTV installed in park before Fairfield re-opening

Inside Croydon

Complaints of anti-social behaviour, drinking and drug-use in the open space between the Town Hall and Fairfield Halls has led to it being declared a crime hot-spot by the council.

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Severe accident: A23 London both ways

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A23 London both ways severe accident, between A236 Mitcham Road and Raymead Avenue.

A23 London - A23 London Road in Thornton Heath blocked and stationary in both directions between Lombard Roundabout and Thornton Heath Pond, because of an accident.

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Figures show Croydon worst London council for complaints

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Official figures from the Local Government Ombudsman show that Croydon, under the leadership of chief exec Jo Negrini and council leader Tony Newman, had more complaints upheld against it last year than any other borough in London.

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Dame Judi Dench to formally reopen Croydon theatre

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Fairfield Halls
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People from Croydon will have the chance to be immortalised in a mosaic at the revamped Fairfield Halls.

Dame Judi Dench will formally reopen the Ashcroft Playhouse, previously known as the Ashcroft Theatre, on 16 September.

She will unveil a commemorative mosaic of Dame Peggy Ashcroft - who originally opened the theatre on 5 November 1962 - which will be made up of photos of hundreds of Croydon residents.

Dame Judi said she was "delighted to be returning to Croydon’s Fairfield Halls to celebrate the life and career of my dear friend Peggy Ashcroft, and I’m thrilled to reopen the Ashcroft Playhouse in her honour".

She will take part in a question and answer session which will kick off a week-long series of events celebrating the reopening of Fairfield Halls after a revamp costing more than £40m.

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Brigade concerns over lack of sprinklers in schools

Firefighters have not attended a single school or college fire in London this year where sprinklers were fitted, new figures have revealed.

London Fire Brigade said of the 57 educational establishments in London which had fires up until 25 July, none had automatic fire suppression systems (AFSS) fitted.

Between 2014 and July this year, only 2.3% - 13 - of the 565 so-called "school fires" had sprinklers.

The statistics cover blazes attended by fire crews at preschools and nurseries, infant and primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, the brigade said.

It said it wanted sprinklers to be mandatory in all new school builds and for others to be fitted with them during major refurbishments.

Firefighter with a sprinkler
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Its deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety Charlie Pugsley said: "Sprinklers are the only fire safety system that detects a fire, suppresses a fire and can raise the alarm."

He added: "Millions of pounds are wasted every year repairing fire damage in London's schools when sprinklers could have prevented the spread of fire.

"This is not just about saving money; when a school is closed it disrupts a child's education, impacts on the local community and affects parents by closing breakfast and after school clubs."

The fire service said that sprinklers are especially important during the summer holidays when buildings are empty and fires can smolder undetected, causing "extensive and expensive" damage.