Local news in Chessington, Kingston town centre, New Malden, Surbiton and Tolworth

Proposal to close hospital's mental health services and cut beds

Kingston Guardian:

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Health bosses want to close mental health services at Queen Mary’s Hospital, which treats 500 patients a year, and reduce inpatient beds across south-west London by 10 per cent.

Former Surrey Comet reporter and Kingston church elder dies

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Denis Soul joined the Comet after World War Two, and worked as a broadcaster for a missionary radio station in the Seychelles.

Sound artist brings a first to Richmond's open spaces

Kingston Guardian: Riverside: A key site next to listed Richmond Bridge

9:40am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Visitors can use their mobile phones to listen to natural sounds of Richmond in a technological first for any London borough.

Sneak peek: Reel Big Fish in rehearsal for tonight's Banquet Records gig at the Rose Theatre

Kingston Guardian:

5:03pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

The Californian ska-punks are in rehearsal and ready to give the 900-capacity venue a show to remember.

Tolworth Tower: What would you like to see happen to iconic building?

Kingston Guardian:

4:14pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

If you had £45m to spare and bought Tolworth Tower, what would you do?

CLEARED: Accident at West Barnes Lane level crossing closes Burlington Road

Kingston Guardian:

4:12pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

The barriers at the crossing, at West Barnes Lane, have been damaged and are stuck in the down position.

Fraudster gang jailed after 'inside man' at Royal Marsden cancer hospital helped them run £642k scam

Kingston Guardian: The Royal Marsden Hospital

3:20pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A pack of fraudsters led by a Carshalton couple swindled a cancer hospital out of so much money unpaid bills almost caused catastrophic effects for patients.

Art project aims to answer the question: What does Surbiton mean to you?

Kingston Guardian:

8:20am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Eventually a patchwork quilt will form and adorn an as-yet-undecided highly visible public structure to showcase the area.

Surbiton air cadets to lose iconic Harrier jet over health and safety fears

Kingston Guardian:

8:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

The RAF says the iconic jet, which is believed to have seen service in the Falklands War, is too old and the service plans to recycle its parts.

Still time to send your views on Eden Walk shopping centre redevelopment

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Developers behind plans to regenerate Kingston's Eden walk shopping centre have called for more shoppers to give their feedback on proposals before a public consultation closes this week.

Man discovers his Domino's pizza is covered in mould - after eating a slice

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

As Matt Hewett raised the crust of the first slice to dip it in barbecue sauce, he spotted a speck of green on the base.

Woman who died in Chessington house fire named

Kingston Guardian:

10:08am Monday 28th July 2014

The woman who died in a house fire in Chessington yesterday has been named locally as Dorothy Whiteway.

Drunk carried fake gun and knife to 'scare people who hate me'

Kingston Guardian: Wimbledon Magistrates' Court will handle trials, youth cases and driving offences

11:10am Monday 28th July 2014

A drunken man carried a fake revolver and knife to scare people who hated him, a court has heard.

Have you seen this man?: Worcester Park robber on the run after escaping from police during hospital visit

Kingston Guardian:

9:25am Monday 28th July 2014

A robber from Worcester Park is on the run after escaping from custody during a hospital visit.

Less than £9,000 of £400,000 Surbiton Hospital fund spent on patients

Kingston Guardian: Linked to Surb Hosp story SC/KG Covenant adds legal complication to hospital site development

5:00am Monday 28th July 2014

The £8,398 figure is an improvement on spending in 2011-12, when just £218 from the Surbiton Hospital charitable fund went towards patients, compared to £7,133 on audit fees.

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Kingston Guardian: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

10:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Elderly woman found dead after Chessington house fire

Kingston Guardian:

7:42pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A man was saved by a neighbour from the house and taken to hospital with burns

Unsung Hero: Former army man sets up taxi business employing ex-servicemen

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

A former Army man has started up his own taxi business employing former servicemen hoping to adjust to civilian life.

Vintage Kingston: Octogenarian great-grandmother performs tandem parachute jump

Kingston Guardian: Vintage Kingston: December 7 1963: French exchange teachers ejected for shoplifting

5:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

Mary Armstrong, from East Molesey, performed a tandem parachute jump on her 88th birthday.

Outreach volunteers help combat loneliness with a cup of tea and a chat

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

The Alfriston Day Centre team hope to expand their outreach service across Kingston to combat loneliness among the borough’s older population.

Confused Swan lives life in the fast lane

Kingston Guardian:

1:30pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A confused swan was living life in the fast lane this morning after waddling onto the M25.

Surbiton special needs teacher retires after 37 years

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

A special needs teacher described as “a friend to everyone” has retired after 37 years of loyal service to her school.

Kingston aviation expert to give talk on Sopwith's World War One contribution

Kingston Guardian: PLANE AMBITION: Fokker DR1 and Sopwith Triplane, part of the Great War Display Team

5:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Head to Kingston Museum to hear enthralling tales of high-flying derring-do and more from an expert on the town's aviation history.

Indie rockers Tellison back in Kingston for All Saints Church gig

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Sarah Howden talks to singer and guitarist Stephen H Davidson about Kingston, Banquet Records and playing historic Grade I listed churches.

Man hospitalised after Hook Road crash

Kingston Guardian: Woman dies in hospital after Battersea flat fall

6:44pm Friday 25th July 2014

Police said the man was “awake and talking” following the crash in Hook Road, at the junction with Brook Road.

Norbiton and New Malden roads closed both ways due to flooding

Kingston Guardian:

3:15pm Friday 25th July 2014

The blockage has formed in the area around Norbiton Avenue.

Lightning strike causes massive train disruption

Kingston Guardian: A man tried to climb onto the tracks at Surbiton station shortly after midnight

3:10pm Friday 25th July 2014

South West Trains said signalling problems at Waterloo are also causing delays there.

Former Busted and Fightstar frontman Charlie Simpson back in Kingston for intimate acoustic gig

Kingston Guardian:

1:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

The former Busted and Fightstar singer returns to Kingston next month, ahead of the release of his second solo album.

Three year wait for Charito Cruz murder report

Kingston Guardian: Charito Cruz died in September last year

12:50pm Friday 25th July 2014

A crucial report into the brutal murder of a mother at the hands of her partner looks unlikely to be published before the third anniversary of her death.

Chessington roadworks will be completed this afternoon, say Thames Water

Kingston Guardian: Chessington World of Adventures

12:13pm Friday 25th July 2014

The company was called yesterday by Chessington World of Adventures, which reported low water pressure in the theme park.

Absolute joker: Christian O'Connell warms up for Edinburgh Fringe with Kingston gig

Kingston Guardian:

10:25am Friday 25th July 2014

The Absolute Radio breakfast show host talks about becoming a stand-up comic, Edinburgh and playing the Surrey Comet's office canteen...

Kingston police board chairman 'included in Ricky Reel information gathering'

Kingston Guardian: Sc/KIN Child protection case uncovers Kingston girls 'at risk' of genital mutilation

6:00am Friday 25th July 2014

The chairman of Kingston's Safer Neighbourhood Board has discovered his name was included in data collected by undercover police gathering information on Ricky Reel's family following his death.

Popular GP dies aged 95

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Friday 25th July 2014

A popular family doctor and loyal Surrey Comet reader has died at the age of 95.

Ricky Reel's mother 'spied on by police'

Kingston Guardian:

8:44am Thursday 24th July 2014

The mother of Ricky Reel, who has been campaigning for an inquest into her 20-year-old son's death in Kingston in 1997, was spied on by undercover Met Police officers, it has been claimed.

Unveiling of new war memorial part of World War I centenary events

Kingston Guardian:

12:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A soldier’s diary from the front line, 11 candles snuffed out one by one and the Mayor’s unveiling of a WW1 centenary plaque at New Malden War Memorial.

UPDATED: Road reopened after crash near Kingston bus garage

Kingston Guardian:

10:41am Thursday 24th July 2014

A road on the Kingston town centre one way system is closed after a traffic accident by a bus garage.

Arrest after police helicopter was 'lasered' hovering above rooftop gathering

Kingston Guardian: The police helicopter was scrambled late last night

10:10am Thursday 24th July 2014

A man who shone a laser pen at a police helicopter in New Malden was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Innovative, inspiring and spectacular: IYAF 2014 draws to a close this weekend

Kingston Guardian:

8:26am Thursday 24th July 2014

The young performers behind the 2014 International Youth Arts Festival will take their final bow this weekend, as the curtain comes down for another year.

VIDEO: Teachers sing farewell to their pupils with Celtic blessing

Kingston Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

Year 6 pupils at St Andrew's and St Mark's junior school were expecting the usual arrangement - sharing their memories of their time at the school.

Closed Kingston nursery says "staff have been cleared by police"

Kingston Guardian:

5:50pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The nursery at the centre of police and Ofsted investigations today has said shutting it down temporarily is against "natural justice".

Nursery closed over Ofsted 'safeguarding' investigation

Kingston Guardian:

11:31am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A spokesman for Active Learning Kingston in Victoria Road said only that it had informed parents by email and in person last night about today's indefinite closure.

Tolworth newsagent which sold two bottles of vodka to a 14-year-old loses its licence

Kingston Guardian:

11:20am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Police asked councillors to review the licence after a 14-year-old boy was sold vodka.

Parents of cyclist killed in Raynes Park crash pay tribute to 'lovely, kind' son

Kingston Guardian:

7:10am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A grieving New Malden family have paid tribute to their "entrepreneurial" youngest child who loved doing up old motorbikes.

Charity asks parents to take survey on child mental health services

Kingston Guardian: SC/KIN Kingston Council under fire for 'failing to safeguard children'

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Together's consultation is designed to gauge both undiagnosed issues and those already being treated, including emotional distress.

Cyclist who died in Raynes Park collision named as New Malden man

Kingston Guardian:

3:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A cyclist who died after being hit by a car has been named as New Malden man Patrick Cullinan.

Photographers capture spectacular lightning strike over Surbiton

Kingston Guardian:

12:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Emma Bridgeman snapped this spectacular lightning strike above Surbiton at about 3am last Friday.

Man admits having kitchen knife and imitation revolver in public

Kingston Guardian: Wimbledon Magistrates' Court in Alexandra Road

12:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Arash Falahati, 21, of Kestrel Close, Kingston, pleaded guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court this morning.

Dying woman remarries her husband after exposure to asbestos at Battersea Power Station

Kingston Guardian: Battersea Power Station evacuated and trains halted after gas leak

11:36am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Three days before she died Hazel Badgery was told by solicitors her claim against Battersea Power Station had been admitted

VIDEO: Bike belonging to four-time triathlon champion stolen from office

Kingston Guardian:

9:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Ironman veteran Chrissie Wellington said her Cannondale Slice was taken at the weekend from an office in Oakcroft Road, Chessington.

Hetty Feather team to bring Romeo and Juliet to the Rose Theatre Kingston

Kingston Guardian:

9:14am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Star director Sally Cookson is returning to the Rose Theatre next spring with a new production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, writes Fiona Parker.


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