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Lewisham West & Penge Candidates

An overview of the candidates for our constituency in today's General Election. More:

Sydenham celebrates restoration of historic spire

An excited group of year 5 pupils from Holy Trinity Primary School marked the restoration's completion, along with the conservation team and members of local societies. More:

Popular homeless woman ‘could have been saved'

Stefania Bada, who had health complications, died days before her 42nd birthday, leaving a community wondering if they could have done more to help. More:

Historic Christopher Wren Sydenham spire to be restored

Originally found on top of St Antholin's Church in the City of London, the spire was moved to Round Hill in the 1800s after it was damaged in a storm, where it is now surrounded by a 1960s estate. More:

Flats proposed for old primary school site in Mayow Road

Bellway Homes wants to build part three, four, and five-storey blocks of flats at the old site used by Our Lady and St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School in Mayow Road, Forest Hill. More:

Stephen Morris reunited with £250,000 Tecchler violin

A 310-year-old violin worth £250,000 that was left on a train in south London has been returned to its owner. The instrument was handed over to professional musician Stephen Morris in a supermarket car park in Beckenham after secret negotiations More:

Two men charged with gun possession after man shoots himself

A 25-year-old died on Venner Road last month from gunshot wounds after an apparent attempt to shoot another person backfired. More:

Plea to stop two Sydenham Hill Oaks being chopped

Two of Sydenham Hill Wood’s most beloved trees will be felled by the time this weekend is out unless campaigners’ last-ditch efforts can force the council to reverse its decision. More:

Catford crash: Cyclist dies

Police were called to Ravensbourne Park, outside Catford station, just after 6.30am on Wednesday after receiving reports of a collision between a lorry and a cyclist. More:

Man wanted over violin theft

A man is being sought by police over the theft of a 310-year-old violin worth £250,000. It was one of only a few made by master craftsman David Tecchler in 1709. British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to. More:

310 year old violin lost on train

Stephen Morris left the antique instrument, made by master craftsman David Tecchler in 1709, on the London Victoria to Orpington service at Penge East More:

Green therapy: how gardening is helping to fight depression

Sydenham Garden feels out of step with its surroundings in urban south London. Fringed by houses on most sides, with a school on its doorstep, it is hard to imagine that this small patch of green space is bringing a new lease of life to people struggling with their mental health. More:

Can a tattoo help you overcome mental health problems?

That unmistakable buzzing sound floods the Sydenham tattoo parlour like a swarm of wasps descending on a summer barbecue. The needle carefully traces my design, making me wince, but within 30 minutes we’re done. More:

11 new affordable homes approved

11 "permanently affordable" homes on a small site previously occupied by disused garages Carlton Terrace in Sydenham. More:

Fatality at Penge East

A person died after being hit by a train in Penge earlier today. British Transport Police were called to the Penge East Station at 11.50am after reports of a casualty.More:

Fire at a recycling warehouse in Cricket Lane, Beckenham

Around 80 firefighters are tackling a fire at Chris Carey’s Collections warehouse in Cricket Lane, Beckenham. More:

Forest Hill stabbing: schoolboy fights for life

A schoolboy is fighting for life after being knifed in broad daylight around 4pm on Monday 25th March in Dartmouth Road. More:

Dragonfly Yoga Studio to open in Sydenham to help tackle knife crime

Dragonfly Yoga Studio launched in Brockley in 2016 and is now set to open a second base in Sydenham High Street to support troubled youths. More:

Ssssomething nasssty in a Sssydenham woodshed

A stray snake has been rescued after it was found curled up in a garden shed.
Rescuers arrived at the shed in Lower Sydenham in the nick of time. RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Mat Hawkins explained that corn snakes are not native to Britain. ‘It wouldn’t be able to survive for long in the wild here,’ he said. More:

Person hit by a train between East Croydon and London Bridge

Trains between East Croydon and London Bridge were cancelled and disrupted for hours after a person was hit by a train at Norwood Junction. British Transport Police (BTP) went to Norwood Junction station at 1.55pm on Wednesday (March 13) and found a casualty on the tracks.. More:

Rotary club donates £11K to St Christopher’s Hospice

The Ravensbourne Rotary club combined collections with door knocking to generate the funds and has given £6,000 to St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham. The remaining £5,000 was given to 14 other organisations. More:

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