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Dotty drawings done on napkins in Gravesend cafe win award for artist

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1:13pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former soldier Glenn Fitzpatrick was at a low ebb in a Gravesend café, when he picked up a napkin and started drawing. TIM MACFARLAN follows the amazing story of what happened next.

Police appeal for information after thieves swipe watches worth £22,000 in Chislehurst

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1:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Police are appealing for information after thieves swiped watches worth more than £22,000 from a house in Chislehurst.

Statistic showing 1 in 4 black men face prostate cancer prompts Lewisham campaign

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12:33pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Statistics showing that one in four black men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer – double the one in eight risk faced by all men, has prompted a Lewisham campaign.

Cyclist taken to major injuries unit after hitting open car door in Greenwich

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12:17pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A cyclist has been taken to the major trauma unit at a south London hospital after hitting a car door while riding her bike in Greenwich today.

QUIZ: Take our Halloween test to see how brave you really are

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12:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

With Halloween around the corner, now’s the time to find out exactly how brave – or not – you are by taking our quiz.

Spandau Ballet add second Greenwich date

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11:20am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Eighties heartthrobs Spandau Ballet have announced a second show in Greenwich following popular demand.

Interactive Lewisham series encourages youth experimentation with sex, drugs and violence

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11:16am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A hard-hitting, online interactive drama series that allows young people to experiment with sex, drugs and violence has been commissioned by Lewisham Council.

Half term and Halloween fun at Ightham Mote

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10:53am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

An internationally acclaimed artist from Kent will make some sculptures that will you can even admire in the dark this half term.

Blackheath and Woolwich gynaecologist struck off after squeezing patient's nipples to see if they were 'still milking'

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10:14am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A Blackheath and Woolwich gynaecologist who squeezed a patient's nipples to see if they were "still milking" has been struck off.

Orpington contest launched to find best businesses

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10:12am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A competition has been launched in Orpington to find the best of the town’s businesses.

VIDEO Circus of Horrors girl pulls truck with her hair

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10:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Circus of Horrors’ latest show The Night of the Zombie takes place in a corpse-ridden, apocalyptic London in the near future and its grisly story of murder and shocks is accompanied by a rocking soundtrack.

5 Thoughts: 'Homophobic' bus driver was jealous and Victor Moses is a 'cheat'

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9:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Each week I use this space to share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Santa spotted in Gravesend - and later branded an imposter

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10:12am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Santa Claus made an early visit to Gravesend.

Latest Bromley benefit fraudster sentenced

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9:38am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Bromley Council has released information about the latest fraudster to defraud the borough.

Housing association increases rent on Eltham flats while residents suffer ongoing water issue

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9:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

An Eltham woman has hit out at her housing association for not resolving an ongoing water issue which she claims is having a “huge impact” on her life.

Thank Bank: Readers say Thank You

News Shopper: Send your messages of gratitude for good deeds done and random acts of kindness to the Thank Bank

9:09am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

If there is someone you want to express your gratitude to, whether they donated a kidney or opened a door for you, we want to hear about it.

Stat Chat: Top 10 best and worst online shops revealed

News Shopper: SPENDING TIME: Amman Valley workers spend more than 18 minutes a day shopping online when they should be working.

6:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Best and worst online shops.

Pet of the Day: Stevie the Staffie, the guest who stayed to become a best friend

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6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Stevie the caring Staffordshire bull terrier is today’s Pet of the Day.

Father-of-10 sacked as bus driver over wrestling match with passenger

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10:43am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A father-of-10 was sacked from his job as a bus driver after getting into a wrestling match with a passenger who threw a can of drink at his head.

Dartford man Joshua Caird, 26, charged with murder of Donna Eastwood

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9:28am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A 26-year-old man from Dartford has been charged with the murder of mother-of-four Donna Eastwood.

Blackheath road closed after wind leaves scaffolding dangling 'precariously'

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5:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Part of Old Dover Road in Blackheath has been cordoned off after winds left scaffolding hanging precariously this afternoon.

First micropub opens in Gravesend

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5:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Gravesend has a new place to sup a pint without fear of being interrupted by dodgy ringtones or terrible tunes.

Bexley woman appointed as Scouts' first ever youth commissioner

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4:43pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A Bexley woman has made history by being appointed the first ever Scout Association UK youth commissioner.

Greenhithe school brings poem characters to life through costume

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4:35pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A Greenhithe school bought literature to life when pupils and staff dressed up as their favourite characters from poems. 

Dartford and Crayford Sea Cadets saved by last minute cash injection

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4:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Crayford’s sea cadets were about to sink without trace until a last minute cash injection helped them stay afloat.

PubSpy reviews The Orange Tree in Wilmington

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4:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

We can’t all be astronauts or movie stars or whatever it is that Kim Kardashian does, but – as any number of women’s mags will tell you – we should be happy with ourselves.

Respected Bromley Green Party member dies suddenly

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3:54pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A prominent Bromley Green Party member has died suddenly.

Station Road in Sidcup closed for week-long repairs following leak discovery

News Shopper: Major delays near Newhaven as A259 closed following crash

4:23pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A Sidcup street is being closed next week after a leak was discovered.

Nine-year-old north Kent brownie meets Paralympian medallist Charlotte Evans

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3:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A nine-year-old brownie from north Kent enjoyed an "amazing" encounter with Paralympian skier Charlotte Evans.

5 things to see and do in...Cobham

News Shopper: Picture by Mary Allwood

3:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Cobham may be small but it is loaded with places of historical importance and beautiful spots for a day out. Here’s five things you might love...

Man who stole violin from his brother's Sidcup home handed community order

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3:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A man who stole a treasured violin from his brother's Sidcup home has been ordered to undertake unpaid community work.

Bold plans for Biggin Hill Airport and the chance of a £5,000 holiday for residents who have their say

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2:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Residents who air their views on bold development plans for Biggin Hill Airport could win a £5,000 holiday.

Three sentenced after cannabis found in Sidcup nightclub, leading to discovery of huge cannabis factory in Pratts Bottom

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1:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Three people have been sentenced after cannabis was found in a Sidcup nightclub, leading to the discovery of a huge cannabis factory and CS gas in Pratts Bottom.

Police release CCTV images after passenger threatened with knife on Crystal Palace train

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1:45pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Police have released CCTV images after a passenger was threatened with a knife on a Crystal Palace to Dalston Junction train.

Cement mixer collides with female pedestrian, 60, in Sidcup

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12:56pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A female pedestrian was involved in a collision with a cement mixer in Sidcup yesterday lunchtime.

Mottingham house boarded up after residents suffer abuse from moped-riding youths

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12:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A Mottingham house has been boarded up after residents suffered abuse, threats and intimidation from moped-riding youths.

Ex-England and Millwall midfielder tells young Thamesmead footballers: 'Work hard if you want to make it to the Premiership'

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11:11am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Young, aspiring Thamesmead footballers were left in awe when they received a visit from former Millwall and England midfielder Dennis Wise.

Triumphant return to the stage in Dartford for amateur society in Half a Sixpence

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11:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A century-old amateur dramatics society which feared it would never return to the big stage is set to take a bow at The Orchard tomorrow.

Waddling penguins to lead shoppers to Santa's grotto in Bexleyheath shopping centre

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10:29am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Penguins will waddle to life and lead shoppers to a charity grotto in a UK-first at Broadway shopping centre, Bexleyheath, this Christmas.

Neighbours force meeting on £80m Lee shopping centre Asda plan

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10:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A group of neighbours concerned about the £80m redevelopment of an unpopular shopping centre forced a public meeting on the proposals last week.

Remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo cause rush-hour travel misery

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9:55am Tuesday 21st October 2014

The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo have blown into Britain, causing rush-hour travel misery for road, rail and air travellers.

Stat Chat: Most people say their pet is equally or more important than family

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6:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: How well we treat our pets.

Pet of the Day: Maisie is one sleeping dog you should let lie

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6:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Meet Maisie, the amazing but very sleepy dog who is today’s Pet of the Day.

PICTURED: Dying friend’s last wish inspires Orpington man to shed 146lbs

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5:37pm Monday 20th October 2014

An Orpington man has honoured his late friend’s dying wish for him to lose weight and dropped an astonishing 146lbs.

Swanley man who was 'heavily involved in criminal dealings' jailed

News Shopper: Six farcical days in the Old Bailey press box.

5:13pm Monday 20th October 2014

A Swanley man has been jailed for eight months for possession with intent to supply drugs, handling stolen goods and possessing a stun gun.

Cat dead in Mottingham after being shot in the neck

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4:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

A cat in Mottingham had to be put down at the weekend after it was shot in the neck and left paralysed.

Greenwich Park introduces pay to pee policy at toilets

News Shopper: ROLL CALL: World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness of the number of people around the world who do not have access to sanitation

4:45pm Monday 20th October 2014

You'll soon have to spend 20 pennies if you want a pee in Greenwich Park, it has been announced.

PICTURES: Bromley's colourful Diwali celebrations

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4:03pm Monday 20th October 2014

Hundreds flocked to West Wickham at the weekend to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Residents relieved at Waste4Fuel licence revoke but some feel it's 'too little, too late'

News Shopper: The Waste4Fuel site in Cornwall Drive. Photo taken in June last year

3:31pm Monday 20th October 2014

Residents close to the notorious Waste4Fuel in St Paul’s Cray have finally been given hope of an end to the saga. 

X Factor: Charlie Jones from Welling's Stereo Kicks saved in sing-off

News Shopper: Stereo Kicks have survived the latest X Factor sing-off

3:22pm Monday 20th October 2014

Stereo Kicks, the eight-piece X Factor boyband containing Welling’s Charlie Jones, have vowed to work extra hard over the next week in order to avoid landing in the bottom two again.







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