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VIDEO: Lightning bolt rips through Welling house leaving family homeless

News Shopper:

5:34pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A family-of-three had to flee their Welling home after a bolt of lightning ripped through the dining room and set it on fire.

Woolwich buildings reopened after 'suspect package' declared safe

News Shopper:

4:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Part of Woolwich town centre was cordoned off this afternoon following reports of a suspect package.

UPDATE: Man, 21, hit by car in Catford was 'arguing with his girlfriend' just before accident

News Shopper:

12:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A 21-year-old man was arguing with his girlfriend just before he was hit by a car in Catford this morning (July 22), a witness has claimed.

Angry parents protest against Gravesend headteacher, while 25 teachers leave school

News Shopper:

8:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Angry parents are protesting over a new headteacher who they say has turned a school into a living "hell" for their children.

Train delays due to man 'laying on the track' at Anerley

News Shopper:

5:14pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

There are delays to trains running through Anerley station this afternoon (July 22) after a man wandered onto the tracks.

Burst water main in West Wickham causing traffic delays

News Shopper:

4:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A burst water main in West Wickham High Street is causing traffic delays.

Kent County Council admits to job advert blunder after libraries vacancy is pulled

News Shopper: Dartford Library is one of the libraries which would be affected by the proposal

4:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Kent County Council has admitted it made a “mistake” by posting a job advert about transforming its libraries into a trust model – before publicly consulting on the change or having councillors agree to it.

Design for Biggin Hill heritage centre approved by Bromley Council

News Shopper:

3:45pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A design for a heritage centre in Biggin Hill - remembering, among other things, its role in the Battle of Britain - has been approved by Bromley Council.

Bromley man arrested after cannabis drugs bust

News Shopper:

3:14pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A Bromley man has been arrested after police uncovered around 20 cannabis plants at his home.

PHOTOS: Group behind £90 million Bromley development starts small with new church garden

News Shopper:

2:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The developer behind a £90 million Bromley regeneration project has unveiled a new community garden, showing signs of what’s to come.

PICTURED: Belvedere police find 'disgusting' house after squatter raid

News Shopper:

2:11pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Two men wanted for crimes in Poland have been arrested in a dawn raid on a Belvedere squat.

Man rushed to hospital after road rage assault at Bexleyheath crash

News Shopper: MAN ASSAULTED: Police are hunting a man who assaulted a man who intervened in an altercation in Redcar

2:08pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A 42-year-old man was assaulted after his car was involved in a crash with another vehicle in Bexleyheath.

Police want to speak 'bewildered' man after burglary in Hayes newsagents

News Shopper:

2:01pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Police want to speak to a man in connection with a burglary in a Hayes newsagents - after he was caught staring in bewilderment at a CCTV camera.

Fresh appeal over fake policemen distraction burglary in Swanley

News Shopper:

12:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Officers investigating a Swanley distraction burglary in which the suspects posed as policemen have renewed their appeal for information.

One in five mums announce birth on Facebook within half an hour

News Shopper: There were celebrations in Royal circles and throughout the land when Prince George was christened in a ceremony that spanned four generations of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prin

12:38pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A year ago today, the world’s media ended a long vigil outside the now-famous Lindo Wing – but maybe they should have just kept tabs on Kate’s Facebook.

PICTURES: Victorian tree planted in grounds of historic Beckenham house completely destroyed by lightning bolt

News Shopper:

12:26pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A tree in Beckenham planted in the Victorian times has been left completely destroyed after being hit by a powerful bolt of lightning. 

'Peculiar and hectic' show The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face to open new Greenwich venue

News Shopper:

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A disorienting multi-sensory show will open at an old coaling jetty in Greenwich this summer.

Plan to improve safety at 'nightmare' Deptford Broadway junction

News Shopper: Darren Johnson and cyclists brave Deptford's rush hour traffic

3:58pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Boris Johnson is considering action after concerns were raised for the safety of pedestrians at Deptford Broadway.

PICTURED: Dartford Festival delights thousands of people

News Shopper:

11:52am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Scouting For Girls was one of the many acts to delight revellers at this years’ Dartford Festival. 

PICTURED: Refurbished grand Greenwich pub The Mitre reopens

News Shopper:

11:21am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A grand Grade II listed pub in Greenwich has reopened after extensive refurbishment.

Gravesend woman Jane Dale's death was caused by hanging

News Shopper:

11:10am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A body found in Biggin Hill last week has been formally identified as missing Gravesend woman Jane Dale and a post-mortem examination has revealed her death was caused by hanging.

Bexley College celebrate best ever Ofsted rating

News Shopper:

10:32am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Bexley College is celebrating after obtaining its best ever Ofsted inspection rating after its latest inspection.

Interview: TOWIE's Sam Faiers launches lingerie range at Bluewater

News Shopper:

10:29am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Feeling sexy is as simple as get good-fitting underwear, according to TOWIE star Sam Faiers.

PICTURED: Surprise street party held for outgoing Sidcup headteacher

News Shopper:

10:14am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A Sidcup primary school held a surprise street party to say goodbye and mark the retirement of their much loved headteacher John Murphy.

10 of the worst excuses for drivers stopping illegally on hard shoulder of motorways

News Shopper:

10:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Ten of the lamest excuses given to traffic officers by drivers stopping illegally on the hard shoulder of motorways have been released by the Highways Agency.

PICTURES: Eight puppies abandoned in Orpington road

News Shopper:

9:40am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Eight puppies found abandoned in a rubbish bin in Orpington last week are doing well, and will soon be seeking a new home.

Over 300 children attend fun day at Upton Primary School in Bexleyheath to raise £2,800

News Shopper:

9:57am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Over 300 children had a great afternoon in the sun as they attended the Upton Primary School inflatable fun day in Bexleyheath.

Bexleyheath’s Miss Universe finalist to model lingerie at Bluewater

News Shopper:

9:03am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A Bluewater underwear shop has enlisted a Miss Universe finalist to encourage women of all sizes to discover their perfect fit.

Anerley Road blocked due to accident

News Shopper:

8:24am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Anerley Road is currently partially blocked both ways due to an accident.

Pet of the Day: Light-pawed Misty the cat burglar

News Shopper:

6:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Lovable moggy Misty is a bit of a cat burglar!

PICTURED: North Kent flooding - shops, homes and train station deluged in summer storms

News Shopper:

8:51am Monday 21st July 2014

Shops, homes and the train station have been deluged by summer storms in Gravesend this weekend.

UPDATE: VIDEO: Huge hidden sinkhole in St Paul's Cray is a 'dene hole', says council

News Shopper:

5:40pm Monday 21st July 2014

A woman has uncovered a hidden sinkhole in a St Paul's Cray field.

Sevenoaks and Swanley MP Michael Fallon describes 'great privilege' of defence role

News Shopper: Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon

5:10pm Monday 21st July 2014

Sevenoaks and Swanley MP Michael Fallon has spoken to News Shopper about his new appointment as Defence Secretary.

Bromley police cracking down on dangerous use of motorised bikes in borough

News Shopper:

4:58pm Monday 21st July 2014

After a number of complaints, police in Bromley are launching a crackdown on unlicensed bikes, mini-motos and off-road bikes being ridden dangerously in the borough.

Men charged with violent burglary in Petts Wood to appear at Croydon Crown Court

News Shopper: Mark Mamerga was sentenced to eight months in jail at Croydon Crown Court

4:36pm Monday 21st July 2014

The men charged with a Petts Wood burglary that saw a couple tied up, assaulted, and robbed, are to appear at Croydon Crown Court. 

QUIZ: 7 questions to test how well you know your local area

News Shopper:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

So you’ve lived locally for a while and think you‘ve got good knowledge of the area – but do you really?

Elderly lady hopes to thank couple who helped her after Petts Wood fall

News Shopper:

3:40pm Monday 21st July 2014

A 79-year-old woman who tripped and fell in Petts Wood is hoping to thank the “kind couple” who helped her.

PICTURED: Catford driver keeps thieves away by chaining car to lamp post

News Shopper:

3:13pm Monday 21st July 2014

This security-conscious Catford driver has gone the extra mile to stop car thieves - by chaining theirs to a lamp post.

Man bashed with table leg at Swanley bus stop in London Road

News Shopper: Gravesend car park sexual assault suspect wanted by Kent Police

3:07pm Monday 21st July 2014

A 64-year-old man was reportedly bashed with a plastic table leg at a bus stop in Swanley last week.

Greenwich pub scaffolding 'destroyed our weddings'

News Shopper:

2:51pm Monday 21st July 2014

Engaged couples say a Greenwich pub has "destroyed" their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views.

Penge and Lewisham men jailed after attempting to import a million pounds worth of cocaine into UK

News Shopper:

2:40pm Monday 21st July 2014

Two men from Penge and Lewisham have been jailed after attempting to import a million pounds worth of cocaine into the UK, disguised as tins of Jamaican Pride Callaloo.

Teenage road thug who carried garage manager on his bonnet has driving ban slashed

News Shopper: Joshua Charnley, 19, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Canterbury Crown Court today (Jan 28).

2:44pm Monday 21st July 2014

A teenage road hog who ploughed into a petrol station manager to try and escape paying for fuel has had his driving ban nearly halved.

Victoria’s Secret underwear slasher must repay £5,000

News Shopper:

2:29pm Monday 21st July 2014

A fraudster who slashed more than £5,000 worth of Victoria’s Secret underwear with scissors to collect thousands of pounds in dodgy refunds, must pay compensation for everything she damaged.

Jimmy Mizen brother robbed at knifepoint yards from murder scene

News Shopper:

1:31pm Monday 21st July 2014

A brother of murdered teen Jimmy Mizen was robbed at knifepoint yards from where his sibling died - but his family want to meet the mugger and help him.

Orpington's Spider-Man says he dons suit for his three-year-old son

News Shopper:

12:32pm Monday 21st July 2014

An Orpington cult hero spotted walking the streets dressed as Spider-Man has spoken about his reasons for doing so - and it doesn't involve getting bitten by a radioactive spider.

Cash payments allowed for Dartford Crossing when free flow goes live

News Shopper: The Dartford Crossing.

12:32pm Monday 21st July 2014

Drivers who prefer to pay cash to use the Dartford Crossing will still be able to when free flow tolling goes live in October, the Highways Agency has confirmed.

Fifth man charged with Downham murder of Afyon Saint-Hilaire

News Shopper:

12:24pm Monday 21st July 2014

Five men have now been charged with murdering entrepreneur Afyon Saint-Hilaire in Downham, who was stabbed and then crashed his car.

Tributes to 13-year-old foreign student killed at Catford crossing

News Shopper:

11:50am Monday 21st July 2014

The family of a 13-year-old foreign student killed after being hit by a lorry near a Catford pedestrian crossing have released photos of their daughter.

WIN! Family Sea Life tickets and return off-peak rail travel

News Shopper:

11:47am Monday 21st July 2014

The sun is shining and summer is in full swing, it's the perfect opportunity for a National Rail 2 for 1 day out to a top British attraction.

82-year-old Orpington woman burgled after letting 'Kevin from Affinity Sutton' into her home

News Shopper:

11:30am Monday 21st July 2014

An 82-year-old Orpington woman was burgled after she invited a man claiming to be from Affinity Sutton into her home.







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