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I'm going to wind up our first daily live blog here, and thank you for following throughout the day. I hope you've fouond it useful. We'll be back next week for more. Have a lovely weekend.


Fate of 'Boris Island' Thames Estuary airport plan to be decided later this year.

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News Shopper: Lord Foster's plans for a Thames airport. Picture by Foster and Partners


Watch how you go. There's a traffic light failure on the A20 Sidcup Road at B263 Green Lane / Southwood Road (Fiveways). Latest info here

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It's the 25th anniversary of London Air Ambulance. Story and more pictures here

It seems ridiculous the air ambulance is still a charity which depends on donations, especially when you consider the organisation has treated more than 30,000 critically injured people.

News Shopper: Vintage photos reveal 25-year history of London's Air Ambulance


Singer Frank Turner has been chatting to our esteemed leisure editor.

See what Frank had to say about the O2, the road, hating football and Celebrity Mastermind

News Shopper: Picture by Brantley Gutierrez


I've forgotten just about all the French I learnt at school. I hope starting earlier helps these Sidcup nursery toddlers remember more of it than I have.

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News Shopper: French teacher Elina Demurger-Jones with Henry Holmes, two, and Toni-Ann Furrs, three


The debate on whether Sidcup is in London or Kent has certainly got people going this week.

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News Shopper: A planned fish and chip shop in Sidcup High Street is hardly flavour of the month with three community groups.


Police appealing for witnesses over possible carjacking in Catford.

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After Battersea Dogs and Cats Home offered its best mousers to the Palace of Westminster, we got thinking about the top cats we've featured over the years.

Here are our top five paw-fect pussies

News Shopper: Five-fingered cat reunited with family after seven months on the run


Reporter Sarah Trotter has made a great job of the impossible - trying to explain the court saga that has followed the murder of Marcus Innocent in Woolwich.

Click here for the latest update on the case

News Shopper: Marcus Innocent was fatally shot in Lord Warwick Street


Woman taken to hospital, man arrested on suspicion of GBH after Eltham 'domestic incident'. Click here for the story

News Shopper: A photo of the scene


How important are apostrophes to you? Grammar campaigners are up in arms over councils culling punctuation from street signs. 

Could this Cambridgeshire outrage come south to the News Shopper area? Click here to read the story

News Shopper: Apostrophes on road signs have proven a divisive issue.



Dartford's Priory Centre going into receivership could be a good thing, says council leader Jeremy Kite. What do you think?

Have your say here

News Shopper: Dartford Council leader Jeremy Kite says the bringing in a new owner could be a good thing for the Priory Shopping Centre


A fan of comfortable clothing who's prone to being crotchety? These could be signs you're getting older. Check out our top 10, ahem, 11 signs that middle age has perhaps crept up on you ...

10 obvious signs you're getting older

News Shopper: Becoming crotchety and intolerant? Maybe it's a sign you're getting older


What are the weirdest street or place names in south-east London and north Kent?

Ha-ha Road in Woolwich and Thong Lane near Gravesend are the best examples so far. Council Avenue in Northfleet is pretty good too.

Click here to email your suggestion for what you think is the oddest name for a street or place in this area

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Photo by Suede Bicycle, via Flickr


Sadly, a pensioner has died almost two weeks after a three-vehicle crash in Catford.

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The challenges to whole-life jail sentences being heard could affect the terms given to the killers of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

See the story here and have your say on whether life should mean life

News Shopper: Michael Adebolajo


It may be rainy over the weekend but there is still a lot going on around south-east London and north Kent.

Check out hundreds of ideas for things to do in our Events listings


Lots of responses here and on Facebook after we asked people to tell us what their favourite childhood sweets were and which retro sweets they'd like to see make a comeback.

Have your say here

News Shopper: What were your favourite sweets as a child?



The weather outlook isn't looking too promising for the weekend. Looks like it's rain all the way.

Check out the weather forecast for today and the next seven days


An accident in West Wickham has left an 82-year-old woman in a critical condition.

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News Shopper: A picture of the scene (by James Doherty)


The A206 Bob Dunn Way eastbound is still closed due to flooding between Marsh Street and M25 J1A / A282 (Littlebrook Interchange / Dartford Tunnel). The road remains flooded as the water table remains above the road surface, making it impossible to pump the water away. Local traffic is having to divert through Dartford town centre along Burnham Road.

Live traffic and travel updates for south-east London and north Kent here

News Shopper: PICTURED: Flooding causes closure of A206 Bob Dunn Way in Dartford


People worried about the future of Dartford after we revealed yesterday how the Priory Shopping Centre has gone into receivership. What three improvements would you make to Dartford town centre to give it a chance of surviving or even thriving? Email Melissa Hills

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News Shopper: The Priory Shopping Centre in Dartford.


Two young horses were left to die after being dumped in Belvedere. The RSPCA has called it "heartless".

Click here for the story - beware you may find the pictures upsetting.


A bit different from the norm, owners of a Gravesend cafe are serving up Columbian coffee made from beans they have grown themselves.

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News Shopper: Gravesend cafe serves homegrown Columbian coffee


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