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Firefighters urge drivers to take more care as collisions rise


road-safety-week-logoFirefighters are urging drivers to take extra care after new figures show a 15 per cent rise in the number of road traffic collisions crews have been called to in the last five years.

The new figures, which have been released to coincide with Road Safety Week, show crews attend more than 10 road traffic collisions on London’s roads every day.

Our firefighters attended 3,505 in 2011, with the number rising to 4,057 in 2015.

In the last five years, firefighters have attended a total of 18,591 road traffic collisions and nearly every day, crews have had to cut someone from a vehicle.

In boroughs where they are large numbers of road traffic collisions, the Brigade runs schemes like Safe Drive Stay Alive to educate young drivers about the dangers of careless driving.

At the talks, firefighters also speak about their experiences of dealing with tragic incidents.

Dave Brown, Director of Operations, said: “Our crews are spending an increasing amount of time attending road traffic collisions and I want to urge people to take care on the road.

“Crews are regularly called to serious road traffic collisions and our firefighters are exceptionally well trained and have specialist equipment to free people who are trapped in vehicles.

“We are committed to reducing the number of road traffic collisions in London.

“We talk to young people across the capital at our Safe Drive Stay Alive seminars where emergency service staff and victims talk emotionally about the dangers associated with reckless driving.

“We are a partner in the Biker Down road safety training, designed to make bikers safer on London’s roads. There are also road traffic rescues simulated at our stations to illustrate the dangers of unsafe driving.”


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London’s mayor launches a business advisory board for capital

992_496_mayor_6369_may2016-1Leading entrepreneurs and top business figures in London – the majority of whom are women – will form Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new Business Advisory Board.

Sadiq Khan  fulfils a manifesto pledge to set up the board, the first if its kind to be chaired by the Mayor, which will tap into the capital’s business expertise as he works to help London’s economy grow.
The Mayor hailed the ‘high-quality’ line-up which he said would help the capital ‘seize new opportunities’.
Membership comprises business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to contribute their ideas and experience to helping to boost London in the wake of the Brexit.

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15167505_936586023152453_7854839767530221812_oBritain’s Got Talent star and homegrown talent Wayne Woodward illuminated Sutton when he flicked the switch to officially switch on the town’s Christmas lights.
The singer brought the high street to a virtual standstill when he performed a medley
of songs, including a cover of the classic White Christmas, on Saturday, November 19.
Crowds lined the high street to catch the live performance which topped off an after-noon of free family entertainment including live music, dance shows by local groups, seasonal street entertainers and a magic show.
Children had a chance to visit Santa in his grotto and new this year was The Vortex, a walk-through illusion.


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Third male questioned after serious assualt in Sutton

A third male – aged 28 – has been arrested by police for serious assault on a man, aged 24 in Lodge Place, Sutton, on 22 November. He is being questioned at a south London police station.

Two males arrested earlier in connection with the incident have been bailed to return to Sutton Police station in January 2017 pending further enquiries.

Sutton’s Detective Superintendent Fran Smith, Deputy Borough Commander, has issued a statement reaffirming that serious violent incidents in Sutton Town Centre are extremely rare. Detectives are working hard to investigate these crimes as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

She reassured residents that crime in Sutton is continuing to fall. For the seven priority crimes designated by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, which includes violent crime, there has been a 2% reduction in the 12 months to November compared to the same period the previous year.

Det Supt Smith said: “Our approach over recent years has been to work closely with residents and local communities to make Sutton even safer. We are determined to keep crime low and keep Sutton one of the safest boroughs in London.”

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Phenomenal Neonatal Unit celebrated as part of World Prematurity Day

frederick-campbell-one-of-three-triplets-with-his-thank-you-cardGrateful parents, fundraising volunteers and Epsom and St Helier staff took the time to celebrate the lives of premature babies last week, as they marked World Prematurity Day.

The group gathered in the Neonatal Unit at St Helier Hospital, which provides intensive and specialised care to babies who are born from as early as 26 weeks, to mark the event and to celebrate a whopping year of fundraising. Together, grateful families, staff from the Neonatal Department and the St Helier League of Friends have raised £25,000 in the last year alone.

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bike-clinicGone are the days of phoning bike shops in London to find a booking, to repair your bike. Then, if you’re lucky, loading your bike in your car, drive to the bike shop, deliver your bike and wait at least a week to get it back. There must be a better way!

From September 2016, Bike Clinique mobile bike shop provides a more convenient option to get your bike serviced or repaired. Just simply book online at or call 07951125843 and they bring the full service bike shop to your home, workplace or event. Our bright orange VW Crafter is fully kitted and stocked and ready for any level of bike services.

Bike Clinique was a dream of Sharland ‘Freddie’ Vaval in 2009 after leaving University, studying Electrical/Electronic Engineering. Freddie had been working on bikes from as little as 13 years old and started as a professional in 2009, doing paid work on friend’s and family’s bikes.

He boasts around 5 years as a qualified Cytech bike mechanic working in premium bike shops in London.

Bike Clinique was born in September 2016, Sutton, London and is ran by a family of three, Freddie, Anna and 15 month old Lucio.

“I have a lot of passion for the industry, it was a natural progression to start my own bike shop and having my engineering background, I wanted it to be the most economical, efficient and convenient bike shop around,” said Freddie. He created a business plan, purchased an orange VW Crafter and sourced all his equipment on a tight budget and built a state of art professional bike shop in a 15.5 m3 load compartment of a van. The van boast lots of exciting features and is as equipped as many workshops.

They cover most of South London and Surrey. Workplaces can also book a corporate solutions package for 6 and 12 bikes anywhere in London. “We have an excellent booking system that optimises booking by customer’s borough which is very economical and efficient.” “Some of our customers are amazed that such a service exists and are delighted to have a certified and fully insured mechanic and a bike shop that offers a premium service experience at their convenience” said Freddie. “Not to mention having the option to talk directly to the mechanic fixing their precious bike.” Plus, this very convenient service is very affordable with unparalleled expertise.


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caption: Freddie, the owner/mechanic built the mobile bike shop with many eco-friendly features in a 15.5m3 VW Crafter.

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Robin Hood Lane Health Centre – Potential extension

NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been successful in the first stage of the NHS England bid process. The bid was for funding for a significant extension of the existing health centre on the Robin Hood Lane site. The proposed large development has potential to house GP services for approximately 50,000 patients, along with additional out of hospital services and other health and care services.

The proposal was developed to meet predicted population growth in and around Sutton town centre.

The next stage of the process is to submit a detailed business case, and the CCG will be undertaking further patient and practice engagement as the scheme progresses; deadlines are still being clarified by NHS England for the next phases of the process.

This bid is one of two that NHS Sutton CCG has been successful in progressing to the next stage, the other being for funding to develop Sutton’s Integrated Digital Care Record (IDCR). They were in competition with over 300 other pan-London submissions bidding for money from the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF), a multi-million pound programme to accelerate the development of infrastructure to enable the improvement and expansion of joined-up out of hospital care for patients.

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Frustrating loss for Sutton and Epsom Rugby club

Hertford 38-20 Sutton & Epsom
rugby-5Despite the margin of defeat this was a case of a frustrating afternoon for the Black & Whites who had led 17-14 at the break. Ultimately the hosts demonstrated why they are in the upper echelons of the table as they ruthlessly took their opportunities in the second period for a 38-20 victory.

The home crowd did not have to wait long for the opening score as right wing Ben Creasey outpaced the cover to cross the whitewash. Ben Lloyd added the extras for a 7-0 lead. Sutton then settled into an even first quarter as the pack were solid in the scrum and won their line out ball. S&E deservedly equalised after sustained pressure demonstrating patience and control before releasing Sam Hurley to canter into the corner.

For full details of all of the club’s activities go to RUGBY

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Sutton Common Rovers first team progress in Cherry Red Records Cup

Sutton Common Rovers first team moved into the 3rd Round of the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup, thanks to a 2-1 win over Bedfont Sports, writes Gary Brigden

The first 20 minutes saw us play some of our best football of the season, and we were restricted to just a George Murphy goal, thanks to some tremendous keeping by Bedfont Sports Terry Buss.

The visitors levelled midway through the half through Matt Baxter and had the better of the half from then.

For details of all of the club’s activities go to ROVERS

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Another loss for Sutton United away from home

football-3North Ferriby United 2-1 Sutton United

While Sutton’s home form in the Vanarama National League stands favourable comparison with most clubs in the competition, the same cannot be said for their achievements far from Gander Green Lane, and the euphoria of the August away win at Lincoln seemed a long way away as U’s suffered an eighth consecutive game without success on the road.

The run of defeats had been ended by draws at Southport and York, but even a point proved elusive at bottom of the table North Ferriby as U’s only started playing once the home side had opened up a two goal lead and manager Paul Doswell had made a triple substitution with more than half an hour to go. After that it was a story of almost incessant Sutton pressure, although they remained vulnerable at the back, but when the final whistle went they only had Max Biamou’s excellent goal fifteen minutes from time to show for their efforts.

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