19 March 2007

19 March 2007

Pupils start work on centre revamp

STUDENTS pulled on their overalls to help give a youth centre a new lease of life.

Nine pupils from Deptford Green School are giving the Evelyn Arches Youth and Community Centre in Childers Street, Deptford, a complete makeover. Lewisham Council donated materials, tools and overalls so the youngsters could paint the centre and work on the garden.

Why kids join gangs ... and how to save them

Politicians are trying to prove they are taking action, police are attempting to show they have the problem under control and volunteer groups are bidding to stem the problem.

But is any of this making a difference to the lives of the young people in the gangs? "No way," says one 19-year-old from Catford.

Horror knife fight broke out in A&E

The Old Bailey heard how John Saunders was held down and slashed in the face and Owen Saunders was stabbed in the back by members of the Coyle family as a savage turf war spiralled out of control. Patients and medical staff were forced to flee as the families - who had been feuding since 2001 over their road surfacing businesses - produced knives and other weapons for the showdown at Lewisham Hospital.

Teenager denies murder of 19-year-old

A TEENAGER has denied stabbing a 19-year-old to death near a bus stop in Lewisham High Street.

Jordan Mayers, also 19, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Emmanuel Odunewu via video link from prison at the Old Bailey yesterday. Mayers, of Birch Grove, Grove Park, spoke only to confirm his name and plea.

Funeral for man hit by bus

THE FUNERAL of a 46-year-old man who died under the wheels of a bus is being held today.

Dennis Sudlow was hit by a 261 double-decker bus in Baring Road, Grove Park, on March 1. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His funeral is being held today at Lewisham Crematorium, Verdant Lane, Lewisham.

Councillor is bankrupt

A LIBERAL Democrat councillor has been expelled from the party and is at the centre of a police investigation. Cllr Sera Kentman, who has represented Whitefoot ward in Lewisham since last May, was axed after breaching rules, which included failing to disclose her debts as a councillor.

Other allegations involving Ms Kentman include:

A £9,000 overpayment of housing benefit on a house she part owns.

Outstanding council tax payments back dating over a year.

Her use of a number of different names. Ms Kentman was temporarily suspended three weeks ago from the party and given time to provide information on her debts and proof of her identity.

Five alleged "crack houses" closed after raids

FIVE alleged "crack houses" have been closed down and 12 people arrested following raids across Lewisham.

The raids were carried out in a partnership between Lewisham police and various safer neighbourhood teams across the borough.

The following premises were closed as a result of the raids:

Two business addresses in , Brockley Road, Lewisham
A house in Hazledon Road, Crofton Park
A house in Stondon Park, Crofton Park
A flat in Wickham Road, Brockley

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