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A parking warden who says he was sacked for refusing to issue large numbers of tickets is claiming unfair dismissal.

Police raid gang suspects over Oxford Street killing

Police carried out a string of raids on suspected gang members yesterday as they continued to hunt for the killer of a teenager who was stabbed in Oxford Street on Boxing Day.

Two held at police Christmas party

Two suspected thieves were arrested when they walked into a pub where police were holding their Christmas party.

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Ride-by gunman jailed for 33 years

A gunman has been jailed for at least 33 years for killing a man in a ride-by shooting.

With its neutral decor, wooden floors, red-topped tables and zinc bar, Soif is more like a small-town French bar than a pricey London eaterie

Soif, 27 Battersea Rise, London SW11

EM Forster once wrote an essay called "Battersea Rise". It was the name of the house where his great-aunt, Marianne Thornton, lived, a very grand place somewhere among the huge Edwardian mansions around Clapham Common. The Rise itself never had many pretensions, however. It's a strip of London's South Circular up which, in the 1960s, enormous car-transporter lorries used to run through the night and make the houses shake.

Chez Bruce, 2 Bellevue Road, London SW17 7EG

A jewel in the gastronomic wasteland of Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce has a reputation that no amount of money or marketing skill could fix. Though it's been around for 16 years, since Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin took over what used to be Harvey's (legendary first home of Marco Pierre White in his days of rage), I don't think I've ever heard a diner utter a disobliging word about it. Gruff metropolitans who can't abide cheffy pretensions and gussied-up food find a tear in their eye when they mention Chez Bruce. In the Harden's London Restaurants guide, it's been voted the city's favourite eating house five years running.

Online House Hunter: The three faces of Tooting

If you&rsquo;re looking for a part of London that offers an easy commute into central London but with property values that give you a fighting chance of finding an affordable home then Tooting could be the answer.

Motorists fume as Olympic rehearsal closes capital's roads

In a sign that does not bode well for next summer's celebration of sporting excellence, the biggest test event so far for the 2012 Olympic Games was marred yesterday by angry confrontations between drivers and stewards.

Mother of man arrested in riots is served with eviction notice

The mother of a man alleged to have been involved in the riots in London has become the first person in the country to be served with an eviction notice in relation to the violence.

Joan Smith: Our prisons are not just inhuman, they don't work

Fewer people than usual will pay attention to a damning report on Wandsworth jail. But its findings would be shocking in any civilised society

Wandsworth jail attacked for catalogue of safety failures

Levels of self-harm and self-inflicted deaths were high and there was abusive language from staff to prisoners

SureStart centres 'not shut'

The Department for Education was today accused by councils of issuing misleading information about SureStart centre closures.

Online House Hunter: Homes in Putney

There seems to be something to suit every taste in the popular London suburb of Putney, SW15.

Tories slump in their strongholds

Tories saw a big swing to Labour in a by-election for their flagship Wandsworth Council.

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