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Latest Tooting News

  1. Homeless Mother who Buried Baby Alive on Tooting Commons Tried at Old Bailey

    The case of Elita Amantova, a mentally-ill homeless Latvian lady who is thought to have buried her new baby alive somewhere within of one of the two Tooting Commons was heard at the Old Bailey today, Friday 5 December 2014. The court heard the lady who was suffering from a Schizophrenia-type mental-illness had come to work in the UK in 2008 but having lost her job she ended up in the company of criminals in Norfolk who forced her to work as a prostitute. However she managed escape to London and by August 2012 she was known to have been heavily pregnant and living rough at Streatham Cemetery on Garratt Lane in Tooting surviving on foraged berries and bread that locals in Tooting had thrown out for birds. She gave birth alone and buried the baby shortly afterwards, thought to be somewhere on one of the Tooting Commons. Parts of the legs of the baby were then dug up by foxes and carried to a tractor yard just off Dr Johnson's Avenue in the Tooting Commons area where they were discovered by a council worker on 10 September 2012 and a criminal investigation was begun. A week later the lady was arrested outside a supermarket in Garratt Lane and subsequently went on to admit that she had buried the baby whilst it was still alive. Elita Amantova, aged 39, pleaded guilty to infanticide and admitted causing the death of her child by burying the newborn baby alive while she was mentally disturbed but she denied a charge of murder. The court accepted her not guilty plea due to her mental state. Infanticide, which she admitted to, covers killings where mothers' minds are disturbed having not fully recovered from giving birth. Judge Paul Worsley QC sentenced her to an indefinite term in hospital care as he felt that imprisonment was not appropriate in this case. Read more & comment. - Fri 5th Dec 2014, 05:07 PM

  2. Ticked Pink Gift Shop on Bellevue Road Put up for Sale

    Tickled Pink, a popular gift shop on Bellevue Road, in London SW17, has been put up for sale. Read more & comment. - Wed 3rd Dec 2014, 09:00 PM

  3. Flavin's Tea Room on Trinity Road has Closed

    Flavin's tea room which was opened on Trinity Road within the back of The Sweet life sweet shop, by local residents, Helen and Miriam has closed. The entire retail premises including the sweet shop has now been listed for sale at a local estate agents. Read more & comment. - Wed 3rd Dec 2014, 08:31 PM

  4. Tooting Bakery Rebrands to Daily Fresh Naan

    The "Tooting Bakery" signboard has been replaced by a new one which says "Daily Fresh Naan" at the Iraqi style naan shop at 176 Upper Tooting Road. Read more & comment. - Wed 3rd Dec 2014, 07:45 PM

  5. McDonald's Restaurant in Tooting Re-opens following Refurbishment

    The McDonald's restaurant on Mitcham Road in Tooting reopened its doors to customers a few days later than planned, on 1 December 2014, following a face lift and refurbishment of the site. As a part of the refit shape of the shopfront was changed so that it no longer had an outside porch area at the corner of the shop. Read more & comment. - Mon 1st Dec 2014, 05:11 PM

  6. Bellevue Road Christmas Fair 2014

    The Bellevue Road Christmas Fair took place on Sunday 30 November 2014. The fair was organised by the Bellevue Road Association, consisting of traders on Bellevue Road and some on nearby Trinity Road, in SW17. There were many visiting streets stalls, a Santa’s grotto, carol singing by the choir from the nearby Trinity Road Baptist Chapel and Phil Spencer from the "Location, Location, Location" TV programme switched on the Christmas lights on Bellevue Road. Read more & comment. - Sun 30th Nov 2014, 11:26 PM

  7. Award Winning Musical Producer, Stephen Sondheim, visits Tooting to see Sweeney Todd

    Stephen Sondheim, the award winning musical producer/composer, came to Tooting on Saturday 29 November 2014 to see Tooting Art Club's last performance of Sweeney Todd. The show was staged at Harringtons pie and mash shop on Selkirk Road. Read more & comment. - Sun 30th Nov 2014, 01:12 PM

  8. Investigation Launched at St Georges after Swabs left in Patients

    A serious incident investigation and a wider review of swabs retained in patients has been launched at St George's Hospital in Tooting after an incident involving a swab being left in a new mother in September 2014. Another similar incident involving a new mother had occurred in July 2014 and prior to this a swab had also been left in a patient's throat in April. Such incidents are termed “Never Events” by the NHS as they are considered to be events which should never occur and which put patients at risk of harm. St George’s NHS Trust recently applied for Foundation Trust, which is normally only given to places whose healthcare meets the highest standards of quality, and they are currently waiting to hear the outcome. Read more & comment. - Sat 29th Nov 2014, 03:29 PM

  9. Private Operator to be sought for Tooting Bec Athletics Track

    It was decided that a private operator should be sought to run Tooting Bec Athletics Track at a committee meeting held at Wandsworth Council last night, Thursday 27 November 2014. Wandsworth council stated that a new private operator model like the one currently in place for the borough's libraries could be used. Community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said, "as we have seen with our libraries you can involve outside expertise to run services very successfully indeed, providing the same or an even better level of service at much better value for money for local taxpayers". However many locals would disagree having seen services at Tooting library deteriorate with the withdrawal of the Library from the London Libraries Consortium and introduction of fees for book reservations even for books that are in stock. Read more & comment. - Fri 28th Nov 2014, 10:04 PM

  10. New French Eatery, a Creperie, Planned for Mitcham Road, Tooting

    A new planning application has been submitted to Wandsworth Council regarding a new French eatery, a Creperie, to open at the corner of Mitcham and Mellison roads. The application asks for a change of use for the site, which was previously used as the Cheque Centre, from Financial and Professional Services (A2) to Restaurant (A3). Read more & comment. - Thu 27th Nov 2014, 09:27 PM

  11. New Italian Restaurant to open on Tooting High Street

    A new Italian restaurant will be opening on Tooting High Street in place of the former Mango Palace restaurant. Read more & comment. - Wed 26th Nov 2014, 03:34 PM

  12. Hollywood Actor, James Franco, visits Tooting to see Local Production of Sweeney Todd

    Actor, James Franco paid a visit to Tooting, on Saturday 22 November 2014, to see Tooting Art Club's production of Sweeney Todd which was being staged at Harringtons pie and mash shop on Selkirk Road. He later wrote on the internet (Instagram and Twitter), "Go see SWEENEY TODD in LONDON! One of the best shows I've ever seen. At HARRIGTON'S PIE SHOP in TOOTING!!! Go now!!!!!" James Franco is a well known Hollywood actor who played Harry Osborn (best friend of Spider-man) in the Spider-man films. He has also roles in films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Oz the Great and Powerful. Read more & comment. - Sun 23rd Nov 2014, 05:40 PM

  13. The Little Church on the Corner of Kellino Street and St Cyprian Street Put up for Sale

    The little church and former boys club site on the Corner of Kellino Street and St Cyprian Street has been put up for sale. It is to be sold by auction on 8 December 2014. Read more & comment. - Sat 22nd Nov 2014, 01:01 PM

  14. Crossrail 2 Safeguarding Consultation Identifies Sites of Surface Interest in Tooting

    Transport for London (TfL) have launched their Crossrail 2 safeguarding consultation today, 20 November 2014. This will allow local authorities, businesses and residents to have a say on the plans to protect the route from any conflicting developments. The consultation will last until 28 January 2015. The draft safeguarding documents published as a part of the consultation show three sites of surface interest in the London SW17 area for the Crossrail 2 development. Read more & comment. - Thu 20th Nov 2014, 11:43 PM

  15. Dawat Restaurant to Close Current Site on Upper Tooting Road

    Dawat restaurant, located next to Dadu’s will soon be closing their current site on Upper Tooting Road. As the parade of shops they are in (RACS building parade) is earmarked for redevelopment. However Dawat are planning to reopen nearby and are currently actively searching for a new site. As a part of the redevelopment taking place here the former Dreamland shop, Dawat, Dadu's & former Kastoori restaurant site will all be demolished. However the RACS building facade will stay. Read more & comment. - Thu 20th Nov 2014, 01:14 PM

  16. Young’s Licence for Trafalgar Arms, on Tooting High Street, has been Approved

    A licence requested by Young and Co's Brewery PLC for selling alcohol, providing entertainment/music and late night refreshments for the Trafalgar Arms pub in Tooting was granted at a licensing sub-committee meeting held at Wandsworth Council last night, Tuesday 18 November 2014. Young's plan to open a Geronimo Inn gastro pub at the site. Read more & comment. - Wed 19th Nov 2014, 12:41 PM

  17. St George's Hospital Community Open Day, 15 November 2014

    A Community Open Day was held at St George's Hospital in Tooting on Saturday 12 October 2013. The event was organised by St George's Healthcare NHS Trust and St George's, University of London. Various free tours including a history tour took place across the hospital. There were also many stalls with things to try out and specialist information by various departments and community groups. Read more & comment. - Sun 16th Nov 2014, 07:36 PM

  18. Dadu's on Upper Tooting Road is Closing Down on 30 November 2014

    Dadu's Indian Supermarket on Upper Tooting Road is closing down. The last day of trade will be on Sunday 30 November 2014. The owner / manager of Dadu's, Vinod Patel, has run the shop on this site since 1980. Vinod said that he hopes to be back running a new shop at the site once the redevelopment of the RACS parade has been completed in 2017. Read more & comment. - Fri 14th Nov 2014, 05:09 PM

  19. Ardians Fishmongers has Opened in Broadway Market, Tooting

    Ardians Fishmongers, selling fresh fish and seafood, has opened in Broadway Market on Tooting High Street. Read more & comment. - Fri 14th Nov 2014, 01:24 PM

  20. New Coffee Shop Planned for Wiseton Road, off Bellevue Road

    Plans for a new coffee shop called Fotsam & Jetsam have been submitted to Wandsworth Council for a shop on Wiseton Road, just off Bellevue Road, next to Knight Frank estate agents. Read more & comment. - Fri 14th Nov 2014, 01:09 PM

  21. Work Underway for a Major Refit of the Tooting McDonald's Restaurant

    The McDonald's restaurant on Mitcham Road in Tooting is currently being refurbished both inside and out. They are due to reopen on Thursday 27 November 2014. Read more & comment. - Thu 13th Nov 2014, 05:41 PM

  22. Privately Operated Tooting Library Now Charging to Reserve Books

    Tooting Library, now privately operated by Greenwich Leisure Ltd in place of Wandsworth Council, is now charging fees for book reservations. Fees now have to be paid to reserve a book if it has been borrowed by another library member and you want to put your name down to get it next. The fee for book reservations is £2 per book (or £1.30 if you do it yourself online). In addition the reservation fee is not-refundable if they for any reason cannot get you the book you reserved. Read more & comment. - Thu 13th Nov 2014, 03:40 PM

  23. St Nicolas Church's Remembrance Tea and WW1 Tooting History Event, 8 November 2014

    St Nicholas Church in Tooting held a free WW1 themed history event for the local community on Saturday 8 December 2014. There was a free exhibition of old local photographs and World War 1 themed tours of the church and its surrounds by local historian Councillor Rex Osborn. Read more & comment. - Sun 9th Nov 2014, 06:38 PM

  24. Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, Reported to Police for Allegedly using a Phone whilst Driving

    Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, has been reported to the police for allegedly looking at his phone whist driving. Conservative MP for North Swindon, Justin Tomlinson wrote, to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to call for an investigation following the publication of a slightly blurry photo on the Guido Fawkes’ blog which allegedly shows Sadiq Khan looking at his phone whist driving. This has been much reported in the nation media. Read more & comment. - Tue 4th Nov 2014, 07:41 PM

  25. Plans for a new Artisan Coffee and Cake Shop on Mitcham Road, Tooting

    A new eatery called Mud is planning on Mitcham Road, near Church Lane, at the site which was previously occupied by Mishtidesh Indian sweet shop. A webpage has been created on Twitter by the company giving their intentions of opening at the location. They intend to provide artisan coffee and fresh cakes at the premises. Read more & comment. - Thu 30th Oct 2014, 05:28 PM

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