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Father who died after running Kingston Breakfast Run named as Worcester Park man

A father-of-two died after racing with his best friend across the finish line at the Kingston Breakfast Run.

Colin Higbee, 45, from Kingshill Avenue in Worcester Park collapsed on Sunday morning after running the 16mile race in 2 hours 17 minutes alongside best friend Raymond Payne.


Sutton burial records go online

Genealogists across the borough will be aided in their research as Sutton Council has announced that its burial records for Sutton Cemetery and Cuddington Cemetery, which date back to 1889, will now be accessible online.

The council has recently finished scanning and transcribing the records from Sutton Cemetery. This work forms part of a project involving the provision of a new computerised burials administration system for the Cemetery Service. The burial records for Bandon Hill Cemetery, which is jointly managed by the London boroughs of Sutton and Croydon, are also due to go online in April 2014.

Currently, residents have had to contact the cemetery office with their genealogical enquiries with the staff having to refer to the burial registers which are old, fragile books, some dating back over one hundred years. Local residents will now be able to search and download the records via the Deceased Online website

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“This modernisation is much needed; the previous registers were old and could not have lasted a great deal longer. The records being placed online will allow a much greater access to our citizens and will facilitate quick efficient research. Given that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI we expect many people to use this service to further research their ancestors who fought in the Great War”

Sutton Council live web-chat service launched

A new live web-chat service has been launched by Sutton Council as part of an ongoing drive to provide better customer services.

The opportunity to chat in real-time will enable residents to gain greater clarity about specific problems and queries they may have. Customers will be able to click on the live chat option on the website; which will connect them with a customer services advisor who will best assist with their enquiry.


Cops catch Worcester Park car crooks because one is wearing stolen backpack

Two car criminals gave themselves away when one of them was arrested wearing a rucksack stolen from one of the three BMWs they had just broken into. Police also recovered a mobile phone belonging to the other thief after he had dropped it when hopping over garden fences to escape police.

They were both arrested after a police dog had joined the search and picked up their scent. They were found hiding amongst foliage in a back garden next to a shed in Longfellow Road, Worcester Park.

When Lucas O’Neil of Creston Way, Worcester Park, and James Watson of Tramway Path, Mitcham, appeared before Magistrates they were each sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to three counts each of theft from motor vehicles in Worcester Park, in the early hours of Monday, 10 March 2014.

A local resident called police on 999 at 02:38hrs after he had seen two suspects trying to open door handles in Beaumont Drive before heading into Portland Close.

Officers arrived on scene and closed in when O’Neil and Watson activated a security light behind Sherbrooke Way. Officers found a BMW with its interior light on, its glove box open and the contents spread over the passenger seat.

O’Neil and Watson could then be heard by officers climbing over fence panels in gardens along Portland Close and Beaumont Drive. The Dog Unit called to the scene found O’Neil’s Blackberry mobile phone in one of the gardens.

The dog tracked them to Longfellow Road where O’Neil and Watson were arrested for theft from motor vehicle.

Police enquiries discovered another BMW had been broken into behind Sherbrooke Way and another BMW broken into on a driveway in Beaumont Drive. The glove boxes of both vehicles had been searched and their contents scattered inside the front of the cars.

Watson was wearing a rucksack when arrested. One victim found that his Nike rucksack which contained a white towel was missing. The rucksack that was in Watson’s possession contained a white towel.


Greggs goes hi-tech

After spending most of my life in the IT industry I couldn’t resist signing up for the new Greggs Rewards scheme after it came to my attention yesterday.

It is an interesting approach to both store loyalty cards and methods of payment. Unlike other stores you download a smartphone app rather than apply for a card and to encourage you they are also offering some introductory freebies.

Having signed up and put some money on my account I decided, in the interests of my fellow Worcester Park shoppers, to head down to Greggs in Central Road to buy some lunch.

When you go to the till you press the ‘spend’ button in the app on your phone which generates a quick response (QR) code and a unique number. In theory the staff can just scan the QR code to take the payment but Worcester Park branch haven’t received their scanner yet so just typed the unique number into the till to take my payment.

Sandwich purchased, no cash exchanged, and a quick look at the app instantly showed my account had been debited the cost of my baguette.

An interesting idea which seems easy to use, would you use it to buy YOUR lunch?

Latest crime update from Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team

– an unlocked shed in a back garden was searched without any property being taken in Ebbisham Road between 20:00hrs on Saturday, 1 March and 08:00hrs on Sunday, 2 March after a lock had been cut on a gate leading to the garden
– gold jewellery and cash were stolen in a burglary in Merrilands Road between 9 January – 27 February

Vehicle crimes

Please be aware that unlocked vehicles are being targeted:
– £6 in coins and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from stolen from a car parked in Longfellow Road between 19:40hrs on Monday, 3 March and 08:30hrs on Tuesday, 4 March. The car was unlocked as no forced entry had been made to the vehicle
– a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle parked in Delcombe Avenue between 18:00hrs on Sunday, 2 March and 07:00hrs on Monday, 3 March
– a credit card, cheque book and small amount of loose change was taken from inside a vehicle parked in Boscombe Road between 18:00hrs on Sunday, 2 March and 07:00hrs on Monday, 3 March. There were no signs of forced entry
– a car glove box was searched by a suspect whilst the vehicle was unlocked and its battery was being recharged in Ebbisham Road between 3-4 March. Nothing was taken.
– a Sat Nav and cash were stolen from a vehicle whilst parked unlocked on a driveway in Washington Road between 22:00hrs on Tuesday, 4 March and 08:30hrs on Wednesday, 5 March

Please make sure your vehicle is locked before you leave it. If locking your vehicle with a key fob, please still check that the doors are locked before you walk away. Also, please remove all property from inside your vehicle.

Be wary of fake ‘crime prevention officers’

A warning from Sutton Police:

Police are asking residents to be wary of telephone callers or doorstep callers who say they are ‘crime prevention officers’ wanting to visit their homes and provide them with advice. This follows information we received from a local female resident, who took such a telephone call, and reported it to us on Friday, 28 February. The caller said they would be visiting her on the following day – Saturday, 1 March.

The caller suggested that they would be visiting residents in Brambledown Road, Wallington and Boundary Road, Wallington. The resident told us that she found this approach to be ‘strange’ and wanted us to be aware.

At 11:27hrs this morning (Monday, 3 March) we received another call – this time from a female resident in Grosvenor Avenue, Carshalton saying she had just received a telephone call offering crime prevention advice.

If you receive a telephone call like this please report it to Sutton Police station on 101. If you have a caller at your door offering crime prevention advice, don’t let them in, shut the door and call police on 999. We would rather come out to check that everything is OK, than to find that someone has become a victim of crime.

If you want crime prevention advice, please contact us. We are happy to come along and help you. You can get your local team’s number by calling Sutton Police station on 101 or visiting: and click on the link for Safer Neighbourhoods.

We would like to thank the residents for making us aware of these calls and these doorsteps visits.

Housing plan for Cheam Common Road

A Prior Approval planning application has been submitted to convert existing office space to residential use at McMillan House in Cheam Common Road, Worcester Park.

If implemented, the plan would lead to the creation of forty-six 1 and 2 bed flats on the ground, first and second floors including 87 car parking spaces.

Link to planning application: