Articles by Toby Porter






Mayor Egan seeks talks over The Den

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Millwall have welcomed a suggestion by Lewisham’s new mayor for round-table talks with a controversial developer over plans to build 2,400 homes around their ground. Newly-elected Damien Egan wrote to Lions…


It’s all change for coffee shop

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A cafe has raised more than £10,000 in two weeks as the owners face eviction and moving costs. Alec Snelling, who owns and runs the Waiting Room in Deptford, set up…


Hotel group plans fresh life for club

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A historic working men’s club is to be turned into a cafe as part of a £40million five-storey hotel plan near a busy shopping street and hospital. The London Hotel Group…






Teen jailed after stabbing Jamel

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A teenager has been jailed at the Old Bailey for a vicious stabbing in South London that left his 17-year-old victim in a minimally conscious state due to a catastrophic brain…




Recruiter an international success

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A recruiter who started from almost nothing at the time of the global crash in 2008 has won a business award after creating a company which now has 200 clients in…






South London stars in Time Out awards

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk South London has dominated the winning rostrum in the Time Out Love London Awards. Tens of thousands of locals voted for their favourite London spots – and a movie mecca campaigning…





Appeal launched to raise cash for school’s books

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Britain’s greatest writer, William Shakespeare, showed how much he valued books in his last play, The Tempest. The forlorn sorcerer Prospero, marooned on an island, talks of his library wistfully. “Knowing…


‘Please help find Ola’s killers’

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk The heartbroken family of a 20-year-old who was shot and stabbed to death after a row in the street have appealed for help in finding his killers. Ola Raji was attacked…







Royal baby money donated to Evelina

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might have taken a few days to name their newest baby, but they wasted no time in naming the charity to which they want wellwishers to…


Manhunt for drug dealer in Brixton

Police are appealing for a man wanted on suspicion of drug offences. Officers in Lambeth have re-issued images of Emile Dover, 30, who is sought in connection with the supply of controlled drugs in the…



Musical youths perform at the Palace

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A musical performance by schoolchildren welcomed world leaders to Buckingham Palace last week for the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Youngsters from Southbank centre-based Kinetika Bloco…


Windrush immigrant, 83, denied entry to UK

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk The daughter of a Windrush immigrant denied entry back into the UK said she fears her mum will die alone in Jamaica because she cannot afford medication. Gretal Gocan was denied entry…



Helen Townrow, MoonWalk London

I  was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2006. It was such a shock as I was only 31 and there wasn’t any history of anyone in my family having had breast cancer. I discovered…


Big support for new Thames crossing

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Plans for a new river crossing over the Thames in South-east London have received a  boost after a large majority of those surveyed in the area backed it. Transport for London (TfL)…