Articles by Toby Porter

‘The truth – it was a sledgehammer’

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Andrew Lovell still does not know for sure who his father is. The 52-year-old may never know. The father who adopted him has died and his mother is in a home…


School has plenty of time and space

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Dr Who assistant and Brixton girl Pearl Mackie opened a new school and was grilled by pupils about the new woman doctor. The actor, who plays Bill Potts, the first openly gay…




It’s a pipe-dream to have this mess cleared up

Is this Britain’s worst plumbing job? These pipes in Victoria Barrett’s home in Eliot Park, Lewisham, were installed eight years ago. They did not have any brackets to attach them to her ceiling – and…



Tackling the scourge of rogue landlords

Thousands of tenants across South London are living in dangerous accommodation managed by hundreds of rogue landlords. A Freedom of Information request sent to London’s 32 boroughs has revealed that within the past year Southwark…




Award for moving way to fight cancer

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A community support team has been nominated for a prestigious award, celebrating the lasting difference their work has made to people diagnosed with cancer Based in St George’s Hospital, The Macmillan…


Giorgio happy he’s half the man he used to be

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A man who thought it was his lot in life to be overweight lost 17 stone in 17 months after his weight ballooned to a whopping 32 stone. Giorgio Annecchini, a…


Barman pedals to Brighton to help hospice

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A barman cycled 54 miles to Brighton to raise money to help sick children. Simon Danks, who works at the Pavilion, Sydenham, raised £2,500 on his arduous pedal – but is…


I’m running marathon for dad

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Simon Hoggart swore when he did a half-marathon that he would never attempt the full 26-mile run. But the 34-year-old from West Norwood won’t have any problem motivating himself when he…


Poor getting poorer

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Food handouts are soaring as new figures reveal growing divide in wealth The number of families desperate enough to ask for charity food handouts has soared in South London, latest figures…


Diana award for caring pupils

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Pupils from a primary went to a ceremony put on by organisers of Princess Diana Award and enjoyed an afternoon of special performances at Barclays head office in Canary Wharf. This…



Nothing is so a-peel-ing as a ripe banana…

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Tooting might have been recently chosen as the 10th most interesting place in the world to visit in an online travel guide, but it is not known for its tropical climate. It…



What fun guys and gals

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Members of the Wimbledon Common Nature Club, supported by the London Wildlife Trust, went on a Fungi Foray with Fabrice Boltho, who leads fungi walks for The South London Botanical Institute….


Developer withdraws Hamlet support

A developer has stopped paying a football club’s players after almost three years, following the decision to bar the firm from moving the stadium on to protected land to build homes on the old pitch….


Clothes that are fit for a hero

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk An entrepreneur has launched a fashion label inspired by the first private to receive the country’s highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross. Business management and digital media student Zib Nyatito,…



Remembering those who died in conflicts

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Silence will fall across South-east London as residents pay tribute to those killed and injured protecting these islands. Servicemen and women will be honoured with two minutes’ silence on November 11…


Delight as police station is to remain open

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk Bexleyheath police station will not close as a result of spending reductions being made by the Mayor of London. Leader of Bexley council, Councillor Teresa O’Neill said: “We made a detailed case…


‘Talk to your children to avert tragedy’

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A mum has pleaded for families to communicate with their young sons in the hope of avoiding more tragedy. Zainab Fofanah’s son Bilal Kargbo was stabbed to death in Blenheim Grove,…


Pioneering heart op is lifesaver for mother

MUM-OF-TWO OLASUMBO IS FIRST IN THE UK TO UNDERGO NEW HEART OPERATION BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk A mother-of-two who could have been killed slowly by the effects of a heart attack has been saved by…