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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Wandsworth Council is going to spend £100,000 planting new trees

The authority is aiming to become the “greenest inner London borough.”

The trees will be planted over the next two years.

Kasia, from Neal’s Nursery at Wandsworth Common, explains why they are so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

A deer has died after being attacked by a dog in Richmond Park

Cyclists tried to chase the dog away, but the deer had to be put down.

A 44-year-old man from Kingston has been charged.

He'll appear in court in January.

People are being reminded to keep their dogs on a lead in the park.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Drivers in mid-Wales are apparently the most likely to experience the freedom of an open road

Research has found Powys has more metres of road per person than any other local authority area, with more than 40.

Hammersmith and Fulham has the worst in London at 1.2, but even the best, Sutton and Richmond, have only 2.1.

Surrey is in the middle of the table, with 4.6 metres per person.

The numbers are dwindling, though, because populations are increasing at 10-times the rate of road building.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Competitors in a major bicycle race could be pedalling through Surrey for the last time next year.

The County Council plans to withdraw its support for the 'RideLondon 100-mile sportive' in order to focus on "smaller, community-led" cycling events.

The closed-road race usually starts at the Olympic Park, crosses nine London boroughs and parts of Surrey before eventually finishing on the Mall.

Surrey County Council's cabinet for communities meets tomorrow with officers recommending they pull out of backing the event from 2022, despite it not costing them anything.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday, 26 October 2020

Ultraviolet lights are to be fitted to escalators on the underground, to constantly clean the handrails.

A trial at Heathrow found they improve cleanliness by 50%.

They’ll be powered by a small dynamo which generates power from the moving handrail.

The units will be fitted to 110 escalators on the network.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man who’s wanted for a murder in Albania may be in Croydon or Battersea.


41-year-old Arjanit Kondi has been accused of shooting one man and injuring three others during a bar fight three years ago.

Anyone who sees him should not approach him, but call the police immediately.

You can find a picture of him on our Twitter feed, just search for Jackie News.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

One of London’s boroughs is saying pleas for government funding are falling on “deaf ears”.

Authorities in London are to split £218m, with the amounts varying from £14.5m in Tower Hamlets, down to £1.5m in Richmond.

Redbridge told the Standard that they “made it very clear” to the government they’re expecting a financial hit of £60m.

Most authorities in Surrey are to receive grants around £100,000.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says the extra £1bn will “ensure councils have the resources they need over the winter”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A cemetery in Thames Ditton is to become a wildflower garden

Earlier this month, nine volunteers turned up at St Nicholas’ Church to cut the grass, which had grown three feet high.

A number of the graves are of ex-servicemen, and it was decided to transform it into a garden.

Helen Edwards has been leading the campaign to crowdsource the seeds, and says they’ve had donations from as far as Devon:


She’s asking people to buy wildflower seeds, and post them to St Nicholas’ Church on Summer Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

A 21 year old woman involved in a collision in North Cheam has died in hospital

The driver failed to stop at the scene in London Road on the evening of October the 16th.

He was arrested a short time later on suspicion of drink driving and has since been released under investigation.

Police say their thoughts are with Rhiannon Hall’s family and friends.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

People in Spain are getting used to a new night-time curfew to help control a spike in Covid-19 infections

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the restriction, which came into force last night, will be in place between 11pm and 6am.

Jackie’s Thomas McIlroy reports from the Spanish city of Valencia:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

Heathrow is looking to charge airlines higher fees

It’s writing to the Civil Aviation Authority, saying that increasing its cut will allow more spending in the shorter term and reduce costs long-term.

It’s looking to raise £1.7bn this way.

However, the regulator says they haven’t seen anything to suggest urgent action is required, and more evidence is needed.

The consultation will run until November the 5th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Prince Harry's called a Black Lives Matter activist a "guardian angel" during a conversation released by GQ

Patrick Hutchinson from Wimbledon was pictured carrying an injured counter-protester out of crowd during a rally in London earlier this year.

Speaking via an online call, he told the Duke of Sussex he went to the protest hoping to stop any violence breaking out.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

Some MPs are trying to refuse a £3,000 pay rise, and donate it to charity instead

Streatham’s Bell Ribeiro-Addy says it’s “obscene to even discuss” a pay rise.

She’s pledging to give it to local causes if it’s granted.

Tooting’s Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has also joined the campaign.

It’s being organised by the platform Ripples, and currently has around 19,000 signatures on its petition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

It’s believed gold thefts in Surrey may be connected to organised crime groups across the UK

 


A major hotspot stretches from Sunbury, diagonally through Ashford to Heathrow.

No other hotspot is as big in the county, but Weybridge, Oxshott and Chertsey are also being targeted.

In teams of three or four, the burglars are sacking homes looking for high value gold, such as wedding jewellery and heirlooms.

People are being told to keep valuables in a secure box, and when wearing it, keep it hidden until you’re indoors around trustworthy people.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

A review of hospital food, led by Bake-Off judge Prue Leith, suggests meals should be served in dining rooms and on china plates

A panel of advisors has recommended ways NHS trusts can improve hygiene and nutrition in hospitals.

The review was launched following a deadly listeria outbreak last year at hospitals including Kingston, linked to pre-packaged sandwiches and salads.

Kingston stopped using food by the Good Food Chain in response.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am  

Several Conservative MPs are now warning they could vote against the government, and support the extension of free school meals in England

Boris Johnson's under growing pressure to bring the policy in line with the rest of the UK, after campaigning by footballer Marcus Rashford.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are offering the scheme over the holidays until at least Easter.

Kingston, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow councils are among the organisations offering school meals through half term.

The Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has compared the situation with a Charles Dickens novel.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 am  

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after a man was stabbed in Addiscombe

The force and air ambulance was called yesterday morning to Clyde Road, and a 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 35-year-old woman is currently in custody.

A post-mortem will be held in due course.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Sunday, 25 October 2020

More needs to be done to tackle racial inequality in Hounslow according to their cabinet, even though it’s one of the most diverse boroughs in the UK.

They’ve agreed a broad range of recommendations to improve engagement with Black and minority ethnic communities there.

Initiatives include increasing representation of minorities in the police and a joint approach to support marginalised communities in Hounslow.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

Croydon Council is facing 20 recommendations for improvement after auditors delivered a damning public interest report on its finances.

The council’s new leader, Hamida Ali, has apologised for financial mismanagement which has left the council 1.5 billion pounds in debt.

The report, drawn up by the council auditors, Grant Thornton, accused the borough’s leadership team of corporate blindness.

Councillor Ali, who became leader less than a week ago, has promised a new culture and said an action plan would be tabled.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm  

A recovery plan to support businesses through the economic downturn has been announced by Hounslow Council.

An independent report from Oxford Economics recently estimated 40,000 jobs could be lost in the borough.

Nearby Heathrow employs over 80-thousand people. 

One Hounslow Forward Together is calling for an Aviation Community Fund to support the areas reliant on the airport.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:21 pm  

A woman from Twickenham has launched a campaign to raise awareness of Lupus.

The condition affects the immune system and can cause problems with your skin, joints, kidneys and other organs.

Shirley Channock, who was diagnosed after lengthy investigations, says Lupus can be chameleonic.

Shirley’s “Put Lupus on the Map” campaign is hoping to raise £1,000 for research via Friends of Hammersmith Hospital. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

A new walk-in coronavirus testing facility has opened in Wallington.

Those with symptoms can now book appointments at The Phoenix Centre Car Park.

The new site was set up to be easily accessible without a car. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

People affected by the closure of Hammersmith Bridge will get a chance to air their views on Wednesday night.

Richmond Council is hosting a virtual public meeting with the team charged with getting it up and running again. 

The Grade II listed crossing closed to all traffic earlier this year because of structural issues caused by a heatwave.

Anyone wanting to join the meeting must register with Richmond council by 5pm on Wednesday. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Some of Kingston’s most vulnerable youngsters will be eligible for food vouchers during this half term, and over the Christmas holidays

 Some of Kingston’s most vulnerable youngsters will be eligible for food vouchers during this half term, and over the Christmas holidays. 

Kingston Council says the vouchers will be available to parents and carers whose children have a social worker. 

Details of how to apply are available on the council’s website. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm  

Croydon’s new council leader is promising swift and decisive action after a damning report from the borough’s auditors was published late on Friday.

Croydon’s new council leader is promising swift and decisive action after a damning report from the borough’s auditors was published late on Friday. 

Hamida Ali issued a full apology for the way the council’s stricken finances had been run, after the public interest report identified 75 areas where the previous leadership team had failed.

The long-awaited report from auditors Grant Thornton accused Croydon Council of corporate blindness in amassing a deficit of £1.5 billion. 

Investment had been made rashly without trying to assess their consequences and the previous leader, Tony Newman was criticised for tending to blame all Croydon’s problems on the government. 

In a statement Newman’s successor Hamida Ali said the council fully accepted the findings, Appointed less than a week ago, 

Hamida Ali said she was committed to developing a new culture in the top team. She promised a new action plan would be put before the full council.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

A determined RSPCA inspector has recaptured a snake which caused a scare when it gave its owner the slip in Dorking

 A determined RSPCA inspector has recaptured a snake which caused a scare when it gave its owner the slip in Dorking. 

Animal rescuer Louis Horton was called to the scene when the reptile was spotted slithering across the car park of a residential care home at Beare Green.

After a thorough search of the car it was finally discovered snuggled up in the boot, and reunited with its owner. 

The animal, identified as a milk snake escaped from is home through an open window.  

Milk snakes are harmless but their markings are easily confused with coral snakes, which are extremely dangerous. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am  

Two men in their 20s have died after a crash involving two cars in Chertsey

 Two men in their 20s have died after a crash involving two cars in Chertsey..

It happened at around 8,45 last night in Guildford Road.

The victims were in one of the vehicles, while the driver of the other one was taken to hospital.

Officers are urging two people who stopped at the scene before police arrived to contact them.

The rod remains closed.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth is calling for urgent action following a huge spike in thefts of catalytic converters across London

 The MP for Brentford and Isleworth is calling for urgent action following a huge spike in thefts of catalytic converters across London. 

Ruth Cadbury has written to the policing minister Kit Malthouse to  highlight a 455 per =cent increase in thefts last year.

She’s also raised the matter with Hounslow Council after residents across the borough reported stolen converters, as thieves cash in on soaring prices for the precious metals they contain.  


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Saturday, 24 October 2020

People across Surrey are being warned to store their valuables in a safe place

It comes as Surrey police say around 30 burglaries since July maybe connected to one or more organised criminal groups operating in the UK.

Detectives say burglars work in groups of three or four and ransack family homes looking for high purity and high value Gold.

Police advise to store valuables in a safety deposit box or bank vault and add security measures like CCTV.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 pm  

Sutton’s ambulance staff have been assaulted 30 times over the last year.

Council leader Ruth Dombey is calling the figures “utterly unacceptable.”

The 30 assaults, from August 2019 to August this year, include 11 physical blows and 4 incidents of grabbing or touching.

They relate to London Ambulance Service staff based out of Sutton’s two stations.

Potential legislation on tougher sentences is not expected to be brought forward until sometime next year.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm  

We’re all being encouraged to become hairier to help children with cancer.
Henley Shipping in Staines has launched a fundraising campaign called: Beauty and the Beard.

Money raised by participants between now and January will go straight to charity Solving Kids Cancer.

Organiser Josh Brown explains what you need to do to get involved. 

 
To find out more, check Beauty and the Beard on Instagram.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

Over 100 organisations up and down the country - from cafes to councils - have offered to supply free school meals during half term.

They've been inspired by footballer Marcus Rashford's campaign to end child food poverty.

Richard Craig, who runs the Antelope pub in Surbiton, is taking part too.

He’s very impressed with the way Rashford has inspired this grass roots movement.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

Chelsea will go third in the Premier League with a win over Manchester United this evening.

It's a clash between two of the so-called "big six" in the top flight, but they've not all found it easy so far this season.

Manager Frank Lampard knows how significant it would be to claim victory at Old Trafford, even at this early stage.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Streatham Hill Theatre is asking for your help to reimagine its future.

It's planning on renting out its space for arts and community groups.

They've put out a survey to gauge the demand for this. You can find the link below:

www.streathamhilltheatre.org/survey

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Kingston University is leading part of a landmark study into palliative care for older people with learning disabilities.

A research team has received £900,00 from the National Institute for Health Research to carry out the study.

It is hoped it will increase the knowledge of how family carers plan for their own end of life while looking after others.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 am  

Headley Court near Epsom Downs is once again treating patients with complications of Covid-19.

 The former army rehab centre, now known as NHS Seacole, is currently treating 28 patients with a capacity for up to 300.

It has provided rehab to 110 patients since May, who have suffered muscle wastage problems after long-term ventilation in hospital.

There are currently 54 beds open and bosses say it remains flexible to the needs of the community.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am  

Spending in central London is set to fall by £10.9bn as a result of Covid-19.

The money brought in by foreign tourists is set to drop by £7.4bn while domestic tourism will fall by £3.5bn.



London mayor Sadiq Khan said the data showed government bailouts were only a "sticking plaster solution".
 
The government has accepted that some sectors “needed more support” and announced changes to its Job Support Scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 am  

Some small breweries will end up paying higher amounts of tax, under government plans.

The threshold for Small Brewer Relief is to be halved.

That could place 150 of them at risk, according to the Society of independent brewers.

Jack Hobday from Anspach and Hobday in Croydon, is behind a petition against the changes.

He says that it’s going to be difficult to adapt at a time when revenue is down anyway.

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The government says 80% of brewers are unaffected, and mean it’s easier for them to grow to higher levels.

He’s set up a petition against the move, which you can find here.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday, 23 October 2020

The Chelsea Flower Show will go ahead next year.

That’s according to organisers, the RHS, which says it will be ready to move with government guidelines.

Coronavirus forced the event online this year.

A longer show will launch in May, running for six days for the first time in its 108-year history.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Can you help track down some stolen golf equipment in Epsom?

CCTV images have been released after the burglary on The Ridge on the 11th of October.

Access was gained to an outbuilding at the property.

CCTV images have been released of two men.





posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

150 small brewers could be at risk, as the threshold for tax relief is due to come down.

It’ll also no longer be a percentage of tax deducted, but instead a cash rebate.

Jack Hobday, from Anspach and Hobday in Croydon, says that could cause problems going forward.

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He’s set up a petition against the move, which you can find here.

The government says 80% of brewers are unaffected, and mean it’s easier for them to grow to higher levels.

 

 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says it's too early in the season to talk about which teams may challenge champions Liverpool for the title.

His side are two points behind Jurgen Klopp's team, with Everton ahead of Aston Villa at the top of the Premier League table.

Lampard believes the fact the campaign is being played in the middle of a pandemic makes things hard to predict.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

LGBT groups say the Pope’s endorsement of same-sex civil unions is a “major step forward."

In the UK, the Church of England, Methodist and Catholic churches don’t permit same-sex marriages.

However, The United Reform Church does, after concluding they are “blessed by god”.

Reverend Roger Jones is from the URC in Tolworth, and tells us why:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Fifty residents are still unable to return to their homes following a suspected gas explosion in Southall which killed two people

Four adults and a child were rescued after the shop building collapsed in west London Southall yesterday morning.

Police say work's ongoing at the site, and road closures remain in place.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Investigations are continuing after fire gutted part of a house in Croydon

The conservatory was destroyed in the blaze in Palmerston Road last night.

London Fire Brigade says initial investigations point the blame to a faulty tumble dryer.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

Every pupil in Hammersmith and Fulham in need will receive free meal vouchers through the half term

They’re paid for through community contributions won by the council through negotiations with property developers.

School breakfasts will be provided to 600 local children most in need of help.

Footballer Marcus Rashford has been leading a campaign to get kids free meals through the holidays, which was voted down in parliament.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, has defended the decision.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

A man and woman have been charged after a man was found on fire next to Mitcham Common

69-year-old Sophia Kokkinos from Clapham and 27-year-old Michael Brain from Weybridge will appear in court today.

The body of 23-year-old Loeike Guei from Thornton Heath was found on Commonside East last month.

Three other men have previously been charged in connection with the murder.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

The Referee scheduled to take charge of tomorrow's rugby union Premiership final has tested positive for coronavirus

Wayne Barnes is now self isolating and has been withdrawn from the showpiece at Twickenham between Exeter and Wasps.

A replacement official will be announced later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the arts sector

But the Rose Theatre Kingston is fighting back, launching its Autumn season with the previously postponed production of “Educating Rita.”

Stephen Tompkinson stars as the frustrated professor Frank in Willy Russell’s hit play which is now in its 40th year.

Stephen tells us the theatre offers the much needed escapism that we all need at the moment.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

Sir David Attenborough's apparently the person who we admire the most for their values

The Richmond resident has topped a list of figures, whose ethics Britain would like to see reflected across society.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg came second, and footballer Marcus Rashford in third for his campaigning on free school meals in England.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

Croydon has appointed its first BAME leader

Councillor Hamida Ali has been appointed after Tony Newman resigned earlier this month.

She says she’s committed to putting the finances “back on a stable footing”.

During her time in office, She’s been responsible for the “Violence Reduction Network”, which aims to take a preventative approach to tackling the root causes of crime.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am  

The Chelsea Flower Show will go ahead next year.

That’s according to organisers, the RHS, which says it will be ready to move with government guidelines.

Coronavirus forced the event online this year.

A longer show will launch in May, running for six days for the first time in its 108-year history.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Fifty residents are still unable to return to their homes following a suspected gas explosion in Southall which killed two people

Four adults and a child were rescued after the shop building collapsed in west London Southall yesterday morning.

Police say work's ongoing at the site, and road closures remain in place.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 pm  

Police are searching for a 42-year-old woman from Cobham who is wanted for failing to appear at court

Christine Goodsall is white, of a slim build, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

She has links to Surbiton and officers are appealing for information.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

England's rugby union clash with the Barbarians on Sunday, scheduled to be played at Twickenham stadium behind closed doors, may be called-off

It's after a number of opposition players breached coronavirus protocols by leaving their hotel bubble without permission.

They were separated from the rest of the squad on their return and will not be part of the match.

However, the fixture now depends on suitable replacements being found who've passed Covid-19 testing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 pm  

York House in Twickenham is undergoing restoration work

 The Grade II listed building has suffered damage to its external façade as result of the weather over recent years.

 The site currently serves as the municipal buildings for Richmond Council.

 Work will also be undertaken on the famous Naked Ladies fountains in the gardens, including the removal of moss and foliage.

 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

Could consciousness be energy in the brain?

That’s what a researcher at the University of Surrey is suggesting.

When you move or think, the brain uses electricity to send messages through the nerves, plus a little energy.

This energy has always been dismissed as unrelated to the brain’s work.

However, Professor McFadden says this could be behind free will, a scientific version of the soul.

The theory explains why computers haven’t showed consciousness, despite their high power.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

“Wear because you care”

That’s what staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting are saying about face masks.

These staff members are saying why they wear them around the hospital:



COVID-19 usually spreads from coughs, sneezes and speaking.

Wearing a mask correctly stops droplets from hitting others.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Pictures have been released of stolen paintings and a ring recovered in Battersea

The items were found after a 37-year-old man was stopped and searched last Thursday.

The paintings are dated and signed by an artist who died a number of years ago.

Meanwhile, the ring has a platinum band and is believed to be set with diamonds.

You can find a picture of the ring here:



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

People campaigning against new road layouts in Worcester Park claim Sutton Council is failing to respond to their concerns

Lucy Mayer reports: 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Tooting MP has been told to repay more than £1,400 after using prepaid Commons stationery to send political material to voters

Parliament's standard watchdog found Rosena Allin-Khan used the envelopes and headed notepaper to send her 'Brexit Update'.

MPs are banned from using them for campaign material.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 pm  

Heathrow-based British Airways' parent company says it will operate "no more than 30%" of its flight capacity between October and December compared to last year

IAG says it "no longer expects" to break even in terms of cash flow over that quarter.

It blames additional travel restrictions and the extension of quarantine measures for a decline in bookings.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

Five people have been arrested after raids on cannabis factories in Walton and Sunbury

The house in Walton had 150 plants growing, and were almost ready to be harvested.

A 31-year-old has been arrested, and released under investigation.

Meanwhile in Sunbury, four have been arrested and a large group ran off during the raid.

Later, they were seen to go back in, and officers then arrested them.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

A campaign to keep lifelong learning has been launched

The £12m Union Learning Fund sees unions secure access to workplace learning and training. 

However, the government is planning to scrap it, reportedly without prior consultation.

The Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union says it would be “ludicrous” to scrap the fund while ministers say “upskilling and retraining” is needed.

A petition has been set up by the TUC to fight it. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am  

Footballer Marcus Rashford is promising to keep campaigning to extend free school meals in England over the holidays, after MPs voted against it

The Manchester United player says a "significant number" of children go to bed hungry, and that people need to "unite" to protect the most vulnerable.

The government insists support is in place, and will continue, for children on low incomes.

When an MP can't vote because they're away on business, it's common practice for a rival to not vote either so the effect is cancelled out.

Ed Davey and Sarah Olney, Lib Dem representatives for Kingston and Richmond Park, were absent for this reason.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:56 am  

Residents in Mitcham are expressing concern over plans for a replacement bridge on the River Wandle

They want the current structure and area around it given the same protective status as green belt land.   

Objections include cyclists and pedestrians sharing the same pavement and the destruction of an existing historic structure.

A vote on the proposals is due at a Council planning meeting tonight.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 am  

People living on the streets of Kingston are being offered flu jabs

18 people used the pharmacy service last week.

It’s being provided by charity Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness and the SW London Health & Care Partnership.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Kingston’s Kingfisher Leisure Centre is getting an upgrade

Kingston Council says the site, which was closed last December over safety concerns, is coming to the end of its life.

It wants to build a brand-new centre rather than just replacing the roof, which would cost an estimated £5 million.

The authority has started to prepare a business case so that work can start before the end of the year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Urgent care is to return to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton

While the Urgent Treatment Centre is to remain closed, 480 appointments each week are to be made available.

It’s expected to begin at the end of November.

The UTC was closed in March as it wasn’t possible to separate walk-in patients with COVID-19 symptoms, and other patients.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 pm  

A man has been arrested after refusing to leave the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

At Kingston Police Station, it was found that he was wanted on recall to prison.

If you have any information, contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 pm  

Wardens are going to patrol the towpath beside Hammersmith Bridge

Richmond Council is to supply the service following the full closure of the bridge in August.

Four marshals will patrol on bikes between Hammersmith Bridge and Beverley Brook, weekdays between 3pm and 7pm from Monday.

The authority says it’s rolling out the safety procedure as the clocks go back this weekend and the path is used by hundreds of children.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Elmbridge Borough Council insists it’s not “ageist” despite refusing planning permission for a retirement village

The proposals by Guild Living for 222 properties at the old Homebase site were turned down at a meeting last night.

Council planners had originally said: "the application would undermine the vitality and viability of the town centre."

In a statement, Elmbridge said “We have seven centres for the community, each catering for the needs of our older people.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:50 pm  

Police in Lambeth have raised over £3,500 in honour of an officer killed in Croydon

 The fundraising event was the 24-hour Ratana Rowathon and finished at 7am this morning.

The force says it’s “in tribute to a much lovely and deeply missed colleague”.

51-year-old Sgt Matt Ratana was killed last month, and the prime suspect is still in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 pm  

Elmbridge Borough Council insists it’s not “ageist” despite refusing planning permission for a retirement village

The proposals by Guild Living for 222 properties at the old Homebase site were turned down at a meeting last night.

Council planners had originally said: "the application would undermine the vitality and viability of the town centre."

In a statement, Elmbridge said “We have seven centres for the community, each catering for the needs of our older people.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:52 pm  

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Patrick Gomes De’Almeida in Morden

A 29-year-old was detained at an address in Croydon earlier.

Police were called to reports of a stabbing outside a block of flats on London Road on October the 1st.

Two men were found with stab wounds and Mr Gomes De’Almeida was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three men have been charged overall in connection with the murder. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Two people have been confirmed dead at the scene of an explosion and building collapse on King Street in Southall

Station Commander Paul Morgan said:

“Our crews have searched the property using specialist equipment including the use of a USAR dogs. We can confirm that sadly two people have died at the scene.

“It has been a painstaking and protracted incident with firefighters working systematically to stabilise the building and search for people involved. Operations have been concluded for the evening and will restart in the morning.

The explosion caused substantial damage to the shop and structural damage throughout.

"In the initial stages firefighters rescued four adults and one child were rescued at the rear of the property using a ladder. A further fourteen adults and two children self evacuated from surrounding properties.”

The Brigade was called at 6:38am. Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from Southall, Hayes, Heston, Ealing and Feltham fire stations were at the scene.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm  

Some students being asked to leave flats in Brentford are being moved to Wembley

A shuttle bus is to run in order to take them to University.

However, this student, Davy, told us he has concerns about the disruption to his studies due to the distance from the South Ealing campus.

He’s also worried about regularly being on a bus with many other people during the pandemic.

They’re being asked to leave due to fire safety concerns.


Kate Davies, group chief executive of Notting Hill Genesis, said: 

“First, I want to say how sorry we are to residents that we have had to take this action and disrupt their lives. But, as a not-for-profit housing association, our priority is to provide safe, affordable housing. We always ensure the wellbeing of our residents, so while we are incredibly disappointed to have to make this decision, we believe that we have no choice but to ask people to leave their homes on the Paragon estate.


 I understand that Paragon residents may feel angry or alarmed by this news, as they have every right to be. This is a very distressing time and we are genuinely sorry for the huge amount of disruption and uncertainty that this situation will cause. “This is a complex situation and we don’t yet have all the answers. We are working to uncover the full extent of the issues at Paragon so that we can provide residents with clarity about timescales, next steps and options as quickly as possible. “We are doing all we can to support people who live in Paragon through this difficult situation. We have identified safe accommodation for everyone to move into this week and are providing financial support to help them do that. We are also giving everyone a dedicated caseworker to discuss their specific needs both now and for the longer-term where necessary."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 pm  

Detectives investigating a stabbing in Kew last year have charged a man

18 year old Isaac Musoke has been charged with attempted robbery and grievous bodily harm. 

The charges relate to an incident on Royal Parade where a 57-year-old man suffered knife wounds.

He was taken to hospital where his injuries were found to be not life-threatening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

A cannabis factory has been discovered at a house in Walton

Officers arrived at the address in Hurtwood Road at around 6pm yesterday where they found 150 cannabis plants.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the production of a controlled drug.

He has since been released under investigation and enquiries remain ongoing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

People across South West London and Surrey are being encouraged to take part in the “Big Noise” today

It’s in aid of male breast cancer awareness week, a time when we’re reminded that men great breast cancer too.

Charities including Walk the Walk, the team behind the Moonwalk, will issue help and information on social media across the day.

Nina Barough is the charity’s founder; she explains why men need to know their breasts as well as women do:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The Tory hopeful for the Mayor of London hopes he’s got the icing on the cake for his campaign

Shaun Bailey has posted a video on Twitter mimicking the Great British Bakeoff.

In it, he’s presenting a showstopper of his “vision for London”, which is judged by a fake Paul and Prue.

Some say its “clever and amusing” and others “childish and embarrassing”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

South West London’s Police chief has written an open letter to residents

Lis Chapple is the BCU commander for South West London, which covers Richmond, Merton, Wandsworth and Kingston. 

She’s reinforcing the message from Government to wear face coverings and refrain from mixing with other households indoors.

In the letter, Ms Chapple also highlights the  “complex and challenging” work done  by the Met Police. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The acting medical director at Kingston Hospital has praised the site’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic

Amira Girgis has been in the role since April, when the maximum number of patients with the virus admitted to Kingston, peaked.

But speaking on the Talk Richmond Podcast, Amira says the pandemic has had a serious impact on other health issues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

The Fire Brigades’ Union will hold a “Heavenly Birthday Event” later to mark Zane Gbangbola’s 13th birthday

Zane passed away at his home in Chertsey during the floods of 2014 when he was just 7-years-old.

People are being urged to attend the Zoom meeting at 7pm.

Over 100,000 petitioners have joined the “Truth About Zane Campaign" calling for an independent inquiry into his death.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 am  

Stormzy's stab-proof vest has been nominated for a major design award.

The artist from Croydon wore it while headlining Glastonbury to draw attention to inequality.

The winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year will be announced next month.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

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