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Saturday, 3 December 2022

The RSPCA is asking bird-lovers to make sure they clean garden feeders regularly amid increased reports about sick animals.

The charity took over 8,000 calls about sick or weak garden birds last year, including 157 in Surrey and over 1,000 calls in greater London.

The RSPCA says its helpline is struggling and the bird flu outbreak is adding pressure. 

The charity recommends cleaning feeders weekly and water containers every day to help birds avoid becoming sick.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The Metropolitan Police has carried out a live-play terrorist event in a disused terminal at Heathrow airport.

The multi-agency exercise took place over two days, beginning on 26th November and involved over 200 people. 

Commander Ade Adelekan said, ‘Exercises like this test how our blue light services respond to incidents of this type’.

Among the police units taking place were armed officers, explosive specialists, dogs, and forensics teams.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The Wildlife and Wetlands Trust has officially given its backing to the creation of an urban wetlands in Surbiton.

The 14-acre site off the Portsmouth Road known as Seething Wells is made up of a number of former filter beds. 

The owners, developers Cascina, were ordered to clean the area up earlier this year by Kingston Council.

It has been 9 years since their plans to turn the site into homes were rejected by the authority and the community.

The land, which is home to more than 70 species of bird and 11 species of bat, has been confirmed as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

Residents are now keen to see the area developed into a fully-fledged nature reserve.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Police officers are looking for a man who they want to speak to in connection with two incidents of indecent exposure.

On February 8th at around 2.40 in the afternoon the man was travelling on a bus through Harrow and exposed himself.

On 7th August the same man was on a bus near Moat Farm Road in Northolt at around 6.30pm and repeated the offence.

Police believe the two incidents are linked and are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says they are prepared for this season’s Women’s Super League race to go down to the wire.

Her team top the table heading into today’s match against bottom side Leicester.

Hayes believes the quality of the league is strong.

A shock defeat could see them end the day in third.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A house and a piece of land in Mitcham that was being used for drug dealing, has been closed off to the public.

The open space behind a property in Tamworth Lane was also frequented by fly-tippers. 

The property has now been closed by the council to anyone apart from council officers and the emergency services for 3 months.  

It will be boarded up to prevent further incursions on it. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Friday, 2 December 2022

There are calls to expand the opt-out scheme for HIV testing.

Carshalton MP Elliot Colburn has called for a debate in parliament on that, saying it’s been “incredibly important” in diagnosing people.

That’s being supported by charity the Terrance Higgins Trust.

Leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt, says such schemes need to become “standard practice”.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A driver is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Banstead.

It happened on Wednesday night at around 10 o’clock at the junction of Brighton Road and Fir Tree Road.

The collision involved a VW Golf and a Vauxhall Astra.

Witnesses and drivers with dashcam are being urged to come forward with information. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

More disruption to the holiday getaway is expected after ground staff at Heathrow announced strike action.

350 workers for the contractor Menzies will walk out for 72 hours over the last full weekend before Christmas in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Passengers have been warned of delays and cancellations to flights leaving Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices have launched their first ever Christmas tree recycling service.

Money raised from the scheme will go towards supporting children at the hospices in Hampton and Guildford. 

Shooting Star will receive 90% of the money raised, with the remaining 10% distributed to other charities. 

For the Hampton-based collections, trees will be chipped sustainably by The Tree Agency and Mortlake Crematorium.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

England midfielder Declan Rice has revealed the squad have been regularly practicing penalties as they prepare for the their last-16 tie.

Gareth Southgate's men face Senegal on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals in Qatar.

Former Kingston school-boy Rice, who joined Chelsea’s Academy at the age of 7,  says spot kicks need to be worked on in the right way.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport have voted to go on strike from the 16th of this month.

We've been told to expect travel disruption in the run up to Christmas as road workers go on strike at the same time as rail staff as well.

The RMT had already announced its members were walking out in December.

Today, the PCS union - which represents those working on England's major roads and motorways - says it's going to take similar action for twelve days.

Speaking earlier this year, general secretary Mark Serwotka said workers are struggling to get by.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A masked man who stabbed to death a 16-year-old boy in front of his mum has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 28 years.

20 year old Romain LaPierre, of no fixed abode, attacked Camron Smith in his home in Croydon last summer.

A 19-year-old convicted of his manslaughter has been jailed for 15 years.

The Old Bailey heard Camron was considered a "grass" and was targeted as revenge.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The UK Health Security Agency's confirmed a fourth child in the space of a week has died from a Strep A infection.

The youngster went to school in High Wycombe.

It follows the deaths of three other children - one near Cardiff, another from Ashford and one from Ealing.

Our health correspondent Ashish Joshi says it's a common infection which usually causes mild symptoms - but Covid may have affected that.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

A major new study involving researchers from Kew Gardens has revealed a natural crisis is occurring in the Indian Ocean.

More than 50 organisations worldwide have undertaken a review of Madagascar’s biodiversity.  

It is one of the world’s hotspots for flora and fauna. 

But analysis has revealed direct hunting and harvesting have affected over 60% of vertebrate species.

Unsustainable agricultural practices have affected more than 55% of vertebrate species and each affect nearly 90% of all plant species. 

The two new papers published detail a five-part action plan for preserving the future of its biodiversity.

These include more investment in conservation and expanded biodiversity monitoring. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Two people have been rescued from a fire in Whitton.

The blaze broke out in a house that had been converted into flats in Harvey Road just before 6am. 

One man was taken to hospital where his condition is unknown. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A third child's died after picking up a Strep A infection which can spread Through coughs, sneezes and skin-to-skin contact.

It's most common among the over 65s, or other vulnerable groups.

But health officials have confirmed a youngster of primary school age in Ealing has passed away, following earlier instances in Ashford and near Cardiff.

Professor Adam Finn is an expert in paediatric infectious diseases, and says it tends to be quite mild.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

28 Tory MPs have joined together to call the expansion of the ULEZ “regressive, unfair and a waste of money”

The letter in the Telegraph includes the MPs for Carshalton, Epsom, Wimbledon, Sutton, and Runnymede. 

They say that it’s a “smash and grab raid on driver’s wallets” and urge more public transport in Outer London. 

The Mayor of London says the money raised will fund public transport, the scheme will provide cleaner air for 5m people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Surrey’s first female firefighter has retired after 30 years

Paula Hartwell joined Chertsey Fire Station in January 1993, before becoming a station commander at Woking. 

She says she’s found it “both challenging and rewarding” and she hopes “many more women take on the role”. 

The brigade is currently recruiting on-call firefighters and Joint Fire Control Operators, which you can find more about on the County Council website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

Another photo has been released of a man murdered in Croydon last year, as police renew appeals for information

35-year-old Leroy Mitchell was shot as he left a silent disco on Birdhurst Road on the 2nd of October 2021, at around 5am. 

The Met says that his murder is a “stark reminder” of the “devastation” that gun crime causes. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

Hundreds of bouquets of flowers have been left near the spot in Richmond where a man was stabbed to death last weekend

Officers found 31 year old Reece Newcombe with serious injuries on Richmond Bridge at around 4am on Saturday.

The floral tributes are being lined up in Ormond Road just across the road from the Bridge. 

Meanwhile, a Go Fund Me page set up by the Mr Newcombe’s friend has so far raised over £100,000 for his baby daughter, Misse. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Croydon Council says it will fight the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone by using all means at its disposal

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is to extend the zone to include the whole of greater London next August.

This means those driving the most polluting cars will be charged £12.50 a day to use them. 

Croydon, Hillingdon, Harrow and Bexley councils say they will work together to “resist its implementation.”

They say there are better ways of  improving air quality that will not hit the poorest the way the ULEZ scheme does. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

Street traders in Elmbridge may soon have to prove they are environmentally sustainable in order to operate

The council is looking to review its street trading policy. 

If two traders are seeking to operate at the same location, their environmental credentials would be “an important consideration.” 

This means the one which is more environmentally aware could win the pitch.

The policy would look to provide the scope for traders to seek  consent for a 6-month period as well. 

The council also says it is considering changing the fee structure to account for multiple location traders.

A public consultation relating to street trading in the borough has now launched. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Thursday, 1 December 2022

Hounslow Council is welcoming a new report which highlights how London is integral to the success of the UK.

It’s been written by the capital’s think tank Centre for London.

The report is warning ministers that they can’t achieve the goal of tackling regional inequality by “leaving London behind.”

Centre for London argues that the strategy to “level u”p the UK should not include cutting investment in the capital. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Croydon Council has held a special celebration in aid of its foster carers.

Croydon is home to more young people than any other London borough and the authority works with around 300 foster carers.

They look after babies, children with disabilities, young parents and their babies, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

The event at Shirley Park Golf Club was held as a thank you as well as an opportunity to sign up more foster parents. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Spelthorne Council has formally submitted its draft Local Plan to central Government.

It sets out developments, including housing and a new sixth form college, in the borough over the next 15 years. 

The council says the plan also positively tackles the impact of climate change and ensures important biodiversity is protected.

 It has taken more than five years to compile, with three public consultations totalling 32 weeks for it to get to this stage. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A new Institute of Sustainability has officially opened at the University of Surrey.

Researchers in the department will investigate methods of reversing man-made climate change. 

Surrey is planning to go net-zero carbon by 2030 and is creating a solar farm on its own land in Guildford to help facilitate that. 

Once complete, it will be capable of generating enough energy to supply the equivalent of 4,000 UK homes each year. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Kingston born Declan Rice says other teams should be fearing them at the World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate's side face Senegal in the last-16 on Sunday.

With France and Brazil seen as favourites to win the tournament, England midfielder Rice thinks England's name should be in the conversation too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Residents in Kensington and Chelsea are being given access to a new network of warm spaces.

It’s part of the Council’s and Voluntary and Community Sector’s commitment to support residents with the cost of living.

A new interactive online map highlights 24 venues open to the public from Council buildings to community centres and places of worship.

The map will be updated regularly as new spaces and activities are introduced.

Warm spaces provide shelter, food and drink to those who are struggling with heating and living costs. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

There are around 3,500 households on the housing waiting list in Kingston and 900 in temporary accommodation.

The council is urging all residents to have their say on the newly published Local Plan.

Once confirmed, it will set out how the authority deals with its housing needs over the next 20 years. 

The council says “improving the ongoing supply of a range of new and affordable homes, in the right places, is a key aim of this plan.” 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

A Met officer has been found guilty of a public order offence following a road rage incident in Wandsworth.

Trainee Detective Constable Ajitpal Lotay was off duty when the offence took place in February.  

He became involved in an altercation with a lone woman who was driving another vehicle. 

During the exchange he produced his warrant card and demanded she move her car.

The woman took a picture of his vehicle and reported the incident. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A second school in Ashford has reported cases of Scarlet Fever.

Echelford Primary School says a “very small number” of pupils have been diagnosed.

It adds that it’s working with the UK Health and Security Agency to prevent further cases.

Last week, a pupil at Ashford Church of England Primary School died after contracting Strep A, and another had been taken to hospital.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

It's claimed Christmas has been "whitewashed" throughout the years - leading one company to produce inclusive decorations

Natalie Duvall and Alison Burton, from Croydon, run March Muses, which makes angels and Santa ornaments of different skin tones. 

Ms Duvall was inspired by her daughter who'd asked her if festive characters could have brown skin. 

She says it's about more than just ornaments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

A lorry fire on the M25 near the Cobham services caused delays of over 6 hours this morning

It happened between junctions eight and nine just after 4am and forced the closure of both carriageways.

National Highways said it expects the problems to be "protracted".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

A man has been charged and another has been arrested following an assault in Walton last Wednesday

18-year-old Tashon Simms from Hersham is accused of GBH, and a 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and criminal damage. 

The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but has since been discharged. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Surrey Fire and Rescue says they’re going to try and boost the amount of inclusion in their service

It follows a report that found a “culture of racism and misogyny” in the London Fire Brigade. 

Surrey says they’re going to study the report and its recommendations, and will be supported by 31Ten Consulting and EDI Journey. 

It adds that a survey found an improved culture at the service, but more needs to be done.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

The Big Sleep Out returns to AFC Wimbledon’s new home ground in Plough Lane on Saturday night

Hundreds will spend the night in their sleeping bags to raise money for Dons Local Action Group. 

The charity is trying to end poverty in Merton, Kingston and Wandsworth by providing food, tech equipment and support.

Jean has been volunteering since it launched during the pandemic; some of the things she’s witnessed have left a lasting mark. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Richmond has been named as Britain’s 11th happiest place to live

Locations are ranked on factors including a sense of belonging, green spaces, local amenities and whether there's a community spirit. 

St Ives in Cornwall has been named the happiest in Rightmove's annual survey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

People in Kingston are being asked how they want the borough to change over the next 20 years

A three-month public consultation has been launched via the council’s website. 

The authority is hoping to hear views on housing, transport, high streets and ways to preserve the borough’s long historical links. 

Infrastructure, including school and GP provisions, have been a big factor in previous consultations. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

140 schools in South London are to receive EpiPens, thanks to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

The “allergy bag” scheme will also urge parents to provide schools with their child’s allergy management plan and emergency medications.

15-year-old Charlie says he’s had several allergic reactions and has been treated at school, and that labelling and information isn’t as “obvious or good as it should be”.

A survey by St George’s in 2019 found only a third of schools had purchased spare EpiPens, and that training and storage was inadequate.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Croydon Council will be distributing more than £3m of financial support to help residents most in need this winter.

The packages of support are the latest in a wide range of help targeted at the borough’s most vulnerable households and communities.

£1.34m in food vouchers are being made available this winter for those in receipt of free school meals.

The latest funding of £6m has already been distributed, providing financial support to almost 67,000 residents.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:07 pm  

Richmond’s 'Come and have a chat about your health' bus will be back in the borough tomorrow.

It’s a chance for residents to see an NHS health professional to get advice on anything from quitting smoking to heart disease. 

Those who haven’t yet had their flu or Covid booster will also be able to have it done on the bus.

It’ll be parked at Tesco Teddington tomorrow from 9.30 until 3.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A man from Ham has finally finished a mammoth challenge that saw him swim 365 miles in one year.

Andy Spencer, who runs Hammertons Ferry, completed a mile a day raising more than £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He completed the challenge in memory of his 74 year old father Francis, who died from cancer in 2020. 

Many of Andy’s swims took place in the River Thames, even in the depths of winter. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Prime Minister says it's simply not possible to award the types of pay rises being asked for by some unions.

Royal Mail workers from the Wimbledon based Communication workers union, university lecturers and sixth-form college staff at Esher High are out on strike today.

Many other groups are planning walkouts throughout December – with Security staff at Eurostar the latest to say they’ll take action.

Rishi Sunak was pressed on public sector pay by Labour's Andy McDonald during Prime Minister’s Questions:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

A man has been charged with murder after a boxing trainer was killed in a fight on Richmond Bridge.
31 year old Reece Newcombe was stabbed with a piece of glass on in the area on Saturday morning.

Ross Hamilton - who's 32 - is also charged with common assault.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

A series of winter “coat drives” are being held across Kingston University’s campuses

It’s to help students who are struggling with the cost of living crisis. 

Staff have so far gifted more than 250 warm items including coats, jumpers, scarves, hats and gloves to their students.

Social work and nursing lecturers have also contributed an assortment of course work books. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Christmas Services at St Mary's Church in Long Ditton are announced.

Thursday, 22nd of December 7pm.  Nine Lessons and Carols.  A candlelit service with full choir. 

Christmas Eve 3pm A special service for children called the Crib Service. They are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Nativity character. 

Christmas Eve 11.30pm The traditional Midnight Mass.  

Christmas Day.  A celebratory Holy Communion is held at 8am and 10.15am. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

A government minister says Shepperton Studios is going to be “one of the best places globally” to make film and television

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan visited the new development, which is being leased to Netflix and Amazon.

It’s costing £500m and is going to include 17 stages. 

Ms Donelan says they will work with the industry to make sure British filmmakers have the skills to “make the most” of the opportunities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm  

The plans to build a new town square at Twickenham Riverside have been delayed, with a public inquiry due next year.

Last week, councillors unanimously voted in favour of the plans, which involve a 5-storey building, with homes and shops.

However, the plans also involve moving Diamond Jubilee Gardens, which the Twickenham Riverside Trust has objected to.

The Trust says that 2,500 people have signed its petition against it, while Council Leader Gareth Roberts says businesses are “crying out” for regeneration.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

A man has been charged and a second man has been arrested, after a man died on Richmond Bridge

32-year-old Ross Hamilton from Isleworth has been charged with murder and common assault.

A 28-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and has been bailed to a date in January.

Emergency crews were called at around 4am on Saturday to a fight, where 31-year-old Reece Newcombe from Egham was found with fatal injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

More funding is being made available for a scheme that helps get young people get into work in Elmbridge and Runnymede

£70,000 has been secured from the Department for Work and Pensions the boroughs’ shared Youth Hub.

This will help it continue to provide expert advice with CVs, placements and mentoring.

The hub, which has just helped find work for its 150th customer, is run in partnership with Brooklands College. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Teaching members of the National Education Union at Esher Sixth Form are going on strike today

It’s the result of a national trade dispute with the Secretary of State for Education.

They’re claiming the government has failed to make sufficient funds available to pay a fully funded increase in pay at a rate greater than inflation.

Around half the teaching staff are members of the NEU and their lessons have been cancelled. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

Merton and Wandsworth Council leaders say they are pleased drivers of the most polluting vehicles will get help scrapping them

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced on Friday that the ULEZ will expand next August to cover the whole of greater London. 

This means drivers of cars considered to be the most polluting will have to pay £12.50 per day to drive in the zone. 

Both Merton and Wandsworth council leaders say they are pleased their calls for a scrappage scheme appear to have been met.

There will be a fund of £110million and the drivers who scrap more polluting cars will also be offered travelcards. 

Under the plans, disabled drivers will be entitled to a grace period until 2027.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

The family of a man who died on Chelsea Bridge are taking the police watchdog to court

The family of a man who died on Chelsea Bridge are taking the police watchdog to court, saying they failed to properly investigate it.

41-year-old Oladeji Omishore drowned in June, after being shot with a taser.

The family claims that the IOPC hasn’t applied its rules on whether to order a criminal or a conduct investigation.

The watchdog says they’ve communicated their reasons for treating the officers as witnesses, and there’s no indication they’ve breached standards or committed an offence.

The Met says they’re cooperating with the investigation and the officers remain on full duties.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 pm  

Transport For London has set out plans to make Battersea Bridge area safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Proposed changes include new pedestrian crossings, bus lanes, cycle signals and a section of protected cycle track. 

A consultation has opened, where people can have their say on the plans, until the 24th January next year.

TfL brought forward work to improve safety on the bridge following the death of Jack Ryan, who was killed in a collision in January 2021.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Strikes scheduled at Esher High Sixth Form

There are more strikes tomorrow - this time involving Royal Mail staff, university lecturers and workers at Esher High Sixth form, among others.

More are lined up between now and Christmas - including on the railways.

Head of the RMT union Mick Lynch has criticised the government for a 'lack of urgency' in dealing with their dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm  

Police are hunting a man from West Drayton.

30 year old Patrick Moleny, also known as Patrick Flynn, is wanted in connection with a burglary in Addlestone.

He is described as white, of slight build with short dark brown hair and a beard.

You can view an image of him on our Radio Jackie website.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police on 101.











posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 pm  

Half of the free range turkeys produced for Christmas in the UK have already died in the latest bird flu outbreak.

Boss of the British Poultry Council Richard Griffiths has told MPs he 'doesn't know' how the gaps within retail are going to be filled.

As of last week, more than one-and-a-half million birds have been culled directly because of bird flu.

Professor of medical microbiology at Kingston University, Mark Fielder, is following the outbreak. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Hundreds of people will “sleep rough” at AFC Wimbledon’s new Plough Lane Stadium this Saturday.

The Big Sleep Out will aim to raise thousands for Dons Local Action Group.

The charity was set up by three AFC Wimbledon fans during the pandemic to deliver food to those who were isolating. 

It has evolved to support more people through the cost of living crisis, as head of operations Tim Marshall explains.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man from Addlestone has been jailed for 4 weeks after being caught driving whilst disqualified.

Earlier this month, officers tried to stop the vehicle in Chobham, but he failed to stop.

The pursuit was aborted but police managed to catch him again an hour later.

As well as being jailed, his disqualification period has been extended by another 12 months after being found guilty.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Runnymede councillors have voted to take responsibility for cladding on the Addlestone One development.

The authority will replace cladding and cover the cost for individual homeowners living in the development.

Addlestone One, which is made up of six low rise blocks, was built by the council in 2017.

All of the cladding was deemed safe when the site was originally constructed.

But external fire safety consultants conducted a survey of the residential blocks last year.

They found that the cladding materials had an impact on the overall fire safety of the blocks and that it should be replaced. 

The costs will be met by Runnymede but will not be paid for through any increase to the council tax.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A 10-year-old is in hospital following a collision in Esher this morning.

Emergency crews were called to the High Street at around 8am.

A refuse lorry had hit a fence, which collapsed onto a child.

The lorry driver is cooperating with the investigation, and no arrests have been made.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm  

New internet safety laws won't now force social media firms to remove "legal but harmful" content

Free speech campaigners had claimed the law could be an excuse for censorship.

But the Government says there will be tougher rules to stop children accessing the platforms.

Taj Dhunay, an app developer from Cobham, says it's right for online giants to regulate what kids see.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

A police officer who told a cyclist on Wandsworth Bridge that it’s illegal to swear in public has been told he was wrong

A video on Twitter has gone viral, in which an unmarked police car is parked in a bus and cycle lane, and the cyclist yells at them to move. 

The officer responds by saying there are people who will attack you for swearing at them, and that it’s a public order offence. 

Inspector Tony Adkins responded saying “what the officers say is clearly wrong” and that they’ll be spoken to when they’re on shift. 

He adds that there was an operational need for them to be in the lane.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

BT workers have been offered a pay rise of between 6% and 16% depending on their pay grade

Those earning £50,000 pounds or less will get a rise of £1,500 on January the first.

The Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union is urging members to accept the proposal, which is being put to a vote.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Plans to redevelop Eagle Brewery Wharf in Kingston are one step closer

A team will be appointed in the new year to build on previous feedback from residents and businesses to develop a design plan. 

It’s hoped the plan for the area at the back of The Ram pub will be approved by next Autumn. 

Kirsten Henly from Kingston First Business Group says the proposals for the Brewery site and Memorial Gardens are exciting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

The CEO of St Raphael’s Hospice in Cheam is retiring after 24 years with the charity

Gail Linehan has worked in various roles including as a staff nurse over the last two and a half decades. 

She will leave this week with her colleague Nick Stevens taking over the role.  

Together, they led St Raphael’s, which cares for 1,000 patients every year,  to become an independent charity in October 2020.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 am  

The Met Police have launched a hotline to report corrupt and abusive police officers and staff

It’s being managed by the independent Wallington based charity Crimestoppers, who also specialise in keeping callers anonymous. 

Examples include officers trading police information for money, leveraging their power for sex, being racist or homophobic, or violent. 

The Met adds that a specialised team will assess the information, and send it to specialised detectives.

The number is free, and is 0800 085 0000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Monday, 28 November 2022

Surrey County Council says it is disappointed that the Mayor of London has decided to expand the ULEZ.

Councillors say the key financial impacts on Surrey’s residents has not been addressed. 

The Ultra Low Emission Zone will be extended to greater London next August. 

This means drivers of the most polluting cars will have to pay £12.50 per day to use their vehicles. 

Surrey County Council says its own Transport Plan sets out a similar vision and its on track to reduce carbon emissions. 

The council says its worried about the financial impact for a significant number of Surrey residents, communities, and businesses. 

Councillors say they await clarity from the Mayor on “these important points which have yet to be answered.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Royal Parks is looking to recruit thousands of people to help it make decisions about its open spaces.

The charity manages some of London’s most iconic parks including Richmond, Bushy and Kensington Gardens. 

Panel members will be need to fill in two online surveys a year and can also take part in other surveys and polls. 

The information gathered will be used to help run and improve the sites and the way they are used.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Special educational needs services for children across Merton are back on track.

Significant weaknesses were first identified in a report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission back in 2019. 

But improvements have been seen in key areas including education, health and care during the latest inspection last month. 

The new report also noted that the improvements took place against the “challenging” backdrop of Covid 19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police are encouraging motorcycle owners to give their vehicles “TLC” after one was stolen in Leatherhead.

Trace, lock and cover are the steps that officers recommend owners take to prevent their vehicle from being stolen.

Tracking systems can improve the chances of recovering your motorcycle and covering it makes it harder to steal.

It was taken from Station Approach on Friday but was later recovered.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

From today, delivery drivers won’t be able to park on the pick-up and drop-off bays outside Wimbledon station.

It comes following a campaign by the area’s MP, Stephen Hammond, who says they were being used by scooter drivers.

He said in August that a space in a nearby car park had been allocated for use by riders, but that it wasn’t being used.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man from Addlestone has been found guilty of drink driving.

22 year old Joel Welland has been disqualified for 12 months and received £837 in fines, costs and surcharges.

Back in October, he was seen leaving a pub in a van and driving at excess speed.

He was arrested after being pulled over and breathalysed, which showed a reading of nearly double the legal limit.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Response from Surrey Police in regards to complaint launched by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

We have responded to the national super-complaint submitted by Suzy Lamplugh Trust, on behalf of the National Stalking Consortium, outlining the group’s concerns that forces across England and Wales are failing in their response to victims of stalking.

“Stalking has a devastating impact on victims and it’s imperative that we deal with the behaviour early on to both safeguard victims and stop perpetrators from continuing and escalating in offending.

“We introduced stalking champions in 2018 and currently have 34 across the Force who have received enhanced training in order to offer support and guidance. They have played a vital role in informing our training process, which mandates training about stalking for all new officers and includes regular refresher training for all front-line roles.

“We are a small force and apply for a high number of Stalking Protection Orders relative to our size, with the number rising year-on-year. While we know there is more to do, we achieved a 50% increase in solved outcomes between November 2021 and this month compared to the year between November 2020 and 2021.

“Stalking requires us to work together with other agencies to ensure early and effective intervention. In recognition of this, we hold monthly meetings with senior and specialist officers and partner agencies to review how we can progress ongoing cases, ensuring that the judicial process is aligned, from supporting victims to ensuring evidence is being gathered effectively to secure charges from the CPS. In addition, our contact centre operators and force control room team have completed training to ensure they recognise cases of stalking and deploy officers to them at the earliest opportunity.

“Although progress has been made, we are committed to holding our processes to the highest standard right across the board and will continue to work hard to address this most traumatic of crimes. We want people who come to us to report that they’ve been a victim of stalking to know that we will listen, we will understand, and we will help. Please report to us on our website, through a private message on any of our social channels, or by phoning 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

Police have arrested a man after a fatal stabbing in Richmond in the early hours of Saturday.

The 32 year has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Officers were called Richmond Bridge at around 4am to reports of a stabbing.

31 year old Reece Newcombe was reportedly attacked with a piece of glass and later died in hospital.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Deputy PM Dominic Raab has come under fire for reportedly spending £23,000 on a private flight.

The Esher MP took it to “convene a large group of international allies” with regards to the invasion of Ukraine.

The Sun reports that it took around an hour, and took him and nine officials back to Britain from The Hague.

His office says that it was to provide the International Criminal Court with the support, funding and technical assistance to investigate alleged Russian war crimes.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police say the driver of a car that was involved in a fatal collision in North Cheam did not stop at the scene.

Officers were called to Courtenay Road just after 6pm on Thursday.

78 year old Juan Veiga-Vidal from Sutton died at the scene. 

No arrests have been made and police are trying to locate the driver of the vehicle. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

There are plans to convert Stamford Bridge into a music venue during the day, with 24-hour access to the concourse

Licensing plans have been submitted to Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which would allow alcohol and live music between 10am and 11pm.

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands says he’s “totally opposed” to the plan and he’s working with the club to “get to the bottom of this”.

The club has declined to comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

If you're taking advantage of Cyber Monday offers, you may have to wait to get your goods delivered due to strikes

Royal Mail workers have deliberately timed their latest action to coincide with the shopping day.

More than 100-thousand members of the Wimbledon-based Communication Workers Union will walk out on Wednesday and Thursday because of an on-going pay dispute.

Royal Mail's chief executive Simon Thompson says they've put forward a fair offer to staff.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

People in Surrey who fall over and need medical help getting up are going to be helped with a community team, not an ambulance

The South East Coast Ambulance Service says that falls make up a “significant” number of 999 calls, but many don’t immediately result in serious injury. 

It’s therefore having volunteers initially respond to falls, with a clinician giving a follow-up call later in the day. 

The scheme aims to make sure people are helped quickly, as the probability of needing hospital treatment rises by 10% every hour spent on the floor.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

New research by Kingston University shows foodbanks are evolving to try and end the stigma associated with them

Kingston and London Metropolitan Universities looked at how some foodbanks in Surrey and Sussex are taking a community supermarket approach. 

This means they are accessible to everyone and there is no “shame” in having to be referred to a foodbank. 

They found the  element of choice in a community supermarket approach also gives clients dignity, by feeling more like a shopping experience.

 First established in the UK in 2,000 to tackle food poverty, foodbanks have traditionally been used by people experiencing financial difficulty.   

The pandemic resulted in increased demand, including from people who had never experienced food insecurity previously. 

New approaches include having a subscription model, where visitors pay £3 or £5 per shop but get food worth more than several times that amount. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

The man who was killed during a fight on Richmond Bridge has been named as 31-year-old Reece Newcombe from Egham

Emergency crews were called at around 4am on Saturday.

It’s believed he had been stabbed with a piece of broken glass.

No arrests have been made so far, although police believe that some people may have mobile phone footage of the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Scientists have found mussel numbers in the River Thames in London have declined by almost 95% since the 1960s

A study conducted by the University of Cambridge shows one species, the depressed river mussel, has completely gone.

Biologists are concerned as they filter the water of algae and provide places for other creatures to live.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Kingston Council’s leader says the extra funding announced for adult social care in the Autumn Budget is not enough

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt revealed plans to raise spending in the sector by £2.8 billion next year.

But Kingston’s Lib Dem leader Andreas Kirsch says that more than half of everything spent in the borough goes on social care.

He claims Government funding of £4,000 this year means it’s getting harder to protect vital services for residents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home says it will continue to advocate for people who want a pet but are renting

It’s after a cat was forced to spend its first birthday in the shelter after his owner’s landlord told him no pets were allowed at the property.

The charity says the young tabby found himself in new, unknown surroundings through no fault of his own.

Battersea’s campaign ‘Pet Friendly Properties’ works to find solutions so that animals can stay with their owners in rented accommodation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

Thousands of nitrous oxide canisters have been sent to the Beddington Incinerator over the last few months

Operator Viridor say the ‘creamer canisters’ have arrived mixed in with household waste.

Many are intercepted, but those that do go through the waste treatment process can explode, causing a safety risk.

Viridor is asking residents or commercial users of these canisters not to place them in their bins but to dispose of them responsibly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

A Surbiton care home’s revamped garden has been given the Royal seal of approval

Princess Alexandra visited Royal Star & Garter to see the spruced-up outside space and speak to residents earlier this week.

The charity provides care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.

It also has homes in Solihull and High Wycombe and Princess Alexandra is its President.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

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