Surrey filming of Enid Blyton drama
Filming will begin next week in London and Surrey of a new BBC drama that will tell the life story of Enid Blyton - one of Britain's best loved children's authors.
Helena Bonham Carter, the Oscar nominated actress, will play the leading role.
The drama is expected to reveal the darker side of Blyton’s life, who is best known for writing the Famous Five.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:58 pm
Croydon air cadet honoured by Royal Legion
A Croydon air cadet who single-handedly raised more than three thousand pounds for the Poppy Appeal has been honoured by the Royal Legion.
Seventeen-year-old Toby Plattern was presented with a trophy at Kingston Town Hall.
Around sixty one thousand pounds was raised by cadets in Surrey and the money will go towards helping veterans of the armed forces.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:54 pm
Sutton and East Surrey Water try to raise prices
Sutton and East Surrey Water are still trying to raise their prices for 250,000customers.
The water company had wanted to increase its charges by around ten per cent from April but this was rejected by Ofwat.
Sutton and East Surrey Water said some of its costs had more than doubled, so price rises would take account of this.
Ofwat has referred an appeal from the water firm to the Competition Commission.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm
Friday, 6 March 2009
Leatherhead man convicted of benefit fraud
A man from Leatherhead’s been convicted of benefit fraud.
20 year old Tony Spreckley received 14 hundred pounds in income support and 19 hundred pounds in housing benefit.
He was given a 12 month community punishment order – and has to undertake 60 hours of supervised unpaid work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm
A teenager jailed for gun offences in South London
A teenager has been jailed for nine years over the discovery of two loaded Mac 10 machine guns, converted from replicas.
A court heard how Jonathan Hanson, from Lambeth, crashed a car while trying to escape police in south London last year.
His two passengers dumped the weapons.
38 other guns linked to an illegal arms factory in the Thames Valley region are believed to remain in circulation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm
Lord Mandelson in good humour
An anti-Heathrow expansion protester has chucked green custard in the face of Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson.
He was arriving at a carbon summit in central London - when Laila Deen from Plane Stupid launched her liquid attack.
Lord Mandelson was in good humour afterwards.
And he says the protester may have done him a favour. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm
Pupils from Richmond celebrate swimming success
Children at Clarendon School in Richmond celebrate winning the Inter Borough Special Schools Swimming Gala last week.
The annual event is aimed at encouraging young people to take up the sport.
Clarendon shared the top spot with Cambridge School from Hammersmith.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm
Plans for 2 new care homes in South West London
Plans have been unveiled to build another 2 care homes in South West London.
The sites could be in Stewarts Road in Battersea and Oldridge Road in Balham.
Each would contain 40 self contained flats for single people or couples who require daily healthcare and support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
Putney's MP discovers London railway access is behind schedule
Putney’s MP Justine Greening has found plans to make London railway stations more accessible to disabled people are behind schedule.
Thirteen stations were meant to be wheelchair accessible by the end of 2009 but only five have been completed including Kingston and Balham.
Charity Scope said: "Accessible public transport is crucial to enable disabled people to go about daily business."
The Department for Transport said accessibility would be improved in a total of 40 stations by 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am
Mandelson left green in the face by Heathrow protester
The Business Secretary Lord Mandelson's had green custard thrown over him by a woman protesting against expansion at Heathrow.
He was arriving at the launch of the Government's low carbon economy summit when Leila Deen from campaign group Plane Stupid launched the gunge from a coffee cup.
The protester says she's angry at reports Lord Mandelson met lobbyists from Heathrow owner BAA before the Government gave the go-ahead for a third runway.
He's dismissed the incident as an "adolescent protest". posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:57 am
Carshalton mother denies killing children
A Carshalton mother charged with the murder of her five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter – has appeared at the Old Bailey.
36 year old Sasikala Navaneethan denies killing her children at their home in Park Lane, last May.
Police found a 5-year-old boy, and 4-year-old girl suffering stab wounds - they both later died in hospital.
An inquest at Croydon Coroners' Court heard the children's father - who runs a grocery store in Coulsdon - identified the bodies.
He was arrested following the incident but later released without charge.
Navaneethan will reappear in court in July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:45 am
Slowdown in commute from Subiton and Wimbledon
Researchers have discovered that trains journeys from SW London into Waterloo now take longer than they did 70-years ago.
A journey from Surbiton took 17 minutes before the Second World War – that's compared with the 19 minutes it takes today.
The study also found the commute from Wimbledon now takes three minutes longer, but the students behind the findings suggest the slow-down could be caused by the safety features found on modern trains.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am
Surbiton soldier killed in Iraq
A British soldier from Surbiton has been killed-in-action in Iraq
21 year old Private Ryan Wrathall died of a gunshot wound in Basra.
He served with The 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Shadow Home Secretary speaks out on cannabis
A month after the Government reclassified cannabis, the Conservatives have confirmed they got it right.
The drug was upgraded to class B, following a relaxation of the law in 2004.
Shadow Home Secretary and Epsom MP Chris Grayling told reporter Robin Davies the health risks are widely-accepted: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm
Murderer had prior conviction for Croydon attack
A killer has smirked in the dock while being sentenced to life in prison, for the murder of Harry Potter actor Rob Knox.
Karl Bishop will serve a minimum of twenty years, for stabbing the eighteen year-old.
He was also given three further concurrent life sentences at the Old Bailey, for wounding the teenager's friends in Sidcup last May.
4 years ago Bishop was convicted of a knife attack outside a taxi rank in Croydon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm
Twickenham MP praises BoE measures
The Bank of England is hoping a new strategy will help take us out of a recession.
It's cut the base rate of interest to a record low of half a percent and is taking the risky decision to pump an extra 75 billion pounds into the economy to help credit flow.
The opposition parties are broadly supportive - and Twickenham's MP Vince Cable says it could prevent us getting into a depression. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm
Interest rates cut to record level
The Bank of England's made two big decisions this lunchtime, aimed at helping us out of the recession.
It's introducing so-called quantitative easing - creating 75 billion pounds to help ease credit conditions by buying up government debt.
And the base rate of interest's been cut to a record low of half a percent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm
Tube passengers promised improvements
London Tube passengers are being promised improvements to the Circle Line.
The route, which is notorious for delays, will be get an extra spur - extending it out to Hammersmith and back again.
London Underground says the change should make it easier to get trains back up and running after any problems.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole arrested
England footballer Ashley Cole has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.
The Daily Mail reports the Chelsea defender was detained in the early hours outside a nightclub in South Kensington.
It's claimed the 28-year old husband of Girls Aloud star Cheryl launched a foul-mouthed rant at police officers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm
Kingston's MP issues a warning over school places
Kingston's MP is warning that thousands of children in London could be left without a primary school education.
Ed Davey is calling for urgent action to expand capacity after a rise to the Capital's birth rate and more migrants deciding to settle here has led to a class-room deficit.
Its believed Kingston will need 13 new reception-classes within 5 years.
But Mr Davey says the situation in some boroughs is even worse. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm
Surrey County Council disappointed with low score
Surrey County Council says it’s disappointed after receiving the lowest score from the audit commission.
It’s been rated one for its services – out of a possible top score of 4.
Leader Nick Skellett says he doesn't feel it reflects the quality of the services they provide but admits some areas did need to be improved.
Last March Ofsted heavily criticised the social care provided for vulnerable children in the area.
The council says it took immediate action reviewing all cases and changing management.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm
Police find teenager abducted in Thornton Heath
A teenager abducted from a launderette in Thornton Heath has been found by police.
Adrianna Rostas was forced into a car by two men in front of her sister-in-law on Beulah Road last Thursday.
The 18-year-old was located in Leicestershire after a nationwide man-hunt.
Two men have since been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am
Pollution in River Wandle
The River Wandle in Beddington has been polluted with oil.
Red diesel used for agricultural vehicles is believed to have leaked from a drain in Croydon.
Its not the first time the Beddington Park Lake has fallen victim to pollution.
2 years ago hundreds of fish were poisoned.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am
Calls for change in policy at Surrey barracks
The woman drafted in to assess the welfare of our soldiers, following the deaths of young recruits at Surrey's Deepcut Barracks – is calling for a change to the way claims of bullying are handled.
Dr Susan Atkins says some personnel lack the confidence to deal with complaints adequately.
Yesterday, at a debate in the House of Commons, she vowed to push through improvements,
Dr Atkins was brought in following a damning report by the Service Commission, after four young soldiers died in suspicious circumstances over a seven year period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am
Ian Salisbury rejoins Surrey
Ian Salisbury has today rejoined Surrey as coach of the Club’s second team.
He rejoins the Brown caps after spending ten years at the Club between 1997 and 2007
During this time he took 486 wickets in all competitions and partnered with Saqlain Mushtaq to create one of the most potent county spin partnerships in recent times.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
Surbiton aviation expert speaks about new crash evidence
It's now known what helped cause a Turkish Airlines plane to crash near Amsterdam.
Nine people died and more than 80 were injured when the Boeing 737 came down in a muddy field on approach to Schiphol airport last week.
Air Accident Investigators are blaming an faulty altimeter, which led to a loss of speed before the crash.
The instrument had failed twice before.
Rob Bull is a flying instructor and works for Surbiton based Full flap TV – he says the instrument is vital: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Speeding charges against Jimmy Carr dropped
A speeding case against comedian Jimmy Carr has been dropped by prosecutors over a paperwork blunder.
The 36-year-old was accused of breaking a 30 miles per hour limit while driving in west London.
But when he attended Feltham Magistrates court he found the case had been moved to another date without his knowledge.
His solicitor Nick Freeman - dubbed Mr Loophole - successfully argued the move was unlawful.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm
Investigation after a fire in Clapham
Investigations are underway after a house in Clapham was destroyed by fire.
20 firefighters tackled the blaze in Abbeyville Road just after 6 this morning.
The three storey house was completely destroyed and there was heavy smoke throughout the building.
Four people escaped the building before crews arrived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm
Surrey coach leaves the Oval
Surrey’s assistant coach Nadeem Shahid has left the club.
He’s decided to pursue an alternative career.
The 39 year old had been with the brown caps for fifteen years as a player and a coach and said he made his decision to leave Surrey “with a heavy heart”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm
Vince Cable takes Deputy Labour Leader to task
Labour's deputy leader has again reiterated that the government's taking all steps to challenge the pension given to failed bank boss, Sir Fred Goodwin.
The former RBS chief exec is getting almost 700-thousand pounds a year.
Harriet Harman - standing in for Gordon Brown at Prime Ministers' Questions - says that's not acceptable.
She was challenged over "public sector fat cats" by the Lib Dem's Treasury spokesman and Twickenham MP Vince Cable: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm
London Mayor announces green space winners
London's Mayor Boris Johnson was down the park in Richmond today to announce which of the capital's green spaces would get a cash boost.
Among the ten to benefit is Wandle Park in Croydon and Crane Riverside Park in Richmond.
Both will get 400 thousand pounds to make them safer and more enjoyable.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm
Road safety minister hands cash to Hounslow
Hounslow is to get nearly 300 thousand pounds for road safety projects.
The Government minister in charge of reducing accidents on the roads has unveiled a package worth over 3 million pounds.
The money will be shared by eight local authorities deemed to be “problem areas”.
Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick explained the scheme to Kristiaan Yeo earlier: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm
Fulham without defender for clash with Hull City
Fulham will be without Chris Baird for tonight’s game against Hull City.
The defender suffered a leg injury in the goalless draw with Arsenal on Saturday.
Full-back John Pantsil returns after suspension.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
More needs to be done at a Woking prison
More needs to be done to stop people smuggling drugs into a prison near Woking.
That's according to the latest report on Coldingley in Bisley from the prisons watchdog.
The Independant Monitoring Board says the jail isn’t doing enough to stamp out the use of mobile phones to arrange deals.
But, getting prisoners trained for jobs when they leave got the thumbs up - 80% are currently in training.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am
Butchers in Tooting is fined for health and safety offences
A butchers shop in Tooting was shut down after environmental health officers found it was riddled with mice and cockroaches.
South Western magistrates heard that Haji Halal in the Upper Tooting Road was so badly contaminated by the pests that public health was being put at risk.
In court, the owner of the shop Azizur Rahman pleaded guilty to three breaches of food hygiene laws.
He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £600 towards the council's prosecution costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am
Chelsea keep the pressure on Man United
Chelsea's manager Guus Hiddink says his side will keep the pressure on current Premier League leaders Manchester United.
A 1-nil win at Portsmouth last night moves the Blues within four points of the top.
Didier Drogba scored the late winner, only his second league goal of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am
A woman from Mitcham chosen to front cancer research race
A cancer survivor from Mitcham has been chosen to front Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2009.
52 - year – old Jacqueline Thomas was one of ten people picked nationally to help promote the 16th women only charity run.
Jacqueline was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2006, but recovered to take part in the 5km fun-run last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am
Council tax frozen in Hounslow
Council tax in Hounslow has been frozen for the third year running.
Residents were asked to list ten things they wanted the authority to do and not increasing tax was at the top of the list.
Leader of the council Peter Thompson says they managed to keep the bill down by taking a radical look at how the council delivers its services.
53 million pounds of savings will be made over three years – the authority says the money is being used to keep the bill down.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am
Fulham manager hopes to keep his players
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson knows bigger clubs are interested in some of his players.
The Cottagers are ready to renegotiate defender Brede Hangeland's contract amid some reports linking Manchester City and Liverpool with a move for him.
Hull are tonight's visitors in the Premier League.
Hodgson is hopeful he can hold on to as many members of his squad as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am
Police carry out drugs raid in Sutton
Police have carried out a drugs raid at a house in Sutton.
Officers swooped on the property in Mulgrave Road this morning and discovered 5 rooms packed with mature cannabis plants.
Windows had been blacked out and a make shift lighting system had been set up.
The 200 plants had an estimated street value of 15 thousand pounds.
No one was in the property at the time and there’s been no arrests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
A man from Walton among gang jailed for kidnap
A man from Walton and four other gang members have been sentenced to a total of 39 years behind bars for carrying out a violent kidnap.
In 2006, they seized a 36 year old man from Southall, assaulted him and tied him up in the back of their van.
Meanwhile they demanded a £20,000 ransom from a friend of the hostage for his release.
The Met managed to capture the kidnappers AFTER they'd dropped off the victim.
The five men have been handed sentences for conspiring to kidnap, falsely imprison and blackmail the victims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm
Mental health care criticised for Woking killer
An independent inquiry has criticised the care of a mental health patient from Surrey who went onto murder 4 people.
But the report into 26 year old serial killer Daniel Gonzalez said there was nothing to suggest his potential for violence was overlooked.
It concluded while his care wasn’t entirely satisfactory there was no missed clues to his capacity for extreme violence.
Gonzalez from Woking was given 2 life sentences for the murder of two men and two women in 2004.
He carried out the random attacks over three days in North London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm
Surrey firm to carry out Clough statue repairs
Work to repair a statue of Brian Clough will cost almost £20,000.
The 7ft-high bronze figure was erected in the late manager's home town of Middlesbrough.
But officials noticed a fatigue fracture on its right leg, which mirrored Clough's 1962 ligament injury.
Repairs are to be carried out by a specialist firm in Surrey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm
Rewards to crack down on cashpoint crime
Rewards of up to £25,000 are being offered in a bid to crack down on cash machine crime.
Link and Crimestoppers have joined forces after there was a 17 percent increase in attacks on cash machines last year - at least ten happened in Surrey alone
The partnership aims to help the police in their fight against crime and inform the public about how they can protect themselves.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am
University Challenge winners lose title
The Oxford University team which won this year's University Challenge has been stripped of the title.
Corpus Christi college – led by Walton student Gail Trimble - was disqualified for breaking the competition's rules by fielding a contestant who was no longer a student.
By the time the final was filmed, Sam Kay had graduated and was working as an accountant.
The trophy has now been awarded to Manchester University.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am
Chelsea try to keep Hiddink's record going
Chelsea will try to continue their one-hundred percent record under new boss Guus Hiddink tonight.
The Dutchman's led his side to three wins out of three, ahead of their trip to Portsmouth.
Hiddink says he's still got his sights set on catching Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am
Police investigate charity thefts in Sutton
Police are investigating after two men stole bags left outside a charity shop in Sutton.
They contained clothing, shoes and jewellery intended for the British heart foundation.
The two suspects are about 30 and described as of Eastern European appearance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:46 am
Woking wins green award
Woking Borough Council's received the green seal of approval for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
After looking at their operations – and their environmental impact – the Carbon Trust deemed it worthy of an award.
The council was praised for drastically reducing its gas and electricity consumption since the last inspection.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am
Carshalton library re-opens after a facelift
Carshalton Library is re-opening its doors after a makeover.
The century old building has been redecorated and new IT equipment installed.
20,000 books and DVD's - and free internet access are now available as well as a refurbished space for exhibitions meetings and performances.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am
Police investigate abduction in Thornton Heath
A teenager's been abducted from a launderette in Thornton Heath.
18-year old Adrianna Rostas, who's Romanian, was forced into a car last Thursday.
Police says she's 5 foot tall with black shoulder-length hair and a scar in the middle of her forehead.
Officers are investigating whether she was abducted by members of a criminal gang over a family dispute.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am
Good news for Chelsea fans
There’s more good news for Chelsea fans as they head into the final stages of the season.
Michael Essien returned from injury to complete 90 minutes and scored a goal in Chelsea reserves 4-3 defeat to Aston Villa.
Defender Ricardo Carvalho also made his come back from injury, playing the first hour of the game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am
Surrey student in running for "best job in the world"
Thirty-five thousand people applied for it - but a shortlist of fifty has now been drawn up for the so-called "best job in the world".
Surrey student 20 year old Douglas Stidolph is still in the running.
The position is caretaker of Hamilton Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef for six months - for a salary of more than 60-thousand pounds.
All the hopefuls - from 22 countries - go up for a public vote.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am
Vince Cable speaks on Goodwin pension
MPs will today question the men who run taxpayers' stakes in our banks.
The Treasury Select Committee will ask John Kingman and Glen Moreno from UK Financial Investments about the Government's plans for Lloyds and RBS.
They're also likely to face questions about Sir Fred Goodwin's 693-thousand pound a year pension.
Twickenham MP and Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable says ministers want to stop the former RBS chief pocketing the cash. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 am
Monday, 2 March 2009
BBC investigates University Challenge contestant from Surrey
The BBC is investigating claims a University Challenge winning team-mate of Walton girl Gail Trimble wasn't eligible to participant in the show – because he was no longer a student.
Corpus Christi College of Oxford trounced the University of Manchester in the quiz show final last week.
During filming, Sam Kay, from Frimley in Surrey lost funding for his PhD and started work at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
But he insists his entry to the competition was valid, since he was still a student when filming began.
The Manchester team have dismissed the row and said they have “no desire” for a rematch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm
House prices down in South West London
It's also been revealed South West London has seen sharper than average falls in house prices.
According to market expert Hometrack – prices fell in Hammersmith & Fulham by more than 7 thousand in one month, while people in Merton saw their homes slide in value by 55 thousand in a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm
Surrey fast bowler sidelined for 6 weeks
Surrey fast bowler Jade Dernbach’s been ruled out for six weeks after having surgery to repair a broken thumb on his right hand.
He was the leading domestic One Day wicket taker last season.
The injury will rule him of playing an active part in Surrey’s pre-season programme, which is due to begin today at the Brit Oval.
Surrey Cricket Manager Chris Adams is hopeful Dernbach will be fit for the opening first-class game of the season against Gloucestershire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm
Police search for missing Tooting woman
Police are concerned for the safety of a woman who’s gone missing from a hospital in Tooting.
The 39 year old attended St Georges last Thursday for a cut hand – but left before staff could assess her.
The woman gave her name as Elizabeth Davis – but checks reveal no-one of that name at the address she gave.
The woman is white – about 5 foot 5 with shoulder length dark brown hair. She was carrying a pink rucksack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am
South West Train workers balloted
Workers at South West Trains are voting on possible industrial action over job cuts.
Six hundred supervisors, managers and booking clerks are being balloted over the company's plans to shed 680 jobs.
The firm operates routes through London, Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Devon and Somerset.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am
CORRECTION: Wandsworth council chief executive salary
Following our report 'Wandsworth Council leader is criticised' about figures released by the Taxpayers' Alliance, we have been asked to point out that the salary in question is that of Chief Executive Gerald Jones and not that of elected leader Edward Lister.
We are happy to make this clear.
It’s not just bank bosses who are coming under fire for their huge salaries.
The Chief Executive of Wandsworth Council has been criticised by the Taxpayer’s Alliance for his yearly allowance.
According to figures released by the National Audit Office – Gerald Jones is paid over two hundred thousand pounds a year to do his job.
Councils are now being warned they must come clean over the pay they award to their Chief Executives.
The legislation has been announced after it emerged around 20 Council Chiefs earn more than the Prime Minister.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Twickenham MP Vince Cable joins RBS pension row
The MP for Twickenham has joined in the row over the pension of digraced former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said that Goodwin should lose his £650,000 a year pension, but he also warned the government needed to be practical about bringing in new legislation for this individual case.
Commons leader Harriet Harman has hinted that the law could be changed to prevent Goodwin getting the cash.
Cable says that Goodwin should receive the pension available to employees of bankrupt companies, which is a maximum of £27,000 a year.
of many reasons why we are so useful to South West London...
our very own news team bringing you stories that are relevant to you
and your area.
If you have a press release
or would like to send in news then pop off an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoys and plays all sports - could have been a cricketer if hadn't taken his eye off the ball at a crucial moment.
Lucy presents both news and travel - more on Presenters page.
Spends his winters watching Chelsea and summers playing cricket for Long Ditton CC.
A resident of Claygate and Chessington where he enjoys spending time with family, friends and dog Charlie.
Berrylands born and bred, and proud of the area and people. A pilot, former rally driver, likes horses, cats, wine and anything that makes him go "wow that was fun!!"
Natalie presents both news and travel - more on Presenters page.
Lives in Hammersmith, spent four years in Poland followed by two years on the naval base in Portsmouth where he got to drive a nuclear submarine underwater, rather badly!
Enjoys playing and watching sports. A budding football coach. Doesn't like anything that moves too fast.
Loves walking her dog and plays a mean game of badminton. She also sings in a band and loves trampolining.
Never cooks, likes a glass of red wine while not drinking Guinness. Is also a chocoholic.
Deborah may have started life on a farm in Ohio, USA, but is a long time resident of south west London. Her current loves are fusing glass, good meals out, and dancing.
Helen Ann Smith
Oxford graduate born and bred in Hampton. Loves playing hockey, cooking (and eating) good food and backpacking to far flung corners of the world.
Brought up in Notting Hill and Watford he now lives with his wife and
his cat in Surbiton. Has a passion for sports cars and drives a yellow Z3 Roadster.
Lived entire life in Surbiton, studied creative writing and media but likes exploring. Travelled the world and taught in Ghana which was amazing! Enjoys playing violin, watching comedies and eating.
Schooled in Kingston, likes jogging around Bushy Park. Met Vince Cable when he helped Wickids after-school club sort out accommodation, then interviewed the MP on her return to journalism.
Media and Film graduate who watches tennis at Surbiton and Wimbledon but also plays. Swims at Richmond, but not in the Thames.
Has lived in Epsom for most of her life. Favourite things: holidays and reading, preferably together.
Wimbledon born, loves challenges: trekking Nepal, diving with sharks, snowmobiling the Arctic. There's nothing better than being just outside your comfort zone; you're only here once (sorry Buddha).
Emily lives in Esher. She is a 2nd Year History of Art Undergraduate at the University of Leeds and enjoys fencing, singing and art.
Amateur rally driver and history graduate. Passionate about sport, cars and current affairs.
South west Londoner, broadcast journalism at LCC and a big passion for sport - both watching and playing, the latter often done at a very much substandard level.
Social and Political Geography at Edinburgh then Post Grad from LCC. Ex Bristol Rovers player, LFC fan, windsurfer, skier and cricketer who loves folk and house music.
Has swum with a shark, learnt to ride a motorbike in the outback and hugged a very smelly koala! Favourite food is cereal, loves running, cycling and going on walks with her gorgeous dogs.
Loves this crazy, happy, hectic thing called life, tea and cake. Also enjoys singing and the joy/pain of supporting Spurs.
Fulham resident who loves all things theatrical. A keen netball and tennis player with a City University Broadcast Journalism MA.
Synth pop aficionado and Fred Perry fan from the great East Midlands. Used to be in a folk dance troupe.
Freelance radio producer/presenter. Shared a currant bun with Spike Milligan during rehearsals at the BBC and nearly choked listening to his jokes.
Self confessed arts, culture and literature junky. Aficionado of news and currents affairs. Favourite things: blue cheese, satire and good times – not necessarily in that order.
Loves British, American and International politics and passionately interested in science and technology. Has a dark sense of humour.