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Friday, 27 March 2009

Hampton's Shooting Star celebrates new zone with grand opening

The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in Hampton celebrated a grand opening yesterday.

It’s had the official launch of the new Cosmos Therapy Zone which provides therapy through a music and play room.

It also houses a relaxation room for adults visiting the hospice with their children or grandchildren.

It was built at a cost of around three hundred thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

John Terry reacts to shoplifting allegations
England captain John Terry says newspaper allegations about his mother won't affect his performance over the next few days.

The Chelsea defender will lead the national team against Slovakia in a friendly at Wembley tomorrow, before a World Cup qualifier with Ukraine on Wednesday.

He says it won't be on his mind.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 pm  

Drug service charity celebrates 40th birthday
Cranstoun Drug Services in Surbiton is celebrating its 40th birthday.

The service - which was founded in 1969 by Esher GP Michael Dixon and his wife - provides housing and outreach work to those with drug and alcohol problems across the country.

A series of events will be held in Kingston, Surbiton and Sutton over the coming months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

Demand high for school places in Richmond
Demand for primary school places in Richmond is rising so fast the council can hardly cope with demand.

135 new reception places at schools in the borough are being created for this September, but as the birth rate is rising and the recession is putting parents off private schools, this may not be enough.

Councillor Malcolm Eady says more funding will be needed to increase capacity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

Lewis Hamilton slow in practice
Lewis Hamilton says his poor showing in practice for the Australian F1 Grand Prix is down to a lack of grip in his McLaren car.

He was 16th and 18th in the respective sessions today, and the world champion has admitted he fears finishing outside of the points in the season-opening race.

The Woking based driver says he can't carry his speed through corners, and it'll take time to fix the problem.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:54 pm  

Meredith Kercher murder trial
A woman's told a court in Italy how she heard a terrifying scream coming from the house where Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher was murdered.

Neighbour Nara Capezzali also says that shortly afterwards, at least two people ran away.Meredith was attacked at her flat in Perugia in 2007.

Flatmate Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito deny murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

Sutton & Cheam MP congratulates 40 years of Radio Jackie in parliament

Twelve MPs have now signed an Early Day Motion congratulating Radio Jackie on 40years of broadcasting.

The station first took the airwaves in 1969.

MP for Sutton & Cheam Paul Burstow triggered the motion in parliament

He explains to us why.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Chelsea star's mother held over incident at Brooklands
The mother of Chelsea footballer John Terry has been cautioned for alleged shoplifting in Weybridge, along with the star's mother-in-law.

50-year-old Sue Terry and 54-year-old Sue Poole were accused of stealing £800 worth of clothes and food from the M&S and Tescos in Brooklands.

They were taken to Staines police station, where they were released without charge.

The pair – who both live in Oxshott close to the Blues centre-back deny any wrondgoing – and say they'll seek legal action to clear their names.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 am  

Raven's Ait conquered by green crusaders
Green campaigners have stormed a former wedding and conference venue on the Thames in Kingston.

The firm that operated on Raven's Ait went bust at the end of last year.

Since then, neighbours have complained of raves being held on the abandoned island.

Now, a group of environmental activists want to turn the site into a “Green University”, with lecture halls, conferences and an eco-garden.

The group now faces a court-ordered eviction after Kingston council opened a debate on Raven's Ait's future.

Thames cruise operator Turk's Launches, is one business interested in operating on the site.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Dwain Chambers campaigns to end drug use in sport
Dwain Chambers says he's campaigning to end drug use in sport, after his illegal steroid use left him with a two-year ban from athletics.

The sprinter has found it hard to get back into sport after the ban, and he told students at Merton College yesterday he regretted taking the drugs.

Chambers says illegal doping isn't as common now as it was a few years ago, but he wants to see it end completely.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Investigation into sex attack inquiry
An investigation's examining police blunders in a sex attack inquiry.

It's emerged a man convicted of a series of assaults wasn't arrested until four years after he was made a suspect.

Children's football coach Kirk Reid was found guilty of stalking and attacking 25 women across South West London over 12 years, by jurors at Kingston Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Fears grow for missing Epsom man
Fears are growing for an Epsom pensioner who went missing last Saturday.

It's thought 66-year-old Peter Finney might be sleeping rough in London, Kingston or Guildford.

He was last seen in Portland Place at 1'o'clock Saturday afternoon.

Peter is white, 6ft tall and slim. He wearing brown trousers, a tan-coloured coat and a blue scarf.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

Lewis Hamilton says he's committed to Mclaren
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is playing down suggestions he would consider quitting his McLaren team.

The Woking based driver was quoted as saying he hasn't received any offers, but would listen to other teams if they come in for him.

But he now says he's fully committed to McLaren, and wants to see out his career with them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

McNulty to be investigated over Hammersmith and Harrow homes
Employment minister Tony McNulty IS to be investigated over his housing expenses.

He claimed 60 thousand pounds for his parents' home in Harrow, while his main residence is in Hammersmith, just three miles from Westminster.

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has confirmed they will be looking into a complaint.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Posties protest at Wimbledon station
Hundreds of postal workers are protesting at mainline stations across London this morning.

They’re fighting plans revealed by Lord Mandelson last month to part-privatise Royal Mail.

Postman Dominic Beck is at Wimbledon train station.

He says action must be taken before its too late.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Beadlesford School closed after pipes burst
Parents are being advised that Beadlesford Special School in Kingston is closed today.

It’s after water pipes burst overnight.

It’s not yet known how long it’ll remain closed for – but staff have confirmed that all classes today have been cancelled.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

Local councils slammed for bad investments
Seven councils have been described as negligent, for failing to heed warnings about Icelandic banks, days before they went bust.

An Audit Commission report shows the local authorities breached official guidance and their own protocols in continuing to invest in the run up to October the 7th.

That's when several of the country's banks collapsed.

Surrey County Council had 20 million pounds frozen in foreign accounts, while Sutton Council had invested 5 and a half million.

The Met police and Surrey police also had interests there.

But the Commission makes no mention of them in its report – instead focussing on Kent County Council and others who were warned about Iceland's troubles before they invested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Suspected illegal immigrants appear in court in Croydon
Six suspected illegal immigrants are due in court in Croydon today after being arrested in a series of police raids.

Two Chinese men, two Chinese women and a pair of brothers from Bangladesh were arrested yesterday in early-morning raids by Border Agency teams.

They're charged with obtaining leave to remain - by deception.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Surrey sign Andre Nel
Former South African fast bowler Andre Nel has joined Surrey on a 3-year deal after announcing his international retirement.

He'll join up with the squad when they return from the pre-season tournament in Dubai.

Nel will be registered as a 'Kolpak' player - allowing New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott to be employed as Surrey's overseas player.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 pm  

Roehampton mother appeals to Prime Minister's sensitive side

A mother from Roehampton is taking on the Government in her fight to get help for parents of autism sufferers.

Polly Tommey’s 12 year old son Billy has the condition.

She also founded the Autism Trust to help raise awareness of the fact that numbers have increased in the last 20 years from 1 in 10,000 in 1988 to 1 in 100 today.

However as the Trust is a charity she feels she needs Government help and has been to Downing Street to present a letter to Gordon Brown.

She’s eagerly awaiting a reply.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Cobham workers reaching for the skies this weekend

Workers at Sainsbury’s in Cobham are gearing up for a mammoth challenge this weekend.

The team of six will be taking to Britain’s highest mountain peaks for charity.

They’re taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge – which means they must complete their climb within 24 hours.

They’ll trek 12 thousand feet scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in England.

To donate and help them raise their target of two and a half thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm  

MP puts brakes on internet security plans
Critics say Home Office proposals to log what we do on social networking sites are completely unworkable.

Facebook and Bebo could be required to keep records of every message we send and every photo we look at.

The government says it will help the fight against terror.

Lib Dem home affairs spokesman and Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

Good news for Pinewood- Shepperton studios
The economic downturn seems to have been good news for Pinewood-Shepperton studios.

The movie-makers have turned in an increased pre-tax profit of almost 6 million pounds, compared to just over 5 million last year.

Recent figures show that cinema attendances were up 5 per cent last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Hospitals try to raise awareness of ovarian cancer
Epsom and St Helier Hospitals are trying to raise awareness of a disease which kills five times more people a year than cervical cancer.

Ovarian cancer kills 4,500 people a year and the Love Women campaign this month urges people to recognise the symptoms early.

Most women diagnosed already have the advanced level of the disease.

Symptoms include persistent pelvic and stomach pain and difficulty eating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A man from Streatham guilty of attempted murder
A man from Streatham has been found guilty of attempting to murder a police officer.

32 year old Michael Mitchell was also convicted of firearm and drug offences.

He was arrested after a police chase – during which he pointed a gun at officers.

He was found to have wraps of cannabis and cocaine on him.

His accomplice– Turhan Mah Wing from Clapham was convicted of firearm and driving offences.

Both will be sentenced at a later date.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

Richmond's recession victims offered a helping hand
Richmond's recession victims are being offered a lifeline at an open day in Parkshot tomorrow.

More than 20 employers and job experts are on hand to answers questions posed by out-of-work professionals.

HSBC, the army, Revenue & Customs and the Citizen's Advice Bureau are among the groups attending.

Visitors will hear how to build a quality CV, shine at interview, and land a new job.

Debt-specialists are also on hand to help those with money troubles.

Surviving Recession Day is being held between 10am and 8pm in the Queen Charlotte Hall at the Richmond Adult Community College in Parkshot.

Full details, including how to register for the free seminars and worshops are available on or from RACC - 020 8891 5907
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

Formula 1 rules remain after demands from Woking team
This year's Formula 1 title WILL be won by the driver that claims the most points, rather than the most race wins.

The sport's governing body had wanted the world championship to go to the man who took the chequered flag the greatest amount of times.

But Woking's McClaren wasn't happy at such a change being announced so close to the start of the season, with race one taking place on Sunday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

MP for Sutton and Cheam Paul Burstow presents petition to Downing Street for Egyptian Bolis family
The MP for Sutton and Cheam has presented a petition to Downing Street in support of an Egyptian family threatened with deportation.

Paul Burstow gave the 900 signatures to the Prime Minister this afternoon in support of the Bolis Family.

They have lived in Sutton for 6 years and fear discrimination against their son Marin, who is severely autistic, if they are forced to leave the UK.

Burstow has also secured a meeting with the Minister for Immigration Phil Woolas, to discuss the case.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

Police carry out drug raids across London
Police have arrested 11 people for dealing Class A drugs during a series of dawn raids across London.

The synchronised operation centred on the upmarket area of Kensington and Chelsea.

A total of 120 Metropolitan Police officers targeted 12 addresses.

A further six properties were raided this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

Do you want to train as an Olympic referee..?
Hundreds of Londoners are being invited to train as referees for the Olympics- because minority sports don’t have enough officials.

The London Development Agency is offering 600 bursaries to train umpires in sports including swimming, athletics, volleyball and judo.

There will be training sessions across south west London, and organisers hope the scheme will boost the profile of little-known sports.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Confusion over the level of inflation
There's confusion over the level of inflation in the British economy.

The Retail Price Index has fallen to nought per cent thanks to low mortgage interest payments.

But the measure the Government uses - which doesn't count housing costs - has increased.

Average food and gas bills have soared in the last year.

Liberal Democrats' Treasury Spokesman and Twickenham MP Vince Cable says people are struggling.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Baggage handlers protest
Baggage handlers want to reduce the size of our airline luggage.

They're gathering at Parliament tomorrow to ask the Government to cut allowances from 32 kilograms to 23.

Unite, the UK's largest civil air transport union, wants the Health and Safety Executive to introduce regulations to prevent injuries.

Handlers lift the equivalent of an elephant a day during their shift.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Surrey road deaths lowest for 15 years
Road deaths in Surrey are the lowest they've been for 15 years.

45 people were killed last year, a 25 per cent drop compared with in 2007.

The number of people seriously injured also fell slightly.

The county has had a bad record for road deaths in the past - in 2005 more people were killed in Surrey than anywhere else in England.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Kingston's NHS boss apologises for failing Martin Ryan
Kingston Hospital has offered an unreserved apology and admitted “inexcusable failings”, after a disabled stroke victim starved to death whilst in its care.

Downs sufferer Martin Ryan from Richmond was left without a feeding tube for 26 days – after a breakdown in staff communication.

By the time staff realised the mistake, Martin was too weak to be saved.

Chief Executive of Kingston NHS Trust Kate Grimes says she's met with his family.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Kingston Hospital slammed for stroke victim's death
A disabled man died at the hands of Kingston hospital staff.

That's according to a report by the health service and local government ombudsmen, which looked at several cases of neglect.

Martin Ryan, went without food for 26 days whilst at Kingston Hospital, following a stroke.

By the time staff realised what was happening, he was too weak to be helped.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

Chelsea keeper wins award
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been named the Czech footballer of the year.

He beat veteran midfielder Pavel Nedved to the award, which is voted for by players, coaches, officials and journalists from the country.

Cech last picked up the award in 2005.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Inquest into Surrey man's death
A Surrey man has fallen to his death from a Torquay hotel room.

Police say the 59-year-old man fell 70 foot from the second floor balcony of his room early yesterday morning.

He was staying with his wife and son at the Devon hotel for the Mothering Sunday weekend.

An inquest is expected to be held later this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

House prices in Surbiton buck trend
Homes in Surbiton have bucked the trend of falling house prices.

That's according to a survey of the top ten places where house prices are on the rise by the property website Right Move.

The price of houses for sale in Surbiton is up 5 point 8 per cent on last month. Surbiton was the only place in Greater London to make the list.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Reward offered for information after attempted armed robbery
A reward of 25 thousand pounds is being offered for information after an attempted armed robbery in Hayes.

A security guard was shot in the leg during the attempt at a building society in Uxbridge Road last Tuesday.

Police have released details of two suspects.

The first is white - about 5 foot 6 - in his mid thirties with dark stubble.

The second is black about 6 foot and slim.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

A driver from Chertsey looks to set a new record
A driver from Chertsey starts his battle for a new land speed record today.

Don Wales is behind the wheel of a car which is run purely on steam.

It’s powered by the equivalent of 15 hundred kettles and it’s hoped it could reach speeds of 170 miles an hour.

Today the team are testing the car before it’s transported to America.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Jobs to go in Surrey
A company that supplies helicopters is set to shed nearly 1000 jobs.

Bristow Helicopters, which has offices in England, Scotland and Norway says a decline in demand for it’s services means it must now consult with unions on redundancies.

One office in Surrey is set to lose 100 staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am  

Monday, 23 March 2009

Police appeal after distressed woman found near Woking
Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a distressed woman in Woodham near Woking.

The 25 year old had been for a night out and had got a taxi back to West Byfleet in the early hours of Sunday morning.

She phoned a friend from a call box and was collected in Woodham.

Police say they are trying to establish the circumstances of what happened.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Lewis Hamilton is confident ahead of season opener
Lewis Hamilton is desperate to overcome McLaren's problems during pre-season testing.

The Woking team have struggled with several aerodynamic issues ahead of Sunday's season-opener in Australia.

However, Hamilton is confident those problems are now behind them and says he is determined to lead the way again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Surrey police issue warning to drivers
Police in Surrey have issued a warning to drivers.

It’s after wheel bolts were stolen from vehicles in Fetcham and Bookham.

Police say both cases could have had "potentially serious" consequences on the roads.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm  

Brentford look to extend lead at the top
Brentford can extend their lead at the top of League Two tonight.

The Bees travel to East London to face Dagenham and Redbridge.

They lost at home for only the second time this season against Chesterfield six days ago.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

Chelsea's Anelka out for 3 weeks
Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has been ruled out for three weeks with a toe injury.

It means the Frenchman will miss the World Cup qualification double header against Lithuania.

He's also doubtful for Chelsea's trip to Newcastle on April 4th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:51 pm  

Reward on offer for information about attempted robbery in Hayes
A reward of 25 thousand pounds is being offered for information after an attempted armed robbery in Hayes.

A security guard was shot in the leg during the attempt at a building society in Uxbridge Road last Tuesday.

Police have released details of two suspects.

The first is white - about 5 foot 6 - in his mid thirties with dark stubble.

The second is black about 6 foot and slim.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm  

MP's Hammersmith home prompts debate on expenses
A wide-ranging inquiry into MPs expenses is being considered by an independent committee.

It comes after employment minister Tony McNulty denied breaking any rules by claiming an allowance for a home in which his parents lived – just 8-miles away from his main residence in Hammersmith - also funded by the taxpayer.

Under the current rules, up to £24-thousand a year can be claimed for second-homes outside of inner London.

A new system of expenses with tighter rules is due to come into force on 1 April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Stars descend on parliament to fight Heathrow expansion
Former model Jerry Hall and actress Gillian Anderson are expected to join demonstrators later, protesting over Heathrow's third runway.

Campaigners are gathering in central London (Wesminster) later this afternoon to meet pupils from a school due to be demolished under the expansion plans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Renewed appeal for woman missing from Raynes Park
The daughter of a woman who went missing from Raynes Park over Christmas, has renewed her appeal for her mother's safe return.

56-year-old Annette Francis-Chridi disappeared on the last Monday of December just after 10am.

Her disappearance was featured the BBC's Missing Live show last Wednesday.

Daughter Sascha says its possible her mother was depressed when she vanished.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Rapist missing from Springfield Hospital in Tooting found
A convicted rapist who went missing from a hospital in south London has been found.

Barrington Gordon escaped from Springfield Hospital in Tooting last night.

It's the latest in a series of security breaches at the hospital.

A month ago killer Paul Caesar absconded and was hit by a train at Balham Station hours later and in 2004 a paranoid schizophrenic escaped from the hospital and stabbed a local resident in Richmond Park.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 pm  

Police in Ealing appeal after body found at Greenford roundabout
Police in Ealing are appealing for information after the body of a man was found in Greenford.

The body was discovered in a pedestrian underpass at the Greenford roundabout at around 9 o clock this morning.

The man’s identity has not yet been established.

At this early stage, the death is believed to be suspicious.

The Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating and anyone who has information should contact the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:57 pm  

Teenager killed in Hayes shooting accident
A teenager has died in a shooting accident in Middlesex.

Police were called to an address in Hayes at twenty past four yesterday afternoon following reports of a boy being shot.

It’s believed he was killed when an air rifle went off by mistake while doing target practice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

Missing Rapist Springfield Hospital Tooting
Police are appealing for information to trace a man who’s missing from a secure mental hospital in Tooting.

41 year old Barrington Gordon was last seen at Springfield hospital just before 6 PM last night.

He’s described as black, stocky with short black hair and light beard. He was last seen wearing a brown string vest and white cut off shorts with trainers.

Barrington is under a hospital order following two convictions for rape in 2000.

He should not be approached and anyone who sees him is asked to call police on 999.

Last month Paul Caesar escaped from the same hospital before he died after being hit by a train.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 am  

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