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Saturday, 18 April 2009
Firefighters tackle blaze in Battersea
Thirty firefighters tackled a blaze at a block of flats in Battersea High Street yesterday morning.
Fifteen people were evacuated and an older woman was treated for smoke inhalation.
A five roomed flat on the eighth floor was gutted by the fire.
The cause of the blaze is being investigated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 am
Friday, 17 April 2009
Croydon man is the new advisor to the Mayor of London
An ex-city financier has been appointed as the Mayor of London's special advisor on welfare reform.
Croydon educated Sir David Freud will advise Boris Johnson on ideas to help with long term job loss and the unemployed.
He has agreed to take the position unpaid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 pm
C-difficile is on the decrease in Epsom & St Helier hospitals
The number of patients infected with C-difficile at Epsom and St Helier hospitals has dropped by almost 40% in the last year.
That’s according to new information published this week by the Health Protection Agency.
In 2008, 262 people aged over 65 had the infection - that’s in comparison to 433 in 2007.
Hospital bosses say it’s down to the hard work of staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 pm
Death of Brentford model was 'not suspicious'
The boyfriend of a model from Brentford who plunged to her death from a 12th floor balcony won't face prosecution.
Sahar Daftary died after falling from Rashid Jamil's apartment in Salford Quays, in Greater Manchester, last December.
The former Face of Asia winner and catwalk model was picking up belongings after their relationship ended.
Initial police investigations suggested her death wasn't suspicious and the CPS has agreed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm
Twickenham family appeal after puppy is stolen in burglary
A family from Twickenham has put up a five hundred pound reward in the hope that their nine week old Jack Russell Buster is returned to them.
The Davies family has been burgled twice in the last month.
The first time thieves made off with dirt bikes while they were in their beds asleep.
It was during the second burglary yesterday afternoon that two cars were taken and the nine week old puppy went missing.
They are very concerned as he has not had any of his jabs yet and is not meant to go outside. Posters have been distributed around the Twickenham and Hounslow areas.
Police are not sure the two robberies are connected.
If you think you have seen Buster or have any information please email Lucy on the news desk; [email protected]
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm
Home Office cracks down on council snooping
Councils are allowed to use anti-terror laws to set up covert operations to stop fly-tipping and rogue traders.
But many also snoop on litter-bugs and dog-owners - and even parents, if they don't believe they live in the catchment area of their children's school.
Kingston and Runnymede councils have told Jackie News they have never used the anti-terror laws to spy on their residents.
But other North Surrey and South London councils, such as Mole Valley, Sutton, Epsom, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Hounslow, have not confirmed that they do not use it to catch people committing trivial offences.
Merton Council has admitted to relying on the law once to catch people smoking in a smoke free area.
Epsom and Ewell and Croydon council have used covert surveillance to investigate noisy neighbours.
The Home Office has said they think the councils have been abusing their power and there are plans to limit the council members who can authorise spying.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm
Gordon Ramsay defends his cooking reputation
Gordon Ramsay's been forced to defend his cooking reputation.
It's over revelations he uses ready-made food at one of his London restaurants and in his gastropubs.
A spokeswoman for the celebrity chef says a kitchen facility he owns in Wandsworth is used to prepare components of dishes.
They are then transported daily to kitchens with limited cooking space.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm
Olympic diver expresses regret after fall out
A Croydon-born Olympic diver has expressed his regret over the spat with his teenage diving partner during the Beijing games.
Blake Aldridge publicly fell out with 14-year-old Tom Daley over their poor performance at last year's games.
The former B&Q employee was criticised by Daley for taking a phone call from his mother, in-between dives at the final.
Aldridge has now been hung out to dry by the teenager – who has since recruited a new partner.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm
Taxi driver loses appeal
A man from Walton who lost his taxi driver's licence because of a conviction for violent assault has lost his appeal.
Zabihullah Nazari attacked another taxi driver in September last year after a row about queueing in the taxi rank at Walton railway station.
Staines Magistrates court upheld Elmbridge Council's decision to take away his licence and awarded the council £970 in costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm
Recession friendly displays at Chelsea Flower show
Organisers at the Chelsea Flower Show have asked one of Britain's leading designers to create "recession-friendly" displays.
Sarah Eberle - holder of eight RHS gold medals - has been given a budget of only 15 thousand pounds to build three gardens.
She’s been looking in scrapyards and borrowing plants to complete the showpieces.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm
Epsom man denies murder
A court’s heard claims of how a failed businessman from Epsom hired a hitman to kill his ex-wife so he could claim £475,000.
55 year old Graham Birchwood allegedly ordered the killing of ME sufferer Sharon to pay off debts totalling £150,000.
Croydon crown court heard alleged contract killer 61 year old Paul Cryne strangled 52 year old Sharon at home in Ashtead.
Mrs Birchwood owned her £400,000 house and had life insurance worth £75,000.
Birchwood from Epsom denies murder. Cryne is in custody in Thailand awaiting extradition.
The trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm
Fulham owner denies he's trying to sell the club
Fulham have issued a statement after newspaper reports suggested the club’s up for sale.
Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was angered by claims that he’s interested in selling.
His statement says he wants to assure fans that he’s as committed as ever to the Club and to its future success.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm
Mark Davis rejects Surrey
Sussex second-team coach Mark Davis has turned down the chance to join Surrey.
Chris Adams, who left Hove after 11 years as captain in December to become director of cricket at the Oval, wanted Davis to be assistant first-team coach.
But Davis, who joined the coaching staff at Sussex after retiring in 2005 has decided to stay.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm
Button and Hamilton quickest in China
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton set the quickest times in the first two practice sessions ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.
A revamp to the Woking drivers car helped the world champion to his best showing of the season in the first session.
But Button was quickest in the second session.
Qualifying is tomorrow with the race on Sunday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm
Crystal Palace defender guilty of violent conduct
Crystal Palace defender Claude Davis has been found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association over his clash with Cardiff's Roger Johnson.
A three-match ban means his season is now over.
Johnson was taken to hospital, after being caught with an apparent elbow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Police appeal for witnesses after Thornton Heath shooting
Police are appealing for witnesses after a shooting last night in Thornton Heath.
A 21-year-old man was shot in the head, on Grange Road, just after 10pm.
The victim survived the attack and is said to be in a serious but stable condition.
Detectives from Operation Trident are now investigating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm
Coulsdon teenager guitly of protest at RBS branch
A teenage protester from Coulsdon has landed himself a lengthy community service order, for smashing his way into a branch of Royal Bank of Scotland.
18-year-old Daniel Champion was ordered to serve 230-hours unpaid work by Westminster Magistrates yesterday.
He drunkenly kicked his way into the branch and destroyed a computer, during the G20 summit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Protestor hit at G20 protests calls in Max Clifford
The woman at the centre of the inquiry into police violence at the G20 protests is set to make £50,000 by selling her story, with the help of publicist Max Clifford.
Nicola Fisher's family made contact with the Weybridge PR-man after footage of the attack emerged on the internet.
She was among 100-people holding a vigil for Ian Tomlinson, who died shortly after being hit by officers during the demonstrations.
The officers involved have since been suspended.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm
Mayday Hospital reveals "ageism concerns" in NHS
Older people who suffer strokes get inferior healthcare than their younger counterparts, according to researchers in Croydon.
A team from Mayday Hospital says patients over 75 are less likely to be sent for scans or offered advice on ways to improve their health.
The report calls for a change in attitudes to put an end to ageism in the NHS.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm
Shepperton film producer pays tribute to Peter Rogers
A senior film producer at the Pinewood Studios in Shepperton has paid tribute to the late Peter Rogers.
The man credited as the driving force behind the “Carry On” films died yesterday at the age of 95.
He continued working up until this year – and was hoping to revive the Carry On franchise with a 32nd film.
Chief Executive at Shepperton Ivan Dunleavy says Peter's left a long lasting legacy on British culture.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm
Verdict given over Heathrow runway fire
An accident report says pilots were unaware a fire had broken out onboard their plane for several minutes.
The United Airlines' aircraft was waiting to take off from Heathrow according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
A stewardess had told the crew of "an electrical smell" in the cabin but pilots claimed there was no fire.
The crew and 185 passengers were evacuated in the incident in February 2007.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm
Former Surrey Police chief promoted
Northern Ireland's police chief has been named as the new president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Sir Hugh Orde who’s originally from Surrey replaces Sir Ken Jones.
He beat British Transport Police chief constable Ian Johnston and Cambridgeshire police chief Julie Spence in a ballot of senior officers across Britain.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm
Ron Dennis leaves Mclaren F1 team
Lewis Hamilton's mentor has left his position within the McLaren Formula One team.
Ron Dennis steps down as chief executive to move to a part of the Woking-based McLaren business which is separate from F1.
He relinquished team principal duties to Martin Whitmarsh in January.
Dennis' decision is being interpreted by the newspapers as a bid to save the McLaren team, which is facing sanctions following the events of the Australian Grand Prix.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm
Wimbledon-based union warns drinkers
More pubs are changing hands, as tenants struggle to turn a profit – according to workers' union GMB.
The Wimbledon-based group says nearly 100 pubs owned by Punch Taverns have been sold-on in the last three years.
Nearly half of them changed hands MORE THAN ONCE.
Union leaders are calling for more help for smaller pub chains.
They warn inaction could allow several large chains to operate a price-fixing beer-cartel across Britain.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Car enthusiasts rev up for Surrey charity
Car enthusiasts are revving themselves up to raise money for a children's hospice that serves families across Surrey.
Over 250 drivers will take part in the Scumrun - a race through Europe in old vehicles worth no more more than 500 pounds.
The teams of six will compete against each other to raise 60 thousand pounds for this year's chosen charity Chase Childrens' Hospice.
The cars will leave Portsmouth for their secret destinations tomorrow night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm
Man from Hounslow convicted of petrol murder
A 25 year old man from Hounslow has been convicted of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting him alight.
Shortly before the murder, the two year relationship between the twenty-three year old victim, Charlie Davies, and Nadim Kurrimbukus ended.
Following the break up, the twenty-five year old student attacked his former lover with a baseball bat and set his mother's car alight.
He was not recognised by his ex because he was wearing a hood.
Then in June, Kurrimbukus doused Mr. Davies in petrol and set him alight outside his house in Staines.
The victim was unable to escape into the house because Kurrimbukus had glued the lock.
Mr Davies died in East Grinstead hospital from renal failure caused by burns.
Police arrested Kurrimbukus after comparing CCTV footage from the murder to descriptions from the previous atttacks.
He will be sentenced in June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm
Police try to trace missing Surrey girl
Police are concerned for a teenager who’s gone missing in Surrey.
Fifteen year old Lacey Crook was last seen in the early hours of this morning by a friend at East Croydon station.
She left her home in Redhill on Sunday.
Police say she often goes to Wallington, Croydon and Thornton Heath.
Lacey is white about 5 foot 4 with black hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm
Cricket season is underway
Cricket's new County Championship season gets underway today.
Half-a-million pounds is up for grabs for the winners of Division One - that's a five-fold increase on last year.
In Division 2 Surrey start their campaign for promotion taking on Gloucestershire at the Oval.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm
New study shows elderly are skipping meals
A new study reveals 1 in 4 elderly people in London are skipping meals to save on food costs.
That's according to the charity, Age Concern and Help the Aged.
Siobhan McCann from the charity says older people often can't find the best deals on food.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm
Leonard Cohen plays Weybridge
Weybridge will play host to another big summer concert this year.
Leonard Cohen has confirmed he’s to play a gig at Mercedes Benz World in July.
Last year Elton John played at the venue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm
Fresh approach to school dinners in Sutton
Dinner ladies in Sutton are taking a fresh approach to school meals this summer.
A new menu for the borough's primaries will offer kids their much needed five-a-day, as well as introducing them to lesser-known seasonal produce.
Gone are the pizzas and nuggets – instead cous-cous, chick peas, and salads and smoothies will take centre stage in the canteen.
It's in response to a Government-led crusade against convenience food in England's schools.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Attempted robbers flee Kingswood raid in Jaguar
Police have released images of a car used in last week's attempted armed robbery in Kingswood.
Two security guards were refilling an ATM machine on Waterhouse Lane when two black men appeared – one with a gun.
The men told the employees to get on the floor during the raid last tuesday morning.
However the attempted robbers fled empty handed when the security guards managed to lock themselves in the ATM vestibule.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:31 pm
Police discover cannabis factory in West Ewell
Police have discovered a cannabis factory in a semi-detached house in West Ewell.
After calls from neighbours, police raided the privately-rented property on Riverholme Drive last Wednesday.
Nearly 500 plants were found growing in every room.
No arrests have yet been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm
South Wimbledon tavern will host a Clash tribute night
Fans of the Clash will have a chance to watch a “lost” documentary about Joe Strummer at a fundraiser in South Wimbledon.
The film called “The Last Night London Burned” features the last gig Strummer did in London to support the city's striking fire-fighters.
The tribute night at the Grove tavern on the 25th April will also include a performance of Clash songs by punk band, Night of Treason.
Proceeds will be going towards Billy Bragg's Jail Guitar Project, which puts guitars in prisons in memory of Joe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm
A man from Thornton Heath is jailed for stealing lead from roofs
A man from Thornton Heath who was given a suspended prison sentence last month for stealing lead from roofs has been jailed for a year for reoffending.
Twenty-seven year old Tom Berge was caught for the second time in Worcester Park on the 4th April
The previous month, he pleaded guilty to stealing from churches, homes and schools, including Sutton High School for Girls.
He claimed he found it difficult to resist stealing because it funded his “champagne lifestyle in posh hotels”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm
Police name Leatherhead crash victim
Police have identified a motorcyclist killed in Leatherhead.
35 year old Wayne Marden was travelling along the dual carriageway on Sunday when the crash happened between Givons Grove and Beaverbrook roundabouts.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm
Surrey announce financial results
Surrey Cricket Club has announced its financial results for 2008.
Annual turnover was 24 million pounds with pre-tax profits exceeding half a million pounds.
The club says it continues to invest profits in both the development of the Oval and cricket at the Club.
The off-season has seen the outfield being completely re-laid, the addition of new floodlights.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm
Police investigate robbery in Carshalton
Police are investigating after a pensioner was tricked on his doorstep in Carshalton.
The suspect showed the 87 year old some Age Concern leaflets and conned him into handing over his bank card.
He’s white,about 50, about 5 foot 6 and was wearing a blue suit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:54 pm
Monday, 13 April 2009
Motorcycle accident on A24 Leatherhead Bypass
Police are appealing for witnesses following a motorcycle accident on the A24 Leatherhead Bypass on Easter Sunday.
The 35 year old rider of the red, white and blue Honda received fatal injuries.
The collision happened between the Givon Grove and Beaverbrook roundabouts just before 5.30pm.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Police on 0845 125 2222.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am
Motorists warned in Wandsworth
As we enjoy the final day of an extended weekend, there’s a warning from Tooting’s MP.
Sadiq Khan is reminding motorists that Wandsworth Council will still be enforcing yellow lines today, despite the Bank Holiday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 am
Police catch Fetcham suspect
The man hunted by police in connection with a serious assault at a Surrey home has been located.
David Kelly was found in Essex and has been detained by police.
Officers attended an address in Fetcham on Friday following a report of an assault on a woman.
The victim was taken to hospital where her condition is described as stable.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 am
Missing man found
A man missing from Thornton Heath has been found.
Police were concerned about the whereabouts of 72-year-old Ezekiel Smith – who needed regular medication - after he wasn’t seen since Friday.
He was found in Brixton Hill and was taken to hospital for a check-up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 am
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Mole Valley Man Sought
Police are hunting for a man after a woman was assaulted in Fetcham near Leatherhead.
The attack took place on Friday afternoon and the victim had to spend Friday night in hospital but isn’t thought to be seriously hurt.
The man police are looking for has been named as 51 year old David Kelly from the Mole Valley area.
He was last seen leaving Fetcham in a dark blue Citroen C4.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am
Car boot sale a day early
If you’re on your way to the car boot sale at Hook Road Arena – you’re a day early
Radio Jackie listeners have told us that dozens of people have been turning up this morning but organisers have confirmed it’s on tomorrow, not today
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am
Thornton Heath Man Missing
A man from Thornton Heath has gone missing
72 year old Ezekiel Smith was last seen in sheltered accommodation on Brigstock Road on Friday night
Originally from Jamaica he’s about 5'3" of stocky build with greying hair and has a limp
Ezekiel needs regular medication and didn’t have it with him at the time so if you think you’ve seen him then give Croydon Police a call on 020 8649 1212
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am
Mitcham hunger strike over
A Mitcham man who's been on hunger strike has agreed to start eating again so he can travel to the US
Tamil protester Sivatharsan Sivakumaraval had gone without food since Tuesday morning
He was protesting against the Sri Lankan government's alleged human rights abuses of Tamils in the north of the country
He'll now meet American politicians to discuss the issue
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am