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Friday, 19 June 2009

Dispute over budget cap splits F1

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are on course to defect from Formula One.

Their teams are among eight who've announced they're quitting in a row over money.

As things stand, it'll wipe out more than half of the championship line-up.

The rebel teams plan to launch a breakaway series.

Former Woking-based McLaren team manager Tony Jardine:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Support for dementia sufferers in Surrey
14-thousand people suffer from it in Surrey – now dementia sufferers have a chance to talk about it – candidly.

The Alzheimer Cafe in Epsom offers a meeting environment for people to share their experiences and break the taboo on the subject.

The group's first meeting is being held tonight from 6'o'clock at the Epsom Methodist Church on Ashley Road.

For more information contaact the Mid Surrey & Dorking Alzheimer's office on 01372 729 988 - or visit their website.

Event organiser Claire Robertson's mother suffered with the condition.

She admits she has regrets about the way she dealt with it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Man jailed after Heathrow arrest
A man from London’s been jailed for three and a half years after trying to leave the UK and join the Taliban in Afghanistan.

21 year old Mohammed Abushamma claimed he was going trekking in the mountains.

He eventually pleaded guilty to engaging in preparation for committing acts of terrorism.

He was arrested at Heathrow after a tip off by intelligence
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm  

Baroness Thatcher to have surgery
Baroness Thatcher is to have an operation on her arm tomorrow, after breaking it in a fall.

Her son, Sir Mark, says the 83-year old is alert at Chelsea and Westminster hospital - and talking about Ladies Day at Ascot.

He also says his sister Carol hasn't visited their mother because she's at home recovering from an eye operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Lewis Hamilton looks ahead to next year
Lewis Hamilton says the team are already working on next season’s car.

The Woking based driver says he’s sitting in on technical meetings and having a major say in the design.

The current World champion has struggled for points this year in an uncompetitive McLaren.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Vince Cable speaks on expenses and Sir Fred Goodwin's pension climbdown
Former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin is reportedly to hand back up to half of his pension.

Sir Fred was awarded 700-thousand pounds a year - despite RBS having to be bailed out by the government.

Commenting on Parliament's decision to publish MPs' expenses online, Lib Dem Treasury Spokesman and MP for Twickenham Vince Cable said the public had a lot to thank the Telegraph for - as the online list has been subject to severe censorship.

He also says Sir Fred Goodwin's pension climbdown won't be enough to clear his name.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

Teenager questioned over stabbing
A 14 year old boy's being questioned by police over a stabbing, which has left another teenager seriously injured.

The victim - who's 15 - was found in Isleworth in Middlesex early yesterday evening.

He was taken to hospital with knife wounds to his upper body, and is now in a stable condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Hamilton admits he's having a tough time ahead of British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton says he's going through the toughest time of his career.

The Woking racer heads into this weekend's British Grand Prix a massive 52 points behind leader Jenson Button in the drivers' championship.

And the reigning champion admits he's found it hard this season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Service in Staines to remember those killed in plane crash
A commemorative service will be held in Staines today to remember those who were killed in an air crash.

118 people died when the British airways plane came down in a field near Staines in 1972.

The aircraft missed the town centre by just a few hundred yards.

The service will be held next at St Peter’s church in Staines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

MPs expenses published online
Details of MPs' expenses over the last four years are now available online - following a string of scandals

Much of the information has already been published in the Daily Telegraph.

Click on your local MP below to see what they've claimed for.

Paul Beresford - Conservative - Mole Valley

Crispin Blunt - Conservative - Reigate & Banstead

Tom Brake - Lib Dem - Carshalton & Wallington

Paul Burstow - Lib Dem - Sutton & Cheam

Vince Cable - Lib Dem - Twickenham

Ed Davey - Lib Dem - Kingston & Surbiton

Chris Grayling - Conservative - Epsom & Ewell

Justine Greening - Conservative - Putney

Alan Keen - Labour - Feltham & Heston

Ann Keen - Labour - Brentford & Isleworth

Susan Kramer - Lib Dem - Richmond Park

Philip Hammond - Conservative - Weybridge & Runnymede

Stephen Hammond - Conservative - Wimbledon

Sadiq Khan - Labour - Tooting

Susan Kramer - Lib Dem - Richmond Park

Greg Hands - Conservative - Hammersmith & Fulham

Martin Linton - Labour - Battersea

Humphrey Malins - Conservative - Woking

Siobhain McDonagh - Labour - Mitcham & Morden

Richard Ottaway - Conservative - Croydon South

Andrew Pelling - Conservative - Croydon Central

Ian Taylor - Conservative - Esher & Walton

Malcolm Wicks- Labour - Croydon North

David Wilshire - Conservative - Spelthorne
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 am  

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Dead Policeman honoured in Epsom


The Shadow Home Secretary has honoured the memory of a policeman killed in the line of duty in Epsom 90 years ago.

Sergeant Thomas Green was helping to disperse a mob of several hundred Canadian soldiers attacking Epsom Police station on June 17th 1919 when he was hit on the head by a rioter.

During the First World War soldiers were stationed in camps around Surrey.

Chris Grayling officiated at the unveiling of a plaque outside the station opposite Bourne Hall Museum at 10am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

Tube talks set for Friday
Talks aimed at averting another Tube strike in London will take place on Friday.

A 48 hour walkout by members of the RMT Union led to travel chaos for millions of passengers in the capital last week.

Issues still remain over job losses, pay and disciplinary issues.

The Union hasn't ruled out more strike action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Good news for anglers in Surrey
It’s good news for anglers in Surrey.

A complex operation to remove thousands of fish from a water treatment plant in Walton will be completed tomorrow.

They were drawn into the tanks as eggs or baby fish but couldn’t swim back through the pumps.

Species including roach, perch, bream and eels have been netted and will be released into nearby rivers.

The fishing season started on Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

Chelsea's Drogba out for 4 Euro games
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's been given a six match ban from European games, for his actions at the end of the Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona.

He confronted the referee and shouted abuse into a TV camera at Stamford Bridge.

The last two games of that ban are suspended for two years.

Teammate Jose Bosingwa's also been ruled-out for four games - with one of them similarly suspended.

Meanwhile, the club have been fined 100 thousand EUROs for the behaviour of their players and fans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

The girls are going to Wembley
The boys are being put on the bench at Wembley this weekend.

The Hampton and Richmond all girls football team are taking centre stage for a day of matches against other female teams.

The friendlies will kick of at half twelve on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Fire guts house in Morden
The first floor of a house in Morden has been completely destroyed by fire.

The blaze happened at the property – which is undergoing refurbishment – on the Drive in the early hours of this morning.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Swine Flu found in West London school
Swine flu has been exposed at a school in Shepherds Bush.

Two pupils at Bentworth Primary are said to be recovering well at home.

Yesterday, it was revealed six pupils and a teacher at a school in Streatham had contracted the disease after a school trip.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Kercher case proving costly
Amanda Knox’s trial could cost her family up to one million pounds in legal fees.

The 21 year old stands accused of murdering her flatmate, Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007.

Her American parents told Italian TV they had so far re- mortgaged their house and blown their retirement funds.

Curt Knox also says they have hired two full time lawyers and PR consultant to help them deal with press attention.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm  

Man passes out on Croydon Tramlink
The Croydon Tramlink was suspended earlier after a man collapsed on the line at George Street.

He was taken to hospital where his condition is thought to be stable. All three lines are now running normally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm  

Police investigate Croydon attacks
Police fear a serial burglar and sex attacker has struck again.

They're looking into nine burglaries in the Croydon area over the last fortnight, to see if the man dubbed the 'night stalker' is responsible for them.

He preys on the elderly and has already been connected to 100 different offences dating back to 1990.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

Surrey look for a new keeper
Surrey are trying to sign a new wicketkeeper.

They’ve approached Worcestershire about Steven Davies.

He’s played for England in the one day format of the game
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Fulham go defensive
Birmingham City right-back Stephen Kelly has signed a three-year deal with Fulham.

He joins on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at St Andrew's.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Seedings for Wimbledon
Wimbledon seedings 2009

Men

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain

2. Roger Federer Switzerland

3. Andy Murray, Britain

4. Novak Djokovic, Serbia

5. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina

Women

1. Dinara Safina, Russia

2. Serena Williams, U.S.

3. Venus Williams, U.S.

4. Elena Dementieva, Russia

5. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Is an end in sight to over development in East Sheen?


SOS Avenue Gardens handed in the petition of 2,009 signatures to Richmond Council last night.

Cllr Nick True then presented the petition at the Council Meeting.

The people of Avenue Gardens cul- de -sac in East Sheen are calling for support to help put an end to the over development of their quiet street, known as garden grabbing.

Developers Grayswood Properties is seeking planning permission to build nine homes on the site of one house.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

New gardening scheme across Wandsworth
A new idea to help pensioners in Wandsworth look after their gardens is about to blossom.

The scheme matches them with green fingered people who want to garden but don’t have the land.

All the produce and costs are shared.

The scheme’s believed to be the first in the UK and has the backing of Age Concern.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

Chelsea start season with a home match
The new football fixtures are out.

Chelsea will start the season at home to Hull – Fulham are away at Portsmouth.

Birmingham go to Old Trafford to take on the Champions Manchester United.

In the championship Crystal Palace will entertain Plymouth and QPR Blackpool.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

Police hunt sexual attacker in Purley
Police investigating a string of sexual attacks on elderly men and women, as they slept in their beds, believe the suspect has carried out around 130 crimes.

The softly spoken masked man's struck at nine homes in the Shirley area of Croydon during the last fortnight, and 25 in total, so far this year.

Two of his victims were in their nineties.

He's black, in his late 30s or 40s and around 6 feet tall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Wimbledon legend backs Murray to win title
Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borg's backing Andy Murray to win the title this year.

The championships get underway next Monday and Murray's on a high after winning at Queen's.

Borg won five Wimbledon titles during his career.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

TV-chef's restaurants flamed by Hounslow and H&C councils
TV-chef Marco Pierre White has responded to a flaming from Hounslow Council.

Inspectors slated the cleaning standards at his Chiswick restaurant. There were major concerns over hygiene awareness among staff.

His eatery at Stamford Bridge was also panned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

However, follow-up visits found big improvements.

The restaurants have since passed hygiene tests and no further action will be taken.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

British Olympic Association vacates Wandsworth HQ

An announcement by the British Olympic Association has set tongues wagging in Wandsworth.

The organisation's moving out of its headquarters – No.1 Wandsworth Plain.

It was rumoured rocker Mick Jagger would be moving in.

The Rolling Stone owns the neighbouring property, but the BOA has confirmed that Jagger is not the purchaser.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

Top stories at 8am
More than a hundred Romanians living in south Belfast have been forced from their homes because of racist attacks.

They had to spend the night in a church hall.

Around 20 families were evacuated from the Lisburn Road area yesterday evening, after a week of attacks.

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The latest unemployment figures will be published this morning - with expectations of yet another new high in the jobless total.

Last month the number of unemployed people jumped by the biggest amount since 1981, to reach 2 point 2 million.

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Sainsbury's has reported a 7-point-8 percent rise in first quarter sales.

That compares to Tesco's figure of 4-point-3 percent yesterday.

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A nationwide crackdown on teenage binge-drinking during the summer holidays is being launched today.

1 point 4 million pounds is being set aside for local agencies in 69 areas, where youth crime is a particular problem.

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NASA has called off today's launch attempt for space shuttle Endeavour because of another hydrogen gas leak.

The space station construction mission is now postponed until July.

It's the same type of leak that cropped up during fuelling on Saturday.

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A teenager in Belgium says she emerged from a tattoo parlour with 56 stars over half her face, but claims she just asked for THREE.

The 18-year-old says she fell asleep during the procedure.

He denies the claims.

Britain's last Tommy is celebrating his 111th birthday today.

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Harry Patch is the last surviving veteran to have fought in the trenches during the First World War.

He was born in 1898 and was just 16 when fighting broke out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Malden Road re-opens after accident
Malden Road, in Sutton, has re-opened tonight after a bus collided with a child.

The child suffered minor cuts and bruises but has been taken to hospital as a precaution.

It’s not thought their injuries are life threatening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 am  

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Controlled explosion in Ewell Village

A controlled explosion has been carried out in Ewell Village.

Police were called just after one o'clock this afternoon to the Wheatsheaf pub on the Kingston Road following a security alert.

The explosion was carried out just before 4:30 by bomb disposal experts.

The immediate area including about twenty properties was evacuated for over three hours.

Police say the package discovered is not believed to be terrorist related – investigations continue.

Meanwhile, Lunar House in Croydon was sealed off this lunchtime after a suspect package was discovered.

Staff were told to stay in their offices while investigations were carried out. It turned out to be a false alarm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm  

Arrest in connection with Chiswick shooting
A man’s been arrested following a shooting in Chiswick.

The victim in his thirties took himself to hospital following the shooting on the High Road on Saturday night.He was later discharged.

No details have been released about the person arrested accept that he is being questioned at a west London police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

Richmond Council has a re-think over permits
Richmond council’s done a U turn over parking permits for nurses.

They currently have passes allowing them to park in residents bays.

District nurses were due to strike after the Council wanted to make them no longer valid in central Twickenham and Sheen.

The Council says it will now review the situation in 3 months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm  

More concerns from MP over Heathrow expansion
The MP for Hayes and Harlington is claiming taxpayers could end up footing the bill for the third runway at Heathrow.

John McDonnell - whose constituency includes the airport - says he's concerned by reports that ministers could have the power to take over if owner BAA goes bust.

The Labour member says that could mean the Government having to pay for much of the controversial extension.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Postcode lottery for prostate cancer
Campaigners say there's a postcode lottery when it comes to men dying from prostate cancer.

Figures show almost one in five parliamentary constituencies have death rates that are more than 25 percent above the England average.

The figures are poor in Hayes and Harlington but good in Kensington and Chelsea.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Esher and Walton's MP to step down
Conservative Ian Taylor's become the latest MP to step down following the expenses scandal.

The Esher and Walton MP announced his intention not to stand at the next general election last night.

In a letter to Tory leader David Cameron and the chief whip of the Conservative Party, Mr Taylor said there were several factors behind his decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

Chelsea could be in for Ribery..?
Bayern Munich say Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona have all made offers for Franck Ribery.

The France midfielder is one of the hottest properties in football at the moment.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (PRON: Roo-mu-ni-ger) insists he isn't interested in doing a deal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Warning on the future of civil servants
There's a warning from a Wimbledon-based employment think-tank on the future of thousands of civil servants.

It's claimed up to 350-thousand public sector jobs could be lost over the next five years, because of the recession.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development says local authorities haven't felt the pinch yet, but up to 30-thousand jobs could go next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

Police hunt camera thieves
Police in Woking are ‘zooming’ in on thieves who stole a CCTV camera.

The two men and a woman got out of car and took photos of a house in Knaphill before ripping the camera from a wall.

Police say it was unusual the offenders made no attempt to disguise themselves.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Calls for a review of Prince Charles political influence
A prominent architect's calling for a review of the Prince of Wales's political influence.

Lord Rogers claims the heir to the throne set a dangerous precedent by writing to the developers of the Chelsea Barracks site in London, asking them to consider other alternatives.

The Qatari royal family dropped its plans for the exclusive development just a week before it was due to go to planners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Kew is buzzing
It’s ‘buzzing’ at Kew Gardens today.

20 thousand bees are being released into hives in a meadow at the botanical gardens.

The bees are being released as part of a campaign to encourage people to grow more insect-friendly flowers in their gardens.

The number of honeybees has fallen by 10% to 15% in the past two years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Swine flu at Sandhurst
The first case of swine flu has been confirmed at Sandhurst.

The staff member at the Royal Military Academy has been quarantined.

All soldiers with flu-like symptoms are now being screened for the H1N1 virus.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

Fayed loses legal battle
Fulham FC owner Mohammed Al Fayed has lost a legal battle to profit from an oilfield under his Surrey home.

The Harrods boss says an oil firm drilled wells to a depth of nearly 2-and-a-half-thousand feet under his Oxted mansion, without permission.

Around £10-million worth of oil has been extracted from the site in just 18-months.

The billionaire had previously earned nearly 10% of the immediate and future proceeds from the operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Britney kept in check
Pop star Britney Spears is being kept on a tight leash by her father, whilst in London for her world tour.

The troubled singer was forbidden from attending a party at the Wandsworth Palais thrown by one of her supporting acts at the weekend.

It's thought her family fear she'll slip back into old habits, if not kept in check.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

Not a night to remember for Mancienne
England’s Under-21’s made a winning start to the European Championships – but it was a bad night for Chelsea’s Michael Mancienne.

The Blue’s Young Player of the Year gave away a penalty and was sent off in England’s 2-1 victory over Finland.

He’ll now miss the next game against Spain on Thursday through suspension.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 am  

Monday, 15 June 2009

Prisoner found dead in Wandsworth jail

An inmate has been found hanged at Wandsworth prison.

25 year old Christopher Wardally was pronounced dead following the discovery by staff on Friday.

Officers tried to revive him following the incident at half past one in the afternoon.

An investigation has now been launched.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

Shooting in Chiswick
A man’s been shot in Chiswick.

The victim, believed to be in his early thirties, took himself to hospital following the shooting on the High Road on Saturday.

He was later discharged.

Police say they’d like to speak to anyone who was on the 237 bus on the Brentford to Hammersmith route at around 8pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

New plans for Raynes Park
Raynes Park is set to get an £80,000 makeover.

Merton Council have launched a new programme to enhance the appearance of the area.

Plans include improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

Alongside the improvements a new Waitrose supermarket, café and public piazza have been given the go-ahead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Latest from Merdith Kercher's murder trial
The American accused of murdering a Coulsden student in Italy has shocked the court by declaring she was a devotee to the crime TV-show “C.S.I.”

Amanda Knox also described the moment she was told Meredith Kercher had been killed– saying she was disgusted and shocked.

The 21-year-old denies murder, along with her ex-boyfriend – Raffaele Sollecito.

Whilst the murder trial continues, the Kerchers are suing the Italian police, for allegedly contaminating evidence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Green plaques across Wandsworth
Actress Margaret Rutherford, London’s first black mayor and rock band The Who are some of the people celebrated in Wandsworth’s new Green Plaque scheme.

It commemorates famous or historically important people or places.

The first plaque, of former prime minister Clement Attlee, will be unveiled during the first-ever Wandsworth Heritage Festival, which runs throughout June.

His plaque will be unveiled at the site of his former home in Portinscale Road in Putney.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

Pastors scheme extended
Church leaders will be on patrol in Tooting later this month in an extension of the street pastors scheme.

The team will be out one Friday night every month f in a bid to tackle late night disorder in the town centre.

If successful their rounds could become more frequent and cover different times.

The street pastors scheme was launched in Balham last year and patrols have been introduced in Wandsworth town centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

Inter Milan look to Chelsea
Inter Milan have confirmed they want to sign Deco and Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea.

The Portuguese pair have both worked under boss José Mourinho before - winning the Champions League with Porto in 2004.

Carvalho was one Mourinho's biggest successes in his time as Chelsea boss - striking an impressive partnership with John Terry.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

Bus crime down in London
Crime on London buses is at a five year low, according to Boris Johnson.

The Mayor says the latest figures are encouraging.

He says bus crime rates have fallen by 18 per cent in the last year, while robberies and bus vandalism are down by a third.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm  

Shellfish escape from lorry on M3 Sunbury
Most drivers usually pass a Shell or two on their journeys – but motorists on the M3 caught a glimpse of something a bit different this morning.

It's after a lorry travelling towards London at junction 1 Sunbury went into a ditch and shed its load of live crabs and lobsters.

The shell-fish have since made a bid for freedom, fleeing the scene to avoid recapture.

Motorway staff are now working to retrieve them.
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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 am  

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Twickenham Carnival today
The carnival comes to Twickenham today.

There’ll be a street procession along the riverside starting at midday at York House and finishing at Orleans House

From one o’clock there’ll be an afternoon of music, dance and art in the Orleans House Gallery grounds.

The event goes on until six this evening.

To find out more go to www.richmond.gov.uk/twickenham_carnival
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

Wimbledon soldier killed
A soldier from Wimbledon has been killed in Afghanistan

Twenty-seven year old Paul Mervis, a Lieutenant with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, died on Friday in a blast in Helmand Province.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

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