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Saturday, 18 July 2009
Last hearing until Autumn in Coulsdon murder trial
An Italian court is hearing more forensic evidence about the death of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher in Perugia 2007.
American Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito deny murdering Meredith.
Defence witnesses have been casting doubt on some of the DNA evidence that's been put before the court.
It's the last hearing in the town of Perugia until September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm
Terry will stay put in South West London
Chelsea insist John Terry doesn't want to leave the club.
The England captain has been the subject of two big money bids from Manchester City. So far, he hasn't commented on the situation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 pm
Friday, 17 July 2009
Hospital staff rewarded in Epsom
The biggest ever awards ceremony for staff at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals took place recently to celebrate their continuing hard work and dedication.
The Trust Annual Awards, which were held at Epsom Racecourse, were split into eight categories, including awards for going above and beyond the call of duty, improving patient care and working to reduce the risk of healthcare acquired infections.
Nominations for the awards flooded in, with 270 members of staff nominating a colleague or team. Each nomination was then considered by an awards panel, which included patient representatives.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm
National Swine Flu Pandemic Service
The Department of Health announced today that it will soon launch its National Pandemic Flu Service.
This service is made up of a website and call centres which will quickly be able to tell members of the public whether they have swine flu. If they do, they will be given an authorisation number that a 'flu friend' - a friend or relative who does not have swine flu - can use to pick up antivirals from local antiviral collection points.
· England - the service should be up and running in England from the end of next week. Until then, if someone thinks they may have swine flu, they should go online and check symptoms on the NHS Choices website, or call the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513. If they still think they have swine flu, they should then call their GP
· Scotland - people who are worried about flu-like symptoms should continue to contact their GP or NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24
· Wales - if symptoms are causing concern, or people are in an at risk group such as those with heart and lung disease, children under 5 or pregnant women, they should phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or phone their GP
Northern Ireland - Swine Flu Helpline 0800 0514 142 - (8am - 8pm) Daily
It is particularly important for people with chronic lung, kidney or heart disease, under fives, over 65s and pregnant women to use the new service as soon as they have symptoms and to keep in touch with their GP. Parents with children under one year should call their GP if their child has symptoms as soon as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am
Thursday, 16 July 2009
MP questions care for the elderly
The MP for Sutton and Cheam has challenged the Minister for Care over broken promises to the elderly.
Paul Burstow's put pressure on Phil Hope to explain why a review into over medication of dementia sufferers is twelve months overdue.
Every year around 23,000 older people die prematurely because of the over use of anti-psychotic drugs.
They can worsen the symptoms of dementia as well as causing other serious harm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm
Government accused of "massaging" crime figures
The Tories are accusing ministers of "massaging" crime figures.
Police recorded 38-thousand serious knife crimes last year - amounting to 104 every day.
But the rules have changed making it impossible to compare figures with the previous year.
Shadow home secretary and Epsom MP Chris Grayling claims ministers are trying to "cover up" the scale of knife crime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:22 pm
Warning after spate of bogus callers in Elmbridge
Elmbridge Council are warning residents to be on the lookout for bogus callers.
That's after a number of people have tried to get into people's homes posing as a council worker, and then robbed them.
The council are reminding residents that if someone knocks on their door they should ask for identification and then call them to verify that they're genuine.
The elderly and the vulnerable are thought to be particularly at risk.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm
John Terry boards US flight with the rest of Chelsea squad
Chelsea have flown off for their pre-season tour of America - and John Terry IS with them.
It's the strongest hint yet the England captain won't be leaving the club to join Manchester City.
Joe Cole wasn't on board though - he's had surgery on his knee and now could miss the start of the Premier League season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm
Concerns over police driver safety after shocking rise in deaths
It's been revealed the number of people killed in police vehicle pursuits has risen by more than 60 percent in a year.
The figures come after a teenager died after a collision in Esher last week, following a police pursuit starting in Merton.
17-year-old Liam Albert from Mitcham was driving a stolen Mazda at the time of the incident.
Nationally, 40 people have died in the last 12 months and there are fears police drivers are taking unnecessary risks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm
Top stories at 8am
Gordon Brown's assertion that a lack of helicopters isn't to blame for British deaths in Afghanistan, is due to be challenged by senior MPs.
The Prime Minister's likely to be accused of slashing the forces' helicopter budget when he was Chancellor, as he goes before the Liaison Committee this morning.
A separate Defence Committee report is also expected to be critical of aircraft numbers.
The NHS must do more to protect children from neglect and abuse.
In a report following the death of Baby P, the Care Quality Commission says only half of staff who should be trained, have been.
A house fire in Manchester has left a woman dead and two children fighting for their lives in hospital.
It happened in Openshaw early this morning.
The Open Championship golf has teed off at Turnberry.
England's Oliver Wilson is among the early leaders at one under par.
And at Lord's - there's still no word on whether Andrew Flintoff's fit for the second Ashes test, which begins at 11.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Hospital to be renovated not demolished
People living in Carshalton could have the hospital they’ve been dreaming of . . . . . . . . in 8 years time.
St Helier has been given the go ahead for a 200 million pound expansion by NHS London.
The upgrade will house a new acute hospital for emergencies and a local care centre.
MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake says the site as it is now is definitely not fit for purpose.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm
Croydon soldier bought home to rest
A soldier from Croydon killed in Afghanistan has been bought home this afternoon.
20 year old Rifleman Daniel Simpson was killed as he was being taken to safety by another soldier who also died.
A repatriation ceremony's been held at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire for him and seven others who also lost their lives in a day of attacks in Helmand Province on Friday.
It was the single bloodiest day for front line combat troops since the Falklands conflict.
The ceremony earlier was followed by a sombre parade through the town of Wooton Bassett.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed it's sending an extra 140 troops to Afghanistan immediately.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm
Emergency fire safety checks in Kingston
Kingston Council has agreed to carry out emergency fire safety checks on all housing estates in the borough.
It follows a blaze in Camberwell at the start of the month where 6 people died after becoming trapped in their tower block.
Four blocks on the Cambridge estate will be the first to get an inspection.
Council officials have promised any work need doing will be carried out as soon as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm
Multiple sunglasses stolen in Sutton
Thieves have stolen hundreds of pounds worth of sunglasses from cars across Sutton in the last few weeks.
Top designer brands are being targeted including Ray-Ban, Oakley and Ted Baker.
In one case four pairs were stolen from a car parked in Worcester Park.
In total about 13 hundred pounds worth of shades have been stolen in a 20 day period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm
Man accused of hit-and-run stands trial
A man accused of the murder of a 21-year-old pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash has gone on trial.
Bus driver 23 year old Daniel Press from Epsom, denies murdering William Buckingham in September last year on the A24 in Ewell.
A post-mortem examination found that Mr Buckingham's death was caused by serious head injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm
Campaigners challenge a Heathrow report
Campaign group HACAN has challenged a new report.
The British Chamber of Commerce says a third runway at Heathrow would add £30 billion a year to the UK economy over a 60 years.
The group argues this contradicts previous reports including Government figures showing benefits would be just £5 billion over 70 years.
They also criticise the way the report compares Heathrow with Paris, Frankfurt and other European figures.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm
Wandsworth killer has his convictions reduced
A killer known as the 'Stockwell Strangler' has won a court fight to have his murder convictions reduced to manslaughter.
Lawyers for Kenneth Erskine, who killed seven pensioners in south London in 1986, presented fresh medical evidence to the Court of Appeal.
They argued he was suffering from an abnormality of the mind which substantially diminished his responsibility for the crimes.
His first victim was 78 year old Mrs Eileen Emms from Wandsworth, who died on 9 April 1986.
Her death was originally not believed to have been murder, and it was only established that she had been murdered when a television set was detected missing from her flat.
A post mortem examination revealed that she had been raped and strangled.
The final victim was Mrs Florence Tisdall, an 83-year-old widow who lived at a retirement complex in Fulham.
She was found dead by the caretaker on the morning of 23 July 1986.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am
Monday, 13 July 2009
Biking for charity in Sutton
A Sutton man will pedal the streets of London on Sunday to raise money for Leukaemia Research.
Daniel Miller will cycle the 26 miles to raise cash for the charity which helped his mum through the disease last year.
The 23 year old says cancer is devastating for everyone concerned.
For more information on how you can help log onto lrf.org.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm
Not too late to donate to cause
A father and daughter team from Cobham are back from their trek deep into the Peruvian mountains.
David and Cara Mitchell walked the Inca Trail to raise money for Guildford based Chase Children’s hospice.
The pair managed to raise over seven thousand pounds to help families using the base.
They dropped into the studio to tell us about life changing experience.
And you can still donate to the cause by logging onto justgiving.com/davidmitchell9
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm
Police in Croydon have questions to answer
Police in Croydon have been criticised over their handling of a honey trap murder case.
16 year old Shakilus Townsend was stabbed to death by convicted killers Don Ellis and Michael Akinfenwa.
He’d been lured to a street in Thornton Heath by his 15 year old girlfriend Samantha Joseph who was acting on behalf of another gang member with whom she was still in love with.
However it’s since emerged the pair should have been held over another knife attack five months before the killing last July.
Their street names Rugrat and Spekta were known to officers, but wrongly logged computer details meant they were never dealt with.
The pair were convicted of the killing, along with five others last week.
They were all part of the street gang ‘Shine My Nine.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm
Blaze out in Croydon
A paint shop blaze has been put out in Croydon
The single storey shop on Windmill Road caught fire just before three o’clock this afternoon.
No one was injured and the fire is not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm
Time to get your feet on display
The Surrey Air Ambulance Service is calling on the people of Surrey to dig out the most outrageous shoes on Friday 25th September 2009 and instructing them to ‘Strut Your Funky Feet’ to help raise funds for a great cause.
Last year nearly one hundred schools, colleges and businesses from across the region donned their ‘Funky Footwear’, in return for a donation to the charity as part of the annual Air Ambulance Week – this year the charity wants to top the one hundred mark.
There are four easy steps to get involved;
1.Open your wardrobe and select your funkiest shoes, they could be odd shoes, have colourful laces, a pair of wellington boots…Anything!!
2.Put them on your feet
3.Wear them to school, college or work
4.Make a suggested donation of £1 to Surrey Air Ambulance and collect your funky button badge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm
Schools in Richmond, Kingston and Sutton line up for share £200-million cashpot
The government is expected to announce a £200-million cash pot for primary schools in overcrowded areas.
Richmond is one of the areas worst affected, with the recession forcing parents to take their kids out of private schools.
The strain now being put state schools in the borough is unprecedented, according to the council.
School chiefs in Kingston and Sutton are also queuing for a share of the cash, with their boroughs suffering similar problems.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Wandsworth Council complain over traffic misery
Wandsworth Council is writing to Thames Water after delayed works caused traffic misery for thousands on Friday.
Thames Water missed their deadline to finish works on a water main at the corner of West Hill and Merton Road before 6am.
This led to tailbacks on the A3 and a standstill in Southfields, Putney and the Wandsworth one-way system.
Wandsworth’s Transport spokesman Guy Senior says this was unnecessary and that the junction could have been opened and work resumed when the roads were clear.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 pm
Hair test to fight terrorism
A new hair test could be the way forward in the fight against terrorism.
Scientists at the National Metrology Institute in Teddington have developed a laser that can measure changes in hair caused by diet or the immediate environment.
The government hopes the test will help to check the alibis of terrorist suspects and asylum seekers, however human rights’ groups are concerned the tests could be abused.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 pm
Three jailed over Esher mistaken identity death
Three men have been jailed following the death of a waiter from Esher.
23 year-old Bishal Gurung was attacked at Victoria Embankment last year having celebrated the Nepalese New Year with friends.
He was chased and beaten in a case of mistaken identity by Rocky Gurung, Kemik Thakali, both 21 and from Morden, and Missan Gurung, 23 from Abbey Wood.
His body was thrown into the River Thames where he drowned.
Kemik was sentenced to three years for manslaughter, as was Rocky with an additional concurrent sentence of one year for violent disorder. Missan received nine months for violent disorder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm
Investigation at MP couple's home in Brentford
An investigation is underway following reports of a sexual assault at the home of Labour couple Alan and Ann Keen in Brentford.
A 42 year-old female is thought to be the victim of the assault, which is alleged to have taken place around 2o’clock yesterday morning.
The incident occurred one day after the Keens obtained a court order to clear squatters from the property, which is already at the centre of an expenses row.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm
Ashford & St Peter's scores well
The Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has scored highly in this year’s patient environment and action team inspection.
The Trust achieved ‘good’ for both environment and patient privacy and ‘excellent’ for food. The scores were identical for the hospitals based in Ashford and Chertsey.
Improvements include well-stocked anti-bacterial gel dispensers, disposable cubicle curtains and the reintroduction of a hot meal choice at supper.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:59 pm
Chernobyl children visit
Ten children affected by the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are due to visit Chessington.
The Ukrainians have been brought to the UK by the Maidstone branch of the Chernobyl Children Life Line charity, and are due to spend one month with host families.
The youngsters are to visit Chessington World of Adventures during their stay.
Despite the Chernobyl explosion occurring in 1986, thousands of children in the fallout area develop life-threatening diseases every year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 pm
Esher charity effort
Staff from an Esher based company have been taking part in a charity event this weekend
Six people from Baringa Partners travelled to Wales for the BG Energy Challenge
They competed in 6 events from Kayaking to Mountain biking
The Esher team finished 14th
The event’s raised over a quarter of a million pounds for the aid agency CARE International that tackles poverty around the world
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am