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Friday, 24 July 2009

Dorking man dies in US helicopter crash

A British man from Dorking’s been killed with three Americans when their helicopter crashed into a highway in the state of Maryland.

43 year old Niall Booth was returning home with friends from an event where they were giving helicopter rides to raise money for troubled youth.

Visibility was limited by fog but it’s not known yet whether weather played a role in the accident.

Niall moved to the US in the 90s with his American wife.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 pm  

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Man guilty of hit and run in Ewell
A 24 year old bus driver has been found guilty of murdering another man in a hit and run in Ewell.

Daniel Press was convicted by a jury at Kingston Crown Court earlier today.

He’s been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 12 years behind bars.

He ran over 21 year old William Buckingham on the A24 Ewell bypass last September.

The court heard the pair had argued after their two groups of friends became embroiled in an argument outside the Star Pub.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:55 pm  

Swine Flu Helpline
A national swine flu helpline and website for people in England has started work.

It'll give people access to anti-viral drugs without seeing their GP.

15-hundred non-medical staff will use a checklist to decide whether callers should be given Tamiflu.

However, there are fears they could mis-diagnose a caller's symptoms or even miss more serious illnesses.

The web address is: www-dot-direct-dot-gov-dot-uk/pandemicflu.

On the phone - the number's 0800 15 13 100.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm  

Government axes funding
Sutton's MP says the Government has 'betrayed tenants' by cancelling £112 million worth of funding to rennovate council housing in the area.

Paul Burstow says the decision was taken without consultation or notification and has shocked and angered local tenants and Council Leaders.

Council Leader, Sean Brennan said everything will be done to challenge the government on the matter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Voluntary groups at risk from 'Rain Tax' charges
Increased water rates could force the closure of many voluntary organisations, according to Spelthorne MP David Wilshire.

Surface water drainage charges labelled 'Rain Tax' are being introduced by water companies following Government guidance.

It means that many voluntary groups including sports clubs, scout groups and churches will have to pay hundreds of pounds more in higher bills.

Wilshire says the Government needs to take immediate action to protect groups from the charges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 pm  

Conservatives perform u-turn over Heathrow runway
Susan Kramer MP has criticised the Conservatives after it emerged the party might perform a u-turn and support a third runway at Heathrow.

Krammer, leader of the Liberal Democrat campaign against the expansion has called it a betrayal of Londoners and the climate.

She has called for the Conservatives to make it clear they will not go back on their green policies.

If the Tories change their position, it would leave the Lib Dems as the only choice to prevent the expansion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:55 pm  

National / Internation headlines at 08:00
A dedicated phone-line and website launches today to take the pressure off the NHS as it tries to deal with swine flu.

Patients will be able to get access to anti-viral drugs through the service - by-passing GPs and hospitals.

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The water regulator will give its verdict today on bills for millions of UK households over the next five years.

Ofwat will set price limits on how much companies can charge between 2010 and 2015.

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The main rail line between London and Swansea and the route between Manchester and Liverpool are going to be electrified at a cost of 1 point 1-billion pounds.

Phased work on the upgrade will begin immediately - and take up to eight years to complete.

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England footballer Steven Gerrard is expected in the witness box today to defend himself against an affray charge.

The Liverpool captain hit businessman Marcus McGee during a row over music at a bar in Southport last Christmas.

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England cricket selectors meet today to discuss the squad for the third Ashes Test.

They have to decide on who'll replace batsman Kevin Pietersen, who's out of the rest of the series after Achilles surgery.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am  

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Witnesses sought in Woking
Did you witness a sudden death in Woking?

That’s what Surrey Police is asking as officers try to find out how a man died.

51 year old Roger Pierre Ford was found at the foot of the Toys R Us car park in the town centre on Wednesday June 24th.

A post mortem revealed he died from multiple injuries relating to the fall from the building.

However Police don’t know how he came to be at the top of the multi storey car park.

They’re especially keen to trace a man working as a contractor near the scene who dialled 999 at the time.

If you have any information please contact Surrey Police on 0845 125 22 22
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

Woman survives fire in Battersea
A woman’s in hospital after fire broke out in Battersea in the early hours of this morning.

The blaze, which was at a flat on Gideon Road, is now under investigation.

No one else was injured and the ground floor apartment was only slightly damaged.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Surrey Police praised
Surrey Police has been commended for its part in solving a Walton murder.
The naked body of Kate Beagley was found in Herfordshire woodland in 2007.

The 32 year old had been stabbed 31 times and was found just days after her first date with fitness instructor Karl Taylor.

Kate, a manager from Walton was killed as she sat with Karl on a bench on Richmond Hill.

He was arrested, tried and convicted of her murder less than a year later.

Seven detectives from Surrey Police Force and a Met Police analyst have been praised for their handling of the case.

The inquiry involved three forces and multiple crime scenes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Teenager refuses to apologise to Surrey Tax payers
A teenager has refused to apologise to Surrey’s tax payers after boasting a party he hosted will cost them thousands.

The Police helicopter was scrambled after a mass brawl broke out at 17 year old Jordan Wright’s house party in Farnborough.

About 70 officers from Surrey Police and dog handlers had to break up the 250 strong crowd. They made four arrests.

However, Jordan, who posted the event on his facebook page, remains unrepentant saying the party was ‘pretty good.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Police patrols stepped up in Ewell after indecent exposure
Police are appealing for help in catching a man who exposed himself to a pair of teenage girls in Stoneleigh.

The two 15 year olds were walking along Sparrow Farm Road last Thursday evening,

when they approached a car parked on the side of the road. As they did, a man jumped out of the driver’s seat.

The girls said they could see his trousers were undone and he’d been touching himself inappropriately.

The suspect is described as a mixed race man in his late twenties with short black hair and white framed sunglasses.

Police foot patrols have been stepped up in the area.

Anyone who may have seen anything is being asked to contact police on 0845 125 2222 quoting reference EP093433.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Two shot in Clapham
Two men have been shot in Clapham.

Emergency services were called to reports of gunfire just before midnight last night on the Wandsworth Road.

They discovered a 25 year old in the street and took him to hospital.

Later that night, another man suffering from gunshot wounds took himself to hospital.

Neither of the men have been seriously injured but an investigation has now been launched.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Monday, 20 July 2009

England win second Ashes Test at Lords by 115 runs
England have won the second Ashes Test at Lords against Australia by 115 runs and written themselves into history.

Andrew Flintoff was the inspiration - taking 3 wickets in a sensational spell of bowling this morning.

Graeme Swann took the other 2.

It's the first time in 75-years that England have beaten the Aussies at the home of cricket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

National / International headlines at 12:00
The terror threat in the UK is at its lowest since before the July 7th London bombings.

The Government's lowered the level from 'severe' to 'substantial'.

That means there's still a strong possibility of a terror attack, compared to highly likely.

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350 jobs are being created in the North East.

Japanese car giant Nissan is investing 200 million pounds in its Sunderland plant - to make batteries for electric cars.

The area will become the first specialised region for ultra-low carbon vehicles.

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The only man to stand trial for the Mumbai terror attacks has dramatically changed his plea to guilty.

Prosecutors say Mohammed Ajmal Kasab stood up in court and confessed.

He's the only survivor from a gang of ten who rampaged through the Indian city last November - killing 166 people.

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Pregnant women are NOT being given conflicting swine flu advice, according to the Health Secretary.

Andy Burnham says the NHS has dealt "fantastically well" with the virus and that preparations for tackling the illness are the best in the world.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Richmond burglary hero found dead at home
An 85-year-old “have-a-go hero” from Richmond has died, just months after enjoying a police commendation for bravery.

William Grove’s body was discovered at his flat on Queens Road, after a tip off from neighbours.

The RAF veteran gained national attention last year when he grappled with two teenagers in a robbery at the Ernest Jones jewellers on George Street.

Police were able to identify and prosecute the two thieves thanks to his actions.

He was praised by Richmond’s Borough Commander for his public citizenship.

William’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

Twickenham mother gets a warning from school over bullying dispute
A Twickenham mother’s gone public and described her frustration after she was banned from her son’s school for confronting his bully.

Christine Hart told the Daily Mail that teachers at Orleans Infants on Hartington Road did nothing when she initially complained.

When she approached the pupil and asked them to stop hitting her son, she was reported by a teaching assistant.

The school says she interrupted a class and verbally abused a pupil.

They’ve banned her from crossing the school gate and warned her she could face police action if it happens again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

Twickenham's MP calls for "radical reform" of financial system
Britain's banks are "the financial equivalent of Chernobyl" - according to Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable.

He'll make a speech to the London Stock exchange later, calling for radical reform.

Mr Cable will demand safety measures to make banks less of a threat to the British economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

National / International headlines at 08:00
Health Secretary Andy Burnham denies that conflicting advice has been issued to pregnant women over swine flu.

He says health chiefs have said all along they should take extra precautions, be vigilant on hand hygiene and try to avoid crowded places.

Over the weekend there were several announcements on the matter.

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Another British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the member of The 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed while on foot patrol in Helmand Province.

His family have been informed.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt has died.

The aged 78-year old was best known for "Angela's Ashes".

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It's forty years to the day since that famous "one giant leap for mankind".

Man walked on the Moon for the first time on July 20th 1969.

Celebrations of the Apollo 11 mission's momentous achievement are being held across the United States

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Cricket -

Both England and Australia can still win the second Ashes Test on the final day at Lord's.

Australia resume on 313 for five, needing another 209 runs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Croydon singer at number one
A Surrey singer has hit the top spot in the charts with boyband JLS.

The X-Factor runners up went straight in at number one with their debut single Beat Again which has sold over 100 thousand copies.

Band member Jonathan “JB” Gill attended Whitgift school in South Croydon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 pm  

Richmond's a bit greener
More than 20 businesses in Richmond have got a bit greener.

They've received Go Green awards from the council, acknowledging the improvements they've made in protecting the environment.

The Go Green programme was set up after firms across the borough asked for environmental assessments and advice to help save money.

It gives courses, seminars and events on issues like reducing energy bills and using resources efficiently.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm  

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