A man from Croydon is setting off round the world today – in a vehicle fuelled by chip fat
Andy Pag will set off from Wimbledon Common at 11.00 in a school bus he modified after rescuing it from a scrap-heap
He’s using his trip to highlight the importance of using waste rather than burning fossil fuels
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am
Hampton Court Royal Wedding
There’s a royal wedding taking place in South West London today
Lord Freddie Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Who's 32nd in line to the throne, will marry the actress Sophie Winkleman
The ceremony will take place in the Royal Chapel at Hampton Court Palace
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 am
Friday, 11 September 2009
Workers evacuated in Leatherhead fire
Part of an area around Leatherhead has been evacuated because of a fire.
The blaze broke out just after 1 this afternoon at the three storey building used by Leatherhead Food International in Randalls Way.
The top floor is alight and because there are gas cyclinders at the site the immediate area has been sealed off.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm
Richmond soldier awarded military cross
A soldier from Richmond has received the military cross for his bravery.
Warrant officer Benjamin Kelly spent half an hour recovering a comrades body in Afghanistan who was killed attempting to defuse an improvised explosive device.
The MOD praised his selfless actions and exceptional bravery.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Waiters charged over Tooting fire
Two waiters have appeared in court charged with an arson attack in Tooting that killed two sisters.
15 year old Maleha Masud and her sister, 21 year old Nabiha, died after the fire at their home on Lessingham avenue
Rasal Khan of Leicester and Shihabuddin Choudhury from Nottingham appeared in court via videolink.
They’ve been remanded in custody to face trial on November 23rd.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm
Baby fostered by Heathrow plotter
It’s emerged the council at the centre of the Baby Peter abuse scandal sent a foster child to live with one of the ringleaders of the Heathrow Bomb plot.
Haringey bosses housed the Muslim baby in the same property as 28 year old Abdullah Ahmed Ali in Walthamstow.
He was this week convicted of plotting to blow up transatlantic flights between Heathrow and the US in 2006.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm
River Thames is at the centre of a new art exhibition
Drawn by the River is an exhibition of watercolours, sketches and photographs of the River Thames by Hampton artist Sue Bailey and Sunbury photographer Pamela Chapman-Burrell.
To mark the 21st anniversary River Thames Boat Project and raise money for the charity, Sue Bailey and Pamela Chapman-Burrell walked the length of the Thames Path from the source of the Thames at Kemble in the Cotswolds, to the Barrier at Woolwich, a distance of 184 miles.
As they passed through Richmond they were joined by Mayor Cllr Celia Hodges, who is supporting the River Thames Boat Project during her Mayoralty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm
Thirteen arrested in Surrey drugs crackdown
More than 80 people have been stopped and searched in a drugs crackdown in Surrey.
Police arrested 13 people in Redhill during the operation.
Ten people were held on suspicion of possessing Class A and Class B drugs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm
PM apologises to Surrey code breaker
The Prime Minster has offered an official apology to a World War Two code breaker from Surrey.
Gordon Brown has said sorry for what he calls the “appalling” way Alan Turing was treated for being gay.
A petition on the Number 10 website calling for an apology was signed by more than thirty thousand people.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm
Police search for Tooting 'good samaritan'
Murder squad detectives are urgently trying to trace a motorist who picked up an injured youth and gave him a lift to hospital.
It was shortly after the murder of a 67 year old grandfather Ekram Haque outside a mosque in Tooting.
Officers believe the ‘good samaritan’ was driving a red series 1 BMW.
They believe that person may have vital information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm
Surrey Police look for canine recruits
Surrey Police are on the look out – but not for the usual suspects.
They’re after German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois breeds to train up on their Police Dog training course this month.
The dogs should be friendly, and between ten months and two years old.
There’s a national shortage of suitable candidates in breeding schemes at the moment.
Three teenage boys charged with murdering Tooting pensioner outside mosque
Police have charged three teenage boys with murdering a pensioner on his way home from a mosque in Tooting.
67 year old Ekram Haque was waiting for a lift on Church Lane when he was set upon at the end of last month.
He died on Monday in hospital.
A post mortem is being carried out today.
The boys aged 14 and 15 are also accused of assaulting two other men on the same day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am
SPORT: Crystal Palace boss denies talks with Danny Webber and Jon Stead
Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has dismissed speculation linking him with strikers Danny Webber and Jon Stead.
Webber is now a free agent while Stead has fallen out of favour at struggling Ipswich.
Warnock’s said he’s on the lookout for a forward after Stern John was ruled until November with a dislocated shoulder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am
Sutton and Wallington residents continue fight to reinstate night bus route
Students in Sutton and Wallington took to the streets again last night to protest the cancellation of the N213 bus service
The protest, organised by local campaigner Laura Wheeler, was the third in a series aimed to get the bus reinstated
This time the protesters hired a Routemaster bus which ran the cancelled route while playing music and messages of support over a PA system.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am
Transport workers demonstrate in Fulwell
Hundreds of London’s transport staff are gathering in Fulwell in a sign of defiance against bus operator Transdev.
They’ll descend on the bus garage with RMT leader Bob Crowe.
They’re accusing Transdev of discriminating against its members.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 am
Egham businessman in court over divorce payout
A property tycoon from Surrey is facing court action over the disappearance of his fortune, soon after his wife filed for divorce.
Scot Young who lived with Egham with estranged wife Michelle, was thought to be worth nearly half-a-billion pounds in 2006.
But he told divorce lawyers he'd racked up huge levels of debt and was bankrupt.
The 47-year-old failed to surrender his accounts to the court by his deadline of this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am
National / International headlines at 08:30
One of our biggest building societies is predicting better times for the economy.
Nationwide says consumer confidence is also up.
We're also told the cost of living is down - with deflation hitting the High Street, while a survey of recruitment consultants suggests the jobs market's improving.
A British reporter held for four days by the Taliban, has been rescued by NATO troops in northern Afghanistan.
Stephen Farrell was trying to visit the scene of a NATO air strike.
**. Hundreds of London’s transport staff are to gather in Fulwell later in a sign of defiance against bus operator Transdev.
They’ll descend on the bus garage with RMT leader Bob Crowe.
They’re accusing Transdev of discriminating against its members.
It's all over for Andy Murray at the US Open tennis.
The British number one has crashed out after a straight sets defeat to Croatia's Marin Cilic in the fourth round.
If that wasn't bad enough, the Oxshott resident’s now lost his place as world number two to Rafael Nadal.
Fans are being warned they'll be thrown out of Wembley and banned, if they shout racist abuse at England players tonight.
The last time they played Croatia Emile Heskey was taunted with monkey chants.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 am
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Jackie's Anna Hemmings talks racing with former F1 World Champion
Lewis Hamilton was at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge to continue promoting the young drivers scheme which allows children as young as 10 years old to get behind the wheel with professional instructors.
It's hoped they'll learn the basics so when they come to take their test in the future they'll be less likely to want to race, but instead, drive more carefully.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 pm
News from Richmond Park's Lib Dem MP Susan Kramer
Last week I signed up to the 10:10 campaign. This is a simple campaign with a simple message. Those who sign up are committing to reduce their emissions by 10% in 2010.
The great thing about 10:10 is it that is it easy to do and achievable the website offers suggestions on how ordinary people can reduce their emission by 10% next year.
Thousands of people have already signed up and I just want to encourage you to join me in taking action against climate change by visiting www.1010uk.org.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm
Surrey University Doctor reveals the truth
It's claimed couples should consider sleeping apart for the good of their health.
Sleep scientist Dr Neil Stanley says getting a decent night's kip is more important than cosying up between the sheets to please your partner.
One study finds that if one partner moves in his or her sleep, there's a 50 percent chance of it disturbing the other.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm
Music awards taking place in London
It's a prestigious night in the music calendar with the announcement of the Mercury Prize winner.
The award celebrates quality over commercial success but usually leads to a surge in record sales.
Kasabian, Speech Debelle and Bat for Lashes are in the running for the 20 thousand pounds prize.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm
Relief for Twickenham side
Harlequins will be able to play in this season's rugby union European Cup.
The body which governs the tournament, the ERC, has decided to take no further action against the club over the Bloodgate scandal.
But they could still face domestic sanctions.
Director of Rugby Dean Richards has already been banned from the game for three years and winger Tom Williams received a fine for his part in the scandal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 pm
Teens in Court over Tooting Mosque murder
Three teenagers have appeared in court charged with murdering a pensioner.
67 year-old Ekram Haque was taken to hospital in a critical condition last month following an attack as he returned from a mosque in Tooting.
His family turned off his life support machine yesterday.
Two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old boy were remanded in custody after appearing at Sutton Youth Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm
Monday, 7 September 2009
Man in Tooting Mosque attack dies
A murder investigation has been launched after a grandfather attacked in Tooting has died.
Retired care worker Ekram Haque was set upon by a gang of youths after visiting a mosque.
The 67 year old was waiting for a lift with his five year old granddaughter when the attack happened on Church Lane.
A 14 year old was due at Sutton Magistrates charged with attempted murder earlier this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm
In Breaking News
Three men have been found guilty of conspiracy to murder by detonating explosives on transatlantic flights.
The devices, described as liquid bombs, were to be used mid-flght. The case relates to an operation by police in August 2006.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm
The Great Gorilla Run 2009
Are you one of the many gorilla's running this year's race on Saturday 26th September?
If so, then Jackie News wants to hear from you.
Hundreds of people will don a fury suit and run to raise money for the Gorilla Organisation.
If that's you, then contact Lucy Mayer at [email protected] and let us know all about your reasons for running.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm
Davey calls for inquiry into Libyan relations
Gordon Brown says he WILL support the compensation claims against Libya of some victims of IRA violence.
It's alleged Colonel Gadaffi's regime armed the terror group.
Mr Brown had initially said government backing for the campaign would harm relations with Tripoli.
Kingston’s MP and the Lib Dems Foreign spokesman Ed Davey says a wider inquiry is needed into UK- Libyan relations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm
Police 'stop and search' helps keep the peace
Police in Sutton are claiming that stop and search powers helped the Rosehill funfair pass without incident.
Following some concerns in the last few years police were granted the order, making 350 searches over the last Bank Holiday weekend.
Two people were arrested, one for possession of a police style asp baton and the other for theft.
It’s the third funfair to pass without incident after violence broke out at the event in 2008 –
with clashes between local youths and youths from other boroughs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm
Environment Agency pledge to clean up London's rivers
The Environment Agency have pledged to clean up London’s rivers at a meeting in Barnes today.
They aim to make our rivers clean and healthy by 2027, in line with the EU’s Water Framework Directive.
Currently 24% of the rivers in the Thames region have achieved a good ecological status.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm
Another man appears in court over jewel heist
A man’s due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court today in connection with Britain’s biggest jewellery robbery.
24 year old Aman Kassaye is charged with attempted murder and conspiracy with others to rob the Mayfair store.
He is also accused of unlawful imprisonment and using a firearm with intent to resist arrest.
Six others have already been charged and are due to appear at Kingston Crown Court on 23rd October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am
Police uncover £50,000 drug haul
Police in Sutton are calling for residents to be vigilant after carrying out a drugs raid on a property last week.
Officers seized a total of 221 cannabis plants and a large quantity of electrical equipment at the address on Poulton Avenue.
It’s estimated the crop had a street value of £50,000.
Residents are asked to be on the lookout for houses that have their curtains closed permanently, comings and goings at odd times of the day and night –
and deliveries of large quantities of plants and fertilizer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am
Richmonds roads get safer
The number of people killed on Richmond’s roads in the last year has fallen.
Fewer than 500 were involved in accidents, that’s down 53 percent on figures recorded in 2008.
The number of children killed or seriously injured on the borough’s streets also dropped by 72 percent.
The town is now ahead of national and London wide targets set for reducing road deaths.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am
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