Victory for Heathrow based airline
The threat of Christmas strikes for up to a million British Airways passengers has been lifted.
BA's won its bid for a High Court injunction to prevent a 12-day walkout by cabin crew.
Statement from British Airways.
We are delighted for our customers that the threat of a Christmas strike has been lifted by the court.
It is a decision that will be welcomed by hundreds of thousands of families in the UK and around the world.
There was never any need for a strike and we hope that Unite will take this opportunity to reflect before deciding its next steps. We believe the public would want that too.
In recent days, we believe Unite has formed a better understanding of our position and of the ways in which we could move forward.
It has also become very clear that our customers do not believe that old-style trade union militancy is relevant to our efforts to move British Airways back toward profitability. Financial success is essential to build the kind of business our customers want and provide long-term opportunities for our staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm
Solar Power for the Richmond Venturer
A long term aim to help reduce the River Thames Boat Project’s carbon footprint by fitting solar panels to the Richmond Venturer , the charity’s specially equipped community boat, can now go ahead, thanks to grants from the Gannett Foundation and the Royal Borough of Kingston. The Venturer’s large bank of batteries, which power the lights, fridges, fresh water pump and the lift which provides disabled access around the boat, will be charged during daylight hours providing power particularly when the boat is moored up for School on the River, open days; in the evening during residential trips and during the winter while the Venturer is being maintained. The panels will also improve the longevity of the batteries, which are costly to replace.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm
Early Christmas visit for sick children in Epsom
Father Christmas paid an early visit to the children being treated at Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children last week, as he dropped by to deliver some presents.
During the visit, which was organised and funded by the Carshalton Rotary Club, Father Christmas gave away £250 worth of presents, including books, toys and games, to the children staying on the wards.
One of the patients, five year old Lily, was so excited about meeting Santa that she came down from the ward wrapped in a blanket and watched as he arrived. Lily’s mum, Becky Quin, said: “Lily’s been really excited about meeting Father Christmas all day, and has been on her best behaviour – she even took her medicine!
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Fire closes Esher High Street
Fire has broken out at a furniture shop in Esher High Street.
Surrey Fire and rescue was alerted to the blaze just before midday.
The two storey shop has been evacuated. It’s believed the blaze started in the roof.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm
No decision on troops freedom
It looks like troops returning from Afghanistan may have lost the battle to march on Epsom.
Soldiers with the Princess of Wales’s Regiment were told they weren’t local enough to have the freedom of the borough.
That’s despite servicemen and women being plucked from across Surrey to serve.
A meeting of councillors last night resulted in no definite decision being made but councillors told us it looked unlikely they would be permitted to march.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm
Menacing missiles are a danger to Surrey's drivers
19 percent of drivers on Surrey’s roads have had a nasty experience where a missile has been thrown at their car.
That’s the findings of a new report carried out by Autoglass.
Two teenagers are being hunted for allegedly dropping rocks onto the M25 from a bridge at Chertsey on Monday.
In 2003 lorry driver Michael Little was killed when his lorry windscreen was hit by a brick on the M3.
Kuk Sool Won comes out on top
Twelve martial artists from the area have won a staggering thirty three medals in the UK Championships following a gruelling Kick-A-Thon for Children In Need!
The Kuk Sool Won UK Championships, which were held in Liverpool in November, saw four hundred practitioners, ranging from White Belt to 3rd Degree Black Belt, compete for medals in various disciplines.
Every student from Oxshott, Claygate and Bookham won at least one medal and many of them were Gold. Linda Bos was the most the successful from the club, winning no less than three Gold Medals in her first ever competition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am
Mr Christmas campaigns to get charity single played
Mr Christmas staged a semi - naked protest outside the BBC Broadcasting House, after Radio 1 and 2 failed to play the festive charity single ‘My Christmas Card To You’ by ‘The Shooting Stars’, where Mr Christmas is the star in the music video. Money raised by the sale of the single will go the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton.
After much confrontation, Mr Christmas was seen by onlookers being turned away, despite his protest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
West London based Charity rewarded
Prison officer Bennett, from Her Majesty’s Prison Holloway, yesterday gave a cheque for £250 to Victim Support in West London. PO Bennett provides a hairdressing service in the prison, and asked officers and inmates to make a donation to Victim Support for their haircut.
PO Bennett presented the cheque to Victim Support’s Margaret Bourne and Caroline Birkett at the prison, to recognise the help the national charity gives to victims and witnesses of crime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:29 pm
10th anniversary of Wallington estate
Roundshaw residents joined community leaders at a celebration event to mark the tenth anniversary of the Wallington estate today.
The area has undergone a complete transformation over the last decade with 1960s flat blocks demolished and replaced with hundreds of new homes.
Sutton Council worked with residents, Roundshaw Homes and others to secure funding and drive the regeneration forward. It has seen Roundshaw change from an area with high unemployment, anti-social behaviour and crime, to one of the most sought after places for affordable homes in Sutton.
The groundbreaking Phoenix Centre, featuring a council-run leisure centre, library and other community facilities, opened to the public in 2005.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm
Appeal for witnesses in Surrey
A motorist has had a near miss after a stone was chucked while he was driving along the M25.
Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident just after 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
The windscreen was hit as the vehicle passed under the bridge at Junction 11 for Chertsey.
Another car was also hit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm
Man jailed for Tooting sex attack
A man’s been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for assaulting a woman in Tooting.
54 year old Alfred Apicella from Mitcham attacked his victim after picking her up in his illegal taxi.
He collected the 24 year old after she’d been out drinking with friends in Wimbledon at the beginning of November.
During the ride he told her she could forgo the fare if she gave him a kiss and cuddle. He then grabbed her.
The victim managed to fight him off before running home to her partner.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm
Chiswick boy to be honoured
The family of a boy from Chiswick who died at a train station has launched a foundation in his name.
16 year old Sam Griffiths was electrocuted when he fell onto the line at West Burgess on New Years Day.
The Sam Griffiths Foundation will aim to encourage and nurture enthusiasm in youngsters.
It’s hoping to raise sixty thousand pounds a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm
Jewel thieves strike in Cobham
A jewellers in Cobham is counting the cost today after another smash and grab at its store.
Gordon Marks on the high street was raided just after three o’clock yesterday afternoon.
It’s thought it’s the fourth time the shop has been targeted in only a few years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm
Charities wish Jackie a Merry Christmas
Here are just a couple of the e cards sent by Chase Children's Hospice in Guildford and The Suzy Lamplugh Trust in Sheen.
Heathrow based airline staff will strike
Both sides in the British Airways cabin crew dispute are being urged to get back round the negotiating table - with more than a million passengers facing a ruined Christmas.
A 12-day strike over jobs, pay and working conditions is due to start next Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am
Monday, 14 December 2009
Husband to appear at Old Bailey
A man's appeared at Feltham Magistrates Court charged with murdering his estranged wife.
Sunrise radio receptionist Geeta Aulakh was found with severe head injuries and her hand severed in Greenford last month.
Thirty-one year-old Harpreet Aulakh has been remanded in custody and will reappear before the Old Bailey in March.
Hounslow Police is leading the investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm
A bare faced threat . . . .
A pre -Christmas warning is going out to the BBC today in support of a Hampton charity.
Mr Christmas, who has co recorded the single My Christmas Card To You with veteran BBC DJ Mike Read says he will stand naked outside the Beeb Headquarters unless they agree to air the song. He'll also hand out mince pies in true festive spirit.
All money raised from the sale of the single will go to the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in Hampton.
Sneezy's not quite so sneezy
No one wants to get the flu this winter but for stars of Pantomime productions, a bout of seasonal illness could really cost them dear.
Panto provides a financial lifeline for hundreds of actors and musicians, and provides a first taste of theatre for many young children.
That's why the stars of Snow White at the Richmond Theatre are taking no chances. Twelve cast members got their flu jab at Lloydspharmacy in Kew last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Estranged husband will appear at Feltham Magistrates Court tomorrow
The estranged husband of mother-of-two Geeta Aulakh who was found in a Greenford street with horrific injuries, appears in court tomorrow charged with her murder.
Mrs Aulakh was found with fatal head injuries and her hand severed after being attacked with a sword-like weapon last month.
Harpreet Aulakh, was re-arrested on Friday and charged yesterday with her murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 pm
Convicted killer speaks out for first time since trial
Amanda Knox - convicted of murdering Coulsdon exchange student Meredith Kercher - says she's scared but hopeful.
The American - who insists she's innocent - is serving 26 years for her part in the killing in Perugia two years ago.
She's told reporters she felt "horrendous" after being found guilty - and that the prison guards had held her all night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 pm
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