MPs big thank you
Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow has received a ‘big’ thank-you from the charity that looks after ex-service personnel.
He sponsored a new piece of legislation in January called the ‘Veterans Welfare Bill’ which aims to improve the help given to those leaving the armed services.
In recognition of his support the Royal British Legion met Mr Burstow and presented him with a ‘larger than life’ personalised pledge card.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm
North Surrey Police Ceremony
People from Spelthorne, Elmbridge and Runnymede have been honoured by North Surrey Police. The event took place at the Imber Court Sports Club in East Moseley.
Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman paid tribute to police officers, police staff and members of the public for their achievements and hard work in tackling crime across the area. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm
Robbery - Thames Ditton
Two men on a motorbike have robbed a shop in Thames Ditton.
Jewellery was stolen in the heist at Assimi jewellers.
The men, who are thought to be 19 and the other in his mid 20’s rode away on a black scrambler motorcycle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am
Friday, 5 February 2010
Richmond Park Rally a success
Do you have something to say about the rally? Were you there? If so, please contact [email protected] to express your views.
People in Richmond and Kingston are hoping people power has prevailed. Over two thousand people gathered at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park earlier to protest against proposed parking charges for both Richmond and Bushy Parks.
Parks Minister Margaret Hodge wants to introduce a levy for users, starting this summer.
That's despite 84 percent of residents objecting to the plans.
MPs provided a united front, proving this was not a pre election stunt.
Among the MPs to take the stage was Lib Dem Treasury Spokesman and Twickenham MP Vincent Cable, Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park Susan Kramer, [pictured with reporter Lucy Mayer] Conservative MP for Putney Justine Greening and Richmond Park Conservative PPC Zac Goldsmith who spearheaded the event.
Queues of cars lined the park with drivers tooting their support for the rally.
A massive white board was signed by participants in a show of determination. Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith is pictured signing the board himself.
One of his main arguments is how a move like this can be pushed through despite widespread opposition.
MP Margaret Hodge has so far refused to visit Richmond or Bushy Parks and did not attend the rally today.
Twickenham MP Vincent Cable launched a scathing attack on the Royal Parks Association describing them as a ruthless ''quango'' who don't care about the park users, only the money coming in.
Protestors have been asked to bombard Ms Hodge with letters detailing their thoughts.
It's not just Richmond Park that is under threat from the new rules. Bushy Park is facing the same threat.
Here is a note from the Friends of Bushy Park;
Following Margaret Hodge's decision to impose charges on Bushy Park we must use the combined rally to demonstrate the strength of feeling and ensure that opposition parties keep their promises to overturn the charges if they should win the upcoming general election.
•In the face of overwhelming opposition, Margaret Hodge announces charges to go ahead anyway •All local MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates stand together against the charges •Opposition parties pledge to reverse charges should they gain power at the upcoming general election •Regulatory and procedural formalities (e.g. planning permission) suggest charges unlikely to be on place before upcoming general election •We must keep up the pressure, rally now more important than ever
Thank you to everyone who joined the rally against parking charges in Richmond Park on Saturday. I just wanted to email you an update on what has happened since the weekend.
On Monday I used parliamentary mechanisms to try and force the Government to allow a debate in the House of Commons on the plans to introduce parking charges.
Then on Wednesday, former Richmond Park MP Baroness Jenny Tonge submitted what is called a ‘fatal amendment’ to the legislation in the House of Lords, which should now force a debate and vote on it in the Lords.
Now we need your help.
I asked those who attended the rally on Saturday to write to Ben Bradshaw, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to demand that a debate be granted on the charging plans.
It is really important that we show the Minister the strength of feeling and huge opposition to the loss of free access to Richmond Park.
I hope you’ll join those who have already done this by writing to Ben Bradshaw MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or emailing [email protected]
Thanks in advance for your support, and let’s keep up the fight!
Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything else I can help with.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm
John Terry Stripped of England Captaincy
John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy, Manager Fabio Capello issued this statement:
"After much thought, I have made the decision that it will be best for me to take the captaincy away from John Terry.
"As a captain with the team, John Terry has displayed extremely positive behaviour. However, I have to take into account other considerations and what is best for all of the England squad.
"What is best for all of the England team has inspired my choice.
"John Terry was notified first.
"When I chose John Terry as captain, I also selected a vice-captain and also named a third choice. There is no reason to change this decision.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank The FA, particularly Lord David Triesman and Ian Watmore for allowing me to make this decision in my own time and in the best interest of the team."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm
Shadow Health Minister Mike Penning visited Kingston Hospital yesterday with Conservative Parliamentary Candidates Helen Whately (Kingston and Surbiton) and Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park and North Kingston).
They met KHT Chief Executive, Kate Grimes, the Chairman, Christopher Smallwood, KHT Medical Director Jane Wilson and a number of hospital consultants and Directors. Also present were Dr Howard Freeman and Lucie Waters of South West London NHS.
The visit was planned before the Liberal Democrats launched their campaign to ‘save Kingston hospital’, but the issue was discussed at length.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm
Help for loan shark victims in Surrey
The story of a teenager who was lured onto drugs by a loan shark and later found hanging is being used to warn others from falling victim.
The Stop Loan Sharks project has launched in Surrey to help wipe away illegal debt and jail dodgy lenders.
Scheme co-ordinator Kay Hammond describes the devastation caused when a young man fell behind on his repayments - and explains what help is on offer....
Epsom and St Helier bosses defend themselves
The hospital trust released this statement following a story released earlier this week that said Epsom and St Helier hospitals had some of the worst weekend waiting times for stroke patients.
It is important to remember that the data for this report was taken from audits carried out in 2008 and 2009. Since then, we have worked hard to improve our stroke services at Epsom and St Helier hospitals.
The majority of patients are now seen a lot quicker and every patient who needs an urgent CT scan is scanned within one hour of the request being made. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Fulham's Andy Johnson flies to the US for surgery
Fulham’s Andy Johnson will undergo knee surgery today. He has flown out to America to meet a specialist surgeon.
The striker has been plagued with injury this season, managing to play only eight Premiership games.
Roy Hodgson is increasingly concerned as to whether Johnson will be able to feature in his squad again until the summer.
Fulham beat Portsmouth 1-0 last night in their first win since December.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm
Kingston College student appears in court
A Kingston College student is appearing in court this morning, after allegedly walking into lessons carrying a handgun.
When Adamo Kizey was questioned about alleged drug dealing, it’s claimed officers found a Russian pistol and six rounds of bullets in his coat pockets.
A search at a nearby house in Kingston uncovered a silencer and 7oz cannabis.
Kizey has since been expelled by college officials.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm
Baroness adds her support to Richmond Park campaign
Former Richmond Park MP Jenny Tonge has waded into the parking charges row.
She’s tabled a motion to annul the parliamentary order allowing the charges and fines for Richmond and Bushy Parks.
She’s hoping her action will lead to a full scale debate that will stop the charges coming into effect on March 23rd.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
St Margarets Giant Inflatable
A woman from St Margarets who survived bowel cancer is hoping her latest campaign will be blown out of all proportion.
Lynn Faulds Wood who runs a bowl cancer charity is using a giant inflatable colon to raise awareness about the disease which is the second biggest killer in the UK behind lung cancer.
The inflatable, measuring 5 square meters will be on show tomorrow morning from 10am in the car park of the St Margarets pub.
People can come along and find out more about the disease and even walk through the giant colon. Charity Manager Siobhan Crowther:
MP Mike Penning visits Kingston hospital
The shadow health minister will visit Kingston hospital tomorrow morning.
MP Mike Penning will take a tour of the site-
following allegations made last week by the Conservatives and Lib Dems that it could lose its A&E and maternity departments.
MPs Ed Davey and Susan Kramer claim they uncovered secret plans by Labour to get rid of the departments and save money.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm
Couples are urged to check the state of their sexual health ahead of Valentines Day
With Valentines Day coming up, couples are being urged to check the state of their sexual health.
Kingston NHS is sending out free Chlamydia testing kits to every 18 year old in the borough.
They say the last thing you want to get on a romantic valentines night is a sexually transmitted disease.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK – it affects both men and women. Most don’t realise they have it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:31 pm
£20,000 to help to catch ice rink killer
A 20-thousand pound reward's being offered to help catch the killer of a teenager shot dead at a Streatham ice rink three years ago.
James Andre Smartt-Ford was gunned down on February 3rd 2007.
Although more than a dozen people have been arrested, no one has ever been charged in connection with the murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm
Feltham school closes after a suspect outbreak of E.Coli
A school in Feltham has cancelled all classes and shut, after a suspect outbreak of E.Coli.
Feltham Hill Infants & Nursery has closed on the advice of the Health Protection Agency.
Parents are advised classes will be cancelled until further notice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm
Three men jailed for Tooting murders
Three men have been sentenced to a total of 29 and a half years in jail for the murder of two brothers in Tooting.
Mohammed Ali and Hayder Ali were killed after a mass fight between two rival groups of Asian youths in April 2006.
Yesterday 23 year old Imran Asif Ali pleaded guilty to GBH and was sentenced to 6 and a half years.
While 21 year old Usman Butt and Hassan Mir, who’s 22, both pleaded guilty to the murder of 23 year old Hayder Ali.
They will serve eleven and twelve years behind bars respectively.
As yet no one has been convicted with the murder of 24 year old Mohammed Ali.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm
Fulham's Andy Johnson could be out for the rest of the season
Fulham could be without striker Andy Johnson for the rest of the season.
They take on Portsmouth in the Premier League this evening.
Johnson is to have exploratory surgery to find out the extent of the knee injury which is currently keeping him out, but the club say there's a chance he'll need an operation which would rule him out 'til the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm
Harlequins will be looking for back to back victories this weekend as they take on Gloucester at the Stoop in the LV Cup.
Last week they broke a losing streak of 6 games after defeating London Irish.
Fly half Nick Evans spoke to Jackie reporter Amy-Lou Holden.
Jury out in poison trial
The Jury’s out in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her former lover by poisoning his curry.
39 year old Lakhvinder Cheema died at his home in Feltham in January last year.
His fiancée was seriously ill after eating the meal with him.
40 year old Lakhvir Singh denies she poisoned the pair in a jealous rage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Art for Epsom patients
The daughter of a patient at Epsom Hospital has collected and donated 50 paintings to the hospital in memory of her mother.
Stephanie Newark from Epsom decided to donate paintings to be hung in the single rooms in the wards of the hospital following the sad death of her 91 year old mother, Olive, who was a patient at Epsom several times and who spent much of her time there in single rooms.
Stephanie said: “Mum was very grateful for the care she received at the hospital but she often said that she wished there was a picture to look at. I believe that a picture has the power to take you out of your surroundings and transport you somewhere better, if only temporarily.
“After she died I thought it might be possible to gather together some pictures to hang on the walls where patients could see them.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:40 am
Chief Constable of Surrey Police angers police officers over proposed job cuts
It’s reported the Chief Constable of Surrey Police has caused outrage by drawing up plans to sack nearly 30-thousand officers.
Mark Rowley co-wrote a report suggesting savings of around £400-million could be made nationally.
According to the Times, forces would hire more civilian staff on lower pay instead.
The study claims the quality of policing would be unaffected.
The Police Federation has warned some forces could lose the ability to respond to emergencies properly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am
Feltham Hill Infants & Nursery closed after suspected E.Coli outbreak
A school in Feltham has cancelled all classes and shut, after a suspect outbreak of E.Coli.
Feltham Hill Infants & Nursery has closed on the advice of the Health Protection Agency.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 am
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Kingston Skier Ed Drake talks about his Olympic prospects
Great Britain has a hot prospect in the form of a Kingston skier who will be competing in up to 5 events at the winter Olympics in Vancouver.
24-year-old Ed Drake specialises in Downhill, Super G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom and Slalom.
Listen to the full interview with Rod Bradbury here:
The new Woking based McLaren-Mercedes F1 car is being tested today by Lewis Hamilton in Valencia.
The Brit is having his first taste of the car he hopes will carry him to the 2010 world title at pre-season testing in Spain.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa set the pace yesterday, Michael Schumacher was 3rd fastest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am
AFC Wimbledon's away match to Tooting was abandoned after 70minutes last night after the referee deemed the pitch had become dangerous and unplayable.
Despite the conditions both sides were keen play but it was quickly apparent that the far side of the pitch was very hard with players finding it difficult to keep their feet.
The tie has been re-arranged for Tuesday 9 February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am
Monday, 1 February 2010
Be a part of art
How would you like to be a part of Surrey’s largest human picture?
That’s the question Transition Town Kingston is asking.The campaign group aims to stimulate public response to climate change.
It’s hoping to create one of the largest human pictures in Richmond Park next month.
For details log onto ourkingstonourfuture.org/
Dates: Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st March 2010 Times: Morning 10am-1pm or Afternoon 3pm-6pm both days Location: Central Kingston, Ages: 19-25 and 55+ Email: [email protected] or Tel: 0207 785 7256
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 pm
The football transfer window closes today and has bought with it a bustling draft of ins and outs.
Fulham made several make forays into market completing the loan signing of defender Nicky Shorey from Aston Villa and striker Stefano Okaka from Roma.
Midfielder Diomansey Kamara headed out of Craven Cottage and over the border to Celtic on loan for the remainder of the season.
QPR drafted in a whole new striker force in the from of Marcus Bent on loan from Birmingham and Tamas Priskin from Ipswich.
Crystal Palace bid farewell to forward Victor Moses who leaps leagues to Wigan in a move thought to be around £2.5million
Burnley have completed the signing of Chelsea's 20-year-old midfielder Jack Cork on loan until the end of the season.
Brentford signed Bristol City striker John Akinde and extended the loan deals of Tommy Smith and Lionel Ainsworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 pm
Transfer Deadline Day
Fulham have completed the loan signing of defender Nicky Shorey from Aston Villa on a 6 month deal.
He Joins Striker Stefano Okaka who completed his move from Roma earlier this today.
Midfielder Diomansey Kamara is heading out of Craven Cottage joining Celtic on loan for the remainder of the season.
Elsewhere - Wigan have confirmed the signing of Victor Moses from Crystal Palace on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The 18-year-old – who had been linked with Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid - joins for a fee in the region of £2.5m.
The player has not featured for Palace since they were placed into administration last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm
New security measures at Heathrow
Under new rules some passengers at Heathrow will have to go through full body scanners before boarding their flights.
It’s now compulsory for people selected for a scan to take part, or they won’t be allowed to fly.
The new security measures have been introduced following the attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day.
There’s been concerns the scanners breach passengers' rights to privacy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm
Dangerous chargers are seized by Richmond council
Don’t buy cheap, unbranded chargers.
That’s the message from Richmond Council after it emerged unsafe replacements were being sold across the borough.
More than 100 mobile phone and game console chargers, which sell at around £4, have been seized.
Poor design means wiring could come loose, resulting in injury or death.
The Council is urging people to make sure they purchase new chargers from a known retailer
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm
Surbiton skater competes at the Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics begin next weekend in Vancouver. British hopes in the short track speed skating lie with an athlete from Surbiton.
Sarah Lindsay is hotly tipped in the competition after winning silver at the European Championships in 2007.
Short track is one of the few events where competitors race directly against each other rather than against the clock.
Races take place around an oval track. The bends are tight and athletes skate close together jockeying for position.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm
Man killed in Putney car crash
A driver’s died after his sports car overturned in Putney on Saturday night.
The crash on Putney Hill happened just feet away from a police car.
The Metropolitan Police say officers saw the Lotus crash on but were not in pursuit.
Because of police proximity the details have been referred to the force's department for professional standards.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm
Computers at Woking council are affected by a virus
Computer services at Woking council have returned to normal after a virus attack on its computer network.
Staff first realised something was wrong last week when they were unable to use part of their computer system.
The council did not give details about the virus or its source but said its website and frontline services were unaffected
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm
QPR have signed striker Marcus Bent on loan from Birmingham for the rest of the season.
The powerful London-born player has played for a host of clubs since graduating through the ranks at Brentford as a teenager.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Man missing from Staines
Concerns growing for a 38 year old man who went missing from his home in Staines on Wednesday.
Richard Holmes who has mental health problems was known to go for long walks.
He’s white, 5ft 11in tall, of slim build with short dark hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am
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