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Saturday, 20 March 2010

BA talks breakdown



Members of the Unite Union gathered at Sandown Park Racecourse on Friday to talk things through with British Airways bosses and try and avert strike action.

The talks proved fruitless and strikes by cabin crew went ahead this morning.




Although BA promised Easter holidays would not be affected, it now says a backlog of flights may mean some holiday makers face disruption and cancellations over the Easter period.

Photos by Darren Graham Photography
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 pm  

Lewis Hamilton visits Woking Mclaren
Lewis Hamilton hopes to push McLaren into improving their performance when he vists the Woking factory on Tuesday.

The 2008 world champion finished 3rd in Bahrain on Sunday.

He believes the team has the chance to close the gap on Red Bull and Ferrari - if they keep working hard, and get some upgrades.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:21 am  

People living in Chelsea more at risk of identity fraud
People living in Chelsea are four times more likely to fall victim to identity fraud than anyone else in the UK.

The Kings Road has been labelled the hot spot for identity theft.

Figures released by information services company Experian show the number of resident seeking help rose by 20 percent last year.

The average loss per person was one thousand one hundred pounds. One person was swindled out of 59 thousand pounds.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang drives to the New Wimbledon Theatre
It’s the family adventure film that comes round every bank holiday.

But this year Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been brought to live via the stage.

It’s at the New Wimbledon theatre this Easter thanks to a cast which includes ten dogs and a flying machine.

Katy Ray is truly lovely as truly scrumptious.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

Hydro-electric power trials for the Thames
Think of hydro electric dams and you thick of massive structures built between hills but now the environment agency want to build some on the Thames.

No they won’t be quite so big in fact technology has come on so much they want to install them into weirs.

Some trials are being developed near Windsor and near oxford but it’s hoped they could be extended to stretches of the river Mole and the River Wey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

Kingston Hospital petition
Kingston’s MP has handed over a petition with over 15 thousand signatures on it to the Prime Minister.

It’s all part of Lib Dem Ed Davey’s Save Kingston Hospital campaign.

He’s come under fire from the Conservatives who are accusing him of scare mongering.

But Richmond Park MP Susan Kramer says the closures threats are very real – and the Lib Dems are trying to make the NHS tell the public exactly what’s going on.



A public meeting to discuss the proposed closures is taking place on Monday night at the Hawker Centre in Kingtson from 7.30
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am  

Surrey businesses are in for one billion pound boost
Surrey’s businesses could be in line for a one billion pound boost.

It’s in the hope they’ll be able to increase productivity and tourism opportunities in time for the 2012 Olympics.

The Council has also been asking teams to consider the county as a training base.

The Mongolian Committee recently visited Woking Boxing club and the Guildford Spectrum.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

The Oxford and Cambridge boat race 2010
The Oxford v Cambridge Boat race is just a few weeks away with an athlete from Kingston hoping to make waves.

Ben Myers competes in his 1st race for the Oxford team, he currently trains twice a day, up to 7 hours a day 6 days a week.

He took time out of his gruelling schedule to catch up with Radio Jackie.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 am  

Friday, 19 March 2010

Fulham's boss says sides are similar
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson says his side's European match-up with German champions Wolfsburg will be a meeting of two fairly similar clubs.

They'll play in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Travel problems in Whitton
The road works misery may be over for people in Raynes Park – but now Whitton’s residents are facing chaos.

Powdermill Lane was closed today after a water main burst.

The council says it could be up to a month before it’s repaired. Access is for residents only.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm  

Questions over the future of Temperate House in Kew
The axe could be about to fall on Kew Gardens beloved Temperate House.

An 80 million pound backlog of repairs has been revealed in a Government report.

The 151 year old glass house is not up to health and safety standards and faces closure.

Some residents say they are unable to visit the Victorian icon because entry is too costly at 13 pounds a person.

The management was also blamed in the report for its inability to save money.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Smoking Tsar under fire in Croydon
Croydon’s anti smoking Tsar has come under fire for failing to issue a single fine or warning in an entire year.

The Council worker, who hasn’t been named, earns over forty thousand pounds a year.

He’s backed up by a smoking co-ordinator who is on a reported 38 thousand pounds a year.

Even though an estimated 62 thousand people smoke in the borough, no one was fined for illegal smoking.

The smoking ban came into effect in all public places in July 2007. Penalties range from 50 pounds to 2 thousand five hundred.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

Red Porsche burnt out in Staines
Police are investigating after a red Porsche was found burnt out in Staines.

The sports car was located last night just before mid-night in Dutch Barn Close.

Police are appealing for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

Heathrow based British Airways Statement On Unite Strike - March 19, 2010:
We are very disappointed that, despite lengthy negotiations, Unite has rejected the chance of a settlement and resolved that its strikes should go ahead.

We are confident our cabin crew would accept our latest offer if Unite put it to them.

In recent days, we have shown considerable flexibility in the interests of protecting customers from the effects of this completely unjustified industrial action.

We have put forward proposals that would secure long-term pay protection for all existing crew, new opportunities for crew at Gatwick and modernisation of our industrial relations framework.

Despite the recognition by the High Court that our changes to onboard crew numbers were valid and reasonable, we have also been prepared to make some modification to these changes to allow Unite to call off the strikes.

It is a great pity that Unite continues to show such disregard for the interests of our customers and our business - and for public opinion at large.

We will continue to strengthen our contingency plans to ensure that as many customers as possible can fly to their destinations during the strike period.

We know that many cabin crew will work normally in the days ahead, and we look forward to their contribution - and that of tens of thousands of colleagues across the airline - as we keep our customers and our aircraft flying.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Less street clutter in Richmond and Twickenham
There’s now less street clutter on the streets of Richmond and Twickenham.

In the last 3 months around a 100 old road signs have been taken down.

35 new placards which have a map and show you the average walking distance to landmarks have gone up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Bogus bin cleaning warning in Woking
Bogus wheelie bin cleaners have been operating in Woking.

The firm’s been selling services to people telling them that their bins need cleaning to meet council standards.

The Council says they’ve had numerous reports about a fake company called ‘Woking Wheelie Bins’.

Homeowners have given cash to the firm after cleaners knocked on doors telling them their bins were too dirty.

Surrey Police and Surrey Trading Standards are investigating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Identity fraud warning in Chelsea
People living in Chelsea are four times more likely to fall victim to identity fraud thank anyone else in the UK.

The Kings Road has been labelled the hot spot for identity theft.

Figures released by information services company Experian show the number of resident seeking help rose by 20 percent last year.

The average loss per person was one thousand one hundred pounds. One person was swindled out of 59 thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Drivers hit by missiles in Hinchley Wood
Police are investigating after missiles were thrown at vehicles in Hinchley Wood.

The objects were hurled from a wooded area at cars travelling on the A309 towards the A3 on Tuesday

Many cars were damaged with smashed windscreens and windows.

A VW had its door damaged in a similar incident on Wednesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

New campaign to improve Clapham Junction
A campaign's launched today to improve Clapham Junction station.

The ten point plan aims to create better connections to the rest of London, as well as include a link to the Underground and a direct service to Heathrow.

The station is Britain's busiest - with more than 17-hundred trains and 40-thousand passengers passing through every day.

Last year it was named the second worst station in the country, after Manchester Victoria.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Long Ditton newsagent wins Oscar
A newsagents in Long Ditton has been crown Small Shop of the Year at an event at the Houses of Parliament.

Manoj and Minal Patel who run Manny’s on Fleece Road won the award at a ceremony dubbed the “small shops Oscars”.

The gong is only given to firms, which build strong links with the community.

The couple thanked their local MP Ian Taylor for nominating them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Fulham get Wolfsberg
Next on the ‘Euro hit list’ for Fulham is Wolfsberg.

The Cottagers have been paired with the German side in the quarter finals of the Europa Cup.

The first leg will be played at Craven Cottage.

The West Londoners dumped Italian giants Juventus out of the competition last night.

Liverpool have a tricky test after being drawn against Benfica.

Both English sides won’t meet unless they both make the final.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm  

Affordable housing Richmond
A league table out today shows London is drastically failing to meet the demand for affordable housing.

31 of 33 London borough councils are under delivering the number of homes needed with Richmond meeting just 5% of its quota.

350,000 households are on waiting lists and 1 in 5 children live in overcrowded accommodation.

A league table published by the charity Shelter shows a 94% failure rate across the capital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Surrey Comet reports on hero pilot
An RAF pilot who landed a Chinook helicopter after being shot between the eyes by the Taliban could be honoured this afternoon.

28-year-old Flight Lieuftenant Ian Fortune – who used to go to Kingston Grammar school saved the lives of 20 people in Afghanistan.

He was wounded during a fire-fight between American and Afghan forces in January.

His mother Anne, who lives in Worcester Park, told the Surrey Comet newspaper she’s proud of her son.

But she insisted all of the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq were heroes.

The MoD announces its latest Operational Honours List handing out OBE's and MBE's for acts of bravery later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

Lewis relieved at third place result in Bahrain
Lewis Hamilton says he was relieved to take third place behind the Ferraris in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Woking driver was a second off the pace in qualifying but matched the leaders in a race won by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Lewis says he is quite happy but the Ferrari is definitely the car to beat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:46 am  

Questions asked about Equitable Life
The MP for Wimbledon Stephen Hammond has asked questions in parliament for people affected by the collapse of Equitable Life.

It’s been ten years since the insurance firm stopped taking new business after failing to find a buyer.

A campaign group for savers has denounced the limited compensation secured by the government.

A report’s due out in May with recommendations on how much investors should be paid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Security guard delays meeting with John Terry
A security guard knocked over by Chelsea captain John Terry's car has delayed the player's offer to visit him saying he does not want to "cause a fuss".

35 year old Steve Rowley suffered a bruised leg as Terry drove out of the club's Stamford Bridge ground on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old footballer has spoken to Mr Rowley twice since and had offered to visit him on Thursday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

P -Diddy looks at the Eagles
The administrators for Crystal Palace say they would "welcome an approach" by rap star P-Diddy.

The music mogul's publicist says he’s thinking of moving into the football business.

P-Diddy held talks over investing in the club during a visit to the UK earlier this month.

In January Palace had 10 points deducted after going into administration.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

Eels are helped on the Hogsmill
New equipment in the Hogsmill River in Kingston is helping stop eels from slipping away.

Their numbers are dwindling as their migration routes to the North Atlantic are blocked by weirs and gates in our riverbeds.

A new “eel pass” has been developed that allow them to pass under blockades through a line of bristles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

Fulham wait for Euro draw
Fulham and Liverpool find out their Europa League quarter final opponents at around midday.

The Cottagers knocked out Italian giants Juventus last night 5-4 on aggregate.

Manchester United and Arsenal are about to find out in the next few minutes who they'll face in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

They could be paired against each other, with the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea's conquerers Inter Milan also in the draw for the last eight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am  

Fulham send Juventus packing
Fulham are through to the Europa League quarter-finals after last night's convincing 4-`1 win over Italian giants Juventus at Craven Cottage.

Zoltan Gera got two goals for the Cottagers, with Bobby Zamora and Clint Dempsey also scoring.

Fulham will find out at lunchtime who they meet in the quarter finals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 am  

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Drug gang jailed
Members of a drug dealing network based in Kent have been told they’ll serve more than 46 years behind bars.

A Jury at Kingston Crown Court heard how the gang of seven men targeted the cage fighting community.

Officers made the first of their arrests in March 2008 after one of the gang leaders rammed his car into a toll booth on the M25.

He was carrying a wrap of 70 percent of pure cocaine in his pocket and almost a thousand pounds in cash.

A search of the BMW found a further 32 thousand pounds in bank notes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

More traffic problems in Raynes Park
Drivers in Raynes Park will have to put up with travel chaos for a little longer.

Road works at the bottom of Copse Hill were meant to finish today.

However the concrete that was laid yesterday has not set.

The Council tells us the temporary traffic lights are likely to be in place until tomorrow afternoon.

Callers have reported terrible jams at all times of the day and night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

Arrest in Amsterdam
Crimestoppers latest appeal is going well.

The Morden based charity only released their latest most wanted list on Tuesday.

As a result, one of Scotland Yard's most wanted men has now been arrested in Amsterdam.

Anthony Mills, from London, is suspected of being a key figure in a 45-million pound international drugs smuggling ring.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Man guilty of murder
A 22-year old's been found guilty of murdering a teenager - who was savaged by a dog, before being stabbed.

Chrisdian Johnson has also been convicted of attempted murder.

16-year-old Seyi Ogunyemi was stabbed six times in Larkhall Park in south London last April.

Last week a boy from Clapham was found not guilty of murder. The case saw a new dog DNA technique used for the first time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm  

A mother from Wimbledon speaks out
A mother from Wimbledon has spoken of her disgust after she realised her stillborn baby had been buried in a mass grave.

The woman, known only as Phillipa, says she allowed St George’s hospital to organise the burial on the NHS in 2007.

She was told her son may share a grave with another baby.

But Phillipa has since learned 14 babies were buried in the same plot at the Battersea New Cemetery.

The grave was also left open for months while it was waiting to be filled and in that time, a fox stole the baby’s body.

Phillipa has spoken out as part of the Evening Standard’s report into London’s communal graves.

A spokesman for Wandsworth council, which looks after the Cemetery, says they’ve met with both parents and apologised unreservedly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Glaxo Smithkline sees big rise
The FTSE 100 is up just 6 points this lunchtime.

The big riser today is Brentford-based Glaxo Smithkline - up 2 point 6 percent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Young offenders clear up in Battersea
Young offenders have been helping to pay back the community for their crimes by clearing away graffiti from a block of flats in Battersea.

The young people painted over the graffiti and redecorated the entrance to the block of flats as part of a reparations project.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Funerals for two toddlers
The funerals of two toddlers found dead in the boot of a car in have taken place in Richmond.

Three-year-old Harry Donnison and his two-year-old sister Elise from Lightwater were discovered in holdalls in January.

They were taken to Mortlake Crematorium in a double coffin painted pink and blue.

Their mother Fiona Donnison has been charged with their murders.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

Twins reunited
Premature twins who were treated in hospitals 50 miles apart have been reunited.

Ruby and Krystal Dawson-Collins were born 15 weeks prematurely at Maidstone Hospital in January and taken to St Peter's in Chertsey.

Krystal was moved to a hospital near Tunbridge Wells, while Ruby remained at St Peter's forcing the parents to drive between them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 pm  

Police release three over mephedrone death
Police have released three men arrested in connection with the deaths of two teenagers believed to have taken the legal drug mephedrone.

Louis Wainwright and Nicholas Smith died in Scunthorpe on Monday.

Humberside Police say another man is still in custody.

The extent of the mephedrone problem is still being looked into across the country.

Kingston Hospital says its seeing between two and ten cases per week, while Mayday claims to have never recorded a patient taking the drug.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm  

Union condemns report on Surrey Fire service
A confidential report on the future of fire services in Surrey has been condemned by a trade union.

Unison says it’s seen a draft document proposing cuts.

The union plans to protest outside County Hall when Surrey County Council meets next Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm  

Tooting library re-opens
Tooting Library has officially reopened.

It’s benefited from a 3 million pound redevelopment.

The refurbishment has seen the introduction of new heating and lighting, better public toilet facilities and a lift to all floors.

A public access computer room has also been created.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

New report out on Met police
A new report says the Metropolitan Police should ensure its officers are properly trained in public order policing.

This is among several recommendations made by the Police Authority in a report into policing at the G20 protests in London last year.

It also says disciplinary action should be taken against officers who do not display their identification numbers.

The report comes after the death of Ian Tomlinson, who was pushed over by a policeman during the demonstrations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

More fashion shops in Wandsworth
Three more fashion retailers will be opening new stores in Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth.

TK Maxx, New Look and Republic have signed new leases and will be open for business in the summer.

The council has welcomed the new investment as more evidence the town centre is bucking the economic trend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Wilkinson and Monye out for England
Harlequins winger Ugo Monye won’t feature in Martin Johnson’s squad against France on Saturday.

Despite still suffering pins and needles on Monday, the player had hoped he’d be fit for the match.

Monye was stretchered off during last weekend’s tie with Scotland after clashing with Scotland’s Kelly Brown.

Jonny Wilkinson will also miss the game after picking up an injury.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Fulham's boss looks ahead to big Euro clash
Roy Hodgson says beating Juventus would be a massive feather in Fulham’s cap.

The Cottagers take on the Italian giants tomorrow in the second leg of the last 16.

They’re currently 3-1 down on aggregate.

Fulham’s manager says they are confident and enthusiastic, despite being without 9 of their first team players.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Lewis Hamilton pushes for improvement
Lewis Hamilton hopes to push McLaren into improving their performance when he vists the Woking factory next Tuesday.

The 2008 world champion finished 3rd in Bahrain on Sunday.

He believes the team has the chance to close the gap on Red Bull and Ferrari if they keep working hard, and get some upgrades.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Surrey residents hit by online fraud
New research has revealed that 11 per cent of Surrey residents have been a victim of online identity fraud in the last year.

A new study also found that it cost each victim just over £200.

While the average cost in Surrey is lower than the national average of £350.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Thieves steal piping in Woking
Thieves have stolen steel piping worth more than 15 hundred pounds from an industrial estate in Woking.

Police say two men took more than 20 large metal pipes from a lorry at an industrial estate in Forsyth Road in Sheerwater.

The offenders fled at speed in a Nissan Cabstar after being disturbed.

The pair were described as white, in their 40's and of a medium build.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

London fails to meet demand on affordable housing
A league table out today shows London is drastically failing to meet the demand for affordable housing.

31 of 33 London borough councils are under delivering the number of homes needed with Richmond meeting just 5% of its quota.

350,000 households are on waiting lists and 1 in 5 children live in overcrowded accommodation.

A league table published by the charity Shelter shows a 94% failure rate across the capital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

McLaren launches new road car division
Woking-based motorsport outfit McLaren has today officially launched its road car division.

Five years in the making, the firm will begin taking orders for its MP4-12C road car.

Packing a 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engine under the bonnet, the MP4 will set you back 150-thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Land Registry stays in Croydon
The Land Registry is cutting another 800 jobs as it tries to turn its finances around.

But its offices in Croydon are to stay open.

It comes on top of plans to cull fifteen-hundred posts by the end of next year.

There were fears for the future of its Croydon operation – but it’s been decided that offices elsewhere will close instead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

BA workers get international support
Aviation unions around the world say they’ll standing by Heathrow-based British Airways workers during their planned strike.

The American union Teamsters has promised counterparts at Unite they’ll do whatever they can within the law.

A spokesman for six French unions claims they’ll stage a walkout at the same time in a show of solidarity.

And an Australian union boss has told his members not to unload baggage, refuel or clean BA aircraft during the walkouts, which begin on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

John Terry plans to visit injured man
John Terry is expected to visit a security guard who was injured when he was hit by the footballer's car at Stamford Bridge.

35 year old Steve Rowley was hit as the Chelsea captain was driving out of the ground on Tuesday evening after Chelsea's Champion's League defeat.

He suffered a badly bruised leg.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:40 am  

Soldier's family speak of their loss
The family of a soldier based at Pirbright, who died in hospital after being wounded in Afghanistan, say they're "heartbroken" by their loss.

Captain Martin Driver, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment died on Monday in hospital.

The 31-year-old had been injured by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province three weeks earlier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Chelsea's owner accepts libel damages
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has accepted a public apology and substantial libel damages over false newspaper allegations he had a serious gambling problem.

His solicitor told the High Court the claims had caused the Russian "distress and embarrassment".

The legal action arose out of allegations published in Italian newspaper La Repubblica last May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

New speed limit plans for Putney
Plans have been approved to introduce a 20mph speed limit on more roads in West Putney.

The area affected is bordered by Upper Richmond Road to the north, Putney Heath to the south, Putney Hill to the east and Putney Park Lane to the west.

The proposals aim to combat increasing numbers of drivers cutting though residential streets to avoid rush hour traffic jams.

A full local consultation on the proposals will begin over the coming weeks.

If residents support the plans works could begin in the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Fulham face challenge in Europa League
Fulham face an uphill task tonight to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

They host Juventus at Craven Cottage but are 3-1 down going into the return game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 am  

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Heathrow based airline lays on extra staff
British Airways says it's found extra staff to help out during this weekend's strike by cabin crew.

It means some of those flights it had planned to cancel will now be operating.

Meanwhile the industrial action by members of the Unite union is being backed by other unions in the US and Australia.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

Police appeal after woman's death in Battersea

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a former travel writer in Battersea.

83 year old Elizabeth Turner died from a head injury three days after an accident near to Battersea Bridge earlier this month.

The former Daily Telegraph columnist was travelling home from church on her motorbike when police say she either suffered a fall or had a collision.

She left her bike in Milman Street and asked a friend to collect it but it was missing when they got there.

Detectives say they are keeping an open mind as to whether another vehicle was involved.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm  

Missing Live is back on the Beeb
The popular morning programme which focusses on missing people, is back for its third series.

This week, a number of people from the Jackie area have been featured on the programme including these;

Profile.



AMES GLOVER missing from Ealing
DOB: 21-Aug-1989
Missing Date: 05-Feb-1990 Sex: Male
Age Now: 20 Height: Unknown
Missing City: EALING Weight: Unknown
Missing County : London Hair Colour: Black

Circumstances: On 5 February 1990 at 6.45pm Mr Paul Glover reported that his son, Ames Glover, had been abducted from his car. Mr Glover had left Ames, aged 5 months, alone on the back seat of his car, a blue Ford Sierra, in South Road, Southall, junction with Hamilton Road. He went to Lloyds bank cash point and then to the 'Kwality' take away curry restaurant in South Road, returning approx. 20 mins later. The car had been locked. Ames was dressed in a blue and yellow coat, light green baby grow, with blue and yellow hat and blue bootees. On discovering his son missing Mr Glover went into Hamilton Estate Agents and called police.


Profile



HOANG NGUYEN missing from Worcester Park
Case Type: Missing From Home
Missing Date: 07-Jan-2010 Sex: Male
Age Now: 17 Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
Missing County : Surrey Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown

Circumstances: Hoang, who is originally from Vietnam, has not been seen since leaving his address in Worcester Park where he had been staying for 3 days after he entered the UK illegally. He is shown as being 17 years old, although it is possible that he may be older. Hoang is described as oriental appearance, 5'4 tall, stocky build with brown eyes and black short straight hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a navy blue peaked woolley cap, a dark brown puffa jacket and dark coloured trousers.










Profile

VERONICA DA COSTA missing from Croydon
Case Type: Missing From Home DOB: 12-Jul-1994
Missing Date: 06-Jul-2009 Sex: Female
Age Now: 15 Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Missing County : Surrey Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom Eye Colour:

Circumstances: Veronica Da Costa was last seen at approximately 9.00 am on the 6th of July 2009 when she left her friends address in the Bromley area and has not returned. There are concerns for her safety and wellbeing. Veronica was last known to have been wearing a blue dress, black leggings and flip flops. Contact the Missing Persons Unit at Croydon Police Station if you know the whereabouts of Veronica.

If you have any information, please call
Freephone 0808 100 8777.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am  

Three men charged after Thornton Heath attack
Three men will appear before Sutton Magistrates’ court this morning charged in connection with the death of Mahesh Mehta.

Mehta was attacked and robbed in Thornton Heath last October and died in hospital two weeks later.

The men – all in their twenties – have been charged with conspiracy to rob and grevious bodily harm with intent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 am  

Palace go down at home
In last nights Championship action Reading beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0.

Crystal Palace suffered a similar 1-0 loss to Leicester at Selhurst Park.

While in League One Brighton ran past Brentford 3-0.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 am  

Chelsea knocked out of Champions League
Chelsea have been knocked out of the Champions League.

Inter Milan won last night’s tie 1-0 at Stamford Bridge for a 3-1 aggregate win.

It was the former Blues boss Jose Mourinho’s first match back at the Bridge since the club sacked him in 2007.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 am  

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Heathrow based airline makes some progress in talks
There's a glimmer of progress between British Airways and the Unite union.

Aside from the impending cabin crew strike - the two sides have reached an agreement over tackling the airline's 3-point-7 billion pound pension deficit.

But on the continuing row with BA over cabin crew contracts and jobs, Unite claim management's become "increasingly macho", and accuse chief executive Willie Walsh of "union busting" tactics.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 pm  

Special One returns to the Bridge
In football, Chelsea must score tonight if they're to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

They're 2-1 down going into their home leg with Inter Milan - the team managed by Jose Mourinho, who's back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since being sacked.

Tonight's Premier League action sees Wigan host Aston Villa.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 pm  

Scotland Yard hunts its most wanted























Morden based Crimestoppers is appealing for help to find six of the UK's most wanted fugitives - all thought to be hiding out in Holland.

The men are believed to be hiding in the Amsterdam area, which is beginning to rival Spain's Costa del Sol as a favoured destination for Britons fleeing justice.

Police are seeking the men wanted for serious crimes committed in Britain including drug smuggling, manslaughter and rape.

Brian Bradshaw from Surrey[bottom centre], is one of the men being hunted for manslaughter.

The 67 year old was jailed for 8 and a half years but absconded from prison after he was temporarily released for a work project.

He has the word True tattooed onto his fingers as well as three stars on his arm.

The word Ernie is tattooed on his right forearm and he goes by the aliases Laurence Loft, Richard Welch and David Flett.

www.crimestoppers-org.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

MAN GUILTY OF MURDER


A man’s been found guilty of murdering his ex girlfriend in Battersea by an Old Bailey Jury.

23 year old Gemma Dorman was stabbed to death as she walked back to the Amazing Thai restaurant in Lavender Hill from a nearby cash machine in July 2008.

27 year old Vikramgit Singh, an illegal immigrant, has been told he must serve at least 20 years behind bars for her murder.

The crime

During the trial the court heard how on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2008, Gemma and her fiancé went out for the evening in Lavender Hill. They went to a venue called the Lazy Bar and sat on the pavement terrace outside. Having spent some time at this bar they then left and went to a restaurant called the Amazing Thai, which was on the opposite side of the road.

At about 9pm, Gemma left the restaurant to go to a nearby cash point whilst her fiancé waited for her inside. She had not been gone long and was returning along Lavender Hill when she was confronted by a man at a bus stop less than 100 yards from the restaurant. An argument took place during which the man pulled a large knife from the rear of his trousers and stabbed Gemma a number of times. The man then dropped the knife and calmly walked away from the scene.

Various members of the public witnessed the offence and immediately went to the aid of Gemma and called an ambulance. She was taken to St Thomas' Hospital where she died at 10.20pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm  

Pledge for the Shooting Star

Dr Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has today vowed that a Liberal Democrat government would continue to support the current statutory funding for children’s palliative care, which is due to expire next year.

Dr Cable, a patron of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, made the pledge after visiting the hospice in south-west London last week, where he discussed the funding with Chief Executive Dalton Leong. Dr Cable said: ‘Children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, should get the high quality palliative care they need in the location of their choosing. We will ensure that existing central government funding for children's palliative care, currently worth £10 million a year, continues until local funding fills the gap. Children and their families must be able to rely on 24/7 support from suitably-trained nurses. This should not be a party political issue.’

The current funding began in 2006 after Tony Blair’s Labour government gave a three-year commitment to provide £27 million to support children’s palliative care. This was extended in 2009 although the funding – equal to less than ten per cent of a children’s hospice’s running costs – is due to expire in 2011.

To find out more about Shooting Star visit www.shootingstar.org.uk

Pictured are MP Vince cable and Shooting Star Chief Executive Dalton Leong.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

Surrey Air ambulance wants your business!
Medics at Surrey Air Ambulance have issued a public appeal to local firms to help fund a life-saving kit for heart attack victims.

Energy giant E.ON kindly donated two defibrillators which were used at its Isle of Grain plant in Kent. Surrey Air Ambulance wants to install one at its Dunsfold base near Cranleigh.

The machine would be widely used by staff and other workers at the aerodrome in the event of a medical emergency.

But the defibrillator, which is used to re-start the heart following a cardiac arrest, needs two new batteries which cost about £120 each.

Clinical manager Rob Wilkinson appealed for local companies to sponsor the defibrillator.

He said: “They are so simple to use that literally anyone with minimal training can use them. We have similar units on the helicopter which we use on 999 call-outs.

“The idea is that if someone suffered a heart attack on or near the base while we were out someone in the office could use the defibrillator and give them first aid.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Richmond Olympic Badge



New official badges for the 2012 Olympics will soon be available for all residents living in Richmond.

The Landmark London badge for the borough features an image of Richmond Park with two deer heads in the centre.

They will be available from early April at the visitor information centre in Whittaker Avenue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Woking Noisy Nightlife
A noisy owner of a pub in Knaphill has been fined for repeatedly playing loud music.

Angry residents reported Dave O’Brien over unacceptable levels of racket coming from the Crown Pub.

He pleaded guilty to 3 offences, was fined £200 for each and ordered to pay £500 in costs and charges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Woking Parking Award
Motorists in Woking parking at the Shoppers and Brewery Road car parks will now do so in award winning facilities.

Both have recently undergone refurbishment and were jointly recognised at the Annual British Parking Awards.

Judges from The Parking Oscars as they are otherwise known, were particularly impressed with the attractiveness and vibrancy of the lots.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Imran Khan turns his hand to politics

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond Park Kingston Zac Goldsmith visited Kingston Mosque last friday with cricketer-turned Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, and his sister Jemima Khan, a UNICEF Ambassador and ex-wife of Imran.

Mr Khan told the crowd; "Zac is like a younger brother, but that is not why I'm supporting him. I have never before endorsed a politician, but I endorse Zac because he has all the qualities to become an excellent MP. I know his views, I know he will stand up for what he believes in."

Mr Goldsmith told the Indian news channel, NDTV; “Imran is a very rare thing - a politician who cannot be corrupted. In Pakistan, where politics is seriously compromised, he is a jewel and I wish him all the success in the world.”

On a previous visit to the Mosque with Imran, the Mosque Chairman Rashid Laher told local journalists that fellow Mosque goers: “were impressed with Zac’s grasp of politics."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Twickenham man killed in crash
A man from Twickenham has been killed after being hit by a truck on the M4 motorway in Wiltshire.

The 36-year-old victim was walking along the westbound carriageway in the early hours of Sunday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm  

The 'special one' returns to the Bridge
Jose Mourinho aims to knock his former club Chelsea out of the Champions League tonight.

His Inter Milan side will defend a 2-1 lead in the last sixteen second leg clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda says his team-mates just want to win the game and aren't driven by extra motivation to get one over Mourinho.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

Pothole Lottery
Motorists are facing a “postcode lottery” when it comes to potholes.

As councils struggle to keep on top of our tattered roads, it seems there’s disagreement over what constitutes a pothole.

It’s emerged Hounslow Borough Council will only fill a hole 3-inches deep.

However the AA says anything deeper than just ONE inch, should be looked at.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Views sought over Deepcut Barracks
People living near the controversial Deepcut barracks in Surrey are being asked their views on the future of the site.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is hosting a two-day consultation event on the future of the Princess Royal Barracks.

The land has been judged suitable for housing and is due to be sold off when the Army leaves in 2013.

Deepcut is where four soldiers died in shooting incidents between 1995 and 2002.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm  

Brentford look to extend winning ways
Brentford will look to extend their unbeaten run to 7 games tonight at Brighton.

But the Bees will be without on-loan defender Tommy Smith after he was recalled by Ipswich manager Roy Keane.

Bees boss Andy Scott has brought back defender Alan Bennett from his loan spell at Wycombe so he should go straight into the squad.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm  

Davis back for the Eagles against the Foxes
In the Championship tonight:

Crystal Palace defender Claude Davis is set to return against Leicester after serving a two-match suspension.

Nathaniel Clyne is expected to revert to his usual right-back spot, with Danny Butterfield dropping out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

Hawk stolen in Surrey
A highly-trained bird of prey has been stolen during a break-in at a property in Surrey.

The two-year-old Harris hawk called ‘Harry’ was taken from an aviary in a back garden in Redhill.

Police say the theft is "highly unusual" and are appealing for information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

Epsom man on sex offenders register
A man from Epsom has put on the sex offender’s register.

30 year old Simon Goff exposed himself to girls in Cheam Park in November last year.

He was caught after a concerted police operation.

He’s been given a community order and ordered to attend a sex offender’s programme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm  

Box Hill in a jam jar
It may sound crazy but this latest PR stunt is sure to be good for your health.

The National Trust is handing out jam jars to stressed workers filled with fresh air captured at various beauty spots.

It’s after a survey revealed 70 percent of people feel much better for visiting the countryside.

It’s filled 100 jars with air from landmarks including Box Hill.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

Woking's manager pays out
Woking’s manager Graham Baker says he’s to pay the wages of new signing Craig Faulconbridge.

The 31-year-old striker has joined from Carshalton Athletic to help Woking's Blue Square South play-off bid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 pm  

Monday, 15 March 2010

Croydon tramlink to be left off new map


This piece of film shot by a regular tram user aims to show the imporatnce and efficiency of the tram.

It will be left off the 2010 London Tube Map, despite playing an important part in connecting East to West London.

TfL says including it would 'clutter' up the existing map.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm  

Hilfiger take over
American fashion label Tommy Hilfiger is to be bought by the owner of Calvin Klein, in a deal worth 2 billion pounds.

Phillips-Van Heusen, which bought Calvin Klein in 2003, has agreed a deal to take over the clothing company.

It's the second change of ownership in four years for Tommy Hilfiger. It was taken over by British buyout group Apax Partners, in 2006.

A flagship Hilfiger store opened in the Bentall Centre in Kingston at the start of the year. It's not yet clear whether it will stay.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 pm  

Schoolchildren to face annual fitness tests
Schoolchildren could face annual fitness tests under plans laid out by the Government's chief medical officer.

Sir Liam Donaldson wants to increase fitness levels, and get families involved.
The results would be sent to parents.

In England, physical fitness among children is declining by 7 to 9 percent, every decade.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm  

New Malden based defence firm in last ditch attempt to win jobs
BAE Systems has put forward a job creation package in a last-ditch attempt to secure a 4 billion-pound army contract.

The defence firm says the deal to build armoured vehicles would help it protect and create a total of 800 jobs in Newcastle.


It's reported the Government plans to award the contract to the UK arm of US rival, General Dynamics.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 pm  

Cabin crew remain defiant
Heathrow based British Airways says it aims to fly 45-thousand passengers on each day of the strike by cabin crew - that's 60 percent of its customers.

A three-day walkout over changes to jobs, pay and conditions starts this Saturday.

Thousands of passengers will be offered seats on other BA flights or with other carriers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 pm  

Blues prepare for battle
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been speaking ahead of his first return to Stamford Bridge as an opposition boss tomorrow.

His Inter Milan side lead 2-1 going into the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen encounter.

Mourinho has only returned as a spectator since leaving Chelsea in 2007.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 pm  

Hard hitting campaign for Surrey's young motorists

The dangers of peer pressure have been highlighted by young drivers in Surrey.

The short film has been produced as part of the Drive SMART initiative which tackles anti social driving in the County.

27 percent of road casualties in Surrey in 2008 were young drivers aged between 16 and 24.

18 percent of fatalities on Surrey's roads during that period were also of the same age.



Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable, Ian Dyson, added: "We want to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on Surrey's roads and hope that this film will make young drivers more aware of the dangers of taking unnecessary risks. Surrey Police will prosecute drivers who continue to act irresponsibly and break the law but with our Drive SMART campaign initiatives we want to improve motorists' behaviour so they pose less risk to themselves and other road users."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

Tooting MP makes payback
The Transport minister's paid back more than two and a half thousand pounds he wrongly claimed in expenses for greetings cards.

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan's accepted he shouldn't have claimed for the 18th birthday, Eid and Diwali cards, which dated back to 2005 and 2006.

A complaint was made to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from a resident in Mr Khan's constituency.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

Chelsea prepare to face Inter Milan
Chelsea man of the moment, Florent Malouda, says The Blues must be clever when they face Inter Milan tomorrow.

It’s the second leg of the Champions league last 16 and the first time Jose Mourinho will revist The Bridge since his shock departure in 2007.

Chelsea go into the game with a one goal deficit, but an away goal on their side.

They’ll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Premiership rivals Manchester United and Arsenal who have already secured their places in the quarter finals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 pm  

Susan Kramer is concerned by out of hours GP care in Richmond and Twickenham
Richmond Park MP Susan Kramer is expressing her concern at the result of a new Government survey on out of hours GP care.

The national poll revealed 21 per-cent of patients in Richmond and Twickenham rated the service as poor or very poor.

The results make it one of the worse in the country.

The Lib Dem says the primary care trust needs to take quick action to improve the service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Vehicles needed by Surrey Firefighters
More cars are needed by Surrey Firefighters.

They about need about 20 vehicles to practice traffic rescue techniques.

The service says it can pick them up for free.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

New building causing a stir in Sutton

As construction of a specialist resource centre nears completion, carers of people with learning disabilities joined Sutton Council heads and health professionals to tour the hi-tech complex.

The £4.1m resource centre in Northcote Road, off Anton Crescent, will offer people with the most profound and multiple learning and physical disabilities a range of services to meet their assessed needs. It will open later this year and include a hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms and space for physiotherapy, music and art therapy.

The building boasts impressive green credentials with solar and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, provide hot water and cut carbon emissions. Sun pipes from the roof will disperse natural daylight throughout the building and the largely timber construction will be topped by a green, living roof.

The new centre is on a former council transport depot next to Hallmead Day Centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Council housing boss faces the sack
Hammersmith and Fulham’s council housing boss is facing eviction after being pictured with the Nazi symbol the Swastika.

44 year old Gareth Mead was suspended last week and council bosses are meeting this afternoon to determine his future.

It’s also alleged he sent racist texts to men he met on fetish websites.

Mead heads up a team of about 20 people and is in charge of council housing and the homelessness.

He’s paid an estimated 90 thousand pounds a year.

He admitted sending extreme texts but defended his behaviour saying he’s well liked among all working within the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

New-born twins separated
The parents of new-born twins have spoken of the trauma of seeing their babies separated and treated at hospitals fifty miles apart.

Stephanie Dawson and Martin Collins are dividing their time between St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey and Pembury Hospital in Kent.

Twin girls Ruby and Krystal have been apart since Krystal was moved to Kent, while Ruby stayed in Chertsey.

She’s not well enough to be moved – but St Peter’s NHS Trust hopes to reunite the pair in the near future.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

Protests against hospital closures
A group of campaigners have launched a protest in response to the possible closure of hospitals in South West London.

Leaks from a government review suggest parts of Epsom & St Helier, Mayday in Croydon and Kingston are all in line for closures.

Under plans services could be centralised to St Georges in Tooting.

The London Health Emergency group are fighting to ensure no NHS cuts are made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Inquest into the death of a Surrey teenager
An inquest into the death of a 14 year old boy in Surrey has been opened and adjourned.

Liam Nelson died at his home in Merstham on Thursday from gun shot wound.

An investigation is ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

Decline in flight passengers at UK airports
The UK's airports recorded their biggest-ever decline in passenger numbers last year.

The Civil Aviation Authority says just under 217-million people flew in 2009.

That's a 7-point-4 per cent dip on 2008.

Manchester and London City airports showed the biggest declines.

Heathrow saw a drop of 1.5 per-cent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Harlequins news
Harlequins welcome Conor O'Shea as their new Director of Rugby today.

The former Ireland full back fills the position left by Dean Richards.

The club has been without a Director since July, after Richards resigned over the Bloodgate affair.

Quins winger, David Strettle believes he'll be good for the club.



Quins are also to have a new training base.

They've signed a deal to use the multi million pound Surrey Sports Park in Guildford which opens next month.

As well as two training pitches they will have use of a pool, sports hall and fitness suite.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Sister pays tribute to her dead brother
The sister of a skier found dead just after Christmas, has spoken for the first time since he disappeared.

Cara Robinson told the Mail’s YOU magazine she’s learnt more about her brother Myles since he died, then she knew about him when he was alive.

The 23 year old from Wandsworth was found at the bottom of a cliff in the Swiss ski resort of Wengen in January.

He’d disappeared after a night out with friends on December 22nd.

Click here to read the story in full
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

Father repays Epsom Hospital

A grateful father has helped to raise £1,250 for the unit that treats sick and premature babies at Epsom Hospital, 11 and a half years since his newborn son was treated there.

Paul Smith’s son, Joshua, was born at the hospital in 1998. Sadly, doctors found that Joshua had congenital pneumonia and he was rushed to the neonatal unit in a critical condition.

Joshua thankfully made a full recovery, and his dad returned to the unit on Thursdayto donate the generous sum and pay thanks to the staff who work there.

Paul said: “As soon as Joshua was born he was whipped away to the neonatal department. Quite simply, if it wasn’t for the hospital, we wouldn’t have our little boy. It was touch and go for a while, and they saved his life.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

Fulham get injury scare
Fulham’s miserable away form in the Premier League continued after yesterday’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United.

The Cottagers could be without key defender Brede Hangeland for Thursday’s Europa League match against Juventus.

The Norweigian was hit in the chest during yesterday’s match and had to be substituted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 am  

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Eastenders inspires funny man Harry Hill to compose a song about Croydon
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 pm  

Sunday Sport
The formula 1 season gets underway in Bahrain and Fulham are away in the Premier League.

With a look at today’s sport David Harris reports.



The tyre covers come off at mid-day as new Woking Mclaren team mates Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton lock horns.

Their mirrors are sure to be full all season with Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes under the guidance of Ross Braun.

Fulham travel to Old Trafford at 13:30 looking to do the double over Manchester United who they saw off 3-0 in December.

Roy Hodgson’s side are a force to be reckoned with this season with the prospect of European and domestic cup success still very much on the cards.

France can put 1 hand on the Six Nations trophy with victory over Italy at 2:30.

Harlequins Rugby League are home to Salford from 2pm
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

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