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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Kingston Station book swapping scheme

Kingston Station has announced a new book swapping scheme.

Lib Dem Councillor Bart Rickets teamed up with Transition Town Kingston to set up the mini library at the rail station.

100 books have been supplied by The Fircroft Trust.

Commuters can borrow a book and return it when they’ve read it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 pm  

Death at Wandsworth Prison
It's reported a man's died after an incident at Wandsworth prison yesterday.

It's believed the 51 year-old had taken someone hostage at knifepoint and a crash team was sent in.

An investigation is under way.

Scotland Yard say no arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 pm  

Fulham lose at Hull
Fulham have lost 2-0 at struggling Hull City in the Premier League.

Jimmy Bullard scored a penalty against his former club before Craig Fagan headed in a second for the Tigers in the second half.

Fulham had chances cleared off the line, but manager Roy Hodgson admits it was a fair result.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:41 pm  

Croydon health chief based in Canada
A Croydon Health chief who was responsible for strategy at the MayDay hospital in Croydon has been working from Canada.

Her pay check according to the Daily Mail also including a outer London weighting of £5,000.

Her job included meeting and advising doctors.

Janet Clark has now resigned and is working her notice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:12 pm  

Australian Grand Prix starting positions


Woking McLaren’s Jenson Button will start in 4th position at tomorrows Australian Grand Prix.

His team mate Lewis Hamilton failed to make it into the final qualifying round and will start in 11th.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettle will take pole position.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

Sutton residents targeted by conmen
Conmen are targeting Sutton’s residents in a telephone scam.

Victims are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a council tax official, who asks for their bank details.

The council has commented that this is a con and genuine council employees would not ask for sensitive details over the phone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:02 pm  

Richmond and Bushy parking charges delayed
The parking charges were meant to come into effect at the end of the month.

But Royal Parks Agency Boss Mark Camley has written to PPC for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith saying: “The parking charges in Richmond and Bushy are not planned to come into effect until 1st October, to allow time to go through any necessary planning process.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Surrey embarks on cost cutting measures
Surrey County Council is joining six other councils to buy shared services and save money.

The SE7 Consortium will look at ways to use their collective purchase power to push down costs.

The councils plan to share projects such as highway construction and maintenance, waste management, special education facilities and IT.

They may also use the consortium to tackle other problems such as flood management.

The leader of Surrey County Council, Andrew Povey, said the councils were suffering from poor government funding. They needed to cut several hundred million pounds in costs over the next few years and this was one way to help achieve that goal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 am  

NHS JOBS THREATENED IN SURREY
The NHS is planning budget cuts which could lead to the loss of thousands of beds and tens of thousands of jobs.

According to documents obtained by the Daily Telegraph, the health service wants to make 20 billion pounds in cuts to fill in the black hole left by the Government spending freeze.

In South East Coast region, which covers Surrey, Kent and Sussex, up to 1 point 6 billion pounds needs to be saved and proposals to reach this target include cutting 10 thousand or more jobs of the 100 thousand NHS workers in the area.

In London, it’s suggested that part of the £5 billion budget cuts could be made partly by patients contacting their GPs by email rather than visiting them in surgeries.

The plans were to be announced in the autumn with jobs cuts coming next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 am  

ATLANTIC RACE BENEFITS PRINCESS ALICE HOSPICE
Two Surrey men have completed a 3 thousand mile row across the Atlantic to raise money for The Princess Alice Hospice and the British Heart Foundation.

Richard Hoyland from Weybridge and Steve Coe started their journey on the 4th January from the Canary Islands and this week arrived in Antiqua.

The pair worked in shifts to come in 10th in the Woodvale Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race.

Along the say they spotted a potential UFO and were visited by turtles, albatrosses, whales, dolphins and a regular sea bird they named ‘Kev’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 am  

Homeless mice in Coulsdon?
If you view mice as pets rather than rodents, an animal shelter in Coulsdon would like to hear from you.

Furry Friends are helping to rehome 3,000 mice after they were removed from a house in North Wales.

Rescue staff were first called in November 2008 when they removed 2 thousand mice. Unfortunately they missed a pair and when they returned last month they found 500.

About 90 percent of the 250 female mice are pregnant and the shelter is expecting the pitter patter of one thousand new arrivals.

Emma Semple says they think they’ve got them all this time, but all its takes is a male and a female for it all to start again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 am  

Friday, 26 March 2010

Hoax bomber is jailed
A 53 year old man has been jailed for threatening to blow up M&S stores in SW London last December.

Phillip Harris made the threats against the Sutton, Kingston and Croydon shops in revenge against Surrey Police after they tried to arrest him for drink driving.

But his plan backfired as he didn't realise those particular stores came under the Met Police Force.

He's been sentenced to two years behind bars.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 pm  

Roehampton mum launches latest campaign

Claygate's Autism Trust founder Polly Tommey will launch her latest billboard campaign on Monday - a take on the 90's Wonderbra advert.

It's aimed at the leaders of the three main political parties; the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

Polly is fighting for better funding for carers of autism sufferers. Her 11 year old son Billy is one of them.

The billboards can be seen across London.

www.theautismtrust.org.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

Monye confident ahead of Bath game
Harlequins welcome Ugo Monye and Danny Care back into the squad for today’s game against Bath.

The England scrum half and winger have been away on international duty since the end of January.

The club will be aiming for 4 points as they seek to finish in the top six this season.

Despite Bath having won all five of their last games, winger, Monye is feeling confident:


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

O'Shea says Quins are a club in good condition
Harlequins’ new Director of Rugby says he’s delighted to be at the club and excited by the challenge ahead.

Conor O’Shea replaces Dean Richards, who received a 3 year world-wide ban following the bloodgate affair.

Tomorrow will be O’Shea’s first game in charge, when they face Bath at The Rec.

He says Quins are a team in good condition:


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Judge rules on Heathrow's third runway plans


A High Court judge has sided with councils, residents and green campaigners over the expansion of Heathrow.

The case was brought against the Government by Wandsworth, Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston councils and local MPs.

The judge ruled the proposals for third runway and sixth terminal need to be looked at again – this time taking climate change into account.

MP for Richmond Park Susan Kramer says the ruling is a sign the plans were always flawed.

Labour’s John Donnell, whose constituency of Hayes & Harlington covers Heathrow, admits the Government went about it the wrong way.

Pictures courtesy of Clay/Greenpeace
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Kensington and Chelsea lose parking battle
Kensington and Chelsea council has lost a parking battle in a landmark ruling.

The Andreev’s were fined after failing to display a ticket in Onslow Gardens on Boxing Day.

They were handed a fine despite a sign by the bay saying free parking on public and bank holidays.

A panel has ordered the council to repay the 110 pound fine which included clamping costs rejecting its claim that because the bank holiday fell on a Saturday, the charges are transferred to the Monday instead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

ITV axe - The Bill
ITV is axing South London crime series The Bill.

The channel says it's not to save money.

For over 25 years, the police drama's been a fixture on our TV screens.

Filmed in and around Merton and Kingston, it also become a local talking point.

But the Sun Hill nick will be shut for good later this year.

ITV says it reflects the changing tastes of audiences.

The show was given a revamp last year - and moved to a one hour slot after the 9 o'clock watershed - but failed to win back viewers.

Bosses insist they'll carry on investing in quality new dramas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

McLaren fast in a rain affected practice session
McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have gone fastest in second practice, ahead of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

The session was affected by heavy rain in Melbourne.

Michael Schumacher managed fourth for Mercedes, with the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso back in fifteenth.

Earlier, Renault's Robert Kubica posted the fastest time in first practice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

Trust welcomes new appointment

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr James Clarke as its new Medical Director.

Dr Clarke is currently a consultant anaesthetist at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, specialising in cardiothoracics (the treatment of diseases affecting the heart and lungs). He is also Director of Education and Service Improvement for the Elective Orthopaedic Centre (EOC), which is based at Epsom Hospital, and is working with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement on an initiative to improve the way in which hospital theatres work. James has been a consultant since 1986.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Week-end sport
Both Chelsea and Fulham are in action today.

After thumping Portsmouth 5 nil in midweek Chelsea's now come up against Martin O’Neill’s Villa in a dress rehearsal for the FA cup semi final.

Defensive options have been further damaged by the loss of Ricardo Carvalho with an ankle ligament injury.

He’s out for at least a month.

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora could miss out today’s clash at Hull.

He’s still suffering from a stomach bug that forced his substitution at Tottenham in the FA cup.

In the Championship – Palace take on promotion chasing Cardiff and QPR face Preston.

In Rugby ..Harlequins travel to Bath for a 2.15 kick off.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Statement from BA on strikes
BA STATEMENT:

British Airways will fly more than 75 per cent of customers booked to travel between tomorrow and March 30, despite these four days being targeted for strikes by Unite.


Of approximately 240,000 customers originally booked to travel in the strike period, the airline expects to fly more than 180,000.


A further 18 per cent have been rebooked to travel on other carriers, or changed the dates of their British Airways flights to avoid the strike period. Several thousand customers have brought forward their departures to today (Friday).


During Unite's first round of industrial action last weekend, almost 60 per cent of rostered cabin crew ignored the strike call and reported for work.


Willie Walsh, British Airways' chief executive, said: "I am delighted that we will be able to fly such a large proportion of our customers to their chosen destinations in the coming days.


"The vast majority of British Airways staff, including thousands of cabin crew, are pulling together to serve our customers and keep our flag flying.


"At the same time, I feel really sorry for those customers whose plans have been ruined by Unite's completely unjustified action. Despite the union's promises, this strike has affected the Easter holiday plans of thousands of hard-working people."


Over the next four days, British Airways will fly a full normal schedule from Gatwick and London City airports.


At Heathrow, the airline will operate 70 per cent of its long-haul programme (up from 60 per cent in the first strike period) and 55 per cent of its short-haul programme (up from 30 per cent).
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

D - day for Chelsea's Carvalho
Chelsea will decide today whether defender Ricardo Carvalho needs surgery.

The Portuguese star suffered ankle ligament damage in Wednesday's five-nil Premier League win at Portsmouth.

Carvalho's likely to be out of action for at least a month, meaning he'll miss all-but Chelsea's last couple of games of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Attempted robbery in Hinchley Wood
Police in Elmbridge are appealing for information following an attempted robbery of a cash in transit van in Hinchley Wood.

The incident took place at the Shell petrol station off the Kingston Bypass at around 9 o’clock yesterday morning.

The two suspects approached the van at the station as 2 security guards loaded money into a cash machine.

One guard sustained minor injuries to his back and left arm during the incident.

One of the suspects in described as a black man between 18 and 30. He’s of a slim build.

The second man is of medium build. His face was covered.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Surrey Comet reports drug barons turn to religion
It’s emerged two drug barons from Kingston jailed this week have turned to God whilst at Wandsworth Prison.

Terry Bowler and Mark Kinnimont were jailed for 16-years this week for leading a multi-million pound cannabis operation.

The Surrey Comet claims other members of the gang are volunteering for the local Samaritans or learning a trade.

The newspaper’s also reveals police think up to 20-million pounds was smuggled out of Britain from selling skunk in car parks in Tolworth and Esher.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Man in court accused of murder
A man’s in court over an apparent “honour killing” in Mitcham.

Omar Hussein is accused of murdering 20-year old Banaz Mahmod in 2006.

Her body was found in a suitcase in Birmingham.

Banaz’s father and uncle are already serving life for the killing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Harlequins look to the future
Harlequins chief executive Mark Evans hopes the appointment of Conor O'Shea has finally drawn a line under the "Bloodgate" scandal.

The club had been looking to fill the role of Director of Rugby, ever since Dean Richards stood down following the controversy last year.

Evans says Quins can finally start building for the future again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Surrey are 'top dogs'
Two Surrey police dogs will be competing in national trials soon.

It’s after they swept the board at the regional competition.

Mallinois and Allie – beat rivals dogs from Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and the British Transport police to make the finals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Surrey police tackle anti-social driving
A 25 year-old man from Leatherhead has been convicted of driving without due care and attention.

Carl Fleming was caught by police power sliding his vehicle in Leatherhead.

He received 5 points on his licence, a 300 pound fine and a 15 pound victim charge.

His arrest and conviction came as a result of Surrey County Council’s Drive Smart Campaign.

The initiative which was launched in September 2009 aims to tackle anti-social driving.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:35 am  

Chelsea hit by another injury
Chelsea have suffered another injury blow.

Defender Ricardo Carvalho will be out of action for at least 4-weeks.

He damaged ankle ligaments during Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Portsmouth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:32 am  

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Quins prepare to face Bath
Harlequins travel to face Bath in the Guinness Premiership on Saturday.

It will be their first game under new Managing Director Conor O’Shea, who joined the club last Monday.

Lock, James Percival spoke to Jackie ahead of the game:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Sutton school says stunt is bad joke
Teachers at a school in Sutton say a Facebook stunt about its head teacher has got out of hand.

Tributes have been paid on the networking site to Greenshaw High’s John Fuller after it was posted he had died.

A spokeswoman at the school says this appears to be a bad joke and is categorically not true.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Chelsea's Sturridge in the clear
The FA won’t take no action against Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge over the clash with Tommy Smith in the Blues' 5-0 Premier League victory.

The Portsmouth player was caught in the face and has had surgery today after his nose was broken.

The FA have not classed the incident as "off-the-ball", meaning referee Lee Mason was deemed to have dealt with it at the time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Straw cafe for Sutton
London’s first Straw Café could open up in Sutton.

Planning permission was granted last night for the structure in Manor Park.

Its walls will be made from straw bales and it will have a living grass roof.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm  

KFC customers are clucking over new meat rules
A Halal meat trial by fast food chain KFC is rubbing some customers up the wrong way.

A man from Burton on Trent was horrified after staff at his local KFC said they would no longer be serving The Big Daddy Burger.

They told him to drive five miles if he wanted it.

The burger was axed at the branch as it contains bacon – which cannot be served with other meat under Halal rules.

Chain bosses say they are trialling the scheme at a number of restaurants due to high demand.

Eateries in Colliers Wood, Woking High Street, Croydon Central and Hounslow West and Fulham are all signed up.

Statement from KFC

Nina Arnott, a KFC spokesperson, said:

“We’re running a trial of halal restaurants in some areas of the UK, including South West London, where we’ve had great demand. We’ve worked with the Halal Food Authority and animal welfare organisations to ensure our systems and processes fully comply with halal requirements, whilst staying true to our strict standards of animal welfare, which have not been compromised as a result of this trial.

“We’re using exactly the same ingredients and exactly the same great tasting chicken as before. Of more than forty items that we offer, the Big Daddy is the only burger that has been taken off the menu at our trial stores, and the majority are within a mile of non-halal restaurants, to make sure we offer choice.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

Carshalton man jailed for GBH
A Carshalton man’s been jailed for four years after forcing his girlfriend to drink disinfectant during a violent rage.

31-year-old Billy Warren pinned his partner up against a wall, severely beat her and force her to drink from a bottle of Dettol.

The girl lost consciousness and suffered burns inside her mouth.

Warren was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm  

Missing live appeal focuses on Dorking case
The BBC’s Missing Live saw an appeal this morning to trace a girl missing from Dorking since 1995.

Ruth Wilson was sixteen when she disappeared after being dropped off by a taxi driver near the Hand Pub in Boxhill.

Her friend Roxy told the programme she thinks Ruth went missing deliberately.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

KFC defends Halal meat trial
A Halal meat trial by fast food chain KFC is rubbing some customers up the wrong way.

A man from Burton on Trent was horrified after staff at his local KFC said they would no longer be serving The Big Daddy Burger.

They told him to drive five miles if he wanted it.

The burger was axed at the branch as it contains bacon – which cannot be served with other meat under Halal rules.

Chain bosses say they are trialling the scheme at a number of restaurants due to high demand.

Eateries in Colliers Wood, Woking High Street, Croydon Central and Hounslow West and Fulham are all signed up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Skunk cannabis gang jailed


£195 thousand pounds was found in a loft in Poplar Road in Sutton.

Members of Britain's largest skunk cannabis smuggling ring have been jailed for up to 16 years.

Southwark Crown Court heard the defendants shipped at least 62 million pounds of the drug into the UK.

It was hidden among boxes of flowers from Holland and found in lock ups in Kingston, Surbiton, Sutton and Epsom.

The Surrey Comet will have more details on the case in tomorrow's paper.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Urgent repairs to road in Chessington
Garrison Lane in Chessington is to get an overhaul.

Residents have complained about the state of the Victorian built road which is home to a golf centre, homes and a community college.

Recent inspections have revealed a break up of the road’s materials prompting the council to take action.

Work starts on Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Terns helped on their way in Shepperton
Divers have anchored two artificial islands in a lake near Shepperton to provide a breeding habitat for migrating birds.

The stone-covered rafts have been installed at Sheepwalk Lake, so common terns can nest when they arrive from South Africa.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

New loyalty card in Kensington and Chelsea
A loyalty card which rewards people for shopping locally in independent stores has been rolled out in Kensington and Chelsea.

About 150,000 Wedge Cards are being posted to residents and given to students in an attempt to boost the local economy.

More than 550 businesses, including butchers and cafes, have signed up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Harlequins lose Strettle
Saracens have confirmed the signing of David Strettle from Harlequins.

The 26-year-old will join in time for the start of next season.

He's the latest in a string of new faces at club, including fellow Englishmen Richard Wigglesworth and Matt Stevens.

Director of rugby Brendan Venter says Strettle is "the final piece in our jigsaw".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Surrey tops a marriage poll
Surrey is Britain’s most faithful county – with Devon being named as the most unfaithful.

The research for an extra-marital dating site claims about 44 percent of spouses in Devon are playing away.

Surrey was found to be the UK's best-behaved - or least honest - county, with less than 1 percent of married people admitting an affair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Surrey to publish payments
Surrey is opening its books up.

County Council leader Andrew Povey has announced they will soon publish payments to companies for goods and supplies.

He says its so local taxpayers have a clearer picture of where their money is spent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

Good progress on the A3 tunnel
Builders digging a tunnel underneath the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey says they’re making good progress.

The mile-long twin-bore tunnel will form part of a new stretch of the A3 due to open next year.

The project’s costing around 371-million scheme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Sophie's stockbroker stalker found guilty
A stockbroker has been found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of stalking model Sophie Anderton by bombarding her with text messages.

Paul Davis, from Enfield in north London, sent her 88 texts between January and April last year.

The 59 year-old said he wanted to marry her on a mountain and take her for dinner at Claridges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:41 pm  

Surrey looks to work with other councils
Seven Councils are forming a consortium to buy shared services.

The SE7 group led by Surrey and East Sussex believe their collective purchasing power will drive down costs.

The combined budget of the Councils amounts to 3.4 – billion pounds and will serve more than 5 million people.

One of the first ideas is to form a team to deal with flood management responsibilities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Boat owner fined
A man from Thames Ditton has been fined for failing to own a boat license.

Stuart Wolff was caught with his 23 metre vessel the Aries, at Thames Ditton Marina last September.

At a court hearing this week, he was ordered to pay the full year’s license fee of 1 thousand 682 pounds.

Mr Wolff already had two previous convictions for the same offence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

'Terry-gate' update
The woman at the centre of the 'Terry –gate' scandal has taken her former partner Wayne Bridge to court.

It’s the first time Vanessa Perroncel has been seen in public with Bridge since her affair with John Terry was exposed.

The 33 year old is accusing former Chelsea player Bridge of failing to pay maintenance for their son Jaydon.

Perroncel, who is represented by Walton PR Guru Max Clifford, claims the £3,000 pounds she gets a month is not enough.

Bridge earns £88,000 pounds a week with current team Man City.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

Surrey not happy with pothole money
A 100 million pounds has been earmarked for road repairs by yesterday’s Budget.

However, Surrey County Council’s leader says ministers are just papering over the cracks.

According to Council Leader Andrew Povey, 200 million pounds is needed for Surrey’s roads alone.

The harsh winter means the county has been named the worst in the county for pot holes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Formula one heading for New York..?
Formula One chief says he wants to add a New York Grand Prix to the calendar - starting the year-after-next.

Bernie Ecclestone is looking at a location in New Jersey, in front of Manhattan, with the skyscrapers in the background.

There hasn't been a grand prix in the States since 2007, when Woking driver Lewis Hamilton won in Indianapolis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Man rescued in Tooting
A man’s been rescued after fire broke out above a restaurant in Tooting High Street.

Part of the second floor at U.D.O.N Chinese restaurant was damaged after the blaze broke out yesterday afternoon.

The man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

Kingston University honours aviation hero
One of aviation history’s unsung heroes is being honoured by Kingston University.

The new learning resources suite will be named the Sir Sydney Camm Centre.

He was the chief designer of the Hawker Aircraft company during the Battle of Britain.

The team, who designed the Hawker Hurricane, were once based at the university’s site in Canbury Park, Kingston.

The centre will be opened this afternoon by TV presenter Kate Humble, whos grandfather was Hawker's Chief Test Pilot.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Man pleads guilty to climate trespass charges
A man from Epsom is one of 55 people who have pleaded guilty to trespassing following a rooftop protest.

43 year old Andrew McParland has been ordered to pay a hundred pounds in costs as well as a 195 pound fine.

The protestors gathered on the roof of the Houses of Parliament last October.

They were campaigning against climate change.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

One Good Thing campaign a huge success

The Shooting Star Children's Hospice new campaign raised £2,500 in one week.

More than £2,500 worth of items have been donated by shoppers at Sainsbury’s St Clares to raise vital funds for The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.

The campaign, which ran earlier in March at the Sainsbury’s store off Uxbridge Road, saw shoppers being handed a ONEGOODTHING carrier bag and then asked them to bring back one good quality item from home to be sold in one of Shooting Star’s six charity shops across south-west London.

The campaign proved extremely popular with hundreds of shoppers returning to the store with their ONEGOODTHING. Donations included perfumes and other toiletries, handbags, clothes, shoes, books and toys.

The donations will now be distributed in Shooting Star’s six charity shops located in Ashford, Hampton Hill, Shepperton, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton, and are set to raise £2,500 for the hospice through retail sales.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm  

The Budget 2010
The Chancellor's used the Budget to reduce a planned rise in fuel duty.

It'll go up by one penny per litre in April, instead of the 3 pence rise originally planned.

The rest of the increase will come in stages in October and January.

Alistair Darling's also raised the stamp duty limit for property purchases to £250,000.

He's outlined how he plans to raise money to pay.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

David Cameron gave his reaction to the budget
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

Liberal Democrat Leader said the budget lacked honesty and fairness
He says both Labour and the Tories claim there needs to be more than £40 billion of cuts by the end of the next parliament, but the Chancellor's published just £2 billion.



The Lib Dem's Treasury spokesman Vince Cable says he was expecting much more from the Chancellor's budget.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

BUDGET - THE KEY POINTS
Global recession has not turned into depression, UK unemployment has not risen as much as feared and borrowing is lower than forecast last year.

The economy is at a crossroads and the Budget will set out a route to long-term prosperity with a £2.5 billion one-off growth package at its heart.

The impact of the economic crisis has meant the UK economy has contracted by around 6% over the course of the recession.

The Chancellor forecast the economy to grow by between 1% and 1.5% this year and between 3% and 3.5% in 2011.

The Government is to stick to its spending plans for next year, with a 2.2% real terms increase.

A policy of immediate cuts to public spending would be both wrong and dangerous and would risk derailing the recovery, said the Chancellor.

The Government is making considerable progress on securing £16 billion through asset sales.

Borrowing this year should be £11 billion lower than forecast.

In 2010/11, borrowing will be £163 billion, falling to £131 billion in 2011/12, then £110 billion in 2012/13.

In 2013/14 it will be £89 billion, reaching £74 billion in 2014/15, £8 billion lower than forecast in December.

Debt will be £100 billion lower by 2013/14 than was expected at last year's Budget.

As a share of the economy, borrowing is forecast at 11.8% of GDP this year, 11.1% next year, then 8.5%. In 2012/13 it will be 6.8%, then 5.2%, falling to 4% in 2014/15.

Mr Darling said this means a reduction in the deficit from 11.8% of GDP to 5.2%, more than halved over a four-year period, with the structural deficit estimated at 8.4% of GDP this year, falling to 2.5% by the end of the period.

Public sector net debt will reach 54% of GDP this year, increasing to 75% in 2014/15, and beginning to fall the year after that.

HOUSING

The Support for Mortgage Interest scheme will continue at the higher rate for another six months.

The Stamp Duty limit for first-time buyers will be doubled from midnight to £250,000 for this year and next. It will be funded through an increase in Stamp Duty to 5% for houses worth over £1 million from April 2011.


From October next year, the most expensive properties will be excluded from the Housing Benefit calculation in each area, which will - added to anti-fraud measures - save £250 million a year.


CONSUMERS

Next month's increase in fuel duties will be staged. Fuel duty will rise by a penny in April, followed by a further 1p rise in October and the remainder in January.

Duty on beer, wine and spirits will increase as planned from midnight on Sunday.


Alcohol duties will also increase by 2% above inflation for two further years from 2013.
Duty on cider will increase by 10% above inflation from midnight on Sunday.


Tobacco duty will increase from today by 1% above inflation and then increase by 2% in real terms each year until 2014.


From next month, the annual ISA limit will rise from £7,200 to £10,200 and ISA limits will increase annually in line with inflation.



BENEFITS


Parents of one and two-year-old children will be helped by increasing by £4 a week money paid through Child Tax Credit from 2012.


The pensioners' higher Winter Fuel Payment of £250, and £400 for the over-80s, will be guaranteed for another year.


JOBS, EDUCATION AND TRAINING


A guarantee of a job or training for every 18-24 year-old after six months out of work is to be extended until March 2012.


The Government will set up a £35 million University Enterprise Capital Fund to support university innovation and spin-out companies.


A University Modernisation Fund will give a one-off funding boost of £270

million in 2010/11, creating 20,000 more university places starting this

September.


CIVIL SERVANTS


Public pay settlements will be held at a maximum of 1% for the two years from 2011.


The number of civil servants in London is to be reduced by one-third over the long term, with 15,000 posts relocated within the next five years.


One thousand posts from the Ministry of Justice will be moved out of central London, saving £41 million.


ROADS


The Chancellor said he would provide £100 million to pay for vital repairs to local roads throughout the country following the recent bad weather and £285 million to pay for improvements on motorways.


TAX


The Budget will bring in additional tax of half a billion pounds each year.


VAT receipts are now £3 billion higher than forecast and better company profits have led to higher Corporation Tax receipts, with spending broadly in line with his forecast, said Mr Darling.


Inheritance tax threshold will be frozen for a further four years to help pay for the cost of care for older people.



BANKS


The Treasury has already received over £8 billion in fees and charges from banks and the one-off 50% tax on bankers' bonuses has already raised £2 billion.


More countries now agree on the need for an international systemic tax on banks, which must be brought forward quickly, as he will urge

international finance ministers in Washington next month.


A new guarantee will mean everyone can have a basic bank account, giving up to 1 million more people access to bank accounts over the next five years.



DEFENCE


More than £4 billion from next year's reserve will be allocated to fund

operations in Afghanistan.


BUSINESSES


Over the next year, RBS and Lloyds will provide a total of £94 billion of new business loans, nearly half to smaller firms.


A new Credit Adjudicator will fast-track complaints from smaller firms who say they have been unfairly denied credit.


The Financial Services Authority is to improve and speed up the licensing process for new banks to boost competition


A new national investment corporation, to be called UK Finance For Growth, will streamline and improve Government help to small and medium-sized enterprises, overseeing £4 billion of support for business.


A new Growth Capital Fund will provide fast-growing companies with private capital and will eventually provide £500 million of finance - with commercial banks so far agreeing to contribute more than £100 million.


An extra 15% of central Government contracts will go to SMEs, which could mean up to £15 billion of new business across the whole of the public sector.


Business rates will be cut for one year from October, meaning a tax reduction for over 500,000 small businesses in England.


Small businesses will be helped to expand by doubling the annual investment allowance to £100,000.


INDUSTRY


To boost a low-carbon economy, the Government will set up a new Green Investment Bank, controlling £2 billion of equity.


The fund will focus on green transport and energy, including offshore wind power, with £60 million offered to develop ports hosting manufacturers of offshore wind turbines.


The Chancellor will offer help to the computer games sector similar to the aid given the British film industry.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Chelsea face Portsmouth tonight
Chelsea can move to second in the Premier League if they can beat crisis club Portsmouth at Fratton Park tonight.

That would mean the top three would be separated by just 2 points.

After being knocked out of the Champions League and losing top spot in the Premier manager Carlo Ancelotti believes a win is need to get back on track.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Warning to Esher's rugby players
Esher’s director of rugby has issued a warning to his players.

Mike Schmid says they must prove their worth before they are offered new deals.

Esher lead the National One league table by four points and have three games in hand over London Welsh.

The entire squad is out of contract at the end of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

Council tax up by an average of 1.8%
Council tax bills in England will rise by an average 1.8%.

That’s the lowest annual rise since the tax was introduced in 1993.

The bill for an average Band D property will rise to 1 – thousand 439 pounds.

The highest Band D bills will be in Kingston at 1 thousand - 663 pounds and also in Rutland and Hartlepool.

The lowest are Wandsworth at 687- pounds ,Westminster and the City .
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

Sex traffickers sentenced








Two Hungarian human traffickers have been sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison at Croydon Crown Court.

24 year old Joszef Budai and 20 year old Andrea Novak, were found guilty of a string of trafficking and prostitution offences.

The jury heard how they lured Hungarian women to the UK with the promise of work.

Victims of the criminals gave testimonies at the trial, where the pair pleaded not guilty to all charges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

The chancellor delivers his budget
The Chancellor will reveal his plans to steer Britain back to economic health this lunchtime.

Alistair Darling's promised a "cautious and workmanlike" financial package.

We spoke to people in Tolworth a few moments ago – about what they think will feature in this year’s briefcase.

This is what they had to say

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:22 pm  

London Firefighters battle to reduce arson incidents
The Arson Task Force urges us to ensure there’s no clutter or rubbish outside our homes and around neighbourhoods.

In Sutton, there were 170 deliberately started fires last year.

Although this is down from 280 the year before, London’s firefighters are aiming to reduce this further.

Arson accounted for 30 percent of blazes across London last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 pm  

Striking cabin crew to lose their travel perks
Staff receive discounts on travel and free flights, depending on length of service.

A spokesman for the Unite union says the move is a clear example of BA's "bullying and contemptuous approach" to employees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Surrey MP denies involvement in lobbying row
The MP for Esher & Walton says he told undercover reporters he was not interested in cash for lobbying.

The Guardian claims Ian Taylor responded to an inquiry with his CV and consultancy experience.

He’s one of three Tories MPs in Surrey to named in the “cash for lobbying” expose.

Spelthorne’s David Wilshire and Reigate’s Crispin Blunt were said to be interested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

Heathrow scanner causes more controversy
The government has defended controversial new security scanners at Heathrow, after a worker was accused of misusing the equipment.

Airport bosses are investigating claims 25-year-old John Laker commented on a colleague’s breasts as she passed through the scanner.

Home Office minister Keith Vaz has branded the incident “very disappointing” but insisted the scanners a vital for security.

The equipment was brought in at Heathrow in December – and reveals a full-body nude image of passengers to reveal weapons and bombs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Reward for information about stolen car engines, Ashford
The victim of a high value burglary in Ashford last month is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Thieves stole more than 80 car engines from a metal trailer on land next to Ashford Cemetery, off London Road, between 6pm on Thursday 18 February and 1pm on Friday 19 February.

The suspects also stole between 50 and 60 gear boxes which were stored at the location.

The owner of the trailer has now issued the reward and is urging any members of the public with any information to contact Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Chertsey businessman is featured on Sky's Technology programme
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

All aboard! Doctor rows miles for kidney health

It’s not every day you find a doctor rowing a marathon in a hospital canteen, but that’s what happened on 11th March, when 25-year-old Judah Eastwell took to his rowing machine to raise funds for the Southwest Thames Kidney Fund.

Judah, who is currently undertaking his first year of medical training at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, rowed for almost two and a half hours without stopping in the restaurant at St Helier Hospital.

The trainee doctor is keen to raise awareness of kidney disease, and organised the fundraising event to coincide with World Kidney Day.

The South West Thames Kidney Fund, based at St Helier, supports the South West Thames Institute for Renal Research and promotes research into renal disease, its link with diabetes, educating patients and improved detection of kidney disease.

Judah, who is keen to become a GP, admitted it was his first significant fundraising challenge but was unperturbed: “This was just training for the London marathon in April – and I actually rowed further than 26 miles today so hopefully I can do it on my feet!”

To support Judah and donate money to kidney research, visit www.justgiving.com/judaheastwell.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am  

Appeal over stolen Lancia grill in Epsom

Car enthusiasts are being asked to keep an eye out on internet sites like eBay for a stolen 1960s car part.

A rare chrome grill for a Lancia Aurelia was taken from the owner’s lock up garage in Epsom.

It’s shield shaped with a Lancia badge on the top.

The thief also took a black Specialized bicycle worth nearly 2-thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am  

Harlequins take part in City Scrum tournament


Harlequins players are turning their heads to coaching today.

Twenty of London’s city firms are taking part in the City Scrum Cup – a 7-a-side touch rugby tournament.

Players including England’s Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Nick Easter have each been allocated a team, and will be going head-to-head as they try and coach their side to victory.

Quins captain Will Skinner is going for the no-nonsense approach:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Sutton manhunt
Police in Sutton are hunting a man in connection with an assault on a 39 year old woman.

Officers have so far failed to trace 39 year old Aubrey Paul from Manor Road in Wallington.

They’re asking anyone who sees him to contact them immediately or call Crimestoppers anonymously.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 pm  

Royal Holloway graduate attempts to climb Mount Everest
Royal Holloway Graduate Bonita Norris has a tall order ahead of her.

The 22 year old hopes to become the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Bonita raised 40 thousand pounds in sponsorship to secure her place on the Everest Expedition.

She hopes to raise a further 50 thousand pounds for Global Angels, who run a project in Chertsey.

The charity aims to create a global network of resources to help vulnerable children.

Bonita told us why she wants to climb the mountain.



To sponsor Bonita visit her website:
www.bonitanorris.com
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Three boats targeted near Woking
A number of boats have been broken into at Triggs Lock in Woking.

Three vessels were targeted last week. Thieves made off with electrical goods and also damaged each boat.

On one occasion thieves snapped a padlock to gain entry.

Police are asking walkers in particular to keep an eye out whilst using the towpaths around the lock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm  

Singh hits Middlesex for six
Middlesex won’t be signing Yuvraj Singh for their Twenty20 campaign.

It’s after it emerged he would miss most of the competition while on tour with India.

Singh hit six sixes in the Twenty20 World cup 2 years ago.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm  

Petr Cech could be back for Pompey
Chelsea could have their influential goalkeeper Petr Cech back for tomorrow's Premier League match at Portsmouth.

He has been out for nearly a month after suffering a calf injury during the club's 2-1 Champions League defeat away at Inter Milan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 pm  

Red Arrows collide in Crete
A Red Arrows pilot is in hospital after a crash on the Greek island of Crete.

Another member of the RAF's aerobatic team managed to eject safely

Local media are reporting there was a mid-air collision involving two jets.

It happened during the Red Arrows' pre-season training at the Hellenic Air Force Base.

The RAF says an investigation into the cause of the crash will be carried out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Rare car parts stolen in Epsom

Police are investigating after a rare crome car grill was stolen in Epsom.

The Lancia Aurelia grill was taken from a garage along with a stunt jumper bike.

Police say both items are distinctive.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

Fresh fruit and veg is comes to Hackbridge station
A new Veg Van is bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to commuters in Hackbridge.

The Van, which is a not-for-profit renovated milk float, is open every Wednesday, at Hackbridge railway station.

It's all part of the new scheme from environmental charity BioRegional, which aims to reduce pollution from food miles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Brentford zoo facing closure
Time could be up for Syon Park in Brentford.

The family zoo is facing closure as it can’t afford the three hundred thousand pounds needed to relocate to Hatton Cross.

Developers bought the site, which is home to a number of tropical animals including piranhas and snakes.

Around 16 thousand children visit the zoo every year on an educational basis.

Speaking on BBC news earlier, the Purdy family are now appealing directly to the public to help fund the move.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Theft in Woking Church
Church goers in Woking have been told to hold on to their handbags.

It's after a woman's purse was stolen from a pew in St Saviour's Church in Brookwood last Sunday.

A 23 year old woman from Knaphill has been charged with theft and will appear at North West Surrey Magistrates Court in April.

Officers say no where is safe to leave personal items unattended.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

AFC take on Barrow this evening
AFC Wimbledon are in action later.

They’re playing Barrow in the Blue Square South at Kingsmeadow.

The Dons have played 15 English Conference matches this season on home ground.
They’ve won 8, drawn 3 and lost 4 matches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Ancelotti vows to stay at Chelsea next season
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says he'll "definitely" still be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season.

His side's campaign is in danger of falling apart after a rotten week capped by an early exit from the Champions League.

Ancelotti has told an Italian newspaper he won't be leaving the club in the near future, whatever happens on the pitch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Kingston Museum artefact flown to America
Kingston Museum’s most famous artefact is being flown to America for the first time in more than a 100 years.

Created by Edward Mybridge in 1879 the ‘zoo- praxi- scope’ is considered to be the first ever moving image projector.

The device is being transported to Washington for a major exhibition
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Warning about housing scam
Kensington and Chelsea Council bosses have issued a warning after they uncovered a tourist scam.

They’ve confirmed fraudsters are tricking visitors into handing over deposits for rentals on houses that don’t exist.

The gangs steal the details of legitimate estate agents and put them on bogus websites.

In January, 16 people turned up at a lettings agency in Earls Court asking for keys to a house that had been advertised on the bogus website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

New Chief Inspector of Prisons
The man who oversaw the inquiry into the fatal police shooting of a man at Stockwell tube station has been promoted.

Nick Hardwick’s been appointed the new Chief Inspector of Prisons.

The Ministry of Justice says he’s taking over from Dame Anne Owers.

As chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission he’s handled the Jean Charles De Menezes inquiry and investigated the last year’s G20 protests.

He says he's "delighted" to be taking on his new role.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

Teenage conman spared jail

A teenage conman inspired to steal by a Hollywood Blockbuster has escaped jail.

19 year old James Cameron swindled 100 thousand pounds out of Battersea company Climate cars.

Police claim he was inspired by the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo Di Caprio, who plays a teenage fraudster.

He posed as a businessman working in the fashion industry to run up huge bills which he never paid.

But a Judge failed to put him behind bars saying he has managed to keep out of trouble in the time that’s passed since he was arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm  

Hammersmith and Fulham council housing boss sacked
Hammersmith and Fulham’s council housing boss Gareth Mead has been sacked.

Its after he admitted posing in Nazi uniforms and sending racist texts.

The 44 year old was on an estimated 90 thousand pounds a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:22 pm  

Bodies of two Surrey soldiers bought home
The bodies of two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been returned home.

Lance Corporal Scott Hardy and Private James Grigg, both from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment based in Pirbright died in an explosion.

They were flown into RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire this morning and their coffins driven through the nearby town of Wootton Bassett.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 pm  

Unite call on women to front the next BA strike
BA’s babes are being urged to get behind the picket line.

The Unite Union is calling on its women members to front the next wave of strikes if they go ahead at the weekend.

Although the first round of strikes finished this morning-

Heathrow has told passengers to check before they travel as most BA flights will experience delays over the next few days.

Disgruntled flyers say this makes a mockery of their promise not to interrupt the Easter holidays.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Smart car visits smart children

Sutton Council’s CCTV Smart Car visited Cheam Park Farm Nursery and Infants' School yesterday to help teach the children about road safety.

The children were given a demonstration of the periscope by NSL and Sutton Parking Services and the chance to see how the high tech camera system works inside the car, as well as being shown how the car will help to keep them safe outside the school gates.

Following a successful trial last year, the CCTV Smart Car is now in full operation across the borough helping with parking enforcement outside schools where the safety of pupils is paramount.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm  

Mitcham MP connection to drugs trial
Siobhain McDonagh is the latest MP under the spotlight.

It’s been revealed Mitcham’s Labour candidate gave a character reference to one of the country’s biggest drug smugglers.

Ms Donagh allegedly sent a reference to Southwark Crown Court where her cousin Peter Moran is due to be sentenced.

Moran, from Fulham, masterminded the operation that brought 62 million pounds worth of cannabis into the UK.

He was convicted along with nine others despite denying the charges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

Nursery manager trial into second day
The second day of the trial of a nursery manager charged with abusing children in her care is underway in Croydon.

27-year-old Laura Pettitt, who ran Little Stars nursery in Bromley denies the charges.

It’s alleged she force fed children and covered their faces with blankets.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

Short film shot at Mayday Hospital
Mayday Hospital had a taste of Hollywood on Saturday.

The Croydon hospital’s Day Surgery Unit was used as a set for a short film, using a theatre, corridor and the reception area.

The production company made a donation to the Friends of Mayday charity in return for use of the hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:50 pm  

Sutton and Merton join forces
Sutton and Merton are teaming up once again.

The councils have agreed to have a single manager running both building control departments.

They’ll be in charge of ensuring buildings meet legal, health and safety and energy efficiency regulations.

It’s estimated the partnership will save the councils more than one hundred thousand pounds.

The move follows the tie up of human resources departments last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

New health centre for Clapham Junction
A new health centre is about to open at Clapham Junction.

It’s situated in Sendall Court Car park – right next door to the station.

Services will include treatment for minor illnesses and injuries.

There’s an open day this Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

Button hopes to catch up this weekend
Jenson Button says he aims to close the gap on front-runners Ferrari and Red Bull at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

The Woking driver was seventh and team-mate Lewis Hamilton third at the season-opener in Bahrain.

Button says Melbourne's street circuit will suit his McLaren.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

Charlie MacDonald to stay at Brentford
Brentford striker Charlie MacDonald has signed an improved contract at Griffin Park.

It will keep him at the club until the end of the 2011/2012 season.

The 29-year-old is currently top-scorer for the Bees with 11 goals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

Prisoner to sue after being stopped smoking
An inmate at High Down prison in Sutton plans to sue after he was banned from smoking.

21-year-old Jack Foster was stopped from enjoying cigarettes as punishment for bad behaviour.

He says that a breach of his human rights and claims officers should have given him nicotine patches or gum.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

Surrey cannabis smuggling ring await sentencing
Members of Britain’s largest skunk cannabis smuggling ring will be sentenced later.

Drugs were imported and packaged in lock-up garages in Kingston, Worcester Park, Epsom and Ashtead.

It’s claimed money and drugs changed hands in car parks in Tolworth, Esher and Cobham, as part of a million-pound-a-week operation.

The gang chiefs - Terence Bowler from Kingston, Mark Kinnimont from Surbiton and Peter Moran from Fulham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import drugs and laundering cash.

Liam Salter from Tadworth, Timothy Sullivan from Epsom and James Hay from Ashtead admitted to supplying drugs…

While the gang’s driver Andrew West from Tadworth was found guilty of money laundering.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:40 am  

Heathrow flights get back to normal following BA strike
British Airways flights into and out of Heathrow are beginning to return to normal following the cabin crew strike.

The three-day walk out cost the airline 21-milion pounds.

Another stoppage by members of the Unite union is due to begin on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

350 bed extension for St Helier Hospital in the pipeline
The green light’s been given to a quarter-of-a-billion pound revamp for St Helier Hospital.

Health minister Mike O’Brien made the announcement on a visit to Carshalton.

Plans include demolishing parts of the current building and replacing them with a new complex with 350 beds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

Monday, 22 March 2010

Carshalton Hospital is celebrating

Plans to redevelop St Helier Hospital have been approved by the Government.

Minster of State for Health Services Mike O'Brien visited the hospital this afternoon, making the announcement after touring the 1930's built site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 pm  

Missing girl
Police are concerned for the safety of a 12 year old girl who went missing in Feltham on Saturday.

Amanda Piechota is white with brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair.

She was last seen by a friend at 8pm wearing a purple jumper, white body-warmer jacket, blue jeans and carrying a handbag.

Police are urging anyone who’s seen Amanda or knows of her whereabouts to contact them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

Mother appeals for stolen bikes
A Tolworth mother has appealed for help in tracking her two sons’ stolen bikes.

Thieves broke into Karron Mundell’s shed on Fullers Way North the night before Mothers’ Day.

She thinks her sons may have been followed home before the robbery.

Their “We the People” BMXs are thought to be worth a combined 7-hundred pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:21 pm  

Ancelotti says Chelsea must do better
Carlo Ancelotti admits Chelsea can't afford another slip-up if they're to win the Premier League.

They wrapped up a rotten week by being held to a one-all draw at Blackburn yesterday.

Ancelotti's side play their next match against Portsmouth on Wednesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm  

Hospital staff receive awards from rugby star
Rugby legend Jason Leonard will present staff at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals with awards later.

It’s to celebrate the Trust’s three thousand workers in five categories including Special Volunteers and Patients.

The event tonight is being held at the Runnymede Hotel in Egham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:19 pm  

Nursery worker in court over abuse claims
Croydon Cown court's heard a nursery manager force fed babies in her care until they were sick and then made them eat their own vomit.

Laura Pettitt, who ran Little Stars nursery in Bromley, is also accused of throwing youngsters about, and putting blankets over their faces if they wouldn't go to sleep.

The 27-year-old denies all the charges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

Walton man charged with murder
A man from Walton has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with stabbing his step father to death.

29 year old Rachid Riahi was arrested after the body of 49 year old Kevin Francis was found in Hurtwood Road last October.

The 49 year old died from stab wounds to the chest.

Riahi denies murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

Sports event in Richmond
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, how about trying a new sporting activity?

The Richmond-upon-Thames Inclusive Sport and Exercise event is being held on Saturday for the fourth year running.

It aims to promote inclusive and disability specific activities available in the borough.

Free taster sessions are being offered in indoor rowing, football, aerobics, cricket and many more.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

Brixton man jailed for 6 years
An 18 year old man from Brixton who pistol whipped staff at an East Finchley betting shop has been jailed for six years.

Hussein Moore entered William Hill on Church Lane in August armed with an imitation firearm.

He stole an amount of cash from the counter, as well as money and a mobile phone belonging to one of the victims.

Police are still looking for two other male suspects who were with Moore at the time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

Putney's music festival about to return
The annual music festival is coming to Putney again this Easter.

Over 40 acts will be performing in venues across the area and more than a hundred thousand people are expected to attend.

Around 20 of Putney’s venues will be hosting live acts playing all different styles of music.

The three day event coincides with the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, which starts at Putney Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Unemployment costs London 5 billion pounds a year
Almost a third of working-age Londoners are jobless.

London Councils - which represents the capital's 33 authorities - claims unemployment costs the city more than 5-billion pounds per year.

It suggests boroughs are best placed to tackle the problem, rather than the Government which currently takes the lead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Fulham's boss is cautious over spending
Fulham’s manager insists the club must not overspend to try and move up the table.

The Cottagers finished seventh last season but Roy Hodgson is adamant that ensuring the club's solvency is more important than moving up the league.

He says the club's existence is more important than short-term gain.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am  

War of words continues
The war of words between British Airways and union bosses shows no sign of easing.

It's the third and final day of this wave of strike action in the bitter row over cost-cutting and jobs.

BA claims more than 97 percent of its Gatwick cabin crew and 52 percent of those at Heathrow crossed the picket line.

But Unite claims only 13-and-a-half per cent turned up for work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Walton man in court accused of murder
A Walton man’s appearing at the Old Bailey charged with stabbing his stepfather to death.

The body of 49 year old Kevin Francis was found at an address on Hurtwood Road in October.

29 year old Rachid Riahi was arrested shortly after.

He denies murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

Fatal crash on the M25 in Surrey
A man has died after an accident on the M25 in Surrey.

He collided with a bridge on the anti-clockwise stretch between junction 6 Godstone and 7 the M23 at 4’o’clock this morning.

The driver was recovered from his Audi but pronounced dead at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Claygate coach makes history
A father in Claygate has made history and become the country’s first official blind football coach.

And he’s giving his sighted counterparts a run for their money.

Tony Shearman has steered his team of under-sevens – the Claygate Royals – to victory in every match so far.

The 49-year-old became blind 22-years ago and also works as a radio producer.

He’s helped by an assistant who gives him a running commentary of games.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

Vince Cable has Treasury talks
Twickenham’ MP Vince Cable's revealed he's held talks with the Treasury about the Liberal Democrats' economic policies.

According to the Observer, the Treasury's top official wanted to know what the party's demands would be if there were a hung parliament.

Mr Cable says it's a sign his party's prospects of playing a leading role in economic policy are being taken seriously.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Health Minister to make announcement at St Helier
Health Minister Mike O’Brien is paying a visit to St Helier Hospital in Carshalton later.

He’ll meet with staff, volunteers and patients at 4’o’clock.

He’s expected make an announcement in conjunction with the visit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Jon Wells forced to retire
Harlequins winger Jon Wells has been forced to retire.

It’s after failing to recover from a long term injury.

The 31-year-old has featured in each Super League season and was in his testimonial year.

He underwent surgery at the end of last year but has since developed further problems with his neck.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

Jenson Button concerned over new regulations
Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button says he’s concerned that new regulations could turn this season into a "procession".

The Woking driver is dismayed by the ban on refuelling during a race and new tyre regulations.

The season opener in Bahrain turned out to be a dull spectacle with the next race on Sunday in Australia.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Former Banstead policeman charged with theft
A former Surrey police officer has been charged with stealing police and post office uniforms.

Twenty nine year-old PC Dustin Hunter, formerly of Banstead Police Station, was arrested on Saturday after an investigation.

PC Hunter was already suspended from duty over allegations of drug dealing.

He’s been remanded in custody and will appear at Woking Magistrates Court this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 am  

Chelsea's title hopes dented
Chelsea’s Premier League title aspirations suffered a setback after yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

They’re now four points behind leaders Manchester United but do have a game in hand.

United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford while Fulham went down by a similar scoreline to Manchester City at Craven Cottage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 am  

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Fourth arrest in Fulham murder investigation
A fourth man's been arrested and bailed by police investigating human remains found in a Fulham garden.

The body was discovered in Alderville Road after a tip-off on the 10th of March.
Police believe it could have been there for up to 20 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

South West London gets improved flood warnings
South West London’s residents are benefiting from more personalised flood warnings.

It’s all down to improvements made by the Environment Agency.

They’ve decided to issue more detailed warnings for smaller areas rather than large stretches of rivers.

People living along the River Hogsmill, Mole and Wandle will get the most out of the new service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am  

Day two of BA strikes
Heathrow based BA says it's doing better than expected as cabin crews begin a second day of strike action.

The airline disputes the Unite union's figures on the number of staff who walked out yesterday. But it's clear there are significantly fewer passengers travelling than normal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 am  

World record pirates
A record attempt for the largest gathering of pirates in the world - has taken place at Legoland near Windsor.

Hundreds of children, parents and grandparents wearing their finest swashbuckling costumes descended on the theme park yesterday.

Guinness World Records is now verifying the attempt.

A brand new attraction's opening at the park called - Pirates Landing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 am  

Another man remanded in custody for suitcase body
A man's been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found buried in a suitcase.

Omar Hussain, from Smethwick, is accused of the so-called honour killing of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod in 2006.

Her father, uncle and another man, all from Mitcham, have already been convicted of murdering her because they disapproved of her boyfriend.
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