Childen at Wallace Fields Infant School in Epsom raise money for classmate
The children at Wallace Fields Infant School in Epsom have taken to bunny hopping across their playing field and emptying their piggy banks to raise money for one of their classmates.
Six year old Adam Bird was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in July last year.
This is an aggressive cancer and his only hope is a radical treatment available in America.
The school kids are joining Adam's family to raise the 300 thousand pounds needed to take him to the US.
As Adam's friend, Charlie Day, says "If everybody gave a teeny bit of money and we all put it together we could send Adam to America more quickly."
Harlequins face Newcastle
8th placed Harlequins take on 9th placed Newcastle at The Stoop this afternoon.
With five games left this season and the aim of finishing in the top six, Quins will be pushing for some all-important points.
Captain Will Skinner told Jackie what he wants from the game:
Kick off is at 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am
An Urban Beach for Fulham
Instead of bank holiday trips to the seaside, we may be heading to Bishops Park in Fulham in the future.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded over three and a half million pounds to re-create an urban beach and renovate the grounds of Fulham Palace.
A beach was first opened in the park in 1903 when it was popular with families across the capital.
But it fell into disrepair during the Second World War and was closed in 1949.
The monies will also be used to restore the lake, provide a new café and three new play areas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am
Friday, 2 April 2010
Robbery at Epsom petrol station
Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Epsom last night.
A man wearing a Michael Jackson mask walked into the Total petrol station in Langley Vale Road just after 9.30 pm.
He threatened a male member of staff with a knife and left with cash, cigarettes and tobacco in a black drawstring sports bag.
The suspect is five feet six inches tall, of lean build and was wearing a blue sports jacket, light blue jeans and black gloves.
He spoke with a local accent.
Surrey Police would like to hear from anyone with information or thinks they may know the identity of the offender.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm
Hernia strikes Drogba
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that top striker Didier Drogba has been playing with a hernia for three or four months.
However the Chelsea manager says he does not need surgery at the moment, and will not miss any club or international matches.
Drogba is set to start in tomorrow’s big match at Old Trafford, despite missing last weekends Aston Villa game and two training sessions with a minor leg injury.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm
Tiesi to face the Falcons
Quins centre Gonzalo Tiesi will make a return to the game tomorrow, having not featured in the squad since February.
The Argentinian Intertnational has now recovered after he was injured in the club’s premiership game away game against Gloucester.
David Strettle on the other hand, won’t feature in the match against Newcastle- meaning Tom Williams will start on the wing while George Lowe moves to the bench.
The starting line-up is as follows:
1 Ceri Jones. 2 Matt Cairns. 3 John Andress. 4 James Percival. 5 George Robson. 6 Chris Robshaw. 7 Will Skinner (Captain). 8 Tom Guest. 9 Danny Care. 10 Nick Evans. 11 Ugo Monye. 12 Jordan Turner-Hall.13 Gonzalo Tiesi. 14 Tom Williams. 15 Mike Brown.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm
Distraction Burglary Chobham
Surrey Police are reminding residents to check the identities of people calling at their homes.
It follows a distraction burglary in the Chobham area last night.
Two men claiming to be water board officials called at the home of a woman in her seventies at about 7.00pm .
One went upstairs while the other talked to the victim downstairs.
They left after she became suspicious and said she was calling her son. She then discovered some cash had been stolen.
Both the suspects are white and in their thirties.
One is 5 feet 8 inches tall, of average build with short light brown hair and wearing jeans and trainers.
The other is 6 feet 2 inches tall, slim, with dark brown hair, unshaven and was wearing a dark suit with dark shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 am
Scooters for Spelthorne parking wardens
Parking officers in Spelthorne are to be given scooters to improve their response time to parking problems.
Spelthorne Borough Council says the scooters are environmentally friendly.
They’re expected to increase wardens efficiency.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 am
Plans announced to improve care for autism sufferers
Plans have been announced to improve the care given to people with autism.
Ministers say they want to break the stigma which many sufferers experience.
Autism is a lifelong condition which affects how a person communicates and interacts with those around them.
But services don’t always respond to sufferers’ individual needs - and often ignore the impact on families.
Roehampton mum Polly Tommey, founder of The Autism Trust, launched her latest billboard campaign on Monday.
It’s aimed at the leaders of the 3 main political parties.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 am
Fulham's Europa dream continues
Fulham’s sensational run in the Europa League is continuing.
They registered a 2-1 win over the German champions Wolfsburg at Craven Cottage last night.
Bobby Zamora and Damian Duff netted for the Cottagers.
Liverpool led Benfica 1-0 at half time but had Ryan Babel sent off and eventually lost 2-1.
The quarter-final return legs will be played next Thursday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 am
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Putney's rock festival gets underway
Putney is ready to rock and row with this year’s music festival.
Now in its thirteenth year, the event is an established highlight of the capital’s music scene and south London’s answer to the Camden Crawl.
From today until Sunday more than 40 live acts will be performing and over 100,000 people are expected to visit the town centre.
Around 20 of Putney’s bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs will be transforming into live music venues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Plans for regional fire control rooms slammed
Plans to replace local fire control rooms in England with regional centres have been slammed.
The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says plans to replace 46 local control rooms with 9 regional centres pose a 'substantial risk' to the public.
The Fire Brigades Union has also called for the project to be scrapped.
The South East centre will cover Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm
Severe Easter train delays expected
Commuters will endure a severely disrupted service if rail workers strike on Tuesday.
Signal workers and maintenance staff who belong to the RMT union are planning to walkout in a row over job cuts.
South West Trains has released details of a vastly reduced timetable in the event of industrial action.
Trains would operate between 7am and 7pm – with no service to outside those hours.
And to prevent overcrowding, trains to Waterloo would not stop at Wimbledon or Clapham Junction until after 10’o’clock in the morning.
The same would also apply after 4pm coming out of London throughout evening rush hour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm
Loan sharks being fished out
Sutton’s loan sharks are feeling the bite.
They’re being targeted as part of a new Trading Standards led initiative.
Stop Loan Sharks posters will be plastered on buses urging people to report a suspected illegal money lender.
A spokesman from Trading Standards says the important thing to remember is these people are criminals and must be stopped.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm
Surrey bikers urged to Drive SMART
Bikers in Surrey are being urged to join motorists and Drive SMART this Easter weekend.
Nine of the 42 road deaths in the County last year were motorcycle related.
The Drive SMART Scheme was initially rolled out to target drivers – but bikers are being urged to be aware as well.
The Bike Safe team will be out and about this weekend at spots including Box Hill to teach the importance of rider safety.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm
Extra places in New Malden primary schools hotly disputed
Demand for extra primary school places has reached breaking point in New Malden.
Corpus Christi on Elm Road says it will be looking to expand the site in order to accommodate more students.
However residents living near the school say this will lead to increased traffic congestion on the small roads.
They’ve organised a meeting against the proposals.
The story is very different in Richmond, with 93 percent of applicants gaining a place at their preferred school.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm
Hounslow GP surgeries open over Easter Weekend
People in Hounslow are being reminded GP surgeries are operating as usual this Easter weekend.
They will close on Monday only.
The out of hours service will also be operating as well as the Heart of Hounslow Polyclinic.
Anyone with an urgent enquiry during out of hours should call NHS direct on 0845 46 47
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm
Support for Autism campaign
Gordon Brown might be getting more votes than he expected at the next election – six million to be exact.
It’s after Autism campaigner Polly Tommey launched her latest campaign aimed at the three main leaders.
The Roehampton mum has plastered billboards across London calling for more help for autism sufferers and their carers.
An estimated 6 million people have the condition in the UK.
There’s been no reply from David Cameron, but Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and The Prime Minister have pledged their support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm
Climate change fight comes to hospitals
Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals are stepping up their fight against climate change by creating a special ‘taskforce’ to tackle how much energy the Trust is using.
The sustainable development committee, which includes a cross section of staff from across the Trust, will be looking at how it can further cut the amount of waste the hospitals produce and the amount of gas, electric and other energy sources used.
Nick Gorvett is the Trust’s Director of Corporate Infrastructure and chairs the new committee. He said: “We’ve made good progress in reducing our levels of waste and increasing our energy efficiency over the last few years. However, we want to step up a gear and this new committee will allow us to focus our attention on this crucial area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm
Warning to boat owners
If you own a boat you’re being asked to make sure it’s registered.
The Environment Agency has issued the warning after a Richmond man was prosecuted for not having a license.
Money raised from registering a vessel goes to the up keep of the Thames.
Twickenham’s MP Vince Cable recently spoke out about the state of the river and the cost of keeping it to residents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm
Surrey Library lates fines abolished
Late fines have been abolished at Surrey’s libraries . . . .for children.
The system has been reviewed after 12 years.
The decision not to penalise youngsters for late returns has been made to encourage them to read more.
Children will also be able to enjoy longer periods of time on the computers,
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm
Ollie Smith to join Harlequins
Ollie Smith will join Harlequins next season as he returns to England with the World Cup in sight.
The Montpellier outside centre said the desire to feature in next year’s international competition was a contributing factor in his decision to travel back across the Channel.
The 27 year old said: ““I am really looking forward to coming back to England and joining such a prestigious club, and one which has so much history. It boasts an exciting and young group of English players, some of whom I have been lucky enough to have played with during my time in the Saxons and the Churchill Cup. Quins is a team which is going in the right direction and I want to be a part of it.”
New Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea believes Smith will bring “a huge amount to the club, both as a person and as a player.”
There will also be two other new arrivals at the London club.
Hooker Joe Gray will join from Northampton Saints, while Benjamin Urdapilleta makes the move from South African side Pampas 15.
The Argentinian was capped by the Pumas in the Autumn Internationals and plays at both fly-half and centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm
Surrey and Borders told to improve
A dozen of the country's supposed flagship NHS trusts have been told to improve - or face action from health care regulators.
The trusts, which include Surrey and Borders have been told to make urgent improvements.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am
Confidence high at Fulham
Fulham will be hoping to make the most of home advantage when they take on German side Wolfsburg in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tonight.
They've had a dramatic European campaign so far, coming from three goals down to beat Juventus in the last round.
Boss Roy Hodgson says confidence is high.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am
Support for Tory plans on National Insurance
The chairman of Brentford pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has voiced support for Tory plans to freeze National Insurance.
Sir Christopher Gent wrote an open letter along with Easyjet boss Stelios and M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose in today’s Telegraph.
The men claim Labour’s planned rise in N.I for those earning over 20-thousand a year has come at the wrong time.
Conservative Shadow Chancellor George Osborne is promising to scrap the rise if they win the election.
But his Lib Dem counterpart, Twickenham MP Vince Cable has called the Tory promise confused and contradictory.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am
Police hunt 'cowardly' thief in Thames Ditton
Police are appealing for witnesses after a “cowardly” thief struck in Thames Ditton.
The victim was approached by the masked suspect on Hampton Court Way last Saturday evening and threatened before grabbing his rucksack and running off in the direction of Western Green Road.
Despite an extensive search of the area police have been unable to trace the man or the bag.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am
Man arrested on suspicion of drug offences
A man’s been arrested on suspicion of cultivating and supplying drugs after a raid in Addlestone.
Police carried out the search at a property on Prairie Road last month and seized a number of suspected class B drugs.
The 38-year-old has been released on bail to return at the end of the month, while police carry out further investigations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Doubts over Zamora for tomorrow's Europa League clash
Roy Hodgson hopes Bobby Zamora will be fit to face Wolfsburg tomorrow.
Fulham’s top striker missed training this morning with a cold – but medical staff are confident he’ll play.
Hodgson admits The Cottagers have a tough task ahead of them, but still believes the team could reach the final four.
Three guilty of breaching fire rules in Tadworth
Three people have been prosecuted for breaching fire safety laws at a Chinese restaurant in Tadworth.
The Landlord, leaseholder and manager of the Royal Phoenix were all found guilty.
The breaches included no escape route from the first floor, and an inadequate fire alarm system.
They were fined £26,000
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm
Lord Kenilworth claims Battersea crime on the rise
A peer who had a gun pointed at his head in Battersea says crime has risen since police patrols stopped.
Lord Kenilworth was confronted by a gang demanding keys to his wife’s car before holding up a firearm.
The 55 year old landscape gardener says the couple are just waiting for someone to get shot or stabbed.
No arrests have been made following the incident 10 days ago on a Sunday afternoon.
Lord Kenilworth’s son was also involved in a mugging involving a gun.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm
Update - Ali Dizaei
Hounslow’s former commander Ali Dizaei has lost his job in the Met Police.
A tribunal has ruled the 47 year old must leave his post after being jailed for four years for corruption.
He was found guilty last month of abusing his position to bully his web designer out of money.
He’s expected to appeal the decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm
Histon defender offered Fulham trial
Histon defender Callum Stewart has been offered a three day trial at Fulham after he was spotted by club scouts.
The 19 year old will spend three days training at Craven Cottage.
But, Histon manager Alan Lewer, says he isn’t reading too much into it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm
Abramovich loses court claim
The owner of Chelsea Football Club's lost a High Court bid to dismiss a 2 billion pound claim against him.
Fellow Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky alleges Roman Abramovich used "threats and intimidation" to force him to sell shares in an oil company at a fraction of their value.
In 2005, Mr Abramovich sold Sibneft to state-run Gazprom for eight-point-five billion pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm
Nursery manager cleared of child cruelty
A nursery manager has been cleared of child cruelty by a jury in Croydon.
Laura Pettitt was accused of assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting children at the Little Stars Nursery in Bromley.
The 27-year old denied the charges throughout her trial at Croydon Crown Court.
She was found not guilty on all 10 counts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm
Objection to digital economy bill
More than 17- thousand people are objecting to the controversial digital economy bill being rushed through.
It’s currently at risk of being pushed through prematurely in a so-called ‘wash up’ process at the end of a parliament.
It could be agreed next Tuesday – the day Gordon Brown’s expected to call an election.
It’s set to have a major impact on radio listeners and internet users with piracy and DAB the focal points.
MP Tom Watson is calling for a debate on the bill.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm
The latest news from Harlequins
Last weekend's defeat at Bath, this weekend's game against Newcastle, Conor O'Shea's impact on the squad, and David Strettle's bad jokes - Harlequins captain Will Skinner spoke to our sports correspondent Amy-Lou Holden ahead of Saturday's match:
Reach for the stars and help a great charity
With just three weeks to go until the London Marathon, team Shooting Star is gearing up for some serious running.
The group is aiming to raise vital funds for the children’s hospice in Hampton.
Chief Executive Dalton Leong is not adverse to adventure. Last year he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for the cause.
But it’s the first time he will be running the marathon and he wants to do it in under five hours.
If you know anyone who is already running who may run for Team Shooting Star, please call Karen Peffer on 020 8481 8192.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm
Robbery gang jailed for Heathrow heist without a jury
A High Court judge has delivered guilty verdicts in the case of four men accused of an armed robbery.
They were all convicted of carrying out the one-point-seven-five million pound raid on Menzies World at Heathrow Airport in 2004.
Three previous jury trials had collapsed.
Mark White, at the Old Bailey, says the costs are more than 14 times the amount stolen. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm
Pinewood studios profits drop
Film studios Pinewood-Shepperton saw pre-tax profits fall 24 percent last year, but says it's well placed to take advantage of new technology and film content.
The firm - famous for making the Bond movies - says annual profits were down to 4-point-5 million pounds, compared with 5-point-9 million pounds last year.
The company says they expect 3D releases to continue to energise the market - but says the appetite for TV and 'normal' films remain strong.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am
Former MP Andrew Pelling goes independent
An MP thrown out of the Conservative Party says he will fight the key marginal as an Independent instead.
Andrew Pelling snatched Croydon Central from Labour in 2005 with a majority of just 75.
Tory HQ stripped Mr Pelling of the party whip in 2007 after assault allegations surfaced.
No charges have been brought against him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 am
Parents make emotional return to childs gravesite
The parents of a baby whose body was taken from its grave by a fox, have made their first visit to the site.
Baby David Iferi was buried in a communal grave at Battersea New Cemetery five days after his death last august.
However, six weeks later, a fox made off with his remains.
Godwin and Emem Iferi made the emotional visit to the site in Wandsworth last week.
David’s body has never been found. Wandsworth council has apologised for using mass graves which are often left open.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am
Women sexually assualted in Staines
Surrey police are urging witnesses to come forward after a woman was sexually assualted in Staines.
The incident took place on the Humpback Bridge on Kingston road at around 1 o’clock on Saturday morning.
DC Dave Thomas has reassured residents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:21 am
Battersea robber jailed
A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a robbery at gunpoint in Battersea in March last year.
19-year-old Jermaine Ramone Clarke was convicted at Kingston Crown Court after attacking and robbing a 41-year-old man.
Clarke and two others beat their victim round the head before taking him at gun-point to his home where they demanded money.
After a violent altercation, shots were fired injuring the victim’s dog before the suspects made away on foot.
Clarke was later arrested in the area following enquires.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am
Car scrappage scheme comes to an end
A 400-million pound project to help boost the car industry comes to an end today.
Around 400-thousand new vehicles have rolled off the production lines since the Government's car scrappage scheme was introduced ten months ago.
It's allowed motorists to trade in their old bangers for new cars, with a 2-thousand pound discount.
Sales of new cars are now expected to drop.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am
Girl requires surgery after car accident in Effingham
A 16 year old girl needs surgery for serious spinal injuries after the car she was travelling in left the road in Surrey.
The car overturned on Effingham common toward Effingham Junction at about 11.45pm last Friday.
Another passenger, a 15 year old girl, was taken to hospital with whiplash. The driver, a 22 year old man from Bookham, received minor injuries. He, along with 2 other male passengers didn’t need hospital treatment.
Anyone who witnessed the crash, or saw the car being driven beforehand, is urged to contact Surrey Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am
Local football roundup
Last night in the Championship Crystal Palace narrowed the gap at the bottom of the table after a 3-1 victory at Watford.
While in League One Brentford earned a hard fought 3-2 win at Oldham.
Finally in the Conference AFC Wimbledon left it late to snatch a point thanks to a two-all draw with Wrexham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am
Mourinho dislikes Italian football
Jose Mourinho has sparked more speculation about his future by saying he isn't happy in Italian football.
The former Chelsea boss insists he's enjoying life at Inter Milan, but isn't so taken with the country's game in general.
Mourinho says that's because "I don't like it and they don't like me".
Inter play CSKA Moscow in the Champions League tonight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am
Police Chief Ali Dizaei could be kicked out
Disgraced Police Chief Ali Dizaei could be kicked out of the Met later.
The former Head of Hounslow police is still an officer - despite being jailed for four years for corruption.
He’s behind bars for abusing his position and threatening an associate.
Meanwhile Dizaei insists he’s to appeal both his conviction and his sentence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am
Battersea youth charged with murder
It’s emerged one of the youths charged with the murder of a Fulham schoolboy at Victoria tube station is from Battersea.
The boy will appear at the Old Bailey later.
A total of 12 teenagers including two from Streatham are charged with killing Sofyen Belamouadden.
He was knifed to death in front of commuters last Thursday in an apparent gang attack.
Seven others have been bailed pending further inquiries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am
Surrey Police urged to outsource
There are calls for police forces to outsource menial jobs to the private sector as a means of saving money.
The Confederation of British Industry is also urging more neighbouring forces to share back office personnel.
The idea’s already taken off in the South East.
In January, Surrey Police announced it would team up with Hampshire, Sussex and Thames Valley in a bid to save cash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:58 am
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Egg-stra special thank you to Jackie listeners
Kingston Hospital’s Paediatric team wish to send a big thank you to customers and staff of Cooperative Travel in Tolworth for their kind donation of Easter Eggs to children on the Paediatric wards.
Maggie Clancy, Head of Paediatric Nursing said: “The children were so very happy to receive the easter eggs, I think it really brightened up their day. Thank you to everyone involved.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 pm
CPS decision to charge Levi Bellfield with Milly Dowler's murder
The Crown Prosecution Service today announced it would charge Isleworth bouncer Levi Bellfield with the murder of Walton teenager Milly Dowler.
She disappeared in 2002 on her way home from school in Weybridge.
Statement from Surrey Police.
"The investigation into the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler has been long and complex, spanning the last 8 years.
"We welcome the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service today. Milly’s family have been kept fully informed of all the developments.
"Our thoughts remain with Milly’s family. We ask the media to respect their privacy as this continues to be an extremely difficult and traumatic time for them."posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:07 pm
Fire in Sutton
Sutton high street was evacuated earlier after a gas main caught light.
The fire brigade was called after the main went up in flames in front of shoppers near to Burger King.
No one was injured and power supply company EDF has launched an investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm
Landspeed record attempt
Landspeed world record holder Richard Noble is trying to get into the record books again.
The Bloodhound project has designed a car to travel at speeds up to over a thousand miles an hour
Noble also hopes his project will inspire youngsters to get involved with science.
The record attempt will take place in South Africa and the car will get its first drive during May.
Richard Noble spoke to Jackie reporter Alan Walsh at Brooklands recently: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm
Drogba given Euro ban
Didier Drogba has been given a two-game European ban after being sent off during Chelsea's Champions League defeat to Inter Milan.
It means the striker will be suspended for the start of the next campaign - just like he was this season.
He's also had an existing probationary period extended by two years until 2013.
Drogba has three days to appeal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm
Jackie's future - in the balance
The fate of Radio Jackie is hanging in the balance.
The Government is trying to push through the digital economy bill before the election is called.
It could spell the end for more than a 100 local commercial stations.
Due to the limited capacity of DAB - some stations can’t move onto the digital platform leaving them starved of listeners and revenue.
A new report by the House of Lords says the case for a digital switchover hasn’t been made and warns of a potential major public backlash.
More than a 120 MP’s have signed a motion calling for the digital radio measures in the bill to be removed and discussed in the next parliament.
If you have concerns on this issue you should contact your local MP.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm
Chancellors debate pulls in the viewers
Channel 4's first-ever "Chancellors' debate" pulled in half-a-million more viewers than normally expected for the time slot.
Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Twickenham's MP Vince Cable all fielded questions from a live audience.
Just over two million were watching on TV near the end of the show.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm
James May in Weybridge
Top Gear presenter James May has been at Brooklands in Weybridge today.
The ‘car junkie’ has launched the ‘Banking on Brooklands’ intiative.
The idea is to get people to buy a square yard of the famous track to raise money for it’s upkeep.
You can buy a piece of history from about 95 pounds.
James explained to Jackie reporter Alan Walsh why he was chosen as the first person to get the yard:
Epsom Charity Walk
Legendary cricketer Sir Ian Botham is embarking on a charity walk across Epsom Racecourse in aid of charity.
He’ll be rasing funds for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research of which he is president.
People are invited to join in the walks taking in 10 towns in 10 days.
The route will take in: 10 April - Manchester (Heaton Park) 11 April - Birmingham (Sutton Park) 12 April - Worcester (Croome Park) 13 April - Bristol (Ashton Court Estate) 14 April - Winchester (Mottisfont Abbey) 15 APRIL - EPSOM (EPSOM RACECOURSE) 16 April - Reading (Thames Tow Path) 17 April - Milton Keynes (Willen Lake & Campbell Park) 18 April - Chelmsford (Hylands Park) 19 April - London (Hyde Park)
Listen to the full interview here: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm
Victoria Station Stabbing: further arrest made
An 18 year old girl has been arrested over the murder of Fulham schoolboy Sofyen Belamouadden at Victoria Station.
The 15 year old was knifed in the chest in front of horrified commuters on thursday evening.
Twelve teenagers all aged 16 and 17 have been remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm
Levi Bellfield charged with Milly Dowler abduction and murder
A man is to stand trial for the kidnap and murder of 13-year-old Walton girl Milly Dowler - one of Britain's best-known unsolved crimes.
She vanished while walking home from school in 2002.
Levi Bellfield will also be charged with attempting to kidnap another young girl, the day before.
Crown Prosecution lawyer Nigel Pilkington, says there's enough evidence now to charge him with three offences:
Detective Chief Superintendent Maria Woodall, from Surrey Police gave some background into the case: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Ed Balls under fire
Schools Secretary Ed Balls has come under fire for refusing to allocate money to schools in Wandsworth.
A schools founded and run by parents was one of the ideas put forward To Mr Balls.
But he says the Tory run council will have to take the cash out of its schools programme if it wants to go ahead with plans.
300 million pounds has been invested into the Conservatives Building Schools for the Future initiative.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am
Heathrow expansion plans denied
Plans to expand Heathrow are apparently dead in the water.
It’s after Friday’s High Court ruling that says plans need to be reconsidered in light of climate change.
Anti expansion campaigners have labelled the decision a victory saying it proves future plans for other airports as well as Heathrow, aren’t viable.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am
Epsom's Headley Court an example to follow
Places like Headley Court in Epsom should be rolled out across the Country.
That’s the view of shadow defence secretary Liam Fox.
He says the NHS is not well enough equipped to look after the increasing amount of injured soldiers returning home.
It’s after the Public Accounts Committee has called on the MoD to make better plans in case its main facility Selly Oak fills up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am
Rap star returns to Feltham
A rap star has returned to Feltham Young Offenders Institution to talk to inmates.
So Solid Crew’s Ashley Walters spent 1 month of an 18 month sentence at the unit in 2002 for firearms offences.
He spent time speaking to the teenage inmates and listening to their stories.
One man he met is serving time for murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am
Firearms gang jailed
A South London and Surrey based gang responsible for the production and sale of converted firearms – have been jailed for a total of 43 years.
Croydon Crown Court heard how 30 year old Gary Waller made and supplied the guns from his front room in South Norwood.
Waller was one of six men to be convicted for a string of firearms offences and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Cadele Clarke, from Streatham, received eight years for possession of a firearm and ammunition supplied by Waller.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:20 am
Monday, 29 March 2010
Twickenham's MP goes head to head
The three men who could be Chancellor after the next election have gone head-to-head in a live televised interview.
Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Vince Cable each tried to convince voters that the economy would be safest in their hands.
The current occupant of Number 11 Downing Street told a debate on Channel 4 that premature spending cuts risked "tipping us back into recession".
The shadow chancellor pledged to cut wasteful government spending - while his Lib Dem counterpart Mr Cable said his long experience in the private sector made him the best candidate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:13 pm
Banstead restaurant owner fined
A restaurateur from Banstead has been fined for breaching housing rules.
51 year old Stephen Chiu runs the Lotus Room Chinese.
Environmental health found evidence people were living in a flat above the restaurant.
He didn’t have a licence to do this and was fined 5 – thousand pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm
John Terry launches new project
John Terry has joined war heroes to launch a mental health and well-being project for military veterans.
The rest of Chelsea's first team as well as Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC from Croydon launched the project at Stamford Bridge.
The Inside Right campaign will use football as a tool to help veterans adjust to civilian life.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm
Simon Jordan speaks out
Former chairman Simon Jordan claims he was gutted that Crystal Palace was forced to go into administration.
He's spoken publicly for the first time since leaving the Championship club, and says what happened was a bad joke.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm
Jenson Button says they need to be quicker
Jenson Button admits his team doesn’t currently have the pace to beat their Formula 1 rivals on a regular basis.
The Woking driver won the Australian Grand Prix yesterday.
The World Champion says McLaren aren’t in the position to go to the next two or three races and walk away with victories.
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished sixth in Melbourne.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm
Improvements to Tolworth Broadway
Residents in Tolworth are being given the chance to have their say on what improvements should be made to the Broadway.
A major new public consultation is being carried out with leaflets being delivered to homes and a website www.towlworth.org being set up for people to leave responses.
Councillor Ian George is leading the initiative and wants people living in the area to decide where investment should be made.
Railway Tavern - Hampton Wick
The new owners of the Railway Tavern in Hampton Wick have called time on the historic pub and plan to turn it into luxury flats.
The Strykers Railway as it was previously known, is a listed building of township merit and is the oldest in Hampton dating back to 1830.
Drinkers were told last Monday that under new ownership the pub would be closing and turned into private accommodation.
Al Ferrier is leading a campaign to keep it open and urges people to have their say. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm
Richmond parking charges delayed
Parking charges will not be implemented in Richmond or Bushy parks until October.
A ruling by the House of Lords earlier this month means drivers will now be charged for parking their cars.
That’s despite overwhelming support against the plans by Labour Parks Minister Margaret Hodge.
Planning permission for parking metres and tarmac now needs to be granted.
This is expected to take up to six months.
Pictured: Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith takes the anti parking charges campaign to 10 Downing Street.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm
Surrey taxpayers could save up to £1 million
A new scheme aimed at stopping the dumping of trade waste could save Surrey taxpayers up to £1 million a year.
From April, drivers will be asked to carry a free resident’s pass when taking waste to the tip, allowing them to use the site only for household waste.
Recent research has shown that 13% of waste at community recycling centres could be classed as trade waste.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
Kingston Hospital used as an election tool
Kingston Hospital remains one of the hottest political footballs in South West London as the Tories and Lib Dems use rumours of possible closure as an election tool.
The Lib Dems have been organising a petition to stop it’s closure and even set up a website.
The Tories have ridiculed the idea and are now sending their shadow health minister to the hospital tomorrow to quell the rumours.
The hospital itself say the importance of the hospital would put it in a strong position to fight any budget cuts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm
Surrey Scientists aim to clean up space
Surrey Scientists think they have an answer to space junk.
There plan is to install a sail on new satellites.
The theory is that when the satellite’s life comes to an end it’ll be gently nudged out of orbit and then release the sail. As it hits the atmosphere the sail will slow it down enough to ensure it burns up rapidly on re-entry.
There’s now thought to be around 5 and half thousand tonnes of debris orbiting above our heads.
The University of Surrey experts think this could be a low cost way of sorting out the mess, quite literally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm
Richmond council receive top award
Richmond council has received a top award for helping young people gain work experience, and develop employability skills.
The Award for Education Business Excellence recognises the high standards the team has achieved, as well as the quality of opportunities available.
The councils education business partnership team works with pupils aged 14 – 16 from secondary and special schools in the area.
Activities include workshops to develop skills, including enterprise and financial capability.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm
Lack of recycling in Epsom and Ewell
Attempts are underway to crack the lack of recycling in blocks of flats in Epsom and Ewell.
Many schemes in South West London require residents to store multiple bags and bins making it impossible for people with limited space.
Attempts to introduce massive bins also failed as people put the wrong contents in them.
According to the areas Liberal Democrats council officials have spent too much time trying to find a solution and need to look at sites where improvements can be made, such as schools.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm
Richmond council win an Environmental award
Richmond councils CO2 related parking charges have won an Environmental award.
Cars are charged based on their emissions.
Opponents say the scheme encourages people who have gas guzzlers to use them more to avoid the charges applied during the day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm
Teenagers appear in court over murder
Twelve teenagers will appear in court later charged with the murder of a 15-year-old Fulham schoolboy.
Sofyen Bellamouadden, was repeatedly knifed in the chest in the fight at Victoria Underground station during rush hour on Thursday.
He lived in Acton, and went to Henry Compton School.
Detectives think the attack might have been pre-arranged.
A further seven youths have been bailed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm
Fire in Cheam Village
A fire on the High Street in Cheam yesterday evening caused damage to two shops.
5 percent of the ground floors in the buildings was damaged while ten percent of the roof was destroyed.
All the ducting from the ground floors to the roof was also destroyed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm
Easter warning for motorists
Motorists are being warned the Easter weekend is likely to be one of the worst on record for travelling.
With a national train strike looming, more pressure than ever is set to be put on the roads and breakdown firms.
Paul Jacobs is the Servicing Manager at Dees in Wimbledon.
He says drivers should get their cars checked over before relying on them for a long journey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm
Lewis Hamilton under fire
The roads minister of Victoria in Australia has used strong language to criticise Lewis Hamilton.
It’s after his road car was impounded by police.
Minister Tim Pallas made the comments on the day that Victoria launched a new road safety campaign.
The Woking based racing driver, who was arrested on Friday, is expected to be charged with improper use of a vehicle.
Lewis has apologised for his "over-exuberance".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm
Man jailed over Sutton bomb hoax
A man from Surrey been jailed for 2 years for making bomb threats to a store and bank in Sutton over Christmas.
53 year old Philip Harris made the calls and then handed himself in.
He said the calls were in revenge for repeated drink drive stops by Surrey Police.
He pleaded guilty to four charges of making a bomb hoax call and communicating false information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
BA accused over pilots pay
British Airways is being accused of paying pilots 166 pounds an hour to cover for striking staff.
The Unite union claims the Heathrow-based airline's gone to "enormous lengths" to divert hundreds of pilots from their everyday jobs to work as cabin crew.
It's the third day of a four-day walkout in a bitter row over jobs and cost-cutting.
BA's pledged to carry around 75 percent of its passengers during the current round of action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Surrey man rescues woman in Australia
A man from Surrey’s been praised for rescuing a woman from a car that was sinking in flood waters in Australia.
26 year old Andrew Chilvers from Capel near Dorking pulled Bo Pike from her BMW.
It was submerged in neck-deep water in Queensland on Friday.
The engineer had been cycling to work when he made the rescue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm
Ramprakash flies home
The opening match of the new County cricket season is underway.
Champions Durham are playing the MCC in Abu Dhabi for the very first time.
But the former England batsman Mark Ramprakash will play no part in the curtain-raiser.
The Surrey batsman, who was due to represent the MCC, has flown home for personal reasons.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm
Spam filters cause headaches for people in Lightwater
Residents and businesses in Lightwater are struggling to be seen and heard on the internet.
Emails with the Surrey village’s name in them are being blocked by computer spam filters.
It’s because email software wrongly reads a blacklisted word within the word.
People in Scunthorpe and Penistone have also complained of similar problems.
But web security experts have defended spam blockers – claiming that without them we’d face an extra deluge of up to 400-billion junk emails a day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am
Runnymede & Weybridge MP Phillip Hammond speaks on Tory economic plans
The Tories say they'd reverse the bulk of the Government's planned increase in National Insurance by cutting 6 billion pounds of "waste" from the public sector.
The 1p rise on people earning more than 20-thousand pounds is due to come into effect in a year's time.
Shadow Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Runnymede and Weybridge Phillip Hammond as been outlining the party's economic plans.
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