Warnings for those looking to cool off in Godstone reservoir
People breaking into Godstone reservoir for a swim are putting themselves at risk.
That’s from Sutton and East Surrey water who own the former quarry, which is very deep with submerged objects in it.
They say that people who are breaking in and trespassing on the site are often unaware of the dangers of entering the water.
Fencing around the site has been reinforced, but bolt cutters have been used to get through.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:46 pm
Friday, 4 June 2010
Children being treated in the A&E departments at Epsom and St Helier hospitals are being offered a furry friend to help them through their hospital stay, thanks to a local charity called Teddies for Loving Care (TLC).
The charity, which is funded by local Freemasons, donates bags full of brand new, individually wrapped teddies, which are then handed out to sick children in the A&E departments.
Senior nurse in paediatric (children’s) A&E, Inky Stenning, has been working closely with the charity. She said: “A trip to A&E can be a daunting time even for an adult, so for a child, it’s especially unsettling.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm
Victory for Heathrow amputee victim
American Airlines has been fined 70 thousand pounds after one of its workers had to have his leg amputated.
Heathrow ground worker Kulwant Bhara was preparing an aircraft at terminal 3 in November 2008 when he was run over by a 70 tonne tug vehicle which was being used to manoeuvre a plane.
He had to have his right leg amputated just below his hip.
An investigation found the tug vehicle operated by the airline, didn’t have reverse lights or a reverse alarm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm
Epsom Derby gets off to a winning start
Snow Fairy has won the Oaks at Epsom.
Trained by Ed Dunlop and ridden by Ryan Moore, the 9-1 shot finished ahead of Meeznah and Remember When.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm
World Cup misery
England captain Rio Ferdinand will miss the World Cup.
The Manchester United centre back is believed to have damaged ligaments in his left knee.
The injury happened in the first training session in South Africa, just seven days before the start of the tournament.
Tottenham's Michael Dawson has been called up as a replacement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm
Epsom welcomes Royalty
Prince William has arrived at Headley Rehabilitation Court in Epsom. He’s opening the new rehabilitation unit.
The Help for Heroes centre features a range of resources including a new swimming pool and gym.
The Surrey facilities were built using money donated by the public to the Help the Heroes charity.The Prince says the troops' bravery is astonishing: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm
BREAKING NEWS: GUILTY VERDICT IN COBHAM MURDER TRIAL
A chef has been convicted of murdering his wife and hiding her body in a freezer for three years.
Thirty-four-year-old Peter Wallner thought Melanie Wallner stood in the way of his womanising. He's been sentenced to life in prison and must serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars.
The Old Bailey heard he battered her with a cast iron pan as she slept at their home Hamilton Avenue in Cobham in August 2006.
Her body was found in a wheelie bin last June as estate agents went with prospective buyers to view the house. Bin men had also complained to the council that they wouldn't empty the bin because it was too heavy.
By this time Wallner had moved to Malta with his new fiancee Lilia Fenech.
Police background into the murder:
Melanie Van Der Merwe came to the UK from South Africa to work in 1998 and met Peter Wallner while they were both employed at the London Marriot Hotel.
Wallner had been born in Germany and worked as a chef in a variety of hotels and other establishments in London during the 1990’s.
They began dating each other in January 2001 when she was aged 24 and he was 25. Their relationship quickly developed and by May of that year – they were married.
Melanie kept in constant contact with her mother in Pretoria, South Africa who described her as “bubbly, organised, generous and loyal” while she was also close to her younger brother who lived in London.
By the time they moved to the three bedroom semi-detached house in Hamilton Avenue, Cobham in 2005, the Wallner’s marriage was breaking down. Melanie was suspicious of the defendant’s fidelity and she was also upset by his controlling attitude towards her both at work and in private.
In the summer of 2006, the weeks before her death, Melanie was working at salvaging their marriage unaware that her husband was already making other plans that would lead to her murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm
Fire in Hounslow seen for miles around
Yesterday's fire at the Green Lane breakers yard damaged a number of scrap cars, a disused diesel tank and threatened to ignite some gas cylinders which were all cooled by the fire brigade
No one was injured in the blaze which caused all flights at Heathrow to be diverted to the North Runway
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am
Season's third racing classic on at Epsom
The world famous Epsom Derby weekends starts this afternoon.
The fillies Classic the Oaks is the days feature race at 4:05.
While 10 will head postward for the Coronation Cup at 2:45.
Friday is traditionally Ladies Day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 am
Ken Livingstone appoints young Labour member in Tooting
Ken Livingstone has appointed a young Labour party member in Tooting as the first of his vice-chairs.
Veronica King is the party’s Women’s officer in the Tooting constituency.
Ms King will be responsible for involving and engaging young Londoners in the mayoral campaign.
On Wednesday Mr Livingstone announced Tottenham MP, David Lammy will chair his campaign.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 am
Thursday, 3 June 2010
New Care Services Minister makes first official visit
Care services in Sutton have been paid a visit by the new Care Services Minister.
Paul Burstow, also MP for Sutton and Cheam, visited Gaynesford Lodge earlier.
He was there meeting users of the rehabilitation service to see how well they manage to live independently after suffering an illness or accident.
Paul Burstow is pictured with Councillor Ruth Dombey (Deputy Leader Sutton Council)and Gerald Pilkington (Department of Health, national lead on reablement}.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm
Apology at last for Rachel Nickell's family
Scotland Yard detectives who left Robert Napper free to kill Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Comon could face private legal action by her former partner.
Andre Hanscombe's considering a civil case after an independent inquiry found police missed a series of opportunities to take Napper off the streets.
It says officers failed to act when his mother told them he'd confessed to rape and didn't link Napper to a series of South London sex attacks because he was too tall.
The IPCC accuses the Met Police of making basic errors.
It says officers failed to act when Robert Napper's mother told them he'd confessed to rape.
And they didn't link Napper to a series of South London sex attacks because he was too tall, despite two witnesses identifying him as a suspect.
The report's author, Rachel Cerfontyne says without these failings Napper would have been caught sooner. her four year old daughter a year later.
The police watchdog admits the Met have since improved evidence collections and forensic analysis.
And it says no officers will face disciplnary action as they've all retired.
It did though recommend Scotland Yard make a public apology to the partner and son of Rachel Nickell, which the force today accepted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:49 pm
Fire in Hounslow disrupts flights
. All flights at Heathrow have been diverted to the North runway temporarily.
It’s after fire broke out at the Green Lane scrap yard in Hounslow just after four o’clock.
The surrounding routes have been closed of as well.
Stay tuned to Jackie for up to date travel reports every half an hour - if you have any further details or are at the scene please contact the News Team on 0208 288 1300
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm
Armed robbery in Feltham
A security guard has been injured in an armed robbery in Feltham.
Two men on motorbikes pulled up outside the Nationwide on Feltham High Street at 11.30 this morning.
The Securicor driver was hit over the head as he and a colleague stood by their transit van.
He’s not thought to have been severely injured. The suspects made away empty handed.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm
Jury out in Cobham murder trial
The Jury’s out to consider its verdict, in the trial of a Cobham man who killed his wife and froze her body.
Former chef Peter Wallner from Hamilton Avenue has already admitted storing his wife’s body in a freezer for three years and later dumping it in his wheelie bin.
But he denies murder and insists he was acting in self-defence during a late night row.
The prosecution claims Melanie Wallner was asleep when she was hit with a cast-iron pan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm
Hope for missing Croydon girl
A man from Croydon is eagerly awaiting the safe return of his daughter from Gaza.
Adrian Harrison has been waiting for news of 33 year old Activist Alex since she was held hostage with almost 700 others
At least nine pro-Palestinian activists on boats in the flotilla were reportedly killed when violence erupted on Monday.
The hostages are expected to start arriving home today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm
Kingston comes bottom in environmental survey
Kingston’s been named and shamed in a new environmental survey published today by the Green party.
It’s come last in the list of all 33 London boroughs assessed on their recycling efforts, waste production and energy usage.
Islington was named the greened borough.
Kingston’s Green candidate Chris Walker says it’s not that surprising, as recycling is not that easy for residents.
Kingston’s green candidate says its not surprising Kingston has fared so badly in the Green Party's new survey.
Chris Walker claims recycling in the borough is not easy and dust men need incentives to work effectively.
Apology for murdered Wimbledon woman's son and partner
A report's found a catalogue of bad decisions and errors by the police left a man free to kill a young mother.
23 year old Rachel Nickell was stabbed by Robert Napper on Wimbledon Common eighteen years ago as she walked with her dog and young son.
The police watchdog says the Met Police missed a series of opportunities to take Robert Napper off the streets.
It reveals the force failed to act on tip-offs - including one from Napper's mother after he confessed to rape.
Officers also eliminated Napper over a series of sex attacks in south London because he was thought to be too tall.
Scotland Yard says it welcomes the report and will apologise to Rachel Nickell's partner and son.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm
Jeremy Strong celebrates 70 years of Puffin at Sutton Library
Award-winning children’s author Jeremy Strong joined 150 guests at Sutton Library to celebrate the 70th birthday of Puffin Books yesterday.
Families enjoyed a picnic while the author gave a talk about his work and read extracts from some of his most popular books.
The free event was part of Sutton Council’s Imagine Festival, which aims to showcase the borough’s diverse creative and artistic scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am
Kingston heart health checks
Kingston shoppers have the chance to check up on their heart health in the next few weeks.
NHS Kingston will be running a free 20-minute test to help tackle heart disease and stroke in the area.
Anyone between the ages of 40 and 74 will be able to have their blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI checked out.
The screening van will be outside Bentalls shopping centre from:
TODAY 10AM-8PM FRI 4TH 10AM-6PM THU 10TH 10AM-8PM FRI 11TH 10AM-6PM SAT 12TH 10AM-6PM
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 am
Concern for missing Chessington teenager
Police are concerned for the welfare of a young girl missing from Chessington.
13 year old Suzie Rose Rainsford is white, around 5 foot 2, with short brown/blond shoulder length hair in a ponytail.
She often wears thick mascara and has a 12-inch scar on her hip.
Anyone with any information on her whereabouts should contact Kingston police on 0300 123 1212.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 am
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Richmond parking charges ban a step closer
It’s the news Richmond Park campaigners have been waiting for.
Almost a month after the election, Richmond Council has finally asked the Royal Parks to withdraw its planning applications to install parking metres in both Richmond and Bushy Parks.
It follows the Conservative and Lib Dem’s pledge to overturn Labour’s decision to charge drivers to use them.
Leader of Richmond Council Nicholas True says it would be a waste of time for the Royal Parks Agency to pursue the applications.
84% of residents came out against former Labour Parks Minister Margaret Hodge’s decision to allow charges.
They said the charge of over a pound for an hour’s stay would isolate people who use the parks because they don’t have a garden.
They also said surrounding roads would become clogged as drivers would choose to park outside the parks to avoid paying.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:32 pm
Fire Brigade push safety measures before the World Cup
Ahead of the World Cup, pub landlords and bar managers are getting a timely nudge from the London Fire Brigade.
As venues gear up for the big event, firefighters are worried regular safety checks fall by the wasteside.
They’re expected a sharp rise in call-outs during the World Cup as crowds cram in and booze up in pubs showing the matches.
Assistant Chief for London’s Fire Safety, Steve Turek says landlords should think long and hard about what’s at stake.
Hammersmith School raises funds for Surrey Air Ambulance
Surrey Air Ambulance has had a boost from pupils at a Hammersmith school.
Latymer Prep School staged a swimathon, raising over 11 thousand pounds for the life saving helicopter.
Pupil Jamie Broadhurst took part, raising money for the crew that attended to his father after an accident last summer.
Tragically Chris Broadhurst died at the scene.
His family has since raised thousands for the Air Ambulance that tried to save his life.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm
Police re-appeal for witnesses to South London stabbing
Police are re appealing for witnesses after a boy was stabbed in South London.
The 15 year old was caught up in what’s believed to be an unprovoked attack last Thursday night.
Officers were called to the Wandsworth Road just after 10.30 to find the teenager suffering from a stab wound to the chest.
Anyone with any information should call 0208 649 2117 or Crime stoppers anonymously.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm
Millions set for Epsom and St. Helier refurbishment
Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust says nearly 10 million pounds has been earmarked for revamps.
The IT system is one of the problem areas along with St Helier’s operating theatres.
100 thousand pounds is to be spent on Epsom’s Outpatient area.
New equipment including a scanner to check unborn babies will also be brought in.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm
Saga not happy with Capital Gains Tax
There’s anger that a tax rise designed to target City fat cats will also hit the elderly who sell their homes to pay for their care.
Capital Gains Tax is levied against gains made from property value on a second home.
But for older homeowners – their property becomes their “second home”, if they’re moved into a nursing home.
When they need to sell up to fund further care – they’re liable to pay capital gains tax – even if it’s the only home their own.
Over-fifty group Saga has expressed anger at Twickenham MP Vince Cable’s plans to raise CGT to forty percent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm
National Volunteers' Week
Kingston Hospital has over 300 volunteers who give up their personal time to come in and help patients and their family members in any way possible.
The volunteers do a variety of things, including welcoming visitors at the main reception, sitting and keeping patients company, keeping the hospital community entertained via Kingston Hospital radio, right through to providing complimentary massages to patients.
From 1-7 of June it is National Volunteers’ Week. This is an annual event that celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.
This year’s theme is ‘celebrating and inspiring’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am
Tributes pour in for Southfields Businessman
Friends of the Southfields Businessman killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan on Friday have paid tribute to him.
58 year old Muhammad Bilal was praying at a Mosque in Lahore when it was stormed by gunmen.
The father of three, who donated money to the persecuted Ahmadi Sect, was killed along with 92 other people.
His friend Lutfur Rehman, who was also caught up in the hit, told us a concrete pillar saved his life.
A knit for Nan
Normally it’s Nans who do the knitting, but a Kingston University fashion student has turned the age-old tradition on its head by dedicating his latest knitwear collection to his much-loved grandma.
David Stoneman-Merret’s late Nan Nancy Holton was his biggest fan. She delighted in her grandson’s creative exploits, even going along with him to all the university open days when he was trying to narrow down where to pursue his dream of studying a fashion. Now in his final year at Kingston University in London, the 22 year old from Sittingbourne in Kent said he could not think of a better way to celebrate his Nan than in his latest work.
David’s colourful men’s knitwear range was inspired by the respect and admiration he felt for Nancy, and the rest of the older generation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm
Claygate racing driver is celebrating
Sam Bird continued to impress in his rookie GP2 season with a podium finish in the feature race at Istanbul Park, Turkey.
Having qualified fifth on the grid, the young Briton made a good start and immediately overtook Turvey for fourth place on the inside of turn 1.
It wasn't long before he was on the winning streak and the young driver finished third in the first race which he says is amazing.
The next round of GP2 Series takes place on the streets of the Spanish city on 26-27 June.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm
Ham House is buzzing
The historic gardens of Ham House near Richmond are about to welcome some rather industrious and noisy new residents. A nucleus (or colony) of honey bees is shortly arriving at Ham House’s brand new bee hive, as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the bee.
Ham’s hive and beekeeping equipment has been donated by Innocent smoothies, the drinks company. It is one of 45 hives to be introduced to National Trust locations around the country, in response to the huge decline in bee numbers, caused by loss of wildflower habitats, and the impact of pesticides, disease and recent poor summers.
The hive is situated in the Fountain Garden, together with a display board of information on its new residents. The site has been carefully chosen because of its wild flower planting scheme, currently brimming with daisies, buttercups and clover –all ‘hot favourites’ with bees. Elsewhere in the garden are other food sources, including tree pollen from the formal lime avenues and wall-trained fruit trees, as well as borage and cornflower. Outside Ham’s garden gates and further down the banks of the River Thames can be found plentiful supplies of Himalayan balsam - a pest to gardeners but excellent food for bees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm
Pupils club together to help Surrey's Air Ambulance stay airbourne
A school has raised enough money for the Surrey Air Ambulance crew to help them save almost eight lives.
Pupils at Latymer Prep School raised £11,500 for the life-saving helicopter by staging a sponsored swimathon.
All 160 pupils completed as many laps of the Hammersmith school’s 25m pool as they could in just 20 minutes.
The Surrey Air Ambulance needs £1.7m-a-year to keep flying and each mission costs between £1,500 and £2,000 so the sum raised by the youngsters has effectively helped save eight lives.
Children from the school visited the Surrey Air Ambulance at its Dunsfold base to hand over their cheque to pilot Matt Tacon, Dr Roger Alcock and paramedic Adam Heywood.
It took the helicopter just nine minutes to reach Chris but his condition was so serious that unfortunately medics were unable to save him and he died at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm
Monday, 31 May 2010
Wimbledon tennis fans see red
It's after the cost of the famous strawberries and cream dish has gone up.
The pair will cost £2.50 at this year's tournament. That's up 25 pence on last year's price.
8,500 punnets are eaten each day of the two week tournament with caterers also working their way through 7,000 litres of cream over the fortnight.
The All England Club has defended the decision saying the price of the pudding has only gone up by by 90 pence since 1990.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:41 pm
Wimbledon Common murder could prove costly for Met Police
Scotland Yard could be forced to pay out thousands of pounds in compensation after a new report has claimed the Metropolitan Police Force could have prevented the murder of young mum Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992.
Police are expected to ofdfer a six figure sum to her partner Andre Hanscombe and his son Alex, who witnessed his mother's brutal death, as a toddler.
23 year old part time model Rachel, was stabbed 49 times and sexually assaulted while she and two-year-old Alex took their dog Molly for a walk in July 1992.
Loner Colin Stagg was charged with her murder after being set up in a 'honeytrap' by investigating officers. He was later cleared and handed a compensation pay out of over £700, 000.
Following a DNA breakthrough in 2008, Broadmoor patient Robert Napper was charged with her murder after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He is being held indefinitely following a ruling by a Judge.
Rachel's partner Andre is expected to get a formal apology from the Met in the coming weeks. However no officers will be disciplined over the 'botched' investigation, which took 16 years to solve, as they have retired.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm
Tributes paid to Southfields businessman
The family of a businessman killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan have paid tribute to his humanitarian work.
58-year-old Muhammad Bilal from Southfields died during an attack on a mosque in Lahore on Friday.
Mr Bilal had set up a medical clinic there and provided financial help for the poor.
93 people died in the co-ordinated attack on 2 mosques.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 am
Glamorgan's batsmen shine against Surrey
Glamorgan will resume this morning on 363-8 in their county championship division 2 match against Surrey at the SWALEC stadium.
Gareth Rees top scored for Glamorgan with 86 in the rain affected match.
Bowling for Surrey Jade Dernbach has so far taken 4-76.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 am
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Today is Lazy Sunday.
This year's festival on Clapham Common is being hosted by King of Cool Levi Roots - the man made famous by his Reggae Reggae hot sauce.
Benefits in Kingston reclaimed
640 thousand pounds has been reclaimed in benefits which people have claimed illegally in Kingston.
In one case a 28 year old woman from Angus Close in Chessington claimed benefits for rent when the landlord was in fact her mother.
Kingston's fraud team says 12 people have been prosecuted in the past year, 30 percent accepted formal cautions and 15 were issued with fines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am
The Driving Test is "Out of Date"
The Driving Test is out of date.
That's the message from Surrey County Council leader Andrew Povey.
He thinks the test needs updating to take into account the use of smart phones and satellite navigation which he thinks cause accidents.
The Driving test is 75 this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am
Surrey police aim to reduce number of re-offenders
A new initiative by Surrey Police hopes to reduce the number of re-offending criminals.
Those who are released from prison after serving less than 12 months are more likely to re-offend and have a negative impact on the local area.
Integrated Offender Management aims to stop this return to crime and tackle the affect in local communities.
The scheme will bring together the police, probation and drug intervention services together to resolve problems.
Re-offending in Surrey was reduced last year by almost fifty percent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am
St. Helier Hospital has key project kept alive
The MP for Carlshalton and Wallington is calling on the Government to come good over it's promise, to keep one of St. Helier Hospital's Key projects alive.
Tom Brake says the new health secretary made the promise to support the "Better Healthcare Closure to Home" project, during the election.
He now wants to know when the 219 million pounds will be coming.
Plough Bakery in New Malden slammed by council
The Surrey Comet is reporting another health and safety gone mad story in Kingston.
The Plough Bakery in Malden Road has been a popular stopping point for elderly and disabled locals. Owners provided them with a few external chair and tables.
But now the council is charging them £730 for providing the facilities with a spokesman saying that any business with outside seating must have a licence and be monitored.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:56 am
Nordic walking research in Twickenham
Now if you don't know what Nordic Walking is, then it's walking with poles. Basically it takes a lot more effort but you don't feel it.
Well researchers in Twickenham, think there could be some real health benefits to this and are carrying out an 8 week study at St. Mary's.
Volunteers will do lots of Nordic Walking while researchers watch their moods, blood pressure and body composition levels.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 am
London is Hungover
Almost 90 thousand people in London are going to work feeling hungover daily.
In the capital, the average person goes to work suffering the effects of the night before three times a week.
It's also been revealed that the amount of drugs given to treat alcoholics is on the rise.
Dr. Ruth Charlton is the Deputy Medical Director at Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals, and they are certainly feeling the effect.
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