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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Hackbridge gets EU funding to become sustainable suburb

Hackbridge has won an EU grant in a bid for its businesses to become greener and more cost effective.

The one hundred and fifty thousand pound fund will help 45 enterprises in the area to reduce their environmental impact.

It’s all part of a project by Sutton Council to make Hackbridge the UK’s first sustainable suburb.

More than a thousand zero carbon homes will be built in the area and sustainable transport will be prioritised.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 pm  

Shop owner caught out in Trading Standards operation
A shop owner in Richmond has been dealt a 15 hundred pound fine for selling cigarettes to a 15 year old boy.

The shop on Whitton High Street was caught during a Trading Standards sting.

Mohammad Kamran Butt who owns the Ask Local Nisa Shop said his employee in the shop that day had not been fully trained.

The 15 year old was working with Richmond Council on a test buying operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:25 pm  

Richmond Council scraps magazine
Richmond Council has scrapped it’s magazine.

The new Tory council thinks it’s been a waste of money and says the £75 thousand pounds a year it cost, would be better spent on listening to people.

Social media experts say people no longer want to be told what’s happening but want to be part of the conversation, and have their voice heard.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 pm  

Two jailed for series of robberies
Two men have been jailed for a series of heists which took place across west London and the Thames Valley between August 2008 and June 2009.

Scott Harry James Berridge and Simon Brown, both of Uxbridge, were given sentences of 16 and 12 years respectively at the Kingston Crown Court,

The pair had targeted security vans carrying cash. In the most violent robbery, a guard was shot in the leg.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

Friday, 11 June 2010

Kingston resident Rick Astley's famous song Never Gonna Give You Up is immortalised by Obama


It comes as Astley, who was one of the most popular pop stars of the late 80s and early 90s, releases his new song Lights Out , directed by Peter Kay, and announces a summer tour.

Despite having huge success - a string of hits, a Brit Award and sell out world tours - he quit the music business after just six years.

Now he has returned after 17 years with the new single and tour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 pm  

Croydon soldier latest casualty of war

A soldier killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan has been named as 25-year old Private Jonathan Monk from Croydon.

He was serving with 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment.

His family says all he'd ever wanted to do was be in the army, but he was reportedly preparing to leave it and was hoping to join the fire service on his return.

His commanding officer says he fought like a tiger, and will be sorely missed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:34 pm  

Sutton helps parents left without childcare
Sutton Council is to help parents after a nursery was burnt down.

The suspected arson attack on the pavillion in Gillian Park, which was also used as a private nursery, has left some parents without childcare.

The council has said they will assist in finding alternative arrangements for the families of 20 children who use the nursey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

New self-help book scheme for Surrey
The Mental Health Foundation has endorsed a new book scheme by Surrey County Council.

Read Yourself Well is a collection of self-help books covering issues such as stress to allow people to take control of their own wellbeing.

Local GPs and pharmacies are being given the collection of 47 books, aswell as being available at 10 libraries across the county.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

Merton projects need your help
Volunteer projects in Merton are recruiting!

The volunteer centre is an umbrella organisation, bringing more than 200 organisations together with people who want to give up some time for free.

One project they assist is the Faith In Action, in South Wimbledon, a homeless drop in centre.

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond told Jackie news how important these projects are for the community.



Michael, who uses the services provided told us how important the volunteers are



The Volunteer Centre Merton is an umbrella group, matching organisations with those who want to give up their free time.

To get in touch with them call 020 86407355 or go to their website:

www.volunteercentremerton.org.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Health carer charged with Guildford stabbing
A health carer from Guilford’s been charged over the stabbing of a young girl.

28-year-old Robert Knox, from Russell Court on the Bellfields estate is charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm.

A 6-year-old girl was found stabbed in the chest on nearby Rowan Close on the estate yesterday.

She’s said to be making a good recovery in hospital.

The girl’s mother – who sustained stab injuries to her hand – was also arrested but has since been released without further action.

Knox will make his first court appearance later this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Fullers report outstanding profits
Brewer and pub operator Fuller, Smith & Turner says it has made "outstanding progress" after reporting a 17% rise in annual profits.

Revenues climbed 8% to 227-Million pounds for the Chiswick based group and sales of its own beer rose 2%.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Twickenham goes all Dizzee

Funny man James Cordon and rapper Dizzee Rascal were at The Stoop in Twickenham last week to film the video for the official World Cup Anthem Shout.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm  

Guildford Children's Hospice gets a little help from its World Cup friends

With the arrival of Fabio Capello and the England squad in South Africa, our hopes are pinned on them leading us to a World Cup victory...so what better way to show your support for 'the boys' as well as CHASE than to get behind our charity World Cup anthem?!

Junction9 Records, Fiasco London and House of Clubs Management have joined forces and released their own World Cup track entitled Sweet England.

It only costs £1 and all sales are being split between three great charities – CHASE hospice care for children, Spinal Research and Help for Heroes.

The track is available now at www.sweetengland.com.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

The Buckaroo comes to Surbiton


Following the success of the Giant Mousetrap last year, Buckaroo is being turned into a giant game for the people of Seething Wells.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  


MP Zac Goldsmith has invited children from Barnes Primary School to Parliament, to display a magnificent five metre long whale that they have made out of recycled materials. Zac, the children and the whale attended an event in support of future whale conservation.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) hosted the event in light of the International Whaling Commission’s meeting in Morocco at the end of this month, which threatens to legitimise commercial whaling for the first time in decades.

The whale was made of recycled materials by pupils at Barnes Primary School to promote sustainability and environmental issues and it measures 5.5 metres in lengths and is 1.6 metres at its widest point. The whale was first unveiled at Barnes Primary School’s art exhibition, which Zac attended last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

Sutton cleans up its act

Volunteers joined police and council workers for two clean up days in Sutton.

The Capital Clean-Up campaign enlisted help from staff at McDonald’s, the Big Yellow Storage Company and Tesco’s to pick up litter in different areas around the borough.

Volunteers tidied the area around Kimpton Park Industrial Estate and Plybrook Stream on 26 May and then tackled Sutton High Street on 28 May.

More than 30 sacks of rubbish were collected over the two events, and council staff managed to pull a shopping trolley from the Plybrook Stream.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “The help of volunteers to keep the borough tidy is great. Sutton prides itself on being clean and green and initiatives such as this really help to maintain this reputation.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

Surrey's cricketers booed
Surrey’s cricketers were booed of the park yesterday after suffering a 9 run loss to Essex Eagles in their T20 match at the Brit Oval.

Essex were restricted to 121-8 in their 20 overs.

But Surrey struggled in their reply and closed on 112-7 from their allotted overs.

It was the Lions second loss in 3 days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 am  

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Bees keeper moves to Wycombe
Former Brentford keeper Nikki Bull has completed a move to Wycombe Wanderers after quitting the Bees last month.

The 28-year-old has penned a one-year deal.

He joined the Bees last summer – but a shoulder injury meant he only made six appearances last seasons.

Bull could be joined by Brentford striker Ben Strevens, who is reported to be a Wycombe transfer target this summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

Man named after fatal collision in Dorking
A pedestrian killed in a collision in Dorking has been formally identified.

50 year old Martin Brewer died after a collision with a car between the Denbies and Burford Bridge roundabouts on Saturday.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Heathrow stowaway released
A Romanian stowaway who flew into Heathrow by hiding in a jet's wheel compartment has been freed by police without charge.

The 20-year-old was arrested as the plane landed on Sunday night.

The man was freed after a caution from Police, as the UK Border Agency isn’t seeking to deport him.

He had bruises and hypothermia from outside temperatures as low as -41C.

It’s thought he survived because the plane flew at a low altitude to avoid stormy weather.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Police widen search for Byfleet man
Police in Surrey are now searching a wider area for a vulnerable missing man.

43 year old Michael Hayward from Byfleet who’s known as Jack - suffers with diabetes and maybe in need of urgent medical attention.

He was last seen 2 days ago.

Police are now searching Ockham Common and areas north of the M25.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Mother questioned over stabbing
A mother's facing questioning by detectives after her six-year-old daughter was stabbed in the chest.

Police were called to a house on an estate in Guildford just after midnight after neighbours heard raised voices.

The girl was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Her injuries are described as serious, but police say she's now comfortable and "doing well".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

England vs USA, the American perspective
They reached the quarter finals 8 years ago, but how will the US fair against England on Saturday?

With Fulham’s Clint Dempsey in their midfield, they could pose a threat.

Football one of the major sports in America, but doing well in the tournament could change that.

We got the US perspective from Chicago native Dave Schuchter, who now lives in Cobham, is hopeful of his team getting through the group stages.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Surrey desperate for a result
In T20 cricket action today Surrey are desperate for a win when they entertain Essex at the Oval.

Match time is 6:30pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 am  

Joe Cole and Ballack to leave Chelsea
Chelsea officials have confirmed that midfield duo Joe Cole and Michael Ballack along with defender Juliano Belletti will leave the club this summer.

All three players' contracts expire at the end of this month and the future of Cole in particular has been the subject of increasing speculation.

The 28-year-old is currently part of England's World Cup squad in South Africa.

He’s already been linked with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 am  

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Baseball invented in Surrey..?
It’s emerged one of America’s top sports was invented in Surrey.

A diary found in Guildford dating back to 1755 contains proof that baseball was first played in the county.

William Bray’s diary found two years ago, contains an entry describing how he played the game with American friends.

The extract will be on display at a new exhibition exploring the links between cricket and baseball held at Lord’s before moving to New York.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

London living wage to go up
The London Living Wage is to increase by 25p an hour to 7-85 - well above the statutory rate for the national minimum wage.

Mayor Boris Johnson says the rate will rise by 3-point-3 percent on last year's figure.

It's also an increase of 17 percent since it was introduced five years ago.

He says the rise is needed to provide a "reliable margin" so wage-earners don't fall into poverty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Big search underway for missing Byfleet man
Police are searching common land near to Wisley for a vulnerable missing man.

43 year old Michael Hayward who’s often known as Jack - suffers with diabetes and maybe in need of urgent medical attention.

He was last seen yesterday morning and his car has been found near to Wisley Gardens.

Michael is white, about 5 foot 11 with short brown hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Sara Payne disappointed killer's jail term is reduced
The mother of murdered Hersham schoolgirl Sarah Payne says she's disappointed that her killer's jail term has been reduced.

Roy Whiting must now spend 40 years in prison, instead of 50.

The sex offender was jailed in 2001 for the kidnap and murder of the 8-year-old who was visiting her grandparents in Sussex.

Sarah's mother, Sara, says she'll continue her campaign to make Britain safer for children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Police tackle carless driving in Hackbridge
Careless drivers who have been caught jumping temporary traffic lights in Hackbridge are being targetted by the police.

The replacement of London Road Bridge has meant temporary lights control the traffic.

So far 10 drivers have ignored them, narrowly avoiding major accidents.

They all received a 60 pounds fine and three penalty points on their licences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

Whitton toyshop to close after 25 years
A much loved toyshop in Whitton will be closing its doors for the final time, after 25 years in the High Street.

Robert Charrington opened Papillon Toys in 1985, his second store in the borough.

His Twickenham shop closed in 2008 and he’s decided not to renew the lease on his Whitton store.

The economic downturn is one of the main reasons for the closure, but he will continue to carry on his web based toyshop.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm  

Plot to sell the Ritz described as "complete fantasy"
A court’s head a plot to sell the Ritz Hotel in London was a "simple but well-targeted and ambitious scam".

57 year old Conn Farrell from Leatherhead and two other men are accused of trying to sell the landmark hotel in Piccadilly for 250- million pounds.

Southwark Crown Court has heard claims the men "sucked in" their carefully chosen victims by offering them false promises of a deal described as "complete fantasy".

All three deny conspiracy to defraud and the trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Tube workers announce strikes
Two lots of strikes have been announced by Tube workers.

Maintenance staff are walking out in a row over jobs, pay and conditions.

The RMT says its members working on Tube Lines contracts will walk out from 7pm on June 23rd and again from 7pm on July 14th.

The union claims maintenance schedules on Tube Lines are being cut back with dire consequences for passengers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Fulham sign new defender
Fulham have signed a new central defender.

Philippe Senderos moves from Arsenal on a three-year contract.

The Swiss international joined the Gunners in 2003 but has only made 54 league starts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm  

Missing Man, Byfleet area
Police are appealing for sightings of a 43 year old man missing in Byfleet.

Michael Hayward suffers with diabetes and maybe in need of urgent medical attention.

He was last seen yesterday morning and his car has been found near to Wisley Gardens.

Michael is white, about 5 foot 11 with short brown hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm  

Last day of walkouts for BA cabin crew
British Airways cabin crew have begun the last day of their series of five-day walkouts at Heathrow.

They've now held 22 days of action in the long-running dispute over pay, staffing levels and working conditions.

But the sticking point is the removal of travel concessions from staff who have taken action.

With no solution in sight, the Unite union is threatening a ballot for more action which could disrupt flights in the peak summer period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Speeding policemen exposed
Two Surrey policemen accused of trying to dodge fines for speeding have had their addresses read out in court.

Chief Superintendent Adrian Harper from Epsom and Superintendent Jonathan Johncox from Leatherhead had sought to keep their details private.

They claimed publishing their addresses could put them in danger – after 25 years of covert police work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Wandsworth college offers how to walk in High Heels course
A Wandsworth college is paying 60 pounds an hour to have students taught how to wear high heel shoes.

According to the Mail, South Thames College is running a six week “Sexy Heels in the City” Course at the tax payer expense.

It teaches 16 year old girls how to walk in heels.

The tutor, who is an author of a book on the subject, claims her life was a misery until she learnt how to do it properly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

Epsom and St. Helier Hospital tops vehicle clamping survey
Epsom and St.Helier Hospital clamped 1 thousand 6 hundred and 71 vehicles between 2008 and 2009 making it the most prolific Hospital in England.

The trust took £1.85 million pounds in car park charges too.

That’s the findings of a Which report that obtain the details under the Freedom of Information Act.

Some newspapers are accusing the hospital of profiteering and a hard line approach.

The figures only apply to England as parking in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is free.

Tom Brake, the MP for Carshalton & Wallington says the last thing a sick patient needs – is a clamp on their car.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

Croydon, Surbiton and Surrey identified as bike theft hotspots
If you want your bike stolen take it to Croydon, Surbiton or even Sutton.

That’s the finding of a report identifying bike theft hotspots.

It’s a new headache for the Mayor whose trying to encourage more people to cycle.

A project to provide 138 special bike racks at Euston station has had little effect with the station being the worst place for bike theft in the capital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Chobham Farm rescues horses
Some of the 100 horses discovered in appalling conditions at a farm two years ago are now doing so well they're after new homes.

Many of the animals had little food, were crammed into pens or left to die.

46-year-old horse dealer James Gray was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering - but absconded from court.

They were moved and cared for at Millbrook Farm in Chobham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Duck sets up home in hanging basket
Gardeners at Wisley couldn’t believe their eyes after they discovered a duck nesting in a hanging basket.

The bird which has been named ‘Hoisin’ by staff even flew in and out as more than a 100 people attended a book signing at the week-end.

Staff have put dense foliage under the 8 foot drop to protect the new born chicks from hurting themselves should they fall out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Penalty points for Surrey's Andre Nel
Surrey fast bowler Andre Nel has been handed three penalty points.

The former South Africa seamer appeared to throw the ball at Northants' Niall O'Brien in a match last month and was handed a two-match ban by his county.

The ECB opted to add no further ban but Nel now has six penalty points, and nine will trigger automatic suspension.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Dirty Merton set for a clean up
A campaign to rid Merton of dirt’s been launched.

It’s after the borough was found to have the filthiest streets - with one-fifth of streets deemed “unacceptable”.

A deep clean is now underway – in a bid to shake-off that reputation.

Meanwhile, a different story for nearby Kensington & Chelsea – which was voted the country’s cleanest borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Dawn raids across Surrey tackle identity fraud and money laundering
More than 200 officers in Surrey have taken part in dawn raids to tackle identity fraud and money laundering.

They searched premises in North Surrey, London and Sussex.

Officers have seized a 100-thousand pounds in cash, forged credit cards, driving licences and passports.

Six men in their thirties and a woman in her forties have been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

Surrey social services under fire
Social services in Surrey are under fire after an undercover investigation by a TV programme.

Channel 4’s dispatches found social workers were prepared to let a child sleep on a park bench and inexperienced staff were assigned to complex cases.

The most alarming insight was when a manager said it was important to close cases quickly so that they wouldn’t be blamed if a child died.

Surrey County Council says it will examine the findings of the programme carefully and child protection is its top priority.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Wimbledon wild card for Laura Robson
Laura Robson has been handed a wild card into the Wimbledon draw - but British men's number two Alex Bogdanovic missed out.

Robson is joined on the list of wild cards by three fellow British players, reigning US Open girls champion 18-year-old Heather Watson, Katie O'Brien and Melanie South.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

John McDonnell joke goes down well with Trade Unionists
Labour leadership hopeful – and MP for Hayes & Harlington – John McDonnell received a round of applause yesterday, for telling a trade union audience he wishes he could go back in time to kill Margaret Thatcher.

The MP later said his remarks were intended as a joke.

He received a standing ovation from the GMB conference in Southport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Body found in the River Wandle
Police are investigating the discovery of a headless body in the River Wandle.

The remains were discovered in Wimbledon yesterday morning by a passer-by.

Police divers were called to Plough Lane and discovered the body of a man.

The remains were said to be severely decomposed.

Police think he could have been in the river for weeks.

They’re treating the death as suspicious – a post-mortem’s expected later today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Monday, 7 June 2010

Twin girls mauled by fox
Two baby girls are in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being mauled by a fox.

It apparently got into the house in Homerton in east London through a backdoor which had been left open in the hot weather.

The 9 month-olds were sleeping in their cots when they were attacked on Saturday night.

Simon Cowell is from the Leatherhead animal charity – Wildlife Aid.

Speaking to Radio Jackie this morning – he said all animals have the potential to be dangerous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

Pavilion burns to the ground in Sutton


(Pictures courtesy Dan Ward, Morden)

Pictures have emerged of a sports pavilion burning to the ground in Sutton.

A fire broke out in Gillian Park on Sutton Common Road on Friday night.

Luckily, the pavilion – which is used by local nursery groups – was empty at the time.

The fire brigade’s still trying to establish what may have caused the blaze.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

Harlequins win in Super League
In rugby Super League action yesterday Luke Dorn converted 4 tries as Harlequins dismantled Crusaders 50-22 at The Stoop.

The Quins had 8 tries in all and the win kept alive their play-off hopes.

Luke Gale, Chris Melling, David Howell and Olsi Krasniqi also crossed the whitewash for the hosts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 am  

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Mobile blood banks coming to a town near you
Mobile blood banks are doing the rounds this month, as the NHS tries to boost Surrey & SW London’s blood supplies.

Sessions start next Monday in Knaphill, Morden and Croydon, with visits to Walton and Woking later in the week.

Here's a list of when and where the blood service is passing through your area.

Knaphill
1st Knaphill Scout Group
Waterers Rise
Knaphill
Monday 7th June 2010 14:00-16:30 and 17:30-20:00

Croydon
Asda Stores Ltd
Mini Bloodmobile
Marlowe Way
Wallington
Surrey
Monday 7th June 2010 09:30-12:00 and 14:00-16:00

Morden
Baitul Futuh Mosque
Sports Hall
181 London Road
Morden
Monday 7th June 2010 14;00-16:30 and 17:30-19;45

South Croydon
Baptist Church
Brighton Road
South Croydon (Near bus garage)
Tuesday 8th June 2010 14:00-16:30 and 17;30-19:45

Camberley
The Camberley Theatre
Knoll Road
Camberley
Tuesday 8th June 2010 13:00-15:30 and 16:30-19:00

Dorking
Dorking Halls
Grand hall
Reigate Road
Dorking
Wednesday 9th June 2010 14:00-16:30 and 17:30-20:00

Addlestone
The Runneymede Centre
Large Hall
Chertsey Road
Addlestone
Wednesday 9th June 2010 14:00-16:30 and 17:30-19:45

Thornton Heath
Selhurst Park Stadium
Glaziers Lounge
Whitehorse Lane
London
Thursday 10th June 2010 14:00-16:30 and 17:30-19:45

Guildford
United Reformed Church Hall
83 Portsmouth Road
Guildford
Thursday 10th June 2010 14:00-16:30 and 17:30-20:00

Walton
St Andrews United
Reformed Church Hall
Hersham Road
Walton
Surrey
Friday 22nd June 2010 14:30-16:30 and 17:30-19:45

Woking
Woking Leisure Centre
Restaurant Area
Kingfield Road
Woking
Friday 11th June 2010 14:45-16:45 and 17:45-19:45
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

Quins mourn the death of captain's brother
In rugby league action today Harlequins host the Crusaders in the Super League at the end of a tragic week for the club.

Captain Rob Purdham's brother Gary was killed in the Cumbria shootings.

Harlequins coach Brian McDermott says they have to go ahead with the fixture.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 am  

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