Spelbound compete in the World Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics
Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound are competing in the World Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics this weekend.
The Spelthorne group who train in Bedfont are in Poland for the competition.
One of the gymnasts, Adam Buckingham told us how difficult it can be for the sport to be recognised.
Their coach Nick Griffith told us how they would like it to be made an Olympic sport. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm
Egham Leisure Centre attempts to brake world record
Star jumps will be the order of the day at Egham Leisure Centre next Sunday.
They’re attempting to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in two minutes.
A Guinness World Record adjudicator will attend the Runnymede event, where at least 250 people are needed to take part.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm
Wandsworth prisoners set for compensation after food poisoning
More than 300 prisoners in Wandsworth are to get up to five thousand pounds in compensation each after they got food poisoning from sandwiches.
The Mirror claims the eggs in their food weren’t cooked properly.
Dozens of wardens at Wandsworth Prison also got ill.
The total bill is expected to reach half a million pounds and according to the paper, inmates are looking forward to their payments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm
Goldtrail Travel goes bust
A New Malden travel company has gone into administration this evening leaving 16 thousand people overseas.
Goldtrail Travel Limited operated flights and holiday packages from various UK airports to Turkey and Greece.
The Civil Aviation Authority is making arrangements for customers of the company to be flown home at the end of their holidays.
There are no more outbound flights.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 am
Pet attacks in Runnymede
Police in Runnymede want help in finding who’s been shooting cats in the borough with air rifles.
There have been five incidents in recent months.
The latest victim was a black cat in Virginia Water who died from the injuries earlier this week.
Surrey Police say they are determined to track down the offenders and they’d like to hear from anyone who's had a pet that's been injured in this way or has information that could help their investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 am
Election Expenses row for Richmond Park MP
Richmond Park’s MP has appeared on Channel Four news tonight to refute claims he breached election spending limits.
After an extended row with the presenter Jon Snow over whether he had refused to give the programme an interview when the story ran last night, Zac Goldsmith said the allegations were nonsense.
A report by Channel 4 news and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism said that the cost of election materials such as jackets and signs did not match what had been claimed electoral expenses.
Mr. Goldsmith said the report of his expenses had been scrupulously prepared and added he will make a complaint to the broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 am
Friday, 16 July 2010
Student lands dream TV role down under
A British teenager is swapping Essex for Erinsborough - after winning a dream role in Neighbours.
18 year-old Gabriella Darlington, from Chelmsford in Essex, will star as Poppy Rogers.
She’ll start filming on Monday. Olivia Kennett from Brentford narrowly missed out on the role. She made it to the final four. 1,600 applied.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm
Guildford firm amongst those fined
Families affected by the Buncefield oil depot explosion say the fines for the companies involved aren't even a slap on the wrist.
Five firms in cluding TAV ltd have been ordered to pay 5-point-35 million pounds between them - and more than 4 million in costs.
They breached health and safety and environmental offences.
The explosion in Hertfordshire in 2005 could be heard 125 miles away. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm
Feltham girl drowned trying to rescue cousin
It’s emerged the Feltham girl who drowned in a lake in Gloucestershire had been trying to rescue her cousin.
15 year old Kajil Devi died while on a family day out at the Cotswold water Park on Sunday.
But its emerged she fell into the water while trying to stop the boat her 8 year old cousin was in from drifting too far away.
Her brother today paid tribute to her but said she could hardly swim.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm
Hounslow's Polyclinic introduces breast cancer screening unit
Breast cancer screening is now available in the Heart of Hounslow’s Polyclinic.
Previously only mobile screening vans had been available for women.
However a unit has now been developed on site for so women aged 50 to 70 can be screened every three years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm
New book contains short stories set in all London Boroughs
The publication of a new anthology, 33 London, explores this busy and exciting city.
The new book contains a short story set in each of the 33 London Boroughs.
A diversity of authors contributed to the book which has two volumes, one for London East and the other London West.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm
Bus pass entitlement age to be raised from 60 to 65
Elderly people face having to wait longer for their bus pass.
Transport Secretary & Runnymeade MP Philip Hammond says he plans to increase the entitlement age from 60 to 65, by 2020.
The move, announced in Alistair Darling's last Budget, is predicted to save 60 million pounds annually.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm
Harlequins' Luke Williamson retires from game at end of season
Harlequins' Luke Williamson has announced he will retire from the game at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old Australian is currently sidelined with a foot injury.
He joined Quins in 2008 and has made 36 Super League appearances.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm
Four people injured in car crash
4 people have been injured after a crash in Fetcham.
The accident involving 2 cars happened on Wednesday night on Cobham Road.
An investigation is underway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm
Funding for new secondary school in Kingston is scrapped
Funding for a new secondary school in North Kingston was scrapped last week when the government axed the Building Schools for the Future Programme.
However, Council Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Education Liz Green told Radio Jackie the new school will be opened in 2015 as scheduled.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:50 pm
Channel 4 defend report about Richmond Park MP
Channel Four says they stand fully behind their report about Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith's electoral expenses.
Mr Goldsmith claimed the broadcaster was trying to trash his reputation, and had not offered him a right of reply.
In a statement Channel 4 News said he was given ample opportunity to respond on the record to their questions.
They refute any suggestion that the Tory MP was targeted simply because he is a high-profile figure.
The Electoral Commission's received a report on the allegations.
Mr Goldsmith says Channel Four is guilty of 'the worst kind of dishonest journalism'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 am
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Trust invites local people to have their say in ‘The Big Conversation’
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is asking patients, visitors and local people, as well as its staff and volunteers, for their views on car parking at Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals.
The review, called ‘The Big Conversation’, was launched on Monday (12 July) and means that people can easily give their views on a variety of aspects of parking at the Trust’s hospitals.
Claygate dentist fills his time with sponsored charity walk
Staff from dental practice raise money for Shooting Star with coast to coast walk
A dentist from Claygate has completed the first half of the Coast to Coast walk across the north of England. Along with his practice manager Pauline Davis, Roger Davis completed the 90 mile walk in aid of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, which provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families.
Patients and staff at the Hare Lane Dental Practice in Claygate supported the pair by raising £700 in sponsorship. The route, which is 190 miles in its entirety, takes walkers across northern England and passes some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in the country.
Roger said: ‘It was rather challenging with some long days and steep climbs. The route over the Lakeland fells isn’t signposted, so we did manage to get lost a couple of times!’posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm
Young and old line up to dance together in Sutton
Teenagers and older people proved age was no barrier at a special event which aimed to close the generation gap this week.
Dancing moves to give Dizzee Rascal or Dizzy Gillespie a run for their money, helped around a hundred residents to find some common ground and get talking.
The intergenerational sports and lunch event, organised by Sutton Council, which sought to create greater understanding and affinity between the two age groups, took place at Westcroft Leisure Centre on Wednesday.
Fifty youngsters from Carshalton Boys Sports College and 50 older members of Evergreens leisure club took part in games of table tennis, bowls, short tennis and badminton before sharing lunch and then line dancing together.
With the boys aged between 11 and 14 and the Evergreens ranging from 50 – 90-years-old, the activities were designed to be suitable for all abilities as well as being fun and interactive.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Londoners rarely travel outside the M25
People in Wandsworth are the most likely to travel outside the capital at the weekend.
That’s according to a new survey that found Londoners rarely travel outside the M25.
On average people in Croydon leave the city just 6 times, compared with Wandsworth’s 8 times a year.
Andrew Robertson from the Association of Train Operating Companies told us why he thinks Londoners are reluctant to leave.
Beckham in Bedfont
He’s used to the luxuries LA has to offer – but today David Beckham was in Bedfont.
The footballer gave an exclusive interview to yahoo dot com web chat.
He was speaking about England’s world cup exit and says the players, not Fabio Capello, must shoulder the blame.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm
New Victim Support drop in service in Chessington
The Victim Support service in Kingston has set up a new drop in centre in Chessington.
Statistics show that one in four women and one in eight men are expected to experience some form of domestic violence during their lifetimes. An increase in cases was also seen during the World Cup.
The drop in centre is at the Hook Centre in Chessington every Friday morning. With two independent domestic violence advisor's, a specialist children's worker and black and minority outreach worker, the centre is equipped to support victims from across all social, economic and cultural boundaries.
Ramona Aboukeer and Julia Metcalfe from Victim Support told us why the service is needed.
Children given afternoon out to remember
Disney Pixar gave Shooting Star an exclusive preview of Toy Story 3 (which premiers on July 19) at The Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus.
The Batkin family from Kingston, were one of the many families who attended, pictured with Patron with Tony Hadley.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm
Woking sex attacks are investigated by police
Police are investigating two sex attacks in Woking.
A 25 year old woman was raped in Goldsworth Park on Sunday night.
On Friday another attack happened in Boundary Park.
Police are investigating similarities between the two incidents.
The suspect’s white with a tanned complexion, aged between 30 and 35 – about 5 foot 9with a podgy build.
He was wearing black trousers, shoes and a top.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm
Surrey County Council's review of services could save millions
Surrey County Council could save nearly 23-million pounds over the next four years.
The authority is carrying out reviews of all its services.
Areas affected include children's care, the fire service, recruitment, advertising and waste disposal.
About 11-million pounds would be saved by increasing independence for people with physical and sensory disabilities.
Cutting agency staff and advertising costs would save 4 million pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am
Police urge public not to call 999 when reporting non-urgent incidents
The MET are asking people not to call their emergency line unless absolutely necessary.
Calls to the number are 10% higher during June and July.
When reporting a non-urgent incident people should call 0300 123 1212.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am
Fulham want US national coach as new manager
It's claimed Fulham want to hire the coach of the US national side to be their new manager.
Bob Bradley's side won Group C at the World Cup - finishing ahead of England.
Fulham are looking to replace Roy Hodgson, who's left to take over at Liverpool.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am
Chatsworth Primary School go green
Chatsworth Primary school in Hounslow has been named as one of London’s greenest.
More than 50 schools have been taking part in the Capital Growth Scheme over the last 6 months.
During the contest, pupils had to prove why they were best at being self sufficient.
Chatsworth grew rhubarb in the headmaster’s shoes. They’ll get a master class from a top celebrity gardener yet to be decided.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am
Blind man admits groping woman
A blind Croydon man has admitted groping a woman.
55 year-old Neil Middleshurst inappropriately touched a female passenger as he was being transferred from Springfield Hospital in Tooting where he is a patient, to his mother’s house in Sutton.
He’ll be sentenced at a later date.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am
Tributes to Feltham girl found dead in lake
Tributes are being paid to a girl from Feltham who’s died.
The 15 year old was pulled from a lake at Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire on Sunday after she went missing.
She’d been on a day out with her parents when they lost sight of her.
She died in hospital in Swindon yesterday afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am
Monday, 12 July 2010
Radio St Helier marks 40 years of broadcasting
Old and new friends gathered at Radio St Helier recently to celebrate the radio station’s 40th birthday.
Former volunteers and special guests, including ‘Ab fab’ actress June Whitfield CBE and Minister of State for Care Services and MP for Sutton and Cheam, Paul Burstow, mingled with current members and presenters at the birthday bash. Also in attendance was the Deputy Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Sheila Andrews and Trust Chairman, John Davey.
Radio St Helier, which is run entirely by volunteers, first broadcast on 6 June 1970 and 40 years later, is still going strong. To mark the milestone, the station made a nine day external broadcast on the FM frequency and the internet. During that time Radio St Helier, which is usually only heard by the patients within the hospital, was able to reach further into the local community and around the world.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm
Sutton High Street was turned into a rainforest today.
It’s to kick start the borough’s summer festival.
The centre of town was transformed into a piece of the Amazon by pupils from Stanley Park and Beddington Park schools.
There was a bird display with a 10 foot giant puppet the main attraction of the day and a carnival procession.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm
Getting to the bottom of the hole mystery
Sutton Council is appealing to residents to fill them in on what caused a 5m deep hole to appear on Sutton Green.
The mystery hole was discovered on Tuesday (6 July) by Sutton Council staff and has now been cordoned off ahead of excavation work being carried out.
One theory put forward is that the roof of an old World War II air raid shelter, which was buried under the park, has caved in.
Staff from the borough’s archives have dug through council records from 1939 and 1940, revealing that plans were made to create three air raid trenches on the Green.
An aerial photograph of the area also seems to indicate the presence of three structures. However, in the absence of firm evidence, Sutton Council is appealing to residents who know anything to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:55 pm
Merton Priory could become a World Heritage Site
Merton Priory is one of nearly 40 places across the country competing to become World Heritage Sites.
Located just under the Merantum Way Bridge, the remains of the Augustine Abbey are looked after by the Merton Priory Trust.
Marcus Beale, who’s the Chairman, told us why the Priory should be a World Heritage Site.
Pupils learn about the work of police dogs
Youngsters got the chance to see how police dogs help catch criminals during a police visit to St Mary’s Junior School, Carshalton, on Monday.
Specialist officers from the Met Police Dog Training Centre at Keston provided live demonstrations of a dog following a scent and a man being chased and caught by a dog.
Officers from the Carshalton Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team showed the youngsters some of their police equipment and what it is used for, explained how finger prints are taken and provided advice on personal safety.
The children were also shown a number of jars containing different drugs and they were told about the impact that drug taking could have on their lives.
The police visit was organised by PCSOs Jaime Boulton and Helen Dolce from Carshalton Central SNT as part of their team’s continuing community engagement programme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm
Puppy love in Sutton
Officers at Sutton Police station had to cope with a real handful of mischief on Thursday when they temporarily took over the care of a tiny Staffordshire puppy called Bruno.
He was brought in by officers who had been called to a disturbance at an address in Carshalton.
On arrival at the address, officers found that no crime had been committed.
However, the disturbance led to the man at the address leaving immediately to spend some time with a friend whilst the woman at the property stated that ‘if he was leaving, the puppy had to go too!’
So the puppy was brought back to the police station.
Too small to be accommodated in the kennels in the back yard, Bruno was temporarily housed in the headphone cabinet in station’s control room where he received a regular supply of dog biscuits and attention from visiting officers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm
Snaphappy International! goes global
Photographs currently on show at the Rose Theatre Kingston will also be displayed in public spaces across the world, including Kingston’s partner cities of Gwanak-gu, Korea and a Korean Subway [pictured] and Oldenburg in Germany.
Snaphappy International! is a global photography project for young people aged 7 to 18 from Kingston and its partner cities. Young people were invited to take photographs that show why they love their home town or city - a place, a sight, their home, their school, or anything that is important to them – and provide a written commentary about why they chose this to photograph.
Snaphappy International! exhibitions will be held in; Oldenburg; Gwanak-gu; Kingston, Jamaica; Moster, Norway and Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, China.
Gwanak-gu’s exhibition is already under way in prominent locations, including the City Hall and an underground station. Oldenburg is planning an exhibition in their culture centre in the autumn.
The images for the exhibition can be viewed online at a site developed by the IT team in Gwanak-gu - www.kingston.gov.uk/snaphappy
The website will stay live so that any young person can submit an image of their own for others to see. For further information, please contact [email protected] Ends.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am
We’ll help you stay on the ball with new telephone call
Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals are extending the reminder service they offer to patients, as people failing to turn up to their appointments continues to cost the Trust millions of pounds per year.
Earlier this year, the Trust launched a messaging service which sends a text message to patients reminding them of their appointment details approximately one week before they are due in to the hospital.
Now, as part of the ongoing challenge to reduce the number of people who do not attend their appointments, the Trust has launched a new telephone service which calls patients – reminding them of their appointment and confirming their attendance.
Charlotte Hamilton is Deputy Director of Operations and she is spearheading the Trust’s work in this area. She said: “Our aim is to ensure as many patients as possible receive the care that they need. By providing a reminder, we can help those patients who may have forgotten their appointment and also make it easier for patients who wish to cancel or rearrange their appointment to do so.
The service is free of charge for those who wish to participate and if you do not wish to receive a call or text, opting out is simple. To opt out of the service, you will need to call our appointments centre on 020 8296 2968. Calls to this number are charged at a standard rate.
Patients can also change or cancel their appointments by calling the appointments centre direct on 020 8296 2968 or by visiting the Trust’s website - www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/appointments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am
Shots fired in Streatham
Police are appealing for information following a shooting incident in Streatham on Saturday afternoon.
Officers were called to Adare Walk after reports of gunshots.
No one was injured but several cars were damaged.
The gunman is thought to be in his late teens and described as being of mixed race.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 am
Surrey score emphatic win
Surrey’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the county Twenty20 competition are still alive.
The Lions scored an emphatic 8 wicket victory over leaders Sussex at Arundel yesterday.
Skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown hit an unbeaten 87 to lead Surrey past Sussex's total of 121 for eight with eight wickets and 10 balls to spare.
Final scores: Sussex 121 for 8.
Surrey 122 for 2.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 am
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Epsom Doctor Jailed
A doctor from Epsom’s been jailed for four and a half years for sexual assaults.
45 year old Adil Shareef was found guilty of one count of indecent assault which took place when he was a doctor at Epsom’s Old Cottage Hospital surgery in 2003.
He was also found guilt of three counts of sexual assault on patients and one against a female member of staff at the Fountain Practice in Ewell between 2004 and 2008.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am
Youth Consultant to be sentenced
A youth consultant has admitted grooming a 13 year old girl for sex online.
Simon Beard appeared in court for a plea hearing via video link from Wandsworth prison.
The 56 year old’s job was to advise young people on their sexual development.
The National Youth Agency worker had arranged to meet the girl for sex at Gunnersbury Tube Station in April when he was caught by undercover reporters.
He’ll be sentenced on August 6th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am
Richmond residents to enjoy council tax freeze
Richmond Residents are to enjoy a council tax freeze next year.
The council has announced bills will be frozen even though its going ahead with planned budget cuts.
Over a million pounds is to be slashed from its funding. A spokesman maintains frontline services will be safe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am
Shepperton woman admits two charges of benefit fraud
A Shepperton woman has admitted two charges of benefit fraud at Staines Magistrates Court.
Greta Bridges received more than £15,000 in benefits between 2007 to 2009 which she was not entitled to because she failed to declare she had started work.
She’s been given a 12 month community order under which she must perform 40 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £100
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am
Rising numbers of STI's in Kingston
Eight hundred Chlamydia cases were diagnosed last year at Kingston’s sexual health clinic, the Wolverton Centre.
Kingston Hosptial has launched a new website to address the rising numbers of STI’s in the area.
The website will provide information and advice about sexual health and services at the clinic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am
Richmond Council pledge half a million to fix potholes
Richmond Council has pledged half a million pounds to take the borough’s pot holes to task.
The cash injection was announced at a meeting on Tuesday night.
The Council’s glossy magazines are also to be axed to save money –
and moves have been taken to scrap the ineffective CO2 based parking charges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am
Kingston parents urged not to panic over the Education Secretary
Parents in Kingston are being urged not to panic following the recent announcement by the Education Secretary.
Hundreds of schools had their regeneration hopes dashed after Michael Gove axed the Building schools for the future programme.
Mums and Dads were hoping the scheme would provide a new 8th form entry secondary at the North Kingston Centre site.
It was just one of the projects dumped.
Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith agrees with Mr Gove’s decision – but says the fight for a new school will continue.
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