Police appeal for information on burglaries in Epsom
Police have identified a man in they would like to speak to in connection with three burglaries in Epsom.
Stolen credit cards were used to purchase goods valued at more than £2000 soon after the offences at shops in Streatham.
Officers have been able to trace a suspect getting on a train at Epsom station from CCTV images
Surrey Police would like to hear from anyone with information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm
Man appears in court charged with Croydon stabbing
A man's appeared in court to deny the murder of a boy who was stabbed outside a birthday party.
16 year-old Wesley Sterling was knifed near Croydon Sports Arena in April.
27 year old Carleto Salmons from Thornton Heath, appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink.
He was remanded in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm
Former Hounslow Police commander under investigation
Jailed former police commander Ali Dizaei is under investigation over claims he attacked his cell mate.
The sacked Scotland Yard officer has been accused of assaulting a fellow prisoner after a row while serving four years for corruption.
But the 47-year-old claimed he was the victim of a racist attack by the other man.
Dizaei who had also been a borough commander at Hounslow has been moved from category D open prison Prescoed in Monmouthshire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:50 pm
Blaze at Mosque in Morden
Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at Morden mosque.
The fire broke out this afternoon in London Road damaging a kitchen and part of the catering block.
No- body’s been injured and an investigation’s now underway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm
Woman appeared in court over Cambridge Estate fires
A woman from Kingston has appeared in court charged with arson with intent to endanger life.
32 year old Liya Bushman has been remanded in custody and will re-appear in court in October.
A large fire on the Cambridge Road estate last month damaged the upper storeys and roof of a 15 storey block of flats.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm
Police appeal for Fetcham fraudster
Police have released an E-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a fraud in which a pensioner in Fetcham was duped out of almost £200,000.
It began last September when a man calling himself ‘Mr Matthews’ contacted the 84-year-old victim claiming her roof was in need of repair.
Over the next nine-months a succession of fraudsters extracted money from the victim.
Police say everyone was shocked and appalled by the scale of the fraud.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm
Croydon lorry driver to be sued by drunk
A lorry driver from Croydon is being sued by a drunk he accidentally ran over.
According this morning’s Express newspaper, Brian Williams and the firm are facing the action after he backed into Carl Heaven leaving him with multiple injuries.
Heaven’s legal team argue that the driver should have known their client was drunk and therefore unpredictably. They believe that it was therefore Mr Williams responsibility to take care.
An eye witness quoted in the paper described Carl Heaven as “larking about” in the middle of the road at the time.
A date for the hearing has yet to be set.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm
Dorking library to move
Plans to move Dorking library have been put back on.
It’s after 20 letters from concerned residents.
Surrey County Council wants to move the facility from Pippbrook House to St Martin's Walk.
The application will now be heard in September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm
Epsom Canine Rescue to recieve grant
Epsom Canine Rescue has been awarded a grant of 4 thousand pounds.
The helping hand comes from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
Epsom Canine Rescue estimate that the number of calls received a week is five times that of four years ago.
Its claimed the increase of pets in need is down to the current state of the economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm
Digital library in Surrey to double the number of titles
High demand for a digital library launched in Surrey has led the county council to double the number of titles available.
More than 1,500 electronic versions of published text titles and audio books have been downloaded since the service began only a month ago.
The number of titles has now been increased to nearly 800.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown is the most requested book.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm
Surrey detective fined
A detective from Surrey has been fined 500 pounds by magistrates for sending an offensive message.
Detective Constable Damien McIntyre pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to an offence under the Communications Act.
Magistrates also ordered the 34 year old officer who’s based at Staines, to pay costs and a victim surcharge.
A charge against him of making threats to kill was dismissed and another charge that he assaulted a police officer was withdrawn.
He remains suspended from duty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm
Happy birthday Shooting Star!
Children’s hospice parties in style to celebrate five years
The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice has celebrated the fifth birthday of its care services with a garden party at Shooting Star House, the purpose built facility in Hampton, Middlesex. Guests included families who have been cared for since the opening of Shooting Star House in 2005, Nickelodeon presenter Laura Hamilton and celebrity patron Bobby Davro.
Guests enjoyed a delicious BBQ before Bobby Davro was joined by 10 year old Jordan Barfoot – the first child to be welcomed to Shooting Star House – to cut the cake. The winners of the Shooting Star Lottery’s 5th Birthday Superdraw were also announced, where first prize was £3,000.
The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life limiting conditions, and their families.
Richmond pupils prove they are top recyclers
Holy Trinity School in Richmond has won a London-wide recycling competition after pupils collected dozens of old electrical items and sent them off to be re-used or recycled at the Council’s Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre.
As part of the City wide challenge launched during national Recycle Week, parents and children were asked to recycle old electrical goods with the chance of winning money for their school.
Users of the Townmead Road site were given tokens for every electrical item recycled and children at Holy Trinity excelled, collecting more than any other school in London which entered the challenge. They have won £500 of gardening vouchers to improve their outdoor space.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:50 pm
Sutton reveals some of its residents most bizarre enquiries
A motorist who discovered her car was in a different parking spot when she returned from a shopping trip rang her local council to ask if the car park was haunted.
The query was just one of a number of bizarre phone calls made by members of the public to Sutton Council in south London. Other questions included “how long can I safely store ginger powder for?” and “can I put a dead fox in my recycling bin?”
The ghostly goings-on came to light when the woman called the council’s environmental contact centre to say her car had moved “of its own accord”.
She asked if the car park, in Brighton Road, Sutton, was haunted and wondered if a ghost had been responsible.
The truth, however, was rather less supernatural. Council officials reviewed CCTV footage and found the car had gently rolled into a different parking bay after the driver had failed to apply her handbrake properly.
Other ‘unusual’ calls included:
Do you know where I could get an old bath that I could fill with custard for a fundraising event?
Can I park a double decker bus in my front garden?
What time is Buckingham Palace open today?
My TV is broken
And, should I get broadband?
The council is encouraging people to save time and money by using its internet services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 pm
Tooting Podium Placement
A motor bike rider from Tooting has found himself on the podium at Silverstone.
20-year-old Gino Rea finished 3rd in the Supersport Superbike race over the weekend.
It’s his first podium place finish in his rookie season.
Sutton Council lends a hand to tradesmen search
Residents are being offered help in choosing handymen to do small repairs around their home.
The ‘Handyperson Service’ offers the services of thoroughly vetted tradesmen working in Sutton.
Residents who are disabled, vulnerable or over 60 and in receipt of an income related benefit will also be offered discounted rates.
Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, said: “When you hire a handymen you can end up not really knowing who you are inviting into your home and what quality of work they will do.
“This service aims to remove the ‘unknown’ element by giving residents access to tradespeople who have proven track records and have undergone criminal record checks.
This way we can ensure our residents, especially the vulnerable, remain safe when they invite a workman into their home.”
Sutton Council is running the scheme with local charity and social enterprise , The Vine Project.
Minor work can include, putting up shelves, resealing baths/showers, fitting stair lifts and door chains.
The Handyperson Service can be used by contacting 020 8685 6644 or e-mailing [email protected]posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:54 pm
Hospices confirm merger
The Boards of Shooting Star based in Hampton and CHASE in Guildford have decided to proceed with their proposed merger. The decision is subject to obtaining the necessary legal and regulatory consents, which they hope will be sometime before the end of the year.
In the last few months, they have undertaken detailed work and had discussions with the families they support, staff, volunteers and supporters; and now both charities believe more firmly than ever that by coming together in this way they can provide a more flexible and sustainable service.
When the merger happens, the name of the new organisation will be Shooting Star CHASE. David King, the current Chief Executive of CHASE, will be appointed Chief Executive of the new organisation.
It costs a combined total of over six million pounds a year to keep both sites open and running. Only a small Government grant is received. It's hoped this will be boosted by the merger.
The team told Jackie News;
This is very exciting news for Shooting Star and CHASE. The merger means we can continue to keep our promise to offer the best service possible now and into the future. We understand this latest development may raise some questions, so we have set up a dedicated e-mail address for you to send these to [email protected] and we will respond as soon as we can. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 pm
Free health screening in Kingston
Kingston residents aged 40-74 can take advantage of free heart health checks at the Hook Centre this Saturday 7 August.
NHS Kingston has teamed up with UK charity the Blood Pressure Association to bring the free screening to convenient locations around the borough, to help reduce heart health problems among its residents.
This Saturday 7 August, from 10am to 5.30pm, the Blood Pressure Association screening van will be in the car park of the Hook Centre, on Hook Road.
All Kingston residents aged 40-74 can stop by for the screening, provided they haven’t already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease or have had a heart attack or stroke.
There’s no need for an appointment, and in just 20 minutes residents can have a full ‘NHS Health Check’, which includes blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, diabetes and waist circumference testing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 pm
Awards for Young Musicians credits Sutton students
Two Sutton students have both won a top award for their musical talent.
Alexander Lee, 10, from Robin Hood Junior School, and Isidora Sandulovska, 14, from Greenshaw High School, have received recognition from Awards for Young Musicians for showing exception talent on the violin.
Alexander and Isidora are two of just 90 musicians aged between five and 17 from across the country to receive the award this year.
Winners of the award are given grants of up to £2,000 to support their musical endeavours which can be used for a new instrument, music lessons, course fees or travel.
Accredited to young people with outstanding musical talent, the aim of the grant is to help the young people reach their full potential.
Alexander has also been given a scholarship to study at Trinity School, Croydon, in September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 pm
Youth MP makes history in Belfast
Sutton’s Youth MP helped make a slice of history when she travelled to Belfast for the organisation’s annual summit.
Sixteen-year-old MYP Megan Barnes, from Glenthorne High School in Sutton, was one of over 300 members from across the UK who attended - the first time the annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament had ever been held in Northern Ireland.
The four-day conference included debates on the environment, health, crime and education, lowering the voting age to 16 and transport for young people.
Speaking about the trip on her return, Megan said: “I love being MYP for Sutton. The Belfast annual sitting was an incredible weekend and an amazing opportunity.
“Some of the main youth issues that I would now like to see addressed are scrapping university fees and starting compulsory political education.
“I'm now confident that Sutton’s Youth Parliament can reach out to all young people across the borough and allow them to take the floor and voice their opinions in an effective way.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 pm
Hat-trick of Green Flag Awards for Sutton parks
Three of Sutton’s parks have been recognised once more as among the best in the UK.
The Oaks, Cheam, and Grove parks were again given Green Flag Award status, the national standard for parks and open spaces.
The awards recognise the best parks and green spaces in the country and were handed out by Keep Britain Tidy, the British Trust Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace. They also recognise how highly local communities value their parks.
Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries said: “I’m delighted with this news. It is thanks to the hard work, dedication and passion of local residents, friends groups and the council’s parks service that the parks have retained their top status.
“Our green spaces are an essential part of the local area and one of the most popular services the council provides.
“They are places for children to play, for people of all ages to take part in sport, discover nature, relax and socialise.
"I'm delighted that we are continuing to improve the parks to attract more visitors."
The Oaks and Grove Park were awarded Green Flag status in 2008. Cheam Park completed the hat-trick in 2009.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 pm
Young inspectors keep the council on its toes
A team of young inspectors have been rewarded for helping the council review its services.
The “young inspectors”, aged between 13 and 19, visit a range of services and review them from the point of view of young people and make recommendations for change.
Last September the inspectors visited Beddington Park. They suggested that increased lighting and more play equipment would make the park safer and more appealing to young people. These suggestions were taken up by Sutton Council and the improvement work was completed in May.
The young inspectors were honoured in a presentation at the Civic Offices on Monday. Sutton’s Mayor, Cllr Margaret Court presented certificates to young people who had completed more than three inspections.
Over 30 young people are involved in the scheme which has been running for two years. They have carried out inspections of services including libraries, parks and council run websites.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm
Students fashion a charity show
Teenagers from Sutton have put on a fashion show to raise money for charity.
The cat-walk event took place in Sutton Central Library with the aim of raising money for the NSPCC.
The event was organised by Shannon Bailey and Brady Ferguson, both 18 and from Sutton. They designed the outfits themselves and got 15 of their friends to model them for the two hour event.
More than 70 people attended the show on Thursday night (29 July), raising £140.
Shannen, who wants to become a professional fashion designer, said: “We really wanted to stage an event which would entertain and help young people. The library have been really great in letting us put on this event.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:43 pm
Police in Woking stop investigation
Police have halted their inquires into a rape investigation in Woking.
Last month a 25 year old woman reported the attack on Goldsworth Park claiming she was assaulted on her way home from a BBQ.
Police say they now believe it didn’t take place.
3 days before a similar attack took place in Boundary Park in Woking.
Detectives say that investigation is still ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:41 pm
Police question four over Kingston raid
Police are questioning 4 men in connection with a raid at a jewellers in Kingston.
Robbers armed with sledgehammers smashed their way into the Bentalls centre in the early hours of this morning.
A large quantity of watches were stolen from Fraser Hart Jewellers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm
McLaren plans move up a gear
Restructuring at the Woking automotive giant McLaren is stepping up a gear – as the firm plans a future without Mercedes.
It’s secured a 40-million pound loan from HSBC to build its new consumer car factory.
The money could also part-fund the buyback of company shares held by Daimler.
The German group’s offloading its stake in McLaren and going solo in Formula 1 – as team Mercedes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm
Croydon Council staff balloted
Croydon council staff are being balloted for strike action over cuts to pay and perks.
The government has already imposed a national pay freeze on public sector staff.
Now workers say the council’s trying to slash annual leave, sick pay and redundancy pay.
The three unions at the council – Unison, Unite and the GMB say they’re asking all members to agree on dates for walkouts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm
Fulham may go for Bellamy
There’s speculation Fulham could make a bid for Craig Bellamy.
The striker has had a strained relationship with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
Mark Hughes says he would love to work with the Welsh international again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm
Unions issue tube job cuts warning
Union leaders are warning of huge cuts on the London Underground as a result of the Government's clampdown on spending.
The TSSA claims 800 job losses in ticket offices could be the "tip of the iceberg".
The union says it's seen a memo from Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy warning of the "very significant effects" of the Government's spending review.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm
Four injured in Surbiton crash
Four people have been injured in a crash in Surbiton
Two cars collided on Hook Road just after 12:30 – close to the junction with Vale Road South.
Air ambulance and two response cars were called to the scene.
The Ambulance Service says there aren’t any serious casualties – although one woman suffered head injuries.
Hook Road remains closed off – with police diverting drivers away from scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm
Hughes looks to make the top ten
New Fulham manager Mark Hughes believes he can establish the club in the top 10 of the Premier League.
Hughes faces a difficult task in succeeding Roy Hodgson, who led the club to last year's Europa League final.
But the former Man City boss says he feels he can build on that work and wants to drive the club forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm
Police investigate in Croydon
A seven month old baby has escaped serious injury after being thrown in front of a bus.
He was snatched from his sister's arms and hurled on to the road following an unprovoked attack in Croydon last week.
It's thought she had been targeted by two teenage girls.
A 14 year-old has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and bailed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
'Your Healthcare' takes over Kingston's community care services
People registered with a Kingston GP will now receive community healthcare from a new enterprise.
‘Your Healthcare’ is separate from NHS Kingston and will be providing services such as district nursing.
The staff will remain the same and patients shouldn’t notice any difference at all.
Managing Director Siobhan Clarke told us what will be changing.
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