Protests over Pope's visit to Twickenham
A group calling itself Protest the Pope has met in Richmond and called for mass action against the Pontiffs visit.
According to Telegraph, one of speakers suggested blocking or hindering the Pope’s progress to a St.Mary’s College in Twickenham, where he’s to address 3 and half thousand school children.
The group who managed to gather around 60 people for the meeting claim they are not anti-Catholic but are just against this Pope’s attitudes, in particular to gay marriage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 pm
Runners course in Old Deer Park
Runners in Richmond will soon benefit from ‘parkruns’ in Old Deer Park.
The Council hopes to encourage people to take up the sport.
The organised 5 kilometre runs will take place every Saturday going around the perimeter of the park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm
Addlestone residents get involved with policing
Addlestone residents will soon have the chance to help to decide local policing priorities.
Surrey police want people to say what issues they consider most pressing for the area.
They’re invited to the next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting to address the problems.
Top issues at the last meeting were anti-social behaviour and social disorder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm
Historic Sutton wall set for a makeover
A historic wall in Sutton is set to receive a facelift with more than 90 thousand pounds of funding secured.
The grade 2 listed flint wall encircles St. Mary’s Churchyard in Beddington Park.
The Church appeared in the Doomsday Book in 1086 but maybe much older, as two Roman coffins were recently found on site.
The money will come from English Heritage and other grants.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm
Friday, 13 August 2010
Marathon man gets by with a little help from his friends
Only six more to go as Jason Arday completes the 24th of 30 marathons with money going towards Hampton Childrens' Hospice.
Shooting Star’s marathon man Jason Arday has finished his 24th marathon, leaving him with only six more to go until he completes his challenge of 30 marathons in 35 days. After starting at 2.30am, Jason finished back at his starting point of Piccadilly Circus six hours and 24 minutes later.
Kim Darton, Shooting Star’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing joined Jason for his latest marathon, cycling the route. ‘I stayed with Jason throughout and we shared life stories through the night,’ Kim said. ‘I am stunned by this splendid man, and found my moments with him tremendously inspiring.’
En route Jason was also joined by two college friends who met him at Teddington to run the last half of the marathon, as well as another friend who joined the group for the last five miles. Jason has already surpassed his fundraising target of £5000 which will be split between Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity and The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, which provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
Work continues to repair burst pipe in Brentford
Thames Water has been assessing the damage to homes in west London which were flooded due to a burst water main in Brentford yesterday.
Thousands of houses were without supplies.
The burst pipe had a knock-on effect in Acton, Chiswick and Shepherd’s Bush.
A spokesman for Thames Water says repairs to the strategic main should be complete by tomorrow but motorists are going to experience delays.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 am
Surrey draw at Guildford
In County championship division 2 action yesterday Surrey and Sussex drew in their rain affected match at Guildford.
Sussex resumed their second innings on 39 for 2 and slipped to 94 for 5 before skipper Michael Yardy came to the rescue with an unbeaten century.
Sussex closed on 275 for 6.
Scores: Sussex 217 and 275-6.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 am
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Brentford under water after water main bursts on London Road
Message from Hounslow Council. A severe water mains burst is affecting the Isleworth area; particularly the junction of London Rd and Syon Lane.
Evacuation of properties in the area has taken place and residents are advised to check the Council Emergency Information Line on 020 8583 5110 to find out about temporary accommodation, emergency rest centres and for an update on the situation.
Water cuts and low pressure are currently affecting many West London areas and further updates can be found from Thames Water. If you are aware of any elderly or vulnerable residents in your area ensure you check they are not affected by the emergency.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm
Heathrow passengers amongst those affected as BAA staff vote to strike
Union press release:
Unite the Union members at BAA have delivered a substantial vote for strike action in a dispute over a derisory one per cent pay offer.
The union balloted 6,185 staff including security staff, engineers, fire-fighters and support staff at BAA's six airports: Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. 74% of BAA's staff who took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action.
Unite national officer for civil aviation, Brian Boyd said: "Last year BAA's employees accepted a pay freeze to help the company because they understood the difficult financial operating environment within civil aviation. A pay offer of one per cent plus the withdrawal of two payments worth over Â£1,000 is simply confrontational.
"CEO Colin Matthews recently hailed BAA's financial performance and passenger numbers at Heathrow reached a record high in July. BAA has constantly ignored the contribution its employees make to the ongoing success of the business. Unite members have delivered a strong message that they deserve more."
Unite national officer for civil aviation, Brendan Gold said: "This ballot result reflects what our members feel about BAA's current attitude. For the past four months BAA has refused to even meet with us. BAA is doing passengers a great disservice by allowing this dispute to get to this stage. We are therefore calling on BAA to return to the negotiating table with a fair offer."
The current offer of a one per cent increase on basic earnings plus an additional 0.5 per cent conditional on changes to its sickness agreement falls far short of employee expectations. In 2009 BAA staff accepted a pay freeze. However, to compound employee frustrations, BAA withdrew a proposed Â£450 payment due to it narrowly missing the EBITDA target of Â£1.2 billion by just three per cent. The company has also informed all staff that they would lose out on their annual airport incentive payment of Â£700 for 2010.
Unite will be meeting with its key representatives on Monday 16th August to decide what form of industrial action union members will take.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm
Officers could be charged over treatment of a Tooting man
Five police officers will find out later if they'll be charged over a racist attack on a terror suspect from Tooting.
The officers could be prosecuted over the treatment of Babar Ahmad as he was held in Tooting in 2003.
The Metropolitan Police paid 60-thousand pounds damages last year after admitting he'd been the victim of violence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 am
Surrey still hopeful of victory
Surrey hold the upper hand going into the final day of their County Championship match against Sussex at Guildford.
Division 2 leaders Sussex will resume this morning on 39 for 2 in their second innings still trailing by 36 runs.
Scores so far in the rain affected match: Sussex 217 and 39 for 2.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Hit man sentenced
A hitman hired to kill a frail Ashtead woman by her ex-husband, has been handed a 32 year jail sentence.
Contract killer Paul Cryne flew in from Thailand to strangle Sharon Birchwood at the end of 2007.
His DNA was found on parcel tape used to gag her.
Sharon’s ex-husband, Graham was handed an identical jail term last year for paying Cryne to carry out the murder.
DCI Maria Woodall from Surrey Police says it was an unusual case. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm
Nothing of significance in search for missing Fulham estate agent
Police investigating the disappearance of Fulham estate agent Suzy Lamplugh say they've not found anything during searches of a meadow in Worcestershire.
Officers used ground-penetrating radar and a mechanical digger to examine an area where someone thought they'd seen a shallow grave 24 years ago.
She disappeared in 1986 after going to meet a mystery client named only as Mr Kipper.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm
Pedalled from Paradise to Paradise!
At 6am, on Friday 30 July, Andrew Latimer, 48, Surbiton got on his bicycle and made the long journey from Princess Alice Hospice to Lyme Regis. This journey of almost 200 miles was quite a feat for someone who by their own admission is not the ‘fittest person in the world’.
Whilst one can question the sporting ability of Andrew what cannot be questioned is the ability that he and his family and friends have for fundraising, this is the first time Andrew has asked for sponsorship and friend, clients of his packaging company and family have been very generous.
Before, he even gets into his gear and sets foot on a pedal they have raised thousands of pounds. Their online donations at http://www.justgiving.co.uk/Rita-Ives are already in excess of £3,500. With Gift Aid, corporate donations and more money coming in each day they are confident of reaching over £5,000.
Andrew hoped to get to his final destination by Saturday night and we are happy to report that he did!
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm
Diabetes under the spotlight in Croydon
The diabetes clinic at ‘Mayday’ hospital will have its ‘15 minutes of fame’ next Monday, when it plays the star role in the Channel 4 series The Hospital.
In a five-part series, The Hospital looks at the impact of our young generation on the NHS.
One in five of the patients in being treated in hospital in Croydon is here because of diabetes. The programme follows Croydon Health Services diabetes team and a number of young patients who use the service. It illustrates the difficulties in treating young diabetics and the challenge for staff in raising awareness of the condition with their patients and its relationship with their lifestyle choices.
Dr Richard Savine said: “There are 15 to16,000 diabetics in Croydon, which is an awful lot of people. I rarely think about it in those terms though, I’d probably go mad if I started thinking about the size of the problem.”
Treating diabetes and its complications is estimated to cost £1 million every hour and due to increasingly poor diet and a lack of exercise, type 2 diabetes is being picked up in increasingly younger patients, with a new diabetic being diagnosed every three minutes in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm
Missing teen found thanks to Jackie appeals
A teenager missing from a hospital in Roehampton for five days has been found.
16 year old anorexic Harini Payagala was discovered just after 1 o’clock this afternoon at Roehampton Golf Club.
She had been sectioned under the mental health act at the Priory hospital.
She is now undergoing medical tests as she hasn’t eaten or drunk anything since she disappeared on Saturday night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm
Police concern for missing Hayes girl
Police are growing increasingly concerned for a young girl missing from Hayes.
12-year-old Alisha Rhone was last seen at around 4.30 on Sunday afternoon on Cranford Drive.
She was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jacket, light blue leggings and black plimsolls.
Anyone who’s seen here should call police on 0208 246 1432.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 am
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Cobham accident Update
A woman has been rushed to hospital with life threatening head injuries after an accident on the A3 at Cobham.
The emergency services including the air ambulance, were called to the Painshill junction just before 2 o’clock.
The driver’s BMW collided with the central reservation, closing both carriage ways.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm
Man guilty of murder in Ashtead
A man has been found guilty of the murder of a woman in Ashtead.
62 year old Paul Cryne flew from Thailand and killed ME sufferer Sharon Birchwood at her home on Harriots Lane.
Her murder was committed at the request of her estranged husband Graham Birchwood in December 2007.
Cryne’s DNA was found on parcel tape used to gag Mrs Birchwood.
He’ll be sentenced tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm
BREAKING NEWS: Accident brings A3 to a standstill
An accident has closed the A3 at Painshill.
The emergency services are still on the scene of the collision on the Southbound carriageway.
The Northbound carriageway has also been closed off in the last 20 minutes.
We’ll have travel updates every half an hour throughout Drive.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm
Seach widens for missing Fulham estate agent
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh in July 1986 have launched a new search for her body.
The 25 year old estate agent vanished 24 years ago after leaving her office in Fulham to meet a client.
The last clue to her whereabouts was an appointment to show a house in Shorrolds Road to someone she referred to as "Mr. Kipper'' She was officially declared to be dead, presumed murdered, in 1994.
Police are digging in a field at a disused Army barracks in Worcestershire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm
High risk teenager missing from Roehampton's Priory Hospital
A teenager has gone missing from the Priory hospital in Roehampton.
16 year old Harini Payagala was last seen on Saturday at around 9pm. The anorexic is sectioned under the mental health act.
Her family think she is hiding out in a wooded area such as Richmond Park.
Sasha Payagala describes her sister for us.
Anyone who thinks they have seen Harini should contact Wandsworth Police on 0208 247 8736.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm
Monday, 9 August 2010
England's cricketers are glorious
England's cricketers have beaten Pakistan by nine wickets in the second Test at Edgbaston.
It's another comfortable victory for Andrew Strauss's side.
England lead the series two-nil, with two games to go.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 pm
Streatham supermodel is contradicted by agent at war crimes trial
Naomi Campbell's former business agent has told a war crimes court Charles Taylor had arranged to send the model uncut diamonds in 1997.
The former Liberian President is on trial at The Hague.
Carole White's testimony, in which she claims Ms Campbell told her she was to be given a diamond by Taylor, contradicts the evidence Ms Campbell gave last week when she said she didn't know where the ''stones'' came from.
Ms White's testimony is similar to that of actress Mia Farrow who also claims Campbell told her a similar story while they were on holiday together in 1997.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 pm
''Greedy Officer'' jailed
A former police officer from Chertsey has been jailed for his role in a multi million pound mortgage fraud.
Southwark Crown Court heard Charles Overend applied for 23 fraudulent home loans totalling around 3-point-7 million pounds.
The 47 year-old was sentenced to five years and nine months, his brother Jonathan got a year in jail for deception.
The judge said the loans were motivated by "simple greed."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm
BREAKING NEWS: Fire in Mitcham
A block of flats is on fire in Cranmer Farm Close.
The Fire brigade, which was called at 3.12pm, says the top floor flat and the roof are currently alight.
There are forty firemen and eight fire engines on scene.
There are no reports of any injuries at the moment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm
Great Train Robber marks his 81st birthday
Ronnie Biggs marked his 81st birthday in hospital yesterday with his friend and biographer, Stoneleigh Resident, Mike Gray at his side.
Biggs is best known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, his escape from prison in 1965, for living as a fugitive for 36 years and for his various publicity stunts while in exile.
In 2001, he voluntarily returned to the United Kingdom and spent several years in prison, where his health rapidly declined.
On 6 August 2009, Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am
Wandsworth schools to get improvement funding
Plans for the redevelopment of two Wandsworth schools are to go ahead.
Burntwood School in Earlsfield and Southfields Community College will both benefit from a major improvement package.
The project had been put on hold after the Coalition Government scrapped the national Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Work is expected to start in spring next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 am
Chelsea close to signing Ramires?
Double champions Chelsea were yesterday beaten 3-1 by Manchester United in the Charity Shield at Wembley.
Meanwhile Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti's refusing to confirm or deny claims they're close to completing a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Ramires from Benfica.
It's been reported the two clubs have agreed an eighteen million pound fee.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 am
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Body pulled from River Mole
A man's body has been found in the River Mole at Leatherhead.
The discovery was made just after 1.30pm today.
Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm
Chelsea left feeling blue
Manchester United have beaten Chelsea 3-1 in the Community Shield.
Antonio Valencia, Mexico World Cup star Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov scored for United.
Salomon Kalou made it a nervy ending with a late goal for Chelsea.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 pm
Witnesses sought after man is hit by bus
A man's in a critical condition in hospital after being involved in an accident with a bus.
The 38-year-old pedestrian suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by the single-decker in Horley in Surrey, late last night.
Police say the man was was originally taken to East Surrey Hospital.
He was transferred to St George's Hospital in Tooting this morning, where his condition is said to be life-threatening.
Witnesses are asked to contact Surrey Police on 01483 639922.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 pm
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