Blitz Author Joins the Troops at Epsom for
The acclaimed author of ‘Firefighters and the Blitz’, recently released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the conflict, is attending the finale raceday at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday 2nd October and will be carrying out a book signing for racegoers.
As an author, journalist and contemporary historian, Francis Beckett is best known for known for his biographies of four former prime ministers: Attlee, Macmillan, Blair and Brown. His latest book, ‘Firefighters and the Blitz’, was released in the UK last month and tells how firefighters were as crucial as the army in the Second World War.
Beckett will travel to Epsom on a day which not only signals the end to Epsom’s flat season but also the final day of the Tompkins and May Derby Series. To add to the occasion 500 free tickets are being donated to the charity Tickets for Troops in support of the Armed Forces.
Tickets for Troops is an organisation dedicated to offering free tickets for events to soldiers, sailors and airmen. All serving military personnel are eligible for tickets to attend the afternoon of thrilling racing, as well as any veterans who have been medically discharged through injury since 2001.
The book signing will take place in the Queen’s Stand at 12noon and then again, immediately following the second race.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm
Merton council cracking down on dog mess
An operation to crackdown on dog mess is underway!
Merton has joined an army of eighty-five councils in the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign
Roadshows across the borough are offering residents free dog –chipping, waste bags and advice on dog ownership.
The tidy up doesn’t stop there, more wheelie bins and extra street cleaning are also being considered.
Stephen Alambritis from Merton Council wants to get value for taxpayers money.
M25 closed for over 2 hours
Parts of the M25 were closed for over two hours this morning after an Audi collided with a tractor near Cobham.
The drivers of both vehicles escaped uninjured although the car suffered extensive damage.
Police were called to the motorway at 11.30, just two hours after two other accidents caused problems at Leatherhead’s junction 9
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm
Detectives investigate Chertsey assault
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a serious assault in Chertsey.
Two men in Guildford Road approached a 23-year-old man last Friday.
After a verbal alteraction, the men pushed the victim to the ground, then stamped on him, breaking his wrist.
Officers are tracing 2 people in a white van and a couple, who left the scene before police arrived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm
Six children escape Croydon fire
Six children have escaped a fire in Croydon.
The blaze broke out in a house of converted flats in Oliver Grove just after midnight.
The front of the building collapsed, and most of the second floor was gutted.
A further 24 people were evacuated from neighbouring properties as a precaution.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm
Family of Tooting terror suspect speak
The family of Tooting terror suspect Babar Ahmad say they’re saddened the case has taken so long to come to court.
Four police officers appeared in court yesterday charged with attacking him after his arrest in 2003.
Babar is awaiting extradition to the US despite never being charged with any crime.
All four officers entered not guilty pleas and will stand trial next month. They have all been granted unconditional bail until then.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm
Richmond to improve reputation
Richmond is racing for it’s reputation this weekend.
Local residents will be cheering as more than 300 boats take part in the “Great River Race”.
The event is a snub to the New Economics Foundation, which claimed Richmond was a “clone town”.
More than 20 local firms are promoting their services in the “VisitRichmond” zone on the riverside during the day.
A childrens’ play zone, food and drinks will also be available.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm
Egham house raided
A house in Egham’s been raided today as part of a crackdown on stolen vehicles.
A 52-year-old was arrested – in connection with the inquiry.
Police also discovered what’s thought be a cannabis factory in a separate raid on a farm in Ottershaw.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm
Southern Gas engineers cause water leak in Kingston
Southern Gas engineers have been left feeling a little bit sheepish today.
It’s after they were called to a gas leak outside Kingston station yesterday afternoon.
However, while they were fixing the gas leak, they inadvertently caused a water leak.
One lane has now been cordoned off while repairs are made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm
Croydon man thrown out of seaside hotel
A cancer patient from Croydon says he was thrown out of a seaside hotel, after being accused of writing a negative review on a travel website.
Adrian Healey stay at Blackpool’s Golden Beach was cut short, when a manager demanded they leave.
He was accused of warning others against booking there, on Trip Advisor.
The hotel’s owners blame Mr Healey’s aggression for the decision to end his stay there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm
Epsom MP candidate for "Bigot of the Year"
The MP for Epsom and Ewell Chris Grayling could win the rather dubious title - “Bigot of the Year”.
His name’s been put forward by the Pink Paper – following his comments about B&B owners turning away same-sex couples.
The annual survey from gay rights charity Stonewall also celebrates those who’ve made a positive impact on the lives of gay people in Britain.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm
McLaren confident ahead of Singapore Grand Prix
McLaren are confident that significant improvements to their car will put them on a par with Red Bull and Ferrari at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
They hope upgrades including a new front wing will see them keep pace with their title rivals.
The Woking team have struggled on similar street circuits so far this season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:32 pm
Audio and footage of Chelsea barrister stand to be released
Footage and audio of the stand-off between police and a Chelsea barrister is to be release to the public.
An inquest's been hearing how Mark Saunders was shot dead by after a five-hour siege.
The operation began after the 32 year-old fired a shotgun at his home on Markham Square in 2008.
Alistar Bunkall says the only piece of footage held back by the court – is a 999 call made by Saunders halfway through the stand-off.
Nestle Croydon jobs under threat
A thousand jobs could go at Croydon’s biggest private sector employer.
Nestle’s looking to move out of the borough after 45-years.
The Croydon Guardian says the foodmaker blames rising maintenance costs at St George’s Tower for the move.
It’s claimed Nestle is close to signing a deal to relocate to East London – although they’ve yet to confirm the plans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm
British cheese sales rise
To those that say Britain stopped exporting long ago – stand to be corrected.
It seems the rest of the world can’t get enough of our cheese.
The Leatherhead Food Research centre says demand’s risen sharply – with cheddar and blue cheese proving most popular.
We sold nearly half-a-billion pounds worth to Germany last year, while sales in Spain reached 300-million.
Outside the E.U, more than a billion pounds worth was sold.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm
Esher boy robbed by two yobs
An 11-year old boy has been robbed in Esher by two yobs wearing ski masks.
The victim was riding a bike through woodland near Arbrook Common, when he was attacked yesterday morning.
The suspects are thought to be in their mid-teens.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am
Twickenham man to appear in court over Camberwell fire
A Twickenham man's appearing in court later charged with the murder of a toddler who died after being rescued from a fire.
The 19-month-old girl died in hospital following the blaze at a flat in Camberwell on Saturday.
27 year old Richard Curtis Kwayke from Twickenham is also accused of the attempted murder of four other people as will as arson.
A woman's also appearing in court charged with perverting the course of justice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Skyline change for Battersea..?
A huge stretch of the Thames at Battersea could be transformed thanks to controversial architect Lord Rogers.
He’s submitted a housing plan to Wandsworth council to build a number of steel and glass towers ranging from 12 to 20 storeys.
He’s also proposed putting a hotel on the land which sits between new Covent Garden market and Battersea power station.
It’s hoped work with start next year is planning permission is granted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm
Hughes - not happy
Fulham's manager has heavily criticised Stoke's Andy Wilkinson for a reckless tackle on Moussa Dembele.
Wilkinson was booked for scything down the striker, who had to be carried off, during stoppage-time of the Carling Cup clash last night.
Mark Hughes says the tackle that took him out was an absolutely ridiculous challenge at that stage of the game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm
Pubs across Woking targeted
Police are investigating a series of pub break ins around Woking.
Thieves have targeted the Mayford Arms, the Anchor in Knaphill, the Plough in Horsell and the Princess pub in Maybury.
Detectives are also investigating a burglary at a vets in Knaphill.
Police are looking at possible links between all the offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm
Everton boss hits out
Everton manager David Moyes has accused a Brentford fan of throwing a bottle into his side's supporters after their Carling Cup third-round loss.
The Merseysiders were beaten 4-3 on penalties at Griffin Park.
Everton are second from bottom in the Premier League and are still searching for their first win of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm
AUDIO: Vince Cable Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2010 speech in full
Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a searing attack on those in the City, who he blames for crippling the economy.
He has delivered a rousing speech to round off the first Liberal Democrat conference since
they entered coalition - admitting it's "exhausting'" being in bed with the Conservatives.
And he condemned the "outrageous" scale of bank bonuses after the credit crunch. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm
Twickenham's Vince Cable talks ahead of speech at Lib Dem conference
Twickenham MP Vince Cable's addressing delegates on the last day of the Lib Dem conference - with an attack on unrestrained capitalism.
The Business Secretary will talk about the importance of market competition and warn about the damage caused by short term investors.
But the head of the business group, the CBI, is describing Mr Cable's language as emotional.
Dr Cable insists his agenda is 'pro-business', but there's a need to protect taxpayers as well.
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