Decision time for striking fire fighters
London’s fire fighters have until 3 o’clock this afternoon to decide whether they will actually walk out.
It’s in a row over planned changes to shift patterns.
The London Fire Authority has already withdrawn 27 engines in anticipation of strike action.
Sutton and Kingston have lost a pump each – and New Malden was closed yesterday due to a lack of staff.
We’ve been out onto the streets of Surbiton to see if residents are behind the fire fighters. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm
Game over for Udal
Middlesex spinner Shaun Udal has announced his retirement from cricket.
The highlights of the former Panthers captain’s career included winning the Twenty20 cup in 2008.
Udal also played four Tests and 11 one-day internationals for England.
During his 22 years in cricket he took 822 first-class wickets and scored more than 11,000 runs. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Hunt on for Heathrow cashier
A cashier at Heathrow’s Bureau De Change is thought to have gone missing with over 100,000 pounds in foreign currency.
Police have confirmed a man in his 20’s was given keys to the Thomas Cook safe at Terminal 5.
It’s thought he’d only been working at the airport for a matter of days.
Officers were alerted after he failed to return from a lunch break earlier this week.
A search of his west London home has failed to find him and the country’s ports have been put on alert.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Animals bring trains and the M25 to a standstill
South West Train services were held up for almost an hour this morning.
It’s after animals wandered onto the line at Staines.
Meanwhile a heard of cows had to be stopped from crossing the M25 at Godstone yesterday.
The cattle had strayed from a nearby field and the motorway had to be closed for almost 20 minutes while they were removed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm
Guilty trio get combined total of 46 years behind bars
Three men from Carshalton convicted of the murder of IT expert Ben Gardner last Halloween have been sentenced to life in prison.
21 year olds Daniel Ransom [L] and Ross Collender [M] must serve a minimum of 16 years.
While 18 year old Jordan Dixon [R] was sentenced to 14 at the Old Bailey this morning.
30 year old Gardner was punched to the ground and kicked in the attack in Sutton after the gang had snatched his girlfriend’s hat.
Detective Inspector Bob Campany says it was an unpleasant attack. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm
Post mortem inconclusive
Post mortem results carried out on a man found dead at Heathrow have proved inconclusive.
The 46 year old Angolan detainee died as he was being deported from the airport on Tuesday night.
Further tests will now be carried out – his identity has not yet been released.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm
A dog’s love is sometimes the best medicine
Kingston Hospital has opened its doors to the charity, ‘Pets as Therapy’.
Georgie Boy, a sweet-natured West Highland white terrier, and his owner Jacquie Jeffery, recently visited elderly patients at Kingston Hospital to help cheer them up.
It has been proven that certain groups of patients, such as the elderly, can benefit from contact with specially trained animals.
Sadly sick patients can feel isolated, so when they are given the chance to have some companionship and affection from an animal that gives unconditional love, sometimes it ends up being the best medicine for them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Get your running shoes on for charity
CHASE hospice care for children has launched celebrations for the 10th birthday of its children’s hospice, Christopher’s this year and on Sunday 7 November there is an opportunity to come and join us at a great CHASE event.
Entry is now open for the CHASE Loseley 10k and 4k run to raise vital funds for local life-limited children and their families.
The event takes place at the beautiful and historic setting of Loseley Park and is ideal for both serious runners and families looking for a fun day out. In keeping with all great sporting events there is also NEW chip timing available this year, which gives you an accurate record of your time.
Entry for the 10k race is only £16.50 which covers the cost of the event so all your fundraising goes to help the charity. The 4k fun run only costs £11.50. A family ticket is available for a family of four at £10 each. Both runs start and finish at Loseley Park, with a warm up by professionals from Fitness First and all participants will win a T-shirt and medal with additional prizes on offer to the best fundraisers.
Hampton Hospice is given a huge boost
Some of the biggest names in music and theatre including Tony Christie, Jason Donovan and Tony Hadley joined Olivier award winner Michael Ball to raise over £50,000 for The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice at The Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
Philip Glenister welcomed the audience before Jason Donovan made a surprise appearance to perform his hit ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ which had knocked Michael’s ‘Love Changes Everything’ off the number one spot in 1989.
After a performance with Hairspray co-stars Brian Conley, Michael Starke and Les Dennis - who are currently touring the UK with the hit show - it was the turn of Shooting Star patron Tony Hadley to join Michael for a duet of Spandau Ballet hit ‘Gold’.
To have a look at how the Shooting Star works, click hereposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm
Richmond Park's MP proves his green ambitions are not just hot air
MP Zac Goldsmith [pictured with Brighton's Green MP Caroline Lucas],joined green campaigners and a solar-powered hot air balloon outside Parliament to show his/her support for clean, green heat for businesses and homes today.
Along with farmers and businesses and many other organisations, he is calling on the Government to honour its promise to bring in a Renewable Heat Incentive that would encourage people to switch to planet-friendly heating.
During the last Government, all parties pledged to introduce this incentive in April 2011, but now reports suggest it could be delayed or watered down in the 20 October spending review.
Delay is already damaging the UK's infant renewable heat industry as a lack of strong Government commitment makes potential investors nervous.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm
MP opens new renal dialysis centre in Purley
Dozens of patients, carers and staff gathered in Purley last Wednesday (6 October) to watch Richard Ottaway, MP for Croydon South officially open a brand new renal dialysis unit.
The unit, which is on Brighton Road, means that patients with renal (kidney) disease will no longer have to come into hospital to dialyse and can do it closer to their own home. The unit is run in partnership between Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services.
The Purley Dialysis Unit has 24 stations, all of which come with fully adjustable electronic chairs and their own flat screen TV and Freeview box, so patients can watch their favourite programmes – or listen to digital radio – in great comfort. It has the capacity to offer ongoing dialysis for up to 144 patients each week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Epsom and St Helier hospital staff celebrate qualifications
An awards ceremony celebrating the 84 members of Trust staff who have achieved an NVQ (national vocational qualification) this year has taken place.
Staff from across our hospitals, including ward sisters, nurses and other clinical and non-clinical staff were all invited to the celebration and were presented with their award by Director of Human Resources, Michael Burden.
The NVQs were awarded in a range of subjects, including a certificate in plumbing, pharmacy services, medical terminology and management.
To find our more about the work of the Trust, visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/epsom_sthelier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm
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Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Carshalton trio convicted of murder in Sutton
It's thought three men from Carshalton will be handed life sentences for killing an IT expert after snatching his girlfriend's Halloween hat in Sutton.
30-year-old Ben Gardner was punched to the ground and kicked to death in Throwley Way last October.
21-year-olds Daniel Ransom and Ross Collender, and Jordan Dixon who's 18, [pictured moments before the attack] have all been found guilty of murder.
The victim's girlfriend was also punched in the attack after trying to retrieve her hat from the road where it had been chucked. She was also spat on and verbally abused.
Outside court, Ben's family said their pain is still unbearable.
The men will be sentenced on Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm
'Community Payback' scheme gives Carshalton Park much needed facelift
Carshalton Park is getting a much-needed facelift thanks to work carried out as part of a ‘Community Payback’ scheme.
It involves offenders carrying out community based tasks as part of their sentences.
Over the last weekend crocus bulbs have been planted, and the railings given a lick of paint.
Carshalton police, Rotary Club and Sutton Council are behind the scheme, which they say has been met with ‘public appreciation’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm
Men go on trial after murder in Carshalton
Two men have gone on trial accused of murdering a father of three outside his home in Carshalton.
43 year old Daniel Tyson sustained multiple stab wounds to the neck, face and chest after he was attacked in April.
43 year old David John Howard and 54 year old William Scott deny murder.
The prosecution claims they attacked Mr Tyson after becoming drunk and disorderly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm
Trial of men involved in honour killing continues
It’s day two of a Mitcham murder trial at the Old Bailey.
George Alderman reports on this morning’s events.
Two men, Mohammed Ali and Omar Hussein, are on trial for the honour killing of 20 year old Banaz Mahmod.
A third man from Birmingham is charged with her kidnap.
Banaz’s body was found dumped in a suitcase in Birmingham in 2006 – her father and uncle are already serving life for their part in her murder.
Ali and Hussein deny the killing.
They also deny conspiring to kidnap her new boyfriend who was said to have brought shame upon the Kurdish family.
The Jury’s heard that in the weeks before her death, Banaz complained to police that she and her boyfriend were in danger.
The trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm
Teddington's junior rugby elite head to Italy
Teddington’s young rugby elite are to represent their club in Italy.
18 players under the age of 10 will take part in the three day tour in Venice to show case their talent.
The tournament is designed to better relations abroad through sport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm
Police urge elderly not to let unknown callers into their homes
Police are again urging elderly residents to keep unexpected or unknown callers out of their homes.
The warning comes as two elderly people were targeted by people claiming to be from social services in Beddington and Wallington.
In one of the cases a 91 year old woman had a purse stolen from her handbag.
A spokesperson for Sutton social services says all appointments are made in advance and all workers carry identification.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm
Risk of 'winter bug' spreading in Hounslow
Residents of Hounslow suffering symptoms of the winter vomiting bug are being asked to stay at home.
GP’s and Hospitals suffered major problems last year as the virus was passed unknowingly to vulnerable people.
Affecting people of all ages, those with the bug are being told to steer clear of schools, hospitals and care homes.
Dr May Kyi said ‘although unpleasant, most people recover quickly and the best advice is to rest at home.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm
Lorry driver escapes jail with fine after crushing woman with his truck last year
A lorry driver who killed a woman cyclist has escaped jail.
Joao Lopes avoided a trial at the last minute after pleading guilty to dangerous driving at Kingston Crown Court yesterday.
30 year old Ellie Cairns died after being crushed by his truck as she rode through Notting Hill Gate in February last year.
The 54 year old was handed a 200 pound fine and given three points on his licence after admitting his eyesight was poor.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm
Surrey County Council raises awareness of football related domestic violence
As the Euro 2012 qualifier approaches Surrey County Council raises awareness of football related domestic violence.
Figures showed a 61% increase in reports of domestic violence the day England played Algeria in the World Cup.
Surrey Domestic Abuse Awareness Week began yesterday, a day before England meet Montenegro at Wembley.
There are fears that a poor performance from England could lead to an increase in reports of domestic violence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm
Lush Kingston makes efforts to stop cruelty towards greyhounds
A Kingston based cosmetics company has launched a campaign to stop greyhound cruelty.
Lush claims over four thousand retired dogs go missing from the industry each year as they are no longer profitable.
All 85 stores across the country will support the Don’t Bet on it Campaign this week.
Its aimed at making people aware that while dog racing may be fun, the majority of dogs are killed after service.
To find out more about the campaign go to lush.co.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm
Housewife from Carshalton fined for benefit fraud
A housewife has been fined for claiming 52 thousand pounds in benefits when she has 50 thousand pounds saved up in the bank.
58 year old Claire Evans from Carshalton used the Income Support, Housing and Council tax benefits to top up her nest egg
She escaped jail saying she is the sole carer for her seriously ill husband.
However she’s been told she must repay the money and carry out 300 hours of community service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm
University fees rise
The current cap on higher education fees could be lifted, allowing universities to charge what they like for courses.
The Browne review has also suggested institutions charge different prices for different courses.
Chris Dingle, who’s the Vice President of Education at Kingston’s Student Union, says changing fees will affect the value of degrees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm
Surrey housing is still expensive
A new report shows Surrey is still one of the most expensive places to live in the country.
The study by the National Housing Federation reveals the average house price is £352,000 - that's 13 times the average salary.
Elmbridge is the most expensive area.
The federation is calling for the government to build more affordable housing in the South East.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm
New hospital shop is ‘Absolutely Fabulous’
The League of Friends shop in St Helier Hospital has been officially re-opened by ‘Ab Fab’ actress June Whitfield following a £65,000 refurbishment.
The shop, which sells magazines, books, sandwiches, gifts and many other items, has been extended so that patients, visitors and staff can choose from a wider selection of goods. In addition, wider, automatic doors have been installed to improve access for people with disabilities.
Wimbledon resident June, who is president of the St Helier and Sutton League of Friends said: “I was delighted to be invited to officially open the shop, but all of the credit should go to the wonderful League of Friends volunteers. It is their hard work and commitment that has raised the money for these improvements. I would encourage anyone who is visiting the hospital to drop in and have a look – you never know what you might find to buy.”posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am
Monday, 11 October 2010
Couple assaulted in Woking in unprovoked attack
A young couple have been assaulted in Woking in a totally unprovoked attack.
An 18-year-old man and his girlfriend were walking through Sythwood Park last Wednesday when a group of youths approached them.
They snatched the girl’s bag and set fire to it, before punching the man, breaking his jaw.
The girl also suffered cuts and bruises.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm
Croydon man pleads guilty to drug offences
A Bulgarian man from Croydon has been caught smuggling heroin.
Nedko Nedev had more than £200,000 worth of the drug found in his car, which he claimed he had borrowed from a friend.
He pleaded guilty to the offence in court and will be sentenced next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm
Kingstonian team news for tonight
Kingstonian face St Albans tonight as they attempt to seal a place in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Manager Alan Dowson is expected to name an unchanged side from the team that played 90 minutes on Saturday.
If K’s can win at Kingsmeadow they’ll face a tricky away trip to Luton Town.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm
Red Caps families carry on for justice
The families of six Red Caps killed in Iraq have received Government assurances that the fight for justice will carry on.
Charges against two men accused of the murders were dropped yesterday in Baghdad after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence.
The MOD says it will continue to push to see those responsible brought to trial.
The six British military policemen including Simon Hamilton Jewell from Chessington were killed in 2003.
A mob of about 400 people attacked a police station in southern Iraq.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm
QPR extend Walker's loan
Neil Warnock wants to extend Kyle Walker’s loan at QPR.
The original deal was for 1 month but his impact at Loftus Road has been impressive.
He’s assured Bradley Orr that he’ll reclaim his spot when he’s back from injury as Walker can fill a variety of positions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm
Fulham boost the backroom
Fulham have added Glyn Hodges to their backroom staff.
The former Welsh international has worked with Mark Hughes at previous clubs.
However it leaves Ray Lewington’s position at Craven Cottage uncertain.
He didn’t travel to West Ham last week and could seek a move elsewhere.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm
Woking looks for 30 Angels
The hunt is on to find thirty volunteers to form the Woking Street Angels team.
The new initiative, being set up by Woking Churches, will help vulnerable people in the Town Centre on Friday nights.
They’ll offer support to anyone affected by homelessness, drunkenness, drug abuse or violence.
A similar scheme in Guildford has contributed to a 29 per cent decrease in public violence on Friday and Saturday nights.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm
Kingstonian draw Luton in the Cup
Kingstonian will be up against Luton Town if they make it to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.
They’ll have to get through a replay with St Albans at Kingsmeadow tonight.
Woking will face Eastleigh if they can get past Brentwood Town.
While AFC Wimbledon travel to Basingstoke Town, Carshalton Athletic will play Chelmsford or Bromley.
And Staines Town have an away trip to Hythe or Bury Town.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm
Heathrow enjoys a record spell
Heathrow Airport has enjoyed it busiest September on record.
BAA says more than 6-point-2 million passengers flew from there last month.
That's a 7-point-6 percent rise on September last year.
BAA puts it down to a bounce back in business travel as the global recovery picks up pace.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm
Woman accused of Surrey murder in court
A woman from Surrey's appeared in court charged with murder.
53 year old Ann Browning is accused of killing 82 year old pensioner Bill Williamson.
She's been remanded in custody and will re-appear in court tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm
Police search for missing vulnerable man in Surrey
Police are making appeals to trace a vulnerable man who's gone missing in Surrey.
61 year old Derek Vass was last seen on Friday night at a hospital unit in Chertsey.
He's a registered diabetic and has not taken his medication with him.
He's white about 5 foot 8, slim with short grey hair and a white beard.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm
Lewis downbeat about F1 chances
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton thinks winning this year's world title could be beyond him.
It's after the Woking driver lost more ground to his rivals at yesterday's Japanese Grand Prix.
Hamilton finished fifth and now lags 28 points behind championship leader Mark Webber.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:22 pm
Royal Marine raises funds
A Royal Marine recovering from a life saving operation at Epsom’s Headley Court has spent the week-end fund raising.
Liam Brentley returned to his hometown Bradford to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.
The 25-year-old was seriously wounded after being shot in the head during a fire-fight in Afghanistan four months ago.
The Marine survived thanks to a 12-hour life saving operation in Birmingham and will need further brain surgery next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 pm
Surrey does a U turn on academies
It appears Surrey Council’s leader has backtracked on plans to turn all of the county’s secondary schools into academies.
Council leader Dr Andrew Povey’s told the BBC that he doesn’t think it would be ‘right for Surrey’, following a ‘fantastic’ set of Ofsted results.
In July the Council wrote to the Education Secretary saying proposals to transform schools into academies were ‘exciting’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm
Mother says it's a miracle
The mother of two boys injured when a car crashed into their garden in Walton says it’s a ‘miracle’ they’re still alive.
Zach Sutton and his brother Scott were playing in the garden when a car smashed into a brick fence post earlier this month.
3-year-old Zach suffered a suspected fractured skull and 2-year-old Scott was also treated for head injuries.
Their mother, Laura, is now calling for a 20 mile per hour zone to be put in place for Ashley Road and the surrounding area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm
Couple in court accused of sham marriage
A bride and groom accused of participating in a sham marriage are due in court later.
Czech national Pavel Mirga and Nigerian Florence Babawale were arrested as they arrived at St Peter's Church in Streatham.
They've been in custody since August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm
Sunday, 10 October 2010
St John the Baptist Church to re-open
The Church of England is on the verge of taking the rare step of re-opening a church after an extensive campaign by locals in Hampton Wick.
St John the Baptist Church near Bushy Park was facing closure after its vicar was withdrawn.
Worshippers had to share services with the vicar of Saint Marks in Tedddington.
Now the church in Grove Road has a new team with Reverend Graham Singh who is about to be installed as the priest in charge in January.
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