Richmond goes plastic free
A campaign organised by Greener Upon Thames was launched on Thursday night in Richmond by Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith [pictured on the night] and record-breaking ocean rower, writer and environmentalist Roz Savage to make the 2012 Olympics plastic bag free.
It is feared that millions of promotional ones will be produced and find their way round the world, creating a global problem.
Stay tuned to Jackie News this weekend to hear more.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm
Saturday travel update following yesterday's train crash at Oxshott
South West Trains advises passengers that train services continue to be affected following the serious road traffic incident yesterday at Oxshott, Surrey.
A cement mixer lorry came off a road bridge over the railway and hit a train travelling from Guildford to London Waterloo around 1530 on Friday 5 November. Around 40 passengers were on board the train at the time of the incident.
As a result of the incident, no trains are running today between Surbiton and Effingham Junction. Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Oxshott and Cobham and Stoke D'Abernon stations have no train service, and replacement bus services are in operation. Trains are being diverted around the disruption via Woking. All other services on the South West Trains network are currently running to the normal Saturday timetable.
South West Trains Managing Director Andy Pitt said: "We would like to thank the emergency services, our on board, operational control and customer service staff, the support team who attended the scene, as well as British Transport Police and Network Rail, for their professional response to yesterday's incident. Our thanks must also go to the local community who provided support to passengers during the incident.
"Most importantly, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the passengers on the train during the incident for their patience and cooperation during extremely difficult circumstances. Our thoughts continue to be with all of those injured as a result of yesterday's accident.
"We will be assisting the investigating bodies in any way that we can in determining the full circumstances of the incident. At the same time, we are working hard to ensure we are ready to restore full rail services to our customers as soon as possible."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am
Friday, 5 November 2010
Cement mixer falls onto train from Bridge at Oxshott
Several people have been injured after a cement mixer lorry fell from a bridge and landed on a train at Oxshott.
The accident happened shortly after 3 o'clock as the South West Trains Guildford to London service left the station.
The lorry fell from a bridge and landed on at least one of the coaches of the eight carriage train.
A spokesman for British Transport Police says up to 40 people were onboard - four of them have suffered minor injuries.
The lorry driver is understood to be "more seriously injured".
This passenger was on the train when the accident happened:
Natalie Hamilton-Martin lives nearby and has driven over the bridge many times.
Statement from SW Trains
South West Trains can confirm that the 1505 train service travelling from Guildford to London Waterloo was involved in a serious incident earlier today at Oxshott, Surrey.
The incident happened at approximately 1530 and involved a cement mixer lorry, which is understood to have come off a road bridge over the railway and hit the fifth and sixth carriages of the eight-coach train.
The train remained upright throughout the incident.
There are no reports of any fatalities at this stage. Around 40 passengers are understood to have been on the train at the time of the incident.
A South West Trains spokesman said: “Our first priority and thoughts are for those who have been injured in this incident, as well as their families and loved ones, and our own employees. Our response team is at the scene and we are working with Network Rail and the emergency services to ensure those involved in the incident are given every assistance. Safety is our absolute priority and we will do everything in our power to assist the investigation into the accident.”
As a result of the incident, there are currently are no trains between Surbiton and Effingham Junction. Trains are being diverted around the disruption via Woking or Leatherhead.
The line between Surbiton and Effingham is expected to remain closed today and Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm
Aircraft comes down in Dorking
A light aircraft has crashed into fields at Westcott near Dorking.
Two people on board were trapped and have been cut free by rescue workers.
Both have received medical attention.
An investigation's underway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm
Praise for East Surrey hospital
East Surrey hospital in Redhill has been given top marks.
A report out this week shows its using the best and newest equipment for keyhole surgery.
Almost one in four across the UK including St Peters in Chertsey were identified as using out-of-date and potentially unsafe equipment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm
Thursday, 4 November 2010
A decision expected soon on Surrey Police station sale
A decision on whether to sell of 7 police stations in Surrey is expected today.
It's all part of a huge cost cutting exercise - as the Victorian stations cost the taxpayer nearly £2.5 million.
Among those on the list include Ripley, Byfleet and Sunbury.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm
Two hospitals in Surrey under fire
A hospital in Surrey have been accused of performing keyhole surgery with out-of-date and potentially unsafe equipment.
St Peter’s in Chertsey is apparently using old reusable equipment which carry extra risks for patients.
Mike Parker is the ex-president of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm
Anelka gets praise
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Nicolas Anelka is in the form of his life.
It's after the French striker helped them reach the Champions League knockout stages.
Last night the Blues secured a 4-1 win over Spartak Moscow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm
A new boss for Wandsworth musuem
A new head has been appointed for Wandsworth Museum.
Ken Barbour takes over from Andrew Leitch to showcase the boroughs two thousand five hundred year history.
Having helped established Wandsworth Museum, Mr. Barbour is set to develop a series of events over the next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm
Injured firefighter makes a plea
A fire fighter injured in a street protest in Croydon on Monday is pleading for an end to the ongoing dispute.
30 year old Tamer Ozdemir was run over by a car as he stood on the picket line outside Croydon fire station.
He was taken to St George’s hospital but discharged himself later that evening.
He says the two sides need to lock themselves away until an agreement is reached.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm
Turn right says Brian
Brian Blessed is being launched as a sat-nav voice.
25-thousand fans joined a Facebook group to lobby for the actor's dulcet tones to be recorded.
TomTom are staging a Flashmob event in London this afternoon to celebrate Brian becoming one of their voices.
He announced last week that he was pulling out of Richmond’s panto because of a respiratory infection.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm
Clubb to make England debut
Tony Clubb will make his full England debut in the final rugby league Four Nations game against Papua New Guinea on Saturday.
The Harlequins centre is one of seven changes Steve McNamara has made for the game at Eden Park - Clubb takes the place of Ryan Atkins.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm
Colleges plan to merge
Kingston and Carshalton Colleges have announced plans to merge.
The idea hopes to provide students with a wider course range by pulling its resources.
The first phase is yet to undergo public consultation, with business as usual for current students and next years applicants.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Kingston career criminal pays back tax payer
A career criminal from Kingston has been let off paying a 1.8 million pound debt to the tax payer.
59 year old Vincent Stapleton owes the money after failing to pay a confiscation order imposed on him 8 years ago.
It was after he was found guilty of his part in a 9 million pound VAT fraud.
The father of Bad Girls actress Nicola Stapleton has allegedly bought two houses through fraudulently since his conviction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:31 pm
Damon Hill backs Mark Webber
Former Formula one World champion Damon Hill is hoping an Australian will win this year's title.
Hill who lives in Surrey won the championship in 1996 and is backing Red Bull's Mark Webber ahead of either Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button.
McLaren admit their decision to treat Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button as equals may be reconsidered during the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Woking team have vowed to give Button their "full support" as both drivers chase the title with two races remaining.
Team boss Martin Whitmarsh says they will see what the situation is during the race.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso leads the championship.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm
Surrey's children services reach an adequate status
Surrey's children's services have been given a clean bill of health.
It's after they were slammed as inadequate two years ago.
Inspectors said not enough was being done to protect Surrey's children from neglect and abuse.
As a result - the Government sent in a team to boost standards.
Now the Children's Minister has written to the council saying it's ending its intervention after an inspection found services to be adequate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:21 pm
Surrey women recieve suspended sentances
Two Surrey women have received suspended jail terms after admitting running several brothels.
In court 48 year old Ping Hylott was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
46 year old Lihua Na was given a nine-month jail term, also suspended for two years.
Police said the pair had benefited from financially from several brothels in Sussex.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:19 pm
Surrey's drug users get a warning
A warning’s going out to drug users across Surrey after more than ten people were hospitalised due to potentially lethal heroin.
Up to seven other people in Woking and Guildford are also thought to have fallen ill over the weekend.
Tests on the drug have found it contains traces of a strong sedative, which can slow the heart rate.
Police are advising drug users to seek urgent medical advice if they experience side effects including flu like symptoms and shaking.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm
Abuse at Epsom & St. Helier Hospitals is on the increase
Violent assaults on staff at Epsom and St Helier hospitals are on the rise.
New figures have revealed 275 reported physical attacks in the last year.
That’s 67 more than the year before – a rise of 23 percent.
A trust spokesman says the new motto is ‘if you want to use us, don’t abuse us.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:57 pm
Coroner's verdict on the death of a rugby player in Battersea
An inquest has heard a talented rugby league player died after falling from a window in a drunken birthday binge.
Daniel Egan was celebrating his 25th birthday when he fell from the second storey flat window in Battersea in August.
His friends told the coroner they saw his legs dangling out of the window at about 4.15am on August 29th.
Mr Egan, who was originally from Ireland, died at St George’s Hospital from severe brain injuries.
The cornoner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:53 pm
Addlestone family attacked by masked intruders
Masked intruders have attacked a family in their home in Addlestone.
The family of three were eating a meal when thieves broke in to the property on Simplemarsh Road on Monday evening.
A 45 year old woman suffered cuts to her face and hands from what’s believed to be a knife.
Two phones were stolen. Police are hunting a BMW.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 pm
Police officer loses job over Wormwood Scrbs inmate
A MET police officer has been given the sack after an inmate at Wormwood Scrubs was found with drugs and a mobile phone.
The prisoner at the Shepherd’s Bush jail was permitted an unauthorised family visit while on temporary release last year.
He was awaiting an interview in connection with a number of vehicle thefts in Hounslow in 2004 and 2005.
It’s believed he was allowed to see family members while in the care of the officer in question.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm
Travellers on Tooting Common face prosecution
A group of travellers who have set up camp in a car park on Tooting Common have been given 24 hours to leave or face prosecution.
They were today served with notices from Wandsworth Council requiring them to vacate the car park by midday tomorrow.
Failure to meet this deadline could render them liable to court action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:31 pm
Calls for Eurostar platforms to reopen
Six MPs have called for the five former Eurostar platforms at Waterloo station to be reopened.
A Commons motion signed by the Lib Dem MPs said mothballing the platforms has cost the taxpayer 4 million pounds since 2007.
3 years ago Eurostar services moved to St Pancras.
The motion was led by Carshalton and Wallington's MP Tom Brake.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm
Inspired to write by the dark side of Sutton
Aspiring writers used the dark side of Sutton’s history to provide inspiration for ghostly stories.
The Word Factory event used Sutton’s archive material, such as the West Street Infant School's punishment book dating from 1909, to write stories with a distinctly ghoulish slant.
The workshop, which was run by renowned poet Aoife Mannix and Borough Archivist Kath Shawcross, was the second in a series of events which aim to help residents write stories about Sutton’s future using the borough’s history as inspiration.
Each workshop takes advantage of Sutton’s extensive archive collection to provide budding writers with a glimpse of the area’s past to inspire them to write stories predicting what Sutton will be like in 2025.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Wear It Pink
Kingston Hospital staff went Pink on Friday.
Approximately 210 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed at Kingston Hospital each year, so it is paramount that Kingston locals know the signs to look out for and know who to contact as soon as they identify a change in their breasts.
Pink tutus, PJs and pink panther suits were all the rage at Kingston Hospital last Friday for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Physiotherapy Team boosted breast cancer awareness by wearing outrageously pink outfits and selling deliciously good cakes to raise money for research into breast cancer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm
Put on your running shoes and help children across Surrey and SW London
Registration for the Loseley 10k and 4k runs ends at midnight tomorrow.
The team is hoping you'll help them thrash last year's record by signing up before it's too late!
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm
Half a millennium of experience celebrated in Sutton
Staff who have between them clocked up nearly 500 years of service to Sutton Council have been honoured at a ceremony.
The Long Service Awards 2010 recognised the hard work and commitment of 18 staff members who have each worked at the council for 25 years.
Denise Davis, who has worked in the human resources at Sutton Council since 1985, said she recognised similarities between the transformations that took place in the 1980s and the changes happening now.
“I joined the council after signing up to a scheme which encouraged young people to work at the council – much like the initiatives we are running now. There was also a lot of organisational change happening – just like right now.
“However some things have changed dramatically. When I started we didn’t use computers, everything was on typewriters or written. The council offices were also in buildings over at Grove Park.
“It was really great to be honoured at this ceremony, these past 25 years have flown by and I look forward to what the next 25 years bring,” she said.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm
Police marksman under investigation
Police marksman is under investigation over claims he put song titles into his evidence during the inquest into Mark Saunders' death.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it's looking into the allegations against an officer known only as AZ8.
Barrister Mark Saunders was shot dead by police during an armed siege in Chelsea in 2008 - the hearing ruled he'd been lawfully killed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm
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