Kingston residents call for new pedestrian crossing
An online petition campaigning for a new pedestrian crossing has gained the support of more than 100 Kingston residents.
It calls for a new crossing to be installed at the Latchmere Road junction of Park Road.
Campaigners are hoping to improve road safety for parents at St Agatha’s and Latchmere Schools. They say the area is busy because of the schools, Latchmere recreation ground and students using the 371 bus to commute to and from Grey Court School in Ham.
There are already existing crossings, but the organisers of the petition say they are too far away from the junction for most pedestrians to use.
Conviction for Graveyard Sex in Reigate
A couple who engaged in sex in a graveyard in view of students at Reigate Grammar School have been found guilty by a jury at Guilford Crown Court of outraging public decency.
Andrew Donaldson and Karen Waters were caught last April after their alcohol fuelled exploits shocked pupils, teachers and parents at the school.
The couple admitted having a picnic and a kiss and cuddle but denied it went further.
But when the police found the couple, Donaldson was exposed and only wearing boxer shorts.
The two were given a three month sentenced, suspended for a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 am
Friday, 11 February 2011
Foul play not suspected in Cheam teen death
It’s believed a teenager found dead at his home on Tuesday evening, committed suicide.
The 17 year old was found dead in the garage of his family’s home in Priory Crescent.
Ambulance crews arrived at the scene just after half past five.
The former Cheam High School pupil was pronounced dead at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm
Police search for cable thief
Five thousand pounds worth of copper cables have been stolen in Ottershaw.
The theft occurred sometime on Tuesday and is the latest in a series of similar attacks.
The cable housing box that was targeted is on the pavement on Stonehill Road close to Queenswood golf club.
Around 500 meters of copper cabling was pulled up from under ground.
Police are investigating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:22 pm
Funeral held for Boxing legend
Gary Mason's funeral is being held in Carshalton.
Mourners have gathered for the service at All Saints Church.
The former heavyweight British boxing champion died when he was in a road collision in Sandy Lane on January 6th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm
"Nightmare" living conditions in Tooting flats
Residents living in a Tooting tower block say mould growing in their homes is affecting their health.
They say living conditions in Hayesend House on the Hazelhurst Estate are an ‘absolute nightmare’.
Wandsworth Council blame the problem on a combination of ‘poor ventilation and inadequate use of heating’.
Campaigners say up to 36 flats out of 56 are affected – the council say the problem is confined to a ‘small number’ of properties.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm
Save our libraries
Croydon residents will be taking to the streets tomorrow – in a campaign to stop the closure of up to six of their libraries.
South Norwood, Norbury, Broad Green, Bradmore Green, Sanderstead and Shirley libraries all could be cut.
Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks along with other councillors will lead a protest march at South Norwood Hill.
The protest is due to get underway at 10.30 am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm
Merton Council mourns passing of Mayoress
Merton Council are mourning the loss of former Mayoress Sheila Draper – who passed away last Wednesday.
She’s been praised for her ‘unstinting support’ for Councillor Nick Draper between 2009 and 10.
A reception to celebrate her life will be held at Colliers Wood Community Centre next Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm
Suspects appear in court after Surrey drugs raids
16 people are in court today charged with drug offences.
The charges follow dawn raids carried out by Surrey police yesterday.
All will appear at Guildford Magistrates Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Olympics wheels its way into Surrey
Finally wheeling its worldly way is a cycling event near you.
Police hunt 'nurse' in distraction burglary in Woking
Police in Woking are hunting a 'bogus' nurse who conned an elderly couple. . The woman called at a house in Maybury yesterday afternoon claiming she was there to check on the mobilty of the woman's husband.
The un- invited caller was allowed in and pretended to assess the 86 year old by helping him around the living room with his walking frame.
She stole 500 pounds in cash from the couple and left.
Police say it's a despicable crime and are appealing for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm
England keep same line up at Twickenham
England have named an unchanged side for Saturday's six nations clash with Italy at Twickenham.
The only slight change is Hendre Fourie who in on the bench replacing Joe Worsley.
Mick Tindall leads the side and wins his 68th cap.
England will be looking for a second win of the competition after beating Wales last Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm
2012 Olympic Road Cycle Races to whiz through South West London and North Surrey
The route of the 2012 Olympic cycling road race has been revealed.
The world's top riders will compete in the opening weekend of the Games.
The route takes cyclists from The Mall, through west London and then out to Surrey and back.
Riders will speed through Richmond Park, back across the Thames at Richmond Bridge before passing through Bushy Park, Hampton Court Palace and into Surrey.
The athletes then head off on a large loop through Surrey taking in Walton on Thames, Weybridge, West Byfleet, West Horsley and Dorking.
12 arrested on suspicion of drug offences
Surrey police have arrested 12 people on suspicion of drug offences in a series of dawn raids this morning.
200 officers were involved in searching 16 properties at locations in Surrey, London and Sussex.
All are being questioned on suspicion of supplying heroin and crack cocaine.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am
Lewis tests new McLaren in Spain
Lewis Hamilton is back behind the wheel for McLaren in the opening day of Jerez's four-day test.
Most teams are running their 2011 cars for the first time in pre-season testing.
The early pace in Jerez has been set by Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
The championship gets under way in Bahrain in a month's time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am
Police appeal over 'clock' thefts
Police are investigating a series of raids where antiques and artefacts were stolen in Surrey.
Valuable grandfather clocks have been taken from addresses in Chobham and also Gomshall recently.
The thiefs dismantled the clocks and took the faces and workings.
Police say an unsual pattern is emerging where criminals are targetting these specific items meaning there's a market for specialist horological goods.
They are appealing for dealers and traders to call them if they spot items for sale in an unusual enviroment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Kingston charity Worker honoured for helping premature and sick babies
For more than 25 years Pauline Woods, resident of Tolworth and Coordinator for Born Too Soon, the Neonatal Charity at Kingston Hospital has been helping make the experience of having a sick or premature baby on the Neonatal Unit the best it can be, by providing comfort and support during an extremely difficult time in their lives.
Pauline was recently awarded by the Rotary Club with the Paul Harris Fellowship in appreciation of her tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Pauline was unaware that she had won the award until her name was recently called out at the Rotary lunch of Kingston upon Thames, Pauline said:
“It was such a surprise to receive this prestigious award, and I am truly humbled - I love my job, I can honestly say that the work I do for me is a labour of love and I learn something new everyday, every parent is different, every baby is special and whether a baby lives for a minute, a month, a year or sadly is stillborn, they are still a part of a family and will be forever.
“I could not have done any of the work I do without the support of my family and the team I work with.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm
Richmond's Youth Parliament announced
Max Edwards, a senior member of Heatham House and Katherine Pearce, from Hampton Academy, were announced as the borough’s new Youth Parliament representatives at the Council Chamber in York House, Twickenham last night.
Over 6500 young people voted in the elections between 24 January – 7 February, the highest turnout ever. Jack Lewis from Teddington School was elected as their deputy.
He said; “It feels really brilliant to be elected. I will stand by my election promises and campaign for a fair deal for young people. I will make sure my views are heard and will try and successfully represent young people in our amazing borough.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm
Congestion eases after Hampton Court Road crash
Two men have been taken to Kingston Hospital after a collision between a motorbike and a car this morning.
The incident happened on Hampton Court Road just before 8 o’clock.
One man is being treated for serious arm and leg injuries – another is receiving attention for shock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
Man in 'serious condition' after Streatham Hill crash
A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a car collided with a bike in Streatham Hill this morning.
The incident happened shortly before 8 this morning at the junction of Kings Avenue and Atkins Road.
Another person, believed to be the driver of the car, is also being treated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am
Animal charity move approved
A high profile animal charity are moving to Woking.
The WWF’s application to relocate to the Brewery Road car park was approved by the Council’s planning committee last night.
Surrey County Council also had previous interest in the Horsell site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
New Hollister store in Kingston sparks size debate
A clothing store in Kingston has refused to comment on allegations it is size-ist.
A number of shoppers have complained that the new Hollister store doesn’t cater for the average size 16 woman.
One woman in her twenties told us If the shop is only aimed at people with size zero waists, for example, 12 year olds, why is it so expensive? There's no way a 12 year old could afford half the stuff in there
Another mother said I'm alarmed they are encouraging people to slim down
Some customers claim they were told by the store, otherwise known as Abercrombie and Fitch, that certain clothes in the shop only come in sizes small or extra small - and other sizes can’t be ordered in.
A member of staff at the shop in the Bentall Centre told us there is currently no need for larger sizes in the Kingston area.
They went on to say they make people queue outside to build up intrigue, anticipation and hype.
Have you been to the Hollister store in question? Email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm
Twickenham Academy pupils help spread road safety messages
Pupils from the Twickenham Academy will be working with Richmond Council to create DVDs promoting cycle safety, as part of the academy’s GCSE Drama courses this Spring.
Teams of young people at the academy were challenged by the Council to come up with story lines for a short film. The 10 ideas which best get across important safety messages will be acted out, recorded, edited and turned into DVDs.
They will be used by the Council as part of training sessions for the Junior Citizen programme which helps primary school pupils learn about many aspects of safety.
The films will also count towards the academy pupils’ final grades.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm
Police investigate carjacking in Battersea
A former aide to the Queen Mother has been carjacked in Battersea.
Niall Hall was driven in his own car to a garage where he was tied up, threatened with a knife and beaten.
After being forced to reveal his card PIN numbers the thieves then withdrew hundreds of pounds from his account.
He was then driven to Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, where he was dumped on the roadside.
Police, who described the ordeal as ‘terrifying’, are looking for the former Irish Guards captain’s blue Land Rover.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm
Police investigate attempted attack in Lyne
Detectives are investigating after a woman became the victim of an attempted robbery while she was in her car in Lyne.
Police say she was followed closely last Wednesday night and forced to pull over in Lyne Crossing Road.
The suspect then tried to grab her keys and take her handbag.
Police say it must have been a terrifying experience.
They are carrying out house to house enquiries and examining CCTV footage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm
Man's body found in Addlestone
A murder inquiry's started in Addlestone.
Police were called to an address in Brighton Road yesterday after the discovery of a man's body.
The victim has yet to be formally indentified but he's believed to be local man John Dowling who lived alone.
A post mortem is being held this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm
Surrey police welcome PCSO funding freeze
Surrey Police have welcomed news that funding for Police Community Support Officers will be maintained.
The Home Office confirmed today that the current level of funding for PCSO’s will stay the same for the next two years.
The announcement, which police say will relieve pressure on their budget, comes as the force announced they’re recruiting 200 extra PC’s.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am
Internet dating warning
Police are issuing a warning to internet daters after three women in Surrey have been targeted by romance fraudsters.
They are posing online as US soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
One victim, from Woking was persuaded to part with £150,000 by a man she met online.
He claimed he needed the money to buy his way out of the army and relocate to the UK.
Police say the majority of those who use these websites are genuine but online daters do need to be wary.
David Cliff runs many leading internet dating sites including instantfriends.co.uk.
Streatham murder suspect appears in court
A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a woman in Streatham.
48 year old Clifford Mills was arrested after a woman’s body was found at a house on Morrish Road last Thursday.
The victim, believed to be in her 40’s, hasn’t been identified.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am
Police hunt attackers after 'nasty' Shepperton assault
Police have described an attack on a man in Shepperton as ‘nasty’.
The assault took place just after midnight on Sunday 30th January on Manygate Lane.
The man, in his 40’s, was walking home when he was knocked to the ground and punched.
He was left with a black eye and cuts and bruises.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am
Monday, 7 February 2011
Latest Sutton crime figures revealed
Sutton Police have revealed a significant drop in crime on the High Street since last September.
Figures released today show that overall crime fell by over thirteen per cent compared to the same period the year before.
Since September robbery and serious violence, like GBH, have fallen by over 50 per cent – while youth crime fell by over 60.
It’s thought the introduction of town centre police teams, which includes an increased uniform and undercover presence, is responsible for the drop.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm
Going high-tech in the war on potholes
Sutton Council has gone high-tech in the battle against potholes.
The authority is trialling a new infra-red ‘Nu-Phalt’ cooker which repairs roads more quickly with less waste.
The new weapon produces a heat-sealed repair with a near seamless joint, with no ear-splitting drilling and no lengthy road closures.
The device, which is used to maintain Silverstone's Grand Prix circuit, means a typical one square metre repair can now be completed in just 20 minutes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 pm
Ancelotti - Torres needs time
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes striker Fernando Torres needs time to adapt before he shows his best form.
The 50 million pound man was largely anonymous as he made his debut in yesterday's 1-0 defeat by his former club Liverpool and was substituted after 66 minutes.
But Ancelotti insisted the 26-year-old would soon begin to justify his British record transfer fee.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm
Heathrow campaign group reveal night flights complaints
Campaign group HACAN says they’ve been inundated with responses following publication of a Heathrow night flights report.
They’re calling on the Government to scrap flights before 6am – after their report found it would save the economy £860 million.
Dutch economists CE Delft say that’s because costs would be saved on people suffering from sleep deprivation.
Complaints to the campaign group came from Twickenham, Barnes, Putney, Chelsea and Ealing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Two men in court charged with Brentford murder
Two men are due in court today – charged with the murder of a man in Brentford last year.
33 year old Stephen Ramsay was stabbed to death after a fight broke out on New Road in the early hours of Saturday 27th November.
Paul Moles and Ricky Fogden will appear at the Old Bailey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am
Mayoral candidate Livingstone in Ealing
Ken Livingstone’s visiting Ealing today – as he continues to tour London’s boroughs in his bid to become Mayor.
He’ll be joined by running mate Val Shawcross as they meet residents, businesses and community groups.
Both Livingstone and Shawcross have attacked Mayor Boris Johnson over his ‘broken promises’.
They’re challenging proposed fare rises, police cuts and ticket office closures.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am
Twickenham's MP in apprentice push
The Business Secretary is encouraging firms to take on more apprentices.
Vince Cable says the government wants there to be 100 thousand more vocational training places available by 2014.
Twickenham’s MP believes skilled workers are the key to sustainable economic growth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am
Kingston Hospital gets top award
Kingston Hospital has been awarded UNICEF’s prestigious ‘Baby Friendly’ accreditation.
The Stage 1 Accreditation recognises the hospital’s implementation of best practice standards in infant feeding.
The award is part of a journey Kingston Hospital began in 2008 when it registered its intention to become a ‘Baby Friendly Hospital’ with UNICEF UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 am
Harlequins move into LV Cup semis
Harlequins moved into the semi-finals of rugby’s LV Cup after yesterday’s resounding 23-7win over the Cardiff Blues at the Twickenham Stoop.
Fly-half Nick Evans led the way for the Quins with 18 points including one try.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 am
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Roadwork milestone for Surrey
Surrey County Council claims one million square metres worth of resurfacing has been carried out across the County in the last nine months by highway teams.
That's the equivalent of covering 140 Wembley football pitches, or, if the roads were laid end to end, the length of road repaired and resurfaced in that period would stretch 117 miles (188km).
Almost 500 road projects will have been completed by the end of the 2010/11 financial year in March.
Councillors blame the last two harsh winters for the demise of our roads.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm
Star signing not such a star
Chelsea's 50 million pound striker Fernando Torres has had a miserable debut for his new club.
They were beaten 1-0 by his former team Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 pm
Tributes to Thin Lizzy guitarist
Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore has died in Spain, aged 58.
The legendary musician was found dead in a hotel room on the Costa del Sol.
It's not known how he died.
Moore joined the band in 1973 but only played with them for four months.
Four years later he returned and went on to play on the band's Black Rose album.
Thin Lizzy founding member Brian Downey says "he will always be in my thoughts and prayers".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 pm
Crane Park Playground Protest
The Crane Park playground protest has moved on a step. Two thousand leaflets have been delivered to get the public’s view in Whitton after Richmond council demanded evidence for the opposition. One of the members of the public against the new plan,Richard Lailey,says there are already under-used playsites in nearby Kneller Gardens.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm
Amanda Holden thanks staff at West Middlesex after devastating loss
Britain's Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden, has lost the baby boy she was expecting.
The actress was seven months pregnant and had only announced she was expecting last month after losing a baby four months into her last pregnancy last year.
The 39-year-old also lost a baby last year and is said to be "utterly devastated".
She thanked doctors and nurses at the West Middlesex in Isleworth, where she was admitted after suffering complications last Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm
Brentford snap losing run
In Championship action yesterday Crystal Palace registered a vital 1-0 win over Middlesborough at Selhurst Park.
Brentford were 2 nil winners over Plymouth in League One.
While in the Conference AFC Wimbledon returned to winning ways beating Fleetwood Town 1 nil at Kingsmeadow.
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