The days are getting shorter and darker, and, it seems already in the capital we're a region in hibernation - who'll stop at nothing to get an extra few zzzzs.
New research highlights the extent to which the onset of winter is already beginning to have a lethargic effect.
Seven out of ten people in London claim they are now finding it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings.
When it comes to getting up women are far worse, with two thirds of women in the Capital admitting they find it hard to get out of bed.
That compares to half of men who admit they find it a struggle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm
Planning for Bolingbroke hospital gets the go ahead
A planning application to convert the disused Bolingbroke Hospital into Wandsworth’s first ‘free school’ has been approved.
The new Academy will provide enough space for 800 pupils aged between 11 and 19.
It will open in September next year when the first year seven children will be admitted.
The academy will be free to attend and funded directly by the Government.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm
Inquest adjourned on Heathrow fatal crash
Three members of the same family were killed in a car crash when they tried to make an illegal u-turn at Heathrow.
Vasunati Patel made the manoeuvre after missing their exit in January – a van then ploughed into the side of the car.
She was instantly killed along with her brother and brother in law.
An inquest found the driver of the van had no chance to avoid the collision.
It’s been adjourned until a later date, pending an investigation into a faulty sign.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm
Sara Payne aims to be next Victims' Commissioner
The mother of murdered Hersham schoolgirl Sarah Payne has put herself forward to be the next Victims' Commissioner.
Sara Payne has held the position before - but only for a year in order to pave the way for a longer-term appointment.
Louise Casey resigned from the post yesterday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm
Four jailed for armed robberies across West London
Four men have been sentenced today at Kingston Crown Court following a series of armed robberies across West London last year.
The raids last year hit premises in Hayes, Feltham and Uxbridge.
Ringleader 23 year old Jamie Baker from Hayes was sentenced to 10 years and three others were handed sentences totalling 18 years.
Police say the gang had no regard for their victims as they drove around on motorbikes, some of which were stolen, looking for premises to rob.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm
Fulham Ground redevelopment
Fulham have unveiled plans to redevelop their Craven Cottage stadium.
They want to increase the capacity to 30,000.
The ground, which has been the Whites' home since 1896, currently holds 25,700.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm
Lewis Hamilton's worst season
Lewis Hamilton says it will take time to recover from what he has described as his worst season in Formula 1.
The McLaren driver, 26, is on his poorest run of form for more than two years and has been involved in several controversial incidents.
He says he is his own biggest critic and very hard on himself but has huge belief in his abilities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm
Raynes Park assault
An alleyway in Raynes Park is sealed off tonight as police investigate reports of a sexual assault.
A 19 year old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged attack near the Raynes Park Tavern in the early hours of this morning
He remains in police custody.
The 20 year old woman who made the claim is also being questioned.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm
No comments from the Surrey County Council
Surrey County Council is refusing to comment on controversial comments made by their former leader on Twitter.
Dr Andrew Povey summed up the new look cabinet as still having ‘6 men, 4 women. One known gay – No PhD’s’.
Last month he announced he was quitting his position after a mysterious ‘disagreement’ with other members of the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am
Cuts at Surrey libraries
An attempt to stop staff cuts at ten libraries has been turned down by Surrey County Council.
They voted against a proposal to scrap the plans in a meeting this week -but they will be discussed at a scrutiny meeting next week.
Campaigners say the cost cutting measures will force the libraries to close – the council argue they can be adequately staffed by volunteers.
Volunteers are set to run libraries in Byfleet, Ewell Court and Stoneleigh from next year as part of a pilot scheme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Pickpocket from Croydon jailed
A pickpocket who targeted elderly and vulnerable bus passengers, including one victim who was 87 years old, has been jailed.
56 year old Richard Dolphy from Croydon was sentenced to 2 years at Isleworth Crown Court.
He came to the attention of police after a series of crimes using the 'coin-drop' method.
Detectives carried out surveillance on Dolphy and caught him red-handed carrying out an offence on a bus in Wandsworth.
He would drop coins to distract and then steal from victims in their 80's, some of whom he targeted after they'd visited banks.
He also was responsible for 13 similar crimes across London including in Ealing and Brixton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm
Sam Cam paints nails in Lewisham
Samantha Cameron has outlined the importance of keeping our childrens’ hospices and charities.
The Prime Minister’s wife spent the morning at a pamper day at charity Contact in Lewisham.
The mother of four helped paint nails as she talked about the struggles of bringing up a disabled child.
Her son Ivan died in 2009 aged six from cerebral palsy. He was a regular user of Shooting Star Chase childrens’ hospice in Hampton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm
Thieves tricked their way into a home in Carshalton
Police are hunting for a burglar man who tricked his way into the home of an elderly couple in Carshalton.
The suspect claimed he wanted to check their drains and stole a safe.
But police say the burglar would have been disappointed by its contents when he finally opened it because it only contained two old bus passes!
The suspect is a white man, aged 25-30, and about 5ft 10in.
He had dark brown wavy hair, brown eyes and an English accent.
He was wearing smart dark trousers and a dark jacket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm
Cracking Down on Crime in Coffee Shops
Police are working with coffee shop and café owners in Wimbledon town centre to reduce crime.
They’re cracking down on thieves who target unattended handbags, shopping, mobiles or iPads.
Often distracted customers don’t realise something is missing until it’s too late.
The new campaign aims to alert, advise and inform customers about how to keep their belongings safe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm
Flood Fears in Sunbury
Empty houses at nine locks and weirs along the River Thames are to be rented out to the public.
The riverside cottages, including those in Sunbury and Chertsey, were previously occupied by lock keepers.
The Environment Agency says they can save over 400-thousand pounds – while lock keepers can still carry out their jobs.
But the GMB union claims that it could slow response time and cause possible flooding.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm
Innovative Plans for Local Libraries
Two south London councils are investigating ways to harness the latest innovations in library services and technology.
Across the country as many as 600 libraries have been recently shut down or are facing closure as the national debt is brought under control.
Wandsworth and Croydon Councils’ plan is to test the service levels provided by their in-house library teams against a range of external suppliers.
This includes private companies, library trusts, other councils and community organisations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Come to Kingston and see the benefits of organic wine
How much do you really know about the wine you drink?
That’s the question members of organic produce scheme From the Ground Up will be asking on Thursday.
They’ll be on hand at Market House, in Kingston Market Place to talk through the benefits of checking the origin of your wine.
You’ll also be able to take part in a taste test. Event host Martin Bates has this advice.
For more information on From the Ground Up and the event, click hereposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 pm
Youth sentenced to 12 months for Sutton violence
An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution for his part in the August riots.
Charlie Etheridge pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder in Sutton high street on the 8th of August.
He was identified by a police officer monitoring the CCTV system in the control room at Sutton Police Station.
He will have to serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for release.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 pm
Wallington driver not prosecuted
A man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in Wallington, will not be prosecuted.
The 43 year old van driver was questioned in connection with the death of former British boxing champion Gary Mason.
The 48 year old died after being knocked off his bike in Sandy Lane South in the early hours of January 6th.
The driver did stop at the scene and the Crown Prosecution service has decided not to take action against him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm
Vending machine cigarettes illegal
We’re being warned that buying cigarettes from vending machines is now illegal.
Anyone caught with one of these machines on their premises faces a fine of £2,500.
Sutton trading standards has already sent out reminders to pub and club owners to help reinforce the law there.
It's estimated 35 million cigarettes are sold illegally to children every year nationwide through vending machines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm
Police issue a warning in Woking
Police in Woking are advising residents to be security aware after a pensioner was conned.
The 79-year-old victim was contacted by a man claiming to be a manager at a bank in Knaphill last Wednesday afternoon.
The victim from the St John’s area gave out personal information and was advised a courier would be sent to collect his old bank card.
The card was later used to steal £3,500 from cash point machines in the Croydon and Crystal Palace areas.
The suspect courier is a black man, about 6 foot and aged around 26 to 28 years-old and of a medium build.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm
Elderly woman rescued in Chiswick
An elderly woman has been rescued from her flat after a fire broke out in Chiswick last night.
The woman, in her 80’s, is being treated in hospital suffering from the affects of smoke inhalation.
Part of the first floor flat on Southfield Road was damaged.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm
Jenson Button wants a second championship
Jenson Button has set his sights on winning a second world title, with his form reaching new heights.
He took the crown with Brawn in 2009 and has emerged as new world champion Sebastian Vettel's closest challenger.
Asked if he had another title in him, the Woking driver says definitely, and that is why I moved to this team.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm
Surrey County Council has a new leader
Surrey County Council has a new leader.
David Hodge has been elected and immediately announced a change to the authority’s parking charge policy.
Speaking to a meeting of the Full Council he said the council’s countywide policy for on-street parking would “end today”.
Instead, local committees will now be given freedom to decide on the policy.
Hodge also announced two new members of the Cabinet, Helyn Clack and Tony Samuels.
They replace the former leader Dr Andrew Povey and the former Cabinet Member for Environment Dr Lynne Hack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:22 pm
Grit giveaway in Sutton attracts over 1,600 in its first weekend
More than 1,600 Sutton residents prepared for the predicted cold snap by collecting free grit supplies from Sutton Council last weekend.
Despite temperatures hitting 29 degrees just a week before, the icy temperatures predicted for later this month were clearly on resident’s minds as they headed to three sites across the borough to collect their supplies.
It follows the success of the pioneering scheme last year when more than 10,000 homes were issued with grit – and comes after forecasters predicted that snow could fall in the coming weeks.
Last year, around one bag of grit for every 10 households in the borough was distributed - an average of a bag of grit for every 50m of road. So far 1,671 10kg bags have been handed out – about double the amount claimed during the first week last year.
Residents can collect the free grit over the next two weekends from B&Q in Carshalton Road, Sutton; Woodcote Green Garden Centre and Nurseries, in Woodmansterne Lane and Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycling Centre.
People will be able to get 10 per cent off a snow shovel when they collect their grit from B&Q.
Residents are being invited to help their elderly friends and neighbours or people without cars by collecting the free grit on their behalf.
It is available from:
* B&Q in Carshalton Road, Sutton (underground car park) – 10am to 5pm * Woodcote Green Garden Centre & Nurseries in Woodmansterne Lane – 8.30pm to 5pm on Saturdays, 10am to 5pm on Sundays * Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycling Centre – 10am to 5pm on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm on Sundays (check the webcam to avoid busy times – www.sutton.gov.uk/kimptonwebcam)
Please bring your own bag or sack to collect the grit at Kimpton Park Way. Grit at the other two locations will be ready bagged.
Proof of residency in the London Borough of Sutton is required so people are requested to bring along a council tax bill or a current utility bill.
If you are elderly or disabled and currently receive an assisted bin collection you can arrange for the grit to be delivered to you. Please call 020 8770 5070.
For details on how to use the grit go to www.sutton.gov.uk/gritting
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm
Fatal collision on M3 causes major delays
Motorists are being told to avoid the London bound carriageway of the M3 after a fatal two car collision.
A man, who was a passenger in one of the cars, was pronounced dead at the scene between junction 2 and 3 at Thorpe.
Two others have been taken to St Peter’s hospital in Chertsey – where they were treated for minor injuries.
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving while unfit.
The London bound carriageway remains closed while police carry out investigation work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am
Monday, 10 October 2011
Potential Airport Link
Boris Johnson has said he will explore plans to build a high-speed rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick.
Ministers are considering connecting the two airports in an attempt to expand London’s air capacity.
The plans dubbed ‘Heathwick’ would enable passengers to bypass immigration and travel between the airports in just 15 minutes.
The mayor praised transport secretary and Weybridge MP Phillip Hammond as ‘brave and right’ for suggesting the link.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm
Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was robbed as he rode home in Epsom.
The 40-year-old victim was cycling along an alleyway near Long Grove Road when three suspects blocked his path.
They stole his Hugo Boss wristwatch,iPhone, Blackberry, car keys and cards.
The three suspects are black and all wore black bomber-style jackets -one suspect had cornrows.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 pm
Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival
The 20th Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival will take place throughout November.
The main programme will feature writers, broadcasters, historians and new talent.
The festival also includes a full programme of activities for younger people.
Venues hosting the programme include Ham House in Richmond, the American University and the Orange Tree Theatres.
For full line-up details visit the website or call 020 8831 6494.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm
October heatwave increases patients at St George's
The A&E department at St George’s Hospital, Tooting experienced record attendances during the early October heat wave.
They treated nearly twelve hundred patients in 3 days – a record for the time of year.
The A&E department saw increases in alcohol related injuries as well as outdoor sporting injuries in both adults and children. They also saw more elderly patients who were affected by the sudden high temperatures, leading to problems such as dehydration.
Phil Moss, clinical director for A&E and major trauma says that there was a large number of people who could have gone to a minor injuries unit, walk in centre, GP or community pharmacy for treatment. He urges people to choose their health services carefully to ensure that staff at A&E departments can focus on caring for patients with serious injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
Missing man in Surrey
Police in Surrey are appealing for help in finding a 44-year-old man who has not been seen since Thursday.
Darren McCorry, a father of two young sons aged 4 and 18 months, from Guildford, was last seen on Thursday.
Darren is white, 6ft, medium build and he has medium length wavy blond hair.
He was last seen wearing dark suit trousers, a dark three-quarter length jacket and black shoes.
Darren is originally from Harrow, but also has links to the Weybridge, Guildford and Woking areas as well as Bournemouth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
Attack on pregnant woman in Surbiton high street
Police are investigating a vicious attack on a pregnant woman in Surbiton high street last night.
The victim, who is 33 weeks pregnant, was taken to hospital after being assaulted.
Her two female friends were also treated for minor injuries sustained whilst trying to protect her.
The male suspect was restrained before making an escape via Claremont Road where it's believed he got on a bus.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm
Generous donation to Sutton Hospital
A £75,000 donation to Sutton Hospital from the St Helier and Sutton League of Friends has funded a brand new state of the art scanner.
The ultrasound scanner can be used to examine any part of the body and help diagnose potentially life-threatening conditions.
The ultrasound technology means that no radiation is emitted while examining the body.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm
Injured horse in Tandridge
Police are appealing for information after a horse was injured at Tandridge Hill Farm.
The 12-year-old horse was found bleeding and had sustained several cuts along his spine, to his rump, smaller cuts on his left hind leg, a deep laceration to his right foreleg and additional cuts on his shoulder.
The stables were thoroughly searched but there was no indication to explain his injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 pm
Two injured in M25 crash
Two people have been seriously injured after a crash on the M25 at Chertsey.
Both have been taken to St Georges hospital in Tooting – but their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The crash happened clockwise just after mid-day
The ambulance service says its vehicles struggled to get out of the area as many drivers had got out of their cars.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm
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