Mortlake station is bugged
South West Trains is installing a new listening device at Mortlake station.
The RailBAM can diagnose potential technical problems with trains by listening to them as they pass in traffic.
The system employs an array of sensitive microphones mounted at the side of the track that listen to every individual axle bearing on each train as it passes by.
Sound analysis allows tiny bearing defects to be identified months before they become a problem.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm
Man jailed for stealing first world war medals
A man from Croydon has been jailed for six years after he broke into an elderly woman's home in Addiscombe and stole some of her most treasured possession.
The haul included her father's First World War campaign medals.
46 year old Mark Ellis from South Croydon pleaded guilty to burglary.
Police say they are pleased that a career burglar has been put behind bars for a long time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm
Battersea sees a rise in numbers due to money worries
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is reporting the number of owners who cant afford their pets is double that of 2010.
The charity is blaming the rise on the economic pressures families are facing.
Battersea says it had 91 cases of people who couldn't afford to keep their dog or cat this year, compared to 42 in 2010.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm
Heathrow passenger numbers drop
The country's biggest airport operator is blaming a drop in passenger numbers on weaker economic conditions.
BAA saw a 1-point-3 per cent fall in their 6 UK airports to 9-point-6 million last month compared with the same period last year.
Heathrow had its first decline in customers since last December with a 17 per cent drop in passengers on domestic routes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm
Chelsea boss charged by FA
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.
It's because of comments he made about the referee following his team's Premier League defeat at QPR last month.
The Stamford Bridge chief has until Tuesday afternoon to respond to the charge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm
Harlequins team news
Harlequins make just one change from the team that beat Bath for tonight's Heineken cup clash with Connacht.
Chris Brooker replaces Joe Gray as the pair rotate at hooker.
Quins also make two changes on the bench, with Ben Urdapilleta replacing the injured Rory Clegg and Tom Williams coming in for Matt Hopper.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm
Lewis says he's not affected by Button
Lewis Hamilton says claims by Martin Whitmarsh that his form has been affected by team-mate Jenson Button's success are "rubbish".
The Woking F1 boss said after the last race that Hamilton was "feeling under pressure" from Button.
But Lewis says he disagrees with the comments and his issues have been much, much bigger than that - more personal.
Button is 38 points ahead of Hamilton in the hunt for second in the championship.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Stars and their Dogs turn out for charity
The countdown has begun to one of the most star-studded red carpet events of the year when A-list celebrities turn out in support of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s
Hosted by Peter Andre and in the presence of the Home’s President TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, tonight promises to offer an unforgettable experience.
It will celebrate Battersea’s unparalleled work caring for thousands of lost, abandoned and unwanted animals. The Home’s legendary Guard of honour, made up of dozens of Battersea dogs, will line the red carpet entrance, treating the guests and assembled media to an emotional welcome they will never forget.
The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s most prestigious fundraising event of the year. The much loved animal welfare charity enjoys the support for its vital work from many of the nation’s top celebrities. Previous attendees have included Simon Cowell and Dame Judi Dench, Amanda Holden, Alexandra Burke, and Brian May of Queen.
During the event revellers will also have the opportunity to bid in an exclusive money-can’t-buy auction with an array of luxury, bespoke gifts donated by some of the Home’s supporters. The Ball will raise vital funds to ensure that Battersea’s important work in rescuing and rehoming unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats continues
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am
Carshalton war memorial gets temporary plaques
Temporary tablets have been put in place at Carshalton war memorial to replace 14 stolen brass plaques.
The plaques, bearing the names of 243 World War I servicemen were stolen from the war memorial in Sutton in September.
The temporary plastic tablets are replicas of the stolen bronze plaques.
The replacement comes ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
However a large bronze plaque on the Radnor Gardens war memorial in Twickenham, stolen last month, will not be replaced in time for Sunday.
The soaring cost of scrap metal has led to an increase in its theft.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 am
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Green party demo in Chiswick
Protestors are campaigning today in Chiswick about air pollution.
The Green Party claims levels are being breached in the area.
They also claim Hounslow Council’s own air tests show that quality limits are high in Brentford and also Chiswick.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm
Putney developer makes a million
A developer from Putney has realised her dream of making a million for charity.
59 year old Charlotte Grobien bought and sold eight houses in as many years, including during the recession.
She began working on her 'Give it Away' scheme in 2003.
The aim was to create a million pounds that she could donate to various childrens’ and health charities, which she has now done.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm
Fulham lose defender
Fulham have lost experienced defender Zdenek Grygera potentially for the rest of the season.
The Czech Republic international suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture during the weekend Premier League clash with Tottenham.
It's estimated that he'll be out for around 6 months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:50 pm
Two jailed for Wandsworth murder
Two men found guilty of murdering a man outside Wandsworth Prison have been jailed for life.
Rupert Ross and Leon de St Aubin, who are both from Fulham, were each sentenced to 30years behind bars.
Ross shot 20 year old Darcy Austin Bruce five times in May 2009 – de St Aubin was the getaway driver.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Line-up announced for annual King George the Sixth chase
The line-up for this year’s King George the Sixth stakes at Kempton Park has been revealed.
Defending champion and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run returns for the Boxing Day race.
Four time winner Kauto Star will also be taking part, along with stable partner What A Friend and Master Minded.
If Long Run can win again then he’d be the only horse to win two King George’s and a Gold Cup in the same year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm
Noisy neighbour evicted from Croydon home
A man who terrorised his neighbours in Croydon with violent drunken rages after they asked him to turn his music down has been evicted.
40 year old Carl Curran twice smashed all the communal windows on the 7th floor of the block in Wingate Crescent.
He breached an acceptable behaviour contract he had with the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm
Jordan Turner-Hall resigns for Harlequins
Harlequin’s centre Jordan Turner-Hall has renewed his contract with the club until the 2013 – 2014 season.
The 23 year old England Saxon trained at the Quin’s Academy as a young player and made his debut for them back in 2008.
He says he is ‘delighted’ to have signed the two year deal and is looking forward to ‘exciting times ahead’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm
Fire in Tooting
A fire's damaged part of a house in Tooting.
The blaze broke out just before lunchtime in the basement of the property in Upper Tooting Road.
No-one was injured.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm
Man rescued from Hayes blaze
A man has been rescued from a fire in a flat in Hayes.
The blaze broke out yesterday in the three storey building in Bolton Lane.
The man has been treated for smoke inhalation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm
Nine arrests in Sutton after Halloween and Bonfire Night
Police in Sutton have revealed that they made nine arrests over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.
Two people were arrested for GBH, as well as two more for robbery and possession of Class A drugs.
Other minor incidents dealt with in the 13-day operation were for hurling eggs and throwing fireworks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm
Epsom Council tackles dog mess
'Clean it up!' - That's the message to dog owners.
Epsom and Ewell Council has painted the phrase in parts of the borough where dog fouling is a particular problem.
Councillor Jan Mason says the campaign is targeted at the few pet owners who still haven't got the message.
She says the initiative isn't just to make Epsom look better – its to stop the risk to people's health.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm
Cyclist hurt in collision on Kings Road
A woman has been injured after a collision between a cyclist and a coach this morning in Chelsea.
The accident happened on the Kings Road just before 11:30.
The 30 year old woman cyclist was treated at the scene for a serious leg injury and then taken to the hospital by helicopter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm
Battersea murder victim identified
A man found dead on the street in Battersea has been named as 37 year old Richard Ward.
Police believe he was attacked by a number of suspects and then left on Severus Road off St John’s Hill on Monday night.
A post mortem revealed he died from head injuries.
Severus Road remains sealed off while officers carry out investigations – no one has been arrested so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm
Children's hospice service launches appeal to increase care at home
Hampton based children’s hospice service, Shooting Star CHASE is launching an appeal this November to raise funds to increase its Hospice at Home service.
Shooting Star CHASE offers a lifeline to children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions – and their families. It is crucial in helping very sick children stay at home longer or leave hospital sooner. As well as offering medical, nursing and therapeutic care with access to a specialist consultant at home or in the family's community; the charity offers practical and emotional support too – caring for all the needs of the whole family.
Currently, over 350 families rely on the Shooting Star CHASE Hospice at Home service. But, the charity does not have the funds to offer the full range of vital care to every family that needs help at home.
You can get involved today and help local children and teenagers by visiting shootingstarchase.org.uk/keytocare or calling the Hampton fundraising office on 020 8481 8180.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
IVF treatment to come back to Surrey
Free IVF treatment is to be reinstated in Surrey.
It was suspended a year ago by health chiefs in a bid to save money.
Following a review NHS Surrey has agreed to offer the treatment to couples from next April.
The health trust says it would be writing to everyone who'd contacted them over the past year to update them on the decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm
Chelsea to announce naming rights sponsor
Chelsea are to announce a naming rights sponsor for their Stamford Bridge stadium early in the new year.
Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay says it'll bring the Blues much-needed revenue.
The club's board recently tried to buy back the land on which the ground is built, as they're in favour of moving to a new venue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm
Staines FC criticise name change plans
Plans to rename Staines to Staines-Upon-Thames have been criticised by the town’s football club.
Secretary of Staines Town FC, Steve Parsons says a change of name would be costly and damage the ‘fabric’ of the town.
But a spokesperson for Spelthorne Council says the claims are ‘ill-founded and misplaced’.
A public consultation on the plans finished at the end of last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm
Murder investigation starts in Battersea
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was murdered in Battersea last night.
The 37-year-old was found seriously injured on St John’s Road just before midnight.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No arrests have been made so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm
Five jailed for violent disorder
Five people have been sentenced to more than six years in prison for violent disorder during last year's student demonstrations in London.
They were among eight sentenced at Kingston Crown Court for their part in the disorder which occurred during the demos last November.
19 year old Demi Wilson-Smith from Clapham was sentenced to ten months at a young offender's institution for violent disorder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm
Do you really need to go to A&E?
Frequent users of A&E in Surrey’s hospitals are being asked to consider whether they really need emergency help.
The NHS has launched a series of videos designed at outlining what a real life and death health situation is.
A number of non life threatening problems are presented in the videos including hair dye disasters and botched manicures.
Its estimated more than 700,000 people visited accident and emergency in the last year, who could have just gone to their GP
Accident in New Malden
A man’s suffered serious leg injuries after a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian in New Malden.
The incident happened just after 11 o’clock this morning on West Barnes Lane.
After being treated at the scene, the 66-year-old has now been taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting as a priority.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 pm
Fulham hospital wins High Court reprieve
The Royal Brompton Hospital in Fulham has won in a bid to seek a judicial review into the decision to close their children’s heart unit.
Lawyers for the hospital claimed a previous consultation on the plans was ‘deeply flawed’.
The hospital also said closing the unit would put the entire facility at risk of closure.
The decision to rule in favour of the Brompton was made at the High Court this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am
Motorcyclist dies after road collision in Streatham
Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car on Streatham High Road.
The incident happened just after four o’clock yesterday morning at the junction with Norfolk House Road.
The 31-year-old motorcyclist was taken to St George’s hospital in Tooting – where he died yesterday afternoon.
A man thought to be a minicab driver, has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am
Road safety launch comes to Chelsea
A new road safety initiative launches in Chelsea today.
Helmet On Radar On, has been created following a recent report from transport for London.
Figures show a 4 percent decrease in road casualties in the capital involving motor bikes and scooters.
The launch will take place on Chelsea Bridge – a notorious meeting place for bikers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am
South west London & Surrey Olympic torch routes revealed
The route for the Olympic torch relay has been revealed.
After beginning at Land’s End on the 19th May it’ll make its first stop in London on the 21st July.
On the third day it will visit Croydon, Sutton, Wandsworth and Merton before going to Kingston, Richmond and Hounslow.
On it’s final day in the capital it will leave Camden and pass through Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham.
And on the final day of its journey around Britain it will be taken by boat from Hampton Court Palace to the Olympic Stadium.
Meanwhile, it’s been revealed the Olympic torch will pass through 11 towns and villages in Surrey.
As part of the nation wide tour it will be seen in Egham, Redhill, Reigate and Dorking.
It will be touring the county between July the 10th and 17th – before returning for one night in Guildford on the 20th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Hounslow colleges face investigation
Two colleges in Hounslow are under investigation by the UK Border Agency.
Rayat London College, in Heston and Lampton College in Hounslow have been banned from taking in new students until an investigation is complete by the UKBA.
A spokesman for the immigration chiefs said colleges licensed to bring in international students must ensure that they are attending the courses for which they are enrolled and comply with immigration rules.
The Home Office said last week that more than 470 UK colleges had been banned from taking new foreign students from outside Europe.
Rayat College, which featured in a BBC Wales documentary last month, said none of its students had ever studied with a fake certificate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 am
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