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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Shops Show they Care with a Chair

Shops in Sutton High Street are rolling out a new scheme to help make the town centre more accessible.

The new Sit Stop Scheme will see shops offering a seat to anyone who just needs to sit down, whilst they are out shopping.

It's aimed at the elderly, disabled or pregnant, but anyone who wants to rest tired legs can take advantage of a free chair.

Starbucks, The Body Shop, Millets and Linen Direct are just some of the stores who have signed up.

There’s no pressure to buy anything– just look for the Sit Stop logo in the window or visit www.sitstop.co.uk if you need to sit down.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 pm  

Council Rewards Locals Who Make a Stand in the Community
If you’re fed up with crime and anti-sociable behaviour in your community, stand against it and make a difference.

That’s what four residents in Wandsworth did and they’ve been rewarded with two hundred and fifty pounds worth of vouchers.

The council praised them for helping to identify fly-tippers, reporting and identifying thieves and testifying against nuisance neighbours.

The awards were given as part of the council’s housing rewards scheme, which celebrates residents whose actions benefit the community.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Linked school status to be re-considered in Richmond
A plan’s on the table to remove the linked status for 3 secondary schools run by Richmond borough.

There’s currently a link between Grey Court, Orleans Park and Teddington School and local primary or junior schools.

But the popularity of Teddington and Orleans Park School – according to Richmond Council means some local primary school children have not got into these two educational institutions.

The new proposal would see admissions mainly based on how near the child lived to the school.

Parents can get more information and give their views at www.richmond.gov.uk/school_admissions.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 pm  

Take away
Fast food shops and take aways are to get a visit from the local council in Richmond to teach them how to serve healthier food.

The council say they are sending out officials to around 50 places to explain how they could be using less saturated fat and cutting salt.

The council hope it will encourage those in search of a burger or donna kebab after a night out on the town, to eat more healthily!
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am  

Richmond ditches camera cars
Richmond Council has removed four CCTV camera cars which had wrongly issued more than 18,500 parking fines. The decision was taken in a meeting on Thursday.

In July, the Council had agreed to pay out around £1 million for wrong penalty charges issued between April 2009 and April 2011.

The leader of the Conservative Council Lord True said he was glad to see the back of the cars which were brought in by the previous Lib Dem administration.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 am  

Jubilee honour for Cobham playing fields
Cobham Recreation Ground has been chosen as permanent legacy of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.

Local authorities were asked to suggest spaces they would protect for future generations.

Elmbridge Council confirmed the Recreation Ground was chosen as Queen Elizabeth the Second Playing Field following a public vote.

Five parks were nominated, but the Cobham site received a total of 296 votes – more than 250 more than its nearest rival.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 am  

Friday, 25 November 2011

Sutton knife assault
Appeals are being made after a woman fought off a man wielding a knife in Carshalton on Tuesday night.

The suspect pulled the blade when he was buying a pack of cigarettes in the Corner Shop on Ruskin Road.

He’s described as a white man aged about 40-45, 5ft 7in tall and of medium build.

He wore dark coat, green jumper and blue jeans.

He had a scarf wrapped around the bottom of his face and was wearing a black beanie hat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

Sutton restaurant owner admits to thirteen breaches of food hygiene laws
The owner of a Sutton restaurant has pleaded guilty to a string of offences that put the health of diners at risk.

Faruk Ahmed who runs Indiya Indiya in Sutton High Street admitted 13 breaches of food hygiene laws.

Inspectors found flour stored in a dustbin, cooked food stored on the floor and onion bhajis wrapped in old newspaper and put in a bucket.

He will be sentenced next month
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Thousands stolen from ATM
Thousands of pounds have been plundered from an ATM machine in Byfleet.

Thieves targeted the Murco Garage in Oyster Lane during the early hours of this morning.

The suspects, who were driving a white transit van disabled security cameras when they arrived.

Officers are looking for anyone with information to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

London Irish plans in Sunbury kicked into touch
The Secretary of State has today dismissed two planning applications in Lower Sunbury for the London Irish Rugby Club.

The first was for a new training ground on the site of the current Hazelwood Golf Course off Croysdale Avenue.

The second was for development of their existing training ground off The Avenue for 194 dwellings with also a health centre, care home and public open space.

The decision follows a public inquiry following Spelthorne Council’s refusal of both planning applications.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Webber fastest - Button second
Red Bull's Mark Webber set the pace from McLaren's Jenson Button in the first practice session for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Button's team-mate Lewis Hamilton was third fastest, ahead of Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm  

Police investigate fatal crash in Chiswick
Police are investigating the circumstances of a fatal road traffic collision in Chiswick.

Officers were called just after 9 this morning to reports of a collision in Chiswick Lane.

A woman pedestrian died at the scene.

Officers are keen to trace a silver car believed to be an 'estate' which may have witnessed the collision.

The car may have been driven by a woman with shoulder length hair.

The vehicle was last seen travelling south along Chiswick Lane, towards the A4.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

Thank you card received 8 years late
A thank you card has arrived in Hampshire – 8 years after it was posted in Epsom.

According to the Surrey Comet - Jenny Buck from West Ewell posted the card to her cousin in 2003.

The battered envelope arrived at its final destination - in Farnborough this week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Claygate murder sentence reduced
A woman from Claygate convicted of murdering her estranged husband has had her jail term reduced at the Court of Appeal.

57-year-old Georgina Challen, was jailed for life in June and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years, for the killing of 61-year-old Richard Challen.

Georgina known as Sally denied murder claiming diminished responsibility.

Yesterday, the Lord Chief Justice, reduced the minimum term by four years to 18.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

Fatal Collision in Chiswick
A woman’s died following a suspected hit a run in Chiswick this morning.

Officers were called to Chiswick Lane just after 9am following reports a pedestrian had been in collision with a car.

The air ambulance attended and the woman, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are keen to trace the driver of the car, believed to be a silver 'estate' model - driven by a female with shoulder length hair.

Chiswick Lane is closed while an investigation is carried out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

Man cut from car in Teddington
The London Fire Brigade had to cut a man loose from his car following an accident in Teddington yesterday evening.

A Royal Mail lorry collided with a Honda Civic just after 5pm on Kingston Road.

The driver of the Honda was taken to Kingston Hospital but his injuries are not considered life threatening.

The car was extensively damaged with the entire roof being ripped off.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 am  

topshop stores in Surrey face the axe
There's more bad new for the high street.

One of Britain's biggest retailers, Topshop, yesterday announced that it plans to shut 10 percent of its high street stores.

Sir Phillip Green, the billionaire tycoon who also runs BhS and Miss Selfridge, said the economic climate has forced him to close up to 260 shops across the country.

The man who has advised the government on cutting Whitehall waste said that profits from his retail empire had fallen by 38 percent.

Workers at Topshop stores in Kingston, Richmond, Wimbledon, Hounslow and Ealing could all be affected.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 am  

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Police release identity of a man found in Woking
It’s been confirmed that the body of a man found on the canal tow path in near Woking was that of a local man.

52-year-old Raymond Stark was discovered on Friday afternoon last week in St John's.

A post mortem is due to take place tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:41 pm  

Teenager pleads not guilty to murder
A 16-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to murdering a man during the riots in London.

The youth, who cannot be named, denied killing 68 year old Richard Bowes in Ealing in August.

The teenager pleaded guilty to burglary and violent disorder when he appeared at the Old Bailey.

He was remanded in custody to face trial in March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Police appeal after robbery in West Ewell
Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in West Ewell which left a teenager injured.

The 17-year-old victim was walking home on Tuesday afternoon when four suspects approached him in an alleyway near Melton Fields.

The group punched him and stole his rucksack.

The first suspect is of mixed-race the three other suspects were white.

They were all in their late teens and of average build.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

Staines moves closer to a name change
Spelthorne Council’s Cabinet says it will recommend that Staines be renamed ‘Staines-upon-Thames’.

The decision follows a month long consultation involving residents and businesses.

The number of responses was higher than expected, totalling more than 600.

428 were in favour of the name change and 234 were against.

The final decision will be taken at the Council meeting just before Xmas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

Teenager to appear at Old Bailey over London Riots murder
A 16 year old boy's due at the Old Bailey today, charged with murdering a man in the London riots.

Richard Bowes, who was 68, died in August after being punched in Ealing.

He'd gone to put out a bin fire.

The teenager, from Hounslow, is also accused of violent disorder and four counts of burglary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:32 am  

Nominate an exceptional carer
Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals are asking for your votes.

Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who have provided exceptional care can be put forward for national recognition.

Nominations for this year’s Claire Rayner Patient’s Choice Award are open until December 16th.

For more information visit www.patients-choice.co.uk or call 020 8423 1066 to request an entry form.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Richmond Police give warning to Christmas shoppers
Don’t become a victim of internet fraud this Christmas.

That’s the message from Richmond Police who are warning online Christmas shoppers to be wary.

Last December, half of all reports of internet fraud in the borough involved people paying for goods but never receiving them.

More than 2,000 fraudulent websites have been suspended London wide this November.

We’re being advised to check the company is registered. Look for typos in emails, and not to answer calls for money from fraudsters pretending to be working for a bank.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:41 am  

Croydon mother expresses anger at restaurant fee
A mother has voiced her anger at having to pay three pounds to take her six week old baby into a restaurant in Croydon.

Cosmo, in the Valley Leisure Park, allegedly told Natasha Young that her push chair was taking up too much space.

They added the surcharge onto the 34 year old’s bill and refused to take it off.

Other women have since come forward with similar claims.

The restaurant, which was criticised in an inspection last year, refused to comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 am  

Ed Davey makes plans to ban point-of-sale discounts
The MP for Kingston and Surbiton has put forward plans to ban Store card point-of-sale discounts.

Ed Davey, has said he wants to work with the government to end the practice along with commission for staff who sell credit style cards.

A recent survey by consumer watchdog Which found that store cards carried an interest rate 60 times higher than the base rate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 am  

Albert Bridge in Chelsea close to re-opening
The reopening of Albert Bridge in Battersea next week after nearly two years should boost businesses in the area.

That’s from Wandsworth Council following the announcement that traffic can cross the bridge again from next Friday.

They also think the reopening will relieve traffic jams along Battersea Park Road.

It was due to be up and running again in September but repair work took longer than thought.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 am  

Appeal for missing man from Twickenham
Police are growing concerned over the welfare of a missing man from Twickenham.

38 year old Jeremy Delahay was last heard of at around lunch time yesterday afternoon.

Its believed he's driving a Volkswagen Golf with the number plater OV05 XFG.

He's white, with brown to grey hair and will be unshaven. Anyone with information is asked to contact police as soon as they can.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 am  

New owners for Battersea Power station?
Battersea Power station might have some new owners to fund its 5.5 billion pound makeover.

According to the Telegraph, property firm SP Setia are in talks to take over the majority stake from Real Estate Opportunities.

The 10.1 million sq ft redevelopment involves an extension to the Northern Line underground, and the construction of homes, retail and office space.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 am  

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Robbery in New Haw
£21,000 was stolen from a business address in New Haw this morning.

It happened at the Cheque Centre in Woodham Lane at around nine o’clock.

A male suspect forced a woman working there to open the safe.

The man is described as being six feet and was carrying backpack and wearing joggers.

He was last seen running down Scotland Bridge Road - police in Runnymede want witnesses to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 pm  

Merton Council campaign to tackle road safety issues
Merton Council are trying to raise local awareness of the dangers of using mobile phones whilst driving.

The campaign coincides with ‘Road Safety Week’, which began on Monday.

Road accidents in Merton this year have led to one fatality and more than 300 injuries.

Children are the group most vulnerable to accidents on the roads.

Merton’s Road Safety Team are visiting schools to encourage youngsters to take more care when crossing the road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

Krasniqi renews contract with London Broncos
Olsi Krasniqi has signed a new three year deal to remain with the London Broncos until November 2014.

The prop was born in Albania but moved to Feltham at a young age, and started playing rugby league at school.

He says he's really happy to have extended his contract as there is nowhere else he would want to be playing his rugby at the moment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

Police seek witnesses after Mitcham assault
Police are re-appealing for witnesses after a woman was indecently assaulted in Mitcham.

The 20 year old got off a N133 night bus at Upper Green West when she was assaulted in September.

The suspect is a man of Indian appearance and aged about 30 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Wimbledon Village is open for business
Traders in Wimbledon Village are taking a stand against what they’re calling Merton Council’s ‘draconian’ parking measures.

Shops are staying open later during the Christmas period so customers don’t have to pay for parking.

The council recently put the cost of pay and display up but the metres only run until 6.30pm.

A spokesman for the shops says by opening later on a Thursday night when parking is free, it’s hoped they will attract more business helping the economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Stolen Twickenham memorial plaque to be replaced
A bronze plaque stolen from a Twickenham war memorial last month is to be replaced.

In a meeting on Monday, local residents supported the move to have a new plaque cast for the Radnor Gardens War memorial.

There will be added security measures to protect the plaque, including lights around the monument.

The works will cost around £10,000 and the Council is appealing for donations from local residents and businesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

Chelsea head to Germany for Champions League game
Chelsea can qualify for the knockout round of the Champions League with a game to spare tonight.

They’re in Germany, where they play Bayer Leverkeusen – looking to improve on a run of 3 defeats in 4 games.

Arsenal can also make it through – they take on fellow Germans Borussia Dortmund.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

Met considers equipping all police cars with stun guns
Stun guns could be kept in all police cars under new plans considered by police in London.

Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for police response officers to be routinely armed with Taser weapons.

Scotland Yard confirmed a review of the weapon's availability had been launched.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Fog causes flight cancellations at Heathrow
Passengers at Heathrow airport are still being told to check with their airlines – with fog causing another day of disruption.

The Met Office says the fog will clear later today – Heathrow hope conditions will start to improve from 11 o’clock.

So far at least 18 flights have been cancelled.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Investigation continues into Wallington rape
Police have been searching Beddington Park in Wallington this morning after a woman was raped at the weekend.

The victim, in her 20’s, was attacked on London Road on Sunday night and dragged into Beddington Park.

Sutton Police’s Acting Borough Commander, Chas Bailey, says he’s ‘shocked’ and officers are doing ‘everything they can’ to catch her attacker.

Anyone with any information is being urged to come forward
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Dog in Richmond Park becomes internet hit
A badly behaved dog called 'Benton' has became a massive internet sensation after his antics in Richmond Park.

It's after a video of him went viral on You Tube.

The labrador is seen trying to herd a huge group of the animals and dozens of deer can be seen thundering through the park.

His owner is seen chasing him and forlornly shouting at him to come back.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Sutton's MP calls for greater care for the elderly
Ministers say they're determined to stamp out the abuse suffered by some elderly people in their own homes.

It's in response to a report which highlights mistreatment, neglect and even robbery.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission carried out a year-long study into home care in England.

Sutton & Cheam MP Paul Burstow is the Care Services Minister.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Wimbledon advance to FA Cup's second round
In the FA Cup yesterday Luke Moore's 66th minute goal was enough to book AFC Wimbledon a place in the second round.

They won 1-nil at League One side Scunthorpe in their first round replay.

The Dons travel to League Two rivals Bradford in round two on December 3rd.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 am  

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Rogue Landlord is Fined
A rogue landlord has had over £112,000 confiscated after breaching planning enforcement notices.

Piara Singh Sehajpal was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of ignoring notices to return three houses to single family homes.

The houses, in Twickenham and Whitton, were divided into 3 or four flats which were rented at around £800 a month each.

Mr Sehajpal described his offences as “minor breaches of planning law” that were a “matter of naivety” on his part.

He faces 18 months in prison if he does not pay his fines within a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 pm  

AFC Wimbledon in cup action tonight
AFC Wimbledon will be looking to upset League 1 Scunthorpe in an FA Cup first round replay tonight.

Meanwhile, non-league Stourbidge are also looking to cause an upset - they're at home to League Two Plymouth.

The winners of the clash between Wrexham and Cambridge will play Brentford at Griffin Park in round two.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Wandsworth Council leader speaks out on arson attack
The leader of Wandsworth Council has expressed his concern at an arson attack on a Hindu temple in Tooting.

Ravi Govindia called on all sections of the community to unite and support the police in apprehending those responsible.

The attack on the Sivayogam Temple in the Upper Tooting Road has virtually destroyed the temple’s famous ceremonial chariot.

Detectives investigating the attack say that four hooded suspects entered the site before pouring petrol onto the chariot and setting it ablaze.

The flames then spread to a car that had been parked alongside the chariot and also an adjoining roof.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Talks underway on Putney riverbus
Wandsworth Council is working with Transport for London to secure the future of the Putney riverbus service.

The exiting operator - Thames Executive Charters will terminate services just before Xmas as it can no longer compete with the larger fleet companies.

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia says talks are underway and they doing everything we can to ensure a new provider steps in.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Brentford get rewarded for community work
Hounslow’s Mayor has rewarded Brentford Football Club for their work in the community.

Chairman Greg Dyke was presented with a Sikh sword or ‘Kirpan’ – the highest honour in the Sikh and Asian community.

Councillor Amrit Mann says they’re ‘proud’ to have the club on the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

Earn Points Cycling to Work
Cyclists in and around London are being offered “bike miles” to encourage them to ride to work.

It’s very similar to air miles or the equivalent of nectar points for cycling.

The scheme offers points for every mile cycled which can then be used to obtain discounts in shops and restaurants.

You log your miles every day via a smartphone app or through twitter or the website.

PleaseCycle – the London firm behind it, hopes to attract thousands of participants.

It’s already signed up Surrey University amongst other businesses.

Once firms sign up there’s a leader board for their employees, encouraging competition and an option for companies to compete against each other as well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 am  

Sutton Primary School gets Glittering Report from Ofsted
Children at Devonshire Primary School in Sutton are flourishing socially and academically.

That’s according to the latest report from OFSTED.

Inspectors were impressed to see pupils enjoy lessons, being well behaved and given opportunities to enjoy activities outside class.

They also praised staff for their enthusiasm and for planning lessons that challenge pupils.

The result follows the expansion of Devonshire Primary, which saw three new classrooms open in September this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

Police appealing for witnesses following rape in Wallington
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in Wallington.

The attack happened between half ten and quarter past eleven on Sunday night.

She was attacked from behind on London Road near the Grange restaurant before being taken into Beddington Park.

The woman is described as white, in her twenties and of slight build. She was wearing dark clothing on Sunday night.

There is no description of the suspect at this time.

If anyone saw anything that may assist the investigation, call Sapphire Command on 020 8721 4106 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 am  

Monday, 21 November 2011

Southwark Crown Court Convicts Paedophile
A paedophile who hunted for sex online has been sentenced to four years in prison at Southwark Crown Court.

Thirty-year-old Steven King, from Southampton was caught in a police ‘sting’.

He had tried to arrange to have sex with three young children after contacting their father on the internet.

It later emerged the “father” was an undercover officer from the Met Police Paedophile Unit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 pm  

The Evening Standard gets a Battersea school reading
A Battersea school is being ‘adopted’ by the Evening Standard.

The newspaper has promised to raise £100,000 to improve the reading of children at St Mary’s School.

As part of the ‘Get London Reading’ campaign, the school will get an improved library and a team of 85 reading mentors.

Last year 48% of 11 year old leaving St Mary’s failed to achieve the required level in English and Maths.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 pm  

Ken promises travel card for outer Londoners
Ken Livingstone has vowed to bring back the zones 2-6 travel-card.

The labour candidate for the London mayor’s office said he would save commuters in outer London more than £1,500 a year.

He has also pledged to reduce transport fares by 5% if he’s elected.

The travel-card was abolished by Boris Johnson in January leading to a 74% fare increase for some passengers.

City Hall has called the plans “fantasy finance.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

Boris Johnson makes his case for new airport
Boris Johnson has outlined the economic case for a new hub airport in the south east today.

London’s Mayor has made a speech to business leaders and members of the aviation industry.

He favours a new airport in the Thames Estuary to handle the increased demand after plans to expand Heathrow were axed.

But Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has criticised the idea – saying expanding Heathrow is still the best approach.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

Five charities get police grants in Surrey
Five Surrey-based crime fighting and community safety projects are getting a boost to their funds.

Its thanks to a series of grants totalling almost £20,000 made today by Surrey Police.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act Police have the power to pursue offenders through the courts to claw back cash.

These funds are now being used to put cash back into communities.

5 thousand pounds is going to the East to West Trust in Egham and 2 thousand pounds to Surrey Search and Rescue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

Surrey prepares for snow
An army of farmers and a fleet of 4 by 4's have been signed up to help clear roads in Surrey during any severe winter weather this year.

This year an additional 15 farmers have been enlisted to use tractors and ploughs to help clear snow-covered routes for drivers.

It takes the total number to 50.

Surrey County Council says 40-plus gritters and ploughs will be doing everything possible to keep Surrey moving in bad weather.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

Londoners suffer at Christmas
Around a third of households plan to cut back on their Christmas present spending this year.

A survey found London and the West Midlands are the British regions suffering the worst of the Christmas cutbacks.

Around 40 per-cent of people have not put enough aside to fund festive celebrations and gifts.

In the North however 80 per-cent of people HAVE saved enough cash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm  

Police investigate after body found near canal in Woking
Police in Woking are appealing for help in identifying a man who was found dead on Friday.

The body was discovered by the side of the canal towpath in Robin Hood Road just before 3pm.

The man, who was white and thought to be in his late 40’s or early 50’s was wearing sports clothes and carrying keys.

It’s thought he collapsed whilst jogging.

Anyone with information should call 101 and ask for Woking CID.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm  

De la Rosa leaves McLaren
Pedro De la Rosa has left McLaren Mercedes as a test driver.

He joined in 2003 and is now off to drive for Spain’s national Formula 1 team.

Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey will both carry on the testing role for the Woking team.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm  

Milly Dowler's parents to give evidence at inquiry
The parents of murdered Walton schoolgirl Milly Dowler will give evidence at the inquiry into phone hacking today.

The panel at the Leveson Inquiry will question them about their daughter's phone being accessed by journalists at the News of the World after she had disappeared.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 am  

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Google awards recognise South Croydon

South Croydon has been crowned one of the UK’s eTowns, Google’s first award to recognise the areas where businesses are generating the highest rates of growth through the Internet.

According to the Boston Consulting Group, companies with an online presence grow from four to eight times faster than those companies without.

Google, through its online advertising service, can assess the strength of online commercial activity in the UK and the specific areas showing the most potential.

To compile this list, Google shortlisted the 700 towns with the highest online economic activity, and then ranked them in terms of the percentage increase in local small and medium sized enterprises using AdWords over the last year.

South Croydon came in 18th, with 23.2% growth in 2010 to 2011, indicating that the town's entrepreneurial online businesses are boosting growth across the area.

Local business owners Adam Brazier and David Speed started Graffiti Life in South Croydon, providing a niche range of products and services that revolve around graffiti.

Through their website, they sell equipment, art and creative activities for customers and graffiti artists alike. Adam said:

“We started our business just over a year ago and after experimenting with online advertising have used AdWords for eight months. We now do almost all of our marketing online because it's so useful to get a top spot on a Google search.''
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm  

Defence Secretary to tighten-up MOD spending
The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says he's going to impose tighter controls on MOD spending.

Its after an audit revealed that the Ministry of Defence had spent over 600- million pounds on hiring consultants.

The MP for Runnymede and Weybridge said the failings had come about when the Framework Agreement for Technical Support was introduced in 2009.

The changes in how the MOD spends its money will be implemented in April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 am  

Elderly in Berrylands fear a cold Christmas
Elderly residents at a council-run housing shelter for older people in Berrylands are worried about facing a cold Christmas.

A ruptured metal pipe has left residents in Vine Close without gas for the past two weeks.

Kingston Council says it is unable to give an estimate as to how long the repairs will take.

The council is giving the pensioners 3-pounds a day to cover temporary heating and cooking costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 am  

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Emma used to walk past Jackie when she was younger and wonder what it looked like inside. Now she knows.

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Ellie is from Thames Ditton and is learning Hindi very slowly.

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Rosalyn hails from Richmond via Paris but she has a big love of Scottish rugby.

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Martha was originally called Lettuce, but thankfully her parents saw sense.

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Scott has lived around Kingston all of his life, but has a special connection to Richmond Park. He loves watching sport.

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Iona enjoys writing plays, poetry and kayaking.

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Ed was born and raised in South West London. Having competed in alpine skiing at the Olympic Games, he’s a lover of speed on a motorbike, car or on skis.

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Grace wants to be the next Mary Berry, failing that, she's happy being a journalist! She recently started a vinyl record collection and loves old movies.

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Katie is a Kingston girl who loves sport. She’s played hockey for England, but now enjoys cycling in the Surrey Hills with a good coffee and cake to finish.

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Adam is passionate about football and Jaffa Cakes.

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David presents both news and travel - more on Presenters page.

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Katie has learnt to speak Spanish, Arabic and the odd bit of Persian. But when all seems a bit too much like hard work, she'll be playing the piano or guitar or just watching Netflix.

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Holly would love to have a job that pays her to travel round the world and is a firm believer houmous goes with almost anything.

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Sandra wants to travel the world in 60 days.

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Warren loves rowing, playing piano and drums (not at the same time though!), and old BBC comedies.

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Jamie’s hobbies include acting, writing, and eating cake.

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Tayo used to watch Sir Trevor McDonald present the news and that inspired her lifelong dream of becoming a broadcast journalist. She is also a keen baker.

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Sophie is born and bred in Esher. She is a travel, sports, food and animal enthusiast.

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