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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Hammersmith Flyover shut overnight and Sunday

The Hammersmith Flyover will be shut tonight and until 5 pm tomorrow afternoon in both directions.

It’s because of cracks in the concrete found earlier in the year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 pm  

Whooping cough up compared with last year in South West London and Surrey
There’s been a rise in whooping cough in South West London and in Surrey compared with last year’s figures.

The rise has prompted senior doctors at Epsom Sutton and St Helier hospitals to comment.

Nearly 30 cases have been confirmed in South West London this year compared with 2 this time last year.

In Surrey 25 cases have been confirmed compared with 3 this time last year.

The rise in the infection also know as the ‘one hundred day cough’ is also reflected nationally.

There’s more information on whooping cough at www.nhs.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:20 pm  

Fire at Hook Rise near the A 3
75 % of a roof was damaged by fire at a semi-detached house at Hook Rise North near the A 3.

The fire spread to the roof of a neighbouring house.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:35 pm  

Championship relegation battle in Richmond
Two rugby union clubs are fighting it out in Richmond this afternoon in an attempt to avoid relegation.

Esher need a strong win to stay in the Championship, whereas home-side London Scottish require a single point from the meeting.

The match is at Richmond Athletic Club, kicking-off 3pm.

Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne spoke with William Lipp who is a back row for London Scottish:
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Plans to axe A & E in west London
Plans for an NHS reorganisation would result in the closure of four west London accident and emergency wards.

Health bosses want to close the department at Middlesex Hospital while there will be competition between three pairs of hospitals for one ward between them.

West Middlesex will vie with Ealing. Hammersmith is up against St Mary’s in Paddington and either Charing Cross or the Chelsea and Westminster will lose their A & E s.

The NHS wants to concentrate facilities, but Councillor Joe Carlebach of Hammersmith and Fulham Council is concerned by the closure of so many A & E departments in such a large region.

A full consultation on the plans is expected in early summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 am  

Hounslow Council challenges flight noise claims
Hounslow Council is challenging Emirates Airlines over its claims that technology advances will make their Airbus 380 planes less noisy because they land at a steeper angle.

The airline wants restrictions on night flights lifted so that it can fly in and out of Heathrow between 1 and 4 am.

The Council has written a strong letter to Emirates demanding evidence to support their claims.

They’re concerned that steeper landing patterns could create more noise for residents in Hounslow West and Cranford instead of less.

Night flying restrictions are reviewed every five years and the current regulations run until 2014.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 am  

Woking woman fined for drugs
A Woking woman has been fined after being caught with crack cocaine because she’d been singing loudly in a Weybridge pub.

44 year old Emma Mandry was drinking at The Ship on the 10th February when she was confronted for her behaviour.

When she told a member of staff to get out of her face, police were called.

She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly but was then found to be holding some cling film wraps of the Class A drug.

She pleaded guilty and was fined £150 on two charges plus £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 am  

Friday, 20 April 2012

Surrey Comet celebrates a milestone

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A Surrey & South West London newspaper which has been in print for over 150 years has had a facelift.

Today sees the re-launch of the Surrey Comet.

Chief reporter David Lindsell.



David Lindsell also talks about the history of the paper:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Staines to hold celebrations
Staines has announced it will hold a day of celebrations to mark changing its name to Staines-upon-Thames.

Local politicians voted for the change last year in a bid to tackle negative perceptions of the town and promote its riverside location.

In the late nineties the town became synonymous with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's spoof rapper, Ali G.

The celebrations in the Memorial Gardens on 20th May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 pm  

Strauss out for a duck
England Test captain Andrew Strauss has failed on his return to county cricket.

He's been dismissed for a duck in the game between Middlesex and Durham at Lord's.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

Flat damaged by fire in Mitcham
A flat in Mitcham has been badly damaged by fire.

The blaze broke out in Spencer Road in the early hours of this morning.

Crews managed to contain the fire to the bedroom but there was heavy smoke damage throughout the flat.

A man was treated for smoke inhalation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

Third runway at Heathrow ruled out for a decade
Anti-airport expansion group HACAN ClearSkies has welcomed comments made by the Aviation Minister that a third runway at Heathrow has been ruled out for at least another 10 years.

Theresa Villiers made the remarks while addressing a transport conference in London yesterday.

HACAN chairman John Stewart told Radio Jackie that it was a clear message to those in the aviation industry who continue to lobby for a third runway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 am  

Children's heart unit at Royal Brompton faces closure
The children’s heart unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Fulham continues to be faced with closure.

Campaigners lost their legal action yesterday challenging the proposals to close the unit.

Judges overturned a ruling that a consultation on the hospital’s future had been unlawful.

The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts of England want to close the Royal Brompton unit and keep those at the Evelina Hospital and Great Ormond Street.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 am  

Three men jailed for Stockwell shooting
Three gangsters convicted of shooting a 5-year-old girl in Stockwell were each jailed for life at the Old Bailey yesterday.

Thusha Kamaleswaran was shot when rival gangs clashed in a shop.

Thusha was left paralysed after the shooting in March last year.

21-year-old Nathaniel Grant, who pulled the trigger, will serve a minimum of 17 years.

Anthony Mccalla and Kazeem Kolawole, 20 and 19-years-old respectively, were each given a minimum sentence of 14 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 am  

Thursday, 19 April 2012

NHS waiting times are up
NHS waiting times have risen in the previous year.

That’s according to new data from half of NHS trusts across the UK.

The Patient’s Association says waiting time went up by an average of 6% from 2010 to 2011.

The Department of Health is disputing the survey claiming waiting times have either fallen or remained at low levels.

In Surrey’s hospitals the average waiting time between referral and treatment is around 9 weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Buchanan signs new Quins deal
Harlequins forward Rob Buchanan has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Twickenham Stoop until 2014.

The 20 year old has been described as ‘one of the best up and coming English hookers’ by head coach John Kingston.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Work continues on Hammersmith flyover
Works are continuing to restore the Hammersmith Flyover to its former glory.

The route was closed just before Christmas amid fears it was structurally unsafe.

One lane opened in each direction in January, but intermittent closures are taking place overnight and also on the next two Sundays.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

Surrey police carry out drug raids
Police in Surrey have carried out dawn drug raids.

Eight addresses were targeted in Guildford and a further two in London.

Six men and a woman are currently in custody.

A further four people were also arrested at Highdown prison in Sutton.

All were detained on suspicion of supplying and selling Class A and class B drugs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

Esher & Walton MP backs government's Qatada handling
Home Secretary Theresa May is facing demands to clear up the confusion over the deportation of terror suspect Abu Qatada.

Britain has written to the European Court of Human Rights arguing the cleric's request for appeal should be denied, because he missed the deadline.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is hosting a meeting of European counterparts in Brighton, to discuss curbing the influence of the European Court of Human Rights.

Esher & Walton MP Dominic Raab says the Justice and Home Secretaries are going about resolving the issue in the right way.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

Police release images of stolen jewellery
Police are trying to trace the owners of three pieces of jewellery found on a man in Worcester Park.

The 17 year old was searched by the cordon of a burglary at a property on Kew Crescent – when the items were found.

But it’s thought they were taken during another burglary at a separate address.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Surrey & Middlesex in county cricket action
Weather permitting it’s round three of cricket’s County Championship fixtures today.

Surrey will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to rivals Middlesex when they host Worcestershire at The Oval.

Meanwhile, the Panthers welcome back England captain Andrew Strauss to the ranks when they play Durham at Lord's.

Chris Rogers will lead the side after skipper Neil Dexter stood down from the role yesterday to concentrate on his batting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

Two people to appear in court over New Addington murder
Two people will appear in court this morning charged with the murder of a man in New Addington.

55 year old David Petch passed away yesterday after being found injured outside of his house last week.

38 year old Jason Lodge and 36 year old Cherry Gilmartin are due before Bromley Magistrates’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Police warn locals over car thefts
Residents in West Surrey are being urged to remain 'vigilant' when parking their cars.

A number of thefts have been reported in Ripley and Clandon over the last week, with thieves targeting pub and hotel car parks.

Surrey Police say drivers should ensure valuables are not left in their vehicles and that all doors and windows are closed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

Thorpe Park to discuss opening hours with locals
Thorpe Park bosses wanting to extend the opening hours are inviting residents to discuss their concerns.

They want to open the Dome until 3:30 in the morning for music events.

It currently has a licence until 2.

A final decision will be made by Runnymede Borough Council over the coming months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Late England cricketer has kit stolen
Memorabilia and kit owned by the late England and Surrey cricketer Ben Hollioake has been stolen during a robbery at his parents house in Australia.

The former all rounder died in a car crash in Perth in 2002, and equipment including helmets, bats and training tops have been taken.

Former England Captain Michael Vaughan, Stuart Broad and Ben's brother Adam have taken to Twitter to ask for the item's safe return.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Surrey police support 'National Stalking Awareness Day'
Surrey Police say they are supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of stalking.

'National Stalking Awareness Day' has been set up to encourage victims to come forward and is highlighting the different forms stalking can take.

Detective Superintendent John Savell says victims will generally experience 'one hundred' incidents before contacting the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Controlled explosion takes place in New Malden
A controlled explosion has been carried out at a school in New Malden.

It’s believed the device found this morning was a hand grenade.

Kingston Council has confirmed it is investigating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Paedophiles using new grooming techniques
Online paedophiles are abandoning traditional grooming techniques and moving onto highly sexualised conversations within minutes.

That’s according to Kingston University’s NatCen Social Research Centre.

The report also highlights how gaming platforms, like Xbox Live, are being used to
target children – and in particular young boys.

Professor Julia Davidson is recommending parents set tighter controls on networking sites and to talk to their children about the dangers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Dexter to stand down as Middlesex captain temporarily
Neil Dexter is to temporarily stand down as captain of Middlesex County Cricket Club.

Dexter led Middlesex to the Division Two Championship last year, but for now he is stepping aside to concentrate on regaining his form with the bat.

Chris Rodgers will take over the role and Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser says he applauds Dexter for his 'behaviour' and 'honesty'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

Two pitbulls seized by police
Two Pitbull dogs have been taken by police under the Dangerous Dogs Act at houses in Wallington this morning.

The dogs were seized at addresses in Woodcote Road and Merlin Close in the Roundshaw Estate after a series of tip off’s from locals.

Both dogs were taken to secure kennels and they will be examined to see whether they are breeds deemed illegal in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Teddington flood light row escalates
A row’s broken out over a council plan to cut the amount of time floodlit pitches can be used at Teddington School.

Sports clubs including hockey and football players have launched a protest at the move which is to be discussed at Richmond’s planning committee meeting tomorrow evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Di Matteo pinpoints Messi threat
Roberto Di Matteo says it will take a 'team effort' in order to stop Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

The Argentine superstar has already scored 63 goals this season and has won the world player of the year award three times in a row.

But the Chelsea coach says his players need to focus on stopping the whole Barcelona team, and not just Messi.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Lampard confident Blues can beat Barca
Frank Lampard says that Chelsea are confident they can beat Barcelona.

The blues are massive underdogs against the Catalan giants, who have won the Champions League twice in the last three years.

But the England midfielder says the Londoners have nothing to fear going into tonight’s semi final clash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Post mortem carried out on Weybridge murder victim
A post mortem has given a preliminary cause of death for the man who died at a property in Weybridge.

Police were called to an address in Queen’s Road on Monday where a man had been found with stab wounds.

The post mortem showed he died from wounds to the heart.

Enquiries continue to try and identify the man.

A 26 year old man arrested in connection with the inquiry has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

100 days until London 2012
There’s 100 days left to the 2012 Olympics and Surrey County Council’s preparations are in full swing.

Helen Clack, the County’s Cabinet Member for the Games says that in the build-up, Surrey will be a ‘hive of activity’.

Highlights will include The Torch Relay in July and an event where more than 2 thousand children will form a human ‘London 2012’ logo.

During the Games, the main event for Surrey will be the men’s and women’s cycle road races on the opening weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Scammers Operating In Surrey
There’s a new scam targeting homeowners in Surrey.

Fraudsters obtain personal details of their victims and use these to order expensive computer equipment.

The culprits then phone the householder pretending to be from a catalogue company.

They claim a parcel’s been wrongly delivered and arrange for collection.

More than 25 homeowners including one from Staines have reported similar crimes.

The suspects who arrive to collect the goods are described as male, black and in their thirties. They wear high visibility jackets.

Police are asking anyone who has been a victim of a similar scam to call them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A sister of a riot victim in Ealing forgives his killer
The sister of a pensioner who died after being punched to the ground during last summer’s riots says she forgives his killer.

17-year-old Darrell Desuza from Hounslow has been sentenced to eight years in jail for the manslaughter of Richard Mannington Bowes in Ealing.

Anne Wilderspin said her announcement did not mean she was condoning what Desuza had done.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 am  

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Crystal Palace defeated
Crystal Palace have been defeated by Portsmouth in their away match.

The result was two-one to Pompey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 pm  

Epsom And St Helier Hospitals Have A Record Year
The A&E departments at Epsom and St Helier hospitals treated a record number of people over the last year.


That's according to Dr Carole-Anne Johnson who leads both hospitals emergency departments.


She says the year from 2011 to 2012 was the busiest ever, with one patient being seen every 4 minutes on average. That's over 370 every single day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 pm  

Weybridge Murder Investigation Continues
Investigations are continuing this morning after a man was killed in Weybridge.

The victim, in his 40’s, was found stabbed at a flat on Queen’s Road and pronounced dead at the scene.

A man in his 20’s has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm  

Adele Receives Ivor Novello Nominations
Singer Adele has picked up a string of nominations for the Ivor Novello Awards.

Her hit single Rolling In The Deep was nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

The 23 year old who was educated at the prestigious Brit school in Croydon, is also in the running for best album with 21.

She has also dominated the category for the most performed track of 2011 with Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Claygate Company to Close Two Of Its Dairies
Dairy Crest plans to close two dairies with the loss of 470 jobs.

The sites involve a glass bottling dairy at Aintree, and a site at Fenstanton in Cambridgeshire.

The company, which is based in Claygate, employs 4-thousand people in its dairy business and 6-thousand people overall.

It says the decision wasn't taken lightly and the closures will protect its future.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Putney School Consultation Tomorrow
Residents wanting to learn more about proposals to fund the much-needed refurbishment of Elliott School in Putney can do so tomorrow.

A section of Putney Library will be open between 4 and 7 in order to display the plans.

The council will also be arranging further consultation meetings during May 2012.

The grade II listed Elliott School building is in need of urgent and extensive refurbishment to bring it up to the standard required for a modern school.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Walton Director Is Honoured
A director who created some of the first ever films from his studios in Walton is being remembered at a new film festival.

Cecil Hepworth made his first film in 1899 – with his first major success being the filming of Queen Victoria’s funeral in 1901.

He also produced the first screen version of Alice in Wonderland in 1903.

The exhibition and film festival celebrating his life will be held at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Battersea Model Accused Of Fraud
A part time model from Battersea accused of using stolen credit cards to pay for cosmetic surgery, denies fraud.

The prosecution alleges 23 year old Faileigh Cooper stole private details in order to pay for treatments like liposuction.

She went to a leading clinic in Wimpole Street and paid a deposit of five hundred pounds before handing over card details.

When questioned,Cooper told police she was actually going to sue a cosmetic surgeon for burning her arm during a previous procedure.
The trial continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Man Robbed In Stanwell
A man’s been robbed and threatened with a screwdriver in Stanwell.

The 62-year-old victim was attacked in an alleyway off Lindsay Close on Friday night by two men.

The suspects pushed him against a fence and took cash, his backpack and watch.

The robbers are white with tanned complexions. One in his forties and the other in his mid-thirties.

Police say these two cowardly suspects targeted a lone man simply trying to go about his business and are appealing for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm  

World Haemophilia Day Marked by Surrey Doctors
A specialist doctor at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals is marking World Haemophilia Day today by raising awareness of the condition.

Dr Jane Mercieca is a consultant haemotologist at the hospitals and diagnoses and treats patients with blood disorders.

The symptoms include large bruises and prolonged bleeding after a cut, tooth removal, surgery or an accident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm  

Monday, 16 April 2012

Murder investigation in Weybridge
A murder investigation’s been launched in Weybridge.

A man in his 40’s was found at an address in Queen’s Road – the ambulance service attended the scene first and then called the police.

The emergency services could not resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man in his 20’s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in police custody.

Officers from Surrey and Sussex police are carrying out house to house enquiries on the scene.

Anyone with information should phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 pm  

Reality TV comes to Croydon
Essex has one, Chelsea has one and now it’s Croydon’s turn.

Novice TV producer Aimee Butcher is planning a reality TV programme based in the South London town.

She claims that people from Surrey Heights are ‘more real’ than their counter parts in reality TV shows such as ‘The only way is Essex’ and ‘Made in Chelsea’.

Casting sessions are being held at Shoosh nightclub from the 3rd to the 6th of May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

Rail accident Richmond
Rail commuters faced severe delays this evening after a woman was killed after falling on to the tracks at Richmond.

Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service attended the woman just after 4 o’clock but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The majority of journey times were extended by over an hour as South West Train services came to a standstill following the accident.

Officers are working to establish the identity of the woman and to inform her next of kin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Jason Prior Is Released from Hospital
AFC Wimbledon striker, Jason Prior's been discharged from hospital today, after breaking his leg in two places on Saturday.

The 23-year-old faces at least six months out of the game, but his physio has no doubts that he'll make a full recovery.

Medical staff at Portsmouth will be helping Jason out until he's a bit more mobile and then he'll return to Wimbledon.

Meanwhile his team mates intend to visit him soon and boost his spirits.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm  

The Royal Surrey Hospital has saved over £100,000
A hospital in Surrey has saved over £100,000.

The Royal Surrey in Guildford is reducing the time taken to find items by simplifying storage.

It’s part of an NHS initiative across Surrey and the South East to streamline work processes and improve service.

In the ‘Productive Ward Programme’ staff are being encouraged to evaluate what they do and make suggestions for improvement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

Jenson Button believes Mercedes will be a threat all season
Jenson Button believes Mercedes and Nico Rosberg will be a threat at the front all year.

It follows their maiden win in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Button says he’s sure this won't be Rosberg’s first and last win.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

Over 80 bids for share of Community Improvements Fund
More than 80 groups have bid for a share of a £750,000 pot of cash for community projects in Surrey.

County Council leader David Hodge set up the Community Improvements Fund to help residents improve local areas.

Among bids received before this month's deadline, were scouts wanting to renovate premises, and a church hoping to build a community hall.

A panel of councillors will now decide which projects will receive grants of up to £50,000 cash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Hammersmith Flyover to be closed again
The Hammersmith flyover is to close yet again.

Strengthening cables are to be installed in the structure on Sunday, and then again the following Sunday.

The route was first closed in December after engineers discovered maintenance works needed to be carried out sooner rather than later.

It’s thought salt water, a result of gritting, has led to a steady decline of core compartments in the 1960s built structure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Emergency landing grounds flights at Gatwick
Flights are resuming at Gatwick Airport after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

299 passengers were rushed off the aircraft, following reports of a small fire on the Airbus A330.

The Virgin Atlantic flight had set off for Florida but was forced to turn back.

It's caused knock-on delays to a number of airlines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

More Than 80 bids for Cash From New Surrey Community Fund
More than 80 groups have bid for a share of a £750,000 pot of cash for community projects in Surrey.

County Council leader David Hodge set up the Community Improvements Fund to help residents improve local areas.

Among bids received before this month's deadline, were scouts wanting to renovate premises, and a church hoping to build a community hall.

A panel of councillors will now decide which projects will receive grants of up to £50,000 cash
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

Dramatic pledge by campaign group Londoners on Bikes
A campaign group set up by the families of cyclists killed on the Capital’s roads over the last year, has made a dramatic pledge.

Londoners on Bikes says it will vote for the mayoral candidate that has the most cycle friendly policies.

The group is hoping to sign up more than 10 thousand people before May 3rd.

Among those campaigning is the wife of Brian Dorling from Hounslow. He was killed as he negotiated the Bow Junction on his bike last October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm  

Online CRB checks set to save Surrey £300,000
Surrey County Council says it will save 300 thousand pounds over the space of three years, by carrying out CRB checks online.

The authority currently carries out around ten thousand Criminal Records Bureau checks every year.

It’s hoped the move from paper to computer will cut the time it takes to carry out a check from weeks to a matter of days.

The council has to carry out a background check for anyone who applies for a job that involves working with vulnerable people.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

Police appeal for witnesses after assault in Morden
Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Morden that left a man seriously injured.

Officers and paramedics were called to Morden Hall Park on Friday night to an unconscious man.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The victim's identity is still unknown. He is white, between 50 and 60 years old.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

Calls for Surrey County Council to reconsider library plans
A campaign group are once again calling on Surrey County Council to reconsider plans to remove permanent staff from libraries.

It follows comments by Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey who suggested the council should ‘look at the way it made its decisions’.

In an open letter to Surrey, the chairman of the Surrey Library Action Movement says ‘it's perfectly obvious the library plans need to be reconsidered’.

A Judicial Review into a pilot scheme to make 10 libraries, including Ewell Court and Stoneleigh, volunteer run is currently on-going.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm  

More counties added to official drought zone
Another 17 counties have been placed into an official drought zone.

The news comes as The Environment Agency announces the current water shortage could last until Christmas.

The South East is currently in the middle of a hosepipe ban.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

Met Chelsea penthouse for sale to save the force money
A Chelsea penthouse used by two former Met Police commissioners, has been put up for sale in order to save the force money.

The four bedroom flat close to Chelsea Harbour, is expected to go on the market at nearly two million pounds.

It’s believed it was bought as a perk and without a mortgage by the Met police authority in 2005 and used by Sir Paul Stephenson who later resigned in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

The police force currently sells around 40 million pounds worth of property every year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

Former Wandsworth gang member encourages others to turn their lives around
A former gang member from Wandsworth is encouraging others to turn their lives around as he has done.

24 year old Ali Niaz began selling cannabis on the estate where he lived at the age of 12.

He was accidentally shot and ended up in jail for dealing heroin at the age of 19.

However, he has just completed a post graduate business course at Cambridge University after gaining an education in jail.

He says he owes his success to Roehampton based charity Regenerate UK, which aims to provide opportunities to troubled youngsters.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Missing Teenager from Wallington Found Safe and Well
Following a police appeal, a missing teenager from Wallington has been found.

13-year-old Sajna Haneefa disappeared from Croydon last Thursday.

Police say she was found safe and well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

Government Funding for Wandsworth
Wandsworth Council has received £5m in extra Government funding to help pay for additional school places.

There’s growing pressure on primary school places as a result of a sharply rising birth rate and also the economic downturn.

The number of children being born in the borough each year has now topped 5,200 compared to 4 thousand in 2001.

This latest tranche of Government cash will help boost the council's existing plans to create additional school places across Wandsworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

Lewis Hamilton has high hopes for this season
Lewis Hamilton says he has no doubts he'll return to winning ways in Formula One after his third place finish in China.

The Woking based McLaren driver is now top of the driver standings.

Mercedes Nico Rosberg took the chequered flag in Shangahi to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

The McLaren pair of Jenson Button and Hamilton finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am  

Renewed calls for Goal Line Technology
There are renewed calls for goal line technology this morning after a controversy in the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp says referee Martin Atkinson admits he was wrong to award the Blues' second goal in the 5-1 thumping.

TV replays showed Juan Mata's shot hadn't crossed the line.

Didier Drogba scored the opening goal at Wembley.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

Anti-Truancy Plans
Plans are being made to introduce tougher rules to stop children skipping school.

The government's looking into proposals which would see increased fines for the parents of truant children.

The idea would see the penalty double if not paid quickly - it would then automatically be taken out of child benefit payments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Surrey go down in a thriller at Lords
In the County cricket Championship yesterday there was a shocker at Lords where Middlesex took Surrey’s last five wickets for 36 runs to claim a thrilling three run win.
Surrey resumed on 95 for 4 needing a further 41 to secure their first win at the home of cricket since 1997.

But Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones took four wickets each as Surrey were bowled out for 137.

Final scores: Middlesex 256 and 106.

Surrey 222 and 137.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 am  

Police investigate an assault in Leatherhead
Police continue to appeal for information after a man was assaulted in Leatherhead on Saturday April 7.

The incident took place at about 1:15am as the man walked along the High Street opposite the Subway sandwich shop.

The man, in his 30’s, was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

Police say they’re looking for a white man with dark hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 am  

Hammond's tax affairs under scrutiny
The row over the Cabinet’s tax returns has intensified after Labour highlighted the complex financial affairs of Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

Labour frontbenchers cranked up the pressure on David Cameron by drawing attention to the way the Runnymede and Weybridge MP has structured his 7-million pound fortune.

Shortly before entering the Cabinet, Mr Hammond moved shares in his family property business into the name of his wife who pays tax at a lower rate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 am  

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Quins sting Wasps at the Stoop in Twickenham
Top of the premier league table Harlequins faced London Wasps at the Stoop in Twickenham on Saturday.

Dominant play by the rugby union home side saw a win and bonus point secure their place in the semi-final play-off.

Radio Jackie’s Natalie Osborne attended the game:



Harlequins’ attention now turns to next week where a win against Leicester Tigers would secure them home advantage in the play-offs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm  

Surrey on the verge of another win
In cricket’s County Championship Surrey are on the verge of their first win at Lords in 15 years.

When bad light stopped play on day three of their match against Middlesex they closed on 95 for 4 chasing a victory target of 141.

Captain Rory Hamilton Brown is unbeaten on 51.

Surrey need just 46 more runs to wrap up the win this morning.

Meanwhile Lancashire got off to the worst possible start in the Championship.
The Division One champions lost their first match of the season by 10 wickets to Sussex.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 am  

Leatherhead vet wins prestigious award
A 36-year-old veterinarian from Surrey has won the prestigious Petplan Vet Nurse of the Year Award.

Lucy Kells, who works at the Wildlife Aid Foundation in Leatherhead, was recognised for the dedicated and inspiring manner in which she cared for animals.

The awards, often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the veterinary world, recognise staff and practices throughout the country that have delivered an exceptional level of care to pets and their owners.
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