Extra seats for Surrey trains
South West Trains has announced that extra carriages will be added to rail services in Surrey.
The company says it will add an extra 48 carriages creating 2,400 extra seats a day on trains.
The county will also benefit from three longer morning trains from Guildford and Woking to London.
Recently the government has been urged to address the need for longer trains, faster journeys and more platforms in Surrey to reduce overcrowding and boost the economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Mahamadou Diarra will remain at Fulham until the end of next season.
He joined the Cottagers on a short-term contract in January.
That deal has now been extended.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm
News Flash: Donna Summer dies at her home in the USA
American website TMZ is reporting that music legend Donna Summer has died at the age of 63.
Sources say she died at her home in Florida this morning and had been battling breast cancer.
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Music journalist Paul Gambaccini says she had some iconic hits.
Latest from inquest into deaths of two children in Wandsworth
The inquests into the deaths of two babies in Wandsworth have ruled they died by suffocation.
14 month old Lily Skye Boots and her 10 week old brother Mason were discovered unconscious at their home in Killarney Road last week.
Their 34 year old mother Felicia has been charged with their murders.
The hairdresser was too ill to appear at the old bailey on Tuesday. It’s thought she has severe post natal depression.
She’ll reappear in court in August. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm
Coach driver arrested after drug find in Wandsworth
A coach driver has been arrested in Wandsworth on suspicion of smuggling drugs across Europe.
The 43 year old was caught handing over 3 kilos of cocaine to another man, who’s also been arrested, earlier this month.
He was also found in possession of a large amount of cash in Euros.
It’s believed he used his job as a coach driver to smuggle drugs across the continent and they’d be distributed in the capital by London’s gangs. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm
Warning for Chelsea fans ahead of Champions League final
Chelsea fans travelling to Germany for the Champions League final are being warned of possible violence.
According to The Sun, a hardcore group of Bayern Munich supporters are planning on attacking Blues supporters.
Around 30-thousand Chelsea fans, many without tickets, are planning on travelling to Munich for Saturday’s match.
British police say 80 known troublemakers have had their passports seized – but 150 ‘problem fans’ are travelling.
Munich police say they’re prepared ‘for all eventualities’. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm
Hopes of a first step on the property ladder in Hounslow
The first council built homes in Hounslow in over 20 years have been unveiled.
A ceremony was held on the Elmwood Avenue estate in Feltham to mark the completion of the nineteen houses.
They will provide a mix of social and rented homes. Two of them have been adapted for disabled residents.
It’s hoped the three million pound scheme will help get more youngsters on the housing ladder. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Queen's Jubilee plans updated
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to join the Queen on her royal barge during the River Thames pageant celebrating the Diamond Jubilee.
William and Kate will be at the Queen's side as up to a million spectators line the river banks and open spaces next month.
A flotilla of 1,000 ships, boats, yachts and other vessels will be setting off on the 7-mile route from Hammersmith. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm
Richmond children's services receive thumbs up
Richmond Council’s children's services have been rated good following an inspection by Ofsted.
A team of inspectors spent two weeks with the council in March looking at procedures, practices and performance.
The watchdog said it was particularly impressed with the authority’s overall vision and direction. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Leatherhead based Wildlife Aid urges us to pick up our litter
It's after animal rescuers had to free a fox cub after it got its head stuck in a tin can.
The tiny fox was spotted by staff and the can was eventually removed.
If the can had not been removed, the cub would have died a slow, agonising death after a couple of days.
The Foundation says whatever you think about foxes, no animal deserves to suffer. Litter can be a killer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm
Man jailed for stealing Satnav in Sutton
A man has been jailed for eight weeks for breaking into a car and stealing a Satnav in Sutton.
Omar Williams, from Mitcham, pleaded guilty to charges of theft and vehicle interference at Croydon Crown Court.
It was after he was arrested by a police dog unit following a chase on Frogmore Close earlier this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm
Search is on to find jewellery stolen from Worcester Park
Police have released a number of images of Chinese jewellery they’d like to trace – after it was stolen from a house in Worcester Park.
It’s said to have great sentimental value and includes medals of Chinese generals and commemorative marks of Pandas.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously on Brinkley Road on the 3rd of May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm
Surrey County Council welcome train improvements
Surrey County Council says they welcome the news that South West Trains are to provide extra carriages for rail services in the county.
There’ll be longer morning trains between Waterloo, Guildford and Woking – as well as extra seats on evening services via Cobham.
The council says it’ll help reduce overcrowding and boost the economy.
It comes after they wrote a letter to Transport Secretary & Putney MP Justine Greening about improving rail services in Surrey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm
Goldsmith - Good news for Kingston Hospital
Richmond Park’s MP says the latest review into services at Kingston hospital is ‘good news’.
A panel of 60 people, made up of patients, doctors and nurses, recommended that the hospital retain its A&E and maternity wards.
The NHS Better Services Better value Review Panel also recommended the same for Croydon University hospital.
Zac Goldsmith says it shows the wards provide a ‘vital service’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Fire in Syon Lane
The roof of a house in Syon Lane in Isleworth was completely destroyed by fire.
The London Fire Brigade was called to the blaze just before ten pm.
Four fire engines attended the scene - nobody was reported hurt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 am
'Have Your Say' on foundation trust for mental health in South West London.
There‘s to be a public consultation over the future of mental health services in South West London.
The Have Your Say consultation will get the public’s view on foundation trust status for South West London and Saint George’s Mental Health Trust.
There will be a Have Your Say roadshow in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.
The area’s chairman Peter Molyneux believes foundation trust status means greater independence and high quality care.
The current NHS Trust in South West London has the only in-patient unit for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – or OCD - in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 am
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Her Majesty braves the hail to visit fans in Richmond Park
The Queen today paid a visit to Richmond Park as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
She started her whistle stop tour of South West London in Bromley this morning before moving on to Mitcham.
At 2.30pm she arrived to a rain soaked Richmond Park where the Wild London Festival was taking place, celebrating all things wild in the borough.
Afterwards she attended Holly Lodge where she helped to plant a new holly tree and unveil a plaque with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side.
Among the guests were Sir David Attenborough who said it was a joyous event where thousands of people had turned out to see their Monarch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm
Police investigate robbery in Epsom
Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Epsom town centre at the weekend.
It took place on Saturday night when a man in his 20s was assaulted by a group of four or five men in an alleyway close to the TK Maxx store.
They stole cash and an I phone from the victim.
Ambulance crews attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries.
It’s believed the men then got into a taxi parked opposite Epsom Railway Station and were taken to New Malden.
The suspects are all white and spoke with Irish accents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm
Sickness rates fall
Good news for employers, sickness absence has fallen again.
The Office for National Statistics says six million fewer days were lost in 2011 compared to 2010.
Last year 131 million working days were lost at an average of four-and-a-half days per worker.
We lost 137 million in 2010.
Workers in London had the lowest sickness absence record.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm
House damaged in Thornton Heath
30 firefighters are tackling a house fire in Thornton Heath.
It broke out on Langdale Road at lunchtime.
Part of the roof collapsed and some of the first floor was damaged.
Crews say the fire is now under control and an investigation on the cause is underway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm
Joan Collins 'tweets' about Heathrow
Actress Joan Collins has vented her anger at Home Secretary Theresa May on Twitter after being caught in queues at Heathrow.
The 78 year old said thousands were waiting at passport control this morning and wrote "listen up Ms. May - need more officers!"
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm
Quarter final stage at Wimbledon Derby
It’s a big night of racing at Wimbledon tonight.
It’s the quarter final stage of the prestigious Derby competition with 24 runners still left in.
Razzle-dazzle JFK is the bookies favourite to win the 125 thousand pounds first prize.
The final is on Saturday 26th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:46 am
More than a thousand sign health petition
More than a thousand people have signed a petition calling on the Secretary of State for Health to abandon the Better Services Better Value review.
It comes after the review recommended the closure of the A&E department and the maternity unit at St Helier Hospital.
Local MP Tom Brake described the process as ‘flawed’ and has called on Andrew Lansley to meet with him and local Councillors urgently.
He wants to discuss the concerns of local people and health professionals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am
Flare amnesty in Shepperton
A special event is taking place in Shepperton on Saturday.
The Marina along with the RNLI is holding a flare amnesty where people can dispose of old and expired flares safely.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am
Ramprakash dropped by Surrey
Mark Ramprakash has been dropped by Surrey for tomorrow’s County Championship match with Somerset.
Team Director Chris Adams says the veteran batsman ‘hasn’t made the impact that he would have wanted to’ so far this season.
Bowlers Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker return to the squad after representing England Lions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am
Cech wins award
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been named as the Czech Republic’s footballer of the year for a record seventh time.
He now has one more Golden Ball than Pavel Nedved.
Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky came second.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am
Monday, 14 May 2012
Gallery showcases childrens exploration into human spirit behind the Olympics
An exhibition to mark the start of the Olympic summer is to be opened at Stables Gallery in Twickenham.
The gallery will showcase contemporary art created by children showing the courage, determination and bravery of Paralympic athletes.
It comes as part of a free series of events featuring art, music and poetry.
The ‘2012 Dreams’ exhibition will run from the 14th of June until the end of September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 pm
Police dog recovers after injuries in Cheam
A German Shepherd police dog injured on duty in Cheam is recovering from his injuries.
Chester was carrying out a search for a suspect during an attempted burglary in Malden Road in the early hours of Saturday.
During the search, the 18-month old dog picked up a scent of the suspect but it led him into the road where he was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Police say Chester is battered and bruised but luckily didn’t sustain any permanent damage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm
Major increase in house building in Wandsworth
Wandsworth saw a major increase in home-building last year, despite the bleak national economy.
That's according to figures just released by the Council.
Over 850 new homes were completed and there was a significant rise in planning consents and construction starts compared to the previous year.
Leader of the Council Ravi Govindia says that Wandsworth has consistently outperformed the rest of London throughout the downturn.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm
Quins head to Abu Dhabi
Harlequins rugby union squad are preparing for their Premiership final with Leicester in style.
The 46-man party have been flown out to Abu Dhabi for four days rest ahead of the showpiece event on Saturday week.
The Twickenham based club earned a nail-biting 25-23 win over Northampton in their semi-final at the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm
QPR captain Joey Barton has apologised for his sending off and subsequent actions and comments after the game with Manchester City.
Barton was red-carded for elbowing Carlos Tevez and then kicked Sergio Aguero as he left the field.
He later claimed on Twitter that he’d done it to try and get a City player sent off in yesterday’s 3-2 defeat.
The midfielder, who faces at least a 4-game ban, says ‘I apologise to everyone offended by it’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm
Support for revised rail proposal
Wandsworth Council says its revised proposal for a direct rail link between Waterloo and Heathrow is gaining support.
The 'Airtrack Lite' scheme’s part of a campaign to make the borough better connected and would provide four trains an hour to Terminal 5.
It avoids sending extra trains through level crossings in Mortlake and Egham, which was the reason the original proposal was scrapped last year.
Leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia says there's still a lot of work to do to build the case, but everyone agrees Heathrow needs to be at the centre of a local rail network.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm
Stroll along to see Dr Dudley
Families are being urged to put their best feet forward for a first-ever sponsored stroll in aid of Surrey Air at Virginia Water Lake this Saturday
The walk is open to everyone and will feature a special appearance from mascot Dr Dudley who will be hiding along the 4.5 mile route.
Children can bring their scooters and tricycles and will have the chance to meet Dr Dudley and have their photographs taken with him.
Registration costs £5 per family or individual and can be completed online at http://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/Community/WhatsOnSurrey/event/54
For more information call Fundraising Assistant Karen Milton on 01483 266322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Mum from Twickenham is the real role model
A mum from Twickenham is proving Autism is no barrier to success.
Martina Gomez combines a full time job with caring for her ten year old autistic son Max, as well as her three other children.
And if that’s not enough, she’s also launched a new online business .
New research from America suggests one in three young adults with autism have no experience of paid work.
Martina says there needs to be more help for parents so autistic children can eventually get a job.
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