Chessington fall update
Four year old Jessica Blake is still in a critical condition at St George's hospital in Tooting after falling through wooden planks while waiting for the Tomb Blaster ride on Thursday.
The youngster has a fractured skull, and sustained damage to her liver and kidneys during the fall.
It's also believed there is some damage to her brain.
Witnesses say she fell through a gap in the walkway.
The theme park issued a statement saying an investigation is underway, but allegedly removed well wishers' comments from its Facebook page.
The ride rules state that anyone under 1.1 metre tall must be accompanied by an adult.
Adventurers are armed with laser guns to battle the curse of the Mummy. They can ride through a spooky labyrinth and take on the mummies and scarab beetles to ride the tomb of its ancient curse and aim to get the highest score.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am
Friday, 8 June 2012
Flood alerts in SW London
15 flood alerts are in place for SW London.
Among them are the Tidal Thames riverside from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir.
Areas which could be affected are Putney Embankment, Chiswick Mall, Thames Bank at Mortlake, Riverside and the Embankment at Twickenham and the Towpath below Teddington Lock. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm
Jenson Button needs results
McLaren's Jenson Button admits he needs a good result in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix to stop his title challenge going off the rails.
The Woking based driver has slipped to seventh in the championship.
Button says in the last few races he’s retired twice and scored two points in the other race and they haven't been his finest weekends. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:41 pm
New memorial garden opened at Epsom Cemetery
A memorial garden dedicated to parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or just after birth, has been opened at Epsom cemetery.
The land has been provided by the council and includes a paved butterfly, rose arch and private area for scattering ashes.
Stillbirth neonatal charity Surrey Sands, met the 30 thousand pound set up cost.
The area will be known as the Sands Butterfly Garden. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 pm
A joke made by a Lambeth council press officer ends in him leaving
A Lambeth council press officer has left his job after joking Streatham High Road would benefit from being napalmed.
Sam Masters was ordered to apologise to residents by MP Chuka Umunna, who reminded him that they pay his salary.
Mr Masters stopped working for the council last week after the story appeared in the Streatham Guardian.
In an open letter to the paper, he apologised for any offence caused. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm
Fire in Norbury
Two people have been checked over by ambulance crews after a house fire in Norbury on Thursday evening.
It broke out in the Chase damaging part of a bedroom. Investigators believe it was caused by an electrical fault.
A man and a woman suffered smoke inhalation. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm
Jewellery robbery in Chertsey
Police are appealing for information after thieves stole valuable jewellery from the home of an elderly resident in Chertsey.
It took place at an address in Little Green Lane.
The victim, an 88-year-old woman, left the rear door to her property open for a short period of time while she did some gardening at the front and back of the house.
Later in the afternoon she went upstairs and found that someone had entered and stolen cash and various items of jewellery.
Several unique items of jewellery were taken during the burglary including a gold engagement ring with a blue stone in the middle. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm
A special appeal from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are appealing for loving new homes for some of their ‘most special’ pets.
The charity which cares for around 9000 animals a year, says it’s more difficult to home pets that are seen as imperfect.
These include a cross-eyed boxer cross called Abbey and a terrier with a wonky jaw which the charity says have lovely natures but are less likely to be chosen. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm
A new academy school is being supported by Wandsworth Council
Wandsworth Council are supporting a new academy.
The educational charity ARK is behind the venture to change Elliott School to Putney Academy.
The current school is in need of redevelopment. Due to the much-loved Grade 2 listed building, any remodelling will be carried out in consultation with English Heritage.
The funding for this redevelopment is likely to come from the sale of some of the current school grounds for new residential projects.
The ARK Putney Academy is due to open in September and all current pupils and staff of Elliott School will transfer across. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm
Kingston cycling sculpture to be made by locals
Kingston town centre is to see a grand display of decorated wheels from July in support of the Olympic cycling.
205 wheels will be used as part of the community sculpture to represent the 205 countries competing in the Olympics.
The project-funded by Kingstonfirst- is to gather local children, community groups and businesses to decorate them.
If this sounds like something you fancy taking part in- you can still sign up- before the 18th June by contacting Kingston First. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm
Hosepipe ban still on for some
Despite the heavy rainfall experienced over the last couple of months, water companies are still insisting that water restrictions need to remain in place.
Sutton and East Surrey Water say their principal borehole is 10 metres lower than it should be this time of year.
This means people in areas such as Sutton, Cobham and Leatherhead are unlikely to have the use of their hosepipes until the end of summer. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm
Thursday, 7 June 2012
VAT bill after cancer hospital donation
A widower who gave a huge sum of money to a cancer hospital has been given a VAT bill for the donation.
Jimmy Thomas's wife Alma was treated at the Royal Marsden cancer centre in Chelsea before she died.
The 78-year-old donated 2-point-3 million pounds to re-build a ward there - which has incurred 460 thousand pounds in tax.
Mr Thomas - who's a Tory donor - says he's tired of waiting for a response from David Cameron on the issue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm
Woking Palace damaged for a second time
Arsonists have attacked Woking Palace for a second time in under two months causing smoke damage to the outside and inside of the historic ruin.
Offenders set fire to litter outside the metal door of the monument, causing £1,000 worth of damage.
The heritage site in Carters Lane in Old Woking suffered £200 worth of damage in a previous incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:22 pm
Battersea power station sold
It looks like Chelsea’s dreams of a new stadium in Battersea are over.
The iconic Battersea power station has finally been sold to a Malaysian company, beating a rival bid from the Football Club.
SP Setia and Sime Darby have bought the 39-acre site on the south for four hundred million pounds.
Chelsea was one of 15 bidders for the former power station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 pm
Investigation underway after Croydon fire
An investigation is underway after a fire badly damaged a block of flats in Croydon.
It broke out early this morning in Whitehorse Road damaging a flat on the fourth floor of the 12-storey block.
200 people were evacuated and a man was rescued suffering from smoke inhalation.
Fire investigators are now trying to establish how the blaze started and residents are being looked after by the council and police in a community centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm
Man ordered to pay thousands
The mastermind behind a 3 million pound counterfeit goods racket has been ordered to pay back tens of thousands of pounds.
25 year old Zhanhong Zheng prompted a public health alert after it emerged he was selling fake designer brand jewellery containing high levels of poisonous nickel.
The foreign student was arrested following a major investigation by Wandsworth Council's Trading Standards officers.
In seizures they discovered he’d amassed a 3 million haul of fake jewellery, pens, sunglasses, and handbags.
At Kingston Crown Court a judge made a confiscation order of 66 thousand pounds and told Zheng to pay costs to Wandsworth Council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm
Three jailed for drug offences
Three members of a major drug trafficking network have been jailed for a total of 44 years.
It follows the recovery of cocaine and cannabis worth an estimated street value of £12 million and £2.1 million in cash.
The group was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 pm
Rollercoaster help Twickenham woman recover
A 21 year old woman from Twickenham has defied a brain tumour by riding the roller coasters at Thorpe Park.
Doctors discovered a tumour the size of a Satsuma in the core of Emma Bassett’s brain after a trip to the theme park.
It’s thought brain fluid was redistributed during the day trip, allowing her an few extra days before life saving surgery could be carried out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm
Queen's Jubilee celebrated across the County
The children and teenagers at Shooting Star CHASE celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style this weekend.
Festivities kicked off with a Jubilee Tea Party Lunch on Saturday at the Guildford hospice, Christopher’s, and their Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House.
The children enjoyed creating decorations and dressing up, followed by a regal afternoon tea with plenty of jubilee-themed cake.
The historic occasion inspired various arts and crafts activities including the creation of a large canvas to hang up at Christopher’s in commemoration of the landmark.
The hobbies rooms accommodate all the art activity that goes on at the hospices and fundraisers were able to download their own pinwheel, bunting and paper lanterns.
To find out more about Shooting Star CHASE and the vital children’s hospice care it provides, visit shootingstarchase.org.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am
Hundreds flee homes in Croydon as fire breaks out
Over two hundred people fled a block of flats in Croydon this morning as a fire took hold.
Firefighters rushed to the scene at Whitehorse Road sending ten fire engines as well as a platform ladder to help them get access to the upper floors.
Crews with breathing apparatus rescued one resident down an internal stairwell.
A further resident needed treatment outside the flats for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation will begin later today.
New Malden resident selected to be a Torchbearer
With 50 days left before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, excitement is building.
New Malden resident Roy Smith has been one of the lucky few selected to be a Torchbearer for the Paralympics.
The 62 year-old was nominated by the Royal National Institute for the Blind following his devotion to developing sport for people with visual impairments.
Such are his contributions to the world of sport that he was awarded an MBE in 1991.
Roy tells us his thoughts about the upcoming games: posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Warning from Kingston Council
There’s a warning from Kingston Council for us to guard against cold callers.
Trading standards are working with Safer Kingston, the police and Age Concern to try and stop people getting ripped off by rogue traders.
Typical scams to look out for are people knocking on the door offering to do repairs or home improvements.
Often people are overcharged, have unnecessary work done or work being left unfinished.
The advice is to always say no to cold callers and use traders who are TrustMark approved.
Details of authorised traders can be found on the council website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:41 pm
London Fire tries to reduce false alarm calls
New figures show ‘false fire alarms’ are attended by London Fire Brigade almost once every 10 minutes at a cost of 37 million pounds a year.
Last year LFB attended more than 55 thousand false alarms with hospitals and Heathrow Airport being the main call-outs.
False alarms are when automatic fire alarms are wrongly activated or when people set off alarms when there’s no emergency.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm
Surrey tops for property
Surrey is the richest county in the UK when it comes to property.
According to a new survey, its homes have a total value of almost 288 billion pounds - representing 5-point-1 per cent of the UK's overall property wealth.
Southern counties dominate the list with Dorset in second place, Buckinghamshire third and East Sussex fourth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
Mitcham gets new fire station
Mitcham is to get a new fire station.
London Fire Brigade is to get nearly sixty million pounds to build new stations.
Most of the money will go towards rebuilding existing stations in the capital but the one in Mitcham is to be a brand new build on a new site.
The new station will include a community space so members of the public can access fire safety advice and it’ll also be available for community events.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm
MP makes health call
The MP for Carshalton is to table a motion in Parliament calling for local healthcare reviews to be as comprehensive as possible.
Tom Brake claims it’s to avoid of what he’s calling a repeat of the flawed review that recommended the closure of A&E and maternity services at St Helier Hospital.
The Early Day Motion will also allow other MP’s to show their support for the Save Our St Helier Campaign, which has already attracted thousands of petition signatures.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm
calls for a review of Epsom's Licencing Policy
Following a review of Epsom and Ewell’s Licencing Policy Lib Dem councillors want the sale of alcohol to cease after midnight.
In response to pleas from residents living in Epsom town centre they’re calling for licencing hours to be limited to 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
The Lib Dems also want all clubs to have entrance lobbies to contain noise and bass vibration.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:12 am
Surrey Lions frustrated by the rain
Defending champions Surrey were forced to share the points with Scotland after rain ruined their Clydesdale Bank 40 encounter at The Oval yesterday.
Only 23 overs were possible before the weather closed in, with Scotland on 124 for four.
The Lions head group B with 10 points.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 am
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Alleged assault at Epsom Derby
There was an alleged serious sexual assault at the Epsom derby over the holiday weekend.
A 15 year-old girl old told police she was attacked in a nearby field by a youth she met in the music and fairground area at the racecourse on Saturday afternoon.
The suspect is described as white, about 16 years old, skinny but muscular with a prominent wide jaw, short ginger hair and a pale spotty face.
Police are asking for anyone with information to contact Surrey Police on 101.
They particularly want to speak to a woman who reported the incident to St. John’s ambulance but left before police arrived. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am
New equipment for baby unit at St. George's Tooting
St George’s hospital in Tooting has new neonatal equipment, thanks to the Baby Isaac Fund.
The Laparoscopic instruments will be the first of their kind in the UK.
They’re smaller than the usual equipment and can be used on new-born babies who have abdomen and chest problems.
The fund was set up by Ian and Cristina Villiers in 2010 as a legacy for their son who was treated at the hospital.
The new sets cost more than £20,000. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am
Richmond offers £10,000 business prize
A £10,000 prize is up for grabs for one lucky entrepreneur in Richmond.
The Richmond’s Den competition is now down to a short list of 12 people from the borough.
They’ll battle it out for a place in the final as they pitch their ideas to a panel on June the 14th at the Richmond Business School in Parkshot.
The three best entries will go through to the final on June 28th at the American University in Richmond.
If they make it that far they’ll face a panel of Sir Trevor McDonald, the founder of the big issue John Bird and local MP Zac Goldsmith.
The event is being organised by Richmond Council and the Richmond Social Enterprise Partnership. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am
Monday, 4 June 2012
Wallington murder court appearance
A 29-year-old from Wallington will appear in court today charged in connection with a murder.
Frank Smith is expected at South Western Magistrates’ Court following the death of 36-year-old Damon Weedon who died in Wallington on Friday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am
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