Wild swims restricted from Putney Bridge
And finally – if you fancied an impromptu dip in the Thames during this current warmish weather, you’ve left it too late.
From Sunday July the 1st if you wanted to practise your stroke between Putney Bridge and Crossness in East London you need permission from the Port of London Authority.
It’s partly the fault of comic David Walliams who made wild swimming popular.
But the PLA says the river is potentially dangerous with tides, strong currents and whirlpools.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm
Pigeon patroller pinched
Wimbledon detectives are investigating the theft of a bird of prey used todeter pigeons at the tennis championships.
The harrier hawk who’s called Rufus was taken on Thursday night from a car parked in Dunstall Road in Wimbledon.
The bird was in a cage.
The bird’s family are upset over the theft and are now appealing for help to recover it.
Anyone with information should phone CID on 0208 649 3118.
If the bird is seen in the local area, the owner cn be phoned on 07738 590951.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm
Croydon consultatation on redevelopment
The battle over how to develop the Whitgift site in Croydon increases next week when Westfield will set out its one billion pound plans for the area.
Shopkeepers, local businesses and residents can attend a four day consultation which will start on the 5th of July at the North End of the Whitgift Centre.
Westfield which has shopping centres in west London and Stratford wants to develop the centre into a 1 and a half million square foot retail venue. Their plan includes 400 to 600 new homes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 am
Addlestone police are asking for witnesses to help them catch the thief who broke into the home of an elderly man and robbed him of cash and bank cards.
It happened in the early hours of Thursday morning in Hare Hill, when the 87 year old man was woken by a man putting the light on and telling him he was a police officer.
While the victim lay in his bed, the thief rummaged through his drawers and trousers to find a small amount of cash and various cards.
The suspect is described as white, around 35-40 years old, of medium build and around 5 foot 10 inches tall. He has a distinctive long straight nose and dark eyes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 am
Friday, 29 June 2012
Olympic training is about to start in Surrey
The first Olympic and Paralympic teams are due to start their training tomorrow in Surrey.
Surrey Sports Park in Guildford will be the base for teams from the Phillippines, USA and China.
The site includes a 50m pool, 8 outdoor tennis courts and 2 new grass pitches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm
Brentford FC look to move
Brentford Football Club has bought a site on Lionel Road to build their new stadium.
Manager, Matthew Benham, intends to submit plans to Hounslow Council within the year.
The Bees hope to move from Griffin Park into the 15,000 seater by the start of the 2016-17 season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm
Bank of England Governor demands change
The Bank of England Governor is demanding change in the culture of the UK's banking industry.
But Sir Mervyn King is ruling out a Leveson-style inquiry into a series of scandals.
Today, the big four are accused of serious failings in the sale of a product supposed to protect customers from rising interest rates.
Instead, it left many with crippling repayments.
The shadow business secretary and Streatham MP Chuka Umunna says somebody needs to take responsibility.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm
Police search 2 houses in Hounslow
Police are searching two addresses in Hounslow following the arrests of two Spanish nationals over alleged terrorist offences in Spain.
The 39 and 55 year old men are being held after armed raids early this morning.
The pair are believed to be members of the Basque terrorist group.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm
Police appeal after Chelsea raid
Police are appealing for information on a “smash and grab” in Chelsea.
Arije Jewellers was targeted by six armed robbers, who made off with a number of high value watches.
Images have been released of the items stolen and of the robbery.
No one was injured and there have been no arrests so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm
Thursday, 28 June 2012
BREAKING NEWS: Fire in New Malden
This is the scene in Chestnut Grove as fire fighters tackle a blaze at a block of flats.
Residents have been evacuated.
There is no word on how the fire started or if anyone was injured.
Vince Cable issues statement on Farepak
Twickenham MP and Business Secretary Vince Cable is to meet creditors of Farepak after they lost their Christmas savings six years ago.
Farepak used the savings of one hundred thousand customers to pay off their loans to banking giant HBOS.
The savings company had tried to disqualify seven directors but that was abandoned last week.
Now Mr Cable says HBOS is considering putting more money into the contribution fund. He says the government has acted appropriately and in the public interest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am
Planning row in North Kingston
The MP for Richmond Park has criticised a decision to allow a developer to build six houses on the green space at Dinton Road in Kingston.
The MP who also represents North Kingston claims the decision by the Planning Inspector has been made in the face of intense and continued opposition by residents.
Councillor Andrea Craig added that the inspector ignored the danger of local flooding.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am
Pensioner missing in Kingston
Kingston police have issued an appeal about an elderly missing person.
The 75 year old man is thought to be in the Kingston area and he has his left arm in plaster and the other wrist is swollen.
He has short brown greyish hair with blue eyes and has a wrinkled complexion - he doesn’t wear glasses.
He’s frail and slim and is about 165 centimetres tall.
He's been missing from his home for more than 20 hours.
He took his red pusher trolley with him which has four wheels.
If anyone sees him they should phone 999.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Richmond Physiotherapist to volunteer at Olympics
During the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, thousands of volunteers will play a major part in the running of the games.
The selection process for these individuals started 2 years ago-and a Richmond Physiotherapist has been successful.
Raphael Rinaldi will be based at the Poly-clinic in the Olympic village where he will aid a variety of athletes. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm
Olympic Rings hung from Tower Bridge
Giant Olympic rings have been lowered from London's Tower Bridge as the countdown to the games continues.
They're 25 metres wide and 11-and-a-half metres tall and costs 260 thousand pounds to make.
A light show, complete with beams of changing colours and intensity, is set to bring the rings to life tonight. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm
Travellers, who pitched up on Fairfield recreation ground in Kingston, have left.
The group, which appeared last week, had claimed it needed the council to carry out health checks as some children had measles.
The health checks were carried out and the travellers were asked to move on – to which they refused. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm
Residents should get more say over flights
Residents living under the Heathrow flightpath should be given the chance to say whether they would trade an extra hour’s sleep for additional flights later in the morning.
That’s according to Wandsworth Council.
Currently an average of 16 flights day are permitted to land at Heathrow before 0600. The opportunity for a later start of day comes as BAA prepares to test the impact on the airport of moving back the first scheduled arrivals to after 5.
The experiment will begin in November.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm
New Malden residents' fury after lorry drivers carry on regardless
The Contractor working on the expansion of Christ Church School in New Malden has been forced to clean up after its drivers.
On Monday, a lorry working on the project decimated a number of trees in Chestnut Grove, some of which are thought to be protected, while it passed under them.
Branches were left hanging over the pavement precariously, prompting residents to complain to the council.
We asked Built Off Site if they’d like to apologise to the residents in question - they had no comment for us but did send someone to clean the street of the branches [pictured].
Kingston Council issued this statement: Kingston Council is supporting the Southwark Diocese Board of Education to provide temporary accommodation for Christ Church New Malden Junior School on their field site located on Chestnut Grove for the start of the September term. During delivery of modular classroom units on Monday 25 June a number of branches along Chestnut Grove were damaged, these have now been removed and cleared by the contractor.
One elderly resident told Jackie News; We are not against expansion, but the majority of these houses, trees and roads are from the 1800s and cannot support large vehicles rocking the foundations or leaving pot holes. Surely there is an alternative route they can use? We already put up with quite a lot from the school with regards to mums and dads parking over drive ways at drop off times.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm
The results are in!
Shooting Star CHASE has scored its very own personal best, raising more money than ever before at this year’s London Marathon.
Two months on since the 85 runners of team Shooting Star CHASE took to the streets of the capital for the Virgin London Marathon, the children’s hospice charity is delighted to announce it has raised £183,166.95 from the event.
The massive total is expected to reach £190,000 once Gift Aid has been claimed, the best fundraising total to date for the charity, up more than £20,000 on last year.
Shooting Star CHASE is the children’s hospice charity caring for over 600 families living in western London, Surrey and West Sussex.
Their services are available 365 days a year. Families receive their support free of charge, in their own homes and communities and at the two children’s hospices, Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Former detective pleads guilty to murder of Surrey Police officer
A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a Surrey police officer.
Former detective Peter Foster admitted killing DC Heather Cooper and dumping her body in woodland in Sussex last October.
The 33 year old had been hit over the head and stabbed in the throat at their home in Haslemere.
35 year old Foster, who’d previously pleaded not guilty, appeared at Lewes Crown Court this morning. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm
England internationals line up for Middlesex T20 clash
England cricketers Steve Finn and Eoin Morgan will play for Middlesex in their Twenty20 match with Kent tonight.
Both players have been included in the one-day international squad to face Australia on Friday.
But they’ve been temporarily released to gain some more match practice ahead of the 5-match series. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm
Tooting hospital praised for cancer care
St. George’s Hospital in Tooting has passed all National targets for cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Figures published by the Department of Health show 95 per cent of patients are seen within 14 days of seeing their GP.
98 per cent of patients receive their first treatment within one month of being diagnosed. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm
FA hit out at abuse directed at Chelsea international
The Football Association’s branded alleged racist tweets aimed at England's footballers as "appalling and unacceptable".
Police are now investigating the messages which appeared on the social networking site after the Euro 2012 defeat to Italy.
Ashley Young and Chelsea’s Ashley Cole who both missed penalties in the shootout – were singled out for abuse. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:22 pm
Monday, 25 June 2012
Training centre approved in Sunbury
Revised plans for a new training centre for the London Irish Rugby Club in Sunbury have been approved.
Two earlier schemes were turned down.
The latest plans for the Hazelwood Golf Course and The Avenue sites include more than 200 new homes.
A fifth of the homes on The Avenue estate will be affordable housing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm
Murphy joins Blackburn
Danny Murphy has joined relegated Blackburn Rovers on a two-year contract.
The 35-year-old midfielder left Fulham at the end of last season after five years at Craven Cottage.
He becomes manager Steve Kean's first signing of the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
New waste scheme in Wandsworth
Businesses across Wandsworth can take advantage of a free environmentally-friendly service designed to recycle electrical waste.
The 1,2,3 Recycle for Free service is offered to businesses, schools and other institutions in a bid to reuse old computers and electrical goods.
The scheme has been launched by the Mayor of London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
Birmingham wants to ease the strain on Heathrow
Birmingham airport’s chief executive says they can ease the strain on Heathrow.
Paul Kehoe is urging the government to look at improving regional airports rather than focusing on capacity in the south east.
It comes as airport operator BAA launches a new campaign to build a third runway at Heathrow – despite all political parties ruling it out.
Ministers are currently looking into plans to expand capacity in the UK – including the possibility of a Thames Estuary airport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm
New signing for Carshalton Athletic
Carshalton Athletic is pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Lewis Taylor this week.
Taylor, a box-to-box style central midfielder aged 25, put pen to paper for the forthcoming season and joined his new team mates at a first team squad meeting on 23 June at Colston Avenue.
He played for Bromley last season and was part of the promotion-winning Tonbridge Angels squad of 2010/11, scoring the winner in the Ryman Premier play off final. He has also played in the Conference National with AFC Wimbledon during their 2009/10 campaign, chipping in with six goals. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am
Paralympics - A focus on Sitting Volleyball & Wheelchair Basketball
Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball are the focus of this week's podcast on the Paralympics in London 2012.
During a visit to Coombe Girls' School in New Malden, Paralympian Sanne Bakker found time to speak with Radio Jackie's Pascale Couch about her hopes for Sitting Volleyball this summer:
To listen to the full podcast on Sitting Volleyball & Wheelchair Basketball, visit the Radio Jackie red button.
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