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Saturday, 22 September 2012
BBC Education Correspondent dies
The longstanding BBC education correspondent Mike Baker had died after a struggle with cancer.
A former education secretary Estelle Morris paid tribute to the 55 year old journalist’s perceptive and wise coverage of changes in education.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm
Teddington's Normanfield Hospital part of today's open house.
It’s that time of year again where some of London’s secret treasures open their doors.
One of the places open today is Normansfield Theatre in Teddington where Downs Syndrome was discovered by the world famous doctor John Langdon Down.
He only hired nurses who could dance and sing in the Grade 2 listed theatre which has a proscenium arch.
750 buildings are taking part including some in Wandsworth, Tooting’s Gala Bingo Hall and Roehampton University.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:41 pm
Friday, 21 September 2012
Hammersmith Bridge possible closure
Structural engineers have claimed that Hammersmith Bridge could be closed for up to a year because super-sewer work may cause damage to its foundations.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council say that drilling work on the proposed Thames Water tunnel would weaken the bridge.
Thames Water has accused the council of scaremongering.
The 3.6-billion pound project is still in the planning phase.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm
Racist tweets aimed at Chelsea's Mikel
Police have been contacted by Chelsea over racist tweets aimed at John Mikel Obi.
He was targeted on Twitter following a bad mistake during Wednesday's Champions League draw with Juventus.
The midfielder has deleted his profile, though the club suggested that was co-incidence rather than in reaction to the abuse he received.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm
McLaren still want Hamilton next season
McLaren say they are designing their 2013 car on the assumption Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be their two drivers next season.
Some reports recently have suggested Hamilton has agreed a move to Mercedes - although the Woking driver insists he had yet to decide.
McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe says it’s their "assumption" that Lewis Hamilton would stay.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm
Theft in Beddington
A 39-year-old man from Beddington has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after stealing £1700 from a pensioner to feed his drug habit.
Michael Angelo Sagnibene befriended a 97-year-old man, also from Beddington, and stole the money he had been saving for a new mobility scooter.
Sagnibene took the pensioner's debit card and pin number from his carer's house on a number of occasions, and withdrew up to £250 at a time.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and three counts of fraud yesterday at Croydon Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm
Cannabis factory closed in Carshalton
A cannabis factory in Carshalton and another in Wallington were among 35 closed in yesterday’s crackdown on drug dealers and producers across London.
The Operation Hawk raids seized 2,658 cannabis plants and made 284 arrests.
More than 1-thousand officers from all of the capital’s 32 boroughs were involved in the operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 am
Man charged after stabbing in Streatham
A 61-year-old man’s been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing incident in Streatham on Tuesday afternoon.
Dennis Robinson was arrested after a 35-year old man received a serious stab wound to the face at a property on James Boswell Close.
The victim remains in hospital in intensive care.
Robinson, who’s also charged with possession of an offensive weapon, will face Inner London Crown Court on November 22.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 am
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Surrey County Council launches investigation into roadwork damage
Surrey County Council has launched an investigation into how to reduce the damage caused by utility companies' roadworks.
Energy, communication and water companies frequently need to dig up roads to make improvements to their services.
But tests have shown that half of these repairs are of poor quality and often need to be redone.
Councillor Pat Frost, chair of the investigation, says that the essential work must be weighed up against damage to Surrey's economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm
Chertsey cyclist victim named
A cyclist who died after a collision in Chertsey has been identified.
46 year old Andrew Dixon from Weybridge was involved in the crash in St Peter’s Way on Sunday but died in hospital on Tuesday.
Police are appealing for any witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm
Jeremy Hunt may still decide to keep open St. Heliers A&E
St. Helier Hospital in Sutton could have its A&E unit saved by the new Health Secretary, according to the Independent.
Jeremy Hunt, who last month replaced MP for Sutton and Cheam, Paul Burstow, in the role, is said to be reassessing the controversial plans.
The proposals would see seven A&E units closed across London, including departments at St. Helier and Ealing.
Mr Hunt says that cuts are necessary, but that they don't have to be achieved through closures. The ultimate decision will lie with him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm
Royal Parks give warning during deer mating season
The Royal Parks is recommending dog owners to walk their pets outside of Richmond and Bushy park during the deer mating season.
Deer can feel threatened by dogs, even over long distances and the advise is if you do still choose to walk within the parks, to keep your dog on the lead.
They also suggest you walk close to exits and if you are pursued by a deer, to let go of the dog lead as this will reduce the chance of it charging.
The mating season begins next week and continues until the end of October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm
Energy Secretary is expected to announce new rewards
Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, is expected to announce rewards for residents living near to wind farms, the Telegraph has reported today.
The Lib Dem, who is also MP for Kingston and Surbiton, aims to provide noticeable community benefits to those within 6 miles of a wind farm.
Money would be spent on improving village halls and building new playgrounds.
But cynics are claiming that the rewards would only be in place to appease residents who see the turbines as eyesores.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm
Croydon welcomes the Royal Couple
Prince Charles and Camilla have met shopkeepers, residents and faith leaders in Croydon - one of the communities badly hit by the riots last year.
The royal couple mingled with shoppers and stall-holders during a walkabout at the Surrey Street market.
They also met retail queen Mary Portas after Croydon's Old Town was selected for a regeneration pilot scheme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm
AFC Wimbledon in the hunt for a new manager
AFC Wimbledon are now advertising for a new manager.
It’s after Terry Brown was sacked yesterday following a poor start to the season.
The club wants any potential candidates to apply for the job before next Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am
Plea for residents of Chelsea and Fulham to safeguard emergency services
The MP for Chelsea and Fulham has urged residents to add their voices to a campaign regarding emergency services.
Residents have less than a month to sign up to stand against plans to close A&E services in both boroughs.
MP Greg Hands says that accident and emergency services must survive.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am
Car number plate thefts in Staines
Police are appealing for information following the thefts of several car number plates in the Staines.
The first of the offences occurred at Sidney Road last week with two more soon after.
Police are advising residents to be vigilant, and are providing anti-tamper screws in attempt to prevent further offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Met Officers On Their Bikes
A number of cyclists will set off on a 200 mile journey this morning (Wednesday), starting at Croydon Town Hall.
The group, which includes nine Met Police officers, is marking the 68th anniversary of Operation Market Garden; a bridge too far.
The operation, was an unsuccessful airborne military operation fought by the allies in the Netherlands and Germany, in 1944.
Money raised from the bike ride to the Netherlands, will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am
Hand grenades discovered in West Molesey.
Surrey Police discovered unexploded hand grenades in West Molesey.
Surrounding houses were evacuated and Walton Road was cordoned off at the junction with Grange Road and New Road.
Bomb squad experts quickly determined that the grenades were very old and not dangerous.
The officers also took away what’s thought to be cannabis plants from the property.
3 men were arrested on suspicion of class B drugs offences and were in custody at Staines Police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 am
New helipad for St George's Hospital
St George's hospital in Tooting is to get a helipad at a cost of four million pounds.
It means critically ill patients will be given direct access to the hospital's Accident and Emergency department.
The hospital hopes it will significantly reduce transfer times for patients.
Construction of the helipad will begin in December, and it is set to open next summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 am
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Surrey Police is appealing for information following a suspicious incident on Reigate Road in Tadworth.
At 3.30pm on Friday, 24 August a woman in her late 80s answered the door to a man claiming to be from a water company.
The man persuaded her to leave the property by asking to be shown the exterior water supply.
However the woman fell over so the man took her back inside the property and sat her down before quickly leaving.
The victim’s health deteriorated and she had to be taken to St Georges Hospital in Tooting with facial injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm
Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash in Addlestone.
A red X-type jaguar collided with a red and black Honda motorcycle at 7.20 on Monday evening.
The accident happened at Hare Hill, near the Spinney Hill junction.
The motorcyclist, who suffered serious head and leg injuries, is recovering at St George's Hospital in Tooting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:49 pm
20 fire-fighters were called to Tooting High Street yesterday afternoon after a fire broke out at an Indian restaurant.
The blaze was started in Sarashwathy Bavans after the extractor system caught fire.
Two customers were in the restaurant at the time, but no one was hurt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am
Elmbridge Jubilee Fund
Elmbridge Council is calling for residents to help it decide how to spend its Jubilee Fund.
The fund, which aims to bolster the voluntary, community and faith sector in the area, gave out 120 thousand pounds at the beginning of the year.
In its upcoming final round, 30 thousand pounds is up for grabs for deserving organisations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 am
Police are calling for witnesses after a crash between a motorcycle and car on Monday afternoon.
The vehicles collided on the junction between Mulgrave Road and Sutton High Street at around 1.30pm.
The metropolitan Police and London Fire brigade were called to the scene.
The motorcyclist was injured, but is not in a critical condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am
Merton Objects To Train Plans
Merton Council has spoken out over controversial plans to alter the Thameslink route between London and Brighton.
Council leader Stephen Alambritis has written to the new transport secretary to explain a cross-party motion opposing the project.
The proposed changes would mean the route will have fewer stops, bypassing London’s suburban areas.
The Wimbledon and Catford loops will be the most affected, with trains terminating at Blackfriars.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 am
Monday, 17 September 2012
National Trust Victory in Runnymede
The National Trust has been granted a legal order to evict squatters from the Runnymede Estate in Surrey.
The conservation body claimed that members of ‘Diggers 2012’ who aim to cultivate disused land were encroaching on the site near Egham.
Simon Moone, spokesman for Digger’s 2012 has responded saying the dispute arose over 3 tents that were just inside the site.
He also maintained that they had left the trust’s land voluntarily.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 pm
Carshalton PC Guilty Of Misconduct
A police officer from Carshalton, who was cleared of killing a newspaper seller during protests at the G20 summit, has been found guilty of gross misconduct.
A disciplinary panel's ruled PC Simon Harwood breached standards in London three years ago, when Ian Tomlinson died.
The panel decided not to consider an allegation that Harwood's actions inadvertently caused or contributed to Mr Tomlinson's death.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm
Surbiton Family Death
A photographer who died during London Fashion Week is believed to have been 28 year old Peter Alexander whose family are from Surbiton.
He fell to his death at a party in the East End on Thursday night, one of two men who dropped out of a third floor window.
The other man survived with serious injuries.
Police have yet to confirm his identity and a post mortem is due to be carried out.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm
Tia Sharp's Mother Speaks About Murder
The mother of murdered Merton school girl Tia Sharp has been speaking to the media for the first time.
In an exclusive interview with the Sun newspaper 30 year old Natalie told of the family’s shock and devastation.
She also revealed to the red-top that she hasn’t yet told her other two children, who are just 3 and 1, that their older sister is dead.
Tia’s mother and her mother’s partner David had helped in the search for the missing 12 year old Raynes Park High pupil.
Her body was eventually found hidden in her grandmother’s house in New Addington a week after she went missing.
The grandmother’s boyfriend Stuart Hazel has been charged with Tia’s murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm
Carshalton Officer Admits Misconduct
The police officer cleared of killing a newspaper seller during the G20 protests has admitted to a disciplinary hearing that his actions amounted to "gross misconduct".
PC Simon Harwood, from Carshalton, is appearing at a panel led misconduct hearing .
He was acquitted of the manslaughter of Mr Tomlinson in July.
The father of nine died after he was hit by PC Harwood’s baton, pushed to the ground, and suffered a heart attack.
A decision was taken at the time of the officer’s acquittal, to refer the matter for a gross misconduct hearing in front of a panel.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm
Thames At Kingston Gets Clean
The River Thames in Kingston is getting a spring clean.
Students from the University Sub-Aqua Club have been given the go ahead for an underwater river clean, which is taking place today, Monday.
The project is being run as part of an Olympics-inspired initiative to encourage students to continue the volunteering spirit.
Previous litter-picking river dives have retrieved trolleys, bikes and tin cans, all of which could pose a threat to marine and wildlife.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
A married couple from Chertsey arrested by police investigating alleged corrupt payments have been released on bail.
The 42-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were arrested on Thursday in Camberley and Chertsey.
Their arrest is part of the Met Police's Operation Elveden.
Operation Elveden is investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials by journalists.
It runs alongside Operation Weeting, the probe into phone hacking.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am
M25 upgrade work begins
The Highways Agency is to begin initial work on an upgrade to the M25 between Kent and Surrey.
Mobilisation work begins today as the foundation is laid for main construction expected to start next spring.
The Agency says the project will add much needed extra capacity to the motorway between junctions 5 and 7.
The road improvement will see the hard shoulder being made available to drivers as an extra lane.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 am
Cyclist suffers serious injuries in Chertsey accident
Surrey Police is appealing for information after a cyclist was seriously injured following a collision in Chertsey yesterday evening.
The accident between the cyclist and a black Toyota Aygo took place in St Peter's Way at the Addlestone Moor roundabout at about 5:45pm.
The male cyclist was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting where he remains with serious injuries.
The female driver of the Toyota was not injured.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 am
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Paralympian Honoured in Egham
A post box on the Royal Holloway University campus in Egham has been painted gold.
It’s in honour of triple gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen, who triumphed in the Paralympic dressage.
Sophie graduated from the university with a master’s degree in maths last year.
Residents and the Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Linda Gillham, turned up to see the post box unveiled.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm
Battersea millionaire fails to keep identity secret
A Battersea millionaire charged with raping a woman on an Australian beach has lost a legal bid to have his identity hidden.
31-year-old Gregory Cox denies raping a 21-year-old Bermudan woman.
The court in Sydney dismissed the claims to protect Mr Cox’s identity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 am
Richmond youth build bridges with Europe
A group of teenagers from Richmond are playing their part in inspiring a sense of European citizenship and identity.
Over the summer holidays the group of 13 teenagers went on a cultural exchange trip to the Finnish city of Helsinki.
They aim to help break down the cultural barriers between different European countries and increase mobility within the EU.
Their Finnish counterparts will visit Richmond from September 27 in the exchange funded by the European Commission’s Youth in Action programme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 am