A Richmond school plans London to Dublin bike ride
A special needs school in Richmond has developed a pioneering scheme to train its pupils to become world-class cycle mechanics.
Clarendon school has developed this scheme for the past 3 years, aiming to give young people expertise to develop confidence and increase the chance of employability.
To highlight the projects success, they’ve taken to the road in a ground breaking London to Dublin bike ride.
Councillor Paul Hodgins says that this is a wonderful example of schools demonstrating fresh approaches to teaching.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm
Something spooky is coming to London for Halloween
The Zombie Revolution is a new type of event never seen before in the UK: a unique immersive experience where you get to play the role of a zombie and take part in the story as it unfolds.
Participants will dress up and download an MP3 file to a mobile device.
They will congregate as Zombies in a public place in London. At a predetermined time, everyone presses play and the Revolution begins.
The story unfolds as zombies carry out ridiculous, co-ordinated instructions delivered to their headphones via the narrator and members of the general public try to work out what on earth is happening.
Wheelchair Racing in Kingston
If you were inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics this summer, how about trying a sport for yourself?
Kingsmeadow Stadium in Kingston is holding a Wheelchair Racing taster session for youngsters interested in getting into the sport.
Renowned coach Jenny Archer will be on hand from 10.30 Saturday morning to offer advice.
She coached Wallington’s David Weir to four gold medals during the London Games. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Collision closes the M4 during rush-hour
A collision has closed the M4.
The incident occurred heading out of London at the start of rush-hour, just before 4pm.
Both carriageways are currently closed: Westbound from J1 Chiswick to J3 Heston, Eastbound from J3 to J2 Brentford.
Severe delays are being reported on the M4 and A4.
Accident investigation teams are on the scene and the motorway may remain closed into the evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm
Surrey batsman named in tour squad
Kevin Pietersen has been added to the England cricket squad for the tour of India.
The batsman was originally overlooked - after he was dropped for sending provocative text messages about his team-mates to South Africa players.
He's since been undergoing a "reintegration" process - which has included meetings with ECB officials and fellow England players. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm
Wiggins' Golden Throne to go under the hammer
The golden throne, on which Bradley Wiggins celebrated his Olympic victory, is going up for auction.
It's expected to fetch up to 15-thousand pounds at Sotheby's next month.
Wiggins was famously pictured giving a laid-back double-handed peace sign on it, after winning the cycling road race at Hampton Court in the summer. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Auditor gives Sutton a clean bill of health
Sutton Council has been praised for putting itself in a strong position in ‘challenging’ times following the Audit Commission’s 2011/12 financial audit of the borough.
The auditor’s annual letter said that the Council ‘has proper arrangement to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in use of resources’ and praised the borough for having ‘produced a sound set of financial statements’.
The letter went on to say that the Council ‘manages its finances well and has a clear focus on maintaining a sustainable position in the medium term.’
It goes on ‘the current financial position is sound and this reflects good strategic planning and leadership from both members and senior officers.’
And the letter, delivered at the end of September, concludes that ‘whilst the external environment continues to be a challenging one for all local authorities, the Council continues to be well-placed to meet the challenges ahead.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm
New lights for Surbiton Town Centre.
Residents in Surbiton will get the chance to give their views on new lights for the town centre.
The current lights need to be replaced.
Members of the public have been asked to consider design and cost.
The exhibition is on this afternoon - Thursday the 18th of October - from 2pm at the YMCA on Victoria Road. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am
Slip road blocked on the A 3 near Tolworth
The A3 Kingston By-Pass on the exit slip road near Tolworth is blocked - in both directions.
This is due to emergency gas works at Warren Drive South.
It's been causing disruption throughout the morning.
The 265 bus is on diversion. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am
Dawn raids in Croydon
Sixteen people have been arrested after dawn raids in Croydon.
250 officers from Croydon and Trident's Central Gangs Unit were deployed - backed up by a helicopter – sniffer dogs and representatives from the local housing authority.
Police seized crack cocaine - 400 small bags of cannabis and one thousand pounds in cash.
The raids targeted people believed to be active gang members suspected of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Most of the raids took place in and around the Thornton Heath area of Croydon.
The arrests included a 13 year old boy and a 35 year old woman. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Surrey FA Conference is huge success
Over 115 coaches, players, referees, leagues, clubs, sporting professionals and local authorities from all over Surrey as well as neighbouring Counties packed out Imber Court on Monday to attend the 2012 Surrey County FA Conference, Embracing Change.
The aim of the day was to educate the football fraternity on, as the name suggested, the many changes being introduced to the game by the Surrey County FA and the Football Association.
The FA's Head of National Game, Kelly Simmons MBE, opened the Conference by welcoming the delegates before moving on to discussing her segment of the event, which centred on the FA Youth Review (incorporating the introduction of 9v9) and what it means for the future of football.
FA Facilities Manager Stuart Lamb took time out to speak to our reporter Tom Simpson. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm
Warning from Police in Wandsworth
Over the next few weeks popular festivals such as Navratri and Diwali will be marked across London with many thousands of families joining together to celebrate.
Unfortunately, at this time of year, we see an increase in burglaries largely due to more gold and jewellery being present in Hindu, Sikh and other households.
In recent years thefts from homes have increased between October and January leaving many families’ celebrations ruined with treasured items being taken away forever.
To help reduce the amount of burglaries of this kind the MPS is urging residents to take a few simple measures to protect their homes and themselves.
Throughout the year and in particular during religious festivals we are asking people to keep vigilant and make sure your homes and possessions are secure. We also advise the following:
• Do not leave valuables on display so they can be seen from the outside
• Store high-value goods in a safe when you are not at home
• Remember to lock all your doors and windows when you leave your home unattended
• Consider using time switches for lights if you are away from home
• Photograph any items of jewellery separately before the festivals begin
• Where possible, and if you are wearing or holding valuable items, always travel to and from the festival in a group using well-lit streets. Try to avoid walking alone.
• If you drive, keep your car locked and remember where it is parked. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm
So called Pied Piper banned
An 18-year-old man has received a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order after being described by residents as ‘Pied Piper’ to a group of youths who have been causing distress to residents on the Collingwood Estate in Sutton.
Lucas O’Neil, of no fixed abode, was given his ASBO when he appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court on the 4th of October having pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
O’Neil was arrested after police officers spotted him discarding a small amount of cannabis whilst walking on the estate on the 24th July. He was given a condition discharge for 12 months for this offence.
The ASBO runs for two years until the 3rd of October 2014.
The police and Sutton Housing Partnership - the estate landlords - had received a number of complaints from residents. Three of them have dubbed O’Neil a ‘Pied Piper’ character for taking a leading role in noisy and troublesome behaviour on the estate recently.
O’Neil is not allowed to:
Be in a group of three or more people including himself in a public place or communal area on the Collingwood Estate apart from entry to one specific address in Dennis House
Use verbally abusive language or behaviour towards any person including police officers and PCSOs on the Collingwood Estate.
PC Jo Tugwell, of Sutton Council’s funded ASB Unit, which is based at the police station, asked residents to call police immediately on 999 if they see O’Neil breaching his ASBO.
“We are taking a zero tolerance approach to bad behaviour for anyone causing problems on the estate, said PC Tugwell. “We want residents to come forward if they are suffering from bad behaviour so we can help make it stop. We will be robust and relentless in our pursuit of troublemakers,” she added.
This is the 2nd ASBO granted to police to make the Collingwood Estate a safer place to live.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm
Surrey campaigner to receive national award for tireless work to improve animal welfare
A Surrey woman who campaigns on vital British wildlife issues is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords.
A lifelong animal lover, 50 year old Lorraine Platt, from Thames Ditton, set up The Blue Fox: Conservatives Against Fox Hunting, in 2010 with her husband to work within the Conservative Party to advance animal welfare.
The group was initially founded to represent the two-thirds of Conservative supporters and the 75% of the general population who believe hunting with dogs should remain illegal. The group works to support more than 20 Conservative MPs who are against hunting with dogs and encourages more Conservative MPs to join and speak out on the issue.
Lorraine has also campaigned for hares with her Close Season for Hares campaign, to protect does during their breeding season and, more recently, she has launched another campaign and website, Blue Badger, to stand against the proposed UK badger cull.
Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “Lorraine is a force of nature – her ability to put forward her message for the improvement of animal welfare is second to none. She is a very worthy recipient of our Campaigner of the Year Award.”
Lorraine said: “I am delighted to have won this prestigious award. I am so proud and honoured to have been acknowledged by IFAW for my campaigning work.
“A huge thank you to all the Conservative and cross-party MPs, and people who have supported, helped and share my dream of campaigning and working together to protect wild animals from unnecessary suffering. A final massive thank you to IFAW for seeing the value in my contribution to wildlife protection work.”
Lorraine will receive her award at IFAW’s Animal Action Awards event, hosted by Baroness Gale, at the House of Lords on October 23rd.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm
Pensioner rescued in Sutton
Borough Commander Guy Ferguson has thanked two PCSOs who came to the rescue of a pensioner after her electric mobility scooter she was riding broke down.
Gwen Larner, aged 78, had just finished her shopping in the High Street on Tuesday 4th September shortly after 1pm when her mobility scooter came to an abrupt halt.
A member of the public called police and PCSOs Helen King and Emma Nagioff, of Sutton’s Town Centre police team, helped Gwen get home to Thicket Road - pushing her mobility scooter much of the way.
PCSO King. “We just wanted to make sure Gwen got home safely.”
PCSO Nagioff said: “Gwen’s now got our team’s contact details so she can get in touch with us on her mobile phone if she needs our help again.”
Gwen has since had the officers round for a cup of tea to say thank you and penned her gratitude to Sutton Borough Commander Guy Ferguson. Gwen even took the time and trouble to deliver the ‘thank you’ note in person at Sutton Police Station. Mr Ferguson thanked the officers on Tuesday 9th October.
Gwen, who has two sons, 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, said: “The officers did an excellent job after I had become stranded outside Marks & Spencer. I was petrified about what I was going to do, then someone called the police and the officers came along to help. They were wonderful,” she said.
Sutton's Town Centre team can be contacted on 020 8721 2710.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm
New radio star from Walton
Brooklands College in Weybridge has turned out a rising radio star.
19 year old William Rowe from Walton has scripted and voiced a radio advert promoting the college.
The new voice has completed his Princes Trust course and is now studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm
Appeal following stolen mopeds
On Friday 5th October officers from Roehampton Safer Neighbourhood Team attended Highcliffe Drive following a tip off from the public that some stolen mopeds had been left in a storage area.
As the officers arrived a youth pulled up on a moped and upon seeing police he ran off.
After a lengthy foot chase the youth was detained.
The moped he had been riding was found to have been stolen and he also had keys to the storage area which contained another stolen moped.
The youth was arrested.
If you have information relating to motor vehicle crime please contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 111 555 or your local SNT team on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm
Missing Sutton pensioner found
A man with Alzheimer’s missing from Sutton has been found.
78 year old Vijay Pancholi disappeared from his home in Park Lane.
Mr Pancholi also suffers from dementia and deafness. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 pm
Get your valuables marked
Officers from Wandsworth’s Safer Transport team will be security marking bikes at Asda on Saturday.
They’ll also be registering mobile phones.
The team says it is important to get your valuables marked in case they are ever lost or stolen.
They’re at the supermarket until 5 o’clock. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am
Bees poised to get new striker
Brentford’s poised to sign Huddersfield striker James Spencer on a short loan deal.
The 20-year-old, who recently extended his contract with the the northern club until 2014,has played two games this season.
Spencer was on loan last season at Cheltenham, scoring 11 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.
He will join the Bees for a month. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am
Fresh appeal following Kingston students's death
The unsolved death of a Kingston student has led police to launch a new appeal.
19-year-old Kingston University student Laurene-Danielle Jackson died after an incident at a night club last October.
Laurene from Shepherd’s Bush and another student was caught in a stampede at Northampton’s Lava and Ignite nightclub.
Police are now contacting universities throughout the country to see if they can find witnesses who were not interviewed at the time of the deaths.
Search continues for man missing from Sutton
Police are continuing to appeal for help in trying to find a vulnerable man missing man from Sutton.
78-year-old Vijay Pancholi was last seen near his home address in Park Lane yesterday morning.
Officers are growing increasingly concerned for his safety as he suffers from Alzheimer's, dementia and is partially deaf.
Mr Pancholi is an Asian male of a slim build with grey hair.
He has links to the Thornton Heath, Croydon and Luton areas. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 am
Police launch new appeal after nightclub deaths
Police in Northamptonshire have launched a new appeal after a tragic incident at a night club last October left two young women dead.
19-year-old Kingston University student Laurene-Danielle Jackson from Shepherds Bush and 22-year-old student Nabila Nanfuka from Neasden were killed in a stampede at Northampton’s Lava & Ignite nightclub.
A year on from the tragedy police are contacting universities across the country with the hope of identifying remaining key witnesses.
A hard-hitting poster, using a photo from inside the club as the crush
was taking place is being circulated.
Surrey’s First Nappy Recycling Trial Gets Green Light
Mole Valley District Council has been successful in its application for funding to the Surrey Waste Partnership to run a weekly nappy collection trial. The trial will be the first of its kind in Surrey, and will allow local authorities across the county to better understand how this new and innovative collection service can be best implemented.
Instead of going to landfill and potentially harming the environment, approximately 240 tonnes of nappies and adult hygiene products will be recycled during the trial. The nappies will be turned into plastic pellets and cardboard fibres ready to be made into new products.
As the collections will take place weekly, instead of fortnightly via residents’ black refuse bins, residents will benefit from the opportunity to remove this smelly waste from their rubbish bins. Together with existing weekly food waste collections, residents could remove all smelly waste from their fortnightly bins. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm
Housing Benefit fraud prosecution
A man from Ashford has pleaded guilty to 14 charges of benefit fraud.
62 year old Terry Nelson was sentenced to a three year conditional discharge after failing to tell Spelthorne Council and the DWP that he was claiming an occupational pension, as well as benefits.
He dishonestly claimed £4,100 in handouts from the council.
The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the council and Department for Work and Pensions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm
Air ambulance to move base
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance operates two aircraft with two medical teams - one based at Marden in Kent and the other at Dunsfold in Surrey.
As part of exciting new plans to make its life-saving service available 24 hours a day, the charity is moving one helicopter from its Dunsfold base to Redhill Aerodrome.
Until recently, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations allowed delivery of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) only by daylight but recent changes now allow this by night as well.
The charity initially plans to operate one helicopter and one medical team by night but will look to expand the service if the need arises.
The move to Redhill is necessitated by the need to cover all counties by night at short notice with just one helicopter which will also operate during daylight hours.
The other helicopter will continue to operate from the charity’s headquarters at Marden from where it is hoped to develop a night service during the next two years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm
Olympians Set To Honour Local Sports Heroes at Elmbridge Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012
Olympians Andy Triggs Hodge, James Foad and Mo Sbihi from Molesey Boat Club, James Tindall and Matt Daley from Surbiton Hockey Club, Olympic and Paralympic Torch Bearers, Games Makers and guest presenter Michael Aspel will make a special appearance at this year’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards at ACS Cobham International School, Portsmouth Road on Friday.
An estimated 600 guests and sports personalities will be gathering to celebrate and reward the outstanding performances of local clubs and athletes as well as recognise Elmbridge’s extraordinary coaches and volunteers.
The ACS International School in Cobham has kindly offered to host the Awards this year. With a curriculum focusing strongly on sports participation and a comprehensive programme of seasonal, competitive sports offering its 1350 students the opportunity to take part in and achieve success in their chosen sports, the school is the ideal setting for such a prestigious event recognising local sports talent. It also has the best range of quality sports facilities of any international school in Europe.
Winners in over 14 categories including individuals, clubs, teams, volunteers and schools will be awarded for their skills, talent and dedication to sport at local level.
As the winter months approach, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council are launching a joint campaign to remind motorists about the dangers they pose to themselves and others, by speeding and not concentrating on the roads.
Figures show there were 582 people killed or seriously injured on Surrey's roads in 2011 and that on average 1,194 people a year are injured during speed related collisions on the county's roads with one third of all collisions taking place in October, November or December.
Those most at risk are young people aged 16 to 24 years-old who make up 37 per cent of all speed related collisions.
This week sees the launch of a county-wide anti-speeding campaign featuring billboards, radio adverts and bus advertising as part of the on-going Drive SMART initiative.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm
Addlestone foodbank in need of volunteers
Addlestone Foodbank is encouraging volunteers to come forward and help with food collections which help those in need.
The charity, which helps Runnymede residents who are struggling to put food on their tables, has announced three collection dates at the Waitrose store in Hersham, Surrey, where shoppers will be encouraged to donate food.
Dates booked are Friday, November 2nd, Saturday, November 24th and Saturday, December 8th. Collections take place between 8am and 6pm and volunteers are needed for two hours slots. Training will be given on the day.
If you would like to volunteer please contact 01932 659474 or email [email protected]
Escort found guilty of Epsom businessman's murder
An escort worker has been sentenced to three years in prison for the manslaughter of Epsom businessman Winston Fernandez.
Natalia Woolley, from West Kensington, was found guilty at the Old Bailey this afternoon of killing the 69 year old in February.
His body was found at his flat on Longdown Lane North – he’d died from multiple injuries.
Fernandez’s sons Paul and Keith have released a statement thanking the police and saying they’re “grateful justice has been done”. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm
Appeal to find man missing from Mitcham
Police say they’re growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a man missing from Mitcham.
21 year old Harry Ogg was last seen in Tooting last Thursday when he went to visit friends.
He’s not gone missing before and officers are particularly worried as he suffers from depression.
Harry is white, 5 foot 9 with dark hair and was wearing a navy blue duffel coat and blue jeans. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm
Police appeal after Cobham kidnap
Detectives in Surrey are appealing for information after man was robbed in his home, kidnapped and taken to a burglary at a jewellers.
The 47 year old was seized by a number of men in balaclavas at his home in Ockham last night and had a pillow case put over his head.
They then drove him to a jewellers in Cobham where they forced their way in and began to steal items from the shop.
He eventually managed to escape from the car and raise the alarm – causing the suspects to flee. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm
Spelthorne Council "very disappointed" about EA decision
Spelthorne council say they’re “very disappointed” after the Environment Agency cleared the way for an Eco Park in Shepperton.
Contractors SITA have been granted an ‘environmental permit’ for the site on Charlton Lane.
Council leader Frank Ayers says they still believe it’s “fundamentally flawed” to put a waste plant so close to so many people’s homes. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm
Police appeal after Croydon stabbing
Police have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a stabbing in Norwood.
A 22 year old is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked multiple times on Brunel Close last Thursday afternoon.
Officers are keen to trace a man who was seen at the time walking in the direction of the road and running away from it a short while later.
He’s black, in his early 20’s and was wearing a green puffer-type jacket, blue jeans and black trainers. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm
Domestic Abuse In Surrey
Domestic Abuse Week gets underway today in Surrey.
Events across the county will raise awareness of the problem, offer advice and information and encourage victims to speak out.
Beverley Pass is Chief Executive of ‘yourSanctuary’ which operates a 24 helpline for victims.
She told Radio Jackie that domestic abuse isn’t just about physical violence.
Their 24 hour hotline is 01483 776 822 or www.yoursanctuary.org.uk posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Match Report: Heineken Cup action The Stoop
The first of Harlequins' pool games for this season's Heineken Cup started in explosive style yesterday. The English Premiership winners of 2011-12 played host to French club Biarritz at The Stoop in Twickenham. The first points came to the home side in the 7th minute after an infringement by the visitors handed Quins an attacking lineout. Uncontested, they retained the ball and passed quickly allowing scrum-half Danny Care to cross for a try. Evans converted and Quins found themselves 7-0 up. Biarritz were given the opportunity to add points to their side of the board just three minutes later after Quins illegally entered the ruck from the side. The opportunity was missed on this occasion but following continual offending by the home side, Biarritz had another shot between the posts, this time with success. The visitors then found themselves down to 14 men for 10 minutes after Williams was tackled in the air. WIth Quins' no. 10 Evans removed from the field due to an ankle injury, no. 22 Botica had to kick for the posts. This he did just before the end of the first quarter, extending the home side's lead 10-3. Biarritz stepped up a gear at this point and following a successful line-out kept numbers behind the ball. They drove for the line and after an anxious wait the TMO acknowledged the try. Converted, this levelled the game in the 24th minute. Another three points were added apiece before half-time following infringements from both sides.
Half Time: Harlequins 13 - 13 Biarritz If Quins were to make anything of this game they needed a quick score on the re-start. The first-half was very tight but Biarritz looking the more menacing, often breaking through the first line of the Quins defence.
The home side did not disappoint. Strong play in the scrum allowed them to retain the ball; grab and drive up to and over the try-line. Buchanan the scorer, Botica adding the conversion.
Strong play by both teams followed, along with substitutions. However continual pressure by Quins earned them a penalty in front of the posts - another 3 points added to the score.
Despite the points gap widening, Biarritz looked threatening. Their pressure was always undone in the scrum where Quins dominated. Once again a penalty was awarded to the home side and with the fans in the stadium spurring them on, they opted to kick from the half-way line. A mammoth kick it was, but over it went. Quins were now 13 points ahead of their guests.
Momentum was with the home side: a superb solo effort from Danny Care to break the Biarritz defence allowed Turner-Hall to cross for a try, once again converted by the Quins' no. 22.
13 minutes left of the game and Harlequins could almost touch victory. They were now hungry for a bonus point. 2 minutes from time and Stegmann crossed for Quins' fourth try of the game, and fourth conversion.
The fans knew they had seen something special - chants and songs the likes of which The Stoop have not heard for some time.
Full Time: Harlequins 40 - 13 Biarritzposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm
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