'James Bond' to drop in at Sandown's Gents Day this weekend
Horseracing’s very own James Bond, aka AP McCoy, will be arriving at the Surrey track in true 007 style tomorrow by traveling to the racecourse in a helicopter.
The 17 times Champion jockey, is planning on riding in the first two races at Wincanton before making a quick dash via helicopter to Sandown Park in time to ride in the in The Get Straight to Bet @bluesq.com Handicap Hurdle at 3pm.
McCoy, who is Sandown Park's 2012/13 Jumps Season Ambassador, last week obtained 20 stitches and 2 broken teeth from being kicked by a horse at Weatherby.
However, after a short visit to A&E, the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year was back in action the following day at Ascot.
McCoy rides in three races at Sandown Park tomorrow, including The Hampton Court Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race in which he rides a horse called Your Teepee or Mine, owned by The Happy Campers.
Richmond Car Thefts
More than 200 vehicles have been stolen in Richmond over the last 6 months.
With BMW cars and Hondo motorcycles being the choice of transport for thieves.
Police say nearly 300 thousand pounds worth of goods taken from vehicles since April.
Residents are being urged to make sure their cars and bikes are safe. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 am
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Fostering service looking for numbers to climb
Sutton's fostering service is reaching out to potential new foster carers this weekend as it looks to get more people signed up.
Youngsters will be given the opportunity to take on the challenge of the 10m climbing wall at the Life Centre while their parents find out about looking after vulnerable children and young people who can’t live with their own families.
The event aims to encourage people to find out more about fostering and ask questions of social workers in the team and foster carers to see how fostering could fit into their lifestyle and with their families. There is currently a need for more foster carers for older children and teenagers.
Last year, Fostering Network, the leading fostering charity in the country, stated that a child came into care every 22 minutes. In Sutton, 79 young people were placed in foster care during 2011/12. However, there is always a need for more people to sign up. If there aren’t enough foster carers in Sutton to meet the needs of the children coming into care they can be sent to carers as far away as Kent which means that contact with their families and friends is made much more difficult and they have to change school.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm
Wandsworth Pay Questions
New research has revealed people working for Wandsworth council are paid below the so called Living Wage.
Labour Councillors working for the Conservative run authority claim as many as 105 members of staff are affected.
The living wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually.
It currently stands at £8.33, but is being raised to £8.55. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 pm
The Queen Visits Richmond
The poppy factory in Richmond is getting a visit from a very special guest today (Wednesday).
The Queen will is touring the site on Petersham Road as part of its 90th birthday celebrations.
The factory is where all of the poppies are produced and it provides jobs for wounded or sick ex military personnel of all ages.
Wandsworth's top officer pays tribute to female colleague
Tributes have been paid to "much loved and wholly dedicated" police officer, Detective Constable Adele Cashman, who died on duty in Camden last night.
DC Cashman, a Crime Squad officer based at Kentish Town Police Station who also worked out of Wandsworth, is believed to have collapsed while pursuing a teenage phone thief in Belsize Park Gardens, in Camden, just before 10 o'clock last night.
The suspect was eventually caught by a colleague.
Chief Superintendent David Chinchen, Wandsworth Borough Commander, said DC Adele Cashman was an extremely able and dedicated officer, and her loss has had a significant impact upon a number of staff on the borough who have received the terrible news this morning.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 pm
A3 brought to standstill at Hook
Rush hour delays were made even worse this evening after a 15 year old boy is believed to have fallen on to the A3 at Hook.
Police were called to the Ace of Spades roundabout just after 6.15pm, along with the air ambulance, and traffic was held on both carriageways.
A spokesman for London Ambulance said they were investigating a fall from a height and were treating a patient with head injuries.
No more details have been released.
Meanwhile, a woman has died after falling onto the tracks at the North Sheen level crossing in Manor Road.
All trains through Richmond were held and diverted following the incident just before 4pm. There were also severe delays out of Waterloo.
The incident is being treated as non suspicious. The victim has not been identified.
Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust is reassuring residents tonight that it will not be placed into administration.
The news follows the announcement that Ashford and St Peter's had withdrawn its merger proposal with Epsom due to financial reasons. St Helier's merger with St George's in Tooting is also off.
The below is a statement from the hospital trust.
Since the announcement was made that the merger of Epsom Hospital with Ashford and St Peter’s was halted, we have been working closely with our local clinical commissioning groups, NHS partners and stakeholders to discuss and agree our next steps for the future of Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals.
However, entering the unsustainable provider regime is not something that we, our strategic health authority NHS London, the NHS Trust Development Authority or the Department of Health are currently considering.
Crucially, whilst we are making decisions about the long-term future of our hospitals, our priority will – as ever – continue to be ensuring our patients and local people receive the very best services.
What is the unsuitable provider regime?
As the debts accumulated by the trust are thought to be around the £19m mark, it could be placed into the hands of a special administrator, following in the footsteps of South London Healthcare NHS Trust.
This means an administrator will try and put it on a ''viable footing''
He or she will take over the board and recommend measures to the Health Secretary to put the trust's finances on a sustainable basis.
Why does the trust have to be split and merged?
Under Government rules, by 2014 every NHS trust must attain so called foundation status
This is something Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust could not afford to do alone.
Its best chance was to split and find other hospitals to merge with.
1} NHS Foundation Trusts have more freedom to decide how to run their affairs and deliver services.
2} Foundation Trusts are membership organisations free from central government control.
3} There is an independent regulator called a Monitor to protect the public interest.
4} If Foundation Trusts make a surplus they can invest this in services.
5} Foundation Trusts also have more freedom to borrow for capital projects like new buildings.
6} Foundation Trusts have to deliver on national targets and standards like the rest of the NHS, but they are free to decide how they achieve this.
Only last month, Epsom's MP Chris Grayling told Jackie News that he felt a merger with Ashford and St Peter's was Epsom's best hope.
In the summer, a Save St Helier Services funday was held in the grounds of the hospital in Wrythe Lane. Jackie's reporter Lucy Mayer spoke to many supporters, including Unison's Geoff Martin, pictured above centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 pm
Olympic banners under the hammer
Nearly 100 banners used to line the streets for Sutton’s Olympic celebrations will be up for grabs as part of an auction to raise hundreds of pounds for charities.
The stunning banners, which donned lampposts and street signs for this once-in-a-lifetime event, will be put up for auction over the next four years, with each year’s money going to the Mayor’s selected charity.
In total 88 banners will be auctioned - 22 each year - between 2012/13 and 2015/16.
The first auction will see all proceeds going to current Mayor, Cllr Sean Brennan’s charity of choice; Sutton Mental Health Foundation. For each year following, proceeds will go to the newly nominated charities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm
Monday, 5 November 2012
Hounslow Cuts Impact
Hounslow Council says it’s committed to protecting front line services from the impact of cuts in grants.
It’s preparing to discuss savings targets at a council cabinet meeting this week.
It plans to invest 1.5-million pounds in services including a proposed 150-thousand pound funding for additional officers to support child protection cases.
857-thousand pounds is to be earmarked to help deliver the next phase of Hounslow Town Centre redevelopment, and prepare plans to regenerate Feltham Arenas.
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