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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Power cut in Chessington

UK Power Networks engineers are working as fast as possible to restore power to 35 customers in Malden Rushett, Chessington.

There was a problem on the underground electricity network this morning, and engineers had to isolate supplies to customers, to continue repairs.

The company say they appreciate how frustrating it is to be without power, and would like to apologise to affected customers for the inconvenience caused.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:39 pm  

Missing Addlestone Woman found
A 34 year old woman from Addlestone, who was reported missing yesterday, has been found.

Katherine Franklin was found by a police officer in the grounds of St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

Officers would like to thank members of the public for their help.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Swapping labour for Christmas trees in Elmbridge
If you live in Elmbridge, are looking for a real Christmas tree and don’t mind helping out in the community then you could get one for free.

On Sunday the 2nd December you could join the Countryside Team pulling pines to help regrow heather and other native plants.

And you can take the mini Christmas trees home to use as festive decorations or grow for future years.

Bring some gloves along and weather permitting there’ll be a fire to cook jacket potatoes for all volunteers

They’re meeting in the Copsem Lane car park at 10am and will work until midday. For more information on countryside events please contact the Countryside Team on 01372 474575, email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit www.elmbridge.gov.uk/countryside.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 am  

Merstham paedophile sentenced
A paedophile who pretended to be a child minder so he could abuse children has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 7 and a half years in prison.

23 year old Red Damien Saunders of Merstham had pleaded guilty to more than 30 offences at Croydon Crown Court and the Old Bailey.

He answered an advertisement from a family but only stayed as their child minder for a few days. After he left, the 8 year old girl told her parents that Saunders had abused her.

Investigation by the police uncovered two more victims.

He will be placed on the sex offenders register for life and banned from ever working with children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:19 am  

Two arrests in Thames Ditton murder
Two men, aged 46 and 35, have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a body found in a ditch along Imber Cross in Thames Ditton Friday morning.

The victim is believed to be in his 30s and has yet to be formally identified.

He was found by a police officer on patrol.

A post mortem will be carried out on Saturday.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 or Crimestoppers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 am  

Friday, 23 November 2012

Dundonald Rec consultation
People who are opposed to the expansion of Dundonald Primary school have until the 1st December to get their voices heard.

Merton council needs to cater for more school places in the borough.
But this means expanding into the recreation ground.

Local campaigners have been trying to stop the expansion on the grounds the land is protected by covenant.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

Tributes paid to Wimbledon Police Officer
Tributes are pouring in for a Police officer in Merton who passed away.

48 year old Terry Elmer was rushed to Kingston hospital yesterday after being taken ill.

Wimbledon Police station has been flying the flag at half mast as a mark of respect.

Merton Borough Commander, Darren Williams has said he was ‘widely known and a much loved police officer.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Kingston Fire
Fire-fighters tackled a blaze in Kingston this morning.

Four engines dealt with the house fire on Hawks Road.

No one was injured but police closed the road at the junction with Cambridge Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:50 pm  

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Fulham chef in Somalia
A chef from Fulham is using his skills to try and bring peace to Somalia.

A Channel 4 documentary will follow British Somali Ahmed Jama who runs The Village on Fulham Palace Road.

The programme will chart his return to his birthplace where he has opened a chain of restaurants.

He has, in the process, faced death threats and a suicide bomb attack.

The documentary will be broadcast on Friday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

Sutton tackles fraud
Sutton has saved £200,000 by cracking down on fraudsters.

The council used data matching technology to identify people claiming single person’s tax discount who were, in fact, not living alone.

The 25% discount was being claimed by 395 people who weren’t entitled to it.

The discount has now been blocked to all of them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm  

Merton Speed Limit
Plans to have 20mph zones across many parts of Merton were rejected at a council meeting last night.

Conservative members wanted to see zones in place in dozens of areas but Lib Dem members said a borough wide 20mph speed limit should be considered instead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Surrey Police Commissioner Starts Work

Surrey’s first Police and Crime Commissioner formally takes office today, Thursday.

Following his election victory last week Kevin Hurley will start work.

Earlier this week he met with the Chief Constable and also the staff who will support him.

Hurley’s first action has been to ask for a review of the policy of selling Surrey Police stations and buildings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

Surbiton High Pupils are crowned winners

Surbiton High School fought off tough competition from 147 schools to win the prestigious Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year award at this year’s Independent School Awards.

320 guests, including leading educational and school representatives, joined Sir Ranulph Fiennes to celebrate excellence in the strategic and financial management of independent schools in the UK.

One of 12 prizes, the Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year award recognises the inspirational and innovative leadership of a school.

According to the judges, Surbiton High School demonstrated creative ideas and techniques used to develop its pupils, whilst preparing them with life skills post school.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Merton Council Tax Freeze
Merton Council has decided not to cut its council tax bill.

At a meeting last night the proposal by Conservative members to reduce the tax by 5% was rejected.

Councillors who voted against it said the cut would have damaged services.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:48 am  

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Earls Court Redevelopment To Go Ahead
Plans to redevelop the historic Earls Court Exhibition Centre were approved by Kensington and Chelsea council last night.

The 8 billion pound scheme will take 20 years to finish and will include housing, office space and shops.

The development straddles the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham as well and residents on two council estates that would need to be demolished want a judicial review.

They say it breaks Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning policy, even though it was passed by councilors there earlier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

Epsom Hospital Update
A meeting is being held tonight (Wednesday) to explain why the planned takeover of Epsom Hospital by Ashford and St Peter’s Trust has been halted.

It’ll take place at Epsom Town Hall at seven thirty and is open to members of the public.

The Chief Executive of Epson Hospital Mathew Hopkins will be there along with representatives from Epsom, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Elmbridge councils.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Kingston's MP lays down the law to energy companies
The Energy Secretary says he can't guarantee plans to put people on the cheapest energy tariff will mean everyone will see their bills come down.

Ed Davey says he supports the regulator's plans for energy firms to provide just four tariffs for each fuel.

Critics warn the proposals could see an end to cheap deals, reduce competition and push up bills in the long run.

But Mr Davey thinks many will benefit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Claygate family shooting update

A man accused of trying to access bank accounts of an engineer's family the day after he was murdered in the French Alps has been remanded in custody.

Nigerian-born Abiodun David John from Salford is charged with eight counts of fraud by false representation.

50 year old engineer Saad al-Hilli was murdered along with his wife, his mother in law and a passing cyclist in a gun attack near Chevaline in Lake Annecy on September the 5th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

Football action
Chelsea have work to do if they're to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League tonight.

They trail 1-0 at Juventus.

It's all going to plan for Celtic, as they're 1-1 at Benfica.

A score draw would be enough to take them through.

Manchester United, who've already progressed, trail 1-0 at Galatasaray
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm  

Award For Woking Rescue
A teenager who saved the life of a friend who fell into a canal in Woking has been given a prestigious award.

Max Davies fell through the frozen surface of the Basingstoke Canal last winter.

Best friend Lee Craven, who’s only 17, dragged him from the water and gave him first aid.

For his quick thinking in saving Max’s life he was given the St Johns Ambulance Guy Evans Award in London last night

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm  

New Car Charging Points For Wandsworth
Four new on-street electric vehicle charging points have been installed across Wandsworth.

The Council says they help to cut air pollution as they produce no exhaust emissions and are also virtually silent.

The new charging points are part of the Source London Network which includes 816 on and off-street power points across the capital.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Sutton schools praised for travel plans



Encouraging children to walk, cycle or catch the bus to school instead of getting a ride from mum and dad has won four Sutton schools special awards from Transport for London.

Cheam Common Juniors and Brookside Primary won silver and gold accreditation respectively.

John Fisher also achieved gold and was awarded Beacon status for cycling and Avenue Primary won gold and was made a Beacon school for walking.

The four schools are among 38 in the borough which have been awarded special accreditation for promoting sustainable and active journeys to schoolchildren and families through school travel plans.

The accreditation is known as STAR – Sustainable Travel Accredited and Recognised – and has been set up by TfL.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am  

Sutton Member of Youth Parliament to debate in Commons chamber




Sutton Youth MP Anna Clark will join over 300 elected members of Youth Parliament at a national debate in the House of Commons on Friday, to decide the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaign for 2013.

The 19 year old former Cheam High School pupil was elected Sutton’s MYP in November last year and will continue to represent the borough until March.

The debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament, will focus on the top five issues chosen by more than 250,000 young people in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot earlier this year.

At the end of the five debates, Members of Youth Parliament will vote to decide which issue will become their national campaign for 2013. The five issues up for debate are:

- Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all, which was chosen as the UK Youth Parliament’s national campaign in 2012

- Getting ready for work

- Marriage for all

- An equal National Minimum Wage for all

- A curriculum to prepare us for life, which was chosen directly by Members of the Youth Parliament.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

Monday, 19 November 2012

Comet New Malden closes its doors
The administrator overseeing the electrical store Comet has announced a further 735 redundancies.

Most of the positions are going from its home delivery network.

The New Malden store ceased trading this afternoon. 41 stores are closing in all.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm  

Are you the next Steven Speilberg hiding in Richmond?
Do you love the road you live in? If so, then the council wants to hear from you.

As part of the Twickenham Alive Film Festival, residents are being asked to make a video about the area they live in.

Entrants are being excepted until March next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

Mary needs a donkey


It is no donkey, no go, for this poor Mary who is facing a long walk to try and find a room at the inn.

There is currently no donkey to carry her on her way.

Fifteen-year-old Elise De Bono is looking forward to playing Mary in the Nativity Procession from Cheam Town Centre to Cheam Baptist Church, but unless someone can lend her an animal she’ll have to be on Shanks’s Pony.

The plan is for Olympic Gold Medal-winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell to switch on the town’s Christmas lights on December 7th and then for Mary to ride down the road to the church to bring home the real meaning of the festive season.

But so far no donkey has been found – and time is running out.

Lifelong Cheam Baptist-goer Elise said: “I’d appeal to anyone who has a donkey to help out if they can. The procession will look much better if I’m riding a donkey. And, anyway, I don’t want to have to walk.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

New School For Richmond
Pupils, staff and residents at Richmond upon Thames College will have their say on proposals for a new school.

It comes after proposals from college governors and the council to agree to a new centre of educational excellence on Edgerton road.

With increasing demand for secondary school places the aim will be to have the school ready by 2017.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Missing Wimbledon Man Safe
A man from Wimbledon Parkside missing since Thursday has been found.

Wandsworth Police say 30 year old Romanian Lucian Bobarnac is safe and well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

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