6 Nations update
England have continued their Twickenham dominance over Scotland, as they've kicked off their rugby union Six Nations campaign with a 38-18 win.
Billy Twelvetrees was among the try-scorers on his debut.
Earlier, Ireland won 30-22 against Wales in Cardiff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:29 pm
London Broncos have called on the services of London born Commonwealth and European silver medallist and two time Olympian Jade Johnson to present the match shirts ahead of tomorrow's game.
Jade gave an inspiration and emotive speech before presenting the shirts to the squad as club Chairman David Hughes and head coach Tony Rea looked on.
As a track and field athlete it’s a really different environment to be in a locker room with a team, because as it’s usually just me individually and my coach. The energy was amazing; I could definitely feel the exciting for the game and it was really just an honour to give out the shirts.
Tony Rea is an amazing coach; he’s got a lot of knowledge being a former player himself. I’ve got a really good feeling about the season and I think the guys will do really well.
Rugby League, track and field, and long jump are completely different, they are worlds apart, but thinking about it before I came here today and I thought ‘what is it that makes a champion’ and I think that the four things I came up with were; hard work, sacrifice, determination and an absolute love for our sport.
London take on Widnes Vikings at The Twickenham Stoop tomorrow with a 3:00pm kick-off. Tickets are available on the day from the ticket office located at Gate 3.
Image David Hughes, Captain Craig Gower, Jade Johnson at the Twickenham Stoop stadiumposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm
Gasifers for Shepperton Eco Park put on hold
After Spelthorne Council’s application for a judicial review, Surrey County Council has agreed not to build disputed incinerators at the Eco Park in Shepperton.
To avoid the public expense of a review, Spelthorne had suggested the County Council confirm it would not use the permit relating to the gasifers.
Spelthorne has opposed construction as the gasifers could allow pollution in excess of European limits.
The County Council and SITA Surrey intend to apply to vary the permit to cover a new design of incinerator.
An application for the new design is expected shortly and the Spelthorne Council will be consulted about the new plans. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 am
Bin Battles in Wimbledon
Merton residents are up in arms about proposals to set strict times for bin collections.
The Council wants to a run a trial in which bins should be put out for collection for 1 hour between 5 and 6 am and 1 hour between 5 and 6 pm.
People who can’t or won’t co-operate with the scheme could be fined.
The Council says it’s a move to keep Wimbledon Town Centre streets clean, but the people who live there say it’s just a way of making money.
More information is available on the Council’s website at www.merton.gov.uk or at a road show next Tuesday morning between 7.30 and 11 at the Wimbledon Piazza on The Broadway. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 am
Banstead pensioner abandoned after raid on carers
A woman in her 80s was left at home in Banstead without medication, food or water for nine days because the UK Border Agency raided the firm which provided her care.
The raid on the offices of Carefirst 24 in Sutton on the 15th of January resulted in the arrest of 6 people -- on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and to assist foreign nationals.
The woman was taken to hospital and Surrey County Council are investigating. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 am
Drugs gang go to jail
A Streatham man and a Christmas tree salesman were jailed with two others at Kingston Crown Court on charges of supplying drugs and money laundering.
They were tracked by police as they drove around London with half a million pounds in a sports bag in November 2011.
53 year old Steven Hewson from Madeira Road in Streatham received 14 years for conspiracy to supply drugs and 6 for money laundering.
The Met’s Central Task Force had uncovered a plot to supply 100 kilos of cocaine with a street value of £25 million.
The sports bag of cash was found in Hewson’s van in Clapham. A search of premises in Tooting led to the discovery of 80 to 90 kilos of cocaine. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 am
Men charged with theft of post
Two men have been charged in connection with the thefts of mail in Weybridge, Woking and East Surrey.
A member of the public reported seeing mail being stolen in the Weybridge area on Thursday and reported the car involved.
When the police located and stopped the car, stolen mail was found inside and two men, aged 37 and 34, were arrested.
The men from Grays in Essex are due to appear at the South East Surrey magistrates Court in Reigate Saturday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 am
Friday, 1 February 2013
Black cab fare rises
Black cab fares in London are set to rise again with passengers travelling from Heathrow Airport the hardest hit.
Transport for London is looking to approve a 1.7 percent increase this April - almost three times more than the rise in the cost of fuel.
It means if you're travelling to Heathrow there will be an 80 pence jump in the surcharge.
Sutton Van Thefts
Tradesmen are being reminded not to leave tools in their vans following two thefts on Monday.
Three nail guns were stolen from a Vauxhall Vivaro parked at the Cheam Resource Centre on London Road just after midday.
A short while later two power drills and a Breitling watch were stolen from a Citroen Dispatch van at Tesco on Oldfields Road.
On the same day a Ford Transit on the top floor car park at B&Q in Sutton Town Centre, was broken into.
Sutton’s Crime Prevention Team says people who need to keep tools in a van should keep them locked securely within a solid tool vault bolted to the sides or bottom of the vehicle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:01 am
Merton & Wandsworth Rent Rises
Rents in Merton and Wandsworth are among the 10 fastest rising in England.
A lack of housing is said to be the cause meaning rents are rising by an average of £300 a year.
It’s leaving many people in a ‘rent trap’ and unable to save for a deposit.
Girl band make surprise visit to Hampton children's hospice
Children and teenagers supported by Hampton based children's hospice charity, Shooting Star CHASE were excited to get a surprise visit from girl band Stooshe on Tuesday.
The girls, who have been recently nominated for a Brit award for Best British Single, spent time chatting to the families supported by Shooting Star CHASE, took a tour of the hospice and sang pop favourite, "Black Heart" acapella.
Luke, 13, was one of the teenagers at the meeting and was lucky to get kisses from each of the girls and a promise of tickets and back stage passes to their first gig. Delighted Luke said: "I had great fun today. They are my new favourite band."
Shooting Star CHASE is a children’s hospice charity caring for over 600 families living in London, Surrey and West Sussex. The charity's aim is to make every day count for children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Services are available 365 days a year, and families receive care in their own homes and communities and at its two children’s hospices in Hampton and Guildford. Shooting Star CHASE needs to raise £23,000 a day to provide all these vital services. To find out more visit, shootingstarchase.org.uk.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm
Youth Showcase Awards
On Friday the 8th of Feb at 7.30pm, Mole Valley District Council’s youth council Youth Voice will hold their awards ceremony at the Dorking Halls.
An Oscars-style event, the Youth Showcase Awards will recognise the achievements of young people aged 11 to 18, and those working with young people.
The award categories this year include Youth Community Spirit, Youth Teamwork, Youth Sporting Achievement, Youth Arts, Youth Outstanding Achievement, Youth Professionals, Youth for Youth (for a young person who has demonstrated extraordinary compassion towards another young person) and a special award nominated by Junior Youth Voice councillors.
Tickets are free and will be issued on the evening. There is no need to book. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm
Another cash in transit robbery
There has been another cash in transit robbery – this time at the co -op on Epsom Downs.
A delivery driver was threatened with what’s believed to be a firearm as he drove into the store in Tattenham Crescent at 10.30 this morning
A sum of money was taken by suspects believed to have been driving a light coloured people carrier erratically.
On Saturday suspects made off with a cash box after assaulting a guard at Tesco Express in London Road in Thornton Heath.
Police have not said whether they are linking the two incidents. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm
Runnymede By-election news
The by-election for the vacancy in the Foxhills Ward of the council has been called.
Runnymede’s Returning Officer, Paul Turrell has announced that polling day will be on Thursday March the 14th.
The polling stations for this by-election will be:
Polling hours are from 7am to 10pm. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am
Nominate a volunteer today for the Epsom & Ewell Volunteer Awards 2013
Nominations for the Epsom & Ewell Volunteer Awards 2013 are now open.
The annual awards recognise the invaluable contribution of volunteers who offer their time selflessly for the benefit of our local community.
Nominations for the awards close on Monday the 25th of Feb.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council in partnership with voluntary Action Mid Surrey acknowledge the contribution of volunteers in local community groups and voluntary organisations who, through length of service or through a specific involvement in a project, or support of an individual have made a real difference in the local community.
Individuals who have been involved with local community safety projects supported by Epsom and Ewell Police are also included.
The awards will be presented by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Christine Long and Inspector Craig Knight, Neighbourhood Inspector for Epsom and Ewell at a special ceremony which will be held at the Town Hall in March.
To nominate a volunteer please contact Voluntary Action Mid Surrey on 01372 722911 or visit www.vamidsurrey.org for the nomination forms or email [email protected]posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:40 am
Thornton Heath Robbery
Appeals are going out following a cash in transit robbery in Thornton Heath.
Police were called to Tesco Express in the London Road just before 1pm on Saturday.
The suspects had already fled the scene with a cash box after assaulting a guard.
Both men are described as black and in their late teens. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am
A member of door staff at the Harrow Inn on the High Street in Cheam was assaulted at the weekend.
A group of people in their 20s was leaving a private party in the pub when a man punched the 49 year old by the fire exit.
The victim suffered a broken jaw.
Anyone who saw the incident is asked to contact Sutton CID
Hounslow Council Tax
Council tax in Hounslow is to be cut by half a percent this year.
It is the only outer London authority to announce such a cut.
Bosses are also hoping to invest over two million pounds in services such as child protection.
A spokesman says the savings are made possible because the council has also over delivered on its savings targets. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am
Kingston Energy Event
Kingston is to hold an event on Energy efficiency.
Energy We Can All Afford will address issues such as fuel poverty, energy efficiency and clean sustainable energy.
The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP for Kingston and Surbiton is keynote speaker for the event which is so popular there’s now a waiting list.
With rising Energy costs and some family’s choosing between heating and eating it will provide a valuable insight into cutting fuel bills. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:56 am
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
David Cameron's hopes of fighting the 2015 general election on redrawn constituency boundaries have been dealt a blow.
MPs voted by 334 to 292 - a majority of 42 - to delay the review of the boundaries until 2018.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg withdrew his party's support for Mr Cameron's plan in retaliation for the failure to make progress on House of Lords reform.
Under the plans, the seat of Richmond Park would be broken up meaning MP Zac Goldsmith would lose his seat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 pm
Prime Minister to visit Algeria
David Cameron is to visit Algeria tomorrow following the hostage crisis that left some 37 foreigners dead including several Britons.
The PM is expected to meet his Algerian counterpart during a trip that will also take him to Liberia later in the week.
The fifth British victim of the terrorist siege was young father Sebastian John who travelled to Algeria for training from his home in Twickenham only this month. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm
Good news for Fulham
Fulham have announced they are debt free after chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed, converted previous loans into equity.
The Premier League club has also confirmed an operating profit of 1-point-2-million pounds.
Craven Cottage ran at more than 98 percent capacity last season and has planning permission to redevelop the ground to a 30-thousand seat stadium.
Inquest ruling on Broads deaths
An inquest has heard how a man killed his partner before drowning himself during a holiday in the Norfolk Broads.
The body of 49 year old nurse Annette Creegan from Mitcham, was discovered in the River Bure last September.
41 year old John Didier, was found drowned nearby.
The inquest was told that after strangling Ms Creegan, he spent a week on board the holiday cruiser with a 13 year old girl.
The Coroner recorded Ms Creegan died as a result of unlawful killing, probably on the 25th of August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm
Do you know this man?
British Transport Police are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself to a woman on a train.
Details of the incident in November between Reading and Virginia Water have only just been released.
A 44 year old woman from East London, was travelling on the train with her young child around 5.30pm.
A man exposed himself before touching himself indecently in front of her and the child before exiting at Virginia Water.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B3/LSA of 29/01/2013. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm
Youngsters to get achievement awards from borough’s Mayor
The borough’s first citizen will join a host of young people next month for two events aimed at celebrating their success stories following their time in care.
The Mayor, Cllr Sean Brennan, will present youngsters with awards after they were recognised by care workers for achieving something in their personal, academic or professional lives.
Areas of achievement being recognised include:
· Good exam results
· Further education awards
· Being offered a job
· Completing a successful work placement or training
· Setting up their own home
· Stability in the home circumstances.
One such young person to be recognised is 21-year-old Josh McNally from Sutton.
Josh spent 12 years in care before being discharged from the Leaving Care Team at the beginning of the month. During his time he succeeded in overcoming a number of hurdles and challenges in his personal and family life. Now a parent, Josh has managed to maintain a home by himself and values and accepts the responsibilities that such a commitment requires.
Josh said: “Whilst growing up there have been a number of temptations to go down the wrong road; particularly as I have been in care for most of my life and on my own.
“However, with support from some of the people who were around me I have chosen to turn my situation around. I call the challenges I have lived through experiences.
Nominations for the awards could be made for young people in care aged five upwards.
The evenings will take place at the Holiday Inn in Sutton on Monday the 18th of February between 12pm and 3pm and Tuesday the 26th of February between 6pm and 9pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm
Surrey Motorway Crash
A motorcyclist has died following a crash on the M3 this morning.
The collision happened just before 7am on the southbound carriageway between junction 2 at the M25 junction and junction 3 at Lightwater.
A number of other vehicles were involved but no one else was injured. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm
Teenager arrested in Ewell
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested following a burglary in Ewell.
The incident took place around 12.45pm on Friday when the occupant of the property on Bannow Close returned home to find their house had been burgled and the offender was still inside.
The teenager made off on foot and police were called to the scene.
A thorough search was carried out in the local area and a boy matching the description of the offender was arrested close by a short time later.
An Ipad and two watches were taken during the burglary with all items being recovered a short time later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:50 pm
New Lights For Surbiton
Surbiton town centre’s to get its street lights replaced.
Kingston council will spend a quarter of a million pounds on new energy efficient lanterns and lampposts.
They’ll cost less to run and improve lighting.
The council says the existing street lights, which are now 20 year old, would cost too much to refurbish. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:21 pm
Unveiling af New Partnerships and Blood Transfusion Service
A partnership between three leading charities to enable emergency blood transfusions at the scene of serious medical emergencies has had yet another boost.
The Henry Surtees Foundation, established by John Surtees OBE in memory of his son, will be presenting a cheque for the purchase of all the blood transfusion equipment to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to facilitate this new development.
In addition, the Foundation has established a partnership with Honda to provide two new Honda CRV vehicles for SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) to ensure all weather transport of blood between hospitals and the Air Ambulance’s bases.
The cars will enable SERV to continue to transport blood whatever the weather. This partnership also reunites the Surtees name with Honda, for whom John drove in Formula 1 during the late ‘60’s. John remains the only person to have won World Championships in both Grand Prix Motorcycling and Formula 1.
The launch of the new blood transfusion service will take place at the Marden base of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance on February 4th at 2pm.
Vital blood supplies will be transported from the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford to the nearby Air Ambulance bases for use on board the charities two helicopters.
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will be the first specialist doctor/paramedic air ambulance team outside London to be able to give blood transfusions and will benefit up to 100 patients a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am
Much loved former Councillor dies
Spelthorne Council has announced the death of former Stanwell North Councillor Jack Pinkerton.
Mr Pinkerton, who was 79, died on Friday evening after a brief illness.
He was first elected to Spelthorne Council in May 2003 as ward councillor for Stanwell North and re-elected in May 2007
He served on the Standards, Licensing, Planning and Improvement and Development and Audit Committees.
He was also a member of the Surrey County Council Local Committee.
Chief Executive Roberto Tambini said: It is with great sadness that the Council marks the passing of Jack Pinkerton. Jack was in the great tradition of public servants with many and varied community interests. His valuable and knowledgeable input into a number of groups, associations and local committees will be greatly missed by the community as a whole.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am
Drivers are currently unable to access the Ashley Centre car park in Epsom.
Police have closed it following an incident.
We are awaiting further details as to the nature of the incident. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am
Awards to celebrate Kingston’s entrepreneurial spirit
The search is on for Kingston’s business heroes following the announcement of new awards to celebrate the borough’s success stories.
The borough’s leading business support partners are collaborating for the first time to present the Kingston Business Excellence Awards, which will recognise the enterprise which is the lifeblood of the area.
The awards are being led by Kingston Chamber of Commerce, which has been the leading business membership organisation in the borough for more than a century, in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingstonfirst, the Town Centre’s place management organisation.
Animal lovers are being invited to put forward nominations for ‘The British Animal Honours’; the first televised awards show dedicated to honouring animals and the people who devote their lives to them.
The two-hour television spectacular will be presented by animal-loving host, Paul O’Grady.
For more information and a nomination form click here
Nominations need to be received by the 24th of February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am
Weybridge Bike Thefts
There have been a number of motorbike thefts in Weybridge.
One was stolen from outside a house in St George’s Hill, while two dirt bikes were taken from a garage in Manor Court.
Police are appealing for witnesses to anything suspicious over the last week – while warning bike owners to lock them away securely.
Epsom Maternity Boost
Staff at Epsom and St Helier hospitals say they are thrilled that they are to receive a combined 500,000 pounds in maternity funding.
The announcement came from the Department of Health last week.
Twenty five million pounds is to be shared out among maternity units at hospitals up and down the country.
St Helier and Epsom are getting cash to improve home from home services as well as its midwife led birth centre.
That’s despite the fact both hospitals could be about to lose their maternity departments. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am
Monday, 28 January 2013
Robbery Kingston update
An armed robbery took place at Carphone Warehouse in Kingston this morning – with the thieves using a fake firearm.
The robbery took place just after 11am at the store in the London Road.
Two men have been arrested. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm
Emergency landing for Heathrow bound flight
A British Airways jumbo jet flying from Houston to Heathrow with 138 on board has had to make an emergency landing at Cardiff.
We’re told the flight has taken off again after making the landing.
BA said the pilot noticed a "potential minor technical problem" while the airport said the jet diverted "under a full emergency".
It is understood to be carrying on to Heathrow posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm
Police in Egham need your help
A student is in hospital after being hit on the head with the butt of a gun during a burglary at a house in Egham.
Three men forced their way into the property in Nightingale Shott, in the early hours of yesterday.
They threatened the Royal Holloway University student before attacking him and making off with items including a laptop, jewellery and a passport. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm
Business advice for people in Sutton
The first in a series of business advice sessions are taking place in Sutton.
Experienced and qualified advisers will provide start up help or advice to existing businesses looking to grow.
Information provided could be anything from looking over a business plan to accessing finance for a new venture.
In total, 12 free advice sessions will take place every other Friday with the last session in June.
For more details, check the Council's website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm
Fall death in Earls Court
An investigation is underway after a man fell to his death in Earls Court yesterday.
Police were called just after 11am to reports of a man on scaffolding on the sixth floor of a building in Cromwell Road.
He’s not yet been formally identified but is believed to have been 31 years old.
Police say they are treating it as an accident.
Cromwell Road was closed for more than nine hours, causing extensive delays around Hammersmith and Chelsea. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm
Kew accident update
Mortlake Road was closed for more than six hours earlier.
It’s after a car collided with a man at the junction with Kew Road just after 8am.
The man, believed to be in his 60s, was taken to hospital with non- life threatening head injuries. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm
Bigger servings at Sutton’s school dinners
“More juice, madam?” The tables are well and truly turned every Tuesday at Foresters Primary School when the headteacher, Havard Spring, personally serves lunch to the week’s most well-mannered students.
Children who attend the school in Redford Avenue, Wallington, are selected for the special treat of a seat at the Golden Table after showing they have good table manners in the previous few days.
Havard said: “The children really enjoy it and so do I. They are given a Golden Ticket on Friday and have lunch with me on Tuesday. It’s a nice chance to sit down and have a chat.”
And of course they all get to enjoy excellent meals prepared by Sutton Catering service. Recent figures show that for the first time more than 6,000 lunches are served every day in 39 of Sutton’s primary and special schools.
The number of kids tucking in is soaring as word spreads about the nutritious and delicious food served up by the borough’s catering service which is one of only five local authority caterers in Britain to have been awarded a Silver Food for Life award from the Soil Association in recognition of using locally-sourced, seasonal, high-quality ingredients.
Costing just £2.10 for a two-course meal, kids can enjoy a mouthwatering menu of dishes which cater for all tastes and special dietary requirements.
Favourites include ratatouille pasta, beef goulash and, for more adventurous diners, vinegar-infused Tempura Pollock. And syrup sponge and custard is still available for those who like their pudding traditional.
On a mild afternoon in Twickenham Harlequins played host to London Welsh in the third round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
In their past four head-to-head games Quins have come out on top. Yet today they faced the visitors with ten of the squad away on international duty.
The opening few minutes London Welsh found themselves the attackers after schoolboy errors penalised the Quins.
The home side did have opportunities but the inexperienced team seemed to lack the ability to support each other. The few breaks they did achieve came to nothing as lone prey are easily chased down.
14 minutes into the half and points were scored by London Welsh through the boot of scrum-half Davies.
This was just what Quins needed to spur them on. Within two minutes they reclaimed the restart ball and after a quick ruck Lambert crossed for a try, converted by Botica.
His boot added another 3 points through a penalty however this was cancelled out after London Welsh earned themselves a kick between the posts.
The home side looked far from the reigning English champions that they are. They looked leaderless, unsure how to stop the continual pressure from London Welsh.
Quins were strong in quick breaks but struggled to break through with slower play. If there was a game plan, they seemed unable to execute it. However you cannot take away the fact Quins were ahead at half time 10-6.
The second half saw a stronger home side playing with cohesion. Botica adding more points after London Welsh were penalised for not releasing the ball.
The visitors gave the home side a scare after a well placed chip-through started a race to ground the ball. London Welsh got to it first but knocked on.
Quins added another three points through a penalty and nearly added more after an interception attempt. London Welsh blocked the chase and although the fans wanted a yellow card, only a warning was issued.
Yet a long throw at a line out within 5 minutes from the final whistle landed safely in the hands of Ward who crossed the line with ease. Again converted.
Full time: Harlequins 23-6 London Welsh
This bonus point win pushed Quins to the top of pool one and a win next week will take them through to the knock-out stages.
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