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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Do you have a special mum?

If you have a mum, or know a mum, whose hard work is going unnoticed, then now is the chance to nominate them thanks to Hampton and Guildford based Childrens' hospice Shooting Star CHASE.

To be their ‘Mum of the Year’ simply upload a photo and a short description of why they should win to the charity's Facebook page.

It could be someone in your community, your Aunty, your own mum or a friend’s mum. Whoever you think deserves an extra special Mother’s Day this year.

The mum who receives the most votes will win a night for two at a luxury hotel in Guildford.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Good News for Fulham fans
Fulham have moved up a place to 11th in the Premier League.

Dimitar Berbatov got the only goal in their 1-0 win over Stoke.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

Six Nations update
Wales have secured their second consecutive victory in the rugby union Six Nations.

They've beaten Italy 26-9 in Rome.

Grand slam hopefuls England face France at Twickenham from five o'clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

Witnesses sought after taxi driver robbed at gunpoint
Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after a taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint in Epsom last night.

A woman rang the mini cab company around 11.20pm asking for a taxi for her and two other passengers from Worcester Park to Epsom.

The taxi stopped at an address in Stanton Close, and the woman and one of the men got out, leaving the other male passenger in the back.

The first man came back to the taxi a short time later, pointing a gun at the driver and demanded his wallet and his mobile phone, which the driver handed over.

The second man got out of the taxi, also carrying a gun, and the three suspects disappeared towards Stanton Close.

The taxi driver was unharmed but was left shaken by the ordeal.

If you witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the offence, or if you have any information about the identity of the suspects, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime number EP/13/842 or, if you prefer not to leave your name, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Man in court following arson attacks in Kingston at Christmas
52 year old Barry Davies appeared at Kingston Crown Court to plead guilty to 11 counts of arson between December 11th and the 18th.

Seven of those were in the town centre, where he entered shops, torching items of clothing with a lighter, causing the stores in question to be evacuated.

The Court heard how Davies, who has a history of mental health issues, was discharged by care practitioners just weeks before launching the attacks.

He will be sentenced following the completion of psychiatric reports.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm  

Treat for tennis fans at Wimbledon Museum
A new exhibition, Tennis on the Riviera is coming to the Lawn and Tennis Museum in April.

It will feature French memorabilia dating back to the early 1890s right the way through to the 1930s.

A new book entitled The History of Tennis on the Riviera 1874-1939, is also being released to coincide with the event.

For more information click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

Friday, 22 February 2013

Drugs Arrest In Fetcham
A man’s been arrested in Fetcham on suspicion of cultivating Class B drugs.

Police raided a house in Pound Crescent on Wednesday afternoon and seized a number of suspected cannabis plants.

The 34-year-old suspect is released on bail until early April while the investigation continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:29 pm  

Melua is troops' darling
Katie Melua's performed an acoustic gig for British troops at a remote base in Afghanistan.

The singer, who grew up in Sutton, played the intimate set during a visit to the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, where soldiers from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment are based.

The night-time concert - which was held in an engineering tent at the camp's vehicle park - was organised by The British Forces Foundation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:32 pm  

Child dies in skiing accident
A 13 year-old girl from Hayes has been killed following a skiing accident in Italy.

The child, who hasn’t been named, was on a trip with her school, the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy.

Teachers have described her as "an absolutely lovely student" and say everyone's devastated by her death.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 pm  

Sutton targets 21st Century transport links
Sutton Council has discussed the pressing need for a transport network fit for the 21st Century in a summit meeting with Transport for London

Extending the London Tramlink to Sutton topped a list of demands presented to TfL’s Director of Borough Partnerships with the twin aims of attracting more businesses to the borough and improving travel options for residents.

TfL is currently conducting a feasibility study into extending the existing Tramlink network from Wimbledon to Sutton town centre via Morden, Rose Hill and St Helier Hospital.

The route would tie the extension in to proposed new developments in the borough at St Helier Hospital, the Gas Holders and Zurich House sites in north Sutton as well as the South Point site, which is now known as Sutton Point, where a large cycle park is also planned.

The £740,000 Sutton Station Gateway project, which is intended to open up The Quadrant entrance and bring environmental improvements, was also discussed.

The borough has told TfL that the tram would reinforce Sutton as an important Metropolitan town centre and provide a boost to its attractiveness for shoppers and business.

The council also lobbied for a stop at Worcester Park on the proposed Crossrail 2 project and made the case for improved links to Wimbledon, so residents can enjoy easier journeys to other parts of London and beyond when the project is implemented.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Elmbridge Purse Dipping Spate

Elmbridge residents are being urged to be extra cautious following a number of so called ‘purse dipping’ incidents.

They all happened in supermarkets in the borough.

Surrey Police has received six reports over the last week about purses being stolen from bags in Cobham, Esher and Weybridge.

None of the victims noticed the thefts as they happened but found them missing when they went to pay.

Five of the six victims were pensioners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm  

Woking Robbery Appeal

Police in Woking are appealing for witnesses following a street robbery in Goldsworth Park in Woking.

The incident took place at around 9.15pm on Wednesday 20 February as a teenage boy was walking along an alley way in Tresillian Way.

Half way along the path two men blocked his way and told him to empty his pockets.

The young man handed over two mobile phones and then ran back down the alley way.

The first suspect is described as 6ft tall, skinny build and in his late teens to early twenties.

He was wearing a black bandana with a tribal print over the mouth and nose. He also wore black gloves, dark track suit bottoms and a dark hooded top with the hood up.

The second suspect was described as around 5ft 9” tall of stocky build with a local accent.

He too was aged in his late teens early twenties and was wearing a black bandana with a tribal print over the mouth and nose.

Similar to the first suspect he was wearing black gloves, dark tracksuit bottoms and a dark hooded top with the hood up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm  

Twickenham Gallery Grant

A gallery in Twickenham has been awarded a grant to develop a new 'literature inspired' phone app.

Nine thousand five hundred pounds was given to Orleans House Gallery by the Clore Duffield Foundation for their 'Read Right Here' project.

The app allows users to find out where local authors – particularly in Richmond – worked or were inspired and learn more about the author.

It will be created over the summer and is set to be launched as part of the Richmond Literature Festival in November this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm  

Kingston Green Film Launch

The documentary film “Plastic Shores” is coming to Kingston next month as part of this year’s Paint the Town Green week.

Film director Edward Scott-Clarke will discuss the issue of plastic waste which ends up in our oceans and its harm to our marine ecosystem.

The film and discussion takes place on Monday March 4th at Kingston University Penhryn Road campus.

It starts at 6.45pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

Man dies after vehicle accident in Reigate

A man’s died after a collision in Reigate involving a motorbike and a car yesterday morning.

The accident happened at about 8 o’clock when a black BMW and a red Honda motorcycle were travelling along Reigate Road near to the junction with Iron Bottom Road.

Several other vehicles also crashed following the initial collision.

The rider of the motorcycle, a man in his 20’s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 am  

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sutton helps traders tackle underage drinking

Sutton Council is tackling the problem of underage drinking by running a series of training courses to help traders spot youthful boozers.

The project, which builds on Trading Standards’ research, has helped 12 shopkeepers in Cheam to curb underage drinking.

Under the ‘Health Responsibility Deal’, traders in North Cheam, Church Hill Road and Stonecot Hill were invited to training sessions that offered advice on how to identify genuine ID, understand the law around underage sales and how to challenge a sale.

Trading Standards, which worked in partnership with Sutton and Merton NHS on the project, also provided a comprehensive inspection of each of the premises involved in the project. These checks helped ensure that no counterfeit alcohol and tobacco products were on sale.

Worcester Park resident Ushma Amin, who owns Londis of North Cheam, was very impressed with the training she received.

She said: “It really refreshed my memory, it was very helpful. My original training was so long ago that it’s nice to have everything explained again.

“I think it’s great for the local community. I’ve owned this shop and worked here for more than 20 years. This is my area and I’m happy that the council are taking measures to protect it.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

Heathrow Link For Wandsworth

Wandsworth Council is hoping to create transport links to Heathrow from the heart of South West London.

They’ll appoint a consultancy group to develop the case for a direct rail service from Clapham Junction.

The aim is to create a 30-minute journey to the airport for residents and businesses without the need to travel into North London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm  

Meals on wheels in Richmond given all clear from horse meat concern
Residents in the borough who use meals on wheels can be assured that no trace of horsemeat has been found in any of the food that is used.

Apetito, which is Richmond Council's day centre and community provider of frozen meals to older people and those aged 18+ who are unable to prepare a cooked meal, has confirmed that it carried out a series of DNA tests by an independent accredited laboratory across their beef product ranges.

All test results were 100% clear with no equine DNA found.

Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services said: We’re pleased to inform our service users that these DNA test results show that Apetito is not implicated in the horse meat scandal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

An urgent safety warning is going out to bikers in Richmond
It comes after a batch of 400 potentially unsafe helmets handed in for destruction, were actually stolen from the recycling centre at Kew.

Motorcyclists are being urged to look out for these products at markets, car boot sales or similar venues.

The helmets may be in black boxes with the words big bad sheep company on one side and a picture of an “angry” sheep face on the other.

The company had imported the Chinese helmets on the basis they were safety approved.

However, samples submitted to a safety test centre failed due to inadequate side protection, insufficient visibility, non compliance with the impact test and poor design of the front opening.

The decision was made to have the helmets destroyed.

Anyone with further information can contact Richmond Trading Standards on 020 8891 7117, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, with crime reference number TWRT00205294
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

Elmbridge Burglaries

Police are appealing for information after a series of burglaries that targeted convenience stores in Thames Ditton and East Molesey.

Three offences have been linked since the end of January where thieves break in over- night and steal cash and other items.

The latest burglary took place last week at a Londis store in Longmore Road where cash, cigarettes and alcohol were stolen

Similar offences have taken place at Martins Newsagent in The Broadway and the Londis in Hampton Court Parade.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Do you have a Pickywickywoowoo?

Next time you are at the park don’t be surprised if you are greeted by a dog called Chicken-Fish or come across a cat named Pickywickywoowoo, as these are just some of the weird and wonderful names we bestow upon our pets.

Animal charity Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home has revealed some of the nation’s craziest cat and daftest dog names in a survey of its 225,000 Facebook and Twitter fans, and it appears we are quite creative when it comes to naming our four-legged friends.

Battersea’s top most bizarre cat names are;

Mr Wriggle-bum
Mister Fuzzy Mittens
Strawberry Surprise
Miss Moggit
Bat Cat
Princess Maisie Dolores

And for Dogs;

Mr Terry Foxer
Towpath Tidy
Yum Yum
Mr Bongi Muggles
The Reverend Black

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am  

Abramovich Art Plans

Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich is planning to transform the front garden of his Kensington property to resemble a scene from a James Whistler painting.

The property, once owned by the painter, will undergo renovations that include an art studio to house Abramovich's priceless art collection.

The renovations, which are expected to cost £10 million, will be decided next week by Kensington and Chelsea council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

Wandsworth Murder Trial

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of teenager Peter Hagan in Wandsworth.

21 year old Romell Martin, from Thornton Heath, is due at Westminster magistrates.

The body of 16 year old Hagan was found in the stairwell of a block of flats on Sunday – he’d been stabbed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 am  

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Hunt continues in Epsom
Police are continuing to search for a man who allegedly threatened another man with a gun on Epsom Downs.

Armed officers closed off Grand Stand Road last night.

Detectives don’t believe the suspect poses a wider threat to the community but are urging anyone with information to call them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Epsom Hospital Update

The decision on the future of Epsom Hospital has been put back.

The Better Services Better Value team has delayed deciding the hospital’s fate until March.

Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling is now calling for a discussion of different options for the area and for decisions to be taken.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Wallington Health Centre Update

Blood testing services at the Jubilee Health Centre in Wallington could soon start again.

They were withdrawn earlier this year following concerns about fire and water safety at the site.

Local MP Tom Brake said it was unacceptable that the new £13 million facility in the middle of Wallington couldn’t do the tests.

The 2,000 patients using the centre have to go to a local hospital instead.

It’s believed the service could resume in March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Sutton Robbery Appeal

Police are appealing for information about a carriage clock worth over £1000 was stolen from an elderly couple's home in Sutton.

Other items including jewellery, cash and cards were taken from the couple's house during a robbery in Cheam Road.

A suspect was caught on camera when he used the cards at at cash machine at Tesco in Oldfields Road.

He's white, aged between 30-40 and of stocky built.

He was last seen wearing a black bobble hat, a black three quarter length puffa jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

Fire in West Brompton
Firefighters were called to a fire in a kitchen on Redcliffe Road in West Brompton this morning.

A woman with burns to her hands and smoke inhalation was treated at the scene.

Two fire engines from Chelsea fire station went to the scene.

The Brigade was called just before 9am and the fire was under control by 10am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

Hospital units downgraded
It’s official. A&E units at four London hospitals are to be downgraded.

The move, affecting Hammersmith, Ealing, Central Middlesex and Charing Cross, was rubber stamped at a meeting of health bosses last night.

Emergency patients will now be referred to West Middlesex in Isleworth, Chelsea and Westminster or St Mary's hospitals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Cattle moo-ving on

Five cattle that arrived in the borough last year to keep Sutton’s largest nature reserve in pristine condition will be moo-ving on to pastures new next month.

The Sussex cattle, which were brought in to improve the habitat, have been grazing on the land since late October.

Now the bovine grass-cutters will head on to Old Lodge Farm near Oaks Park for the summer months, where they will remain until mid-September.

The cattle have been on the Downs for around four months. During that time they have been looked after by welfare experts from the Downlands Project and trained local volunteers – living in a secure enclosure which members of the public and dog walkers were also free to use.

And to say goodbye to the livestock, a special fun day has been organised where host of cattle themed events including art workshops, talks and guided walks will take place. It's happening this Friday
at the bottom of Plough Lane.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

Twickenham Playground Tragedy

An 8 year old girl has died after apparently falling over in the playground at a school in Twickenham.

The incident happened last Thursday at Trafalgar Junior School – Freya James passed away later in hospital.

In a statement her parents said they’re “absolutely shattered” that their “princess has gone”.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating – a post mortem is due to be carried out today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Zac joins Grey Court pupils at Food Education Day in Ham

Zac Goldsmith MP recently joined pupils from Grey Court and nearby primary schools at a food and growing education day, overseen by the Food for Life Partnership and local campaign group School Food Matters.

He accompanied the students through a busy itinerary of culinary and horticultural activities, and helped them with a bread baking exercise aboard the Focus on Food campaign’s ‘Cooking Bus’; a large mobile kitchen. Afterwards, a meal was prepared to celebrate Grey Court’s Food for Life Bronze Award.

Zac said: “Recent developments in the meat industry show why it is so important to take notice of exactly where our food comes from. Food education in schools is still undervalued, but events like this will help to ensure that the next generation is better equipped to insist on a simpler, healthier and localised food chain. It was a pleasure to take part and I hope to see it repeated at every school in the country.”

Zac was joined on the tour by Sharon Hodgson MP, who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on School Food.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Child Poverty In South West London

New figures are published today showing the extent of child poverty across the UK.

The South East generally has lower rates of child poverty than the national average.

But the figures published by The Campaign To End Child Poverty show that in South West London and North Surrey there are big differences between parliamentary constituencies:

Epsom and Ewell has a child poverty rate of 24% while Mole Valley is even worse at 28%.

Esher and Walton by comparison has a rate of less than half that – just 11%.

Runnymede and Weybridge comes in at 13%, Spelthorne at 16% and in Woking 14% of children live in poverty.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

Epsom man goes Chesney mad for charity

A supervisor at Epsom Hospital is hoping to prove he’s the one and only when it comes to raising big bucks for comic relief.

James Beckley will listen to the number one 1991 hit by Chesney Hawks on loop for 24 hours . . . that’s 444 times.

He’ll start his feat at 7 o’clock, the night before Red Nose Day on March 15th – finishing when the live programme starts on the Friday.

James says he can’t think of a better way to raise money.

To help James, click here

Or find it under #chesneychallenge and follow the day's events at @mrjimbecks on Twitter

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 am  

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Man arrested and bailed over Purley crash
A man's been arrested and bailed after a car crashed into two people in Purley - killing one of them.

The 40 year old Bulgarian woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on Saturday morning.

They'd been on a night shift.

Her husband was injured but has now left hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

Nervous Duchess tells all
The Duchess of Cambridge has confessed she is nervous about giving birth.

Kate showed off her baby bump for the first time earlier during a visit to a drug addiction treatment centre in Clapham.

The grey patterned dress the 31 year old was wearing, sold out online soon after pictures of it were put on websites.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:54 pm  

Council boosts horse riding safety with valuable support to training
Richmond Council is boosting safety among horse riders by backing a safety initiative which trains those riding horses on the borough’s roads.

The Council’s road safety team is working closely with the Horse Rangers Association in the training of their officers and young members to ensure they are given the best instruction in preparation for their British Horse Society’s Riding and Road Safety Test.

Cllr Chris Harrison, Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene said: “We actively look to support the training of horse riders on our roads so that they can remain safe at all times, especially our younger residents.

“As with all vulnerable road users, being seen is crucial and the high-viz jackets that we are able to donate contribute greatly. The horses on our roads are often forgotten in terms of road safety but we are a Borough that has a relatively high incidence of horse riders on our roads on account of the links with the Royal Parks, and therefore it is essential that we lend our support to this type of training.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

Prime Minister defends Duchess

The Prime Minister says comments describing the Duchess of Cambridge as a "shop-window mannequin" are "completely misguided and completely wrong".

The Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel made the remarks during a lecture.

Kate is a patron of Action on Addiction, and has today visited Hope House, one of its treatment centres, in Clapham.

Royal Historian Kate Williams says the remarks been taken out of context:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Hospital A&Es treat record number of patients
The A&E departments at Epsom and St Helier hospitals had their busiest ever year in 2012, treating a record number of patients.

New figures show that 143,511 people used our A&Es last year, which is 1,367 (1%) more than in 2011.

That works out at an average of 393 patients a day or one every three and a half minutes.

Over the year, 54,684 people attended the A&E at Epsom Hospital, whilst 82,284 visited St Helier.

In addition, 6,543 visited the specialist eye A&E at Sutton Hospital.

Of all the patients, 21% (29,421) needed to be admitted to hospital, with 10,782 at Epsom and 18,639 at St Helier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:41 pm  

Children Convicted Of Sutton Attack

Five children aged between twelve and fourteen have been convicted of attacking a fourteen year old girl at Croydon Youth Court.

The assault happened last Monday when the victim was on her way home from a shopping trip with a friend in Sutton.

The group – four girls and a boy – grabbed the victim’s Oyster card wallet and threw its contents on the floor of the 151 bus.

When the frightened victim left the bus at Manor Road in Wallington, the group followed her and demanded money
- before kicking her to the ground and ripping out her hair.

The boy pleaded guilty to common assault, the girls to robbery. They’ll be sentenced in March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

Richmond Houses To Be Claimed

Richmond council has announced it’s planning to buy up empty and run-down houses in the borough.

Buildings which have fallen into the hands of squatters and vandals will be revamped and bought back into use.

Three houses have already been marked for compulsory purchase by the council.

The move comes after owners failed to maintain the properties, allowing them to become an eyesore, according to councillors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Croydon Hospital Success

The Croydon University Hospital’s Stroke Unit has received an excellent rating.

It’s scored just over 80% in the Stroke Unit Annual Assessment for providing treatments to its patients within 7 days of admission.

The service has also been commended for having a social worker on site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Monday, 18 February 2013

Much loved actor dies

Actor Richard Briers has died at the age of 79.

The star, known to millions for his role in TV sitcom The Good Life, which was set in Surbiton, had been battling the serious lung condition emphysema since 2008.

Richard, who grew up in Raynes Park, also appeared in shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles and Monarch Of The Glen.

He was appointed OBE in 1989 and CBE in 2003.

Richard was also a supporter of Age Concern Kingston, he opened their Bradbury Centre in April 2005 [pictured]

The actor's agent says he died peacefully at his London home yesterday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

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