Premiership Action at the Twickenham Stoop
It was round 17 of the Aviva Premiership. League leaders Harlequins played host to 8th placed Exeter Chiefs at the Twickenham Stoop.
On their previous meeting in October the Chiefs outplayed the Quins with a 42-28 win. There was belief that this time it was going to be different.
The opening couple of minutes saw the usual ball-to-foot tactics. Once play settled it was clear both teams were up for this meeting. Fast hands from both sides met with strong defence.
Quins' Ugo Monye made a break only to be forced into an awkward offload, seeing Easter knock-on. Exeter, however, did not punish them as they should have done - the dominance of the Quins scrum forced the visitors to collapse, earning a kick into touch.
A good catch in the line-out saw Quins move the ball wide to the ever-ready hands of Monye who crossed the line for a try. Evans, returning from an ankle injury, added the conversion and within 8 minutes the home side were leading 7-0.
However pressure from the Chief's restart saw Quins miskick into touch, giving the visitors an attacking line-out which they took quickly. Despite strong tackles from the home side, they were penalised for not rolling away and handed Exeter an easy 3 point penalty.
Exeter kept piling on the pressure, Quins found themselves confined to their own half. Another knock-on from the league leaders allowed Exeter to come within 1 point of the hosts.
Quins did not fade; they responded immediately with fast hands and quick feet managing to break through the staunch Exeter defence. Once again, however, in their attempt to keep momentum the Quins rushed another pass which missed it's intended target and went into touch.
Although the Chiefs had the throw, Quins' defence was firm. They intercepted an attempted offload and pushed on earning a shot at the posts after Exeter were penalised. Evans, however, did not have the legs and the ball fell short.
10 minutes from the half-time break and the Chiefs took the lead with another penalty kick between the posts.
There was still a glimmer of hope with Hopper breaking through but this came to nothing. Exeter were given the put-in at a scum caused by yet another Quins knock-on, however the Chiefs collapsed under pressure allowing Quins to regain the lead though a penalty kick which was on target.
The home side did have the opportunity to pull away from the visitors with another penalty kick just before half-time but the usually reliable boot of Evans was not present today - another miss.
Half-Time: Harlequins 10 - 9 Exeter Chiefs
Exeter took the advantage in the opening minutes of the second half, taking an early lead after Quins were penalised in the ruck.
The reigning Champions looked like crossing the tryline after Guest charged down a clearance kick from the Chiefs. However he lacked support and Exeter regained possession.
Quins regained the lead after Botica took over kicking duties, adding three points through a successful penalty: 13-12. His boot came in useful less than 5 minutes later after Exeter knock-on and then raise the scrum. Quins pulled 4 points clear.
A tactic which proved very useful for Exeter was their quick restarts and chases. This caught the Quins napping and forced a penalty in front of the posts. The Chiefs were closing in after yet another succesful kick.
The visitors nearly scored a try after a sneaky chip-through sent Quins scurrying backwards but it went into touch and a strong line-out allowed Quins to clear.
A few minutes later Exeter had another opportunity to score, breaking through the Quins defence but fumbling 5 metres from the line.
The scrum went to Quins but it was a period of great pressure. They chose to run it from deep and when the defence of Exeter stood firm, Quins opted to kick. This went straight into touch handing the visitor's an attacking line-out. Exeter retained possession and pushed themselves through a determined Quins' defence and over for an unconverted try.
The home side kept battling away but Exeter won turnover ball and pushed up the field, tackled into touch just short of another try.
Although Quins kept possession in the line-out, they were unable to escape their own half. The Chiefs attempted another chip-through which was collected by the home side and sent down the field. The Chiefs were waiting. They collected the ball and ran through a tired defence, adding another 7 points to their tally with a converted try.
This was the last score of the game with 7 minutes remaining. Quins never gave up but they looked tired. Exeter Chiefs attacked fast and defended hard.
A good win for the Chiefs. Harlequins remain top this evening but Saracens are yet to play. Only 1 point ahead, no bonus point this game; the reigning Champions are likely to slip into second before this weekend comes to a close.
Full Time: Harlequins 16 - 27 Exeter Chiefs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 pm
Pedestrian injured in Chiswick crash
Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious accident in Chiswick.
About 4.45 pm Friday, a number of vehicles were in collision with a male pedestrian on the Hogarth roundabout.
The man is in a critical condition in hospital.
Roads in the area were closed for much of the evening.
The Collision Investigation Unit at Hampton are conducting the enquiries and can be contacted on 020 8941 9011. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 am
Wandsworth helps new buyers
There’s help for people trying to get on the property market in Wandsworth with the unveiling of new shared ownership homes in the Battersea Reach development next to Wandsworth Bridge.
Flotilla House has 80 units and of these 27 will be low cost homes under planning conditions agreed between the Council and the developer.
Future phases of development will bring more affordable homes with up to a total of 330 flats. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 am
Pedestrian injured in Lambeth collision
Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run accident in Lambeth at 7.45 Thursday evening.
A blue Mini collided with a pedestrian on Poynders Road close to Clarence Avenue, but the driver failed to stop.
The man in his 40s was taken to hospital with head injuries and remains in a serious condition.
The vehicle was found later in Helby Road and a 30 year old woman was arrested.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the Mini afterwards is asked to get in touch with the Road Death Investigation Unit at Hampton on 020 891 9011. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 am
Croydon police hunt burglary suspects
Police have released CCTV photos of two suspects in an attempted burglary in Croydon.
Officers were called to a home in Norbury Crescent on the 31st of January after two men had tried to break into the house.
Croydon CID are urging anyone who recognise the suspects to call them or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
This appeal follows other recent burglaries which have targeted Asian households.
A storage firm who placed shipping containers on top of one another have been asked to take them down due to a breach of planning permission.
Casey’s Removals – located at 144 Beddington Lane - had been stacking large shipping containers in front of their building just metres from the road.
But after becoming aware of the issue in December 2012 the council’s Planning Enforcement team began discussions with the company to remove the second layer of containers.
Following discussions, the company have removed the upper tier of roadside containers over the last week. This has not caused them any significant harm to their business operation.
The issue was raised as the company did not have the relevant planning permission for the double height storage of the shipping containers due to their height, size and bulky harmful appearance to that part of Beddington Lane.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am
Dickens comes to Life for film evening tonight
Stars of the silver screen will welcome guests to a community hub this week for the first of a series of film evening.
The Sutton Life Centre will show the British all star-cast Dickens adaptation of David Copperfield - which includes Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and veteran actress Maggie Smith.
The film will be put on by the Sutton Life Centre Friend’s Group who have a Charles Dickens theme at the moment.
Last week they hosted an illustrated talk entitled The London of Charles Dickens which attracted around 60 people.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am
Tree fostering scheme gets its 100th parents
A unique tree fostering scheme in which residents agree to look after new planting outside their homes has signed up its 100th ‘parents’.
Sylvia Bailey and her husband Gordon are among those taking over some of the responsibility for looking after a cherry tree in Chalcot Close in Belmont – and they’re doing it as a memorial tribute to a friend.
Tree fostering was set up by Sutton Council to draw on the borough’s record of strong community engagement and provide real value for money as local authority budgets come under increasing pressure.
Each tree costs around £60 to buy and a further £25-30 to plant, but the borough saves up to £135 as residents take care of the watering and make sure the saplings stay healthy.
Sutton boasts around 190,000 trees of which approximately 21,500 are on the streets. The fostering scheme replaces trees that have had to be cut down in streets.
Woman refused bail after hearing
A court has heard a woman travelled from Epsom to Northern Ireland in order to shoplift.
Sylvia Eastwood claims she was told to take items from a Sainsbury’s in Lisburn by a man she met in Dublin prison.
The 30 year old admitted a charge of theft and will be sentenced next week after being refused bail. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 pm
Ray Wilkins to honour Carshalton Athletic
Carshalton Athletic is to welcome ex-Chelsea and England star Ray Wilkins MBE to Colston Avenue this Saturday.
The Robins scooped three titles at regional, County and National levels and, in just five years, the club has become the Country’s leading community club with over 2,000 members and 500 football players from all age groups and genders.
Ray Wilkins played at Chelsea in the 1970s, where he went on to captain the team at aged 18, and also notably played for Manchester United, AC Milan and QPR while earning 84 caps for his country.
Upon receiving the top gong at Wembley Stadium last autumn, Sutton Borough Leader of the Council Ruth Dombey wrote: “I know that Carshalton’s volunteers and supporters are quite rightly passionate and enthusiastic about the services they provide to the local community. We are very lucky in Sutton to have people who care so deeply about the future of our young people.”
Wilkins will be at the ground before the Robins’ match against Bury Town on Saturday to check on the club’s progress and oversee some of the junior training sessions that will be taking place.
MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake will also be there to support the cause. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm
Richmond Upon Thames College Plans
Resident’s, staff and students at Richmond Upon Thames College have two weeks left to have their say on future college plans.
The council hopes to establish a new centre of educational excellence on the Egerton road site.
The consultation invites locals to give their views on these proposals.
It will help both the council and college understand people’s concerns prior to making a decision about the site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am
Wimbledon Accident Inquest
The inquest into the death of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard starts today.
The 23 year old was hit by an underground train in Wimbledon in June last year.
The inquest will be held at Westminster Coroners court posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:48 am
Surbiton Salon Robbery
A brand new hair salon in Surbiton has been robbed for the second time.
Hair Xcel was targeted in the early hours of Sunday.
It’s thought two suspects wearing protective gloves climbed over the security door to break into the property in Claremont Road.
They made off with three thousand pounds worth of equipment including GHD straighteners and cash.
A charity box was also taken in the raid – some of the money was made up of staff tips.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 am
Monday, 25 February 2013
River Thames Claims A Life
A man who was pulled out of the Thames this afternoon, has died.
Police were called to reports of a person in the river at Kingston Bridge around 3pm.
The man who was in his fifties, was pronounced dead later in hospital. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm
Addlestone Woman Dies In Dubai
Police in Dubai are investigating after a British bride from, Addlestone, fell to her death from a hotel room while on honeymoon.
It’s believed 27-year-old Abbie Emmett plunged to her death last Tuesday just a few days after arriving in the United Arab Emirates with her new husband. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:50 pm
New Road Contract For Hounslow
According to Hounslow Council a new contract signed with Hounslow Highways is already bearing fruit.
More than 1-thousand road defects including pot holes, broken paving slabs and faulty street lights have been fixed since January by the company.
The 800-milion pound contract was signed last month.
A spokeswoman for the council said part of the programme includes clamping down on selfish residents who dump rubbish and litter the streets.
Richmond Schools Funding
A number of primary schools in Richmond are to have their roofs repaired thanks to a council grant.
Almost 900 thousand pounds is to be spent on leaks and broken guttering which have only been temporarily fixed over the years.
A review is to be carried out to see which schools should see their roofs fixed first. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Prolific gang jailed
Three men have been sentenced at Kingston Crown Court today after taking part in a spree of cash in transit robberies that spanned over three years and two counties stealing over a £100,000 pounds in the process.
The group used weapons including pitch forks, knives and baseball bats to intimidate cash in transit staff to handover thousands in cash before making their preplanned exit.
The group consisted of 59 year old George French of West Drayton, who was sentenced to 15 years.
60 year old Anthony Durham of Kent, who was sentenced to 17 years.
53 year old Stephen Phillips of Gerrards Cross, who was sentenced to 16 and a half years.
The linked offences took place between the 28th of June 2007 and the 26th November 2010 in West London and Surrey.
Barnes Flying Squad working alongside Surrey Police officers linking the incidents where cash in transit staff were targeted by a group of men dressed in high visibility jackets armed with baseball bats and other items.
A complex investigation was launched where hours of CCTV was trawled to help identify the group. French, Durham and Phillips were arrested on the 19th of July 2011 and charged the following day.
The breakdown of the attacks are as follows -
1. 28 June 2007 at Pavillions Shopping Centre, High Street, Uxbridge
2. 29 July 2008 at Marks and Spencers, Sunbury Cross Centre, Staines Road West, Sunbury.
3. 14 may 2010 at Tesco, Glencoe Road, Hayes.
4. 26 November 2010 at Waitrose, Kingsend, Ruislip.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 pm
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