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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Sutton Charity needs help to choose logo

A Sutton fundraising group is looking for help in choosing its new logo.

The Liam Charity Fund which supports the Child Line service and other youth projects, opened a competition to the school children of Sutton asking them to submit their designs.

The two thousand entries have been reduced to 8 finalists and they’re asking for people to vote for their favourite. To see the entries and vote, go to .

The winner will be announced on the 4th May at Carshalton Athletic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 am  

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Chicken shop owner handed £5,500 fine

The former owner of a chicken shop has been handed a £5,500 fine and ordered to pay costs of £2,665 after admitting 11 offences of keeping unhygienic premises and failing to handle food safely.

Shakeel Ahmad, 35, former owner of Surrey Chicken and Kebab of St Dunstan’s Hill, Sutton, was convicted of the offences at Croydon magistrates court on 26 March after the court heard how three separate inspections turned up appalling conditions.

Inspectors found offences including:

· Dirty floors and walls

· Grease-encrusted extraction canopy

· Staff failing to wash their hands with soap

· A chiller door handle coated with ‘brown debris’

· Pizzas being prepared next to stained dishcloths

· Food containers left open with no dates on them

· Chopping boards left on filthy window sills

· Flies on dirty takeaway cartons dumped in the yard

· An overflowing refuse bin

· Damaged equipment
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Easter getaway in full flow
The M25 near Heathrow has been tipped as being the busiest road during the Easter getaway.

Trafficmaster has produced a list of the worst roads for this weekend and includes the M1 near London.

Stretches of the M4 also make the top 5.

Around 1.7 million of us are expected to fly abroad to escape one of the coldest March months on record.

600,000 will leave from Heathrow airport, 214,000 from Gatwick.

We'll have dedicated travel bulletins throughout the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Man recovering well
The family of a city worker left fighting for his life after being hit by a falling telegraph pole in Wandsworth, say he’s showing signs of improvement.

27 year old Nick Fletcher was yards from his home when winds of up to 50mph brought down the pole two weeks ago.

He was knocked unconscious and left bleeding heavily before being taken to St George’s Hospital where he’s in a stable condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm  

History preserved at Kew
The world famous Glass House at Kew is to get a much needed refurbishment.

The Historic Temperate House has been given a £15 million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will enable vital conservation of this Grade One listed building which is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.

The grant will also be used to enhance the care of the invaluable scientific collection of plants housed in Kew gardens.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

Support builds against possible closures
Politicians from all parties have today united against plans to scrap A&E at Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

Three Clinical Commissioning Groups led by doctors will take responsibility over NHS services when they take control on Monday.

Chris Grayling hopes they will pay attention to a number of flaws MPs have found in the Better Services Better Value Review.

Stay tuned to hear our interview with Chris this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

Work halted at Leatherhead mansion
An injunction halting work has been granted on a development at a stately home in Leatherhead.

Mole Valley council gave developers Longshot permission to turn Cherkley Court into a hotel and an 18 hole golf course last year.

But objectors have been granted the injunction following a lengthy campaign to save the former home of Lord Beaverbrook.

However, a judicial review into the planning decision will still be heard.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

Shepperton Boys Sought

Surrey Police is looking for two boys seen on a boat in Shepperton that was thought to be in trouble.

A member of the public called the emergency services after seeing them struggling to get ashore against the current at Walton Bridge.

A search was immediately launched, with police working alongside teams from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.

The police helicopter was also deployed yesterday afternoon.

A boat has been recovered and officers are keen to speak to the two youths who were on board to make sure they are safe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

New Business Record For Sutton

A record number of businesses were started in Sutton last year.

863 new companies were set up in the area, the highest number since records began.

It’s according to a new report by Dupont which measures the confidence of businesses.

Services provided by the borough, such as free business advice and networking events, were given credit for the increase in new start-ups.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am  

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Sun Walk launches in Battersea Park

Battersea Park’s famous bandstand was turned into a circus arena for the launch of the Sunwalk earlier today.

Breast cancer charity Walk the Walk wants as many people to sign up to the challenge on June 30th as possible to raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer.

Thousands of men, women and children are being offered the chance to power walk their way through a choice of three routes.

Nina Barough (CBE) is the inspirational founder and CEO of Walk the Walk.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Government suffers defeat over back garden plans
The Government has been defeated over its proposals to double the size of buildings that can be constructed in back gardens without planning permission.

During a debate on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill in the House of Lords last night, Richmond Council Leader Lord True, introduced an amendment to the plans which would allow local authorities to opt in or out of the relaxation of planning rules for developments within the "curtilage" or back garden of a house.

Over the past few months, Richmond Council has campaigned against the proposed changes to planning regulations that aim to relax rules and allow larger extensions without the need for planning permission and the community consultation that the process historically requires.

Last year, Richmond Council councillors unanimously agreed a cross party motion to oppose the government’s proposals and have responded accordingly to the national consultation on the matter.

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill was passed last night, including Cllr True’s amendment.

It will now go back to the House of Commons for approval of changes made in the Lords.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Development plan set to be first for London
A project giving people the chance to have their say on how their neighbourhoods are developed is set to be the first of its kind to be consulted on in London.

The Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group was formally designated by the council at the end of September 2012 and its draft neighbourhood plan is expected to be published for consultation next month.

The draft plan will include neighbourhood planning policy, site specific proposals as well as wider community projects. The group have positively engaged with developers in Hackbridge to help shape the redevelopment of their neighbourhood.

In the 2011 Localism Act, neighbourhoods and residents groups were given the opportunity to plan for their own areas with the introduction of neighbourhood plans and Sutton residents have been keen to exercise this new power.

Initiatives are aimed to ensure that local people have a say in the planning and development of their local areas.

The Beddington Residents’ Association are also currently preparing an application to be formally designated as a neighbourhood forum so they can start preparing their plan.

Following a series of events in 2012, where the council encouraged communities to consider neighbourhood planning, a number of other groups expressed an interest and may be starting work on their plans in the new future. The areas that may be subject to a neighbourhood plan are:

The Belmont area including Sutton Hospital (through the Belmont and South Cheam Residents’ Association),
The Springfield Road/Grosvenor Road Area of Special Local Character (through the Springfield Residents’ Association),
The South Cheam Area of Special Local Character (through the Belmont and South Cheam Residents’ Association),
The South Wallington area (through the South Wallington and District Residents’ Association),
The Woodcote Avenue Area of Special Local Character (through the Woodcote Avenue Residents’ Association).
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

Former Surrey officer jailed
A prison officer has been jailed for 16 months for selling information on James Bulger's killer Jon Venables to The Sun.

Richard Trunkfield - who worked at Woodhill jail near Milton Keynes - admitted misconduct in public office.

So did former Surrey police constable Alan Tierney - who's been sentenced to 10 months.

He sold the paper details about the arrests of John Terry's mother and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Appeals made in Wallington
Police are investigating a theft in which two suspects rammed the car of a man from Wallington.

He blocked in the thieves after spotting them stealing from a row of garages on Stanley Park Road.

It took four attempts for the suspects to barge their way past the car with their white Transit van.

Police are looking for two men, one white and one middle-eastern, around the ages of 25 and 30, both with dark hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 pm  

Expensive refit for Croydon's Council offices
Croydon Council is to spend more than £3 million pounds on bespoke furniture and fixtures for their new HQ.

According to the Evening Standard, the borough will spend £1 million more than if it moved its existing furniture from its old offices over the road.

The paper says the old furniture will go to schools and charities in the area.

The council says the existing furniture isn’t suitable for modern working practices.

The new office complex will be completed in the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 pm  

Laser investigation launched near Heathrow
Police are investigating after a laser pen was pointed at a plane coming into land at Heathrow.

It happened in the Staines area on Monday night just after 8 o'clock.

Police say the pens can be very powerful and to shine one in to the cockpit of any aircraft during a flight is extremely dangerous.

They’re urging anyone who has any information about this particular incident to call them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm  

Royal visit for the Brit school
The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Brit School for Performing Arts in Croydon today.

She meet our pop stars of the future and visit the college's recording studio.

Camilla will also sit in on a rehearsal for a production of the 1970s Broadway musical Pippin.

Stars that came out of the school include Adele, Jessie J and Leona Lewis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm  

Will you be held up during the great Easter getaway?

The M25 near Heathrow has been tipped as being the busiest road during the Easter getaway.

Trafficmaster has produced a list of the worst roads for this weekend and includes the M1 near London.

Stretches of the M4 also make the top 5.

Around 1-point-7 million of us are expected to fly abroad to escape one of the coldest March months on record.

600,000 will leave from Heathrow airport, 214,000 from Gatwick.

Stay tuned for the latest traffic reports or follow us on @jackie_travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Hit and run investigated in Wallington
Police are investigating a hit and run in Wallington.

It left a woman with a broken foot in Manor Road on Monday.

Police say the motorist is believed to be an Asian woman who was driving a small VW car.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Wallington Garage Crime

Police are investigating after padlocks were cut on a row of garages in Wallington.

It happened in at the rear of Lesley Court in Harcourt Road yesterday.

A resident also found her garage door had been forced and jammed - preventing access to the garage.

Police are still clarifying what property has been stolen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

Twickenham Stun Gun Warning

Police in Twickenham are warning people about the consequences of buying illegal weapons from the internet.

It’s after a 15 year old boy was arrested after being found with two mobile phone stun guns that he’s purchased from China.

Such devices are illegal in this country.

The teenager has been bailed while officers make further enquiries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am  

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

London Broncos update
Due to adverse weather conditions the London Broncos round 9 fixture against Catalan Dragons, scheduled for this Thursday has been moved from The Twickenham Stoop to Esher Rugby Union club.

The pitch at the Twickenham Stoop has been deemed unplayable after the Broncos and Hull FC game on Saturday.

“We have spent the last 24 hours to search for venues but with a busy schedule of football matches this weekend we have been severely limited in our choice of alternative venue,” said chief executive Gus Mackay.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

Roll up, roll up – this is more than just another Walk in the Park

On Sunday 30th June, Battersea Park will host three walking challenges all to raise money to help with the fight against breast cancer.

The three walks are broken down to a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon.

The whole family can take part, with a Power Walking challenge for every ability and as always all Walkers over the age of 13 will wear the Walk the Walk trademark of brightly decorated bras – with this year’s Circus theme, there promises to be some wild and wonderful creations.

Walk the Walk has raised in excess of £83 million for vital breast cancer causes since it launched 17 years ago, with money granted for research into breast cancer and to help improve the lives of those with cancer now.

To enter and for more information about Walk the Walk's Sun Walk, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Happy ending for Battersea Pup
A dog that was the longest-serving resident at Battersea Dogs and Cats' Home has been adopted by a couple from Guildford

Maisy, a two-year-old mongrel, spent 431 days at the animal sanctuary.

The stray was there 12 times longer than the average resident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 pm  

Are our Butterflies in decline?
Butterflies in London suffered a record decline in numbers last year, a scientific study has revealed.

Fifty-two out of the fifty-six species monitored in the UK, struggled to find food and shelter in the second wettest year in recorded history.

The Butterfly Monitoring Scheme worked with 1500 volunteers to collect the data from 1000's of sites across the UK.

Dr Tom Brereton, Head of Monitoring at Butterfly Conservation, says Butterflies have proven that given favourable conditions they are able to recover.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Revamp continues in Esher
The second phase of work to turn a church in Esher into a hub for the community has begun.

Almost half a million pounds is being spent on the re-development of the 18th Century Esher Green Baptist Church.

Bosses want to turn it into a base for various groups including local businesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

London Welsh appeal update
London Welsh's appeal against a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player has been turned down.

An RFU panel decided the £15,000 fine and immediate five-point reduction will remain.

But they did remove a further penalty that was suspended until next season over the Richmond based side.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Collections a day later
Following the Easter Bank Holidays Richmond Council will carry out waste and recycling collections for domestic properties one day later than usual.

For example Friday collections will take place on Saturday and the Monday on Tuesday. There will however be no change to the normal collection day for commercial properties.

Normal service will resume a week later on Monday the 8th of April. Residents are asked to put recycling or refuse out early on collection day, but not to leave it on the streets the day before, to avoid bags being ripped and to keep roads clean and tidy.

Waste should be put out in securely tied sacks or in a bin with a lid. Lids stop the bin from becoming waterlogged and people adding litter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

Woman sought after death of Musse Tahill Warsame
Images have been released of a woman who may have intervened in a fight on a train, which led to death of a man at Raynes Park.

24-year-old Musse Tahill Warsame was attacked on the Hampton to Waterloo line.

He was found unconscious in Raynes Park at the beginning of this month.

Detectives believe the woman could have information, crucial to solving the case.

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, senior investigating officer, said: “I must stress that this woman is innocent and she is not wanted in connection with this assault. She was on the train at the time and helped alert staff, who later informed police, and we simply want to find out what, if anything, she might know about Warsame’s death."

“Our thoughts remain very much with Warsame’s family at this acutely difficult and sad time for them, and we will do all we can to try and answer the many questions they have about the circumstances leading to his death.

“We’re continuing to appeal for anyone with information to come forward. Do you know the woman? Are you the woman pictured? If so, we’d like to hear from you.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting B5/LSA of 04/12/12. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Kingston College Rated

Kingston College is one of only three in London to be rated ‘good’ by OFSTED this year.

It’s also one of the few London colleges that’s improved since last year.

Performance was judged across eleven areas, and the college received the ‘good’ rating in ten of them.

The exception was their teaching of business which OFTSED said required improvement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

Knox speaks out after retrial is ordered
There's a dramatic new twist in the Meredith Kercher investigation.

Amanda Knox and her ex boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been ordered to face a retrial by Italy's highest appeals court.

The pair were jailed for killing the student from Coulsdon in Italy in 2007 - and released four years later when their convictions were overturned.

Knox says today's development is "painful".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Missing woman found
An elderly woman who was missing from Isleworth has been found.

73 year old Sheila Jezzard left West Middlesex Hospital, where she was being treated for a chest infection.

Concern was raised as Sheila, who’s from Feltham, suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Police would like thank people for their assistance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Dickie to leave Richmond
Long-time Richmond Resident Richard Attenborough has moved into a care home in West London.

The award winning director and actor sold his home Beaver Lodge last year and is now too frail to look after himself.

He’s moved into Denville Hall in Northwood, the same specialist charity care home for elderly or sick entertainers as his wife Sheila who suffers from dementia.

The 89 year old has suffered health problems since falling over and being in a coma for several days in 2008.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am  

Knox to face retrial
An Italian judge has ordered a retrial in the murder case of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher.

The country's highest court has overturned the acquittals of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

They were jailed in 2007 for killing Meredith but were freed on appeal in 2011.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am  

London Broncos
London Broncos game on Thursday evening has been postponed.

They were due to take on the Catalan Dragons at the Twickenham Stoop.

It’s been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The search is now on to find a new pitch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

Mole Valley Parking Changes
Mole Valley District Council is introducing a new charging scheme in its car parks.

It’s called ‘penny a minute’ and means people will no longer be restricted to hourly tickets.

So if someone puts in a pound they’ll get 100 minutes of parking.

Although the basic charge for one hour will still remain at 60 pence.

The new scheme will be introduced on Tuesday 2nd April.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:54 am  

London Welsh Appeal

London Welsh will find out later today if their appeal to overturn a five-point deduction has been successful.

They were issued the punishment, which also contained a 15-thousand pound fine, for fielding ineligible player Tyson Keats in 10 matches this season.

Former team manager Mike Scott gave false information about Keats' visa to both the Richmond based club and the Rugby Football Union.

London Welsh argue they can't be held responsible for his actions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am  

Monday, 25 March 2013

Child dies in Croydon
A three year old girl's died after being hit by a van in Croydon.

The toddler was taken to St George's Hospital where she was pronounced dead following the collision on Wellesley Road just before 9am.

A 36 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

School gets special visit

Olympic bronze medalist, Beth Tweddle, has officially re-opened a primary school in Chessington today.

Ellingham was rebuilt and re-designed under the Primary Expansion Programme which opens up new school places to children.

Class groups at the school have been named after the gymnast and fellow Olympians.

The head teacher says the school is committed to Olympic and Paralympic values.

Picture courtesy of Paul Milsom, Barrett & Coe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A homework app created by a student from Wimbledon, has been bought by Yahoo.
Nick D’Aloisio’s app Summly, works by summarising news stories from media companies.

The 17 year old, who is a student at Kings College Wimbledon, is now thought to be one of the world’s youngest self -made millionaires.

The app will close, but its features will be used in Yahoo’s mobile products. Mr D’Aloisio is also understood to have been given a job by Yahoo.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Rowers gearing up for the annual Oxford Cambridge Boat Race this Sunday

Race enthusiasts are hoping the weather is going to hold out for the annual race this Sunday at 4.30pm.

The Boat Race course, known as the Championship Course is 4 miles, 374 yards or 6.8 Km long. It stretches between Putney and Mortlake.

This course was first used for the Boat Race in 1845 and has been used for every race since, (apart from 1846, 1856 and 1863 when the race was held in the opposite direction between Mortlake and Putney).

The Fulham/Chiswick side of the course is known as the Middlesex side. The Putney/Barnes side of the course is known as the Surrey side.

The race is rowed upstream, but is timed to start on the incoming flood tide, usually an hour before high tide, so that the crews are rowing with the fastest possible current.

Stay tuned to 107.8 Radio Jackie on air, online or @jackie_travel and @radio_jackie for up to the minute info on the day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Keep Our NHS Public Meeting

The protest group Keep Our NHS Public is holding a public meeting tomorrow night.

It’s to highlight the problems facing Kingston, St Helier, Springfield and St George's hospitals.

The South West London branch will be at the Irish Centre in Wimbledon at 7.45pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Heroin Warning In Woking

Surrey Police has issued a warning about an unusually strong type of heroin.

It says the drug is circulating in and around Woking and users should be aware of an increased risk of overdose.

The warning follows the sudden death of a 23-year-old man in Sheerwater on Tuesday the 19th of March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

The Radio Jackie charity night is back

Radio Jackie’s presenters are gearing up for another charity night -this time it’s in aid of the Sam Beare Hospice in Woking.

Money raised on April the 9th will help children who have been orphaned after one or both parents died at the hospice.

Footsteps is a support group for children under 12 who have lost a relative or someone close to them.

Its aim is to help them come to term with their loss and acknowledge their feelings… and by meeting others in a similar situation, they realise they are not on their own.

Footsteps meets every six weeks and through arts and crafts projects, to help children remember their loved one through the medium of creativity.

Susie Baker is head of counselling at the hospice.

On the night, you'll be treated to a night of fine dining at Cappadocia in Kingston, waited on hand and foot by Jackie's presenters.

There will be belly dancing, live auction, and music from our very own Neil Long to make you dance till you drop.

To book your place, call the Studio now on 0208 288 1078 - we'd love to see you there.

For more info on the hospice and the great work it does, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Brentford Housing Plan Rejected

A controversial plan for a major housing development on the Reynard Mills trading estate has been rejected by the government.

Developers wanted to build 275 flats and houses on the former BBC site just off Windmill Road on the border of Ealing and Brentford.

Hounslow council had refused permission for the scheme but developer LP Brentford lodged an appeal.

Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles accepted that there should be a residential scheme but concluded that the application would harm the area.

Local residents fought a lengthy campaign against the proposals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am  

Claygate Murder Update

A man suspected of being connected to the murder of a family from Claygate in the French Alps has been released without charge.

The man was suspected to have supplied the gun used to murder 50-year-old Saad al-Hilli, his wife and mother in law.

A 45-year-old French cyclist was also shot dead during the incident last September.

The man was arrested in Geneva last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am  

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Belmont estate gets a spruce-up.
The paved walkways and concrete stairs to homes off Rookley Close on the Shanklin Estate in Belmont have had a clean-up.

But rather than get contactors in it’s been done by low risk offenders as part of the Community Payback Scheme.

It works by getting offenders to do unpaid work to improve local communities as part of their sentence.

This allows them to make a visible and positive contribution to the safety and well-being of the local community.

It also gives them meaningful work to help break the cycle of crime and encourage a law-abiding life.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

Man arrested over Weybridge family deaths is released
A man suspected of supplying the gun used to murder a family from Weybridge in the French Alps has been released without charge.

The unnamed man was arrested last month in Geneva, which is less than an hour's drive from the crime scene at Lake Annecy.

50 year old Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal who was 47 and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf were all shot twice through the head last September.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, a 45-year-old father of three, was also killed.

Police have now widened their investigation to Iraq, where the family were originally from.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

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