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Saturday, 6 April 2013

This weekend disability sports are back in the spotlight in Kingston.

The Surrey County Disability Championships are being held at the home of Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers Athletics Club, Kingsmeadow Stadium.

British track & field Paralympians Jamie Carter, Mickey Bushell, Derek Derenalagi and Steve Miller will be among the athletes competing.

Wallington's Paralympian David Weir and his coach Jenny Archer will also be attending as they launch the Weir-Archer Academy.

The Championships start 10am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

New tennis facilities in Wandsworth
Facilities for tennis players in Wandsworth are being upgraded as the Council teams up with All Win Tennis to promote the sport.

The company will be investing around £500,000 to improve courts and playing surfaces and bring them up to Lawn Tennis Association standard.

They’ll also be offering coaching and tuition for all ages including drop-in sessions, cardio tennis and adult courses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 am  

Friday, 5 April 2013

Former Met officer sentenced
A former Metropolitan police officer has been sentenced to 15 months for perverting the course of justice.

34 year old Davinder Bajwa, and his father who received a year in jail, were arrested following an assault at their taxi company in Hounslow in 2009.

Southwark Crown Court heard they'd interfered with the police investigation by erasing CCTV footage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Wandsworth Man Found

A vulnerable pensioner from Wandsworth who went missing on Wednesday is safe and well.

83-year-old Sarbans Matharu who suffers from dementia and diabetes was found last night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm  

One man and his team is trying to bring the old atmosphere of the famous Merton Abbey Mills market back to life


David Waterhouse has opened London’s first honesty shop with a difference.

It is in fact a double decker honesty bus named Trusty.

Shoppers can purchase handmade, natural items, and in return, the money they pay is donated to a number of different charities.

David, who founded the first village honesty shop in the Swiss Alps, says he faced a lot of opposition bringing the idea to London.



For more information on the bus, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am  

Homeless To Be Sent To Margate

Lambeth Council is considering moving homeless families to the seaside town of Margate.

The council said it was exploring the possibility of offering some two bedroom homes and flats on a temporary basis to some of the borough’s homeless people.

A Lambeth spokesman said the plan is a response to cuts in its funding from the government and a shortage of temporary accommodation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Girl baffles experts
Experts are baffled by a rare condition that is causing a 13 year-old girl from Wallington to continually hiccup.

Emily Marsh has not stopped since January.

Despite a series of tests and treatments at St Helier hospital, doctors have failed to find a cure.

Her mum says it's so exhausting, she's been given afternoons off school to rest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

How much is that doggy?


A homeless hound at Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home could be one of the loneliest dogs in the UK after spending over 260 days at the London centre and receiving little interest from potential owners.

The average stay for Battersea dogs is just 35 days, but four year old Lurcher Shadow has been at the rescue centre for over seven times that, making him the charity’s longest stay resident.

Like 46% of dogs at Battersea, Shadow was brought in by his owners last July as they could no longer care for him.

To break up Shadow’s time in kennels, he's been living in a temporary foster home for two months and he did really well, showing his foster carers what a wonderful pet he is.

Shadow is a sweet and loving boy who adores people and cuddles on the sofa. He is looking for owners who are around for most of the day and would rather be the only pet in his new house.

If you can offer lonely Shadow the home he needs please contact Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on 020 7622 3626.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

Pensioner dies after burglary
A pensioner from Croydon has died, shortly after discovering his house had been burgled.

The 67-year-old called police last night, but before officers arrived the homeowner was taken ill and later died.

A post mortem's being carried out, but detectives are not treating his death as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Richmond College Grant

Richmond Adult Community College and Lambeth College are among the four London colleges who will share nearly 8-million pounds of government funding on education building projects.

The announcement of 77-million pounds allocated for capital projects in England was made yesterday.

Ministers also unveiled measures to tackle underperforming colleges, which include shutting them.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am  

Epsom MP On Legal Aid

Convicted criminals could be barred from claiming legal aid to fund cases involving complaints about the prison system.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says he's been "appalled" that taxpayers’ money is being used to allow prisoners to bring what he calls "unnecessary legal cases".

The Epsom and Ewell MP says the complaints could be dealt with by the prison service's internal system.

The Ministry of Justice says the proposals would save 4 million pounds a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

The Weirwolf is to launch the Weir-Archer Academy in Kingston
A Gold medal winning Paralympian is launching his Sports Academy in Kingston on Saturday.

Wallington’s David Weir and his coach Jenny Archer are hoping to continue their winning ways by training future generations.

The launch of the Weir-Archer Academy coincides with the Surrey County Disability Championships, both being held at Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium this weekend.

Although the stadium, home to the Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers Athletics Club, has not yet been transformed into the all-round world-class facility the Academy dreams of, it does have the backing of the Royal Borough of Kingston and is working alongside sport's National Governing Bodies.

British track & field Paralympians Jamie Carter, Mickey Bushell, Derek Derenalagi and Steve Miller will be among the athletes competing this weekend.

Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer on all participants, first event starting 10am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Three match suspension for Fulham player
Fulham's Steve Sidwell has had his Football Association appeal for wrongful dismissal rejected.

The midfielder was sent off during Monday night's Premier League win over QPR.

He'll serve a three match suspension with immediate effect.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

Sutton Council says it is ready for the Bedroom Tax
Bedroom tax - part of new rules governing under-occupation of social housing - was introduced on 1 April affecting the lives of hundreds of people across the borough and Sutton Council has been working hard to help residents prepare for the change.

The change, part of the Government’s welfare reform policies, means that people living in properties with one ‘spare’ bedroom will lose 14% of their housing benefit and those with two or more spare bedrooms will lose 25%

In Sutton, around 900 families will be affected with people with one spare room losing an average of £15 per week and those with two spare rooms losing £26 – so Sutton Council has been informing claimants of the change and advising people what to do.

Single parents, couples with children, disabled people and residents with mental health issues were identified as being those most likely to be affected by the changes.

Residents who are old enough to receive pension credits are exempt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am  

Latest fears over noise at Heathrow
More than 3 million people could suffer from noise pollution if Heathrow became a four runway airport according to the 2M group.

The all-party coalition of 20 councils, has produced a noise map showing the areas which would be affected by new flightpaths.

Planes begin arriving at Heathrow at 4.30am, often disrupting the sleep of people living under flight routes.

The map shows that South West London would be badly affected, and North Surrey would also experience more noise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Tributes paid to dentist
Tributes have been paid to a dentist who was killed when his motorbike hit an ambulance parked partly on the central reservation on the A3 in between Hook and Esher.

43 year old Dr Rajesh Parkash died on March the 14th.

His family says he was an exceptional person to everyone who knew him.

The ambulance had been responding to an incident on the opposite side of the carriageway, where an elderly man had fallen to his death from a footbridge above.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 pm  

More details emerge over death in Guildford
Police say a man who died after an altercation at Guildford station was punched before he fell between a moving train and the platform.

22 year old Ryan Harrison from Woking, was trying to board a train with a friend when he became involved in a confrontation late on Saturday night.

Detectives say seven men were leaving the train when the trouble broke out.

A post mortem examination concluded Mr Harrison's death was consistent with him falling between the train and the platform.

Two 19 year old men from Guildford and a third from Cranleigh were arrested on suspicion of murder and released until a date in May while police inquiries continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm  

Were you fooled by Battersea this April 1st?


Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home has started training its dogs in more unusual “life skills” such as hoovering, gardening and washing up, in a bid to help them find new homes.

The animal charity can today reveal it has developed a unique “Housework Hounds” programme, where dogs pick one of 10 skills, including gardening, cookery and cleaning, and are trained to world-class standards during their stay in kennels.

The courses are led by a crack team of dog trainers, who also have extensive knowledge in their area of home care.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Cows return to graze at Petersham Meadows
Cows will be returning to resume grazing on Petersham Meadows this year, following a joint agreement between Richmond Council and the National Trust.

The agreement allows for a temporary fence, running along the flood defence wall, to be installed at the start of the grazing season and will be taken down when the cows have left the meadow.

Cabinet Member for the Environment and Planning, Cllr. Virginia Morris said: "It will be wonderful to see the continuation of the cows grazing in the meadows.We have worked with the National Trust to agree a solution that safeguards the interests of visitors and users of the meadows and importantly the cows."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Monday, 1 April 2013

Tributes pour in for man from Woking
A man has died after getting stuck on the tracks at Guildford.

The 22 year old from Woking, named locally as Ryan Harrison, is believed to have been involved in an altercation on Saturday night when he fell onto the railway.

He was found just before midnight after a train pulled away.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said his death was being treated as suspicious.

Two 19 year old men from Guildford were arrested at the scene and a third man, from Cranleigh, handed himself into a police station in Guildford later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 pm  

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Migrating toads given priority in Ham


Residents in Church Road in Ham are being asked to keep their eyes open for breeding toads which will be shortly crossing the carriageway.

The toads, which live on Ham Common are currently breeding, and make the 100m journey from their habitat to pools on the other side of the road to spawn for about two weeks, at this time every year.

To ensure the safety of the toads, a small section of Church Road (between Ham Gate Avenue and Latchmere Lane) will be closed until 8am on Monday.

It is expected that hundreds of male and female toads in total will make the journey over the two weeks. Every year around 100 common toads, about the size of a teenager’s fist, are killed by cars and so for the past two years, the Council has closed a short section of the highway.

Temporary signs have been put up by the Council to warn drivers about the migration and all residents in the area have been notified by post.

There is a diversion to avoid the closed road, which is via Ham Gate Avenue, Upper Ham Road and Church Road and vice versa.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm  

OXFORD WINS 159TH BOAT RACE



Oxford has beaten Cambridge to win the 159th Boat Race.

Previous coverage below;



Today's boat race is being patrolled by Royal Marines.

It follows the problems last year when demonstrator Trenton Oldfield swam into the path of the race at Chiswick in protest.

Oldfield was released from prison in December having served seven weeks of a six-month sentence after being found guilty of causing a public nuisance.

The competition between Oxford and Cambridge universities had to be halted and Oldfield narrowly avoiding being struck by an Oxford oar.

The race had to be re-started.

Marines will be stationed in inflatable boats along the length of the course to ensure the event is not disrupted.

Some key facts include;

*Cambridge lead head-to-head 81-76
*75 of 148 wins from Middlesex station
*Oxford crew weight: 757.6kg, Cambridge: 736.4kg

The weather hasn't put anyone off, thousands are already lining the Thames, despite the fact some of the banks are waterlogged and the wind is bitterly cold.

A doctor will also be on hand following last year's shock collapse of Oxford rower Dr Alex Woods at the end of last year's race. He is rowing in the reserve team this year.



A short time ago, Oxford won the toss. The race starts at 4.30pm. Listen live 107.8 Radio Jackie on air and on the web radiojackie.com

For more info, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

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