Seven year old Labrador Tyke, who was handed into Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home when he was just one year old has become a canine hero, collecting an ITV Animal Honours Award in recognition of his new role, defending the Country’s borders.
Tyke beat stiff competition to win the “In the Line of Duty” award which recognises his outstanding contribution to the UK Border Force and collected his accolade at a glittering London ceremony hosted by Battersea Ambassador Paul O’ Grady last week.
Tyke is now working at Heathrow Airport; see him in action here.
Ham and Petersham Cricket Club's new clubhouse is officially opened
MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith and cricketing legend Sir Alec Stewart paid a visit to the Clubhouse this morning to officially open it after regeneration work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
Parliamentary Debate Over Battersea Man
A debate will take place in Parliament next Wednesday on the fate of Shaker Aamer who’s been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without trial.
Mr Aamer, from Battersea, has never been charged and his supporters continue to pressure the British Government to secure his release and return to the UK.
An e-petition calling for an end to his indefinite detention closes tomorrow at 6pm.
The petition has received over 112-thousand signatures.
Healthiest Hearts In Chelsea
People who live in Tameside in Greater Manchester are the most likely in the UK to die from coronary heart disease.
The British Heart Foundation says their risk is more than three times higher than in Kensington and Chelsea - where people have the healthiest hearts. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm
Can you give blood and help save a life?
The NHS is appealing for more people to give blood, and has issued a new list of blood bank sessions in the area.
What you should expect from an NHS blood donor session;
If you've never given blood before you'll probably wonder what our Blood Donation Sessions are and what happens there. They can take place at regular intervals at your local community centre, church, sports club or even daily at one of our 24 permanent sites across England & North Wales. At all of our Blood Donation Sessions you will see our highly skilled blood collection team including an NHS registered nurse, who will all take great care of you.
You can book an appointment to attend by calling our Helpline on 0300 123 23 23 or book online You can also just walk in without an appointment, but unfortunately we can’t guarantee how long your wait will be. Be prepared to be there for about an hour in total, especially if it’s your first time as you’ll get a bit more care and attention.
You’ll be welcomed in and asked to complete a few simple questions about your medical history and lifestyle to make sure it is safe for you to donate and safe for a recipient to receive your blood. If anything is of question to you or our team, the nurse will be on hand to talk to you further, all in the strictest confidence. From there you’ll have your iron levels tested by a simple finger prick test; this is to make sure you have enough iron in your blood to donate. You'll then be called to a donation bed where you’ll sit back and relax to give your donation using new, sterile, high tech equipment.
In a short period of time after donation you'll have yourself a drink and a biscuit safe in the knowledge you have just helped to save or improve someone’s life.
Sessions this month include;
Redhill: Harlequin Theatre and Cinema, Warwick Quadrant, London Road, Redhill. Tuesday April the 30th 2-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm.
Wallington Public Hall, 3 Stafford Road, Wallington. Wednesday, May the 1st, 2-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm.
Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road. Sunday, the 5th of May, 10am-2pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am
Teddington's Farah To Run On Sunday
Britain's double Olympic athletic champion insists he's not worried about security surrounding this weekend's London Marathon.
Three people were killed in the States after bombs detonated near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon this week.
Teddington resident Mo Farah will run half of the London course on Sunday and says he's never thought about withdrawing. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Community Centre receives some TLC
A £30,000 makeover to the outside of a Community Centre in Barnes is almost complete, thanks to Richmond Council.
Both the inside and the outside of the building is relatively run down and in need of some repair, and following feedback from the staff and users of Castelnau Community Centre, the Council decided to undertake a makeover as part of it’s Uplift programme.
The first part of this project has already commenced with work already underway to improve the exterior of the building, including new fencing along the allotment boundary, new footpath to improve access in allotment, installation of artificial grass in the play area, a new outdoor seating area with external planting to follow in winter.
The second internal refurbishment stage is due to launch later in the summer this year.
The second part aims to create a new ‘Youth Zone’ with plans being published for public consultation shortly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm
Cycle challenge helps residents hit the high note
A care home in Banstead has an unusual new addition to its dementia care programme thanks to the efforts of a group of cyclists who raised over £4000 by riding from London to Cologne, Germany.
The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, which provides dedicated care to seafarers, has bought a unique new ocean themed piano which incorporates a fish-tank, enabling the home to extend its programme of music therapy, known to have a positive effect on those living with dementia.
Cyclist Paul Wells undertook the challenge along with friends to ride 267 miles after his Grandmother Edith Warren, who suffered from dementia and was a resident at the care home, sadly passed away.
The team of experienced riders have already cycled from London to Brussels in 2011 and three members of the group including Paul Wells peddled from London to Paris in 2010.
Twickenham Plans Set For Approval
Twickenham town centre should be one step closer to getting its new look if the council approves final improvement plans this week.
Proposed changes include pavement widening, a 20mph limit throughout the town and removal of unnecessary signage and clutter.
Last year, the Council approved provisional plans to rejuvenate the centre.
However, it then requested further clarification from Transport for London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Warning to dog walkers
Dog owners are being told to keep their dogs under control after two deer were hurt on Bookham Common.
A pregnant Roe was chased into the pond after being attacked – while another one fled onto the nearby M25.
He was hit by a car but managed to survive.
Simon Cowell, founder of the Leatherhead-based Wildlife Aid Foundation, says bad owner control is to blame. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:58 am
Large amounts of cash spent on clearing litter in Wandsworth
Wandsworth Council is spending almost £4 million a year cleaning the streets of litter.
The latest tool in the fight against rubbish is a brand new fleet of energy efficient litter picking vehicles.
Almost 7,000 tonnes of waste is dumped in the borough each year. Councillors say the biggest cost is to taxpayers.
A recent crackdown outside Tooting Broadway station saw nine people issued with £80 on the spot fines. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:55 am
Can you help identify this jewellery?
Detectives are hoping to identify the owners of some jewellery seized by police.
Thames Valley Police stopped a vehicle on the M40 in Oxfordshire on Wednesday April the 3rd.
It had been identified as being involved in three burglaries in Wimbledon on the same day.
The Audi Estate was found to contain jewellery taken during the burglaries.
Despite enquiries we have been unable to find the owners to all of the jewellery and are asking for anyone with information to call detectives on 07919 690416 or 101 asking for Wimbledon CID posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am
Jo to go those extra 26.2 miles for charity
A member of staff from the Elective Orthopaedic Centre at Epsom Hospital is going the extra mile to help the place where she works – by running the London Marathon this weekend.
Jo Wilkinson is a service manager at the internationally recognised EOC – the UK’s largest hip and knee replacement centre – and for the second year running will be taking part in the capital’s 26.2 mile race, raising money for research at the centre.
She is currently in last-minute training for the big race on Sunday, aiming to beat her best time of four hours and 48 minutes.
If you want to sponsor Jo run the London Marathon please make a donation at www.justgiving.com/EOCmarathon2013.
Every penny raised will be used for further research into hip and knee replacements. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Beddington Lane incinerator moves closer to approval
A controversial scheme to build an incinerator on the Croydon/Sutton border is likely to go ahead after being approved by council planners.
South London Waste Partnership’s proposal to develop the site in Beddington Lane will go before the council development control committee next week.
Viridor have been contracted to dispose of the waste of Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Kingston Councils.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting which is being held at 8pm on Wednesday, April 24 at Sutton Library. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm
Rosehill mobile phone theft
A passenger who fell asleep on a bus from Clapham woke up to find his mobile phone had disappeared.
Sutton police are investing after two suspects got off the N44 bus at Rosehill.
The 38-year-old victim was coming home from a night out on the 21st of March.
Anyone who may have information is being asked to come forward. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm
Parents fight to save Moore Lane Nursery
Parents whose children go to Moore Lane Nursery have started a petition to overturn a council decision to close the centre.
Kingston Council sent out a letter saying the site was no longer viable to run from September, forcing parents to find alternate childcare.
Hannah McAlphine, whose child attends Moore Lane, says the closure would have a dire impact on parents’ budgets. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm
Crossrail 2 changing the face of Wimbledon
News of the Crossrail 2 scheme has sparked a major conference which could change the face of Wimbledon town centre.
Crossrail 2 is line connecting stations in the east of the capital with the west.
The idea is to use businesses to make the town a more prosperous area – and make use of the short journey times into central London.
The regeneration plan is the result of a partnership with Love Wimbledon and Merton Council. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm
School places crisis deepens
London’s school places crisis is being made worse by an overly complex funding system and an on-going financial shortfall.
That’s according to think tank London Councils, which represents the Capital’s 33 boroughs.
It says a ‘chronic shortage’ of an estimated 78,000 primary school places by 2015/16 will become reality for many parents.
Children across London will find out their school places fate tomorrow.
Despite this, Richmond Council has today announced that 92% of primary school children won a place at their preferred school. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm
Child escapes blaze in Twickenham
A young child has escaped a double bungalow fire in Twickenham.
Two semi-detached properties were severely damaged after the blaze broke out yesterday evening in Ellerman Avenue.
Four adults and one young child left the scene before the fire brigade arrived. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm
Police find girl
Police have found a teenager missing from Kingston
14 year old Cherise Barfoot disappeared on Sunday, but was found safe and well earlier. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm
Westcroft becomes finalist for building excellence awards
Sutton’s new £11m state-of-the-art leisure centre has been selected as a finalist in the best community building category at a London awards evening next month.
Opened to the public in January, the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton has been chosen for the LABC London Regional Building Excellence Awards which take place in May at The Guildhall.
The centre - which boasts an 160 station gym, two different sized swimming pools, an eight badminton court sized multi-use sports hall, a day spa, dance and spinning studios, crèche, café and library - has also received ringing endorsements from Olympic and Paralympic stars including four-times Gold medallist David Weir and bronze medal winning gymnast Kristian Thomas.
The award evening also provides Sutton’s representatives with the opportunity to network with some of the industry’s leading professionals as they celebrate the creation of some of London's most outstanding buildings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am
Hounslow Police Boost
Hounslow Council’s dedicated police team has been beefed-up with the addition of ten extra special constables.
The unit which is based at the council’s Civic Centre has doubled in number to 20.
There’s now one sergeant and nine full time officers along with the ten ‘specials’.
A spokeswoman for the council said it’s a massive boost for the team and will help in the fight to tackle anti-social behaviour, benefit fraud and con-men. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am
Barnes Train Injury
A person remains in hospital this morning after being hit by a train at Barnes Bridge yesterday evening.
The incident happened just after 5:30 and involved the service from Waterloo to Hounslow.
The injured person was airlifted to hospital.
British Transport Police say their treating the incident as non-suspicious.
Baroness Thatcher's Funeral Procession
Road closures are in place across Central London, but from midday, there will be closures as the procession makes its way from The Royal Chelsea Hospital to Mortlake Crematorium.
49 Bus routes will terminate early, although all tube stations will remain open.
Stay tuned for live travel reports or follow us on @jackie_travelposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Do you know this person?
Police are looking for this man, whom they believe may have been the victim of a stabbing in Wimbledon.
Police were called to Beaumont Road last night at 7.35
Officers found no trace of the ''victim'' but have released this picture, which shows the man covered in blood.
He's a young black male wearing a tracksuit.
Anyone with info can call DC Ben Tily on 0203 276 2580
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm
Better Trains For Hounslow & Shepperton
South West Trains is upgrading its fleet which it says will improve services on the Hounslow Loop and Shepperton Branch.
Forty million pounds is being spent on lighter trains with modern electric motors.
The train operating company says the changes will reduce wear on the rails and the use of Regenerative braking will reduce energy use by 20%.
The new trains will also be more reliable and so will spend less time in the maintenance depot in Wimbledon. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 pm
Streatham MP On Bankers
Streatham’s MP is calling for jail sentences for bankers who do serious wrong doing.
Labour’s Chuka Umunna compared some city workers to benefit cheats in a speech on the future of financial services at Canary Wharf
The shadow Business secretary said he was ‘unapologetically critical,’ and singled out Barclays.
He claimed its decision to announce bonuses worth £40 million unveiled last month sent "all the wrong messages".
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