Unsolved murder to be looked at again
The Home Secretary has ordered an independent panel to look in to the unsolved murder of a private investigator.
Daniel Morgan, whose agency was in Thornton Heath, was killed in a pub car park in south-east London in 1987.
The inquiry will focus on police involvement, after Scotland Yard
admitted corruption was a "debilitating factor" in the original investigation. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm
Thousands prepare to pound the streets for charity
London’s most iconic charity event is back tomorrow night starting at Battersea's famous power station.
The Moonwalk is a midnight stroll through the streets of the Capital - along a 26.2 mile route.
Almost six million pounds was raised last year with walkers pounding the pavement in the traditional attire of a brightly coloured bra.
All money raised goes towards beating breast cancer.
Two mums from Cobham who are taking part, are Nathalie Webb and Cate Hamilton.
The Yummy Surrey Mummies, who have both recently become mums, say they are now all the more aware about the impact breast cancer can have on young families, which is why they have decided to take part in the challenge.
UPDATED 2.25PM: Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group votes to allow consultation about closure of A+E and maternity at St Helier to proceed despite mass opposition. #saveoursthelier
GPs met this lunchtime to decide on the future of St Helier hospital.
The widely criticised Better Services Better Value review proposes shutting St Helier’s A&E and maternity departments, despite mass public outcry.
There are seven Clinical Commissioning Groups affected by the proposals.
They must all meet separately and decide unanimously on whether to open up a public consultation. Delegates from each group will then meet on June the 3rd to reveal their decisions.
Epsom's CCG meets on May the 17th at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
Today's meeting was so full, some had to wait outside St Bedes conference centre in North Cheam. Organisers apologised for this.
Inside, the BSBV team was heckled, after members tried to make a case for cuts at the site. But despite this, doctors still voted to allow the controversial public consultation.
Yesterday, all 23 of Sutton’s GP practices voted on whether they thought BSBV should go to consultation. 95 GPs said yes, 59 said no and there were 22 abstentions.
At today's meeting, Carshalton's MP Tom Brake handed in a 35,000 strong petition against the plans to Sutton CCG Chairman Brendan Hudson.
Speaking to us before the meeting, Mr Brake said he'd hoped Sutton CCG would do the right thing.
Afterwards, Sutton CCG released a statement defending their decision - this is part of it;
This decision does not mean we will simply accept whatever the BSBV programme proposes. If the public consultation goes ahead, Sutton CCG will be asking the BSBV programme to do further work on the impact of the options, and more detailed work on the proposal to have more out of hospital services in local settings. We recognise that this is an area of concern for many people, which was reinforced by the views expressed by members of the public at today's meeting. This needs to be addressed.
Patients are being told today's move is not the end. If a public consultation does go ahead, residents must lobby their GPs and tell them the are against the plans.
MP for Sutton and Cheam Paul Burstow says now the public will have their say. I haven't met anyone who thinks closing St Helier's A&E or maternity units is the right thing to do.
Follow the debate online #saveoursthelierposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm
Tia Sharp murder trial day three
The Old Bailey has been told the man accused of murdering Raynes Park High pupil Tia Sharp tried to blame neighbours for her death.
A witness has also told the trial Stuart Hazell claimed he had been "fitted up" by police.
The 12 year-old's body was found in her grandmother's loft in New Addington last August.
Surrey Film Director Dies
The Surrey based film director Bryan Forbes has died at the age of 86.
The husband of actress Nanette Newman had been ill for a long time.
He passed away at his home in Virginia Water.
Forbes' work includes the original Stepford Wives and Whistle Down The Wind. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm
Clapham Junction Improvements
Work’s now underway on the latest stage of a multi-million pound street improvement project at Clapham Junction.
This phase will see St John's Road enhanced with light granite paving slabs, improved lighting, new street furniture and the road will be resurfaced.
Wandsworth Council says the aim is to create a brighter, more attractive and pedestrian friendly town centre where businesses can thrive.
The work will be completed in sections to minimise disruption and is expected to last until around march next year. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Police release images in Tia Sharp murder trial day two
The Old Bailey heard today the last movements of 12 year old Raynes Park High pupil Tia Sharp.
Prosecutors allege that Stuart Hazell, her Grandmother's ex - partner, sexually assaulted her and then killed her at her Grandmother's home in New Addington, before hiding her in the loft last August.
The picture above shows the contents of a bag found in the loft by police hunting for the youngster, who wasn't discovered until a week after she went missing. Police did not find Tia until their third search of the house when they noticed a bad smell coming from the loft.
The picture below shows a pair of broken glasses, wrapped in a sweet wrapper, which were also found.
Jurors heard from 46 year old Christine Bicknell via a statement, that Hazell was not an ogre, and Tia, who lived in Mitcham, and he had a very close relationship and she was his cling on.
Jurors were also shown CCTV images of the pair together after meeting at Gravel Hill tram stop on the afternoon of August the 2nd. They then went shopping in Croydon, where they were pictured in a Co-op store.
The trial continues.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 pm
Bid supporting lone parents to find work expected to be agreed by council committee
A scheme aiming to help single parents find work in Sutton is expected to be given council backing this month, saving thousands of pounds in benefit claims a year.
Lone parents have repeatedly been identified as one of the most significant groups claiming out of work benefits.
But despite comparatively high employment in Sutton, lone parents are repeatedly missing out on jobs.
To deal with this issue Sutton Council will submit a bid to the European Social Fund – subject to formal approval by the Strategy and Resources Committee on the 13th of May – which will be match funded by the authority.
If approved the funding could be in place for the scheme to start by June 2013.
The scheme forms part of the borough’s Opportunity Sutton Programme – launched in June 2012 – which is an economic strategy aiming to boost inward investment and increase the employment opportunities and prosperity of the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 pm
We talk to 'Cycling Weekly' about the Giro
Sir Bradley Wiggins will be hoping not to lose anymore time today on Giro d'Italia leader Luca Paolini in today's fifth stage.
The Team Sky rider slipped down to sixth in the general classification after yesterday's race.
Wiggins is now 34-seconds behind the pink jersey holder.
His team-mate Rigoberto Uran is now second overall.
Italian riders have won two stages so far on home tarmac.
Jackie’s Rod Bradbury spoke to Nick Bull who’s a journalist at ‘Cycling Weekly’:
Arena to be renamed in honour of David Weir on May the 16th
Record-breaking Paralympic Gold Medallist and wheelchair athlete, David Weir, will have his extraordinary achievements formally recognised in his home borough of Sutton when the premier leisure and athletics centre is renamed in his honour.
The Paralympian, who added four Gold Medals at London 2012 to the two he won in Beijing four years earlier and has also won six London Marathons, said he was “absolutely delighted” by the decision to rename the Sutton Arena as the David Weir Leisure Centre.
The Sutton Arena Leisure Centre in St Helier, which boasts an extensive range of facilities for everyone from elite athletes to those just trying to keep fit, has been at the heart of sport in the borough since it first opened as a simple cinder track in 1953.
David said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is a very great honour. I have trained there and taken part in a few events there and it’s an excellent facility.”
The Paralympic hero added: “My daughter goes to the leisure centre with her school and it will be very exciting for her to see my name over the door.”
Following the formal renaming ceremony David will thrill local youngsters by officially starting some competitions and handing medals to winners.
It is not the first time the athlete, who grew up in the South London borough and has lived there all his life, has been honoured by his authority.
In 2009 a few months after returning from Beijing he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough, the first person in 30 years to receive the recognition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm
Bad finances and bad decisions are leaving pets homeless
Record numbers of pet owners are giving up their dogs and cats and leaving Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home to pick up the pieces, according to the charity.
The world famous charity has received almost 5,000 enquiries this year from members of the public struggling to care for their dogs, a 50% increase compared to the same period last year.
Last month alone the charity took 1,340 calls from troubled pet owners, the highest it has ever seen in one month.
Whilst financial difficulties and moving into rented accommodation are key reasons cited by owners for giving up their pets, some owners turned to Battersea when they realise they haven’t got the time or patience to look after a dog. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am
Fonzie give thumbs up to Panto
Summer hasn’t even properly started yet, but it seems Christmas has come early in Richmond.
The theatre has announced what this year’s Panto is going to be.
Peter Pan will be back at the theatre from December the 6th.
This year’s production will star none other than Henry Winkler – better known from his role as The Fonz in Happy Days. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Investigations continue into Bank Holiday speedboat crash involving Wandsworth family
Police investigating the deaths of a father and daughter from Wandsworth in a speedboat accident are focusing on a “kill cord”.
BskyB sales executive Nick Milligan, along with his 8 year old daughter Emily, were killed in a collision with another boat.
Four other members of his family were taken to hospital for treatment after being struck by the boat.
A kill cord is attached to the throttle of the boat, so that if the driver falls overboard, the engine cuts out. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm
Trial starts of man accused of murdering Tia Sharp in New Addington
The man accused of murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp will face trial at the Old Bailey today.
Stuart Hazell, the former boyfriend of Tia's grandmother Christine Sharp, is charged with killing the schoolgirl in August last year.
Her body was found in the loft of Ms Sharp's house in New Addington, a week after she went missing.
37 year old Hazell from New Addington denies murder.
The trial is expected to last two weeks. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm
Esher band call for public's help
A band from Esher are appealing for help from the public to help them play at a festival in Sussex.
‘The White Light Company’ have the chance to play on the main stage at the Elderflower Fields festival at the end of the month.
But they need people to vote for them if they’re to get their big break.
To vote search for ‘The White Light Company’ on Facebook. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm
Witness appeal following A3 collision at Esher
Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between two vehicles on the A3 at Esher on Saturday night.
It involved two vehicles, a blue Toyota Previa and a blue Peugeot 306.
Both cars were travelling southbound along the A3 towards Esher Common.
Two women suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, particularly a man who was seen flagging down vehicles on the A3 at Claygate. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm
Post Office in Kingston gets a new look
The newly modernised Post Office in Eden Street, was officially reopened by Kingston's MP Ed Davey last week.
Mr Davey said: 'I’m truly delighted to officially open the new-look Kingston Post Office. It has been totally transformed – it now looks so modern and spacious. It really is impressive. The open-plan layout looks great and it is now far easier for customers and staff to talk. The new extended opening hours are fabulous. The new Sunday opening will be very convenient for residents and businesses.'
The layout has seven serving positions. This will be a mixture of two screened counter positions, four open plan and a Post Office serving point at the retail counter - a new concept for delivering Post Office services with Post Office products and services available alongside retail transactions during shop opening hours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am
Monday, 6 May 2013
Fire in New Malden
A fire on Coombe Road in New Malden damaged almost half of the first floor of a building in the early hours of this morning.
The fire brigade was called to the scene just after five thirty.
The building’s thought to be at the back of a shop.
Nobody was hurt – although it’s reported that someone was inside at the time. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:24 am
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