Traders are being invited to set up stall at the market, with a special traders' event taking place on Thursday. It's all part of the nationwide campaign Love Your Local Market fortnight.
The One Mitcham initiative is aimed at rejuvinating not just the market, but the immediate area.
Love Your Local Market started in 2012, in response to the Mary Portas Review on High Streets and was led by the National Association of British Market Authorities on behalf of the Markets Alliance, that includes the FARMA, The Association of Town and City Management, The Association of London Markets and Country Markets.
Merton Council told us, it's not about asking people to ditch the supermarket completely, it's about asking them to save a bit of shopping to do at their market in order to keep them afloat.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm
Thieves steal from Ashford college
Surrey Police is appealing for information after the theft of a number of laptop computers from Brooklands College in Ashford.
The robbers smashed a window at the college campus in Church Road last Saturday and stole 23 Dell Latitude laptops.
Detectives are also interested to hear from anyone who’s been offered second-hand computers for sale.
A Park pops up in Battersea
People will be able to set foot on the grounds of the Battersea Power Station for the first time in 30 years this weekend.
A Pop Up Park has been created which will be open as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival which begins today.
Access is via a new pedestrian walkway underneath Grosvenor Railway Bridge.
The temporary 2 1/2 acre park will be open to the public at weekends from now until September. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 am
Spelthorne checks gas safety
Spelthorne Council is working to improve safety at catering businesses by inspecting premises with Gas Safe engineers.
In 7 visits, they found four had gas leaks which required the gas supply to be turned off so it could be made safe. Six sites had badly maintained equipment and there was poor storage of gas cylinders at two places.
The Council want food businesses to be aware of the dangers from unsafe and poorly maintained gas appliances which can cause explosions, fire or gas poisoning. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 am
Friday, 17 May 2013
CCTV released following attacks across Surrey
Police are re-appealing for information following three reports of sexual assaults on buses in Kingston and Twickenham.
The first offence occurred in September at about 2.20pm on a route K3 bus in Eden Street in Kingston.
The second offence occurred on February the 20th at about 4pm also on a K3 bus in Wheatfield Way in Kingston.
The third offence occurred on April the 16th at about 4pm on a route R70 bus in King Street in Twickenham.
The suspect is described as a white man with short scruffy dark hair. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm
Lucky escape for dog in Twickenham
A curious collie dog called Sally was excited to find a fallen tree in a park in Twickenham today and decided to scamper up it.
Unfortunately she wasn’t brave enough to climb down.
The incident did have a happy ending but the London Fire Brigade is using the case to highlight its campaign to cut down on non-emergency callouts.
Firefighters from Twickenham were called to rescue the dog, which was in Crane Park on Mill Road and managed to coax the frightened border collie down with the help of their nine metre ladder.
Watch manager Daniel Wareham from Twickenham fire station said:
“The dog was very nervous and was relieved to get down after a bit of coaxing. She bolted to her owner with her tail wagging. Her elderly owner was really happy to get his best friend back.
“However, if you see an animal stuck somewhere we’d advise you to call the RSPCA, who will then call for our help if needed.”
Five firefighters and officers were called to the park at 11.04 and Sally was brought down the tree at 11.39. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm
Massive drugs haul uncovered at Gatwick
Two people have been charged with drug trafficking offences.
It’s after cocaine worth up to one million pounds was found hidden inside cakes at Gatwick Airport.
The 10-kilo haul was seized from baggage at the airport's South Terminal yesterday following the arrival of a flight from Jamaica. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm
Man found guilty of GBH and sexual assault in Chertsey
A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of attacking and sexually assaulting a woman in Chertsey last year.
Perry Lee Chennell was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and one count of grievous bodily harm at a hearing at Guildford Crown Court.
Chennell had denied all three charges but the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.
The incident took place in a car park in Chertsey during the early hours of Saturday October the 13th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm
Police looking for man in connection with attempted abduction in Carshalton
Police have issued an e-fit image of man they want to speak to in connection with an attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl in an alleyway off Meller Close on Sunday just before 6pm.
A man had followed the girl as she walked along Guy Road from its junction with Croydon Road.
As she crossed the footbridge from Guy Road over the River Wandle into open land bordering a block of flats, the man walked passed her and was waiting for her as she turned the corner into the alleyway towards Meller Close.
He allegedly grabbed her wrists and said: ‘Come with me’. The girl managed to struggle free by slipping out of her hooded jacket.
The incident sparked a major police search of the area supported by the Dog Unit and police helicopter but the suspect could not be found.
The following day, 35 uniformed and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers carried out house-to-house enquiries along the route walked by the girl to find further witnesses to determine exactly what had happened.
Schools have been made aware of the incident.
If you have any information, contact Sutton CID on 020 8649 0747. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm
Trader speaks out after Kingston First bans him from market
Kingston First is coming under increasing pressure to reinstate three traders in the town’s ancient market.
The trio have been unable to work since Monday, when their stalls were locked by management members.
It’s allegedly all because they don’t fit in with the future vision for the marketplace – Kingston First wants to turn it into a food court.
73 year old David Wilson has sold DVDs and CDs there for 35 years.
In an emotional interview with us, he said people want variety, not just food.
To sign the petition to keep David and his colleagues on site, click hereposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm
Maritime Charity Joins National Initiative in On-Going Commitment to Dementia Care
A maritime care home in Banstead has joined the national ‘Dementia Friends’ campaign as part of its on-going drive to expand its specialist care provision and provide a wider support network for the families of residents suffering from the disease.
The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, which opened its specialist care unit in 2011, has enlisted the support of volunteer Ros Ellis who received specialist training to become a dementia ‘Champion’ as part of a nationwide initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society to create ‘dementia friendly’ communities.
The announcement comes in the run up to this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, designed to promote greater awareness about the disease and the support available.
According to the organisation, more than 800,000 people in the UK are living with the condition, with one million sufferers expected by 2021.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am
Families Matter as Sutton launches support scheme
Families Matter. That’s the message Sutton Council has given after launching its new support service for families who need extra help.
The Service is Sutton’s response to the national Troubled Families initiative.
It aims to identify and target those families with multiple issues who require support from numerous Local Authority and partner services across the borough.
Too many families face complex problems that have long term negative consequences for the children, the parents, and sometimes the wider community. The cost of supporting these families is significant, crossing local Authority, community, charity and voluntary sectors.
It is hoped that scheme will continue working with local families beyond 2015 – the date when the central government programme ends however, this is dependent on receiving a financial commitment from our partners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am
Investigations continue into death of father and daughter from Wandsworth
Investigators say a safety device wasn’t being used at the time of a speedboat accident that killed two members of a family from Wandsworth.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch said a so called ‘kill cord’ which shuts off an engine if the driver falls wasn’t attached.
51 year old Nick Milligan and his 8 year old daughter Emily died when the whole family was thrown from the power boat while on holiday in Padstow in Cornwall during the May bank holiday.
After they landed in the water the boat circled and ran over them several times.
The BskyB executive’s wife Victoria and four year old son Kit needed surgery for serious injuries while the two elder daughters Amber and Olivia suffered minor injuries.
The cause of the accident is still a mystery. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am
Review reveals flaws relating to man's death
Five years after a musician died in police custody in Brixton Police station, officers involved in his arrest could face misconduct charges.
A review says the police watchdog didn't properly examine evidence, including CCTV footage, relating to Sean Rigg's death.
The musician, who was schizophrenic, was arrested after he was spotted performing martial arts moves in Balham in 2008.
Sean's sister, Marcia, says she's not surprised by the review’s findings.
To sign the petition to keep the traders on site, click here
This is the statement from Kingston Council regarding the situation
Why are changes planned for the Ancient Market?
We are working together to unlock the full potential of Kingston Ancient Market. The intention is to help the market trade more successfully by providing a high quality offer in an attractive setting which will draw more people to the historic core of Kingston town centre. At the same time we will be retaining the character which is such a popular feature of the current market.
The improvements to the Ancient Market will combine subtly toned new granite paving, stylish but functional street furniture and a creative lighting scheme to create a beautiful public space with character and drama. We have also devised a creative solution to managing the waste generated by the market which will remove the unsightly waste storage facilities behind the existing market stalls.
There will be brand new market stalls which will provide a much better working environment for the market traders and open up views of the Grade 2* listed Market House building. The new timber market stalls will incorporate a “glowing orchard” artwork feature which will illuminate the stalls when they are closed and help to bring vibrancy to the market place in the evening.
How is the project being funded?
The enhancement of the Ancient Market is supported by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund which is helping to bring vibrancy and economic growth to high street places across London. A total of just over £2 million from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund will be invested in key projects within the town centre.
The Council is also investing its own capital resources in the Ancient Market project, with a total investment of just under £3 million planned for 2013/14.
What will the Ancient Market offer?
The enhanced market will build on its existing strengths by providing a high quality hot and cold food offer. The emphasis will be on local traders and local producers providing the essentials for a daily shopping basket, something tasty for lunch or a treat for the weekend.
The new layout for the market will provide 29 permanent stalls compared with only 25 at present. There will also be space to accommodate up to 24 pop up market stalls which will allow more opportunities for a wider range of traders to enjoy a pitch at the Ancient Market.
How have the market traders been involved?
The traders are crucial to the long term success of the Ancient Market. Many have a long association with the market and it is their commitment which makes the market what it is.
The traders have been closely involved in developing the detailed plans for the Ancient Market. The Council and Kingstonfirst met with all the market traders in December 2012 to outline the proposals and to seek views from the traders.
During January 2013 the team designing the new market stalls met on a one to one basis with each of the market traders to discuss their individual requirements for space, storage and stall facilities. These requirements have been incorporated into the design for the new market stalls.
The traders have an appointed representative (himself a stallholder) who has been a key member of the steering group overseeing the detailed design of the new market stalls.
Kingstonfirst and the Council will be convening a further meeting with all the market traders during May 2013 to discuss how the market will continue to trade in the main Market Place during the construction works.
New licence agreements for market traders
Kingstonfirst manages the Ancient Market on behalf of the Council. Kingstonfirst has recently met individually with all the market traders to discuss the renewal of trading agreements for 2013/14.
Three of the existing traders have not been offered new permanent market stalls as their product range is different from the hot and cold food offer proposed for the Ancient Market. All three of these traders have been offered the opportunity to continue trading at the Ancient Market with a new product offer or to trade from the Fairfield Monday Market.
Kingstonfirst have provided one month’s notice to these traders in accordance with the provision in the previous trading agreement. However, Kingstonfirst has also made it clear to the traders that there is scope to reach a mutually agreeable timetable for winding down or relocating the existing businesses.
When will the project start on site?
The intention is to start on site with works to the Ancient Market in September 2013 and for the project to be completed by March 2014.
What about the Christmas Market in 2013?
The online version of the Surrey Comet on 30 April 2013 mistakenly reported that the market traders will be selling fruit and vegetables from Memorial Gardens during the construction works for the Ancient Market. This is not the case.
During the construction programme the market traders will continue to trade from the Market Place. The details of how their stalls will be temporarily relocated are still to be finalised. Kingstonfirst will consult closely with the traders on this during the coming weeks.
During the construction programme there will not be room in the Market Place for the Christmas Market. This will be relocated to the War Memorial Gardens on a one off basis for 2013.
David Weir ‘deeply moved’ by leisure centre renaming in Sutton
Record-breaking Paralympic Gold Medallist David Weir CBE said he was ‘deeply moved’ at an official ceremony to rename a leisure centre in his honour today.
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, added 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 facilities to suit everyone from elite athletes to those just trying to keep fit, has been at the heart of sport in Sutton since it first opened as a simple cinder track in 1953.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm
Police need your help in locating man
Police in Hammersmith and Fulham are asking for assistance to locate 20-year-old Nico Brown.
Officers want to speak with Mr Brown over an allegation of Section 18 GBH wounding with intent regarding an incident on May the 7th.
Brown is described as black and 6ft 3ins in height.
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Nico Brown is asked to contact Hammersmith police on 020 8246 2505 or call the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm
Appeals continue in Streatham Hill
Traffic officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information to a collision in Streatham that killed a schoolgirl.
Police were called just after 3pm on Tuesday,following reports of a collision involving a child and a lorry in Streatham Place.
London Ambulance Service also attended and the girl was taken to hospital suffering from severe head injuries. She died at hospital on Tuesday night.
She was Hane Haji, aged 11, from Streatham.
A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. He was not arrested.
Officers from Hampton traffic garage are investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Anybody with information can speak to officers by calling 020 8941 9011, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm
Loic Remy bailed over alleged attack in Fulham
QPR footballer Loic Remy is among three men who've been questioned and bailed by police following an allegation of rape.
They were arrested yesterday in west London after a woman made a complaint to police last week.
The 26 year old French international was interviewed by Scotland Yard, and will return on bail in September. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am
Trees removed to make way for Tolworth regeneration
Another tree has been removed from Tolworth Broadway.
It's all part of the ongoing Greenway Scheme, to regenerate Tolworth Broadway.
Some residents have expressed concern about the work, which will not be completed until the end of August. They've also expressed their anger about the fact the trees, which have been lining the Broadway for many years, are being destroyed.
Kingston Council says of the works: Particular attention is being paid to improving Tolworth Broadway as a high street and to balancing the priority between pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicular traffic by creating a more inviting and friendly environment and reducing traffic speeds.
According to the council, this tree was ''no longer suitable'' for its current location - nothing was said about the other trees that were removed. The council did say that 50 more trees will be planted, but said nothing about the fact seemingly healthy trees were removed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am
Wimbledon Film & TV Studios Partners with The Wimbledon Guild to help raise funds for the charity
Wimbledon Film & TV Studios has announced a joint initiative of activities and fundraising events designed to further enrich the community support offered by both the Studios and The Guild.
Through the partnership some of the studio’s unique facilities such as its street and pub sets which have been used in productions such as Cheryl Cole’s video for ‘Under the Sun,' will be utilised by The Guild to host special events throughout 2013 and beyond.
In addition, it will run a long term fund raising project asking all studio visitors to donate their spare cash. Donations will be represented by brightly coloured plastic balls which will be collected an authentic glass telephone box previously used as a prop in The Bill, which is permanently installed on-site.
Wimbledon Film & TV Studios has also committed to working with The Guild to fund and produce a five minute promotional film for the organisation which will be hosted on its website and promote the amazing work they do.
As well as this, the studio will host a large scale fundraiser to raise money for the Guild.
For more information on the Guild and the work it does, click here
Smoke alarm fails to notify family of fire in Wandsworth as it had no batteries
Six people, including two youngsters and a heavily pregnant woman, have been taken to hospital following a fire in a flat in Wandsworth.
The blaze broke out in the downstairs area of a converted terrace house in Earlsfield Road last night.
The two occupants of the flat, along with a young family living in the flat above, escaped before firefighters arrived.
The fire is believed to have been caused by a candle left on a bedside table, which set fire to bedding.
The property had smoke alarms but they didn’t work as the batteries had been taken out. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm
Energy Secretary and Kingston MP hits out at raids
The Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey says he's 'deeply concerned' by claims oil companies may have been involved in price fixing.
The headquarters of BP and Shell in London have been raided by European Commission officers.
Mr Davey has been explaining the allegations in the Commons.
The controversial development of Twickenham station looks as though it is going ahead.
The Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal by residents who felt the designs by Solum were too out of character for the area.
The battle has been ongoing for a year and a half.
The council, which is pleased by the move, says something needs to be done to accommodate rugby match day crowds.
But this resident says the development is not wanted.
''Shortage of doctors'' partly to blame for A&E closures
A shortage of doctors, unsustainable workloads and intolerable conditions are being blamed for Accident and Emergency units being close to breaking point.
A report by the College of Emergency Medicine claims A and E departments are facing a crisis.
A meeting will take place on Friday at Epsom Downs Racecourse, with the hope of turning around the recommendation to close Epsom's A&E department.
St Helier is also facing the same fate after doctors allowed the controversial BSBV consultation to go ahead last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm
South West London Child Protection Campaign
A website for mums in South West London is launching a video today to highlight how children are exposed to sexual and violent images in shops.
‘Local Mums Online’ is using National Children’s Day to call for action to deal with the problem.
Their campaign is called ‘Child Eyes’.
The site which covers Wandsworth, Putney, Wimbledon, Sutton Croydon and Kingston wants the government to intervene.
Kathy McGuiness, who edits the site, told Radio Jackie that shops can’t be trusted to protect children.
You can see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2radkYuN3k
Council Leader Stephen Alambritis admits Mitcham does need help.
For more information on how to get involved, click here posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Trafficking ring smashed in Chelsea
Six people have been arrested by police investigating a trafficking and forced prostitution ring based in Kensington and Chelsea.
13 addresses were raided this morning and a number of women rescued.
Police believe the gang convinced women in Eastern Europe that they would be given jobs in London.
All are currently in custody at a west London police station. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm
Norman Baker MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport, to visit Sutton business forum
The campaign to attract Tramlink and bring renewed prosperity to the borough will be at the centre of a meeting aimed at showcasing business in Sutton on May the 23rd.
Speakers at the Opportunity Sutton Business Briefing will include Norman Baker MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport, Cllr Colin Hall, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of Sutton Council’s Housing, Economy and Business Committee, and Ross Feeney, CEO of Successful Sutton BID.
Business leaders, politicians and potential investors will be told about the work already in place to boost the local economy and about plans for the future including the work of Opportunity Sutton and the campaign to bring the Tramlink extension to the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm
Thirty additional roads and footpaths to see improvements – thanks to you!
As part of Richmond Council’s Community Fund, over 500 residents suggested which footpaths and roads in their area should be improved and repaired, now 30 have now been selected.
The annual Community Roads and Pavements Fund was launched after the ‘All in One’ survey highlighted the condition of roads and footpaths as one of residents’ top concerns.
£490,000 has been put aside for the annual fund which is in addition to the usual maintenance work carried out by the Council which already will see repairs to 72 pieces of highway.
Each village had a five week window to submit their ideas, and responses included complaints about potholes, trip hazards caused by uneven pavements and problems with tree roots.
All the suggestions have now been evaluated and the work is now already underway, on top of the annual roads and footpaths maintenance programme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm
Croydon woman jailed in Dubai
A businesswoman from Croydon has been jailed in Dubai along with her lover for breaking strict Muslim decency laws.
30 year old Rebecca Blake, was allegedly found topless with 28 year old Irishman Conor McRedmond, in the back of a taxi.
They have spent the past year trying to avoid being sent to prison but have lost their final appeal and been sentenced to two months in jail.
The United Arab Emirates’ highest Supreme Court ruled the charge of “breach of honour with consent” would not be overturned. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm
Travellers sent bill for park rubbish
Travellers who temporarily pitched up in a Hampton Wick park will be sent a bill for the clean up of the waste they left behind.
On Saturday the 4th of May, Richmond Council received reports of travellers illegally gaining access to Langdon Park.
As per normal practice, the Council started legal proceedings for an eviction order following the Bank Holiday.
In the meantime, Police negotiated an amicable move, and travellers left the park on Tuesday night.
However, following their departure, Council officers found rubbish and debris left on the site.
Officers made arrangements for the waste to be removed.
However, there is a cost attached to that and the Council will be sending an invoice for the cleaning work to the registered keepers of the vehicles reported on the park
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm
Hampton Wick Cycle Challenge
A Hampton Wick based cycling team today starts its bid to win the Pearl Izumi Tour series.
The event has 11 stages across the UK with rounds in London and also Woking over the next month.
The Series will see ten leading professional teams including Sigma Sport battling it out for the right to be crowned Champions.
Council leader calls for residents to “lobby their GPs” over BSBV proposals
The leader of Sutton Council formed part of a four strong panel last week answering poignant questions from some of the borough’s senior citizens.
Cllr Ruth Dombey joined follow panel members at the Thomas Wall Centre in Sutton on Friday for its Sutton Seniors’ Forum to address over 100 residents’ concerns about a variety of issues including BSBV plans for St Helier Hospital.
Alongside Cllr Dombey were Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of the Epson & St Helier Hospital Trust, Amanda Cummins, Mental Health Carers’ Service Manager, Andrew Burchell, Chair of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and host Chris Pennington, Vice Chair of the Sutton Seniors’ Forum.
When asked how people should get their voices heard about the possible St Helier closures, Cllr Dombey commented that people needed to lobby their GPs to help fight St Helier closures.
“The consultation over BSBV is a colossal waste of time and money,” explained Ruth. “The BSBV process is costing around £2m a year and the consultation itself will cost £750,000 - that’s an awful lot of money. But we are where we are, and there is still a lot we can do to fight these ill thought through changes. There is something we can all do too and that’s to lobby your own GPs and tell them what you think about the proposals.”
Other questions were also raised with the panel including the provision being put in place for care for an ever increasing older population and how we can bring all members of our families closer together in spite of age differences.
The session lasted for approximately two hours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am
Sutton backs Crossrail 2 to Wimbledon and Worcester Park
Sutton Council has thrown its weight behind the option of bringing Crossrail 2 to Wimbledon and Worcester Park as a public consultation into the proposals gets underway.
Transport for London and Network Rail are seeking opinions on whether or not the concept of Crossrail 2 is supported and, if so, which of two possible routes is favoured
The two routes are the Metro option which would offer an underground service from Wimbledon to Alexandra Palace and the Regional option which would be a combined underground and overground railway operating from Alexandra Palace and Hertford East in Hertfordshire to various locations in south west London and Surrey.
Paul O’Grady lends a paw to Battersea’s loneliest dog
Celebrity and Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home Ambassador Paul O’Grady is appealing to Kent residents to give a home to the charity’s longest stay dog who has been in the care of Battersea Brands Hatch for almost a year.
The five year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Alfie arrived at Battersea when his owners were no longer able to care for him. The average stay for dogs at the Home is just 35 days, but Alfie has been there more than 10 times longer.
Alfie’s appeal comes as Kent resident Paul appears on ITV in his second series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs. In the show the self-confessed animal lover goes behind the scenes at the world famous animal charity and follows some of the sad and heart-warming stories of dogs that come into the Home, and it was during filming that he met long-stay dog Alfie. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 am
Monday, 13 May 2013
Stuart Hazell pleads guilty to Tia Sharp's murder
A judge at the Old Bailey has adjouned sentencing of Stuart Hazell until tomorrow morning at 10.30, after he admitted murdering 12 year old Raynes Park High pupil Tia Sharp.
The 37 year old changed his plea to guilty earlier today.
The youngster was found in the loft of her Grandmother's house in New Addington last August, a week after going missing.
Extensive searches of the property in New Addington, where Tia was found after three searches, revealed a memory card hidden in a gap at the top of a door frame [pictured below].
On it was an image of a girl on Tia's bed - pathologists revealed it was taken after death - and images of girls aged around eight to 11 in sexually provocative poses. Hazell had also searched incest and paedophile websites from his phone. There was also footage of Tia rubbing sun cream into her legs and asleep in bed.
Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt is outside the Old Bailey.
He has copies of the family impact statements that were read out in court.
Ian Woods takes a look at back at the case that shocked South London.
Warning: audio contains graphic content
Tia's father Steven Carter also made a short statement outside court.
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Nick Scola, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said:
The conviction today of Stuart Hazell for the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp in August 2012 will, I hope, bring some closure for her family who have seen justice served. However, Hazell’s conviction will never bring Tia back and her family will have to live with her loss for the rest of their lives.
Tia was murdered by a man who had gained the trust of Tia’s family and who, on that day, was tasked with looking after her whilst her grandmother was at work. Hazell abused that position of trust by planning an assault on Tia that ultimately led to her murder.
The evidence was overwhelming and clearly Hazell realised he had no choice but to plead guilty. However, he put Tia's family through a week of heart-breaking evidence in court and I wish for their sakes he had admitted his guilt sooner.
Hazell is an extremely dangerous individual who poses a significant threat to young girls and it is only right that he should be imprisoned and removed from society so that he can no longer pose any risk.
I would like to pay tribute to Tia’s family for showing such courage and stamina throughout this horrendous ordeal - from the time of the murder through to the conviction - and I truly hope they can move forward with their lives in the knowledge that Hazell will now pay for his crime.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm
Wimbledon's Robson takes on a Williams sister . . . and wins!!
British women's tennis number one Laura Robson is through to the second round of the Rome International.
She beat former world number one Venus Williams in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in round one.
Robson will face Venus's sister Serena next. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm
County Cricket Update
Durham have moved to the top of cricket's County Championship Division One table thanks to a 5 wicket win over Surrey.
They successfully chased down a victory target of 180 on the final day of their match at The Oval.
Earlier, spinner Scott Borthwick claimed 6 wickets to help bowl out Surrey for 229 in their second innings. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm
UPDATE: Attempted abduction Wallington
Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries along the route walked by a girl who was the victim of an attempted abduction in Wallington.
About 35 officers knocked on doors to find additional witnesses.
The 12 year old was approached in an alleyway between Beddington Park and Meller Close just before 6 o'clock last night.
The suspect told her to come with him as he grabbed her by the wrists but the girl managed to struggle free.
He’s white about 30, 6 foot 3, slim, spoke with a local accent and was bald. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 pm
Battersea Moon Walk Raises Millions
Breast cancer charity Walk the Walk says it raised over 3-million pounds during the weekend’s Moon Walk event in Battersea.
Thousands of participants dressed in colourful bra’s walked through streets in London in aid of breast cancer awareness.
Suzy Aitchison from East Molesey took part in the walk and says raising awareness on breast cancer is important.
The charities next event, Sun Walk, takes place in Battersea Park on Sunday June 30.
Walkers and their waggy-tailed friends are being encouraged to put their best paws forward in the world’s largest dog walk this summer to raise money for Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home.
Thousands of fundraisers and canine companions are set to bound around the coastline on The Leas, South Shields, on Sunday the 9th of June, in the Great North Dog Walk, which has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest dog walk 17 times since starting in 1990.
Organisers are hoping to smash last year’s total of more than 23,000 walkers and 185 breeds of dog taking part in the event.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is urging dog lovers across the UK to walk the 3.5-mile route while raising money for the world-renowned rescue centre, which has been chosen by sponsors Pets At Home as one of 15 animal charities fundraisers can donate to.
As a charity that receives no government funding, the Home relies on the generosity of its supporters to fund its work in caring for thousands of lost and abandoned dogs and cats every year.
Entry is free and to register visit the Great North Dog Walk website at www.greatnorthdogwalk.co.uk or sign up on the day from 9am onwards.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am
Sunbury Man Wanted
Police in Spelthorne have renewed an appeal for help in tracing a man wanted for failing to appear at court.
22-year-old Nick Little from Sunbury was due at Winchester Crown Court on Monday April 29 for a bail hearing ahead of a trial later this month.
He’d been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and criminal damage. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am
Flying to the Moon – The MoonWalk London 2013
On Saturday night, 17,000 thousand women and men set off from Battersea Power Station to take part in The MoonWalk London, organised by grant-making breast cancer charity Walk The Walk.
In true Walk The Walk tradition, wearing brightly decorated bras, they power walked either a Full Moon (26.2 miles) or Half Moon (13.1 miles) through the streets of the capital at midnight, raising money and awareness for breast cancer.
More than £3 million had already been raised before the first foot had even crossed the starting line.
The theme for this year’s event was Fly me to the Moon
There was everything from Aliens to Astronauts, Star Wars to Star Trek, and Men in Black to ET!
Celebrity walkers included Comedienne Jennifer Saunders and actress Sally Phillips.
Jennifer Saunders said, Walk The Walk is a fantastic charity that raises tonnes of money whilst raising awareness of breast cancer, and The MoonWalk is fun! It’s a great event that makes you feel good – everyone should do it at least once.
Nina Barough CBE Founder of Walk The Walk said What a tremendous night, an iconic event in an iconic location. Has Battersea Power Station ever seen anything like it? A sea of pink as our 17,000 walkers set off on their united challenge of completing a marathon. How amazing that these committed supporters managed to raise £3 million before even crossing the start line. I am in awe of their commitment, we couldn't do it without them.
Funds raised at The MoonWalk London are granted to support research into breast cancer, and to organisations which provide emotional and physical support for those living with cancer now.
Walk the Walk is passionate about encouraging women and men to become healthier through Power Walking and taking responsibility for their own well-being and has raised over £85 million for vital breast cancer causes, since it was launched 17 years ago.
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