WOOLWICH LATEST: Two more arrested - tributes paid to the victim
Four people - including two shot by police - have now been arrested in connection with the murder of a soldier in Woolwich.
A man and a woman are the latest to be held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Drummer Lee Rigby, who had been based in Hounslow and was a recruitment officer in London, was hacked to death by two attackers yesterday.
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor, Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, pays tribute to the 25 year old.
Drummer Rigby's family have issued the following tribute:
“Lee was lovely. He would do anything for anybody, he always looked after his sisters and always protected them. He took a 'big brother' role with everyone.
All he wanted to do from when he was a little boy, was be in the Army. He wanted to live life and enjoy himself. His family meant everything to him. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, and a friend to many.”
Meanwhile, in response to the attack, Tooting’s MP Sadiq Khan says he’s working with the police to make sure everyone in the community remains safe.
An extra 12-hundred police officers are on the streets of London tonight, including places of worship.
Mr Khan says he hopes that Tooting remains a “shining example” of how people with roots in other parts of the world can live “side by side in harmony”.
Woolwich attack victim named
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London). The soldier's details are being released at this stage pending formal identification from the Metropolitan Police Service.
Drummer Lee Rigby, or 'Riggers' to his friends, was born in July 1987 in Crumpsall, Manchester. He joined the Army in 2006 and on successful completion of his infantry training course at Infantry Training Centre Catterick he was selected to be a member of the Corps of Drums and posted to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (also known as "Second Fusiliers" or "2 RRF").
His first posting was as a machine gunner in Cyprus where the Battalion was serving as the resident Infantry Battalion in Dhekelia. Having performed a plethora of tasks while in Cyprus, he returned to the UK in the early part of 2008 to Hounslow, West London. Here, Drummer Rigby stood proudly outside the Royal Palaces as part of the Battalion's public duties commitment. He was an integral member of the Corps of Drums throughout the Battalion's time on public duties, the highlight of which was being a part of the Household Division's Beating the Retreat - a real honour for a line infantry Corps of Drums.
In April 2009 Drummer Rigby deployed on Operations for the first time to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he served as a member of the Fire Support Group in Patrol Base Woqab. On returning to the UK he completed a second tour of public duties and then moved with the Battalion to Celle, Germany, to be held at a state of high readiness for contingency operations as part of the Small Scale Contingency Battle Group. In 2011 Drummer Rigby took up a Recruiting post in London where he also assisted with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.
An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers. He was a passionate and life-long Manchester United fan.
A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The regiment's thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time. "Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor MBE, Commanding Officer Second Fusiliers, said:
"Drummer Lee Rigby was a dedicated and professional soldier. He was a real character within the Second Fusiliers. Larger than life, he was at the heart of our Corps of Drums. An experienced and talented side drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus. His ability, talent and personality made him a natural choice to work in the recruiting group. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Second Fusiliers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. Once a Fusilier, Always a Fusilier."
Captain Alan Williamson, Adjutant Second Fusiliers (and Drummer Rigby's Platoon Commander 2010-2011), said:
"Drummer Rigby or 'Riggers' as he was known within the Platoon was a cheeky and humorous man, always there with a joke to brighten the mood, he was an extremely popular member of the Fire Support Group (FSG). An excellent side drummer and highly competent machine gunner, he was always there to help out the younger members of the FSG whenever possible. His loss will be felt across the Battalion but this is nothing compared to how his family must be feeling at this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with them. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
Warrant Officer Class 1 Ned Miller, Regimental Sergeant Major Second Fusiliers, said:
"Riggers is what every Battalion needs. He was one of the Battalion's great characters always smiling and always ready to brighten the mood with his fellow Fusiliers. He was an excellent drummer and well respected within the Drums platoon. He was easily identified whilst on parade by the huge smile on his face and how proud he was to be a member of the Drums. He would always stop for a chat just to tell me Manchester United would win the league again. My thoughts are with his family and they will always be part of the Fusilier family. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
Sergeant Barry Ward, Drum Major Second Fusiliers, said:
"Drummer Rigby was a loving father, with a very bubbly character. He was an excellent Drummer, loved his job and was a highly popular member of the Platoon. He had served in Afghanistan as an FSG Operator and was very diligent in his work. He was always around when needed and will be sorely missed by all members of the Second Fusiliers Corps of Drums. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 pm
Lucky escape for adventurous kitty
An anxious coach driver thought he was losing his marbles after an unexpected traveller stowed away on his bus for a ride to London.
The thrill-seeking passenger turned out to be a heavily pregnant stray cat that was about to give birth and was, as luck would have it, headed in the right direction for receiving the care and attention she needed.
Westbus Coach Services Ltd. driver Graham Denning was driving his empty bus from Hounslow to Vauxhall last month when he developed the unnerving feeling a pair of bright green eyes were watching him.
His suspicions of a freeloading passenger grew as he caught glimpses in his rear view mirror of a bushy tail shooting between the rows of seats.
After coming to his senses he realised the tortoiseshell tail belonged to a cat, and steered his bus in the direction of nearby Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home.
On arrival, staff at the world-renowned animal charity, which took in more than 2,500 cats last year, tried their best to coax the travelling tabby out from behind the dashboard but the cat was determined to stay in her new four-wheeler home.
Battersea’s Head of Intake Liz McWalter said: Using the driver's tools we unscrewed the dashboard to find a dusty, bewildered and stressed cat. We called her Olive and just as she was settling in to the Cattery, Olive had another surprise up her sleeve for us. Within hours she'd given birth to four kittens. We’re so pleased her journey ended at Battersea so we could give her the care she needed. Unfortunately, she was not microchipped so her owner could not be traced.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm
Mitcham loves its local market
Scores of people braved the bad weather today to lend support to Mitcham's Love Your Local Market initiative.
Market traders were allowed to pitch up for a discounted price, in the hope it will attract more people to the market and buy local in the long term.
It's all in an attempt to revive the area and drive people to the high streets and markets, rather than the supermarket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm
Police are appealing for witnesses after three 16-year-old boys were robbed in Watercress Park in Hackbridge last Friday.
The victims were approached and threatened by two suspects who said they had a knife just before 10pm.
One of the victims was punched in the head.
The suspects stole wallets and mobile phones.
Both are in their late teens – one black one white – and riding bicycles.
Anyone with information should call Sutton CID on 101.
BREAKING NEWS: Police statement on Woolwich attack
Commander Simon Letchford, speaking in Woolwich tonight, said:
I am here to give you an update about the incident that has unfolded here in Woolwich this afternoon and to give you further details of the situation and an outline of the facts as we understand them at this time. This is at a very early stage and as such I will provide you with what information I am able to.
At approx 1420 we were called to reports of an assault in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where one man was being assaulted by two other men. A number of weapons were reportedly being used in the attack, and this included reports of a firearm.
Officers including local Greenwich officers arrived at the scene and shortly after firearms officers arrived on the scene. On their arrival at the scene they found a man, who was later pronounced dead. At this early stage I am unable to provide any further information about the man who has died.
Two men, who we believe from early reports to have been carrying weapons, were shot by police. They were taken to separate London hospitals, they are receiving treatment for their injuries.
I can understand that this incident will cause community concerns, and I would like to reiterate that we are investigating what has taken place today. The MPS will investigate the circumstances that led to a man to lose his life and the IPCC, as is routine, will investigate the circumstances in which police discharged their weapons.
There will continue to be an increased police presence in this area, and the surrounding areas this evening. That presence will continue as long as is needed.
I am asking people to remain calm, and avoid unnecessary speculation. I will update you again as soon as I am in a position to do so.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 pm
Merton Crime Spree
Police are appealing for information following a spate of incidents involving criminal damage in the Merton area.
Since January there have been reports of several incidents in and around the Durnsford Road Development including Vantage House and Weir Road.
The crimes, including burglary and damage to vehicles and property, have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The incidents have taken place on weekend evenings and Bank Holidays.
Officers believe a group of youths seen in the area maybe responsible for the incidents and have released CCTV images of individuals they wish to speak to.
Last orders at popular restaurant
A restaurant says it is Wimbledone after five years in Wimbledon Village.
The Butcher and Grill can no longer afford to stay in the prime location.
The restaurant will close at the end of the month, with some fearing the space will be turned into another supermarket.
But rumours Sainsburys is due to take the space are unfounded after a spokesman for the supermarket told us the site is not viable for them. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm
Richmond says NO to Heathrow expansion
Over 100,000 residents have spoken out against any Heathrow expansion in the first referendum of its kind on the matter.
Richmond and Hillingdon Councils both held month long ballots to offer residents an opportunity to express their views.
An overwhelming 72% of people in both boroughs are against a third runway - 73% do not want to see any more flights in or out of the airport.
That is over 100,000 people saying ‘No’ to both questions. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm
Man charged with driving offences following collision in Weybridge
A 27 year old man who was arrested following a multi-vehicle collision in Brooklands Road in Weybridge, on the 7th of December, has been charged with a number of driving offences.
Robert Johnson from Feltham, has been charged with dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs, failing to stop for a police officer and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.
He has been released on bail to appear at North Surrey Magistrates Court on Wednesday, the 12th of June. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm
Carshalton Abduction E-Fit
Detectives are continuing to follow up a number of lines of enquiry following the attempted abduction of a girl in Carshalton.
The 12 year old was approached in an alleyway off Meller Close on Sunday 12th May.
They want to hear from anyone who saw the girl being followed and want to know the identity of a man with grey hair who was looking out of a window in the Meller Close flats.
Police have also released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to.
Croydon Rape Charge
A man from Croydon has been charged with rape after a woman in her 20s was attacked in a park in Surrey.
The incident happened at Whyteleafe recreational ground on Saturday.
Fifty eight year old Colin Andrew Ford has been remanded to appear in custody at South East Magistrates court. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm
High Tax In Elmbridge
Elmbridge residents pay more income tax than the whole of Cardiff and Newcastle combined.
That’s the finding of a new survey by accountancy firm Hacker Young.
Esher, Walton and Weybridge make, on average, the highest income tax contributions in the UK.
Each earner is likely to pay around sixteen thousand pounds a year – compared to just four thousand pounds, which is the national average. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm
Top Doctor to walk 100km for renal charity
The lead scientist at the South West Thames Institute for Renal Research based at St Helier Hospital is to walk from London to Brighton to raise money for charity.
Dr Mark Dockrell is taking on the 100km challenge (which is known as the London 2 Brighton Challenge) in a bid to raise £1,500 for the South West Thames Kidney Fund, which was set up 15 years ago to raise money for research into kidney disease.
It will be Dr Dockrell's first charity walk since he was 10 years old, and he will celebrate at the finish by having his 50th birthday meal with family and friends.
For more information about the South West Thames Kidney Fund, click including ways in which you can support their work, click here You can also follow them on Twitter @renalresearch
For more information on the London2Brighton challenge click hereposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:22 pm
Community votes for £50k worth of schemes
Film-makers, skateboarders, gardeners and young mums were among the 13 groups who shared a total of £49,157 at a unique event where residents decided which local projects should be funded.
Backers of each scheme gave a short presentation at Cheam High School and residents of Cheam North and Worcester Park then voted on whether that could have any money – up to maximum of £5,000.
Other schemes which got the thumbs-up included projects to create a dance and drama project for young people and plant a garden outside Worcester Park Library.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am
Latest Carshalton Unemployment Figures
Unemployment has fallen in Carshalton and Wallington.
One hundred and eighteen fewer people claimed job seekers allowance last month compared to April last year.
Figures published by the Office of National Statistics also suggest that youth unemployment in the borough is its lowest since May 2010.
MP Tom Brake says it’s proof the economy is on the right track.
Tax Credit Scam Warning
London’s 609 thousand 700 tax credit claimants are being warned by HM Revenue and Customs about scams by fraudsters.
Last year the HMRC closed down 147 scam websites in the run up to the renewal period for tax credits.
This runs from April to July and last year nearly 22,000 phishing emails were sent asking people to enter their card details and promoting money back.
In Inner West London which includes boroughs such as Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham just over 54 and half thousand people receive tax credits.
If in doubt people are being asked to check HMRC security advice on www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am
Monday, 20 May 2013
Businesses in Merton sign up to fight underage alcohol sales
Several shop owners have signed up to Merton's Responsibility Deal aimed at clamping down on selling age restricted items such as alcohol and tobacco to those who are underage.
Businesses are also being provided training courses on how to cope with the problem.
For information on how you can get involved, go to Merton Council's website.
News conference called for Real Madrid
Real Madrid have called a news conference for 7 o'clock this evening British time, amid growing speculation that Jose Mourinho is to leave the club.
Mourinho's future has dominated the media since he said he wanted to work somewhere he felt loved, after Madrid's Champions League semi-final exit last month.
It's widely predicted he'll to return to Chelsea this summer. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 pm
More investment on housing estates in Wandsworth
The Council has unveiled a multi million pound investment programme to improve the borough's housing estates.
Around £3 million will be spent on sites including the Alton estate in Roehampton, and Ashburton estate in Putney.
Works will range from new windows to redecoration.
The council already spends around £50 million a year rejuvinating its estates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm
Small reprieve for Kingston's ancient market traders?
We have heard this afternoon, that three market traders in Kingston will be allowed to put their case to stay on site to the council on Thursday.
The trio has been unable to work for a week, since management team Kingston First took away their keys.
It’s because they don’t fit in with the future vision for the marketplace which is to be turned into a food court.
We will have an update on Thursday.
In the meantime, you can sign the petition to keep them on site, by clicking here.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm
Ban on Gnomes lifted for Chelsea Centenary
It seems that for once in its 100 year history, Chelsea Flower show organisers are not saying No to Gnomes.
The show traditionally has a ban on the garden figurines, deeming them too tacky.
But they have been allowed in as part of the centenary celebrations.
The event was today unveiled to the press and the Queen, and will officially open to the public tomorrow.
Speeches made by the experts in attendance, focussed on the lack of young people entering the world of horticulture. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm
Plant of the year announced at Chelsea
Mahonia eurybracteata subsq. Ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress' has been crowned the 2013 RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year.
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress' has bright lemon yellow scented blooms, followed by attractive blue berries.
The Clematis ‘Lemon Dream' was placed in second place while the Tropaeolum ‘Fruit Salad' took the third position.
A shortlist of 20 plants was chosen by a panel including Plant Committee Chairs, RHS Garden Curators and the RHS President, Elizabeth Banks, from over 40 plants entered by Floral and Garden exhibitors.
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress' which is grown by a Dutch nursery featured in the RHS show garden from Seeability, prevailed after a vote-off between the three finalists.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm
Join life-saving crew in charity bike ride
Doctors and paramedics at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance are appealing for cyclists to join them in the life-saving charity’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge next month.
The 100-mile or 100km bike ride will start and finish at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Redhill Aerodrome on June the 23rd.
Both routes take in all counties covered by the two helicopters.
Among the riders will be Team KSSAAT (Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust) including crew members and a former patient.
Last year’s Double 100 was held at the former Air Ambulance base at Dunsfold but the routes have been changed following the relocation of one of the charity’s helicopters to Redhill in preparation for the launch of night flying.
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