Wimbledon schools recognised for excellence
Two Wimbledon schools have been recognised for their exceptional teaching.
Ursuline High School and Wimbledon Chase Primary were selected out of the thousands of schools across the capital to join the London Schools’ Gold Club.
The Club is to launch this autumn with just 146 schools.
It will identify and champion those which achieve excellence, especially for disadvantaged students, and encourage them to share their practice to help other schools achieve the best for their pupils. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 am
Witnesses needed to Battersea murder
Police continue to ask for witnesses following the murder of a 19 year old man in Battersea on Wednesday evening around 10 to 8.
A post mortem has shown the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound.
Police believe that Kyle McDonald was injured in Musjid Road, then staggered into Fawcett Close before collapsing in Coppock Close.
They would like to hear from anyone in the area who saw or heard anything suspicious. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 am
Friday, 20 September 2013
Chelsea hope to end their three-game losing streak when they play Fulham tomorrow.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho admits that both teams need points from the game.
Tour of Britain update
Sir Bradley Wiggins has retained his overall lead in cycling's Tour of Britain after the sixth stage.
It was won by Simon Yates.
The race comes to Epsom Downs tomorrow at midday before moving onto Guildford.
The event finishes on Sunday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm
Praise for injured Merton officer
Britain's most senior police officer has praised the courage of front-line officers after one was critically injured in a hit and run early this morning.
Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says a thorough investigation is taking place after the traffic officer was hurt in Carshalton.
It's thought 47 year old PC Andy Duncan has a broken neck.
He had been working on a speed enforcement programme when the incident happened.
The car that hit him, a black VW Golf, was found abandoned nearby.
A 25 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury while driving dangerously. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm
Richmond has again been recognised for its horticultural high standards
The borough claimed a gold award in the borough wide category at the London in Bloom awards on Wednesday evening.
Twickenham Village also won its’ category for London Village – winning silver gilt.
York House Gardens achieved second for Park of the Year and its first entry – Diamond Jubilee Gardens achieved a silver award for its high standards. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm
Fulham chairman Shahid Khan has confirmed the Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage is to be removed
The new owner says he's taken the decision after listening to views of supporters.
The statue was installed in 2011 by Mohamed Al Fayed - after he claimed Jacko was a fan of the club.
Khan says the former owner had "good intentions" by paying a tribute, but that removing the statue is "the right thing" to do. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm
Council hard at work clearing up Tooting Common flytip
Council clean up crews were hard at work this morning clearing away a vast quantity of rubbish that’s been dumped on Tooting Common following the removal of a large group of travellers.
The council, with support and assistance from the police’s safer parks team, successfully forced the travellers to leave the common yesterday.
But huge quantities of builder’s rubble, wood and other types of construction waste have been left in Bedford Wood – near to where the travellers set up their unlawful camp on Tuesday afternoon.
The group, who’d arrived in a fleet of 19 cars and caravans had been given an ultimatum that unless they left the common they would face legal action.
Now park and open spaces managers are to explore ways of preventing similar groups from invading the common in future. They will see if there are any physical measures that can be put in place to stop vehicles driving onto the common from Bedford Hill. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm
New Heathrow Route
Heathrow says Britain’s first flight to the Philippines in a decade will boost its argument for a third runway.
It’s been announced that Philippines Airlines will fly between Heathrow and Manila, weekly, from November.
Heathrow’s chief executive Colin Matthews said without a larger hub the UK wouldn’t be able to take advantage of important emerging markets. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm
Couple sought after attempted attack in Thornton Heath
The Met’s Sapphire Unit is hunting a couple who interrupted an attempted attack on an 11 year old boy in Thornton Heath.
The boy was on his way home from school on Monday September the 9th when he was approached by a black teenager in Beulah Road.
He produced a knife and escorted the youngster along Sandfield Passage.
Police say the suspect may have tried to assault the boy, but he was disturbed by the couple and ran off.
The Sapphire team investigates rapes and other serious sexual violence. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm
Tax Clampdown In Surrey
HM Revenue and Customs has launched a new wave of taskforces targeting Tax cheats in Surrey’s construction industry.
The taskforce, launched yesterday, will focus on areas such as New Malden, Worcester Park, Surbiton, Thames Ditton and Richmond.
Security guards, bouncers and their employers in Kingston and Sutton will be the focus of another taskforce aimed at tax evasion in the county’s security industry.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am
Sutton Police hunt hit & run suspect
A police officer’s been seriously injured in a hit and run in Carshalton.
The incident happened just before 1am in Reigate Avenue.
The male PC - who was on foot - attempted to stop a black VW Golf but it him and drove on.
The injured officer was taken to a south London hospital where he’s in a critical condition.
Anyone who saw the incident or has any information can call the Traffic Garage at Hampton on 0208 941 9011 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am
New ''job club'' in Wimbledon aims to help people through the harsh economic times
The people of Merton are welcoming a church club aimed at helping residents improve their employability in tough economic times.
CAP Job Club is the brain child of charity Christians Against Poverty, which trains churches to help equip people with the skills and tools to find employment.
It’ll be run as an eight week course covering topics such as identifying strengths, CV writing and interview techniques.
Here's Job Club Wimbledon manager Charles Humphreys.
The new club is located in Hartfield Road, in Wimbledon; or for more information on this club, and others, click hereposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:44 am
Tax crackdown on Surrey's construction industry
HM Revenue and Customs has launched a new wave of taskforces targeting Tax cheats in Surrey’s construction industry.
The taskforce, launched yesterday, will focus on areas such as New Malden, Worcester Park, Surbiton, Thames Ditton and Richmond.
Security guards, bouncers and their employers in Kingston and Sutton will be the focus of another taskforce aimed at tax evasion in the county’s security industry. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 am
Thursday, 19 September 2013
Blackfish movie also causing a stir this side of the pond
Following the release of docu-movie Blackfish, Chessington World Of Adventures has assured us it has no plans to introduce Killer Whales.
MJ statue could leave Craven Cottage
The often-ridiculed statue of Michael Jackson that stands at Fulham's Craven Cottage is to be returned to former club owner Mohamed Al Fayed, according to this morning's Daily Mail.
It quotes a spokesperson, who says the statue hasn't made it into plans to redevelop the stadium.
It's stood at the ground since 2011, with Al Fayed calling the late singer "a good friend".
Manager Martin Jol says the statue's future is down to new owner Shahid Khan.
Appeal after Carshalton fatality
Police are still appealing for information after a pedestrian died in Carshalton on Monday.
Officers were called to Pound Street just before 9.30am, where they found the victim in his 50s, trapped under a delivery lorry.
The air ambulance took him to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the lorry stopped and was not arrested. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Croydon council has been officially warned about its plans to sell off its antiques ceramics collection
A body for the museum industry has ruled Croydon should face disciplinary action if the sale goes head.
Croydon Council plans to auction 24 high value vases, bowls and bottles.
The Museums Association said Croydon was in "breach of the code of ethics".
The 230-piece collection, which includes Ming dynasty bowls, was sold to Croydon by businessman Raymond Riesco in 1959. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am
Man died of drowining
A post-mortem has revealed that the cause of death for a body recovered from the River Thames in Twickenham was drowning.
The man's body was discovered at Crane Park Island on Monday.
Police say they're treating the death as unexplained. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am
Murder investigation launched in Battersea
Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses following a fatal shooting in Battersea.
Police were called around 8pm yesterday to reports of an injured teenager in Coppock Close.
Paramedics pronounced 19-year-old Kyle McDonald dead at the scene a short time later.
Next of kin has been informed.
A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Accident at Burpham
A pedestrian believed to be in her 40s has been airlifted to hospital following an accident on the A3 at Burpham.
She was in collision with a Toyota on the Burpham slip road to the bypass just before 2pm.
Witnesses are being asked to call 101.
The woman is believed to have sustained serious internal injuries. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm
Man jailed for murder in Hammersmith
A man has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars for killing another man at the hostel they lived in in Hammersmith.
39 year old Thomas Kearney (pictured)was found guilty of stabbing 35 year old David Remmer to death last December.
He stabbed his victim 54 times.
Mr Remmer had been due to fly to Thailand to visit his uncle on December the 6th, but never made it to Heathrow.
His body was found a week later after entry was forced to his room.
Mr Kearney fled to Ireland, but was detained on a European arrest warrant in January. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm
Pair in court over sex allegations
A Catholic priest and a former childrens’ care home manager have appeared in court over child sex abuse allegations.
66 year old Father Anthony McSweeney, and 71 year old John Stingmore are charged with various counts of sex offences against children during the 1970s and 80s.
The charges follow an investigation into alleged abuse at Grafton Close Childrens' Home in Hounslow.
The men were bailed after appearing at Southwark Crown Court. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm
Rugby fever hits Hounslow
World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio was on hand to mark two years until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 yesterday with the installation of the first Posts in the Park at Inwood Park in Hounslow.
Sets of single rugby posts are being placed in parks in the English host cities as visible symbols of the RFU’s commitment to broadening the appeal of rugby and to reaching out to new audiences in new areas.
From Newcastle to Exeter and from Birmingham to London, the posts are situated in places not traditionally associated with rugby and aim to raise awareness of the tournament, which will be arriving in their city in just 24 months.
Lawrence Dallaglio marked two years until Rugby World Cup 2015 with school children from Cranford Community College
Dallaglio, who won 88 England caps in a 12-year international career, was joined by RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie and England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans, as well as the group of school children.
Police forces join forces to cut crime
Surrey and the Met police have joined forces to combat crime across the two areas.
Officers stopped 150 vehicles travelling through Epsom to London, following information the route was being used by criminals.
Seven people were arrested, as well as six vehicles seized.
Arrests included one for possessing a class A drug with intent to supply, as well as three for fraud. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:48 pm
Ministers have been accused of unnecessarily clogging up London's prisons, according to the Evening Standard
This comes after it was revealed that the number of overseas prisoners detained when they should have been deported has doubled in three years.
178 foreign nationals currently in UK jails, including 49 in Wandsworth, are waiting for officials to send them home, compared to 90 in 2010.
This is despite there being a shortage of prison places in London.
Shadow Justice Secretary and Tooting MP Sadiq Khan told the Standard the statistics are a scandal. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm
Third completion date set for Broadway
Kingston Council has issued a new completion date for works on Tolworth Broadway.
The 3 million pound Greenway Scheme began in March – and was due to finish first, at the end of August, and then on Friday.
The council says it should be finished by the end of October, and maintains the project is not over budget.
This member of staff at stationers Lorimers says the situation has been bad for business.
Kingston Counterfeit Goods Help Charity
Tens of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods has been donated to a local charity.
Fake clothes, films and mobile phone covers have been seized in 30 raids across Kingston over the past two years.
A former Clarence Street shop had more than 2000 items seized by Trading Standards.
The confiscated DVD’s and mobile phone covers will be recycled and the false branding on clothes will be removed before being sold by the His Church charity. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 pm
Brooklands College Graduation gets a special guest!
Brooklands College Students had a special visitor at their graduation ceremony last Friday.
Defence Secretary and MP for Runnymede and Weybridge Philip Hammond took time to hand out the awards.
Around 80 students attended the graduation for the college, which has campuses in Weybridge and Ashford.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm
London Stray Dog Problem
The number of stray dogs has increased in the South East by 10% in the last year, against a 6% decrease nationally.
An increase of 1% has been recorded in Greater London.
The 17th Annual Stray Dog Survey found that over fourteen thousand dogs were picked up over the past twelve months.
Local authorities are encouraging responsible ownership of dogs such as micro-chipping and neutering.
The problem has led to 395 dogs being put to sleep by agencies struggling to cope with the numbers. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am
Richmond Council To Tackle Drug Use
Richmond Council and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group have proposed a strategy to help combat alcohol and drug addiction.
The proposals include providing more information to those with drugs problems and having more alcohol screenings at GP surgeries.
A decision on the implementation of the strategy will be made at the next cabinet meeting on Thursday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am
Sutton Council Grants
Sutton Council has given out more than £42,000 worth of grants to nine organisations in the borough.
The Sutton Community Fund has given its support to a number of charities that deal with a diverse range of issues.
The chosen charities are providing help to various groups such as young people, those with disabilities and those with dementia. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 am
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Plans have been submitted to Sutton Council for the building of a mosque near the town Centre
The Shal Jahal Islamic Foundation wants to create the holy centre out of an existing building in Carshalton Road.
A public consultation is up and running on the planning section of the council’s website until October 11th.
Sutton station set for £1.3million revamp
A £1.3million revamp of Sutton station is set to provide a better service for commuters, businesses and shoppers.
The work is intended to improve the interchange and accessibility around the station, and linkages to the town centre.
It includes opening up a new entrance from The Quadrant, extending the station building and installing new barriers, ticket machines, CCTV and lighting.
It will also include improvements to public transport, cycle and pedestrian facilities and enhancements to the public realm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm
Wimbledon Police station among those to open their doors this weekend
The Met Police is set to open its police stations to the public on Sunday.
The event will give members of the public a rare and behind-the-scenes glimpse at what goes on inside a police station and see some of the specialist units, equipment and resources that the MPS has at its disposal.
Visitors and residents will also be able to talk to senior police officers about policing in their area.
Members of the public can attend their specific police station anytime between 10am and 4pm where they will be greeted by borough police officers and given a talk and tour of the station and an opportunity to ask questions. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am
Buckinghamshire family adopt Battersea’s naughtiest dog
Around 4.9 million viewers tuned in to Paul O'Grady's For the love of Dogs, broadcast earlier this year, and witnessed Mr Pickles’ cheeky antics, which included jumping on tables, pilfering shoes, raiding bins and being vocal.
The two year old Beagle was filmed during his third stint in kennels when his previous owners were unable to cope with his naughty antics.
Following Mr Pickles’ TV debut, the world famous animal charity, which takes in almost 9,000 animals a year, was flooded with calls from members of the public offering to give Mr Pickles a second chance.
It was experienced Beagle owners Gordon Pitt and Christine Harland from Bletchley who felt they could take on the daunting canine training challenge and give Mr Pickles the home he desperately needed.
Battersea cares for around 400 dogs and 200 cats at any one time. If you can give a home to a Battersea dog or cat please call 020 7622 3626 or visit www.battersea.org.uk. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am
Racal Decca in action
Racal Decca RFC hosted Croydon RFC in a friendly at the weekend.
The home team took the early initiative and scored first but the visitors were soon on back on level terms.
Croydon made their man advantage apparent in the second half running in two further tries.
Final score 5-17, a spirited display from Decca, if a bit over zealous at times.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am
Epsom & Esher Restaurant Raids
Restaurants in Epsom and Esher are to face potential fines of 70,000 pounds after raids by Home Office and immigration officials.
Police officers visited the Blue Mint Restaurant in Epsom as well as La Orient in Esher last Friday.
Six people were arrested and a further man was found to be working in breach of his immigration bail conditions.
Paul Smith from Thames Valley and Surrey Home Office says they are sending a clear message to employers in the county who choose to use illegal labour.
Kingstonian To Swim Channel
A Kingston man is swimming the Channel this month after recovering from cancer.
22 year old Tudor Morris is fundraising for children's cancer charity Momentum, based in Kingston.
He's training at Hampton Open Air pool before the 21 mile swim.
He battled Stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphona at 13, after losing his mother to cancer when he was six. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 am
Monday, 16 September 2013
Man dies after accident involving lorry
A man has been killed in Carshalton.
Pound Street was closed just before 9.30 this morning following the accident.
It is believed the victim stepped out from the side of the road, near Carshalton Ponds, where he was struck by the oncoming vehicle.
The road was closed for over five hours. The air ambulance landed nearby, but it's believed the man died at the scene an hour later. (Twitpic: @CarshaltonB2B)
Carshalton's MP Tom Brake has paid tribute saying Very sad news about the man who has died after an accident at Carshalton Ponds. My condolences to his family.
There were reports of very strong mist around the Ponds this morning, but residents have been campaigning for some time to get HGVs removed from the narrow route.
One listener, who didn't wish to be named, told us It's very sad, but the part of the road where the accident happened is a real blind spot. Very dangerous.
The victim has not been formally identified, and investigations are continuing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm
Free grit scheme prepares for fourth year
Residents and businesses in Sutton are to be given a supply of free grit for the fourth year running and are being asked to be community-minded when collecting their supplies.
Each household and business can collect 10kg of grit to use on footpaths, pavements or roads in front of their homes or premises as the borough prepares for the cold weather predicted to come before the end of the year.
In addition to this, Sutton is looking for good Samaritans to also collect grit for their elderly friends and neighbours who may not be able to collect themselves.
The council successfully pioneered the scheme - which has been copied by other authorities around the country. In previous years, the council gave out grit to more than 10,000 residents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm
Twickenham's MP lashes out
Vince Cable's used his speech at the Liberal Democrat party conference to have a dig at the Tories.
The Business Secretary's accused his coalition partners of being a nasty party which has reverted to type.
He said the Conservatives are hostile to organised labour, people on benefits and immigrant minorities.
And he attacked the party for its role in the financial crash.
The 20th annual Surbiton Festival kicks off for a week on Saturday.
The theme of this year's event is the mask - and you're being encouraged to start making your own face costume.
The event, which celebrates the town, is an eclectic mix of live music, theatre, food and charity.
This year's event promises to be even bigger and better than before, and will cover the whole of central Surbiton including Victoria Road, St Andrew's Road, St Andrew's Church, St Andrew's Square, Maple Road and the gardens on Claremont Road.
We'll keep you fully updated with travel reports throughout the week.
Ghosts, history and trees feature in £3million bid for Beddington Park
Hunting for the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh and replanting a Victorian orchard are two of the more ambitious ideas being considered as part of a £3million project to revitalise Beddington Park.
A group led by the Friends of Beddington Park has been working to put together a long list of ideas on what improvements they would like to see included in a bid for cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Suggestions have poured in from groups including the Rotary Club, residents, walkers and cyclists, police, the Wandle Trust, local archaeologists, schoolchildren, revellers at the Beddington Park May Fayre and people who’ve just popped in for a cuppa at the park’s cafe.
To qualify for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund bidders have to agree to pay 10 per cent of the overall cost, so Sutton Council’s share of the final bill would be around £300,000.
The bid must be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund by February 2014 and after that everyone will have a nail-biting wait to find out if the project will get the money.
If you have any suggestions you would like to be considered for the bid, please contact [email protected]posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm
Twickenham Victim Of Diet Pill
A sixth form student at the prestigious Hampton School has become the latest young person to die after taking a banned fat burning diet pill.
18-year-old Chris Maplecroft died at home in Twickenham after taking DNP a chemical available online.
Chris, a promising rugby player, had finished his A-levels at the school in Hampton and was to pursue a business degree at university.
Earlier this year 23-year-old medical student Sarah Houston died after secretly taking DNP.
Feltham athlete Mo Farah says he thought the "pace was ridiculous" with a mile to go in the Great North Run, where he finished second.
He was just edged out by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia.
There was joy for Britain in both of the wheelchair races, though, as Wallington’s David Weir won the men's and Shelly Woods claimed the women's. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 am
Tour of Britain brings road closures to Surrey
It’s stage two of the Tour of Britain today - the 186.6 km Carlisle - Kendal route.
Italy’s Elia Viviani took yesterday’s opening stage.
Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins are 10 and 9 seconds of the pace respectively.
Saturday’s 7th and penultimate stage is between Epsom and Guildford.
Details of rolling road closures have been sent to about 5-thousand homes and businesses along the route.
The route also passes through areas such as Leatherhead, Dorking and Chobham.
Surrey County Council says most road closures will last about half an hour. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 am
DC sues Met for alleged sex discrimination at Sutton CID
A tribunal’s been told that a detective constable, who’s suing the Met for sex discrimination, jetted off to Barbados when she was scheduled to meet her bosses.
DC Andrea Brown was on sick leave due to due to 'stress' and 'depression' for nearly two years between 2011 and 2012.
She claims she suffered a campaign of sexual harassment while working at Croydon and Sutton CID.
The Met says DC Brown knew of the meeting and the leave was unauthorised.
She’s also suing the Met for disability discrimination and victimisation.
The tribunal continues. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 am
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