European Cup action at the Twickenham Stoop
After a beautiful, sunny start to the day, clouds gathered above The Stoop in Twickenham just in time for kick off. Harlequins vs Scarlets in round one of the European Cup.
It has been a disappointing start to the premiership seasons for Quins and today they were hoping for a dominating performance.
They passed with confidence out to the wing and back but the Scarlets’ defence was firm. Easter, back in his natural 8 position, was the first to bring the game-line passed half-way. They showed their determination to press on, with Botica chipping the ball through – good intent but a lack of support in the chase.
Scarlets won their first line-out 3 minutes in to the game but it came to nothing as a knock-on handed the first scrum to Harlequins.
The new scrum routine was still catching people out and after two attempts a penalty was awarded to the visitors; Care the culprit of not feeding the ball straight.
Possession changed sides but Quins stole the ball and a great move by Hopper broke through the opponent’s defence. The home side earned a line-out but the visitors stole the ball. All too easily Scarlets slipped through the home defence with well-timed passes, keeping momentum all the way to the line. Williams with the try, Priestland added the conversion – Scarlets 7 points on the board with a quarter of the first half gone.
Following the restart Quins found themselves under pressure deep within their own half after loose passing. The visitors mounted the attack and earned themselves a penalty and a clear 10 point lead.
The home fans tried to spur on their team but the singing from the visitors in the North Stand kept the opponents on top. Easter became isolated and was penalised for holding on to the ball. 15 minutes gone and Scarlets added another 3 points to the scoreboard.
There was a moment of hope for Quins after a line-out was thrown long into the arms of a waiting Fa’asavalu. Harlequins’ no. 6 broke into the visitor’s 22 but pulled-up in pain and had to be substituted.
20 minutes into the game and Evans opened the scoring for the home side with a penalty.
A vocal battle broke out in the stands – the chants of the Quins’ supporters up against the songs of the Welsh. On the pitch possession kept changing hands; Brown confidently caught testing high balls; Hopper making thumping tackles. Yet Scarlets again came close to scoring after kicking, starting a race to ground the ball – on this occasion won by Quins, allowing them to kick to safety.
Scarlets came again but the Television Match Official did not award a try.
It was Harlequins’ turn to mount a charge, and this they did from the half-way line.
Evans kicked up field; Easter collected and offloaded to Brown who crossed for a try in the 33rd minute. Evans added the conversion to bring Quins back within 3 points.
There was new life to Quins as they again charged for the line, miss-passes halting their progression.
Scarlets gathered up a long kick from the home-side and evaded tackles, crossing the line in the final minute of the first half. Priestland added the conversion giving the visitors a 10-point lead going into half-time.
Half Time: Harlequins 10 – 20 Scarlets
For the first time at The Stoop, the half-time break saw a marriage proposal on the pitch (she said ‘yes’). Was this to be a good omen for the rest of the game?
Play resumed with the ball being kicked up and down the field; the two teams testing each other.
Scarlets were temporarily reduced to 14 men after a stamping incident on Will Collier – Samson Lee lucky not to see red.
Evans added 3 points to the Quins’ scoreboard after a drop-goal in the 44th minute.
The no. 10 then placed a stunning kick into touch deep into Scarlets’ territory. Play continued in their half until a penalty was awarded to the visitors, allowing them to kick for a line-out just outside the Quins’ 22.
It was taken well by the visitors but the home side stole possession only for the Scarlets to then turnover the ball in a ruck. They attempted a drop-goal; knowing the referee was playing advantage for an offside offence. Priestland added anther 3 points in the penalty which followed.
A fumble by Quins then handed their opponents a scrum, which evolved into a penalty. The visitors now had a commanding lead as another 3 points were added to their scoreboard.
Brown made a good run for the home side, taking play back into the visitor’s half. They earned a penalty after the Scarlets failed to release. Evans reduced the deficit to 10 points.
Quins continued to attack and Williams kicked the ball for another race to the line. Scarlets came in first.
Two penalties came in quick succession for the home side. For the first they opted for a line-out chasing maximum points but it came to nothing. Evans kicked the second and added 3 points.
No sooner had Quins started their comeback than Scarlets stole the ball having ripped it from Marler’s hands during a tackle and crossed for an easy try. It was converted leaving the home side needing two converted tries to draw level with just 15 minutes of play left.
Brown took up the challenge and in the 69th minute controlled his run, evaded two tackles and added 5 points to the scoreboard, Evans adding the important conversion from out on the wing.
It looked as though Quins might pull off this comeback, with Scarlets missing a penalty and another sin-bin for continued infringements. The home-side maul was devastating; progressing ever closer to the line. They then passed out wide to Sackey who grounded the ball over the try-line but not before being tackled into touch.
Scarlets had the throw in the line-out and won a penalty after Quins were deemed to have brought the line down. The final whistle blew.
The visitors were relentless and outplayed Quins in the opening quarter of the game. Had Harlequins been more alert at the start, there was a strong possibility they would have come out with a win. A great attempt at a comeback by Quins – the fans pushing them all the way and it is not easy when playing against a Welsh side full of passion, belief and song.
Hounslow marks World Mental Health Day
Hounslow Council is teaming up with Age UK to promote mental health.
To celebrate World Mental Health Day today, Hounslow library will be hosting an event to encourage wellbeing and the support services available in the borough.
It will highlight the importance of learning new skills to keep minds active and there will be free workshops on digital photography, interview skills and cake decorating. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 am
Friday, 11 October 2013
Fines for Woking businesses
Three businesses in Woking have been fined for displaying adverts without consent.
Carpetright at Lion Retail Park, Ashton Meads Estate Agents and Brandon's Estate Agents were all in breach of the Town and Country Planning Act.
Councillor Ashley Bowes says unlawful signs are a blight on the local community, cluttering pedestrians and distracting road users.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm
Merton Conservatives visit South London's first Jewish School
The leader of the Merton Conservatives has paid a visit to South London's first Jewish Primary school.
Councillor Oonagh Moulton wanted to see for herself the work of pupils, staff and governors.
She believes free schools could help with the increasing demand for education places in Merton.
The school is currently situated on the Merton/Wandsworth border and was created by the Governments education reforms. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm
Quins announce team
Harlequins have announced their team for this weekend's match.
Quins are facing Scarlets at the Stoop in the first round of the Heineken Cup tomorrow.
Tom Williams returns to start on the right wing, while Sam Smith switches to the left wing, replacing Ugo Monye who's picked up a knock.
Danny Care starts at scrum-half while Nick Easter returns to his more familiar position at number 8.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm
Palace defender thanks fans
Crystal Palace defender Jack Hunt has thanked fans for their support after he broke his ankle in training last month.
Hunt signed from Huddersfield in the summer, but hadn't played a game for Palace before the injury.
He told Palace's website that he was low after the injury, and the messages he's got from the fans have helped to lift his spirit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm
McLaren's Perez says accident his own fault
McLaren's Sergio Perez believes that his accident during practice this week was his own fault.
The Spaniard drove into a wall preparing for the Japanese Grand Prix, but walked away unhurt.
Martin Whitmarsh, team principal at the Woking-based team says the accident has been a setback, but it's a relief that Perez escaped uninjured.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm
National Fungus Day At Kew Gardens
This Sunday is National Fungus Day and to mark the occasion, Kew Gardens is opening its ‘fungarium’ to the public.
Giant ‘woven willow’ sculptures of some of the UK’s edible mushroom varieties have sprouted on the lawns.
The sculptures by Tom Hare can be seen until the 3rd of November.
Man Charged Over Brixton Rape
A man has been charged with raping a woman in a multi-storey car park in Brixton.
The victim was on her way home from a night out in June, when she was offered a lift home by a man who’s accused of attacking her.
21 year-old Darious Powlette of no fixed address has been remanded to appear at Camberwell Magistrates' Court later. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:46 am
Tolworth Restaurant Owner Fined
The former owner of a Tolworth restaurant has pleaded guilty to a string of food safety offences.
Ramnarraj Rajaratnam who used to run Spice House in the Broadway, appeared before Lavender Hill Magistrates Court this week.
Environmental health officers found serious failings on three separate visits to the business, such as food containers encrusted with congealed food waste.
Mr Rajaratnam was fined £650 and ordered to pay over £300 costs. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am
Murder trial starts at Old Bailey
The murder trial of a businesswoman found dead in a garage in New Malden starts today.
50 year old Oil executive Carole Waugh disappeared from her home in Marylebone in May last year.
Her body was found in a lock up in a garage off Lime Grove three months later.
Rakesha Bhayani from Wembley and Nicholas David Kutner, of no fixed abode, will appear at the Old Bailey. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 am
Royal mail makes stock market debut
Royal mail makes its stock market debut today.
Its shares, which have been priced at 330 pence, will have their first day of conditional trading following postal groups privatisation.
Protests are expected outside the London Stock Exchange amid continuing controversy over the sell-off.
But Business Secretary and Twickenham MP Vince Cable says it'll give it a stable, long term future. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 am
Alcott targets Sochi Winter Olympics
Injury plagued Olympic alpine skier Chemmy Alcott hopes to return to action before the end of the year as she continues to recover from her latest setback.
31year-old Alcott, from Twickenham, suffered a serious compound fracture in 2010 and a further break in August this year.
On Wednesday night she and fellow alpine skier Dougie Crawford held a fundraising gala in London as they try to reach the Sochi Olympics next February.
British alpine skiers are not supported by UK Sport. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 am
New revelation in murder of Claygate family members
A new revelation has raised the possibility that three members of a family from Claygate murdered in the Alps may not have been the intended targets.
According to a French investigating source 45-year-old French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, who was also killed in the attack, ‘feared he would be shot’ in a crime of passion.
It’s alleged he had a number of lovers.
50-year-old Iraqi born engineer Saad Al-Hilli his wife and her mother were gunned down near to Lake Annecy last September. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 am
Thursday, 10 October 2013
MPS Helicopter on the scene in New Malden
The Met police helicopter was called out just before 10.30pm to assist Kingston Police following reports a man had collapsed on the tracks near New Malden station.
The collapsed man was located just before 11pm, his condition is unknown.
The helicopter has now left the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 pm
Surrey Burglary Warning
Owners of expensive gold jewellery are being reminded to protect their property as religious festivals approach.
Burglaries have occurred in recent months with Asian Gold being targeted in the northern and eastern parts of Surrey.
Surrey Police have advised owners to store their jewellery in banks or to photograph their gold. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 pm
Putney Man charged
Three more men have been charged in connection with the theft of over a million pounds from Barclays Bank in North London.
The money was transferred by computer from the branch in Swiss Cottage in April.
Lanre Mullins-Abudu from Putney, Adam Raeburn Jefferson and Duane Jean-Jaque have been charged with conspiracy to steal.
Last month, Darius Boldor and Tony Colston-Hayter appeared in court charged with the same offence.
A spokesman for Barclays Bank said it had been able to recover a "significant amount" of money and customers weren’t affected.
Digital register to go online after archive link-up
Around 2,500 names are to be added to a historic online schools admission register database giving a glimpse into the borough’s past.
Sutton Archives as part of a National Consortium have linked up with Brightsolid who run findmypast.co.uk and are digitising the borough’s school admission registers up to 1914.
It means that the admissions registers once online can be used by budding historians to research the names of school children from the time and information about their parents.
The three schools whose registers will be uploaded are Sutton New Town Infants (1908-1914), Sutton New Town Boys (1891-1906 and 1906-1914). posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm
Archive satisfaction levels soar according to national statistics
Almost 100% of visitors to Sutton's archives said that they received good or very good service according to statistics recently released by a national organisation.
The Public Services Quality Group’s (PSQG) statistics are a national survey of record offices which takes place every 18 months.
And the recent figures released from last winter show positive results for the borough. In total 55 visitors were questioned over 10 days. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm
Three people have been taken to hospital after a collision involving two vehicles in Weybridge.
The crash happened just after 11 am in Brooklands Road.
One man suffered neck and back injuries – two others suffered back injuries. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm
Man dies after being hit by train
A man has died after being hit by a train at West Byfleet.
The 26 year old was pronounced dead at the scene just before 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
British Transport Police say they’re not treating his death as suspicious. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm
Serving police officer arrested in Surrey
A serving Met Police officer has been arrested at his home in Surrey as part of the investigation into corrupt payments to public officials.
The 47 year old was picked up along with a 48 year old woman at the same address.
They’ve been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and suspected conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:49 pm
Meulensteen turns down Fulham
Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has turned down a job offer from Fulham.
The Whites wanted him to join their coaching staff as a number two to Martin Jol.
But Meulensteen decided his future lies in Qatar, where he’ll become technical director for their football association.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm
Twickenham MP criticises Labour over Royal Mail
Twickenham MP Vince Cable says Labour's claim that the Royal Mail is being sold too cheaply was irresponsible.
The Business Secretary also added that it was "dangerous" to imply there was an easy buck to be made.
The deadline to subscribe for shares closes at midnight - with a minimum spend £750. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm
Monday, 7 October 2013
Chiswick Teams Play at Buckingham Palace
Prince William helped organise the first ever football match at Buckingham Palace today.
It was part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Football Association president took part in a training session ahead of the historic game.
Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC are two of England's oldest amateur sides are both based in Chiswick
2010 World Cup official Howard Webb was the special guest referee.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 pm
Carshalton Pub Award
A local in Carshalton has been named Greater London Pub of the Year.
It's the second year running that the Campaign for Real Ale has awarded the title to The Hope.
The community owned pub was judged on its beer quality, its contribution to encouraging people to try real ale and its welcoming atmosphere.
The pub was threatened with closure in 2010, but a group of customers formed a company to purchase it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm
Expansion at Heathrow may be the only answer
The UK will need new runway capacity in the south-east to cope with rising demand.
That's the verdict of the head of the Government-appointed Airports Commission who says pressure on the UK's busiest airports is likely to continue to grow.
Sir Howard Davies refused to be drawn on where an extra runway should be built, although he acknowledged that the Heathrow third runway option was "on the table". posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm
Darren Bent says there's more to come from Fulham after their 1-0 win against Stoke last weekend.
Bent came off the bench to score the winner in the 83rd minute.
He says that Fulham will now kick on after moving out of the relegation zone. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm
New plans to combat illegal Traveller camps in Sutton
Sutton councillors have given permission for a new embankment to be built to stop Travellers making camps in Roundshaw Park.
They’ve agreed to spend 20 thousand pounds to erect the barrier over the winter months.
Sutton Council says it’s seen an increase in Traveller activity in the past year, and has had to deal with a growing number of incursions. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm
Man sentenced after Rosehill assault
A man from Morden has been sentenced after attacking a 16-year-old in Rosehill.
19 year old Daniel Smith punched the youth in the face, breaking his jaw after finding out that he wasn’t invited to a New Year’s Eve party.
Smith has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:52 pm
Former Richmond Park MP involved in reshuffle
The former MP for Richmond Park has been named as a Minister in the Transport department.
Susan Kramer was the Lib Dem MP for the constituency between 2005 and 2010 before she was ousted by Conservative Zac Goldsmith.
Kingston and Surbiton MP Ed Davey has congratulated Baroness Kramer on her appointment.
He says he hopes to meet with her soon to discuss the re-zoning of Kingston and Surbiton’s train stations. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Man tries to arrest referee
A man's been arrested in Raynes Park after walking onto a football pitch and trying to arrest the referee.
He's been charged with impersonating a police officer, wrongful arrest and assault. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm
Event for bereaved families
West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth is holding a memorial service for the families and friends of people who’ve lost babies and young children.
The event, which takes place on Sunday, is to remember those who died during pregnancy, soon after birth or when very young.
The hospital says it will give families the opportunity to meet other people who’ve shared similar experiences, as well as being able to talk to doctors and midwives. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm
Three people have been arrested after police carried out raids on the Roundshaw Estate in Beddington South.
A 45 year old woman and 18 year old man were arrested on suspicion of cultivating and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Twenty-nine plants were found in a first and second floor bedroom.
Another woman, aged 37, was detained after for handling stolen goods.
All three have been bailed pending further inquiries. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm
Sutton MP slams the Sun over mental health
The MP for Sutton and Cheam has hit out at the Sun.
The paper's front page today says '1,200 killed by mental patients'.
Paul Burstow says the paper is stigmatising people with mental health problems.
He posted on Twitter that the truth is that people with mental health problems are more likely to be victims of crime not perpetrators. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm
Chiswick church wins funding for war project
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded 10-thousand pounds to a church in Chiswick to help trace the stories of parishioners who died in the First World War.
With the centenary of the outbreak of war next year officials at St. Michael’s Church want to find out more about the twenty three men whose names are listed in the church.
It aims to expand the ‘Heroes of Chiswick’ project. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm
Bank card fraudsters target Surrey residents
Police are warning residents in Surrey to be on the lookout for bank card fraudsters after a number of reports of attempted scams.
The fraudsters phone people claiming to be the police in an attempt to get them to hand over cash and cards.
Attempted thefts have taken place in Chobham and Woking with the latest calls being received on Saturday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 am
Sunday, 6 October 2013
A Tory MP tries to force an early E.U vote
One of David Cameron's own MPs is trying to force an early referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU.
Adam Afriyie wants the vote to be held before the next general election instead of 2017.
Home Secretary Theresa May thinks the backbencher's "got it wrong".
But Mr Afriyie says he will table an amendment to the Bill going through Parliament:.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 pm
Crowd funding - a new venture for Elmbridge
Community projects and businesses can now accesses Crowd fund Elmbridge, a scheme to help people raise capital for new ventures.
Through, the Crowd fund Elmbridge webpage, people can promote a new project and ask for funding.
Anyone can back a project pledging as little as a £1.
The Medicine Garden in Cobham is the first project to use the system and has raised £3500 of its £6000 target. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm
Antisocial behaviour stamped out in Earls court
Antisocial behavior at a block of flats in Earls Court has been brought under control after intervention from the Community Safety Team.
Rough sleepers, drug takers and prostitutes were entering the building through the basement to use the common areas.
New locks, mesh grilles on windows and a CCTV system have been installed to prevent people using the place illegally.
The Community safety team is picking up 75 per cent of the cost with the landlord paying the balance. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm
St Helier's chief executive spends a day on the wards
The Chief executive of the Epsom and St Helier hospital trust has been on a shadow-shift as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the work Matron’s do.
Matthew Hopkins spent Thursday, attending nursing meetings and visiting wards with one of the matrons.
The aim is to ensure patients and their families know senior nursing staff are supervising care on all hospital wards.
Hopkins, a former Macmillan nurse, says the hospital is doing more to help Matrons provide patients a better experience. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm
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