England women dominate France at Twickenham Stadium
England started strongly with fast ball movement. Laybourn was making her mark with superb running on the left wing - her break halted as she clipped the touch line. France were very alert and were expert at jumping on any loose ball. Their hard-hitting defense often causing balls to spill.
Yet England were determined and broke through time and again. In a push for the first points of the game, the home side formed a rolling maul following a scrum. They switched to grab and drive creeping closer to the line. However the French proved too strong on this occasion. The ball was sent wide to continue the attack however the whistle blew for a forward pass.
France did not have possession for long, being penalised for holding on. The home side kicked to the corner for an attacking line-out. They formed another maul and another penalty came. Not wanting to take three points and kick for the posts, the home side opted for another line-out. A scrum followed and they pushed for the line. They crossed but the French defense pushed them back before the ball could be grounded. England chose to send the ball to the left wing and Wilson scored the first points of the game. Captain Mclean adding the conversion. England had a 7-point lead 15 minutes into the game.
France sent the re-start long, putting pressure on England. This tactic worked and the visitors started their scoring with 3 points from a penalty.
The home side were determined not to allow France an easy comeback and just a couple of minutes later Mclean slid across the line for a try, adding her own conversion.
The points continued to add up for England as Alphonsi, who had been a highlight of the first half with her ability to slip through tackles and power through the opposition, added a try of her own. Mclean adding the two-point conversion. The home side were now 21-3 ahead.
England were determined for more as Burford made a clinical pass to Laybourn but dangerous play by the visitors once again halted their run. They kicked for an attacking line-out and secured the ball, sending it from one wing to the other allowing Allan to add her name to the scorecard. Mclean, on this occasion, missed the conversion. The last points of the first half went to France, Agricole doubling their score to 6 through a penalty.
Half Time: England 26 - 6 France
France make good progress up the field in the second half but an infringement by the visitors allowed England to kick to safety. France came again but knocked on, handing the scrum to England. Alphonsi continued to make an impact, slicing through the French defense once again. She made a tidy pass allowing Wilson to cross the line for her second of the evening. The boot of Mclean was once again on course and the conversion was added.
It seemed there was a moment of lapsed concentration: going against the run of play Lievre broke through for a try, converted. They then attempted to continue their comeback with Agricole going for the posts from a penalty just inside the English half. It did not have the length or direction.
There was concern for England as Wilson, who had made such an impact on the game, had to be helped from the field after sustaining an injury. If this concerned the home side, they did not show it as Laybourn broke the defensive line and ran half the field to score a try. The conversion taking their total to 40 points.
In similar fashion to the first half, France wanted to have their say and took the final points: a converted try Lievre.
Full time: England 40 - 20 France
Captain Katy Mclean spoke with Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne after the win. You can listen to the interview on the Radio Jackie Red Button.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 pm
Wandsworth Council warns parents about shop
The leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, is urging parents to keep their children away from a new shop in Earlsfield that specialises in selling ‘legal highs’.
It supplies synthetic products that can mimic the effects of drugs, including Class A narcotics. It is not illegal to sell or own these compounds but they could pose a risk to young people.
The councillor will be calling on the Home Office for tougher laws to prevent the sale of unsafe psychedelic substances. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:01 am
Cleaning up the air in Addlestone
A task group in Addlestone wants to tackle air pollution in the town by encouraging drivers to turn off their engines when they are stationary, especially while waiting at the level crossing.
New signs will be put up in the town centre to ask people to switch off.
They’ll be placed in areas such as bus lay-bys and taxi ranks, and near schools and delivery areas.
Anna Czerska, the Air Pollution Officer for Runnymede Borough Council, says that switching off your car engine at the level crossing will also reduce petrol consumption and save money. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 am
A New School for Putney
Plans for a new primary school on the derelict site of Putney Hospital can go ahead after opponents lost their case in the High Court to block the building.
Separately, Wandsworth Council has approved a planning application for the new school which will take 420 pupils.
The cost of demolishing the hospital buildings and building a new school will be mostly funded by the sale of land for 24 flats at the north end of the site.
The hospital closed in 1999 and has remained empty since.
More places are needed in the borough to cope with the expected 15% rise in reception class places needed between now and the start of the 2016 school year. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 am
Friday, 8 November 2013
Detectives are appealing for information regarding a cash in transit robbery in Croydon.
Police were called to the NatWest on Lower Addiscombe Road at 10.30 yesterday morning.
A guard was attacked by a man who made off with a cash box.
The suspect ran to a VW Golf parked on Sundridge Road that made off away from Lower Addiscombe Road.
Fire in the early hours in Staines
A fire’s broken out in a four storey office building in Staines.
Fire fighters were called at just after 3 o'clock this morning to the ground floor blaze in Clarence Street.
It has damaged 50% of the block and closed the road all morning.
Fire fighters are still on scene.
Follow @Jackie_travel for the latest on the road closures, or stay tuned for live updates on 107.8fm
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm
Former BBC political editor John Cole has died aged 85
He was the BBC's chief reporter during the Thatcher era, covering major stories including the miners' strike and the Brighton bombing.
Cole retired from the BBC in 1992.
He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Surrey yesterday surrounded by his family. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm
Wandsworth's residents have the quiet life
A road in Wandsworth has been named one of the most peaceful in London – despite lying under part of the Heathrow flight path.
According to a survey of the Capital’s streets by a noise control consultancy, Sabine Road is a pocket of tranquillity.
St Margaret’s Crescent in Putney came in at number 10, while top of the list, was Barnsbury Sqaure in Islington.
Researchers used existing data to locate a number of roads which lie outside the 57 decibel noise level for airports, and below the 35 decibel level for traffic noise. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm
Surrey Police Chief Lynne Owens will lead the Civilian Services Contingent during Sunday's Remembrance Service at The Cenotaph.
The Chief Constable will be accompanied by three officers from the Surrey Force, who are all serving operational officers.
20 years ago, Ms Owen’s father, Sir Edward Crew, led the Civilian Services Contingent as Chief Constable of Northamptonshire.
Follow @Jackie_travel for a list of services where you are. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm
Rapper Professor Green arrested
It has emerged today that Rapper Professor Green was arrested at the weekend.
He was detained on Sunday on suspicion of drink-driving after he called police to his home in South West London.
Although he claimed he’d been robbed, the 29-year-old was taken into custody instead.
He was arrested in the early hours outside his house when officers discovered his Mercedes had been involved in a crash with a van.
The singer, real name Stephen Manderson, was questioned at a police station where he was bailed to return later this month. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm
Rally for held Battersea man
People across London are being urged to show their support for a man from Battersea held at Guantanamo Bay without charge.
Accident ''hotspots'' revealed
The North East of England saw the biggest increase in accident rates for those killed and seriously injured on the roads last year.
That’s according to research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Casualties in that region have increased by 8% since 2011.
In Surrey, one of the safest regions in the UK, there were a total of 3,967 accidents on the roads last year – 16 of those proved fatal.
London also saw an increase. Out of 995 accidents in Wandsworth, 5 were fatal, while 100 were considered serious.
Sutton fared better, with just 2 fatalities out of a total of 380 accidents. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm
Annual Charity Ball returns to Battersea
A host of celebrities from stage, screen, sport, fiction and fashion sashayed down the red carpet for the fifth annual Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball last night.
The theme of this year’s event was “Hollywoof” with its unique homage to the golden age of cinema.
Guests on the red carpet were welcomed by the legendary and unique Battersea dog ‘guard of honour’, as around 50 of the charity’s dogs in need of new homes lined the way.
It costs over £18m to run Battersea each year, and with no government funding, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping increase awareness of the important work the charity does each and every day of the year to offer a second chance in life to thousands of animals.
Last year nearly 9,000 dogs and cats needed Battersea’s care and attention to help find them the best possible new homes.
New ambassador Amanda Holden spoke to us from the red carpet.
Duke and Duchess join the poppy drive
William and Kate have joined London's Poppy day drive, which aims to raise more than 1 million pounds in a day.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and actress Barbara Windsor - travelled on a 1960s Routemaster bus to High Street Kensington station where they met poppy sellers.
Across London, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry opened the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey where they met members of the Royal British Legion, and the Richmond based Poppy Factory. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm
Benefits cheat from Hounslow jailed
A woman from Hounslow has been jailed for a year after being found guilty of benefit fraud.
Laila Zahid claimed more than 16-thousand pounds of Income Support and Council Tax benefit that she wasn’t entitled to.
She’d been working, renting a room out at her house and receiving tens of thousands of pounds into overseas bank accounts.
Zahid has also been ordered to pay the money she falsely claimed back. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
Croydon and Banstead's MPs honour the fallen
MPs who served in the Armed Forces have gathered for a Remembrance service in central London.
Reigate & Banstead’s Crispin Blunt, along with Croydon South’s Richard Ottaway were among more than 50 current MP’s who attended.
Blunt previously served in the 13th/18th Hussars, while Ottaway was with the Royal Navy.
The service at the Guard’s Chapel was held to remember those who’ve fallen since the outbreak of the First World War. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am
England name team to face Argentina in Saturday's match at Twickenham
Harlequins Joe Marler has replaced Mako Vunipola in the England rugby union side for Saturday’s clash with Argentina at Twickenham.
It’s one of four changes to the team that beat Australia in their opening Autumn International last weekend.
Marler’s Quins team-mates Mike Brown and captain Chris Robshaw keep their places in the fifteen. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am
Elmbridge council tell dog owners to clean up their act
Elmbridge Council has launched a campaign to highlight the carelessness of dog walkers who leave their animal's mess in public areas.
The Council's street cleaning team will replace excrement with brown balloons.
The balloons ask “Did you leave your dog's poo here?” on one side, and have the message “Bag it and bin it!” on the other side.
Dog owners could be fined and face a maximum penalty of £1000 if caught letting their pet foul without picking it up. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am
Crystal Palace still to appoint new manager
Crystal Palace’s wait for a new manager goes on.
The club now says the appointment will be delayed until after the international break.
Chris Coleman and Jose Mourinho’s number two at Real Madrid Aitor Karanka are among the favourites for the job.
Keith Millen will continue as caretaker boss ahead of Saturday’s clash with Everton. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 am
CCTV image released following attempted fraud in Sunbury
Detectives have released a CCTV image following an attempted fraud in Sunbury.
A man entered a Tesco store on Staines Road West and enquired about setting up a mobile phone contract and buying insurance for the phone.
He provided identification, but staff became suspicious as to whether the information provided was genuine.
While they were checking it out, he left the shop and headed towards a nearby petrol station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am
Hounslow steps-up drive against litter-louts
Hounslow Council is continuing its drive against litter-louts.
It’s teamed up with police officers and staff from Hounslow Highways in its efforts to clamp down on people dropping litter on the streets.
Officers have been patrolling the high streets in Hounslow and Brentford this week looking out for offenders.
A spokesman for the council warned litterlouts that they could be landed with on-the-spot fines.
A man who died after being stabbed in Fulham has been formally identified.
49 year old Anthony Campbell was killed last month.
50 year old Danny O'Gorman has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' court charged with murder.
He’s been remanded and will re-appear in court in January. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm
Popular schools event is back in Battersea
An event aimed at helping parents decide which school to send their youngsters to will be held in Battersea Park this weekend.
Over 175 nurseries, preparatory and senior schools from the UK’s private sector will exhibit under one roof as part of the Independent Schools Show.
It’s a chance for mums and dads to get hands on advice and information.
The event is on all weekend at Battersea Evolution Centre. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am
Projects get funding to tackle rough sleeping in London
Ten homelessness projects across London have been awarded grants of up to 150-thousand pounds to help prevent rough sleeping and get individuals off the streets.
CAYSH which is tackling the problem in Croydon has been awarded 148-and-a-half thousand pounds.
Lift People which works with individuals in areas such as Hammersmith, Fulham, Chelsea, Ealing and Hounslow has been awarded just over 139-thousand pounds.
There are estimated to be around 557 people sleeping rough on any one night in London, up nearly 230 per cent since 2010. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 am
Jobs to go at BAE Systems
It's understood BAE Systems will announce job losses when it releases a review of the future of its shipyards tomorrow.
The global defence company has offices in New Malden and Weybridge but the cuts are not expected to affect staff there.
The company is one of New Malden’s largest employers with over 260 staff.
Twenty two jobs were axed from the site in New Malden High Street in 2009.
Up to 1-thousand jobs could go at its UK shipyards in this round of cuts.
The firm has sites in Glasgow, Portsmouth and Plymouth. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 am
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Hunt For West Croydon Flasher
British Transport Police officers have launched an investigation after a man exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl on a train at West Croydon station.
Investigators have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.
It happened as a stationary train stood on platform 1 around 8.15am on Tuesday, 22 October.
The 16-year-old victim was approached by a man asked her where the train was going.
As she answered, she realised that he was exposing himself.
If you recognise this man then contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting background B5/LS of 4/11/13.
Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 pm
New Malden Body Trial Update
The trial of two men accused of the murder of a wealthy businesswoman continued at the Old Bailey today.
Rakesh Bhayani and Nicholas Kutner deny killing Caroline Waugh in Marylebone and hiding her body in a lock up in New Malden.
However, the pair have admitted conspiracy to defraud the 50 year old.
Ms Waugh’s body was discovered in a garage off Lime Grove last August. She had been missing for four months.
The trial continues. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm
Investigation carried out in the Thames
Fire crews were called to the Thames at Hammersmith this afternoon following reports of a suspicious container in the water.
Specialist units performed a full check on the object, which was deemed safe. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm
Referral order given to teenager after breaking into Carshalton house
A 17 year old has been given an 8-month referral order after admitting breaking into a house in Carshalton.
The youth, who can’t be named, was picked up by officers at Heathrow airport after officers traced him through a fingerprint.
He admitted taking an iPad from the house – claiming he was drunk at the time of the theft last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm
Free grit in Wandsworth
People in Wandsworth are being offered free bags of grit and rock salt next week as part of a Council initiative to combat snow and ice this winter.
The council is offering residents up to 50 kilos of grit free of charge to help them clear frozen footpaths this winter.
Last year they gave away more than 15 tonnes of grit to residents, community groups and neighbourhood watch co-ordinators.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm
Sutton police message for cab firms
Detectives in Sutton are appealing to cab firms and drivers to report any calls they’re suspicious about.
Officers say it’s because cab firms have become unwitting participants in the ‘bank courier scam’.
It where residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, receive a bogus call from their bank and are tricked into handing over their pin and card which is then collected by cab.
Cab drivers called recently to two addresses in Sutton reported their suspicions to their control rooms who passed on the information to police.
In both cases, their actions stopped these residents being tricked out of money.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm
Fine for homeless man who tried to steal poppy collection tin in Mortlake
A 36-year-old homeless man who tried to steal a Poppy collection tin from a church in Richmond has been fined.
Michael Rich was caught on Sunday after an off duty policeman and a cyclist joined forces to catch him.
He ran off from St Mary the Virgin church in Mortlake and was fined £75 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm
South East MEP hits out at European Commission 'fraud'
A Tory European Parliament member for the South East has hit out at the EU audit report released today.
The 'error' rate in the EU budget has risen from 3 point 9 percent in 2011, to 4 point 8 percent in 2012.
Marta Andreasen claims this 'error' could be fraud, with over 6 billion euros of taxpayers' money not properly accounted for.
She says the European Commission is only paying lip service about getting fraud under check.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am
Richmond Park MP after Recall Bill
Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith is calling for the government to introduce a Recall Bill.
He's created a petition asking for a compulsory by-election should an agreed percentage of constituents ask for their MP to be recalled.
The Tory representative says it would empower voters, increase accountability and improve the relationship between people and power.
He claims an MP could currently break all pre-election promises, switch Party and refuse to see constituents without qualifying for a recall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am
Battersea holds auction for walks with celebrities
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is holding an online auction for a walk in the park with a celebrity.
Male supermodel David Gandy and Oscar winner Jeremy Irons are among the celebrities who are giving up their time.
Auction winners will win 30 minutes in Battersea Park with their star and a dog from the home.
Rob Young, Head of Rehoming at Battersea, says the event is all about raising funds for the centre.
82-year-old woman conned out of £2,000 on Sutton High Street
Police are investigating after an elderly woman was tricked into handing over 2-thousand pounds to confidence tricksters in Sutton.
A man and woman told the 82-year-old she should give them the money so she could claim her winnings from a lottery ticket.
They then got in a taxi and were never seen again.
Officers have released an image of a man they’d like to speak to.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am
Kingston probation officers take part in national strike
Probation officers in Kingston will join their colleagues in England and Wales on strike later today.
Members of their union will be walking out for 24-hours from mid-day.
They’re unhappy about government plans to privatise the service.
Under the proposals, firms and charities would be able to bid to take over contracts that supervise low and medium-risk offenders. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 am
Monday, 4 November 2013
Sketch released of man wanted in connection with murder of Claygate family in Alps
French police have released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with the murders of a British-Iraqi businessman and his family in the French Alps.
The black-and-white image features a man with a goatee and wearing a rare type of motorcycle helmet that opens at the mouth.
Saad al-Hilli, from Claygate, was shot - along with his wife and her mother - in a woodland car park in the hills above Lake Annecy last September. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm
Police appeal in Weybridge
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the driver of a car failed to stop at the scene of a collision in Weybridge this morning.
A motorcyclist is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after coming off his bike shortly after 6:30.
A light coloured Mercedes, which was involved in the collision, kept going along Brooklands Road in the direction of Byfleet Road. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm
UCL joins Kingston in song ban
University College London's student union has joined Kingston University in banning Robin Thicke’s worldwide hit Blurred Lines.
It follows a ban by The University of London Union in September.
Critics claim some of the song’s lyrics refer to non-consensual sex. Thicke says this is ridiculous.
Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland Universities have also banned the song. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm
Future should be bright for Epsom
Epsom’s MP says he is confident doctors will vote against downgrading the town’s hospital when they meet this week.
A ballot carried out by Chris Grayling in the summer revealed the majority were against the controversial NHS led BSBV review.
After a lot of pressure, the Clinical Commissioning Group, which is the GP committee that decides which services will be provided locally, has decided to hold its own ballot.
This is due to take place in the next few days. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm
Police are appealing for information following a stabbing in Hounslow
Officers were called just after 11pm on Saturday to reports of a 25-year-old man with multiple stab wounds in Strafford Road.
He was taken by London Ambulance Service to a west London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Hounslow CID on 020 8247 6160 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm
Good news for water resources
Rainfall in October was nearly twice the average for Sutton and East Surrey Water’s supply area.
5.8 inches was recorded – 188% above the long term monthly average of 3 inches.
It was also the first time rainfall was above average since May.
It’s good news for resources at this time of year when the underground aquifers from which Sutton and East Surrey Water draws 85% of its supplies start to be replenished. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm
Surrey Schoolgirl Achieves Dancing Dream
Laura loves to dance and has just achieved her highest exam score.
Yet only 18 months ago, her balance was so poor that she couldn’t stand on one leg.
Laura’s mum, Sue Butterfield, will be speaking to the public on Wednesday 20th November, at the Guildford Institute, to raise awareness of learning difficulties.
She will detail her daughter’s journey using Dore, from an uncoordinated 12 year old with poor balance and low academic performance, to a confident 13 year old who is excited about impending GCSEs and what the future holds for her.
Dore is a 12-18 month daily personalised physical exercise programme for children and adults with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
The Programme's assessment procedure and exercises are designed to work on the cerebellum, the brain's 'skill centre'.
An inefficiency in this part of the brain means that the ‘thinking centre’ has to work much harder, which makes it a struggle to process lots of information and perform automatic tasks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm
New spider invasion
It sounds like something out of a horror movie . . .
A family from Hampton has been forced to evacuate their home because of an outbreak of deadly spiders.
But Halloween is long over, and as George Alderman reports, this story is no work of fiction.
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