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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Murder investigation launched in Putney Heath


A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a woman in Putney earlier this week.

Police were called to a flat at Chilworth Court at around twenty past 1 on Wednesday.

A post mortem showed signs of compression to the neck.

A 33 year old man was arrested on the same day on suspicion of murder. He has since been sectioned under the mental health act.

Police are now trying to piece together what happened.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 pm  

Merton to be turned into a "mini Holland?"
A Merton councillor’s cycled to the Mayor of London’s office to deliver a bid to transform the borough into a ‘mini Holland’.

Andrew Judge says the authority is looking make cycling “as safe and convenient” as it is in the Netherlands.

Amongst the proposed changes are new cycle lanes and giving cyclists the priority at busy junctions.

Merton is looking for a share of the 100 million pounds promised to transform cycling in London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:48 pm  

Friday, 13 December 2013

Staines man held for thefts
A man from Staines is in custody this evening after being arrested on suspicion of theft.

The 25 year old was detained after a search earlier today at an address on Cornwall Way where a number of valuable pieces of jewellery were recovered by Surrey Police.

Officers believe the items may be the proceeds from burglaries or thefts in Elmbridge over recent months.

The recovered items include a pocket watch, several rare coins and numerous bracelets and necklaces which are believed to be very valuable.

There are photos of the items on our website radiojackie.com/news.

If you recognise any of the objects you should call Surrey Police on 101. QUOTE incident reference 45130001826, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:22 pm  

Billionaire's son kidnapped dog
The son of a billionaire kidnapped a dog he'd given away after its new owners refused an offer to buy him back.

Tariq Al Habtoor offered Ozzy for free on a Kingston University website, saying the one-year-old needed more space and a family to play with.

But he decided he wanted the dog back, and made its new owners an offer of 1-thousand 5-hundred pounds.

After they rejected that, Al Habtoor drove 70 miles to kidnap Ozzy, tweeting updates including “time for a late night mission” and “success”.

The chocolate labrador was later found abandoned in High Wycombe, and Al Habtoor was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Appeal ongoing after 2011 murder in Croydon
Detectives are continuing to appeal after the murder of a young father in Croydon two years ago - and are now offering a £20,000 reward.

26 year old Trevor Ellis was shot in a vehicle in Duppas Hill Road in August 2011.

Detectives know that he’d travelled to the Croydon area in the company of friends.

It’s believed they became involved in an altercation with another group and Mr Ellis was shot after a car chase.

The father-of-four, would have celebrated his 29th birthday tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm  

Success for Hackbridge school
A school in Hackbridge which failed its Ofsted inspection less than four years ago is among the top primary schools in the area in the latest league tables.

Culvers House was one of just three schools in Sutton's LEA in which 100 percent of children made at least expected progress in Reading, Writing and Maths.

The percentage of children reaching the benchmark level 4b in every subject is 19 percent above the average for the country at 86 percent.

Headteacher Robert Eyre-Brook hopes to continue this improvement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

AFC Wimbledon team news
AFC Wimbledon have been boosted in midfield.

Sammy Moore is available after suspension and Harry Pell is fit after recovering from a knee injury.

The Dons take on Mansfield Town tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

Boris speaks out again over Heathrow
Boris Johnson says any decision to base the UK's aviation future on expanding Heathrow Airport would be "environmentally disastrous and wrong for the country".

London's mayor favours building a new airport in the Thames estuary.

A shortlist of potential new runways in the south east is due to be published next week.

It's rumoured they all include Heathrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

Kingston hospital's maternity care gets top marks
Kingston Hospital has been rated the best in London for maternity services.

In the survey answered by mums who gave birth at the hospital in February this year, Kingston’s maternity unit was rated among the best in the country.

It topped two out of the three categories on the Care Quality Commission survey – quality of staff and care provided after birth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 am  

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Moggy has a lucky escape


A lucky moggy at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has been reunited with her owner from Kent and hitched a ride home for Christmas after appearing on the charity’s website giving a thumbs up.

Silver tabby Misty – who has extra thumbs on all four of her paws – was seen by her owner Richard Ray on Battersea’s website last week after going missing in May earlier this year. Mr Ray was looking to get another cat from the animal charity, having given up hope that he would see Misty again.

The 12 year old moggy had been brought into the world renowned rescue centre last month by a couple who couldn’t care for the cat anymore after taking her into their home in May, thinking she was a stray.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 am  

Five men to appear in court in Croydon on gun charges
Five men have been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life after police carried out a forced stop in New Addington.

All of them are due to appear before Croydon Magistrates this morning.

Among the five are two men from Croydon, one from New Addington, a man from Tulse Hill and another from Kennington.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 am  

Girl missing from Kingston found safe and well
A girl missing from Kingston has been found safe and well.

12-year-old Catherine Mitchell hadn’t been seen since Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 am  

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Tooting Man Admits Terror Charges

A man from Tooting who spent eight years fighting extradition to the US has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.

Babar Ahmad admitted conspiracy and providing material to support terrorism and faces up to 25 years in an American prison.

He’ll be sentenced in March next year.

Meanwhile, a second British man, Syed Talha Ahsan, admitted aiding terrorists by helping Ahmad and could face up to 15 years jail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 pm  

Overturned Lorry in Staines


A lorry overturned on the A30 Staines Bypass at the Crooked Billet this morning, causing delays for drivers.

Surrey Police attended the accident and were diverting traffic for some time.

No one was injured.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

5 arrested in New Addington on suspicion of firearm offences
A shotgun and ammunition have been recovered during an armed stop on two cars in New Addington.

It took place at Westcott Close off of Lodge Lane last night.

Two men fled and were subsequently detained. One suspect who fled the scene remains outstanding.

A sawn-off shotgun and two rounds of ammunition were recovered from the back seat of a BMW.

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and remain in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Police hunt robbers in Purley
Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of men stole an amount of cash after threatening the householder at an address in Purley.

It happened in Great Woodcote Park yesterday morning.

The suspects gained entry by smashing the glass in the rear double doors.

They left through the rear garden and the garden of an adjoining property in Church Hill.

A silver estate car with a number of men inside was seen to speed off from Church Hill at this time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

Cole to return for Chelsea tonight
Ashley Cole will return for Chelsea in tonight’s Champion’s League Group clash with Steaua Bucharest.

The left back hasn’t played since the defeat at Newcastle after suffering a rib injury and losing his place to right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Defender David Luiz and midfielder Oscar are fit to return after knee injuries.

Chelsea have qualified for the knockout stages but need a win to guarantee to top the group.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:55 pm  

GlaxoSmithKline invests 200 million
Brentford based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has announced plans to invest 200-million pounds in new equipment.

The funding will go towards equipping two UK manufacturing sites and a new research facility with state-of-the-art equipment.

Health minister Jeremy Hunt says the decision will go towards ensuring Britain remains a “world leader in innovation”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Flights getting back to normal


Passengers are being warned of lingering travel disruption.

Thick fog in much of South West London and Surrey caused air and road problems through the morning rush-hour.

Visibility is now starting to improve.

This shot was captured by Aer Lingus this morning at NATS control room.

Many flights in and out of Heathrow and Gatwick were delayed or cancelled.

Stay tuned for the latest or follow us @Jackie_travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Fire in Cheam
Part of a supermarket in Cheam is on fire.

The blaze broke out in an electrical cupboard at Waitrose in the Broadway a short time ago.

Crews are still at the scene.

There are no reports of any injuries at this time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Football Fixing Claims At Staines

Leading figures from five sports have met the government to discuss alleged fixing in football.

Representatives discussed the issue with Maria Miller - the secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

Staines Town are one team who have a player who claims he was offered to fix a game recently.

Manager Marcus Gayle says his footballer reported the approach to the club straightaway - who then informed the FA.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 pm  

Possible closure of Putney Bridge
Putney Bridge could close for up to six months.

Wandsworth Council says the 127 year old bridge is in major need of repair due to potholes and structural damage.

Councillors are suggesting the work is done in one continuous stretch – possibly starting in 2015.

But councillors in nearby Hammersmith are worried the work could clash with future repairs on the notorious Hammersmith flyover.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Cobham break in
Police are investigating after thieves broke into Cobham Health Centre overnight.

The offenders got into the day centre surgery by forcing entry through the side door.

They then broke into the store room and stole four large 40 litre cylinders and three, five litre cylinders of nitrous oxide.

Police say the canisters are very heavy and distinctive as they are white with blue shoulder markings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Cyclist injured in Kingston
A cyclist has been seriously injured in Kingston.

The man in his forties suffered serious chest injuries in a crash with a stationary van in Park Road just after 7 this morning.

The rider was taken to hospital for treatment and his condition is no longer life-threatening.

The driver of the van remained at the scene and hasn’t been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Surrey's Chief Constable details financial plans
Surrey Police's Chief Constable has been detailing the force's financial plans for next year.

Their budget is £207.7 million , which is a decrease of £1.1 million compared to last year.

The force will also have to find savings of £30 million over the next six years.

Lynne Owens says despite the cuts, they want to invest more in preventing cyber crime, domestic abuse and sexual exploitation of children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

Jury in Croydon rape trial discharged
The jury has been discharged in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman in a park in Croydon after failing to reach a verdict.

58 year old Colin Ford pleaded not guilty to the attack at Guildford Crown Court.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was assaulted at Whyteleafe Recreation Ground in Hillbury Road in May.

A hearing on Monday will determine whether Mr Ford will face a retrial.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm  

Reshuffle at Brentford FC continues after Uwe Rosler departure
Brentford have hired Liverpool’s former Academy Director as their new Sporting Director.

Frank McParland replaces Mark Warburton – who has stepped into the manager’s role at Griffin Park.

The re-shuffle comes after previous boss Uwe Rosler left the League One club at the weekend to join Championship side Wigan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

Police carry out raids in Croydon, Sutton and Lambeth
Seventeen people have been arrested following a number of police raids targeting gang crime in Lambeth, Sutton and Croydon.

They were detained during this morning’s operation for a variety of offences – including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, robbery and illegal immigration.

Officers have so far recovered a quantity of what is believed to be heroin and crack cocaine.

They also seized 2-thousand pounds from a house in Croydon.

Searches are still on-going.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

Brentford appoint new manager
Brentford have appointed their Sporting Director Mark Warburton as their new manager until at least the end of the season.

He replaces Uwe Rosler, who left Griffin Park to take over at Championship side Wigan at the weekend.

Brentford are currently fourth in League One.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am  

Investigations start into major fire in Ewell


Investigations are underway into the cause of a fire which caused extensive damage to Ewell Court House.

It broke out in the early hours of this morning in the roof, and destroyed the first floor and roof of the building.

No-one was injured.

The Grade II listed mansion is used as a library and a wedding venue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 am  

Monday, 9 December 2013

Boat Race Saboteur Could Stay In UK

An Australian man jailed for stopping the Oxford-Cambridge boat race mid way at Chiswick, could be allowed to stay in the UK.

37 year-old Trenton Oldfield, whose wife is British, originally had his visa application refused –

but a judge has hinted that decision might be overturned because of his 'value to the country'.

Speaking outside court, Mr Oldfield said he doesn't believe his actions ever deserved deportation.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Balham Arrest Death Update

The police watchdog has reopened its investigation into the death of a musician who died in custody at Brixton Police station.

Schizophrenic Sean Rigg died in August 2008.

He had been arrested following a disturbance in Balham High Street.

The IPCC says it will look at the conduct of the officers involved in his arrest, restraint and detention and the actions of the force medical examiner.

Mr Rigg's family slammed the original investigation as "extremely poor and ineffective".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 pm  

Walton charity bringing music to hospitals and care homes
A music charity in Walton is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.

Music in Hospitals provides professionally performed live concerts in care homes and hospitals across the UK.

Chez Taylor-Francis is part of saxophone quartet City Bells.

She says that performing for the charity is gratifying.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Berbatov committed to Fulham
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says Dimitar Berbatov is committed to the club.

That’s despite doubts about the striker's future at Craven Cottage.

Berbatov's agent says the 32-year-old wants to leave the Cottagers in January but the forward inspired his team to a 2-0 win against Aston Villa yesterday.

Fulham's win over Aston Villa ended a run of six league defeats and seven losses in all competitions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Animal charity hopes to raise awareness of wildlife crime in London
An animal charity is hoping a new exhibition will raise awareness of the problem of wildlife crime in London.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals, who assist the Met’s Wildlife Crime Unit, are showcasing their work at City Hall.

Among the animals they’ve rescued have been two West Africa dwarf crocodiles found in a flat in Croydon and a lemur abandoned on Tooting Common.

The trade in illegal wildlife around the world is thought to be worth 12-billion pounds a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Twickenham's MP in trade visit to India
Business Secretary Vince Cable's beginning a four-day trade delegation to India today.

Among the deals expected to be announced include Indian online search engine Zomato making the UK its European hub, creating 125 jobs.

The Twickenham MP’s trip follows a similar visit by David Cameron to China last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 am  

Heathrow gets back on track
Normal service is slowly being returned to the UK’s largest airports after services were hit by cancellations and delays over the weekend.

The travel plans of thousands of passengers were disrupted after a software glitch struck the air traffic control centre at Swanwick on Saturday morning.

Heathrow bore the brunt of the disruption.

228 flights were cancelled by Saturday evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 am  

Surrey and Sussex police extend partnership
Surrey and Sussex police are to extend their partnership in fighting crime to more services.

Both forces already cooperate in areas such as major crime and forensics.

They hope to modernise and make savings and have appointed a “head of change” to overlook the process.

Police chiefs want any savings made to be put back into frontline policing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 am  

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Richmond Pothole Repairs
Time's running out for people in Richmond to see the potholes where they live repaired.

Residents only have until the 13th of December to submit their applications to the council’s annual community and pavement fund.

If you know a road or footpath that needs to be repaired head to richmond.gov.uk/fund to submit an application.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

Vince Cable visits the Twickenham Fine Ales company.
Business Secretary and Twickenham MP, Vince Cable, visited the, ‘Twickenham Fine Ales company’ yesterday as part of a national campaign supporting independent business.

Small Business Saturday, an initiative showcasing the work of smaller companies, saw MPs across the country engage with local independent stores.

The Twickenham based brewery recently opened a shop on-site and has built a sales network stretching across the capital.

Director at the Fine Ales company, Ben Norman, says that government can do more to help small companies grow by making access to finance easier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Boost for businesses in Croydon
A new scheme offering discounted business rates in Croydon could see companies saving 100% on their first year’s rates.

The initiative is designed to attract businesses to move into retail or office space in the town center.

The scheme's aim is to help small and medium-sized companies with plans to grow and employ local people.

The initiative is financed by London Mayor's Regeneration Fund until March 2015.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

Council Tax in Fulham
Council tax bills in Hammersmith and Fulham are set to be reduced by 3% in April 2014.

The move could mean that people living in ‘Band D’ homes will see their annual bill reduced to £735.

The council says it has saved money by sharing management posts with neighbouring boroughs and by reforming the way front-line services are delivered.

The plan will move ahead if formally agreed at the council’s February Budget meeting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:52 am  

Small Business Saturday in Streatham
Streatham MP, Chuka Umunna, visited companies in Brixton yesterday as part of the Nation-wide campaign to promote independent Businesses.

Small Business Saturday, was set-up to showcase the variety of shops and companies available locally.

The scheme proposes to introduce a raft of measures to support young or small business and offers, reduced energy bills and discounted business rates.

Independent companies are responsible for nearly half the job creation in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

Kingston scientists study reindeer eyes
While it’s the time of year when people think about Rudolph’s red nose, scientists at Kingston University have been looking at why reindeer eyes change colour depending upon the season.

DNA expert Dr Juliet Dukes says their eyes may be more developed than our eyes as they have been around for over 1.5 million years while humans have only be around 200,000 years.

She will be discussing why reindeer don’t suffer from snow blindness and how Rudolph may have gotten that red nose at a free event at Woody’s Bar in Kingston on Tuesday evening (10th December 7 - 9 pm).
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 am  

Athletic scholarships for Twickenham College
Four junior athletes have been given scholarships from the Mo Farah Academy.

The scholarship was launched by St Mary’s University College in Twickenham which was the home for Teddington Olympian Mo Farah for 10 years.

The scholarships will provide £4,000 to students to help with their tuition, living and training costs, and give the athletes access to the College’s state of the art facilities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 am  

Help to keep warm in Sutton
Sutton Council is taking extra measures to help vulnerable residents keep warm this winter.

The Sutton Warm Scheme offers advice and help to those who are at risk of becoming ill and are on benefits.

It will show people how to keep rooms warm and provide free items such as thermal clothing, emergency heating and warm bedding.

It’s important for to keep warm as it’s been estimated that for every degree change in the average weather temperature there is a rise or fall in the number of deaths by about 8 thousand.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 am  

Work to improve air in Isleworth
People in Isleworth could find breathing more pleasant next year after Hounslow Council reached an agreement with Thames Water which should reduce the smells coming from the Mogden plant.

The water company has agreed to install new sensors in the digesters which produce bio gas from sewage and to try a new form of sealant.

The work is due to be completed by the end of April.

Thames Water has also agreed to investigate how to reduce odour from the feed channels serving the storm water tanks.

Residents are asked to contact the Council if they experience any odours and officers will investigate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 am  

Fire risk of electric heaters
The London Fire Brigade’s warning people about how they use electric heaters.

That’s after new figures show that 11 deaths and nearly 80 injuries have resulted from fires started by them in the last 5 years.

The statistics show that fires caused by heaters were more likely to lead to a death. Although the heaters were responsible for only 5% of the capital’s fires, a third of these caused fatalities.

With winter’s colder weather coming, the Brigade warns the devices must be kept upright and should not be used to dry clothes. They should also be kept away from furniture and curtains.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 am  

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