Eastenders’ celebrity spreads Christmas cheer at children’s hospital
Eastenders’ star Jacqueline Jossa (who plays Lauren in the hit soap), visited sick children at Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children this morning to hand deliver presents to youngsters staying in the hospital over Christmas.
The star visited the dedicated children’s ward, A&E and day surgery unit, and spent time with young patients ranging from just three weeks old to 14 year olds.
Queen Mary's shares St Helier's site in Carshalton.
Hampton Court Ice Rink has closed due to the adverse weather and Chessington World of Adventures remains closed due to Saturday's fire.
Richmond Ice Rink at York House in Twickenham remains open though.
Winter Wonderland Hyde Park is also shut.
As for the trains, you are being advised to travel before 5pm, afterwards you will be subject to delays and cancellations.
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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm
A dog is for life, not just for Christmas
Never before has that well known phrase been so important.
45% of dogs taken into Battersea Dogs and Cats’ Home last year were strays – that percentage has risen this year.
Rebecca Norris is Senior Rehomer at Battersea’s centre in Old Windsor.
She says people aren’t taking the message seriously.
You can hear the interview in full by clicking on the Red Button on our homepageposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm
Is your council raking it in?
Councils in England are making record surpluses from their parking activities - according to the RAC Foundation.
They generated a combined profit of almost £600 million from their on and off-street parking operations in 2012-13.
That's 5% more than the year before.
The worst offender in England was Westminster council – followed by Kensington & Chelsea who made more than £30 million.
Hammersmith & Fulham council made more than £19 million, while Wandsworth had a surplus of nearly £16 million. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
BA flight collides with building
A British Airways jet has crashed into a building just before take-off at Johannesburg's main airport.
The incident last night injured four airport officials but none of the 182 passengers on board.
The flight, which was believed to be on its way to Heathrow, veered off the taxiway as it headed to the runway.
The aircraft buried its right wing in the two-storey brick structure. An investigation is pending. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am
Keep an eye on your pets this Christmas
Battersea Dogs & Cats' Home is reminding families of the importance of staying safe around dogs in the home during the Christmas holidays.
The festive period brings young and old together with family gatherings and lots of activity in the home.
But this often means a greater risk of dog attacks, particularly if children are left unsupervised with animals.
Ali Taylor, Battersea’s Head of Canine Welfare Training comments, “It’s a sad fact that often a serious dog attack can happen in the home at this time of year, when both people, relatives and their dogs are taken out of their normal routine.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am
Don't Drink and Down this Christmas
That’s the message from the RNLI this Christmas.
The charity behind London’s lifeboats has warned the capital’s revellers that alcohol and water don’t mix.
Four people were rescued from the Thames last New Year’s Eve.
They all survived thanks to the quick thinking of crews.
The RNLI has four lifeboat stations along the tidal reaches of the River Thames; at Tower (by Waterloo Bridge), Teddington, Chiswick and Gravesend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am
High nonattendance figures for Ealing schools
There were at least 630 children in Ealing reported for not attending school over the last academic year according to latest figures.
These include children not on a school roll or receiving an appropriate alternative education.
The alarming numbers do not account for children who have a school place, but have poor attendance or truancy problems.
Ealing council is appealing to parents of children without a school place to get in touch so they can be helped back into education. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am
Cable says no to cap on EU migrants
Business Secretary Vince Cable has accused the Tories of being in a “panic” over immigration.
The MP for Twickenham says a cap on European Union migrants is “not going to happen.”
He made reference back to previous periods of heightened tensions in British history, including Enoch Powell's notorious "rivers of blood" speech.
Mr Cable said politicians had a responsibility to "give the facts" and not "resort" to populist tactics.
It comes on the heels of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg pledging to block any fresh attempts to curb EU immigration. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 am
South West Trains to run reduced services
Millions of travellers are being warned heavy rain and strong winds could affect them over the Christmas break.
At least 27 rail networks are likely to be hit today as the Met Office issues severe weather warnings in parts of the UK.
Network Rail says their priority is running trains safely - rather than keeping to a timetable.
South West Trains says it will run reduced services this afternoon.
Passengers are advised only to travel if absolutely necessary. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 am
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Good news for heart patients in Tooting
A new heart valve that can be implanted without the need for open-heart surgery has been used for the first time at St George’s hospital.
Cardiologists successfully carried out the 2 hour procedure, on two women in their 80’s last week.
The hospital says the new technology could be a real game changer for people with heart conditions.
It estimates that it will carry out over 50 procedures in 2014. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm
Fraudster jailed for 4 and a half years
A conman who sold non-existent tickets for the Olympics has been ordered to pay-back over £300,000 by Kingston Crown Court.
Samuel Ernest, originally from Haiti, could not explain to the judge how he had acquired the money while living illegally in the UK.
Pretending to run a high profile hospitality business he sold tickets to fake events including; a charity dinner supposedly hosted by David Beckham.
The judge sentenced him to 4 and a-half years in prison for 17 counts of fraud. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am
Plans to demolish and rebuild the Riverside Studios and Queen's Wharf in Hammersmith have been approved.
The scheme to transform the arts and performance hub include building a six storey block with 165 homes and over 8000 square meters for a theatre and film recording studios.
The proposal has received mixed views from local people but performers, Jack Dee and Jo Brand, support the plan.
The council says plans include a spend of over £3 million on improvements to local transport, parks, schools and health care. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 am
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