Amnesty for Croydon Council tenants
Illegally subletting your council house became a criminal offence in October and any tenant found guilty of sub-letting their entire home could receive a two year prison sentence or a fine.
But, during February, Croydon is offering an amnesty on sub-letting. They won’t take legal action against anyone who surrenders the tenancy.
For more information, contact your tenancy officer, the housing standards team or the anti-fraud hotline on 0800 328 9270. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 am
Record low fires in London
The number of fires in London has fallen by a quarter in the past year -- and by 64 percent in the last 10 years.
The figures released by the London Fire Brigade show that fires are at their lowest level since records began.
Hounslow is among six of the London Boroughs which saw the greatest drop in fires the past 10 years. They fell by 71 percent in the borough– down to 614 fires in 2012 to 13 from 2,113 in 2003 / 2004.
The Brigade attributes the drop in fires to their work in carrying out home fire safety visits. Vulnerable people are 18 times less likely to have a fire if they receive a visit. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 am
Friday, 24 January 2014
Search for Spelthorne burglary suspects
Detectives from North Surrey CID have released CCTV images as part of an on-going investigation into an attempted burglary in Spelthorne.
Officers want to speak with the people in the pictures in connection with the incident in Stanwell.
It is believed that an unsuccessful attempt was made to force entry to a property in Heath Close just before 1am on Tuesday, 14 January.
You can see the images below and if you recognise them call Surrey police on 101.
Twickenham station update
Residents can find out more about the platform level improvements about to commence at Twickenham station at a drop in session next week.
Last year it was announced that significant improvements are to be made to Twickenham Station platforms, thanks to £1.6m funding from the Greater London Authority.
These improvements aim to upgrade and maintain the rail infra-structure and meet the ever increasing demand for rail travel, particularly leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup when there will be high volume of passengers.
To inform residents about the works, Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance will be holding a drop in – session from 4pm with a presentation scheduled from 6.30pm on the 29th of January 2014 in the Churchill Suite, Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm
Would you like to be a councillor?
Four months from now, Kingston Borough residents will have the opportunity to elect a team of councillors to represent them and potentially take control of the council.
With that in mind, Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith is asking residents if they would consider becoming a councillor.
The Kingston Borough Conservatives would like to hear from committed people who are interested in standing for election across the borough.
You don't need any political experience, and they are looking for people who have an affinity with Conservative ideals and who love their community and want to serve their neighbours on the council.
If you are interested or would like to learn more, email: [email protected] with your contact details.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm
A plea has gone out from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.
Gas works on the A320 Guildford Road mean some drivers are using the St Peter’s Hospital site as a diversion route.
However, staff say the extra traffic is causing problems for ambulances. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm
New Malden church keeping sanctity of marriage alive
A church in New Malden is supporting the Government’s stance on marriage.
The Lighthouse Church will take part in the Big Promise, a national event where couples all over the country renew their marriage vows at the same time.
An estimated 42% of all marriages in the UK end in divorce.
Pastor Sam Jayakrishna says if you're going through relationship troubles, it may be the perfect time to show your commitment to your partner.
If you'd like to listen to our full interview with Pastor Jayakrishna, you can here.
Anyone wanting to attend must produce a valid marriage certificate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm
Next phase of expansion strategy underway in Richmond
The next phase of a ten year primary school expansion strategy is under way after Richmond Council published a proposal to expand Darell Primary School.
The Council is consulting residents on the proposed permanent expansion of Darell Primary School from September 2014.
The expansion would mean 60 children could be offered a place each year at the school in Darell Road.
The school currently has space for 43 children to attend the school each year.
Demand for primary school places reached an all time high in Richmond last year.
Despite this surge Richmond Council placed more in-borough applicants than previous years with 92% offered a place at one of their preferred schools compared to 91%in 2012 and 89% in 2011.
Woman due in court after theft and fraud offences across Surrey and London
A woman is due to appear in court later this month after being charged with a number of theft and fraud offences across Surrey, London and Essex.
50 year old June Weatherman has since been charged with a total of nine offences, including two incidents at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey in September 2013.
Weatherman is next due to appear in court later this month for a plea and case management hearing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm
Man receives sentence after being found with drugs in Wallington
A 26-year-old man has received an eight month's suspended jail sentence after being found with drugs while driving in Wallington.
Dean Welch was stopped by police in Ross Parade earlier this month when he admitted he had 100-pounds worth of cannabis in his boxer shorts.
Officers also found more cannabis at his home in Tadworth.
Welch told police he buys drugs to sell on to his friends.
He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a controlled Class B drug earlier this month at Croydon Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm
Croydon North MP among those speaking at PMQs
Three of our local MPs have spoken in Prime Minister's questions.
Sir David Attenborough to receive Freedom of Richmond Borough
One of the UK’s national treasures, who recently named Richmond as his favourite place in the world, is to be awarded the borough’s highest honour in recognition of his contribution to natural history.
At the full Council meeting last night, all Councillors agreed that ‘Freedom of the Borough’ should be offered to Sir David Attenborough.
It's in recognition of his dedicated work to natural history, film making and his contribution to many local charities and organisations.
Sir David's career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned 60 years, during which time he has established himself as the world's leading natural history programme maker, with several landmark television series.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
Close the Door on Carbon Emissions
Richmond is to become the first London borough to implement a campaign designed to make businesses more environmentally aware, and reduce carbon dioxide levels.
The Close the Door campaign has been launched by the Council and Richmond Park MP and environmentalist Zac Goldsmith.
It's all part of the Go Green sustainability programme.
Shops lose 50% of their heating through open doors.
This results in increased CO2 emissions from the increased use of heating.
Just by closing a door, you could reduce emissions by up to 10 tonnes per year - the same as three return trips between London and Hong Kong.
Battersea Father & Son Robbery Trial
A father and son from Battersea have today pleaded not guilty to a cash-in-transit robbery on Epsom Downs.
A cash-delivery driver was making a routine delivery at the Co-op store on Tattenham Crescent when he was assaulted and robbed of a cash box which contained around £45,000.
50 year old Terrance Clark and 27 year old Lewis are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
A trial has been scheduled to start in April. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm
Hunt for ''dangerous man'' continues
Police in Hertfordshire are tonight re-issuing appeals to find an extremely dangerous man.
Officers believe 28 year old Daryl Brothers might be in South London.
They believe he might have information relating to a serious assault and false imprisonment on January the 9th.
Anyone who knows where he might be is asked to call 999 immediately. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm
Sutton's residents asked about flooding
Residents and businesses are being invited to share their views on flood risk in Sutton and the ways it is managed.
Their feedback will be used to produce Sutton Council’s updated strategy for managing local flood risk.
The Council is required to produce a flood risk strategy under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
Anyone who lives or works in the borough, as well as businesses, can give their views via an online survey which is available until 30 April 2014 - to take part click here.
The survey includes questions about how well the Council manages floods, and asks respondents to report any historic flood events.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm
Police appeal in Egham
Police are appealing for information following a suspicious incident in Egham.
Yesterday lunchtime a woman in her 20s was approached from behind and grabbed by a man in an alleyway off Vicarage Road.
The man is described as white, around 25 years old, about 5 ft 11 tall with a slim build, short dark hair and stubble and of a messy appearance.
Officers are asking anyone with any information to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm
Teenager found guilty of manslaughter following Addlestone death
A teenager has today been found guilty of manslaughter following a death in Addlestone last year.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by a majority jury verdict following a two-week trial at Guildford Crown Court.
In August, police were called to a park in Addlestone to reports of a serious assault during an altercation between two teenagers.
17-year-old Jonathan Beaumont from Chertsey suffered serious injuries during the incident and died later in hospital as a result of head trauma.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm
Twickenham Embankment half way there!
The transformation of Twickenham Riverside is past the half way mark as landscaping works continue as part of Richmond Council’s latest redevelopment project.
The next landmark stage will be the planting of eight semi mature Pin Oak trees on Twickenham Riverside, which will be planted from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th January.
The regeneration scheme in detail:
1) Four crossings over the road leading to the Riverside Walkway
2) Five new flower beds to include perennials, grasses, and box hedge
3) New street lighting and park furniture to link the Eastern Embankment with Diamond Jubilee Gardens
4) Planting of eight semi mature Pin Oaks
5) Use of high quality materials including York Stone, heritage gravel, and Staffordshire blue pavers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm
Two arrested after teen death
A 16 year-old boy has died after supposedly taking ecstasy at a rave in west London.
Daniel Spargo-Mabbs was found unconscious at the event at an industrial site in Hayes early on Saturday morning.
Two 18 and 19 year-old men from Croydon have been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and are being questioned. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm
Marathon runners in training for Tadworth based charity
A procession of runners were seen running from The Children’s Trust in Tadworth on Sunday morning.
The group of 42 is running the Virgin Money London Marathon as part of The Children’s Trust team on April the 13th.
During the training event, the runners completed either a five or 10 mile loop.
The group were also given a tour of the charity’s facilities and met some of the staff.
The Children’s Trust still has some late places, which need to be filled by January the 31st, and any own place runners are welcome to join the team.
Man from Kingston gearing up for his second greatest challenge after beating cancer
32 year old Adam Rust will take on the Paris Marathon on Sunday April the 6th.
Adam was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma - a type of blood cancer common in young adults – in 2012.
He received the all clear last April, and immediately decided he wanted to do something to help those who helped him.
To help Adam reach his £3,000 target, click hereposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am
Police seize dog in Carshalton
Police have seized a Boxer cross from a house in Carshalton under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
They acted after a woman’s dog was attacked by the animal when she was walking along Woodmansterne Road in December.
She was also bitten as she held down the Boxer – fearing it would attack her three children.
The dog’s owner has been summoned to appear before the courts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am
Wildlife Crime gives gangsters a 22 billion pound profit
Euro MP’s have voted to set up a new EU-wide police unit to tackle wildlife crime after it emerged that it was netting gangsters 22 billion pounds a year.
London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert says: “Wildlife crime is big business and it’s being carried out by an assortment of nasty gangs.”
Although most wildlife crime occurs outside Europe- it’s still the fourth most profitable illegal activity after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:23 am
Monday, 20 January 2014
Cobham Rejects Incinerator Plans
Campaigners in a Surrey village are fighting plans to build an incinerator on land once used to develop the Dambuster’s ‘Bouncing Bomb’.
The application for a power station in Cobham was rejected by Surrey County Council, but is being appealed by SAS Waste Ltd.
However opposition in the village is almost 100%, to the proposed biomass plant which would generate electricity by burning waste wood.
The appeal is to be heard at Surrey County Hall next month. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm
Coroner rules death of Wallington girl in Kingston Hospital was avoidable
A coroner's ruled the death of a four year-old girl from septic shock in hospital was 'highly avoidable'.
Freya Wells from Wallington was admitted to Kingston Hospital with breathing difficulties in November 2012.
She died a day later after being given antibiotics orally rather than through a drip.
A narrative verdict was recorded - the lawyer representing the girl's family has called for the doctor who made the decision to be suspended.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm
Police in Sutton come to swan's rescue
Police officers came to the rescue of an injured male swan who made off from the safety of his home at Carshalton Ponds into busy traffic.
It happened last Friday morning, after he wandered onto West Street.
Officers from Sutton's Safer Transport Team found the swan bleeding from a leg injury and managed to take it off for medical treatment.
A spokeswoman from the Animal Centre says he's now recovering well from grazes to his legs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm
Surrey professor suggests irregular sleep can speed up ageing
The University of Surrey claims irregular sleep can give us physical and mental health problems and speed up ageing.
The study showed regular mistimed sleep like shift work and jet lag can upset our biological processes.
Professor Derk-Jan Dijk from Surrey’s Sleep Research Centre, suggests normal sleeping can control people in ageing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm
Police in Sutton have message for dog owners
Police in Sutton are urging dog owners to keep their dogs under control if they are likely to chase after joggers.
The advice follows two reports from a 55-year-old male runner who has been chased twice by dogs - and bitten once - whilst running on Roundshaw Downs near the Plough Lane entrance.
In the first case he was chased by a creamy brown Collie type dog snapping at his ankles, leaping up and barking and he was bitten on the knee.
In the second case he was chased by a large, dark brown Boxer dog ‘running at full speed like a greyhound exiting its trap’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 pm
Chessington man due in court over knifepoint robbery in Surbiton
A man’s due in court today charged with a knifepoint robbery in Surbiton.
24-year-old David Mortimer, from Chessington, will appear before Wimbledon Magistrates Court.
A second man has also been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm
Fire at a hospital in Wandsworth
An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire at a hospital in Wandsworth.
Thirty five firefighters tackled the blaze at a hospital on West Hill on Saturday night.
Crews helped hospital staff with the evacuation of patients, who were moved to a safe part of the hospital.
Part of the fourth floor was damaged but no one was hurt.
The fire started in a computer room and an electrical fault is currently suspected as the cause.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm
Chelsea manager having surgery
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly having surgery on a fractured elbow.
It’s not clear how he picked up the injury.
Mourinho was presented with the Football Writers' Association Tribute Award last night.
He picked up the accolade at a dinner at the Savoy Hotel – hours after their 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United.
It’s in recognition of his success in his previous spell at Chelsea and at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm
Sunday, 19 January 2014
More kids getting special education in Hounslow
Eighty six new places for children with special educational needs will soon be available in Hounslow.
The places will bring the total number of children having specialist education in the borough to 967.
In Hounslow, students with special needs, have increased by 10 % over the last 4 years.
As part of the expansion the council plan to make land available for a new mainstream primary school. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm
Fulham improves housing estates
Three housing estates in Fulham will be given a new lease of life with a £1.6 million investment.
The improvements to Emlyn Gardens, Becklow Gardens and Sulivan Court Estates will include landscaping, play areas, new fencing, and repainting of doors and railings.
The council aims to improve the quality, safety and sustainability of the estates for tenants and leaseholders.
The re-vamp is partially funded through the sale of vacant council owned properties that were too costly to maintain. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am
Residents voice a need for better parking in Sutton
One in three people living in Sutton are dissatisfied with the parking in the borough that’s according to those recently questioned.
The residents’ survey, commissioned by Sutton Council, feeds-back peoples’ views on tax-payer funded services.
The latest data on resident satisfaction was compiled after 1,031 people were questioned during October and November last year.
The borough-wide report also found people want roads and pavements improved and that residents think speeding issues should be addressed. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am
Criminals who go on the run race extra jail time
Criminals who go on the run to avoid being sent back to prison could face harsh punishment under plans announced by the government.
According to Justice Secretary and Epsom & Ewell MP Chris Grayling the proposals will target offenders who have been conditionally released from prison but abscond.
Under current laws there is no additional penalty for criminals who breach their licence conditions.
Absconders could now face an extra two years behind bars. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 am
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