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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Man dies following Croydon house fire

A man's died following a house fire in Croydon.

Firefighters were called to a blaze in Addiscombe Court at around 11-30 this morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:42 pm  

Investigations after boy dies in Chertsey
Two other people, believed to be the seven year old's parents, are in a serious condition after being evacuated from their home in Chertsey folowing floding.

Twelve other people are being treated in hospital.

Police were called at 3.30 this morning by paramedics. Nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution, and police investigating the death are urging anyone in the area suffering vomiting, diarrhoea and a fever to seek medical attention.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

West Molesey drug charges
Four men have charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs after a raid in West Molesey on Wednesday.

Police found a large amount of white powder believed to be cocaine and items of equipment at the address in Island Farm Road.

Matthew Moring from Woking, Colin Watkins and Shwan Baban from West Molesey and Dennis Singfield from Worcester Park appeared at South East Surrey Magistrates Court today/Friday and were remanded in custody until a hearing at the Guildford Crown Court on the 20th February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 am  

Clapham Junction hosts homecoming troops
Clapham Junction will host a homecoming next Thursday for the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment who are returning from their latest deployment to Afghanistan.

The Regiment was given the Freedom of the Borough in 2011 in recognition of its historic links with the area.

Around 200 officers and men will parade from the Northcote Library at noon ending at the territorial army unit opposite the train station.

The area’s connection with the regiment goes back to 1916 when tanks were first sent out during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 am  

Friday, 7 February 2014

Police appeal after burglary in Weybridge
Surrey Police is appealing for information following a burglary at a house in Weybridge.

The robbery took place between 4 on Monday afternoon and 7.30am on Tuesday at an address on Weyside.

It’s believed the burglars forced entry through a side door and then got into the adjacent garage,they stole a number of tools including two drills.

If you can assist officers with their investigation please contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

Armed robbery at Epsom store
A teenager has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a convenience store in Epsom.

Just before 9 last night a suspect entered the Vetrys convenience store on East Street brandishing an air weapon before discharging the gun several times.

Two of the shots hit a shop assistant, a woman in her thirties,in the face and she was taken to hospital for treatment.

The offender took the till drawer which was found discarded nearby a short time later by officers.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

Cobham man given pub ban
A man from Cobham has been banned from entering pubs in the area.

51 year old Andrew Walker’s drunken and abusive behaviour had a significant impact on the community.

He’s been given an ASBO which will expire in 2017.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

Man jailed for 8 and a half years
A man who fatally injured a police officer after hitting him in Rosehill in Sutton with his car has been sentenced to eight and a half years.

25 year old Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody from South Norwood pleading guilty to 4 offences including causing death by dangerous driving.

In September, PC Andrew Duncan was working on a speed enforcement operation when Bromige's car collided with him.

He was married with two children, a son and a daughter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

Mourinho says they are not title contenders
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he seriously doesn't believe they're contenders to win the Premier League.

That's despite his side being level on points with second placed Manchester City and just 2 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Mourinho says those clubs remain the favourites in the title race but does admit his team is ready to make the most of it if they slip up.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

Flood warning issued for Staines and Egham
A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Thames at Staines and Egham.

Property flooding is expected for the Pooley Green, Thorpe Lea and east Egham areas from today onwards.

Forecasters suggest river levels in this area could reach a similar or higher level than those seen in January 2003.

The Agency is advising residents to act now to protect yourselves and your property.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Fine for Putney karaoke bar
A karaoke bar in East Putney has been ordered to pay more than £8,000 in fines and court costs after admitting numerous licensing breaches.

Coco Futures Limited, the company that operates the Sue karaoke bar in the Upper Richmond Road, was fined for allowing loud music and singing after hours and for permitting customers to smoke indoors.

It was also failing to serve alcoholic drinks in the correct measures.

Bars must offer customers traditional short measures if they buy spirits, but the company would only allow customers to purchase full bottles of whisky at £100 a time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Man dies after M25 collision
A man’s died after a vehicle collision on the M25 last night.

The accident involving a Mercedes Sprinter and a lorry happened just before midnight on the motorway between the junctions at Leatherhead and Reigate.

The driver of the Mercedes, believed to be in his 20’s, died while being carried to hospital by ambulance services.

The lorry driver, a man in his 40’s, was arrested at the scene.

He’s suspected of causing death by careless driving.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 am  

Torres returns to training earlier than expected
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has recovered from an injury quicker than expected providing a timely boost for the Blues.

The Spaniard was expected to be out of action for at least a month after picking up a knee injury against Manchester United last month.

However it’s unlikely he’ll play a part in tomorrow’s match against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 am  

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Six fans up in arms after being banned for life from Carshalton Athletic
Six fans have been banned from Carshalton Athletic for life without appeal for no apparent reason.

They say they have contacted the club asking why they were banned at the beginning of December, but the club have failed to tell them.

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton, has also written to Paul Dipre, the club's chairman to find out why with no success.

This banned fan says he misses going to the matches.



This is the wording of the letter sent to each of the six fans:

Dear Mr -,

The board of directors met yesterday and after due consideration have decided to impose an immediate permanent ban on your attendance of the club. No other fans, officials, managers or volunteers were involved in this decision, directly or indirectly. The ban was not imposed as a result of any statements, comments, allegations from any other fans, officials, managers or volunteers, directly or indirectly.

The club will not make any further comment nor will review its decision. If you, or any of your colleagues harass, publish libellous statements, intimidate staff, officials, fans or managers at the club, on-line, in person or at away matches we will inform the police and/or take legal action against you.

By Order of the Board

Paul Dipre, Paul Williams, Clare Dipre, Kelly Anscomb


Carshalton Athletic say they don't wish to discuss the issue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Virgin Media has been fined over £14,000 for putting Richmond’s drivers at risk
The council took action after it discovered open manhole covers for communication lines in Petersham Road last June.

It claimed contractors failed to build safety barriers or put up signs to give an early warning of the imminent danger.

Work was halted straight away.

In court, the media giant admitted 15 street work offences.

£14,300 is to be paid within 14 days, together with the Council’s costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

CCTV released after Kingston robbery


Detectives are appealing for assistance in identifying a man sought in connection with the robbery of a Kingston betting shop.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to and you can view the image on our website.

In September a 57-year-old man, was on his way to the Post Office on Hawks Road when he was attacked and a bag containing the takings from the Ladbrokes was stolen.

During the attack the victim was punched knocking him to the floor.

The suspect’s white, in his late 20's, about 6ft 1, strong build with short brown hair.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

Tolworth drugs arrests
Police have arrested three people after executing a drugs warrant in Tolworth.

They discovered Class A and Class B drugs at a flat in Donald Woods Gardens yesterday.

Two men aged 24 and 34 were arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

A 49-year-old woman was arrested for possession of class B drugs and thefts.

All three were taken to a West London police station where they currently remain while enquiries are ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Walton woman organising fundraiser to build a children's hospice
A woman from Walton is trying to raise money to build a hospice in memory of her grandson who died as a baby in hospital.

Pamela Cabannes-Barrall's grandson Sean died after being born with a glucose deficiency.

His family were unable to hold him as he was ill in hospital.

She hopes a new hospice would help improve experiences of families in similar situations.



The next major fundraiser is at the Hilton in Cobham on the 8th March. More details are available here.

You can listen to our full interview with Pamela here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Council creates an 11 tonne rubbish mountain with a day’s worth of litter


An 11 tonne mountain of rubbish was created in the middle of Sutton High Street this morning as part of an anti-litter campaign to change bad habits and save council tax payers money.

The pile, over 10ft tall and just as wide in clear plastic bags, demonstrates how much street litter is collected each day at a cost of £4m a year.

That is the equivalent of running a library service for a year; repairing 100,000 potholes; providing 210 residential care places for the elderly; or building half a primary school.

The campaign has been launched in response to a recent Ipsos MORI survey which showed that 36% of respondents believe ‘clean streets’ is the most important issue in making somewhere a good place to live; 18% said it was an issue that most needs improving; and 36% of people said that dog fouling is a particular issue that needs to be addressed.

As part of the campaign, two new enforcement officers have been brought in to issue fixed penalty notices of £90 to those who drop litter in Sutton. They will not fine people for the first week during a grace period’, but warn against dropping litter and the consequences of doing so.

Council Leader Ruth Dombey:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am  

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Car Crash in Kingston

There’s been a crash in Kingston this evening.

Two cars collided on Richmond Road at the junction with Tudor Drive just after seven thirty.

A 17 year old girl was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Man Charged With Streatham Murder

A man's been charged with the murder of a prostitute from Streatham.

Maria Duque-Tunjano, who was 48, was found dead with head injuries in a flat in Earls Court last Friday.

Robert Richard Fraser is also accused of robbery, false imprisonment and sexual assault.

The 39 year old - of no fixed address - is due in court tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

Police officer charged with common assault
A senior police officer's been charged with common assault and making violent threats while he was off duty.

Detective Inspector Anthony Giles - who works with the Surrey force in Guildford - is accused over an incident in West Sussex in December.

He's due before magistrates next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:41 pm  

Fire services cuts in Surrey edging closer
Plans to cut fire services in Surrey have edged closer.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Authority put forward plans for Spelthorne to have one fire engine at one fire station instead of two engines at two stations, under cost-cutting plans.

Surrey’s county Council’s cabinet voted to close the stations at Sunbury and Staines and replace them with a new base in the borough.

The FBU says front line services shouldn’t be cut.

The final decision will be taken at a full council meeting next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Epsom charity launches campaign to prevent child sexual exploitation in Surrey
A campaign to help Surrey parents and carers prevent child sexual exploitation has been launched by an Epsom charity.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation will be going round to schools to help parents understand the signs that a young person may be at risk.

Deborah Denis from the charity says that parents in the county aren't as aware of exploitation as they should be.



You can listen to our full interview with Deborah here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Croydon South MP quizzes PM over tube strike
People have struggled into work in London this morning because of a 48-hour tube strike.

London Underground says it's operating services on eight out of 11 lines despite what it says is a "completely unnecessary" walkout over ticket office closures.

Unions claim fewer than a third of normal trains are running.

Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway quizzed David Cameron in the Commons:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Winter investment for Epsom and St Helier hospitals
Epsom and St Helier hospitals will invest over a million pounds between them to deal with the challenges of winter.

They'll spend the money on recruiting more doctors and nurses to support the A&E departments and provide consultant cover across the hospitals.

It will also be used to fund extra beds in children's wards.

Winter is usually the busiest time of the year for hospitals up and down the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Tolworth Girls School closed due to fire


Tolworth Girls School will be closed until Monday after an overnight fire completely destroyed a temporary building.

Fire crews have now left the site after being satisfied that no damage has been caused to nearby classrooms.

Headteacher Siobhan Lowe says they’re doing all they can to ensure the school will be able to run as normal from next week.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

Kingston to bring Red Cross World War 1 archive to life


Public knowledge and understanding of life on the Home Front during World War 1 is set to grow thanks to archive work being carried out by Kingston University historians on behalf of the British Red Cross.

With a four-year long commemoration of the Great War due to start this summer, Dr Sue Hawkins and Juliet Warren from the University’s Centre for the Historical Record are marking the anniversary by overseeing the digitisation of the personnel records of a quarter of a million of the Red Cross's Voluntary Aid Detachments – as those who volunteered for the Red Cross during the First World War were known.

This will shed new light on the personal experience of huge numbers of Britons and the humanitarian contribution they made during the war.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has made a grant of £80,000 available to fund the project.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

Tube strike causes delays for SW London commuters and disruption on the roads
People are struggling to get to work in London this morning because of a 48-hour tube strike.

London Underground says it's operating services on eight out of 11 lines despite what it says is a "completely unnecessary" walkout over ticket office closures.

Unions claim fewer than a third of normal trains are running.

There are long queues for buses and the roads in the capital are much busier than usual

These people at Kings Cross say the disruption is causing them problems.



Picture from Bjorn Thomassen [email protected] of the District Line at Earls Court at 8.30am
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

Man wanted in connection with murder of Streatham prostitute arrested
A man wanted in connection with the murder of a prostitute from Streatham has been arrested.

Robert Richard Fraser was picked up by officers in Leicester Square last night.

Maria Duque-Tunjano was found in a flat in Earls Court on Friday - she'd been hit over the head with a blunt object.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 am  

Man arrested after PCSO hit by a car in Kingston
A man’s been arrested for GBH after a police community support officer was hit by a car while trying to detain two suspected burglars in Kingston.

A male PCSO ended up being carried on the bonnet of the VW Polo for around 100 yards on Chesfield Road yesterday evening.

He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 am  

Sutton draw in Conference South
In the Conference South last night Staines lost 1-nil at Storford while Sutton drew 2-all with Gosport.

In Ryman League action Met Police suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Hampton & Richmond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 am  

Kevin Pietersen's England career brought to an end
The disastrous England Ashes tour has claimed another victim.

Kevin Pietersen's international career is over.

The ECB's new managing director Paul Downton says the team, team ethic and philosophy are being rebuilt without the Surrey batsman.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:12 am  

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Fail to Stop in Kingston

Police are searching for two suspected burglars who ran over a police community support officer in Kingston.

The officer was hit by a black VW Polo in Tudor Drive, though he isn’t seriously injured. It's believed they were involved in an attempted burglary shortly before the collision.

The suspects are described as white males. One has a beard and was wearing a blue hooded top.

Anyone with information should contact Kingston Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

Suburbs are home to our most overweight
More than six in ten people in England are overweight or obese, according to official figures.

Public Health England says the fattest region is the North East - where 68% are struggling with their weight.

In Surrey, it’s just over 60%, and in London, it’s just under, at 57.3%

The Capital is the nation’s lightest region.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Tesco withdraws Tolworth application
Tesco has withdrawn its application to build a supermarket in Tolworth.

The redevelopment proposal included building over 200 flats and a hotel on the old Toby Jug site.

Many residents opposed the plans saying that the extra traffic would congest roads and increase pollution.

The head of Tesco corporate affairs in London says they are committed to putting forward plans which will benefit Tolworth.

This elderly resident is upset that the site is still untouched after all these years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Fulham youngster hoping to play in FA Cup replay
Fulham youngster Chris David says he's desperate to be involved in the replay against Sheffield United this evening.

He's already played twice in the FA Cup this season, starting away draws to Norwich and Sheffield United.

He says the 1-1 draw that set up the replay was a difficult game and it's up to Fulham to make sure they get a victory tonight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Iguanas stuffed in socks discovered at Heathrow
13 rare iguanas have been uncovered by customs officials at Heathrow Airport - stuffed into socks.

12 of the San Salvador rock lizards - which are on the verge of extinction - survived the flight they'd been on from the Bahamas.

It's thought they were being taken to Germany - two Romanian women have been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

Conversatives in Merton hit out at speed of whistleblowing investigation
Merton's Conservative councillors have hit out at the investigation into whistleblowing allegations in the council.

They say they're disappointed it hasn't been concluded after it started in November last year.

The allegations relate to management of the council's finance and the hiring of consultants filling vacant posts on salaries higher than associated with their role.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 pm  

Acclaim for Kingston lecturer
A Kingston University lecturer has received critical acclaim for her book about a 200 year old family feud.

Dr Nicola Phillips was praised by the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, who described the book as ‘splendid’ and ‘a gem’.

The book ‘The Profligate son’, charts the high living and later debts of Regency rake William Jackson.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

New Play Space for Whitton
The construction of a play area for toddlers by Whitton High Street will begin on Monday.

Richmond Council in partnership with Richmond Paragon will provide the toddler play area, with seating, in an area off Whitton High Street towards Cyprus Avenue.

For years this piece of land has been in disrepair, but thanks to the Council’s Uplift Programme, funding is now available to support Richmond Paragon inits effort to improve the area which it owns.

The play area will include a roundabout, double toddler swing, rockers, slide, finger maze and ground trampoline as well as seating for parents within the space.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Sixth form applications exceed expectations
Applications to attend five new sixth forms at the start of the autumn term have exceeded all expectations after Richmond Council ploughed millions into an ambitious school expansion project.

The borough’s five new sixth forms, which open in September, have proved hugely popular with prospective students.

The Council has received two applications for every place with more than 1,200 applications for 600 places currently available, latest figures reveal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am  

Police searching for owners of jewellery seized in Sutton


Police want to find the owners of jewellery seized during police checks on an exchange shop in Sutton High Street.

Officers believe the jewellery may be stolen and are keen for the rightful owners to come forward.

If you believe they belong to you or have any information about them, you should contact Sutton Police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

Emergency blood transfusion service benefits 70 patients


Doctors and paramedics at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance have performed nearly 70 emergency blood transfusions since the service was first launched a year ago today.

Figures show that during the last 12 months the advanced medical procedure – usually performed after a patient arrives at hospital - was carried out 69 times at the scene of an accident or medical emergency.

The charity’s research shows that a total of 160 units of blood were administered to patients who had life-threatening injuries with 20-29 year-olds being the largest group of recipients.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

Fulham boss modelling himself on Sir Alex Ferguson
Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen says he's modelling himself on Sir Alex Ferguson's approach to get his team out of trouble.

The pair worked together at Manchester United.

Fulham are bottom of the Premier League, and face Sheffield United in an FA Cup fourth round replay tonight.

Meulensteen says he regularly speaks to Sir Alex.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

Chelsea manager backing Terry to return to England duty
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes John Terry is playing well enough to make England's World Cup squad.

The defender retired from international duty in November 2012, shortly before the Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

He was cleared by a criminal court of a racially aggravated public order offence.

Mourinho says he'd back Terry playing for his country again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

Pensioner killed in Earls Court


Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman died following a collision with a lorry outside Earls Court tube station.

Paramedics tried for 30 minutes to save the life of the 75 year old victim following the accident yesterday at 3.30pm, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed until 9pm.

The driver stopped at the scene but was not arrested.

Twitpic: @Red_Rte_Sheriff
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Woman rescued from fire in Chelsea
Fire crews tackled a blaze in a converted flat on Hans Road in Chelsea early this morning.

Firefighters rescued a woman from inside the flat, who was treated by the London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.

Twelve other people were also evacuated from neighbouring flats within the converted house.

The fire is believed to have been caused by cooking left in the oven unattended.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am  

Politicians’ cats battle it out to be elected Britain’s first feline face of Westminster


Many of the nation’s politicians have been putting forward their pet cats to be the feline face of politics, in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s first online election poll to crown Westminster’s cat of the year.

MPs and Lords have been entering their moggies in the animal charity’s inaugural competition, by providing a snappy snap and 50-word ‘manifursto’ setting out why they think their cat should be Purr Minister.

You have until February the 13th to register your vote too.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am  

Monday, 3 February 2014

£219million St Helier refurb ''will not go ahead''



MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh has today released information detailing the promised development of St Helier Hospital is no longer going ahead.

Following an enquiry from Siobhain, the Chief Officer of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group has revealed that the scheme is "unaffordable in the current financial context."

The CCG goes on to say "the re-development does not feature as one of the Long-Term Financial Modelling scenarios being worked up."

This is the letter sent to Ms McDonagh by Merton CCG earlier.

In response to your enquiry regarding the St Helier redevelopment monies, I have taken advice and can offer the detail as follows:

The Treasury approved the Outline Business Case (OBC) in March 2010 and therefore the Trust are able to progress this to Full Business Case (FBC) at any stage.

However, the FBC would need commissioner support (and that would mean that the content of the re-development and the activity and financial assumptions underpinning it are aligned with the majority commissioners 5 year Strategies) and any capital redevelopment of the size would incur a significant additional revenue cost for the local commissioners and would probably be unaffordable in the current financial context.

It is for this reason that the re-development does not feature as
one of the Long-Term Financial Modelling (LTFM) scenarios being worked up by the Trust at this stage.

I hope this helps to clarify the issue.


Jackie News has spoken to MP for Carshalton and Wallington, and St Helier campaigner, Tom Brake in the last ten minutes; he fears Ms McDonagh may have jumped the gun.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Can you help find Summerstown's missing soldiers?


The hunt is on to try and find the relatives of a number of soldiers from a part of South West London, killed in World War I.

Graphic designer Geoff Simmons has launched the project Summerstown 182 to commemorate the centenary.

It’s named after the 182 soldiers from Summerstown, which lies in between Wimbledon and Earlsfield, who lost their lives 100 years ago

He’s already found details for the other 164 listed on a plaque in St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon Road, but has nothing for the other 18.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Hampton Court skier starts trip to Sochi
Hampton Court alpine skier Chemmy Alcott has started her trip to Sochi ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics later this week.

The Opening Ceremony is on Friday, but the first events are on Thursday.

Alcott won't be involved until Wednesday the 12th of February.

Ahead of her fourth games, she says success is all in the mind.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Hotel chain to open in Chertsey and Raynes Park
Travelodge is creating a thousand jobs in the UK.

The hotel chain's spending 100 million pounds opening 15 new hotels – including one in Chertsey and another in Raynes Park.

They're going to be hiring managers, receptionists, cleaners and restaurant staff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Heating and hot water bills to be cut in some council properties in Wandsworth
Some tenants in council properties in Wandsworth are to see their heating and hot water bills cut by up to 15 per cent from April.

1,800 council homes will benefit from various measures put in place to improve their energy efficiency, including cavity wall insulation.

A further 600 council properties will see their bills either frozen or increase by between one and four per cent.

The average national rise in energy charges is around nine per cent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman from Streatham


Officers were called just after 1pm on Friday, to reports of a body found at a flat in Earls Court Square in Earls Court.

On attendance it was apparent that the body had been there for a number of days.

A post-mortem examination took place at Westminster Mortuary today and gave the cause of death as blunt trauma to the head.

Next of kin has been informed.

The woman has been named as Maria Duque-Tunjano, aged 48, and a British national originally from Columbia who lived in Streatham.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 pm  

Streatham Common Fire

A house in Streatham Common's on fire.

The two floor detached home on Tankerville Road is alight.

Six LFB crews are dealing with it.

One person’s being treated at the scene; another managed to get out unhurt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

Feltham Fire

Darren Graham Photography

London Fire Brigade’s tackling a blaze in Feltham this afternoon.

A caravan on Bedfont Road near Feltham young offenders Institution caught light.

Crews there have put out the blaze and are cooling some propane cylinders on site.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm  

Hundreds campaign over sewer drilling in Fulham
More than 250 people packed into a School hall in Fulham to campaign against sewer drilling planed by Thames Water.

The plan to drill, 24/7 on Carnwath Road, could affect thousands and residents claim it is a, ‘health time bomb’.

The infrastructure project, which will be the second largest in the UK after Crossrail, aims to stop sewage flowing into The Thames when it rains.

Thames water had originally proposed drilling on an open space in Barn Elms but were stopped after local pressure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Driving fines on increase in Hammersmith
Unclear road markings in Hammersmith and Fulham are increasing the number of drivers getting penalty notices according to a BBC report.

The bus lane on Shepherds Bush Road has been ruled by adjudicators as ‘Unclear’ on five separate occasions after motorists appealed their fines.

The council currently issues tickets amounting to £1 million a year from the site and says it has has no plans to re-sign the road.

Penalties are charged at £130 with most drivers opting to pay early at a discounted rate rather than take their case to appeal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Support for Government business scheme increasing
A woman from Hersham is reaping the rewards of the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

The initiative provides money and support via job centres to those wanting to start up their own business.

54 year old Penny Standing has reinvented herself as a virtual PA, after she was twice made redundant.

She says age can be a barrier, but not for people who are working for themselves.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 am  

Image released after a man is raped in Putney


Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in relation to the rape of a man in Putney.

The 26 year old victim was first approached outside the Toy Shop bar on Putney High Street at 2am on the 14th of September last year.

After walking along the High Street together, the suspect attacked the victim in the churchyard of the St John Evangelist Polish Roman Catholic Church.

The suspect is described as white, in his mid-twenties, with short dark-blonde hair.

He spoke with a noticeable London accent.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 am  

Police appeal for information following a robbery in Stoneleigh

Police are appealing for information following a robbery at a bookmakers in Stoneleigh yesterday evening.

A man entered the Ladbrookes Store on The Broadway at 8:50PM, and threatened a member of staff with a concealed weapon.

He then forced the staff member to open the till and safe before making off with a quantity of cash.

He is described as white, in his late 20’s to 30’s, with a local accent.

He was covering his face with a scarf, and was wearing a black hooded waist length jacket and light blue jeans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 am  

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Rod Bradbury
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Rod enjoys and plays all sports and could have been a cricketer if hadn't taken his eye off the ball at a crucial moment.

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Lucy Mayer
Lucy is the Senior Broadcast Journalist at Jackie and also the Travel Editor. Find out more about her on the Presenters page.

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Leigh-Ann Gerrans
Leigh-Ann loves news and current affairs. She started life in Zimbabwe, but lives in Clapham. She's embraced life here and loves making the most of everything the area has to offer.

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Mollie Perella
Mollie is from Twickenham. She loves to ski, has a sweet tooth and an unhealthily large nail varnish collection.

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Charlotte Long
Charlotte has lived in South West London all her life. She likes dogs and Marmite.

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Sarah Onions
Sarah was schooled in Kingston and she likes jogging around Bushy Park.

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Mike Oban
Mike enjoys playing and watching sports and is a budding football coach.

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Deborah Martin
Deborah may have started life on a farm in Ohio, USA, but is a long time resident of South West London. Her current loves are fusing glass, good meals out, and dancing.

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Dave Stevens
Dave never cooks and likes a glass of red wine while not drinking Guinness. He is also a chocoholic.

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Natalie Osborne
Natalie presents both news and travel - more on Presenters page.

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Andrew Catford
Andrew is Wimbledon born, loves challenges: trekking Nepal, diving with sharks, snowmobiling the Arctic. He says there's nothing better than being just outside your comfort zone as you're only here once.

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Alex Loveridge
Alex loves watching tennis at Surbiton and Wimbledon and also plays a bit too. He swims at Richmond, but not in the Thames.

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Paul Francis
Paul grew up in Fetcham and now lives in Teddington with his wife, two cats and a dog. He supports Fulham and plays in a band.

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Haz Childs
Haz is from Hampton and loves all genre in music, but has a soft spot for reggae and Bob Marley.

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Emma Adams
Emma used to walk past Jackie when she was younger and wonder what it looked like inside. Now she knows.

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Sharmeen Ziauddin
Sharmeen lives in Worcester Park and loves lie-ins, kittens, books, politics, make-up and anything with sugar in it, but hates Monday mornings with a vengeance.

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Juliette Ivie
Juliette says she's generally one of those people who hates to miss out on things, so she can sometimes be quite hard to pin down! She's probably at a gig, theatre, bar, pub, or on a walk.

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Josh Doherty
Josh likes wine and Football Manager, preferably at the same time. He is also a passionate Chelsea fan.

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Ellie Jay
Ellie is from Thames Ditton and is learning Hindi very slowly.

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Rosalyn McCrea
Rosalyn hails from Richmond via Paris but she has a big love of Scottish rugby.


Hannah Newton
Hannah is a Claygate girl who loves 90s hiphop, cats, singing (badly), playing guitar (also badly) and filmmaking.


Gabi Melendez
Gabi is from Surbiton and eats out way too often. She dreams of owning a sausage dog called Evil Knievel.

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Martha Langan
Martha was originally called Lettuce, but thankfully her parents saw sense.

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Ann-Marie McDermott
Ann-Marie enjoys nothing better than a glass of wine in good company and is also a fan of photography, make-up and playing the piano.

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Scott McGee
Scott has lived around Kingston all of his life, but has a special connection to Richmond Park. He loves watching sport.

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Iona Stewart-Richardson
Iona enjoys writing plays, poetry and kayaking.

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Ed Drake
Ed was born and raised in South West London. Having competed in alpine skiing at the Olympic Games, he’s a lover of speed on a motorbike, car or on skis.

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Grace McGachy
Grace wants to be the next Mary Berry, failing that, she's happy being a journalist! She recently started a vinyl record collection and loves old movies.

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Katie Shanahan
Katie is a Kingston girl who loves sport. She’s played hockey for England, but now enjoys cycling in the Surrey Hills with a good coffee and cake to finish.

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Adam Shaw
Adam is passionate about football and Jaffa Cakes.

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David Walker
David presents both news and travel - more on Presenters page.

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Katie Polglase
Katie has learnt to speak Spanish, Arabic and the odd bit of Persian. But when all seems a bit too much like hard work, she'll be playing the piano or guitar or just watching Netflix.

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Holly Snelling
Holly would love to have a job that pays her to travel round the world and is a firm believer houmous goes with almost anything.

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Sandra Aggrey
Sandra wants to travel the world in 60 days.

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Warren Muggleton
Warren loves rowing, playing piano & drums (not at the same time though!), and old BBC comedies.





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