Children's Bookshop Shuts
A children’s bookshop in Richmond is among the independent shops who’ve succumbed to pressure from the internet.
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000 for the first time according to the booksellers Association.
The Lion & Unicorn Bookshop in Richmond, was dedicated to children’s books. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am
Hounslow cuts B & B use
The number of people resorting to staying in B&Bs in Hounslow has fallen dramatically.
There were 110 families in such accommodation for more than six weeks at a time in the borough in July last year.
But by the end of December, there were just 4.
The fall has been put down to council initiatives such as the Homeless at Home scheme, and helping people move into the private sector. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 am
Recovery centres for flood victims
With river levels starting to drop, the clean up is beginning.
Spelthorne, Runnymede and Elmbridge Councils have set up 7 flood recovery centres for people affected by the flooding to get help and advice.
Council and Environment Agency staff are on hand to explain what precautions you need to take when cleaning your property.
They also have CO2 monitors, food boxes and cleaning products to hand out.
The Centres can be found at:
(1) Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Egham TW18 3HD
(2) Chertsey Hall, Heriot Road, Chertsey KT16 9DR
(3) Elmbridge Community Hub, 72 High Street, Walton on Thames KT12 1BU
(4) Spelthorne Museum, 1 Elmsleigh Road, Staines TW18 4PM
(5) St Mary Church Hall, Green Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6RM
(6) Greeno Community Centre, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton TW17 9DH
(7) Lucan Pavilion, The Broadway, Laleham, Staines TW18 1RZ posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 am
Fight to prevent Croydon water plant flooding
The Environment Agency and Tandridge, Croydon and Surrey Councils have set up an emergency flood relief project to protect the Kenley waterworks from flooding.
Firefighters have been at the site for two weeks pumping high volumes of water away from the facility.
The relief scheme brings in the Army to make a series of temporary reservoirs to slow the floodwater from the Caterham Bourne.
The first stage started on Friday with the closure of Woldingham Road between the A22 and Bug Hill to all traffic except residents.
The project could last up to six months while a funding bid is prepared for a long term solution.
If the plant was to be closed, 450 nearby homes would flood and water supply for up to 47 thousand homes would be affected. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 am
Roehampton research finds oldest inhabitants of Britain
Research from a joint study by Roehampton University and the University of Hull has found that Britain’s oldest inhabitants are tiny shrimp-like animals that have lived here for at least 19 million years.
It had been thought no animal species could survive the dramatic climate changes that have happened during that time.
But this species live in subterranean groundwater which may have protected them from severe temperature variations.
Professor Anne Robertson at Roehampton says that this shows the importance of underground ecosystems which need better conservation policy to protect them. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 am
Arrests in Flooded Egham
Two men were arrested in Egham on Thursday evening as part of the police crime prevention operation in the flood affected areas.
Officers on patrol in Hythe spotted the two men - aged 33 and 39 - in a vehicle acting suspiciously in Ayebridges Avenue.
They were found to have tools and equipment that police suspected were to be used to commit theft.
Extra patrols are out in the area and number plate recognition cameras are being used to deter criminals. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 am
Friday, 21 February 2014
Hayes Murder Inquiry
A murder investigation’s been launched in Hayes following the death of a 46 year-old man.
Police were called at around 9.30 last night, to reports of a disturbance in a block of flats in St Dunstan’s Close, and found a man with stab wounds to his torso.
The London Ambulance Service attended and the victim was taken to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead later.
A 16-year old boy’s been arrested and is currently in custody at a west London police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 pm
SW London Cycle Hire Funding Gap
It has emerged Barclays Bank didn’t pay for any of the cycle hire scheme last year – despite being its sponsor.
A document from August 2011, released via a freedom of information request to the BBC, showed TfL had expected £10million.
The roll out to south-west London was partly funded by councils in the end.
TfL said it still "expects to receive a contribution" from Barclays. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 pm
New Security At Heathrow
Specialist anti-slavery teams are to be based inside UK airports in a bid to clampdown on human trafficking.
The first team will be based at Heathrow from April the 1st. The scheme will then be rolled out at other airports.
The teams will be tasked with identifying victims and disrupting criminal gangs involved in international trafficking.
Police are appealing for help to find a teenager missing from Battersea.
13 year old Britney Bonnick was last seen at 11:30am on Monday before she left her home in Alfreda Street.
Britney is described as black, 5ft 4ins tall and of slim build.
She is known to frequent the Wandsworth Southside shopping area and Wandsworth Southfields.
Anyone who has seen Britney is asked to contact police on 101. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 pm
Polish woman rescued from prostitution in Hounslow
Police have today rescued a Polish woman held against her will and forced into prostitution in Hounslow.
Two women in their thirties, a 30-year-old man and a 44-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation and conspiracy to control prostitution.
Officers forced entry to a house in Bath Road after they received information that a woman there had been trafficked and forced into prostitution.
The woman is currently being cared for and is receiving help and support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm
Man jailed for manslaughter
A 43 year old man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the manslaughter of a three-year boy at an address in Lambeth.
Police were called by ambulance crews, who took the gravely ill child to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, where he later died.
It is believed the child was assaulted sometime during the evening – the cause of death was multiple injuries similar to a fall from a substantial height.
During his interview, the man denied assaulting the child and blamed the injuries on a fall or medical staff performing CPR.
Neither the perpetrator nor the victim can be named for legal reasons. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm
No Charge Brought In Alps Killings
French prosecutors say no charges are being brought against a former policeman arrested over the killing of a British engineer, Saad al-Hilli from Claygate, and his family in the Alps.
The 48-year-old’s been released, but is still being investigated over allegations of arms trafficking. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am
Kingston Council's A Board dispute with shop owners rears its ugly head again
Kingston Council is once again reminding businesses along Tolworth Broadway, that they need to remove their A Boards from the street.
In 2006, the Council stated it is unlawful practice and can no longer be allowed.
That's despite the pavement being 18ft wide, and wooden street furniture recently being installed in the middle of it.
Many businesses, including Jackie, use A boards to advertise the fact they are open for business.
They are seen by traders as a way to let people know the local high street is still very much open.
Traders in Tolworth say they need their A Boards even more, after some councillors suggested people should avoid the pavements completely, and use the new Greenway to walk along Tolworth Broadway - effectively avoiding the shops.
The video below was filmed in 2009, when Council enforcement officers forcibly removed Jackie's A Board.
Checks are being carried out 24/7 at Kenley’s Water Treatment Works.
The plant supplies water to 46,000 homes across Croydon.
Flooding has already entered the site, but over the weekend, measures were taken to stop it spreading.
@MPSinthesky captured this shot yesterday of water being pumped away from the site by London Fire Brigade.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am
Woman rescued from Thames at Barnes
A woman has been rescued from the Thames at Barnes Bridge.
The police helicopter was called to assist in the search headed by the RNLI earlier.
She is said to be safe and well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am
Rebekah Brooks formally acquitted of one charge of misconduct in a public office
In the phone hacking trial former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has been formally acquitted of one charge of misconduct in a public office.
However, she still faces four further counts.
Allegations first came to light after it emerged the phone messages of murdered Walton schoolgirl Milly Dowler had been hacked after she disappeared in 2002.
Crime correspondent Martin Brunt, at the Old Bailey, has more details about the charge that has been dropped.
Footage emerges of teenager hanging from a crane in Wallington
Sutton Police say “thrill-seeking free running will not be tolerated” after footage emerged of a teenager hanging from a crane in Wallington.
The boy was filmed dangling perilously over buildings, 50 metres above the ground.
Two of the boy's friends are also seen in the video, with one of them walking along the crane without using his arms for support.
The uploader of the YouTube video says it happened in the Old Court House area of Wallington and describes himself as a “free runner.”
Eastenders star to launch her own stage school in Esher
EastEnders star Charlie Brooks is to launch her own stage school.
It's due to open in Esher next month.
Charlie - who plays Janine Butcher - returns next week when Kat Moon and Stacey Branning visit her in prison, after being jailed for killing her husband.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am
Citizen's patrols launched to deter looters in Egham
Residents in a flood-hit cul de sac in Egham have launched citizen's patrols in a bid to deter looters following the flooding.
Police have also drafted in extra officers and 4x4 vehicles borrowed from other forces.
Residents in Ayebridges Avenue say they are checking properties themselves, challenging unfamiliar van drivers and discussing hiring private security patrols.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am
Kingston Mayor visiting council estate
Kingston’s Mayor is visiting one of the borough’s largest council estates today to see how residents are transforming it.
The Kingsnympton Park Residents Association is declaring ‘Open-House’ to show off its efforts at making the estate more attractive.
Cllr Penny Shelton will be shown the results of a council funded campaign aimed at making Kingsnympton a better place to live.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am
Richmond Park MP backs calls to put pressure on Sri Lanka's government
Richmond Park’s MP’s backed calls to put pressure on Sri Lanka’s government to investigate war crimes during the country’s Civil War.
The Richmond and Kingston Tamil community presented Zac Goldsmith with a petition.
They demanded David Cameron continue to push for a full inquiry when he visits the nation in November.
The Sri Lankan Civil War was a 26 year conflict, which ended in 2009.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am
Richmond Council allocated £250,000 for road and pavement repairs
Richmond Council has allocated a further £250,000 for road and pavement repairs across the borough.
It’s after it received a record number of responses from residents who had nominated various roads for pothole repairs.
1,900 took part in this year’s consultation – three times more than the previous year.
A total of £750,000 will now be spent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am
England look to capitalise on Twickenham
England will look to maximise the benefit of home advantage when they take on Ireland in the Six Nations at the Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
Stuart Lancaster’s men will help to build a passionate atmosphere by taking a longer than usual walk to the dressing room through the West car park.
The head coach names his team for the match this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 am
Litter levels fall in Hounslow
New figures released indicate that Hounslow Council is beginning to win its battle to make the borough cleaner.
A Keep Britain Tidy survey reveals levels of litter and debris have fallen by two and 8.6 percentage points respectively since the last survey in September 2013.
The council says since the start of its new crackdown on litter louts a total of 26 people have been issued with an 80-pound fine over the past four months.
It’s also installed three new CCTV cameras in fly tipping hot spots. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 am
Flood related burglary reported in Staines
Police have received its first report of a flood affected home being targeted by burglars.
The property in Staines had been unoccupied between the 4th and 18th of this month.
It’s believed the incident happened on February 14th.
Entry to the property, in Greenlands Road, was made through a window or door which had been left open due to flooding.
Some personal documents were taken from a cabinet in an upstairs study. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 am
Boy gets pioneering robotic treatment
A five year old brain cancer patient has received pioneering treatment using a £4.1 million radiotherapy robot.
Harry Parkes is the first child to be operated on under general anaesthetic by doctors using the CyberKnife machine.
It’s based at the Royal Marsden’s Chelsea site.
The robot fires X-ray beams accurate to 0.5mm.
It is able to “sterilise” an area after a tumour is taken out by removing microscopic cancerous cells not spotted by surgeons.
Sinkhole appears in Wallington
Residents in Wallington had a lucky escape this morning.
It’s after a 5ft wide and 3ft deep sink hole appeared in Malden Road.
One car lost its wheel to the hole. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm
Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses after a collision in Wandsworth
They were called to Alma Road just before 1am on the 18th January, following reports of a vehicle colliding with two pedestrians.
A man and a woman were later taken to a South London hospital.
Police are keen to speak to a third person believed to be at the crossing at the time.
Anyone who witnessed the incident’s urged to contact Hampton’s Collision Investigation Unit. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm
Two arrested after car bursts into flames in Battersea
Two men have been arrested after allegedly crashing a stolen Bentley into a building during a joyride in the early hours in Battersea.
The luxury car burst into flames at around 4am in Battersea Bridge Road.
The men aged 21 and 27, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of carrying out a carjacking. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm
UK's oldest hospice in Clapham gets the Royal seal of approval
The Duchess of Cornwall visited Clapham this morning.
Richmond’s First World War heritage is to be explored in a brand new exhibition
The council has today been handed a £22,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to make it happen.
It’s hoped In their Footsteps: Richmond’s First World War, will inspire young people to delve into the history of the war 100 years ago.
The exhibition will be held at Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham from August until November. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm
The Better Services Better Value review, which threatened the closure of services at St Helier Hospital has been scrapped.
The Clinical Commissioning Groups involved in South-West London say they want to develop a new five year strategy for health services.
Earlier this month, it emerged redevelopment of St Helier was unlikely to go ahead due to the BSBV proposals.
Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, Paul Burstow says:
BSBV was an ill-conceived costly waste of time. It is good to see the back of it and that none of the plans will now be pursued.
My fear is that by accepting BSBVs arguments and analysis the 6 CCGs are setting themselves up to fail. BSBV was dangerously flawed and any new process will only carry popular support if it is seen to be genuinely open minded.
"Now the question is how we secure the long term future of St Helier. That is going to require fresh thinking and a much more collaborative approach.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm
Sutton Police starts to name and shame those convicted of domestic abuse
In a new initiative, the Met Police and the Safer Sutton Partnership Service, which manages the borough's community safety services, will be joining forces to name and shame individuals convicted of domestic abuse.
Their first focus is Kasey Singh, a 27-year-old welder, who mentally and physically abused a 31-year-old mother of two children from Sutton.
Initially, Singh continued to be a loving partner when they were out with friends. But he began to become controlling and manipulative and then increasingly aggressive and violent.
The worst incident was on 17 February 2013 when Singh deliberately left her alone in a club in Croydon without any money leaving her to walk home alone to Sutton at 03:00hrs.
Singh returned to her flat at around 04:30hrs and threatened to kick down the door. After several attempts to ask him to leave, she opened the front door. He immediately cornered her in the kitchen and punched her straight in the left eye. She fell to the ground where he kicked and punched her in the face and head. He told her: "Be quiet or I'll punch you in your other eye."
During the attack Singh said: "You might be pregnant with my baby: shall I punch it out of you?'" The victim was not pregnant with his baby nor was he the father of either of her two children.
A spokesman for the Safer Sutton Partnership Service, which manages the service, said: "There are many more victims out there who would benefit greatly from the advice and support on offer. Alternatively, you can call Victim Support on 020 7801 1777 for support and advice.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has demanded Southern and First Capital Connect raise their standards after shocking positions in a recent satisfaction league table.
Out of the 19 train companies surveyed by consumer group Which?, Southern were ranked 13th and First Capital Connect ranked 18th.
According to the survey, passengers don’t think either train company provides value for money nor do they believe that there is enough room for passengers on the trains.
Southern and First Capital Connect managed to score a feeble 2 out of 5 stars when it came to punctuality. First Capital Connect scored just 2 out of 5 stars for reliability.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am
Monday, 17 February 2014
Vulnerable Woman Missing From Kingston
Police are now growing increasingly concerned for vulnerable woman who’s been missing from Kingston since lunchtime.
85 year old Sheila Lee, who suffers from the early stages of dementia, left her daughter’s house in Grove Close at midday.
She said she was heading home to Newcastle.
Sheila is white, 5’5”, slim with short grey hair and had with her a wheeled shopping trolley and a straw bag.
If you spot her please call Kingston Police immediately on 101. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm
No Pension for Ex Kingston Council Leader
Kingston Council’s former leader will not get a pension following his imprisonment for possessing indecent images of children.
The authority has confirmed Lib Dem Derek Osborne is not entitled to one, and never was.
Osbourne was jailed for two years last year.
Some councils choose to include councillors in their schemes, but Kingston says it did not. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm
Car crashes into shop in Hampton Hill
A woman has been taken to hospital after crashing her car into a shop in Hampton Hill High Street.
The accident happened just before 11.45am.
The front window of Callaghan Interiors was smashed.
Police say the driver has minor injuries.
Photo courtesy of Buds Office Plants.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm
UPDATE: Croydon assault
It’s believed a pensioner has been seriously injured after being attacked in Croydon town centre.
It's thought the man in his 70s was assaulted in Tamworth Road at around 2.20pm.
He was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital as a "priority".
Trams have been suspended between Reeves Corner and East Croydon until further notice.
For more details on the line closures follow @Jackie_travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm
Kingston's MP criticised
The Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston Ed Davey has been criticised for taking paternity leave as storms hit Britain.
It's emerged he went on leave on Friday morning following the birth of his daughter.
That was the same day as thousands of homes throughout the country were left without power.
The Daily Mail reports some in Whitehall have accused Mr Davey of “downing tools” during the crisis.
But Downing Street has defended the Kingston & Surbiton MP, saying he's entitled to take paternity leave. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm
Two bodies have been found in a house in Carshalton
The man and a woman were discovered in the property in Mill Lane on Saturday afternoon after a concerned neighbour raised the alarm.
The deaths are not being treated as suspicious. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm
Trial of Kingston man starts
A Jury at the Old Bailey has heard how a man was killed by his lover's ex in a jealous rage in Kingston.
28 year old Colin Bolton, an electrical engineer from Old Malden, was stabbed to death last June on the Kingsnympton estate.
45 year old Andrew Nichols from the Cambridge Estate, denies murder. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm
Richmond Ball Deemed A Success
The Mayor of Richmond’s Charity Ball has once again been a huge success, raising more than £22,000 in one night.
The event was held at St Mary’s University in Twickenham earlier this month.
Guests enjoyed a meal, auction, comedy from Jack Whitehall and dancing.
Money raised will be split between two charities, Home-Start Richmond, and the Avenue Club, for elderly residents, in Kew.
Army To Inspect Flood Defences
The Army is to carry out a "rapid inspection" of England's flood defences to assess the damage left by the unprecedented flooding.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the work would normally take two years but they would aim to complete in five weeks.
The MP for Runneymede and Weybridge says around 200 personnel from the Royal Engineers will begin the inspection of flood defences on the 24th February. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am
Archeological Finds on Crossrail Sites
A skull from Roman London and finds from a suspected Black Death burial ground are among 50 items discovered during Crossrail project digs, that have gone on show.
Archaeological investigations are being carried out at each of the 40 worksites – making the most ambitious engineering project in Europe, a catalyst for learning about our past.
The nearly 15 billion pound Crossrail development, is due to be completed in 2018 and will link Berkshire to Essex via Heathrow and central London.
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