Sutton MP backing bus campaign
Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow is backing a campaign to make it easier for blind and partially-sighted people to use buses.
The Lib Dem MP showed his support for Guide Dogs charity 'Talking Buses' campaign last week.
Currently, audio visual systems are only fitted to around 20% of the bus fleet nationally, with the majority of these in London.
The 'Talking Buses' campaign is calling for the government to require all new buses to be fitted with the systems.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am
Magna Carta anniversary perfect time for constitutional debate
The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta next year is the right time for a fresh debate on the pros and cons of a written constitution.
That's according to MPs in the Commons Political Reform Committee.
They say the UK is currently governed by a 'sprawling mass' of laws, unwritten conventions and treaty obligations.
The Magna Carta was sealed in Egham in 1215 by King John.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am
Appeal for information after cherished motocross bike stolen in Thames Ditton
Police are appealing for information following the theft of a KTM motocross bike in Thames Ditton.
The vehicle was stolen between 8pm on Saturday, the 5th of July and 9am on Sunday, the 6th of July from a garage at an address in Speer Road after the offenders forced entry.
The motocross bike is described as having a bump seat and being orange with black rims with Red Bull Graphics.
There are several orange parts over the engine which has KTM printed on it.
The brake and clutch calipers also have special orange parts and there are sponsor stickers on the mudguard.
The bike also has Adams racing number of 36 in black on the front sides and the name ‘MILLY SMITH' on the right hand side of the air box.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Surrey Police by either using our online reporting system found at www.surrey.police.uk or calling 101 quoting reference 45140046217.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am
Headley Court rehab centre on the move
Epsom's world-famous military rehabilitation centre at Headley Court is to go ahead with its decision to close.
The site near Epsom Downs will be replaced with a new centre in Loughborough by 2018.
Returning wounded soldiers have been treated at Headley since the end of the second World War.
The charity Help for Heroes was initially set up to raise funds for new facilities there, but the new site will be largely funded by donations, and the Duke of Westminster.
Headley has spent over £30 million in upgrades, but the new site will be nearer Selly Oak Hospital, where a lot of wounded soldiers return after fighting.
Owen selling Wandsworth home
There are reports Take That member Mark Owen is selling his Wandsworth home after it was graffitied.
He paid almost £2million for the property in 2010, before embarking on extensive works.
But friends have told the Daily Mail that the singer is moving on for a number of reasons.
One includes the fact someone daubed “tax evader” and expletives on the wall of the property.
It follows the revelation he had been caught up in an alleged tax evasion scheme earlier this year with his bandmates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm
Cobham received a royal visitor today
Picture: Boyce Thornton
The Countess of Wessex officially opened the Riverhill Regeneration Project on the High Street this afternoon.
It’s the Cobham Heritage Trust’s contribution to the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Her Royal Highness then watched a plastic duck race along the River Mole. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Pasalic arrives at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Croatia under-21 international Mario Pasalic.
He moves from Hajduk Split.
The midfielder made the provisional Croatia squad for the World Cup.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm
Morrisons delivery not available south of the river
After the announcement that Morrisons will start a delivery service to the capital it has emerged that it will only to be addresses north of the Thames.
Customers living in the Clapham, Wimbledon and Lewisham areas will have to wait until next year for the delivery service.
This follows on from a £210 million pound deal with Ocado to start delivering in Warwickshire and Yorkshire.
Orders can be made by 2 million households within the M25 but only if they live in the catchment area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 pm
Knob starts fire in Clapham
It’s emerged a crystal door knob sparked a house fire in Clapham.
The blaze started yesterday morning when the sun’s rays bounced off the knob onto a dressing gown that was hanging on the door.
The house in Rodenhurst Road was empty at the time and no one was injured.
The fire was contained to the bedroom. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm
LFB advice for strikes
London Fire Brigade is urging Londoners to take care as the Union will be on strike again tomorrow between 10am and 7pm.
This will be the 15th round of FBU strike action since last September and relates to the ongoing dispute over changes to pensions.
The Brigade will put a contingency service in place to cover the nine hour strike, but its Commissioner is warning people not to be complacent.
27 fire engines and contingency crews will deal with emergencies but it won’t replicate a normal service and less serious incidents won’t be attended.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:40 pm
Kasami leaves Fulham
Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami has left Fulham after their relegation to the Championship.
He’s joined Greek side Olympiakos.
The 22-year-old made 38 league appearances, scoring 3 goals in his 3 years at Craven Cottage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm
Cyclist sought after Woking robbery
A female cyclist, who may have spoken to a man who punched a woman in the face in Woking, is being sought by police.
The woman’s nose was broken in the robbery last week, which caused her son to be knocked out of his buggy.
Her handbag was also stolen as she crossed the Basingstoke Canal bridge.
A 40-year-old man has been released on bail after being arrested.
Officers say the cyclist had been waiting at a metal barrier and would have passed the offender.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm
Police appeal following fight in West Molesey pub
Detectives are appealing for information following a fight in West Molesey.
It happened just before midnight on Friday in the Royal Oak pub on Walton Road, and involved a large group of people.
A man in his 60s received a head injury, and was taken to St George’s hospital in Tooting, where he remains in a serious condition.
A woman was also taken to Kingston Hospital with minor injuries.
A woman in her 40s and a man in his 50s were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
They’ve since been released on bail.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am
Another new arrival at Craven Cottage
Fulham have signed Greek international Konstantinos Stafylidis on a season-long loan from German side Bayer Leverkusen.
The club have an option to sign the player permanently at the end of the loan.
The 20-year-old left-back has one international cap for Greece and has represented his country more than 30 times at youth level.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am
CCTV image released after theft from charity shop
Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with theft from a charity shop in Cheam.
The items were taken last May at the St Raphael's Hospice charity shop.
The man shown is believed to be a regular visitor to charity shops in the village.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:03 am
No link between Alps and US deaths
Police say they are not connecting the deaths of a woman killed in the French Alps and her ex-husband who died on the same day.
Iqbal al-Hilli, from Claygate, her husband Saad, and her mother were shot dead near Annecy in September 2012.
Their children survived the attack, which is still unsolved.
Detectives recently confirmed Mrs al-Hilli's former husband died of a heart attack in the US on the day of the shooting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am
Guinea Pigs Stolen From Garden In Sutton
Two guinea pigs have been reported stolen from the front garden of a house in Sutton, just a few months after the owner’s kitten was taken.
The male guinea pigs were taken from their cages, placed temporarily in the front garden in Meller Close on Friday night between 11pm and midnight.
They are known as Self guinea pigs which are smooth coated and all of one colour. Rusty is orange and Blackie is all black. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am
Londoners Called On To Donate Unwanted Ivory
The Met’s Wildlife Crime Unit is calling on Londoners to give away unwanted items made from endangered species such as elephant ivory.
It’s part of a campaign supported by actor Ricky Gervais and launched today by Operation Charm, aimed at combating the illegal trade.
It follows a Government-hosted conference which recognised the illicit wildlife industry needs to be tackled at an international level.
People are being asked to take items such as rhino horn, big cat skins, ivory carvings and so on to their local police station. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am
Mixed response to news that electronic devices must be switched on at airports
There’s been mixed response to the news that all electronic devices must be switched on at the airport to prove they aren’t dangerous.
It’s to show they can’t be used as bomb detonators on flights to the United States.
Passengers will also have dead phones and laptops confiscated – and could be denied flight access if they refuse.
We asked the people of Kingston if they think the new moves are too extreme.
Lib Dems call for faster pothole repairs in Surrey
The Liberal Democrats have called for the speed and quality of pothole repairs in Surrey to improve.
It’s after the government gave £168 million to councils across Britain to fix local roads.
Surrey has been allocated roughly £9 million, barely half of the amount allotted to neighbouring county Kent.
The county is riddled with potholes according to Lib Dem Councillor Ian Beardsmore, who said: “The County Council needs to learn from the best practice of other councils.”
He also called on the Conservative administration in Surrey to “do more to get its message across to central government that Surrey needs more money.” posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 am
Grant to revamp Leatherhead town centre announced
More than £110,000 could be spent revitalising Leatherhead town centre as part of the government’s ‘Growth Deal’ initiative.
Proposals to revamp the area were submitted to the government earlier this year by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
The government has now announced its initial £2 billion allocation of funding for the 2015/16 period.
£62,500 has been allotted to the Leatherhead project and Mole Valley District Council has pledged to match the grant pound for pound. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 am
Annual duck race returns to Leatherhead
Leatherhead is holding its annual rubber duck race this Sunday.
The action will kick off at 2pm on the banks of the River Mole near the town bridge.
There will be six heats and a grand finale. Sponsoring a rubber duck costs £1 and tickets can be bought on the day or in advance at selected outlets.
For the first time there will be a Swan race as well, with the proceeds going to the Children’s Trust local charity in Tadworth. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:42 am
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Radio Jackie News Pod Now Available
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It's updated weekday evenings from 7pm.
Simply click here.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm
Wimbledon is . . . . HAPPY!!
The people of Wimbledon have netted the good feeling sparked by this year's tennis tournament.
#WimbledonHappy has been produced by Alice Denny, Jess Aston, Rowan Gill and Tyler Sear on behalf of Love Wimbledon.
The video is set to the Number 1 hit by Pharrell Williams.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm
Did you see an altercation at a Thorpe Park club night?
Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following a violent altercation at Thorpe Park over the weekend.
The incident occurred shortly before 3am on Sunday in the car park area following a Ministry of Sound event.
It is believed that a group of five people were attacked by another group of five after leaving the event.
Three of the victims were taken to St Peter's Hospital by ambulance for treatment to their injuries including; one man aged 25 with a broken jaw, an 18-year-old old woman with an eye injury and a 24-year-old man with a facial injury. All three also sustained minor body injuries.
Anyone with any information should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference 45140056040, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show best garden prize awarded
The Best Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has been awarded to Essence of Australia.
It was designed by Jim Fogarty from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and also won an RHS Gold Medal.
The garden took inspiration from the landscapes and flowers of the Australian States – Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Forty-eight growers and nurseries from the Floral Marquee also won the Gold medal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm
Tributes to pair killed in Ewell
Tributes have been paid to the mother and son killed in a head on collision in Ewell on Saturday.
Relatives of 29 year old Nicola Morris and her 11 year old son Kai Arnold say they are “in pieces.”
Kai’s father is in hospital with broken legs following the accident in Banstead Road.
Five other people, including a pedestrian, are also seriously injured in hospital. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm
Man sought after burglaries at religious buildings
Officers are investigating burglaries at a number of churches across South West London.
Areas targeted include Richmond, Ealing and Kensington and Chelsea.
Officers would like to speak to 46 year old David Spencer in connection with five offences that took place overnight.
They’d also like to speak to him in connection to a break in in Ealing where power tools were stolen valued at £840.
Between 5pm on Friday the 4th of July and 10am on Saturday the 5th of July, St Andrew's Church in Church Road, Ham, and Barn Church, Atwood Avenue, Kew were both broken into and money stolen from within.
Between 6pm on Saturday the 5th of July and 7am on Sunday the 6th of July, All Hallows Vicarage in Chertsey Road, Twickenham was broken into and a collection tin forced open. Cash was stolen.
Anyone with information on David Spencer’s whereabouts is asked to contact Richmond CID on 020 8721 5932 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm
Martin Fletcher's World Cup preview
Brazil are hoping to book their place in the World Cup final tonight.
The host nation is up against Germany, who are playing in their 4th consecutive World Cup semi-final.
Brazil will be without star man Neymar through injury and captain Thiago Silva through suspension.
Jackie’s Martin Fletcher is in Brazil, and he tells us who could replace Neymar.
Kick off is at 9pm.
You can listen to Martin's full preview of the semi-finals here, or read his blog here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm
Greenbelt statuses at risk
The greenbelt status of several Surrey Villages is at risk.
Byfleet, West Byfleet, Mayford, Hook Heath and Brookwood are potential areas for new housing.
Woking Borough council has identified the land in order to build 550 new homes between 2022 and 2027.
A public consultation will be held at the end of the year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm
Meeting in Sutton over health reforms
More than 70 people went to the Friends Meeting House in Cedar Road in Sutton on Friday to hear about the effects of government health reforms.
It was organised by the Sutton branch of Keep our NHS Public.
Dr Lucy Reynolds spoke about Private Finance Initiavties for hospital buildings – saying they’d been designed by the private sector to load the NHS with debt so hospitals would fall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm
Pair start trial
Two women have gone on trial at the Old Bailey accused of arranging to smuggle cash to fighters in Syria.
One of the accused was allegedly found with 20,000 euros in her underwear.
26 year old Nawal Msaad, from north London and 27 year old Amal El-Wahabi, from north-west London were arrested in January.
Ms Msaad was stopped at Heathrow airport boarding a flight to Istanbul. Both women deny all charges. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm
Inquest For Orthopaedic Surgeon From Streatham
An inquest is to be held for a doctor from Streatham found dead in prison in Syria – more than a year after he was arrested.
Dr Abbas Khan was killed because he kept a diary of the brutality he witnessed in jail - that’s what a former inmate at the Syrian jail has said in a BBC interview.
The orthopaedic surgeon was working in a field hospital in a rebel-controlled part of Syria when he was arrested in 2012.
Syrian officials said the 32 year-old killed himself while in custody, but his family dispute this – saying he had been in a positive state of mind.
The inquest is listed for October and is due to last for three weeks. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am
Teenager Saves Family From Fire In Battersea
London Fire Brigade has praised the actions of a teenage boy who saved his family from a fire caused by a faulty fridge freezer in Battersea.
The fourteen year old noticed a strange smell at about midnight last Thursday and on investigation, saw smoke pouring out of the kitchen.
He realised the fridge freezer was on fire and quickly woke his father and the family managed to escape.
A Brigade spokesman said because of the teenager’s prompt actions all seven family members escaped with only minor injuries.
Bronze medal performance from London Youth Games team
Team Richmond finished in third place overall last weekend at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at Crystal Palace.
Over the past eight months, over 500 people aged between seven and eighteen participated in the tournament.
There were team gold medals for the cycling, tag rugby and female swimming teams on Saturday and Sunday.
These team gold medals added to those won in rowing and canoe sprint at previous events.
The finals weekend also saw silver medals for the netball team and bronze medals for the male swimming and female volleyball teams.
These were added to the bronze medals won in canoe slalom and both the male and female cross country teams.
In addition to team medals, over 100 individual medals were won.
As well as finishing in third place overall, Team Richmond also won the Regatta trophy.
Team Richmond will hold their annual presentation evening at the Stoop on the 16th of July to recognise and celebrate the performance of competitors, team managers, schools, clubs and volunteers in the 2014 Games.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm
New Mole Valley chairman speaks of pride
Mole Valley's new council chairman has spoken of his pride in representing the district when he officially took on his new role.
Emile Aboud, who serves as district councillor for Fetcham West, took over from outgoing chairman David Sharland last week.
He thanked council members for selecting him for the year-long role, and says he’s looking forward to meeting the residents and businesses of Mole Valley.
75-year-old Mr Aboud was born in Sierra Leone, and came to England in 1952, moving to Mole Valley in 1981. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm
Former Chelsea defender heading to Italy
Ashley Cole has arrived in Italy to begin talks over a potential move to Roma.
The defender is now a free agent after Chelsea decided not to renew his contract.
Roma posted a picture of the defender on their official Twitter feed, with the message "Welcome to Rome Ashley!".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm
Thousands attend Battersea Old Windsor Fun Day
Over 2,000 animal lovers visited the Berkshire centre to enjoy 11 dog classes, stalls and a Great Battersea Bake Off competition judged by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the author from Kingston, and Battersea Chief Executive, Claire Horton.
One special guest at the Fun Day was two-year-old mongrel Biscuit who was given his own special rehoming parade to help him find a home after spending over 500 days in Battersea's care.
The loveable boy gained lots of attention and hopes to follow in the paw steps of many former Battersea residents that also stepped into the Show Ring on Saturday.
Just like one-year-old Buster who was crowned Best Battersea Dog with his success story of turning his life around after coming into Old Windsor as an underweight stray last April.
The Border Collie cross English Setter - who was rehomed with Sarah Pounde and her family in Maidenhead - won the prestigious award for his incredible transformation and beautiful way with children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm
Alec Stewart plays down hype surrounding Jason Roy
Surrey Director of Cricket Alec Stewart has played down the hype surrounding Jason Roy.
Roy hit a third successive T20 half-century as Surrey beat Kent on Friday.
But Stewart says he has to show his form more consistently on a longer period before he’s ready for international cricket.
To listen to our full interview with Alec, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm
Travellers at former Toby Jug site in Tolworth
Travellers have set up camp on the former Toby Jug site in Tolworth.
The land is now owned by Tesco.
Kingston Council says it is aware that they are there.
Tesco has just sent us this statement;
We are aware travellers are on the site and we are taking the necessary steps to remove them. We know the redevelopment of this site is very important to the local community. We have listened to the community and we now intend to bring forward a residential-led development which will make a major contribution to Kingston’s housing needs. We will be speaking with the local community and Council about these plans which no longer include a superstore. We will keep the community informed of our plans.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
A mother has admitted killing her three young children at the family home in New Malden
Tania Clarence pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her 3 year old twin sons and 4 year old daughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The 42 year old denied murder at her hearing at the Old Bailey this morning.
The children, who all had type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, were found at their home in Thetford Road in April.
A provisional trial date has been set for the 23rd of February next year at the same court. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am
Bus swerves into Putney Bridge
With only a week to go until Putney Bridge closes for repair works for three months, both sides have been shut following an accident involving a single decker 424 bus.
The accident, in the last hour, happened at the junction of Lower Richmond Road.
The driver of the bus has been taken to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with a chest injury.
A car was also involved in the collision. The female driver received minor injuries and was treated by LAS at the scene.
Enquires are on-going into the circumstances of the incident.
Double shooting in Croydon
Detectives in Croydon are appealing for witnesses following a double shooting yesterday morning.
Police were called at around 3 o’clock to a home on Kingsdown Avenue.
They found a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman both suffering from gunshot injuries.
Their injuries aren’t thought to be life threatening, but they are both currently still in hospital.
No-one has been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am
Second fatal accident in the space of 10 hours
Just hours after a mother and son died in a car accident in Ewell on Saturday, a young mother to be also died in similar circumstances in Morden.
22 year old Jessica Fenner died in hospital yesterday – three weeks before she was due to give birth to her first child.
She was knocked down outside her boyfriend’s home at 8pm.
A 24 year old man was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am
Police are still appealing for witnesses following a fatal accident in Ewell on Saturday
A 29 year old mother and her 11 year old son died at the scene after their car collided with another in Banstead Road.
Six other people, five of whom were travelling in the other car, were taken to three different London hospitals with serious injuries.
More than 20 London ambulance staff attended, as well as three emergency helicopters.
The pair have been named as Nicola and Kai on social media. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am
Security Changes At Heathrow
Air Passengers flying to the states from Heathrow and other British airports will have to make sure their mobile phones and tablets are charged.
It’s part of the increased precautions due to the threat of terrorist attacks.
Transport officials say passengers could be asked to switch on their devices, and equipment that does not power up will not be allowed on board.
American officials have not linked the security changes to any specific intelligence. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am
Vulnerable Woman Missing from Kingston
Police are appealing for help to find a vulnerable woman who’s gone missing from Kingston.
29 year old Prabjot Kaur who’s partially paralysed and suffers from epilepsy was discovered to be missing from her home in Kingston Hill at around 6 this morning.
Miss Kaur’s described as Asian, she is 5 foot two, of heavy build with long black hair and she walks with a limp.
Police are concerned for her safety. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am
Man charged following fatal accident in Morden
A 24-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following an accident in Morden on Saturday.
A 22-year-old woman from Wallington, who’s now been identified as Jessica Fenner, was critically injured during the incident on Glastonbury Road.
She died in hospital yesterday.
Daniel Duffield will appear in custody by virtual court today.
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