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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Streatham's MP hits out at UKIP

Streatham’s MP has said UKIP “spread the policy of fear” in an interview with the South London Press.

Chuka Umuna accused UKIP leader Nigel Farage of using the same language for Eastern Europeans that was used for black migrants in the past.

He also said Labour needed to do more to “stand up to racism” and remove the glass ceiling he believes holds back ethnic minorities.

Umuna had previously called UKIP “vile, abhorrent and un-British”. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 pm  

UPDATE: Missing Kingston girl found safe and well
A 13 year old girl who went missing from Kingston has been found safe and well.


Ciara Pedro had been missing since half eleven yesterday morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Theatre founders to enjoy freedom of Richmond borough
The founders of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond are to be awarded the freedom of the Borough. 

Sam Walters and Auriol Smith set up the theatre, in Clarence Street, in 1971 above a pub.  

Walters has since become the UK’s longest serving Artistic Director. 

 It is the only in-the-round theatre in London: meaning that the stage is entirely surrounded by the audience.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 pm  

Button 7th in qualifying for US Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has pipped Lewis Hamilton to pole position for tomorrow's F1 United States Grand Prix.

The German qualified fastest ahead of his team-mate - who is also top of the drivers' standings.

Britain's Jenson Button will go from seventh for Woking based McLaren. 
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

Missing girl Kingston
Police are growing increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 13 year old girl from Kingston who has gone missing.

Ciara Pedro was last seen at half eleven on yesterday morning.

She has links with Isleworth, Ealing and Richmond Park, and frequently uses the 65 bus route.

Ciara is white with blue eyes and pierced ears.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

Men attacked with a baseball bat
Two men were attacked by a man with a baseball bat at about 2 early this morning on Emmanuel Road in Tooting.

A 25-year-old was left with severe head injuries and a 20-year-old has injuries to his face but has now been discharged from hospital.

The two men had been walking to Tooting Bec when three men jumped out of a car.

One of them then attacked the two victims with what looked like a baseball bat before heading in the direction of Haverhill Road.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

Brave Barbarians come up short against the Wallabies at Twickenham

An exciting start to the Autumn International rugby union season.

Sir John Kirwan coached the Barbarians for this clash against Australia at Twickenham. The RWC winner for New Zealand from 1987 has become a legend in his own right. Scotland's Alastair Kellock captained the team - the first Scot ever to do so. Australia, meanwhile, had a lot to prove. Michael Cheika was announced as the new head coach of the Wallabies just 10 days ago.

First Half

After the whistle blew, the first scrum went to Barbarians, which changed to a  penalty after continued collapsed scrums. They threw the lineout long but knocked on. Scrum to Australia. It was successful and they gained territory pushing play into the home sides' 22. Another scrum to Australia after Barbarians knocked on in an attempted steal.

Again neatly taken by Australia but constant defence by the home side forced an error - the Wallabies knocked on.  After several reset scrums the Barbarians came away with the ball but struggled to get out of their half. Their determination earned them a penalty after Australia deliberately put hand in the ruck. Cheers from the stands as they opted for the corner.  A maul over the line but no try. They then came again but a knock on handed a scrum to Australia. This changed to a penalty following infringements and the visitors wasted no time moving play up the field. Strong tackling from the stripes forced Australia to knock on. With spring in their step and sturdy passing, Frank Halai crossed for the opening try of the game after 15 minutes. The conversion was pushed wide.

Barbarians had momentum and despite pressure from the visitors, they were able to take possession and kick upfield for Australia to fail in their handling once again, knocking on. However after a brief pause in play for substitutions, the scrum went the way of Australia - the Barbarians penalised for not setting.

The visitors breezed into the opposition 22 and earned a penalty after the Barbarians failed to release a tackled player. They could have gone for an easy 3 points but opted for ball in hand.

After a visit to the Television Match Official confirming no knock on, a try was awarded to Australia - Sam Carter the scorer, Quade Cooper (returning from injury) converted: 5-7.

Just a few minutes later Adam Thomson dived over the line to retake the lead for the home side. Conversion added by Colin Slade 12-7.

Australia attacked again and were awarded a scrum 5 metres out after play was brought back. An easy try for Benn Robinson and conversion in front of the posts for Cooper. The visitors retook the lead 12-14 with a quarter of the first half to go.

Australia kept pushing for another try but Barbarians stole the ball and kicked to safety after it was grounded short of the try line.

Barbarians got a moment to catch their breath - the Australian onslaught draining. The home side progressed up to the half way line but a scrum was awarded to the visitors. Still unable to make ground, the Wallabies lost possession after holding on. The home side took it quickly and made ground but support was lacking.

The half time whistle blew. Some impressive individual efforts from the Barbarians but Australia looked dangerous.

Half Time: Barbarians 12 - 14 Australia

Barbarians got the second half underway. With ball in hand they made it up to the 22. Australia, however, won a penalty and brought play back to the half way line. Juan De Jonge attempted an interception for the Barbarians but knocked on. Scrum to the visitors and both sides are warned for collapsing it. The Ba-Ba's Ben Alexander was penalised for the second failed scrum handing a penalty to Australia.

Despite winning the ball back, the home side again lost possession and Tevita Kuridrani ran easily over the line to increase the lead of the Wallabies. Cooper again converted 12-21.

Not to be outdone, Barbarian Francis Saili won the race for the ball,  grounding before Australia could get their hands on it adding another 5 points to the scorecard. The conversion was added and after only 12 minutes of play in the second half, the Barbarians found themselves in the lead after Slade kicked a penalty. 22-21.

The home side had momentum but needlessly kicked long for an easy catch for Australia. The visitors kept their cool, worked their way back up the field and Rob Horne went over for a try. It was converted. Australia were back in the lead.

Again danger loomed at the door of Barbarians but they won a scrum and earned advantage for an Australian offside. Play was brought back and Slade kicked long for a lineout. Australia gained possession and started to slip more easily through the Barbarian defence. There was a glimmer of hope as the home side won a counter ruck but loose passing saw Israel Folau intercept and make strides towards the try line. He was brought down but substitute Bernard Foley eventually crossed. Converted. Australia lead by 11 with less than 15 minutes on the clock.

Courageous play by the home side but the Wallabies had finally come into their own league. Their lead extended by another converted try (Sean McMahon).

The fans in the stand tried to raise the atmosphere with Mexican waves and for a time it worked with the Barbarians earning a penalty. Too far behind to go for the posts they kicked for an attacking lineout. Advantage given after Australia's Kuridrani deliberately slowing down play.

Another attacking lineout. The home side formed a maul. Advantage given after side entry into the maul by the visitors. The Barbarians opted for a scrum. Very nice play saw the ball passed swiftly to Nick Cummins who leapt between the posts for a well earned try against his national side. It was converted with just 5 minutes left.

Another try to the home side after Cummins broke the defence and substitute Marnitz Boshoff ran unopposed across the line. Such heart from the Barbarians who would not give up. 4 points separated the teams as the clock counted down. A loose pass allowed Australia to jump on the ball but Barbarians stole it back.

Time was up. The next dead ball would end it. Penalty to the home side who tap and go - a kick would not be enough

In a heartbreaking moment Australia regained possession and kicked it into touch, bringing the match to an end. The supporters on their feet applauding what was truly a game to go down in history.

Full Time: Barbarians 36-40 Australia 

Australia's Tevita Kuridrani was named Man of the Match in front of a 55,000 strong stadium.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm  

Toxic waste in Elmbridge
Elmbridge Council has had to remove 28 rusting drums of hazardous material which was illegally stored in a suburban garage.

One and a half tonnes of sodium cyanide were kept in the unit. The toxic chemical can become explosive when wet and it had to be disposed of by a specialist hazardous waste company.

The area was placed under 24 hour police guard until the waste had been safely removed.

The cost of the removal and disposal of the waste is the responsibility of the land owner.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 am  

Friday, 31 October 2014

Missing Epsom man
UPDATE 26TH NOVEMBER: JEREMY HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE AND WELL.

Surrey Police is looking for a missing person.

39 year old Jeremy Durman was last seen in Epsom on Wednesday.

Officers are concerned because he doesn’t have his medication with him.

Mr Durman is white, 5ft 10, of medium to large build, with shaven hair and blue eyes.

He also has a tear drop tattoo on his left cheek.

He was wearing blue jeans a black jumper and brown trainers.

If you see him please contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 pm  

Hit and Run victims on the rise in London
New Police figures show that over a thousand pedestrians were victims of hit and runs in London last year.

The number of people injured has increased over the last four years however, fatalities and serious injuries are declining.

In 2013 an estimated 900 cyclists suffered injures on the Capital's roads.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

First arrest made in Surrey for breaching a Domestic Violence Protection Order
A 44-year-old man has this week become the first person in Surrey to be jailed for breaching a Domestic Violence Protection Order.

Sean Emmett, previously of Addlestone, was sentenced to four weeks in prison after pleading guilty to breaching his order during a hearing at Guildford Magistrates Court.

The DVPO was originally imposed at South East Surrey Magistrates Court.

Domestic Violence Protection Orders were launched in June this year to give police additional permanent powers to prevent domestic violence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

Fly-tipping checks happening in Wandsworth
A round of checks will be made on shops and businesses in Wandsworth to make sure they are following important anti-flytipping rules.

The council is urging residents and businesses to stick to their collection days and times.

They are also asking businesses to place commercial waste in coloured and marked bin liners.

On average, one complaint a day is received about fly-tipping or litter in the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 pm  

Fulham football club has a new manager
Kit Symons is now the permanent manager of Fulham football club.

Owner Shahid Khan made the official announcement yesterday.

Symons has impressed as Cottagers caretaker boss guiding the team out of the Championship’s relegation zone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

Surrey batsman scores an awards nomination
Surrey batsman Jason Roy has been nominated for the Active Surrey Sports Professional of the Year Award.

The 24 year old cricketer from Reigate was the leading run scorer in this season's NatWest T20 Blast as Surrey made it to Finals Day.

His consistent form saw him selected by England for the international T20 against India – this is where he made his International debut.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

Prisoner on the run has links to Surrey
Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of man who has been on run from Spring Hill Open Prison in Buckinghamshire since Sunday.

Kenneth Simmonds is of medium build, with short brown hair and distinctive scars on his face and multiple tattoos of two women on his forearms.

He has links to Sutton and Norfolk – police are advising people not to approach him and to call 999 if seen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Statistics of domestic abuse in Surrey
In the last two years Surrey police have been called to over 12,000 investigations relating to domestic abuse.

Nationally 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives but the figure is 1 in 3 in Surrey.

New figures from Surrey's Domestic abuse charity 'yourScantary' received an estimated 700 referrals of which 200 came from Runnymede.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

People are being urged to keep safe during firework season
People are asked to be sensible and safe this bonfire and firework season.

South East Coast Ambulances are advising the public to attend professionally organised events.

However if you're celebrating at home, they have provided a list of safety tips.

Top tips include: never use petrol or other chemicals on a bonfire and never return to a firework once it has been lit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

Croydon Hit And Run

Police are looking to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a fatal hit and run in Croydon.

A car, believed to be a Black BMW 5 series, hit a pedestrian at a crossing on Wickham road on Sunday night.

The victim, a 43-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

The BMW lost its passenger side wing mirror and officers are asking nearby mechanics to come forward if they’ve been asked to repair matching damage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm  

Library re-vamp in Southfield
Southfield’s library reopened following refurbishment works to make it a brighter place.

Wandsworth council has spent £16,000 on repairing the roof and installing new skylights.

The council is investing in it's libraries at a time when many local authorities are closing theirs
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

Brixton strikers win a fight over wages
Staff at a Cinema in Brixton have won a campaign to get paid the London Living Wage.

Employees at the Ritzy were threatened with redundancy after they began striking for better pay.

Following a public outcry for a boycott, Picturehouse has now done a U-turn.

Staff wages will increase in January then rise again to £8.80, the London living wage, next September.

Employees currently receive a starting wage of £7.53.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 am  

Former Wimbledon Champion could end the year in the world's top four
After starting the season still recovering from back surgery, Andy Murray could yet finish the year back in the world's top four after securing his place at next month's ATP World Tour Finals in London.

He takes on Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters this evening.

Follow yesterday's win over Grigor Dimitrov, Murray signed the camera lens "bad year", in response to suggestions he's not been at his best this season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Battersea prepares to put its mark on the world


Battersea Power Station’s new development will go global on the worldwide market this morning.

It has been designed by architect Frank Gehry; the man behind the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.

But, not everyone is happy the site is being marketed worldwide, with critics claiming it should be opened up to UK residents only.

However, with studio flat prices starting at almost half a million pounds, many locals claim they couldn’t afford to live there anyway.

The Battersea website says We seek the world's finest retailers, restaurateurs, hotels and businesses to accompany the best of British and help make this extraordinary central London project truly world class.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

Police release CCTV images linked to Ashford assault
Police have released CCTV images of a group of men they want to speak to in connection with an assault in Ashford.

The incident happened on Feltham Road, outside the AM2PM store, between 7.30 and 7.40pm, on Saturday August 16 this year.

During the incident the victim was approached by a man before an altercation took place.

The man fell to the ground where he was further physically assaulted by the suspect.

He suffered a possible fractured cheek bone and jaw.

The victims’ friend was also assaulted and injured by other men who got involved.

The main suspect is described as white, between 34 and 35 with a heavy build and short shaved hair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 am  

Airlines want to start new routes from Heathrow
Heathrow Airport claims it’s had to turn business away because it is operating at more than 98 per cent of its maximum flight capacity.

It says 30 airlines want to start new routes or increase existing services.

Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye says expansion is vital for the economy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 am  

Thursday, 30 October 2014

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Tennis update
Former Wimbledon champ Andy Murray has sealed his place at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis.

He's now guaranteed to play in next month's tournament in London, after progressing into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.

The British number one eased past third round opponent Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets, 6-3 6-3.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Thorpe Park full to bursting


Theme park goers have spoken of their disappointment after they were refused entry to the venue's Fright Nights.

Some listeners told us they were unable to enter the park despite holding an annual Merlin Entertainment pass.

Merlin is the group which runs the theme park in Chertsey.

Each morning this week, the park has issued statements saying that because it is at full capacity, only pre-booked tickets will be accepted.

However, angry pass holders said that they didn't think this included them, as they had already paid up front for their yearly ticket.

Statement from Thorpe Park;

Pre-booked tickets for Thorpe Park's Annual Fright Nights on October 30 /31-/1 November are sold out.

As you can imagine these dates, which include Halloween itself, are our most popular, and as these events have become more and more popular every year early booking is essential.

That is exactly why tickets go on sale in August for Annual Pass Holders who are offered the first chance to buy them before they go on general public sale.

At this time we make it clear that given that the events do not have unlimited capacity early booking is recommended and that and we cannot guarantee tickets will be available later in the year particularly for popular dates.

This is no different from any special event.

You do of course have the choice to arrive early on the night and take a chance on the small amount of tickets we hold back to sell to the public on the night, or to try for tickets for Sunday Nov 2 and Monday November 3 Fright Nights events.

However again these are selling very fast.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Commuters get a pre-Halloween fright
A Tube train has had to be taken out of service after it was allegedly abused by drunken rugby players.

A group carrying kit bags and wearing Imperial College Rugby sweatshirts were said to have stripped bare and run amok.

The unlikely incident happened on the District Line train yesterday evening, according to commuters.

They boarded towards the front of the 17.19 Richmond to Upminster service –witnesses claimed one man was naked.

A TfL spokesman confirmed a train did have to be held at Stamford Brook station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Battersea is a field of gold for one musician
High house prices at Battersea Power Station’s new development aren’t a problem for one new resident.

Sting has revealed he’s bought a luxury flat on the site, which goes on sale to the worldwide market tomorrow.

The 62 year old says he promises to be a well behaved neighbour – and it was love at first site.

Prices range from £590,000 for a one-bed flat, £1.2 million for a two-bed apartment, £1.9 million for a three-bed and £3.2 million for a four-bed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Burglar jailed after summer crime spree
A burglar, who went on a crime spree in Croydon and Bromley over the summer, has been jailed for two years.

32 year-old David Edward Francis Foster of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court yesterday.

His crimes began in July with a break-in at Crystal Palace FC's Selhurst Park – but he stole mainly from shops, restaurants and schools.

Foster took substantial amounts of cash and electrical items, such as laptops, dvd players or cameras - he was charged with 18 burglaries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Police in Croydon join hunt for man missing from South East London


Police in Croydon have also issued an appeal to find a man missing from Beckenham.

20 year old Danhi Smith, was last seen in the town on Friday at around 3pm.

He is described as black, 5 feet 6 ins tall, slim build, short, black hair and sideburns. He has a tattoo on his neck.

When last seen he was wearing a navy jacket, beige trousers, grey t-shirt and white and black trainers.

Police are concerned about Danhi’s mental health and welfare and he has been missing before.

Members of the public are asked not to approach Danhi but to call police on 101 or the Bromley missing person unit on 0208 284 8766.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Man jailed after assault in Fulham
A man who sexually assaulted a woman in Fulham has been jailed for 12 months.

Patrick Wickens from Bedfordshire followed his 54 year old victim when she got off the number 28 bus and walked to Bolton Gardens.

There 40 year-old Wickens sexually attacked her and stole cash from her bag – she managed to escape and boarded a bus nearby.

He was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty – he’ll also be placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Medical bungles in Surrey investigated by the NHS ombudsman
It’s been revealed Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals were investigated in one of three cases of NHS bungles in Surrey.

The ombudsman’s report shows a nurse reduced a cancer patient’s oxygen supply when he was already having trouble breathing.

The Royal Surrey in Guildford sent a car crash victim home with a broken sternum and neck, without either injury being diagnosed.

And in the third case a GP failed to refer a man for further investigations for prostate cancer, and also delayed diagnosing his wife's heart problems.

The NHS ombudsman is the final stage of complaint for patients.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

Today marks the official launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal


Celebrities such as Barbara Windsor are taking to the streets of London to sell them.

The Royal British Legion's hoping to raise more than £1 million from the event.

A 1960s Routemaster bus is touring the city - and this morning stopped off in Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry also hopped on board this lunchtime.



At the poppy factory in Richmond, veterans have been busy making over 13 million poppies for this year’s appeal.

London Mayor Boris Johnson paid them a visit earlier this month.



Pics: @PoppyLegion and @BritishArmy
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Fire At The Odeon Cinema In Epsom
Part of Epsom was closed off this morning after the Odeon cinema caught fire.

Fire fighters were called to The Upper High Street just after 9am.

A spokesman told us the external sign was alight, but the blaze was quickly put out.

There are no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am  

The MP for Esher is demanding answers for commuters
The MP for Esher MP is demanding answers for why commuters on South West trains are being treated like ‘sardines’.

Dominic Raab raised conditions on the 07:32 Woking to London Waterloo service during a Westminster Hall debate.

He said the train, dubbed the "Sardine Express" is regularly carrying 500 passengers more than its capacity and is "packed to the gunnels" long before it reaches its final destination.

Mr Raab added passengers were seeing their fares rise every year while having to put up with "cattle-class" travelling conditions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Father of Hersham schoolgirl Sarah Payne dies




The father of murdered Hersham schoolgirl Sarah Payne has died.

45-year-old Michael Payne was found dead at his home in Maidstone on Monday.

Mr Payne developed a drink problem after his daughter was abducted and killed in 2000 - which contributed to his marriage break-up and a spell in prison.

His daughter Charlotte has posted a picture of her father on Facebook alongside a message saying she's "heartbroken".

Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am  

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Remembering Alice Gross
A public memorial ceremony to celebrate the life of Alice Gross will be held on Sunday at Greenford Town Hall.
The 14 year-old’s body was found more than a month after she disappeared from her Hanwell home in August.

The body of the prime suspect in her murder – Arnis Zalkalns was found later in Boston Manor Park.

The family has said the event is being held so that they can thank all the people who supported them through the search including by tying yellow ribbons of hope across the west London.

They ask that no more flowers are placed at the Hanwell Clock Tower as these will be removed on Monday.

A tribute page has been set up with Youth Music, a charity that supports music projects for disadvantaged children, to remember Alice. Donations in memory of Alice can be made at http://alice.poppymadeleine.gross.muchloved.com
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:52 pm  

Hunt for Missing Mitcham man
Police are asking for help to find a 59 year old man who has gone missing from a care home in Mitcham.

Joseph Ward was last seen around 3 yesterday afternoon.

He suffers from dementia and diabetes and needs medication.

He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and cardigan with jogging bottoms.

He’s previously been found in Sutton and Brixton.

Anyone with information should contact Merton Misper Unit on 0208 649 4072, 101 or Missing People via 116000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

Stars gather for a gala evening of excitement, inspiration and music


Celebrities and stars from across the world of music will unite at the O2 Arena in London for The International Spirit of Women Awards and Gala Concert presented by Woking based breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

For one night only, on Thursday the 4th of December 2014,renowned artists will be performing with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood, including Sarah McLachlan, Peter Andre, Gabrielle, The Overtones, and more celebrity guests and performers to be announced.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentations of The International Spirit of Women Awards in which Walk the Walk will honour and recognise the dedication and commitment that exceptional high profile women and men have made to the lives of others.

There will also be an opportunity for Walk the Walk supporters to nominate an individual they feel deserves an award.

The evening is being Chaired and Produced by Nina Barough CBE of Walk the Walk and Danielle Alexandra, whose previous high profile credits include creating the Winter Whites Gala and the first-ever live Concert at Kensington Palace, where the Duke of Cambridge famously sang with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

Missing woman from Kingston is found
An elderly woman missing from Kingston has been found.

80 year old Elizabeth Moon was located safe and well in Twickenham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

A busy day for Andy Murray
A busy period for Andy Murray continues later, as he begins his campaign at the Paris Masters tennis.

The British number one and former Wimbledon champion takes on Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the second round.

Murray is guaranteed to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London if he reaches the quarter-finals in this tournament.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

Merton arrests made in investigation into large-scale fraud
Arrests have been made in Merton and in Kensington and Chelsea as part of a large-scale cross-border investigation into organised crime.

Ten people in total were detained yesterday across London and elsewhere on suspicion of fraud and money laundering offences valued at around £400,000.

The scam involves suspects posing as police officers and conning elderly people in the south west of England into paying out money.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Body found in Kensington
A body has been found in Kensington.

Police were called to Kensington Walk this morning just after half past 6 to reports of a man impaled on railings.

The man who’s not yet been identified was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are investigating, but at this stage there is nothing to suggest the death is suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:52 am  

Operation Safeway to protect cyclists in the dark
As the nights grow darker Transport for London and the Met Police are teaming up to keep cyclists safe on the streets of the capital.

Operation Safeway will see more than 500 officers posted at key junctions in London – educating road users and enforcing traffic laws.

They will be tackling offences such as cycling without lights in the hours of darkness and driving whilst using a mobile phone.

The scheme was first launched late last year following a spate of tragic cyclist and pedestrian deaths on London’s roads.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 am  

Grants from Richmond's Civic Pride Fund awarded
A submersible camera to explore life in the Thames has become one of the latest projects to receive a grant from Richmond’s Civic Pride Fund.

The River Thames Boat Project has been awarded £3,601 by the council to buy the underwater camera.

It will be linked to a laptop on the boat ‘Thames Venturer’ and will show off the abundance of life in the river to interested residents.

A stand up paddleboarding project in Twickenham and a scheme to set up cycling clubs across the borough are among the others to benefit from the latest round of grants.

Every year the Council distributes £100,000 from the fund to run community projects and improve the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 am  

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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Radio Jackie's 15 minute podcast of all the day's news for South West London and North Surrey is now online.

It's updated weekday evenings from 7pm.

Simply click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

Wandsworth Council says it will begin a new home building programme next year
Wandsworth Council says it will begin a new home building programme next year.

It’s starting with two new developments on the Savona and Patmore estates in Nine Elms in Battersea.

Planning permission has now been granted for the two projects which will see a total of 37 ‘low cost rent’ homes built on council owned sites.

This will include seven houses with either three or four bedrooms.

All 37 of the new Battersea homes will be made available to Wandsworth residents to rent at below market rates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Brentford marina exhibition opens
An exhibition showcasing plans to build a new marina along the River Thames in Brentford has opened.

Its taking place from today until Saturday.

The new marina could be completed by 2017 and host 26 berths along the river by Watermans Park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

Symons reportedly set to be named Fulham manager on Thursday
Kit Symons will be announced as Fulham manager later this week, according to the Daily Mail.

It's claimed chairman Shahid Khan will fly back to London on Wednesday night, and will give the permanent job to his caretaker boss on Thursday.

The Whites have won five of Symons' eight games in charge since he replaced Felix Magath in mid-September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm  

Free money management course offered in New Malden
A church in New Malden is offering a free course in money management to help people get on top of their household finances.

St John’s Church on Kingston Road has partnered with charity ‘Christians Against Poverty’ to help people with debt problems.

The 3 lesson course which starts on Thursday the 6th of November is for anyone and teaches people how to take control of their expenditure.

You can book a place on the course by visiting www.capmoneycourse.org or by calling 07708 290963.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

Jewellery stolen from two elderly people in Sutton
Two elderly people in Sutton have had jewellery stolen this month after receiving presents for giving directions to the local hospital.

First of all, a 64-year-old woman was approached by a maroon car in Wallington, thanked for the directions with a gift, before realising her chain and cross had been taken.

The suspects in are described as being of Asian or Eastern European appearance.

Then on Sunday, at around 1pm, a silver saloon car pulled up alongside a 73-year-old man in Carshalton, asking for the same thing.

He was also thanked, and given a present by an woman of Asian appearance with a round face, to then find his gold bracelet was stolen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

Missing teen from Hounslow found
Police were appealing for assistance to help trace a missing teenage girl from Hounslow who went missing on the 24th of October.

14 year old Ayan Omar has now been found safe and well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Assault in Wandsworth



Police are appealing for the public's help after a 31 year old man was assaulted in Wandsworth and left with a broken jaw.

The victim was pushed to the ground on Friday in Garratt Lane at around 11pm, by two men - one of whom was on a mobility scooter.

Both suspects and a woman who wasn’t involved in the attack made off towards Wandsworth High Street.

The men are both white – one is aged about 20 and was wearing a black t-shirt and red baseball cap – the 2nd is about 40 and riding a powered wheelchair.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Lady Gaga fan won't be giving her "Applause" to the O2 Arena

A woman from Woking has spoken of her horror after she sustained leg, arm, shoulder and knee injuries while at London’s O2 Arena.

Jan Ashley was at Lady Gaga’s artRave concert on Sunday night.

She was seated in Level 4 – the top level – when a fellow fan crushed her from behind, forcing her to fall down the two steep rows in front.

Jan, who received medical treatment at the venue but didn’t get to see the show, says safety doesn’t seem to be a priority.



Statement on behalf of The O2

During Sunday night’s (26th October) Lady Gaga concert at The O2 an incident occurred where a ticket holder fell forward while standing in our level 4 seated area.

During the fall the two other ticketholders were knocked, causing one to fall one row forward and the other to fall between three and four rows forward.

Both customers were treated by our medical team onsite and urged to seek further assistance as needed. Both left the venue of their own accord.

During every show we have fully trained first aiders on site who can provide immediate assistance in the unlikely event of an accident occurring.

The O2 prides itself on the safety of its guests and reviews safety policies regularly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

League Cup preview
Chelsea are looking to extend their unbeaten run of the season today when they travel to Shrewsbury in the League Cup.

The Blues are expected to pick a heavily rotated squad after only playing Manchester United on Sunday.

Fulham are also still involved in the fourth round of the competition, they face Derby at Craven Cottage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

Former Wimbledon Champion Murray has a day off
Andy Murray will be thankful for another day's rest at the Paris Masters tennis today.

Having come through an epic final against Tommy Rob-redo at the Valencia Open on Sunday, the former Wimbledon Champion has another day off.

After recently becoming a dad for the first time, Novak Djokovic opens his campaign against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 am  

Monday, 27 October 2014

Fright Nights prove not so scary for Chertsey theme park


Thorpe Park had to refuse entry to some park goers after it reached capacity for its Fright Nights event before midday today.

The theme park released a statement saying only pre-booked tickets would be permitted entry to the resort.

The Halloween themed nights are in to their 13th year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 pm  

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Heathrow tobacco smugglers are jailed
A Polish gang has been jailed after officers foiled a cigarette smuggling operation worth over £100,000.

The smugglers were using country lanes off the M25 near Heathrow to transfer their stash from lorries to a band of distribution cars.

Three of the four man gang were convicted of fraudulent evasion of Excise Duty, with the longest sentence over 3 years in prison.

HMRC says black market operators cost the nation around £2 billion in lost revenue each year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

A toddler from Roehampton who captured the hearts of thousands has died.


The parents of Margot Martini spoke last week of how nothing more could be done to save her following months of treatment.

The two-year-old had a bone marrow transplant in February after a worldwide marrow donor appeal, which was backed by celebrities.

However, the cancer returned, and Margo passed away this morning surrounded by family.

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Youngsters warned they must stick to the law when it comes to TV
More than 200 young people have been caught watching TV without a license in South West London in the past year.

That’s according to new figures released by TV Licensing.

230 18 to 25 year olds were found to be watching live TV on their sets or devices such as tablets and laptops.

The research also revealed one in ten undergraduates believe they won’t get caught watching live TV without a license.

But those who are caught out face fines of up to £1,000 .
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Battersea dogs and cats home issues advice to pet owners ahead of bonfire night


The home has released this statement.

"The loud noises and sudden flashes of lights from fireworks can really scare dogs and cats both at our Home.

Bonfire Night can be stressful for your dogs and cats too so here’s our top tips on how to keep your four-legged friends calm during fireworks season.

•Make sure you pet is microchipped and ensure they wear a collar and tag with up-to-date contact details so should they go missing you could be reunited
•Provide your pet with a comfortable and quiet hiding place indoors where they feel safe and secure
•Close curtains or blinds to block out the bright flashes of light
•Drown out the sounds of fireworks by leaving the TV or radio on
•Try to keep your pet indoors when fireworks are likely to be going off in your neighbourhood
•Pets can sense how we feel, so remaining calm will help your companion feel less stressed
•Treat your pet to a long lasting chew or toy to help keep their mind off the fireworks"
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

World Cup Final Referee Howard Webb Inspires 200 Surrey Officials


Howard Webb MBE entertained over 200 Surrey officials last week as part of the County FA’s aim to support, inform and inspire referees of all abilities and ages.

The former Premier League referee – now Technical Director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board – spoke for over 2 hours at Imber Court in East Molesey about his career with the whistle, which began in Rotherham in 1989.

He also discussed the top six pivotal games he’d officiated and how they'd shaped his career.

Unsurprisingly, these included the World Cup and Champions League Finals in 2010 – of which he is the only referee to take charge of the two in the same year.

There were further anecdotes about the match he was involved in at Buckingham Palace, receiving his MBE from Prince Charles, and also addressed the rumours that he is a Manchester United supporter.

With the Surrey FA Referee Development Group present (consisting of Level 4, 5, 6 & 7 referees aged 30 or below), Howard was keen to stress that “amazing things happen to ordinary people” – citing how he, as the son of miner in Yorkshire, went on to referee a World Cup Final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

Oh no, she isn't! Dallas actress to star in panto at Wimbledon


Emmy award nominated actress Linda Gray will make her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother in New Wimbledon Theatre’s pantomime, Cinderella.

Linda will be joined by comedian and actor Tim Vine as Buttons, panto favourites Matthew Kelly and Matthew Rixon as the Ugly Sisters and Wayne Sleep in the role of Dandini.

The American actress is renowned for playing the iconic role of Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas, the most globally watched TV show of the 1980s.

She reprised the role in 2012 and also played Mrs Robinson in the 2001 West End production of The Graduate.

Meanwhile, fellow American actress and model Jerry Hall will be treading the boards as the Wicked Queen in Richmond's panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

Kidney care bolstered with £64,000 state-of-the-art technology


Patients being treated for severe kidney conditions at St Helier Hospital are benefitting from a delivery of five new state-of-the-art dialysis machines worth £64,000.

The new pieces of equipment – which are the most advanced models on the market – mimic the function of the kidneys by filtering and cleansing the blood.

But, with new and improved software, the new dialysis machines allow for better clearance of toxins, and can be set to work overnight,so patients can sleep through their lengthy treatment and keep their days free.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:47 am  

Unlawful killing ruling in inquest into death of doctor from Streatham
A jury at the High Court has returned a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest into the death of Dr Abbas Khan in a Syrian prison.

We'll have more in our next bulletin at midday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Hospitals secure brand new dialysis centre to bolster healthcare for Surrey residents
Epsom and St Helier hospitals are planning to boost dialysis services for Surrey residents, by developing a brand new £1.2 million facility that is almost 50% bigger than the existing centre.

The bigger and brighter new facility, which will be based at Southwood Business Park in Farnborough, will have 27 dialysis stations with four isolation rooms (replacing the 16 stations and two isolation rooms at the Trust’s current dialysis centre at Farnham hospital).

The new centre, which will be run in partnership with Fresenius, will help to meet the increasing demand for renal replacement therapy across the county.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

Fancy dress horses raise money for the Royal Marsden
25 horses will join their riders in fancy dress tomorrow to raise money for the Royal Marsden.

The teams will parade down Wimbledon High Street at 9.30 before hacking across the common.

Organisers, the Wimbledon Village Stables, have so far raised twenty thousand pounds for the charity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

A police helicopter's put in danger over Sutton
A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of shining a laser light at a Met Police helicopter as it flew over Sutton on Thursday.

After searching Rosehill Park West, officers arrested a man carrying a laser pen.

He was arrested for aircraft endangerment and has been bailed to return in early November pending further enquiries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

Murray gets closer to a place in London's ATP final
Andy Murray looks to be closing in on a place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis in London next month.

He's climbed up to fifth in the rankings for the event after winning the Valencia Open, beating Spain's Tommy Robredo in the final.

A place in the top nine will be enough for the Former Wimbledon Champion to qualify.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Rugby European Champions Cup
Harlequins can reflect on a good start to their rugby union European Champions Cup campaign.

They remain top of Pool 2 after getting past fellow Premiership side Wasps 23-16.

Leinster are level on points with them following their 21-16 victory over Castres.

Sale are without a win in Pool 1, after losing 35-3 to French side Clermont Auvergne.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

Mobile shower stolen in Carshalton
A decontamination shower has been stolen from a building site in Carshalton.

The 6 thousand pound unit was situated on Peterborough Road and last seen on Wednesday evening.

A witness spotted two men moving the unit which looks like a burger van between 8 and 9pm.

Officers say the unit is white and labelled with an OSC logo.

They are asking for help in tracing the vehicle.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

Successful coffee morning for Tooting MP
The MP for Tooting has held his biggest community coffee morning to date.

Over 100 people visited Mushkil Aasaan on Upper Tooting Road for the annual event.

A number of organisations, including Wandsworth Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and Blood Pressure UK were present.

Sadiq Khan says he’s pleased that so many people picked up important advice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Chelsea remain 4 points clear at the top of the table
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left fuming as his side threw away a lead to draw 1-1 at Manchester United yesterday.

The result leaves Chelsea four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

United scored a late equaliser, just seconds after a red card was shown to Branislav Ivanovic, but Mourinho was reluctant to speak about the referee's performance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 am  

Police appeal for missing Hounslow girl


A 14 year old girl is missing from her Hounslow home.

Ayan Omar was last seen leaving a friend’s house in Southhall at midday on Friday.

She’s a light skinned black girl, of slim build with brown eyes and shoulder length hair.

Officers say she could be wearing a hijab.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am  

Man dies after 'hit and run' collision in Croydon
A man’s died after a ‘hit and run’ accident in Croydon.

Police were called at about 8.50pm last night after reports of a collision between a car and pedestrian in Wickham Road.

It’s believed the 43-year-old man was hit by a dark coloured BMW while crossing the road at a designated point.
The car failed to stop.

Medical services attended the incident but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

There have been no arrests yet and officers are appealing for information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 am  

Care home provider wants camera consultation
Care home provider HC-One has initiated a sector-wide debate on implementing an opt-in, visible camera scheme in care homes.

The company, which runs homes in Hounslow and Croydon, has held a consultation on the matter.

Public trust in the care sector has been dented following recent cases of malpractice towards residents.

68 per cent of respondents were in favour of introducing cameras while 74 per cent expressed concern about privacy for residents.

The full report has been sent to regulators including the Department of Health.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 am  

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Kingston and St Helier among proposed maternity unit downgrades
26 maternity units across the country have been hits by cuts since the last general election.

That’s according to research by The Telegraph.

18 units have been closed, while five consultant led-units have been downgraded to midwife-led units.

There are also proposals to replace 13 consultant-led units with midwife led units, including those at Kingston, St George’s in Tooting and St Helier hospitals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Quins get second win in European Champions Cup
Harlequins have two wins from as many matches in rugby union's European Champions Cup.

They're still on top of Pool 2 following their 23-16 victory over fellow Premiership side Wasps.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 pm  

Reports claim Symons to be named as permanent Fulham boss
Kit Symons could be appointed Fulham’s permanent manager in the coming week, after 4 wins in 7 league matches as caretaker boss.

That’s according to the Mirror, which also claims Chief Executive Alastair Mackintosh could be replaced.

Mackintosh has been sidelined as the Whites have appointed a five man committee, not including him, to find their next manager.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea remain unbeaten
Chelsea have been denied a win at Old Trafford right at the death.

Robin van Persie equalised for Manchester United in stoppage time, seconds after Branislav Ivanovic was sent off for a second yellow card.

Didier Drogba had earlier put the Premier League leaders ahead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

Late change for Quins
Harlequins have made a late change for their European Champions Cup tie against Wasps.

Joe Marler failed a late fitness text, and is replaced in the starting fifteen by Mark Lambert.

Darryl Marfo replaces Lambert on the bench, while Chris Robshaw will captain Quins.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

15-year-old to appear in court after Rose Hill stabbing
A 15-year-old boy will appear in court next month, accused of grievous bodily harm with intent after a boy of the same age was stabbed in Rose Hill in Sutton.

He's also accused of possessing an offensive weapon.

The attack happened on Friday afternoon on a 151 bus.

The victim's in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Hammersmith Hospital among 40 A&E units hit by cuts since last general election
40 Accident and Emergency units across the country have been hits by cuts since the last general election.

That’s according to research by The Telegraph.

They’ve found that 13 hospitals, including Hammersmith, have had their A&E units downgraded, while six have had downgrades agreed but not implemented.

One has been closed and 10 have A&E downgrades or closures planned or under consideration, including Charing Cross in Hammersmith.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

London MEP calls for Daylight Savings Time to be brought into line with USA
As we've put our clocks back for winter, there are calls for us to look at extending Daylight Savings Time.

Although the UK returned to Greenwich Mean Time early this morning, the USA doesn’t leave its summer time period until November.

It’s claimed aligning ourselves with the American dates could see energy savings and a fall in road accidents.

Seb Dance, London Labour MEP, speaking earlier in the week, asks for the European Commission to consider the idea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Ed Davey supports the PM's stance on an EU bill.
The MP for Kingston and Surbiton says he supports the Prime Minister stance on delaying payment of a new EU surcharge.

In a summit earlier in the week the PM was handed a bill of 1 point 7 billion pounds by the European commission.

Ed Davey says the rules used to decide on the amounts of money to be paid 'look pretty suspect' and thinks they should be re-visited.

The UK’s bill was re-evaluated after recent economic growth.

The evaluation includes estimated earnings form the black market.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Kingston's MP says he'd consider standing as Lib Dem leader


Ed Davey says he would consider standing as party leader if current leader Nick Clegg was to ever stand down.

The Energy Secretary also told LBC he isn't worried about the prospect of blackouts because "we've done a lot of work on energy security in recent years."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

Rose Hill stabbing investigation continues
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a boy was stabbed on a bus in Rose Hill Sutton earlier this week.

Emergency services responded to reports of a boy being stabbed on a 151 bus on St Helier Avenue at 2:30pm on Friday.

A 15 year old boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The victim, also 15, is currently in a London hospital where he is in a, serious, but stable condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

Chelsea travel to Old Trafford today
Top of the table Chelsea face one of their toughest tests of the season today when they travel to Manchester United later.

The Blues have a striker shortage, with Diego Costa doubtful for the match and Loic Remy out.

They've only won 2 of their last 10 visits to Old Trafford.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Palace boss says ref's decisions cost them dearly
Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has both praised and criticised referee Mark Clattenburg in the wake of their 2-2 Premier League draw at West Brom.

The match official awarded penalties to both teams, including the spot-kick that led to the home team's equaliser in the 93rd minute.

Palace were unlucky not to have another after what appeared to be a trip on Wilfried Zaha.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 am  

Quins play Wasps today
Harlequins take on Wasps today in the rugby union European Champions Cup.

Quins won their first game of the tournament, defeating Castres, while Wasps lost to Leinster.

Kick off is at 5.15.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

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