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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Harlequins win at the Stoop

In rugby union Premiership action Harlequins beat Newcastle Falcons 15-7 at the Stoop in Twickenham.

Leaders Northampton played the majority of the match with 14 men in their 23-19 win over Leicester.

Saracens crushed bottom side London Welsh 78-7.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

Brentford move up to third in Championship
Queens Park Rangers are out of the Premier League’s relegation zone after a come-from-behind 3-2 win over West Brom at Loftus Road.

Manchester City are level on points at the top of the league with leaders Chelsea. They beat Crystal Palace 3-0.

In the Championship Brentford moved up to third after their 3-2 win at Cardiff.

Fulham were convincing 4-nil winners over Sheffield Wednesday at Craven Cottage.

At Kingsmeadow Wimbledon slipped to a 1-nil loss to 10-men Mansfield in League Two.

In the Conference Woking suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Southport.

Kingstonian came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Canvey Island in the Ryman League.

Hampton and Richmond lost to Billericay Town but there were wins for Leatherhead and Met Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:02 pm  

British resident not among Guantanamo releases
Four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been repatriated to Afghanistan.

The Pentagon says that the Afghan men - Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir - had been moved after a comprehensive review of their case.

Among the remaining 132 detainees at the facility is British resident 46-year-old Shaker Aamer.

He’s been imprisoned there for more than 13-years without ever having been charged with any offence.

His wife and children live in Battersea.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm  

Man jailed after conning victims out of nearly £2m


An investigation by Surrey Police has seen a fraudster sent to prison for seven years after he conned his victims out of £1.8 million.

David Gale ran a sports betting scheme and offered fake shares in a betting company, which he promised were both ‘risk free’.

The 51-year-old, who lived in Great Bookham and is now from Chichester, was found out after he lost all of their investments.

He pleaded guilty to 32 counts of fraud and two counts of unauthorised regulated activity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 pm  

Police advice on key safes in Merton
Police in Merton are advising that key safes should be put in a concealed area.

That’s after a couple of burglaries in the borough where key safes on the outside of the house have been broken into.

The borough’s police force has tweeted the best place for them is a discreet location where you can’t see it when passing by.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Hounslow prepared for cold snaps
With the winter weather on its way, Hounslow Highways says it’s ‘more than prepared for any cold snaps’ in the borough.

Rob Gillespie, Service Director, says there are 2,500 tonnes of gritting salt in its salt barn.

He also added that there are seven gritting lorries ready to go at a moment’s notice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 am  

Fulham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham host Sheffield Wednesday today, knowing a 4-0 win would see them overtake their rivals in the Championship table.

But with their opponents having the second best defensive record in the league, that’s unlikely.

Fulham manager Kit Symons says his side will have to take their chances if they’re going to have any chance of winning.



You can listen to Kit Symons' press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Mental health consultation closes tomorrow
A public consultation about the future location for mental health inpatient facilities in South West London closes tomorrow.

It’s seeking views on the future use of facilities at Springfield Hospital in Tooting, Tolworth Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton.

Details of how to get involved are can be found here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Pedestrian injured in Staines collision
A man’s suffered life threatening injuries in a collision between a car and a pedestrian Friday evening in Staines.

The incident happened at 8.38 pm in Laleham Road and involved a man in his 50s and a Vauxhall Zafira.

The pedestrian was taken to St. George’s Hospital.

Anyone who witnessed what happened is asked to contact Surrey police by calling 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 am  

Friday, 19 December 2014

Symons: McCormack not for sale
Fulham manager Kit Symons has rubbished reports that Ross McCormack is for sale.

It had been claimed the Whites were willing to look for offers for the striker, who only arrived in the summer.

But this was Symons’ response when he was asked if the rumours were true.



You can listen to Kit Symons' press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

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Chelsea coach set to leave
Chelsea coach Dermot Drummy is to leave Stamford Bridge to move into club management.

That's according to the Daily Mirror.

The 53-year-old has spent nearly six years at Chelsea as youth, reserve and under-21 coach before taking on an international head coach role in the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

Kacaniklic to return to Fulham in January
Fulham manager Kit Symons has confirmed midfielder Alex Kacaniklic will return to the club next month.

But the 23-year-old Swedish international won’t be eligible until after the Whites’ game against Wolves on the 3rd of January.

Symons tells us why he decided to bring back the midfielder.



You can listen to Kit Symons' press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

Warning about fraud offences in Surrey
There’s been a recent rise in the number of fraud cases targeting the elderly in Surrey.

Three crimes were reported recently in the Mole Valley area where three victims lost around 26 thousand pounds.

Suspects rang purporting to be a police officer investigating fraud offences and asking for bank details.

Inspector Richard Hamlin:



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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

Three jailed for death of man in Hayes
Three teenagers have been jailed for more than 30 years between them over the death of a man in an axe and knife attack.

46 year-old Paul Thrower was killed at a block of flats in Hayes in February.

He'd confronted the group after they'd spat at his girlfriend and thrown a drink over her earlier that day.

A judge described what happened as 'wicked and unnecessary'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:33 pm  

Government funding for Kew Gardens is safe . . . . for the time being


£2.3 million is going to be awarded to the historic site for the 2015/16 financial year.

The back-track comes after DEFRA announced it would be cutting £1.5 million to the site’s annual funding budget.

MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith has been leading the fight for a reprieve. He took a petition to Downing Street, provoking Nick Clegg to grant the first of two reprieves.

The second one was sparked by a debate hosted by Mr Goldsmith.

He says some don’t realise the importance of Kew.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

'Tis the season to be jolly . . . . .


But Teddington’s Lifeboat crew is reminding us Christmas is a really dangerous time to be near the River.

Tim James is an RNLI helmsman at Teddington.

He says a big problem is people voluntarily going into the water.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

Keyless thefts in Chelsea
Police are investigating a new surge in the number of keyless luxury car thefts in Chelsea.

The Evening Standard's reporting in one street alone, four vehicles, including three Range Rovers, have been stolen in recent weeks.

CCTV images show an £85,000 car being stolen with someone casually clicking open the lock systems before climbing inside and driving away.

In one case, a car stolen from Ormonde Gate activated its internal tracking system and was traced to a scrapyard in Kingston.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Two women have been rescued from a house fire in Balham
The blaze broke out in Hazelbourne Road just after 3am, and it took fire fighters over three hours to put it out.

One elderly woman was rescued from the ground floor and a second woman was rescued from the first floor and led to safety by crews.

Most of the house's first floor was damaged. The fire is believed to have been started by a candle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

Inquest into the death of Arnis Zalkans has been deferred
The inquest into the death of Arnis Zalkans has been deferred until the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Alice Gross.

The 14 year old disappeared from her home in Hanwell in August.

Her body was discovered in the Grand Union Canal, and the body of convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns was found in Boston manor Park in Brentford more than a month later.

A new date will be scheduled in due course.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am  

Nasty Nick shows his festive side


We know him as Nasty Nick, but John Altman is proving he’s also a Wild One.

The Eastenders hard man from Hampton has released his version of the Iggy Pop classic with band JOANovARC.

They’re hoping to make a dent in the top 40; and maybe even beat X Factor winner Ben Haenow to number one.

John, who’s currently in Panto in the Midlands, says it’s a bit of fun for Christmas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am  

Historical investigation in Brixton
Six years on from the murder of Davion Watt in Brixton detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information.

On the anniversary of his death detectives are returning to the scene of his murder to canvass people in the area and hopefully generate any new lines of enquiry.

He was shot in Coldharbour Lane in 2008.

It’s thought that intruders intended to rob the flat Davion was in and as he ran from it chased by the intruders.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am  

Police appeal for witnesses in Ewell
Police are appealing for witnesses after two lorries collided this morning in Ewell.

The incident happened just after mid-night on Kingston Road at the junction with Stoneleigh Park Road.

One driver is in critical, but stable condition at St George's after suffering serious injuries, the other was taken to Epsom with minor injuries.

Officers are asking anyone who saw the crash to contact them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Prison officers being asked to work in other prisons in run-up to Christmas
More than 230 prison officers in England and Wales are being asked to work in other prisons in the run-up to Christmas.

The Howard League for Penal Reform has been shown documents to tackle staff shortages.

High Down prison in Sutton will receive five officers each day, probably from Downview in Banstead, which is currently empty.

Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute will also receive three officers each day, probably from Downview as well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Surrey leader slams new government cuts
Surrey residents are being ‘short changed’ by the government according to the leader of the County Council.

It’s after yesterday’s announcement that grants will be cut for the next financial year.

David Hodge says the funding settlement means essential services can keep going short term, but not, in the longer term.

Surrey taxpayers contribute 6 billion pounds to the national exchequer every year.

Currently the County is looking to plug a 215 million pound hole to provide 13,000 school places needed for the next 5 years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 am  

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals A & E feel pressure
New figures reveal that the NHS isn’t coping with a significant increase in demand for its services.

The number of ambulances waiting outside A & E departments in London has quadrupled in two years.

Last month ambulance crews had to wait 30 minutes or more on 2-thousand-655 occasions before they were able to unload patients.

Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals were 9th on a list of 13 trusts with 90 ambulances having to wait for 30 minutes or more during the period November 3 to December 7.

Chelsea and Westminster had the lowest number at 21.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 am  

Alice Gross inquest resumes today
The inquest into the death of the prime suspect in the murder of Hanwell schoolgirl Alice Gross will resume today.

The body of convicted killer - Arnis Zalkans - was found in Boston Manor Park in October.

Scotland Yard carried out a huge search operation for the 14-year-old whose body was found in the Grand Union Canal a month after she went missing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 am  

Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Abuse inquiry update
An inquiry into a Westminster paedophile ring in the 1970s and 80s is now looking at three murders of young boys.

Officers were already investigating claims sex parties exploiting children were held at a block of flats in Central London popular with MPs.

One of the venues also believed to be under examination is Elm Guesthouse in Barnes.

MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, says the investigation is a good thing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm  

Abuse survivor speaks
Police investigating allegations of an historical paedophile ring at Westminster say they're actively looking into the possible murders of three young boys.

A block of flats in central London - which was popular with MPs and the security services - is one location under investigation.

Another is believed to be the former Elm Guesthouse in Barnes.

One abuse survivor, Michael, has been telling how he was bussed to the English capital from his care home in Wales in the early 80s.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Final monetary sum announced
The final sum of money raised for charity during this year’s Ride London Surrey 100 has been revealed.

Almost 21,000 finished the gruelling course which took on historic sites including Box Hill and the Mall.

£10 million was raised in all - £3 million more than was raised during last year’s event.

This year’s 86 mile race had to be shortened due to adverse weather conditions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Man who attacked lone women for their jewellery jailed for six years
A criminal who attacked lone women for their jewellery in west London has been jailed for six years at Isleworth Crown Court.

Ralf Dautzenberg, from Canning Town, had previously pleaded guilty to 11 counts of robbery and one count of theft.

The offences occurred between January and June, on women aged between 27 and 72, at locations in Hayes and Southall.

Dautzenberg targeted Asian women for their gold necklaces, believed to be worth an estimated £20,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Museum begins upgrade


A £21 million renovation of Gunnersbury Museum has begun.

The improvements, which will include refurbishing the drawing room and the long gallery, are set to conclude in the spring of 2017.

A small mansion next door will be used for the museum's education programme, whilst inside, the museum will house temporary exhibits and a digital portal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 pm  

More ward rounds for better patient care?
Patients at Kingston and St George’s will be part of a study finding out if frequent routine visits by nurses are in fact beneficial.

Researchers from Kingston University and St George’s, are examining if hourly ward rounds mean better patient care.

A report in to the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust recommended hourly or two hourly rounds should be introduced.

But the study leader, Ruth Harris, says hourly rounds adopted by trusts across England show little reliable evidence of improved quality care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Man admits assault on flight into Heathrow
An airline passenger told to calm down on a flight into Heathrow by Boris Johnson has admitted assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

David Morris who’s from Ash Vale ranted at cabin staff on the flight from Kuala Lumpar on the 3rd of December.

The London mayor reportedly urged the 43 year old to calm down, warning him he would be arrested when they landed.

At Uxbridge Magistrates' Court, Morris pleaded guilty to assault by beating and being drunk –he’ll be sentenced at a later date.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

A third of people think their high street has got worse in the last year
A third of people think their local high street has got worse over the last year, according to a poll carried out by the BBC.

In 2011 Mary Portas carried out a review of the high street for the Government, which led to funding for several towns.

Last year, Kingston Council spent an estimated £3 million on improving Tolworth Broadway.

Despite that, the people we’ve spoken to today say the changes haven’t gone far enough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

Breaking News: Elm Guesthouse
Detectives looking into an alleged Westminster paedophile ring in the 1970s and 80s are investigating the murders of three young boys.

The Metropolitan Police are giving an update on Operation Midland - and are appealing for victims and potential witnesses to come forward.

The investigation's focused on a block of flats in central London, known as Dolphin Square.

It's also thought the investigation will look at alleged abuse of children at Barn Elms Guesthouse in Barnes during that time period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

No criminal charges to be brought after death of 7-year-old boy
Police say the investigation into the death of a 7 year-old boy in Chertsey killed during heavy flooding WON'T result in criminal charges.

Zane Gbangbola's parents believe the floodwater that entered their house in Thameside in February was tainted with cyanide from a disused landfill site nearby - poisoning him.

Officers then examined a pump inside the family home at the time - but have decided the hire company which provided it has no case to answer.

A post-mortem examination wasn't able to decide how Zane died.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

Drugs seized in Sutton and Morden
Police have arrested two men in Sutton and Morden after seizing drugs and equipment for setting up a cannabis factory.

Searches conducted yesterday afternoon at addresses in Elm Grove and Furness Road uncovered significant quantities of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The haul, with an estimated street value of between 2 and 3,000 pounds was seized along with some CS spray.

The men aged 24 and 26 have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply –they’ve both been bailed to the beginning of February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

Compensation offered to Heathrow airlines after flight disruptions
National Air Traffic Services who’re responsible for flight disruption affecting Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton says it'll financially compensate the airlines affected.

Chief executive Richard Deakin, said he was "not proud" of the disruption that affected 10,000 passengers on Friday, but defended their response and back-up plan.

He’s added a"huge amount of time" had been spent making sure systems were performing to their absolute ability.

Passengers caught up in the chaos will have to seek compensation through their airline.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Sewage clogging up tunnels predicted to increase by a quarter
We’re being reminded that the kitchen sink is not the place to get rid of fat this Christmas.

Sewage clogging up London’s underground tunnels is predicted to increase by 25% during December and the New Year.

That’s according to Thames Water who says we pour the equivalent of two Olympic swimming pools of turkey fat down our sinks every year.

Last year a fatberg the size of a double decker bus was discovered in the sewers of Kingston after residents found they couldn’t flush their loos.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Public urged to contact dog centre if they see missing dog in Streatham
A dog centre is warning people in Streatham not to approach a nervous dog that’s escaped.

Three-year-old German Shepherd Kye slipped his lead on Sunday morning after arriving with his adoptive family on Saturday.

He’s long coated, black and tan, micro chipped and wearing a red collar with a metal ID tag.

He was last season on Tuesday in Ryecroft Road Gardens.

If you see Kye, you’re asked to contact either Rob Todd on 07946 511 399 or Angharad Harrie Ryan on 07507 067 024.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Harlequins sign Australian international
Harlequins have signed Australian international James Horwill from Queensland Rugby.

The 29-year-old will join the Twickenham club on a three-year-deal when the Rugby World Cup finishes next year.

The lock has played 58 times for Australia, and has captained his national team on 16 occasions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 am  

Notorious Barnes guest house involved in allegations of murder.
Police are giving an update later on their investigation into historical claims that members of a paedophile network murdered three children.

Operation Midland is just one aspect of a larger inquiry into the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes.

It's alleged children were abused there in the seventies and eighties by a group of paedophiles linked to parliament.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 am  

Local newspapers in south west London and Surrey print their last editions
The Surrey Herald and Surrey Times are among seven newspapers to have printed their final editions following a decision to close local titles.

Trinity Mirror announced last month there’ll be a reduction of about 24 roles In Surrey and west London as the papers become on-line only.

The Wokingham and Bracknell Times, and Woking Informer are among those to print their final editions later this week.

Trinity Mirror said it was a bold move but the NUJ called it very worrying.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Sentence reduced for killer of Fulham pensioner
A killer sentenced to life for stabbing a pensioner from Fulham 22 times has had his minimum prison term reduced.

22 year old Aaron De Silva, was found guilty in February of breaking into the home where 73-year-old Joseph Griffiths' had lived for 50 years and killing him.

Three Court of Appeal judges agreed to reduce the minimum term from 32 to 28 years before he can apply for parole.

They concluded the overall sentence – despite the brutal nature of the attack - was manifestly excessive for such a young offender.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 am  

Man Charged with Adesina Murder
Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Joel Adesina on the 5th of December have charged a man with murder.

George Phillip, aged 20, was charged on Wednesday the 17th with the murder of Adesina at Bethnal Green Road.

He will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates Court today.

A 22-year-old man has been released on bail to return to a police station later in late January 2015 pending further enquiries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 am  

Jewellery Thief to be Sentenced
A criminal who attacked lone women for their jewellery in west London is due to be sentenced tomorrow, the 18th of December, at Isleworth Crown Court.

Ralf Dautzenberg, 22, of Lawrence Street, Canning Town, previously pleaded guilty on the 19th of November to 11 counts of robbery and one count of theft.

The offences occurred between January and June 2014, on women aged between 27 and 72 years, at locations in Hayes and Southall.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 am  

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Heathrow terror suspect found guilty
A Serbian student has been found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism after being caught at Heathrow earlier this year.

20 year old David Souaan was arrested when checking-in on a flight to Serbia with his mother on May the 31st.

Souaan claimed to have been involved in fighting in Syria, during his Christmas break.

Arresting officers believe photos found on his phone, picturing him holding a gun, were taken in Syria.

Sentencing has been set for 3 February 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:40 pm  

Funding options for new Twickenham school
Richmond Council is seeking peoples advice about securing funding for a new secondary school.

The proposed new free school in Twickenham has already been given the green light by the secretary of state for education.

However the Thames College Free school trust must consult as to whether it should enter a funding agreement with the government

If approved ,Harlequins rugby club is poised to provide the school with a wide range of exercise, fitness and sports facilities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

Strikes called at Heathrow
Check-in staff and cargo handlers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester Airports have voted to go on strike in a row over pay.

Members of the Unite union working for the firm 'dnata' voted by more than four to one in favour of a two-day walkout - ending on Christmas Eve.

Around 460 people are involved in the dispute.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 pm  

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Missing Brixton teenager has been found
A missing teenager from Brixton has been found safe and well after a police appeal.

19 year-old Issac Lolya was located in the area of Waterloo.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

Battersea Dogs' & Cats' Home appeal on behalf of Gizmo



Battersea Dogs’ & Cats’ Home are making a special appeal on behalf of a Staffordshire bull terrier called Gizmo.

The six year-old Staffie’s been called the loneliest dog at Battersea as he faces Christmas in the kennels after 5 months there hoping for new owners.

Rehoming Assistant Sarah Parkinson says Gizmo’s an incredibly loving and affectionate dog but he’s a total softie so kennels are really hard for him.

The charity is looking for foster families who would give nervous animals like Gizmo a loving home until a permanent owner is found.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Arrests made after ram-raid robbery in Weybridge
Five men have been arrested after a pick-up truck was used to ram-raid a car museum and driving centre in Weybridge.

A cash machine was ripped free from its mountings at the Mercedes-Benz World at around 11.30 pm on Monday and driven off on the truck.

Police pursued the vehicle and arrested the gang in Wokingham, a short time later.

It’s believed another vehicle and a second group of people, who are being hunted, were also involved in the robbery.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Police appeal after robbery in Cheam
Police are appealing for information about artefacts stolen from the home of a couple in their 70s, in Cheam.

The robbers forced entry into the property, in the Drive, last Wednesday morning.

The items they stole include a distinctive limited edition figurine, a knight in armour and a carriage clock, as well as jewellery and cash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

The MP for Carshalton warns about potential Tory spending cuts
The Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington is predicting Tory cuts would hit local schools, nurseries and colleges hard.

According to official research on figures, they’d cut the education budget by £40 million in Sutton - if they were in Government on their own.

Tom Brake says the Conservatives would be forced to slash local spending on all levels of learning to keep pace with George Osborne’s drastic spending cuts plan.

He adds the Liberal Democrats are committed to protecting education spending from cradle to college.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am  

Fulham fan taken to hospital after suffering allergic reaction to kebab
A Fulham fan ended up in intensive care after suffering an allergic reaction to a doner kebab.

Ben Eason needed to have his heart restarted with adrenaline after tucking into the kebab after the Whites' loss at Brentford last month.

The 20-year-old is allergic to peanuts and told the Mirror he believes there must have been some on the kebab he bought from the Fulham takeaway.

He was taken to Charing Cross Hospital where he was in critical care for three days.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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1980s Walton Hop DJ jailed
Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been jailed for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys, some as young as ten.

The court heard the 73 year old groomed his young victims by taking them to see recordings of Top of the Pops.

He also worked at the famous Walton Hop discos in the 80s.

He also introduced them to a string of stars including the disgraced late DJ Jimmy Savile.

About a dozen of his victims were in court when his sentence was passed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Police investigate raid in Weybridge


Police are appealing for witnesses after a cash machine was stolen during an aggravated burglary at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge last night.

A pick-up type truck was used to ram through the glass entrance of the building and the cash machine was then ripped free before being loaded onto the vehicle.

Security guards were threatened by the offenders who were wearing balaclavas but weren’t injured.

The vehicle made off and was pursued by officers to Wokingham.

Five men were arrested in connection with the raid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm  

Wimbledon organisers "have no plans to sell TV rights"
The organisers of Wimbledon insist they have no plans to sell television rights for the biggest tournament in tennis to a pay TV channel.

Reports suggest the free-to-air coverage could be shared with a subscription broadcaster.

It was claimed the earlier rounds would only be shown on the pay TV channel.

The BBC has an exclusive agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis Club up to The Championships in 2017.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Security guards cleared
Three security guards have been cleared of killing an Angolan deportee as they restrained him on a plane at Heathrow airport.

G4S guards Terrence Hughes, Colin Kaler and Stuart Tribelnig were cleared at the Old Bailey of the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga.

They'd been accused of pinning him down in his seat for 36 minutes as the British Airways aircraft taxied for take-off in October 2010.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Fulham describe McCormack rumours as 'utter nonsense'
Fulham have denied they're planning to sell striker Ross McCormack in January.

That's after the Daily Mail claimed the Whites were looking to move the 28-year-old move on after only scoring four league goals this season.

But the club's Communications Director Sarah Brookes has taken to Twitter to quash the rumours, calling them 'utter nonsense'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Police launch new investigation into historic crimes in Walton
Police have started a new investigation into allegations of sex abuse by celebrities at a Walton teenage disco.

Officers said a review of the previous operation into the Walton Hop youth club, in the 1980s found new lines of inquiry.

The campaign grew out of the force's probe into former pop mogul Jonathan King, who was convicted of child sex offences in 2001.

A number of actions have been identified and will be progressed as Operation Ravine, but no arrests have been made yet.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Man sentenced to jail after stealing from a Wallington church
A 31-year-old man who stole two laptop computers, cash and stamps from a church in Wallington, has been sentenced to 54 weeks in jail.

Mark Adrian Ross, stole the items worth over 550 pounds from the office in Holy Trinity Church two months ago.

A forensic examination found a fingerprint on a blue metal cash tin; it was traced to Ross and he was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am  

Man jailed after theft in Worcester Park
A man, who grabbed a handbag from an 83-year-old partially sighted woman loading shopping into the back of a car, has been jailed.

33-year-old Kamran Shafiq of New Malden, grabbed the bag from a shopping trolley outside Waitrose in Worcester Park, last month and made off on foot.

A stranger followed the robber in his car and called the police who were able to search him and make an arrest immediately

Shafiq was sentenced yesterday to 26 weeks in prison and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am  

Brother of murdered Claygate man criticises police
The brother of a Claygate man shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law on holiday in France, has accused police of being "racist" and "incompetent".

Zaid al-Hilli who lives in Chessington, said police had ruined the investigation by failing to secure the crime scene and missing evidence.

50 year old Saad al-Hilli, was shot with his wife Iqbal and his mother-in-law two years ago, along with French cyclist Sylvain Mollier

Both the French authorities and Surrey Police have refused to comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

Report outlines potential improvements to Ham Close

Richmond Council have published a report outlining potential improvements to Ham Close and the surrounding area.

They worked with residents to hear their views on what changes they would like to see as part of the council’s Uplift programme.

The report outlined 3 key principles for Ham, including retaining and enhancing green space and improving community facilities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 am  

Monday, 15 December 2014

Streatham Hill's Christmas tree not a cracker

People in Streatham Hill might be struggling to get into the festive spirit after their metal Christmas tree was lampooned on social media.

The tree, opposite the station, is made of poles and has drawn criticism with passers-by saying it looks like a “pylon with tinsel”.

Dozens of people have uploaded photos of it onto Twitter, with others complaining to Lambeth Council.

Business group inStreatham, which organised the instillation, have defended it saying they wanted to “try something new”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 pm  

Double decker trains to come to Woking?

Double decker trains could be coming to Woking- if plans to reduce overcrowding are approved in the New Year.

The idea is one of many being looked at by Network Rail to increase capacity on the Waterloo route during peak hours.

The trains, used in cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin, double the amount of people able to use the service.

A recent survey by the Department of Transport found the 7:32 AM from Woking to Waterloo was the most overcrowded service in the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 pm  

QPR stay in relegation zone after defeat

Everton have eased to a 3-1 victory over strugglers QPR in the Premier League.

Ross Barkley opened the scoring for the home team in the first half.

There were further goals for Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith, before Bobby Zamora scored Rangers' consolation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 pm  

QPR half-time scores
Everton lead QPR 2-nil at half-time in this evening's Premier League game.

Ross Barkley opened the scoring and Kevin Mirallas doubled their lead with a deflected free-kick.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

Transport Secretary called to account over Heathrow cancellations
Up to 10-thousand passengers at Heathrow were affected by the cancellations caused by last Friday's problems at air traffic control.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has also told MPs the failure at NATS, the company responsible for controlling British airspace, also affected Gatwick and Luton airport.

An independent inquiry's going to examine what went wrong.

Mr McLoughlin has appeared before the Commons Transport Committee.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 pm  

Teenage gang members caught in Croydon
Eight teenagers have been charged in connection with drug related offenses in West Croydon.

The youngest offenders were 14 and 15 years old.

13 people were charged in total, in an operation targeting gang crime in the borough.

Officers seized quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis at the raids.

The offenders will be heard at Croydon crown court this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 pm  

Women's Rugby gets respect
Two Roehampton University graduates are among those celebrating following last night’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Margaret Alphonsi and Alex Matthews were part of the England Women’s Rugby Squad.

They claimed the award for team of the year in tribute to their World Cup win in August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

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Road closes after police officer suffers a fall
Station Road in Hampton had to be closed this lunchtime after a policewoman fell off her horse.

It’s not known if the animal was spooked, but the road was closed for the best part of an hour.

Both the horse and police officer are said to be ok.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:01 pm  

Couples' romantic gesture melts the ice at Hampton Court


A man has relived the magical moment he got down on one ice skate to propose to his girlfriend at Hampton Court Palace.

D'Artagnan Arbuah had his first date with his fiancée Josie on the ice in 2012, and thought it only right to propose there last Christmas.

The pair are now planning a festive wedding, and D’Artagnan has written a song, Merry Christmas Darling, to mark the occasion.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

A man and woman jailed for attempted theft in Croydon
A man and woman have been jailed after attempting to steal from a vulnerable woman in Croydon with learning difficulties.

Robert Egan and Stacey Lewis were overheard by concerned witnesses in Queen’s Gardens persuading their 44-year-old victim to give them money.

The police were called, and arrived as the woman was withdrawing money from her bank account with the pair claiming to be her carers.
28 year old Egan and 37 year old Lewis were jailed for 18 weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

Drugs raids in Carshalton
Police have made two arrests after carrying out drugs raids at separate homes in the same road in Carshalton.

Officers forced entry at one property in Green Wrythe Lane and arrested a 27 year old woman, on suspicion of cocaine possession with intent to supply.

In the 2nd home searched, a 47 year old man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, and two others in possession of cannabis received warnings.

The man and woman detained have both been bailed to appear in court on dates in early 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Update on tourist missing from Croydon hotel
An Austrian tourist staying in a Croydon Hotel, who went missing at the weekend, has been found safe and well.

62 year old Elfriedge Hackl who doesn’t speak English, had become separated from her relatives at a tube station just after midnight on Saturday
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Cycle hire coming to Putney Pier
Transport for London has announced more than 1000 new docking points are planned for its cycle hire scheme.

A new docking station for the ‘Boris Bikes’ is already planned for Putney Pier.

Around a thousand new locations have been identified to be delivered across the capital, subject to planning permission, by early 2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

Elderly man dies after Banstead care home is evacuated
An 85-year-old man has died after the chaotic evacuation of a care home in Banstead.

It’s understood the man passed away less than 48 hours after all the residents of Merok Park Nursing Home were moved in freezing conditions in the dark.

The institute was closed by the Care Quality Commission last Tuesday after concluding that its elderly inhabitants were at ‘significant risk of harm’.

A spokesman for the Warringate Nursing Home in Kingswood where the man was taken said the sudden move could have been a shock for him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

The Christmas 'number one' battle includes Croydon X Factor winner
The battle for the Christmas Number One’s started after a van driver from Croydon has won ITV’s X-Factor.

29 year old Ben Haenow beat Fleur East in the final last night.

His new single – a cover of OneRepublic’s “Something I need” – is tipped to be a strong contender for the top of the charts this Christmas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 am  

Unexplained death in Surbiton
A man has died on a road in Surbiton in circumstances described by police as unexplained.

Officers and paramedics were called at around 6.30 this morning to reports of a man injured in St Leonard’s Road.

The man who’s believed to be in his forties was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers believe they know the identity of the deceased and enquiries are underway to inform next of kin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:52 am  

QPR could move out of relegation zone
QPR will move out of the relegation zone tonight if they can get a draw at Everton.

The Rs are currently in 18th in the Premier League, one point behind Burnley in 17th, but with a better goal difference.

But they’ve lost all of their away games so far this season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

London MEP returns from Bangladesh visit
A London MEP’s seen first hand the wake-up call the Rana Plaza disaster's brought to shoppers and manufacturers.

Jean Lambert has just returned from a visit to Bangladesh where she went to the site of the factory collapse last year, in which more than one thousand people died.

She's also toured new facilities and saw how the EU’s working with suppliers there and major international clothing brands to improve standards.

But the Green MEP says there’s still a long way to go.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

Chelsea ponder Champions League k.o. draw
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will find out later today if he's got the team he wants in the draw for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

He says he'd like to go up against Paris Saint Germain in the last-16.

Mourinho insists they'll be in for a tough encounter - whoever they get.

The draw starts at 11am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 am  

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Boxing Day tsunami orphans open children's home in parents' memory
Two brothers who lost their parents in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami are to open a children’s home dedicated to their parents in the country where they died.

Rob and Paul Forkan were on holiday in Sri Lanka when it was hit by deadly tidal waves, killing their parents Sandra and Kevin.

The brothers set up a business in Southfields called Gandys, selling flip flops to help fund the home in Mau Gama.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Twickenham MP accuses air traffic service of skimping on investment
Business secretary Vince Cable has accused the UK’s national air traffic service Nats of skimping on large scale investment.

That’s after an IT glitch led to widespread disruption across UK airports, including Heathrow.

The Twickenham MP told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Nats had been penny wise and pound foolish, running ancient computer systems.

A spokesman for Nats says it typically invested £140 million yearly, and would be spending an additional £575 million over the next five years on its systems.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

SECAMB launch 999 alternatives campaign
South East Coast Ambulance Service has launched a campaign to urge people to look for alternatives to calling 999 when there isn't a serious emergency.

The scheme can be followed with the wallop winter hashtag on Twitter, where advice will be offered.

Other options available include dialling 111, making a GP appointment, visiting a minor injury unit or asking advice from a pharmacist.

Lucas Hawkes-Frost, NHS Pathways Clinical Lead for Secamb, tells us what happens when you ring 999 and it isn't a life-threatening or serious situation.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Fulham defender hails 'unbelievable' teammate
Fulham defender Shaun Hutchinson has described midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen as ‘unbelievable’.

That’s after the 20-year-old got his fifth assist of the season, setting up Hugo Rodallega in the Whites' 1-0 win at Leeds yesterday.

Hutchinson told the club’s website it feels like all of Fulham’s recent goals have had something to do with Christensen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Teenagers' brains key to better understanding them
Understanding how teenagers’ brains work will lead to better comprehension of teenagers themselves.

That’s according to relationship counselling service Relate mid-Surrey, which has a base in Epsom.

Here’s counsellor Arabella Russell.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Police issue appeal for witnesses following fatal Leatherhead crash

Surrey police have issued a renewed appeal for witnesses following a fatal crash in Leatherhead in the early hours of Saturday.

A black Mercedes collided with a silver Mazda on the A24 between the Beaverbrook and Knowle roundabouts.

Both drivers were taken to St. Georges Hospital in Tooting, where the driver of the Mazda, a man in his fifties, died.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Did you see anything suspicious in Warlingham early this morning?

Detectives have appealed for information after an attempted theft of a cash machine in Warlingham early this morning.

It happened at 2:45AM at Natwest on The Green when 3 men wearing balaclavas attempted to detonate the ATM to steal the money inside.

A van and a high performance sports car were seen in the area at the time and police are keen to trace them.

Officers attended the scene and it’s not believed any money was stolen.

It is being linked to another offence that happened later this morning in Coulsdon which is being investigated by the Met Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

Twickenham MP launches attack on George Osborne

Vince Cable has launched an attack on George Osborne, saying his spending plans could lead to the armed forces becoming “largely ceremonial”.

The Business Secretary and Twickenham MP has sought to distance his party for the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement earlier this month.

He claimed that while the coalition “had quite a lot of common ground” there were “big differences” over deficit reduction.

Cable also warned voters against electing a Conservative government at the next election, saying his party had restrained the Tories.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am  

Vauxhall man jailed for causing explosion in park

A man from Vauxhall who set off explosives in a park has been jailed for almost 3 and a half years.

49 year old Dennis Pinner was arrested by police after an explosion in Kennington Park in April.

Following his arrest a search of his home revealed a large quantity of materials used in the manufacture of explosives.

A search of Pinner’s computer also showed evidence of him manufacturing and exploding shoe bombs and concealing explosives.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

Former child actor claims he was sexually abused by undercover police in Barnes

Two former police officers are being investigated over claims they sexually abused a child at the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes.

According to the Mail on Sunday former child actor Lee Towsey said he slept with the undercover officers who were gaining intelligence on the guesthouse.

Mr Towsey, who was 16 when the alleged incident happened, worked as a masseur at the house.

He was inder the was under the age of homosexual consent at the time.

The guesthouse is at the centre of allegations that young boys were abused there by establishment figures including politicians and judges.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am  

Richmond Council to improve station forecourt after passenger complaints

Richmond Council has unveiled plans to improve the forecourt of Richmond Station after passengers branded it a “shambolic mess”.

The six month trial will see more space introduced for buses, after a redevelopment reduced the number of bus stops from two to one.

Passengers claimed that this increased congestion and bus waiting times around the station.

A new taxi station will also be installed to the left of the forecourt.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

Richmond going disabled sport crazy following grant

Disabled sport is taking off in Richmond thanks to an investment by the council and Sport England.

The Borough currently offers an Inclusive Sport and Exercise project, to encourage those with disabilities to get involved in activities.

The grant will allow the scheme to be extended, offering new sessions in sports including wheelchair basketball, tennis and football.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Middlesex batsman signs new contract

Nick Compton has signed a new three year contract at Middlesex County Cricket club.

The 31 year old batsman came through the youth team at the club.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:41 am  

Man charged in connection with Soho stabbing
Detectives investigating the stabbing of 70-year-old David West in Soho on Friday have charged a man in connection with the case.

44-year-old David West has been charged with the murder of his father, 70-year-old David West, killed at his home address in Ormond Yard.

Police were called to the house at around 1800 hours on Friday 12th of December, where West was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accused will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday, 15 December.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 am  

Soho Stabbing Victim Named
It is believed that the victim of a stabbing in Soho on Friday evening was local resident David West.

West, 70, found dead at the scene when police arrived at around 1800 hours.

Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem has taken place.

A 44 year-old man was arrested at an address in Jermyn Street and is currently in custody at a west London police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 am  

Investigation into Soho Murder Launched
A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Soho this Friday.

Police were called to an address in Ormond Yard at around 1800 hours that evening, where the victim, aged 70, was pronounced dead on the scene.

A 44-year-old man has been arrested nearby on suspicion of murder, and remains in custody.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 am  

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