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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Robshaw and Marler return to winning ways at the Twickenham Stoop

Today The Stoop in Twickenham treated fans of rugby union to a clash of giants as Harlequins played host to Leicester Tigers in round 13 of the English Premiership. The return of the Quins' captain Joe Marler and no. 7 Chris Robshaw gave the team - and their fans - a boost.

The rain had been kept at bay and a hint of blue skies could be seen breaking through what had been up to that point an overcast day. The atmosphere was electric at the sell-out stadium and a standing ovation greeted Nick Easter on his 250th professional appearance.

Owen Williams started proceedings for the Tigers who were wearing their orange kit for this clash. After some feelers were kicked round to settle the game the visitors earned a lineout in the host's half. Their fast pace made easy work of the defence and within 3 minutes the Tigers were awarded a penalty: Williams splitting the posts giving the visitors an early lead 0-3.

The restart was kicked long and despite pressure from the forwards Tait was able to gather and kick into touch. Following a poor lineout by Quins, the Tigers had the put-in at the scrum. They fed back and kicked - an easy catch for Brown who sent the ball back into the visitor's half.

The Tigers, however, looked menacing and quick hands along with side-stepping feet allowed them to once again slice through the home defence. Their progress was halted as a cross-fied kick ended up in touch.

Despite forward momentum from Quins the ball was handed back to the Tigers and this time their lineout was misfiring - a scrum was awarded to Quins after the ball was not thrown straight. Yet more misery waited for the home side as they were penalised for collapsing the scrum. Williams again went for the posts and doubled the lead after 10 minutes: 0-6.

The restart was kicked short and wide this time allowing Yarde to challenge. This pressure handed a penalty to Quins who kicked for a line-out just 5 metres out. Although Tigers stole the ball, Quins were soon back on the front foot after the visitors opted to kick long downfield. The homeside earned a shot at the posts and finally Quins were on the scoreboard through the boot of Botica: 3-6 after 14 minutes.

Another penalty was awarded to Quins following the restart after Tigers slowed down play by failing to allow the ball out of the ruck. A strong lineout from the home side and they sent the ball from one wing to the other. Despite strong tackles by Kitchener on Sinckler, the Quins no. 3 held the ball firm. Play eventually came to a stop after foul play by the home side.

Crane crossed the half-way line for the Tigers and sent the ball out to the wing where they put together some great attacking play. They kicked for a chase and Quins almost fell into the trap of thinking the ball was going into the deadzone. Instead it bounced favourably for Tigers but Brown was on hand to prevent a try; Yarde instead landing on the ball.

A quarter of the game gone and Quins seemed to be rattled. Another penalty for Williams and a brave Tom Youngs was used to hold the ball in place. The visiotrs extended their lead: 3-9.

Clifford has been putting in a great performance for the home side in recent games and today was no different, crossing the game line and releasing the ball. Quins earned another penalty following their strength in a maul and Botica kicked for a lineout on the Tigers' 22.

A great take by Robson and the ball was sent wide to Brown. Care managed to retrieve the ball from the ruck and after passing it wide, the ball was returned to him in the form of a superb offload by Easter. Care slipped through Leicester's defence and made his way across the line for the first try of the game after 23 minutes. Botica added the conversion and for the first time this game Harlequins found themselves in the lead: 10-9.

Quins had fire in their belly at the restart and made their way into the visitor's half with relative ease. They played with belief. Unfortunately the ball was knocked-on whilst releasing it from the ruck, ending Quins' forward momentum and handing play back to the Tigers.

Leicester's captain Ben Youngs had a talking to from the referee as Quins were awarded a penalty. They opted for a lineout in Tigers' 22. It was not easy but the home side retained possession. Brown, however, could not cleanly catch the ball passed to him and he knocked on. Tigers were then awarded a penalty following the scrum.

The visitors came again but the Quins defence was not letting them slip through. Robson was inches away from intercepting a pass. Leicester put on a spurt and came within 5 metres of the tryline but they were brought down and the ball stolen. Brown and Care managed to break but Care was tackled just as he kicked for a chase.

There was concern from the stands an Monye had to be replaced by Williams after 32 minutes - the number 11 limping from the field. A period of football ensued to settle play again and Tigers again came strong but a rushed offload ended up in the arms of Clifford.

A lineout to Quins and they managed to keep possession although their passing had slowed and was becoming sloppy. Tigers got turn-over ball and they slowly made progression up the field. Play was halted for a chat with the TMO (Television Match Official) but quickly resumed with a lineout for Quins in their half. This was upgraded to a penalty after interference by the visitors.

Quins placed a kick just outside the Tigers' 22 for a lineout. Robshaw crossed the gameline, then Robson. Play once again fell flat as the clock ticked down to half-time. Tigers' failed to roll away after tackling and Care took the penalty quickly. The ball reached the hands of Clifford who crossed the tryline. On this occasion Botica pushed the conversison wide.

Harlequins went into the half-time break with a breathing space.

Half Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 15 - 9 Leicester Tigers

Botica kicked play off in the second half. Yarde was able to catch the ball keeping possession with the home side. A great offload allowed Hopper to penetrate the defence but a lapse in concentration meant the ball was passed short and subsequently knocked on. The referee stopped play to see whether there was any foul play leading up the tackle on Sinckler. There was none and so play resumed with a scrum to Leicester Tigers inside their own 22.

The referee addressed both sides after the scrum collapsed for a third time. Youngs fed the ball, retrieved it and kicked into the arms of Brown. In an amazing period of play Yarde was passed the ball and he slipped through the defence and crossed the tryline almost unopposed. The referee checked there had been no obstruction to allow him to slip through almost unnoticed and the try was awarded - Botica adding the conversion. Harlequins 22 - 9 Leicester Tigers with 33 minutes remaining.

Tigers attempted to bowl over their opponents but this ended up with Harlequins being awarded the put-in at the scrum. The home side continued to pressure the visitors and they earned a lineout after Botica kicked high for a chase - Tigers retrieving but ending up in touch.

A rolling maul formed and this time Care attempted a cross-field kick. It was caught and the mark was called however advantage was being played. Botica had a shot between the posts and made Tigers' pay for their indiscipline: 25-9 with 29 minutes remaining.

No sooner had play resumed than Quins handed a penalty to the visitors. Despite the gap building between the two teams, they opted for the posts. The boot of Williams was once again successful and the score was 25-12 with 27 minutes still to play.

The restart ball was kicked long but an unforced error saw Kitchener knock-on as the Tigers attempted to break. Scrum to Quins which was upgraded to a penalty. On this occasion Botica pushed it wide.

Slowly but steadily Quins made their way up the field and Botica had another opportunity to split the posts with 22 minutes remaining. The stadium fell silent as he made his preparations but it was again kicked wide.

The visitors had possession but knocked on whilst being tackled. As the scrum was awarded to Quins the fans started to chant around the Twickenham Stoop. Care so nearly able to retrieve the ball however the scrum was turned and it was now Leicester who had the put-in. The visitors earned a penalty and this time kicked for a line-out just outside the Quins' 22. Sinckler was replaced by Collier for the last 18 minutes.

The Tigers' lineout was successful but Quins soon stole the ball. Botica kicked long for the visitors' Thompstone to chase, passing to Tait to clear. Following replacements Tigers had the scrum which was upgraded to a penalty. Williams again kicked for a lineout outside the home side 22.

They threw to the end of the line and managed to break the Quins' defence. They then earned a penalty and kicked for the corner. Gray came off for Buchanan in the last 15 minutes.

Tigers retained lineout ball and formed a maul. A cheer erupted in the stands as Quins were awarded the penalty.
Botica kicked for a lineout still inside their own half. Leicester stole possession and powered their way up the field. They passed wide and tackles were missed. Luckily resilience paid off and Care got turnover ball in a ruck. The ball was sent into the opposition half and Tigers had the throw-in at the lineout.
They retained possession and tried to break. The home side's defence remained strong forcing the Tigers to kick. Brown retrieved and kicked back. Quins eventually earned a penalty after the visitors held onto the ball.

Quins kicked for the corner but Tigers retrieved and kicked quickly. Eventually play settled in the visitors' half. Quick work from Robshaw as he wrapped himself around Harrison who had found himself isolated. A scrum was awarded to Quins. Botica was replaced by Swiel after feeling a pull in his leg. 10 minutes remained.

Another reset scrum after Tigers pushed early. Quins opted to grab and drive after freeing the ball. It reached Brown who crossed the gameline but some strong tackles by the visitors earned them a penalty. They kicked for a lineout just outside the home side 22. Tigers secured the ball and attempted to break. On occasions they slipped through but could never make much progress. They sent the ball back to build their charge once again but Quins earned a scrum.

Just 5 minutes left and Captain Marler left the field to a standing ovation - Marfo the blood replacement.

Quins secured the ball and kicked long, allowing Tigers to bring the challenge to them. Play was kept in the visitors' half and through another unforced error, Leicester sent the ball into touch. Robson was replaced by Twomey; Trayfoot on for Clifford.

A forward pass handed a scrum to Leicester with just 3 minutes remaining. It was upgraded to a penalty but they could only find touch just within Quins' half. During the play that followed, advantage was awarded to Harlequins and they kicked for a lineout. Unfortunately they knocked-on. Leicester failed to punish them, knocking-on themselves. Harlequins found themselves with one final opportunity to get the fourth try and a bonus point. As the scrum was reset the clock counted down.

Steady hands and the home side powered their way through. The ball was sent out to Brown who broke through a tiring defence and then back to Swiel who had only recently come on as a replacement. Swiel crossed for the all important bonus point try and converted it.

Full Time: Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers

Nick Easter was named Man of the Match on his 250th appearance in front of 14,800 spectators.

A much better performance from Harlequins. At the Big Game 7 they showed what they were capable of against Northampton Saints but fell short of a win. Last week they secured a bonus point win away to London Welsh. Today it all came together - not only a bonus-point win but a performance to match with team morale helped by the return of Robshaw and Marler.

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea spoke with Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne after the game:

The Twickenham-based team move up to seventh in the table and find themselves just two points behind a play-off place. The rest of the season looks to be an exciting time as the English premiership table is so tight in the middle.

Next week Harlequins welcome Wasps to The Stoop in the European Champions Cup.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Twickenham MP Vince Cable Opposes Tory Proposals
The Liberal Democrats say Tory proposals to make it more difficult for unions to call strikes will "strangle" the basic rights of working people.

Under the plans, industrial action in some public services would require the backing of 40 per cent of union members.

But MP for Twickenham Vince Cable says the move is ill-conceived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 pm  

Reward For Gin Trap That Killed Two Foxes
A reward has been offered after two foxes in Surrey were killed by illegal gin traps.

The foxes were killed by a trap in Guildford.

The League against Cruel Sports and the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) have offered £1,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible.

Gin traps were outlawed in the UK in 1958.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 pm  

Missing Girl From Coulsdon
Surrey Police is growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenage girl from Coulsdon who has not been seen since last Saturday.

16 year old, Charmaine Wilkinson has not been seen since leaving her friend's house --and has not had contact with anyone.

She is described as white, 5ft 5 tall, of a slim build with long brown hair and was last seen wearing black leggings, a jumper or hooded top.

If you have any information please contact Surrey Police on 101.

Her picture is available on - http://www.surrey.police.uk/News/News-Stories/Full-news-story/Article/10728/Appeal-for-missing-teenage-girl-Charmaine-Wilkinson
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

SW London rugby preview
Nick Easter will make his 250th senior appearance for Harlequins today, in their game against Leicester Tigers at the Twickenham Stoop.

Chris Robshaw, Nick Evans and club captain Joe Marler are expected to return from injury for the Premiership clash.

Meanwhile, in the Championship, London Scottish are hosting Yorkshire Carnegie at the Richmond Athletic Ground.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

SW London football preview
Alan Pardew takes charge of his first league match as Crystal Palace manager today – they host Tottenham at 5.30.

Meanwhile, in the three o'clock kick offs, also in the Premier League, Chelsea are at home to Newcastle.

The Blues will stay top of the Premier League if they better Manchester City's result at Everton.

And QPR are looking to move further away from the relegation zone in their away game at Burnley.

Meanwhile, in the Championship, Brentford host Rotherham and Fulham travel to Cardiff.

In League Two, AFC Wimbledon are away at Stevenage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Brothers jailed for thefts in Epsom and Ewell
Two teenagers have been jailed for 10 months for multiple theft offences.

The 16-year-old brothers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to steal.

Those charges covered 40 offences committed in the Epsom and Ewell areas between March and May last year, and a further 28 offences committed in London.

The offences included theft from motor vehicles, stealing cars and thefts from garages and sheds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 am  

Fab Lab comes to Kingston
The first fully equipped Fabrication Laboratory to be set up in a British School was opened Friday at the independent Catholic girls school, Marymount International School in Kingston.

Known as a ‘Fab Lab’, the new facilities will be able to make ‘almost anything.’ The school will use it to teach computer programming, coding, robotics and design.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a scientist known for her work on the physiology of the brain, encouraged the students but added that women in science face many challenges, which she described as ‘banana skins, bottle necks and elephant traps.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 am  

Friday, 9 January 2015

Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals warns on waiting times
An A & E in Chertsey is warning of long waits, even though it has been downgraded from a major incident status.

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals were put at that level for nearly a week, but although the situation has improved, they are still asking people not to come to A & E unless there is a real emergency.

Non-emergency patients can expect an extremely long wait and could be taking staff from caring for patients with life threatening conditions.

It’s recommended instead that you call NHS 111 for advice on what to do.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

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Ealing Hospital Update
Ealing Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre has been forced to close due to a burst water pipe.

It is understood to have burst in theatres in the hospital causing flooding.

A statement said they were hoping walk in patients would be allowed back in by 3 o’clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Blue day facing Fulham?
It could be a blue day for Fulham tomorrow.

They've got an away trip to Cardiff, who have announced they'll be reverting to their traditional blue kit with immediate effect.

Owner Vincent Tan has made a u-turn, after changing the colours to red in 2012.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Major engineering works are continuing at Wimbledon station this weekend
12 sets of railway points and infrastructure dating back to the 70s are being replaced.

Trains are unable to run through the station at certain times until February the 22nd.

There are replacement bus services available, but listeners have told us the alternatives can add up to two hours to some journeys.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel updates across the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

A man convicted of 7 sexual offences against three children during the 70s and 80s has been jailed for four years


65 year old Charles Worth - formerly known as David Berry - was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court earlier.

Worth’s male victims were abused by him on a number of occasions at his home in Raynes Park, Morden swimming baths and a location in Wallington.

In 2001 Berry changed his name via deed poll to Charles Worth.

The allegations were made to police over a period of time in 2009 and 2010.

Last February, Worth was arrested at Gatwick Airport having come in on a flight from Malaga.

He had been living in Spain and India since 1998.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

AFC Wimbledon manager wins award
AFC Wimbledon's Neal Ardley has been named League Two manager of the month for December.

The Dons won three of their four games last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:38 pm  

Ham Close recommendations to be outlined next week
Recommendations for improvements to the Ham Close residential estate in Ham are to be outlined in a Richmond Council meeting next week.

Plans will see residents asked for their say on possible options, from total redevelopment to refurbishing only.

A report on the future vision of the estate has also found that community facilities, such as libraries and clinics, need to be improved.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Moonwalk London is back!


The time has come to sign up for this year's annual Moonwalk London.

Taking place on Clapham Common, on May the 16th, the aim is to raise as much money for breast cancer charities as possible.

Moonwalkers have so far raised nearly £100 million pounds since it launched 16 years ago, when a group of women power walked the New York Marathon in their bras.

To sign up, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

Delays expected at Heathrow and Gatwick
France bound passengers using Heathrow and Gatwick are being warned of long delays at the airports.

People travelling to Charles de Gaulle are being told they may be delayed or diverted due to security checks.

Security at ports and train stations that act as a border into the UK has also been tightened up in the wake of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, the government has said.

The Prime Minister's spokesman told journalists that there had been no change to the UK's terrorism threat level but the government had decided to take extra measures.

Stay tuned to Jackie for full travel updates, or follow us on Twitter @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am  

Former Fulham boss buys into Rangers
Felix Magath is thought to have bought a 1-per-cent stake in Rangers.

He's believed to have made the purchase late last year, and to have held talks with one of the groups involved in a potential takeover of the financially-troubled Scottish Championship club.

Magath was sacked as Fulham boss in September after a poor start to the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Fulham manager not worried by lack of goals
Fulham manager Kit Symons says he’s not worried by his side’s lack of goals.

The Whites haven’t scored in their last three matches, losing two and drawing one of them.

We asked Symons if his side’s form concerned him.



You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Chelsea boss avoids media meeting
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho won't hold the club's scheduled pre-match news conference this afternoon - after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association.

He recently claimed there's a campaign against his club - which he believed was influencing the decisions of referees.

Mourinho was due to speak to the media today - but shortly after the charge, it was announced assistant Steve Holland will take his place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:39 am  

Kingston's Mayor sends message to Paris terror victims
The Mayor of Kingston Councillor Ken Smith has extended deepest sympathy to those affected by the act of terrorism in Paris on Wednesday.

In the message posted on Facebook the Mayor said: “Rain drops are cascading down my window here in London but they are nothing to the teardrops of those who lost loved ones in France.

We in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames send our deepest sympathy to all who has been effected by this horrible act of mindless terrorism."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 am  

Men from Thornton Heath and Croydon jailed for manslaughter
Three men involved in an altercation which resulted in the death of another man in Bromley have been sentenced to more than 30-years in jail.

22-year-old Afyon-Saint-Hilaire died from stab wounds after a street fight in Downham last July.

23-year-old Lance Sloley from Thornton Heath and 20-year-old Shyheim Green from Croydon both got 12-years for manslaughter and 8-years for conspiracy to rob.

The third man, 20-year-old Jordache Smith-Challis from Brighton was jailed for 11-years.

All three were sentenced at the Old Bailey yesterday.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 am  

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Surrey says no to higher council taxes to pay for policing
Surrey households would not pay an extra £1 a week to avoid slashes to policing, according to a YouGov poll.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has suggested increasing council tax to help retain the current service.

But only 32 per cent of just over a thousand people surveyed say they’d support the rise.

Police forces in England have faced 20 % cuts since 2010 and expect a further 5% next year.

This would mean losing 550 staff in Surrey over the next four years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 pm  

Better school dinners in Ham
School dinners are about to improve after new government standards are introduced this month.

The new standards give school cooks greater freedom to create their own menus.

Grey Court School, in Ham has signed up to the scheme which will ensure students get nutritionally balanced food at lunch time.

Meeting the standards will mean schools restricting the amount of added sugars and limiting deep-fried and battered foods.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

Fulham manager regrets rushing midfielder back
Fulham manager Kit Symons says Lasse Vigen Christensen won’t be fit for Saturday’s game at Cardiff.

The influential midfielder was taken off in the draw with Wolves last weekend due to an injury problem.

He missed training in the week, and Symons says he regrets rushing him back so soon.



You can listen to Kit Symons' press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Merton is just one of the boroughs that has more properties that would pay a mansion tax than in the whole of Scotland

Emma Adams reports.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm  

Fire warning in West Brompton
Firefighters are urging people to make sure they have working smoke alarms.

It’s after a man had a lucky escape from a fire above a restaurant in West Brompton last night.

The man was asleep and with no smoke alarm to wake him from the fire in an adjacent bedroom.

Fortunately he woke up in time and lowered himself on to a first floor flat roof and then on to the back of a firefighter on the ground.

The blaze started in a second floor bedroom and is believed to have been caused by clothing near to an electric heater.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm  

New Staines Town manager appointed
Staines Town have appointed former Brentford boss Nicky Forster as their new manager,

The 41-year-old has replaced Marcus Gayle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 pm  

Pupils get a treat in Twickenham


Pupils at a school in Twickenham have had some unlikely help with their maths.

Harlequins player Danny Care dropped into Bishop Perrin School to launch the Aviva Tackling Numbers Initiative.

Delivered by the 12 premiership clubs across England, the programme integrates maths with practical, number-based rugby games.

Danny says it’s important to associate learning with something you love.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:46 pm  

CCTV images released after Sunbury break-in
Police have released CCTV pictures following a burglary in Sunbury.

The offenders ransacked the property, off Cadbury Road in the afternoon of Tuesday the 9th of December but left empty handed.

Officers say they’d like to speak to four men who were seen getting into a grey coloured VW Golf in the vicinity at the time.

They also want to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious during the afternoon of the incident.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Men charged on Sutton burglaries are named
Two men have been charged with three counts of burglary in Sutton.

28 year old Stephen Baverstock from Sutton and Ben Quilter who’s 35 and from Wallington are each accused of two burglaries in Burnell Road and at a restaurant in Westmead Road.

They’re both due to appear by virtual link to Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Corinthian-Casuals heading to Brazil
A non-league side are 10 days away from leaving for Brazil to play a friendly against two-time world champions Corinthians Paulista.

Corinthian-Casuals are heading to the South American country to pay tribute to their players who died during the First World War.

They were on a ship for a tour Brazil when they found out about the declaration of war and returned without playing a game.

The club has previously toured the country and Chris Watney, the club's commercial director tells us what that was like.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Clawing their way to the top: The search is on for Purr Minister 2015
Feline friends of the nation’s politicians have their hopes set on high office this year, dreaming of a landslide victory in Purr Minister 2015 to find Westminster’s top cat of the year.



When it comes to our politicians’ cats aspiring to take Battersea’s Purr Ministerial crown, there are no safe seats, as the candidates get ready to battle it out, sharpening their claws and polishing their whiskers.

Cat lovers across the UK have from 9am on Thursday the 15th of January to noon on Monday the 26th of January to vote for their favourite Westminster feline, from a shortlist of cats owned by MPs and Lords.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am  

Bride to be to raise money for world leading cancer hospital


A bride to be is one of the hundreds of people taking part in this year’s annual Marsden March.

25 year old Talia Golding from Tolworth was diagnosed with blood cancer Non - Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012.

She was treated at the Marsden’s Teenage Cancer Trust in Sutton, and is now in remission.



The Marsden March is a 14-mile or a 5-mile sponsored walk between The Royal Marsden’s hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton.

Over the last four years this event has raised £4.5 million to help build a future beyond cancer.

This year's event will take place on Sunday, the 22nd of March.

Talia wants to try and raise as much money as possible.


To sponsor Talia, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Council awards contract to build housing in Epsom
A contract to redevelop a council owned site on Hollymoor Lane in Epsom has been awarded to the housing company Orbit.

The plans include ten houses, twenty flats and a new mini-supermarket.

Epsom and Ewell Council says the development will help meet the borough’s need for increased social and affordable housing.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted in spring.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 am  

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

27 year old charged with Southall murder
A 27 year old man has been charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed to death in Southall on Sunday.

Inderjit Bhachu, of Clarence Street, will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court tomorrow, charged with the murder of Harinder Rattan.

29 year old, Shamaun Salhotra, and 26 year old Sanjay Salhotra, of Clarence Street, Southall were also charged today for Mr Rattan's murder.

A 20-year-old man who was arrested on Monday, on suspicion of murder has been bailed to a date in mid-January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 pm  

Chertsey hospital remains in Major Incident status
Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals in Chertsey remains in Major Incident status, after revealing it’s struggling to cope with growing demand for its A&E services.

In a statement earlier they say:

We continue to be under pressure although the situation is improving and we want to ensure this improved position is sustained.

We continue to have a significant number of additional medical patients in the hospital and our priority is their safe care.

The hospital has cancelled a small number of out-patient clinics and much of their elective work for the week instead focusing all clinical work on patients in the most need.

The A&E department has remained open at all times.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 pm  

Walker settled in well at Scottish
London Scottish loose forward Chris Walker says he's settled in well at the club since his arrival from Australian rugby in September.

He's played 10 times and nearly 700 minutes since joining the Richmond-based club.

He admits that's more game time than he expected when he first came to England.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm  

Artist's Twickenham retreat to be restored
A house designed and owned by JMW Turner is to be restored and opened to the public after receiving a £1.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Turner built Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham in 1813, and used it as his country retreat until 1826.

But it’s fallen into a poor state of repair in recent years.

It will be open for 46 weeks of the year from 2016, once restoration work is finished
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Two arrested on suspicion of burglary in Sutton
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of carrying out two burglaries in Sutton in the early hours of this morning.

Officers were called by wary residents to reports of two men acting suspiciously and spotted one them later hiding behind a hedge.

They were both arrested on suspicion of two burglaries - at an address in Burnell Road and at a restaurant in Westmead Road.

The men, aged 28 and 35, are being questioned at a South London police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Cyclist taken to hospital after accident in Feltham
A cyclist’s been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus in Feltham.

Officers were called to reports of an accident on Hanworth Road at the Junction with Kings Road this morning at around 7.30.

The man who’s believed to be in his late thirties was taken to a west London hospital – his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

Final jobs to go in City Link demise
Around 300 staff helping wind up collapsed delivery firm City Link are expected to start being let go today.

Nearly 2-and-a-half thousand people lost their jobs when the company- which has units at Heathrow and in Epsom - went out of business over Christmas.

The RMT union, representing many of them - has called for a full investigation into City Link's demise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

Twickenham MP to lose spokesperson role
Vince Cable's expected to lose his role as Lib Dem economic spokesman for their general election campaign.

The MP for Twickenham had the job in 2010 - but The Spectator says this time, he'll be given the business brief he's held throughout the coalition.

Instead, the role goes to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander - who'll take on Chancellor George Osborne and his Labour shadow Ed Balls in TV debates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

Emergency summit called for on struggling A & E departments
There are calls for an emergency summit to be held - to find ways of easing the pressure on A-and-E units in England.

It's after a number of hospitals and trusts across England have activated a 'major incident' plan because they’re so overstretched.

Ashford and St Peter’s in Chertsey as well as Croydon Hospital are among those struggling to cope.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

Man charged with historical crimes in Lambeth
A man’s been charged with sexually abusing boys at children's homes in Lambeth more than 30 years ago.

63 year-old Leslie Paul is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault, 2 further counts of assault and one count of gross indecency.

The alleged offences relate to offences against three victims - all boys aged under 16 - between 1979 and 1983.

He’s charged under Scotland Yard’s Operation Trinity and will appear in court in February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 am  

Surrey gets nearly half a million for war memories.
Surrey’s First World War project is to be funded to the tune of nearly half a million pounds.

Surrey Heritage – part of the county council – will preserve the county’s memories and heritage through photos, newspaper clippings, documents and letters on a new website.

Thousands of men from Surrey alone died in the First World war – the new funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund means local wartime stories can be explored in a legacy for generations to come.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 am  

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Two men charged with murder to appear before Wimbledon Magistates
Two men will appear before Wimbledon Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with murder.

Detectives are investigating the murder of a man in Southall.

29 year old Shamaun Salhotra of Clarence Street in Southall and 26 year old Sanjay Salhotra also of Clarence Street in Southall have both been remanded in custody.

A 20-year-old man has been bailed to a date in mid January.

And a 27-year old man remains in custody at a London police station.




posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 pm  

Kingston Hospital boss praises staff
The boss of Kingston Hospital has tweeted a well done message to staff and followers following a tough day managing high numbers of patients.

Kate Grimes who’s the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital said staff and partners had gone the extra mile today to keep patients safe.

However no such a good picture for Ealing hospital where one in two patients have had to wait for more than 4 hours - according to a tweet from the Labour MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter.

Ashford and St Peters in Chertsey had been warning non-emergency patients to expect an extremely long wait though the pressure has now eased.

However it has postponed a considerable number of non-urgent operations.

Croydon Hospital was under similar pressure.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 pm  

Adam Deacon appears before Hammersmith Magistrates
Actor Adam Deacon was arrested today after he failed to appear in court yesterday.

The 31-year-old is accused of harassing fellow star Noel Clarke.

He allegedly posted abusive and threatening messages on social media relating to the Adulthood director.

Upon arrest, Mr Deacon appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court today and has since been bailed to reappear at the same court on January 16th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 pm  

Police appeal for witnesses in Sutton
Merton police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a pedestrian died following a collision with a BMW on Boxing day.

The woman in her early 30’s, collided with the blue car on Middleton Road in Sutton at around 8.30 in the evening.

She died at St George’s on Sunday the 28th.

A post-mortem, yesterday, revealed she died from traumatic brain injury.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call officers on: 0208543 5157.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 pm  

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UPDATE: Police seal off parts of Byfleet
Police have been at the scene of an alleged bomb scare in Byfleet this afternoon.

Oyster Lane and Barnes Wallis Drive were closed just before three o’clock.

It’s thought the incident was a false alarm.

Surrey Police said officers were called to premises in Oyster Lane when "members of staff reported receiving suspicious communications".

A Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal team was deployed.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest news and travel updates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Andy Johnson's second spell at Crystal Palace has come to an end
The club legend has been released after his short-term contract expired.

The striker, who's been badly hit by injuries in recent times, made just one appearance after rejoining them in September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 pm  

Body found in search for missing man from Surbiton
Police searching for a man from Surbiton have found a body they believe to be that of missing Aaron Gurmail.

The 24-year-old was last seen at 4pm yesterday and a body was found earlier today in Dorking.

Next of kin have been informed and police say the death is being treated as non-suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

Tubbs leaves AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley has confirmed Matt Tubbs has been recalled by parent club Bournemouth.

The striker, who's been on loan since the start of the season, scored 14 goals for the Dons.

It's expected the 30-year-old, who played in yesterday's defeat to Liverpool, will join another club.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

X Factor winner Ben Haenow will begin work on his album in less than a fortnight
The singer from Croydon signed a deal with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music today - on his 30th birthday.

The former van driver from Croydon triumphed in the ITV show last month - beating Fleur East in the final.

He will headline the 26-date nation-wide X Factor tour, which begins in Belfast next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

Appeal for Witnesses after accident in Fulham
Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Fulham.

An elderly woman was knocked over by an HGV in North End Road on the 12th of December and taken to hospital where she later died.

The driver stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

The woman has been formally identified as 79 year old Elizabeth Jallum who lived locally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Backlash after former Chelsea and QPR midfielder posts views on marriage
Former Chelsea and QPR midfielder Gavin Peacock has come under fire after posting his views on marriage on Twitter.

The 47-year-old, who is now a pastor in Canada, posted that wives should respect their husband by submitting to and encouraging their leadership.

He added that God's design for marriage is male headship and female submission.

But fellow Twitter users have reacted with surprise with commentator Nigel Adderley saying he won't be implementing Peacock's views on marriage at home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

New arrival at Loftus Road
QPR have signed West Ham striker Mauro Zarate on loan until the rest of the season.

He's scored twice in eight appearances for West Ham this season since joining in the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

'Internal major incident' declared at Croydon University Hospital
Croydon University Hospital has declared an 'internal major incident' because of unprecedented demand on A&E.

Hospital chiefs say more patients have been admitted than available beds.

Ashford & St Peter's NHS Trust declared an emergency situation due to a surge in demand on Sunday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

Messi fuels Chelsea speculation
Lionel Messi has fuelled speculation about a possible move to Chelsea after following the club's official account on Instagram.

The 27-year-old also followed Blues stars Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis on the social media site.

The Argentinian missed an open training session yesterday and is thought to be unhappy at being benched during Barcelona's weekend defeat at Real Sociedad.

But Chelsea fans shouldn't get too excited, he follows Manchester City on the photo sharing website as well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Reddit user reveals what's being Googled about each London borough
A Reddit User has revealed what's being googled about each borough in London.

Google's autocomplete service was used, with 'why is' and the borough name being put into the search engine to see what appears.

The burning questions include, 'why is Kingston called Kingston?', 'why is Hounslow a good place to live?' and 'why is Croydon so bad?'



Credit: Reddit/Imgur/BlackJackKetchum
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Court appearance for man arrested in Lambeth on rape and cruelty charges
A man has appeared in Court charged with 25 offences including rape and child cruelty.

74 year old Aravindan Balakrishnan, who was arrested in Brixton in November 2013, is also accused of false imprisonment and 19 counts of indecent assault.

The alleged offences relate to three women between January 1980 and October 2013.

Mr Balakrishnan will stand trial in July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:37 am  

Putney High Street breaches pollution limits
Putney High Street has already breached its annual legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide, just a handful of days into 2015.

Last year, the road was branded the worst in Europe for road pollution by a manager at Transport for London responsible for monitoring air quality.

Last year, Wandsworth Council said the main cause of pollution was buses, and has called on TFL to introduce ultra low emission vehicles.

In Central London, Oxford Street has also already exceeded its yearly limit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

Liverpool beat AFC Wimbledon in last night's game
AFC Wimbledon have been defeated in their third round match against Premier League Liverpool at Kingsmeadow.

Jackie’s John Creasey reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 am  

Monday, 5 January 2015

Half-time report from Kingsmeadow
Half time at Kingsmeadow and the Dons are standing proud.

The score is currently 1 all with the home team putting up 2 shots on goal target.

The match is evoking memories of the 1988 FA Cup final where they beat the Merseysiders 1 Nil.

John Creasey reports from pitch-side.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 pm  

FA cup draw results
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup has been made.

The undoubted pick of the ties sees the lowest ranked team left in the competition, Cambridge United, host Manchester United.

Chelsea could face London rivals Millwall - if the Championship side can win their replay against Bradford.

Crystal Palace will take on the winners of the Southhampton Ipswich game.

Fulham could go to Sunderland, if they beat Wolves.

Holders Arsenal will have to go to Brighton, while Manchester City have Middlesbrough at home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 pm  

£100,000 car stolen from Chelsea
A classic car worth around 100 thousand pounds has been stolen from a Chelsea home.

The blue Austin Healey was driven out of the owner’s garage on Christmas eve after thieves forced open the doors to the property.

The owner spent 18 months restoring the car which he gave to his wife on her 50th birthday.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 pm  

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Nearly 40 British Airways passengers have been stranded in Mumbai Airport after they missed a connecting flight to Heathrow
Sean Read, keyboard player for the Manic Street Preachers, and Chrissie Hynde, is among those who’d flown from Goa with Air India on Sunday night.

He says they’d missed their follow-on flight, because of problems including no walkway from the first plane into the terminal and delays through security.

He understood BA would hold the flight for them, but it departed leaving stranded passengers to sleep on the floor.

BA says it’s trying to help customers and some people have now managed to get on flights.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

AFC Wimbledon prepares for battle
AFC Wimbledon will be looking to re-kindle the "Crazy Gang" ethos for tonight's FA Cup third-round tie with Liverpool.

In the 1988 final, Wimbledon FC were shock 1-nil winners against the Merseyside giants.

Current manager at Kingsmeadow Neil Ardley was a long-serving player with the likes of John Fashanu and Vinnie Jones.

Kick off at Kingsmeadow is at 7.55pm - stay tuned to Jackie for the latest updates.

Meanwhile, bookmakers Paddy Power says it will give punters their money back if striker Adebayo Akinfenwa scores against Liverpool at anytime.

He is well known for being ranked as the strongest footballer in the world in various editions of the FIFA videogame series.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Ikea has neither confirmed nor denied plans to build a new superstore in New Malden


Rumours surfaced over Christmas that it would be coming to Shannon Corner.

We put the question to bosses, who have issued this statement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm  

Alleged rape victim prepares for legal action against Scotland Yard.
It’s been alleged one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest aides raped a boy of 14, but escaped justice after claims police lied about prosecuting him.

The Daily Mail’s reporting that Scotland Yard’s investigating fresh allegations former Tory MP Sir Peter Morrison abused the teenager at the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes.

Hours after the reported attack in 1982, the father phoned police and claims officers told him his son’s attacker had been jailed.

The alleged victim, now 46, is the first to publicly accuse the Chester MP who died in 1995 – he’s preparing to take legal action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

London bus strike averted
A second 24-hour bus strike over pay and working conditions in east, west and central London has been axed.

The company involved, Tower Transit, and the Unite union have agreed to meet at the conciliation service Acas to consider pay.

The current deals with Tfl mean salaries vary from £17,000 to £25,000 even if drivers cover the same route.

TfL has said it was a matter for the individual companies and union to discuss.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

Presenter from Shepperton faces possible jail sentence
A former BBC Presenter from Shepperton faces a possible jail sentence for dishonestly claiming benefits.

49 year-old Anne Salter claimed more than £65,000 in benefits after falsely stating she was unable to work due to depression.

She was caught after posting a showreel of her TV and radio work online.

Miss Salter pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court to falsely claiming the benefits since 2005 and will be sentenced later this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:25 am  

Thornton Heath man charged with Waterloo murder
A man from Thornton Heath is due in court today charged with the murder of another man who was found dead at a bus stop near Waterloo station.

Forty-three-year-old Menelaos Aligizakis was discovered with serious head injuries early on Saturday morning.

Thirty-year-old Mark Dwayne Patten will appear at Camberwell Magistrates’ Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 am  

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Crisis at Ashford and St Peter's A&E departments
Ashford and St Peter’s hospital are asking the public not to go into its Accident and Emergency unless it’s really essential - here experiencing unprecedented demand.

Giselle Rothwell, speaking on behalf of the hospital said it’s not a problem with staffing or facilities, it’s just an immense surge.

Some non-urgent operations have been cancelled but patients affected will be called directly by hospital staff.

The majority of outpatient appointments for tomorrow have also been cancelled so staff can be diverted to clear the backlog.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 pm  

Thornton Heath man charged with murder
A 30-year-old man from Thornton Heath has been charged with the murder of a man who was found dead at a bus stop in London.

43-year-old Menelaos Aligizakis was found with serious head injuries near Waterloo station early Saturday morning.

Mark Dwayne Patten from Thornton Heath is due at Camberwell Magistrates tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

School looking for new headteacher
A school in Ewell has started advertising for a new headteacher.

That’s after current headteacher at the Glyn School, Jon Chaloner announced he will step down in August after nine years at the helm.

In that time, he led the school to two ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports, in 2009 and 2012.

He’ll be concentrating on helping other schools to improve.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

SW London rugby preview
Harlequins are looking to bounce back from defeat in the Big Game 7 when they travel to London Welsh today in the Premiership.

Kick off is at 2.30.

And at 3 o'clock, in the Championship, London Scottish are at Nottingham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

SW London football preview
The FA Cup third round continues today.

Crystal Palace travel to Dover, while QPR are at home to Sheffield United.

Both of those matches kick off at 1.

And Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from defeat at Tottenham on Thursday when they play Watford at 4 at Stamford Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Gunnersbury Museum closed for renovation
Gunnersbury Museum has been closed for 2 years to undergo major refurbishment.

The 21-millions pound renovation of the park and facilities will start later this month and is scheduled to finish in 2017.

The entire collection of the museum has been put in storage and the premises closed to the public.

Improvements include repair of the large mansion and the reintroduction of boating on the pond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 am  

Grants available for Kingston's voluntary sector
Fifty-thousand pounds worth of grants for projects and schemes run by Kingston’s voluntary sector will be available in the next financial year.

Kingston Council says its Emerging Needs and New Initiatives and Small Grants schemes will continue in 2015/16 despite facing financial cuts over the coming year.

Local groups will be able to apply for project funds ranging between 750 and 3-thousand pounds.

Applications need to be in by February 27th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 am  

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