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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Cuts could affect services for children and families

Faced with having to make large budget cuts, Sutton Council is reviewing what services it provides for children and families.

Between now and 2020, the Council is looking at reductions of £40 million.

The Council operates 14 Children’s Centres and is considering how these can be re-structured to make the service more affordable and so that the focus is on those most in need.

Workshops will be conducted at each of the centres and an online survey will be available until the 20th of March.

The council wants to talk to all residents who use the centres about the options for the future. It aims to complete the consultation and make the changes by the beginning of April 2016.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:03 pm  

Saturday Football Roundup
Chelsea have opened up a five point gap at the top of the Premier League.

They’ve extended their advantage over Manchester City, who play tomorrow, thanks to a 5-0 win against Swansea.

Meanwhile, QPR lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United.

In the Championship, it was 1-nil to Brentford who played Brighton and Fulham won 2-1 against Reading.

And in League Two, Wimbledon lost 3-1 at home to Carlisle.


PREMIERSHIP
CHELSEA 5-0 SWANSEA
QPR 0-2 MANCHESTER UTD

CHAMPIONSHIP
BRIGHTON 0-1 BRENTFORD
FULHAM 2-1 READING

LEAGUE TWO
AFC WIMBLEDON 1-3 CARLISLE


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:37 pm  

Quins vs Wasps
A resurgent Harlequins are in action this evening at the Twickenham Stoop against Wasps in the Champions Cup.

Quins’ 32-12 win over Leicester last weekend moved them to within two points of the top four in the league.

Defeating Wasps would leave them in a good position to travel to Castres next weekend in search of qualification to the knockout stages of the competition.

Kick off is at 7.45.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

SW London football preview
Chelsea are hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League today – they travel to Swansea later.

QPR host Manchester United, while Alan Pardew has his first away league game as Crystal Palace manager at Burnley.

In the Championship, Fulham can move above Reading if they beat them while Brentford travel to a resurgent Brighton.

And in League Two, AFC Wimbledon are at home to Carlisle.

All games kick off at 3.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Fringe players could feature for Fulham
Fulham host Reading today, knowing a win will see them overtake their opponents in the table.

Reading are currently sitting one place above Fulham in the Championship, with 30 points compared to 28.

The Whites played a midweek game at Wolves last Tuesday, and after this weekend, have a midweek game on Wednesday against Nottingham Forest.

Manager Kit Symons says the busy schedule could see some fringe players given a chance.



You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference ahead of Fulham's game with Reading here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Development of derelict Epsom site
Epsom & Ewell Council have approved housing provider Orbit to take on the re-development of Council owned property in Hollymoor Lane.

The proposals for the site include a mini supermarket along with 30 affordable homes, made up of 10 houses and 20 flats.

Councillor Neil Dallen said the project is a milestone in transforming the semi derelict site into something to be proud of and will provide much needed affordable family homes.

A formal planning application is expected in the spring following consultation with residents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Merton remembers the Holocaust
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Aushwitz-Birkenau and Merton Council will be holding a special event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January.

Residents are invited to the event at the Council Chamber at 7 pm which will include contributions from a holocaust survivor, religious leaders and local politicians.

An exhibition about the Holocaust and other genocides will be on display at the Civic Centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 am  

Friday, 16 January 2015

Epsom man jailed for selling £600,000 of fake DVDs
AA man from Epsom has been jailed for three years for selling £600,000 worth of fake DVDs.

Trevor Pegg - who’s 61 - bought the cheap knock-offs from China before selling them on websites like eBay and Play.

He was convicted on 13 charges including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a fraudulent business and money laundering.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Wandsworth prisoner and man from Mitcham convicted for importing guns
Three people have been convicted for importing guns into Britain following an armed police raid in Mitcham.

24-year-old Spencer Inglis was arrested in April after officers found a Skorpion sub-machine and ammunition at his house on Commonside East.

Police subsequently intercepted two more of the guns being delivered to addresses in North London.

Officers were able to link them to 23-year-old Alex Mullings who was orchestrating their importation from his cell in Wandsworth prison.

Phone records were then used to connect him back to Inglis and to 23-year-old Emily Ciantar from Islington.

All three were convicted on firearms charges at the Old Bailey - they will be sentenced in February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

Mourinho questions FFP
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has appeared to question whether Manchester City should be allowed to sign Wilfried Bony (pron: BOE-NEE).

Despite City falling foul of Financial Fair Play rules, they managed to buy the striker from Swansea this week for around 28-million pounds.

Mourinho says he's not worried it will have much of an impact on which team will be crowned top flight champions at the end of the season, though.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Redknapp says money reason Wright-Phillips isn't playing
QPR manager Harry Redknapp says money is the only thing stopping Shaun Wright-Phillips from playing regular football.

The Rangers boss says the out-of-favour winger has turned down moves to a number of other clubs, either on loan or as part of a permanent deal, because they can't match his wages.

But Redknapp says he can't really criticise him for deciding to stay on the bench at Loftus Road.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm  

Putney parliamentary candidate talks on Green success
The Green Party say their case for inclusion in the TV debates has been reinforced after a massive surge to membership numbers.

The party is now the 4th biggest political group in the UK after 2000 people joined in just one day.

With almost 45,000 members they come in behind the SNP but higher than the Lib Dems and Ukip.

Chris Poole, the parliamentary candidate for Putney, says a big member population can make a difference on election day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

Arrest made following death of Rio Andrew in Croydon
Police investigating the death of 15-year-old at an illegal rave in Croydon last year have made an arrest.

A 41-year-old from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, fraud and corporate manslaughter, and has been bailed until April.

Rio Andrew collapsed at the rave in a disused sorting office in June, before dying two days later.

Detectives from Croydon CID are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death, and an inquest is due to be opened.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm  

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St George's A & E stretched according to consultant
A drop in attendance is thought to be behind a slight improvement in A and E waiting times in England.

Nearly 90 per cent of patients were seen within four hours last week.

But new figures for Wales and Northern Ireland show more people were waiting longer than that in December.

Dr Rhys Benyon's an A and E consultant at St George’s in Tooting.

He told us yesterday things are fairly stretched there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

Former children's home manager due to face trial found dead
A former children's home manager who was due to face trial for sex abuse charges has been found dead at his home.

72 year old John Stingemore from East Sussex had denied 12 charges, including indecent assault.

Seven youngsters were allegedly abused at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hanworth in the 1970s and 1980s.

His co-defendant Father Tony McSweeney from West Sussex also pleaded not guilty to similar charges in November.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Missing rare puppy found
A rare British Bulldog puppy that was stolen in October from Tadworth has been reunited with its owner.

The lilac puppy worth £16,000, named Lila, was taken from her home last October but following a re-appeal she was found yesterday evening in the Oxford area.

A 29-year-old woman from the Wantage has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

And five men arrested have been released on bail until next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Symons won't rush midfielder back
Fulham will continue to be without Lasse Vigen Christensen for this weekend’s Championship match with Reading.

But Bryan Ruiz is set to return after recovering from an injury.

The Whites haven’t won a league match this season when the duo hasn’t started.

Manager Kit Symons says although Christensen is back in training, he won’t rush him back after previously making the same mistake.



You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference ahead of Fulham's game with Reading tomorrow here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

Clapham man denies murder
A man who allegedly stabbed to death a relative of Sir Ranulph Fiennes at a Mortlake pub has denied murder.

36 year old Nicholas Hunter from Clapham is accused of stabbing James Fiennes with a pair of scissors at the Tapestry Pub in 2014.

Mr Fiennes died in hospital on the 23rd of April, hours after the attack.

Hunter appeared at the Old Bailey this morning via video link.

Judge Joseph says the trial will take place on March 16th and ordered Hunter to be kept in custody until then.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

London MEP talks about children and banking
Children are saving more than ever from their pocket money but have a real distrust with banks.

That’s according to a new study that claims the banking scandals have alienated the next generation of customers into refusing to use them.

Over half of young savers keep money at home – losing potentially millions in savings and interest.

London MEP Syed Kamall works with London based charity MyBnk, who visits schools teaching children how to save and manage their money.



You can listen to our interview with Syed Kamall in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:40 am  

Murray's Aussie Open draw
Former Wimbledon Champ, Andy Murray, will have to come through a difficult draw if he's to win the Australian Open tennis, which starts on Monday.

He'll open up against an as-yet unknown qualifier in the first round.

Richard Newman reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Davey set up oil price taskforce
Following BP’s announcement yesterday that they’re cutting 300 jobs Energy Secretary and Kingston MP Ed Davey has set up a taskforce to help the sector cope with falling prices.

He’s appointed Andy Samuel to head the new oil and gas regulator.

He’ll report his findings by the end of the month.

Mr Davey said talks in Aberdeen with industry leaders have been constructive.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 am  

Border officer from Croydon cons immigrants
A UK Border Agency Officer from Croydon has been found guilty of being involved in conning immigrants out of 113-thousand pounds.

30-year-old Anjali Patel, from Addiscombe, passed on information about individual cases to her boyfriend, 28-year-old law student Abdul Farooq.

Farooq, also from Croydon, posed as a fully qualified lawyer and charged desperate immigrants up to 13-thousand pounds.

Those caught up in the scheme in 2010 and 2011 were immigrants from Bangladesh, Columbia and Pakistan.

They were nearing the end of their visa terms or facing deportation.

Both will be sentenced on February 20th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 am  

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Woking preacher jailed for sexual offences
A 78-year-old preacher from Woking has been jailed for four and a half years today for multiple historical sexual offences.

Allan Cundick of Merrivale Gardens, Goldsworth Park was found guilty at a previous hearing of six counts of indecent assault.

His youngest victims were aged nine and 16 when they were assaulted between the 70s and 1992.

Detective Chief Inspector Bex Smith, says Cundick showed little remorse throughout the trial and his refusal to admit his crimes meant that his victims had to appear in court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

Kingston's MP says North Sea oil sector is vital for economy
Low prices at the petrol pumps are having a knock on effect on staff at North sea oil companies.

Energy Secretary and Kingston MP Ed Davey has been in Aberdeen today talking to industry leaders to find out about challenges it faces.

He stressed the importance of the North Sea sector, both in terms of thousands of Scottish jobs it supports and its benefit to the UK economy.

Earlier today BP announced that they’ll be cutting 200 jobs.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm  

BP is cutting around 300 jobs following the fall in oil prices
Staff at the firm's North Sea headquarters in Aberdeen have been told that 200 employees will be laid off, along with 100 contractors.

Last month, the company announced it was spending 650 million pounds on restructuring.

Energy Secretary and MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey said:

The recent sharp reductions in oil prices are very challenging for companies active in the North Sea and that's why I'm here in Aberdeen today to meet with industry leaders to address the challenges the North Sea industry faces both in the short and longer term as a matter of priority.

The threat to jobs has been brought home by the news from BP today. We have great sympathy with all those directly affected.

BP is a significant investor and employer in the North Sea and the UK Government recognises the importance of the North Sea sector, both in terms of thousands of Scottish jobs it supports and its overall benefit to the whole UK economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

Oscar News
British actors Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch will go head to head for Best Actor at the Oscars.

They're among five Brits named at this afternoon's nominations launch.

Former Esher College student Keira Knightley is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Imitation Game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

PM expected to discuss case of Battersea man
David Cameron's expected to discuss the case of the last British national being held at Guantanamo Bay with President Obama on a visit to Washington later.

It's as a group of doctors have signed a letter demanding Shaker Aamer be freed.

They say his continued stay there's having an 'appalling effect' on his health.

MP Andrew Mitchell's one of those who's been campaigning for his release.



Click here to view the Free Shaker Aamer campaign
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

Contract extension for Fulham youngster
Fulham youngster George Williams has signed a new long-term contract extension.

The 19-year-old midfielder is now contracted to stay at Craven Cottage until June 2018, with an option for a further year.

He's made 15 appearances for the Whites since breaknig into the first team in August.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

New deals for Quins duo
Harlequins tight head prop duo Will Collier and Kyle Sinckler have both signed contract extensions with the club.

Both players are products of Quins' youth academy, breaking into the first team in 2011.

Collier's signed a deal until 2018, with Sinckler committing until 2017.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

Odeon Epsom bosses have apologised for an incident that involved a disabled man being ejected from the premises


31 year old Richard Bridger suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

He was asked to leave part way through a film on Saturday after complaints his life-saving ventilator was a "noise nuisance".

Mr Bridger’s father claims they were told six people, out of an audience of 200, complained.

They were then told they shouldn’t use the cinema on a Friday or Saturday night as it is too busy.

An apology and refund have been issued.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

Two men arrested in Sutton over alleged break - in
Two men are still being questioned after an attempted break-in to a vehicle in Stonecot early yesterday.

A vigilant resident called police just before half past midnight when they saw the suspects trying to get into the car parked on a driveway in Poplar Road.

Officers chased the men in nearby Ridge Road, detaining one and then finding the other shortly after, hiding in a garden.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were both were arrested for attempted theft from a motor vehicle and going equipped to steal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

New figures from the Metropolitan Police reveal that they have dealt with more than 4.5 million phone calls in 2014
The busiest day of the year was on Halloween, with an average of 767 calls made in London every hour.

On New Year's Eve, the number doubled from the phone calls received on Christmas day.

July saw 400 thousand calls in total, making it the busiest month of the year.

This is thought to be due to hot weather and more people spending time on the streets.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Are housing worries affecting your sleep?
Almost a quarter of people in London are losing sleep over rising housing costs, and the stress is affecting their relationships with their families.

New research by Shelter found that 1 in 6 people have kept secrets from their loved ones by hiding or lying about their struggles, some even resorting to shredding of their bills.

Selling jewellery and taking out secret loans are some of the things people in Britain have done to cope with rent or mortgage troubles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

New deal for Brentford midfielder
Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders has signed a new contract, keeping him at Griffin Park until the end of next season.

His current deal was set to expire in June, but that’s now been extended by an extra twelve months.

The 31-year-old’s played 170 games, scoring 27 goals for the Bees since joining from Dagenham and Redbridge in 2009.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

80,000 pounds of Illegal tobacco found in New Malden
80,000 pounds worth of illegal tobacco has been found in New Malden.

Its believed HMRC uncovered the plant yesterday, seizing 500 kilos of illicit loose tobacco and 120 kilos packaged in suspected fake Golden Virginia pouches.

Officers also found processing equipment and a sealing machine, thought to be used in producing the black market tobacco goods.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Witness appeal from police in Staines
Police are appealing for witnesses following an alleged altercation on a road in Staines.

A Silver Vauxhall Astra pulled in front of a Blue Astra convertible near the Crooked Billet Roundabout on Sunday December the 21st just before 7pm.

There was an argument between the two drivers and passing police officers intervened however, a formal allegation has since been made in respect of the incident.

Anyone with information about what happened or the manner of driving of either of the cars beforehand is asked to call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

The Mayor of Sutton has sent a letter of condolence to the Mayor Gagny, a suburb of Paris
This year marks 40 years since the two towns were twinned.

Cllr Arthur Hookway says the reason the towns were brought together was to foster friendship and promote peace.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Scottish preparing for Pirates game
London Scottish are preparing to play Cornish Pirates tomorrow in the Championship.

Scottish beat Yorkshire Carnegie last Saturday, after a run of four consecutive defeats.

Centre Matt Hawke says they need to keep up the winning streak.



You can listen to the interview in full with Matt here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Battersea’s loneliest dog finally finds a home


Six-year-old Staffie Gizmo was so shut down when he first arrived that it took staff a week before they could coax him out of his bed. He was afraid of the dark, the traffic noise and even the rain.

Battersea Rehoming and Welfare Assistant Sarah Parkinson fostered Gizmo for months, taking him home each evening so he didn’t have to spend the night in kennels. But each morning when she brought him back to his kennel, he would start to cry.

That is until Ian and Jan Bevis of Suffolk came in to meet him, having seen the media coverage of poor Gizmo, sad in his kennel.

Ian says: “Gizmo isn’t afraid of anything anymore. He’s completely come out of his shell and is loving long walks on the beach followed by evenings cuddled up on the sofa. He’s the cuddliest, most affectionate Staffie you could hope to meet.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am  

Man dies in Brentford fire
A man has died after a fire at a block of flats in Brentford.

Firefighters attended the blaze, on the ground floor of the building in Layton Road just before 7 this morning.

The elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am  

An estimated 22 million people now have at least one parent aged 65 or over.
That's according to a YouGov Study commissioned by Central Pulse.

Half of women polled say they are kept awake at night worrying about their elderly parent.

34% of those questioned in London say they are committed to keeping their parent in their own home for as long as possible.

Weybridge resident, and This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford says she constantly worries about the health of her 84 year old mother.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Weather update with alerts for Chertsey and Mole Valley
Another wave of heavy rain and strong winds has caused disruption across parts of the UK - with south-west England badly hit this time.

More than 3-thousand properties are without power.

The Met Office is forecasting more rain and gales throughout much of the country later.

The Environment Agency currently has flood alerts in place for the River Mole and the Chertsey Bourne.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

Doctors demand man from Guantanamo be allowed home to Battersea
As many as 40 senior doctors have signed a letter, demanding the release of the last Briton being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Shaker Aamer, whose wife and four children live in Battersea, has been in captivity for more than 13 years, without trial.

He hasn't been allowed to leave despite being cleared for release twice – and medical experts say his detention is having an appalling effect on his health.

David Cameron is expected to discuss the case when he meets with President Obama in Washington later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

Police search for suspect who headbutted bus driver in Croydon
Police are appealing for help to identify a suspect after a bus driver was assaulted in Croydon.

The victim, a 46-year-old man, was headbutted whilst on an afternoon break at the Colonnades Leisure Park on the 1st November.

Police believe the suspect is a passenger who had stumbled whilst boarding a route 119 bus being driven by the victim.

The suspect (pictured below) is described as a white man, aged between 40 and 50, who was wearing a flat cap and dark coloured jacket.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 am  

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Special report on Charlie Hebdo Survivors issue
Eliza Philips asks reporter Amelia Jenne, who's in Paris, about how the Survivors issue was received in the French capital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm  

Minicab operator loses a legal challenge over use of London's bus lanes
Minicab operator Addison Lee has lost a legal challenge at the European Court of Justice to allow its vehicles to use London's bus lanes.

Eventech, a subsidiary of the company, claimed allowing black cabs to use the segregated lanes could constitute illegal state aid.

The EU court judges said the official cabs are subject to stricter standards, such as - they must be wheelchair accessible and drivers must pass tests on knowledge of the capital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Students at Tolworth Girls meet drumming legend
Students at Tolworth Girls School today got the chance to see a rock legend in action.

Status Quo's former drummer Jeff Rich gave a workshop on the history of the instrument, with some girls having the chance to try it out.

He says it's important for aspiring musicians to meet professionals.



These Year 11 GCSE music students, Alyssa Bondoc and Shekinah Opara, tell us they were inspired by meeting the musician.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

Battersea Dogs and Cats home has been granted listed status


Whittington Lodge, which housed the centre’s cats when it was built in 1907, has been handed Grade II listed status to protect it from development.

The building was named Whittington Lodge after the legendary folklore merchant and Lord Mayor of London Dick Whittington.

Over a thousand cats come through Battersea’s doors every year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

Police appeal for witnesses after attempted theft in Wallington
Police are appealing for witnesses after the attempted theft of a mobile phone in Wallington.

The 64 year-old victim was in the car park outside Cavendish Court in Holmwood gardens at around 5pm on Tuesday last week.

He was speaking on his phone when the thief tried to grab it - the victim resisted and hit the buzzer at the entrance to the flats to scare off the assailant who fled.

The suspect is of Eastern European appearance and aged 25 to 27- he was wearing a grey tracksuit with blue stripes down the trouser legs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Arrests after attempted theft in Stonecot
Two men have been arrested after an attempted break-in to a vehicle in Stonecot early this morning.

A vigilant resident called police just before half past midnight when they saw the suspects trying to get into the car parked on a driveway in Poplar Road.

Officers chased the men in nearby Ridge Road, detaining one and then finding the other shortly after, hiding in a garden.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were both were arrested for attempted theft from a motor vehicle and going equipped to steal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

Helicopter chase after burglary in Wallington
Two men have been arrested for burglary after a 20 minute multi-vehicle chase through the streets of Sutton and Croydon.

Officers were called to reports of a suspected break-in at a home in Plough Lane, Wallington - just before 3pm yesterday.

When police arrived the four suspects made off through neighbouring gardens before splitting up – two of them drove off in a car and were later found by a police helicopter.

A 24 year old was arrested for burglary and dangerous driving and the other man aged 23 was arrested for burglary – two others are yet to be found.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Missing teenager from Coulsdon returns home
Police would like to thank the public for their help in finding a missing teenage girl from Coulsdon.

16 year old Charmaine Wilkinson was reported missing on the 3rd of January but returned home last night
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

Weddings are proving once again to be big business in Surrey.


3,788 marriages and civil partnerships were conducted at registry offices across the County last year. That's excluding church services.

Wedding fairs, like the one at Epsom Downs on Sunday, are becoming a familiar sight nationwide for inspiration for the bridal party.

They’re also a great place to showcase what’s on offer for your big day, from flowers and food to photography.

Lorna Yabsley has been a wedding photographer for over 30 years, written books on the subject and has her own studio Bangwallop.

Lorna has taken time out to offer some advice photography - wise, whether you are planning your big day and need help deciding on a photographer, or showcasing your work at a wedding fair.

What's the most important thing to take into consideration when choosing and booking a wedding photographer?



Price deters a lot of people - does wedding photography have to be expensive to be good?



Will it ruin your photos if you have a dull day?



What makes a great wedding setting in your opinion?



What's the hardest part about taking the photos on the day?





In your experience, is never work with children or animals a cliché or is it fact?





Your latest book, The Busy Girl's Guide To Photography, makes photography seem like anyone can give it a go - but you've been doing it years. Is it really something you can learn, or do you need an eye for it?



All pictures are courtesy of Lorna Yabsley / Bangwallop Stuidos. To find out more, please click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Kingston MP and Energy Secretary welcomes competition among the energy suppliers
Kingston MP and Energy secretary Ed Davey says competition between the Energy companies is working well.

Mr Davey told ITV News that he won’t support Labour's proposal to give OFGEM new powers to impose price cuts on gas and electricity suppliers.

The LIB DEM politician said competition is already doing that with smaller suppliers who are offering better energy deals beating their bigger rivals.

He claimed the Big Six who haven't passed on the changes are losing customers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 am  

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

London bus strike over by Wednesday's morning rush-hour
The London bus strike will continue through Tuesday overnight and effect services.

There's already been significant disruption for bus passengers in London - as drivers continue a 24-hour stoppage.

However Wednesday morning’s rush-hour should not be affected.

Staff from 18 different companies walked out in a row over pay and conditions.

Wayne King, from Unite, speaking on the picket line at Tolworth blamed the management.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 pm  

Fulham FC wins away
Celebrations for Fulham after the London team beat Wolves in an away match in snowy Molineux 4-3.

The Whites are now through to the FA Cup 4th round.

Fulham needed spot-kicks to win - and they'll now travel to Sunderland.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 pm  

Heathrow flight grounded in Munich
A plane flying from Heathrow to Dubai was forced to divert to Munich this morning after a 'medical emergency' on board.

Emirates flight EK8 diverted to Germany just after mid-day.

There was speculation about operational issues but an airline spokesman told the Mailonline that a passenger needed medical attention.

The flight is currently still grounded in Munich.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 pm  

The Jackie Round Up from Paris

Jackie's Amelia Jenne reports from Paris on the days events and what tomorrow holds for the post attack issue of Charlie Hebdo.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:38 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

It’s feared a flasher could be targeting nurseries in and around Isleworth
Parents are being warned to be vigilant after reports a man flashed a mother as she made her way home from dropping her child at school.

The incident happened in Harvard Road near Nine Months Nursery at 8.07am yesterday.

Police said he was riding a bicycle at the time and stopped when he saw her, before exposing himself.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

Detectives are re-appealing for help in tracing a stolen rare lilac British Bulldog puppy, following the arrest of five men


The puppy, which is thought to be worth £16,000, was stolen from the breeder's home in Tadworth last October.

Officers were told a man attended the property, saying he was interested in the dog, but after being given it, he ran out of the property.

Two men aged 25, and three others aged 24, 26 and 27 from the Oxford area have been arrested on conspiracy to commit robbery.

They've since been released on bail but the whereabouts of the puppy remains unknown.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

Appeal for man missing from Croydon


Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from South Croydon.

Edward Bailey, 45, was last seen leaving his home at 4pm yesterday.

Edward is described as black, 6ft tall and of slim to muscular build. He has extensive scar tissue on his face and neck.

When last seen, he was wearing a beige tracksuit top - with red stripes - and grey tracksuit trousers.

Anyone who has seen Edward is asked to contact Croydon police via 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Sir Robin Wales suggests people in west London should pay
Sir Robin Wales has suggested it's not fair that people in what he describes as wealthy west London, do not pay to cross the Thames.

Whereas east London residents do.

The Mayor of Newham pointed out in Parliament there have been tolls at the Dartford Crossing since it opened.

And there’s talk of possibly introducing charges for the Blackwall Tunnel and any future new east London crossing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

New deal for Wallace at Quins
Harlequins back-row Luke Wallace has signed a new deal with the Twickenham team until June 2017.

The 24-year-old is a product of Quins' academy and has made nearly 100 appearances for the side since making his senior debut in 2010, scoring nine tries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm  

Campaigners protest after approval of mast in Worcester Park
A number of campaigners in Worcester Park are up in arms after a 12.5 metre telephone mast has been approved by the council.

It will be in Salisbury Road, by Auriol Park, which Epsom and Ewell Council has spent money on refurbishing, by planting trees and adding new railings.

One of the people protesting against the mast, Diana Jarvis, says she's concerned about the impact on the appearance of the area.



The council says the impact on the trees is considered to be acceptable, and there are no proposals to cut them back.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Man sentenced after Thornton Heath burglary
A 49-year-old burglar from Brixton who was caught red-handed with his haul of stolen goods which included watches and jewellery has been sentenced.

Richard Taylor pleaded guilty and was given a 12 month suspended sentence.

He was arrested after quick-thinking members of the public dialled 999 about a break-in at a house in Redford Avenue in Thornton Heath.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm  

Record number of cyclists enter ballot for RideLondon-Surrey
A record number of 86,001 cyclists entered the ballot for a place in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

The ballot will be drawn later this month and the riders will learn whether they have won a place in the first week of February.

More than 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the third edition of the 100-mile sportive in August.

In 2013, riders raised more than £7 million and last year despite very challenging wet and windy weather, the riders raised more than 10 million pounds for charity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Help for people struggling with their tax returns in Surrey


It's the time of the year that those who are self employed dread the most -filling out and returning their tax returns.

Now an accountants in Burgh Heath has set up a dedicated website designed to take the pressure off.

A4C has set up the We Love Numbers website, which provides advice and a free consultation for anyone struggling.

11.2 million people are expected to file a tax return this January - with many saying the process can be confusing.

You have less than three weeks before the deadline, which is midnight on January the 31st. If you miss it, you will be hit with an automatic £100 fine.

Last year, reasons for late tax returns included: “My pet dog ate my tax return . . . and all the reminders” and “I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal”

To find out more, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

Wandsworth home to extroverts
South West London, especially Wandsworth, is home to the largest clusters of extroverts in the capital.

That's according to new research from Cambridge University, which used responses from 56,000 Londoners to compose maps of personality types.

It also found it's the area of London where the most emotionally stable people and those with highest levels of life satisfaction live.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

Comment from the picket line in Tolworth
There's significant disruption for bus passengers in London this morning - as a 24-hour strike by drivers continues.

Transport for London says less than a third of normal services are running at the moment.

Staff from 18 different companies have walked out in a row over pay and conditions.

Wayne King, London Regional Officer for Unite, is on the picket line at Tolworth and has this message for people affected by the strike.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 pm  

Fulham in FA Cup action
Fulham hope to make it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup this evening as they travel to Molineux.

They take on Wolves after their 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage 10 days ago.

Fulham boss Kit Symons admits he would have preferred to have avoided a replay.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 am  

First signing for Pardew at Palace
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has made Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo his first signing.

The French under-21 international moves to south London on loan until the end of the season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been keen for Sanogo to get more first team experience in the Premier League.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

Londoners need a break
Stressed-out Londoners are the worst in the country for taking a break from work.

That’s according to a new survey which reveals almost a third of those in the Capital didn’t take their full holiday allowance last year.

Even when they do take time off, over 40% of them stay in contact with employers and work while they’re away.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Children's Centres in Sutton face closure after budget cuts
Residents of Sutton will have their say on the future of Children’s Centres in the borough.

Sutton currently provides funding for 14 centres which support parents with the early development of young children.

As a result of cuts to budgets, the council has to reduce the service and, where possible, find alternatives for residents.

Workshops will be held between January and March at all 14 of the centres for parents and other residents to voice their opinions.

The first workshop takes place on 21st January at Manor Park Children’s Centre in Myrtle Road between 9.15 and 11.15am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:19 am  

A 24 hour bus strike affecting routes across London will start at 4am this morning
London’s commuters will face rush hour chaos this morning after a 24 hour bus strike starts at 4am.

Many routes in Kingston, Hounslow and Richmond will be affected.

Epsom is one of only five bus garages not taking part in the strike.

The Unite union announced the strike following a dispute over the way different bus companies pay their drivers different amounts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 am  

Monday, 12 January 2015

A person has been left with life-changing injuries after coming off their motorcycle in Raynes Park
A motorcyclist has been left with life-changing injuries after an accident in Raynes Park.

It happened at 9.15 this evening.

The biker came off their motorbike on Lower Downs Road at the junction with Kingston Road.

Police are trying to establish whether the person was hit by another road user.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:56 pm  

Kingston MP warns of travel disruption
A major bus strike tomorrow could cause huge disruption to routes across the capital.

Many services could be affected from about 4am on Tuesday morning.

Kingston MP Ed Davey is warning people that their normal bus trips maybe cancelled.

Transport for London has admitted it’s currently not sure which routes will affected.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 pm  

Missing Chessington boy found
Police were concerned for the welfare of 16 year old James Kaliobo, who was missing from home in Chessington.

He has now been found, safe and well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

Chelsea could stop Cahill attending England meeting
Chelsea are likely to stop defender Gary Cahill from going to an England meeting this month, according to the BBC.

The players will meet up at St George's Park, the national football centre, on a Thursday, to discuss the 2015 schedule.

It's thought Chelsea are against the idea due to their two-legged League Cup semi-final on Tuesday 20th and 27th of January.

But it's believed England manager Roy Hodgson hopes to persuade clubs that players will only be needed for a few hours and could leave by 10pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm  

Money set aside for community suggested roads and pavements in Richmond
Richmond Council has set aside nearly £500,000 to pay for community nominated road and pavement improvements.

A survey recently carried out by the council revealed the condition of pavements and footpaths was one of the top priorities of people in the borough.

From today, people have until 22nd February to nominate which roads and pavements they feel are in need of extra work.

You can complete the nomination form at richmond.gov.uk/fund or at a library in the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:50 pm  

Chessington World of Adventures fined after 'horrifying' incident


A theme park's been fined £150,000 after a 4 year old girl suffered severe head injuries while queuing for a ride.

She fell nearly 13 feet from a raised walkway leading to the Tomb Blaster attraction at Chessington World of Adventures in 2012.

An investigation found she got through a gap in a wooden fence.

The Health and Safety Executive's described the incident as 'horrifying'.

Chessington World of Adventures has issued this statement:

"Chessington World of Adventures regards the health and safety of its guests and employees as its number one priority.

"The resort has an excellent safety record with no previous convictions or enforcement notices against it, and every year invests significant resources in maintenance and safety measures.

"What happened to the young child was an isolated incident which we deeply regret, and from the outset we have put in place a package of support for the child and the family which will continue for as long as is required.

"We also co-operated fully with the HSE investigation. This showed both a rigorous inspection and maintenance regime, and evidence not only of very swift action by staff, but also that the paling was dislodged by the application of exceptional force upon it shortly before the accident.

"Nevertheless, following the incident in 2012, we worked with the HSE to act on all their comments, including putting some additional measures in place such as the installation of a new metal safety fencing along the queue line."

In a statement, the parents of the girl, who can't be named, said:


"The past few years have been very tough for all the family but she has got stronger and stronger which has kept us going.

"We wanted to know exactly how this incident was able to happen and how she could fall so far while queuing for a children's ride.

"One minute we were enjoying a fun day out and the next she is fighting for her life.

"We are grateful that the HSE carried out a thorough investigation and we are relieved that the criminal trial is now over and the park's owners have accepted responsibility for the accident.

"This should never have happened and we hope that both Chessington World of Adventures and other public attractions learn from this to improve safety in future."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

A prestigious public school in Wimbledon is trying to make itself more accessible to pupils in the state school sector


King’s College is to change its structure and intake policy in a
bid to help primary school boys.

It will make a number of means tested bursaries available to the intake for the new Lower School, due to open next September.

There will be places for over 40 boys aged 11. Admission exams and interviews will take place next January.

King’s College was recently named the Sunday Times independent secondary school of the year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

Police appeal for witnesses after accident in Feltham
Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident in Feltham on New Year's Eve that left a motorcyclist seriously injured.

Officers were called before 6pm to a collision between a van and a motorcycle outside 'Dreams' bed store and Barclays Bank on the High Street.

The 19 year-old rider of the green coloured Kawasaki motorbike remains in a central London hospital with multiple, but not life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the van - a white Renault Traffic - stopped at the scene and was not arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:46 am  

Croydon youths jailed for night bus stabbing
Three Croydon youths have been jailed for stabbing a 17-year-old during an attempted robbery on a night bus.

The men demanded their victim’s mobile phone on the N109 in London Road just before 1am on April 27th last year – and attempted to go through his pockets.

When he tried to escape he was stabbed three times.

18 year-old Shomari Davis and a 17 year old youth were jailed for 8 years and 13 years respectively - both for wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and attempted robbery.

20 year old Davenand Jaipaul was sentenced to 9 months for affray.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

Plough Lane consultation extended
That’s the assurance Merton Council is giving MP Sadiq Khan.

The football club has recently submitted a planning application to take over the greyhound stadium.

The plans include an 11,000-capacity stadium, as well as 600 homes.

Whilst the site is in Merton and the application will be decided by Merton Council, Plough Lane sits on the boundary of Wandsworth.

After concerns were raised that the views of Wandsworth residents would count for less, MP Sadiq Khan has been able to secure a commitment from Merton Council, that the submissions of Wandsworth residents will be given equal weighting to those of Merton residents.

There were also worries that the consultation was taking place over the festive period, and didn’t allow people enough time to have their say.

As a result, Merton haS agreed to extend the deadline to the 19th of January, and have stated that submissions completed after this date this will still be accepted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Esher woman hoping to increase self-esteem in teenagers and young people
A woman from Esher is hoping to increase self-esteem in teenagers and young people.

Lynn Crilly has co-written a book about the subject, called Fundamentals.

She tells why she thinks it's a big problem nowadays.



You can listen to our interview with Lynn in full here.

You can buy Lynn's book here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Residents concerned about odour issues in Isleworth
Members of Mogden Residents’ Action Group say Thames Water is failing to address long standing odour issues at its Sewage Treatment Works in Isleworth.

Water minister Dan Rogerson has agreed to meet Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod after she raised the issue during Parliamentary Questions.

Ms Macleod is urging Thames Water and Hounslow Council to carry out a proper Odour Elimination Survey and put in place odour monitoring units around the site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 am  

Hounslow gymnasts awarded funds
The Heathrow Gymnastics Club has received 70-thousand pounds from the London Marathon Charitable Trust to enlarge its gym.

The club in Hounslow, home to Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound, will be able to create a new sprung floor area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 am  

Teenage boy missing from Chessington


Police are appealing for help in tracing a teenage boy who’s been missing from Chessington.

Sixteen-year-old James Kaliobo was last seen at his home on Friday evening before going out.

James is black, 6-feet tall and of a large build.

Officers say he spoke to his father on the phone at about 10 on Saturday night but hasn’t been heard from since.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 am  

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Chelsea youngster could return from loan spell
Chelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel could be set for a return to the club.

The 22-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at AC Milan, looking to get him sharpness after a serious knee injury.

But Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi says he can’t assure him playing time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Rent cap campaign gathering pace
A campaign to introduce a rent cap in London is gathering pace.

Becky Ely posted her plea to Boris Johnson on website 38 Degrees, and it has so far collected over 55,000 signatures.

The 27 year old says rent needs to be capped according to zone.

For example, it would be lower if you live in Wimbledon in Zone 3, than in South Kensington in Zone 1 – but the cap would still exist.

Becky says it’s completely unfair that Londoners are being priced out of the place where they grew up and work.



To join the petition, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Fitness help for people with disabilities in Epsom
People with disabilities have today had the chance to visit a leisure centre in Epsom to find out about fitness suited to their needs.

InstructAbility is a programme designed for people with disabilities to train as gym instructors.

Karen Wilson recently qualified through the scheme and is now working at the Rainbow Leisure Centre.

She spoke to us before the event, telling us what was happening there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Brentford considering Wembley for possible groundshare
Brentford are considering a temporary move to Wembley as they plan for a possible promotion.

That’s according to the Sunday Mirror, which says the national stadium is among groundshare options for the Bees.

Griffin Park doesn’t meet standards for the Premier League and a new stadium wouldn’t be ready until 2017.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Fulham striker says Sunderland are chasing his signature
Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega says Sunderland are interested in signing him.

The 29-year-old has told Colombian radio they’ve been in touch with his agent.

He also says Spanish top-flight side Malaga are chasing his signature, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Rodallega is Fulham’s top scorer this season, with 9 goals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm  

Redknapp defends Dunne after bust up with fans
Several QPR players were involved in a bust up with their own fans following yesterday's Premier League defeat at Burnley.

Rangers have lost every one of their away matches this season.

Richard Dunne was one of those pulled away from the situation, but manager Harry Redknapp defended the Irish international after the game.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Life expectancy in Richmond amongst highest in country
Life expectancy for people living in Richmond is amongst the highest in the country.

A council report says men in the borough have the best healthy life expectancy in the country, while women have the second best.

It also found Richmond was the safest borough in London for violent crime, and has one of the lowest proportions of mothers smoking during pregnancy.

But it also highlighted areas where improvements could be made, including the 72,000 adults and 3,000 children who are overweight or obese.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

UPDATE: Man arrested after death of woman on M25 near Staines
A man’s been arrested following the death of a woman on the M25.

She was walking along the motorway near junction 13 for Staines when she was hit by a car at around 3 o'clock this morning.

The driver of a black Volkswagen Golf - which was found nearby - has been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, and for allegedly providing a positive breath test.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Missing Coulsdon teenager
Surrey police have re-issued an appeal this morning for a 16 year old Coulsdon teenager who has gone missing.

Charmaine Wilkinson has now been missing for more than a week.

She’s described as white – five foot tall – of a slim build with long brown hair.

When she was last seen she was wearing black leggings – a jumper or a hooded top – pink and black Airmax trainers and fluffy socks.

PC Ian Matthews from the Surrey Police Missing Persons Team says they’re all very concerned about the girl’s welfare.

She has not responded to any messages through social media.

The teenager spends time in Croydon, Purley and Coulsdon Heath.

If you have any info on Charmaine you should contact 101 quoting reference P15004728.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

Witness appeal after fatal accident on the M25 near Staines.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal accident on the M25 involving a woman.

It happened near Junction 13 for Staines.

The motorway has remained re-opened between Junction 14 and Junction 11.

Anyone who saw what happened should contact police on 101 and quote incident reference P15008681.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:42 am  

Woman dies walking near M25 at Staines
A woman has died after being hit by vehicle as she walked along the M25 in the early hours of this morning.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the fatal collision, which happened at around 2-50.

The woman was walking near the slip road at Junction 13 at Staines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 am  

RSPCA Christmas figures revealed.
211 animals were abandoned over Christmas across the UK according to the RSPCA.

Greater London made up the bulk of rescues at 84. In Surrey, there were only 5.

The charity takes in hundreds of distressed animals and pets from horses and dogs to guinea pigs.

The charity says although 211 is a large number, the figure is actually down almost 50% from 2010 / 11.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 am  

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