Hounslow man fined for throwing water at Hindu parade
A man from Hounslow who disrupted a Hindu festival in the town because he did not like it being celebrated has been fined.
24 year old Thomas Heslington will pay £445 for the offence at the Vinayaka Chevithi festival in September.
He threw a large bucket of water at the crowd drenching a number of people, including children.
He then became violent towards police officers and continued to lash out as he was arrested.
Heslington pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated section 4 public order offence and resisting police. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:14 pm
Fetcham Park awarded Best Venue at Wedding Industry Awards 2015
Fetcham Park has been crowned the 'Best Town or Country Wedding Venue' in the UK.
The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 which took place in the West End of London, awarded the venue infront of more than 400 of the wedding industry’s top talents.
The awards were judged by an expert panel, but also included comments and feedback from couples who were wed at the mansion. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm
SW London Football Roundup
It was a shock for some of London's biggest teams in the FA Cup Fourth Round today.
Chelsea have been knocked out of the competition by Bradford who beat them 4-2.
Aswell as Spurs who lost 2-1 to Leicester..
Better news for Crystal Palace, who beat Southampton, 3-2.
It was a goaless draw from Fulham who played Sunderland.
In the Championship, Brentford took the lead at Norwich beating them 2-1.
And Wimbledon won 2-1 against Accrington Stanley in League Two.
FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
Chelsea 2 - 4 Bradford
Spurs 1 -2 Leicester
Southampton 2 - 3 Crystal Palace
Sunderland 0 - 0 Fulham
Norwich 1 - 2 Brentford
Wimbledon 2 - 1 Accrington Stanley
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm
SW London football preview
The FA Cup continues this weekend, with the fourth round fixtures.
Chelsea host lower league opposition in the form of League One Bradford, Crystal Palace are away in an all-Premier League tie at Southampton and Fulham are the underdogs as they travel to Premier League Sunderland.
In the non-cup fixtures, Brentford are at Norwich in the Championship and AFC Wimbledon host Accrington Stanley in League Two.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am
Fulham in FA Cup action
Fulham are hoping to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2011.
They play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light at 3 o’clock today.
It’s the first time Fulham have played Premier League opposition since relegation from the top flight last year.
Manager Kit Symons says he’s relishing being the underdog.
You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am
Gray set for 100th Quins appearance today
Hooker Joe Gray is set to make his 100th appearance for Harlequins today.
The Twickenham-based side is away at Castres Olympique in the European Champions Cup.
Kick off is at 1.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am
Hounslow backs New Year's Resolutions
Hounslow’s health chief is backing the Council’s campaign to encourage residents to stick to their New Year resolutions by signing up for a gym membership.
Councillor Sachin Gupta wants to burn off the excess calories from the holiday season and will reporting on his weight loss progress through the year.
Hounslow Council’s New Year resolution campaign focuses on four areas – Stop drinking and smoking, healthy eating and being more active.
Those who sign up to the campaign will receive help and support to keep their resolutions AND a chance to win a Jawbone activity tracker worth £100. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 am
Record number of applications for Egham university
Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham has received a record number of applicants for next year’s undergraduate places.
16,000 applications have been received for just 2500 places.
That’s an increase of 14.7%, which is much higher than growth of applications generally which is up by 2.3%.
These figures follow the university being rated as a world leading place for research. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 am
Friday, 23 January 2015
Richmond taxpayer's saving 4 million pounds
Richmond council has pledged taxpayer’s will save 4 million pounds over seven years.
They say a major change to the way the council manages property and facilities services avoids a hefty price tag for its residents.
By giving the contract to one organisation rather than several independent parties – the council promises to deliver better services for less money. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 pm
400 more Police in Surrey if we pay more
Up to 400 extra officers could be recruited in Surrey if we invest more in the Police.
That’s according to Kevin Hurley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, who’s asking residents to pay more each week for their local force.
He says the challenging and complex job officer’s face today requires investment - money that the government refuses to offer.
The funding will also allow them to make sure staff are the best trained in the country and quicker at responding to emergency calls. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm
Police looking for two men for fraud in Epsom
Police are looking for two men in connection with a fraud offence at a petrol station in Epsom.
It happened at around 1.30pm on Tuesday at the BP garage on Dorking road.
A distraction technique was used on a cashier there to obtain more change needed from a £50 note – a similar incident happened at a pub
nearby earlier that day.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting reference 451 5000 5334. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm
UPDATED: Council merger warnings
A union's warned plans by two councils in south-west London to share staffing and services could lead to 'massive' job losses.
The GMB hasn't put a figure on the proposed changes at the Wandsworth and Richmond authorities, though.
They claim a single staffing structure across the two boroughs will save them up to £10-million a year each. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm
SW London’s skinniest house has gone on the market for a massive £300,000
The house, in Twickenham, was originally built as a 'granny annexe' in between two properties.
But is has since been converted into a one bed property , with the bedroom situated just above the fridge.
The property offers 322 square feet of space inside - while its garden is more than 1,500 square feet.
The property is being marketed by Jackson - Stops.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm
Kevin Pietersen’s children’s hair salon in Notting Hill has closed after less than a year in business
Bella & Beau in Ledbury Road was opened by Pietersen and his pop star wife Jessica last February.
Residents say persistent building works may be to blame.
The former England cricketer also co owns Rubi Cocktail bar in Surbiton with his brother. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm
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He may be billed as one of the best musicians the UK has ever seen, but Ed Sheeran has proved he is definitely not one of the best drivers
The 23 year old has managed to drive Top Gear's "reasonably priced car" off the show's race track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Cranleigh.
The Thinking out Loud star did however make it clear that it was his first ever drive.
You can see the crash for yourself this Sunday at 8pm on BBC 2.
Picture credit: BBC Top Gearposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm
Investigations are continuing to find out why parts of Fulham and Chelsea were plunged into darkness for two hours last night
Police had to patrol major road junctions to try and prevent accidents, and Baron’s Court and West Ken tube stations were forced to close.
UK Power Networks engineers spent two hours trying to fix the fault – finishing just after 10 o’clock.
Tory MP Greg Hands took the opportunity to have a go at the opposition, tweeting:
“Power cut in my part of Fulham. Time to tell the kids all about life in the 1970s and the danger of another Labour government.” posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm
Mole Valley Council is to formally oppose plans to expand Gatwick Airport
Concerns about infrastructure, including the building of extra houses to accommodate more staff, is believed to be behind the move.
But council members say they they won’t oppose an extra runway at Heathrow, even though they are also against expansion there.
The Obviously Gatwick campaign says expanding the airport will create 120,000 new jobs. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his mother
30 year old Sean Heiss, formally of St Marks Hill in Surbiton, spoke only to confirm his name at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
Margaret Sheehy, known as Margot, was found dead at her home behind Kingston University in June 2012.
Mr Heiss will next appear in court at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm
Wandsworth and Richmond Councils announce merger
Wandsworth and Richmond Councils have today announced a merger of its services.
Richmond chief executive Gillian Norton will retire in summer 2016 and Wandsworth chief executive Paul Martin will take over the position for both councils.
The two councils would continue to be separate bodies with their own elected councillors, cabinets and leaders.
Richmond had planned to merge with Kingston but talks were suspended in December.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm
Quins make two changes
Harlequins have made two changes to their team to play Castres Olympique in Round 6 of the European Champions tomorrow.
Nick Evans makes his first start for the club since the Round 3 match against Leinster, while Charlie Walker makes his first European start of the season.
Hooker Joe Gray will make his 100th professional appearance for the club, and is the 14th current squad member to do so.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm
Low cost homes for Battersea
Wandsworth Council has announced it has granted planning permission for 20 low cost homes in Battersea.
The new development, which was approved earlier this week, will replace a disused garage area off Deeley Road.
The proposal is for a four-to-five storey brick building with a mixture of one, two and three bedroom flats and maisonettes.
All 20 will be offered to people living in the borough to rent at well below market rates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm
Savings for Kingston tax payers
Council tax for people living in Kingston will be frozen this coming financial year.
The budget, release today, shows a Band D home will remain at the yearly rate of: one thousand 3 hundred and 79 pounds.
But the council need to find 37 million pounds of saving after a 25 per cent drop in Government funding.
Council chiefs say that frontline services will be protected and investment in policing and elderly care will be made.
However, we’ve not been told, where or when cuts will happen. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am
Symons relishing test against Premier League opposition
Fulham are preparing to play Premier League opposition for the first time since their relegation last summer.
The Whites travel to Sunderland tomorrow, hoping to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup, which they haven’t done since 2011.
Manager Kit Symons says it’s a perfect chance for players like Ross McCormack to test themselves against top flight opposition.
You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am
Wandsworth's fight against new flight paths
People living in Wandsworth are being urged to fight against plans to create flight paths across the borough.
The Airports Commission’s, public consultation, closes on February the 3rd.
It’s proposal is to expand Heathrow and increase the number of planes flying over the borough.
There are two different plans included in the consultation – both involve increasing the number of annual flights by 200 thousand. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am
Fire-safety on the agenda in Brentford
Firefighters are reminding people living in flats the importance of knowing the fire safety plan following a blaze in Brentford yesterday.
The fire in a ground floor room on Kew Bridge road smoked into the corridors and some of the flats.
London Fire Brigade has now launched a major new safety campaign.
It’s designed to improve awareness of fire safety for people living in high rise buildings.
It also aims to encourage landlords to ensure their properties fully comply with fire safety rules. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am
Bad day for one former Wimbledon Champ
Andy Murray has sailed into the last-16 of the Australian Open tennis.
The British number one beat Portugal's Joao Sousa in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, 7-5.
He'll go on to face Grigor Dimitrov in round four.
But there's been a huge shock - as Roger Federer has lost in four sets to Andreas Seppi.
If you’ve ever wanted to know how Wandsworth’s Police officers spend their days, you might want to log onto Twitter now
The team is having a day long tweetathon, where the details of every call out received are published on the social networking site.
Calls so far have ranged from reports of vehicle theft and an abusive patient at St George’s hospital, to a man asking if his wallet had been found.
They’re currently up to call 64.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm
People in Brentford told to "know their fire plan"
Firefighters are reminding Brentford's residents living in purpose built flats about the importance of knowing their fire safety plan following a fire in Kew Bridge Road this morning.
There was a small fire in the electrical room on the ground floor producing smoke that went into the corridors and a some flats.
Watch Manager Alan Moore, who was at the scene said:
“The people who had smoke in their flats did absolutely the right thing of getting out in a quick and orderly fashion. However, there were a number of other people who evacuated when they would have been safer staying inside their property.
Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire – a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time. If there is a fire elsewhere in the building but not inside your home you're usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you."
A woman and a young baby left a smoke affected flat before fire crews arrived.
They were suffering from smoke inhalation and treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.
Another man and a woman were led to safety by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
The Brigade was called at 2.46am and the fire was under control by 5am.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Acton, Chiswick, Heston and Richmond fire stations attended the incident. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm
The legal challenge against London’s controversial super-sewer has collapsed because Southwark Council submitted court papers late
Southwark’s leader is blaming “ambiguous” rules setting out deadlines for submitting papers.
But the blunder means thousands of residents across London, against the plans, won’t get their day in court.
Their pleas for a judicial review will not go ahead.
Thousands of people in Barnes and Putney staged a mass protest in 2011 against plans to build the mouth of the super sewer at Barn Elms Playing Fields.
Richmond Park's MP Zac Goldsmith, pictured above with anti sewer campaigners, led the rally. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm
Cancer deaths in youngsters have dropped by nearly 60% in 40 years in the UK.
The steepest decline was in leukaemia, where the average number of deaths dropped by almost 40% in the past 10 years. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm
A father and son team who deliberately set out to con elderly people across the south east have been sentenced
26 year old Jimmy Chuter from Datchet and his father, 51 year old Albert Webb from Virginia Water would travel far and wide looking for older people to target.
They would tell the victims they had completed roofing work on their property and had returned to collect payment for the work.
In total police uncovered 35 offences committed in Surrey, Hertfordshire, Avon & Somerset, Hampshire, and Oxford. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm
More bobbies on the beat in Kingston
Kingston Council, with the support of London Mayor Boris Johnson, is investing £1.2 million in an additional 12 police officers.
They will be in operation from April.
Chief Superintendent Glenn Tunstall says the extra officers will allow them to focus on crime and disorder in and around the town centre.
Kingston is currently setting the example for reducing crime across London.
Foreign ministers from 22 countries are meeting in London to discuss ways to work together to combat jihadist group Islamic State
IS controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq and the US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes since August.
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond insists much more needs to be done.
Farooq Aftab, with the London Mosque in Southfields, agrees with him.
It’s the BBC’s long awaited tribute to our Tudor dynasty
But the on-screen adaptation of Hilary Mantell’s novel Wolf Hall, which aired last night, has left some viewers in the dark.
Many took to social media to say that while they loved the drama, some scenes were impossible to see due to the authentic candlelight.
Others commented terrible lighting, I can’t see what’s happening.
But despite some negativity, the drama, which centres on Hampton Court Palace and stars Damian Lewis as tyrannical King Henry VIII, scored rave reviews in this morning’s press. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 pm
Kew poster goes viral
A sign in a bookshop in Kew criticising online retailer Amazon's tax payments has gone viral on Twitter, with more than a thousand retweets.
Labelled 'Think Before You Click', the poster in Kew Bookshop says the hasn't paid a penny to HM Revenue and Customs in three years.
It also states Kew Books Ltd, which owns the store and two others in Barnes and Sheen paid enough tax last year to pay for a student nurse.
It also adds “with your help, we could pay for a teacher too.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am
Chelsea shirts predominantly sold in London
Chelsea is the second-most popular London club in the capital.
That's according to Sports Direct, who has released a breakdown of football shirt popularity in its shops.
Arsenal was the only London club to outsell Chelsea in the capital, with Tottenham in third.
It's also been revealed more than half of Chelsea shirts sold by the retailer are in London, with Lagos in Nigeria being the second most popular place to buy a Blues shirt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 am
Broken down lorry causes chaos on the A3
A lorry was stuck on the A3 for over four hours this morning because it had to wait for specialist parts to arrive.
The vehicle broke down just after 6 o’clock on the southbound stretch near the turn off for Wisley.
It was finally moved just before 10.30 – with drivers reporting delays of over 2 hours in places. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:38 am
Cuadrado Chelsea move rubbished
Juan Cuadrado won't be going to Chelsea in this transfer window - according to Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella.
Wide ranging reports yesterday suggested the Premier League leaders are willing to pay his buyout clause, which is around 27-million-pounds.
Montella said "as of today, there's no possibility" Cuadrado will leave, adding the Colombian winger isn't paying attention to rumours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am
Man charged with attempted murder in Chessington
A man arrested over a stabbing at a restaurant in Chessington has been charged.
53 year old chef Aziz Miah of Clayton Road, is accused of the attempted murder of a 61-year-old man at the Red Rose restaurant in Hook Road.
A 38 year old man was also arrested, and has been bailed until March pending further enquiries. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am
Runnymede MP to co-host summit on the fight against I.S.
A summit is taking place in London today to discuss the international effort against Islamic State.
It will will be co-chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Secretary and Runnymede and Weybridge MP, Phillip Hammond.
The meeting will bring together around 20 members of the global coalition fighting IS.
Earlier this week, the group's militants released a video - demanding 200-million dollars in return for the release of two Japanese hostages. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am
Next stage of Carshalton redevelopment given green light
The next stage of the Durand Close redevelopment in Carshalton has been given the green light by Sutton Council.
The plans have been changed to include more family homes and fewer small flats.
A total of 76 properties will be built – among them 12 two-bedroom and 32 three-bedroom terraced houses.
The £180 million redevelopment of the Durand Close estate began in 2009.
Work on the latest stage of development is expected to begin towards the end of the year. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 am
Woman flashed by man in Sutton
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 27-year-old woman was flashed by a man in Sutton.
The woman was walking between the Beddington Lane Tramlink stop and Croydon Road at 9.00pm on Thursday 15th December when the suspect exposed himself to her.
The victim ran home and the suspect has not been seen since.
He is described as white, in his early twenties, with light hair, about 5ft 10in tall and of slim build. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 am
Molesey woman convicted of benefit fraud
A woman from Molesey has been convicted of benefit fraud.
38-year-old Elizabeth Bacanhim pleaded guilty to two charges.
She fraudulently claimed £2569 in benefits for a house she no longer lived in after failing to inform Elmbridge Borough Council she had moved.
The judge ordered her to complete 100 hours of community work and contribute to the council's costs of £600. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 am
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Battersea MP supports changes to cigarette packs
A vote on introducing plain cigarette packaging WILL be held by the Government before the election.
Public Health Minister and Battersea MP, Jane Ellison says the current "comprehensive" approach is working well, but insists it's important not to be complacent.
Wrinkles was amongst 50 dogs and 48 cats that arrived at Battersea in the few days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
Now Battersea’s first Staffie of the year is seeking new owners to give him the human companionship he craves.
Wrinkles, like so many other Staffies, loves nothing more than being around people and cuddling up on the sofa and is finding life in kennels quite tough.
Wrinkles can live with less experienced owners in just about any location, as long as there is a park or field close by where he can burn off some energy.
He also loves company, so Wrinkles will need owners who won’t leave him alone for more than a few hours a day. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am
Actor collapses on Guildford stage
Veteran actor Brian Blessed has collapsed on stage in Guildford with an apparent heart problem while playing King Lear.
The 78-year-old had just started delivering his lines on Monday evening at the start of the Shakespearean tragedy on when he fainted and toppled off a raised platform.
Fellow actor Noel White, playing the Earl of Kent, announced quietly: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is not part of the play. Is there a doctor in the house?’
There was and 20 minutes and a cup of sweetened tea later he returned to the stage to apologise to the final-preview audience for the interruption and the play continued. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am
Appeal after a violent robbery in Kingswood
A family’s described a robbery in which a woman and her pregnant daughter were attacked by an intruder at their home in Kingswood.
The suspect forced Catherine Stiff and her daughters Chloe and Katie to remove their jewellery in the burglary which happened around 5.45pm on the 12th of November.
He then punched and kicked Mrs Stiff who’s in her 50s and went on to kick her pregnant daughter in the stomach.
The family are to appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch this evening for anyone who has information about the burglary to come forward.
Surrey MP in outspoken attack over migration from Europe
Surrey MP and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has launched an outspoken attack on EU freedom of movement rules.
The MP for Runnymede and Weybridge has been quoted in a national newspaper saying that Britain was wide open to abuse by EU migrants.
He said the government is determined to reform Britain’s relationship with Brussels so there is sufficient impact on migration numbers to satisfy the public. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 am
Jihadist from Hounslow appears in court
A jihadist from Hounslow who faked his own death has admitted a string of terror offences after attempting to sneak back in the UK from Syria.
The Old Bailey heard that Imran Khawaja spent six months last year fighting for a group allied to Islamic State.
A third defendant in the trial came from Ealing. Asim Ali pleaded guilty to entering a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 am
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
London Ambulance boss steps down
The boss at London Ambulance service has stepped down today after just 2 years in the post.
Chief Executive, Ann Radmore’s decision comes after a record run of low response times by the service.
In December 2014, a 63 year old cyclist was left lying injured in the road for 90 minutes after colliding with a car in Teddington.
Ms Radmore has been offered a new position at NHS England.
A&E consultant Fionna Moore will be taking over on Monday as interim Chief Executive. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 pm
Call for patients to review Wandsworth's NHS 111 service
More than 47 thousand calls were made to Wandsworth’s NHS 111 number in 2014.
94 per cent of the calls were answered within 60 seconds by the company Care UK who’s commissioned to run the service.
The contract is due to expire this year and the clinical commissioning group want to find out what people think of the service.
NHS Wandsworth says 111 makes it easier for people to access urgent healthcare services when they need medical help fast.
But, last week Dr Cliff Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine said the current strain on A&E departments is partly due to 111 staff directing callers to go to hospitals after following risk averse sympton checkers.
To give your feedback on the service follow the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHS111 posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 pm
Missing Kingston girl has links to Feltham and Staines.
Surrey Police are appealing for help in locating a 14-year-old girl who’s missing from her Kingston home.
Brooklyn Sutherland was last seen in the town on Sunday at around 5pm.
She is described as 5ft 4, slim, with a birth mark on the right side of her forehead just above her eye.
She was last seen wearing a knee-length, black puffer Nike jacket.
Officers ask anyone who may have seen her to contact 101.
We’re being encouraged to get twitching this weekend
The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is back, and it’s a chance for us to see what’s going on in our back yard.
Bird populations are an important indicator of the health of the countryside.
Penny Williams is the Surrey rep for the British Trust for Ornithology, and also a member of The Surrey Bird Club.
For more information on the Big Garden Bird Watch click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm
46 people in Richmond Park constituency take advantage of government scheme
The MP for Richmond Park has welcomed new figures that show his constituents have been using a government scheme to set up their own business.
46 people in Richmond Park and North Kingston have signed up for the Government's Start-Up Loans Scheme.
Across the country, 25,000 start-up loans have now been awarded.
Zac Goldsmith says new businesses are the lifeblood of a healthy economy, and will help create jobs and provide peace of mind for taxpayers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
Brentford make loan signing
Brentford have signed Everton striker Chris Long on an initial one-month loan deal.
The 19-year-old, who had a loan spell at MK Dons last season, made his senior debut for Everton in the Europa League last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am
McLaren signs multi-year partnership with CNN
McLaren has signed a multi-year partnership with CNN ahead of the 2015 Formula 1 season.
From the beginning of the upcoming campaign, CNN's branding will appear on the front-wing endplates of the new car, which will be unveiled later this month.
CNN will also be allowed to use McLaren Technology Campus in Woking, from where several programmes will be produced to be broadcast globally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am
Doctors perform UK’s first organ donation from a baby in Hammersmith
A baby girl who died six days after being born has become Britain’s youngest organ donor.
Doctors in Hammersmith Hospital say her kidneys and liver cells were donated to two seriously ill patients. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am
A public consultation on Kingston’s "Mini Holland" cycling scheme has been launched
The idea, secured by the former Lib Dem run council last year, will see £30 million invested in cycle routes throughout the borough.
The aim is to make cycling safer and more accessible across Kingston.
Conservative councillor, and lead member for Infrastructure Richard Hudson, told Jackie News it’s important you have your say on the issue.
The consultation runs from now until the 18th of February. Find out more on Kingston Council's website.
There will also be a public exhibition at Hart's Boatyard in the Portsmouth Road on January the 31st between 11am and 2pm.
There will be exhibition screen in the reception of Guildhall 2 from January the 26th until February the 18th. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 am
Lib Dem MP wants to reduce parking prices at St Helier Hospital
MP Tom Brake is calling for car parking prices at St Helier Hospital to be slashed.
Along with other St Helier councillors, the MP has set up a petition in a bid to encourage people to make use of the parking facilities.
It’s hoped that this will reduce blockages in the nearby residential streets, where people park to avoid charges.
Previous petitions haven’t succeeded but it’s thought the new Chief Executive at the hospital will provide a fresh opportunity to tackle the problem. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 am
Better pay for Kingston council employees
Staff at Kingston council will soon be getting paid the London Living Wage.
The aim is for the council to becomes an accredited Living Wage employer.
The London Living Wage is currently set at £9.15 per hour which would mean a significant pay rise for some employees.
Reviews are underway to cost and budget for the new policy.
Cllr Cottington says the Councils employees should be paid the London Living Wage so they can enjoy a quality of life denied to too many low paid workers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 am
Monday, 19 January 2015
Surrey police criticised by victim's mother
The mother of a Caterham schoolboy murdered by a man he met online gaming says the police’s handling of the case was appalling.
It has emerged the killer's name was already on the national police systems over sex offence allegations.
But Lorin LaFave, says when she reported concerns about Lewis Daynes to Surrey Police, those details were not accessed.
Her 14 year old son, Breck Bednar, was stabbed by the 19-year-old at a flat in Essex in February 2014.
Police records show Daynes, was accused of raping another boy in 2011.
Kingston's MP welcomes cuts to Gas prices
British Gas is reducing its household gas prices by 5 per cent.
The energy supplier says it will cut an average of 37 pounds a year off a typical energy bill.
Labour has criticised the move, saying it's "too little, too late".
But the Energy Secretary Ed Davey says the reduction would never have been possible under a Labour government. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:18 pm
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Take That is coming to The Bush
Take That are to play a fundraising show for the charity War Child - their smallest full headlining show for a paying audience since they reunited a decade ago.
They will perform to 2-thousand fans at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on February the 23rd.
The concert will raise funds for children affected by violence in locations such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm
Andy Murray is targeting an improvement when he plays his second round match at the Australian Open tennis
The former Wimbledon champ beat Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri in straight sets early this morning.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova all eased through.
But eight women's seeds fell - including former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic.
British trio Heather Watson, James Ward and Kyle Edmund all start their campaigns in the early hours of tomorrow morning. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm
A Christian magistrate has been disciplined for saying that children should be raised by both a mother and a father
Richard Page told colleagues behind closed doors he thought it would be better for a child to be brought up in a traditional family rather than by a gay couple.
The 68-year-old was reported to the judges' watchdog for alleged prejudice and has been found guilty of misconduct by Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling.
That's despite the Epsom and Ewell MP previously speaking in support of a Christian couple who turned away a gay couple from their B&B.
Mr Page has been ordered to go on an equality course before he's allowed back in the courtroom. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm
Police appeal after building society robbery
Police are appealing for information following a robbery at a building society in Morden.
It happened at quarter to 2 on Friday at Nationwide in London Road.
The suspect, who's described as a slim white man in his 50s, entered the branch, approaching a cashier, demanding they hand over the money.
He threatened staff telling them he had a bomb, before making off with cash and leaving in the direction of Morden Road.
No arrests have currently been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm
Streatham MP unhappy with Sky News questioning
David Cameron's rejected criticism by some Muslims of a letter sent to mosques in England - urging imams to help the government fight extremism.
He's described the contents of the letter as 'reasonable - after the Muslim Council of Britain said it suggested people of Islamic faith were somehow separate from British society.
Streatham’s MP Chuka Umunna was asked about the letter by Sky’s Dermot Murnaghan – sparking an angry response:
Weybridge MP in Brussels
The Foreign Secretary is joining Foreign ministers from across the EU in Brussels to discuss counter-terrorism measures - in the wake of the Paris attacks.
The Runnymede and Weybridge MP who's Head of Foreign Policy with the European Union wants a broad alliance to tackle the terror threat - which includes Muslim countries. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm
Ceiling collapses at Chelsea school
15 children have been treated by paramedics after a roof collapsed at a school in Chelsea this morning.
Seven of them, aged between nine and 12, were taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with minor injuries, such as bruises and dust in their eyes.
The assembly hall ceiling at the Gems Hampshire School collapsed just before 9.30.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm
Kingston singer - songwriter due to showcase his work at prestigious music venue
Thom Worth will appear at the Half Moon in Putney on Monday the 2nd of March.
Thom has already made waves on the music scene, following a busy 2014 touring.
He played stages at Green Man, Victorious and The Isle of Wight Festival last year.
He has an array of gifted musicians playing with him on the record (including Josh Phillips from Procol Harum).
Thom is described as having the vocal range of Marvin Gaye and the musicality of Harry Nilsson.
Redknapp gets vote of confidence
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has given manager Harry Redknapp his vote of confidence.
The Rangers boss has been the subject of constant questions regarding his future at the club, with the team sitting second bottom of the Premier League.
At the weekend Redknapp spoke of his frustrations of an "insider" at the club feeding stories to the press.
Fernandes says his manager is the right man to keep them up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am
Police investigation into Sutton care home
Police are investigating alleged injuries suffered by three elderly residents of a Sutton care home which was shut last month.
Grantley Court home in York Road was closed following a critical inspection report from regulators in November.
So far, there haven't been any arrests.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am
Magna Carta coin criticised
A commemorative £2 coin released depicting King John issuing Magna Carta 800 years ago has been criticised for historical innacuracy.
Experts say depicting the king holding the charter in one hand and a quill in the other is a 'schoolboy error'.
Historian Dr Marc Morris says King John would have used a wax seal to endorse and authenticate documents.
Magna Carta was agreed at Runnymede, in Egham, in 1215.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am
Kingston policeman to appear in court
A policeman based in Kingston will appear in court later charged with 14 counts of making an indecent image of a child.
52 year-old Peter Ba Han will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am
Epsom and Ewell's planning processes set for inspection
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council's planning processes are to be inspected.
That's after the council prepared a new set of development policies following public consultation.
After the hearing next month, a report will be published to set out whether the policies meet government requirements and if they don't, what changes are needed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am
London mother appeals for help for returning jihadis
The mother of a former jihadist has warned that unless more provisions are put in place to rehabilitate people returning from Syria, the UK risks a future of terror attacks.
The woman, known only as "Linda", from London, travelled to the Syrian borders last year to bring back her radicalised son.
She says she has finally been able to de-radicalise and rehabilitate him– despite receiving no support to help reintegrate him back into society.
Linda is speaking out about her experience on BBC One’s Inside Out programme which is on tonight at 7.30pm. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am
Cancer advice in Wandsworth pop up shop
People in Wandsworth will soon be able to visit a new high street pop-up shop giving cancer advice.
Specialist nurses will provide free health check-ups, including blood pressure and BMI monitoring, as well as checking worrying lumps.
People can just pop-in for five minutes while shopping to get advice on symptoms and how to reduce risk.
The store opens tomorrow at Southside.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am
A pair of teenage buskers are hoping to hit the big time at the Open Mic grand finals in Birmingham on Saturday
Hampton Boys pupils Joe Jenkins and Oscar Cloud were picked from 12,000 entrants to make it to the last 25 of the competition.
The winners get £5,000 to spend on furthering their music career.
The boys say being able to busk on the streets of Kingston each weekend has been a huge eye opener.
To vote for JJ and Oscar, text OPEN26 to 86222 **texts cost £1 plus your standard network rate message.**posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:53 am
Leatherhead based nurse struck off
A nurse who worked at an army veterans’ mental health charity in Leatherhead has been struck off the nursing register after having an affair with a soldier’s wife.
Gary Millhouse began an affair with the woman in 2012 after treating her husband at Combat Stress.
A hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard that Millhouse invited the soldier’s wife to strip with him and stand naked in front of a mirror as a form of therapy.
Weybridge MP Hammond to join terror talks in Brussels
Foreign Secretary and Runnymede and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond will be among EU foreign ministers in Brussels later where it’s expected the Paris terror attacks will be discussed.
Yesterday a former boss of MI5 said Britain's anti-terror laws are under threat from evolving technology. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 am
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Criticism of Egham-based beer company
A major beer company has been criticised for its payment terms to its smaller UK suppliers.
AB InBev, which brews Budweiser, Stella Artois and Boddingtons and routinely pays the firms four months after receiving their products or services.
Business Minister Matt Hancock has labelled the practice ‘unacceptable’, while one firm has said it can no longer afford to trade with the Egham-based company.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 pm
Redknapp expects to keep job
QPR manager Harry Redknapp says he still expects to remain in his job, despite their 2-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United.
There had been speculation in the week that he'd be sacked if they lost the game.
But Redknapp says that's not what chairman Tony Fernandes has told him.
Fulham star linked with Argentina move
Fulham’s game winner yesterday could be set for a move to Argentina.
Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici has told Argentinean TV that his club are in talks with the Whites over a move for Bryan Ruiz.
The Costa Rican came off the bench yesterday to score the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Reading.
Fulham haven’t won a league match this season when Ruiz hasn’t played.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm
Woman from Sutton's book raising money for international relief trip to Cambodia
A woman from Sutton's hoping to fund an international relief trip to Cambodia through selling a travel story e-book.
Sal Bolton has written about her time travelling with an Australian petting zoo and circus.
She tells us why she wants to go to Cambodia.
You can listen to our interview with Sal in full here.
You can buy The Show Must Go On here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm
Harlequins stung by Wasps in the European Cup
A chilly night descended on the Twickenham Stoop for round 5 of the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Heading into the weekend Harlequins were leading Pool 2 – equal on points with Leinster but with a greater for/against points difference.
After a strong performance last weekend in the England Premiership, the home side fans were hoping for an equally strong performance this week.
Botica kicked off and play settled with Quins in possession after high ball was kicked back and forth.
The first scrum of the game came just two minutes in with Wasps having the put-in. Danny Care wrapped up his opposing number 9 but not before Simpson offloaded.
The visitors were awarded a penalty and within 4 minutes Andy Goode had kicked Wasps into the lead – Williams penalised for a high tackle but only issued a warning.
The visitors threw the first line-out ball of the game before 5 minutes had passed. They won line-out ball and kicked long, only for Quins to gather and run it back. The ball reached the hands of Yarde and the atmosphere in the stadium electrified as he once again stormed through the defence in play which mirrored his performance against Leicester Tigers last weekend.
A double tackle eventually brought him down.
Scrum to Quins in the opposition half. Clifford again willing to tackle the defence head on. It was a wasted opportunity for the home side after they opted to box-kick out; the ball was caught and the mark called.
Wasps kicked back and Easter passed quickly to Brown. A try-scoring moment came and went for the home side after a break-away was kicked long for Yarde who was tackled, knocking the ball into touch just short of the line.
After the line-out Quins earned a penalty which they took quickly. Unfortunately the moment got the better of them and rushed passes meant mistakes were made. The ball was intercepted by Wade who ran three-quarters of the field for an easy try. Converted. After 12 minutes the visitors were building a lead 0-10.
Excitement built every time Brown gathered the ball. He would make strides forward. Penalty to Quins who kicked long for an attacking line-out just outside the visitor's 22. The ball was sent wide to Brown who attempted to chip through the defence for Yarde but it was not clean and another opportunity wasted as Wasps gathered and kicked into touch.
Back in the field of play and things started to stagnate; Matthews being dragged into touch for a Wasps line-out.
They won their line-out and kicked back into touch, Botica collecting and passing quickly to Easter and Brown in turn who again sliced a kick which went straight into touch, play returning to the Quins half. Wasps scrum-half Simpson sold a dummy and crossed the line for a try which was converted by Goode. After a quarter of the game the visitors found themselves 17 points up with no reply from the hosts.
Following the re-start a scrum was awarded to Wasps who spilled the ball whilst under tackle. Botica again chipped over the defence but without a strong chase it fell into the hands of the visitors. Luckily for the home side Wasps knocked on and advantage was being played. Quins made their way to 5 metres from the line. No matter what they did Quins were unable to break through.
Wasps were looking to disrupt this run of play but knocked on whilst attempting an interception. Scrum to Quins so close to the try-line. The fans, raising their voices in song, had to wait for a re-set scrum after Wasps pushed before the ball was put in. The visitors repeated the error and Quins opted for a third attempt. The ball was fed, released quickly, but still the home side could not power their way through. Botica chipped over and a chase ensued. Yarde did not make it.
Wasps restarted the game and Quins progressed up the field once more. A penalty was awarded to the home side and Care again took it quickly but a lack of support meant his intentions were unfulfilled. After 30 minutes a yellow card was waved at Wasps' no. 8 Nathan Hughes following a succession of penalties and Quins opted for an attacking line-out.
They retained possession and formed a maul. On it's collapse the penalty was awarded to Wasps after Quins were accused of holding on.
They retained possesion in the scrum but then box-kicked out into the arms of Brown. Wasps stole the ball in a turnover at the ruck and again kicked out of trouble. Quins threw the ball in a quick line-out, gathered and passed quickly. Play was messy but somehow the home side were progressing slowly but surely. The ball was passed from one wing to the other and again Botica chipped through for an easy collection by Wasps. Another opportunity wasted.
After the re-start Quins again pushed up the field. A penalty was awarded after an offside tackle. Care went quickly but was tackled. Wasps knocked-on handing a scrum to Quins 5 metres from the line.
The fans once again raised their voices, ebbing on Harlequins. The ball was fed and the scrum powered forward. Possession switched to Wasps but illegally. Another scrum. This time it was fed and released quickly. Passes were being intercepted but from an offside position allowing Quins to play advantage. Still they could not break through. Eventually a penalty was awarded to Wasps after the home side failed to release the ball. They kicked for a line-out just outside their own 22.
The line-out ball was thrown, gathered, but another infringement put an end to the first half.
A frustrating opening 40 minutes for Harlequins. The visitors earned two converted tries and a penalty without a single point for the home side. Despite being 1 man down for the last period of play Wasps' defence could not be broken.
It was a scrappy first half where Harlequins did not seem to settle. They had the possession and the territory but some loose passes and questionable decisions by the attacking side meant potential was unfulfilled. Botica and Brown both having issues with the boot. Quins needed to keep ball in hand and take points when offered. The number of penalties awarded to the home side was not reflected on the scoreboard.
Only one replacement this half: Gaskell on for Myall (Wasps).
Half Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 0 – 17 Wasps
Quins fans were hoping Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea had given the guys a talking to during the break. Although their intentions were positive, the accuracy in the exceution had been lacking.
Wasps got the second half underway; Quins collected and kicked back. The visitors then ran with ball in hand and broke through the defence – an ominous sign so early in this half. Penalty awarded to Wasps within two minutes of the second half which Goode attempted just inside the half-way line. Amazingly it went over and Wasps extend their lead further: 0-20
Re-start ball was collected by Hughes. Wasps kicked out of the ruck allowing Quins to press up the field. A dummy by Care allowed him to run straight through the defensive line. Up to the 22 and they passed out to the wing. Penalty awarded for offside and this time they opted for the posts.
After 45 minutes of play Harlequins finally got some points on the board. The boot of Botica earning his side three points: 3-20
A game of football ensued to settle the nerves and Quins came away with possession. Over the half-way line and they opted to grab and drive, eventually spilling the ball.
Blood replacement for Quins: Williams off, Walker on 48th minute.
Quins tried to run the ball from deep in their own half but again the visiting defence was firm. They kicked only for Goode to collect and start the Wasps charge once more. They thought they had scored another try but the whistle had already blown for a Quins penalty.
Replacement for Wasps: Cittadini off for Cooper-Woolley after 50 minutes.
Blood replacement for Harlequins: Yarde off for Evans after 50 minutes. A loss for Yarde to come off but a cheer welcoming Evans to the field.
A scrum was awarded to Wasps just inside their own half. Re-set. Upgraded to a penalty for the visitors. They opted for the posts and no. 13 Daly kicked a successful penalty from within his own half (56 metres): 3-23 after 53 minutes.
The re-start was kicked long by Quins and Wasps kicked it back. Walker gathered and made strides through the defence deep in the visitor's half. Williams returned to the field; Walker stayed on but Botica was replaced.
Quick hands from Brown allowed Walker to sprint along the touchline but his attempted chip through went into touch for a line-out in the visitors half. They kept possesion and Simpson broke through the Quins defence making strides for the tryline. He was eventually brought down. Quins stole possesion and kicked long only for Wasps to gather and start making their way up the field again.
Quins again stole the ball but Wasps were awarded the scrum.
Festuccia replaced Shervington for Wasps; Buchanan on for Gray for Harlequins after 59 minutes.
Yarde returned to the field with Williams being replaced.
The scrum was re-set a second time. Goode crossed the game line but was tackled. Quins were awarded a scrum.
With less than a quarter of the game left Harlequins had a lot to do. They needed three converted tries to take the lead.
There were groans from the fans as Evans kicked long but he was accurate and the ball ran into touch inside the visitor's 22.
Wasps won their lineout and formed a maul. The only way Quins were able to stop it was to bring it down handing a penalty to the visitors. They kicked for a line-out just inside the home side's half. Matthews was able to slap the ball onto the Quins' side but passing was slow. They earned a penalty after Wasps failed to release a tackled player.
Evans kicked for a line-out just outside the Wasps' 22. Although they retained possesion a miss-pass to Yarde landed in the visitor's hands and they kicked for a chase. Brown back-tracked quickly and allowed the ball to run over the line to touch down for a relieving kick.
Quins made their way up the field – strong support for each other but the defence would not let them through. Nick Evans side-stepped his way past bringing hope to a quieting stadium but the offload was juggled and eventually went into touch for a Wasps throw. They retrieved and box-kicked out. It went into touch and this time Quins did not take it quickly.
Clifford off for Chisholm (Harlequins); Leiua off for Jacobs (Wasps).
Walker again found himself racing for the try-line but was nudged off the ball. A 5 metre-scrum with just 10 minutes left to play.
Wasps kicked into touch, taken quickly by Quins who made it back into the opposition half. Scrum to Wasps who earned a penalty.
Another change for Harlequins as Matthews went off for Twomey with just 8 minutes left to play.
Lineout to Wasps who successfully threw long. They were looking to increase their points difference.
Goode dropped back for an attempted drop-goal but it went wide of the posts.
More misery for the home side as a knock-on handed possesion to Wasps. The visitors were then awarded a scrum with less than 5 minutes to play. They secured ball, broke and attempted to chip over. Yarde was there to catch and start making strides back.
Wasps still had pace at the end of the game and cut through the home side's defence. Wade caught a lovely high ball to bring the visitors closer to the try line.
Scrum to Quins; upgraded to a penalty but this was deep within their own half. Quins kicked but did not find touch allowing Wasps to come again.
In a rare sight at The Twickenham Stoop the seats were being vacated before the final whistle.
Marfo came on for Collier with 2 minutes left for the home side.
Wasps found themselves metres from the try-line but were penalised for holding on. Time was tight so Quins kicked quickly for a last attempt at redemption.
They threw and passed quickly. It came to nothing as the final whistle blew bringing a close to the game.
Full-Time at thwe Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 3 – Wasps 23
A scoreline which did not reflect the possession and territory of Quins but did highlight the missed opportunities.
In the European Rugby Champions Cup Harlequins find themselves down from 1st place in Pool 2 to 3rd. Although they are not out of the competition, it puts additional pressure on their peformance away next week to Castres.
Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea spoke with Radio Jackie's Natalie Osborne after the game:
Wasps Captain James Haskell was named Man of the Match.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 am
Harlequins lose in European Champions Cup
Harlequins have been knocked off the top of Pool 2 in rugby union’s European Champions Cup.
They were beaten 23-3 last night by Wasps at the Stoop in Twickenham.
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