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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Strangers help couple sleeping rough in Heathrow Airport

Kind-hearted strangers have offered up their spare bedrooms to a couple forced to sleep in Heathrow after losing their home.

Well-wishers have flooded Katrina Smith, 62, and Alan Lane, 71, with offers after reading of their struggle in the Daily Mail this morning.

The couple spend five nights a week sleeping in Heathrow Airport after losing their home in Dorset and all of their savings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

Saturday Football Roundup
Chelsea have moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

They beat Aston Villa 2-1.

Meanwhile, QPR were beaten 1-0 at home by Southampton, but it was better news for Crystal Palace who beat bottom of the table Leicester 1-0.

In the Championship, it was a 1-1 draw for Fulham who played Birmingham and Brentford beat Leeds away, 1-0.

AFC Wimbledon beat Newport 2-0 at home in League Two.

PREMIERSHIP
CHELSEA 2 - 1 ASTON VILLA
QPR 0 - 1 SOUTHAMPTON
CRYSTAL PALACE 1 - 0 LEICESTER

CHAMPIONSHIP
FULHAM 1 - 1 BIRMINGHAM
BRENTFORD 1 – 0 LEEDS

LEAGUE TWO
AFC WIMBLEDON 2 – 0 NEWPORT
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

Part of Kingston has been closed off
It's after a manhole cover allegedly exploded in Eden Street this morning.

The fire brigade is currently on scene dealing with an "electrical issue" outside Starbucks.

There are no reports on any injuries.

We'll have more @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am  

SW London football preview
Chelsea are looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table today.

They’re at Villa Park to play Aston Villa, in a fixture they lost last season.

Managerless QPR could move out of the relegation zone with a win at home to Southampton, while Crystal Palace are at bottom of the table Leicester.

In the Championship, Fulham could move into the top half of the table if they beat Birmingham, while Brentford will stay in the playoff places regardless of their result at Leeds.

And in League Two, AFC Wimbledon could finish the day as high as 11th with a win at Newport.

All games kick off at 3.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Fulham vs Birmingham
Fulham could move into the top half of the Championship table today.

They face Birmingham, who they’ll overtake with a victory at Craven Cottage.

Manager Kit Symons is confident of the win.



You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Top marks for Wandsworth schools
Nearly all the schools in Wandsworth have been classed as good or outstanding by Ofsted’s annual report.

This is a 2% improvement on the previous year.

96% of primary schools were marked as good or outstanding, while 94% of secondary schools qualified.

The schools achieved some of the best results in the country with 96% of primary school children progressing by at least two levels between Key Stages 1 and 2.

In writing and reading, the schools ranked fourth in the country while in maths, they reached third best.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 am  

Attack on a sheep in Chertsey
Police are investigating the death of a sheep in Chertsey after it was found with leg and face injuries.

The farmer in Hardwick Lane reported that his fields were being used for 'lamping' on a regular basis, which involves hunting at night with lamps and dogs.

The incident took place between 9 and 10.15 on Wednesday the 28th of January.

Two men were seen getting into a Ford transit van with a partial index of MV07 which was carrying ladders on the its roof.

The van was parked on the corner of Longcross Road and Hardwick Lane and then drove through Chertsey around 11 pm.

Surrey police would like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle in the area or can help with their investigation. They can be contacted on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 am  

Friday, 6 February 2015

Hunt for missing Clapham girl
Police are asking for help to find a missing girl from Clapham.

15 year old Sophia Dietrich from Plummer Road SW4 has not been seen since around 9.15 Thursday evening.

She’s black, between 5 foot 2 to 4 inches tall with a slim build. She sometimes wears her hair in a bun.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lambeth CID on 07785 774447 or ring 101.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 pm  

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Merton Council issues a warning about a ' meals on wheels ' imposter
Merton Council is warning residents of meals on wheels imposter.

It comes after three cases in the past two weeks in Colliers Wood and Mitcham, where a man has lied his way into homes and attempted to steal belongings.

The council have alerted the police and the contractor Sodexo.

Merton Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah says people should now be extra vigilant and also ask for ID.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

Fly tipping investigation leads to prosecution and fine
An investigation into a prolific fly tipping incident led to a prosecution and fine thanks to a local resident working in partnership with Richmond Council.

Martin Ward ignored three Council notices to provide the name of the person who was driving his van when the fly tipping happened in Gaston Bell Close, Richmond on the 12th of September, last year.

The 38-year-old of Addlestone, was prosecuted thanks to the help of a resident who provided a witness statement that pinpointed Ward’s van to where the fly tipping took place.

Ward failed to confirm who was driving the van and ignored three Council notices which required him to provide these details.

He was prosecuted for one count of failing to comply with the notice at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm  

Bryan Ruiz still uncertain over future
Bryan Ruiz’s future is still up in the air.

The Fulham attacker is still waiting for confirmation from FIFA as to whether his loan move to Levante can go through.

Manager Kit Symons admits the wait for a resolution is frustrating.



You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Symons doubts Fulham promotion chances
Kit Symons has all but ruled out Fulham’s chances of promotion this year.

The Whites are currently sitting in 15th, twelve points off the playoff places with 14 games left in the Championship season.

Their boss admits it’s pretty unlikely they will finish in the top six.



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

Jihadist from Ealing is jailed
A British jihadi who faked his own death before trying to sneak back into the UK has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

27-year-old Imran Khawaja admitted the preparation of terrorist acts and attending a terrorism training camp in Syria last year.

He featured in one online video, in which he had encouraged people to take part in jihad.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

Battersea's loneliest dogs and cats are looking for love this Valentine's Day


From feisty felines to deaf Dalmatians, Battersea cares for around 9000 dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes each year across their three centres.

However, some animals find it more difficult to find a home than others.

Battersea is urging you to think of adoption this Valentine's Day.

Click here the see the latest "undateables."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm  

Winners of Richmond's Civic Pride Awards announced
A youth project which helps children from ethnic minority backgrounds and a faith group which delivers religious education training to teachers are the latest winners of Richmond Council’s Civic Pride Awards.

The Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group will use its £2k grant to help young people find out more about the services available at Ham Youth Centre.

The project aims to increase the confidence of children who attend Grey Court School, enabling them to access the youth centre and take advantage of the opportunities available.

Hounslow Friends of Faith, in partnership with Richmond Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) have been awarded a £3k grant to provide training sessions to religious education teachers.

The project is centred on the anniversary of World War I and its purpose is to educate schoolchildren about the war and highlight any connections.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

20 year old robbed by knifepoint in Egham
A 20 year old man has been robbed by knifepoint as he walked home in Egham.

He was approached by two men on the footpath to get from The Crescent to Ripley avenue at around 10pm on Wednesday.

One of the men threatened him with a knife demanding he hand over money before they made off with 20 pounds towards The Crescent.

One of the suspects is around 25 years old, white, 5 ft 8” tall and of a skinny build.

The other is 5 ft 10” and of an average to stocky build and of mixed parentage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

Hounslow Robber Jailed
A 21 year old man caught after robbing a shop in Hounslow has been jailed.

Jakub Zdancewicz loaded a bag with beers before assaulting the 4ft 10 shop keeper who challenged him on his way out.

The 84-year-old woman suffered a broken collar bone and extensive bruising to her face in the attack at her Whitton Road store last October.

Zdancewicz was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for actual bodily harm and theft at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Croydon thief jailed


A 25 year old woman from Croydon has been jailed after stealing over one thousand pounds from an 85-year-old man.

On December 11th Rochelle Palmer, of Oakfield Road was let into the victim’s home on Eden Road after knocking and asking to use the loo.

She stole bank cards, two rings and £85 cash but returned weeks later to thieve an extra £180 after first knocking the man down.

Palmer pleaded guilty to theft, fraud by false representation and robbery at Croydon Crown Court yesterday and was jailed for 16 months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

Richmond's David Attenborough has Welsh flower named after him
A wild flower, discovered a decade ago in South Wales, has finally been named after our best loved naturalist.

The plant, found clinging to mountainous outcrops in the Brecon Beacons, has been named in honour of Sir David Attenborough.

It had to undergo ten years of rigorous tests to make sure it was a separate species to those which already existed.

It will be known as Attenborough’s hawkweed (Hieracium attenboroughianum), and is the first non-extinct British species to be given the presenter’s name.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 am  

Northern line tube staff go to the ballot box
Tube bosses are urging staff not to vote for strike action in response to the sacking of a driver who failed an alcohol test at the Morden depot last year.

Northern line Operations Director says: we don’t let people who have been drinking alcohol drive people’s families in Tube trains.

RMT members have until the 10th of February to cast their vote which could result in strikes as early as the 17th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am  

Officers crackdown on Surrey car theft
Officers have arrested 84 people in a 3 day crackdown on keyless vehicle theft.

Operation Endeavour is targeting vehicles across London, Surrey, Kent, Essex and the Thames Valley.

It’s in response to a rise in criminals using a device to bypass electronics, allowing them to drive away without the owner’s key.

800 officers seized 222 vehicles.

16 people have been arrested for car theft and 68 for crimes including: possession of offensive weapons, burglary and driving while disqualified.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:43 am  

Search continues for missing rowing coach
The RNLI says it continues to search for a missing rowing coach whose boat capsized in the Thames on Monday.

Forty-eight year-old Michael Hill was leading a group of rowers near Putney Pier when he disappeared.

His motor boat was found upturned in the river.

Mr Hill coached at the independent Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith and helped other London rowing clubs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 am  

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Man Charged in Croydon Axe Attack
A 22 year old man’s been charged with attempted murder after an axe attack at a night club in Croydon.

Police say Joshua Streeks will be heard at Croydon Magistrates Court tomorrow.

A man in his 20s suffered lacerations to the head as he queued up to get into The Bad Apple Bar last night.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:43 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:02 pm  

Gary Glitter has been found guilty of a series of historical child sex offences
The singer was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree which was set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Glitter has previously been jailed in Vietnam for child abuse - and in the UK for downloading indecent images.

Investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas is a former family liaison officer with Surrey Police.

He thinks he's a very dangerous man.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:12 pm  

Next week marks the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace


Lucy Mayer has gone back in time for Jackie News.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Richmond’s First World War Heritage exhibition, ‘In their Footsteps: has touched the lives of 50,000 people
The work, shown at Twickenham’s Orleans House Gallery, saw young people explore and creatively interpret stories relating to Richmond during the First World War.

Hundreds of young people visited different heritage sites, researched archives and online records, and met local historians to uncover real life stories.

The exhibition has now been viewed by 50,000 people who visited Orleans House Gallery as well as schools and libraries where the exhibition toured.

Evaluation of the project also shows all participants increased their understanding and interest in the First World War heritage of Richmond and increased their confidence and resilience.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Spelthorne Council spells out its position on green belt development
Spelthorne Council has clarified its position on any potential development on land at Kempton Park.

A public meeting, at the Hazelwood Centre on Tuesday, was called after residents expressed concern the Jockey Club might be planning to build homes on the racecourse.

Around 200 people attended the consultation which began with a statement outlining the Council’s strong commitment to protect the Green Belt.

Their spokesperson said they can’t stop developers putting planning applications in but they can be clear about how those submissions be dealt with.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Memorial service to be held in Chertsey for Zane Gbangbola
A memorial service will take place this Sunday in Chertsey to mark the anniversary of the death of Zane Gbangbola.

The seven-year-old was killed by flood water suspected of being contaminated with cyanide gases.

Zane’s parents have spent the last 12 months fighting to find out the truth about what happened - and are still no closer to getting a confirmed cause of death or an inquest date.

His mother Nicole Lawler and father Kye will hold a minute’s silence before setting off fireworks outside their riverside home on Thameside.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 am  

A mum of three from Carshalton has taken the state of the high street into her own hands


Emma Fletcher carried out her own survey which revealed 9 out of 10 people aren’t able to get to the high street on a regular basis.

80% claimed lack of parking and time combined, were huge factors; others said they didn’t want to have to take their children with them.

Emma has launched CloudTown, an online portal where businesses can list themselves and be viewed by anyone who signs up for it.

So far, 12 have registered from the Sutton and Carshalton areas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Runnymede-sealed Magna Carta on show in The House of Lords
The four surviving original manuscripts of the Magna Carta will go on display in the House of Lords today, where they'll be seen by 200 schoolchildren.

The document - which was signed in Runnymede in 1215 - is widely considered as one of the first steps towards parliamentary democracy.

It has been on display at the British Library in London since the start of the week as part of events to mark its 800th anniversary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Sutton Trust's Found Privately Educated MPs Have More Chance
The prevalence of MPs who went to private school and Oxbridge looks like it'll continue after the general election.

The Sutton Trust's found 31 per cent of new candidates with a reasonable chance of winning were privately educated.

That compares to the figure for the whole population of just 7 per cent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 am  

Uxbridge Murder Victim Is Named
Detectives have named the murder victim from Uxbridge - Redwan El-Ghaidouni was shot dead on Tuesday evening.

The 38- year- old father of three was shot multiple times whilst he sat inside his parked car on the driveway of his home.

The male suspect is described as wearing a dark hooded top with a large motif on the front, light coloured bottoms, dark gloves and dark shoes or trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8099.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 am  

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

London Bus Strike to affect South West London
Bus services across London are likely to be affected by a 24 hour strike by Unite members tomorrow.

It’s the result of a dispute between staff and the bus companies over driver pay and conditions.

Passengers will be able to use the Underground and London Overground.

Transport for London is advising bus passengers to check the TfL website for the latest information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 pm  

Tolworth could bring equality to mental and physical care
Tolworth hospital is the proposed site for a new £60 million mental health facility.

The minister for state care, Norman Lamb, joined Kingston MP Ed Davey for a site visit today.

If the plans are approved Tolworth would be the recipient of one of the largest local investments in mental health care in decades.

The plans are to construct purpose built, modern mental health facilities on the current site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:42 pm  

Student Jailed for Terrorism
A 20 year old Serbian student has been jailed for preparing acts of terrorism.

David Souaan who was living in Camden, was caught last year leaving Heathrow on a flight to Serbia.

It’s believed he was on his way to Syria to join a terrorist group.

Officers found pictures on his phone of him holding a variety of weapons.

Souaan has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to three years and six months imprisonment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:21 pm  

Sri Lankan Anniversary

Today marks the 67 anniversary of Sri Lanka Independence Day.

Hounslow civic centre is marking the day with the raising of the Sri Lankan flag.

The council is wishing residents in the borough who have a connection with the country a happy day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm  

MP calls for a reduction on the cost of rail fares

The MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston is calling on the Government to reduce the cost of rail fares.

Zac Goldsmith has added his name to Early Day Motion 646 which demands rail fares are decreased in real terms.

The 35 MPs who’ve signed the motion feel despite the Government’s policy of retail price index-only increases, fares remain far too high.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm  

A senior police officer’s been suspended on full pay for more than a year after facing accusations of “inappropriate behaviour”

47 year old Merton Chief Superintendent Darren Williams, was suspended in January last year after complaints from a number of colleagues.

Scotland Yard said today that a gross misconduct hearing had been fixed for April -15 months after he was suspended.

There’s criticism of the length of time it’s taken to investigate the case after it was confirmed Chief Superintendent Williams has been on full pay of £80,000 a year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

Searches are continuing to find a rowing coach who has been missing since his boat capsized on the River Thames at Putney on Monday night
The man’s believed to be Michael Hill, rowing coach at the London Rowing Club and the Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith.

Police were called at 7.30pm on Monday after reports that a man was in difficulty in the water near Putney Embankment.

The Port of London Authority has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:22 pm  

A Wandsworth policeman has been charged with three counts of voyeurism and two counts of misconduct in public office
The 36 year old detective constable is currently suspended from duty after appearing at Southwark Crown Court today.

21 year old Beatrice Noakes from Colchester was also charged with three counts of causing or inciting prostitution for financial gain.

The pair were arrested on the 8th of October 2014 as part of the same operation by the Directorate of Professional Standards Anti Corruption Command.

They are due to appear on bail on the 25th of February for a plea and case management hearing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm  

Restructuring at QPR
QPR have announced that Les Ferdinand is the club's new director of football.

Owner Tony Fernandes says the ex-striker will have a mandate to develop Rangers from the academy to the first team.

It's part of the restructuring of the coaching set-up in the wake of Harry Redknapp's resignation as manager yesterday.

Ferdinand will oversee Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond in caretaker charge of Rangers' first team.

Coaches Glenn Hoddle and Joe Jordan have left the club.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am  

Croydon faces greatest growth of pupil numbers
An extra 400,000 school places will be needed by 2039 if London's population continues to grow as it is.

That’s the prediction of the GLA, who have revealed the Capital’s population has topped 8.6 million - a peak it hasn’t reached since 1939.

The number of children in the city could rise to 2 million, with Croydon facing the most acute immediate growth in pupil numbers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 am  

Polish Twitter account launched in Hounslow
The Metropolitan Police have launched a new Twitter account in Polish.

The @MPSPolska account will be piloted in Hounslow and Ealing.

It will translate messages and appeals to the Polish community in London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Wandsworth policeman to appear in court
A Wandsworth police officer is to appear at Southwark Crown Court today for a ‘plea and case management’ hearing.

36 year old detective constable Daniel Williams, is charged with three counts of voyeurism and two counts of misconduct in public office.

He is currently suspended from duty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

Theft in Wallington
Over £1,000 in cash has been stolen from a blind pensioner in Wallington.

The 86-year-old victim was confronted in her home on Friday night by a man claiming to be a police officer.

He said he and his colleague had just caught two boys climbing out of her window and he asked where she kept her money.

The following morning, the woman found her purses were missing and her cash box was left empty on the bedroom floor.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

Man charged with murder after fight
A man’s been charged with the murder of a 24-year-old man who died following an altercation in Guildford on Monday in which he was stabbed.

24 year old Nathaniel Johnson has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court this morning.

Another man and three woman arrested in connection with the murder have been released on bail.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Man arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in Ashtead
A man’s been arrested after around £60,000 worth of drugs were found at a property in Ashtead.

Following intelligence, officers carried out a search yesterday morning at the property on The Murrey’s.

They discovered a large amount of what’s believed to be cannabis and drugs paraphernalia.

A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and has been released on police bail until March while the investigation continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:52 am  

Tudor drama Wolf Hall is back on our screens tonight


The story focuses on Henry VIII’s pursuit of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, to whom he gifted Hampton Court Palace.

Some viewers have criticised the sets and narrative.

But Jackie News has met with Dr Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces.

She says she feels the series is not actually a work of fiction.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 am  

Cable say firms make progress on women representation
Leading firms have made "enormous progress" on making sure women are well represented on company boards, according to the government.

Business Secretary Vince Cable says a target of 25 per cent female representation is now in sight.

The MP for Twickenham has named the 10 most improved FTSE 100 boards over the past few years - including Aggreko and Brentford based Glaxosmithkline.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 am  

Tolworth Hospital will be thrust into the political spotlight this morning


Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, will visit the site in Ewell Road with Kingston and Surbiton MP Ed Davey.

The pair are to be briefed on a proposed £60 million shake up of services there.

St George’s Mental Health Trust, which runs Tolworth Hospital, is currently consulting on the matter.

However, some patients aren’t happy with the proposals, saying they mean vital mental health services are being moved out of the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 am  

Rowing coach goes missing near Putney Embankment
Searches are continuing to find a rowing coach who’s been missing since his boat capsized on the River Thames on Monday night.

The man’s believed to be Michael Hill, rowing coach at the London Rowing Club and the Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith.

Police were called at 7.30pm on Monday after reports that a man was in difficulty in the water near Putney Embankment.

The Port of London Authority has launched an investigation into the causes of the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 am  

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Fulham exit FA Cup
Fulham are out of the FA Cup going down 3-1 to Sunderland in their fourth round replay at Craven Cottage.

The Whites led 1-nil at half time.

The Black Cats travel to Bradford in the next round.

Manchester United beat Cambridge United 3-nil in their replay at Old Trafford.

They’ll take on Preston who won 3-1 at Sheffield United.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 pm  

Richmond cyclists get a warning
Cyclists in Richmond are being told not to ride on pavements.

Today, Borough Commander Kennedy was out with the South Richmond Neighbourhood Policing team to promote the new initiative.

‘No Cycling on Pavements’ aims to reclaim pavements for the pedestrians and ensure people are safe when walking.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 pm  

More Change at QPR
Glenn Hoddle has followed Harry Redknapp in leaving Premier League strugglers QPR.

The former England boss had been working under manager Redknapp as first-team coach.

Redknapp's to have knee surgery, and has resigned because he wouldn't be able to fulfil his day-to-day duties.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 pm  

Hammersmith Rowing Coach still missing
Police are continuing to search for a missing rowing coach who’s believed to have fallen into the Thames at Putney.

Michael Hill, a coach for the women’s squad at a Hammersmith School fell into the river from a coaching boat on Monday evening.

Mr Hill coaches at Latymer School and the Thames Rowing club.

RNLI, Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade boats have all been involved in the search.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 pm  

Surrey Failing Motor Neurone Disease Patients
Patients with Motor Neurone Disease in Surrey are experiencing long delays in accessing speech aides according to a parliamentary report.

The delays are down to contract issues which means patients are not getting assessed, so equipment can’t be supplied.

Healthwatch Surrey has joined forces with, neighbouring Sussex, to call on NHS England for extra funding.

Additional funding will mean the back log of patient assessments can take place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:50 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 pm  

A paramedic from Fulham has vented her frustration after being assaulted twice in one weekend
Lucy Mayer reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Redknapp leaves QPR
Harry Redknapp has resigned as manager of Premier League strugglers QPR.

He's putting it down to his health, as he'll undergo knee replacement surgery in the coming weeks.

Redknapp says he won't be able to be "out on the training pitch every day", so feels it's better for someone else to have the job.

Club legend Les Ferdinand has been placed in temporary charge, along with Chris Ramsey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

Police appeal after a man approaches young boys in Thames Ditton
Police are appealing for help after a man approached young boys on two separate occasions in Thames Ditton.

On Friday morning a car pulled up alongside an 11-year-old boy on Raphael Drive and the driver offered him a lift - when the boy refused he drove off.

Earlier in January another youngster was approached in a similar way while walking the family dog in Ember Lane.

In each situation the man was described as of slim build, with grey hair and aged around 60 - the car was silver or grey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:22 pm  

Reported cases of anti-social behaviour in Sutton have fallen by 43% over the last year
That’s nearly twice the average fall of 23% across the whole of London.

The statistics from the Safer Sutton Partnership Service show the calls fell from 4, 786 to 2, 708.

Nearly 80% of the anti-social behaviour calls related to nuisance such as noise, shouting, swearing and alcohol related disturbances.

The remaining 20 % of calls related to environment related issues such as litter, graffiti and dog fouling.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm  

Surrey Police joins stop and search scheme
Surrey Police has joined a new Home Office scheme which sees details of police stops and searches mapped online.

The force is one of 14 which launched the mapping scheme on police.uk today.

For the first time, people in the county can see details like ethnicity, gender and age range of those who are stopped and searched.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Ruiz still waiting for FIFA authorisation to leave Fulham
Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz should find out today if football's governing body FIFA has authorised his move to Spanish side Levante.

Spanish paper Marca claims Fulham failed to submit the required documentation before the close of the Spanish transfer window on Friday.

Whether the move goes through is down to FIFA, who are set to make a decision either way today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Operation Endeavour raises awareness of car crime
Police are urging drivers to "protect their vehicle like they would their home", in a week of coordinated activity to tackle keyless car theft.

The campaign, codenamed Operation Endeavour, follows an eight per cent increase in the theft of vehicles across London in the last year.

Officers in every borough are holding crime prevention events and targeted patrols as well as leafleting in hot-spot areas, to raise awareness among drivers.

267 keyless cars were stolen in Kensington and Chelsea last year, 178 in Wandsworth and 145 in Twickenham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:23 am  

Back Heathrow Campaigners get their voices heard in Parliament



Residents around Heathrow Airport have made their voices heard outside the Houses of Parliament as the Airport Commission's public consultation closes.

The group who went up to London yesterday represent the 80,000 local people, businesses and community groups supporting the campaign group Back Heathrow.

Thousands of them have flooded the consultation with responses stating their support for the airport’s expansion.

The Campaign Co-ordinator, says they are determined to see growth at Heathrow is delivered by politicians.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:45 am  

Family appeal for contact from missing soldier
The family of a missing trainee soldier from Norbury are appealing for him to get in contact and to let them know that he is safe.

20 year old Steven Mubanga, is a cadet with the British Army and failed to return to his barracks after being on leave.

He was last seen on Sunday the 11th of January, leaving his home in Kilmartin Avenue – police believe he didn’t board the train to return to Yorkshire.

Steven is black, about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short black hair - he wears black, square-rimmed glasses.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am  

Missing Epsom woman found
Police are thanking the public for their assistance in finding a woman reported missing from Epsom.

30 year old Elizabeth Bond was found safe and well in Dorking yesterday evening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

Runnymede MP expresses hope in fight against I S
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Britain is hopeful New Zealand will join the fight against Islamic State.

The MP for Runnymede and Weybridge has been speaking during a visit to the country's capital Wellington.

He urged New Zealand to join in training Iraqi forces and providing air cover in the battle against the militants who've taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 am  

Anti-Social Behaviour is down in Sutton
Reported cases of anti-social behaviour in Sutton have fallen by 43% during the last year.

That’s nearly twice the average fall of 23% across the whole of London.

The statistics from the Safe Sutton Partnership Service show the calls fell from 4,786 to 2,708.

Nearly 80% of the anti-social behaviour calls related to nuisance such as noise, shouting, swearing and alcohol related disturbances.

The remaining 20% of calls related to environment related issues such as litter, graffiti and dog fouling.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 am  

Heathrow offers more cash for noise insulation
Heathrow Airport is offering more money for noise insulation for residents -- if the new runway gets the go ahead.

The previous proposal for £250 million for the scheme has been increased to £700 million.

This could be used for acoustic double glazing, ceiling overboarding in bedrooms and loft insulation.

Over 160,000 homes could be eligible for the insulation in areas from Windsor to Richmond.

All homes within Wraysbury, Colnbrook, and Stanwell Moor would be among those able to receive the full costs of insulation. While in Hounslow, 35,000 homes would be eligible.

The new proposal follows the public consultations held between July and October last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 am  

Monday, 2 February 2015

Wimbledon death unexplained
A man found dead on a pavement in Wimbledon died after multiple injuries a post-mortem has found.

Police were called to Durnsford Road at 4:30 on Saturday morning to reports of an unresponsive man lying on the ground.

The man was pronounced dead half an hour later.

The death is being treated as unexplained and further tests are to take place.

His next of kin have been informed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:44 pm  

A big day for Chelsea
Chelsea's signing of Juan Cuadrado is by far the biggest deal of transfer deadline day so far.

Andre Schurrle has left to join Wolfsburg.

Crystal Palace are yet to confirm Wilfried Zaha's rejoined the club on a permanent deal from Manchester United.

Rickie Lambert is rumoured to be wanted by Aston Villa - and Tottenham's Aaron Lennon is reportedly attracting interest from Everton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 pm  

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A 51 year old man has been assaulted outside a supermarket in Staines
Details of the incident on Saturday night outside Sainsbury’s in The Causeway have only just been released.

A 20 year old man from Enfield was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed while investigations continue.

Officers say they need more information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:01 pm  

Police try to trace missing soldier


Police are concerned for the welfare of a trainee soldier who’s been missing for two weeks.

20 year old Steven Mubanga failed to return to his barracks in Yorkshire after being on leave.

Steven is black, about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short black hair.

He wears black square-rimmed glasses and often wears a baseball cap and has links to the Croydon, Streatham Norbury, and Camberwell areas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

Public urged to be on the look-out following the murder of a baby in Fulham


Officers investigating the murder of a nine-week-old baby girl are hunting for a blue and white polka dot suitcase.

It is believed to have been discarded last Tuesday in Dawes Road in Fulham.



It may have been concealed somewhere or simply placed in a bin or left in a street or alleyway.

A woman, thought to be the infant’s 31-year-old mother, has been charged with murder. She’ll appear in court tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Triple departure from Craven Cottage
Fulham fans expecting an exciting last minute deal on deadline day are set to be disappointed.

Boss Kit Symons has confirmed the club's going to be more busy with departures, saying that any one signing will be a “long shot”.

Bryan Ruiz, Chris David and Thomas Eisfeld are all set to leave Craven Cottage.

And Symons has quashed talks of any incoming players.

You can listen to Kit Symons' press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

Over 80 health and social care professionals gathered in Whiteley Village for an event hosted by the Surrey Care Association last week


The event, attended by representatives from the NHS and Surrey County Council, was designed to address key issues affecting health and social care in North West Surrey.

The meeting invited discussion on areas such as reducing hospital admissions, providing short term re-ablement for those ready for discharge but not quite ready to live at home alone, and the future of care generally.

During the event the Chief Nurse at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital emphasised the importance of collaboration and working closely to ensure that those in need of care are supported in the best way possible and that staff are well looked after too.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

A man in his 50s has been taken to hospital after he was hit by a truck this lunchtime


The accident happened just after 12.30 where Merton High Street meets Collier’s Wood High Street.

The man was taken to hospital by ambulance but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The driver stopped at the scene and was not arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

Hounslow welcomes Heathrow insulation offer
Hounslow Council’s welcomed new plans by Heathrow to provide noise insulation to homes if the go-ahead is given to a third runway at the airport.

The council believes it demonstrates Heathrow has been listening to its views and those of residents in the area affected by aircraft noise.

Although Councillors are opposed to the airport’s expansion, they say the move demonstrates the positive relationship the authority has with the airport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

Ruiz move may fall through due to administrative error
Bryan Ruiz's loan move from Fulham to Spanish side Levante may fall through due to an administrative error.

That's according to Spanish sports paper Super Deporte.

It's claimed that Fulham's papers submitted to governing body FIFA's Transfer Matching System didn't match Levante's.

The error was apparently sorted, but only after the Spanish transfer window closed, so both sides are waiting to see if FIFA will ratify the move.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

QPR deadline day deals unlikely
We're all used to seeing Harry Redknapp wind down his car window on transfer deadline day, letting us know about his last minute deal.

But it appears that the QPR boss won't be bringing in anyone today.

Chairman Tony Fernandes has tweeted that the cheque book won't be coming out as he's bought all the players Redknapp asked for in the summer.

He added that his players aren't “mercenaries”, but “good guys.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:02 am  

Trayfoot to leave Harlequins
It may be transfer deadline day in English football , but that hasn't stopped rugby players signing for new clubs today.

Harlequins back-row Joe Trayfoot has agreed a deal to sign for London Irish at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old came through the youth academy at Quins, making 48 appearances for the Twickenham-based side.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 am  

London's population surpasses previous peak
London's population has topped 8.6 million, the highest since its 1939 peak – with Hillingdon having the biggest growth.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson made the announcement and said the capital’s population was predicted to reach 11 million by 2050.

The City of London’s had the slowest growth with Richmond close behind - the number of people there’s only expected to expand by 15,000 in the years to 2039.

Sutton follows with a predicted 19,000 increase.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am  

Novak Djokovic proves too strong for Murray
Novak Djokovic proved too strong for Andy Murray as he won a fifth Australian Open title in a punishing final.

The Serb, ranked number one, came through to victory in three hours and 39 minutes.

Murray, who underwent back surgery towards the end of 2013 was playing in his first Grand Slam final since winning Wimbledon earlier that year.

The 27 year old says he’ll try to come back next year and have a slightly different outcome in the final.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 am  

Youngsters across Surrey are being asked to think about a career with the Royal Navy


BAE Systems has launched its latest recruitment drive for those wanting to work with naval ships.

Joanna Wood is head of engineering for the combat systems teams across New Malden and Frimley.

She says they’re looking for future protectors of the armed forces.




For more info, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

South Wimbledon ticket office is among the first to close
Ticket offices will start closing on the London Underground later.

South Wimbledon and Queensway stations will be the first to see their staff moved into ticket halls and on to platforms.

The changes prompted strike action last year with unions warning of safety implications.

Transport for London said it would save £50m annually.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Original copies of Magna Carta being brought together
The four original surviving copies of the Magna Carta have been brought together for the first time.

The document – a peace treaty sealed in Runnymede in 1215 and one of the first steps towards parliamentary democracy - will go on show at The British Library as part of its 800th anniversary.

Only 12-hundred people will get to see them, out of more than 40-thousand who entered a public ballot.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:54 am  

Chelsea star involved in road rage bust-up
Chelsea footballer Cesc Fabregas has been accused of swearing at a bus driver and punching the windscreen of his double decker bus in a road rage row.

The bus driver claims Fabregas cut ahead of him in his Aston Martin Vanquish on Putney Bridge last Wednesday, forcing him to the kerb.

It’s alleged the Chelsea midfielder started swearing at him when he tapped at his window to complain about his driving.

The bus company says it’s investigating the incident while representatives of the player have said nothing yet.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 am  

Foreign Secretary welcomes Australian journalist's release
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has welcomed the decision by the Egyptian authorities to release Peter Greste.

The Australian had been in jail for more than a year with two colleagues.

Mr Hammond, who’s also MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, says he remains concerned that Egyptian journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed remain in jail.

He’s called on call on the Egyptian government to take further action to ensure the release of other journalists from prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:23 am  

Battersea Dogs Home wants tighter breeding laws
Dog owners are being urged to check where they buy their pets - with concern some are being bred in "horrific and cruel" conditions.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says breeders across the UK are profiting from keeping the animals locked up in squalid conditions.

The charity wants a ban on selling puppies under eight weeks old, and mandatory licences for anyone breeding two or more litters a year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 am  

Sunday, 1 February 2015

TV presenter "ushered out" of Streatham mosque

A Channel 4 news presenter says she was turned away from a mosque in Streatham- despite it being Visit My Mosque day.

Cathy Newman tweeted that she was “ushered out of the door” of Streatham Mosque even though she was “respectably dressed”.

She later went to the nearby Hyderi Islamic Centre where she enjoyed tea and cake with other visitors.

The Visit My Mosque day was organised to provide an insight into Muslim life, as well as answer questions on Islam.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:47 pm  

Royal visit to Twickenham

Twickenham received the royal seal of approval today as Prince Harry visited the town.

He was at the stadium to meet runners training for the London Marathon.

60 athletes took part in the day, undertaking workshops in nutrition, injury prevention and fundraising.

All the runners will be taking part in the marathon for charities which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are patrons of.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

Virginia Water Vicar apologises for Facebook post linking Israel to 9/11

A Vicar from Virginia Water has apologised after posting a link to an article on Facebook claiming Israel was responsible for 9/11.

The Reverend Stephen Sizer, who preaches at Christ Church in the town, says he is sorry for any distress caused.

Along with the article, which claimed the official narrative for the attack was “absurd”, he wrote that is “raises so many questions”.

The Rev. Sizer has a history of disputes with Jewish community leaders over blog posts on Israel and Zionism.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm  

Alonso tests new McLaren car
Fernando Alonso has been testing McLaren’s new car in Jerez in Spain today.

After a 23 year break the Woking-based team will be powered by a Honda engine.

McLaren have also insisted that Alonso won’t be leaving the team in 2016.

That’s after Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the Spaniard would be their ‘top target’ should they fail to tie Lewis Hamilton down to a new deal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Twickenham man found guilty of benefit fraud
A man from Twickenham who claimed £19,000 in benefits despite being a full-time student has been found guilty of benefit fraud.

Abdel Elashry failed to declare his income as a full time student when he claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefit, and Income Support.

He was overpaid £7,597 in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefits and £11,456 in Income Support.

He’ll return to Isleworth Crown Court on February the 20th for sentencing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Balham Mosque among those opening their doors
Mosques are opening their doors to the public today as part of a drive to "reach out to fellow Britons following tensions around terrorism".

The Muslim Council of Britain has said mosques are offering refreshments and "insight" into how they run.

Among the mosques involved are the Balham Mosque and the Hyderi Islamic Centre in Streatham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Improvements made to alley in Ham
Thousands of pounds in improvement work have been made to an alley in Ham after residents asked the Council to clear up the area.

The site, known as Cut Throat Alley off Ham Street, now has drop kerbs, Breedon gravel surfacing, and the area has been cleared of rubbish.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

Ceremony in Kingston to mark Auschwitz anniversary
A ceremony will be held in Kingston today to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

University student Josh Whatsize will be a key speaker and will talk about how what happened in the Holocaust is still relevant today.

It will take place this afternoon between 2.30 and 4 at the Council Chambers on the High Street.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Missing girl from Carshalton found
Police were appealing for help in locating 15-year-old Lauren Chandler of Carshalton.

She was found safe and well today Sunday, 1 February, in the Tooting area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

Claims Wimbledon attack due to robbers knocking on wrong door
A professor in Wimbledon was beaten so badly he was left unrecognisable because four robbers knocked on the wrong door.

That’s according to the Mail, which claims the four men were searching for a rival suspected of amassing huge debts who lived next door.

But the paper says, unknown to them, the man they were supposedly chasing had been arrested by police days earlier after a series of street robberies.

The four Polish men were jailed for a total of 64 years on Friday.

The victim, 55-year-old Paul Kohler, has said that he is certain that mistaken identity was the cause of the burglary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Costa says no malicious intent behind Can stamp
Chelsea striker Diego Costa says there was no malicious intent behind his stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can.

He was banned for three matches by the Football Association after the incident during Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg.

The 26-year-old told national newspapers that he can go to sleep knowing he’s not done anything wrong, adding that he never meant to do it and it wasn’t on purpose.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

Duo depart Craven Cottage
Ahead of the transfer window closing tomorrow, Fulham are reshaping their squad with a couple of departures.

The Whites have confirmed Bryan Ruiz has signed for Spanish club Levante on loan for the rest of the season subject to international clearance.

And Dutch side FC Twente have confirmed they’ve signed midfielder Chris David on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Man recovers after 'do not resuscitate' order thanks to Royal Brompton
A man who doctors had applied four times to give a ‘do not resuscitate’ order to following a stroke is now recovering thanks to a hospital in Chelsea.

It’s after Paul Scoble’s plight at the Basildon Hospital was highlighted by the Mail on Sunday last year.

The 48-year-old was immobile and breathing through a ventilator and doctors at the hospital in Essex told his children to prepare for the worst.

He was moved to The Royal Brompton, where medics agreed to operate, and he is now off a ventilator.

A spokesman for Basildon Hospital has said they’re pleased the care he received at the hospital allowed him to be transferred to a centre where he could have the operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:54 am  

Quins coach praises Lambert
Harlequins Head Coach John Kingston has praised prop Mark Lambert.

That’s after the academy graduate captained the side for the first time in their 21-23 loss to Bath in the LV Cup yesterday.

Kingston says he’s an asset to the Twickenham-based side.

You can listen to our interview with John Kingston in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:26 am  

Assault in Leatherhead
A woman in her 30s has been assaulted in Leatherhead.

The incident happened at around 12.50am on Saturday on Kingston Road in which the victim suffered minor head injuries.

Police are keen to speak to a man wearing a head-torch who assisted the victim in finding her earring which was lost during the attack.

Officers would like the man in question or any person who witnessed the attack to contact Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 am  

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