Metropolitan Police issue settlement with officer it discriminated against
The Metropolitan Police has agreed a final settlement with an officer it discriminated against.
Carol Howard from Purley, South London was awarded £37,000 after the impact of the victimisation lead to her to resign.
A judgement said that between January and October 2012, Ms Howard was discriminated against “on the grounds of sex and race”. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm
Ashford Station in line for refurb
Ashford Station is in line for a facelift in plans unveiled by Spelthorne Council.
Improvements include an upgrade to the front of the station and resurfacing of the road and pavements in Station Approach.
There will also be improved lighting and signage to make the area a more welcoming environment for passengers.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of March. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:35 pm
Last chance to nominate a road or pavement for Richmond Council to repair
The deadline has almost arrived for Richmond residents to nominate a road or pavement for the Council to repair.
The Community Roads and Pavements fund will close to applicants next Sunday.
The council is planning to spend nearly three million on repairs, with almost five hundred thousand pounds set aside for residents suggestions.
To nominate a footpath or road that needs to be improved, complete a nomination form by emailing [email protected] or pick up a form at your local library.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm
Saturday's football round-up
Stoke have crashed out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage.
The Premier League side have been thumped 4-1 by Championship team Blackburn.
West Brom progressed to the quarter-finals after easing past West Ham 4-nil.
Reading are also into the last eight courtesy of a 2-1 win over Derby.
In the Championship Brentford suffered a 3-nil defeat in their all-London clash with Charlton, while Ipswich were 2-1 winners at Fulham.
AFC Wimbledon went down 2-0 at Shrewsbury in League 2.
And in the Conference Woking shared a 1-1 draw with Kidderminster. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm
England victorious at Twickenham
England survived a bit of a scare to eventually overcome Italy in convincing fashion in rugby union's Six Nations.
Despite conceding three tries at Twickenham, they claimed a 47-17 victory.
Danny Cipriani marked his return to the England team with a late try of his own.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm
Teddington Hospital renovation hoping to help dementia patients memories
An interior redesign of Teddington Memorial Hospital is helping to stimulate the memories of dementia sufferers.
It includes a memory wall in all dayrooms with pictures of vintage celebrities to evoke memories of days gone by.
A new sculpture will also be installed to help dementia patients find their way around the hospital more easily.
The artwork was created by Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham at a cost of fifteen thousand pounds. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm
Royal visit to Sandown Park
The Duchess of Cornwall has paid a visit to Sandown Park this afternoon.
She was there to cheer on soldiers taking part in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup.
Amputee soldier Guy Disney made history at the event by becoming the first person in Britain to ride over fences with a prosthetic leg.
Camilla met officers and soldiers before watching the race and presenting the Cup. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm
South West trains makes Valentine's punny
Rail passengers may be feeling the love for South West Trains this Valentine's, after a number of puns on their departure boards.
For one day only you can get a train to “London Waterlove”, while Twickenham has been renamed “Breakfast in Twickenham”.
The company has said that suggestions came from both passengers and staff.
(Pictures from @FisherTomlin, @melload, @hilarykfung)
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm
Protest held for Battersea Guantanamo detainee
A protest's been held in central London, marking 13 years since a man from Battersea was incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay.
Shaker Aamer remains there despite being cleared for release seven years ago.
He's never stood trial, either - with US President Barack Obama promising last month to 'prioritise' his case.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm
Putney Bridge Road to be resurfaced
Drivers and cyclists are being advised to take extra care when using Putney Bridge Road over the next two weeks.
That’s because the entire road is being resurfaced, starting Monday.
The work, which is set to last 12 days, will be completed in sections to minimise disruption.
Next Sunday the entire road will be closed in both directions and a diversion will be in place. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm
Opinions sought on the future of Barnes, East Sheen and Mortlake
If you have an opinion on the future look of Barnes, East Sheen or Mortlake, then Richmond Council want to hear from you.
On Monday the council will launch an online public consultation to outline their vision for the three villages
It follows a series of local Question Time meetings, drop-in events and councillor walkabouts late last year.
The Council is keen to enhance the character of the areas, as well as protecting conservation areas. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm
Fulham vs Ipswich preview
Fulham are looking for their first win in five games when they take on high-flying Ipswich today.
Kick off at Craven Cottage is at 3pm.
Manager Kit Symons says the team needs to be more consistent for the entirety of a match.
You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am
SW London football preview
Crystal Palace are looking to make it through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1995 today.
They host Liverpool at 5.30.
In the Championship, Brentford will stay in the playoff places if they win at Charlton, while Fulham host high-flying Ipswich.
And in League Two, AFC Wimbledon could move as high as ninth with a win at top of the table Shrewsbury.
Kick off in those three games is at three o’clock.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am
ID Scanners for Epsom pubs
Pub and club landlords in Epsom and Ewell will be tackling drug use and anti social behaviour with new identity scanners.
The scanners will be rotated around licensed premises to take finger prints of those on a night out. They’ll show who’s been banned, is underage, has bail conditions restricting access or if someone is using fake ID.
PC Tom Arthur of the Safer Neighbourhood Team hopes that the scanners will deter drug dealers and bad behaviour.
The team will also be working with police in Kingston and Sutton under the scheme ‘Behave or Be Banned’ leading to a ban being enforced in all three areas. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 am
Measles outbreak in Feltham
There’s been an outbreak of measles in Feltham with a number of cases at Feltham Community College, Oriel Academy and in younger children in the community.
This is a highly infectious illness which can sometimes lead to serious complications and is easily spread to unimmunised children and adults.
A person is infectious from four days before until four days after a rash develops.
Pregnant women and babies under six months old and people with compromised immune systems are at increased risk.
Public Health England are asking parents to ensure their children have received the MMR vaccination. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 am
Friday, 13 February 2015
Britain's Got Talent judge is facing criticism after posting photo of daughter in fancy dress
Amanda Holden is at the centre of a Twitter backlash after sending her daughter to school dressed as Pretty Woman for fancy dress day.
The TV star tweeted the photo of her 9-year-old next to the caption: ‘1990s day at Lexi’s School today. Julia Roberts Pretty Woman’.
The BGT judge from Barnes received a barrage of criticism from followers as the little girl is pictured dressed in a red strapless gown.
She insists her child was in fact dressed as Cindy Crawford and that her husband had mistaken her for Roberts when uploading the photo. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 pm
Man pleads guilty to stabbing stranger to death in Croydon
A man has pleaded guilty to stabbing a stranger to death in Croydon as well as the attempted murder of a teenager in nearby Norbury.
Esher play host to 2nd placed Coventry tomorrow after coming close to toppling league leaders Ealing.
Coventry are still in the mix to take the title from the Trailfinders' grasp, all it takes is for them to maintain their excellent current form and wait for a slip from the London side.
Esher will be doing their upmost to spoil the Midlands team's ambitions of promotion with another much needed win at Molesey Road.
Following an impressive outing against Tynedale at the end of January the men in black and amber will be aiming for another home win after a season which has seen the Surrey team struggle both home and away.
The last game between these two sides was decided by an extra-time penalty, handing Coventry a 33-31 win. One not to be missed. Kick off 3pm.
The Cardinals, Esher's IIs, travel to Ampthill who lie second from bottom in the table.
Esher, however, lie third and are currently chasing local rivals Richmond and Old Albanians for the top spot in the table.
They kick off at 2pm at Ampthill.
The Club will be showing all the Six Nations action on the Big Screen, including a re-play of England v Italy after the 1st XV match has finished.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm
Duchess of Cornwall presents Royal Artillery Gold Cup winner with their prize
The Armed Forces have been celebrated during a day’s racing at Sandown Park in Esher today.
It was the historic Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day.
The race first came to Sandown in 1878, and has been run there every season since 1921.
The race is however, restricted to horses owned or leased by those serving or those who have served in the Royal Artillery or its units.
Cowards Close won this afternoon's feature race.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:43 pm
Part of a major route to Heathrow will be closed for ten days from tonight
The eastbound section of the A4 will be closed between the junction of Harlington High Street and The Avenue in Hounslow.
It’s so Thames Water, which has apologised, can carry out essential works to a sewer pipe under the road.
Bosses say if the problem isn’t sorted now, nearby homes and businesses will continue to have sewage backing up and flooding their homes.
The problem is also posing a risk to the environment.
The affected pipe is nine-inches in diameter, and is located three metres below the road surface of the A4.
Work will begin at 6 o’clock, we’ll keep you full updated in travel bulletins throughout the period. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm
Ruiz could play for Fulham against Ipswich
Bryan Ruiz could feature for Fulham tomorrow against Ipswich.
That’s despite the Costa Rican wanting to leave the club.
His loan move to Spanish club Levante collapsed after governing body Fifa refused to sanction the deal.
Levante’s president had claimed it fell through because of a delay at Fulham’s end, but manager Kit Symons refutes that.
You can listen to Kit Symons' pre-match press conference in full here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm
Tributes are continuing to pour in for New Romantic singer Steve Strange, who has died of a heart attack at the age of 55
Lucy Mayer has taken a look back at the life of the man who changed the music scene forever.
Mitcham ATM Theft Foiled
Two men from Mitcham have been sentenced after being caught with tools used for ATM theft.
During a search of the men’s car officers discovered casing that hides cameras used to record peoples card numbers and PIN.
Their plan was to replace ATM covers in the middle of the night so the fake covers could record their victim's details.
The men will serve between 9 and 10 months in jail. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm
Costa's challenges "strong but noble"
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has described his challenges as “strong but noble”, adding that he's never seriously injured an opposition player.
He's told Sport magazine that “the little things” he does on the pitch “provoke exaggerated reactions.”
The 26-year-old Brazil-born Spain international has just served a three match ban for a stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims that was an accident and the player has been targeted by sections of the media.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 am
Country's longest serving officer retires
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) today, bids farewell to the country's longest serving police officer.
Born in Croydon in 1950, PC Robert ‘Bob’ Brown will be hanging up his hat after 47 years of service after he joined the Met as a police cadet in 1968.
Officers and colleagues will form a guard of honour outside Croydon police station, as Bob arrives for his final tour of duty in a vintage Morris Minor patrol car, which was in service during his first years as a police officer.
Having been a cadet for a year, which was a paid position at the time, Bob signed up as a trainee police constable a day after his 19th birthday on 17 February, 1969, and went on to spend the next 13 weeks at the Met’s Hendon training school.
Equipped with just a wooden truncheon and a whistle, Bob’s first posting was to West Hampstead, which is now part of Camden borough, where he spent 15 years on the beat and crime squad.
Police technology was limited in 1969, and the main form of communication was via police boxes, made world-famous by Dr. Who, inside which was a telephone linked directly to the local station. Bob, like all officers at that time, had to ring in every two hours to report that he was safe and receive his duties for the next two hours.
Over the years, Bob served at stations in Harrow Road (Brent), Norbury, Addington and Sutton, before joining Croydon borough in the late nineties, where he has remained since.
He has also been involved in some of London’s most well-known cases and incidents, during a career that has spanned six decades.
In 1973, Bob was one of the first officers on the scene when ‘Carlos the Jackal’ shot the then-Marks and Spencer boss, Joseph Sieff. He also supported the Met’s Special Branch during the arrest of Astrid Proll in 1978, who was part of the notorious revolutionary terrorist group, the Baader-Meinhoff gang.
In 1981, Bob faced bricks, bottles and burning building during the first Brixton riot, spending almost 72 hours on duty, save for a few short breaks. And over the years, he has been on duty at nearly every edition of one of London’s most colourful and vibrant events; the Notting Hill Carnival.
One of Bob’s darkest hours in the police service was on 8 February, 1994, when he responded to an armed robbery at a sub-post office in New Addington along with three other colleagues, including Sergeant Derek Robertson.
Tragically, Sergeant Robertson was stabbed and murdered by the robbers. Bob bravely tried to give Derek first aid and watched on as medics tried in vain to save Derek’s life.
Last week, Bob was given one of the highest honours bestowed to police, when he received the Queen’s Police Medal.
Bob attended the special ceremony at Buckingham Palace where he was awarded the medal by HRH, the Queen, in recognition of the 47 years he has dedicated to keeping London and Londoners safe.
In his retirement, Bob is planning to finally move away from London and will be heading to Yorkshire, where he plans to spend more time with his family in the area.
Croydon Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant said:
“Bob Brown has dedicated 47 years to public service and deserves all the recognition that goes with being the country's longest serving police officer.
It is only fitting that Bob should complete his career in the area that he was born in. An operational officer virtually to the end of his career, Bob will be missed by all his friends and colleagues.
Croydon Police Station won't be the same without Bob working here.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am
Banstead Care Home Declared Unsafe
A Banstead care home has been rated "inadequate" in every category.
Merok Park was shut down after inspectors reported it was dirty and smelt overwhelmingly of urine.
A dementia patient died from pneumonia 2 days after being moved from the shut-down facility in freezing condition.
The owners, Soondressen Cooppen and his wife Maleenee closed a second home they run, but a further home under their management is currently open in Sutton. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 am
Sons of Guantanamo prisoner make a plea
The British family of a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay has pleaded with the U.S. government to allow him to return home to London.
Shaker Aamer, who’s family live in Battersea, has been detained - without trial - inside the maximum security prison for 13 years.
That's despite being cleared for release back in 2007.
He was accused of having links to al Qaeda but he maintains his innocence claiming he was a charity worker.
Aamer entered Guantanamo on the day the youngest of his two sons was born - both boys want him home.
Ealing low on food enforcement compliance
Food poisoning affects around half a million people in the UK each year - but it seems councils aren't doing enough to make sure restaurants meet hygiene standards.
A study by Which? found Enfield in London was the worst performing, with just over half of establishments meeting requirements.
Ealing is among the bottom 10 local authorities on food enforcement.
Which? has launched an interactive map of the councils failing to protect our health. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:17 am
Unusual items stolen from Surrey hospitals
A defibrillator, a money safe and a motorcycle ignition key were among the unusual list of items stolen from Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey last year.
Unusual items were also stolen from East Surrey Hospital and Frimley Park Hospital.
They include dictaphones used by doctors to make notes, rings, sunglasses and laptops.
The information was obtained by Get Surrey through requests sent to hospital trusts in England under the Freedom of Information Act. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 am
Thursday, 12 February 2015
Shooting in Clapham
Police are appealing for help to find a car following a shooting in Clapham today.
Officers were called to reports of gunshots heard in Clarence Crescent at around half 1 this morning.
Two men aged 21 and 19 from London were arrested and taken to a south London Police station.
They’ve since though been released without charge and are now helping police with their enquires. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:49 pm
Share of £3.4 million for children in need in Hounslow
Today the government announced a share of 3.4 million pounds will be spent on children in need in Hounslow.
Education secretary Nicky Morgan gave the go ahead for the charity Action for Children to run specialist services to help youngsters going into Care.
The services in Hounslow – as well as being run in Barnet and Harrow - aim to support 450 young people and their families. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 pm
Man in his 20s stabbed in Egham
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 20s was stabbed in Egham.
He was approached while walking down Egham Hill early this morning at around 1am - when a man stabbed him in the side with a knife.
The victim suffered an arm injury and was taken to St Peter’s hospital in Chertsey.
Anyone who may have any information can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:34 pm
News presenter apologises to mosque in Streatham
A Channel 4 news presenter has apologised to a mosque in Streatham, after tweeting that she was “ushered out” of it during Visit My Mosque Day.
Cathy Newman went into the South London Islamic Centre last month, but implied on social media she was made to leave despite explaining why she was there.
Officials from the mosque have since claimed that it was a mix-up.
Video footage showed that she only entered briefly before a man seemingly pointed her to the church up the road, after which she left on her own.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm
Police want to talk to a man wearing a ski mask in East Molesey
Police want to talk to a man seen wearing a ski mask shortly after a burglary in East Molesey.
The break-in took place in the day time on Wednesday the 21st of January in Esher Road.
A neighbour to the property saw the man wearing a white and grey ski mask and acting suspiciously.
He’s described as around 5ft 10 and was wearing dark clothing.
Hazard signs new Chelsea deal
Chelsea have tied down one of their leading stars to a new long-term contract.
Eden Hazard's agreed a 5-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League leaders.
The Belgian international moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:24 pm
One big year of celebrations for Hampton Court
Hampton Court Palace is celebrating 500 years today – and this year’s annual summer festival looks set to be one big celebration.
This year’s line - up includes Paloma Faith, Jools Holland, KT Tunstall and Peter Andre.
The event takes place in June. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm
Tooting MP looking to address Earlsfield overcrowding
The MP for Tooting says he's working with South West Trains to address overcrowding at Earlsfield station.
He's told Go Earlsfield he's asked the operator to introduce a policy similar that's currently in place on the underground.
It would see staff restricting the amount of passengers on platforms when lines are busy.
A 'turn up and go' system has also been introduced at the station, which means trains won't wait around if they arrive early.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am
Alzheimer's Society launches a new booklet to help people with dementia
This week, Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new guidance booklet to help people living with dementia in Surrey.
It explains the legal tool called ‘A lasting Power of Attorney’.
This allows an individual to choose whom they’d like to make decisions on their behalf, should they become unable to do so in the future.
The Accessing & Sharing Information Booklet, produced with the Office of Public Guardian, is available to download at www.alzheimers.org/sharing information. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am
London Fire Brigade anticipates an increase in calls after release of 'Fifty Shades'
Firefighters have said they’re anticipating an increase in call-outs with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey at the cinema.
The film, based on the novel by EL James, has been described as a "mummy-porn romance".
And London Fire Brigade said it was "concerned" the film’s release tomorrow could lead to a "spike" in people being stuck or trapped in handcuffs or rings.
The spokesman added, they hope film-goers will use common sense and avoid leaving themselves red-faced. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am
The Time of the Epsom Derby is changing
Epsom Derby is delaying the start of this year’s Investec Derby in an effort to halt slumping viewing figures according to the Mail.
The fifth-race slot will kick off at 4.30pm on June the 6th half an hour later than usual with the meeting also starting at the later time of 2pm.
Sponsors were considering an evening start – however - this has been shelved due to the Champions league final on same day and the need to get the Queen’s approval from Buckingham Palace. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 am
Battersea regeneration project is backed
Councillors are backing plans to build 90 new social homes on the Battersea Sports Centre site on Hope Street – in turn developing a better fitness centre nearby.
New housing is the first step in the council’s plan to regenerate the nearby Winstanley and York Road estates which is one of the most deprived areas in the borough.
The new Hope Street homes will be used to rehouse estate residents so the vacant blocks can be rebuilt. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 am
Hampton Court celebrates historic milestone
Today marks a very special milestone for Hampton Court Palace . . . . . it’s its 500th anniversary.
The Palace is probably most synonymous with Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, whom he later had beheaded.
Tracy Borman is Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces.
She says the popularity of Hampton Court has just grown and grown over the years.
Radio Jackie's 15 minute podcast of all the day's news for South West London and North Surrey is now online.
It's updated weekday evenings from 7pm.
Simply click here. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 pm
"Pink Bus" to come to Croydon next week
Harriet Harman has been criticised for Labour's decision to use a pink bus to appeal to female voters.
The deputy Labour leader says the bus may be small and pink but the issues are big.
The bus will make a stop as part of its whistle - stop tour in Croydon next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:51 pm
Murder Motspur Park
A man from Motspur Park has appeared in court accused of murdering his wife.
65 year old Raymond Mills appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today and was remanded in custody.
He will re-appear in court later this month.
Police were called on Monday to an address in Stanley Avenue where the body of 60 year old Linda Mills was discovered. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 pm
Tributes for homeless lady in Chiswick who had been a concert pianist
A former concert pianist who for years lived in a battered old car in Chiswick after falling on hard times, has been killed in a road accident.
The Guardian reports that tributes have poured in for Anne Naysmith, who died when she was knocked over by a lorry on Tuesday.
She was a promising pianist who once played at London’s Wigmore Hall.
But in the late 1970s she ran into financial problems and suffered the heartbreak of a failed romance. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:21 pm
Funding approved for expansion of schools in Hounslow
Secondary schools in Chiswick, Heston and Isleworth are the first to have their expansion plans backed with money from Hounslow.
The Borough’s Cabinet last night approved a recommendation to release funding for Phase One of a programme which will run until 2020.
The total cost of development at the three schools in this stage is just under 18 million pounds.
It will allow them to take more pupils and is a big step towards achieving the estimated secondary school places needed to meet demand by 2019. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am
Electric fan heater causes fire in Baroness Boothroyd's home
Baroness Boothroyd, the former speaker of the House of Commons, is warning people about the dangers of leaving an electric fan heater unattended.
It’s after one caused a fire in her Westminster flat.
Firefighters from Lambeth and Chelsea attended the blaze and Baroness Boothroyd was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.
A third of fatal electrical fires involve heaters and there have been 10 deaths in London over the last five winters. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am
MPs concerned about flood defence funding
MPs have expressed concerns about the government's ability to attract £600m in private sector investment for flood defence schemes.
Ministers have said external finance from councils and private sources is "essential" to supplement government funding for 1,400 projects.
They're to be carried out in a number of counties including Surrey, with the aim of protecting 300,000 properties and preventing £30bn worth of economic damage.
The Environment Committee said it was unclear how the target would be met. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am
Possible election outcomes in Croydon
You can preview the story of the coming election in London by focusing on just a fraction of the 73 constituencies in the capital.
That's because the election is won and lost in marginal seats - those which are winnable, by the BBC's definition, through a swing of 5% in the vote.
Croydon Central’s likely to be one of the most closely fought contests, with Labour needing a swing of 2.9% to remove Gavin Barwell.
The Conservatives here accept the threat posed by UKIP who’ve attracted some former Tories – if they don’t come back then Barwell’s position looks precarious. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am
Station closed while police investigate suspicious car
Wood Lane has been closed this morning in an ongoing incident while police investigate a suspicious car.
Officers were called just after 7.30 to reports of a suspicious car parked outside White City station.
The station is also closed until the situation is dealt with. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am
Shortcomings with Surrey court custody
A report's revealed ''serious shortcomings" with court custody in Surrey and Sussex.
The Chief Inspector of Prisons found problems including the care of children, overcrowding, and female detainees being harassed by men in mixed-gender prison vehicles.
It's made recommendations aimed at improving safety and care. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 am
Surrey crime chief criticises Met journalists probe
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley has criticised Scotland Yard's four-year, 33-million pound probe into journalists.
Mr Hurley told the Press Gazette that the investigations had descended into v into a nonsensical witch-hunt.
The former Met superintendent, who became commissioner for Surrey in November 2012, wants officers to focus on terrorism, violent crime and serious fraud.
He’s also called for greater protection for whistle-blowers rather than pursuing reporters suspected of paying officials for information, intercepting voicemail messages or hacking into computers. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 am
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Ruiz denied move away from Fulham
Bryan Ruiz will be staying at Fulham.
It’s after FIFA refused to give approval for the Costa Rican’s loan move to Levante.
The Spanish club’s president has said the collapse of the move was due to Fulham, who got paperwork in after the deadline.
Francisco Catalan claims the Whites thought the Spanish transfer window shut three days later than it actually did.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:44 pm
Tooting police call for witnesses
Detectives in Tooting have re-opened a year old murder inquiry.
73 year old Mashboor Hussain died in his home on Selkirk Road following a scuffle with burglars.
On the 11 February, Mr Hussain opened his front door to two men who then forced their way in.
One was armed with a gun.
Officers are asking for anyone who may have been on the street at the time to contact them. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 pm
Scrutiny Increases on Child Safeguarding In Sutton
The leader of Sutton Council’s opposition, Councillor Tim Crowley has this announcement on child safeguarding.
Until today, child safe guarding has been run by the Lib Dem administration and a statutory board.
Today’s announcement means that opposition councillors will have the opportunity to scrutinize cases. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:31 pm
QPR may have their manager
QPR owner Tony Fernandes says he thinks he's secured his "dream manager".
He's tweeted that the press are "all wrong", which suggests Tim Sherwood won't be the permanent successor to Harry Redknapp, who stood down last week.
Ex-Swansea chief Michael Laudrup is the new favourite with the bookies. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm
Sutton exclusive in the Jackie News Pod
Radio Jackie's 15 minute podcast of all the day's news for South West London and North Surrey is now online.
It's updated weekday evenings from 7pm.
Simply click here. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 pm
A trainee soldier with the British Army is still missing
Steven Mubanga failed to return to his barracks following a period of leave, and was last seen on January the 11th near his home in Croydon.
He was due to return to Yorkshire, but never took the train back.
Steven is described as a black man, with short black hair who wears square rimmed glasses. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm
16-year-old convicted of Roehampton murder
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of breaking into a Roehampton home and fatally stabbing the owner.
Usher Ricardo Sawyers (above(, from Roehampton, was just 15 when he viciously attacked 39-year-old Martin Thomas in Huntingfield Road in April.
He was today convicted of murder and robbery.
20-year-old Odel Munroe-Sobers (below) from Wandsworth, has also been found guilty of manslaughter and robbery, as has a 14-year-old boy also from Wandsworth.
A mum of three from Carshalton is taking on big retailers like Amazon by getting people in the town to “shop local”
Emma Fletcher has set up CloudTown – an online portal where high street shops can sell their goods.
She says the convenience of the net means shoppers are being diverted away from the high street, which is now dying in some areas.
A web training session is being held at Bailey’s Deli in Carshalton Beeches tonight at 8 o’clock for those who want to sign up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm
Investigations are continuing after a woman died in an accident in Chiswick this morning
Police were called to the High Road just before 1am.
It’s believed the pedestrian, thought to be in her 70s, fell into the path of a lorry and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver stopped and, no arrests have been made. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm
Drivers on the London Underground have voted to strike over the sacking of a colleague
No date's yet been set for the walk-out, but the RMT union says it'll consult representatives before deciding on its next move.
Tube bosses say they dismissed the Northern Line driver, from Morden fairly, for failing two random breath tests. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm
Man remains in custody after Motspur Park death
Police say a man remains in custody on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Motspur Park.
Officers were called just after one o’clock yesterday afternoon to a house in Stanley Avenue, where they found the body of a woman in her early 60s.
Next of kin have been informed, but formal identification is yet to take place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm
Criticism of council's proposed budget
Surrey County Council’s proposed budget for the coming year has been criticised by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Hazel Watson claims it lacks a ‘breakdown of expenditure’, telling a budget meeting that voting in favour of it ‘would be like signing a blank cheque’.
But she’s supported the proposed 1.99% council tax increase, due to the protection it would give to vital services.
In response, Council Leader David Hodge has said it’s clear to him that very few opposition councillors had actually read the budget reports.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm
Richmond golfer named in team for Spanish championship
Richmond’s Inci Mehmet has been named in one of England Golf’s two teams for the Nations Cup event at the Spanish ladies’ amateur championship.
The 18-year-old will combine with India Clyburn and Alice Hewson in Seville.
The championship takes place from 25th February until 1st March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm
What we are and are not supplying to eastern Ukraine
Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond says the situation in eastern Ukraine now resembles "a small scale conventional war."
But in a statement to the Commons, the MP for Runnymede and Weybridge also added the UK would not be supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine.
However, We ARE providing equipment - including helmets, fuel and body armour. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm
Location proposed for Brentford primary
A location has been proposed for a new two form primary school in Brentford.
After an appraisal of a number of possible sites, part of the Brent Lea Recreation Ground has been selected as the best option for the Floreat Free School.
It’s expected to open in temporary buildings this September, with the permanent building scheduled to be completed two years later.
Hounslow Council says there will be opportunities for people living nearby to offer their opinion on the planning application in the next few months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 pm
Sutton Council is proposing to put up council tax for the first time in six years
Bosses say the move is because of unprecedented cuts to funding by central government and growing pressures on services for vulnerable people.
The proposed increase of 1.99% for 2015/16, was approved by the Strategy and Resources Committee yesterday.
It will generate £1.6m per annum and would mean an increase of £22.71 a year or 44p a week for a band D property. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:57 pm
Heathrow boss promises jobs for young people if the airport is expanded
The boss of Heathrow claims youth unemployment in the area will be eliminated if it's given the go ahead to expand.
John Holland-Kaye says 40-thousand highly-skilled jobs would be created by building a new or expanded runway.
He also promises to double the number of apprenticeships at the airport to 10-thousand.
The Airports Commission will announce in the summer whether expansion will go ahead at Heathrow or Gatwick. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm
Man arrested on historical abuse charges is cleared
A man arrested in connection with allegations of historical child sex abuse in Barnes has been released with no charge.
The 61 year old man who was detained in July 2013 under Operation Winthorpe has been advised there will be no further action against him.
He was cleared following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm
Surrey Police supporting Internet Safety Day
Surrey Police is backing Safer Internet Day today to remind web users to protect themselves from criminal activity.
Advice given includes using strong, memorable passwords, installing anti-virus software and never giving out personal information online.
Officers are also supporting the not-for-profit organisation Cyber Champions, which is delivering an internet safety workshop at Leatherhead’s Howard of Effingham School.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am
Brentford haven't denied reports Warburton could be replaced
Brentford say Mark Warburton remains their manager - but haven't denied reports he'll be replaced at the end of the season.
In a statement, the Championship club admit they "talk to other people within the game to learn about other ways of doing things".
The Times claim talks have taken place with Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez to replace Warburton in the summer.
Brentford won promotion from League One under Warburton and they currently sit fourth in the Championship.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am
SW London football preview
Managerless QPR are hoping to get their first away points of the season tonight.
They’re at Sunderland, and could move out of the Premier League relegation zone with a win.
Meanwhile, in the Championship, Brentford could further consolidate their place in the playoff positions if they beat Watford.
Fulham are away at Bolton and could move into the top half of the table with a win.
And in League Two, AFC Wimbledon could finish the day as high as ninth if they beat league leaders Burton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am
Campaign launched to help pensioners spot fraudsters
The Association of British Insurers and The Pensions Advisory Service have launched a campaign to help pensioners spot the warning signs of fraud.
It’s as research has revealed more than 1 in 10 senior citizens in London say they’ve been targeted by fraudsters since they stopped work.
Reported crimes range from attempting to gain access to bank or savings accounts to tricking people into buying bogus investment and pension schemes.
War heroes graves to be restored in Brookwood
The graves of 12 men buried in a war cemetery in Woking are to be restored.
The men were awarded the Victoria Cross during World War One and the VC markers and memorials are in need of repair.
Brookwood Military Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the UK.
The restoration project will be undertaken at the end of March. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am
Sheffield Wednesday fan in trouble after throwing fruit at Fulham supporters
A Sheffield Wednesday fan has been banned from attending matches for 3 years after throwing a tangerine at Fulham supporters.
Fulham were playing Sheffield Wednesday at home when the incident happened on 20th December last year.
Mark Ablett was captured on CCTV throwing the citrus fruit into the home crowd after his team lost 4-0.
The 29-year-old admitted the charge of throwing a missile which comes under the Football Offences Act.
A judge at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court banned him from matches for 3 years and ordered him to pay £360 in fines and costs. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 am
Woman dies in Chiswick after accident
A woman has died after a collision in Chiswick.
Police were called to Chiswick High Road at the junction with Homefield Road at 12.45 this morning.
The female pedestrian, believed to be in her 70s was hit by a lorry and was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made.
Enquiries are underway to trace the woman’s next of kin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 am
Man from Wimbledon dies after avalanche in Italian Alps
A father-of-three from Wimbledon has been killed in an avalanche in the Italian Alps.
48-year-old Graeme Porteous, died after his off-piste ski party was hit by a 45ft-wide wall of snow in Argentera in Piedmont.
Former London Scottish player Mr Porteous is one of three skiers killed at the weekend by heavy snow fall across Italy.
Italian authorities say he was part of a ‘really well organised’ group but that conditions in the area were too treacherous.
The spate of avalanches across the region have been caused by unseasonably warm weather.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:21 am
Man arrested after Osterley hit-and-run
A man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident in Osterley.
31-year-old Janusz Partyka was killed after he was hit by a BMW which didn’t stop.
The collision took place at the A4 Great West Road junction with Wood Lane in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 28-year-old who hasn’t been named was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 am
Monday, 9 February 2015
Tooting's Green Party says Government Needs More Women
A Tooting parliamentary candidate is calling for more women to get involved in politics.
Esther Obiri Darko, who’s standing against Sadiq Khan, for the Green party says the UK ranks 60th in the world for the number of women in parliament.
She says that without gender balance in government women’s issues can get neglected.
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A man in his 60s has been arrested on suspicion of murder in Motspur Park
Police were called to Stanley Avenue just after one o’clock where they found the body of a woman.
Next of kin is yet to be informed. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm
Election candidate selected for Kingston & Surbiton
The Trade Unionist Socialist Coalition have selected Laurel Fogarty to fight the Kingston and Surbiton seat in this year's general election.
The 29 year old works at University College London.
She says “TUSC supports the trade Union congress policy for a £10 an hour minimum wage now, so people can actually afford to live” posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:51 pm
Excavation due to start
Remains of a former Mayor of London as well as those of political activists could be unearthed as the excavation of a burial ground takes place.
The dig is part of the Crossrail project which will link Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.
Thousands of victims buried at the Bedlam burial ground under Liverpool Street have been identified – and include Sir Ambrose Nicholas, lord mayor of London in 1575.
Work to excavate 3,000 skeletons starts in March. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Bruce rubbishes Fulham link
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has denied he's set to take over at Fulham.
The Sun on Sunday had claimed he was set to be offered 15 million pounds to take over at Craven Cottage in the summer.
Bruce has labelled the report as 'rubbish journalism' adding that he's got 'huge respect' for current Fulham manager Kit Symons.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm
MP for Esher and Walton backing calls for fairer funding for Sixth Form colleges
The MP for Esher and Walton is backing calls for fairer funding for Sixth Form colleges.
Dominic Raab is among 75 other MPs who've signed a letter sent to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
Sixth Form colleges are currently required to pay VAT on their purchases, in contrast, schools and academies are able to reclaim these costs.
The letter's calling for a VAT refund scheme for Sixth Form colleges, saying 'no young person should be penalised because of where they choose to study'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm
Underground tunnel plans announced for Tolworth and Hammersmith
The Mayor of London has announced plans to redesign some of the capital's busiest roads by having parts of them underground.
Boris Johnson said work will begin at five locations, including the A4 in Hammersmith and the A3 in Tolworth, to allow the land the road was on to be developed.
The mayor's also said that tolls, expected to cost around £2 per car, could be used to help to pay for the multi-million pound project.
He's made the announcement during his trip to the US, where he's visited a regeneration project in Boston that's seen major highways diverted underground.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am
Sutton’s libraries have launched a scheme aimed at helping the community cope with dementia.
Libraries across the borough will stock 25 titles to improve people’s awareness of the condition in its various forms.
Over the next few months, staff will also receive additional training on how to make the service more Dementia Friendly. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am
Roehampton roads set for improvement works
Two major roads in Roehampton are set for improvement works.
The A3 Roehampton Vale and Roehampton Lane will both undergo resurfacing work from Sunday 15th February, scheduled to run until Friday 12th March.
The work will be carried out overnight between 10pm and 6am, from Sundays to Thursdays.
TFL has warned that noisy machinery will need to be used during the project, but says that all the noisiest elements will be completed by 1am.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am
Father from Chertsey calls for answers over his son's death
The father of a boy who died during floods in Chertsey a year ago has called for him to be honoured with "the truth".
Kye Gbangbola says 7 year old Zane was killed by hydrogen cyanide fumes in floodwater from the lake next to their home which was built over a former landfill site.
A memorial service took place yesterday outside the family home in Thameside, from which the family are still barred.
An inquest has still not been held and more than 17,000 people have signed a petition to demand answers over Zane's death. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:13 am
Funding for heart disease research at Kingston University
The British Heart Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding to Kingston University.
Researcher Dr Andrew Snabaitis has secured the grant of £270,000.
It’s for studying models of heart failure to discover how the expression of a particular naturally occurring protein can regulate heart muscle cell death.
The three-year project grant will support a post-doctoral research assistant to carry out the experiments.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am
An investigation into the dangers of illegal alcohol in London
Criminal gangs are producing potentially lethal alcohol and selling it in London.
A BBC investigation infiltrated groups of illegal immigrants and discovered eight unlawful distilleries in the capital and was alerted to four more.
HM Revenue and Customs said chemicals used in anti-freeze and screen wash had been discovered in some counterfeit spirits.
Dr James Barker, from Kingston University says if people drink too much of this stuff they may never wake up.
BBC Inside Out London is on BBC One tonight at 7.30. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 am
Spelthorne Council NO building on green belt land
Bosses at Spelthorne Council say they will never accept plans to build on green belt land at Kempton Park.
They’ve responded to claims made by the Keep Kempton Park Green campaign group that the council held secret talks with the Jockey Club, owner of Kempton Park, about building 1-thousand-500 homes at the racecourse site.
Osterley collision victim named
A 31-year-old man who died following a hit-and-run accident in Osterley yesterday morning has been formally identified by police.
He’s been named as Janusz Partyka who lived in Osterley.
The collision involving a blue BMW, which failed to stop, took place at the A4 Great West Road’s junction with Wood Lane just before 5.
Mr Partyka was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen the car driving away from the scene heading westbound towards Heathrow. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 am
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Sutton For Life - new campus opens in Sutton
15 months after its announcement, the first stage of a major project to build the UK's biggest campus specialising in cancer diagnosis has reached completion.
The initial phase of the Institute of Cancer Research's “Sutton for Life” project is the Centre for Cancer Imaging, tasked with monitoring the effectiveness of new cancer drugs and developing new imaging techniques to view tumours.
ICR’s CEO Cathy Scivier said: "Our long-term plan for this site is to create a second town centre for Sutton which includes coffee shops and a crèche."
The project could eventually bring up to 10,000 new jobs to the area posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm
Richmond residents topping sports survey
People living in Richmond appear to be the sportiest in the country.
A survey has found that more than half of residents take part in sport or physical activity at least once a week, which is the highest proportion in England.
The percentage of people in the borough doing regular exercise is a 1% increase on last year.
The ‘Active People’ survey also found that 52% of 14-16 year olds are participating in sport once a week, which is also the highest amount in the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm
Bruce linked with Fulham job
Fulham could be set for a new manager at the end of the season, according to the Sun on Sunday.
It’s claimed Steve Bruce is set to be offered 15-million pounds to take over at Craven Cottage and help guide them back to the Premier League.
The Whites are currently 16th in the Championship table, in their first year back in the second tier of English football after relegation last summer.
Current manager Kit Symons took over from Felix Magath in September, leading the Whites out of the relegation zone. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm
Magna Carta copy found
A copy of the Magna Carta has turned up in council archives in Kent.
There are only 24 known editions of the document – sealed in Runnymede in 1215 - in the world.
It's thought it could be worth up to £10 million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm
QPR striker's injury better than first feared
QPR striker Charlie Austin will miss Tuesday’s game with Sunderland.
The 25-year-old, who’s the Hoops’ top scorer, suffered bruising to his right foot in the 1-0 loss to Southampton.
It had been feared he’d broken his foot and could miss the rest of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm
Free entry for disabled fans at Twickenham abolished
Rugby chiefs have abolished free entry for disabled fans at Twickenham Stadium.
The decision by the Rugby Football Union to charge fans £41 has been condemned by campaigners.
Roy Jackson, chairman of trustees at the Matt Hampson Foundation, which supports injured sportsmen and women, told the Mail on Sunday he doesn’t think it’s right.
But the RFU said the decision had been made on the recommendation of a charity, Level Playing Field, which aims to improve disabled access to sporting venues.
The move will raise an estimated extra £150,000 from England’s three home games in the Six Nations tournament.
Carers will still get in for free.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am
Missing mother and son with links to Hounslow
Police are appealing for assistance to trace a missing woman and her son who have links to Hounslow.
24-year-old Angelina Miracka and 5-year-old Fabian Skrzypek have been missing from their home in Bracknell since Friday morning, when it’s thought they got a taxi to Hounslow.
Angelina is described as white, 5 ft 7 inches tall, of medium build, with hair that’s black to her ears, and then blonde to her shoulders.
Fabian’s described as white, 3ft 7 inches tall, and was wearing denim jeans and white trainers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am
Memorial for boy killed in flooding
A memorial service is taking place later in Chertsey to mark the anniversary of the death of Zane Gbangbola.
The seven-year-old was killed when flood water entered his house, with a pathologist determining he died of carbon monoxide intoxication.
But Zane's parents insist he was killed by cyanide gases coming from a leaking landfill site yards away.
His mother Nicole and father Kye will hold a minute's silence before setting off fireworks outside their home on Thameside.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am
Pardew pleased with squad
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says his squad is shaping up nicely.
He saw his team bounce back from defeat to Everton last weekend, with a 1-0 Premier League win over Leicester.
Pardew is excited by the potential of the players he's inherited since taking the job, as well as their new arrivals in the recent transfer window.
Mourinho refusing to get carried away with title talk
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is refusing to get carried away with talk of his side winning the Premier League title, despite their seven point lead at the top of the table this morning.
His side took full advantage of nearest challengers' Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Hull, by securing a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
Defender Gary Cahill says it could well be a big result come the end of the season.
Man dies after apparent hit-and-run in Osterley
A man has died following an apparent hit-and-run in Osterley.
Police were called to reports of a road traffic collision at the A4 Great West Road junction with Wood Lane just before 5 this morning.
They found a 31-year-old pedestrian who’d been hit by a blue BMW, which didn’t stop.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and next of kin are aware, and currently no arrests have been made.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton on 020 8543 5157 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am
Kingswood Road Robbery
Detectives are appealing for information after a woman in her twenties was robbed in Kingswood.
The incident happened on Friday evening on Kingswood Road - the victim was threatened with a small knife and forced to hand over cash.
The male suspect fled the scene in a small, white, four door hatchback which was been driven by another person – they drove off in the direction of the Epsom Downs.
The man is described as white, aged in his early twenties and around 6ft. He was wearing a blue hooded top and spoke with a London accent.
Please contact the police on 101 if you have any information. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 am
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