Rogue builder from Tooting spared jail
A rogue builder who conned elderly residents of Norbury and Thorton Heath out of several thousand pounds has been spared jail.
77 year old Thomas Gumble from Tooting, was given an 18 month prison sentence which was suspended for two years.
He was also given a criminal behaviour order which prevents him from cold calling or carrying out any unsolicited building work anywhere in England or Wales.
Trading as TG Gardening, he visited an 89 year old widow over a 7 year period and duped her into making 26 payments totalling more than 26 thousand.
Another victim paid him £8,000 for two garden beds to be filled with concrete. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 pm
Major cycling events coming to Croydon
Croydon is set to host 2 major cycling events this summer.
The Pearl Izumi Men’s Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Women’s Gran Prix will be held in the town on 2nd June.
Thousands of spectators are expected to turn up to see some of Britain’s top cyclist in action, including Sir Bradley Wiggins.
It’s hoped the events will contribute to the cultural appeal of the town centre. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm
SW London Football Roundup
In the Premiership Crystal Palace won 3-1 away at West Ham.
Fulham won 2-0 to Derby in the Championship and Brentford lost 1-0 to Birmingham.
And in League 2 AFC Wimbledon lost 1-0 to Hartlepool.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm
Concern growing for missing man from Epsom
Police in Surrey are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man in his late 60s from Epsom.
John Walsh, 69, was last seen in the Mill Road area at around 1pm on Friday, 27 February, when he left home and is believed to have gone to visit a local store and café.
He requires regular medication which he is not believed to be carrying.
John is described as a white man and around 5ft6 tall.
Anyone who has seen him is asked to contact Surrey Police. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm
Rare Diseases at Royal Holloway in Egham
Royal Holloway University in Egham is shining a light on its work in rare diseases.
It’s opening its doors to secondary school pupils and sufferers with their families on Rare Diseases Day.
The School of Biological Sciences is carrying out pioneering work into treatments for a number of life threatening conditions.
They’ll be hosting exhibitions, lectures and hands on workshops to showcase research.
Speakers will include the wife of the deputy Prime Minister, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.
There are more than 7,000 rare diseases which affect 3 million in England. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:11 am
Purley firefighters move base
Firefighters in Purley have temporarily taken up residence at the Mitcham fire station while their own station undergoes an upgrade.
The Purley station is one of 9 older fire stations which are being replaced with brand new buildings.
The new premises will provide a state of the art fire station, improved training facilities and community areas where the public can visit.
Normal service will be maintained during the year that the re-build will take. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 am
New textile collections for Spelthorne
Spelthorne is introducing a new textile collection service from the 23rd March.
Collections will be made on alternate weeks on the usual bin days, but picked up separately.
The items will be sorted by the Salvation Army who will sell usable clothes through markets in Eastern Europe.
Other textiles can be recycled to make industrial cloths or padding for chairs and car seats.
The aim is to reduce waste -- more than 1,000 tonnes of textiles are currently thrown away in the borough every year. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 am
Friday, 27 February 2015
Bomb safely disposed from a garden shed in West Molesey
Bomb disposal experts have been called to garden shed in West Molesey after the discovery of an explosive.
Officers warned neighbours to stay away from their homes for their own safety.
The bomb was taken to an area in Walton this morning where a controlled explosion was carried out. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm
Man tricks staff at Wandsworth prison
A man escaped jail after tricking prison staff into believing he'd been released on bail.
Neil Moore sent a letter to Wandsworth Prison posing as the court service.
The 28 year-old had been on remand for five counts of fraud at the time but had a change of heart and turned himself in.
He'll be sentenced at the end of March. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm
Over 60's in Hounslow are getting happier and healthier
Over 60’s in Hounslow can look forward to getting active this march with a string of events at Frogley House.
It’s to help the older community stay healthier and happier.
Yoga, water colour painting and flower arranging are among the activities on offer, with many sessions completely free. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm
Priest guilty of indecent assault
Father Tony McSweeney has today been found guilty of indecent assault on a young boy, which took place between 1970s-1980s at a now closed Richmond Council run Children’s Home – Grafton Close in Hounslow.
Responding to today’s verdict, Gillian Norton, Chief Executive of Richmond Council, said:
“The Council is sorry that a child in its care was indecently assaulted. The assault happened 35 years ago and clearly the service leadership and management laid bare in court were totally unacceptable.
The situation today is completely different. Most looked after children are in foster homes.
Only those children needing very specialist services are placed in children's homes.
All placements are subject to rigorous checks and controls within a statutory regulatory framework and this includes senior social workers who are independent of the child's worker."
Statement from South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust regarding Johnny Savile investigation
Jimmy Savile’s brother Johnny, worked at Springfield, the psychiatric arm of St George’s Hospital in Tooting, in the 70s.
It’s emerged he was sacked following allegations of abuse by a patient at the site.
Statement in full.
Our Trust has conducted an exhaustive investigation into historical allegations of abuse of patients at Springfield Hospital by Johnny Savile. It did not uncover any evidence that Jimmy Savile ever visited South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust or had access to any service users.
David Bradley, Chief Executive of South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust said:
"The publication of this report, and reports from 15 other trusts across the country, is a sad day in the history of the NHS. On behalf of South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust, I offer my heartfelt apologies to the victims of Johnny Savile.
"I would like to thank everyone who came forward for their bravery in helping to compile this report. We know this has not been an easy journey to make. We will continue to provide our full support to the victims and any other patients who have been subject to sexual abuse in the past.
"Johnny Savile worked at Springfield Hospital in the 1970s. Our investigation found that he was dismissed from employment in 1980 as a result of an allegation made by one of his victims. There was no evidence or record of his brother Jimmy Savile ever visiting Springfield Hospital.
"The investigation's findings of the suffering the victims experienced, and the lack of support they received, is very disturbing to read about today given our much greater awareness of the sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable people. The abuse these patients were subject to, and the conditions described at Springfield Hospital in 1979 were wholly unacceptable.
"The report also found that there was a missed opportunity to investigate the allegations first made to Springfield Hospital by a victim in 1991. Subsequently, when the same victim disclosed the abuse again, her allegations of abuse were not addressed in the way we would now support someone raising similar serious concerns. By 2012, the Trust was able to respond more sensitively and appropriately to her concerns.
"Nearly 40 years since these incidents, South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust is unrecognisable to how it was in 1979. We have transformed the culture of the organisation and our staff have worked tirelessly with dedication to improve the quality of the services we deliver. Our safeguarding processes are well tested, robust and meet all national guidelines.
"In 2014 the Care Quality Commission judged our services to be 'safe', 'compassionate' and 'well-led'. We are committed to ensuring patient safety and safeguarding are at the heart of everything that we do.
"Despite all the improvements that have been made over the last 40 years we will never be complacent. We have learned a great deal in the process of compiling this report and we remain committed to improving patient care.
"We urge anyone who has any concerns, or would like support or advice, to contact us on 0203 513 6150. We promise to treat all concerns, current or historic, very seriously and in confidence."
The investigation's findings of the suffering the victims experienced, and the lack of support they received, is very disturbing to read about today given our much greater awareness of the sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable people. The abuse these patients were subject to, and the conditions described at Springfield Hospital in 1979 were wholly unacceptable.
We now live in a very different world. Since these incidents took place in the 1970s, the way we handle complaints and serious incidents of this kind has changed significantly.
Now - nearly 40 years since these incidents - the Trust is a very different place. We have transformed the culture of the organisation and improved the quality of the services we deliver beyond recognition.
Our safeguarding and security processes are well tested, robust and meet national guidelines and we are committed to ensuring patient safety and safeguarding are at the heart of everything that we do.
The Trust is confident that its current well-established systems and processes, coupled with the profound change in culture and ethos at the Trust will prevent such incidents happening again. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:54 pm
We’re being reminded of the importance of neutering our pets
Battersea Dogs and Cat’s Home says letting your animal reproduce may seem natural – but it can prove costly, and can even lead to abandonment.
A new poll of cat owners has found that 59% who allowed their feline to have kittens would not choose to do so again.
Rebecca Norris is a Senior Rehomer at the charity.
She says this is all information that needs to be assessed when deciding to get a new pet.
Have you got a priceless artefact sitting in your loft?
That’s the question the team at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham is asking.
The historic building in Waldegrave Road is undergoing £10 million worth of restoration to bring it back to the state it was in when it was originally owned by 18th century historian Horace Walpole, the son of Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.
After his death, the house was stripped of its furniture by new owner Lady Waldegrave, who sold the items for much needed cash.
That has resulted in a loss of many pieces including stained glass windows.
Here’s house director Nick Smith.
Strawberry Hill House reopens to the public on Sunday.
Immigration centre officer justifies leaking information to newspaper
An officer at an immigration centre near Heathrow has justified leaking stories to The Sun Newspaper by claiming his firm turned a blind eye to corruption.
A court’s heard how Mark Blake, who worked at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, was paid nearly £8,000 for tips between 2008 and 2010.
Those tips allegedly led to headlines in the tabloid about "cushy" conditions at the facility, such as “Gastrojail” and “We fund Massages for foreign killers”.
43 year old Mr Blake has said that all information given to the paper was in the public interest - he denies misconduct in a public office.
Chelsea FC warns supporters against abuse in the upcoming League Cup Final
Chelsea have told supporters they'll take the "strongest possible action" against anyone who aims anti-semitic abuse at Tottenham fans in Sunday's League Cup final.
The club has issued a statement on its website asking them to keep their support "positive" at Wembley.
Chelsea admit games between the clubs have "historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of the abuse from what they call a "small minority”. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am
School run mums cry foul in New Malden
Residents in a part of New Malden say they're furious nothing can be done to stop a serial dog fouler.
People living in Chestnut Grove claim one man, described as being dressed in a khaki jacket with a Rottweiler type dog, allows his pet to defecate twice a day on the pavement.
They say he tends to have him off a leash, even during the school run, and allows the animal to walk behind while using the pavement "as a toilet."
The route lies between two schools, and one mum, who wished not to be named, told us "We've reported it to Kingston Council, but we kept being told to call 101 - it's been going on for a month now and it seems no one can do anything about it. We know who the person is. Dog mess is really bad for young children."
A Kingston Council spokesman told Jackie News if someone wants to report a case of dog fouling, they should register the complaint online.
By law, local authorities and town and parish councils can make a Dog Control Order to provide controls on the handling and behaviour of dogs on areas of land within their authority. There are five different types of dog control offences for which an order can be made. These include;
• Fouling of Land by Dogs Order – Offence of failing
to remove dog faeces;
• The Dog on Lead Order – Ensuring a dog is kept
on a lead;
• The Dog on Leads by Direction Order – Offence
of not putting a dog on a lead under direction of
an authorised officer;
• The Dogs Exclusion Order – Offence of permitting
a dog to enter land from which it is excluded;
• The Dogs (Specified Maximum) Order –
Offence of taking more than a specified number
of dogs onto land.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 am
Missing woman from Walton found
Police have thanked the public for their help in finding a woman reported missing from Walton.
49 year old Christine Durrant was found safe and well in Sussex yesterday evening. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 am
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Home Based Tattoo Business In Chertsey Shut Down
Two home-based tattoo practices operating illegally in Chertsey and New Haw have been shut down.
Magistrates granted council officers a warrant to enter the home in Chertsey after a 16 year old was tattooed there.
All equipment has now been destroyed.
Public Health England says unregistered tattooists may use non-sterile equipment increasing the risk of transmitting infections like Hepatitis B and C or HIV. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm
Dodgy Perfume For Sale In Croydon
A dodgy market trader has been caught selling a fake version of Channel Number 5 at the Surrey Market in Croydon.
The perfume boxes were actually branded ‘Chamele No 5’ but the price tag covered up the later part of the name.
The seller was caught flogging the bottles for £10 claiming they’d been discounted from 96.
Police were called when a customer discovered the scam. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:33 pm
Chelsea Chanters Come Forward
Seven people wanted for questioning about alleged racist chanting at London's St Pancras station have come forward.
Images were issued of the men - believed to be Chelsea fans - returning from a match in Paris a week ago.
There were similar scenes on the Paris Metro ahead of last Tuesday's game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 pm
Cheam resident wins award for road campaign
Loredana Beasant is the winner of the Safer Borough Award for her campaign to get a pelican crossing in Malden Road.
A number of accidents have happened at the so called "blackspot" over the last few years.
Volunteers surveyed the route for a day last June and handed their findings to Sutton Council's road traffic engineers.
Police are looking for seven men thought to be Chelsea fans
Police have released images of seven men they want to trace following alleged racist chanting at London St Pancras last Wednesday.
The group, believed to be Chelsea fans, were returning from seeing their team play Paris St Germain in France the day before.
A similar incident was reported on the Paris Metro shortly before the game.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm
Campaign launched to raise awareness of ovarian cancer
A campaign's been launched to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, after a poll found three-quarters of women don't know what to look out for.
‘Target Ovarian Cancer’ says lives are being put at risk because of widespread misunderstandings of the disease.
Every year in southwest London alone, 87 people die from the condition - as well as 132 new cases being diagnosed.
The symptoms to look out for include persistent bloating, difficulty eating and pelvic or abdominal pain as well as needing to urinate more frequently. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm
Upper Tooting Road named as an accident blackspot
A road in Tooting’s been listed in the ten worst blackspots for accidents involving cyclists in London.
Department for Transport figures show there have been 34 collisions affecting bikes in Upper Tooting Road in the years between 2009 and 2013.
Elephant and Castle roundabout is the number 1 danger zone with 80 accidents and Wandsworth Road in Clapham comes in at 7 with 31 incidents.
Already this year there have been four cyclist deaths in the capital all involving lorries, with the most recent being last week in Victoria.
Police have named a man found dead at a recycling plant in Brentford last week
47 year old Marek Cuprys, a Polish national, was discovered at the West London Waste Authority’s yard at about 12.40pm on Thursday.
A post mortem revealed he died from crush injuries – his death is still being treated as unexplained. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:27 am
Schools up and down the country are preparing to raise money for this year’s Red Nose day next month
Now, the writers of the last four Comic Relief schools' songs have announced this year’s new single.
Making Funny Faces has been written by Mark and Helen Johnson, who run Out of the Ark Music in Hampton.
They’ve also released a cd full of fundraising ideas, with the aim of getting more school children involved. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:02 am
A cup of tea is a great British tradition – and now you can drink as much as you like for charity
Friday March the 20th is Everything Stops for Tea Day.
It’s the first one ever being hosted for East Sheen based charity Missing People.
The idea, is to host a tea morning while donating to the charity. Henry Shelford is its development manager.
Lambeth Council announce cuts of 90 million over the next three years
Lambeth Council have announced cuts of 90 million pounds over the next three years.
Children’s centres, day centres and libraries are at risk.
At 6 o’clock this evening UNISON, Unite the Union and the National Union of Teachers will demonstrated outside Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton.
They will be protesting against Lambeth Council's proposed cuts to jobs and services. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 am
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Valentine's Attack in Chelsea
Detectives in Chelsea are appealing for witnesses after a 38 year old man was kicked and beaten in what officers say was a homophobic attack.
Three men tried stealing the victim’s phone and ring before pushing him to the ground for a beating.
It happened at 3:30am on Valentine’s day in St Charles Place.
The man’s face was injured in the attack.
The suspects are all described as black men in their 20s. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 pm
Wandsworth officers appeal for witnesses
Detectives have branded a knife-point robbery at a convenience shop in Balham as terrifying.
The 27-year-old victim was behind the counter when a man brandishing a 10 inch blade came in demanding money.
The suspect, who’s described as black man in his 20s, caught the victim’s hand on the knife before grabbing the till money and running off.
The incident happened on Balham High Road in the early hours last Wednesday.
Officers are asking for witnesses to come forward. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm
The Jackie 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 @ 6:06 pm
Man charged after Worcester Park death
A man's been charged following the death of a jogger in Worcester Park last year.
Louisa Gammie was hit by a Nissan Primastar van in Old Malden Lane on 8th November.
The 39-year-old was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting by air ambulance, but died in hospital the following day.
34-year-old Shanmugarasa Vinayagasivampillai, from Surbiton, has been charged with four offences including causing death by dangerous driving.
He's been bailed to appear in court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Insects might not be what spring to mind when you’re thinking about what to eat for dinner
But if you head to Surrey University in Guildford, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Rentokil has opened its Pestaurant for this week only, the University’s Go Green Week.
Those who fancy a nibble can try the likes of Mexican Spice Mealworms or chocolate covered bugs.
It’s all part of the team’s drive to create awareness of its green methods. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm
Young people from Croydon Community Football League are celebrating its second Birthday
They will mark the occasion with special mini tournaments at Selhurst Sports Arena today and again on Thursday.
The league brings young people from all over the borough to enjoy the beautiful game and benefit from a range of different services.
11-16 year olds will take part today from 5-8pm while 16-24 year olds will take part in Thursday from 9pm. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 pm
A Roehampton University student has won gold in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Individual Squash Championships
Squash star Yathred Adel swept to victory in the three day event held in Birmingham
The championship is a highlight of the universities squash calendar.
It also marked the first time ever that a Roehampton student has won the title in the University’s history. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm
London Fire Brigade has embarked on a drive to raise awareness about the dangers of unattended candles
There was an average of 29 candle related fires per month between November and January.
A rescue scenario was held on the 7th floor of Tolworth Tower on Saturday.
Artificial smoke was used to create the candle fire, with volunteers taking on the role of casualties.
Martin Freeman, station commander at Tooting, explains why the brigade is targeting candle use specifically.
SW London football preview
Brentford could move into the play-off places if they beat bottom-of-the-table Blackpool tonight.
The Bees are currently one point off sixth in the Championship table.
Meanwhile, Fulham could fall as low as 21st if they lose at Wolves.
And in League Two, AFC Wimbledon will finish the day in 10th if they get at least a point at Cambridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am
Investigations continue after Battersea flat fire
Investigations are continuing after a fire in a tower block in Battersea on Saturday morning.
A postwoman rescued a man from the burning flat on the 17th floor of the building on Parkham Street after hearing the fire alarm go off.
The man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:11 am
Kew Gardens announces its research strategy
Kew Gardens has announced its new science and research strategy.
Their vision is to document and understand global plant and fungal diversity and its uses for humanity.
There are also plans to digitise its plant and fungi collections and run a Masters degree in taxonomy - the science of describing and identifying organisms.
But, the botanical centre continues to face an annual deficit of £5 million and has lost just under a quarter of its core science jobs. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am
Monday, 23 February 2015
Architects Compete For Chance to Design New Thames Link
74 designs for a new bridge across the River Thames have been unveiled in Wandsworth today.
The £40m cycle and pedestrian bridge will link Nine Elms to Pimlico.
The winning design will be both a beautiful piece of architecture and a valuable new transport link says the council leader.
The publics' comments will be passed to competition's jury panel which will draw up the shortlist. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 pm
Priest Breaks down In Court
A Catholic priest broke down in tears today after admitting he couldn’t quit his habit for pornography at his sex abuse trial.
68 year old, Father Anthony McSweeney, denies molesting three teenage boys at Grafton Close children's home in Hounslow between 1979 and 1981.
But he admitted watching a child sex porn film with his close friend, the care home manager John Stingemore.
He also confessed to going to Amsterdam's notorious red light district with Mr Stingemore, where he bought gay porn.
The trial continues. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 pm
The Jackie 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 @ 7:35 pm
Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson is to stand trial in Scotland on perjury charges
The journalist was found guilty of conspiring to intercept the voicemails of murdered Walton schoolgirl Milly Dowler after her death in 2002.
He served 5 months of an 18 month jail term at an open prison in Suffolk last year.
The new trial is due to start on April the 21st.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm
The subject of abuse was put under the spotlight in Richmond last week
170 youngsters took part in the SafeFrom event at Kingston’s Rose Theatre.
The campaign is led by young people to raise awareness off abusive relationships amongst teenagers.
The youngsters were treated to films and short presentations to help get the message across.
16-19 year olds are the age group most likely to become involved in an abusive relationship.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm
Alonso crash due to heavy winds
McLaren say that Fernando Alonso is making a “solid recovery” in hospital after his crash in testing in Barcelona.
The Woking-based team has determined that strong winds were behind yesterday's accident.
Alonso will be kept in hospital for further observation, and to recover from being sedated after the crash.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm
Fire guts house in Twickenham
A dog has been killed and a house completely gutted in a fire in Twickenham.
It’s believed a glass jar full of loom bands refracted the sun's rays in Fielding Avenue. The family wasn’t home.
Meanwhile, a neighbour rescued two children from a window ledge on the first floor of a burning house in Ordnance Close in Feltham on Friday afternoon.
The children were lowered to safety before fire crews arrived and were unhurt.
The fire began on the ground floor, which was slightly damaged. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm
No action taken after challenge on Matic
The Football Association's confirmed it won't be taking any retrospective action against Ashley Barnes for his controversial tackle on Chelsea's Nemanja Matic.
The Premier League leaders' midfielder was red carded for his reaction to the incident with the Burnley player during their draw on Saturday.
The FA says the match officials saw Barnes collision with Matic, so therefore it won't be changing the referee's original decision.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm
New bridge designs unveiled by Wandsworth Council
The world's biggest names in architecture and engineering have been competing ideas for a new bridge linking Nine Elms to Pimlico.
Wandsworth Council has today unveiled the rival designs for the new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames.
Londoners will be able to have their say in the decision by sending in comments which will be taken in to consideration by the jury panel.
Councillor Ravi Govindia says the winning bridge must be a beautiful piece of architecture as well as a valuable new transport link.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm
Hazard leaves Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Thorgan Hazard has left the club permanently.
The brother of Blues star Eden is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.
He's signed a deal to keep him at the German side until 2020.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm
Family of famous Hampton resident hand in petition asking for government pardons
Alan Turing's family have handed in a petition for the government to pardon gay men, persecuted like he was, for their sexuality.
It comes just hours after the codebreaker's story won an Oscar with the film The Imitation Game.
The online document is calling for pardons for tens of thousands of men convicted under historic homophobic laws.
Turing - a resident of Hampton, whose work helped win the Second World War, received a government apology in 2009, and was pardoned in 2013. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm
Plane diverts to Heathrow after windscreen cracks
A transatlantic flight has had to declare an emergency and divert to Heathrow after the aircraft's windscreen cracked.
The American Airlines jet from Zurich to New York landed safely at around 11-30 this morning.
It's not yet known what caused the crack, but a common cause is bird strikes. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm
Images released after Epsom assault
Police have released images of three people they'd like to speak to after an assault in a 17-year-old boy in Epsom.
It happened in November last year in Roseberry Park, leaving the victim needing treatment for a fractured jaw.
No-one has been arrested in connection with the assault.
Officers believe they may be able to obtain further information by tracing the people in the images.
Anyone who can identify those in the images is urged to contact Surrey Police quoting reference 45140100755 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Missing man from Sutton is found
Police were appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of a 32-year-old man from Sutton.
Jamie Franklin has been found safe and well in east London. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am
Britannia rules the waves in LA
Birdman has scooped best film at the Oscars, with British star Eddie Redmayne winning best actor for The Theory Of Everything.
Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu also won best director for Birdman, which featured a career-resurrecting performance by Michael Keaton.
It also won for cinematography and original screenplay.
Julianne Moore took the best actress prize for Still Alice, where she plays a woman with Alzheimer's disease.
The Imitation Game, based on the life of Hampton resident Alan Turing, won Best Adapted Screenplay.
Our girl in Hollywood Caroline Feraday was on the red carpet at last night's awards.
And the hills were alive with the sound of Lady Gaga.
The performance was in tribute to this year's 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, the most popular movie musical of all time.
Former Wimbledon resident Julie Andrews congratulated Ms Gaga on her performance on stage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 am
Chelsea to appeal Matic red card
Chelsea will appeal against the red card shown to Nemanja Matic during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Burnley.
The midfielder was sent off after reacting angrily to a tackle from Ashley Barnes, pushing the Burnley player to the ground.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has since described Barnes' challenge as 'criminal'.
The Blues have until 1pm tomorrow to submit their evidence to the Football Association.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 am
Man fights for compensation after murder conviction quashed
The man wrongfully convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, has told the BBC a decision not to award him compensation is "a mockery of justice".
Barry George is among four men protesting in London today against a tightening of criteria for recompense in so-called "miscarriage of justice" cases.
The TV presenter was shot dead on her doorstep in Fulham in April 1999 - and Mr George was acquitted of her murder at a retrial in 2008 after 8 years in prison.
New legislation means compensation’s only paid when its proved beyond reasonable doubt the applicant did not commit the offence. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am
Ex-policeman apologises after Chelsea fans' racist chants
An ex-policeman and Chelsea fan has apologised for his part in an alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro - but has denied he is a racist.
50 year old Richard Barklie, an ex-Royal Constabulary Officer from Northern Ireland was identified as one of the people sought by the Met Police.
In a statement, he denied racist chanting and said he wanted to explain the context of the incident to police.
Chelsea Football Club has barred five fans after a video showed a black man being prevented from boarding a train. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 am
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Richmond and Kingston councils recognised for fight against fraud
Richmond and Kingston councils have won a national award for their combined effort in tackling housing fraud.
Organised by the Government’s Fighting Fraud Locally Board, the team came first in the Collaboration Award category.
From April 2014 to now, 25 social housing properties were recovered in Richmond and 17 in Kingston.
In addition, five potentially false ‘Right to Buy’ applications were identified in Richmond and seven in Kingston.
The joint effort prevented approximately £2million of fraudulent ‘housing’ applications. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 pm
Epsom actress hospitalised with 'broken heart syndrome'
An actress from Epsom has spent five days in hospital with ‘broken heart syndrome’.
That’s after Elaine Rhoades spent the day repeatedly filming a goodbye scene with her son on her character’s deathbed.
The 53-year-old was in intensive care at St George’s in Tooting and had to have blood thinning treatment before she was well enough to leave.
Doctors told her she could have died from the condition, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which temporarily affects people who’ve suffered intense grief or emotional stress.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:22 pm
Harlequins defeated by Exeter Chiefs
A chilly afternoon at the Twickenham Stoop. Cloudy with a hint of blue sky. The atmosphere was an interesting one with the need for Quins fans to see their team perform but an uncertainty as to whether that would happen against Exeter.
The stadium went wild as Harlequins Captain Nick Easter lead his team on to the field, fresh from his try for England in the 6 Nations last week.
The Chiefs kicked off proceedings and Quins sent the ball into touch just over the half way line.
Exeter's no.15 Dollman took a high ball well and ran at the defence. The ball found touch. Quins won their line-out and passed wide to Charlie Walker who made a good run along the touch line. The ball headed back to the opposite touch line but was knocked-on for an Exeter scrum, still inside their own half. The Quins scrum was strong but it was Exeter who were awarded the penalty. They found touch just inside their own half and secured line-out ball.
They opted to kick a high ball which Quins collected and sent back. A game of football ensued until Evans sent the ball high again forcing Exeter to knock-on in their attempt to gather.
Scrum to Harlequins deep in the visitor's half.
Quins recycled the ball quickly and teased the try-line. A yellow card was issued to Exeter's no. 14 Ian Whitten with 8 minutes gone. Evans opted for the posts and, with their help, the ball bounced through for an early 3 point lead.
The re-start ball was taken well by Monye and Exeter had a line-out in their own half. Clifford stole the ball in the breakdown and Quins pushed their way into the opposition 22. They came close to the line but an attempted offload was intercepted by Exeter who kicked to safely.
The Chiefs secured a line-out and attempted to kick. It was charged down and Evans kicked through. It was a race to the try-line. Evans landed on the ball but the decision was sent upstairs to the TMO (Television Match Official). The decision went against Quins.
A scum formed in the Chief's 22. Care retrieved the ball quickly. He sent it wide to Yarde who was taken into touch. The clock was stopped as the tackle on Yarde was questioned. He was barged into touch as opposed to tackled. Exeter Chiefs no. 15 Phil Dollman was sent to the sin-bin after 15 minutes but no penalty try was given.
Within one minute of the restart Evans crossed for a try with Walker on hand on the wing if another body was required, making use of the two-man advantage over Exeter. Evans was unable to convert his own try, sending the ball across the face of the posts. The home side were, however, 8-0 up after 18 minutes.
On the re-start Quins were penalised and Exeter started off their points tally with an easy penalty: 8-3.
Chiefs felt the need to kick away possession, seemingly unable to break the Quins defence. However the home side were forced to defend a line-out in their own 22. Robson secured the ball and an attempted box-kick by Care was charged down by Ben White. He gathered the ball and scored a try.
After 23 minutes Exeter Chiefs found themselves 8-10 in the lead against the run of play and still a man down.
Another game of football ensued until the Chiefs kicked it into touch on the full.
Quins secured line-out ball but a penalty was awarded to Exeter after Yarde was deemed to have held onto the ball.
Miscommunication by Quins saw two players jump for the same ball and foul. Luckily for the home fans the penalty was missed.
Quins found themselves under pressure again – a line-out gathered by the visitors and another opportunity for points between the posts after the home side failed to release a tackled player.
Exeter extended their lead 8-13 after 31 minutes.
Scrum to Quins following the restart after the Chiefs knocked-on. The home fans tried to raise their voices in support of their team but the atmosphere was one of shock. After such a strong commanding start there was disbelief as to how Quins found themselves behind.
Evans earned a kick between the posts and with 7 minutes left of the first half Quins had clawed themselves back to a 2 point deficit: 11-13.
Following the restart Quins formed a powerful maul, making strides up the field. It was then sent wide to Walker and back in again to Monye who was penalised for holding on.
With 5 minutes left of the first half Ewers was replaced by Johnson in a Blood Substitution for Exeter Chiefs.
The clock resumed and the Chiefs secured their line-out on Quins' 22. They sent it to the far wing and although they crossed the line a scrum was awarded to the home side for a forward pass.
Following a fumble by Yarde, however, the Chiefs got the put-in just 5 metres from the try-line.
The Harlequins fans raised their voices but were silenced after a collapsed scrum again went the way of the visitors. This time it was upgraded to a penalty and the war chants of the visitors resounded around the stadium.
Slade added the three points to the scoreboard for Exeter, ending the first half.
Half Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 11 – 16 Exeter Chiefs
The fans once again raised their voices at the start of the second half, attempting to spur on their respective teams for the second half.
Evans kicks off and sent it long. Chiefs returned the ball and the pattern continued as the sides attempted to get back into the game. Play was halted within the opening minute for treatment to Chiefs' Ben Moon, replaced by Carl Rimmer with a touching apology from Monye as he walked off the field.
Play resumed with a scrum to Chiefs inside their own half. They box-kicked out; Evans sent it back. They came again but Quins stole turnover ball. Evans broke, chipped through, collected but was brought down before the line.
The ball was sent back to Monye who fumbled but knocked it backwards keeping possession for the home side. It was not long before Chiefs stole the ball and broke along the wing. Waldrom crossed for a try which was awarded by the referee however the touch judge spotted a forward pass and the referee reviewed it with the TMO. No try.
Casson went off for a head injury check and Botica came on as his temporary replacement for Harlequins with 36 minutes left on the clock.
There was another momentary pause in play as the referee needed his radio adjusting, and a tucking in from Dave Ward which brought some light relief to an uneasy supporter base.
Play resumed with a scrum to Quins who retrieved quickly. They made strides down the right wing then sent it to the left. Evans attempted a kick and found space. The Chiefs fumbled on the line but the ball went backwards and they were able to box-kick out. They only reached as far as Evans and Quins came again.
A penalty was awarded against Lambert for not releasing, allowing the visitors to clear and Exeter replaced Dollman for McGuigan with 32 minutes left.
Harlequins won their line-out ball just inside the Chiefs' half, they lost possession but it was not long before Exeter sent it back. Yarde fumbled on another attack allowing Exeter to clear their lines. Quins attacked again but to no avail. Exeter decided to keep ball in hand and their no. 10 Slade crossed for a try and converted it: 11-23 with 30 minutes left.
Evans got play underway again and Exeter gathered. They chipped over and then knocked-on handing a scrum to Quins: Talei came on for Matthews and Casson stayed off with Botica remaining on: 28 minutes left.
Botica crossed the game line. The ball was passed out to the wing. Good work between Monye and Yarde but a knock-on handed a scrum to the Chiefs deep within their own half. Quins overpowered them but Clifford was penalised.
Another scrum was then awarded to Chiefs and another round of replacements for Harlequins (Monye off/Lindsay-Hague with 25 minutes left).
Quins regained possession and with advantage being played they started to make their way up the field. No real territory was gained and so play was brought back for a shot at the posts. Evans was successful: 14-23 with 22 minutes left.
The restart ball was collected well by Botica but a penalty is awarded to the Chiefs right in front of the posts for obstruction by Ward.
Within less than a minute Exeter had cancelled out the Quins' penalty.
The Harlequins fans started cheering 'we want Barnes' – referring to the fourth match official Wayne Barnes, who is usually the target of negative chanting by the home fans. This in itself highlighted the emotions being felt by the home supporters in The Stoop.
Another penalty to Chiefs and another 3 points to their scoreboard: 14-29.
The restart was taken well by the Chiefs and after a brief football exchange between the two sides Exeter kicked into touch. It was taken quickly but wasted as again possession was kicked back to the visitors.
The Chiefs themselves soon handed possession back and Lindsay-Hague with Walker decided to keep ball in hand and run with it making substantial ground.
Advantage was being played and a penalty given. Scrum to Quins and Lees replaced Welch for the visitors.
Fans tried to raise their voices but it was laboured. Good fast hands by Quins saw the ball passed quickly to the wing, then brought back inside. Walker ran at speed into the defence but could not break through. Advantage was given to the Chiefs who kicked away possession allowing Quins to come again.
Play had become laboured. The ball was being passed but at a slow pace, not challenging the defence. Penalty to Quins after Chiefs failed to release a tackled player and they took it quickly. Advantage was being played but it was not necessary: Matt Hopper dived for the line and even though the tackled player ended up in touch Hopper was aware enough to keep his legs in the air as he placed the ball over the try line. Converted: 21-29.
Care was replaced by Dickson; Wallace went off for Trayfoot with 10 minutes left.
No sooner had play resumed than Exeter had another penalty and another 3 points. 21-32.
The restart was taken quickly and the Chiefs returned the ball. Quins were now keeping ball in hand earning a scrum. Lambert flicked it back to Dickson who struggled to take it cleanly. It was then kicked too long, running behind the try-line for 22 drop-out.
Play was now agonising for the Quins fans but their team secured line-out ball back in the Chiefs 22. Yarde was taken into touch but the referee was playing advantage. He brought play back to the original penalty but with just 4 minutes left they opted for a line-out. It was gathered and a rolling maul powered over the line. The referee blew for a scrum to Quins believing the ball was held up.
They came again. Advantage to Quins which was then changed to a penalty just as Yarde received the ball and headed for the line.
Dickson took the penalty quickly and another foul is made by the visitors. A yellow card was issued to Waldrom but no penalty try. Quins opted for a line-out with less than two minutes left. Scrum to Quins 5 metres out. It was then reset as the clock continued to count down.
They get the ball out and worked as a team however the Chiefs stole possession and kicked into touch to end the game.
Full Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter Chiefs
Not even a losing bonus point for the hosts who find themselves slipping to 9th in the Premiership table.
Next week Harlequins travel to league leaders Northampton Saints.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm
Man hospitalised after Carshalton stabbing
A man has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in Carshalton.
Police were called to Robertsbridge Road just after 2.30 this afternoon by the London Ambulance after reports of a man suffering stab wounds.
The man, in his early 20s, has been taken to a South London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
His injuries aren’t thought to be life-threatening and no-one has been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm
Fernando Alonso update
McLaren say their driver Fernando Alonso is well but will stay in hospital for 24 hours following a crash during Formula One testing in Barcelona.
The driver for the Woking-based team was airlifted from the circuit after his car hit a wall at around 150 miles-an-hour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm
Surrey County Council's Chief Executive defends salary
Surrey County Council’s chief executive has defended his £215,000-a-year salary because of his job’s tough ‘responsibilities’.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, which claims to have seen an internal document.
The size of David McNulty’s taxpayer-funded salary was called into question by one of his own worked during an ‘ask me anything’ session.
He replied that the council uses external advice to set the salary, and it’s at that level because of the responsibilities involved.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm
Police say they've identified 3 Chelsea supporters after Paris Metro alleged racism
Police say they've identified 3 Chelsea supporters wanted in connection with alleged racism on the Paris Metro.
They're accused of being among a number of fans caught on camera shouting racist chants ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Paris St Germain.
Video footage shows a group preventing a black man from getting on the train.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm
Man in serious condition after Kingston stabbing
Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Kingston.
Officers were called to a South West London hospital just after midnight, to reports of a man who’d presented himself with stab wounds.
The 25-year-old is currently in a serious but stable condition.
As part of the investigation, a cordon has been put in place around Canbury Park Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 pm
Mourinho criticises refereeing standards and media coverage
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has launched an attack on refereeing standards and media coverage.
Appearing on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday this morning, he said Ashley Barnes’ tackle on Nemanja Matic yesterday could have been career-ending.
Matic was sent off for his reaction to the challenge, while the Burnley player wasn’t punished by referee Martin Atkinson.
Mourinho went on to reinforce his view that more refereeing decisions go against Chelsea than for them and he also hit out at Sky for describing Diego Costa’s stamp on Emre Can as a crime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm
Alonso airlifted to hospital
Fernando Alonso has been airlifted to a medical centre after a crash during Formula One testing in Barcelona.
His McLaren team insist the move is precautionary and he was conscious as he left the circuit.
His car hit a wall at around 150 miles an hour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm
Teddington's Mo Farah wins first world record
Teddington's Olympic runner Mo Farah has spoken after winning his first world record.
The athlete broke the two-mile indoor world record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.
31 year old Farah’s time was 8:03.40. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am
QPR captain sorry for red card
The captain of QPR Joey Barton has apologised to supporters for his reaction to his red card.
Barton was shown a first-half red card in the defeat against Hull.
The South West London side lost two-one in the away match.
The defeat leaves QPR above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Woking's Jensen Button in the front seat for F1 warm-ups in Barcelona
In the tests for Formula One, Woking’s Jenson Button will be in the front seat today with Fernando Alonso.
It’s day 4 of the practice laps in Barcelona and the drivers will be hoping yesterday’s damp weather and punctured tyre are not repeated. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am
Sports hub proposals to go on display
Elmbridge Council’s plans for a new sports hub will be on display in the borough in the coming weeks.
The Waterside Drive Sports Hub would be next to the Xcel Leisure Complex in Walton.
Proposals include a new football stadium which would meet all modern requirements and governing body standards.
Concept plans for the project will be on display at Walton Library from Monday, 23 February through to Friday, 20 March. There will also be displays at the Elmbridge Borough Council Civic Centre in Esher, and Xcel Leisure Complex in Walton-on-Thames. The Walton Library display on Monday, 23 February will open at 1pm and will be manned by Council staff until 3pm to assist with enquiries relating to the project. The Xcel Leisure Complex display will be manned on Friday, 27 February from 2pm until 4pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 am
Former Doorman from Stains helping in the fight against IS
A Former doorman at Cheekies nightclub in Staines has moved to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State.
The 38-year-old has sold his home and joined a Christian militia whose name means 'the self-sacrifices'.
According to Tim Locks 'Any society which cuts people's heads off must be challenged'.
In February Mr Locks and his recent friend - he met online flew from Heathrow airport to join the fighting for a group with strong Christian values.
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