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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Tolworth Tower takes part in its first Earth Hour



Earth Hour is a global annual event where millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the planet.

Landmarks including Buckingham Palace and The Gherkin also took part.

Worldwide, The Acropolis, Brandenburg Gate and the Hong Kong skyline went dark, as the hour swept across 24 time zones and six continents.

Twitpic: @shyman33
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 pm  

Major improvement works to take place in Croydon
Major improvement works are set to take place across Croydon in the coming weeks.

It’s part of the Connected Croydon programme, a £50 million project aiming to transform the town centre.

The works include increasing the West Croydon tram stop in width to provide more space with new planting and seating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

SW London sport roundup
Harlequins have lost in front of a world record crowd for a club game.

They lost 42-14 to Saracens at Wembley in the Premiership.

In the Championship London Scottish went down 56-15 at Worcester Warriors.

And in football, AFC Wimbledon drew 1-1 at Tranmere, without manager Neal Ardley who’s recovering from a hip operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:29 pm  

Epsom Hospital to keep A&E and maternity services
It’s been announced Epsom Hospital will retain its A&E and maternity services for the least the next five years.

The hospital also says it’ll be applying to become a Foundation Trust.

It’s hoped that will give it more control over its own services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

Hammersmith Restaurant Hit By Developer

A construction site in Hammersmith is making people’s lives misery according to residents.

Jackie’s Jodie Rowan has the details:




Chief Executive Michael Paul Sheffield wouldn’t talk to us but his staff sent us a statement

“We are keen to minimise disruption… Following further discussion with the restaurant owner we have also reduced our activity on site during busy trading times to allow them to operate as normal.”

But Makiko says she still can’t run her restaurant properly and is now talking to solicitors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Kingston’s Council leader is expected to be grilled on flytipping when he meets residents in Tolworth this morning.
Kevin Davis will be at the Sunray Community centre between 10 and 11.30.

Residents there, and those living on Tolworth Broadway, have recently held mass clean ups.

However, they say the council has to clamp down on fly tippers in order for the areas to stay clean.

A freedom of information request recently revealed the council has not prosecuted anyone for flytipping in those two areas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

Robson to make landmark Quins apperance
George Robson is set to make his 200th appearance for Harlequins today.

He'll start in the second row as Quins play Saracens in the Premiership at Wembley at 3.15.

Chris Robshaw, Nick Easter and captain Joe Marler all start after returning from international duty during the Six Nations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Earth Hour 2015 - don't forget to switch off


Landmarks including Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall will descend into darkness for an hour tonight.

It’s to mark Earth Hour, where all electricity is turned off between 8.30 and 9.30 to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

Richmond Theatre is one of the landmarks in SW London which goes dark every year.

Christiaan de Villiers is the theatre's General Manager.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 am  

Kingston residents excluded from parking scheme
Residents of 55 flats in North Kingston say a new residents’ parking scheme will put their livelihoods and welfare at risk.

That’s because Montague Place will be excluded from the scheme which provides permits for parking on the street.

Residents say they are being treated as second class citizens next to their neighbours who will be able to park on the road even though they already have off street parking available.

The problem comes from the agreement signed by the developers of the block of flats which excludes occupants from any parking arrangements with the Council.

The block has a limited amount of parking and the restrictions will mean carers, home helps, families with small children or second vehicles may not have anywhere to park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:58 am  

Sutton's incentive to exercise
Sutton residents are offered a unique incentive to exercise.

The Council wants to encourage people to be more active. They’re offering the chance to win a pair of tickets for a football match at Crystal Palace on the 6th April.

To win, you have to be a resident of the borough and send in a selfie on Twitter showing yourself exercising to @SuttonCouncil.

The deadline for entry is noon on April 1st.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 am  

Missing woman in New Malden
There’s concern for an elderly woman suffering from dementia who’s gone missing in New Malden.

Carmen Leis, who’s in her 80s, is from Spain and came to visit family in Beverley Way.

She was last seen between 3 and 4 Friday afternoon.

She’s short, about 5 foot, frail and walks slowly. She was last seen wearing a long black jacket and possibly a pink jumper.

Anyone who has information about her whereabouts should contact police on 101 immediately.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 am  

Friday, 27 March 2015

UPDATE: Bus crash Staines
11 schoolchildren have been taken to hospital after the top deck of their bus was ripped off when it hit a railway bridge in Staines.

The double-decker had been carrying over 60 pupils from Epping St John’s School in Essex on an end-of-term trip to Thorpe Park.

None of the children on board the bus were seriously injured following the accident in Chertsey Lane just after 10 o’clock.

The bus company says one child suffered neck injuries and ten others were being treated for shock and cuts and bruises.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm  

Burglar who locked elderly man in basement jailed
A burglar who locked a 90-year-old man in his own basement in Fulham has been jailed.

45 year old Thomas McDonagh was sentenced to four years in prison.

He called pretending there was a problem with the water supply and carried out the raid last December.

McDonagh was caught in Hayes after forensics identified him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

UPDATE: Bus crash Staines


A tourist bus carrying a group of school children on an end of term day trip has hit a railway bridge in Staines.

The vehicle crashed in Chertsey Lane.

The coach was taking pupils from Epping on a school trip to Thorpe Park.

A spokesman from the Confederation of Passenger Transport, of which Essex's Galleon Travel is a member, says the double-decker bus was carrying 76 children.

The accident happened just after 10am.

The emergency services have declared a "major incident." However, the head teacher of the school says no students have been seriously hurt.

SECAmb silver officer Justin Wand said: “We have robust plans in place for managing incidents of this nature and will be working with our emergency service partners to ensure that we assess and treat anyone who may be injured as swiftly as possible.”

Some routes to Thorpe Park are blocked - stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel.

James Baker is from Surrey Police:



Photos: @RajinderJandu

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

Priest jailed for indecently assaulting a boy in Hounslow


A Catholic priest has been jailed for 3 years for indecently assaulting a boy in Hounslow.

68 year old Father Anthony McSweeney from Pease Pottage was found guilty of the offences at Grafton children’s home.

He was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

A sexual harm prevention order was also made against him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

Police investigating Sutton attempted robbery
Police are investigating an attempted robbery on the driver of a car in Sutton.

It happened in Lower Road last night when a suspect, who had a distinctive scar on his face, approached a female driver and her daughter.

He reached through the driver's window and tried to grab the keys from the ignition.

After a struggle the suspect left and was seen to walk into the Lord Nelson pub opposite.

He’s white, aged 28-32, about 5ft 7 and of medium build.

He was wearing a blue or green hooded top and jeans of bleached appearance. He had a half moon scar from his lip to his cheek.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

Police may be sent to St Lucia to investigate death of hotel owner from Esher
British police may be sent to St Lucia to investigate the death of a luxury hotel owner after an inquest found he was unlawfully killed.

The body of 38 year old Oliver Gobat from Esher was found in a burnt-out car on the Caribbean island in April last year.

After the inquest in Woking delivered its verdict, The Foreign Office says it’s been agreed in principle UK police could assist investigators in St Lucia.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Three escape Barnes house fire
Two women and a man have escaped from a house fire on Castelnau in Barnes last night.

All three were suffering from smoke inhalation.

One woman and man were treated at the scene by Ambulance crews and the second woman was taken to hospital.

Part of the property’s basement was damaged in the blaze.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

New community bus launched in Cobham today


A new community bus has officially been launched today.

The Chatterbus will serve Cobham, Oxshott, Downside, Weybridge, Fetcham and Leatherhead.

It's hoped it will ease public transport problems in the Elmbridge area, which has been officially designated as 'transport poor'.

Surrey County and Elmbridge Councils, Chelsea Football Club Foundation, Anchor and Cargill have all supported the scheme financially.

It will start running on 7th April.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Tributes paid to man from Croydon who died in India
A man from Croydon who died in India after scattering his mother's ashes has been described as 'very, very special' by friends.

34-year-old James Durkin flew to India after Christmas accompanied by his best friend and housemate.

After scattering the ashes, the three friends became separated in February, with his family losing contact with him a few days later.

An online campaign was launched to track him down, but he was found dead in the sea earlier this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

CCTV captures Tooting burglary
Wandsworth Detectives have released a photo of a person they want to speak to in connection with a phone shop burglary.

The suspect caught on CCTV forced open the front shutters of the shop on Tooting High street early on Monday morning.

Phones with an estimated value of £6000 were stolen.

Detective are appealing for help in identifying the person.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

£1.1M to keep vulnerable families together in Richmond and Kingston
Hundreds of vulnerable families across Richmond and Kingston are set to benefit from a million pound project which will keep troubled teenagers out of care and families together.

The new scheme, is thanks to a £1.1m grant from the Government received by Achieving for Children (AfC), which provides Children’s Services for both Richmond and Kingston Councils.

AfC will use the funding to create teams of highly-skilled staff who will work closely with young people and their families at crisis point.

It will also strengthen the existing support that is given to those who are put into care.

The money will also be used to train specialist foster carers with the skills to support children and young people with the most severe emotional or behavioural problems.

Troubled teens placed in care outside their hometown will also benefit from a new residential home within the borough, enabling them to move back home to be close to friends and family while continuing to receive the specialist help they need.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 am  

Long serving Wimbledon milkman retiring


One of the longest serving milkmen around is set to deliver his last pint tomorrow.

Gerry Harding, from Dairy Crest Milk & More in Wimbledon, is retiring after 39 years.

He tells us about what he most enjoyed in that time.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Missing Cobham Girl returns
A teenage girl who went missing from Cobham has returned home.

15 year old Caleigh Mitchell was last seen at her home address on Monday but returned home last night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

UK tennis gets underway in Miami
Former Wimbledon Champ Andy Murray starts his Miami Masters tennis tournament this afternoon.

He faces American Donald Young.

The pair recently met in Great Britain's Davis Cup victory over the USA, where Murray won three sets to one.

Meanwhile, British number one female player Heather Watson faces world number 15 Angelique Kerber.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Amanda Knox ruling due following postponement
A ruling on whether Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito should have their convictions upheld for the murder of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher will be made today.

It was due to be made on Wednesday – but postponed.

Meredith, who was 21, was stabbed to death in 2007 while studying in Perugia in Italy.

Knox and Sollecito were both jailed, then acquitted, before an appeals court reinstated the original guilty verdicts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 am  

Workers get a better deal in new Bill
A new bill aiming to make the UK the best place in the world to start a business could help boost the economy say Vince Cable MP for Twickenham.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act has become law following Royal Assent yesterday.

The Act gives businesses better access to finance and cuts red tape on exporting British goods and services.

Workers conditions are addressed in the legislation – with clauses to protect against abuse of zero hours contracts and pay below minimum wage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 am  

Kew supports proposed Garden Bridge
Representatives from Kew Gardens and Courtauld Institute have given their backing to London’s proposed Garden Bridge.

Tender for the procurement, planting and maintenance of the 6-thousand square metre footbridge has now started.

The structure will link Temple and South Bank.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 am  

80 million pound boost for greener transport
Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced 80-million pounds in new investment for four new green energy projects.

The joint investment through the Advanced Propulsion Centre includes the development of a new generation of electric and hybrid busses by Wrightbus.

Mr Cable, who’s also MP for Twickenham, said “Green technology is needed to drive the cars of the future, and British designers and manufacturers must continue to lead innovators in this field.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 am  

Thursday, 26 March 2015

UPDATE: Missing girl found
Surrey Police was appealing for help in tracing a 15-year-old girl who was missing from Cobham.

Caileigh Mitchell has since been located.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

Terry's future revealed
Chelsea have ended any speculation about the future of John Terry by agreeing a new contract with their captain.

The ex-England skipper has signed a 12-month extension which will see him through to the summer of 2016.

Terry's racked up 661 appearances for Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles and five FA Cup winners medals among other major honours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

Man arrested following "suspicious incident" in Staines
A 19 year old man has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of indecent exposure in Staines.

Police are investigating an incident in an alleyway which connects Langley Road and Burges Way on Wednesday afternoon.

A 19-year-old man has been released on conditional police bail until next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

Iconic poster to go on display
The white dress worn in the iconic 1970s Athena Tennis Girl poster is to go on display at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

It’s just emerged that the All England Club bought the dress at auction last July for £15,000.

Fiona Butler, who was 18 at the time, appeared on the poster, which has now sold more than two million copies.

She was wearing a friend's homemade dress and didn’t receive a penny to model it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

An official report has revealed how a woman was able to fall under a tube at Clapham South station
Lucy Mayer reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Kempton Park Racecourse has today confirmed it has refused a booking for a controversial reptile market planned for August
The 'Kempton Park Reptile Expo', had become an annual affair and features over 130 stalls selling reptiles and amphibians as pets.

That’s despite it being illegal to trade pet animals from market stalls.

The Animal Protection Agency has been leading the campaign to halt the exhibition – Elaine Toland is its director.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Witnesses wanted after armed man was seen in Brooklands
Police are appealing for further witnesses after a man with a firearm was seen in woodland in Brooklands.

Officers received calls from members of the public between 4 and 5pm on Tuesday, reporting the man walking in the industrial park off Sopwith Drive.

A Police helicopter and Armed Response Vehicles were deployed and a man was arrested at the scene - an air rifle was also found.

Detectives have reassured the community there is no risk but they want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time but hasn’t yet come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

New Addington has one of the unhealthiest high streets in London - second only to Whitechapel
This means they have the highest concentration of shops like fast food outlets, payday lenders, book makers and tanning salons.

The findings have been released as part of the Royal Society’s Health on the High Street Campaign.

It’s calling for councils to have a greater say on who is able to open up a shop in the high street.

Nationally, Preston came out as having the unhealthiest high street.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm  

Healthcare workers in Kingston are hoping a new pilot scheme will be rolled out permanently
Under the initiative, paramedics in rapid response cars no longer travel alone – they take a nurse practitioner with them.

Variations of the Rapid Response project are already available in other boroughs.

Sue McDonagh, who is part of Kingston’s Rapid Response Team, explains why the pilot is a better way of dealing with emergencies.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 am  

Quins sign former Wales prop
Harlequins have signed former Wales rugby union prop Adam Jones from Cardiff Blues.

The British and Irish Lion will join in time for next season.

Jones, who's still just 34, retired from international rugby earlier this year having won a century of Test caps - 95 for Wales and five for the Lions.

Quins haven't announced the length of the deal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 am  

Crystal Palace Skipper played well against Germany
Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak was on target in last night’s international friendly between Australia and Germany.

Jedinak who also captains the Australian national side, put the Socceroos in front, to lead 2-1 after half time.

That was before Lukas Podolski brought the World Champions back on level terms – and the match ended on a 2 all draw.

Jedinak says despite the stature of their opponents, his team should have won and ought to be upset with a tie.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:53 am  

Alonso cleared to race this weekend
Fernando Alonso has been cleared to race in this weekend's F1 Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Woking team driver will be back in his McLaren after recovering from concussion - which was a result of a pre-season crash in Barcelona.

Alonso, who missed the season-opening race in Australia, tweeted his thanks to his team and the sport’s governing body, with the hash-tag "ready".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:44 am  

AFC Wimbledon boss likely to miss weekend game
AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley is likely to miss his side's trip to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday due to hip surgery.

He will go under the knife on Thursday.

Despite there being a chance of him making the game at Prenton Park, Ardley admits that he will probably be forced to rest up.

AFC Wimbledon are 12th place in the League Two table.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 am  

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Chelsea supporters fight banning orders
A court's heard five Chelsea supporters will fight applications to impose football banning orders after an incident in Paris.

The Metropolitan Police believe they were involved in preventing a black man from boarding a Metro train ahead of a match in the French capital last month.

The hearing at Waltham Forest Magistrates' Court in London has been adjourned until July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 pm  

Watson starts strongly in Miami
Roehampton tennis player, Heather Watson has won in the first round of the Miami Open.

She's beaten Evgeniya Rodina of Russia 3-6 6-1 7-5.

It sets up a clash with 13th seed Angelique Kerber.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

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posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:44 pm  

London may have been named the "grumpiest place" in Britain - but how did your borough fare?


An online survey from the University of Cambridge has revealed that us Londoners scored lower on the 'agreeableness scale'

This means we can come over irritable, un-co-operative and quarrelsome.

But it's not all bad news; Londoners also scored highly for the 'openness scale' meaning they are creative and intelligent.

In Croydon, residents scored 41.2 out of 100 for friendliness. In Hammersmith, residents scored 80.2 for intelligence.

The score was 50.2 for friendliness in Hounslow, and 39.7 out of 100, also for friendliness, in Kingston.

Photo: Bangwallop

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm  

Man in court on sex offence charges
A 50 year old man has appeared in court charged with multiple non recent sexual offences against two boys in the 90s.

Antony Jones from Swindon is charged with 17 offences – including indecent assaults on a child under the age of 14.

The alleged offences took place across Staines, Egham, Chertsey, Hanworth and Feltham between 1994 and 2001.

He’s next due in court on April the 10th
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Amanda Knox ruling postponed
A ruling on whether Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito should have their convictions upheld for the murder of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher has been postponed.

It'll now be made in Rome on Friday.

Meredith, who was 21, was stabbed to death in 2007 while studying in Perugia in Italy.

Knox and Sollecito were both jailed, then acquitted - before an appeals court reinstated the original guilty verdicts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Investigations are continuing after an attempted robbery at HSBC in Tolworth this morning
Police were called to the bank, in Ewell Road, at 9.30.

No weapons were used and no arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

The employment rate may have hit an all - time high, but some youngsters say they are still struggling to find work


The rate rose to 73% in the three months to January for 16 to 64 year olds. That’s the highest since records began in 1971.

Joanna Wood is Head of Engineering at BAE Systems for the teams across New Malden and Frimley.

She says the scramble for jobs means that youngsters should seriously look at an apprenticeship as a way in to a company like BAE.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Doctor from Richmond crowned Den winner
A doctor from Richmond who aims to provide an affordable alternative to preparatory courses for applications to UK medical schools has been crowned the winner of this year’s Richmond’s Den Enterprise Programme.

Leo Chan won the £10k cash prize and free business support provided by Richmond Council and event sponsors to help launch his company ‘EquallyPossible’.

The judging panel described the potential impact Leo’s business will have as going ‘beyond medical training and beyond Richmond’.

The winning entrepreneur came up with the idea to create a medical course that includes 300 how-to videos, each with insight about how to impress universities and is priced to beat the market.

Leo’s vision is to extend the model into Law and Accounting and to make it easier for people from all backgrounds to apply to Oxford or Cambridge.

He was crowned winner from more than 230 entries – all of which can now access business and professional support.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Surrey sign Kevin Pietersen
Surrey have announced they've signed Kevin Pietersen on a contract that will make him available for the County Championship cricket season.

Pietersen cancelled his deal with Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad in order to press his claims for a re-call to the England team this summer.

The batsman, who is available to play in Surrey's opening game against Glamorgan next month, hasn't played for the national side since last year's Ashes defeat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:46 am  

A pub in Hounslow is on fire


The London fire brigade was called to the scene in Lampton Road just before 11 o’clock.

Part of the basement is alight. There are no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am  

Knox And Sollecito To Learn Kercher Murder Fate

Amanda Knox will not be at Italy's Supreme Court as it rules on her conviction - eight years after the Coulsdon student was killed.

21 year old Ms Kercher was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in Perugia in 2007.

Her flatmate Knox, a student from Seattle in the US, and Knox's then-boyfriend Sollecito spent four years in jail for the murder but were acquitted on appeal in 2011.

Knox returned to the US before an appeal court threw out the acquittal and reinstated her and Sollecito's guilty verdicts last year.

Italy's Supreme Court is due to decide today if it finally upholds those convictions, which would put an end to eight years of courtroom twists and turns, or orders another appeal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

Bees get trackers in Kew Gardens experiment
A minute tracker aimed at monitoring bee behaviour is being tested by ecologists at Kew Gardens.

Made from off-the-shelf technology, it is based on equipment used to track pallets in warehouses,created by Dr Mark O'Neill.
Readers, used to pick up a signal from the kit, are connected to computers, which then log the readings.

The device has a reach of up to 2.5m (8.2ft). Previously used models were restricted to 1cm (0.4in).

The tracker consists of a standard radio frequency identification chip and a specially designed aerial, which is thinner and lighter than other models used to track similarly small insects. That allows him to boost the range.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:03 am  

Appeal on 40-year anniversary of linked murders from 1975


Detectives investigating the linked murders of a bunny girl and a school pupil have launched a fresh appeal for help and information on the 40th anniversary of their deaths.

The 1975 murders of Eve Stratford in Leyton and Lynne Weedon (pictured above) in Hounslow remain unsolved despite extensive enquiries but officers hope the passage of time may now encourage someone to come forward with information.

The murders were linked in July 2006 after a review and advances in technology determined that the same DNA had been found on both victims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 am  

The UK’s biggest celebration of everything VW is back at Sandown Park in Esher this weekend.


The VW show is a chance for enthusiasts to indulge their hobby and for fans to see rare collections.

This year marks 60 years since the birth of Karmann Ghia – the VW sports car launched in 1955.

Alice Taylor explains what else is in store this weekend.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 am  

Fox shot in the head on a drive in Carshalton
A fox has been found dead on a drive in West Way, Carshalton Beeches.

Riverside Animal Centre responded to an emergency call today and discovered the vixen had been shot in the head.

The nursing mum has left behind cubs and if they aren’t found soon will die.

If you have any information please call the Riverside Animal Centre 020 8647 6230
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 am  

Police are searching a garden in Isleworth for human remains
Police have begun searching a garden in Isleworth for human remains.

Excavation work in Epworth Road started on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether human remains were buried there during the 1980s.

According to the Metropolitan Police a man and a woman, aged in their 90s and 80s, had been interviewed under caution.

The investigation is not linked to the current occupier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 am  

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Officers search for a missing girl in Croydon
The parents of a 15-year-old girl who didn’t come home after a trip to Croydon are appealing for help in tracing her.

Kayleigh was reported missing on Wednesday but despite a police search has not yet been found.

The 15 year old from Ticehurst was visiting a friend in Croydon.

Kayleigh is white, of average build and about 5' 6" with blue eyes and brown shoulder-length straight hair.

If you have seen her please contact officers on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

Endangered animals illegally shipped through Heathrow
A man's been arrested on suspicion of illegally importing hundreds of critically endangered geckos into the country.

The 41-year-old from Swindon was picked up by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport, who found the animals in freight.

They included 165 rare turquoise dwarf geckos from Tanzania.

Police are investigating whether they were intended for sale on the black market.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:50 pm  

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 @ 6:15 pm  

Cricket News
Kevin Pietersen is to join a domestic county team rather than play in the first phase of the Indian Premier League.

It's so he can try to earn a place back in the England squad ahead of the Ashes.

Surrey have been linked with him, while the current line from the England and Wales Cricket Board is that the star batsman is not part of its plans for the national team.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm  

Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens back all this week


The world's largest school rugby tournament is back in West Wimbledon this week.

From its beginning in 1939, the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens has evolved into the world's largest school rugby tournament with some 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 - 18 competing annually.

Today is Day 2, you can watch all the action pitch side by clicking here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

Angelina Jolie has revealed that she's undergone a second round of preventative surgery following her double mastectomy
She has had her ovaries removed.

In an article for the New York Times she says the decision came after she was told she was at increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Mike Katesmark is the gynaecological cancer lead for Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

He explains what women worried about ovarian cancer should be checking in terms of family history.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

Drug gang member from Streatham jailed
A man from Streatham is among a gang of 8 found guilty of running a drugs ring in south-west London and laundering £425,000.

36 year old Artur Sufaj of Gleneagle Road was jailed on Friday for 10 years eight months – six others were also sentenced with the 8th due for sentencing next week.

Police, who made the first arrests in September, found cocaine and drug paraphernalia stuffed into shopping bags and flushed down toilets.

Police said “It’s rare to take out every layer of a gang, especially one as complex as this, but that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

Chelsea supporters travelling to and from matches on trains involved in largest number of racist incidents
Police are having to deal with hundreds of racist incidents in English football from the top of the game right down to grassroots level.

An investigation by the Press Association shows Chelsea supporters travelling to and from matches on trains are involved in the largest number of cases – 15 since 2012.

QPR fans were involved with one, while Brentford, Fulham and AFC Wimbledon weren’t involved with any.

24 police forces across England have dealt with more than 350 incidents in that time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Mixed news for Chelsea strikers
Chelsea striker Diego Costa's been ruled out of Spain's upcoming matches against Ukraine and Holland.

He injured his hamstring during his club's Premier League victory at Hull on Sunday.

Meanwhile 17-year-old Dominic Solanke, who's played once for the Blues, is training with the England squad today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Meeting to be held for residents about plans for new campus at Richmond College
A public meeting’s been announced to look at proposals for an Education and Enterprise Campus at Richmond College.

Residents will hear how their views have been incorporated into the plans and they’ll get the chance to ask questions about the site.

The campus will include new college buildings, a new secondary school and Haymarket’s new tech hub.

The meeting takes place on 21st April from 7 - 8.30pm in the Music Studio at the College.

For more information visit www.reec.org.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am  

Grant given to Richmond Council to explore borough's history
Richmond Council has been given a grant to help explore the history of the borough.

The £9,400 comes from Heritage Lottery Fund, and has been matched by the council.

It's to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of Greater London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 am  

Monday, 23 March 2015

Former Wimbledon Champ returns to Queens
Rafael Nadal will play the pre-Wimbledon tennis championship at Queen's Club this year.

The Spaniard has snubbed the London event since 2011, preferring the German grass court tournament in Halle.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 pm  

Foreign Aid Budget Enshrined in Law
Wallington’s MP says he’s immensely proud of a new law that commits 0.7% of the national income to saving lives around the world.

The International Development Bill will be passed into law in the next few days, binding the UK to the funding pledge.

The UK’s foreign aid saves 3 million people every year from extreme poverty.

Tom Brake says the UK is setting an example for other wealthy countries to follow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Hounslow Tackle Crime Against Children
Taxi firms, hotels and B&B’s in Hounslow are being told how to spot signs of child sexual exploitation as part of a new Met initiative.

Operation ‘Make Safe’ launched with a Q&A session to help people be better aware of grooming and other situations children are at risk.

The council says businesses are uniquely positioned to spot signs of trouble and want to encourage them to report suspicions.

The Borough Commander described Child sexual exploitation as a hidden crime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 pm  

Fulham charged by FA
Fulham have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players.

It's after a number of players surrounded the referee after Kostas Stafylidis was sent off in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Leeds.

The Whites have until Wednesday to respond to the charge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:18 pm  

Report warns foreign criminals sneaking into UK because of inadequate information
A new report has warned that foreign criminals are slipping into Britain because of 'inadequate' information passed on to border police.

MPs say British police are being hampered in identifying and arresting foreign criminals because they are not being given up-to-date information.

They added the killing of Hanwell schoolgirl Alice Gross, who was murdered by Latvian Arnis Zalkans last August, highlighted the danger.

In another case, university professor Paul Kohler was left with shocking injuries after being beaten by a group of Polish men at his home in Wimbledon.

The gang were career criminals with a long history of violent attacks in their native country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:23 pm  

Kercher family speaks out ahead of Wednesday's court case
The family of murdered student Meredith Kercher say they want Amanda Knox to be extradited from the US if her conviction is upheld in Italy on Wednesday.

Knox and her ex-boyfriend are facing 28 and 25-year sentences, respectively, after their guilty verdicts were reinstated last year.

Both had previously served four years in jail before they were acquitted of killing Meredith - a student from Coulsdon - in 2007.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:22 pm  

Quins winger to retire
Harlequins winger Ugo Monye has announced he'll retire from rugby at the end of the current season.

The 31-year-old has made 237 appearances in 13 years for the club after graduating from the academy.

He's helped the club to four senior titles – the European Challenge Cup in 2004 and 2011, the Premiership in 2012 and the LV Cup in 2013.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 pm  

Radio DJ Neil Fox has been charged with nine sex offences.
Scotland Yard says he's accused of assaults on six victims - three of whom were juveniles at the time.

The 53-year-old from Fulham is due in court next month.

A lawyer for the former Kingston Grammar school pupil, says he categorically denies every sex offence allegation that's been made against him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Alonso to return this weekend
Fernando Alonso will return to Formula 1 this weekend, subject to a final medical assessment.

The McLaren driver missed the first race of the season, after a crash in testing in Barcelona.

The Woking-based team says he's followed a 'rigorous, specialised training programme' to ensure his safe return to racing for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm  

Suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Cobham
Fourteen people have been arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally after being found at Cobham Services.

Police were called to the services on the M25 at around 6 o'clock this morning, after reports that people had jumped out of the back of a lorry.

The case is now being dealt with by UK Visas and Immigration.

It's not believed to be connected to the three suspected illegal immigrants arrested after being found on the tracks by Cobham station at 8.30 this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 pm  

QPR captain criticises former manager
Joey Barton has claimed Harry Redknapp's summer transfer policy will be to blame if QPR are relegated this season.

Rangers are four points from safety after a fifth consecutive defeat under new manager Chris Ramsey.

But the QPR captain has pointed the finger at the previous manager Redknapp, who left the club in February.

Barton says the players are giving everything, but if they're not good enough, then that's due to a 'recruitment issue'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

Are you Dog Smart?


The Dog's Trust has launched a new social media campaign to educate parents and children about how to be safe around dogs.

A recent study by the Trust found that 44% of parents would leave a child under the age of 11 alone with a dog, something the charity says should be avoided.

32% would let their child approach a dog they don’t know.

However, the vast majority (89%) were unaware that there are more than 20 signs that a dog is feeling uneasy and could become aggressive or bite.

People walking their dogs in Richmond and Bushy Parks are also being reminded by Royal Parks to keep their pets under control following a number of incidents where deer have been chased.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

£1 million renovation grant given to Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre has been handed a £1 million renovation grant after being hit by a devastating fire.

Chancellor George Osborne said the money would help restore the centre to its 'former glory'.

The blaze destroyed most of the centre's Grand Hall, the equipment store and offices.

More than £200,000 has been donated to the centre from the public following the fire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:45 am  

Brothers from Wallington wanted by police
Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing two brothers wanted in connection with assault offences.

They want to speak to 33 year old Derek Dickson, also known as Derek McCarron, about two assaults on December the 22nd - one in Wallington, and one in Sutton.

His brother, Frank Dickson, who’s 30, is wanted regarding an assault in Mitcham in February.

Both men are known to live on the Roundshaw estate in Wallington.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am  

Saluting a Tooting Legend on this 100th Birthday


Len Jewell will be one hundred years old this weekend and on Friday morning he's heading to Summerstown to see his Uncle Fred's name on the First World War memorial in St Mary's Church.

He'll then embark on a whirlwind Summerstown182 tour finishing up in Harringtons on Selkirk Road with a plate of his favourite pie and mash.

He was born in nearby Derinton Road and one of his earliest memories was seeing zeppelins passing overhead.

A welder all his life, he was a fire warden in the Second World War and built bombers in Battersea.

He remembers evading a doodlebug by hiding under the snooker table in Tooting Conservative Club.

He's rubbed shoulders with train robbers, played darts with Oliver Reed and toasted the birth of Jimmy White.

He was the first person in the country to be given penicillin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am  

Streatham election candidates to be challenged on NHS
A campaign Group is challenging Streatham election candidates on the National Health Service.

Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public has asked all 6 of the General Election candidates to pledge to halt and roll back the privatisation of the NHS.

The candidates’ answers will be creatively publicised and they will have the opportunity to find out if the electors like them or not.

This will happen in an event outside the Streatham Odeon on the High Road on Saturday between 11am and 1pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

Fire chiefs call on London landlords to protect their tenants
Fire chiefs have called for landlords to act after figures showed nearly two fires a day are reported in London's high rise flats.

London Fire Brigade has launched a campaign to raise public awareness following 684 fires in 2014 and six deaths in one tower block blaze.

A survey they conducted showed up to 50% of residents would make "potentially life threatening decisions" in the event of a blaze.

Fire chiefs said it was a landlords' responsibility to protect tenants.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am  

Fears Fulham teenager has joined IS
A teenager from Fulham is feared to have fled the country to join Islamic State.

19-year-old Zubair Nur is suspected of attempting to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group.

That's after the Royal Holloway student, who's gone missing, began posting messages praising hate preachers and extremist leaders.

Police are on high alert for the teenager, who they believe may try and cross the border from Turkey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Royal Holloway lecturer discovers ancient Roman City unscathed by selfie invasion
A lecturer at Royal Holloway in Egham has discovered photos tourists take of Pompeii remain almost identical to those taken by our ancestors.

That’s after Dr Zena Kamash examined 19th and 20th century lantern slides and modern day photos of the Roman City from Trip Advisor.

Most photos across the era contain few people, which it’s claimed shows the determination to take the ‘perfect’ photo, avoiding tourists.

Dr Kamash found this desire for people-free photos meant there were barely any selfies – despite 2014 being named the year of the selfie.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Burnt toast Made in Chelsea
The fire brigade is urging toast lovers to empty crumbs from their toasters frequently.

That’s after they were found to be the cause of a fire at a student halls of residence on Manresa Road in Chelsea earlier this month.

Around 200 students were alerted by a smoke alarm sounding, and were evacuated – there were fortunately no injuries.

Investigators believe it started after the toaster was used repeatedly in a short space of time on the highest setting, continuously toasting the crumbs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Lib Dems want Surrey bus services cuts reviewed
Lib Dems on Surrey County Council have called on the Conservative run council to review its planned cuts to bus services in the county.

South Woking councillor Will Forster says the council should shelve planned cuts following the recent significant fall in oil prices.

The council’s Transport Review has recommended spending cuts on buses and bus passes by around 2-million pounds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 am  

New bishop for diocese which covers Surrey
A new Catholic bishop of Arundel and Brighton has been appointed after his predecessor resigned.

Bishop Richard Moth, who was born in Zambia and brought up in Kent, will be installed in his new role in May.

The diocese covers Surrey and Sussex.

The previous bishop, the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, resigned last September after saying he had been "unfaithful" to his promises as a Catholic priest.

He didn’t specify in what way he had been “unfaithful” and an inquiry into his resignation is still ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:11 am  

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Feltham and Heston MP wants PM to speak on possibility of cuts to the NHS
The MP for Feltham and Heston has called on David Cameron to say whether he’ll make cuts to the NHS or increase VAT in the next Parliament.

Seema Malhotra says Tory plans will mean more severe cuts, putting policing and defence at risk.

She added she believes her party, Labour, would provide a ‘better, more balanced plan’ for the economy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Mixed bag for Chelsea and QPR
Chelsea have won 3-2 at Hull in the Premier League.

Loic Remy got the decisive third after they had let a two goal lead slip.

Remy's old club, relegation threatened QPR have lost 2-1 at home to Everton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:54 pm  

Child with special needs left alone at back of bus for over an hour
It’s been revealed a child with special needs was left alone at the back of a bus for more than an hour.

He was forgotten by a driver at a depot and was rescued after staff spotted him.

Croydon Council has cancelled its contract with the firm responsible, The Impact Group.

The driver now no longer works for them.

The company had a contract with St Nicholas School in Purley for pupils aged between four and eleven.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

World Water Day
Today is World Water Day.

It was set up by the United Nations in 1993 to raise awareness of the global water crisis.

Duncan Goose is founder of Richmond based charity The One Foundation.

He says although we might not feel like there is a water crisis in London, there’s a huge disparity world - wide.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Palace manager criticises midfielder over dive
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has hit out at midfielder James McArthur.

He’s told Sky’s Goals on Sunday programme that the 27-year-old should be embarrassed after diving against Stoke yesterday.

He was booked after falling to the ground in the penalty box during the 2-1 victory.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

Daylight robbery in Englefield Green
Police are appealing for witnesses following a daylight robbery in Englefield Green.

The 30-year-old victim was walking along the path from the cemetery towards Ravenfield at around 6 o'clock on Tuesday evening.

He was approached from behind by a man on a black BMX bike who pushed him and grabbed his iPhone.

The suspect's described as stocky, with a dark blue tracksuit and a hooded top.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

Fulham apparently planning move for Ipswich boss
Reports claim today that Fulham want to replace Kit Symons with Mick McCarthy in the summer.

The Ipswich boss is currently aiming for promotion but if that fails, the Sun on Sunday claims the Whites plan to come calling.

It says their first target was Steve Bruce, but he signed a new deal at Hull earlier this month.

The newspaper also claims that Kit Symons position at the club is under threat whether he keeps Fulham in the Championship or not.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

Funding to councils in South West London
The Government has awarded £3 million to help transform services in South West London councils.

Wandsworth and Richmond councils say their plans to create a shared staffing structure form a key part of the grant.

They'll use the funding for up-front investments, such as joining up ICT services across the two councils.

While Wandsworth and Richmond form a key part of the grant, it will also be shared between Sutton, Kingston and Merton councils.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Marsden Marchers


More than five thousand people have taken part in the Marsden March to Sutton to raise money for cancer.

They included two people who were celebrating their birthdays as well as trekking for miles.

The longer march started at 8.30 Sunday morning from Chelsea and took fourteen miles. The shorter leg kicked off from the King George's Playing Field on he way to Nonsuch Park just before noon and was five miles long.

The two birthday marchers were 13 year old Sacha Graham who walked with her mother Nadia Graham and - 68 year old Robin John.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:41 pm  

SW London football preview
Chelsea know they'll stay top of the Premier League today, regardless of their result at Hull.

The Blues will be hoping for a repeat of the result in the corresponding fixture last year, where they won 2-0 at the KC Stadium.

In the other 4 o'clock kick-off in the Premier League, QPR are looking to avoid their ninth league loss in ten games.

They host Everton at Loftus Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Marsden March back this morning


The Marsden March is a 14-mile or a 5-mile sponsored walk between The Royal Marsden’s hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton.

Over the last four years the event has raised an amazing £4.5 million to help build a future beyond cancer.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel info, and we'll be chatting to walker live on air this afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:18 am  

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