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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Today's Football Scores


In the premiership Chelsea have beaten Sunderland 3-1.

In the Championship – Fulham drew 2-2 at Bolton, Brentford beat Huddersfield 4-2, and Queens Park Rangers drew 1-1 with Bristol.

Finally, in Division 2, AFC Wimbledon drew 2-2 at Newport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:22 pm  

Man attacks stranger in New Malden in row over pavement space


Police have launched an appeal after a man punched a stranger three times in the face following a row on Burlington Road in New Malden.

The victim and his partner were walking along the pavement on the 23rd October, when a man started a fight about how much room the couple were taking up.

Following a brief argument the man punched the victim several times in the face. The victim required treatment for facial injuries.

Police describe the attacker as having short black hair, a London accent, a nose stud and possibly a tattoo of a leaf on one of his wrists.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference number 0410153/15
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

Return of Scottish fake fifties

Surrey Police is again warning shopkeepers and residents about fake fifty pound notes from Scotland.

There was a flurry of the forged notes two weeks ago in Epsom.

The police say Scottish note isn’t commonly used so it is harder to determine if it is a fraud. The quality of the forgery being

used is extremely good.

The warning’s been re-issued for Epsom and South West London

One arrest’s already been made.

See more at: http://www.surrey.police.uk/News/News-Stories/Full-news-story/Article/12216/Is-that-a-real-50-note#sthash.chZsQObq.dpuf
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:21 am  

Brightening up Brentford High Street

Work to improve Brentford High Street has won a prestigious award.

Making the Connection, the name of the scheme which has seen parts of Brentford brought together has been marked out for high praise at the Landscape Institute Awards.

Kinnear Landscape Architects picked up the President’s Award for designing the works which judges said will “reconnect people to the place”.

Judges also said that Brentford High Street was now a “successful, liveable town centre and reasserted its sense of place and identity.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 am  

Unemployed Croydon man jailed

An unemployed Croydon man has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to robbing elderly victims.

43 year old Gabriel Dragomir targeted an 89 year old man on the 9th July who withdrew cash from the NatWest Bank in the Whitgift Centre.

This was linked to an incident on the 7th of July where an 83 year old woman had money stolen after she withdrew cash in George Street.

He had an accomplice – a 14 year old girl from Croydon who was also found guilty of two counts of robbery and will be sentenced in January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

Two men to appear before Wimbledon magistrates

Two men will appear before Wimbledon Magistrates' court charged with the murder of Neel Croos in Mitcham.

21 year old Gowrishanth Loganathan of Cambridge Road in Mitcham and Mohanran Parimalanathan of Stafford Road in Wallington have been remanded in custody.

A number of others have already been charged in connection with the death.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

New day and eye unit in Epsom

Epsom hospital’s brand new Cardiology Day Unit and Eye Unit are officially open, after a ceremony with MP Chris Grayling.

The Eye Unit opened its doors for the first time earlier this year after a £1.2million investment.

The new Cardiology Day Unit provides a waiting and recovery area for people undergoing investigative procedures.

In just two weeks, 19 patients have been seen, all of whom would have needed to transfer to another hospital had the new unit not been there.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 am  

Hammond welcomes UN resolution

Foreign secretary and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond says the United Nations Security Council has approved the latest effort to hold peace talks over Syria.

The resolution comes as evidence suggests a combination of airstrikes and fighting by local militias may be forcing Islamic State from the territory it controls.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 am  

Croydon police issue a warning about Grindr

Detectives in Croydon have issued a warning after two men were robbed when they arranged to meet on an online dating app.

In both cases the men arranged to meet a man via dating app Grindr and were then robbed at knife point by a group of 4 men.

Although they did not suffer physical injuries, both men have been left shaken by the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 am  

Councils disagree over Wimbledon dog track development

The head of Wandsworth Council’s planning committee is calling for the Mayor of London to examine a development proposal for the Wimbledon dog track after Merton Council approved it this week.

The scheme would replace the present buildings and replace them with a 20,000 seat football stadium, supermarket and more than 600 homes.

Councillor Sara McDermott is concerned by the impact that the development would have on services and transport which she says Merton has failed to consider.

The Mayor has the legal authority to determine large applications which affect more than one borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 am  

Friday, 18 December 2015

A shop lifter has made history by becoming the first person to be convicted of riding a hoverboard on the street

Omaree Lindsay drifted into a Co-op in Mitcham on a black self-balancing board with blue lights underneath.

He picked up a crate of Lucozade, and made off without paying.

He appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to answer an allegation of theft and found himself facing a charge of illegally driving a motor vehicle on the pavement at the same time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

A cat has died after being shot four times in Sanderstead

A cat has died, after being shot several times with an air rifle.

Officers in Croydon are investigating after Beta, a tortoiseshell and white cat, was killed earlier today.

Beta left her home in Sanderstead at around 5 o clock last night, and returned at 10am this morning, with multiple injuries.

Unfortunately, she couldn't be saved, however it was confirmed that she had been shot at least four times at very close range.

Anyone who lives in the area with information should contact Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Police hunt man wanted in connection with arson attack in Epsom


Surrey Police is appealing to the public for help in locating a wanted man.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 35-year-old Carl Richardson after he failed to answer bail.

Officers want to speak with Richardson in relation to an arson attack at a haulage company in Epsom in which £1.5 million of damage was caused to a number of lorries.

Richardson is described as a white man, around 5ft 9” tall, of medium build with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information about where Richardson might be is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference number 45150089704.

Information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Kingston MP hits out at "moronic" claims made by Piers Morgan

Kingston’s MP has hit back at claims made by chat show host Piers Morgan on last night’s BBC Question Time.

The ITV presenter said not only should Heathrow expand, but more airports should be built around the M25.

Speaking to an audience in Slough, the TV presenter said airport growth is vital for the economy.

Conservative James Berry, who is anti - expansion, says Mr Morgan’s comments are unhelpful.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm  

Three people taken to hospital after a collision on the southbound carriageway of the A3 at Esher remain in hospital

A man in his 50s, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s continue to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the four vehicle collision.

Two horses were also involved in the crash and died at the scene on Wednesday morning.

Their owner has been traced, but Surrey Police has declined to comment on where the horse came from, only to say that the owner has not been arrested.

The A3 was shut completely for over 5 hours, and the southbound carriageway for 9 hours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

It seems the Christmas commuter chaos has started earlier than planned

A shortage of crews means there has been no service between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central for most of today.

The company’s conductors announced strike action earlier this week, and Conservative MP Maria Caulfield today said a trip to space would be quicker than a trip on a Southern service.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel or follow us on Twitter @Jackie_Travel.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

A man has been sentenced today to 28 years in prison for the rapes of young children


59 year old William Owusu-Akyeaw from Worcester Park was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court after an eight-day trial.

Owusu-Akyeaw was convicted of seven offences of rape and five offences of indecent assault.

He was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

The judge directed that he should not be considered for release until he has served two thirds of the sentence or the full term.

The court heard how at various dates between 1987 and 2004 Owusu-Akyeaw carried out multiple rapes and indecent assaults on four young girls who were aged between seven and 16.

All the victims were known to the suspect.

The series of crimes were uncovered when one of the victims made a complaint to police in April of this year.

Officers from the Met's Sexual Offences Exploitation & Child Abuse Command began an investigation and Owusu-Akyeaw was arrested by detectives on the 14th of April.

He was released on police bail and subsequent enquires by detectives discovered the three other victims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Harlequins announce team to take on Calvisano
Harlequins have announced the squad to play Calvisano in the European Challenge cup tomorrow.

Charlie Matthews will make his 100th appearance for the club, as Jamie Roberts makes his debut.

Owen Evans makes his starting debut while Rob Buchanan and Kyle Sicnkler return to front row.

George Merrick, Dave Ward and Tito Tebaldi also return to the side.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm  

Nominate your local hero in Sutton

Sutton Council wants people to nominate those who make a difference in their society for the annual 2015 community awards!

There are five different categories including safer borough, improving lives and business in the community awards.

You can hear below the words of Mark Tomlinson, who won the community spirit award last year for his work as a street pastor.



More information on how to recognise your local hero can be found here




posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:26 pm  

Summerstown182 project to locate families of soldiers continues into 2016



Over the past year, the Summerstown182 project has continued to study how the area near Tooting was affected by the First World War events of a century ago.

Next year, the project will enter the centenary of the period of conscription, the great naval battle at Jutland and the bloodiest fight of them all at the Somme.

13 year old Summerstown resident Sidney Lewis,was the youngest soldier to serve in the British Army in the First World War.

On 1st July, the national commemoration of the Battle of the Somme will take place at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Sidney, and 13 of the 182 who didn't return, will be remembered at services there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Jose Mourinho sacked from Chelsea in a meeting that lasted 10 minutes
Jose Mourinho was told he was no longer wanted at Chelsea in a meeting that lasted just 10 minutes.

That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, who suggest chairman Bruce Buck made the call hours after the club’s Christmas lunch.

The board had reportedly been discussing his future throughout the week before making the decision yesterday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Police appeal for information after graffiti was sprayed on the front of two businesses and a residential address in Woking

Police are appealing for information after offensive graffiti was sprayed on the front of two businesses and a residential address in Woking.

It happened in St John's Road between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

House to house enquiries are being carried out and police are currently reviewing CCTV footage.

Police say racially aggravated criminal damage such as this has absolutely no place in our society and won’t be tolerated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am  

One of the World’s most prestigious ballet schools has been served with an improvement notice


The Royal Ballet School, which is based in Richmond Park’s historic White Lodge as well as Covent Garden, is one of more than 100 private schools contacted.

The statutory improvement notices have been delivered by the Department for Education.

The Royal Ballet School was believed to have been handed its notice last November after an issue concerning pupil safeguarding.

Ofsted guidance states the notices are issued when there has been a ‘substantial number of regulatory failures’

Schools can be closed if they fail to act.

The Royal Ballet School's most famous alumni is Darcey Bussell; she was made Principal of the Royal Ballet aged just 20.

The White Lodge Museum has already been forced to close due to funding cuts.

Other Schools contacted include The Sylvia Young Theatre School and Hill House School.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Croydon mother cleared of sex with a child charge
A 46-year-old mother from Croydon who posed naked for a 14-year-old boy after having sex with him has been cleared of abusing him.

Amanda Lockhart, from New Addington, admitted having sex with the boy in January last year but says she never threatened him.

The teenager had claimed she forced him to have sex with her.

A jury at The Old Bailey yesterday cleared Lockhart of five charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:46 am  

NHS survey gives Kingston's maternity unit good rating

An NHS survey has rated Kingston Hospital’s maternity unit the best in London.

But its scores were only average in comparison to other NHS Trusts outside the capital.

Seven of the 18 trusts in London with maternity units were rated below the national average.

Croydon and North Middlesex Hospital were among those given the lowest ranking for care provided during labour and birth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Fulham manager Stuart Gray thinks Bolton will be 'galvanised'

Fulham manager Stuart Gray is expecting a ‘galvanised’ performance from Bolton in the wake of off-the-field problems at the club.

The Trotters failed to pay their players last month and sit bottom of the Championship ahead of Saturday's clash.

Bolton have also scored the least amount of goals in the division.

Speaking with Jackie's Joshua Doherty, Stuart Gray discusses the clash and the latest on the managerial situation at the club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

Overindulging drinkers in Kingston to get medical help during the party season


Festive drinkers in Kingston who overindulge will be treated by medics at an alcohol recovery centre this party season.

Launching this weekend at the Everyday Church in Union Street, it will run every Friday and Saturday night in the run up to Christmas, as well as on New Year’s Eve.

Last year’s pilot scheme in Kingston saw more than 64 people treated by the medics at the centre, saving 45 ambulance call outs and allowing paramedics to attend other patients and freeing up beds at Kingston Hospital A&E.

Alcohol-related calls are the most common reason 21-30 year olds call for ambulance help.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Girl from Chertsey is hosting a Christmas fair this weekend for charity

A woman from Chertsey is putting on a Christmas fair on Saturday 19th December to raise money for St George's Hospital Charity, which is very close to her heart.

After a serious road accident, 21-year old Grace Havard found herself in a critical condition in St Georges hospital in Tooting last year.

She has decided to raise as much money as she can to say thank you to all the staff and hopes to help other people in her position.

Grace will be manning a stall at the Christmas fair she has set-up in Egham, along with local business' selling goods and promoting their business'.

The fair will take place from 2-5pm, on 67 Hummer Road in Egham, all proceeds will go to St George's charity.

Grace explains more about the fair and tells us why people should go.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:54 pm  

Chelsea sack Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Chelsea manager.

He’d been in his second spell at the club.

Mourinho's final match was Monday's 2-1 defeat at leaders Leicester City.

Pep Guardiola and Guus Hiddink are being touted as possible successors.

Speaking at the clubs Cobham training ground prior to their defeat to Liverpool earlier this season, Mourinho was unconcerned regarding his future.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

Heathrow attack update

A man is receiving treatment in hospital after stabbing himself in the neck and head at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

The man, en route to Aberdeen, was airside yesterday afternoon, having already passed security checks.

It’s thought he attacked himself with a knife he took from inside Fortnum and Mason.

He was restrained by cabin crew and passengers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Police appeal after Epsom robbery

Police are appealing for information after a robbery near Epsom Golf Course during which a distinctive watch was stolen.

The victim was walking along Longdown Lane South towards Epsom Downs when two men approached him from behind.

They pulled his coat over his head and took his wrist watch and a briefcase containing a laptop and an iPad.

The 18ct rose gold Patek Phillipe watch, which is worth thousands of pounds was left to the victim by his mother after her death.

One of the suspects is white with stubble on his face and they both smelt strongly of alcohol.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

George Lowe stays at Harlequins

George Lowe has re-signed for Harlequins.

Lowe was educated at Epsom College and played for Cobham in his youth.

Since then, the centre has gone on to make 128 appearances for Quins scoring 27 tries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Men live longer in Kensington and Chelsea

Men born in Kensington and Chelsea have an average life expectancy of 83.3 years, nearly 4 years longer than most UK males.

That's according to the latest Halifax ‘Quality of Life Survey’

Kensington and Chelsea also had the highest weekly earnings – double the UK average, followed by City of London and then Richmond.

Sutton came top for GCSE results in England.

And Surrey has seen some improvements in the ‘Best Places to Live’ rankings, Mole Valley has moved up 12 spots to seventh and Guildford up 15 to eighth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Inspirational people in Putney named

Five ‘Putney Inspirational People’ have been named by the Putney Exchange shopping centre as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The campaign was launched earlier this year to celebrate Putney’s community.

The finalists will be thanked at a ceremony in the centre today at 4pm attended by Olympic rower Jess Eddie.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Kingston Police prove they're all heart this Christmas


On Monday evening Kingston police received a number of reports from concerned members of the public that a homeless male was sleeping at a bus shelter in Tudor Drive.

When officers attended, they were met by a very friendly chap who said he was visiting from Central London, where he had been sleeping rough for a number of years.

As the weather was cold and it’s nearly Christmas the officers, out of their own money bought him some dinner and a nice hot cup of tea.

He was also offered accommodation but he declined the offer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:24 pm  

Image released of man wanted by Croydon police



During December Croydon police are calling for the public’s help to find people wanted by the courts, or who are due to be sent back to prison.

Officers are putting out one image every day until Christmas Eve, of those they want to identify, or locate.

The seventeenth image - released today - is of 24 year-old Harison Paransothy.

He is wanted in connection with an allegation of fraud.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

More Taser stun guns recommended for London police

The Metropolitan Police is "actively looking" at giving more officers Taser stun guns after a stabbing at a Tube Station.

The prime minister said more officers should carry the weapons following the attack in Leytonstone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Croydon pickpocket jailed



Gabriel Dragomir


A man who robbed elderly people in Croydon town centre has been jailed for three years.

43 year old Gabriel Dragomir was seen on CCTV on two dates in July pretending to accidentally bump into two pensioners in different shops.

On each occasion he stole money that his victims had just withdrawn from their bank.

His accomplice - a 14-year-old girl also from Croydon - was found guilty of two counts of robbery and will be sentenced in January.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:54 am  

Is Jose Mourinho on shaky ground at Chelsea?

It’s widely thought Jose Mourinho’s future at Chelsea is in doubt with the champions only winning 4 Premier League games so far this season.

Former striker with the club, Tony Cascarino thinks the manager’s job can only be saved by an impressive winning streak.

But he says that doesn't look likely.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am  

Heathrow's Chairman takes off

Heathrow's chairman Sir Nigel Rudd will leave next September after nine years in the role.

He says he will continue to campaign for the airport's controversial third runway to be given the go-ahead.

The independent Airports Commission has chosen Heathrow as a more viable option than Gatwick.

But the government says a decision won't now be made until next summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

A man has been taken to hospital after stabbing himself in the head at Heathrow Airport

Police are investigating the incident which happened yesterday evening outside a shop in Terminal 5.

Nobody else is being sought in connection with the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 am  

Schools across London sign and sing to help deaf children

Schools throughout London are signing and singing to raise money to help vulnerable deaf children in the UK and Uganda.

It’s part of a fundraising event called Sign2sing organised by the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth.

The event involves schools all over the UK learning the words to a song and the accompanying signs.

This year’s song is called Reach Out Your Hand and explores themes of accepting difference and being kind to others.

Sign2sing are encouraging parents, teachers and pupils to ask their school to register for the event in February next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 am  

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Croydon man jailed for drugs offences
A 20 year old man who arranged the importation of 1,100kg of drugs cutting agents into the UK has been jailed.

Shem Lovelace-Hall was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court today.

The cutting agents, benzocaine and phenacetin, would have contributed to the production of drugs with a street value of £32.5 million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 pm  

Archaeologists working at Hampton Court Palace have made a discovery
The team has unearthed the remains of one of the Palace’s lost Tiltyard Towers which were built in the 1530’s at the time of Henry VIII.

The five towers were among the earliest banqueting houses built in England.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 pm  

Grant given to Cobham youth club

The Elmbridge Community Fund has awarded its third grant to the Cobham based SAY Youth Club.

£2,400 was given to the group to expand their programme, providing a safe environment for older teenagers, some of which are at risk of turning to crime.

Panel member Dominic Raab, the MP for Esher and Walton, said the fund was delighted to support the club in its aims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 pm  

Police appeal after robbery in Epsom
Police are appealing for information after a robbery near Epsom Golf Course during which a distinctive watch was stolen.

The victim was walking along Longdown Lane South towards Epsom Downs when two men approached him from behind.

They pulled his coat over his head and took his wrist watch and a briefcase containing a laptop and an iPad.

The 18ct rose gold Patek Phillipe watch, which is worth thousands of pounds was left to the victim by his mother after her death.

One of the suspects is white with stubble on his face and they both smelt strongly of alcohol.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Arson to blame for Sutton Council building fire
Police are treating a fire as arson at a Sutton Council building in Carshalton.

It broke out in Thornton Road earlier this month.

A man was seen to jump over a fence and approach the rear of the property and smash a window.

The fire caused significant damage to the kitchen and minor smoke damage to other rooms.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

Patel extends his contract at Middlesex CC
Ravi Patel has signed an extension to his contract at Middlesex.

It will see the left-arm spinner play at Lord’s until at least the end of the 2018 season.

The 24 year old has made over fifty appearances across all formats and taken almost one hundred wickets.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Meeting over Mourinho
Jose Mourinho's future at Chelsea is in question.

It follows a meeting of the club's board of directors.

It’s reported Roman Abramovich led the talks after the champions were beaten 2-1 at Leicester on Monday.

It was their ninth Premier League defeat in 16 games.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Dust cloud heads to the UK
A Saharan dust cloud heading to the UK tomorrow has prompted health warnings.

It's expected to mix with pollution in southern and central England.

The government's issued warnings to the elderly and those with breathing problems.

Asthma UK has predicted a "perfect storm" of conditions to cause problems for sufferers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

Foreign Secretary and Weybridge Mp Hammond comments on Russian air strikes
Foreign Secretary and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond has commented on the role of the Russian air force over Syria.

Mr Hammond says the majority of Russian airstrikes continue to target Syrian opposition forces rather than Islamic State.

He’s also claimed that there’ve been no civilian casualties in Iraq or Syria caused by UK air strikes over the area – and praised

the bravery of RAF pilots.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 pm  

Threat to Norbiton's Searchlight youth club.
There are already 200 signatures from people in Norbiton against a plan to close the Searchlight Youth Club.

Kingston council wants to close the club which has been running for more than 30 years.

It’s hoping teenagers will use the Dickerage Lane Adventure Centre instead.

Labour Councillor Lindsey Cottingham is calling on others to sign the petition – she says there are pockets of deprivation in Norbiton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm  

The daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre has hit back at her critics on social media


8 year old Princess told those criticising her heavy make - up, that it’s none of their beeswax.

She was pictured leaving Woking’s New Victoria theatre, where her mother is appearing as the Wicked Fairy in panto Sleeping Beauty, with a heavily made up face.

Some claim it’s a child innocently emulating her mother, while others have said it’s inappropriate for any child, but especially one in the public eye.

Some have remarked today that it is the public's beeswax if the photos are made public.

Some have merely labelled it a publicity stunt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:41 pm  

Historic bingo hall listed in Tooting


Wandsworth council has agreed to give the community an increased say in the future of a popular and historic bingo hall in Tooting if any plans ever arise to sell it.

The town hall has agreed to designate the Gala Bingo Hall in Mitcham Road as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), reflecting its contribution to the social fabric in that part of the borough.

Designating it as an ACV means that if the current owners wish to sell the building they must give the community the chance to buy it.

The listing gives residents a six month window in which to raise sufficient funds to purchase it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Crystal Palace manager to preview Stoke City match

Crystal Palace fans will be looking forward to hearing their manager’s comments tomorrow.

It’s been announced that Alan Pardew is to preview the Barclays Premier League match against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

#FightingForVicky Spring Ball announced



A spring ball is to be held at Imber Court in East Molesey next April, to raise funds for charity Sarcoma UK.

The event is being held in memory of Vicky Molteni, a police SOCO who suffered from the disease, and spent many months before her death campaigning for more awareness of it.

After being diagnosed with a retroperitaneal liposarcoma in June 2013, Vicky had a laparotomy in July 2013 to remove a melon-sized tumour in her abdomen.

By November 2013 Vicky was told that her average life expectancy would be less than twelve months.

She passed away in July this year at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham.

So far, over £3,800 has been raised for Sarcoma UK in Vicky's memory.

Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer which develops in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.

Sarcomas make up 1% of all cancer diagnoses in the UK.

For more details on the #FightingForVicky fundraising efforts, or to donate, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am  

Illegal occupation by caravan-dwellers in Shepperton

Four people have been found guilty of contempt of court over the occupation of Sheep Walk in Shepperton.

Spelthorne applied to have the four jailed.

It was claimed that the illegal occupiers were in contempt of court and they’ve been ordered to pay more than £12,000

Two of them have refused to move arguing that because of poor health the caravan couldn’t be moved.

All four will reappear in court in February.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

A3 reopened in both directions

The Highways agency is now cleaning up the scene of an accident on the A3 near Esher which led to traffic chaos.

Four people were injured, including a biker carrying blood to Frimley Park Hospital and a woman who was a passenger in a car.

She was taken to St George’s hospital in Tooting.

Loose horses were on the scene at the time of the collision at 3.30 this morning. They were both killed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 am  

Air ambulance at the scene on A3 as passengrs freed from wreckage.

Surrey Air Ambulance was one of a range of emergency crews who attended a collision on the A3 earlier.

Surrey Fire Brigade had to free people from wreckage after a collision near Esher involving two loose horses, a car and a motorbike.

A woman who was a passenger in the car was taken to St George’s hospital in Tooting.

Four people in total were taken to hospital.

The A3 is now open in the north-bound direction.

You can hear the latest travel here, or stay tuned for another update very soon. You can also follow the travel team on Twitter @Jackie_Travel

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

A3 northbound now open after collision with loose horses.

Surrey Fire Brigade had to free people from wreckage after a collision near Esher involving two loose horses, a car and a motorbike.

Four people were taken to hospital.

The A3 is now open in the north-bound direction.

It’s understood there was no horse box involved in the collision.

It happened at 3.30am between Esher Common and Hinchley Wood.

There’s been a diversion between Esher and Hinchley Wood and traffic jams between New Malden and Painshill.

Two people were treated for minor injuries after the collision - Surrey ambulance were called to the scene and Surrey police arrived there at 3.40.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events surrounding should to contact Surrey Police quoting reference P15320944.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Loose horses in serious road collision near Esher

The A3 is closed in both directions after a collision near Esher involving two loose horses, a car and a motorbike.

It happened at 3.30am between Esher Common and Hinchley Wood.

The soundbound A3 is likely to remain closed into the rush hour this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:34 am  

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Police in Croydon release image of a man they'd like to talk to in connection with a burglary


Police in Croydon have released an image of a man they would like to talk to in connection with a burglary.

Officers want to speak to Kyle Bridgeman- Anderson about a burglary in Alfred Road, South Norwood in September.

He has connections with Croydon, Bromley, Sutton and Wandsworth.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 pm  

All schools in Los Angeles are currently being searched by the FBI following an "electronic" threat

Officials say the recent shooting in nearby San Bernardino has influenced the decision to close them.

Jackie’s Caroline Feraday, in LA, has this report.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:33 pm  

An officer from Kensington and Chelsea has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service
An officer from Kensington and Chelsea has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service following a special case hearing.

PC Roberto Rossi faced allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct.

In August, he pleaded guilty to two counts of making an indecent photograph of a child.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

It’s thought a ball bearing was fired deliberately at a swan in Staines on Friday



The object was left embedded in a bird’s beak at Truss Island.

Staff at The Swan Sanctuary say they think a catapult was used in the attack and other swans have been found with similar injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

A man charged over the deaths of two members of the Cornish shanty group Fisherman's Friends has appeared in court

56 year old David Naylor from Shropshire faces two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Singer Trevor Grills, and tour manager Paul McMullen, died after a metal door fell on them at the G Live venue in Guildford in 2013.

Mr Naylor, who didn’t appear in court, was remanded on conditional bail to appear at Guildford Crown Court on January the 8th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

Southern rail conductors are to go on strike

Staff on the network, which services Epsom and Sutton amongst others, are walking out in a row over a "comprehensive breakdown" in industrial relations.

Of the 255 votes cast, 185 were in favour of strike action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 pm  

TalkTalk's chief executive says the firm was advised by police not to tell customers about a cyber attack earlier this year

Dido Harding has told a group of MPs that detectives suggested the company keep it a secret while they tried to find those responsible.

TalkTalk was criticised for not warning people about what happened in October, until late in the day after the hack.

A 16 year old from Feltham is currently on bail in connection with the attack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

A group of residents in Ottershaw is demanding to know why part of their road is going to be closed for the best part of two years

The A320 Guildford Road is one of several that will have to endure works on its pipes by Affinity Water.

The first phase of work will start in January and last around nine months. Residents claim they haven’t been made aware of the work.

An information session is going to be held at Ottershaw Village Hall on Thursday.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel, or follow @Jackie_Travel on Twitter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

BA considering expanding overseas instead of at Heathrow

British Airways could decide to expand overseas if a decision's not made over a new UK airport runway.

The airline's boss says he'd consider growing the company's Aer Lingus brand in Dublin, or Iberia in Madrid instead of BA in London.

Last week, the government delayed its decision on whether to allow expansion at Gatwick or Heathrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm  

Surrey police is rated inadequate in protecting vulnerable people.

Surrey police has been rated as inadequate in its protection of vulnerable people.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary graded all 43 forces in England and Wales.

12 were rated “good” and 27 as “requires improvement”.

Bedfordshire, Essex and Staffordshire were given an inadequate rating along with Surrey.

Forces use different definitions of "vulnerable", but criteria can include age, disability and being a victim of repeated offences.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

A company set up to oversee children’s services in Richmond and Kingston is praising the Prime Minister’s latest proposals

David Cameron announced yesterday that failing council services will be given six months to improve, or face being taken over by a top performing council or charity.

Achieving for Children, an independent company, was set up after Kingston Council’s children’s services were rated inadequate in 2012 by Ofsted.

After a merge with Richmond Council, and adoption of the service, Kingston has now been rated Good in its latest inspection.

Ofsted concluded that enough progress had been made to take the unusual step of moving the service up two grades in the four-point grading system.

The inspection result means that Kingston is now one of only 16 children’s services departments to have been rated as Good, against 46 rated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate, since Ofsted brought in a new inspection framework in 2013.

Director of the new look Children’s Services at Kingston and Richmond, is Nick Whitfield.



But why were Kingston's services rated Inadequate in the first place?

At the time, in 2012, the report said of Kingston Council:
◾Its statutory requirements were not met consistently
◾Inconsistencies were identified in the decision-making of managers in both the safeguarding teams and the children with disabilities team in relation to new referrals that could expose vulnerable young people to further unnecessary harm
◾It has not adequately addressed all the areas identified in an internal management review of a domestic violence homicide
◾Managerial oversight at all levels is not robust and is a serious area of weakness
◾Professionals were over-optimistic about how parents were looking after young children

Prime Minister David Cameron feels Kingston did the right thing by handing its services over after the report.



At the time Kingston was rated Inadequate the council leader was Lib Dem Derek Osbourne.

He stated at the time that the council welcomed the tough scrutiny that Ofsted applies to local authorities and Kingston would respond with an equally tough set of improvement measures.

Mr Osbounre was released from prison in October 2014 having served half of a two year sentence for making and distributing indecent images of children, and re-arrested last month for allegedly breaching his sexual offences order.

To find out more about how Achieving for Children works, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

The pensioner involved in yesterday’s accident in Sutton has suffered life changing injuries

Police were called to the high street just before3pm to reports a person had been hit by a car near the station.

The woman in her 70s sustained serious leg injuries and is currently in St George’s hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 am  

Surrey primary schools meet expected standards in reading, writing and maths
Five out of six primary schools in Surrey met the expected standards in reading, writing and maths this year.

That’s according to an unofficial breakdown of results in national tests for 11 year olds.

83% of pupils reached ‘level four’, the required standard for their age, in all three subjects.

Nationally 80% of pupils met the expected standard in the three subjects this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

New Police report on understanding crimes against black and minority ethnic women features research from Roehampton University Professor

Police must better understand crimes related to ‘honour’ against black and minority ethnic women, according to a new report.

It’s based on inspections and research and a study of victims opinions by Professor Aisha K. Gill from the University of Roehampton and staff at the University of Bristol.

Victims and survivors of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation were interviewed.

The report also concluded that police must appreciate and act on the high level of risk facing victims who decide to approach the police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Epsom Hospital's new Cardiology Day Unit and Eye Unit now officially open

Epsom hospital’s brand new Cardiology Day Unit and Eye Unit are officially open, after a ceremony with MP Chris Grayling.

The Eye Unit opened its doors for the first time earlier this year after a £1.2million investment.

The new Cardiology Day Unit provides a waiting and recovery area for people undergoing investigative procedures.

In just two weeks, 19 patients have been seen, all of whom would have needed to transfer to another hospital had the new unit not been there.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Croydon police appeal



During December Croydon police are calling for the public’s help to find people wanted by the courts - or who are due to be sent back to prison.

Officers are putting out one image every day until Christmas Eve, of those they want to identify, or locate.

The fifteenth image - released today - is of 24 year old Solomon Smith who is known to frequent South Norwood.

He’s wanted after failing to appear at Court, charged with possession and intent to supply drugs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 am  

Monday, 14 December 2015

David Cameron visits Twickenham today to talk about children's services

The Prime Minister says we are "failing" some of the most vulnerable young people.

Now, authority services that are judged inadequate will have six months to improve before being taken over by another council or charity.

After being rated “inadequate” in 2012 by Ofsted, Kingston’s services were merged with Richmond creating the company Achieving For Children.

They have since been rated “good.”

Mr Cameron visited Twickenham today to meet colleagues from the children's services company.

He says Richmond and Kingston are leading the way in the changes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Sharp trial delayed

The trial of the mother and grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp over an alleged racially aggravated attack has been delayed.

Natalie Sharp and Christine Bicknell were expected to go on trial today over an incident in the car park of Lidl Wallington in April.

The case will now be heard in March.

Tia was found murdered at her grandmother’s house in New Addington in 2012.

Her grandmother’s partner Stuart Hazell is serving a life sentence for her murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

Neil Fox cleared of charges against him

Radio presenter Neil Fox has been cleared of sexually and indecently abusing young fans and colleagues.

The news follows the Fulham presenter's trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Some of the allegations related to an event held at Chessington World of Adventures.

Reporter Tom Parmenter is outside Court.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Hounslow man guilty of preparing act of terorrism

A man's been found guilty of preparing an act of terrorism.

The 21 year old from Hounslow was arrested shortly before Remembrance Sunday last year.

Nadir Syed's been convicted at Woolwich Crown Court this afternoon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

Woman in boating accident on Thames is named

Further tests have been ordered on the body of a woman who fell into the River Thames from a boat on Tuesday.

Charlotte Brown, who was 24 and from east London, died in hospital after being pulled from the water at Wandsworth after a "midnight trip" along with a man, thought to be her boyfriend.

The 29-year-old's been discharged from hospital and has been helping police with the investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

Crane operator dies in Fulham

A crane operator has died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest on a construction site in Fulham.

Firefighters had to use an aerial hydraulic platform to get to his cab, which was 20 metres up, to ground level.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the man but he died at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm  

South West Trains has announced more services

The company has added more carriages to a peak-time service from Weybridge.

Also there’s a new timetable for trains linking London to Reading and Windsor and Hounslow with extra services and more carriages.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

Over 140,000 days of additional jail time were given to rule breaking prisoners in London last year.

That’s according to a new report published today by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

It reveals the number of adjudications, hearings where allegations of rule breaking are tried, has increased by 47% since 2010.

Over 2,000 additional days were given to prisoners in Feltham as punishment, whilst over 3500 days were given at Wandsworth.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 pm  

Surrey Police launches awareness of courier fraud through new video


It’s as part of their ongoing campaign to tackle the fraud which has an impact on both the victims and their families.

In the video, Broadcaster Rob Curling has spoken to the force about an elderly relative who lost £5,500 in a scam.

Meanwhile, police are reminding residents never to give out personal details, bank cards, or money to someone you don’t know.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Drug-dealer from Thornton Heath jailed


A drug dealer from Thornton Heath, who kept a large quantity of cocaine, and an Enfield revolver at his home, has been jailed for ten years.

54 year old Frederick Blake’s car was stopped by police in an unmarked vehicle in July after he appeared to be checking out houses in Carshalton

They found a quantity of drugs and more than £400 cash in his car.

At his home they discovered a lot more cocaine, a revolver and over £38,000 in cash.

He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, CS gas, cash obtained through crime, and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:44 pm  

Lambeth police appeal to find two suspects after a fight on a bus




Lambeth police are appealing for help in identifying two men following an altercation on a bus in Brixton.

Officers were called to a fight on a Route 159 bus on Brixton Road in April but when they arrived the suspects had already left.

CCTV footage shows a an elderly man being knocked over - and two men armed with bottles who attacked around six other people.

The first suspect’s a bald black man, who was wearing a white T-shirt and the second is a black man with short hair wearing a light-coloured jacket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

Following the Paris attacks, Kingston’s Bentall Centre has confirmed security has been stepped up ahead of Christmas

Britain is currently on its highest terror threat alert, which means an attack is highly likely.

Kingston is one of the busiest shopping centres outside of central London.

Bentalls was started in Clarence Street, where it still stands, by Frank Bentall in 1867 .

A spokesman for the centre says procedures have been scaled up and agreed with Kingston Police, however, the finer details will not be made public.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

It appears some garden centres across South West London and Surrey have gone elf and safety mad ahead of Christmas

Listeners in Morden told us they were unable to have the bottom of their Christmas trees sawn off at Wyevale this year.

That’s despite being able to have them chopped in previous years.

A spokesman says while staff can still lop the bottoms off trees on request, they have to be specially trained and some centres don’t always have a trained member of staff available.

Wyevale recommends placing the tree in standing water within half an hour of buying it to ensure the tree lasts throughout Christmas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

Croydon police release fourteenth 'wanted' image in run-up to Christmas


During December, Croydon police is calling for the public’s help to find people wanted by the courts or who are due to be sent back to prison.

Officers are putting out one image every day until Christmas Eve, of those they want to identify, or locate.

The fourteenth image released today, is of 27 year old Anthony Palmer.

He is wanted on recall to prison after breaching his licence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:44 am  

Police are appealing to trace the driver of a car which was involved in a hit-and-run in West Drayton



As a result of the collision impact, a young pedestrian suffered a hip fracture after been thrown three metres form a car bonnet and into the air.

She will now require at least a year of physiotherapy.

Officers are also releasing moving footage of the incident, which was captured on CCTV, in a bid to trace the driver and the vehicle.

Police and the London Ambulance Service were called at approximately 8:30pm on Friday, the 27th of November.

The car involved failed to stop at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Man found dead in Kingston

A man has been found dead after a suspected "noxious gas"leak in Kingston.

Police were called to Fairfax House near Villiers Road just after 8am.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

Nearby homes have been evacuated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

The Education Secretary says she won't allow problems with child protection services to be "swept under the carpet"

Nicky Morgan's warning that departments in England which are judged inadequate will have six months to improve or they'll be taken over by other councils and charities.

In 2012, Kingston Council's children's services were rated "inadequate," and they were taken over by Richmond Council in the interim.

Since Achieving for Children, a social enterprise company, took over managing both Kingston and Richmond, Kingston has been reclassified as good by Ofsted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am  

London Fire Brigade campaign to deter time-wasters

A spate of inappropriate 999 calls has prompted the London Fire Brigade to launch a campaign to deter time wasters.

Firefighters claim they’ve been called out 1,500 times in the last five years to rescue people stuck in objects like chairs and toilet seats.

It also wants to reduce the number of call-outs it receives for animal rescues, urging people to call the RSPCA instead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Shaker Aamer says British intelligence officer witnessed his torture

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Shaker Aamer says he's 90% sure a British intelligence officer was present while he was being tortured.

The Battersea resident says no British agent ever took part in the violence during his interrogations, but they also made no attempt to stop it.

He was held at the US military facility in Cuba for 14 years before being released in October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

New documents raise questions about Chertsey boys death

According to newly released documents, the Environment Agency did not tell Ministers that ‘very high’ levels of deadly cyanide gas were detected in a house in Chertsey where a boy died during last year’s floods.

Seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola was poisoned to death after floodwaters engulfed the family’s home during the storms in February 2014.

The documents seen by The Mail on Sunday show that ‘very high’ levels of hydrogen cyanide gas – 500 times above that required to kill – were recorded in the boy’s bedroom hours after the tragedy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:02 am  

Sunday, 13 December 2015

An appeal from Police in Croydon

Police in Croydon asking for help to locate people who are wanted by the courts or due to be sent back to prison.

In the run up to Christmas, between 1st and 24th December they are putting out images of their most wanted.

The twelfth image is that of 26 year old SivaKumar Vacsanthan who failed to appear in court after being charged with an offensive weapon.

The Thirteenth is that of 29 year old Majinder Tandan who is wanted in connection with assault.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Omaree Lindsay from Croydon may make history when he faces trial
A man accused of stealing a crate of Lucozabe from a shop in Mitcham whilst riding a hoverboard may make history when he faces trial.

Omaree Lindsay from Croydon faces one of the first ever prosecutions under new laws drawn up to restrict the use of self-balancing scooters on a pavement.

He will appear on bail at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday the 30th of December – he is also charged with theft and failure to comply with a court order.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:48 pm  

Battersea resident Shaker Aamer speaks out after his return from Guantanamo Bay

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, has delivered a blunt message for extremists living in the UK.

The 48 year-old Battersea resident, who spent 14 years in captivity, has told the Mail on Sunday any would-be terrorists should "get out" of the country.

He also said Islam does not allow the killing of citizens.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:46 pm  

Richmond offers its residents tips on keeping safe during Christmas
Richmond Council is urging its residents to keep their home safe during the festive holiday.

They are offering some useful tips to help keep buglers away.

They’re advice is to ensure all windows are secure, leave a light on, lock the front door and ensure back gates are locked.

They also advise not to leave boxes outside the house which might advertise your new presents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 am  

An Inquest finds Pilot's decision was unsafe
An inquest into the deaths of two men killed in a helicopter crash in Vauxhall, has found the pilot's decision to fly in bad weather was unsafe.

Peter Barnes died when the helicopter he was flying clipped a crane at St George Wharf during foggy conditions in January 2013.

Pedestrian Matthew Wood was killed by the falling helicopter.

Barnes had been flying from Redhill Aerodrome to Hertfordshire but was diverted to Battersea heliport.

The jury found poor visibility confused the pilot and resulted in the accidental deaths of the two men.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 am  

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