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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Steve Hyland plans new pull-up World Record


If you've stuffed yourself with food this Christmas, then making a New Year's resolution to loose it could be just the thing.

With the New ear upon us -some of us will be making resolutions - and a popular one s getting fit or losing weight.

Steve Hyland from Stoneleigh has an unusual goal for next year.

This year he managed 1050 chin-ups in 1 hour, setting a New World Record - nest year he will be aiming to break the pull-up record.

Steve tells us why he's chosen pull-ups.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Get to know Cancer in January

People across Tooting are being invited to 'get to know cancer' in January.

A pop-up on Mitcham Road will have specialist nurses to give health advice and check-ups.

Around 40% of a person's cancer risk depends on their lifestyle and people will be encouraged to keep active, eat well and not smoke.

The pop-up opens on 18th January for three weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Ambulance Service urges people only to dial 999 for emergencies

With the New Year approaching Ambulance crews are reminding people only to dial 999 in a real emergency.

Calls to South East Ambulance Service always increase over the winter months with the festive season traditionally seeing a spike.

SECAMB's Andy Cashmann reminds us how we can keep everyone safe:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Football Updates

Chelsea host high flying Watford later.

In the Championship Brentford are also at home to Brighton - but Fulham travel to Derby and QPR are away at Ipswich.

In division 2... AFC Wimbledon face Bristol Rovers.

Crystal Palace take on Swansea on Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

21 year old runs London Marathon for St George's hospital in Tooting

21-year old Grace Havard has started raising money for St George's Hospital in Tooting as part of her goal for next year.

Grace will run 26 miles, aiming to complete the London Marathon for her chosen charity.

Following a car accident last year, she spent 3 months in Hospital, and had to learn to walk again.

Grace tells us what it will mean to get the support, and why she has chosen a charity so close to her heart:



To sponsor Grace go to
www.virginmoneygiving.com/GraceHavardLondonMarathon
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

King George VI Chase Today at Kempton

Don Cossack is the favourite for the King George VI race at Kempton today.

Having won 8 out of 9 previous races - the Gordon Elliot trained eight-year-old is currently the highest-rated chaser in Britain and Ireland.

The race begins at ten past 3.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Conman ordered to repay elderley Surrey residents
A serial rogue trader who conned elderly customers in Surrey has been ordered to repay his victims in full.

51-year-old James Saunders was jailed in June for three years after admitting running a fraudulent business over a six-year period.

Victims included an 89-year-old war veteran who was cheated out of more than 42-thousand pounds.

The total value of criminal benefit to Saunders was 690-thousand pounds.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 am  

Friday, 25 December 2015

Chessington Zookeepers' Christmas Day

Many people are still working today.

Zookeepers at Chessington are looking after the animals.

John Merrington is the assistant zookeeper and explains what different animals will be eating.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Arrest after a hit and run in Clapham
An arrest has been made after a hit and and run in south west London.

A 54 year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital following the crash in Clapham just after midnight.

Police are questioning a 24 year-old woman.

She's being questioned on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:47 pm  

Boxing Day King George VI Chase at Kempton

It's one of the biggest days in the racing calendar tomorrow with the King George VI Chase taking place at Kempton.

Don Cossack is the favourite.

The race has been running for 67 years and is one of the most prestigious events of the racing calendar.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Winter walks around Greater London

Ramblers are inviting the people of Greater London to take part in their free walks during the Winter season.

Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth says winter is one of the best times to go out for a walk.

From light strolls to faster rambles, they are free, fun and open to everyone, so prepare to wrap up warm!

They will be leading hundreds of walks between the 19th December and the 3rd January in the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Christmas Support for the Homeless

A day-centre in providing showers, food, advice and support to the Homeless in South-West London today, as if it were an other day of the year.

SHOC in Slough is part of the Trinity Housing Projects and is the only centre within a 20-mile radius offering both crisis care and long-term help.

This is despite records for last year showing around 34,000 homeless households in London and the South East alone.

Trinity's Andy Robertson explains why services like theirs are particularly important at this time of year:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Kempton prepares for King George VI race
Don Cossack is the favourite for the King George VI race at Kempton tomorrow.

Having won 8 out of 9 previous races- the Gordon Elliott trained eight-year-old is currently the highest-rated chaser in Britain and Ireland.

The race begins at 15:10
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

Ambulance advise us to only dial 999 in a real emergency

With the New Year approaching Ambulance crews are reminding people only to dial 999 in a real emergency.

Calls to South East Ambulance Service always increase over the winter months with the festive season traditionally seeing a spike.

People are advised to call 101 in a non emergency.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Surrey Community Activities for Christmas Day

Community activities will take place across Surrey today for those who would otherwise spend Christmas alone.

Lunches and film screenings are just some of the events brightening up this Christmas Day for the elderly, 35% of whom suffer from loneliness.

This follows a campaign organised by two National Charities which invited people to organize activities for those seeking company.

Supporter Development Manager for Friends of the Elderly, Gemma Leary:


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Appeal for missing man in Guildford area
Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing man named Gerard Anderson.

Officers are concerned for the 44-year-old's welfare, as he hasn’t been seen since 27th November.

Anderson is of no fixed abode, does not have access to any money, and is known to frequent the Guildford area.

He’s described as white, of slight build, with light brown and greying hair, facial hair and blue eyes.

He also has a strong Irish accent.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Surrey Police by calling 101 or report it online at http://www.surrey.police.uk/ and quote the reference number 45150115606.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 am  

Police and public make Christmas Day joyful for children in care
Children in care across Hounslow will receive gifts this year, bringing them some festive cheer at an otherwise difficult time.

Many members of the public and businesses across the borough donated to the Metropolitan Police's Christmas tree appeal.

Thanks to such generosity, there are enough presents for every child in care in Hounslow - 256 in total.

Enough money was also raised for the Police to hold a Christmas party for the elderly, many of whom would otherwise spend Christmas Day alone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 am  

Boy attacked in Woking
A young boy has been attacked and robbed in Woking.

The 16-year-old was approached by three teenage boys who engaged him in conversation just outside the Goldsworth Park Health Centre.

They followed the victim along Bampton Way onto a footpath towards the footbridge over Lockfield Drive where they began to push him, threw a football at his head and verbally abused him.

The victim ran away but the attackers caught up with him along the Basingstoke canal towpath, where they forced him to the ground and stole his black Berghaus backpack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 am  

Kingston MP's Christmas message

Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry has this Christmas message.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

Brentford MP's Christmas message

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth Ruth Cadbury has this Christmas message:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

Hammersmith MP's Christmas message

The MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter has this Christmas message.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:20 am  

A festive message from Carshalton's MP

The MP for Carshalton and Walling Tom Brake has this Christmas message:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 am  

The MP for Sutton and Cheam Paul Scully has this Christmas message

The MP for Sutton and Cheam Paul Scully has this Christmas message.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 am  

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Elderly people face loneliness and isolation at Christmas
Charities are encouraging awareness of the isolation and loneliness faced by elderly people during the festive period.

An estimated half a million older people will be spending Christmas alone this year.

More information and details of events tackling loneliness in your area can be found on CommunityChristmas.org.uk
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 pm  

Missing Ealing teen found

A missing 16 year old from Ealing has been found safe and well.

The Metropolitan Police had issued an alert over Gervais Okandju.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

Forty thousand pound bracelet stolen in Weybridge - instantly recognisable says detective
Elmbridge detectives are appealing to anyone who’s seen a stolen white diamond and gold bracelet – worth forty thousand pounds.

The 18 carat item was stolen from a house in Saint George’s Hill in Weybridge at some point between the end of November into the start of December.

The detective investigating says it has particularly large stones and would be instantly recognisable if it was offered for sale online.
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference 45150109287 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. - See more at: http://www.surrey.police.uk/News/News-Stories/Full-news-story/Article/12252/Valuable-bracelet-stolen-from-Weybridge-property#sthash.Rm24DXIL.dpuf
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

Flood warning for Putney to Teddington Weir
A flood alert’s been issued for the stretch between Putney and Teddington.

It’s for the next two tides.

There’s more information on 0345 9881188 or - at http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Palace News

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says the club can look to the New Year with confidence.

They've managed nine Premier League wins so far this season. That's more than Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Pardew says that sort of form will deliver big results.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Heroic officers had an emotional reunion with a seven-year-old boy whose life they saved earlier this year


During a surprise pre-Christmas visit, Tami Akeju greeted the officers with the words: "thank you for saving my life".

Tami was reunited with officers PC Ed Bengree, PC Darren Greenall and Sergeant Allan Shields at a medical rehabilitation centre where he is recovering.

Tami suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Brentford in April, in full view of his parents Michael and Cynthia Akeju.

He was in his bedroom sleeping when his heart and breathing suddenly stopped.

Whilst Tami lay lifeless in Cynthia's arms, Michael called 999 for help.

PCs Bengree and Greenall from Hounslow Response Team arrived at the home where they immediately commenced emergency CPR.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

A man from Croydon has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.


31 year old Mohammed Alam, was charged today, under section 2(1), (2)(a) and (11) of the Terrorism Act 2006 with distributing or circulating a terrorist publication.

He appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' court this morning where he was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on the 8th of January.

Alam was arrested on Tuesday by officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:17 pm  

Men are more likely to go missing, with a fatal outcome, during a night out in December than at any other time of the year

The Men Missing on a Night Out Study, due to be completed by the end of next year, is in its infancy at Kingston University.

But of the 97 male disappearances researched nationwide so far, a fifth occurred in December alone.

Geoff Newiss is an honorary fellow of Kingston University, and has also worked at charity Missing People.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

A woman had to be cut from her car this morning after it overturned outside St. Helier Hospital

Police were called to the scene of a two-car collision on Wrythe Lane, Carshalton shortly after 8 o’clock.

Emergency services had to close the road to allow the fire brigade to free the trapped woman.

She has since been taken to hospital and her injuries are not thought to be life threatening or life changing.

St. Helier Hospital is advising patients to continue making their way to an appointment even if they are late because of traffic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

Body found on tracks at East Croydon

Trains are unable to run through East Croydon station after a body was found on the tracks.

The discovery was made just after 9am, causing huge disruption to Southern Services.

Police say they are treating the death as unexplained.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest, or follow us on Twitter @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:40 am  

Driver receives unwelcome gift from Surrey Police

Two more drink drivers have been banned for three years each after being charged as part of Surrey Police's anti-drink and drug driving campaign Op Dragonfly.

Stephen Fryett, of Conquest Road, Addlestone got behind the wheel after a Christmas party in the early hours of the 6th of December while three times the drink drive limit.

He admitted to consuming more than four pints and a couple of glasses of wine before driving himself home from a pub in Addlestone.

The 56-year-old was stopped by officers in Chertsey Road after narrowly avoiding a collision with a motorcycle and colliding with a curb.

He failed the roadside breath test and was held in custody at Staines Police Station where he gave a reading of 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – over three times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

Wanted man Carl Richardson has been found

Carl Richardson has now been located and has been charged at court for two offences of arson.

An arrest warrant was issued for the 35-year-old from Leatherhead after he failed to answer bail in connection with a suspicious fire at a haulage company in Epsom.

He was arrested on Tuesday and appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on the same day.

He was remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Kingston Crown Court on the 6th of January 2016.

The charges relate to an arson attack at Penwarden Haulage in College Road on the 3rd of October in which £1.5million worth of damage was caused to a number of lorries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Train delays for airport passengers

Passengers going by train to Heathrow and Gatwick are being prepared for long delays this Christmas.

Gatwick Express services will stop for the next 10 days, while the Heathrow rail links will stop for four because of engineering works.

20,000 workers will be carrying out almost 500 improvement projects across the whole of the UK according to Network Rail.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel, or follow us on Twitter @Jackie_Travel
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

What's your favourite Christmas tune?

According to new research, 20% of Londoners say Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas is their favourite festive tune.

Respondents were given a list of songs to choose from, and the most popular for the South East was Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas.

But, half of the 2 , 800 people surveyed across the UK by say they think retailers play Christmas music too early.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

Report finding spells change for Heart of Hackbridge

Overzealous councils are risking public safety with fashionable “simplified” street design.

That’s one of the key findings into a report commissioned to look at a new pedestrianised space in Hackbridge.

Lucy Mayer reports.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Police are appealing for help to find an elderly woman missing from Croydon



Rohna Pusey, 86, was last seen on Helder Street in Croydon yesterday morning.

Rohna is described as black, just over 5ft tall and of medium to stocky build.

When last seen, she was wearing a gold coloured top, a skirt and a black coat. She may also have a red beret.

She has Alzheimer's and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Rohna is known to frequent Battersea and Croydon, and in particular the Sunny Hill area of Streatham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:39 am  

Police witness appeal after a collision in New Malden

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service last night to reports of a car colliding with a pedestrian on Clarence Avenue at the junction with High Drive.

The pedestrian, a woman aged in her late 80s, was taken to a south London hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 am  

The MP for Mitcham and Morden Siobhan McDonagh has this Christmas message.

The MP for Mitcham and Morden Siobhan McDonagh has this Christmas message.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A man from Stoneleigh tells us his unique goal for next year

With the new year upon us, some of us will make new years resolutions, a popular one is getting fit or loosing weight.

Steve Hyland from Stoneleigh has an unusual aim for next year, this year he managed 3792 chin-ups in 6 hours to break the World Record, but next year he will be doing pull-ups.

For those of you with a fitness goal, he could help you make up your mind, Steve also tells us why he thinks you should remain active as you get older and what he will be eating this Christmas.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

Burglary at St George's

Police in Wandsworth are appealing for information following the theft of Christmas gifts at St George’s hospital.

Detectives received reports of a burglary this morning just before 11.30am.

Presents bought for nurses that included gift vouchers, champagne and chocolates were taken from the nurse’s station.

The theft is thought to have taken place between 6pm last night and 7.15am this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

John Merrington tells us what the animals at Chessington will be doing this Christmas

As you open your presents from Santa on Christmas Day, have you ever wondered whether the animals at Chessington get anything to open?

Well, actually they do.

Not a present as such, but because their food is more important to them, they might get a special treat.

Assistant Zoo keeper of Chessington, John Merrington tells us what the animals will be doing at Christmas, including what they will eat on Christmas Day, and how you can wish them a Merry Christmas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm  

A man charged over death of girl from Epsom
A 19-year-old has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Arthur Berry from Worthing is also accused of two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

It follows a fatal collision on the A24 in Capel in April.

A 17-year-old girl from Epsom died in the crash and two others suffered serious injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

Police carry out a drugs raid in Carshalton
Police have carried out a drugs raid this morning at a property in Carshalton.

Detectives forced entry into an address on Grove Lane around 8am.

Quantities of suspected cannabis, drugs paraphernalia, cash and luxury trainers were seized.

A 30 year old man and a 26 year old woman have been arrested and are being questioned by police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

21-year old from Chertsey to run the marathon - after having to learn to walk again

21-year old Grace Havard has started raising money for St George's Hospital in Tooting, as part of her goal for next year.

Grace will run 26 miles, aiming to complete the London Marathon for her chosen charity.

Following a car accident last year, she spent 3 months in hospital, and had to learn to walk again.

Grace tells us more about her goal - including what it will mean to get the support, and why she has chosen a charity so close to her heart.

To sponsor Grace go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/GraceHavardLondonMarathon

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

London Fire Brigade asks people to only call 999 in emergencies
In the run-up to Christmas London fire Brigade is tweeting about some of the time-wasting and non-emergency calls it receives.

The list includes a man with rings stuck on his penis and a kitten with its head trapped in a bongo drum.

All the incidents tweeted are following a festive theme and feature the hashtag12DaysXmas.

The Brigade’s Director of Operations said it's a bit of festive fun, but the message is serious – don’t call 999 unless it's a genuine emergency.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm  

Teenager missing from South Norwood



Missing Philip Pryce

Police are appealing for help to find a missing boy from South Norwood.

15 year old Philip Pryce has not been seen since Monday – he’s never gone missing before and this is out of character.

Philip is black, 5ft 9 and of slim build; he has a moustache and big eyebrows.

He’s believed to be wearing all black clothing, and grey Adidas trainers
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Kingston and Sutton share more services
Sutton and Kingston Councils plan to save money by sharing a new Human resources department from Spring 2016

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis, says it's down to increasing pressure on councils to save money and that the collaboration makes 'good business sense.'

So far the two councils share five different services with more planned for the future.

Sutton Council leader Ruth Dombey is positive about the share saying a 'problem shared is a problem halved.'

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:21 pm  

Surrey Police release video of drink driver


A woman who crashed her car into a pedestrian island in Guildford while twice the drink drive limit has been disqualified.

21 year old Holly Brown from Aldershot pleaded guilty.

She was proactively named as part of Operation Dragonfly – Surrey Police's crackdown on drink and drug driving offences in December.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

The Met warns against non-essential 999 calls
The Met are warning the public against making time-wasting 999 calls.

Scotland Yard's released a list of the ten worst offenders of such calls over the last year - they include people who were driving when their low-fuel indicator light came on.

And a woman who called to say a take-away restaurant would not replace the kebab she had just bought - as it was cold.

Police says nuisance calls - especially over Christmas - waste valuable resources.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

National Grid is expecting over 700 call outs from the Fulham area alone this festive period

Teams will be working 24/7 over Christmas.

It’s thought a staggering 63,000 calls nationwide will be made to the Grid’s emergency number over that time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:31 am  

PM under pressure to wade into Gatwick flight row

The Prime Minister's under pressure to intervene after a British Muslim family was banned from flying to Disneyland LA.

US officials stopped the group of 11, including nine children, in the departure lounge at Gatwick Airport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

McCullum joins Middlesex
Brendon McCullum has joined Middlesex.

He’s agreed to play for the club in next summer’s NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Earlier this week the New Zealander announced his retirement from international cricket.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Woman escapes injury at Norbiton station

A woman has escaped serious injury after a train driver managed to avoid hitting her on the tracks at Norbiton.

The woman in her 50s was rescued from the tracks just after 5am on Monday.

Witnesses say they felt the train brake extremely hard with horn fully on before coming into Norbiton station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Two teenagers from Merton are charged with rape
Two teenagers from Merton are due to appear in court charged with the rape of two women.

The 16 year old boys were arrested two days ago after the assaults on Sunday in South Park Gardens and on Dudley Road.

One suspect’s accused of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault - he’s also charged with Actual Bodily Harm and possession of a knife.

The second boy is accused of two counts of rape - both will appear in custody today at Wimbledon Youth Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:35 am  

Kind-heart police in Lambeth raise money for elderly pensioner

Stan receiving his cheque at Brixton police station

Two kind-hearted police officers from Lambeth have raised over £5,000 for an elderly man whose life savings were stolen.

Police Constables Ben Ings and Simon Cracknell set up the collection when they heard how two men bullied their way into Stan’s home.

The criminals, posing as police pushed the 84 year old over and grabbed the £8,000 he had saved to pay for his own funeral.

The two suspects in the robbery are described as white and of medium build both with dark hair; one had a limp and possibly a Midlands accent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

Former Twickenham MP to write political thriller

Lib Dem politician Vince Cable has turned his hand to writing.

The former Business Secretary, who lost his Twickenham seat in May, is writing a political thriller on a dubious arms deal affecting Britain and India.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 am  

Woking based McLaren F1 star splits from wife

Woking based McLaren Formula One star Jenson Button has split from his model wife Jessica Michibata after just one year of marriage.

The pair tied the knot in Hawaii in December last year, and are said to have parted on friendly terms.

They met in 2008 and even broke up for a short time in 2010 before getting back together.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 am  

Police find new lead in Claygate family murder

Police in France have found two unidentified traces of DNA on the car belonging to a British family from Claygate who were gunned down in the French Alps three years ago.

50-year-old Saad Al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal and her mother Suhaila Al-Allaf were all shot in their BMW in a lay-by in a village near Annecy in September 2012.

The Al-Hilli's 7-year-old daughter was also shot and suffered severe head injuries, while her younger sister escaped unhurt.

Detectives are now hoping the latest lead could help solve the mystery of the murders.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 am  

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Surrey Police appeals for witnesses to robbery at Vodafone store in Walton yesterday
Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery at the Vodafone Store in Walton yesterday evening.

Five masked men went into the shop in the high street at around 5.15pm and threatened to assault staff, before shutting them in the staff room.

They made off with a quantity of mobile phones and a substantial amount of cash after making staff members open the safe.

Four of the five men are described as black, while the fifth suspect is described as white. They're all in their 20s and wore balaclavas and tracksuit bottoms.

None of the staff members were injured during the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

Former carer convicted of child sex offences


A former carer for Lambeth Social Services has been convicted of 17 historical sexual offences against children in his care.

64 year old Leslie Paul from North London, was found guilty of all the offences he faced, which included indecent assault and indecency.

Over an eight-year period, between 1980 and 1988, Paul carried out the offences at Lambeth children's home, in South Vale in Upper Norwood, where the four male victims resided.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

Police in Sutton embrace the season of goodwill


Police in Sutton have embraced the season of goodwill by giving up their own time to clear the overgrown front garden of a couple after they were burgled.

Officers believe the couple in the 80s were targeted because their garden in a street off Mulgrave Road was so overgrown it hid their property.

Officers on rest days and annual leave, along with a retired police officer, rallied round to clear the undergrowth.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

TV presenter Julia Bradbury is urging Surrey folk to recycle their cards to help plant thousands of trees across the UK.


For every 1,000 cards dropped in to M&S stores for recycling throughout January, the retailer will fund the Woodland Trust to plant a tree.

The charity has set an ambitious target to collect and recycle more than six million Christmas cards, which would mean more than 6,000 new trees in the ground.

If everyone in Surrey recycled just one card it would help the Woodland Trust to plant more than 1,000 trees.

Tree cover in the county is pretty healthy at over 24%, compared to the national average of 13%, but more trees are needed to keep it this way.

The Woodland Trust is currently creating England's first WWI Centenary Wood on the edge of Epsom Downs in Langley Vale.



200,000 native trees are being planted, including beech, rowan, hawthorn and oak and creating carpets of striking wildflowers.

The land will be transformed into a peaceful place with natural habitats for the little owl, dormice, and six pairs of lapwings that represent 17% of Surrey's population.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 pm  

Nick Evans re-signs with Quins

Fly-half Nick Evans has re-signed with Harlequins.

The 35 year old has amassed 2,024 points in 181 matches since his debut against Saracens in 2008.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

Dog reunited with owners after burglary in Claygate


A dog has been reunited with its family after being stolen following a burglary at a house in Claygate on Saturday.

Maximus, a 22-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy, was taken after thieves broke into the address in Red Lane.

The thieves also stole two iPads and a selection of costume jewellery from the house after smashing the kitchen window to gain access.

On Sunday an employee at Treetop Kennels in Guildford contacted the owners to say that a dog matching Maximus' description had been brought in.

A 21-year-old woman from Worplesdon and a 23-year-old man from Horley have been arrested in connection with the burglary and are on bail.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

House price rise expected in 2016

It's estimated house prices will rise by 6 per cent next year.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is predicting increases right across the UK - with East Anglia expected to see the biggest jump of 8 per cent.

In London it’s estimated to go up by 5% and 7% in the South East.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am  

Police investigate indecent exposure in Weybridge

Police are investigating after a man indecently exposed himself to a teenage girl in Weybridge.

It happened on Monday the 14th of December.

The 19-year-old victim was walking along a footpath in the wooded area between Brooklands College and the Hand and Spear public house near the railway station.

The suspect is white, 5ft 10”, slim and wearing a black hooded top and dark blue jeans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:57 am  

Police appeal after theft in Leatherhead

Police are appealing for information following theft of specialist sound equipment in Leatherhead

Thieves broke into a garage in a secure area just off the Reigate Road and stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment over the weekend.

Police say it can only be operated and used by specialists and the victim has put all the serial numbers of the stolen equipment on specialist forums.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 am  

Fire destroys garage in Chiswick

A single storey garage in Chiswick has been completely damaged by fire.

Firefighters were called to the blaze in Burlington Lane shortly after five this morning.

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:32 am  

Elderly woman robbed in Fulham




Police investigating the burglary of an 89-year-old woman in Fulham have issued CCTV footage of a man they are keen to speak with.

A man knocked at the victim’s door on Friday the 11th of December and said he was a builder working on a neighbour’s roof and falsely claimed hers needed repair.

The woman let the suspect into her home on Wandsworth Bridge Road and handed him £15 - when he left she noticed a further £65 was gone from her purse.

He’s described as white, between 45 and 60 years old, clean shaven and balding with some hair around the sides - he was wearing a dark Barbour style jacket
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:14 am  

Two suspects wanted after theft in Mitcham




Detectives investigating a burglary in Mitcham have released CCTV footage of two men they wish to identify and speak to.

Thieves stole presents, including jewellery, photographic equipment, a tablet and a laptop from under the Christmas tree at a house in Ashbourne Road.

The CCTV film shows two men taking the gifts late on Saturday the 12th of December and returning early the next morning – they left dirty footprints and trampled on toys.

The suspects are described as being in their twenties – one is medium built with thick eyebrows and the other is a slim black with a beard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 am  

Monday, 21 December 2015

Shooting Star Chase Carol concert raises £6,000 for the children's charity

Christmas carollers raised £6,000 at the 9th annual Shooting Star Chase carol concert in Weybridge last week.

The congregation gathered at St George’s College chapel and enjoyed performances from the 140 strong Elmbridge Choir.

Britain’s Got Talent’s Connie Talbot and the Shooting Star Chase Family choir also performed.

The money raised enables short breaks at the hospices, in Hampton and Guildford, so families can spend time together over the Christmas period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 pm  

Croydon police continue appeal to trace a male they would like to speak to


Croydon police are continuing to appeal to trace a male they would like to speak to in connection with an assault in New Addington.

This follows an appeal issued last month, which asked for the public’s help to trace two males in connection with the incident in Headley Drive.

As a result of that appeal, a 14 year old male from Mitcham attended Croydon police station and was interviewed under caution.

Officers are still trying to trace the second male, believed to be aged between 14 and 16.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

Historic grounds in Woking will be the topic of a BBC One documentary which will broadcast beginning of January

The restoration of Muslim Burial Ground and the creation of the new Islamic inspired Peace Garden was opened by the Earl of Wessex in November.

The documentary follows the story of the restoration of a forgotten burial ground for 27 Muslim soldiers who gave their lives fighting for Britain in the two World Wars.

The programme will air on January the 3rd.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

Nine out of ten hospitals in England have a serious shortage of nurses


Figures show the vast majority of the 225 acute hospital trusts didn't manage to run wards with the full quota of nurses during the daytime in August.

Ashford and St Peter's in Chertsey (pictured), is listed as one of five hospitals struggling most to fill planned nurse hours.

The Department of Health says staffing is a priority, and that 50,000 nurses are in training.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Is your hospital parking making you sick?

NHS hospital trusts have been accused of levying a "tax on sick people."

It’s after an investigation revealed some are making more than £3 million a year from car parking fees.

Of more than 90 trusts that responded to the FoI request by the Press Association, half are making at least a million a year.

Chelsea and Westminster raked in just over £1.8 million last year, while Epsom and St Helier made almost £1.6 million.

Hospitals are raising increasing amounts of money from staff, patients and visitors, including those who are disabled.

They are also handing over millions to private firms to run their car parks for them, and allowing some to cash in on parking fines.

Others are tied into private finance initiative contracts, where all money raised goes to private firms under lengthy contracts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

"Sex attack" in Wimbledon

A park in Wimbledon has been sealed off by police following reports of a sex attack.

Detectives from the Met’s sexual offences unit have closed off South Park Gardens following allegations made yesterday.

It’s understood the suspected assault took place near the Dudley Road entrance as well as in the park itself.

The area remains closed to allow forensic officers to investigate.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Police appeal after robbery in Ottershaw
Police are investigating a robbery in Ottershaw.

It took place at One Stop in Brox Road just before 7 this morning.

Three masked men went into the shop and assaulted two members of staff before shutting them in a back office.

The suspects then took a substantial amount of cash and a mobile phone belonging to one of the employees.

They are believed to have made off on foot down an alleyway before leaving in a dark-coloured vehicle along Chaworth Road.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

Batty signs again for Surrey

Surrey captain Gareth Batty has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.

The 38-year-old spinner skippered the side to the Division Two title last season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:15 pm  

Today marks the first time in history that bookies have stopped taking bets on a white Christmas

The news comes as its been revealed ice rinks are struggling with the unseasonably warm weather.

Rink organisers at landmarks including Hampton Court, have urged skaters to take extra clothing as the ice melts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Tribute to former Fulham player Jimmy Hill

A minute's applause was held in Jimmy Hill's honour at Coventry's match on Saturday after he died aged 87.

The former footballer and broadcaster had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

He made his name playing for Fulham in the 1950s.

After retiring from playing at the age of 33, Hill managed Coventry City and help oversee their promotion to the old First Division.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

The next episode of Star Wars is due to start filming within weeks

Filming on Star Wars: Episode 8 is to begin within weeks, according to actor John Boyega.

He made the announcement as he surprised fans after a screening in Brixton.

The 23 year-old told the audience he was 'so happy' to start work on the next instalment.

‘The Force Awakens’ is poised to smash UK box office records.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Photos released as part of Operation Bumblee

William O’Donaghue

Images of twelve of London’s most wanted burglary suspects have been released in a crackdown by the Met.

The dozen includes 39-year-old William O’Donaghue who’s wanted in connection with the theft of 10,000 pounds worth of Asian Gold in Croydon.

And 27 year old Zac Lewis, who’s wanted by Sutton borough for a burglary at a pawnbrokers in New Addington in September.

The photos have been uploaded to the Crimestoppers website in an appeal for the public’s help.


Zac Lewis
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

GSK buy HIV drugs from US rival

Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline has bought a selection of HIV drugs from US rival Bristol-Myers Squibb.

The move sees GSK laying further claim to the multi-billion pound HIV treatment market.

The company, whose global headquarters are in Brentford, will pay 350-million pounds up-front for two separate buckets of drugs which aim to treat people infected with the disease.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 am  

Winter bug puts pressure on Epsom & St Helier Hospital

Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust was among four London trusts which ran out of beds this month as the winter vomiting bug put extra pressure on the NHS.

According to the NHS’ winter report the hospital said it reached full capacity at various stages over the past two weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 am  

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Nine-try victory for Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop
Going into this weekend Harlequins were top of the Pool 3 table having played 3, won 3; with 3 bonus points. Calvisano were propping up the table - no wins, no bonus points.

Following their 8 try victory over the Italians last week, Harlequins were looking to put in an equally strong performance. Charlie Matthews took to the field for his 100th game for the club and Wales international Jamie Roberts made his debut.

Calvisano kicked off proceedings. Quick work saw Quins race to the opposition try line; Yarde chasing a searching kick which eventually found its way into touch.

The visitors secured their line-out and cleared for a Quins line-out still in opposition territory.

Swiel attempted to keep the momentum going following a successful set play however his pass failed to find its planned target and went into touch.

A game of football ensued until Calvisano knocked-on whilst trying to gather a high-ball. Scrum then penalty to Quins on the half-way line.

They kicked for an attacking line-out but themselves knocked-on when trying to secure possession. This was fortuitous for Quins who dominated the set play and stole possession, making it into the opposition 22 before being brought down.

Play slowed as the forwards took their turn in driving the ball on, until Dave Ward missed a pass and knocked on, allowing Calvisano to clear.

Another penalty to the home side and Botica placed the ball neatly in the corner for a 10 metre line-out. It was thrown long, however the opposition were penalised. (Calvisano no. 7 Zdrilich was replaced due to injury after 9 minutes).

Scrum to Quins. The ball was fed but the Italians came away with the penalty; Quins failing to bind correctly.

The line-out was still in Calvisano's territory however the home side regained possession after the visitors were penalised at the break-down.
Quins fed the scrum, drove and attempted to break however play returned moments later after the referee played advantage. This time Botica kicked to the corner. Another attacking line-out.

Matthews secured the ball and a maul was formed. Ward tried to break away with the ball but was tackled. Play slowed until the ball was sent out to the wings. Calvisano defended well but were penalised for not rolling away.

Botica again kicked to the corner. Quins secured the ball and again drove for the line. The ball was recycled and Yarde crossed in the corner for the first points of the game after 15 minutes. Botica added the conversion: Harlequins 7 – 0 Calvisano.

(More injury concerns for the visitors as Minozzi left the field with his arm strapped up).

Quins were pushed back into their own 22 following the restart however soon made it back to the half-way line. Knock-on by the Italians handed a scrum to Quins just inside the visitor's half.

The dominance in this set play again earned the home side a penalty. They kicked for a line-out just outside the 22. They recycled the ball well and earned another penalty after Calvisano failed to roll away in the tackle. Another kick to the corner from Botica and another attacking line-out. It was again thrown towards the back and ended up with Calvisano in possession.

They box-kicked out and Quins were deemed to have knocked-on whilst gathering, although general feeling was the ball came off the boot.

The Italians maintained possession for their longest period this game and eventually kicked into touch in the home side's 22.

Quins secured line-out ball and Botica managed to cross the game line. The ball was then box-kicked on, Calvisano returned it allowing the home side to build their attack. Yarde again made a strong run along the wing but was tackled into touch before he could release the ball.

Calvisano were again penalised in the line-out for interfering and the home side got the put-in at the subsequent scrum.

Another penalty to Quins and Yarde made good strides. The visitors were again penalised and this time the referee showed the yellow card to Belardo after 29 minutes.

Quins opted for the scrum but lazy passing allowed Susio to intercept and run the length of the field for a try. Converted by Vlaicu levelling the scores: Harlequins 7 – 7 Calvisano.

The Twickenham Stoop quietened before shouts of 'playtime is over' was heard from the fans.

Calvisano failed to release a tackled player handing another penalty to the home side who again opted to run the ball. A knock-on handed a scrum to the visitors just outside their own 22.

Their possession did not last long as they knocked-on under tackle. The scrum was upgraded to a penalty to Quins. They made it back into the 22 before going into touch. The visitors secured line-out ball and placed it into touch, still within their own half. Quins again threw long but they retained possession until being penalised for holding-on in the ruck.

Calvisano kicked into touch for an attacking line-out in the Quins' 22. They secured ball and drove but it was stolen by the home side who made strides up the field. Buchanan got caught in possession but eventually support arrived. Advantage to Quins in the ruck and despite some good offloads, play was brought back. Sinckler crossed for a try under the posts at the stroke of half-time. Converted by Botica and Harlequins again pulled in front: Harlequins 14 – 7 Calvisano.

Half Time: Harlequins 14 – 7 Rugby Calvisano

The second half kicked off and Quins thought they had scored an early try within the 41st minute from a set piece scrum however it was denied and Calvisano were free to kick to safety.

This allowed the home side to regroup and attack again.

Another penalty to Quins and Botica found touch in the opposition half. Captain Jack Clifford was successful when he crossed the whitewash; Botica added the extra three points. Harlequins 21 – 7 Calvisano after 45miutes.

The restart was sent long and Quins ran it from inside their half. Superb link up by the squad allowed Yarde to offload to Chisholm for the 4th and bonus point try of the game. The conversion attempt was pushed across the face of the posts. Harlequins 26 – 7 Calvisano 48th minute.

Calvisano got their hands on the ball after Quins were penalised following the restart for holding onto the ball in the ruck. Despite trailing by 19 points the visitors opted for the posts and missed.

Quins kicked long and the Italians returned the ball.

In the ensuing play the home side knocked-on handing a scrum to the Italians. However possession was soon returned after Calvisano were penalised for failing to hit straight.
More misery for the visitors after they were again caught offside by the referee; Quins opted to run with the ball into the opposition 22. This tactic paid off and Jamie Roberts crossed on his debut for his first try in the Harlequins shirt. Conversion added. Harlequins 33 – 7 Calvisano after 55 minutes.

Following the restart the visitors made slow progress up the field. The Quins' defence was standing firm where as the Italians were looking tired. The home side stole possession and linked well, taking play into the opposition half.

Penalty to Quins as Calvisano were offside; Dickson took it quickly. They earned a scrum deep in the opposition half.

More positive work between Botica and Chisholm kept the fans' spirits high however the winger spilled the ball as he was tackled attempting to cross the whitewash.

Calvisano needed to put in a strong performance in the set piece however the referee blew for a Quins penalty which they took quickly and passed out to Walker who was in prime position to take it straight to ground. Converted from a difficulty angle: Harlequins 40 – 7 Calvisano after 63 minutes.

Following the restart Quins kicked it back long forcing the visitors to back-peddle quickly. They reached the ball first but a poor kick sliced into touch put the pressure straight back on Calvisano. Quins took a quick line-out and this tactic almost worked except for a miss pass from Botica who had done well to break through the defence.

Botica did, however, get his well deserved try just a few minutes later. He converted it and extended the home side's lead: Harlequins 47 – 7 Calvisano with 13 minutes left to play.

The restart fell just outside the Quins' 22. Chisholm put on a powerful show as he pulled away from the Italians, ran the length of the field and unselfishly passed to Swiel shortly before the try line as the defence moved in. Conversion missed. Harlequins 52 – 7 Calvisano with 11 minutes remaining.

Quins were hungry for more as they chased their kicks, putting pressure on the Italians and achieving turnover ball.

Ward attempted an up-and-under however this was easily claimed by the visitors who themselves ran the field in search of a second try. They were brought down in the 22 and possession changed hands to the home side. Karl Dickson then crossed the whitewash at the other end of the field. Botica converted: Harlequins 59 – 7 Calvisano with 7 minutes left.

The visitors kept the restart short in an attempt at reclaiming the ball and under pressure Quins knocked-on.

Despite pressure from the home side in the scrum Calvisano emerged with the ball. They sent it out to the wing but Quins knocked it into touch.

Calvisano retained possession from the scrum and then earned a penalty, kicking to the corner.

It was a good steal by Quins and they made another strong break back up the field.

Another yellow card was issued to the visitors (Zanetti).

Penalty to Calvisano and they took it quickly. Another penalty and they opted to run as the clock had gone red. The visitors made little progress and Quins eventually took control and saw an opportunity, running the ball rather than kicking it out of play.

Exciting play by the home side however their determination in this last play came to nothing.

Full-Time: Harlequins 59 – 7 Rugby Calvisano

Attendance: 11,230
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 pm  

Weybridge MP and Foreign Secretary Hammond praised by former Lib Dem leader.

The Foreign secretary and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond has been praised by the former leader of the Lib Dems.

Sir Menzies Campbell says Mr Hammond has robustly condemned the Syrian leader President Assad.

However, the Lib Dem politician says the Russians continue to support Assad not for friendly reasons but for strategic ones.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:32 am  

Kingston's Grinch orders removal of Chistmas decorations

The Grinch who stole Christmas has arrived in Kingston.

Susan Barnett moved into Penryhn Gardens 17 years ago at this time of year.

This year she thought she’d put up some festive decorations up on the dead tree outside.

Susan has also brightened up the scaffolding outside, but no work was due to start on it before January the 11th.

But Kingston’s estate manager has written to her telling her to take them down by tomorrow – or else.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Hounslow Green Party newest supporter of London as a National City Park initiative

Hounslow Green Party has become the newest supporter of the London as a National City Park establishment.

The initiative aims to conserve the large green open spaces of the city, 47% of which is covered by nature.

The Hounslow Green Team will be launched in February 2016 and ideas and comments from residents will be put forward to the council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Buses were on diversion in Kingston
A crash in Kingston town centre led to the closure of Kingston Hall Road in both directions.

Transport for London reporting it followed a collision in the High Street.

The 85 371 and K1 buses were being diverted.

The road is now open.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

Fulham DJ "broken"

The wife of DJ Neil Fox says the sexual assault allegations he faced left him "broken".

The 54 year-old from Fulham was cleared of eight charges of indecent assault and two of sexual assault last week.

His wife Vicky said his behaviour had been silly and stupid, but not criminal.

The former radio presenter was educated at Kingston Grammar School.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:54 am  

Richmond's two special needs schools to collaborate

Richmond’s two schools for children with special needs and disabilities have agreed to collaborate to make them more effective.

They’ve also registered their interest in becoming a multi academy trust.

Clarendon School in Hampton and Strathmore School in Petersham have been rated respectively as ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ by Ofsted.

If agreed, the joint Academy will propose a new SEN school, to stop youngsters with special needs having to travel outside the borough for schooling.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am  

Christmas Eve trains to East Croydon will end early

Transport for London will continue work on its £4 billion Road Modernisation Plan over Christmas and the New Year.

But the major roadworks will take place when traffic levels are up to 20% quieter.

Train passengers are also being told to make sure they plan their Christmas journeys.

Direct trains for routes like London Bridge to East Croydon, for example, will terminate at 9.40pm on Christmas Eve.

Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest travel over the festive period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 am  

Richmond gets access to GPs

Every patient in Richmond is to get seven-day access to a family doctor until next March.

The pilot scheme will deliver extra appointments, operating from 8am-8pm every day including weekends.

Extended GP access will be available from four hubs in Barnes, Hampton Wick, Twickenham and East Twickenham.

Patients will continue to contact their GP in the usual way but may be offered a daytime, evening or weekend appointment instead.

It’s been made possible thanks to a one-off £2.6m investment from the Prime Minister's GP Access Fund.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:40 am  

Residents in Richmond to pay for state care

People with more money in Richmond may be asked to pay for their social care under controversial new proposals by the council.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:48 am  

Figures on how families deal with the school place of their child are released

Over 50% of families in London say securing a school place for their children is as stressful as moving house, a new survey has found.

The poll also reveals that half of parents would pay more for a house if it guaranteed access to a preferred school.

The closing date for applications for primary schools is on January 15th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 am  

Hounslow residents reminded to stock up on medicine

Residents in Hounslow are being reminded to stock up on medicines now for the Christmas period.

Doctors in Hounslow want residents to stay well and not have their Christmas ruined by illness.

People are advised to speak to their pharmacists as soon as possible about the medicines they might need.

Local GP Dr Nicola Burbridge asks us to also look out for our friends and neighbours – particularly elderly and vulnerable people.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 am  

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