A new project in Staines is helping homeless people this winter
A new winter shelter opened this week in Staines for homeless people from Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne.
It’s run by local charity Transform Housing and Support in partnership with local organisations and is open until the end of March.
The shelter will help 8 homeless men and up to 2 women each night. They’ll be given a bed, hot drinks, a hot evening meal and breakfast.
It operates by referral only, with people being assessed off site- last year it received 47 referrals in three months- that’s one person every two days. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 pm
There's a flood warning in place for the River Crane for tomorrow
A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the river Crane.
Flooding is possible at Hillingdon, Southall, Cranford, Feltham and Twickenham tomorrow due to a band of heavy rain passing over London.
Heavy showers are expected to clear by Sunday morning. The agency warns people to be prepared. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 pm
Richmond Council offer lifeline for people struggling with fuel bills this winter
Richmond Council’s launched a new lifeline for residents who are struggling to pay their fuel bills this winter.
It’s for people on benefits or with a low income and consists of £85 per household from the council to protect people who are at risk of living in fuel poverty.
Last year 539 people received the one off grant, proof that the need exists in the borough.
Application forms are available on the Council website here, from the Civic centre in Twickenham or at Council libraries across the borough. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 pm
Zac Goldsmith puts affordable housing at the top of his agenda in the race for #LondonMayor
The Conservative MP for Richmond Park told Jackie News before he was in the running for London Mayor, that housing was one of the biggest issues facing young Londoners.
He says that if he is elected Mayor in May, he will fight to ensure more houses, that are truly affordable, are built in the capital.
Housing is one of the biggest problems for people trying to get on the property ladder in SW London, where the average house price for a terraced property is over £800,000 according to Rightmove. The average semi can fetch over £1 million.
Mr Goldsmith dismisses some views that there is no land upon which to build. He says there is lots of "brownfield" land and land owned by the likes of Transport for London, which is not being used, that could be turned into housing.
Current Mayor Boris Johnson is undertaking a campaign to bring more empty homes on to the market, and both Mr Johnson and Mr Goldsmith are trying to get a "London first" bias introduced so that overseas buyers cannot buy up large amounts of property in the Capital ahead of native Londoners.
Mr Goldsmith joined the Prime Minister at Barking Riverside on Monday, at a site which is set to see 10,800 homes built, which will also benefit from a proposed extension to the current London Overground line from Gospel Oak to Barking.
To make your views on housing known, take the survey by clicking hereposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm
New "cycle quietways" proposed to run through Wandsworth
Wandsworth council is asking residents for their views on two new "cycle quietways" through the borough.
The first route will run from Clapham Common to Wimbledon and would run via Wandsworth Common and the other will be from Waterloo to Croydon passing through Tooting Bec common.
They’re aimed at new cyclists or people who’d prefer a quieter route and changes would include new traffic lights, cycle lanes and road markings.
Full details of the proposed schemes are available on the council website here. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:07 pm
Mole Valley police are appealing for information after a 16 year old girl was victim to an indecent exposure
A man wearing a t shirt and shorts exposed himself to a 16 year old girl on Wednesday morning and Mole Valley police are appealing for witnesses.
It happened at 8 o’clock as the girl was walking down Greville Park Road towards The Street to catch a bus.
He’s described as white, potentially in his 30s and just under 6 foot tall.
Investigators say “someone may have noticed the man due to his unusual choice of clothing at this time of year.” posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm
Waiting times in Accident and Emergency are, unexpectedly, better than predicted
89% of people were treated within the four hour national guidelines in the week before Christmas.
Health Correspondent Thomas Moore is at St George's Hospital in Tooting.
He says the figures should be treated with caution.
Man from Croydon due in court on terror offences
A man from Croydon is due to appear at the Old Bailey today, charged with terror offences.
31 year old Mohammed Alam, was charged with distributing or circulating a terrorist publication in December. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am
Kingston among London hospitals affrcted by nurse shortage
According to the Royal College of Nursing’s annual safer staffing report there are more than 10,000 nursing vacancies in London.
The survey’s revealed there are 399 unfilled posts at Epsom & St Helier Hospital, 192 at Kingston and 258 at Croydon Hospital.
The most acute shortages were of mental health nurses. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 am
The reward to catch the cat killer in Croydon has been increased to £5,000.
The culprit has now killed 7 cats, and residents are being urged to keep a watchful eye on their pets, which includes keeping them indoors.
Animal welfare charity PETA says that animals are particularly vulnerable because they can do little to fight back.
Anyone with information should contact the Police. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 am
Crystal Palace boss has a dig at predecessor
After angrily dismissing links to Charlie Austin, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says speculation surrounding new signings is way off.
He wasn't happy at suggestions from former club manager Neil Warnock that they should be trying to take the striker from QPR.
Pardew also says that the other transfer tattle is incorrect.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 am
Thursday, 7 January 2016
Croydon taxi drive subject of racist attack and robbery.
A taxi driver from Croydon has been attacked and robbed of a charity collection in an alleged racist attack.
Muj Hussain was collecting for Source4Life, a water charity, when he was set upon.
The attacker shouted racist abuse at him, before taking 500 pounds worth of donations. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:48 pm
New job for Ed Davey
The former MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey, has got a new job.
He’s been appointed a senior adviser at the lobbying firm MHP communications.
He lost his parliamentary seat in May and was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.
Mr Davey was a former member of the coalition cabinet as energy spokesman. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:53 pm
A 91-year old woman from Carshalton is the latest victim to be conned by men claiming to be building specialists
On Wednesday, two suspects turned up to her flat in Pershore Grove, saying they were there to fix her water leak.
They then stole £200 out of her handbag, while in the property.
Residents in Sutton are being reminded to be wary of traders who turn up unexpectedly on their doorstep.
Advice from the police is not to let any unknown callers into your home and not to give them any money in advance of work. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm
A coroner has found a teenager who died after an illegal rave in Croydon died from taking ecstasy
15 year old Rio Andrew fell ill at the event held in a disused building in East Croydon in June last year.
A post-mortem examination found the teenager died from multiple organ failure and acute intoxication.
Following the inquest the Met Police says it’s suspended the investigation 'as there is no criminal case to answer'. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm
Things are looking up economically for luxury sports car maker McLaren
The Woking based company has announced it will create 250 new jobs following a record year last year.
The manufacturer says it delivered 1,653 of its cars to 30 different countries during 2015 and demand is huge.
This means a second shift has been created in its Woking factory. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm
An 11 year old from Isleworth has scored the maximum 162 to get into the high-IQ society Mensa
Anushka Binoy is a pupil at St Mary’s Catholic Primary.
Anushka says she loves creative writing and wants to join the society's specialist group. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm
Five motorists have kept their licenses, despite getting more than 37 penalty points
Figures obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists show one provisional license holder from Oxford had gained 51 points.
Most people face being disqualified if they accumulate 12.
One person, from SW London, was listed as having 30 points on their license, but their details have not been disclosed. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm
Missing 76-year old woman from Twickenham
Police are searching for a woman missing in Twickenham.
76 year old Sheila Tyrer was last seen by her husband this morning and said she was going for a walk but left with no money or bank cards.
Sheila is white with short brown and grey hair and is believed to be wearing a brown coat, possibly with a white hat and grey trousers.
She has links to Kingston and Richmond. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm
The Chancellor's warning the UK's continuing economic recovery is under threat from troubles elsewhere in the world
Shares in London have fallen sharply after China's stock market was forced to suspend trading overnight - for the second time this week.
Investors are concerned China's economy may be slowing more sharply than previously thought.
But Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who is also the MP for Hayes and Harlington, says George Osborne's been ignoring domestic problems.
Police are hunting for two boys who attempted to set fire to a bus in Croydon.
The suspects, aged between 14 and 16, can be seen on CCTV footage using lighters to try and set seats ablaze.
The incident happened on Sunday the 6th of September on a route T21 bus as it was travelling through Croydon at around 7.45pm.
Nobody was injured but four seats were damaged as a result of their actions.
Officers are treating the incident as attempted arson and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:17 am
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
Richmond has the most active residents in the country . . again
Its official, Richmond has the most active residents in the country, thats according to a new survey conducted by Sport England.
The Active People Survey has revealed that over half of the borough's residents aged over 14, take part in sporting sessions every week.
The borough boasts of more than 200 sports club with an estimated 32,500 members. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:59 am
Carshalton's MP lends his support to new travel insurance campaign
Over a third of holidaymakers don’t check if their insurance covers winter sports like skiing and snowboarding before they hit slopes.
That’s according to a new campaign launched by The Travel Association and Foreign Commonwealth Office.
The FCO has recorded 45 deaths from skiing and snowboarding holidays in the past three years and thousands of injuries on and off piste.
Tom Brake, the Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has lent his support to the campaign, calling travel insurance an essential and he is urging constituents to double check before they go. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:53 am
Inquest findings revealed following train death at Raynes Park
An inquest has heard that a city worker who threw himself under a train at Raynes Park train station was depressed.
25 year old Anthony Phillip, from Wimbledon, took his own life in July last year after learning that his girlfriend had committed suicide.
He had started anti-depressants and was due for a mental health review when he died.
Senior coroner Fiona Wilcox recorded a verdict that Mr Phillip had taken his own life whilst suffering from depressive illness. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am
Woking fire engine gets called out to Woking fire engine incident
A young boy dreaming of being a firefighter had to call on his heroes from Woking yesterday.
Ironically, he’d got his finger stuck... in a toy fire engine.
Rhyley Benney-Whorth, who’s four, trapped his finger in a water hole at the back of the toy.
Firefighters managed to cut it out using a saw….. they also gave him a tour of the their real fire engine, and said he was very brave. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am
Appeal following sexual assault in Streatham
The incident occurred on the 28th of June last year at about 11:30am while the victim, a 24-year-old woman, was waiting for a bus on Streatham High Road.
The suspect approached her and kissed her before squeezing her bottom.
The suspect is described as a tall black man, of slim build, aged between 40 and 50 years, with balding hair. He wore a blue tracksuit and may be missing several teeth.
Officers are releasing a CCTV image of the man and are asking anyone with any information to contact PC Jonathan Weller on 07771 797643 or via 101.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 186603. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am
Kingston man held after record breaking Spanish drugs bust
Seven Brits including a man from Kinsgton have been arrested in Spain following a record seizure of cocaine bound for the UK.
The 41 year old was part of a gang that tried to import 3 tonnes of the class A drug - worth an estimated £500million.
It was confiscated from an industrial warehouse and a van in the north west province of Pontevedra.
Police say the Brits, held in the province of Malaga, had arranged to buy the cocaine from Dutch traffickers who had smuggled it into Spain from South America. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am
Highest figures of people living with diabetes in the UK ever
New figures show that more people are now living with diabetes in the UK than ever before.
In the last year North West Surrey had an increase of 974 people with the condition and the UK total is now around 4 million.
Chief Executive of Diabetes UK Chris Askew says the government needs to address the fact that almost two in every three people are overweight and at risk. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am
Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Heritage campaigners have once again denounced plans for a Crossrail 2 connection through London
The new rail route would link North to South, encompassing areas such as Wimbledon and Kingston.
But the Victorian Society has raised concerns the plans "would see numerous historic buildings demolished".
But Kingston’s Conservative MP James Berry, says he thinks Crossrail 2 is the only way forward.
The High Court will not allow a case against the Civil Aviation Authority forcing it to take action over illegal plane stowaways
The announcement comes as a blow for Richmond council, which wanted the case heard after an incident last year.
A man’s body was found on top of a building in Kew Road after falling from the undercarriage of an aircraft en-route to Heathrow.
It was the third incident in the borough since 2012 involving a British Airways plane bound for Heathrow.
Leader of Richmond Lord True, says stowaways also pose a huge security risk.
A High Court Judge stated that in his opinion, it is not the CAA’s responsibility to investigate and take action into these incidents.
Conservative Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith claims Heathrow Airport will only be expanded if environmental tests are “rigged”
Ministers have delayed a final decision on expansion "subject to further consideration on environmental impacts.”
Critics claim the move was aimed at protecting Mr Goldsmith, who says he will resign as MP for Richmond Park if expansion goes ahead.
MP for Kingston James Berry, says this isn’t a tactic, and reminds us that has always been his plan.
It’s the year of the garden at Hampton Court Palace
April is the 300th anniversary of landscape gardener Capability Brown’s birth, and a new exhibition will mark the event.
A magic garden, complete with 25 metre fire breathing dragon, will be created in Henry the VIII’s former Tiltyard.
Archaeologists uncovered the remains of one of the palace’s famous five lost Tiltyard Towers for the first time last year.
Built at the height of his reign in the 1530s, the buildings, amongst the earliest banqueting houses built in this country, once stood within the walled Tiltyard, where the Tudor monarchs held jousts and tournaments.
The towers were largely demolished by the 1680s.
Dr Tracy Borman, joint chief curator at the palace, says the life of the King still fascinates visitors today.
So, who was Capability Brown?
In 1764 Lancelot "Capability" Brown was appointed by George III as Chief Gardener at Hampton Court Palace.
It is said Brown refused to sweep away William III’s formal layout “out of respect to himself and his profession” but he stopped cutting the topiary and was accused of neglecting the gardens.
Perhaps his most lasting achievement during his time at Hampton Court Palace was planting a Black Hamburg vine in 1768, which continues to flourish as the Great Vine and is the world’s largest and most famous grape vine.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am
The secrets of Clapham South Tube station’s past will no longer stay secret after today
The tunnels beneath the station, which sheltered 8,000 people during World War II, have been opened to the public for the first time.
It’s a combined initiative between Transport for London and the London Transport Museum.
After the war, they became temporary accommodation for immigrants who had been invited to live in the UK. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am
Missing Mitcham man is found
Police had been appealing for the public's assistance to help trace 53 year old Azhar Nadeem.
He was found late on Saturday in the Brixton area. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 am
Fire breaks out in Brentford
An investigation has been launched after fire broke out in Brentford last night.
A woman had to be rescued after the blaze at a block of flats in Clayponds Lane just before 7 o’clock.
She was rescued by members of the public before firefighters arrived.
The fire affected a three roomed flat on the second floor. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am
Kew’s Great Pagoda will be great once more, thanks to a large restoration project due to start this year
The 50ft tall structure, which was inspired by Nanjing’s famous Porcelain Pagoda, was completed in 1762.
However, the famous wooden dragons that adorned it, were believed to have been sold off in 1784 to pay for the Prince Regent’s debts.
The restoration will be completed in 2018, when the public can once again ascend the Pagoda in order to view Kew’s gardens from above. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:12 am
Monday, 4 January 2016
Hounslow council has launched an investigation into whether an advertising company has broken the law by replacing an iconic sign
The Lucozade hoarding, which has been visible from the M4 since 1953, has been replaced with a digital screen.
Planning officials are looking into whether the sign’s owners have broken planning rules by replacing it.
The sign, featuring a pouring bottle logo and the ‘replaces lost energy’ slogan was positioned on the side of York House in Brentford. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm
Missing boy found
Police were appealing to find Philip Pryce from Croydon who went missing on the 23rd of December.
He returned home safe and well on New Year's Eve. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm
Richmond park MP secures support for home buyers
Zac Goldsmith has secured a £2.5 billion Housing Deal from the Government to help Londoners get onto the property ladder.
The Richmond Park MP’s got firm support for an expansion of the scheme Shared Ownership in London as well as a new Help-to-Buy scheme.
The package of measures will help at least 60,000 more people into home ownership in the capital. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am
New York Giants are to come to Twickenham
American football team the New York Giants will return to London to play the first ever regular season NFL match at Twickenham.
It's been confirmed they'll face the St Louis Rams at the home of England’s rugby union on the 23rd of October.
Wembley will host Indianapolis Colts against Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins' game with Cincinnati Bengals during the same month. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:37 am
Misery for commuters on the first day back at work
Commuters into London returning to work after the Christmas break today, faced misery on railways.
A signalling problem at Purley is causing delays on Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services.
While an issue at the depot near Guildford means that some South West trains to and from Waterloo via Wimbledon are being cancelled.
There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 10am. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:55 am
Paul O'Grady defends Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
TV presenter Paul O’Grady has defended Battersea Dogs & Cats Home amidst claims hundreds of healthy dogs are put down there every year.
Last night he rubbished an insider’s allegations of a “culture where there’s a bias in favour of putting the dogs to sleep”.
The star has presented ITV show For the Love of Dogs from the rescue centre since 2012.
More than 30% of dogs, or 1,309, taken in at the home’s three centres in the last year were put down, up 3% from 2014.
Battersea has issued this statement;
Battersea's doors are always open, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. What sets Battersea apart from many other animal charities is our absolute determination to help every dog and cat we take in – no matter what its breed, what it has been through in its previous life, or any other difficult characteristics it may have.
We aim to help all dogs and not just the easy to rehome ones. In fact we exist to help those dogs that no one else wants and turns away. So we take in the abused, the neglected, the abandoned, the loved and the unloved, as anyone who's ever visited Battersea or watched us on our popular Paul O’Grady TV shows knows.
We are more focused now than at any time in our 155 year history, to do everything that we can for the unwanted dogs in society. And that means that Battersea takes in some of the most difficult and dangerous dogs in the country. On a daily basis our staff deal with some of the most frightened, stressed and aggressive dogs in what is, for these new arrivals, a very alien environment.
Inevitably this means there are some dogs coming in to Battersea that it is too late to help, as they have been trained to be aggressive or they have a history of severe behavioural problems that suggest they may not be able to be safely rehomed.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 am
Police hunt Chertsey charity box thieves
Police believe a series of robberies in Chertsey in the early hours of December 22 are linked.
The four incidents, in the space of a few hours, involved the theft of cash charity boxes and electrical goods from businesses and homes.
The charity boxes were stolen from premises in Guildford Road between 12.20 and 1am.
Officers are appealing for information. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 am
Sunday, 3 January 2016
Increasing Concern for Missing Mitcham Man
Police are increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a man from Mitcham, who requires medication for schizophrenia and diabetes.
Azhar Nadeem was last seen in Rose Avenue yesterday morning and is described as tall of medium build, clean shaven with black hair.
He is thought to be wearing a black jumper with a grey shirt underneath, blue jeans and dark blue trainers.
It is not thought that Mr Nadeem has his medication with him. He does not speak English and has only recently moved in to the area.
Anyone with any information should call Merton Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm
New Palace signing
Crystal Palace has signed up a non-league teenager.
19 year old Randall Williams has been playing for Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League.
Williams has been given a permanent contract until the end of the season and is a winger.
He impressed manager Alan Pardew while on trial with the Premier League club.
Crystal Palace are in action against Chelsea this afternoon. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:21 pm
Former Twickenham MP hits out at banks
The former MP for Twickenham Sir Vince Cable has hit out at the current banking regime in Britain.
The former Lib Dem Business Secretary says the balance has gone.
He says his coalition government had tougher regulation and banks were safer.
The politician lost his seat in the General Election last May when his majority of more than twelve thousand votes was overturned by the Tories. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:55 am
Flood alert for River Mole up to South Hersham
A flood alert’s been issued for the River Mole and its tributaries to South Hersham.
It’s been issued by the Environment Agency.
Rain has fallen onto ground which was already saturated and low-lying fields and land nearby are expected to flood.
There’s no risk to property at this stage. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am
Commuters back to work with higher tickets out of Woking
Commuters face their first full week back at work after the Christmas break – with higher ticket prices.
The season ticket from Woking to Waterloo now costs thirty pounds more.
The transport watchdog – Transport Focus – says the south east has been particularly hard hit. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 am
Young Muslims clean up in Kingston
More than 80 young Muslims have taken to the streets of Kingston to clean up following the festivities.
On New Year’s Day volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association worked their way across the borough picking up litter on the streets.
The clean-up is one of a number of initiatives that AMYA set up over the Christmas period to give something back to the community.
They also collected money for UNICEF and exchanged gifts and greetings to the elderly on Christmas Eve. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am
Help for bi-polar patients from St. George's in Tooting.
A mental health team at St George’s hospital in Tooting has created a new mobile app for people with Bipolar.
It comes after patients preferred use electronic means rather than paper to track their progress against the disorder.
The app manages the lithium medicine which is used to treat the condition.
The NHS Health Monitor for Lithium will enable patients to set reminders for test results and record test results and monitor sleep patterns.
Brookwood cemetery to feature in BBC documentary
Work to refurbish a Muslim burial ground in Woking will be at the centre of BBC documentary later.
The refurbishment was followed by a film team in 2012.
It will show how Woking council and Horsell Common Preservation Society rebuilt the site and why it is an important part of
British history – Dodi Fayed, a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales was buried there. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:42 am
Police say a man missing from Mitcham may be confused
The Metropolitan Police say a man missing from Mitcham may be confused.
53 year old Azhar Nadeem has not been seen since Saturday morning at around 10am in Rose Avenue.
Mr Nadeem is an Asian man of tall build, clean shaven, with black hair and was last seen wearing a black jumper and blue jeans.
Detectives are especially concerned as he has learning difficulties and also requires medication for schizophrenia and type 2 diabetes. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 am
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