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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Fire in Addlestone kitchen


One person had to be treated by ambulance staff in Addlestone after fire broke out in their kitchen at ten to three this morning.

It happened in Douglas Road.

We'll bring you more as we get it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

Runnymede MP says 400 Brits still in Syria fighting for IS

Foreign secretary, Philip Hammond says 600 UK citizens have been caught trying to enter Syria to join the Islamic State since 2012.

The Runnymede and Weybridge MP says further 800, believed to be made up of mainly fighters and their family members, have entered Syria in the past four years.

Half of those believed to still be inside the country.

Mr Hammond's been speaking on a visit to southern Turkey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

Shopping centre in Feltham has won an award for safe parking

The parking facilities at a shopping centre in Feltham have won an award for a safe car park.

For the fifth year running, The Centre has been awarded a Park Mark Safer Parking Award, following an assessment carried out this week.

It was praised for its 24-hour CCTV operations, which helps to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Centre Manager, Lorraine Eggleton says they are thrilled to have received the award again - for creating both a safe and welcoming environment for visitors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Surrey County cricket player is set to return next season

In cricket, Zafar Ansari will be ready for the new season with Surrey.

The 24-year old, made a major contribution to winning County Championship Division Two, with 771 runs and 44 wickets.

Ansari suffered an open dislocation of his left thumb, while attempting to take a catch against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

His physio is happy with his progress, and Alex Stewart says without rushing things – he should be fit for next season with Surrey County.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Doctors at Epsom and St Helier hospitals are reminding us to keep warm this weekend

Following the mildest December on record, temperatures in South West London and Surrey are set to drop below zero tonight.

Cold weather is often associated with an increase in illnesses and injuries.

It’s also challenging for people with heart or respiratory problems as symptoms may worsen, and last for several days afterwards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Women across Runnymede are being urged not to walk anywhere alone after dark

The advice comes from police following the attempted sex attacks on two women in the early hours of yesterday.

Three men were arrested following the reports in St Jude’s Road in Englefield Green and Rusham Road in Egham.

Police are also advising women not to take short cuts, and to consider carrying an alarm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 am  

Arrests made following alleged sex attacks in Runnymede

Three men have now been arrested following the alleged sex attacks in Englefield Green and Egham.

The attacks took place on Friday morning and Police have now taken a further two suspects into custody.

The first incident happened at around 3.30am in the St Jude's area of Englefield Green, involving a woman in her 30s.

The second incident happened at around 6.30am in the Rusham Road area of Egham also involving a woman in her 30s.

Anyone with information should call police immediately on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 am  

Friday, 15 January 2016

A man from Walton was three times over the drink drive limit

A man from Walton has been disqualified from driving after he crashed into Elmbridge Community Hub last year.

38-year old Bruce Woodcock was nearly three times over the drink drive limit when he crashed into the pillars by the Ashley Road entrance.

Woodcock was driving a stolen car, and when the fire crew arrived on the scene – he had supposedly disappeared.

After pleading guilty earlier this week, he was handed a three year ban from driving and ordered to pay over £300 in fines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 pm  

UPDATED: Three men arrested after attempted sex assaults in Runnymede this morning

Police investigating two attempted sex assaults in Runnymede early this morning, have arrested three men.

The first incident occurred in the St Jude’s Road area of Englefield Green where a woman in her 30s was approached by three men.

A second incident was reported just before 6.30 when another woman was approached in the Rusham Road area of Egham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:05 pm  

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis has today blamed reduced government funding for rises in council tax and cuts in services

The Council will have 41% cut from its Government grant, leading it to increase Council Tax by almost 4% from April.

Council tax is being raised by 1.99%

The Government has calculated its grant to Kingston with an expectation that councils will levy a new "Social Care precept" for older and other vulnerable people's care, of 2% which will bring the total rise to 3.99%

Davis says despite knowing the grant would be reduced, further cuts have still been made at short notice.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm  

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey

46 year old Taras Nykolyn, a prisoner at Her Majesty's Prison's, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility earlier.

His plea follows an incident inside HMP Wandsworth at approximately 07:35 on Monday, the 4th of May last year, which resulted in the death of fellow prisoner Wadid Barsoum.

Nykolyn also pleaded guilty to one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm, during an incident on Wimbledon Common on the 19th of June 2014.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey next Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

A cyclist has been injured after a collision with a van in Hammersmith

The police and ambulance service attended the accident in Shepherd’s Bush Road at around 9.45 this morning.

The 57 year old man taken to St Mary's Hospital with a head injury.

No arrests have been made so far and enquiries are still ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

Plane evacuated en-route to Heathrow

A plane's had to be evacuated after a traffic cone became wedged underneath it at Aberdeen airport.

The BA flight to Heathrow was delayed for two hours last night as passengers and luggage was taken off the jet.

Customers were told that a dent in the plane's fuselage had popped back out and that it was safe to fly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

British Airways says it plans to recruit a record number of flying staff during 2016

It's looking for 350 pilots and 1,600 cabin crew.

It'll be the airline's largest intake in a single year.

They'll all be trained at Heathrow.

BA is launching 13 new routes from London, including Inverness and the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

Band pays tribute to David Bowie's Tolworth links

David Bowie's Tolworth links have been celebrated in a new song by the McSweeney Kings.

The family group started in 2012 when they booked into a studio in Raynes Park to record the songs they'd been writing together for some time.

Their song "This one's for David Bowie," has been written in tribute to the singer, who died on Sunday aged 69.

Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust stage show with the Spiders from Mars, at the now derelict pub the Toby Jug in Tolworth on the 10th of February 1972.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm  

Purley Festival off this year



The organisers say they have decided to take a break this year in order to focus on important work behind the scenes to make Purley Festival even better from 2017 onwards.

8,000 people attended last year's festival, which started in 2011.

The organisers are now planning to fine tune how the event is run.

An immediate priority is to register Purley Festival as a Community Interest Company, which would enable the organisers to apply for grants and could provide long-term funding certainty for the community-run event.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Image of a man police wish to identify in connection with courier fraud in Cheam

Detectives investigating courier fraud in Sutton have issued CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify and speak to.

A man aged in his 70s in Cheam was conned out of £2,300 pounds and a woman in her 80s out of nearly 600 pounds.

Both were tricked over the phone into giving out bank details and handing their cards to couriers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

Tributes continue to Acton born Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman's Harry Potter co-stars have been paying tribute after the actor died aged 69 following a battle with cancer.

The star, who was born on a council estate in Acton, took on roles ranging from Hollywood villains to Professor Snape in the Potter films.

His breakout role was in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hampton's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."

The playwright says he helped others a great deal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 am  

Cuts could affect some of Kingston Council's services

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing his first serious rebellion of the year as angry Tories threaten to oppose funding cuts for councils.

Meanwhile, Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis will today update the press about the government’s announced cuts to Kingston's centrally financed grant.

The cuts will significantly change some of the services it currently provides.

Say tuned to Jackie for the latest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 am  

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Save Our Services in Surrey meeting cancelled

The meeting was due to take place next Thursday, the 21st, in Woking.

But it will now be re-scheduled due to a large number of apologies and a lack of any urgent business that can't be dealt with over email.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

Three men have been found guilty of their involvement in what's believed to be Britain's biggest ever burglary

Their gang raided a safety deposit firm in Hatton Garden at Easter, stealing around £14 million worth of valuables.

It took place over four days, and the raiders had to break off to buy new equipment from a DIY store in Twickenham to complete the job.

Two men were convicted of conspiracy to burgle, and one of transferring criminal property.

Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt says they'll be sentenced in March alongside four ringleaders, who have already pleaded guilty.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

A man who spent five months catapulting ball bearings at an office building in Paddington says he "doesn’t know why he did it."

61 year old Terry Jones from Croydon caused £260,000 worth of damage to the HQ of Prudential UK.

He used to fire the bearings from his van as he drove past it on his way to work.

Jones was handed a 12 month sentence, suspended for a year, ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation, and do 240 hours of unpaid work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

Oscar News

It's Eddie Redmayne versus Leonardo DiCaprio in the battle for Best Actor at this year's Oscars.

Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson are the ones to look out for in the Best Actress category.

But it's the Supporting Actor category that holds the most British hopes with Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance for The Revenant and Bridge of Spies.

Tom Hardy, who’s known for roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Wuthering Heights, studied at Richmond Drama School before moving on to the Drama Centre London.

He attended Reeds School in Cobham, which has released this statement.

Congratulations to OR Tom Hardy (Capel 1992) on his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for The Revenant. We will all be backing you.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

Police launch and investigation in Chessington after animals were covered in spray-paint
Police have launched an investigation into the alleged ‘criminal damage of a horse’ at a stable in Chessington.

The owner of Rushett Stables found his animals covered in spray-paint and graffiti on his caravan.

Kingston police have visited the stables numerous times following repeated acts of vandalism.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:25 pm  

West Norwood cemetery is to receive a multi million-pound facelift
Two Victorian cemeteries are set to receive multimillion-pound renovations.

One of London's “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries - West Norwood is to receive 4.8 million pounds.

Brompton Cemetery, where suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is buried, is to be given £6.2m to restore its land and monuments.

A majority of the funding will come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

And an additional £1.7m from The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Foundation, will be put towards conserving wildlife habitats.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm  

Two families from Surrey have started legal action against BP
Families of two men killed in a terrorist attack at an Algerian gas plant in January 2013 have started legal action against BP.

Sebastian John and Carlos Estrada Valencia were killed along with 40 other people by a group linked to al-Qaeda.

Mr John's family who were living in Sunbury at the time of the attack and, Velencia's family from Surrey are taking BP to the High Court.

The families claim the firm failed to take reasonable steps to protect the men.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm  

Wandsworth council is reiterating its calls to bring Crossrail 2 to Tooting Broadway


Transport for London announced last year that it was considering changing the route and siting the new station at Balham instead.

The council has long argued that the project will play a major role in attracting new investment to Tooting town centre.

It also hopes the scheme would help to ease overcrowding on the already heavily used Northern Line service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

Cabinet minister and key Eurosceptic Chris Grayling has launched an outspoken attack on the European Union

The MP for Epsom claims it would be "disastrous" for Britain to be a member of an unreformed EU.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Leader of the House of Commons made clear he supported David Cameron's attempts to change the EU.

But he made it clear he is also preparing to campaign to leave it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Police growing concerned about a missing woman with links to Hounslow



Police are appealing for help to find a missing woman who has links to Hounslow.

28-year old Linda Chapelle hasn’t been seen since Monday at midday, when she left her home in Bexhill, to go to Tesco.

She is black, of large build with short black afro hair. Linda has mental health issues and officers are growing concerned.

Also known as Linda Ngalamulume, she’s originally from Hounslow and it is believed she may have travelled back there, where she has friends.

If anyone has seen Linda or know of her where abouts – they should call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 pm  

Nomination for Police Officer in Wandsworth

A police officer from Wandsworth has been nominated an outstanding bravery award.

PC Winston Mugarura was off duty when he intervened after spotting a group of ten violent men attacking two women and a man.

The Commissioner’s Excellence in Total Policing Awards recognises those who demonstrate heroic actions above the call of duty.

Full details of nominations can be found on the Met police website and voting runs until the end of the month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

Coombe Vale Councillors thank community for their ongoing support

Coombe Vale Conservative Councillors have thanked residents for their ongoing support in improving the community.

In their January bulletin, Councillors Cathy Roberts, Julie Pickering and Roy Arora, have outlined activities from 2015 and their success.

They invite residents to the Budget Conversations meeting later in the month where the council budget and tax will be discussed.

And the next neighbourhood forum is on the 15th March at Richard Challenor School. Details of these meetings can be found on the council’s website, here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

Investigation launched after 'unexplained' death of a woman in Wandsworth

An investigation is underway after the ‘unexplained’ death of a woman in Wandsworth.

The 39 year old was pronounced dead at her home in Kimber Road and reports from one neighbour said they heard a woman screaming.

Forensic officers were searching the property yesterday and no arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

Exposure in Ashtead


Police have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with an indecent exposure in Ashtead.

It happened last Wednesday morning when a 16 year old school girl was walking down Greville Park towards the Street.

The suspect’s white, around 30, slim, just under 6 foot and was wearing a red t-shirt and light brown cargo shorts.

Police say he was wearing unusual clothing for the time of year and are urging any witnesses to come forward as the area would have been busy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

Spelthorne Council announces the opening of new skate park

Spelthorne council has announced the opening of a new skate park at its recreation ground in Stanwell.

It comes after £50,000 of funding was given by Surrey County Council’s community improvement fund.

The park will include a variety of ramps and slopes designed for BMX skateboards and scooters.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

Assault in Ashtead

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Ashtead.

The woman, who’s in her 20s, was walking home along Woodfield Lane around 2am on New Year’s Day when a stranger grabbed her.

He pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her but made off after being disturbed by a passer by.

The suspect’s white, aged around 40, about 5ft 9 and stocky with a chubby face, short dark wavy hair and a short messy beard.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:14 pm  

Gary Lineker and his wife Danielle have split after six years of marriage

The TV presenter and ex-England footballer and the 36-year-old model tied the knot in Italy in 2009 after dating for two years.

The pair shared a house in Esher before moving to Barnes.

Gary's tweeted that they had many wonderful years together and remain the greatest of friends.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

The government says a new contract will be imposed on junior doctors in England, if there's no deal to avert another strike



Doctors have returned to work this morning after a 24-hour walkout.

Epsom and St Helier hospitals have thanked all staff that worked through the strike yesterday.

A spokesman told us that services ran smoothly, despite both hospitals being very busy.

They didn’t need to rearrange any surgical procedures and no further appointments were cancelled.

Campaign group KOSHH (Keep Our St Helier Hospital), is planning a bigger "show" of support outside St Helier (pictured above),during the next planned walkout on January the 26th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:39 am  

Zac Goldsmith is in Sutton to champion new powers for London to turbo-charge infrastructure investment

Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith, has today signaled his support for the Sutton Tramlink if elected Mayor in May.

In a visit with the Chancellor, Zac met a delegation of businesses this morning to make the case for the proposed Sutton Tramlink.

Sutton is one of the few remaining London boroughs without an Underground; Overground or planned Crossrail station, despite being the 8th busiest Outer London mainline station.

The Sutton TramLink extension would better connect Sutton by adding over 8km of track to the existing 28km TramLink network, which passes through Central Croydon and connects Wimbledon to Beckenham, Elmers End and New Addington.

The extended route through Sutton’s Town Centre would benefit 59,000 residents; help unlock 20,000 new homes in South London, and stimulate 10,000 more jobs in the local area by bringing more shoppers into the town.

83% of people in Sutton and Merton support the extension.

Jackie's Julia Morris spent the morning looking at the proposals.



Photo courtesy of i-images.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Police appeal after accident in Wandsworth


Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident in Wandsworth.

A car and a woman pedestrian were involved in a collision at around 7 yesterday evening on Wandsworth Bridge Road.

The woman aged in her late 20s, was taken to a south London hospital where her condition is critical.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and there has been no arrest.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 am  

MEP from Surbiton tackles radicalisation through football!


A London MEP and Surbiton resident has been playing football with a globally recognised anti radicalisation football project in West London.

Syed Kamall made the visit to The Unity of Faiths Football Club where youngsters from all backgrounds learn about working together and British values through playing sport.

He spoke to some of the youngsters who had been targeted by radicals and said he was shocked at how casually the approaches had been made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

A new play area is being constructed in Teddington

It will be built on the former Territorial Army Site in Stanley Road, by Strawberry Hill Golf Course.

Work will begin this month on the woodland themed space that will include a trail, climbing features and an outdoor classroom.

Richmond Council says it’s set to be an invaluable learning opportunity for young people and will be well received by the community.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 am  

Sutton council hopes to improve recycling rates by delivering letters to homeowners whose recycling boxes can’t be collected

Green recycling bins are left untouched outside properties on collection day if there’s anything unrecyclable in them.

Recycling plants have been known to turn away whole lorries if there is any rubbish that shouldn’t be in there.

Environment spokeswoman Jill Whitehead says making sure people are aware of exactly what can be recycled will mean less waste going to landfill.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 am  

Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station Development Company have signed a legal agreement for new homes to be built

The first of the 374 properties that will be built should be ready by 2019.

Council leader Ravi Govindia says that the high numbers of homes will help local families struggling to cope with London's inflated housing market.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 am  

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Application for the redevelopment of Tolworth Tower has been approved


The application to create four new tower blocks and re-develop Tolworth Tower has just been approved despite pleas from residents.

It’s been approved by seven votes for to four votes against.

CNM estates wanted to turn the 60s office block into apartments and erect four new tower blocks for offices, housing and parking.

But residents were against the plan and said the idea was a gross over development.

Issues of traffic, affordable housing, air quality and the look of the area were talked about in the meeting with councillors and residents this evening.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 pm  

Jeremy Vine posts CCTV of attempted theft from his neighbour's home in Chiswick



The BBC journalist has uploaded the CCTV footage to his YouTube account.

Although Police have not commented on the alleged attempted theft, the video clip shows four people in the street at 5am in Chiswick on two motorbikes.

They get off the bikes and take a look under sheets parked outside the house, but make off empty handed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 pm  

Rob Buchanan has committed his future to the Harlequins

The 24 year old hooker, who’s amassed 73 caps for Twickenham based Quins, joined the academy at the age of 16 and recently recovered from injury.

He says he’s grateful to the coaching staff at the club for the opportunity and looks forward to competing for a place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 pm  

Morden boxer awaits his fate

Morden boxer Lenny Daws will find out if his appeal on the European Super-lightweight title decision is successful next week.

Daws was disqualified for what the referee deemed an intentional head-butt during his fight with Rueben Nieto in Carshalton last month.

TV replays suggested the collision which left Nieto bleeding heavily was accidental, and Daws was leading on points.

If the appeal is successful a re-match will take place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

The fate of South West London’s fire stations will be debated at a public meeting tonight


London’s Mayor Boris Johnson is currently trying to make cuts worth £6.4 million to the service.

Wandsworth is one of the stations that has had its pump withdrawn as part of the cuts. There are fears Kingston could be next.

The public meeting is being held at the Open Door Communtiy Centre in Southfields at 7pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Kingston council hopes to save millions of pounds by introducing simple new recycling measures

Residents can expect to see another new wheelie bin for cardboard, paper and card alongside their usual bins and green recycling boxes.

The council says the new measures are to stop paper and card getting wet meaning they can get a better price for them.

The plans have been in the pipeline for two years and will come into effect for houses next month.

Residents in flats will have to wait longer to see changes as the measures won’t be introduced until the summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

Tributes are continuing to pour in for music legend David Bowie, who died on Sunday from cancer at the age of 69

Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust stage show with the Spiders from Mars at the Toby Jug pub in Tolworth in 1972

The site is now derelict, and owned by Tesco, but residents want some kind of memorial to Bowie placed at the site.



Meanwhile,organisers at The Brits have announced this year's ceremony will pay tribute to David Bowie.

In a statement, they say he was 'one of the most influential songwriters ever,' so they will 'honour his extraordinary life' at the event on February the 24th.

No other details have been released over what form the tribute will take.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

Campaign to increase frequency of trains between Chessington South and Waterloo

A frustrated commuter from Tolworth has launched a campaign to increase the frequency of trains from Chessington South to Waterloo.

Currently they run every half an hour- and Sohail Lound from Tolworth has set up an E-petition to tackle the problem.

Speaking to Jackie, He says there’s no alternative route so something has to be done.



A link to the e-petition can be found here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

8-year old appoached by a man in Sutton

Police have received a report that a young schoolboy was approached by a man in a vehicle on his way to school in Sutton.

The 8-year old said a small blue car pulled up alongside him in Staplehurst Road near the Banstead Road junction on Monday morning.

The man remained in his car throughout and told the boy he had been asked by his mother to give him a lift to school.

The suspect is a light-skinned black male with short black hair, he was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:55 pm  

Refurbishment has started in Mole Valley

Refurbishment of the Mole Valley District Council offices at Pippbrook has begun.

According to Councillor Charles Yarwood, the programme will reduce running costs and increase the energy efficiency of the building, which will benefit their residents.

At the moment, a temporary pathway is being created for pedestrians to use during the project which is due to take a year.

The offices will remain open throughout the refurbishment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:52 pm  

More arrests in hunt for missing teenager

Seven people have now been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a teenager from Epsom.

18-year old Dominic Bernard has not been seen since flying to Guyana in South America in October.

He failed to board a flight in November; a body was found in the hunt for him last Friday, but formal identification is yet to take place.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:45 pm  

Council launches range of training schemes

Richmond Council has launched a range of training schemes to help small businesses develop their knowledge of social media & the internet.

It aims to equip small businesses with confidence, skills and the tools they need to benefit from the rapid growth of the digital world.

Cabinet member for Business at Richmond Cllr Pamela Fleming says embracing digital technology is key for local businesses to succeed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:16 pm  

Bouncer from Tadworth on trial for manslaughter
Three bouncers are on trial accused of killing a man they allegedly pinned down for "around six minutes" outside a Vauxhall nightclub.

The court’s heard post-mortem tests show 30 year old Adam Hird was asphyxiated as he was held down after trying to get into the No 65 club.

51 year old Mark Pantallaresco from Tadworth, along with Lewis Thorne and Sebastiano Ragusa, are accused of Mr Hird's manslaughter by gross negligence.

They deny the charges – and the case continues.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:42 pm  

Dozens of coats donated to homeless dogs



A charity for homeless dogs has received dozens of coats and doggy treats following a campaign organised by Pets Corner.

224 coats have been donated to the animal charity ‘Give a dog a coat’, which will be distributed to homeless dogs across the UK to help keep them warm during the cold winter months.

The family-run Pets Corner in Richmond asked customers and animal lovers to donate pre-loved, new and homemade dog coats throughout November and December.

For every coat received, Pets Corner matched the donation with a tasty doggy treat for the charity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

A man who was stopped from taking his own life on Waterloo Bridge, is to tour schools to offer support to youngsters in the same situation

Jonny Benjamin was stopped from jumping into the Thames in 2008, by Neil Laybourn, a personal trainer from Berrylands.

He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder when he was 20, prompting him to try to take his own life.

The 28 year old then launched a campaign called Find Mike, to find the man who saved his life.

Neil came forward, and 8 years later, the pair are teaming up to tour schools with their Think Well Workshops.

They'll include a 100 minute session for children aged 13 and over.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

It's not too late to take on Dryathlon and help Cancer Research

It’s not too late so sign up for a campaign to stop drinking in January, and raise money for Cancer Research as well.

The charity is urging people to still get involved, and you can either get sponsored or donate what you’d otherwise spend on booze.

The Dryathlon campaign has raised over £17 million to date, with 6,000 people taking part in London last year.

You can get involved by clicking here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Meeting tonight on future of Tolworth Tower

Kingston Council has received only three letters of support for plans to transform Tolworth Tower.

Owner CNM Estates wants to redevelop the 60’s block into apartments, and create four new tower blocks for retail and office use.

Over 2,000 residents and business owners have been consulted on the plans which are due to be heard on Tuesday.

The main reasons cited against the proposals are listed as overdevelopment, increase in traffic and insufficient parking.

A meeting on the application is taking place tonight.

MP for Kingston, James Berry, is hoping the plans as they are, will be rejected.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am  

Impromptu street party in Brixton celebrates David Bowie

Hundreds of David Bowie fans have celebrated his life and music with an impromptu street party.

Huge crowds descended on his birthplace, Brixton last night following the news the 69-year-singer had died on Sunday.

Many laid flowers at a mural of the star and sang their favourite songs.

The local cinema's illuminated tribute read David Bowie - Our Brixton Boy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Police appeal after accident in New Malden

Police are appealing for information after the driver of a car failed to stop when it was in collision with a family of four in New Malden.

Officers were called to the incident at around 9 on Sunday morning in Burlington Road.

Two children, boys aged 18-months and three years old, and their parents, were taken to a south London hospital.

The car, a red Fiat Punto registration YH55 HWV, was found abandoned later the same day near Onslow Road with damage to its front.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:19 am  

Monday, 11 January 2016

Was fire in New Malden started by cigarette?

An investigation is underway after fire broke out at an electricity sub -station in New Malden yesterday.

The pile of rubbish and tyres was completely damaged by the blaze in West Barnes Lane. A cylinder at the scene was cooled by crews.

The fire is believed to have been caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:25 pm  

Tributes pour in for David Bowie

Tributes are pouring in for David Bowie who's died at the age of 69.

The musician and actor who was born in Brixton, was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago.

His son's confirmed the news this morning, saying he's "very sorry and sad to say it's true".

Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust stage show with the Spiders from Mars, Ronson, Bolder and Woodmansey, at the former Toby Jug pub in Tolworth on the 10th of February 1972.

Davis Sinclair is a music journalist.



Bowie biographer Mary Finnigan says the singer was her lodger in south London in 1969.



Sky's entertainment correspondent Lucy Cotter says he made a huge impact on the music industry.



David Bowie fans have been leaving flowers and candles outside what's thought to have been his childhood home in Brixton.

Messages read "we love you forever" and "Bye bye hero."

Candles and flowers have also placed on the singer's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Meanwhile, the Ritzy Cinema has also paid its own very personal tribute.



The Prime Minister is the latest to pay tribute.



David Bowie's former wife Angie, who's currently a contestant in Celebrity Big Brother, is still unaware of the singer's death.

Producers say she'll be informed off-camera at the earliest opportunity today.

Lambeth Council has issued a statement saying "Lambeth is shocked and saddened at the loss of its much-loved Brixton hero and global superstar. "

The V&A Museum, which hosted an exhibition of Bowie's work in 2013, says at the moment there are no plans to bring it back, as it is on tour until at least the end of this year.

It featured more than 300 objects that included handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie's own instruments.

The exhibition is currently on tour in The Netherlands.

These people have been to lay flowers and pay tribute at a mural of his face in Brixton.



David Bowie’s face adorns the Brixton Pound; Tom Shakhli is General Manager of the initiative.



Radio Jackie’s Programme Controller Dave Owen relives his favourite memory of the boy from Brixton.



Tim Strange is head of Croydon School of Arts where Bowie studied in the 60s.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

The fate of South West London’s fire stations will be debated at a public meeting tomorrow night

London Mayor Boris Johnson is currently trying to make cuts worth £6.4 million to the service.

Wandsworth is one of the stations that has had its pump withdrawn as part of the cuts – there are fears Kingston could be next.

The public meeting is taking place at the Open Door Community Centre at 7pm.

Labour London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi says people power can have a big impact on decisions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

MP for Carshalton hands in petition to save hospital services


Tom Brake MP and Councillor Jean Crossby presenting the petition to Dr Brendan Hudson, Chair of the Sutton CCG

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington MP has handed in a 25,000 strong petition to save St Helier.

Tom Brake presented the appeal on Friday –to save the Carshalton hospital’s Accident and Emergency, Maternity and Children’s services.

Tom said it’s the right time to let authorities know the strength of local feeling as clinical and financial challenges for the NHS are being reviewed.

The petition states the hospital provides desperately needed services in the community.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:53 pm  

A man is due in court after driving at a police officer

A man is to appear in court today after a car was driven towards police officers in Brixton.

22 year old Jamie Manzi, is charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to police officers in Plato Road.

He and a 17 year old youth were also arrested on suspicion of knife and drugs offences, and are both bailed pending further enquiries in these matters.

A further 17-year-old has been bailed until mid-March.

The three were arrested on Saturday evening – no officers were injured in the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:51 pm  

Zac Goldsmith welcomes baby as electioneering hots up

He may be getting ready to do battle for the most hotly contested seat in London, but for today, Zac Goldsmith is celebrating.

The MP for Richmond Park and his wife welcomed their second child, a baby boy, early this morning.

Mr Goldsmith is the Conservative’s hopeful to take over from Boris Johnson as London Mayor when he stands down in May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Missing elderly woman is found in New Malden
A vulnerable woman who went missing from her care home this morning has been found safe and well.

85 year old Margaret Gown walked out earlier from the Devonshire and was spotted walking along the A3.

She was located in New Malden a short while ago.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:43 am  

Six escape fire in Hayes

Six people escaped uninjured from a house fire on Frogmore Avenue in Hayes, last night.

The six occupants of the two floor house left before the arrival of the Brigade.

Part of the ground floor of the property was damage by fire.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters from Hillingdon and Southall fire stations attended the incident.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a candle left unattended.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire. It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:57 am  

Appeal following sexual assaults in Carshalton

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a linked series of sexual assaults.

Officers are investigating three offences which they believe have been carried out by the same man.

The first incident happened on Thursday, the 7th of January, at around 7pm.

A 34-year-old woman was walking along North Street, towards the Sun pub.

A man then walked past and sexually assaulted her.

He followed her down to a nearby park area where he grabbed at her again. The victim shouted out and the man ran off.

The next offence occurred on Saturday, the 9th of January around 9.30pm.

The suspect helped the victim, aged 22, after she stumbled at Carshalton rail station.

He walked with her to Festival Walk where he grabbed her and tried to drag her into the park area. After failing, he made off on foot.

The third assault was on the same day minutes afterwards.

A woman aged 27, walking her dog along North Street, Carshalton, towards the Sun pub was approached by a man who tried to grab her.

She had first noticed him approaching her from Honeywood Walk and following her up the road.

The man is described as of Asian appearance, in his late 20s to early 30s, of medium build and 5ft 6ins to 5ft 9ins with short dark hair.

On the 7th of January he was wearing a brown leather jacket, dark trousers and shoes. On the 9th of January he wore a striped grey top and jeans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 am  

Heathrow celebrates a record year

Heathrow saw record numbers of passengers in 2015.

Almost 75 million people used the airport.

That’s an increase of 2.2% on the previous year’s figure driven by emerging markets to China, Latin America and the Middle East.

Last month the government postponed a decision on whether to support the airport's expansion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:49 am  

Injury keeps Hazard out of Chelsea team

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink says Eden Hazard is unlikely to be available for this weekend's home game with Everton in the Premier League.

The winger wasn't involved in the 2-0 FA Cup victory at home to Scunthorpe, having suffered a groin injury at the beginning of the month.

It also rules him out of Wednesday's visit of West Brom.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 am  

Heathrow accused of paying minimal tax bill

It’s been revealed that Heathrow has given its owners 2-point-1 billion pounds in dividends over the last four years.

But the west London airport has only paid £24-million corporation tax in almost a decade.

The revelation has already reignited the controversy over how large companies are able to pay minimal tax bills.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 am  

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Man is missing from mental health unit in Southall


Police are searching for a schizophrenic man who is missing from his mental health unit in Southall.

42-year old Orlando Silva was last seen on Wednesday evening, when he left the facility on Uxbridge Road.

The Portuguese national may pose a danger to himself or the public.

Mr Silva is 5 foot 6 tall, with short brown hair – he has a moustache and a goatee beard.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

Missing 12-year old girl from Northolt

Police are searching for a girl who’s disappeared from her foster home in West London.

12-year old Nazarene Alon was last seen at around 1pm at her home in Northolt yesterday.

Police are keen to speak to her mother – Hayley Alon, as she may be able to help officers with the search.

Nazarene is described as mixed-race with long brown hair and was last seen carrying a small pink suitcase.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Arrests have been made following disappearance of a teenage boy


Two people have been arrested following the disappearance of a teenager from Surrey.

19-year old Dominic Bernard, from Epsom has not been seen since flying to Guyana in South America in October.

When Mr Bernard failed to board a flight in November, a manhunt was launched.

Two men have been arrested in connection with his disappearance, one of them is his godbrother Aaron King, who he was meant to be visiting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm  

Harlequins bring Saracens unbeaten run to an end at Twickenham Stoop
It was round 9 in the English Premiership Rugby Union. A clash of giants awaited an eager crowd at the Twickenham Stoop.

The visitors, Saracens, came into the weekend as table toppers and unbeaten this season: 8 wins from 8, with 4 bonus points.

Hosts Harlequins were third in the table: 5 wins, 1 draw, 5 bonus points. The stage was set for a fierce contest. The hosts had only beaten the visitors once in their past 14 meetings. Quins, however, have been on top form recently and on a good day they are unbeatable. The question was simple – would a home team playing with immense confidence upset the dominating performance of the visitors?

A strong support base cheered the two teams onto the field.

Harlequins kicked off proceedings. There was a dogged determination to their play. Advantaged was awarded to the home side, upgraded to a penalty. This was reversed after Horwill was sin-binned after knocking out Kruis. The Saracens number 5 was stretchered from the field with comforting applause from the spectators. Play resumed with Itoje joining the field for the visitors and just 90 seconds gone from game.

Farrell kicked for a line-out within the Quins' half. The home side knocked-on whilst challenging for possession handing a scrum to Saracens.

The visitors' dominance in the scrum was evident from the beginning as the home side were pushed backwards at pace. Another penalty to Sarries who again kicked further up the field for another attacking line-out. Robshaw was then penalised for a side-entry into the maul which had formed.

It was a simple line-out for the visitors who were then awarded advantage. On they pushed, however, heading for the whitewash. Penalty after penalty were being awarded to Saracens as more and more scrums were reset. Harlequins Captain Danny Care was called over to have a chat with the referee Craig Maxwell-Keys.

The scrum was again reset and Saracens drove on with scrum-half de Kock being awarded the try. Farrell added the conversion: Harlequins 0 – Saracens 7 after 11 minutes.

Evans sent the restart long. Goode gathered well and sent the ball back up field and into touch just inside the Quins' half. At this moment Horwill returned to the field having served his yellow card.

Robshaw secured line-out ball and Yarde made ground out on the wing. The fans upped their voices in support of the home side. A knock-on, however, handed play to Saracens who strolled into touch at the half-way line. Horwill received treatment for a leg injury before securing line-out ball. However the referee awarded a scrum to the visitors, believing the ball had been knocked-on.

Harlequins were penalised for collapsing the scrum and Farrell again sent it long into touch for a line-out in the host's 22. Possession was secured by the visitors; advantage was awarded, upgraded to a penalty after Roberts was deemed to have failed to roll away after a tackle. The Saracens fly-half lined up the posts but missed the opportunity to add another three points to the board.

At the restart, Evans opted to kick deep. Saracens gathered and sent it back allowing Brown to show just how good he is when gathering the high ball. Rapturous applause resonated around The Stoop as finally a penalty went Quins' way. Evans placed the ball in touch for a line-out on the visitors' 22. Matthews secured the ball and passed to Care before his feet even touched the ground. The Captain and scrum-half broke through the Saracens defence and offloaded to Buchanan who crossed for a try.

Evans failed to add the extra two points: Harlequins 5 – 7 Saracens with a quarter of the game played.

A game of football ensued as both teams attempted to settle. The visitors changed tack with a grubber kick which Yarde was able to gather. A scrum was awarded to the visitors 10 metres from the Quins' try line.

Billy Vunipola made short work of the home side's defence and crossed the whitewash. Farrell added the conversion: Harlequins 5 – 14 Saracens after 27 minutes. Taylor then left the field for the visitors to undergo a concussion assessment. Tompkins was his replacement.
Brown was powerful on the restart however within a few phases the visitors turned over the ball. Quins regained possession following a superb catch by Luke Wallace. A penalty was awarded and the home side kicked to the corner. Saracens stole the line-out and box-kicked into touch handing Quins an attacking platform. The line-out ball was gathered well by Matthews and another penalty was awarded to the home side. Evans opted for the posts and his boot was accurate: Harlequins 8 – 14 Saracens after 32 minutes.

Saracens opted to kick the ball long on the restart which started another aerial battle. Quins overturned the ball before the visitors stole it back. Harlequins then knocked-on whilst attempting an interception. Scrum to the visitors just inside their own half. The scrum held firm and after retrieving the ball, Saracens sent it wide.

Another knock-on and another penalty. The visitors were then penalised for not hitting straight and Danny Care acted quickly, running the ball. Quins recycled well and were very aware of the field of play, avoiding slipping into touch. Yarde broke through the defence and was brought down just short of the try line. He managed to offload the ball, injuring himself in the process. Clifford crossed for a try and Evans converted. The hosts took the lead for the first time this game and headed into the break with a positive outlook.

Half Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 15 – 14 Saracens

There was positive news for the hosts as they retook the field for the second half. Following his try, Clifford was required to go through a concussion assessment. He passed and joined his teammates.

Quins were awarded the first penalty of the second half and Evans only managed to get the ball a short distance before it found its way into touch. The hosts kept possession and box-kicked out. Saracens threw a quick line-out and kicked long forcing Brown to back peddle and secure the ball just 5 metres from his own try line. Quins kicked long allowing Saracens to build again. They were penalised for holding on and Evans cleared but failed to find touch.

The hosts were then penalised for going to ground and Farrell lined up the posts. His boot returned Saracens to the lead: Harlequins 15 – 17 Saracens after 46 minutes.

Another long restart; Saracens returned the ball; Brown and Chisholm worked well together. The visitors stole possession after a hard tackle on Brown. While he received treatment the referee watched several replays and deemed the tackle legal. Play resumed with a line-out. Quins won it and box-kicked out; Saracens came again.

A forward pass handed a scrum to Quins just outside their own 22. Care fed the scrum; Clifford claimed the ball and ran making limited progress. They box-kicked from a ruck; gathered by Saracens who then found touch back in the hosts' territory. Play switched hands as line-outs were won; the ball kicked long only for it to be returned for more set-pieces.

Time for a change and Saracens brought on Wigglesworth in place of de Kock. The visitors had possession and their forwards attempted to weaken the Quins' defence. This tactic worked as the hosts conceeded a penalty and Farrell extended the lead: Harlequins 15 – 20 Saracens after 53 minutes.

Harlequins, too, decided to have a reshuffle and Botica replaced Evans at fly-half. He sent the restart long and the visitors plaved the ball into touch on the halfway line. They stole possesion and progressed up the field. Goode passed wide to Ellery and only a last gasp tackle prevented a try. Saracens captain George was passed the ball and he crossed the whitewash however the try was disallowed after reviews showed obstruction.

Botica got play underway again and the hosts earned a line-out just outside the visitor's 22. A knock-on, however, handed a scrum to Saracens. Robshaw produced a thumping tackle on Farrell as 'welcome to The Stoop' rang out from the stands. Sensible play from Botica saw him guide the ball into the dead zone allowing Quins to clear their lines. The hosts earned a penalty and Botica brought them to within two points of the visitors: Harlequins 18 – 20 Saracens with under a quarter of the game left to play.

More replacements as Buchanan left for Ward (Quins) and Mako Vunipola made way for Gill (Saracens).

Farrell extended the visitors' lead after being handed yet another penalty: Harlequins 18 – 23 Saracens with 15 minutes left on the clock.

The restart ball was sent long by the hosts. Saracens claimed and box-kicked back and Brown gathered. A nasty tackle on Lowe saw recent Saracens' replacement, Rhys Gill, make his way to the sin-bin. His yellow card was changed to red after numerous replays showed just how dangerous his spear-tackle was. The visitors had to play the remaining 14 minutes with just 14 men.

Botica kicked to the corner for an attacking line-out. They secured the ball, formed a maul and broke towards the line. The whistle blew for a penalty and Botica kicked for the posts and once again brought Quins back to within two points: Harlequins 21 – 23 Saracens with 13 minutes left.

The rain, which had been falling steadily throughout the afternoon, turned into a downpour.

The boot of Botica stayed true and just 5 minutes after his last successful penalty he was asked to repeat the task. The Stoop fell silent and the pressure on this kick could be felt. Rising to the challenge, the replacement fly-half added the three points and Quins were once again in the lead: Harlequins 24 – 23 Saracens with under 10 minutes left to play. The fans erupted and the atmosphere jubilent.

The visitors had not lost in their past 15 games and did not want to lose now, certainly at the hands of Harlequins. They brought on Charlie Hodgson - their intent was clear. Saracens gained possession. Their forwards grab and drove time and again into the Harlequins defence. Little by little they progressed up the field towards the posts. Hodgson was in prime position to receive the ball and attempt a drop-goal. The question was how much ground did the forwards intend on claiming before sending the ball out? The answer? Too much. Their tactics were telegraphed and Robshaw took the opportunity to get his boot into the ruck and kick out the ball. His teammates reacted quickly and made great strides back towards the visitor's try line.

They earned a penalty and kicked to the corner. The clock was getting close to zero and Quins were determined not to let victory slip from their grasp. They kept the pressure on and in a dream finish Horwill crossed the whitewash. Botica failed to add the conversion which, had it been successful, would have prevented Saracens from gaining a losing bonus point.

Full Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 29 – 23 Saracens

Attendance: 14,800


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

Twickenham's Mo Farah tweets well done to his victor
Twickenham’s double Olympic winner Mo Farah has praised the man who beat him in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country.

Farah came second - just surpassed by American runner Garrett Heath.

The athlete tweeted that the better man won but he will be back in training for Rio in 2016.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 am  

Question time for Hampton
A question-time event is coming to Hampton at the end of the month, to give residents their say on what matters most.

The Leader and Cabinet Members will be there to listen to issues brought up by the people of Hampton and Hampton Hill

Residents might be asked what they want protected, what they want improved and how they want to get involved in the community

The Question Time will be held at the YMCA White House on the 28th January
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

Flood alert for Shepperton to Molesey.
The water level on the River Thames between Shepperton and Molesey has been rising steadily through the night and a flood alert’s been issued.

The Environment Agency is warning that the river is expected to continued to rise today – flooding of low lying land and roads is expected.

A flood alert’s also been issued along the River Thames from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir which will affect the next two tides and may affect footpaths along the Thames.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 am  

TFL funding for safer roads in Richmond
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in the Richmond borough will benefit from Transport for London funding.

Richmond will see safer roads, and improved facilities for walking and cycling after they were given a 2.59-million-pound grant from the Mayor of London

Around 315 –thousand pound of it will be used to encourage safe and convenient cycling across the borough

Boris Johnson says that by helping the boroughs with local transport schemes, they can help spur jobs and growth across the capital

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 am  

Driver in serious condition in St George's in Tooting
A fifty year old driver remains in a serious but stable condition in St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

It follows calls to Surrey police Friday evening that a blue Land Rover Defender had been found overturned in Mytchett Place Road close to Keogh Barracks in Mytchett.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:55 am  

Fire in Florence Road Kingston
A 60 year old woman had to be led to safety – after fire broke out in a ground floor flat in Kingston.

The blaze damaged twenty percent of the 4 room home in Florence Road.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 am  

Cheam woman will walk the Marsden March in memory of her father

A woman from Cheam will take part in The Royal Marsden's Charity walk this March, in memory of her father.

Lindsay Sadler will walk 14-miles with 50 of her family and friends in memory of Roland Coyne, who died last year.

Her group is named 'Roland's Revenge', after a drink her father used to make in his pub. She tells us how you can spot them on the day, sponsor them and even join her team.

Registration closes on Monday, to sign up – go to the Royal Marsden website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:36 am  

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