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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Parents in Woking


Parents in Woking are expecting their new offspring to arrive this coming week.

But their every move will be watched on camera as the pair of peregrines nurture four eggs in a nest above the town.

They’ve been given a specially installed nest box on the northwest corner of Export House in the centre overlooking Jubilee Square.

A link to the live camera feed from the nest can be found on Woking Council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 pm  

Kingston University study finds 999 operators require extra support

Researchers from Kingston University have found that staff who coordinate 999 calls require support to reduce stress and sickness.

The research also shows that staff feel undervalued compared to front-line staff, and sickness leave is twice the national average.

The study recommends implementing more opportunities for staff to have more opportunities to understand each other’s job.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

Giant rats 'the size of cats' could become a regular thing.

A pack of monster rats the size of cats have been found in Tooting.

Pest controller Lord Dean Burr from Wimbledon, found the rodents- who were about 2 feet long- after constantly finding the traps set out were being ‘eaten through’.

After setting traps designed to catch 2 rats- he found the family of six who were still not killed by the traps but merely caught in them.

He warned with rising temperatures and a litter problem, we may see them more often
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

Community garden next to Malden Manor station to open thanks to South West Trains

South-West Trains have teamed up with a green space management group to create a community garden next to Malden Manor station.

The garden will be a space where people can meet, enjoy gardening and hold various community events and activities.

It comes as findings from a report said many people avoided using Malden Manor train station due to feeling vulnerable and alone.

Richard Kempton- Community Rail Liaison Manager at South-West Trains said he hopes the project will become a ‘social hub’ for the community.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

AFC Wimbledon face Crawley Town this afternoon

AFC Wimbledon will maintain their position in the Play-Offs if they beat Crawley Town at home.

John Creasy is at Kingsmeadow for Jackie


The game kicks off at 3 o’clock
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:33 pm  

Man dies after being hit by a train at East Croydon station

A man has died after he was struck by a train at East Croydon station.

British Transport Police were called to the station this morning to reports of a person hit by a train.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his death is not be treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

Woking based McLaren's Jenson Button will go from 13th in tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix

Britain's F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will start last in tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix.

His Mercedes failed him in qualifying - and as he already has a five-place grid penalty - he'll have to start at the back - with his team-mate Nico Rosberg on pole.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Woking based McLaren's Jenson Button will go from 13th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 am  

A woman has reported she was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Kingston Road Recreation Park

A woman was the victim of a “serious sexual assault” in Kingston Road Recreation Park.

She contacted police at 11.30pm on Thursday evening to report the incident, which is alleged to have taken place two hours before.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are continuing.

At this stage it is not believed to be linked with any other offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

Hounslow Council wants apprentices
Hounslow Council is looking for apprentices to fill 16 positions within the local authority.

Applications are open to young people aged 16 to 24 who want to earn and get experience as they learn.

It’s the 10th year the Council have run the scheme. Over the past 18 months they have recruited more than 60 apprentices.

Although the placements last for just a year, around 70% secure long term employment once the apprenticeship comes to an end.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 am  

Reigate & Banstead Council shortlisted for award
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have found themselves up against bigger councils after being shortlisted as a finalist for a prestigious Local Authority of the Year category in the MJ Achievement Awards.

It is the only district council in the competition and faces the likes of Leeds and Plymouth City Councils.

Nominees for the prize have to show strong performance across services, good financial management, a clear vision and innovation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 am  

Friday, 15 April 2016

Taxi driver guilty of rape in Virginia Water
A 40 year old taxi driver from Slough has been sentenced to 6 years and 6 months in prison for the rape of a young woman in the Virginia Water area last June.

After hearing evidence of the callous and opportunistic rape, the jury found him guilty unanimously.

Perveiz Aziz was told by Judge Fraser at Guildford Crown Court that he had taken advantage of his position of trust when he took the victim into his car in the early hours after she had been to Royal Ascot.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

Fernando Alonso places 11th quickest for Woking at the Chinese F1 Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have made it a 1-2 for Ferrari in second practice for the Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg was third, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso who’s been passed fit to race after missing the Bahrain Grand Prix through injury was 11th quickest with his teammate Jenson Button 12th for the Woking team.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

The spring clean at Chertsey Mead is taking place this weekend

This year’s spring clean at Chertsey Mead is taking place today and everyone is invited to come along and help.

Volunteers are meeting at the first car park in Mead Lane - gloves, sacks and litter-picking tools are provided.

People are asked to bring along their own refreshments and wear comfortable, weather-proof clothing and sensible footwear.

The event starts at 10am for around two hours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm  

Runnymede Foodbanks helped less people last year with emergency food supplies

New figures show Runnymede Foodbanks helped less people last year with emergency food supplies.

The foodbank helped just over 1,200 compared to 1,500 hundred in 2012.

Runnymede Foodbank Manager Helen Hallett:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

Tube engineers to be balloted for strike action over development of Earl's Court

More than 400 Tube engineers are to be balloted for strike action over the Earl’s Court development.

The RMT Union says the Mayor and TfL’s rush to sell parts of the engineers’ Lillie Bridge depot for housing has put jobs under threat.

TfL plans to move the base to Acton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

British runner, Emilia Gorecka, chosen as ambassador for Bookham fitness fair

British champion runner, Emilia Gorecka, has been chosen as the ambassador for the Feel Good Fitness and Wellness Fair in Bookham.

The fair, which is on this Saturday 23rd April, aims to encourage residents to live a healthier mental and physical lifestyle.

It’s organised by Community MAD, part of Bookham and Horsley Rotary Club.

Founder Michelle Howes explains why Emilia was chosen as an ambassador:


You can find out more about the fair on Community MAD's Facebook page, here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Jeremy Corbyn has presented an award to a kebab shop in Kingston

Labour leader and vegetarian Jeremy Corbyn has presented an award to a kebab house in Kingston.

Cappadocia restaurant, in Fife Road, has been crowned the best kebab restaurant in South London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Teacher at a private Leatherhead boarding school banned for encouraging cheating

A senior teacher at a private Leatherhead boarding school has been banned for three years for encouraging cheating.

Mark Lotsu, Head of Biology at St John's School admitted he gave "improper assistance" to A and AS Level students in March 2015.
Mr Lotsu claimed he was under pressure to achieve better results.

St John’s have said that it goes against everything they stand for and believe in, and the panel investigating the allegations have recommended his ban from teaching is reviewed in two years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

Police have discovered a cannabis factory in Wallington

A cannabis factory has been discovered at a house in Wallington after police carried out a drugs raid.

Officers forced entry to the house in Queens Road at 9 o'clock this morning.

A quantity of suspected drugs, paraphernalia including weighing scales, three mobile phones, three bikes and a quantity of cash was seized.

A 42 year old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and handling stolen goods.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm  

Police in Hounslow discover six knives and six bags of cannabis



Police in Hounslow have uncovered six knives and six bags of cannabis during a weapons sweep.

The kitchen knives, with blades varying from three to six inches long, were found by a park keeper in Inwood Park a week ago, and handed to police yesterday.

The drugs were discovered in nearby Gilbert Street in a separate search.

Police say crime has reduced in the borough are they actively carrying out weapon sweeps.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

Fairfield campaigners are to present their petition to Croydon Council
The campaign to save Fairfield Halls in Croydon has stepped up a gear.

Save Our Fairfield campaigners are to present their petition, signed by nearly 8,000 people, to Croydon Council.

They’ll reveal the next step of their campaign at the council meeting on Monday night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

Appeal to trace men following attempted burglary in Wimbledon



CCTV footage has been released of three men police wish to identity and speak to in connection with a house robbery in Wimbledon.

Officers were called to an address in Belvedere Drive on Friday the 1st of April at 1.30pm.

The burglary is believed to have occurred at some point between 15:00hrs on Wednesday, 30 March and 13:25hrs on Friday, 1 April. No property is believed to have been taken.

When the home owner was away, her alarm was activated. CCTV overlooking the front of the house caught three men trying to gain entry.

The suspects captured by the CCTV are described as:

'Suspect 1' [ref: 209527] is described as a medium built man, aged in his 20s. He was wearing black framed glasses, a black body warmer over a green long sleeved shirt, dark jeans and black and white trainers. He was also carrying a black and white rucksack.

'Suspect 2' [ref: 209528] is described as a slim built man, aged in his 20s. He was wearing a dark coloured padded jacket, blue jeans and blue and white shoes. He was carrying a black bag over his right shoulder.

'Suspect 3' [ref: 209530] is described as a slim built man, aged in his 20s. He was wearing a red jacket, tight fitting blue trousers and dark trainers. He carried a dark brown satchel bag over his right shoulder before swapping bags with Suspect 1.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the three men or who saw them in the area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 209527 (suspect 1) or 209528 (suspect 2) or 209530 (suspect 3) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

The long awaited Ab Fab movie hits our screens this summer

The hit 90s TV comedy written by Jennifer Saunders, has been turned into a film, also written by Jennifer, featuring the original five Js; Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks and Julia Sawalha.

Wimbledon resident, and theatre, radio, film and TV veteran, June Whitfield turned 90 last winter.

She reprises her role as "Mother," and says the whole cast has been waiting for this day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a man in Isleworth

28 year old victim Sahil Roy was stabbed to death on the Ivybridge estate on Sunday.

28 year old Azeem Issa will appear at Croydon Crown Court later this morning charged with Mr Roy’s murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Retired Croydon man jailed for sexually abusing two boys

A retired school teacher and scout leader from Croydon has been jailed for 8 years for sexually abusing two young boys.

Richard Biddick, from Addiscombe, groomed and indecently assaulted one of the boys after befriending him in Yorkshire in the 1970s.
Over 30 years later, he attempted to groom a second boy in South London.

The 76 year old pleaded guilty to indecent assault, making indecent images of children and breaching a sex offences prevention order.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

A man is suing his ex girlfriend after flat renovation plans went wrong in Wandsworth

A man is suing his ex-girlfriend for £60,000 after their flat renovation in Wandsworth went wrong.

Gareth Powell and Chloe Thomas planned to do up a flat on Wandsworth Common, sell it for a profit and buy their own home.

When they broke up in 2012, Ms Thomas, whose name was on the flat, kept the property.

Mr Powell is now demanding the £60,000 from her- claiming she went back on an agreement that he would get a third of the profits if they split.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 pm  

The prime minister has welcomed Jeremy Corbyn's speech saying he will be backing the campaign for Britain staying in the European Union

The Labour leader has denied only giving his half-hearted support.

Here, with Streatham's MP Chuka Ummuna, Mr Corbyn speaks to Sky's Kay Burley.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:44 pm  

A man who changed his name to Buzz Lightyear for charity has won a year-long battle with the DVLA to have a driving licence in his new name

Mr Lightyear, formerly Sam Stephens, changed his name by deed poll to raise money for the Hammersmith based cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

The DVLA previously claimed his name could bring the agency into disrepute, as Buzz Lightyear was a "fictional character".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Rubbish and recycling collections are back running following the death of a man on an estate in Isleworth

Services were halted for investigation work after 28 year old victim Sahil Roy was stabbed to death on the Ivybridge estate on Sunday.

28 year old Azeem Issa will appear in court tomorrow charged with Mr Roy’s murder.

A council spokesman told us any outstanding rubbish will be collected as well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

Driver holds up traffic for half an hour in Tolworth in act of road rage



A driver held up traffic for over half an hour today on busy Tolworth Broadway after a collision.

It's thought a red car and van collided after trying to merge in to one lane.

An argument then ensued and police had to be called after both drivers failed to reach an agreement.

Witnesses claim the van driver was shouting abusive language at the occupants of the red car and they refused to engage with him, resulting in the police being called.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:18 pm  

Surrey Police surprised seven lucky children from the Shooting Star Chase charity

Surrey Police opened up its doors to seven lucky children from the Shooting Star Chase charity over the Easter Holidays.

The children with life-limiting conditions were given VIP treatment, and got to test the sirens and lights, try on handcuffs and helmets, and even got to meet Mitzie the police dog.

The children's hospice charity, based in Hampton and Guildford, was awarded the Surrey Police's Charity of the Year 2015, and is now in the second year of the partnership.

To date, they have raised almost £10,000 in aid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm  

House fire in Cobham

Five fire engines are on the scene in Cobham following a blaze in the loft space.

The fire brigade were called to incident in Sandpit Hall Road just before 10 o’clock this morning.

Two breathing apparatus were used – no one is thought to be injured.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

Bike used in Ride London to raise money for cancer charity is stolen from Chessington



The Cannondale Synapse Sora was stolen from garages at the rear of Chessington Hill Park earlier this week.

It has a unique purple bar tape that was still on the bike when it was taken.

The bike was used by owner Ian Wetherall to complete Ride London last year on behalf of Sarcoma UK, after his friend Vicky Molteni passed away from the disease.

Ian says the bike "has huge sentimental value."

Anyone with information is asked to call Kingston Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Driver injured in Morden

A driver has been freed from their vehicle following a crash between a car and a lorry in Morden this morning.

Emergency services rescued the person from the wreckage on the Epsom Road southbound at the junction with Sutton Common Road.

The driver was taken to hospital by the London ambulance service after sustaining injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:47 am  

Residents in Wandsworth are being urged to make sure their children get the measles jab

Following a rise in cases in London, Wandsworth Council is urging its residents to make sure they and their children get the measles jab.

During the last 2 months there have been 14 cases in London with 2 in Wandsworth alone, one of which was a person in their twenties.

Wandsworth’s director of public health Houda Al-Sharifi said “it’s never too late to get the jab and parents must ensure their children are protected
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

“Love for all: hatred for none”

That’s the message from Ahmadiyya Muslim worshippers in South West London, following threats to their community.

A number of mosques have received leaflets threatening death unless worshippers convert to the more mainstream Sunni Islam.

The leaflets came following the death of Glasgow shop keeper Asad Shah last month.

The man accused of murdering him issued a statement saying he carried out the killing because he believed Mr Shah had "disrespected" Islam.

Some Muslim sects believe that the Ahmadiyya faith is not a correct understanding of Islam and worshippers should be punished.

Farooq Aftab worships at The Baitul Futuh, Western Europe’s largest Mosque in Morden.

He says it’s awful that Britain, once a safe haven for the Ahmadiyya society, is now under threat.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

The man who helped put Elvis back at the top of the charts says it was always the King’s dream to perform with an orchestra

Elvis’s latest album, If I Can Dream, is a remix of some of his classic hits set to music from the Royal Philharmonic.

It made the number 1 spot in November, 38 years after the singer’s death.

Lifelong fan Mauro Dirago from Kingston approached Elvis’s wife Priscilla with the idea three years ago, and the rest is history.



Mauro has also written and produced a song King of Kings with Boy George.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Family run business celebrating 70 years in Tooting Bec

Wimbledon Sewing and Craft Superstore turns 70 this Saturday.

The site in Balham High Road is home to a working sewing studio, as well as a museum showcasing over 600 of some of the more historic machines that have been used in programmes like Downton Abbey as well as the gift given to Queen Victoria's eldest daughter as a wedding present.

There will be a celebration on Saturday for guests, and all money raised from events held on the day will go to the Eve Appeal.

Warren Rushton explains how the family has kept the business going through everything from the post war years to the Brexit debate.

He also explains how the sewing machines are the real stars of the show.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 am  

Worshippers at Western Europe’s largest mosque say the London mayoral elections should not be about race or religion

It’s after Labour’s Yvette Cooper accused the Conservative’s Zac Goldsmith of running a racist campaign in an article in The Times.

She said his campaign was turning from a subtle dog-whistle about Sadiq Khan's Muslim faith, to a full blown racist scream after literature handed out by his team labelled Mr Khan's campaign radical and divisive.

Mr Goldsmith says the claims are absurd, and he couldn't find an answer to them.

And Farooq Aftab, with the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, says politicians have better things to worry about.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Hounslow residents to receive Mayor election guide soon
Hounslow residents will soon receive a guide to the candidates standing in the Mayor elections and details on how to vote.

The 32-page guide contains information on how the work of the mayor affects the every-day lives of Londoners and a guide on how to fill the ballot paper.

Over 5.8 million registered voters will receive the guide across the 33 boroughs in the capital- with 40,00 sent every day for 2 weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 am  

Two dogs saved from Wandsworth fire
Firefighters in Wandsworth led two dogs to safety following a fire in a block of flats on Kingham Close earlier this afternoon.

No people were involved and the dogs were uninjured.

The Brigade was called at around 12:30 and the fire was under control 50 minutes later.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Wandsworth, Tooting and Battersea fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Wandsworth residents urged to get Measles jab.
Following a rise in cases in London -Wandsworth Council is urging its residents to make sure they and their children get the measles jab.

During the last 2 months there have been 14 cases in London- with 2 in Wandsworth alone- one of which was a person in their twenties.

Wandsworth’s director of public health Houda Al-Sharifi said:

"Parents must ensure their children are fully vaccinated. Measles isn’t a harmless childhood disease and you can never tell who will go on to develop more serious complications of pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

“Please check that you and your children are fully immunised and had both doses of the MMR vaccine. Ask your GP if you are not sure if you are immunised, and check your child’s red book to see if they need a jab"
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 am  

A £1 Million fund introduced by Surrey County Council as part of Community Improvement Fund

A £1 Million fund to boost local shopping parades and village centres across Surrey has been unveiled by the County Council.

Bids can be made for a share of the £250,000 available annually- to rebuild pavements, install benches and provide better lighting.

Traders and community groups can also apply for things such as bike racks, hanging baskets and litter bins.

It’s part of the Community Improvement Fund- which has seen an outdoor gym in Stoneleigh among many projects invested in since its launch in 2011.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 am  

Women and girls now form a quarter of the Scouts’ membership

Young women and girls now make up a quarter of all Scouts - the highest proportion since they were first allowed to join a quarter of a century ago.

Figures show 144-thousand females, including volunteers, now hold memberships.

In Kingston, The total number of girls and young women in Scouting now stands at 404.

Including adult volunteers, there are now 559 females across the borough in The Scout Association.

The total number of girls and young women in Scouting now stands at 404. Including adult volunteers, there are now 559 females across Royal Kingston in The Scout Association altogether. This is the highest proportion since the Scout Movement first welcomed women and girls into all of its sections 25 years ago.

The Scout Association’s membership figures reveal that 41 new young people joined the Scouts in Merton in 2015. This means that there are now 1521 young people involved in Scouting across Kingston – up 2.8 % on 2014. Including adult volunteers, total membership today is up by 4.1 % and now stands at 1878. Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with eleven consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.

Jo Davidson an Explorer Scout aged 16 from Kingston, said:

“I love Scouting and I always enjoy the adventures that Scout volunteers have helped us plan. I’ve picked up some really helpful life skills along the way like team building, planning and how to communicate with people. Scouting has also helped me grow in confidence and I have enjoyed learning new skills alongside my male friends. I have been to camps and events across the UK, been on lots of water sport activities and recently completed several achievement awards, I have had great fun and learned loads of skills every time I do something Scouting. I’d definitely encourage young people of all ages and both genders to join.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 am  

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Police in Hounslow appeal for help to find missing woman

Police in Hounslow are appealing for the public's help in finding a vulnerable missing woman.

21 year old Gizel Dias from Hounslow was last seen at home at around 3PM yesterday.

A subsequent sighting of her was then seen at around 4:30 PM that day on London Road.

Gizel is described as a light skinned Asian woman and was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms and a black top.

Officers are concerned for her safety and well-being as she has never been missing before.

Anyone who has seen Gizel or who knows of her whereabouts is urged to call police in Hounslow on 020 8247 6160 or via 101 and quote ref 16MIS014778.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 pm  

Assault in Woking leaves man with serious facial injuries

A man has suffered serious facial injuries after a violent assault in Woking on Friday night.

Officers were called to York Road shortly after 9.30pm on Friday 8th April after reports that a man had been assaulted by two men.

He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:40 pm  

Firefighters tackle blaze in Wandsworth

Firefighters have put out a fire in Wandsworth this afternoon.

The brigade was called at around 12.30pm to the blaze in a three story block of flats on Kingham Close.

A four roomed flat was damaged – the fire took about an hour to extinguish.

There are no details of any injuries – and the cause of the fire is now under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 pm  

Pro-Expansion Heathrow launch campaign
The pro-expansion group Back Heathrow launched their new Captain Cameron campaign in Westminster today.

They also delivered a letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of 100,000 residents.

Campaigners were seen outside Houses of Parliament, with a mock-up of David Cameron and George Osborne in pilot uniforms.

They want the Prime Minister to give the green light to Heathrow expansion which they say could see £211 billion pounds of economic benefits.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:55 pm  

A depressed mother who suffocated her two-month old daughter has been sentenced to a hospital order

Italian Federica Boscolo-Gnolo admitted killing Farah at a hotel near Earl's Court in January last year on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The baby's body was dumped in a bin and has never been found.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

Free event aimed at helping people get on the housing ladder coming to #Croydon on Saturday

The First Time Buyer Show, being held at Fairfield Halls, aims to give people wanting to get on the housing ladder a helping hand by offering advice, tips and workshops on how best to do it.

Financial and legal advice will also be given.

London is in the middle of a housing crisis, with all the Mayoral candidates putting housing at the top of their agendas.

MP for Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, will be opening the event.

He explains why Croydon is a fantastic place to get on the housing ladder.



For more details, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:54 pm  

A serving police officer in Lambeth is acquitted of assault

A Metropolitan Police Constable, attached to Lambeth Borough, has been acquitted of assault at West London Magistrates' Court.

42 year old Kehinde Meshe’s appearance on Monday followed an allegation of assault on a 14 year-old boy last year at a school in south London.

The officer had been placed on restricted duties during the investigation.

Now that the criminal proceedings have taken place an internal misconduct procedure will follow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

A third of stalking victims are now being targeted online

Nearly one in five women say they have been harassed at some point but only a quarter have told the police about it, according to a survey by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

In 1986 Suzy Lamplugh, a 25 year old estate agent, disappeared after she went to meet an unknown client in Fulham.

She has been presumed murdered and was legally declared dead in 1993.

To date her body has not been found.

Lawyer Rhory Robertson, who specialises in representing stalking victims, says social media sites need to be quicker to act.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 am  

Croydon police appeal after theft from car



Croydon Police investigating a theft from a car have issued CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to.

A handbag containing over £9,000 worth of jewellery was taken from the boot of the car on Tudor Close some time over the second weekend in February.

A man used bank cards from the bag to purchase goods from a store on South Norwood Hill.

CCTV captured the man in the store – he’s black and was wearing a dark baseball cap worn back to front, a dark jacket and a grey hooded top.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Rent rises in London

London, the East Midlands and Scotland have seen the fastest rent rises in the first quarter of the year.

The Homelet Index calculates the average UK rent outside the capital to be 755 pounds a month - almost five per cent higher than a year ago.

North-West England was the only area to see a fall between January and March.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 am  

Dangerous dogs debate continues

The government's dismissed calls for a change in the law to prevent dogs being wrongly labelled as dangerous.

Yesterday it emerged the Met was preparing to put down 300 illegal dogs seized from their owners just this year.

But the RSPCA says the current rules are too broad, and the animals should be judged on their behaviour, instead of their breed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 am  

The Ministry of Defence is trying to find relatives of a pilot who went missing in action during a raid on Berlin in WWII

Flight Sergeant Dennis Frederick Burtenshaw was born in Sydney, but married a British woman and they moved to Morden in 1943.

The crew of the Lancaster jet he was flying were lost during a raid in January 1944.

The MoJ would like as much information as possible in order to arrange a memorial for him in Berlin later this month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

It’s emerged Bronzefield Prison in Ashford gave tents to two women upon release as they had no place to go

The revelation has been detailed in a report published today.

The site is set to see its population rise by 50% after the planned closure of Holloway.

Like Wormwood Scrubs reported yesterday, Bronzefield also has a problem releasing prisoners who have no home to go to.

In the 6 months prior to an inspection in November, 103 women had no fixed accommodation.

The chaplaincy has also been recorded as handing out sleeping bags to inmates who are due for release .
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

London Fire Brigade demand change in the Law

London Fire Brigade has launched a petition to introduce one single publicly accessible register of recalled products.

New research has found one in five fires that take place in the Capital are caused by white goods, such as Dishwashers and Washing Machine.

Of those, 90% was caused due to a fault with the appliance or electrical supply as oppose human behaviour.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 am  

Bedfont Sports Club set to gain £280,000 makeover

Grassroots sport in Bedfont is set to benefit from a £280,000 cash injection.

The grant which is funded by the Government, Football Association and Premier League will regenerate Bedfont Sports club.

It will see the sports club convert from a grass pitch to floodlit third generation artificial surface.

Chelsea FC Foundation will also support the club by mentoring new coaches.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 am  

Shooting Star Trust hails new Voulenteering figures

Research has revealed that Young People undertaking unpaid work continues to increase.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has found that volunteering amongst young people has risen to 52% since 2010.

Head of Volunteering for Hampton and Guildford’s Shooting Star Chase Trust Melanie Hill believes volunteering is beneficial for improving employability.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 am  

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sutton Council tries new tactic to curb chewing gum litter

More than 600 pieces of gum on Sutton High Street were circled with chalk last weekend to highlight the scale of the problem.

The average price of removing each piece of chewing gum is £1.50, which is 50 times as much as it costs to buy.

Council staff have given out 71 bubble-shaped on-the-go bins to chewers in an attempt to curb the problem.

They’re also providing large bins which, when full, can be recycled into new bins and other products including welly boots and Frisbees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:57 pm  

Man due in court after death of man in Isleworth
A man will appear in court tomorrow charged with murder after the death of a man in Isleworth.

28-year-old Azeem Issa will appear at Croydon Magistrates Court, charged with the murder of 28-year-old Sahil Roy.

Sahil was found with a stab wound on Summerwood Road on Sunday afternoon but was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the throat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 pm  

A man from Epsom has been charged with dangerous driving and having no insurance

44 year old Jonathan Lewis appeared at South West Surrey Magistrates Court today where he was remanded in custody.

He was arrested yesterday following a police pursuit along the M25 and A3.

He’s next due to appear at Guildford Crown Court next month for a plea and case management hearing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 pm  

A man in a van selling "poor quality"mattresses, is targeting homeowners in Richmond and Merton

Trading Standards officers have issued a warning about the rogue sales man who is cold calling homes.

They say they’re concerned the goods he’s offering are not of sufficient quality, nor do they meet safety standards.

Cold calling is not illegal, but residents are being asked to be wary of such door to door sales.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A short film has been created to get people talking about life in Croydon

The Safer Croydon Partnership and charity Lives not Knives have teamed up to produce the three-minute feature.

The film focuses on young people aged 17-22 and was shot at a range of locations around the borough.

Its aim is to encourage people of all ages to express their views on the borough they live in, work in, or are visiting.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Detectives from Croydon investigating a burglary at a business address have issued CCTV footage of the men they wish to identify and speak to in connection with the incident



The burglary was reported to have occurred on Wednesday, the 16th of March at shortly before 3pm at The My Local Store in Lansdowne Road.

CCTV from the premises shows three men enter. One of the men approaches a member of staff and requests assistance whilst a second man appears to act as a look out.

One of the men then takes this opportunity to jump over the counter and grab a quantity of scratch cards.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the men shown on CCTV.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police in Croydon on 101 or 0203 276 2287 quoting reference number 3807647/16.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:55 pm  

#Wimbledon and #Wandsworth take centre stage at Zac Goldsmith's manifesto launch

Zac Goldsmith has announced plans to create half a million new jobs for Londoners if he becomes Mayor on May the 5th.

The Conservative candidate made the pledge during the launch of his manifesto at the Open Door Community Centre in Wandsworth this morning.

He was welcomed by current Mayor Boris Johnson.



Mr Goldsmith said his first priority was to sort the housing crisis, by building 50,000 homes every year on brownfield land.

He also said he would continue to create pocket parks and even more green spaces despite the housing plans, and he "wouldn't Khan-crete them over" as he claimed Labour Rival Sadiq Khan would.

He maintains the new jobs can only come with more housing and better transport links.

Mr Goldsmith cited the controversial Plough Lane stadium development in Wimbledon and Crossrail 2, as projects that need further work.

Talking to Jackie's Lucy Mayer, he says you can’t inflict unpopular schemes on Londoners.



For a full list of candidates, see below.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Wallington cricketer shot dead in Trinidad

A cricketer's been shot dead in an apparent armed robbery on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

Adrian St John, who was on holiday there, was killed on Sunday night.

The 22 year old, who was a student at the Chris Gayle Academy in Wallington, was with a woman in a car when the pair were forced to hand over their money and mobile phones.

One man has been arrested.

Reporter Rebecca Williams takes us through what we think happened next.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:34 pm  

Alarming new figures have revealed the amount of people made homeless upon release from Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

The category B prison in White City, on the edge of Hammersmith, houses almost 2,000 men.

During a visit last winter, inspectors noted that not nearly enough progress had been made since an inspection 18 months before that.

Now, the prison’s own data has revealed that the percentage of men made homeless has shot up from 5 to 40%.

Staff blame the privatisation of the prison’s resettlement services by firm MTCnovo.

The stats also revealed that prisoners are locked up for as many as 22 hours a day, and the prison has a rat problem.

Around two in five men also claim it’s easy to smuggle drugs into the jail.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:29 pm  

CCTV released after a woman in Croydon was followed




Police investigating reports a woman was followed in Croydon, have issued CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to.

The woman in her 30s was warned by a number of concerned customers in a coffee shop last month that a man had been watching her.

She later saw the same person at a bus stop on Brighton Road staring at her closely, making her feel uncomfortable.

The man is described as Eastern European, in his early 20s, slim and around 5ft 11, with blond hair and a pale complexion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Charities are being given the chance to fundraise at Stamford Bridge

Charities are being given the chance to fundraise at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC’s home ground in Fulham.

More than 80 have applied for a chance to hold bucket collections this season and fans can now choose which one they want to see fundraise on a matchday.

The final category to be in the online polls is community charities.

Voting closes on Friday 6th May and the winner will be raising money at the Leicester City Game later next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 am  

Hounslow will light a beacon for the Queen's birthday

Hounslow is joining in with the celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday and is inviting residents to the event.

On Thursday 21st April, the council will be lighting a beacon in Lampton Park, behind the Civic centre from 7-8pm.

The honour of lighting it is given to Cadet Sergeant Major Khalil Ahmad from the Heston Army Cadet Force.

There will be free parking at the Civic Centre and also a parade with a brass band.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Murder investigation in Isleworth - update

Friends have paid tribute to a man who died in Isleworth on Sunday afternoon.

28-year old Sahill Roy was stabbed to death on Summerwood Road in the Ivybridge estate, just a few hundred metres from Twickenham Stadium.

Officers were called just after 4pm, the ambulance and Air ambulance were also on the scene.

A 22-year old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held at a South London police station.

Enquiries are ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 am  

Motorcyclist in hospital after crash

A motorcyclist was taken to St Peter’s Hospital following a crash in Weybridge.

The man in his 60's was taken to the hospital in Chertsey after being involved in a collision with a car yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the roundabout at the junction of Queens Road and Seven Hills Road just before 1.15.

The patient was suffering from chest and shoulder pain and the road was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Monday, 11 April 2016

Chelsea footballer pays for the funeral of a fan

Chelsea footballer John Terry has paid for the funeral of a Chelsea fan, who recently died from leukemia.

The former England captain donated over £1,500 to the family of 8-year old Tommi Miller.

After meeting the young boy last year, Terry said he was ‘totally devastated’ to hear the news.

The funeral takes place later this week in Cambridge, where Tommi lived – and those attending will be wearing either Chelsea shirts or the Cambridge United strip.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Weybridge man ordered to pay back proceeds of crime

A man from Weybridge was one of four convicted criminals who’s been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds obtained by illegal means under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

68 year old Graham Osborne from Monument Hill was ordered to repay £15,000 under a confiscation order.

In September 2013 he was arrested with David Langley-Taylor from Bournemouth on suspicion of fraud.

Searches of their homes disclosed a large amount of evidence showing that applications for mortgages had been made using false documentation.

They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and were given suspended prison sentences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:42 pm  

Mole Valley District Council purchases The Swan Centre



Thousands of residents who took part in a consultation said they wanted to see the town centre improved as part of the wider Transform Leatherhead project.

Exhibitions of the Final Draft Masterplan will be held at:
• The Leatherhead Theatre: April 16th & 30th: 10am-4pm
• Therfield School: April 27th: 3pm-5pm
• North Leatherhead Community Centre: May 7th: 1pm-3pm
• St. Johns School Leatherhead: May 14th: 11am-3pm

The idea to remodel the Swan Centre received overwhelming public support in the recent Transform Leatherhead consultation, with over 94% of residents in favour of seeing improvements made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Boxer Jamie Cox has been jailed for more than 6 months for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's flat and grabbing her around the throat

He attacked Viktoria Gribovskaja at her home in Lambeth, last July, after their relationship broke down.

The WBO European super-middleweight champion was convicted of assault by beating, violence to secure entry, harassment and criminal damage at Croydon Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

A teenager has been jailed for five years for causing the death of a girl from Epsom in a car crash

17 year old Charlotte Lajoie, died in the collision on the A24 in Capel last April.Two other people were seriously injured.

19 year old Arthur Berry admitted causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Berry, from West Sussex, was sentenced to three years each for the two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

They’ll run concurrently with the five-year term. He’s also been banned from driving for five years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Surrey’s council workers risk losing out on their pensions if the money continues to be invested in climate-damaging oil and gas

That’s according to anti-fossil fuel campaigners Divest Surrey.

They say there’s an increasing risk of the fund’s hydrocarbon investments becoming worthless stranded assets.

Divest Surrey is part of an international movement calling on councils, churches and colleges to ditch coal, gas and oil shares.

The County Council pension fund has almost £180 million invested in hydrocarbon companies worldwide – just over 6% of its total value.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm  

Croydon Council is calling for the public’s help in catching a fly-tipper who dumped three tonnes of building waste while driving along a residential street

A resident’s backyard CCTV camera filmed the driver of a white tipper truck dropping the rubble, plaster and wood as they drove along Croham Manor Close off Croham Road in South Croydon at 1.55pm on Tuesday the 15th of March.

Council officers spotted and seized the Ford Transit van, which has the numberplate X597 AAF, in Addiscombe on Thursday.

The van was half-full with waste when it was confiscated, and is now being examined for evidence.

Now enforcement officers' focus is on finding the driver, who is the council’s number one target fly-tipping offender.

Croydon Council’s environmental enforcement team suspects that the unregistered van has been used for fly-tipping elsewhere in the borough after they received sightings from members of the public at locations including Addiscombe, Norbury and Thornton Heath.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:17 pm  

A driver’s been arrested near Wisley following a police pursuit along the M25 and A3 this morning

The man was followed in his black Peugeot having failed to stop for officers at around ten, and driving on, after colliding with another car near Godstone.

He damaged his tyre as he went onto the M25 and then veered between lanes at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour travelling towards Heathrow.

Officers made a tactical pursuit and the car was brought to a halt on the A3 at junction 10, for Wisley, after colliding with two police vehicles.

The 44-year old was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, criminal damage, failing to stop for police, threats to kill and assault.

Other drivers were also caught up in delays as the chase resulted in a rolling road block.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

Middlesex County Cricket Club held their annual media day at Lords’s Cricket Ground last week

Both the men’s and women’s squad enjoyed both being photographed and talking about past and future events.

Nick Compton, grandson of Dennis, talked about living up to the great name and his future ambitions.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:40 pm  

Murder investigation in Isleworth

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Isleworth.

Police were called yesterday afternoon at around four to reports of a man suffering from a stab injury in Summerwood Road.

A 28-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene just over an hour later.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at a south London police station.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

Heathrow business continues to grow

Heathrow saw 2 and a half percent more passengers this March compared with the same month last year.

Growth in emerging markets like China, the Middle East and Mexico contributed to more than six million passengers using the airport last month.

3-point-1 million people went through Gatwick in March, that’s up nearly 6 percent year on year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

Man from Worcester park sentenced for benefit fraud

A man from Worcester Park has been sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of benefit fraud.

37 year old Scott Linegar received housing and tax benefit after claiming to Elmbridge Council in 2011 he was living in West Molesey, when he was actually living elsewhere.

Also in 2013 he claimed he had no capital when in fact he held funds in excess of £55,000 in an undeclared bank account.

Linegar was sentenced to concurrent sentences of two months’ and six months, both suspended for a year and a half; he’s also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

Police appeal after theft in Wallington





Police have released images of ornamental flintlock pistols and rifles stolen from a house in Wallington.

Five pistols and two rifles were stolen along with several pewter mugs in the burglary on Mollison Drive overnight last Wednesday.

The robbers gained entry by forcing the front door of the house while the owners were away.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

Police appeal for witnesses after a rape in New Malden

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in New Malden.

The victim, who’s in her early forties, was attacked in Springfield Place between 10 and 11pm last Monday.

Officers believe she may have been followed by the suspect as she walked in South Lane West prior to the attack.

He’s described as black, 6ft tall, of slim to muscular build, with short dark hair and aged between 25 and 30.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 am  

Man who camped out in Tolworth home faces jail

A husband who garrisoned himself inside his family home in Tolworth after it was sold when he and his wife split-up is facing jail.

50 year old computer company boss Vijay Sisodiya bought the property with his wife, Maya, in 2007.

He was arrested and locked up a fortnight ago after he refused to promise not to go back to the house and could return to prison when he faces the courts again next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:57 am  

Surrey face tough return to County Cricket's top division

It was a tough reintroduction to top flight County Cricket for Surrey as Nottinghamshire made 446 on the opening day of the new season.

Steven Mullaney made 113 for the hosts at Trent Bridge.

Ravi Rampaul took 5 for 93.

Surrey resume today on 7 without loss.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 am  

Surrey S & R involved in two rescues



Surrey Search & Rescue were involved in two rescues on the Thames yesterday following a high tide which caught many off-guard.

Two people were rescued from a flooded car while two others were taken to safety after being caught on a bench.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 am  

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Watch out for your cat...

The body of a headless cat found in Thornton Heath’s thought to be the latest victim of a killing spree across the South London area, according to an animal charity.

Workers from South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) discovered the ginger cat in a garden in London Road, Thornton Heath, yesterday.

It’s the fourth cat found killed in South London in the last week in an arc stretching from Kingston to Bromley.

SNARL are urging owners to "keep an eye" on their pets during the day, as abductions and killings have taken place in the daytime and that anyone who spots cat bodies or body parts to get in touch.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Safer crossing is wanted in Chertsey

Calls have been made for a safer zebra crossing in Chertsey after a car knocked a mobility scooter at the end of last month.

A 76-year old woman was on her way to the doctors when she was clipped by a driver on Fordwater Road beside the Castle pub.

People who use the crossing have called it ‘very scary’ and ‘dangerous’, as pedestrians will often get ignored or not even be seen.

The Councillor for Addlestone North says that it is long overdue that it should be turned into a pelican crossing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Chelsea boss reacts to yesterday's defeat


Interim Chelsea boss Gus Hiddink has laughed off the team's Saturday defeat against Swansea 1-0.

He was asked how proud he was of the team.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Father from Chiswick has won his battle in court after loosing his leg

A man from Chiswick who lost a leg 3 years ago when trying to save his children has won his battle for damages.

52-year old Craig Sparrow was badly injured when he tried to stop his Lexus as it rolled down a slope with his son and daughter inside.

He blamed the injuries on another motorist who had shunted his car moments earlier in the car park he was in in Acton, causing his car to roll down the slope.

Yesterday at the High Court, it was ruled that Mr Sparrow would receive a substantial payout, though it has not yet been decided how much.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:36 pm  

Eagles celebrate end of defeats.

Crystal Palace boosted their hopes of survival in the top-flight with victory over fellow strugglers Norwich.

The team recorded its first Premier League win of 2016.

It ended a run of 14 games for the Eagles without a win.

The home match saw attendance of just under twenty five thousand.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 pm  

Harlequins secure semi-final place in European Rugby Challenge Cup


Finishing top of their Pool in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, Harlequins went into this quarter-final game as favourites for a semi-final place. It has been a tough time for both teams during the recent Premiership games – London Irish fighting to remain in the top-tier of English Rugby; Harlequins teetering on a top 4 finish. The European clash offered a hope of silverware for both teams.

The evening kick-off ensured a flood-lit game; the earlier overcast and threatening sky cleared to leave a brighter evening and an exciting atmosphere.

Support for both teams cheered around the Twickenham Stoop, knowing only a win would be enough.

London Irish had an early penalty kick into touch for a line-out however their possession was short-lived with a scrum being awarded to the hosts.

The power of the Quins' scrum shone through, earning Botica his own kick into touch for a attacking line-out. They secured the ball but a forward pass handed a scrum to the Exiles. They fed the ball to cries of 'not straight' but play continued. Danny Care made a sharp tackle on their scrum-half McKibbin however their number 9 was able to offload. A good chase from Quins forced Irish to slice into touch.

The line-out was won by Quins; the ball sent to the wing and back again before reaching the arms of Luke Wallace who crossed in the corner for a try. Botica failed to add to the conversion: Harlequins 5 – 0 London Irish after 8 minutes.

The restart was gathered well by the hosts however pressure from Irish forced play back into their 22 before Care box-kicked into touch. The hosts stole line-out ball and opted to run from deep. They made good ground but knocked-on under tackle.

Despite the early domination by Quins, it was the Exiles who found themselves awarded a penalty after the hosts failed to hit straight in the scrum. Irish progressed into the 22. Botica made a thumping tackle but this slowed them down only briefly. With 12 minutes gone, London Irish found themselves with a shot at the posts. Their number 10 Geraghty slotted it neatly between the uprights and over the north stand.

The restart was secured by Irish who then kicked long. Botica returned the favour. Irish then gained ground after a returned high-ball was fumbled by Quins, There was a heart-in-mouth moment as the hosts were forced back over their own try line but Captain Care worked his magic and side-stepped his way out of the danger zone. The ball ended up in touch; Irish secured the line-out and came again however a penalty for holding on just outside Quins' 22 allowed the hosts to kick to safety.

The line-out on the halfway failed to see Quins move up the field, instead Irish forced play back into the host's half. The hosts won the line-out which followed, formed a maul and made some progress before Care box-kicked taking play into the Irish half. The Exiles were then penalised for obstruction and another line-out just short of the try line allowed Visser to cross the whitewash. The try was, however, disallowed by the TMO (television match official) following an obstruction by Brown.

Irish kicked for a line-out taking play back to the half-way line. The visitors secured the ball however an interception by Care gave Quins another 5 points as he darted to the whitewash. Botica added the extra two points. Harlequins 12 – 3 London Irish after 22 minutes,

The restart was sent long and Irish regathered. Quins were penalised for going off their feet allowing the Exiles' Geraghty a straight shot at the posts, pulling three points back: Harlequins 12 – 6 London Irish with 24 minutes gone.

The restart was not taken cleanly but slapped back into Care's hands. The hosts made slow progress attacking the centre before sending the ball to the wing. Irish were penalised for straying offside and Botica again lined up the posts. 26 minutes gone and Quins pulled away again. Harlequins 15 – 6 London Irish.

Irish kept possession at the restart and ran the ball into the 22. They sent a grubber kick through and the TMO was again called into action. Try was awarded to the visitors number 13 Mulchrone. Their fly-half Geraghty added a tough conversion and after 29 minutes they had pulled themselves to within 2 points: Harlequins 15 – 13 London Irish.

The restart produced a penalty for Irish who now seemed to have the upper hand. Despite contesting the line-out Quins were unable to steal the ball. Irish kicked into the 22 allowing the hosts to gather and kick to safety.

A line-out was awarded to Irish still within the host's half. The tackles were coming thick and fast but slowly the Exiles scrambled their way up the pitch. They opted to kick but this simply handed possession back to Quins – short-lived possession, however, as Quins were again penalised for going off their feet. Another kick to the posts for Irish. For the first time this game London Irish found themselves ahead: Harlequins 15 – 16 London Irish.

Brown gathered a challenging high-ball on the restart allowing Quins to retain possession. A penalty shortly followed allowing the hosts to retake the lead. Botica's boot stayed true: Harlequins 18 – 16 London Irish after 36 minutes.

Brown was on form tonight as he confidently gathered another high ball. Possession, however, was kicked between the two teams – a time to settle nerves and try for territory. Yarde gathered the next high-ball and along with Visser attempted to run. This ended the aerial battle but meant Quins spilled the ball. Irish were then awarded a penalty which they kicked for an attacking line-out.

The supporters in the stands raised their voices and a chorus of 'Harlequins – Irish' sang out as the fans had their own battle off the pitch. It was Quins who then won possession and kicked into touch to end the first half.

Half Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 18 – 16 London Irish

Both teams re-emerged with the belief they could win this match.

Quins made early strides along the wing but when the ball went into touch following a foot chase it was Irish who were awarded the throw. They secured the ball and Quins were penalised. The Exiles kicked long for a line-out in the Quins' half. The defence was panicked momentarily as Irish darted through missed tackles.

A line-out was awarded in the host's 22 for the visitors. They secured, formed a maul and headed towards the whitewash. Quins had no answer to the strength facing them. TMO again called into action. A try was awarded to McKibbin. The conversion was added and Irish again return to the lead: Harlequins 18 – London Irish 23 after 45 minutes.

The replacements started to enter play: Sinckler came on for Jones; Ward on for Gray.

A yellow card was issued to the Exiles Paice following a dangerous tackle. Botica opted for the posts but missed the opportunity to close the gap.

Brown gathered the restart and Quins ran the ball out of their own half. Their visit into opposition territory was short-lived as Quins were pushed back to their 22. They won line-out ball and kicked into the waiting arms of the Irish number 15 Fenby who ran it back. A knock-on by Quins then handed a scrum to the visitors. They were forced to make a substitution for a head injury assessment on McCusker.

When play resumed Danny Care made another superb tackle on his opposite number. McKibbin, however, was able to offload and Irish powered through via Maitland for another try. An easy conversion in front of the posts was added and the Exiles were now running away with the game: Harlequins 18 – 30 London Irish after 50 minutes.

Merrick off/Matthews on for Quins.

An urgency now appeared in Quins' play and they soon found themselves gracing the Irish whitewash. Advantage was being played for a high tackle on Brown and the TMO once again was asked for his insights.

Multiple replays slowed the game but the try was eventually awarded to Danny Care in the 52nd minute. Botica again missed the conversion: Harlequins 23 – 30 London Irish.

The restart was gathered by Quins but Botica kicked back to Irish. They returned possession and Brown decided to run the ball. The Exiles turned over possession and pushed up to the 22. Quins stole it back and advantage was being played. The referee again chose to go to the TMO after speaking with his touch judge. Irish were given a talking to after Visser was tackled off the ball but no card was issued.

Quins were awarded a penalty and kicked for an attacking line-out. They secured the ball and crossed the line. The referee again went to the TMO. Slow claps emanated from both groups of supporters. The try was disallowed and Paice returned to the field for Irish having served his sin bin. McCusker also returned having been declared fit to continue.

Play resumed with a scrum to Irish on the 5 metre line. They secured the ball but good pressure from Quins earned the hosts a line-out just outside the 22. Matthews secured the ball and a maul formed. It made progress but then Irish put the brakes on – scrum to the Exiles.

This time the scrum was strong for the hosts and they earned a penalty. Botica kicked for a line-out just short of the try line. They gathered, formed a maul and powered over the line. This time the referee made his own decision and awarded a try to Luke Wallace. Botica again missed the conversion which would have leveled the scores, pulling the ball wide of the posts: Harlequins 28 – 30 London Irish.

The restart was sent long and Quins ran it out from deep, being ushered into touch just short of the halfway line.

'Come on you Quins' resonated around the Twickenham Stoop. Mulchrone was called off the pitch for a head injury assessment allowing Steele to take his place in the Irish set-up in the 63rd minute.

Scrum to Quins following the line-out but a penalty was awarded to Irish. The Exiles kicked to the corner and won the line-out. Seeing an opportunity they attempted a cross-field kick which Brown intercepted beautifully. He made some strides before being chased down. Possession went back to Irish who were looking very dangerous. Mulchrone returned to the field, having passed the injury assessment.

A line-out was awarded to Irish still within Quins territory. The hosts stole possession and ran the ball but a loose pass missed Visser and rolled into touch on the opposite wing.

Irish ensured they kept possession from the ensuing line-out and pushed up the field. Quins seemed to have no answer for the marauding Exiles and only accidental obstruction from the Irish halted their progression.

Quins kicked for a line-out which they secured and then grubber-kicked through. Brown chased but the ball drifted into touch. Irish took a quick line-out but under the increasing Quins' pressure the visitors sliced the ball into touch. Quins won the ensuing line-out and earned a penalty. Care pointed to the posts and Botica steadied himself.

A cheer resonated around the Twickenham Stoop as Harlequins regained the lead with 8 minutes left: Harlequins 31 – 30 London Irish.

Harlequins gathered the restart and kicked into the visitor's half. They allowed the ball to bounce giving Robshaw important seconds to charge down the kick Irish attempted after gathering. Penalty to Quins and Botica found touch in the corner.

The hosts secured line-out ball and again formed a maul; the captain completed the manoeuvre earning himself a third try - hat-trick for Danny Care.

A difficult conversion followed for Botica but he regained his rhythm and added the extra 2 points: Harlequins 38 – 30 London Irish.

The Twickenham Stoop was once again buzzing as Visser then Sinckler powered through the defence. An attempted grubber kick ran into touch and play was halted as Sinckler was clearly in distress. After treatment from the medics, Sinckler was back on his feet.

Irish were awarded a penalty and kicked for a line-out just inside Quins' 22. The Exiles knocked the ball back and Quins kept them pinned in their own half. Irish sent the ball to the wing where they were able to cross the halfway line. They kept ball in hand; Quins stole possession and were awarded advantage but they kicked long, missing touch.

It was a heart-in-mouth moment as images of the home game against Northampton Saints came to people's minds as the clock had counted down. Visser chased and attempted to touch the ball down over the try line. It was disallowed after the TMO reviewed the camera angles and no downward pressure was seen. It was the final play of the very tense quarter-final clash.

Full Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 38 – 30 London Irish

A hat-trick of tries from Danny Care and a brace from Luke Wallace helped Harlequins into a home semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Harlequins will face Grenoble in the final four.

Next week play returns to the Premiership as Harlequins face Saracens at Wembley Stadium.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:06 pm  

Author launches her first ever children's book in aid of Leatherhead charity The Rainbow Trust

Author and illustrator, Angela Watson is launching her first ever children’s book this month with proceeds going to charity.

The Rainbow Trust, based in Leatherhead, will receive money from each sale of Emily and Ziba, which is out on the 30thof April.

Angela wrote the picture book after finishing her Open University Degree in Creative Writing and learning to illustrate.

She explains what inspired her to write it.

https://audioboom.com/boos/4403373-author-launches-her-first-ever-children-s-book-in-aid-of-leatherhead-charity-the-rainbow-trust

Emily and Ziba: A Shimmering Cave will be available from Sunday the 30th of April at Barton's Bookshop in Leatherhead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

People with stories or photographs of Surrey in the Great War are being urged to help create a digital memorial

Surrey Heritage has launched a new website to document the experiences of residents both on the home front and battlefields.

The website aims to publish thousands of stories as a record of the county’s contribution to protecting Britain 100 years ago.

People will be able to search through the website’s records to find out more about wartime life in the county.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Parents urged to check childen's car seats as thousands head for home after Easter break

Today marks the end of the Easter holidays.

Thousands of families will be taking to the roads to make their way home after the break.

With this is mind, parents are being urged to check they have the right car seat safety procedures in place.

Amanda Heppel, at Chessington based A3 Baby Barn, where there's a car seat checking service, explains the law when it comes to car seats.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:29 am  

Update on a fire in Croydon last week

Fire crews tackled a blaze in a block of flats in Croydon on Friday of last week.

The fire at Fleming Court badly affected a flat on the ground floor of a two storey property.

Firefighters led two men to safety from a flat on the second floor and there were no injuries.

A smoke alarm had been fitted in the flat, which alerted the neighbour to call the Brigade.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Investigation opens as woman claims she was sexually harassed in Wandsworth

An investigation has been launched after a woman from Clapham claims she was sexually harassed by a bus driver.

The 28-year old was travelling in the passenger seat of a car in Wandsworth, when the bus pulled alongside her in traffic.

She claims that after noticing her, the bus driver started winking, blowing kisses and offering gestures of a sexual nature.

The incident was reported to Transport for London after it happened on Friday afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

A man's been sentenced for causing a death whilst driving near Sunbury

A man has been sentenced following a fatal collision on the M3 near Sunbury.

58-year old Paul Martin Jeffree from Maidstone has been given 16 months behind bars for pleading guilty to causing death by driving without due care and attention.

The incident took place on the northbound carriageway, between junctions 2 and 1 in October 2014.

The Toyota IQ2 driven by an 18-year old girl, caught alight shortly after the collision and she was taken to St George’s Hospital.

She suffered serious injuries and died several hours later.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

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