Leslie Rhodes, Clapham-resident killed in Westminster attack used to clean Churchill's windows
According to reports, Leslie Rhodes, the 75 year-old man from Clapham and the fourth victim of Wednesday's attack used to be Winston Churchill’s window cleaner.
A friend and client Janine Roebuck, said he cleaned the windows at Churchill’s house in Kent, something he was very proud of.
She also said that Leslie was due to go to her house in Vauxhall a few days after being killed by Khalid Masood.
Rhodes sadly died after he had his life-support switched off, having been treated at King’s College Hospital prior to his death. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 pm
Missing Epsom boy found
A missing ten year old boy from Epsom has been found by the Police.
Oliver Sayer had been missing since midday on Saturday but was found safe and well at around 6.30pm.
The media and the public have been thanked for their help by Surrey Police. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm
The final greyhound race will take place at Wimbledon’s Plough Lane Stadium tonight.
After 89 years of racing, the stadium will shut and be replaced by a new 20,000 seater stadium for AFC Wimbledon.
It marks the demise of the sport as stadiums across the country close down.
There used to be 33 greyhound tracks in London but now the closest one is The Romford Greyhound Stadium in Essex. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:51 pm
Police have commended the bravery of a woman from Woking for coming forward to bring her abusive husband to justice.
Danny Barnett was jailed earlier this week for three charges of actual bodily harm and one charge of perverting the course of justice.
After he made several attempts to suggest his wife’s stories of abuse were untrue, including the forgery of a birthday card.
Surrey Police have praised the victim for having trust in the authorities during the investigation. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm
Hundreds from the campaign group ‘Guildford for Europe’ joined the Unite for Europe march in London today.
Tens of thousands of anti-Brexit demonstrators marched through central London to Westminster and finished with a tribute to the victims of Wednesday's terror attack.
Unite for Europe campaigners observed a minute's silence at Parliament Square after the march.
Meanwhile, more than a thousand campaigners took to the street in Edinburgh in a simultaneous protest organised by the city's Young European Movement. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm
Richmond and Wimbledon theatres turn off their electricity to celebrate Earth Hour.
Tonight marks a decade of Earth Hour.
People will turn off their electricity for one hour between 8.30 and 9.30pm to show their commitment to tackling climate change.
Some of the area’s largest business will also take part including Richmond and Wimbledon theatres.
Organiser World Wildlife Fund, based in Woking, has released this hopeful message to mark the event.
Former Woking McClaren driver in pole position
Former Woking McClaren player Lewis Hamilton will start on pole position for tomorrow's season opening Australian F1 Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver came in ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in qualifying in Melbourne.
Hamilton's new team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am
Friday, 24 March 2017
Kingston policeman sentenced for indecent images of children
A former Kingston police constable who downloaded more than 65,000 indecent images of children has been given a suspended jail sentence.
55 year old Peter Ba Han was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months.
He pleaded guilty to one count of making an indecent image of a child at Southwark Crown Court on the 10th February.
He’s required to sign the Sexual Offence Register for 10 years and attend a rehabilitation course.
He was dismissed by the Met Police after a special case hearing on the 10th March. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 pm
A man’s been shot on the Phipps Bridge Estate in Mitcham.
Police were called to Phipps Bridge Road just before 9 o’clock last night.
Police found the 28 year old in a serious condition.
The victim remains in hospital. His injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:54 pm
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed Prince George will be going to school in Battersea
The Royal will attend Thomas's London Day School, a private school.
Kensington Palace says the couple are confident George will have a "happy and successful start to his education".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm
A woman is in a serious condition in hospital after she was hit by a car in Cobham.
The pedestrian and white Range Rover were in collision on the Painshill Roundabout just before midday.
Police say there appears to have been some form of altercation prior to the collision.
Officers are urging anybody who may have witnessed the incident to contact them. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm
A South-West London Dental Practice is in line to win Best Aesthetic Practice at this month’s awards.
Ten Dental received 22 nominations across 15 awards categories in the prestigious Aesthetic Dentistry Awards.
It has treatment centres in Balham, Clapham along with Wandsworth and has won national recognition.
The ceremony will be held at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone later today. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:44 pm
Police are appealing for witnesses as they continue to investigate a robbery and two assaults in Ashford earlier this month.
The robbery took place on Chesterfield Road at the junction with Fordbridge Road, while the assaults took place on the same road, earlier that day.
A woman was punched in the face and a man was chased with a knife.
It is believed the incidents are linked. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:16 pm
A firm warning is going out to people in Hounslow who continually breach planning regulations.
The warning comes after four people were fined over £30,000 for erecting an extension at a house without the right permission.
They also ignored four warnings to tear the structure down.
Councillors say if rules are flouted, people will be taken to court and face huge fines. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:14 pm
Kingston Fire Station will not be losing one of its fire engines after all.
The Fire Brigade had proposed moving one of the two engines from Kingston Station, which is the safest in the borough, to New Malden.
It argued New Malden has easier road access being right on the A3, and the town also sees the majority of the borough’s incidents.
But, following a public consultation, LFB bosses have decided the engine will stay at the Kingston Station instead.
Although this will be reviewed in a year’s time, they say they are listening to what residents want.
Also, since the consultation was launched, response times in Kingston have hit a 5 year record.
Second engines are now at the scene of an emergency within 8 minutes, and fire fighters are now out of the door within 17 seconds.
Because of that, Peter Rickard, Borough Commander, says he’s happy that the decision has been reversed.
He has denied claims from Kingston Labour Party that lives would have been put in danger by the move, as Kingston is the safest station in the borough already.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm
Croydon South MP says public access to parliament shouldn't change despite the attack.
Croydon South MP Chris Philip has said the attack on Westminster should not affect the public's access to the Houses of Parliament.
Commuters travelling out of Clapham Junction had to walk part of their journey to work this morning.
It’s after a power failure in the Surrey Quays area caused mass disruption.
The power lines were turned off so passengers could exit the trains via the tracks. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm
Neighbour pays tribute to Clapham's Leslie Rhodes after Westminster attack
Police say at least 50 people were injured in the Westminster terrorist attack, and 31 of them have needed hospital treatment.
Two more arrests were made overnight as officers continue to investigate the man behind it, Khalid Masood.
The fourth person he killed was Leslie Rhodes - a 75-year-old man from Clapham.
His neighbour of 24 years, Philip Williams, says they were close.
Most patients at Kingston Hospital will remember how disappointing the food is - well not anymore.
Duncan Burton, director of Nursing has decided to replace the limp bread with toast and bacon.
He believes appetizing food is essential for the patients’ recovery.
A recent survey found that only 30% of hospital food is cooked freshly. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am
Police are appealing for witnesses after two attempted abductions on Streatham Hill and Lambeth Road.
The first incident happened last Tuesday when the suspect approached an 11 year old who then escaped by boarding a bus.
In the second incident, also last week, the suspect dragged a 13 year old towards Archbishop Park, before a bystander intervened.
The incidents are not yet known to be related. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am
BREAKING NEWS Police say latest Westminster victim was Leslie Rhodes 75 year old from Clapham
One person is still in a life-threatening condition - 2 are critical.
Two more arrests have been made. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am
A man has been jailed for the rape of an under-aged girl in Kensington almost 30 years ago.
Philip Gonslaves from Lewisham has been found guilty of attacking the 12 year old in 1987 at a hotel.
The girl was staying with her parents at the bed and breakfast while he lived opposite.
The case was reopened as part of the Met’s ongoing re-assessment of cold cases. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:21 am
Thursday, 23 March 2017
University of Surrey ranked 5th in UK for student experience
The University of Surrey has been ranked fifth in the UK for student experience.
The Uni’s gone up 26 places from last year in the Student Experience Survey, compiled by Times Higher Education.
More than 15,000 students from across Britain were asked to rate different aspects of their university.
Surrey Uni came out on top for security, and sixth for industry connections and student welfare. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 pm
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has compared himself to an unlikely footballer
Chelsea’s Diego Costa has compared himself to an unlikely footballer - Sergio Ramos .
He said: "He's just like me. He wants to win, he'll hit you. He’s better as a teammate than an opponent.”
The striker is on international duty with Spain this week and will have linked up with the Real Madrid defender over the past few days.
The pair will have also faced each other several times in La Liga when Costa played for Atletico Madrid. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 pm
The number of empty shops in Richmond is continuing to fall.
Six years ago, it’s thought there were 233 vacant business premises in the borough. Last year it was 133.
The council puts the fall down to increased investment and the fact free parking is offered at various times. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm
A man has been found guilty of manslaughter after a woman was crushed to death by window frames weighing more than half a tonne.
43 year old Amanda Telfer died as she walked past Hanover Square in 2012. The frames had been lying unprotected.
64 year old Kelvin Adsett, a supervisor at Slough based IS Europe Limited, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.
He was also convicted of failure to take reasonable care for safety whilst at work.
50 year old Damian Lakin-Hall from Cobham was found guilty of the same charge but acquitted of Ms Telfer's manslaughter. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm
Surrey Police says it will continue to review officer deployments in the light of yesterday’s attack on Westminster.
The county, along with the rest of the country, is already operating at a severe threat level which has been in place since 2014.
A spokesman says the force will continue to liaise with national and regional colleagues as the investigation unfolds.
Officers are calling on members of the public to report anything suspicious. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:26 pm
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community speaks out after yesterday's attack in London
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose mosque is based in Morden, have strongly condemned yesterday's attack.
They have also paid tribute to all Londoners affected and say they stand united.
Farooq Aftab, from the community says their religion has been hijacked.
Wimbledon's Conservative MP is blaming Labour run Merton council for the decline of Wimbledon Village
Traders have asked Stephen Hammond to lobby his Government over business rates and rent, which they say are killing independent shops.
But Mr Hammond has declined to do this, saying the blame lies with the Council.
He says he doesn't fear this is the death knell for the famous High Street.
Husband and wife from Chessington have been banned from keeping animals
A couple from Chessington who left their two cats and dog alone at home, whilst away on a two-week holiday have appeared in court.
Zara and David Hicks have been banned from keeping animals for 12 years and given a suspended prison sentence.
It comes after the RSPCA found one of their cats dead, and the other cat and dog neglected in a dirty kitchen, after a house visit.
The charity is now urging pet owners going away over the Easter holiday, to ensure their animals are cared for and looked after. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am
Police have released CCTV footage of two men they are hunting in connection with an alleged distraction theft in Brompton
Last year, the men are believed to have stolen a 79 year-old man's beloved BMW outside a Petrol Station, on Old Brompton Road.
CCTV cameras captured the two suspects.
‘Suspect One’ is described as approximately 5ft 6ins tall, with short black hair and a beard.
He was wearing a blue baseball cap with a white 'Fly Emirates' logo on the front, a dark red top and blue jeans.
‘Suspect Two’ also had short black hair and a beard.
He was wearing a blue baseball cap with a white logo on the front, a black coat, blue jeans and black shoes.
Detective Constable Scott Lockington, from Notting Hill CID, says: "This is an abhorrent crime targeting a vulnerable member of our society. We are keen to identify the two suspects in the CCTV footage so that we can bring these offenders to justice. We would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us.
Anyone with information or any witnesses are urged to call police on 020 8246 0217 or by tweeting at @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am
Breastfeeding rates in Sutton are in the spotlight
Only 37% of mothers in Sutton are still breastfeeding their new-borns after two months.
Brentford residents attend meeting to oppose third runway at Heathrow
Nearly 200 residents from Brentford attended a meeting on Tuesday night about opposing a third runway at Heathrow.
It was held by anti-Heathrow group BASH Runway 3 at Brentford Free Church, one of the speakers was Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury.
It covered topics including increased congestion on local roads, expansion of the M4, air quality in the area and increased aircraft noise.
More activities are planned by the group of concerned residents who have decided to take action to oppose the Heathrow expansion. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am
A report has discovered that a Charity in Leatherhead, supporting children with life-limiting illnesses, is saving public services over £2 million a year.
The Rainbow Trust only receives 3% of its funding from the government and yet supports over 2,000 families in Surrey.
The care it provides costs just over £22 an hour and relies on voluntary donations to survive.
The report is calling upon Health Minister David Mowat to ensure all elements of children's care are not neglected by government funding
Anne Harris, the Director of Care at the Rainbow Trust welcomes the report:
UEFA boss wants to stop Chelsea having so many players on loan
The head of European football wants to stop top clubs like Chelsea from hoarding players.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says he's looking at changing rules to punish teams with a "luxury tax".
At the start of this season, the Premier leaders had more than 30 players out on loan.
Italian champions Juventus have over 50 players away from their club at the moment. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
MP for Carshalton Tom Brake praises police and emergency services after Westminster terror attack
It's been confirmed four people have died in a terrorist attack outside Parliament.
One police officer is among those killed, as well as his attacker.
At least twenty people have been injured.
Police have confirmed a man drove a car at high speed across Westminster Bridge, hitting a number of people before crashing it into railings.
He then attacked security personnel outside Parliament.
A government minister gave mouth-to-mouth to one of the injured officers, while a woman has been pulled alive from the River Thames.
Footage filmed at the scene shows tourists fleeing the building's gates, before the sound of gunshots are heard.
The Prime Minister was quickly taken away from the Commons and she'll chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee later.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd condemned the attack while on a visit to Pakistan.
Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, was at Westminster at the time of the attack.
The Lib Dem politician managed to get out before Parliament went into lock-down, but some of his staff could not leave their office for several hours.
He has praised the reaction of the police and emergency services:
World leaders have been quick to condemn the attack, as has London's mayor Sadiq Khan who says the people of the capital will never be cowed by terrorism.Paris City Hall has announced the lights of the Eiffel Tower will be turned off at midnight for the victims in London.
Meanwhile, a planned vote in the Scottish parliament on pushing for a second independence referendum has been delayed because of the attack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 pm
Researchers have concluded that King George the 3rd was suffering from a mental illness rather than a physical disease.
Members of St George's, University of London in Tooting, have devised techniques to interpret the King’s letters to determine his mental state.
Analysis from King George’s letters has revealed episodes of acute mania throughout the King’s reign.
Professors hope that this research can be applied to the analysis of other historical figures.
Professor Peter Garrard describes the king’s manic episodes:
Plans to put up a huge memorial to David Bowie in Brixton have been abandoned, as not enough money has been raised to pay for the project.
Fans of the singer wanted to spend £900,000 on erecting a three-storey red and blue lightning bolt statue in Brixton.
But a crowdfunding campaign only raised £50,000 by its four-week deadline.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm
Real Madrid opened its first British training school in Croydon
Real Madrid opened its first British training school in Croydon this afternoon.
It has been launched at The Cedars School in Coombe Road.
Activities will be offered to children to improve their football and social skills. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm
Witnesses have reported sounds similar to gunfire near the Houses of Parliament
Scotland Yard says there has been an incident.
Two people have been seen lying near Parliament, and streets have been locked down.
Proceedings in the House of Commons have been suspended.
Statement from the Met Police.
Police are asking people to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.
This is to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incident.
Police were called at approximately 2.40pm hours to reports of an incident in Westminster Bridge. It is being treated as a firearms incident.
Officers, including firearms officers, remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.
We thank the public for their assistance.
Police are appealing for any members of the public who may have images or footage of the incident to send them to this address.
Statement from London Ambulance.
Updated at 3:40pm
London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer said:
“We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident, with the first crew arriving within six minutes.
We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.
We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene, with our priority being to ensure patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible.
We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.
As we are very busy dealing with this incident, we would ask the public to only call us in a genuine emergency.”
Update at 5:00pm
10 people are being treated for catastrophic injuries on Westminster Bridge.
One person is known to have died.
Police Commander BJ Harrington has given this update.
Stay tuned to Jackie for the latest news and travel.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm
A 4 year old boy has saved his mother’s life in Croydon
Police have released the phone call Roman made to the emergency services, which he managed to do by using the iphone's Siri feature, which works by asking questions.
Officers hope that by releasing the call, it will encourage parents to make sure their children know how to dial 999 and give their correct address.
Paramedics were able to locate the boy and his mother from the location he gave.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat in Brompton nearly 18 years ago
The hoax was made in 1999 by a far-right group at a fast food restaurant on Brompton Road.
A 36-year-old man was arrested in Essex today following a "forensic review of evidence seized from the scene".
He remains in custody at an east London police station. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:18 pm
A passenger in her 20s has died after a car overturned on the A3 near Esher Common
In the early hours of this morning, the silver Peugeot she was travelling in crashed in the central reservation and overturned.
She was rushed to St George’s hospital, but later died.
The male driver who suffered minor injuries has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Officers are urging anybody who may have witnessed the collision or seen the vehicle prior to it, to contact the Surrey Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01483 639922. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am
A person has died after car overturned on the A3 in Esher
The accident happened at around 1.45 this morning between Esher Common and Hook Junction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:20 am
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will captain England tonight
England's stand-in captain and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says tonight's game with Germany is still hugely important.
The friendly comes four days before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
This evening's match is Gareth Southgate's first as permanent England manager.
Cahill says that adds extra significance to the game in Dortmund.
Sir David Attenborough from Richmond has had an ancient shrimp named after him
The naturalist broadcaster already shares his name with a ship, a dinosaur and a flightless weevil.
Now researchers have used the Old English version of Attenborough for the crustacean, identified from a 430-million-year-old fossil. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am
'Ask for Angela' scheme piloted in Merton is rolled out across London
A safety campaign trialled in Merton allowing people who feel vulnerable in pubs or bars, is now being rolled out across London today.
Anyone out who feels unsafe or threatened can get help by approaching bar staff with the discreet code “Asking for Angela.”
Police will train staff at venues around the Capital that sign up to the deal to immediately respond to the safety signal.
In Merton police say the scheme has raised awareness among bar staff and encouraged them to look out for potentially vulnerable customers.
Inspector Wayne Matthews, from the Central Licensing Team, said: “This is a simple yet effective scheme which empowers members of the public to seek help if they are feeling vulnerable, by allowing them to raise their concerns with staff.
It may be that they are in the company of someone who is not what they seemed and they want to get away safely and with minimum fuss.
This initiative will facilitate this and hopefully prevent situations from escalating into something more serious. Of course where scenarios do develop we know bar staff will contact police to attend the scene and deal in the usual manner.”
Already the pilot in Merton has raised awareness amongst bar staff and encouraged them to look out for potentially vulnerable customers. In turn customers have been reassured that staff are open to offering discreet assistance.
Since the initiative was implemented, there have been incidents on the borough which could have escalated without the intervention of bar staff.
Security staff at a Wimbledon nightclub noticed two men plying a lone female with drinks, whilst they remained sober.
Believing their intentions to be dishonourable, staff called police. The males were removed from the club. Officers then gave the lone female a lift home to ensure her safety.
Similarly, there was an incident in a bar in Wimbledon whereby a male was “harassing” two females at the bar.
One of them looked towards security staff and asked for help.
Staff immediately intervened and the male became violent.
He was removed from the premises and police were called, with him subsequently arrested for affray. In their statements to police, both females expressed their appreciation in being taken seriously when asking for help.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am
It’s thought around 85,000 people in the South-East have epilepsy
A number of charities are now trying to raise awareness of the condition ahead of Purple Day, this Sunday.
6 in 10 people have expressed feelings of loneliness, and campaigners are using the day to try and reduce stigma around the condition.
Teddington bank robbed by man in balaclava with a gun
An investigation’s been launched after a bank in Teddington was robbed by a man in a balaclava with a handgun.
It happened on Friday 10th March at the Halifax Bank in Broad Street, at 2.30pm.
The masked man entered the bank with a gun and demanded money – before making off with a large quantity of cash on a mountain bike.
He’s described as white, around 6ft, of skinny build and wearing a blue jacket and gloves.
Anyone who has any information that could help with the investigation is urged to get in contact with police on 101. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm
Charlton fan appears in court accused of punching Crystal Palace eagle mascot
A Charlton Athletic fan’s in court for allegedly punching a Crystal Palace eagle mascot during a football match.
A court’s heard how the 25-year-old American bald eagle, Kayla, was targeted by a rival fan at Selhurst Park - during the derby
game where Charlton lost 4-1.
The eagle’s handler had been walking her around the pitch on his forearm when a punch was reportedly thrown from the crowd.
36-year-old Daniel Boylett from Eltham, denies attempted criminal damage in the alleged attack on the mascot in September 2015. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:46 pm
Hammersmith & Fulham is the third noisiest borough in London.
It follows Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster on the list, with 50 noise complaints per 1,000 people.
Unlike the rest of the UK, construction is one of the main causes of concern with basement digs and extension works.
Music and noisy neighbours are also among the top reasons for complaining. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 pm
Pedestrian crossings are finally coming back to Tolworth Broadway.
They were removed as part of the controversial Greenway scheme.
A pelican crossing will now be reinstated outside Marks and Spencer at a cost of over £100,000
A number of accidents following the completion of the Greenway, led to calls for them to be reinstated.
The final go ahead is still subject to approval from shop owners and TfL. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:01 pm
A woman from Richmond has been jailed for over four years for her part in a criminal drugs network.
20 year old Sara Bleta was found guilty along with two men from Camden, of conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
Police say they were responsible for the supply of drugs at 'chemsex' parties in the West End.
Officers began investigating in Soho following incidents of people falling unwell and sustaining injuries. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm
NHS prescription formula for babies who suffer from milk protein allergies, will not be axed in Croydon.
Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group had planned to end prescriptions to help reduce budget deficits.
But special formulas will be made available for children who suffer from Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy, and are under a year old, from April.
Bosses had stated that the original move would have saved the NHS thousands of pounds a year. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:51 pm
Radio Jackie celebrates the annual Marsden March with a special on air Jukebox
Thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday for the annual Marsden March.
The sponsored 14 mile walk between the Chelsea and Sutton hospitals raises money for funding cancer research.
We had a special Jackie Jukebox live on air for the walkers.
A convicted rapist has been transferred to Ashford’s all female Bronzefield prison after having gender-reassignment surgery.
Jessica Winfield, formerly Martin Ponting, was serving life at Whitemoor, a top-security prison in Cambridge.
Winfield says she has been victimised for being transsexual, but her victims argue that allowing the sex change is ‘diabolical.’
They say it highlights the imbalances in the justice system that the NHS will fund the sex change while victims struggle to access support. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm
South West London is spending millions of pounds on private consultants hired to make cuts to the NHS.
The area is among the biggest spenders in the country, paying over £4m to management consultants hired to plan NHS cuts.
A recent Freedom of Information request found that the government has spent over £17m on firms including KPMG, McKinsey and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
There is a frustrating irony to the situation given some consultants are advising cuts to nursing staff to save money.
As Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing points out:
“This can become a false economy when the management consultants cost more than the savings they identify.” posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm
House prices are on the rise again with figures for South West London among the highest in the country.
Rightmove’s House Price Index shows that prices at the start of 2017 were 13-thousand pounds higher than at the start of 2016.
London continues to be the region with the highest figures with the average house price at £491,000.
Hammersmith & Fulham, Richmond and Wandsworth are all in the top ten most expensive London boroughs. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm
A cardboard box that fell against an electric heater is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Sutton yesterday.
Part of the first floor of the property in The Causeway was gutted by the blaze just after 6pm.
Two people managed to escape. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm
Signing duo from Twickenham launches campaign to produce music for teenagers with additional needs
Today is World Down Syndrome Day.
Now, ‘Singing Hands’ from Twickenham, who regularly engage legions of 0-11 year olds with their catchy songs, have launched a campaign to crowdfund a unique album and video of pop songs to reach out to teenagers and young adults.
5% of the money raised for the album will be donated to the Down’s Syndrome Association.
Suzanne Miell-Ingram and Tracy Upton formed Singing Hands in 2003 having seen the positive impact that singing and signing had in enabling the communication skills of their children Miles and Ella, who both have additional needs.
Their aim was to be able to use music as a vehicle to teach Makaton sign language to support children’s communication development.
Now Miles and Ella are in their late teens, Suzanne and Tracy have become aware that there is no music that is being produced to appeal to teenagers and young adults with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), and are aiming to fill that gap.
Tracy said “My own son Miles is now a young man and I am all too aware that due to his learning disability he is often still drawn to ‘nursery rhyme’ style music, traditionally aimed at young children. We want to give young people in this situation the opportunity to be able to access age-appropriate material and enjoy good quality pop music which they can learn to sign along to via an accompanying music video.
Having seen the difference this makes to the lives of children, we are very much hoping that supporters will get behind our campaign and help SEND teenagers and young adults to develop their relationship with music and communication.”
The album and campaign is being produced James Hawkins Music in Kingston which specialises in ‘music with purpose’.
Its most recent project was a cover version of ‘The Living Years’ by the London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:44 pm
Surrey County Council's leader is remaining defiant after calls for him to resign
David Hodge has been speaking at the first Council meeting, since his alleged sweetheart deal with the government.
There have been calls for him to stand down after a motion of no confidence was tabled by the Lib Dems.
The council meeting is on-going and this is David Hodge speaking earlier.
Two baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport have been charged with conspiring to import cocaine into the UK
Mohammad Ali, from Slough and Girmit Singh, from Hayes were arrested during an operation by the National Crime Agency last year.
Singh has also been charged with conspiring to import cannabis.
Both men are due to appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Friday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:22 am
A paragliding enthusiast from Kew is lucky to be alive after crash landing during a flight in Brazil
Thomas Antalffy, broken his back and fractured his skull when he hit the ground.
After waking-up covered in blood the next morning, he managed to hitchhike back to his hotel in Central Brazil.
He’s told the Evening Standard of his “miracle survival”.
The 54 year-old is currently in hospital in South America. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am
The Samaritans will be out in force in Kingston today
They’re going to be offering tips on how to look after your mental health.
Volunteers will be based in a trailer in Church Street Memorial Square between 10 and 5.
Samaritans respond to over 5 million calls nationwide every year. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am
The daughter of a man stabbed to death in Putney more than three decades ago has made an emotional appeal to help to trace his killer
John Gibbons was discovered collapsed in his flat on Sunday the 17th March 1985, by his 16-year-old daughter Dawn.
Her 49-year-old father died after been stabbed through the heart.
A man was arrested and charged with his murder but the trial was discontinued, there have been no further arrests.
Dawn Gibbons said: "This year I am coming up to the age that Dad was when he was killed. The pain of what happened only gets worse as I grow older and remember what my father and I did together, especially as I now have my own daughter.
"My father meant the world to me and his death has had a massive impact on my whole life. I have to live with the grief that a person I loved is not here.
"The fact that my father's killer still walks the streets of London has been extremely difficult to deal with over the past 32 years.
"I would ask from the bottom of my heart that if you have any information, no matter how small, please come forward and tell the police so I can finally get some answers about why this happened.
"If the tables had turned I know my father would not stop until he had tried his best to bring the person responsible to justice."
Detectives from the Met's Special Casework Investigation Team are hoping that 32 years on someone will feel they can speak to police about what happened.
Officers are aware that John often socialised in pubs close to his home at Huntingford House, Horne Way, SW15. He appeared to be a popular and generous figure and would often lend money to friends and family locally. Some friends were known to urge John to conceal his cash and be a little more cautious when lending money.
John, who was divorced from his wife and also had a son, had previously worked as an engineer for London Transport. In March 1984 he retired due to ill-health and was looking forwarding to spending more time with his children.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a single stab wound through the heart.
A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with John's murder but the trial was discontinued. There have been no further arrests in the case.
Detective Inspector Susan Stansfield, who is leading the investigation, said: "John was a father and well-liked local figure in Putney. He was known to be incredibly generous and would often buy rounds of drinks for his friends at his local pubs. There is a possibility that his generous streak resulted in the attack at his home and we are keen to speak to anyone who felt they could not come forward and speak to police before.
"We are now 32 years on and there is a chance that someone who felt they could not speak out in the 1980s may feel this is the time to see justice for John and his family."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 7230 7963; alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am
Hounslow residents reminded Sparrow Farm redevelopment consultation to end soon
Hounslow residents are being reminded that there are just four days left to have your say on the redevelopment of the Sparrow Farm Community Centre
The Council plans to create a new centre, including homes, and want people to have their say on the proposals.
They’re holding both public and online consultations. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 am
Plans to develop Roehampton estate take a step forward
Plans to regenerate Roehampton housing estate have taken a step forward with the support of a group of residents, businesses and community organisations.
Plans for Alton Estate, which is one of the largest in the UK, involve creating 1000 new homes and community facilities- as well as improving day-to-day life.
The next steps for the project will see the council and its partner prepare a demolition and construction schedule which will be shared with affected residents as soon as possible. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 am
Monday, 20 March 2017
Sir Michael Caine says he fears his days are numbered
Sir Michael Caine says he fears his days are numbered.
The 84 year old actor, who lives in Leatherhead, has changed his lifestyle and lost two stone in weight because he wants to see his grandchildren grow up.
He says he’s had to cut back on the drinking and is always looking up what’s the best thing against cancer.
He also says without his wife, Shakira, he’d have been dead long ago. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm
People in London are being asked to vote online in the People’s Project competition
People in London are being asked to vote online in the People’s Project competition.
The winners will win £50,000 in National lottery funding.
One of those nominated for the prize is the Kingston Carer Trust.
The charity supports almost 2 thousand adult carers and nearly 500 young carers in Kingston through a wide range of services. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:52 pm
Police have closed two brothels following raids in Collier’s Wood.
Officers gathered intelligence over the space of several weeks, working in close contact with Merton Council.
Warning notices were served on the properties in both English and Spanish.
A number of women, believed to be sex workers, were questioned, but not found to be in any danger.
Surrey Police is appealing for the public’s help in locating three valuable watches stolen in a burglary in Portmore Park Road in Weybridge on Saturday the 11th of March.
Between the hours of 5.30pm and 8.15pm, an intruder gained access by breaking through a door to the rear of the property.
An old style safe (same as the one pictured but brown) which contained three watches and a quantity of cash were reported stolen from the property.
A Peugeot on the drive was also stolen but later recovered.
One of the watches, a Favre Lueba, belonged to the owner’s late father and is of great sentimental value.
The other two (pictured) are silver and blue sapphire Omega watches, one with the serial number 03256/10007 and the other which has 007 engraved on the back and on the strap with the serial number 01008/10007.
Officers are urging anybody who has seen these items, perhaps for sale online, to contact police.
Alternatively, if you witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the break please call 101 quoting, 45170025469.
Some Mortlake residents are angry about plans to build on land that used to be part of Thomas Cromwell’s estate.
The £1 billion plan, by Reselton Properties, aims to build a new secondary school and nearly a thousand new homes.
Proposals have angered locals as playing fields could be built on.
Not only do the fields provide a vital facility, but they used to be owned by Thomas Cromwell and have historical value.
A planning application is expected later this year. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm
Richmond council’s considering putting new powers in place to protect the boroughs open spaces and parks.
A public consultation on proposals for new public Spaces Protection Orders has been launched.
It’s hoped the measures will address anti-social behaviour which resident’s feel affects their quality of life. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm
Kingston University has just opened a new virtual reality centre for computer gaming.
It has invested just over £53,000 in the facility to complement their games-lab to boost their research.
The university also secured an educational partnership with Sony, providing access to the company’s latest gaming platforms.
There are also plans for students across all departments to integrate virtual reality in their work. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm
A biker has been taken to hospital after a crash involving two cars in the Tolworth underpass.
The male rider sustained injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.
Emergency services were called to the A3 at 7.20 this morning.
The Southbound stretch was closed off for over three hours. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:56 pm
Work is underway to introduce a 20mph speed limit throughout residential areas in Wandsworth
Council engineers are overseeing the introduction of new road markings and signage.
Last year, nearly 60% of residents consulted in the borough backed the plans.
Limits will remain the same on the busier roads. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm
Radio Jackie has officially Passed the Panda
People across the country are doing a relay with a number of toy bears to mark Earth Hour UK, which is taking place on Saturday night.
They’ll turn off their electricity for one hour to show their commitment to tackling climate change.
Jackie’s Lucy Mayer has handed Simon the Panda over to MP for Kingston James Berry, who will in turn, pass him on.
There’s just under a week to go until Earth Hour UK, and Radio Jackie is doing its bit to tackle climate change.
Earth Hour is where people turn off their lights and electricity for an hour to show their respect for the planet.
But, this year, participants are also being urged to Pass the Panda, as Lucy Mayer explains.
Earth Hour takes place on Saturday between 8.30 and 9.30pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm
Southern Railway's offered to meet union bosses
But only if they call off another strike planned two weeks tomorrow on the country's busiest network.
The company says the RMT should commit to ending all industrial action so "goodwill talks" can take place.
The network's suffered almost a year's worth of disruption over plans to run trains without guards. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:29 am
A photo has been released of people allegedly harassing the deer in Richmond Park
The picture, by the Friends of Richmond Park, shows about 30 people, including young children, mixing with the herd in Lawn Field.
Parks Police have confirmed they attended the scene on Saturday near Sawyer's Hill.
Park rules state you must keep at least 50 metres away from the animals, and must not touch, feed or photograph them at close range.
Dogs also have to be kept on leads. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:01 am
Croydon is the cannabis growing centre of London according to new figures
Officers raided nearly 190 farms in the area over the last 3 years, the most in the 32 boroughs police by the Met.
Nearly 3,180 cannabis factories were discovered in the Capital since 2013 - according to data from a Freedom of information request. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am
A crash involving two cars and a motorbike at Tolworth Underpass has closed the A3 southbound
Emergency services are currently on the scene.
The motorcyclist has sustained injuries however – the rider’s condition remains unclear at this stage.
Traffic is being reported to be pushed back as far as Shannon Corner due to the collision. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am
A plaque is going to be unveiled in Brentford this afternoon in memory of Pocahontas
It’s to mark the 400th anniversary of her death.
Pocahontas, whose real name was Matoaka, lived for a short time with her family in a villa opposite the grounds of Syon House.
She was a Native American born and raised along the banks of the James River in Virginia in the USA. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 am
UPDATE: Missing woman from Mitcham is found
An elderly woman who went missing from a care home in Mitcham has been found.
Police were appealing for help to find 76 year-old Myra Hazell.
She was last seen on Saturday morning, and has now returned to her care home in Barons Grove. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:24 am
Chelsea criticised for not giving youth a chance
Chelsea have come under criticism again for rarely giving their young talent a chance.
The Blues have 38 players out on loan but Eddie Newton, who’s in charge of loan players’ welfare, has defended the policy.
Football critics say the club’s primary interest is to sell the players on for a profit. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:59 am
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Witness Appeal Surrey Police
Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on A23 Bonehurst Road in Horley yesterday, Saturday 18 March 2017
At around 3.15pm, a man came off his motorbike outside Erbidge Court.
The motorcyclist, a man in his 20’s, was declared dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.
Officers are urging anybody who witnessed what happened or with any information to call Surrey Police on 101 posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 am
A reception has been held at Centre Court to celebrate the work done by The Wimbledon Foundation
Established in 2013, it is the official charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
The aim of the charity is to raise money for community groups and other charities across Merton and Wandsworth.
£65,000 has so far been raised. Helen Parker is The Wimbledon Foundation’s manager.
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