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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Chelsea lose out on FA Cup win


Arsenal have won the FA Cup for a record 13th time - after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final at Wembley.

It's also the third time in four seasons Arsene Wenger's side have claimed the trophy.

Aaron Ramsey scored the winner late in the second half.

Wenger's now the most successful boss in FA Cup history - with seven titles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

UPDATE: British Airways have cancelled all their flights from Heathrow and Gatwick for the rest of the day

The airline says it’s down to a problem with their computer system but say there’s no evidence it's linked to a cyber attack.

Thousands of passengers have had their travel disrupted, including Laura Walker, from Sutton, who was due to fly to Cape Town later this evening.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 pm  

An NHS trust is considering proposals to reduce the number of children being diagnosed with autism

The board for the Southwest London and St George’s Mental Health Trust discussed diagnosing only the most severe cases.

The trust is meant to deal with 750 assessments a year, but is receiving twice that number.

The NHS commissioners are asking for a review of who is eligible for the service, so they can focus on children with other illnesses.

The National Autistic Society has protested to the local commissioning groups, which covers Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth and Sutton.

Implementing this will mean children are unable to get a diagnosis and access to specialist support they need.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:26 pm  

A minute’s silence has been held at Twickenham today to remember the victims of Monday’s attack

Security has also been stepped up at the stadium, which can hold over 80,000 fans.

Table-toppers Wasps will hope to end the season as rugby union Premiership champions.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Heathrow and Gatwick have cancelled all BA flights before 6pm

British Airways says it’s experiencing a “global system failure” – which is causing major delays at Heathrow Airport.

The airline has apologised to the thousands of passengers waiting for flights at the start of the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Laura Walker from Sutton is due to fly to Cape Town with BA at 9:30 tonight.






posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

UPDATE: Jenson Button at the Monaco Grand Prix

Jenson Button looks like he'll start in last place in his one-off appearance, for Woking based McLaren, at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

Britain's former world champion's been hit with a 15 place grid penalty for changing parts in his engine.

Lewis Hamilton will go into qualifying at lunchtime having come fifth in final practice.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel set the quickest time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm  

Find out who's backing the new 'tread lightly in Richmond park' campaign

McFly bass guitarist Dougie Poynter has announced he is backing the new ‘tread lightly in Richmond Park’ campaign.

The campaign follows on from a new film presented by Sir David Attenborough about protecting wildlife in the London Park.

Poynter, who lives near the park, has worked on other conservation projects.

The Park is visited by over 5.5 million people each year.

But according to Friends of Richmond Park its wildlife and fabric are under increasing pressure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:35 pm  

A technical issue with BA is causing delays at Heathrow

British Airways says its computer systems have gone down across the world.

The technical issue is causing disruption for many families heading away for the half term holiday and Bank Holiday weekend.

Passengers have taken to social media to vent their frustration with big queues at check-in desks at Heathrow Airport.

The airline's apologised to customers and says it's working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm  

Jenson Button says this weekend's all about enjoyment ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix

Jenson Button says it's great to be back in F1 racing for Woking based McLaren at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Button's standing in for Fernando Alonso, who's off racing in the Indianapolis 500, but says it's a one-off.

Qualifying comes later this afternoon.

Button tells us that this weekend's all about enjoyment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

Several men sentenced to between two to sixteen years at Kingston Crown Court

Six men have been sentenced at Kingston Crown Court following a long term operation into an organised criminal network.

58 year old Michael O'Driscoll, from New Malden, was sentenced to the most, a total of 16 years.

He had pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting to supply a firearm, Class A and B drugs, robbery and possession of criminal property.

The other 5 men were sentenced to between 2 to 8 years for similar offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

South West London's Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association will walk a mile for charity later today

Hundreds of children from South West London's Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association will walk a mile for charity today.

They're raising money for Humanity First, which aims to transform hundreds of classrooms.

Youngsters from the Mosques in Southfields and Morden will join others nationwide.

They're also taking part in Ramadan, the most sacred event in the Muslim calendar, which involves fasting during daylight hours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 am  

Flanker James Haskell says director of rugby deserves the most credit for getting them to the final at Twickenham this afternoon

Table-toppers Wasps will hope to end the season as rugby union Premiership champions.

They take on last year's runners-up Exeter at Twickenham in this afternoon's play-off final.

Flanker James Haskell tells us, director of rugby Dai Young deserves most of the credit for getting them there.




posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

78 year old sentenced to 18 months at Isleworth Crown Court for two counts of sexual assault



A pensioner who delivered medication to vulnerable elderly patients has been jailed following a series of sexual assaults.

78 year old John Muttitt was sentenced to 18 months at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday.

The jury heard that Muttitt was a self-employed delivery driver for a local pharmacy in the Hounslow area.

The first incident was reported to the police in July 2013, two further incidents were reported in August 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Gary Cahill ahead of the FA Cup final at Wembley today

Premier League champions Chelsea look to complete the double this evening with a win over Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

It's a chance for Gary Cahill to lift another trophy - having been captain for much of the season in the place of outgoing skipper John Terry.

Cahill says this competition means a lot to him.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

Wandsworth Police are reminding people of heightened security over the Bank Holiday weekend

Wandsworth Police says it has carried out a full review into operations across the Bank Holiday weekend.

They’re warning people to be aware of possible armed officers on the streets, as well as armoured vehicles in some places.

They’re asking people to plan ahead, report anything suspicious and leave plenty of extra time for security checks at events.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

20 year old from Thornton Heath jailed for 10 years



A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison following a fatal stabbing of a teenager in Croydon last August.

20 year old Jamell Lonergan from Thornton Heath pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the killing of 19 year old Andre Aderemi.

Three other men were found guilty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 am  

A minute's silence will be held at Twickenham later today

There will be a minute’s silence before today’s rugby premiership final at Twickenham to remember the victims of Monday’s attack.

Security will also be stepped up at the stadium, which can hold over 80,000 fans.

Wasps v Exeter, kick off is at 2:30pm
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 am  

Heathrow could see the biggest change in flight paths

Heathrow is to start consulting on flights paths for a third runway this summer.

The airport has told the Community Noise Forum that it will be starting with a ‘blank piece of paper.’

If the changes go ahead, they would be the biggest change in flights paths since the airport opened in 1946.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Bike theft in Barnes

There’s been a spate of bike thefts in Barnes.

Residents in St Ann’s Road claim it’s as many as one a week, with the latest one taken overnight on Thursday.

Richmond Police say they are looking into the claims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

Egham researchers find way to reduce stress

Researchers at Royal Holloway University in Egham have found that a wristband device can help someone feel significantly less stressed.

The device called doppel delivers a heartbeat-like vibration on the inside of the wrist.

It uses our natural response to rhythm and heartbeats.

By reducing the number of vibrations to a slower frequency than the user’s heart rate, it triggers a calming effect and the user experiences less anxiety.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 am  

Muslim youth to mark minute silence in New Malden

Muslim children from across South West London will be joining hundreds of others around the country today to mark a minute of silence for the victims of the Manchester attack.

The school children from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association are taking part in a 3 mile walk in Manor Park in New Malden to raise money for the charity, Humanity First, which supports schools in poorer countries.

The vice president of the Association, Adam Walker, says ‘it is vital for all of Britain to unite under the banner of peace and unity.’
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 am  

Friday, 26 May 2017

Builder warned over fly tipping near Tooting Common


A builder is being warned he may end up in court over a huge pile of rubbish that’s been found dumped near Tooting Common.

The timber, rubble and debris was found in Furzedown Road early on Monday morning.

An investigation by Wandsworth Council led officers to an address in Streatham where extensive building work is being carried out.

They’re now putting together a dossier to see if the man in question can be forced to appear in court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

Police appeal to trace a woman missing from Hammersmith



Police are appealing for help to find a woman who's gone missing from Hammersmith.

48 year old Minette Emanuel has not been seen since Sunday and officers are concerned as she suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Minette is black, of large build with short black hair. It is not known what she was last seen wearing.

If you know her whereabouts please contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 pm  

Surrey Police to review approach to community safety.

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, Surrey Police says it is reviewing its approach to community safety.

Officers say people will be flocking to events across the county, and are warning them they may see an increased firearms presence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 pm  

Reigate Police call on the public for their support.



Police in Reigate are calling on the public for their support in finding a man wanted for breaching road traffic offences and a court order.

27 year old Shane Setterfield has failed to attend court twice.

He is white around 5ft 9in tall of slim build with short dark hair. If you know his whereabouts please contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 pm  

Andy Murray will begin his French Open tennis campaign against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov.

The world number one's avoided Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in his half of the draw, so he can't face either until the final.

Johanna Konta starts against Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei.

Heather Watson lost her final qualifier in straight sets to Richel Hogenkamp.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm  

Officers are investigating an attempted murder in Streatham.

At around 11:20pm on Good Friday the victim was attacked while sitting on a bench at Streatham Common Station.

When a train pulled into the station a man left it and immediately approached the victim and stabbed him multiple times.

The victim has since been discharged from hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A student in Epsom has launched a desperate appeal after her laptop with her dissertation and final year project on it was stolen.



The device, and back up memory stick, was taken from her desk at the University for the Creative Arts in Ashley Road.

As a result, she’s had to redo a year’s work in one month

The victim’s purse was also stolen and her bank card was used in McDonalds in the town half an hour later.

Police are hunting the men in the pictures above.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Some flights have had to leave Gatwick Airport without passengers' luggage due to a problem with the baggage system.

Holidaymakers reported long queues at check-in desks this morning.

The issue's now been fixed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

More than 1,000 people visited Epsom and St Helier hospitals over the last Bank Holiday weekend.

Hospital bosses are now urging residents to only show up at A&E if it’s absolutely necessary.

Doctors are urging people with non - life threatening emergencies to use the 111 helpline or contact an out of hours GP service.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 pm  

SW London's Muslims stand with Manchester

South West London’s Ahmadiyya Muslims have condemned the Manchester attack.

Worshippers at the Baitul Futuh in Morden, which is Europe’s largest Mosque, say terrorism has no religion.

Raza Al Huq is a worshipper at the mosque.

He says the key to stopping the spread of extremism is to engage youngsters.



Full Statement.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns the barbaric attacks that took place on Monday in Manchester in the strongest terms.

Our heartfelt prayers and sympathies are with the people of Manchester and all those affected.

Such atrocities and violence against innocent people can never be justified under any circumstances.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 pm  

Fire breaks out on tennis practice court at Wimbledon


Photo @MarcInners

Four fire engines were called to reports of a fire in the practice court area of the All England Tennis Club just before 1pm.

The area in Church Road is densely populated with shrubs and trees, which are thought to have caught light.

There's only a couple of weeks to go until the tennis fortnight begins.

In the last few moments, the All England Lawn Tennis Club has confirmed the London Fire Brigade has been attending a small fire outside Gate 1, which has now been extinguished.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

It's been confirmed that Petra Kvitova will make her comeback to competitive tennis at the French Open, which starts on Sunday.

The two-time Wimbledon champion needed four-hours of surgery on her hand before Christmas after being stabbed by an intruder at her home.

Kvitova has been drawn against the USA's Julia Boserup in the first round.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

South West London and Surrey's bank holiday jet-setters facing chaos

A problem with the baggage system at Gatwick Airport means some flights are leaving without all bags.

Managers say they've had to make this decision to make sure everyone gets away on time.

Luggage will be sent on to passengers as soon as possible.

They've said sorry, and that they're urgently trying to sort out the issue, but haven't given a timeframe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:55 pm  

French Open Tennis News

World tennis number one Andy Murray won't have to worry about Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal at the French Open unless he gets to the final.

The Wimbledon champion can't come up against them before then, after being drawn against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round at Roland Garros.

Murray's struggled with his form so far this season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm  

Officers are appealing for help to identify a man they wish to speak to in connection with an assault in Streatham


At around 11:20pm on Good Friday the victim was attacked while sitting on a bench at Streatham Common Station.

When a train pulled into the station a man left it and immediately approached the victim and stabbed him multiple times.

The victim has since been discharged from hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

A 10 year old boy has been hit by a motorbike in Thornton Heath.

Police were called to the scene just after 8am to London Road, at the junction with Whitehall Road.

The child was taken to a South London hospital after the accident but did not receive life threatening injuries and neither did the driver.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 pm  

The people of Twickenham will hold a special service for the Manchester attack victims on Sunday.

Residents and the Mayor of Richmond will gather at St Mary’s Church at 9.30am.

Candles will be lit for each life lost in the atrocity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

There’s travel chaos in store next month for people using Twickenham station.

It’s to be closed over the weekends of the 10th and 17th as part of the station’s regeneration works.

Work carried out over the weekends will include the removal of the platform canopies and installing a temporary foot bridge.

Contractors are warning there will be some noise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:48 am  

Chelsea defender David Luiz says they still have their eyes on a domestic double after success in the Premier League already this season.

They take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday

He says players dream of winning the prestigious cup.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:07 am  

Scotland's Scott Jamieson ended the first round of golf's PGA Championship just one shot off the lead

He posted a five-under-par 67 at Wentworth.

Cheam’s Ross Fisher is a stroke further back along with compatriot Graeme Storm.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:02 am  

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association have held a vigil for the Manchester victims outside Tooting Broadway Station

They gathered together for the short memorial at 6.30.

The Associations says “Islam means peace and we promote peace and condemn any sort of terrorism.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:18 pm  

A developer in Battersea has become the first in London to give part of its profits to charity

A developer in Battersea has become the first in London to give part of its profits to charity.

Ballymore is giving £10,000 for every home it sells on the Nine Elms development.

The money will go to JDRF, which funds research into Type 1 Diabetes


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 pm  

A cyclist killed in an accident in Chelsea on Monday was an acclaimed photographer.

57 year old Henry Wilson collided with a lorry near his home in Fulham Road just before 11am.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His sister won a prize at the Chelsea Flower Show the next day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Train companies should do more to stop passengers leaning out of train windows.

That’s according to a report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

It follows the death of a man on a train in Balham last year.

Simon Brown, from West Sussex, died after he stuck his head out of a window and hit it on a gantry.

No drugs or alcohol were found in his system and there was no evidence he was taking photographs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The RNLI is urging us to fight our instincts when it comes to the Thames.

The charity says the best thing we can do if we fall into the water, is float, rather than try and fight the current.

42 people have died in the River over the past 5 years.

The move has led bars and pubs in Kingston to stock float rings called “throw bags.”

Tim James with Teddington RNLI explains why they are so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

There’s been an attempted sex assault in Ewell.

It happened as a woman was walking through the tunnel on the footpath between Kingston Road and Meadow Walk at 4.30pm yesterday.

The man was loitering around the tunnel, which goes underneath the train line, when the woman in her 20s and her dog walked through.

As she was walking through she was grabbed by the man but her dog managed to scare him off and the victim was able to escape.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Burst main in Wandsworth on one of the hottest days of the year



It may be one of the hottest days of the year so far, but that hasn’t stopped a water main from bursting in Wandsworth.

Buckhold Road was closed off earlier and is expected to remain shut across the weekend.

Thames Water is on site and has apologised for the disruption.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

The parents of a sick nine-month-old boy have lost a court appeal, meaning doctors can now stop providing life-support treatment.

Charlie Gard from Bedfont suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

His parents, Chris and Connie, wanted him to undergo a trial in the US

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital had argued the therapy proposed was experimental and wouldn't help.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Former music mogul Jonathan King, has been charged today with 18 counts of child sex abuse.

The 72-year-old was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual abuse connected to the Walton Hop Disco.

King has been released on bail and will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

Specialist firearms officers are patrolling on trains nationwide for the first time.

Passengers who regularly use train services are being warned they may see a firearms presence on their trains from this afternoon.

Armed officers have been regularly patrolling on the London Underground since December.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 pm  

A man from Leatherhead has been taken to hospital after trying to use a barbecue to cook because he had no power.

Fire crews were called to the 66-year-old's flat after it caught light.

He told firefighters he had lit the barbecue because he had no power cook any food.

He’s recovering in hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Temperatures are expected to hit 30C in London by the end of the week.

It’s thought the mercury will peak tomorrow, when it will be hotter than Lisbon and Nice.

The temperature at Kew Gardens is due to peak at 26 degrees by the end of the day.

However, the Met Office says to expect thunderstorms by the end of the weekend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

Harlequins second row, Netani Talei, is retiring from rugby after medical advice.

The 34 year old has spent 17 months out of action with a knee injury, but is now having to hang up his boots.

Talei is looking forward to life off the pitch, helping people achieve their own sporting and fitness goals, after starting his own boot camps.

Quins Director of Rugby, John Kingston has thanked the Fijian born player for his determination and service to the club.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:17 pm  

Chris Robshaw and George Ford will co-captain England in Sunday's non-cap rugby union international against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

It'll be the first time Robshaw's led his country since 2015's failed World Cup campaign.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

Students in Hounslow are taking part in a challenge to design a new roof top garden for Coin Street Nursery in Southwark.

The groups have been creating designs focusing on addressing air quality concerns, biodiversity, sustainability and climate change adaption.

The students will make their final presentation where the winners will be decided by the judge panel later today.

The winning team will have its design created by Groundwork London’s landscape architecture team.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

Button's McLaren Return

Jenson Button says he is feeling no pressure going into his one-off return to Formula 1 at Monaco this weekend.

The 2009 world champion is substituting at Woking based McLaren, for Fernando Alonso, who is racing in the Indianapolis 500.

McLaren have not scored any points this year and are last in the constructors' championship.

But, Monaco represents their best chance of points so far.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:21 am  

Rodent infestation found in Croydon chain store

The Croydon-branch of Pound World has admitted five food safety offences and two breaches of health and safety at work.

On Tuesday, the court heard how food safety officers had received a complaint from a member of the public after seeing rodents on the shop floor.

On inspection, the basement and storage areas were also found to be contaminated with mouse droppings and officers discovered an out-of-control infestation.

Store management has agreed to cease the sale of food and the case was adjourned for sentencing until September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

UPDATE: Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack by Tooting Broadway

A man’s fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked outside Tooting Broadway station on Tuesday evening.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene at around 7.45pm and found a 51-year old man lying unconscious after being attacked by another man.

He remains in a critical condition and no arrests have been made.

Officers are appealing for witnesses, anyone who saw anything or has any information should contact Wandsworth CID on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

16-year old girl is missing from Hounslow



A teenage girl is missing from Hounslow.

She is 16 year old Morgan Weathers.

Anyone who has seen her or has any information should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 am  

51-year old man missing from hospital in Tooting



A 51-year old is missing from St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

John Ryan was last seen yesterday and has a head injury, so needs medical help.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Silence to be held at Twickenham this weekend for the victims in Manchester's terror attack

Premiership Rugby have said there will be a minute’s silence before Saturday’s final at Twickenham to remember the victims in Monday’s attack.

Chelsea have already cancelled a victory parade on Sunday.

Spectators travelling to Wembley for the FA Cup final tomorrow should arrive one hour before kick-off and are asked not to take bags.

Chelsea Ladies will play Manchester City tonight; it will be the first professional sports fixture to take place in the city since the attack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Arsenal join Chelsea in cancelling events planned for Saturday

Arsenal have cancelled a proposed screening of Saturday's FA Cup final at their home ground following Monday night's terror attack in Manchester.

Chelsea have already called-off parades scheduled for Sunday, with the UK's terror threat level at its highest category.

The Blues were due to host one near Stamford Bridge to celebrate winning the Premier League - as well as their potential success at Wembley in the cup.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 am  

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

UPDATE: Large gas leak in Chessington

Emergency services were called this morning to a large gas leak in Chessington.

Police were called just after 9am to Barwell Lane and have now dealt with the incident.

Some residents were evacuated from their homes at the time, but have now been able to return.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:19 pm  

There's a warning plans to transform the M25 to build a third runway at Heathrow could 'derail' the airport's expansion, due to excessive costs

British Airways' parent company IAG reckons it'll add an extra £2.3billion to the west London hub's bill.

The firm suggests it should focus on a shorter runway instead.

But an airport spokesperson insists it's taking action to ensure the best outcome for passengers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

Couple from Bedfont received surprise donation

A couple from Bedfont who are raising money to be able to take their sick baby to the US for treatment have received a surprise donation.

Just over £9,000 has been donated anonymously from Indonesia.

Baby Charlie who has a rare genetic condition and brain damage has received more than £1.3 million from generous well-wishers.

A High Court ruling against allowing Charlie, who is on life support at Great Ormond Street Hospital, is under appeal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

Statement from Croydon's Chief Superintendent and Councillor

Croydon’s Chief Superintendent Jeff Booth and Councillor Tony Newman have made a statement following the increased terrorism threat level.

Saying “we would like to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to protect Croydon.”

They added “As you go about your daily lives you’ll see there are more police and community safety officers on patrol to help protect out borough.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Actor from Hammersmith started a fundraising page after Manchester terror attack

Tom Hardy's started a fundraising page to raise money for those affected by the Manchester terror attack.

The Hammersmith born actor has described Monday night's bombing as an "inconceivable atrocity", and says he wants to help in some way.

More than 6-thousand pounds has been raised.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:14 pm  

Chelsea captain John Terry not bothered by the bets made on his substitution last weekend

Chelsea captain John Terry says he's not bothered by critics of his stage-managed Stamford Bridge good-bye at the weekend.

He was substituted after 26 minutes - his squad number - in his final home game before leaving - a 5-1 win for the Premier League champions over Sunderland.

Thousands of pounds have been won in bets about the specific time of him coming off.

Speaking to us, Terry's unapologetic.




posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Arsenal says they won't hold a parade, should they beat Chelsea at the weekend

Premier League champions Chelsea have cancelled Sunday's trophy parade following Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester.

They say it'd be inappropriate now the UK's terror threat level is at its highest category.

Arsenal also won't hold a parade, should they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

Kingston Council has defended its decision to close a major road at the weekend.

Cambridge Road was shut so a crane could be removed from the Cambridge Estate, which is being redeveloped.

However, the closure caused massive delays for drivers, with ambulances on blue light runs also stuck in the traffic.

Shop owners, who saw a fall in trade, had asked why the removal couldn’t have been carried out overnight instead.

Kingston Council says the works were well publicised and the emergency services notified.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea has cancelled its victory parade in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

The Premier League victory event was due to take place on Sunday.

But the club says it would be "inappropriate" with the UK terror threat at its highest level.

Chelsea had planned an open-top bus tour with the trophy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Emergency services are assisting with a large gas leak in Chessington

Police were called at 9.50am to Barwell Lane to reports of a large gas leak near a sub station.

The Gas Board is dealing with the situation.

Emergency services are assisting and roads have been closed for safety purposes and some residential premises evacuated as a precaution.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:52 pm  

Tooting Broadway Station Assault

A man has been assaulted outside Tooting Broadway Station.

The 51-year old was found unconscious at 7:45 yesterday night.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Police say no arrests have been made and enquiries are still continuing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

26 cyclists will travel from Surrey to Paris next month

They’ll start off from the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and cycle over 300km to the Eiffel Tower.

The challenge is expected to take them 3 days and they’re hoping to raise £10,000 for the hospice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 am  

Police are trying to trace a driver who left the scene of a collision with a motorcycle in Tadworth

The incident happened just after 9 yesterday night at Shelvers Hill.

The motorcyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries however the matte grey VW Golf left the scene.

Officers believe the driver and his passenger could have sustained injuries and are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 am  

Sam Allardyce has resigned as Crystal Palace boss and retired from football management

It caps a remarkable campaign for the man who was sacked by England in September following a newspaper sting.

He was only in charge of the national team for one match, and 67 days.

Palace appointed him in December and he subsequently saved them from Premier League relegation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:34 am  

A cyclist has died following a collision in Weybridge

The incident, which also involved a silver Citroen, happened at the junction of Portmore Park Road and Weybridge Road at around 7:40 yesterday evening.

The man in his 60s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are asking any witnesses to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 am  

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A drug dealer from Epsom has been jailed after neighbourhood and response officers teamed up to take him off the streets



According to officers Thomas Barry had dangerously sped away from them in his car on April the 4th, but was later arrested the following day.

The 19-year-old was sentenced to more than 5 years in jail and given a 5-year driving ban.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:50 pm  

Jenson Button says he wants to have a fun weekend when he competes for the Woking based McLaren team in the Monaco Grand Prix

Britain's former F1 world champion Jenson Button says he wants a "fun weekend" on his one-off return to the sport.

Having effectively gone into semi-retirement, he'll compete for the Woking based McLaren team again in this week's Monaco Grand Prix.

He's deputising for Fernando Alonso - who'll be competing at the Indianapolis 500.

Button simply wants to enjoy himself.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

Bedfont couple are appealing a High Court ruling

Charlie Gard’s parents are urging appeal judges “not to stand in the way of their only remaining hope” for his survival.

The couple from Bedfont are appealing a High Court ruling made last month that specialists can move their son to palliative care.

They want to take the 9 month old to America for pioneering treatment.

But doctors believe his life support should be ended as he has irreversible brain damage.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:36 pm  

Extra armed police will be deployed at Wembley this weekend

There will be enhanced security at Wembley Stadium this weekend.

The site is due to host the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday.

A spokesman said “fan safety is of paramount importance.”

Those attending any event at the stadium are being warned to leave plenty of extra time for security checks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

David Hodge has been re-elected as Surrey Leader today.

At the county council’s annual meeting he said his thoughts are with “those who have been affected by the terrible events in Manchester last night”.

Hodge also outlined the challenges the council will face as funding and demand pressures mean that more than £100 million needs to be saved this year.

He went on to say that “very tough decisions” are required and that savings will need to rise to £700m by the end of the decade.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A nationwide strike by train staff, including Southern, has been called off in light of last night’s attack.

RMT members had planned a 24-hour walkout on Southern, Merseyrail and Northern on Tuesday.

The union's general secretary Mick Cash has released a statement saying "Our thoughts are with the people of Manchester."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

A former teacher from Banstead has been charged with 15 counts of non-recent sexual offences against children.

87 year old Mark Cory is charged with offences that took place whilst he worked as a teacher at the Aberdour School in Burgh Heath.

The alleged offences took place between 1968 and 1980.

He is due to attend Staines Magistrates court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Surrey Police statement following attack in Manchester

Following the horrific attack at Manchester Arena last night, Head of Specialist Crime Command Steve Barry said:

“Many of us awoke this morning to the news of what is being treated as a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena last night.

As details continue to emerge about what happened we offer our heartfelt sympathies to the victims, some of whom we now know to be children, and their families.

Our thoughts are also with the community of Manchester and those affected across the region, and our emergency services colleagues who are undoubtedly working tirelessly to investigate what happened and to help all those affected by this tragic event.

In light of yesterday's attack policing in the UK continues to operate at a heightened state against the backdrop of a ‘severe’ threat level, which has been in place since 2014, and means that an attack is highly likely.

There is no current evidence of any specific threat to community safety in Sussex/Surrey and policing across the county continues to operate as usual.

We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed - our policing tactics and security measures are constantly reviewed and we, along with our partners, are working to ensure that the most appropriate security is in place.

We ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity using the anti-terrorist hotline number 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:57 pm  

Richmond Police says it’s reviewing security ahead of a number of events this summer.

It's in light of the terrorist attack in Manchester last night, which has killed 22 and injured 59.

Amongst the events in Richmond this summer, is the U2 concert at Twickenham Stadium in July.

Over 80,000 people are expected to attend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:48 pm  

An 87-year-old from Banstead has been charged with 15 counts of non-recent sexual offences against children.

Mark Cory is charged with offences that took place whilst he worked as a teacher at the Aberdour School in Burgh Heath between 1968 and 1980.

He is due to attend Staines Magistrates court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Petra Kvitova is on track to play at Wimbledon, six and a half months after needing hand surgery following a knife attack.

The two-time champion's spokesperson says she's recovered and could even feature at next week's French Open, but will make a last minute decision.

In December, Kvitova needed a four hour operation on her left hand, the one she plays with, after she was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:47 pm  

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori's own goal from near the half-way line cost England victory in their second Under-20 World Cup group game.

They followed up a win over Argentina with a 1-all draw against Guinea.

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook put England ahead, but Tomori's heavy back-pass deceived goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to equalise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:45 pm  

Wandsworth Town Hall flag flying at half mast Manchester



The Union Flag at Wandsworth Town Hall is flying at half mast as a mark of respect to those killed in the Manchester atrocity.

Merton Council's flag is also flying at half mast, as pictured below.



Croydon has also lowered its flag (pictured below)



Sutton Council has tweeted "Horrific news from Manchester last night. Our thoughts are with all affected #StandTogether"

Surrey Police has tweeted "Our thoughts are with the people of #Manchester, the victims & their loved ones, and colleagues."

Commissioner of the Met Police Service, London, Cressida Dick, has released this statement.

“This is an utterly appalling attack.

My thoughts are with the people of Manchester as they try to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in their city last night. Our colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and their emergency services showed huge bravery as they ran towards the confusion and danger.

We are providing every possible support through the counter terrorism network as investigators work tirelessly to understand what has happened.

Here in the Capital we put extra police officers on duty as Londoners started their journeys into work. This will continue for as long as it is needed, and the mix of armed and unarmed officers are there to reassure.

Looking ahead to the weekend, a normal busy and vibrant weekend in our city - we are working with all those planning events to make sure we are doing all we can.

Terrorists seek to spread fear and undermine our way of life. We must work together to stop that from happening. If you have suspicions, tell us; if you see something that concerns you, report it. Together we can protect London."

London mayor Sadiq Khan has posted this message on Facebook.

London stands united with the great city of Manchester today after this barbaric and sickening attack.

This was a cowardly act of terrorism that targeted a concert attended by thousands of children and young people.

My heart goes out to the victims, their families and everybody affected.

Once again we have seen the heroism of our brave emergency services.

They have our full support and are in all our thoughts today.

I am in constant contact with the Metropolitan Police, who are reviewing security arrangements in London.

Londoners will see more police on our streets today.

Manchester and the rest of Britain will never be cowed by terrorism.

Those who want to destroy our way of life and divide us will never succeed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public today

This year's event is expected to host more than 500 exhibitors and attract over 100,000 visitors from around the world.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Mole Valley District Council will consider Neighbourhood Development Plans for Bookham and Ashtead today

The plans include housing and shops.

Residents voted yes to the proposals in both areas in a referendum earlier this month.

But councilors will now be asked to give their final agreement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Man found after absconding from Tolworth Hospital

Police had been appealing for assistance to help trace Evangelos Papameletiou who had absconded from Tolworth hospital.

Papmeletiou was located by officers at around midday yesterday, and has been taken to a secure medical facility for assessment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

People in Wandsworth say criminals are using stickers to mark out homes for burglaries

The council has received a number of concerns about discreet plastic signs that are so small they are almost invisible.

But the theory is that burglars or their accomplices are calling at addresses to see if people are at home during the day.

If they think the home is worth targeting they leave the sticker on the door.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:01 am  

Large fire in Ewell

A large fire has led to 25 members of the public being evacuated from a neighbouring property in Ewell.

Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue, and the London Fire Brigade were called to the scene on Kingston Road just after midnight tonight.

The blaze was at a detached garage containing cars and fuel. A shed and the rear of a shop have been severely damaged.

Gas cylinders were also found inside the garage, but luckily were not set off.

No one has been hurt. The members of the public have been let back in their homes and an investigation into the cause is underway.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Chelsea manager wins 'Manager of the Year'

Chelsea's Antonio Conte has been named Manager of the Year by his peers.

He picked up the prize at tonight's League Managers Association Awards, after guiding the club to the Premier League title in his first season in charge.

The Italian will end the campaign as a double winner if his side beat Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Man in hospital after collision in Hounslow

A man has been taken to hospital after a collision occurred in Hounslow earlier today.

The met Police and London Ambulance service were called to the A4 Great West Road at around 5:15.

When they arrived on the scene, they found a car and motorcycle had collided.

They treated a man for injuries before sending him to hospital.

The road was closed for several hours as a result, but has since re-opened and traffic is believed to be back to normal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday, 22 May 2017

Chelsea winger joins Italian champions on a permanent deal

Juan Cuadrado has completed a move from Premier League champions Chelsea to Juventus.

The winger was on-loan with the Italian league winners - and they've triggered a clause in the deal to make it permanent for just over 17-million pounds.

Cuadrado joined Chelsea in February 2015 - but went on to make just 15 appearances for the Londoners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:43 pm  

Chiswick residents have raised money to transform a railway bridge

A group of residents in Chiswick have raised nearly £100,000 to transform a railway bridge into a community painting.

Group Abundance London has decided to re-vamp the road under Turnham Green railway bridge.

Hounslow Council never answered their funding request, but Transport for London has given them permission to proceed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm  

Betting companies have been asked to provide information on bets place on John Terry's substitution on Sunday


The Football Association's asked betting companies to provide information on bets placed on John Terry's substitution in his final Premier League game for Chelsea.

The club captain was taken off in the 26th minute, the number of his shirt, during their 5-1 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

It's emerged some people made money after placing bets on it happening.

There's no suggestion of any wrongdoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Today marks the start of Children's Hospice Week

The Duchess of Cambridge has praised those who work in Children’s Hospices. Today marks the start of Children’s Hospice Week.

There are around 49,000 youngsters nationwide with life limiting conditions.



Here, it costs £10 million every year to keep Shooting Star Chase hospices in Hampton and Guildford running.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

Croydon man jailed for 19 years



A man from Croydon who held a woman captive and repeatedly raped and beat her has been jailed

38 year old Neil Huggins has been handed 19 years behind bars.

At about 11pm on Tuesday the 4th of October, his 20-year-old victim called police from A&E at a south London hospital.

She reported that she had been held against her will for a number of days by Huggins at an address in Thornton Heath.

The victim told officers that she had gone to the address to see Huggins, whom she knew, when he became angry.

He locked her in the property where he beat, whipped, and sexually assaulted her.

It was when he took her out on a trip to a hair salon that she managed to escape. She made it on to a bus before contacting a friend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm  

Alan Titchmarsh says the Chelsea Flower Show gives interest in gardening a 'shot in the arm'.

A number of sponsors have pulled out of this year's event which is due to start tomorrow.

The TV presenter has blamed Brexit for the drop but he thinks supporters will return next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm  

Fire fighters have been tackling a blaze in Battersea.



The brigade was called to a house, converted into flats, in Queenstown Road just after 2pm.

Part of the first floor extension at the rear of the property was gutted.

There are no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:19 pm  

Chelsea Flower Show returns


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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will get a sneak peek around the Chelsea Flower Show later.

The event opens to the public tomorrow.

This year's show will host more than 500 exhibitors and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors from around the world.

Garden judging has been taking place.

One of the early favourites is the Silk Road Garden, pictured above, representing the mountainous landscape of the Sichuan Province.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:55 pm  

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Chelsea



Police were called at 10:43am to a collision between a lorry and a cyclist in Fulham Road at the junction with Redcliffe Gardens.

The male cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are working to establish the identity of the deceased, who is believed to be aged in his 50s.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. He has not been arrested.

Anyone who witnesses the collision is asked to call investigating officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command on 020 8543 5157.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

The people of Ham Common opened their gardens to the public yesterday.

The annual Open Gardens event attracts green fingered enthusiasts from across London and Surrey.

Organiser Rachel Lipscomb explains how the funds raised this year will be used.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Man from West Molesey hunted by police for second time



A man hunt has been launched in West Molesey.

It’s after 27 year old Robroy Mackay failed to appear in court last week.

He is wanted for failing the strict requirements of his Probation Supervision.

It’s the second time he has absconded in the space of a year.

He was due to appear in court last August in relation to breaching a Probation Order and theft, but absconded, although he was later found.

Police say he may have a beard and appear unkempt in appearance, and has various tattoos on his arms, hands and neck.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm  

Leonard Romanie Found

Surrey Police have found missing Leonard Romanie.

The 39 year old from Woking is safe and well.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

A teenager who appeared at court charged with rape has been remanded ahead of his next court trial

The 13-year-old boy from north London was charged with rape, causing or inciting a child under 13 into sexual activity and kidnap.

He was remanded into secure accommodation and will appear at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

£10 diamond ring expects to sell at auction for £350,000

A large diamond ring, picked up at a car boot sale in Isleworth for £10, is expected to sell at an auction for £350,000

The owner, who was unaware of its value, has been wearing the stone for 30 years thinking it was costume jewellery.

The 26.27 carat, cushion-shaped, white diamond, was snapped up at a Sunday sale at the West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth in the 1980s.

It is going under the hammer at Sotheby's in July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

Police investigating an attack on a woman on a bus in Fulham have traced a man in connection with the incident

During the assault last December the 65 year-old woman was repeatedly punched on a 295 bus on Fulham Palace Road.

Officers say they’re satisfied that the man is the same person shown in a CCTV still they released earlier this month.

The man has not been arrested yet but will be interviewed under caution in due course.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

Surrey Cricket League: Old Royalists maintain winning run

In Surrey Cricket League Premier Division action, the Old Royalists made it four wins from four after completing a comfortable 7 wicket win over Balham and Tooting.

Scores: Balham & Tooting 72 all out; Old Royalists 76 for 3.

In Division One St Lukes also maintained their 100% record after a similar 7 wicket win over Wimbledon Village.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 am  

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Cyclists set off for Berlin for Charity

A group of cyclists from South West London and Surrey have set off for Berlin.

They’re hoping to complete the 700 mile challenge in 8 days to raise money for their friend Alex Smith.

He has been diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, a severe form of brain tumour, and his immunotherapy sessions cost £20,000 each month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm  

Brother of a British Engineer from Claygate killed in French Alps requests a High Court review.

The brother of a British Engineer killed with his family in the French Alps says no progress has been made in the case for nearly five years.

Zaid Al Hilli from Chessington was speaking to the Sunday Express saying a High Court should review the investigation because French detectives failed to get the truth.

Engineer Saad al-Hilli and his wife Ikbal who were from Claygate and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf were shot while on holiday in September2012.

A cyclist, Brett Martin discovered their bodies in the back of their BMW Car.

The couple's two young children survived the attack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Garden competition in Sutton

The race is on to get Sutton’s gardens in tip top condition.

The annual Sutton in Bloom Competition is back.

Each year, the council searches for the best green-fingered enthusiasts who help brighten up the borough with their floral displays.

You have until June the 16th to register.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Police are trying to trace conmen in Croydon

Police are trying to trace two men believed to be involved in a scaffolding scam in Croydon.

The suspects convinced an elderly woman through visits and phone calls
to hand over £2,000 claiming her roof was in need of urgent work.

They told her that her neighbour was having work done to gain her trust.

Her suspicions were aroused when the suspects asked for another £4,000 and her neighbour denied knowing about the roof work.

Residents are being warned to be alert to ‘cold callers’ demanding money for urgent roof repairs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 am  

Mixed emotions expected at Stamford Bridge this afternoon

Chelsea will be presented with the Premier League title this afternoon - and there will be an emotional goodbye to Stamford Bridge for John Terry.

The club captain will leave this summer after 22 years at the club.

Antonio Conte's champions end their top-flight season against relegated Sunderland - though they've got an FA Cup final with Arsenal next weekend too.

The Chelsea boss says he isn't sure whether Terry will start.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

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