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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands says Hammersmith Bridge’s closure is an embarrassment to the council.

The Conservative MP also criticises Hammersmith and Fulham in a tweet, saying they ‘sat on’ problems with the crossing for 2 years.

On Wednesday the council closed the bridge to motorists indefinitely after safety inspections revealed critical faults.

They say ‘budget cuts’ left Transport for London unable to afford the cost of repairs to the 132-year-old structure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 pm  

Investigations are continuing this afternoon after a car crashed into a restaurant and street sign in Croydon before driving off.

The front of Sangri was cordoned off after the incident in the early hours.

There were no reports of any injuries, and police are still looking for the vehicle and driver.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 pm  

In the Premiership, Fulham secured a rare win over Everton, beating them 2-0.

But it’s too late in the season for the Cottagers to claw their way out of the relegation zone.

In the Championship, Brentford lost away to Reading – with the final score 2-1.

AFC Wimbledon were held to a goalless draw away to Oxford United in League One.

The Dons remain in the relegation zone, but are a point away from safety.

In Premiership Rugby, Harlequins lost at home to Northampton. A single point separated the teams, with the final score 19 points to 20.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:17 pm  

With the tennis season about to get underway, the next generation of Andy Murrays are being invited to hone their skills in Wandsworth.

All Star Tennis is investing £500,000 in upgrading courts at six locations across the borough.

It’s is offering children and young people the chance to play as much tennis as they like every day after school free of charge.

This includes the loan of equipment at King Georges Park, Tooting Common and Wandsworth Common.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

18% of children aged 10 and 11 are obese in Sutton.

The Lib Dems are urging Conservative Ministers to invest in services to tackle childhood obesity.

According to the figures published by Public Health England, 20% of children aged 10 and 11 across England are obese.

The publication also revealed that half a million children in their final year of primary school are overweight or obese.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

A man’s been attacked in Croydon.

Police were called to the incident in Brighton Road earlier.

The suspect fled the scene in a car; no arrests have been made.

Officers say they are awaiting an update on the victim’s condition.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 pm  

A public memorial is taking place at Kingsmeadow Stadium this afternoon for a man stabbed to death in Kingston.

Derick Mulondo was killed in June 2017 following a disturbance at a flat on the Cambridge Estate.

MPs, councillors and the Mayor of Kingston are attending the thanksgiving memorial.

Derick’s mum Sophie says she’s making a stand against knife crime.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

Independent record shops are reporting long queues as music fans look to get their hands on rare vinyl.

200 retailers are taking part in Record Store Day.

Kevin Jones from Eel Pie Records says customers began queuing outside his shop at 2 o'clock this morning and it's been busy all day.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

The NSPCC is urging parents to stay more vigilant when leaving children home alone.

The children’s charity says there’s always an increase over the holiday period, and has issued advise on its website.

Emma Motherwell is the campaigns manager for SW London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

Richmond Council says the Government’s decision to exclude its stations from its latest accessibility programme sends a clear message.

Work at Barnes, which was approved during the last round of funding, is underway.

But no others were selected for funding for measures like step free access through the Access for All Programme.

The Council had submitted applications for Hampton Wick, Kew Gardens, and St Margaret’s.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 pm  

Today’s all about vinyl

It’s national Record Store Day.

Kevin Jones owns Eel Pie Records in Twickenham.

He explains why vinyl has seen such a resurgence over the last few years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:57 am  

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded after Jet Airways cancelled all its flights because of huge debts

Some customers say they can't get through to the Indian airline to ask for refunds.

It ran daily services from Heathrow and Manchester.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

A public memorial will take place at Kingsmeadow Stadium this afternoon for a man stabbed to death in Kingston

Derick Mulondo was killed in June 2017 following a disturbance at a flat on the Cambridge Estate.

MPs, councillors and the Mayor of Kingston are all expected to attend today’s thanksgiving memorial.

Derick’s mum Sophie says she’s making a stand against knife crime.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 am  

A car has crashed into a restaurant and street sign in Croydon before driving off

The front of Sangri has been cordoned off, and broken glass and oil are littering the pavement.

There are no reports of any injuries, and police are still looking for the vehicle and driver.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

Kingston Council has been given nearly £15,000 from the Arts Council to inspire young people to get involved with music.

CirKT Next Generation will be part of the council’s live music project helping to connect artists and venues.

As part of the funding, the council will be asking young people what they would like to see for the future of music in Kingston.

And they’ll be looking for young people who want to get involved and become champions for music.

The project will be run by Kingston Music Service
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 am  

Wandsworth is encouraging its budding tennis stars with a Junior Free Play Scheme.

Children and young people can play as much tennis as they want, free of charge, between 3 and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.

There’s also the loan of equipment at courts at King George’s Park, Tooting Common and Wandsworth Common.

All Stars Tennis who operate the facilities across the borough are investing half a million pounds in upgrading courts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Friday, 12 April 2019

A mother from Kingston has invented a Fitbit style bracelet for babies to help prevent cot death.

Lisa White designed the Protect Me system to measure heart rate and oxygen output.

If predetermined levels set on the device drop below guidelines, then an alert is sent to parents via a smartphone app.

Most recent figures show in 2016 that 240 babies died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for which there currently is no known cause.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 pm  

Two people have been arrested in connection with a theft at a jewellers in Banstead earlier this month.

A 33 year old from Wallington and a 38 year old from Sutton were taken into custody last night.

A valuable diamond ring was taken during the raid last Tuesday lunchtime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:16 pm  

A property in Ashford has been handed a Partial Closure Order.

The application was made by Surrey Police after repeated reports of anti-social behaviour, domestic violence and suspected drug dealing.

The order bans anyone other than the tenant and their support workers from entering the property in Feltham Hill Road until July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:16 pm  

Police are hunting for two men spotting in a garden in Fetcham yesterday morning.

They were seen in Hazel Way, and sped off in a white panel van with the licence plate “KV52 LHW” when they were challenged.

If you have any information contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

A man from Chelsea is wanted in connection to robbery and burglary.

26 year old Kalan Williamson is being sought following incidents in Wimbledon at a jewellers and a clothes shop.

He’s also wanted by Dorset police in connection to a violent robbery last month.

Chief Inspector Jim Corbett is saying to him: “I would suggest handing yourself into the nearest police station sooner rather than later”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 pm  

A young musician from Epsom is using his talent as a rapper to try and deter youngsters from picking up a knife.

Nathan Hudson says singles like his latest one “hold on” are meant to spread positivity and hope.

He says rap is the best way to reach youngsters, as it’s how many of them communicate.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A 17-year-old boy has denied murder after a man from Surrey was fatally stabbed in an alleyway in Suffolk.

32 year old Daniel Saunders died on December the 16th from a single stab wound to the abdomen.

The teenager, who cannot be named, admitted having a machete in a public place.

Five people, including two juveniles, also appeared at Ipswich Crown Court and denied assisting an offender.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the abuse directed at Mohamed Salah in a song sung by a small number of Chelsea fans is "disgusting".

Chelsea stopped three people from entering the stadium for last night's Europa League quarter-final at Slavia Prague after a social media post showed them singing the song.

The group were chanting "Salah is a bomber" repeatedly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Paul Kohler has been selected by the Lib Dems as their candidate to be the next Wimbledon MP.

The professor, who was brutally attacked in his home in 2014, led the campaign against the closure of Wimbledon Police station.

He took the Mayor of London to court over the decision and the closure was halted, pending reconsideration by Sadiq Khan.

“It is a privilege to have been selected to contest the next general election as the Lib Dem candidate for Wimbledon”, said Cllr Kohler.

“My wife and I have lived in this constituency, where we raised our four daughters, for almost 30 years. I want to give something back to the community that has been so supportive to us.

“People in Wimbledon deserve better than the current Conservative MP, who has repeatedly broken his election promise to oppose a hard Brexit by failing to vote to rule out a No Deal Brexit. Meanwhile Labour’s candidate is a Jeremy Corbyn cheerleader who shares his hostility to the EU.

“There is huge appetite for change amongst the voters of Wimbledon who have had enough of both Tory mismanagement in government and Labour mismanagement on the council. I will stand up for our public services where our current Tory MP has failed to do so; I will fight to stop Brexit and keep Britain in the EU; and I will strive to give a voice to Wimbledon residents who demand better from their government and their MP.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

Croydon remains open.

That’s the message from the Leader of the Council Tony Newman as the divisions over Brexit continue.

Cross party councillors have backed a formal motion celebrating the borough’s EU citizens and their contribution.

It reads “Croydon will always celebrate our diversity and be open to all.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A woman held in Dubai over a Facebook post calling her ex-husband's wife a "horse" is now back in Britain after being freed.

The campaign group supporting Laleh Shahravesh says she landed at Heathrow this morning.

She was swiftly reunited with her 14-year-old daughter Paris in an emotional scene at the airport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

Over a third of L.K.Bennett's UK stores are going to close, resulting in around 110 job losses.

The luxury fashion brand has been sold after calling in administrators last month.

Gift cards, refunds and orders will be honoured.

The chain launched in Wimbledon Village in 1990 and is a favourite amongst the royal family.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Indian airline Jet Airways appears to have cancelled all its flights.

It operates services out of Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai as well as from Manchester to Mumbai but no journey details are available on the company's website.

It's suffered with debt problems in recent years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Richmond’s councillors have written to Hammersmith and Fulham Council requesting urgent information on Hammersmith Bridge.

It’s been closed indefinitely and without warning after safety checks revealed “critical faults.”

Richmond says the bridge serves as a “critical connection” for residents wanting to access major routes such as the M4.

Councillors have requested a meeting asking for reassurances procedures are in place for traffic disruption.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:32 pm  

Part of a roof caught fire at a house in Sutton this morning

The brigade was called just after 9 to Chiltern Road, and around 60 firefighters were at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, and there are no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Transport for London has ruled that three buses won’t have their routes shortened as planned

The 11, 19 and 22 will be kept as they are, after intervention from groups including Battersea MP Marsha de Cordova.

TfL said the impact of lost connections and broken journeys wouldn’t outweigh the savings in cost and air quality.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A woman from Richmond has avoided jail after illegally giving immigration advice

46 year old Alina Dyer was paid to give a woman advice after giving up her official registration.

The judge said “you knew and simply didn’t care”.

She’s been given a 9 month sentence suspended for two years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

Celebrated contemporary glass artist, Dale Chihuly has added a new dimension to Kew Gardens, with his latest exhibition

There are 32 artworks in stunning shapes and colours dotted around the gardens, glasshouses and galleries.

The exhibition runs from Saturday until October.

Danielle Zarrella, from the Chihuly Studio has given us a preview.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Kingston praised for children's services

Kingston Council has been praised by OFSTED for the quality of its children’s services.

They praised the “skilled and enthusiastic social workers” and “specialist, accessible and well-resourced help and protection”.

However, they said children not in full time education need greater attention.

Councillor Diane White says “We are committed to delivering a service that puts the needs of children and young people first”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 am  

MPs feeling Brexit stress

Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan wants to see more support for MPs and parliamentary staff in a climate of increasing tension and abuse over Brexit.

The Labour MP told the Evening Standard that “Brexit had legitimised trolling and nothing is being done about it.”

She said the lack of concern for MPs mental health is worrying.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:21 am  

Chelsea score vital away goal in Europa League

An 86th minute goal from Marcus Alonso secured a 1-nil win for Chelsea in their Europa League first leg quarter-final tie at Slavia Prague.

Boss Mauricio Sarri was pleased with his team’s show of grit and determination.

It was also a good night for Arsenal they beat Napoli 2-nil at the Emirates.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:31 am  

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Stormzy has pulled out of an appearance at a festival in Austria, after accusing security staff of "racial profiling"

They'd been responding to reports of someone carrying a weapon, and the rapper from Croydon was upset when his manager was searched.

The festival’s organisers say they'd acted "in accordance with protocol".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:50 pm  

Three fans were turned away from Chelsea's Europa League game at Slavia Prague

It's after the club identified them appearing to take part in a racist song.

A video which emerged on social media today seems to show a group singing a tune - which referenced Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Anti-racism organisation, Kick It Out, has condemned the video – calling it a "disgrace".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:33 pm  

Over a 1,000 people have signed a petition set up by Carshalton's MP against school funding cuts

Tom Brake says budgets have been reduced by over £300 per pupil since 2015 producing an annual shortfall of nearly £6.5 million.

He says that the cuts are "damaging and disgraceful" and creating real challenges for schools throughout Sutton.

More people are being urged to sign the petition which can be found on Mr Brake's website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 pm  

Police are trying to trace a man wanted on recall to prison following a burglary in Epsom

Jason Sufi is wanted for stealing over £25,000 worth of jewellery and a number of other items at a property in Chessington Road.

The 39-year-old is described as white, 5 ft 6 inches tall, of medium build with dark hair and olive skin.

He was last seen wearing a long sleeved black top, black shorts with white socks and trainers.

Police say he’s violent and should not be approached.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:26 pm  

A shortcut for cyclists has opened along Roehampton High Street

It runs from the junction with Dover House Road to Roehampton Lane.

A council spokesman says it’s “just one of the ways we are encouraging higher levels of bike travel in the borough”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

Police are looking for a man in connection with three incidents of indecent exposure in Hinchley Wood and Long Ditton

After each incident, he drove off in a white van with blue writing on the side.

He is described as white, with a tanned complexion in his 20's or 30's with wavy brown hair and of average build and height.

He specifically targeted young girls who were all 15 years old.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 pm  

A woman from Richmond held in Dubai for calling her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on Facebook is expected home next week.

Lalesh Sharavesh has been fined more than £600 following the comments she apparently made in 2016.

Campaign group Detained in Dubai says she will now have her passport returned to her.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Police in Epsom are calling on witnesses to come forward after a 14 year old boy was robbed in an alleyway in Oaks Square.

The incident happened on Sunday at around 7pm.

The three suspects, described as teenagers, threatened the victim and stole his mobile phone before running off.

They were later arrested in Sutton and released under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

Tonight attention turns to the Europa League.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has warned his players not to underestimate their opponents.

They face Slavia Prague away from home in the quarter-finals.

Sarri says it won't be an easy tie.

Elsewhere tonight, Arsenal host Napoli in north London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:18 pm  

It’s understood a woman from Richmond held in Dubai after calling her ex-husband's new wife a horse on Facebook is now free to return to the UK.

A judge has ordered her to pay a fine but Laleh Shahravesh, will now have her passport returned.

The 55-year-old's appeared in court in the country over the comments posted in 2016.

The group, Detained in Dubai, hopes she'll be home next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:56 pm  

Some staff at Kingston hospital have just begun a fresh strike

GMB union members at three South London hospitals are expressing their discontent against ISS.

The Weybridge based contractor supplies porters, security and catering staff to a number of hospitals.

But staff are unhappy they don’t get sick pay from day 1 and aren’t paid the London Living wage of £10.55 an hour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

It's understood a British woman who's being held in Dubai after calling her ex-husband's new wife a horse has had her case postponed

Campaigners say Laleh Shahravesh from Richmond has appeared in court over the comments she made on Facebook in 2016.

The 55 year-old's representatives claim the complainant didn't turn up, and has a new lawyer who wants time to go over the details.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:38 am  

A man convicted over the death of his date in a speedboat crash in Wandsworth has been jailed for another six months - after he admitted skipping bail

That's on top of the six year sentence Jack Shepherd's already been given for the gross negligence manslaughter of Charlotte Brown in 2015.

The 31 year-old's appeared at the Old Bailey after being extradited from Georgia last night.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Wimbledon's Dame Darcey Bussell denies quitting Strictly Come Dancing because of disagreements with fellow judges

She's been on the show for seven years, but insists she just wants to focus on other dance commitments.

Fellow judge Shirley Ballas has called her an "incredible friend", while Bruno Tonioli says she's a "true national treasure".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am  

A public memorial will take place at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday for a man stabbed to death in Kingston

Derick Mulondo was killed in June 2017 following a disturbance at a flat on the Cambridge Estate.

Two people are in jail for the 38 year old’s death.

Derick’s mother Sophie says her son left behind such a lovely legacy.

You can find out about Sophie's "Drop a Knife, Save a Life" campaign here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 am  

Hammersmith Bridge has been closed indefinitely after “critical faults” were found with it

However, it’s still open to pedestrians.

Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith says letters to Hammersmith and Fulham Council about it have been “totally ignored” for years.

The council says “it was never designed” to carry over 20,000 vehicles a day, and full refurbishment is needed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

Chelsea are appealing against their transfer ban today.

Currently, FIFA have banned the Blues from registering any new players for the next two windows.

They were also fined nearly half a million pounds.

This was after the club were charged for breaking rules when signing under 18 players from abroad.

The hearing starts at 8 this morning - however a decision isn’t due until the end of the month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

QPR are still in the relegation fight after last night’s draw with Millwall.

The Hoops lie 6 points above the drop zone after their nil-nil result against Milwall.

But they did earn their first point under caretaker boss John Eustace, who took the reins after Steve McClaren was sacked last week.

He got the axe following a poor run of form, which saw his team win once in 15 games.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Brentford ran out 2-0 winners in the Championship last night.

They beat bottom of the table Ipswich at Griffin Park thanks to goals from Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins.

Following the result, the Suffolk based side are now one loss away from being relegated to league one.

Meanwhile, Brentford lie in 14th – with 5 games left to play of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 am  

Hammersmith Bridge has been closed indefinitely.

The council say they had to urgently close it after weekly checks showed “critical faults”.

The 33 and 419 buses which service Richmond and Teddington are two of the routes that will be affected.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council have apologised, but say public safety comes first.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

A man’s been charged after being arrested on suspicion of burgling a house in Weybridge.

42 year old James hall from Kingston was charged following the incident on Mayfield Road.

He has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Kingston Crown Court on 6 May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 pm  

A man from Brixton has been sentenced for cross-county drug dealing.

19 year old Tyreke Sharpe was found with narcotics worth around £500 in his possession.

A number of train tickets between London and Surrey were found at his house for journeys in September and October.

He’s been sentenced to three months in prison.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Epsom and St Helier Hospital is going green with a £20 million pound investment.

The programme will transform the hospital environment for patients and save almost £700,000 a year in energy bills.

The work will include replacing six steam boilers, and updating the lighting and heating system throughout the hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Police are searching for a man for failing to appear at court in connection with an assault.

40 year old Zach Crockett has links to Carshalton, Hammersmith, Kensington and Chelsea, and Reading.

If you have information, contact DC Scott Lockington on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A woman has been rescued from a maisonette fire in Mitcham.

Fire fighters were called to Ravensbury Grove just after midnight.

Part of the ground floor and the staircase in a split level maisonette were damaged by the fire.

A woman was taken to hospital while another woman left the property before the Brigade arrived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A British man who went on the run after killing his date in a speedboat crash is on his way back to the UK from Georgia

31-year-old Jack Shepherd fled there - and was sentenced to six years in his absence for gross negligence manslaughter.

He'll appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow following the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown on the River Thames near Wandsworth in 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A man who plotted to bomb a mosque in Morden has been jailed for four years

42 year Steven Bishop admitted buying fireworks and possessing instructions on how to make an explosive.

He was found to have been targeting the site when his home was raided by police last October.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:05 pm  

UPDATE: It’s believed that a chemical smell at a bank in Wimbledon was caused by fumigation of the building overnight

Emergency services were called at half twelve to Wimbledon Hill Road.

12 members of staff left the building before fire crews arrived, and four people were taken to hospital.

The brigade has since carried out a sweep and found no elevated readings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

Surrey Police are looking for a man in Epsom with a distinctive white tracksuit

A man was spotted approaching a property in Green Lanes just before 9pm on the 21st of March.

The person left without gaining entry and got into a car which appeared to be a dark Audi A3 or A4 with a roof rack.

It's believed it could be connected to a previous burglary in the same road in December.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Police are currently attending a “chemical incident” in Wimbledon

They were called at around half twelve to a bank on Wimbledon Hill Road after reports of a chemical smell.

However, the incident is not believed to be suspicious.

There are no reports of any injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Derby County have been charged by The FA with failing to control their players during their Championship game with Brentford

It follows an incident in the 48th minute of last Saturday's match when Ashley Cole was booked for diving.

Numerous Derby players then surrounded the referee.

The club have until Friday to respond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

It's emerged the former husband of a woman detained in Dubai reported her to police nearly four years ago

Laleh Shahravesh, from Richmond, faces jail in the UAE after calling her ex's new wife a horse on Facebook in 2016.

Scotland Yard says they were contacted about claims of harassment a few months earlier.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

A man from Shepperton has been given a community order after subjecting a horse to prolonged neglect and ill treatment

30 year old Maurice Smith initially denied that the horse named April belonged to him when she was rescued by police last year.

Investigating officer Chloe Hodgkinson says she was “shocked by the pitiful state April was in” at the time.

Smith has been sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work, and the horse is making a good recovery.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

A Fulham fan is suing California's car licensing agency after it rejected his request for a "Come on You Whites" number plate.

The Department of Motor Vehicles felt it could have "racial overtones".

Jon Kotler claims rejecting his application for a plate reading "C-O-Y-W" violates his right to free speech.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am  

A 68 year old woman is missing from Sutton.

A 68 year old woman is missing from Sutton.

Police are concerned for the welfare of Veronica Bilton, who has gone missing before.

She is known to frequent Tooting
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:52 am  

A football fan in California is suing officials because they won't let him have a number plate celebrating his favourite club.

Jon Kotler was rejected for the personalised registration "C-O-Y-W," an abbreviation for "Come on You Whites," used by Fulham supporters.

He says the decision breaches his freedom of speech, but officials reckon the plate could be considered hostile, insulting, or racially degrading.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 am  

31-year-old speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is due to fly back from Georgia today ahead of an appearance at the Old Bailey.

The father and web designer went on the run over the summer and was sentenced in his absence for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, who died when their speedboat crashed near Wandsworth Bridge in 2015.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:51 am  

A 6 year old girl had to be taken to Epsom Hospital after being bitten by a dog in Ewell

The little girl was playing outside in the garden in the Toby Carvery in Cheam Road on Sunday afternoon at around 4 o'clock, when she was attacked.

The dog is described as a white pitbull type and the owner is described as a man in his 20s, around 6ft tall.

Police would like anyone who saw the attack to come forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:37 am  

A mother from Sutton is challenging the Council over the care of her son.

A mother from Sutton is challenging the Council over the care of her son.

4 year old Matthew as severe autism and needs splints to walk, his Mother Hayley is taking the council to a tribunal, to ensure he gets the support in school she claims he needs.

The Council says it will not comment on individual cases
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 am  

New figures have revealed 8 out of the 10 busiest routes from airports in Europe are from Heathrow.

In first place is the connection from Heathrow to New York, with 8,000 passengers a day on average making the trip.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:21 am  

Man to be sentenced for planning attack on Morden mosque

A man from Thornton Heath will be sentenced today after he admitted planning a bomb attack on Morden’s Baitul Futuh Mosque.

41 year Steven Bishop admitted buying fireworks and possessing instructions on how to make an explosive.

He was believed to have been targeting the site when his home was raided by police last October.

He admitted the charge at the start of his trial at Kingston Crown Court on Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 am  

Man found dead in West Norwood

Police are appealing for information following the death of a man in West Norwood.

Officers and emergency services were called to Dunelm Grove in the early hours of yesterday morning after reports of a man suffering from head injuries.

The 25-year-old man was taken to hospital but died later in the morning.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained while investigations continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 am  

Met and Harlequins use rugby to reach youth

The Met is working with Premiership rugby team Harlequins to teach youngsters the skills of the sport and as a means to improve their relationship with young people.

The four week Project Rugby includes training sessions and discussions on stop and search and the impact of crime on victims.

So far one-hundred-and-forty children aged between 14 and 15, at schools in Lambeth and Southwark, have participated in the project.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 am  

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

A husband and wife from Croydon have been ordered to pay a fine of over £100,000

It’s after they continued to rent out a property containing nine flats despite the council ordering it to be demolished.

Derek and Susan Stansbury were found guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement notice to demolish 27A Theobald Road.

The court heard that when they purchased the building in 2012, they were aware a demolition enforcement notice was in place.

It had been issued to the previous owners as the building was not in accordance with the approved planning application.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:23 pm  

People in West Molesey are being urged to report any offers of jewellery to the police

It’s after a burglary at the end of last month at a house in Fleetside.

Cash, personal items and jewellery including Pandora charms and Chisholm Hunter earrings were stolen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 pm  

Richmond and Wandsworth councils have responded to news their shared chief executive earns more than the Prime Minister

Paul Martin’s salary of £294,000 was revealed in a Taxpayer’s Alliance report this morning.

Lucy Mayer has been looking at their statement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:50 pm  

A man’s in hospital following an alleged acid attack in Streatham High Road this afternoon

Witnesses say they saw police and ambulance staff tending to a man who had been “attacked with a liquid” at 2.30.

His injuries are unknown.

Yesterday, a teenager and woman in her 60s were taken to hospital following a similar incident in Thornton Heath.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:35 pm  

A hunter who claims to have killed more than 5,000 elephants and other animals says he is "totally unrepentant" about his actions.

Ron Thomson’s told The Independent he isn’t a trophy hunter and insisted he killed the animals to help populations survive.

Rob Brandford is Executive Director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Leatherhead.

He has always dismissed this notion.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

It's understood L.K.Bennett's Chinese franchise partner is closing in on a deal to buy the womenswear chain out of administration.

Rebecca Feng has set up a UK-based company with the aim of doing that by the end of this week.

We don't yet know how many jobs would be kept by the sale with many stores thought to be making losses.

The high end chain, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, was founded in 1990 in Wimbledon Village.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

A computer hacker has been jailed at Kingston Crown Court for what investigators say was the UK's most serious cyber-crime case.

Charlie Maggs reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A biker is in a serious condition in hospital following an accident in Leatherhead this morning.

Police were called to Kingston Road outside Leatherhead Golf Club just after 10 o’clock to a collision involving the bike and car.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to come forward on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Fawlty Towers has been named the best British sitcom of all time.

The list has been compiled by a panel of television experts for Radio Times magazine.

The 70s show dramatised the ups and downs of life in a hotel in Torquay in Devon.

Other sitcoms to make it into the top 20 included Only Fools and Horses, Father Ted and Dad’s Army.

The Good Life, which chronicles the life of Tom and Barbara Good after they leave the rat race for suburban Surbiton, made in in at number 18.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

An investigation has been launched into a number of attacks on staff at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute over the weekend.

Thirteen prison officers needed hospital treatment after violence broke out.

Feltham is made up of two parts; Feltham A, which holds 15 to 18 year olds, and Feltham B, which holds young adults aged 18 to 21.

Last month, the institute’s independent monitoring board said the issue of gangs presented staff with an "enormous problem".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Around 600 council employees are earning more than the Prime Minister’s salary of £150,000.

That’s according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s new “Town Hall Rich List” published today.

Topping the “highest remunerated local authority employees” top 20 list is Slough’s Interim Chief Executive Roger Parkin at £595,000.

Wandsworth and Richmond’s combined Chief Executive Paul Martin came in at 15th with a salary of just over £294,000.

Wandsworth and Richmond were the only London boroughs to appear in the top 20.

Spokesperson for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils said:

“As the Chief Executive with responsibility for two local authorities, Paul Martin oversees an organisation comprising 4,500 staff and serving over 500,000 people. Mr Martin has overseen strong performance by both local authorities with the latest independent residents survey in Richmond finding 70 per cent of residents feeling the Council delivers good value for money, 23 per cent above the national average, while at the same time as delivering the high quality services that Wandsworth is well renowned for and whose residents pay the lowest average council tax bills in the UK. Since becoming Chief Executive he has led the consolidation of the two Councils Shared Staffing Arrangement, which has led to savings of £10m for each local authority.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

2019 Tour Series is coming to Brooklands in Weybridge

A century on from the first mass start cycle events at the famous Brooklands circuit, the Tour Series will bring elite men's and women's racing back to the historic venue this Spring.

Saturday May the 25th will see the Grand Final of Britain’s leading televised cycle race series take place on a circuit based upon the former airfield and motor racing track.

British former cyclist and tour director Mick Bennett tells Lucy Mayer what fans can expect from this year's Tour Series.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi says team-mate Eden Hazard is an inspiration.

The Belgian starred against West Ham last night as Chelsea won 2-nil to move up to third in the Premier League.

Hudson-Odoi says he looks up to Hazard.

The Belgian's out of contract at the end of next season and has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Some staff at Kingston hospital will go on strike again on Thursday.

GMB union members will walk out at midday as discontent against ISS continues.

The Weybridge based contractor supplies porters, security and catering staff to a number of hospitals.

But staff are unhappy they don’t get sick pay from day 1 and aren’t paid the London Living wage of £10.55 an hour.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

The MP for Tooting says “nothing is being done to help struggling MPs” over the increasingly tense Brexit climate.

Rosena Allin-Khan says “it is so stressful for MPs to the point that MPs are talking about taking social media off all their devices.”

The Shadow Sports Secretary is one of many concerned for the mental well-being of Parliament.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

Investigations are continuing after a woman in her 60s and a teenage girl allegedly had a noxious substance thrown at them in Thornton Heath.

Reports of an incident where a liquid was apparently thrown from a van emerged on social media yesterday.

London Fire Brigade and Met Police confirmed they were called to an incident in County Road and two people were taken to hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:29 am  

Two of our MPs are requesting a meeting with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock, over the issue of medical cannabis.

Medicinal cannabis is legal following a case over the summer involving a child with severe epilepsy, who suffered over 100 seizures a night.

However, despite the change of law it is still hard to access for many families due to funding issues and applications not getting processed quickly enough.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake recently requested a meeting with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock about this.

Sir Ed Davey, the MP for Surbiton, has also tweeted his support for the issue this morning.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Police investigating a theft at a jewellers in Banstead have released CCTV images of two men they want to question

A valuable diamond ring was taken during the raid last Tuesday lunchtime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater has been charged with drink-driving.

Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater has been charged with drink-driving.

Cheshire Police say he was arrested in the early hours of yesterday after a one-vehicle crash in Mere.

The 29 year old, who lives nearby, has been bailed and is due in court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

People are being urged to register to vote in the local elections by April the 12th, but only about a third actually use their vote.

Local election turnouts have been low for the last decade, with 1 in 3 taking part in 2018.

However among the highest turnouts for local elections in England are Richmond, Wandsworth and Kingston at more than 45%
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 am  

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is apparently writing a book on his case to “cash in on crime” that’s according to the Sun.

It’s alleged the father and web designer has already contacted publishers to see if they are interested in his life story.

Shepherd was convicted of the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, who died when his speedboat crashed near Wandsworth Bridge in 2015.

He is due to return to the UK tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

The women of Sutton & Epsom's Ladies RFC are on top of their game.

After having just won the league and having been promoted for the second year running following an unbeaten season.

Participation in women's rugby is growing rapidly with the RFU aiming to have 100,000 women and girls involved across England.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 am  

The MP for Sutton has chatted with Jackie's Iona Stewart-Richardson about Brexit

Paul Scully says parliament has gone awol.

He went on to say what the situation look likes now.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 am  

The daughter of a woman from Richmond who is facing prison in Dubai for calling her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on Facebook has pleaded for her release.

Laleh Shahravesh, was arrested at Dubai airport after flying to the city to attend her ex-husband's funeral.

Her daughter, Paris, has written to Dubai's ruler saying she has not seen her mother in more than three weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 am  

Thirteen prison officers have been hospitalised after an attack on staff at Feltham Young Offenders Institution

Around twenty staff were attacked during an outbreak of violence this weekend.

A Prison Service spokesman says they would push for the “strongest possible punishment”.

Last month, the independent monitoring board found “urgent measures” were needed after a rise in gang-related violence.

The injured officers have all since been discharged from hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 am  

Sutton has commissioned homelessness charity St Mungo’s to help people in the borough from ending up on the streets

The new £2.8 million contract will run over three years.

The charity will help the council provide employment, education and training support to around 200 of the most vulnerable residents.

St Mungo’s will also manage a tenancy support service, helping people in their homes, to help prevent them becoming homeless.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 am  

Monday, 8 April 2019

Chelsea remain on course for Champions League football

Chelsea are up to third in the Premier League tonight after their 2-nil win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard scored twice for the Blues.

The first a brilliant solo effort in the 24th minute.

The Blue leap-frog Arsenal and Tottenham and move to 66 points.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:54 pm  

Richmond is once again expecting an influx of toxic caterpillars.

The council says specialist tree contractors are ready to treat the borough’s Oak trees ahead of Spring.

Tiny hairs from the Oak Processionary Moth can cause nasty rashes, conjunctivitis type symptoms and breathing difficulties.

Residents are warned not to handle the creatures or remove or disturb the nests but leave it to the Council’s specialist contractors.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A mum from Richmond is facing jail in the United Arab Emirates after calling her ex-husband's new wife a 'horse' on Facebook.

Laleh Sharavesh and her teenage daughter were both arrested at Dubai's airport last month over a cyber-crime law.

The teenager's been allowed back to the UK but the 55 year-old's had her passport seized.

The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the government's in contact with authorities.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

Sir Brian Leveson hails Kingston University's online archive of landmark public inquiry into journalism during Discover Leveson project launch event

Sir Brian Leveson has highlighted the importance of ensuring the lessons of his landmark examination of standards in journalism were not forgotten at an event to launch Kingston University's online archive of the Leveson Inquiry.

Addressing an audience of leading journalists, lawyers, MPs and inquiry witnesses in Westminster, he praised the University's project for providing easy access to the wealth of evidence from his 2011-12 inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press.

The website is a user-friendly, state-of-the-art resource giving free access to the public testimony and submissions at the inquiry, which was established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

It includes Sir Brian's final report along with video and written evidence from prime ministers, police chiefs, newspaper proprietors and editors as well as victims of press abuse.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A man convicted of killing his date in a speedboat crash near Wandsworth Bridge has insisted he wasn't solely responsible for her death.

Jack Shepherd is waiting to be extradited from Georgia after being sentenced in his absence for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown.

He's told the Sun he "absolutely, unreservedly" apologises for what happened.

But he said that the 24 year-old's actions also "led to the fatal accident".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Chelsea's bid for a top four Premier League finish continues with a London derby tonight.

They'd go third with a win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:08 pm  

A man from Thornton Heath has admitted planning a bomb attack on Morden’s Baitul Futuh Mosque.

41 year Steven Bishop admitted buying fireworks and possessing instructions on how to make an explosive.

He was believed to have been targeting the site when his home was raided by police last October.

Today saw the opening day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court.

He’ll be sentenced on Wednesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm  

A child is in hospital after the car it was travelling in crashed into a tree near the Mickleham Bends.

The White Ford Focus was travelling on the A24 on Saturday evening when the accident happened.

Three people were taken to St George’s in Tooting with serious injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:27 pm  

The foreign secretary says the government is in contact with authorities in Dubai over the case of a mum from Richmond.

Laleh Sharavesh is in custody, accused of calling her ex-husband's new wife a “horse” on Facebook.

David Haigh was held in the UAE for 15 months without trial.

He says the media is the most effective route to release.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The controversial ULEZ came into force in central London this morning.

Most vehicles will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards or be liable for a daily charge to drive in it.

Some are claiming the charge is just another tax on poorer drivers who have older vehicles.

Mum for Lungs campaigner Phoebe Quayle, who lives near the South Circular in East Sheen, says it’s the way forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

Two teenagers have been stabbed in Sutton

Police were called to Worcester Road just after 6pm on Friday to reports of a fight between a group of men.

Officers attended and found two men, both aged 19, suffering from stab wounds.

They were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:11 pm  

A woman from Richmond who called her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on Facebook faces two years in jail in the UAE.

Laleh Shahravesh was arrested in Dubai airport last month.

Radha Stirling is from Detained in Dubai.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

Merton’s councillors have voted to join a national campaign calling for the abolition of Section 21.

The law allows landlords to evict tenants with just two months’ notice without giving them a reason.

The nationwide campaign was created by Generation Rent.

There are around 19,000 privately rented properties in Merton; many tenants are on contracts with fixed terms of six months or a year.

After this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants with just two months’ notice and without even giving them a reason.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

Carshalton Athletic have finally broken into the Bostik Premier play-off mix after a thumping win over visiting Wingate and Finchley on Saturday.

The Robins shrugged off a first defeat in 13 matches last week to smash their opponents 5-1 via hat-trick hero Ricky Korboa, Harry Ottaway and an own goal.

That result, coupled with other clubs around them dropping points, now means Carshalton sit fifth with just four games to play.

And, ahead of a tricky visit to Enfield Town this coming Saturday, defender Danny Dudley reveals what has to happen for the Robins to keep flying high.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Three people including a child have been taken to St George’s Hospital with serious injuries after their car collided with a tree in Dorking.

On Saturday, a white Ford Focus was travelling North on the A24 when it crashed near the Mickleham Bends just before 8 o’clock.

Police would like anyone who saw anything to call 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 am  

People across Runnymede are being invited to a meeting tonight with Surrey’s police chiefs and David Munro the Police and Crime Commissioner.

It will be a chance for you to hear and comment on safety plans being developed in the borough.

It will be at Chertsey Hall and it starts at 7pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

The Transport Secretary is under fire for axing postal applications for international driving licences, as the country prepares for a no deal.

Since February, Chris Grayling changed the rules so the only way to get one was by going in person to one of a limited number of post offices.

However, they claim to be running out of forms due to the high demand and have accused the Epsom and Ewell MP of causing “chaos”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:40 am  

The Ultra Low Emission Zone comes into force today.

It is designed to discourage people from driving older, more polluting vehicles into the capital.

If they do, they will have to pay a daily charge that will be in operation 24 hours a day, all year round, unlike the current congestion charge.

TFL has set up a website where you can check if your vehicle complies with the new rules.

It's hoped the scheme will be rolled out to areas of SW London from 2021.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

The Lib Dem leader and MP for Twickenham, thinks Theresa May should bring her Brexit deal back to the House of Commons with an amendment saying it should be subject to another referendum.

Sir Vince Cable says as talks between the Conservatives and Labour appear to have stalled, another poll presents an "alternative way forward".

The Prime Minister's going to meet other EU leaders on Wednesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 am  

With knife crime rising at its fastest rate to date, the Shadow Sports Secretary has told Jackie News how boxing would help tackle the issue.

Rosena Allin-Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting, says boxing clubs integrate young people into the community, whilst steering them away from gangs.

Lerrone Richards, an unbeaten super middleweight boxer from New Malden spoke to Jackie about this earlier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:49 am  

Crash victims charity criticises roads policing in London

A national charity for road crash victims has criticised roads policing in London as a “postcode lottery.”

RoadPeace has completed a report based on analysis of police data for traffic offences in 2017.

It’s highlighted huge variations in people being caught for speeding, careless driving and using mobile phones across the capital.

In Ealing police recorded the most drivers caught breaking the 30mph speed limit, 8,535, compared with 83 in Kensington and Chelsea.

For careless driving there were 20 times more sanctions in Westminster, with 202, than Richmond with 10.

Police also detected the largest number of cycle offences in Southwark, 833, while officers in the three boroughs of Bexley, Kingston and Richmond only detected one cycle offence in each in 2017.

The charity says the Met should be more accountable and that victims should not be more at risk based on where they live.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:29 am  

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Chelsea are kicking off a scheme to make their pints more eco-friendly.

Starting with tomorrow’s game against West Ham, the club are introducing reusable cups at Stamford Bridge.

Fans have to return them to a designated drop-off point and they’ll be washed and used at the next game.

The idea is to reduce the amount of single-use plastics used on match days.

Other clubs such as Fulham are also taking part in the initiative, which is being run in partnership with the Premier League and Sky Ocean rescue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Croydon has celebrated its first ever Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor with chains of office this week.

Young Mayor William Awonoyi and Deputy Young Mayor Shea Williams helped develop the designs after being elected.

More than 93,000 young people live in the borough, which is home to the largest youth population in the capital meaning the Mayors will represent one in four young Londoners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Wandsworth Council says new traffic rules to deter rat run traffic in the West Hill area will be enforced from tomorrow.

Drivers who ignore traffic signs that ban them from turning left into Withycombe Road will be sent penalty charge notices.

It also affects the northern stretch of Inner Park Road from Wimbledon Park Side.

The restrictions are designed to deter morning rush-hour rat-run traffic from using residential streets.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police are appealing for help finding a 29 year old man with links to Kingston.

Gideon Ford is wanted for breaching the terms of his suspended sentence.

He was convicted for ABH, or assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Gideon is known to frequent the Kingston area, and if you have any information you can contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Hounslow is encouraging its residents to be more active

One You Hounslow will see several free short health walks taking place across Hounslow Heath, Chiswick House, and Osterley Park.

Brisk walking can help get the heart pumping faster, improve your mental health and lower the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Cambridge have claimed victory in the annual boat race against Oxford

Their team, which included two-time Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, beat their opposition by a length.

It follows the third consecutive win for Cambridge women who got an official time of 18 minutes and 47 seconds.

The race, which was 6.8 kilometres long, took place between Putney and Mortlake.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:27 pm  

Sutton has launched its “Spick and Span” campaign

It's a programme of intensive street cleansing and community clean-ups.

Jet washing machines will be deployed over the coming weeks to give high profile parts of the borough a deep clean.

Resident groups are being encouraged to get involved to help make their areas look their best.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

Annual Boat Race Preview

The annual Oxford versus Cambridge Boat race is upon once again.

All eyes will be on the top universities to see which one can raise the famous boat race trophy which was first held as competition in 1829.

The race will be held on the river Thames and will be a 4.2 mile stretch from Putney to Mortlake.

The Women’s Boat Race will begin at 2.13pm while the Men’s Boat Race will start at 3.10pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Croydon Council seeks your ideas

Croydon council is embarking on a digital revolution, and it wants to hear your ideas.

The authority is encouraging suggestions from all age groups and backgrounds.

It wants to improve categories ranging from communication to broadband coverage.

Feedback collected in the coming weeks will be presented at a public engagement in May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:25 am  

The annual boat race is here once again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

Man in custody after alleged racist incident at Griffin Park

Brentford Football Club says it condemns racism of any kind after an incident during yesterday's game with Derby County.

A report was made to police that someone directed abuse towards Derby midfielder Duane Holmes at Griffin Park.

A man in his 20s is in custody.

Derby's manager Frank Lampard spoke about what he knew of the incident:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:54 am  

Heathrow launches new connection to China

Heathrow airport has opened another direct flight connection to China.

The thrice weekly service will go to Chengdu home to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and comes as a new study shows a rise in the value of Chinese exports via Heathrow.

China is now the third most valuable export destination from the airport after the US and the EU.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 am  

Wimbledon moving closer to safety in League One

Crystal Palace are up to 12th in the Premier League this morning after yesterday’s 1-nil win at Newcastle.

Arsenal can go third this afternoon if they avoid defeat at Everton.

In the Championship QPR lost 4-nil at leaders Norwich.

Brentford drew 3-all with Derby ast Griffin Park.

In League One AFC Wimbledon moved closer to safety after a 1-all draw with Accrington Stanley at Kingsmeadow.

Sutton lost 2-1 at Boreham Wood in the National League.

In the South Division Hampton & Richmond Borough registered a 3-1 win at Billericay while Woking drew 3-all at home to Torquay.

In Isthmian League action Kingstonian snapped a six match losing streak with a 2-1 win over Enfield Town at the King George’s Field in Tolworth.
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