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Saturday, 16 November 2019

London Fire Brigade crews have been working with the Historic Palaces Salvage team at Hampton Court Palace.


They have been working together to carry out fire and salvage exercises as part of their regular training.

A salvage plan is a document that identifies objects that need to be removed and how this should be done.

Heritage protection experts work with buildings of historic importance as fires in these constructions can spread more quickly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 pm  

School pupils from Kingston have been taking part in forest school sessions at Kingston University.

A teaching expert from the University believes outdoor learning reconnects children with nature, helping them deal with anxiety.

The idea came following a student exchange at a University in Sweden, a country where forest schools are actively encouraged.

Now, a dedicated site on Kingston Hill campus allows children to learn outdoors developing skills such as teamwork, creativity and fire safety.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

There were no games in the Premier League or Championship today because of the international break.

In League One AFC Wimbledon suffered a 2-0 defeat away at high-flying Blackpool.

The result leaves the Dons perilously close to the relegation places, just keeping above them on goal difference.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Young artists are being invited to take part in the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston in July 2020.

The 10-day festival takes place every summer in Kingston and will comprise 200 events at the Rose Theatre, the Arthur Cotterell Theatre and other local venues.

IYAF is delivered by Kingston-based charity Creative Youth.

To take part you must be under 27 and to apply go to IYAfestival.gov.uk/artists.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

Richmond residents are invited to join the Council’s Museum Team for a fascinating tour of St Mary Magdalene's Church.

The tour traces the town’s history through the story of the church, and explores both the church and the exhibition at the museum.

Tours are free and there is no need to book simply head to St. Mary Magdalene's at 2pm on either Wednesday 20th or Wednesday 27th November.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

People are being urged to use the alternatives to 999 if they’re not facing a serious emergency.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service, which serves an area including Epsom and Leatherhead, says people can call 111, attend an urgent treatment or walk-in centre, or speak to a GP.

Last year, SECAmb fielded 5,000 more calls in December than in November.

It’s also advising people to restock their home medicine cabinets and take care in wintry weather.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

People across Wandsworth are once again being offered free grit today.

Although Londoners have enjoyed a prolonged spell of mild weather in recent weeks, temperatures are due to fall.

The initiative by Wandsworth Council will see residents offered up to 50 kilos of grit free-of-charge to help them clear frozen footpaths.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:02 pm  

Two gymnasts are on their final weekend of training before they head off to Mexico on Monday.

Henry Godfrey and Keira Follett from Heathrow Gymnastics Club are hoping to raise a further £1,000 for their trip.

The dedicated duo are representing Great Britain in the Pan American Acro Cup in the aged 11-16 category.

They’ve been training for 30 hours a week with homework on top.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

AFC Wimbledon player Marcus Forss has been named EFL Young Player of the Month for October

The Finnish under-21 striker, who is on loan from Brentford, has bagged 7 goals for the Dons so far.

He will be hoping he can add to that tally when they travel to play in-form Blackpool later.

The Tangerines are looking for their fourth straight win, while Glyn Hodges men lie just outside the relegation spots in 20th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

A woman from Sutton who climbed Kilimanjaro has raised over £1,000 for an M.E charity.

Sal Bolton tackled the 5,895m peak for Action for M.E.

It’s currently incurable, affecting the nervous and immune system and robs people of their energy.

Sal says she didn’t let the headaches from altitude sickness and the fatigue stop her.

You can find a link to her Just Giving page here.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Councils across England apparently saw a 41-percent jump in the last five years in the amount of money they made from parking charges.

RAC Foundation research found that Westminster was the local authority which generated the most cash.

The organisation ranked Kensington and Chelsea in ranked 2nd, with a surplus of over £37 million.

Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham came in third and fourth, each making more than £26 million from their parking operations.

The Local Government Association says any cash generated goes back into transport projects.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

A teenager with autism has gone missing from Thornton Heath.

Ibrahim Tarwally left his home last night and hasn’t been seen since.

Police say the 18-year-old is non-communicative and has no money, phone, oyster card or coat on him.

He’s previously been found in the Finchley Road and Barnet areas.

Anyone with information is being urged to call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Workers at three major hospitals in London are to start receiving the London Living Wage of £10.55 an hour.

It’s after strikes by Sodexo and UNISON members.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust made the announcement, for St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals.

It’ll come into effect in April, but with backdated pay to November the 1st.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Old bras find new life in Wandworth.

Wandsworth Council has teamed up with Against Breast Cancer to collect old bras.

For every tonne of bras collected, the charity receives vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research.

The collected garments will be sorted by the charity and wearable bras will be given a new lease of life, sent to developing countries.

Bras that aren’t wearable any more will be recycled for their fabric.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 am  

A Sunbury man sails into an award.

A sailor from Sunbury is going to be presented with a prestigious accolade by HRH the Princess Royal.

Tony Woods was nominated and selected as a winner by the Royal Yachting Association for an Outstanding Contribution Award.

It’s in recognition of his work with the Queen Mary Sailing Club.

The awards ceremony takes place in London next Friday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 am  

More live music comes to Croydon.

A new initiative to bring more live music to Croydon gets underway today.

Croydon Calling will see venues from coffee shops to cocktail bars working with the Council’s music city team to host a mix of gigs throughout November and early December.

The pilot scheme will champion smaller, ‘grassroots’ gigs to complement music festivals and offerings at Fairfield Halls.

Details of event can be found at www.bigsouth.london/Croydoncalling.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 am  

Addlestone and Chertsey phone boxes need a new use.

Runnymede Council is asking for the public’s help to decide what to do with two phone boxes which BT wants to decommission.

One of the public payphones is found on Franklands Drive in Addlestone which had no calls made during the past year. The other in Green Lane in Chertsey recorded only 4 calls.

Residents can agree or object to the removal of the boxes or alternatively adopt a box for £1 for use by the community.

The consultation runs until the 21st of November. The survey can be completed at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PCB_Removal.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:19 am  

Friday, 15 November 2019

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in Caterham yesterday.

The incident in Coldstream Road happened just after 10pm. Armed response vehicles attended the scene, and a 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to danger life.

The victim was taken to hospital with injuries to his head and neck which aren’t believed to be life-threatening.

If you have any information you can contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 pm  

An historic flight from Hounslow to Australia is being marked by a commemorative exhibition at the town’s library.

The challenge in 1919, with a £10,000 prize, was posed by the Australian government of the day.

The rules stated the aircraft must have been constructed in the British Empire and the flight completed within 30 days.

The Vimy left Hounslow Heath at 8am on the 12th of November 1919, finally reaching Darwin at 4.10pm on the 10th of December.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:20 pm  

Drivers in Wandsworth are being warned about fake traffic wardens.

Lucy Mayer reports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

An experimental ultra-long-haul flight from Heathrow to Sydney touched down this morning after 19 hours and 19 minutes.

People on board were mostly Qantas employees fitted with monitors to track their sleep patterns, food and drink intake and physical movement.

The data will be looked at by a medical institute in Sydney to examine how long journeys affect health.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

A Premier League footballer repeatedly caught driving at twice the speed limit has been banned from the road.

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke was pulled over twice for driving at more than 80mph (129km/h) in London.

Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court heard he was caught driving his Bentley on the same stretch of road in Putney.

Chair of the bench Pamela Stokes said the 28-year-old had "fallen far short of being a role model".

The Belgian international, of Kingston Hill, Surrey, admitted two offences on the A3.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

Kingston University has confirmed a student studying in Hong Kong is to come home early.

Several universities in the UK are recalling students on exchange programmes because of the protests there.

Southampton, Warwick and Edinburgh are among them.

Kingston Uni told us the student is returning on its advice.

Meanwhile, the University of Surrey has 28 study exchange students in the region.

The University says "our work placement students are all at reputable employers and will be benefiting from local advice through their employers on how to stay safe. All Hong Kong universities have ceased teaching for this week, and some have brought their semesters to an early close."

The University went on to say; “We have issued advice to all our students currently on work or study exchange placements in Hong Kong to stay safe in line with Foreign Office Advice, and advised them that we will support them if they wish to return to the UK.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Radio Jackie afternoon sports round-up

With the lunchtime sport, here's William Esler.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

It’s being reported that JLS are getting back together for a tour.

The Sun claims the group are in the early stages of planning a string of gigs, which could include some new material.

The boy-band broke up six years ago, after five number 1 hits.

In May, band-member Ortise, from Croydon, was unanimously cleared of rape claims at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

He told Good Morning Britain at the time "It's been horrific," "I haven't been able to work for three years. I had this accusation hanging over my head every single day from when I woke up to when I went to sleep. It's just completely tormented me."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Counselling sessions given to children in the South East of the country affected by sexual abuse have risen by 15% in the last year.

That’s according to the NSPCC’s Childline.

Its annual report has revealed the service carried out, on average, 12 counselling sessions every day last year.

These were conducted with young people, the youngest aged nine, who were coerced or forced into sexual activity.

In more than a third of counselling sessions young people disclosed they were targeted online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

The traditional blessing of the Shire horses takes place at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday.

The animals form part of the last herd of working Shire horses in London.

They’ll be blessed by Her Majesty's Chaplain in the East Front Gardens from 2.30.

Henry VIII started the process of acquiring Shire horses, which are rarer than pandas, nearly 500 years ago to help him in battle.

To find out more, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

An investigation by Greenpeace has found almost 10,000 homes are planned to be built in high-risk flood zones across England

It claims properties are due to go up in Lincolnshire, Sheffield and Doncaster, some of the areas worst hit by flooding this week.

It also includes nearly 400 in Runnymede and Spelthorne.

Alastair Chisholm is from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.



The Environment Agency says it doesn't make the final decision on local planning approvals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

A war veteran who flew bombers in the film "The Dam Busters" has received honorary membership of the Royal Air Forces Association



Ken Souter, who lives with his wife at the Haig Housing Trust in Morden, flew Spitfires and Hurricanes for the RAF during WWII.

He survived two air crashes in his additional role as a test pilot.

Ken went on to become a personal pilot and was the lead Lancaster bomber pilot in the classic war film, released in 1955.

Ken was presented with his honorary membership by David Meanwell, Chairman of the Kenley and Caterham Branch of the RAF Association, the charity that supports the wellbeing of RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families.

David says: “It was an honour to present Ken with his membership. As well as being one of the few surviving RAF pilots who flew in the war, the part he played in The Dam Busters, one of the best-loved films about the RAF, was vital in recreating that remarkable mission onscreen.”

Earlier this year, Ken celebrated his 100th birthday with his family and the RAF Association’s Director of Membership Del Rowlands, as well the Chief Executive of the Haig Housing Trust Brigadier James Richardson and the Mayor of Merton, Janice Howard.

He also met Her Majesty The Queen when she visited in October.

For more information about the RAF Association, click here

To find out more about Haig Housing, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Two men, from Croydon and Sutton, have been arrested in Brighton, after a car mounted the pavement and struck a pedestrian

The car was abandoned, and three men ran off from the vehicle at about 5.20am on Sunday.

The pedestrian made off after the incident and hasn’t come forward.

It’s not being treated as terror related, and the two have been released under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

The number of children admitted to hospital with severe allergic reactions has jumped by 72% in five years

NHS Digital says there were nearly 1,750 cases of anaphylactic shock among under-18s over a year.

The data was obtained by a foundation set up by the parents of Fulham teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after eating a baguette from Pret a Manger bought before a flight at Heathrow.

Her dad Nadim says the government must do more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

The Afghan and Central Asian Association is opening a new support centre in Feltham to help refugees @a_caa

An Afghan family which came the UK as refugees 20 years ago has set up a support centre in Feltham

The Nasimis set up the Afghan and Central Asian Association charity in 2001, to help others integrate.

Rabia Nasimi was five years old when she arrived in the UK and is now studying for a Ph.D at Cambridge.

She says the women’s only support groups are particularly important, to help female refugees ease into a less divided society.



It launches a week today at the Griffin Centre on Staines Road.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

England have celebrated their 1,000th international match in style.

Gareth Southgate's side sealed their place at Euro 2020 with a 7-nil thrashing of Montenegro at Wembley.

Captain Harry Kane scored a hat-trick - as a host of England legends watched from the stands.

There were also strikes from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marcus Rashford, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and an own goal.

James Maddison made his debut from the bench.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 am  

Three men have been jailed for over 12 years at Isleworth Crown Court after a series of distraction thefts were committed at airports.

Met’s Crime Squad ended the thefts committed by three South American nationals at London City Airport, Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport.

The stolen property, which included jewellery, identification documents, and cash, is estimated to be worth about £100,000 in total.

Police are reminding people to keep their possessions safe when travelling to and from the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 am  

A food delivery driver was forced to stop his own moped and was then attacked by a group of males in South Norwood last week.

He had his helmet pulled off and was punched in the face. He was then forced to hand over his moped and mobile phone.

Police officers later arrested a 15-year-old male on the stolen moped when they blocked him in a car park.

The suspect was charged with theft, robbery, and traffic offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Enquires are continuing following a collision in Wimbledon.

A woman in her 70s was taken to hospital following the incident involving a lorry in Haydons Road just before midday.

Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

The estimated number of people living with alcohol dependency in Surrey has risen.

New figures from Public Health England show there were 7,640 dependents in 2010; that number had risen to 8,073 by last year.

Only two councils in the South East have marginally reduced the number of people who are alcohol dependent over 7 years.

That’s Slough and Brighton and Hove.

Alcohol addiction treatment experts at UKAT say alcohol is “just as harmful a drug as Heroin, but a lot of people don’t want to see it that way.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

A bridge wall in Whitton, plagued by graffiti, has been restored to its former glory.

Richmond Council and Whitton Business Association have given the wall, outside the station, a makeover.

It’s after members of the public and businesses expressed concern.

They said they felt the bridge is an ‘architectural landmark’ and an ‘important anchor at one end of the High Street’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 am  

Thursday, 14 November 2019

A woman is in hospital following a collision in Wimbledon

Police were called to Haydons Road just before 12pm to reports of collision between a lorry and a pedestrian.

It’s believed the woman’s injuries are not life-threatening.

No arrests have been made and enquires are continuing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A former musician at the Royal Opera House has been jailed for 28 months

53 year old Richard Clews pocketed £185,000 while working for PRS for Music.

The company, based in Streatham and Kings Cross, collects royalties for musicians including The Rolling Stones.

Clews worked at the company as a classical music researcher.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The whole of Feltham is on stop and search tonight

A Section 60 has been put into place until 10pm.

This means officers have the power to stop and search individuals for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments.

They can also order them to remove any disguises.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A community group in Teddington has combined forces with a restaurant in the town to raise £650 for charitable causes.

SporTedd and The Wharf hosted a series of Rugby World Cup breakfast screenings.

Over 100 people attended on the day of the final when England lost to South Africa.

Chair, Stuart Higgins, announced that over £10,000 has been donated thus far thanks to sports themed projects

Stuart started Sportedd with a view to supporting sporting schemes that needed funding.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Investigations are continuing after designer Amanda Wakeley was robbed by thieves on mopeds at Chelsea Harbour yesterday.

The 57 year-old, whose creations are worn by the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, had her £25,000 Rolex watch stolen.

Her husband said she’s shocked but unhurt.

A man’s been arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Officers have arrested a man at Heathrow airport on suspicion of terrorism offences.

A man's been arrested at Heathrow airport after Turkey deported several so-called Islamic State suspects.

The 26 year-old's being questioned on suspicion of terrorism offences related to activities in Syria.

Turkey's currently in the process of deporting suspected foreign I-S members held in its prisons or in Syria.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

A man's been jailed for seven and a half years after killing his girlfriend's three-year-old son in Croydon.


26 year old Stephen Waterson admitted reversing his car seat into Alfie Lamb, who’d been in the rear footwell, crushing him to death.

Alfie's mum, Adrian Hoare, was previously convicted of child cruelty and jailed for more than two years.

The incident had happened as the family returned to Croydon from a shopping trip in Sutton in February 2018.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:11 pm  

Police have removed what they deem to be a dangerous dog from a house in Chessington.

Officers were called to a property in Mount Road at 7.20 yesterday morning.

A 46 year old woman was arrested for possession of a firearm, class A drugs and a Pitbull type dog.

A 16 year old girl was also arrested for possession of a firearm and class A drugs and obstructing police.

The pair has been bailed, while an 18 year old man also detained at the scene, remains in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The number of people dependent on alcohol has risen in Kingston and Hounslow.

New figures from Public Health England show there were 1,435 in Kingston and 2,605 in Hounslow last year, up marginally from 2010.

However, Wandsworth and Sutton saw figures of alcohol dependents reduce over the same time period.

Alcohol addiction treatment experts at UKAT are accusing councils of being “lack-lustre” when prioritising treating people.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

Sutton and Cheam have some of the largest primary school classes in the country.

The constituency been named alongside 19 others, including Epsom and Ewell, in a new report by the National Education Union.

All have an average class size of 28 pupils or more.

The European average is just 20.

The report’s “class size analysis” has revealed a rise in classroom sizes in 474 areas in total in England since 2010.

Almost a million pupils nationwide are in classes of 31 pupils or more.

Areas with more than 36 pupils in a class include Thurrock and Barking.

34% of teachers surveyed have told the NEU that reducing class sizes must be a top priority for Government, no matter who is in 10 Downing Street.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A yellow weather warning is in place in parts of the country, as snow across the south west of England moves north and turns to rain.

Forecasters say between 35 and 45 millimetres of rainfall is expected.

Some areas, especially in South Yorkshire, are already underwater after downpours over the last week.

In SW London, people in Putney and Teddington are being warned of possible flooding this afternoon between the bridge and the weir.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Everyone working at Richmond Council now earns an hourly rate of at least £10.75

The authority has been formally accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living.

It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers who want to ensure staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm  

A group of primary school children from Putney are starring in a new film about road safety, that’ll be shown nationwide

Our Future Journeys: Safer By Design, from road charity Brake, aims to help children understand how self-driving cars work.

Six pupils from Hotham Primary appear in it, and talk about their views on vehicle technology and safety on the roads.

Deputy Head Jennifer Thomas says they found it “fascinating” and are “thrilled” the film will spread important messages all over the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

A man has been assaulted with a glass candle holder at a pub in West Byfleet



Police have just released details about the “completely unprovoked attack” in the Blue Anchor on the 26th of October.

The victim was taken to hospital with cuts to the head.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Australian Airline Qantas will be conducting a trial this morning from Heathrow airport

It will be only the second time that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will fly direct from London to Sydney.

The aim is to gather information about the health and wellbeing of passengers and crew on ultra-long journeys.

It will carry around 50 passengers, travel a distance of 17,800km, and take around 19-and-a-half hours.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:51 am  

Gardeners are being urged to be “hedgehog-friendly” after two animals had to be freed from discarded garden netting

Both of the youngsters required emergency treatment by vets at Leatherhead’s Wildlife Aid Foundation.

They arrived at the charity’s rescue centre within minutes of each other.

It is thought that they had been suffering for some time as both nets had become so tightly bound the plastic had embedded itself in their skin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Richmond Council wants your old bras

Richmond Council wants your old bras.

Lucy Mayer explains why.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 am  

Australian Airline Qantas will be conducting a trial this morning from Heathrow airport

It will be only the second time that the Boeing 787 dreamliner will fly direct from London to Sydney.

The aim is to gather information about the health and wellbeing of passengers and crew on ultra-long journeys.

It will carry around 50 passengers, travel a distance of 17,800km that'll take around 19-and-a-half hours to cover.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 am  

Former chancellor Philip Hammond has been appointed to the board of an Irish glass bottle maker.

Former chancellor Philip Hammond has been appointed to the board of an Irish glass bottle maker.

Ardagh is worth £3.5bn, and will employ the ex-Runnymede and Weybridge MP as a non-executive director.

They lost £39m last year.

The parliamentary committee who check the jobs ministers take after leaving office has yet to approve it though.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 am  

A fashion designer to the royals has been mugged outside her home in Chelsea.

A fashion designer to the royals has been mugged outside her home in Chelsea.

Amanda Wakeley was threatened by two men on a moped in Ashburnham Road at around 9.30am.

It’s believed one of the men was armed with an axe.

The 57-year-old, who has created designs for both Kate and Meghan, had her watch stolen during the incident.

Police say no arrests have been made and enquiries are continuing.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:18 am  

Sutton Council is offering residents and businesses 10kg of free grit ahead of the wintry weather

Sutton Council is offering residents and businesses 10kg of free grit ahead of the wintry weather.

They say you can make it go further by keeping it dry, and clearing new snow with a shovel before applying grit.

Go to either Woodcote Green Garden Centre or Kimpton Park Recycling Centre on the 23rd or 24th of this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 am  

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

A grandfather has raised over £3,000 for the Neonatal Unit at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Richard Bailey raised the funds in Woking after his granddaughter spent five days in the unit when she was born on 23rd October 2018.

Mr Bailey presented the cheque to the team and said how grateful he was to them for looking after his granddaughter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A 29-year-old man is being hunted by Hounslow police



Brendan Welch is wanted for failing to appear at court.

Police are advising anyone who sees him not to approach him but to call them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Richmond Council has decided to delay a controversial charge for residents wanting to dispose of DIY waste

The authority is going to review how it should be implemented.

The charge, aimed to cover the rising costs of disposing of DIY waste, was due to come into force at Kew Recycling Centre next month.

However, since the announcement, residents have raised concerns about the proposed charging structure.

They also say they need clarification on the minimum charge which would potentially penalise those only wanting to dispose of a small amounts of waste.

A revised scheme is expected to be issued early next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A number of venues have been set up in Croydon to carry out rapid HIV testing over the next week

Trained volunteers will be out on the streets until December the 1st encouraging people to have a finger-prick test.

The campaign aims to get more people to take a test and reduce the numbers who are diagnosed late.

The first tests will take place this Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Elmbridge Borough Council’s environment team now has an electric bike to help with patrols in the borough

The authority says the team can now access smaller pathways and off-road areas while keeping carbon emissions down.

The council already uses electric cars to help with patrols.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

Kingston’s diabetes support group has committed £1,000 to national research into diabetes

The donation was made at an event attended by the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Margaret Thompson.

This latest donation will go towards eye research, as impaired eyesight and poor feet are some of the biggest issues for anyone with a diabetic condition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:04 pm  

A man from Tottenham has been jailed for 18 months for using false identity documents to commit fraud

30 year old Nicolae George Sora was recognised by a staff member in the HSBC Branch in Epsom.

He was attempting to open a new account and get a credit card.

The Slovakian passport he used on the day he was arrested has been determined to be fake.

He had committed fraud across London and Surrey and owned multiple passports and ID cards from different countries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Around 50% of children in some deprived areas begin school with delayed language skills

Today is “No Pens Day”, a day where schools focus on spoken communication skills.

Over 7,000 schools have taken part in previous years, including Meath School in Chertsey.

19% of staff say it helped them identify children who may have speech and language needs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

'Angry pig' in Surbiton causes a big problem for commuters and drivers alike



It’s usually the wrong type of weather causing delays for train commuters

But this morning, it seems an angry pig on land near Surbiton was to blame for delays on South Western Railway

Thames Water was unable to get to work on a burst water main between Surbiton and Wimbledon because the animal was apparently acting aggressively.

It took engineers over two hours to turn off the water and start work.

Damage caused by the flooding of tracks and signalling equipment meant limited trains have been able to run along the line.

Disruption is currently expected to last until 4pm.

Pic credit: Network Rail Wessex.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:49 pm  

A burst pipe is causing cancellations on the rails in Surbiton

Thames Water say they’re “working hard” to fix the problem, but haven’t given a timescale for when it can be repaired.

They say there’s no customer impact in terms of water outages or low pressure, or flooding to properties.

The utility company told us:

“We’re sorry to anyone who has had a longer journey than normal because of the road closure.

“This is due to a burst on a 48-inch diameter pipe. Our engineers were quickly on site and are working hard to fix the pipe.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

If you love a “full English Breakfast” it seems you only need to head to Heathrow Airport

The west London hub has come in second on a poll of cheapest airport Breakfasts in the UK.

Its £9.55 full English was was beaten only by Aberdeen Airport’s which came in at £8.95.

The research has been carried out by flight comparison site JetCost.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

A woman from East Molesey is calling on Elmbridge Borough Council to re-think its housebuilding projects

The authority is aiming to build 9,000 new homes by 2035 to help combat the borough’s housing shortage.

But Della Reynolds claims the basis of the so-called Local Plan is flawed.

The premise is that Price will come down, but she says increasing the supply will increase the demand and the price will rise accordingly.



The council has previously stated that the Local Plan aims to marry its national obligations to build more homes with its desire to protect the character of the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 am  

Kingstonian will look to continue their good form in cup competitions tonight

They travel to Blackfield and Langley for an FA Trophy second qualifying round game.

In EFL Trophy action AFC Wimbledon travel to Southend.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 am  

People are being encouraged to get tested, treated, and protected against HIV

Next week is National HIV Testing Week, and in London, 5.6 people out of every 1,000 have the disease.

Kingston sexual health services is offering drop in sessions at Market House every weekday between 12 and 4, and until 7 on Thursday's.

Two out of every 1,000 adults in Kingston aged between 15 and 59 are infected, in line with the national average.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 am  

Police in Runnymede are reminding members of the public that their bank or the police would never ring them asking for PIN verification, withdrawing cash or for purchasing high-value goods

The warning comes after residents reported receiving calls from a DC Martin from Addlestone advising them that their card had been compromised.

Police say the person does not exist and if they get such a call, they should end it immediately.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 am  

There's a warning the school curriculum's failing pupils because communication skills are being neglected

Children's communication charity I CAN has raised concerns, after analysing research into young people suffering delayed language.

It's encouraging pupils to put down their pens today and instead, focus on speaking and listening.

Susan Whitfield teaches English at St Lawrence Junior School in East Molesey.

She says students can reap benefits from it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 am  

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

An awards ceremony aimed at celebrating world-wide sexual rights is coming to Clapham next Monday.

The Sexual Freedom Awards honour everyone from sexual health educators to campaigners.

The event will take place at the Clapham Grand.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

An investigation has been launched following a serious assault in Feltham

Police were called to Hampton Road West last month to reports of a stabbing.

Two men were taken to hospital where they were treated for knife related injuries.

Enquires are continuing to establish exactly what happened and officers are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The identity of a man, who fell from a Kenya Airways plane over Clapham back in June, may've been uncovered

The body landed in the garden of a property in Offerton Road - but despite appeals, authorities have so far been unable to name him.

A Sky News investigation has found a woman in Nairobi, who says it was her boyfriend - Paul Manyasi - a 29 year-old airport cleaner.

We've changed her voice to protect her identity.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A convict who escaped from prison in Buckinghamshire is being hunted by police



41-year-old Shane Douglas broke into an elderly couple’s home in Fulham in 2015, attacking them and stealing from them.

He’s black, 6ft 5, stocky, and with cropped or shaved hair.

He’s known to frequent Hammersmith and Brixton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A very special war-time discovery has been made in Hounslow.



Volunteer researchers have located a miniature 1917 pocket diary.

It describes the life of mechanic Gordon Tucker’s experiences of working at Hounslow Aerodrome during World War I.

It’s notable for the descriptions of numerous crashes that he had to deal with on a daily basis.

The pocket diary is on display at Hounslow Library.

Extracts from the diaries have been compiled into a small exhibition along with Gordon Tucker’s VPK camera, personal photo albums, uniform and detailed handwritten rigging manuals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A security guard at a Primark in Kingston has been convicted of sexually assaulting four teenagers who'd been caught shoplifting.

Zia Uddin forced the girls, who were all 15, to perform acts in 2017, and in return he said he wouldn't tell their parents.

Colleagues noticed the 27-year-old didn't complete paperwork afterwards and asked for CCTV to be deleted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm  

The Football League has opened a formal investigation into Macclesfield's failure to pay their players.

Members of the League Two club's first-team squad went on strike at the weekend.

They went on to play but lost 4-nil to Kingstonian in the first round of the FA Cup.

They've been given until 4pm tomorrow to supply the EFL with the information they need.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:39 pm  

The parents of a 15-year-old from Fulham who collapsed after eating a Pret baguette want compulsory allergy policies rolled out in schools.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died after eating the sandwich on a flight from Heathrow to Nice in 2016.

She suffered a cardiac arrest despite having two EpiPen injections.

Her parents are trialling a scheme in her old school where teachers are trained to deal with such incidents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Leatherhead might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of California

But it seems US audiences viewing the new film The Good Liar are mistaking the Surrey town for the West Coast.

The thriller stars Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen and focuses on a Londoner who sets out to woo a rich, suburban widow.

Director Bill Condon says Leatherhead residents might also notice a familiar landmark when watching.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:26 pm  

McDonald's workers from six London restaurants, including Wandsworth Town and Balham, are striking today.

They’re at Downing Street calling for higher wages as part of an international campaign.

They want £15 an hour, an end to youth rates, the choice of guaranteed hours, and union recognition.

The London Living Wage was raised yesterday to £10.75 an hour.

McDonald's says it's disappointed but is committed to investing in its workforce.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

It’s emerged women from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to be too embarrassed to go to the GP with potential cancer symptoms.

A study's found between 75 and 91% from that group feel that way.

But it suggests that applies to just 8% of white women.

Dr Katriina Whitaker from the University of Surrey, who worked on the research, says there are ways to change that.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

A lorry hitting a railway bridge in Tulse Hill this morning is still causing delays.

The vehicle became wedged in the low bridge just after 8am.

A crane is required as the trailer is balancing on one side of the rear, and would swing out and damage the bridge further if moved.

There are delays between London Bridge and Streatham, and Elephant and Castle and Sutton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

A security guard from the Kingston Primark is facing jail, after he accused four teenage girls of shop-lifting

27-year-old Zia Uddin told them he would let the four girls go if they followed his demands.

Colleagues called the police after they found he was asking for CCTV to be deleted, and keeping contraceptives in the control room.

He’s been convicted and is due to be sentenced next Tuesday.

A Primark spokesperson said:

“This has been a horrendous ordeal for the victims and their families and we are truly sorry for what they have suffered. Our thoughts are very much with them.

The nature of these offences is shocking and distressing."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A lorry driver crashing into a railway bridge in Tulse Hill is causing delays on some train lines

Pictures show the words “low bridge” on two different parts of it, and the vehicle’s blue trailer hanging off after it collided with it.

Police are worried the trailer may fall into the road.

There are delays between Elephant and Castle and Sutton, and London Bridge and Streatham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 am  

McDonald's workers from six London restaurants, including Balham and Wandsworth Town, are taking a strike to Downing Street today, calling for higher wages as part of an international campaign

They want £15 an hour, an end to youth rates, the choice of guaranteed hours, and union recognition.

McDonald's says it's disappointed but is committed to investing in its workforce.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:48 am  

Spelthorne Council is apologising to parents as it prepares to shut some of its schools once again for General Election polling day

The authority says it is actively looking for other premises for December the 12th.

Schools in the area, as with many others, have already closed their doors twice this year for Local and European Elections.

Primary schools have a legal duty to provide premises for Polling Stations.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:03 am  

Environmentalists have accused British Airways of causing unnecessary emissions by carrying extra fuel on aircraft to save money

The Heathrow based airline sometimes fills the tanks of its aircraft with several tonnes of extra fuel to avoid having to pay higher prices at destination airports.

The practice known as “tankering” is common in the aviation industry but has come under closer scrutiny as airlines face growing calls to tackle their emissions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 am  

After the death of a new-born in a prison cell in Ashford, experts say female inmates should get better maternity care

The Royal College of Midwives has made several recommendations, including making sure pregnant women are given a specialist.

The organisation says women should get the same care they would outside prison, following the death of a baby, whose mother gave birth alone at HMP Bronzefield.

Clare Livingstone from the organisation says support during pregnancy is very important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 am  

Monday, 11 November 2019

A community interest group wants residents to help spruce up Tolworth

Working alongside Kingston Council, the Community Brain runs various activities where people can help make the area greener.

Over the last year volunteers have planted flowers and shrubs at the Broadway and helped develop a suburban farm.

Community Brain’s Charlotte Levy explains the aim behind their SHEDx project.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 pm  

Lost artworks from the Chinese Imperial collection have sold for over ten times their estimated value

The pieces went for £250,000 over the telephone to an anonymous buyer at Chiswick Auctions earlier today.

The set of six ‘chicken’ paintings were in the private collection of the most powerful Chinese Emperor to ever have lived, Kangxi.

His reign began in 1654 and spanned 61 years, making him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Runnymede’s CCTV network is one of just 5% of systems in the UK awarded a top rating by the Government’s surveillance team

The control centre, based in Addlestone, has received a level two certification for compliance of its surveillance camera systems.

There are 496 cameras connected into the Council-run network.

They are regularly used by the Police to prevent crimes or track criminals.

The dual purpose contact centre is also used to respond to Careline calls, to search for missing people or respond to personal alarms.

Operators can track problems with graffiti, environmental health, reports of fly-tipping and Anti-social behaviour.

They can also provide evidence of road traffic collisions and respond to alarm activations from council premises.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Volunteers sought to help with the green regeneration of Tolworth

A Tolworth interest group called The Community Brain wants residents to get involved in regenerating the area.

As part of the on-going SHEDx project, volunteers have so far helped plant flowers and shrubs along the Broadway.

Charlotte Levy, who helps run the activities, explains why they want to make the streets greener.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Millions across the UK have paused to mark Armistice Day.

Schools, workplaces, transport networks and shopping centres fell silent at 11 o'clock.

It's 100 years since the anniversary of the signing of the agreement which ended the First World War was first commemorated.

There were also services up and down the country, including at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.



Millions of poppies, wreaths and symbols are produced at the Poppy Factory in Richmond every year.

The Poppy Factory was founded in 1922 by Major George Howson MC, a British Army officer in the First World War and winner of the Military Cross in 1917.

George Howson’s vision for the charity was to provide employment for veterans injured during the First World War.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

Hampton Court Palace responds to GMB Union's call for staff to be paid new London Living Wage

A union is calling on landmarks including Hampton Court Palace and London Zoo to pay all staff the London Living Wage.

The rate increased today to £10.75 per hour with the UK Living Wage rising to £9.30.

The GMB Union claims staff at popular tourist hotspots are being paid “as little as £8.21 per hour.”

That’s nearly £5,000 less annually than economists believe people living in London need to make ends meet.

Statement from Historic Royal Palaces, which runs Hampton Court Palace;

'It is categorically untrue to suggest that Historic Royal Palaces does not pay the London Living Wage. We are firmly committed to this and we have been for a long time. In fact, we are already paying above today's announced increases - but, as is our established practice, we will review our wage rates and make increases if they are necessary.'

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Kensington and Chelsea Council says it’s still on track to upgrade fire doors across the borough.


Following the Grenfell tragedy in 2017, the authority committed to replacing all flat entrance fire door-sets in council housing.

The new doors will remain fire resistant for 30 minutes.

Production of an initial 2,000 doors began in September and all 2,000 are expected to be installed by September next year.

The authority says high demand from council across the UK led to a delay, but it is still on track.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Police investigating a number of indecent exposures in Tadworth have identified a suspect they’d like to question.


A male suspect is believed to have followed girls aged between 10 and 12, exposing himself to them, on four occasions.

The incidents took place on the Tadworth estate between July and October.

Police officers have been liaising with nearby schools to help deliver safety advice in the wake of the investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Liverpool have already wrapped up the Premier League.

The Merseysiders are 8 points clear at the top after beating Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield yesterday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:59 pm  

A number of stolen ancient artefacts have been returned to Afghanistan.


Two wooden crates containing a Budha sculpture and nine Budha heads entered Heathrow Airport from Pakistan in 2002.

The objects, dating back to the fourth century, had been sent on consignment to a business based in London.

The company was unaware of the situation, the case was closed and the artefacts went on display at the British Museum.

Afghanistan subsequently claimed their pieces but it wasn’t possible to return the items due to conflict in the country.

The items will now be returned to the National Museum of Afghanistan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Made in Chelsea reality TV stars Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor are expecting a baby.

The pair got married last year.

Now Millie's told Hello! magazine she's 14 weeks pregnant with a girl.

She's described hearing the baby's heartbeat for the first time as "one of the most amazing moments of my life so far".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:21 am  

Today is Armistice Day

Millions will fall silent at 11am to remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and other conflicts.

Thousands of wreaths, including the ones placed at the Cenotaph by royal family members, are created at the Poppy Factory in Richmond.

The charity’s also works tirelessly to help get veterans into work as this volunteer explains:


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 am  

Croydon’s got a new fleet of super gritters.

The low emission vehicles are fitted with a tracking system which will enable them to quickly divert to areas in need of urgent treatment.

5,500 tonnes of salt have been stockpiled to treat roads and footpaths across the borough.

Priority is given to A and B roads, main bus routes, approaches to rail stations as well as fire, police and ambulance stations.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Kingston Police say they’ll be setting up a contact point in Tolworth Broadway on Friday, November 15th

Members of the community will have the opportunity to report crime and other issues.

The local team officer will be available between 12-1pm outside the Broadway Café.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 am  

Drivers have collectively forked out £1.2 million in penalty charges for driving in bus lanes in Kingston

Across England, councils are expected to make more than £52 million this year from bus lane cameras.

This is a 33% increase from last year.

The AA has accused councils of deliberately deceiving motorists by not marking bus lanes properly, and ignoring government advice to warn, rather than fine, first-time offenders.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Kingstonian have beat Macclesfield Town 4-0 in their largest FA Cup victory for an away non-league side against a league side since November 1973

Macclesfield Town have now been eliminated from the FA Cup at the first-round stage for the third consecutive season, with Kingstonian taking £36,000 in prize money for progressing.

Meanwhile Macclefields fans staged protests against the club owners over the player’s unpaid wages from last month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:54 pm  

Surrey County Council has put its winter operation into place this weekend

A fleet of gritting lorries started operating on Friday night on the so called “Priority 1 network” for the first time since last winter.

The council has more than 12,500-tonnes of salt in its stockpile.

Before this weekend, more than 1,700 grit bins had already been filled.

The council says it also has an army of farmers equipped with ploughs standing by ready to tackle any snow and ice in rural areas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:53 pm  

Fulham have moved into the top 6 in the Championship after beating Birmingham.

They ran 1-0 winners in the Midlands thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 12th league goal of the season.

He bundled in after goalkeeper Lee Camp dropped a Cyrus Christie cross.

Elsewhere Brentford thrashed Wigan 3-0 and QPR were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Middlesbrough.

West Brom remain at the top of the table. They beat Hull City, with Jake Livermore getting the game’s only goal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

More than 46,000 new homes are needed in Croydon between now and 2039.

Public consultation on Croydon Council’s “Local Plan” review has now begun.

The authority is asking for as many people as possible to have their say on how the borough should grow.

Croydon says the plan is vital to ensure growth, delivery of the new homes, jobs and community facilities is managed correctly.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 am  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the younger members of the squad thoroughly deserve their opportunity to play in the first team.

22-year-old Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic, who is a year younger, each scored in the 2-nil win over Crystal Palace to move to within five points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Teenager Reece James made his first top flight start too.

Lampard says he's keen to bring less experienced players through.



posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Merton Council prosecutes a rogue landlord.

A Mitcham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £5,000 for operating a flat illegally in multiple occupancy and for flouting health and safety laws.

Ronak Patel pleaded guilty to failing to apply for a licence for the flat above commercial premises in Upper Green East.

An investigation by Merton Council found there were seven unrelated tenants in the flat. Properties with more than five unrelated tenants sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities must be licensed as an HMO.

This is the third successful prosecution by the Council in the past four months as part of a drive to improve standards for private accommodation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 am  

Croydon residents are offered advice on business start ups.

A pop-up business school returns for a fourth year to help Croydon residents start up their own companies doing the thing they love.

It looks at getting people up and running and testing their ideas to begin earning as soon as possible.

The 10 day course at the Whitgift Centre is open to any Croydon residents, but is aimed at those who are unemployed or who need more help with their business.

For more information about the school which starts on the 18th of November, go to popupbusinessschool.co.uk.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:06 am  

Harlequins centre Joe Marchant has signed a three-year contract extension with the Twickenham-based club, until 2023.

The 23-year-old will also join Super Rugby team, the Blues, for six months, to support the development of his rugby career.

Marchant will be representing the Auckland-based Blues from January 1 to June 30, 2020.

He said he’s grateful to Harlequins for their support and giving him the opportunity and is looking forward to bringing his learnings back to the Quins next summer.
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