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Saturday 13 June 2020

Kingston University and Kingston Hospital are working together to study Human Papillomaviruses’ effect on cancers.

Human Papillomaviruses are a group of common, sexually transmitted viruses which can cause warts and in some cases cancer.

It’s hoped the project will help us understand the connection between HPV and upper gastrointestinal cancers, helping detect them earlier through screening and vaccination.

The research is being partly funded by the Laurie Todd Foundation, established by Maundy Todd in memory of her late husband.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 pm  

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi says he'll face "no further action" from police after an allegation of rape.

The winger was arrested last month and released on bail.

In statement on Twitter, Hudson-Odoi thanked those who stood by him "during this difficult period".

Adding; “going forward I will try to use my platform as a Chelsea player to be the best role model that I can be.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

A man from Leatherhead has been charged with murder.

Daniel George Hopper, who’s 32 and known locally as Daniel Styles, was charged with killing 54-year-old Phillip Bagwell in Leatherhead earlier this week.

He’s appearing at Guildford Magistrates Court today.

A second man was arrested in connection with the murder but has been released without charge.

Police Officers are remaining in the area to reassure people

They have thanked the community for their help and have asked people to respect the privacy of the victim’s family at this difficult time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Cancellation of the Wimbledon Fortnight will lead to a looming “mountain” of strawberry waste.

That’s according to new research by Fresh Student Living.

Two million strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed at the event annually.

That amount would cover Centre Court 900 times.

We are being urged to rise to the challenge and make strawberries and cream an integral part of our summer diet.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:09 pm  

Six Spelthorne councillors have left the Conservatives and set up their own group after bullying allegations

Council leader Ian Harvey, who was one of the six to leave, said there had been serious concerns of "bullying, misogyny, hounding and intimidation".

Leaving the authority with no overall control, the remaining Tories have called for the six to stand for election.

The Conservatives do not recognise the allegations, saying they were "shameful, sordid, and not worthy of a response".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm  

The Bentalls centre in Kingston will reopen on Monday 15th June with measures in place to enforce social distancing

Designated entrances and exit doors will be used to support a one-way system around the centre, and only one family of up to four people can use lifts one at a time.

Shoppers are asked to leave a five-step distance behind the person in front when using the escalators.

There will be queuing systems for some stores and car parking pay stations, while hand sanitiser stations will be situated around the building.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have said social distancing will make this year’s anniversary of the tragedy even more difficult

On 14th June 2017, 72 people were killed in a blaze in Kensington.

A series of virtual events will be broadcast online on Sunday to comply with social distancing measures.

All Saints Church in Notting Hill will broadcast an online memorial service from 11:00am.

At 6:00pm bells will ring out from several London churches and the names of those who died will be read out, followed by a two-minute silence.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:06 am  

The future of Spelthorne is due to be a lot more sustainable

The council has issued a new planning document aimed at facilitating walking and cycling within the borough.

The emphasis, post Covid-19, will be on social distancing across and minimising the risks of using public transport.

The new guidance will help to outline the prerequisites for any future developments in the borough.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:12 am  

New figures show that almost 12,000 have been furloughed in Carshalton and Wallington

This excludes over 4,000 self-employed people.

The government grants cover 80% of people’s wages of up to £2,500 a month.

The information has been released by the Conservative Party.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:39 am  

Police are further questioning a man on suspicion of a murder in Leatherhead

The 32-year-old has been arrested after Philip Bagwell’s body was found dead at a property in North Street on Wednesday.

Surrey Police said a post-mortem examination showed Mr Bagwell had serious head and abdomen injuries.

A 33-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder but has since been released without charge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Cancer research is ramping up in Sutton, as scientists return to their labs.

At the end of March, most staff the Institute of Cancer Research had to leave due to the lockdown.

Only those who were analysing critical clinical trial samples, or carrying out research into coronavirus, were able to stay.

They’re building up to a “maximum safe capacity”, with staggered working patterns and safety training.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 12 June 2020

There are calls for British Airways to drop their redundancy scheme.

Putney MP Fleur Anderson says “BA is betraying thousands of workers”.

She claims she’s been sent “shock details about the mass firing and rehire of some with slashed conditions”.

The Heathrow-based airline is cutting up to 25,000 positions and selling millions of pounds worth of art to stay afloat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

The Lib Dem spokesperson for health and social care has defected to Labour.

Carl Quilliam says he has switched due to the approach of new Labour leader Keir Starmer.

He also cites his experience of working with the Labour party administration that runs Merton council as a reason for the move.

Leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis, says they’ll work together to campaign against any service reductions at St Helier hospital.

Commenting on behalf of Merton Liberal Democrats, Cllr Anthony Fairclough, Leader of Merton Lib Dem Councillors, said:

“Naturally I am disappointed, but this was a personal decision by Cllr Quilliam and I wish him the best of luck.

Merton Lib Dem councillors remain committed to the local residents who elected us, who should rest assured we will keep working hard to give them and their communities the fresh start they voted for.

There is so much that Labour council bosses could do better, from providing more affordable housing to protecting, not cutting, local care services.

We hope this news does not mean Cllr Quilliam will abandon his commitment to challenging the inaction of local Labour bosses on these vital issues.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Black Lives Matter flag has been raised over Kingston Council’s Guildhall.

The authority says it’s to signal the council’s commitment to celebrating diversity in the borough and ending racism and injustice.

A spokesman says; “The global Black Lives Matter protests have shown the strength of feeling around the world.

We all have a responsibility to work to end inequality, injustice and discrimination.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man from Brentford has been handed a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Refuse collector Robert Atkins failed to secure a hand brake on a rubbish lorry before it crushed a man to death.

Paul Abbott died when he was pinned against a bin shed by the 26-tonne lorry in north London in December 2018.

The 59 year old was praised for pushing another colleague out of the way of the lorry before he was himself hit by it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A woman who spat at another woman in the street and coughed in the faces of emergency workers in Croydon has been jailed.

52 year old Carol Cowan pleaded guilty to a number of charges following the assault on Monday morning.

Police patrolling Westow Street were flagged down by a member of the public who had been subjected to verbal racial abuse by a woman.

The woman in question also spat in her face.

The officers located the woman and detained her.

When inside the police vehicle the woman told officers that she was a Covid-19 sufferer and began to cough in their faces.

Cowan was arrested on suspicion of a Section 4 Public Order offence and common assault.

She’s been jailed for 46 weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Sun says it didn't intend to "glorify" domestic abuse, after it was criticised over a front page story featuring JK Rowling's ex.

It was headlined "I slapped JK and I'm not sorry" and featured quotes from the Harry Potter author's first husband, Jorge Arantes.

The press regulator's received more than 500 complaints about the article.

Lib Dems, lead by Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey, want the revenue made from today's paper donated to charity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Chelsea's Mason Mount is hoping to end the season in style when the Premier League resumes next week.

He scored his sixth goal of the season as Chelsea beat Everton in their last game before lockdown.

Mount tells Sky Sports News, he feels he's developed a lot in his first season in the west London club's first team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

The leader of Spelthorne Council says he felt “hounded” out of his position because of bullying.

Ian Harvey was one of 6 councillors to resign earlier this week, meaning the Conservatives have lost their majority.

The authority is now under “no overall control” for the first time in its 45 year history.

Cllr Harvey explains why he felt he had to leave.

The remaining Tories say they do not recognise Mr Harvey’s claims.

The Lib Dems, now the main opposition party, say they are looking to ensure stability and an optimistic outcome that puts residents first.

Cllr Sandra Dunn has been speaking to Jackie's Luke Williams.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

Richmond Council says it hopes English Heritage will look to educate visitors to Marble Hill House on its links with the slave trade.

English Heritage.

The Palladian villa in Twickenham was built between 1724 and 1729 and was home to Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk.

A mistress of King George II, she received a cash sum from the crown when she left court.

Over two-thirds of the settlement were shares in the South Sea Company which was heavily involved in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

A Richmond Council Spokesperson said:

“We are aware that there are a number of buildings and road names in the borough that have links to this horrific moment in history. As Marble Hill House is not owned by the Council, I would hope that similarly to the Council, English Heritage will consider the findings from the London-wide Commission regarding how it will ensure that visitors to the attractive are aware of its link with this awful industry."

English Heritage, which manages the site, says;

"English Heritage has commissioned - and continues to pursue - research into the links between the Atlantic Slave Trade and its properties, including Marble Hill House, in an effort to help communicate this difficult history. English Heritage is committed to telling the full story of the sites in its care, including those elements that are painful today. You can read more here

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's condemned the action of violent protesters as officials cover up monuments around the country.

Boris Johnson says it's "absurd and shameful" that the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square was at risk of attack from anti-racism protesters.

More demonstrations, sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US, are taking place across the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm  

Certain gates at Bushy Park are to be closed overnight, following reports of anti-social behaviour

Royals Parks says its “an important refuge for nature” and “not a place for late night parties.”

The gates near to the Hampton Hill cricket ground are going to be shut from 9.30pm to 6am.

Police will be shutting the gates themselves, to deal with any incidents on the spot.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

The way to fix the housing crisis is to build more retirement homes, according to a new report

The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation says elderly people should downsize so families can take their homes.

The study highlights retirement communities being built in Epsom and Walton.

7,000 new homes are built specifically for the elderly each year, but with 180,000 65+ households created each year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm  

Mole Valley District Council has installed nine new CCTV cameras in fly-tipping hotspots across the district

An individual or business found to be responsible for fly-tipping now risks receiving a £300 fixed penalty notice.

Anyone who undertakes building work, or hires a contractor or tradesperson to do so, must ensure the waste is disposed of responsibly and legally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

A number of airlines have started legal action against the government's quarantine policy introduced in the UK on Monday

Heathrow based-British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair are trying to end the 14-day rule, which they say will threaten more jobs.

They want it to only apply to passengers from high risk countries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:28 am  

Richmond Council’s leader is welcoming a review of statues linked to slavery

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered the move following a number of Black Lives Matter protests in the capital.

Gareth Roberts says it’s an “uncomfortable and shaming truth that large parts of this county’s wealth is founded in the horrors of the slave trade.”

Although there are no statues in Richmond, there are street names and plaques and Cllr Roberts says he welcomes investigations into them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:50 am  

For the first time, a trip to Worthing for military veterans has had to be cancelled

The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, based in Fulham, has been driving them to the coast for over 70 years, to enjoy sea air and fish and chips.

Chairman Ian Parsons says it “holds so many fabulous memories” and “we are all so disappointed”.

However, they intend to resume their trips to the coast and abroad next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 am  

Thursday 11 June 2020

The executive director of a community group supporting the expansion of Heathrow Airport has said up to 25,000 local people working there are facing redundancy.

Parmjit Dhanda from Back Heathrow is warning Boris Johnson that Government imposed quarantines for UK arrivals could cause a jobs meltdown for local people.

Mr Dhanda is calling on the Prime Minister and Priti Patel to scrap the quarantines and take a targeted approach instead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

There’s been a spate of burglaries from garages in an area of New Malden over the last few weeks.

Two thefts of push bikes were reported from Sloan Court in Lime Grove last Sunday and Monday between 10am and 1pm.

A push bike and vacuum cleaner were also taken from garages at the back of houses in Chestnut Grove.

Police are urging residents to keep garages locked at all times, secure mark bikes and remove saddles to make them less appealing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 pm  

A man who stabbed a mother of three and his 11 month old baby at their home in Feltham has been jailed for life.

27 year old Rehan Khan attacked Salma Sheikh and their son in June 2018, later admitting two counts of attempted murder.

During the trial, Peterborough Crown Court heard he had tried to the contact her 270 times the day before the attack.

Ms Sheikh died in September after she allegedly took an “unintentional overdose of morphine” for her injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

A union boss has called British Airways management "irresponsible" for not attending a meeting with the Home Secretary about new quarantine rules.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says the 'no show' at yesterday's event with Priti Patel is "unbelievable".

The Heathrow-based airline has confirmed it didn't go - but hasn't given a reason.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A baby swan has died after being kicked by a jogger in Richmond Park.

The man in his sixties reportedly did it rather than going around it.

It’s now believed he kicked a second one, although this cygnet was able to escape into the water.

The suspect is thought to be white, in his sixties, balding and 5 foot 6 inches tall.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:45 pm  

Stormzy's going to give 10-million pounds to UK organisations, charities and movements tackling racial inequality over the next decade.

The Croydon born rapper says black people "have to fight against the odds of a racist system" which is "designed for us to fail from before we are even born."

He hopes the money will balance an 'uneven field'.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Sutton Council’s leader has promised to champion diversity in the borough in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Ruth Dombey says it is “right we recognise the tragedy and the forever-changed lives of the friends and family of George.”

Ms Dombey has also commended the work done by law enforcement and under the UK model of policing by consent.

Finishing her statement, she said we all need to “reflect about the injustice of racism, and its impact locally, nationally and globally.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm  

Cyclists are now allowed back in Richmond Park during certain hours

Signs erected at the gates say they can use the space before 10am or after 4pm.

Cycling has only been allowed in the park for the past few months for NHS workers or children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A primary school in Twickenham has undergone a deep clean

It’s after a child at Nelson Primary displayed symptoms of Covid-19 on Tuesday.

The pupil is now off school pending their test results and the school has re-opened.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Detectives investigating a reported robbery in Chessington have charged a man

29 year old Thomas Ryan appeared in court on Tuesday and has been released on bail until his next court appearance next month.

The robbery is alleged to have taken place on the 9th of May in Sanger Avenue.

A woman, aged in her late teens, was allegedly robbed of her phone and handbag while she was walking home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:46 pm  

All landmarks in Lambeth are to be checked for any links to slavery

It follows the toppling of a statue of a slave trader in Bristol.

Councillor Sonia Winifred says that has, “rightly focused the debate on the appropriateness of local monuments and statues.”

They’ll be doing a full audit, and presenting their findings to the community at a consultation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

Children in Richmond are being encouraged to revert to pen and paper to connect with the elderly

The council says technology is not always accessible to the older generation and so some are missing out on staying connected.

#LoveThroughThe Letterbox is an initiative that’s been launched to try to reduce screen-time and bring back letter writing as an activity.

The letters can span all ways of communicating using words, artwork or drawings.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 pm  

A charity in Hammersmith is highlighting the hardships endured by child carers this week

Over 45% of young carers experience loneliness and isolation according to Honeypot.

Young carers are often of school age but have to juggle their education with looking after a loved one.

People are being asked to donate the cost of a meal to raise funds to provide much needed respite breaks for young carers.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

Heathrow Airport has launched a voluntary redundancy scheme and warned it can't rule out further job cuts

The company, which directly employs around 7-thousand people, says passenger numbers have fallen to an all-time low.

It says protecting frontline roles is no longer sustainable, following the introduction of new quarantine rules for travellers arriving into the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Esher through the night

Two fire engines and an aerial vehicle are still at the scene at the housing block in Lammas Lane.

The roof, second floor, and third floor have been heavily damaged.

Temporary accommodation has been offered to those who need it.

Investigations into what caused the blaze are taking place today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:07 am  

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder, after a man’s body was found in Leatherhead

Police believe the man was 54-year-old Phillip Bagwell, although formal identification is yet to be made.

It’s understood the two men in custody, aged 33 and 32, were known to Phillip.

If you have any information, contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Church Street in Twickenham is to become Richmond’s first so-called “Space to Shop” scheme

Pedestrianisation of the road from June the 22nd will allow shoppers to social distance at 2 metres apart.

The restrictions of vehicle movements will also apply every day, between 10am and Midnight.

The street is home to a number of independents shops including Eel Pie Records and The Rocc.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

There are calls for Merton Council to act to keep English schools open in the borough

Wimbledon School of English say they have contacted the council asking for business rates relief, but they’ve been turned down each time.

The council reportedly says that the school isn’t covered by the relief, but the government advice asks them to “use discretion”.

They’ve now set up a petition to pressure the council into action.

Jane Dancaster says other councils have given relief to the English language sector.

We’ve contacted Merton Council for comment.

You can find the petition here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Wednesday 10 June 2020

The MP for Twickenham Munira Wilson has called on the Government to extend the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU.

The UK and EU have until 1st July to extend the transition period, which is set to expire at the end of this year.

The Liberal Democrat MP said “This is no longer about leave or remain. It’s about a Government acting responsibly in the interests of its citizens”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

An online mental health wellbeing platform has been extended to all young people in Richmond. is designed to give anonymous support from qualified counsellors regarding anxiety, low mood or stress.

The platform has already successfully been used in some schools but the SWL Health and Care Partnership has extended its licence.

Sessions can be booked without referral via a drop-in service or online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Croydon Council has welcomed extra government funding towards the cost of caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Over the last decade more than 5000 children arrived in Croydon, as it serves as a major UK entry point alongside Heathrow and Dover.

A £9m shortfall each year has built up over since 2015 due to the difference between government funding and actual costs.

An extra £4m is now expected in addition to the existing funding to care for up to 70 new arrivals every month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Richmond council is lending its support to a campaign to ban night flights at Heathrow during the pandemic.

Whilst Heathrow has seen a 97% drop in passenger number there are still planes arriving and departing in the early hours of the morning.

Friends of the Earth is urging the government to introduce a complete moratorium on night flights between 11pm and 7am.

Sleep disruption is thought to adversely affect health issues like heart disease and stress.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A fire has broken out in a block of flats on Esher Green

The brigade were called to Lammas Lane at 2.30pm today.

12 fire engines including two aerial ladder platforms and two water carriers are tackling the blaze.

Resident Bob Dalrymple has told us what he witnesse
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

Kingston Council has been invited by the Government to become a “flagship authority” in ending homelessness.

The authority is one of a number of councils to receive part of a £700,000 grant to help it take action.

£400 million has been made available nationally to fund 6,000 new homes and take rough sleepers off the streets during the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Tennis legend Novak Djokovic has revealed what he ate before facing off against Federer at last year’s Wimbledon final.

He told the Wish & Go podcast that he sticks to bland food that’s easily digestible.

That includes “boiled vegetables without spices, without oil and anything. Just to give me strength and energy. With fruit and maybe oatmeal”.

He says that due to fear, he can get stomach cramps and lose his appetite.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

Hospitals and GPs across part of Surrey are going to work together to share patient records.

Hospitals including Epsom and St Peter’s are creating a digital record of patients, meaning people don’t have to repeat their story several times.

Dr Andy Sharpe says “this is particularly important if you are taken seriously ill or in an accident and unable to describe your medical history”.

The Surrey Heartlands Partnership hopes to build the record with more hospitals in the coming months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A Task Force has been set up to help businesses in Epsom reopen.

The council says it will help shops maintain “effective physical distancing” and comply with national guidance.

Non-essential shops are able to reopen from Monday.

Councillor Eber Kington says they will “use the lessons learned during this pandemic to recover stronger than ever before”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

New “smart” solar powered waste bins are being trialled in Richmond.

The council says the release of lockdown has resulted in an influx of visitors to parks and open spaces bringing an increase in litter.

Nine of the new bins being installed across the borough will be fitted with sensors that send an alert to the council when they are full.

They can be found in places including the Thames Towpath neat Richmond Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A new major tennis tournament, organised by Andy Murray’s coach, has been set up in Weybridge

Plush St George’s Hill comes with a £250,000 total prize fund, unprecedented for this type of tournament.

It will feature 12 men and 12 women, and take place over five weeks starting at the beginning of July.

It’s going in direct competition with the Lawn Tennis Association, who have arranged four events in Roehampton at the same time.

They’re only offering a maximum of £16,000 per week though.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

A man’s body has been found in Leatherhead

Police were called to North Street just after 6am this morning, near to Lidl.

One witness we spoke to said there were around 20 police cars and an ambulance there, describing it as a “very serious incident”.

There will be a police presence there throughout the day, with significant traffic disruption.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Over 67% of domestic abuse survivors contacting charity Women’s Aid say their situations have escalated during lock-down

Councils across London are trying to make it easier for women and men in abusive relationships to seek help during the pandemic.

In Hounslow, the campaign “You Are Not Alone” has been created to guide people towards support.

Councillor Katherine Dunne explains how it works.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:02 am  

A three-minute film urging people to support the community is being released in Clapham.

“Local-The New Normal?” will feature nine entrepreneurs and over 400 businesses in the area.

The theme is to highlight how businesses have given their support during the crisis and their consequent struggle to remain viable.

People are being asked now to return the favour by cherishing their once bustling communities and wider small business industry.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:27 am  

A man who kicked a baby swan at Richmond Park is being hunted by police

At around 5.30 on Monday evening, a 60-year-old jogger is believed to have “kicked the cygnit out the way instead of going around”.

The bird is currently being looked after by The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, but “he’s still desperately poorly”.

Many people on social media wrote expletives about the culprit.

Photo Credit: @MPSRoyalParks
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

Tuesday 9 June 2020

New smart bin technology is being implemented to keep the streets clean.

Nine locations across Richmond upon Thames, have been chosen to have solar powered bins, fitted with a sensor that alerts the Council’s waste team when they are full.

If the 12-month pilot project is successful, it will help ensure the bins are emptied more efficiently.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 pm  

The Championship is due to kick off with a South-West London derby.

Next Saturday, at 12.30, Fulham are set to face off against Brentford at Craven Cottage.

However, that’s dependent on safety requirements being met.

No games have been played since the 8th of March due to the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 pm  

A packed flight took off from Gibraltar to Heathrow this weekend, as people took the last chance to avoid the 14-day quarantine.

Passengers told the Gibraltar news network that the flight cost some of them over £500.

They also said no social distancing measure were adhered to, although passengers did wear masks.

All passengers who arrive in the UK must now self-isolate for 14 days, including citizens.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a flat on Benbow Road in Hammersmith this afternoon.

Part of a three-roomed flat on the lower ground floor of the building was damaged by fire. The Brigade was called at just after 2:10pm and the fire was under control in under half an hour.

One man left the building before the brigade arrived. He was treated on the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:10 pm  

Schoolchildren across South-West London are writing handwritten letters to care home residents.

The Community Senior Letters project was set up by 16-year-old Nina Andersen from Putney.

Lynde House Care Home in Twickenham say’s “We are loving the letters and they have cheered everyone up!”.

Nina tells us what children can write about.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

Homeowners in Richmond are being invited to apply for a slice of the Council’s Hardship Fund

Families receiving child support who have suffered a loss of income and with no access to other public funds can apply.

There is a £1.1 million “pot” of Government funding to support those in most need.

The number of needy families is expected to rise as more people struggle to pay their bills after job losses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Surrey Police have released an E-fit image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a robbery in Esher last week

Officers were called to Weston Green Road shortly after 5pm last Thursday.

The victim was approached in her car by a man who assaulted her before demanding her jewellery. She suffered minor injuries and was left extremely shaken.

The suspect is described as a white man between 31-35 years old.

Anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

A teenager from Putney is bringing back the art of letter writing, while making sure care home residents don’t feel lonely

16-year-old Nina Andersen has set up Community Senior Letters, where schoolchildren write to elderly care home residents in their area.

They can also decorate their letters with drawings, and let their creativity run free.

Nina says letter writing is still really important:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

There’s good news for cyclists both amateur and professional in Hounslow

The free “Dr Bike” servicing initiative resumed in Lampton Park over the weekend.

With people taking to cycling in increasing numbers, the council says it is imperative that bikes are in good and safe working order.

Other sessions are on Facebook just search for #CyclewithHounslow
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

McDonalds in North Cheam is to reinstate security officers at weekends following a backlash from residents

The fast food chain started re-opening certain restaurants last month, with three-hour traffic jams reported at the Cheam site.

This led the restaurant to hire Phoenix Security, however, the team was retired after a week.

Now, the restaurant’s manager has agreed to bring back security staff at peak times to help alleviate traffic problems.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

A new approach to treating breast cancer has been developed at the Royal Marsden in Sutton

An algorithm using a multitude of data from international trials will help prioritise patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Urgent cases will be offered surgery or chemotherapy whilst others can have their treatment delayed with hormone therapy.

85% of patients have been identified as being safe to have their treatment safely delayed for up to six months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

Face masks are being handed out to passengers for free at Hammersmith tube station

It was selected for the pilot scheme as it saw a larger amount of passengers during lockdown.

They’re laid out at entrances and handed out by volunteers.

Other stations they’re available at include Kings Cross, Euston, and London Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Richmond Council is one of 12 authorities in London leading the charge for a greener era post-Covid

The “Clean Air Villages” project is coming to the borough after London Mayor Sadiq Khan identified it as an Air Quality Focus Area.

Businesses are being asked to engage through workshops, webinar and meetings focussing on sustainable delivery methods.

eCargo bikes and electric vans and co-ordinating waste collections are all on the agenda.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

People in North Cheam are calling for a security team to be re-instated to control queues at the drive-thru McDonald’s there

The fast food chain started re-opening certain restaurants last month.

North Cheam was one of just three to open its drive-thru doors in greater London.

One of the others that re-opened was just up the road in Sutton, meaning reported 3 hour traffic jams ensued at times.

Within a week, the franchisee of the North Cheam branch had employed Phoenix Security to control the traffic problem.

However, the team has since been dispersed, with residents claiming the area is now gridlocked again and buses delayed.

They’re calling on McDonald’s to re-instate Phoenix Security at the restaurant chain’s own cost.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 am  

Monday 8 June 2020

Today is the last day for people to submit comments about plans to build a school on a field in Wallington.

The controversial Sheen Way development would see a special needs school built that would hold 246 children between 5 and 19 years old.

However, concerns have been raised about the loss of green space, and the impact construction could have on the environment.

Conservative MP Elliot Colburn is also running a petition against the development.

He says “We can do so much better for some of the most vulnerable children in our Borough”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A mock online Crown Court trial is to be held in Wimbledon.

Test jurors will be gathered in St Mary’s Church, with strict social distancing rules, and equipment provided for them.

MP Stephen Hammond says it’s a “ground-breaking world first for Wimbledon”.

You can find a link to sign up to the trial here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man who allegedly helped The Vatican church buy property in Chelsea has been arrested by Italian police.

Gianluigi Torzi is accused of extortion, embezzlement, aggravated fraud and money laundering in relation to a $200m deal.

He faces up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

The purchase of the building two years ago is subject to an ongoing investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Young people in Richmond are once again being invited to represent the borough at the annual London Youth Games 2020

This year’s event will be virtual and participants will have up to five days to complete each challenge and submit their score.

A pair of Nike trainers is up for grabs for the weekly Most Valuable Player award.

The challenges can be viewed on the London Youth Games Website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Covid-19 might have been in the UK a lot longer than has previously been admitted by the government

That’s according to a Professor of Oncology at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

Angus Dalgleish says a cluster of people returned from Hong Kong in November with a flu-like illness with a loss of taste.

He made the comments in The Sunday Times.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:48 pm  

A man was led to safety following a fire at a maisonette in Hampton Hill yesterday afternoon

Firefighters were called to Taylor Close at 5.30pm and helped rescue the occupant via the roof.

Meanwhile, a hostel and office block were evacuated in Battersea last night after smoke was reported coming from the building’s basement.

Firefighters arrived at the premises in York Road to find smoke logging in the ground floor but didn't find any evidence of a fire.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

A man's been shot dead in Shepherd’s Bush

The victim, who is believed to be in his 20s, died at the scene at around 1:30am this morning.

No arrests have been made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:32 pm  

There’s been an increase in littering in Merton’s parks since April

The council says it has issued 127 fines and the situation is worse since rules on lock-down were relaxed.

People frequenting parks and open spaces are being asked to take their rubbish home with them if the public bins are full.

One of the areas that was left covered in rubbish last weekend was Wimbledon Common.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Up to 25,000 jobs could go at Heathrow, as new quarantine measures come in for travellers

People coming to the UK must now self-isolate for 14 days from arrival.

John Holland-Kaye's told The City View podcast he's having to consider job cuts as a result.

The Heathrow No Third Runway alliance says:

“These are challenging times for the aviation sector, but it’s quite a cheek for Heathrow to try to simply attribute job losses to its latest squabble with government.

“Heathrow is a model of indebtedness. It even borrowed the money to pay £100m of dividends a few weeks ago, against a loss in the final quarter of 2019.

“Its business model is a debt-ridden house of cards, so bereft of any resilience for these challenging times. And it only has itself to blame for that.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Dental practices in England are reopening today, with many putting extra safety procedures in place

There will be enhanced protective equipment and delays between patients, to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Dentist Simon Chard from Rothley Lodge Dental Practice in Staines, says they're prepared to get things up and running again.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 am  

People in Carshalton and Wallington are being asked to nominate “unsung heroes” of the pandemic

The area’s MP Elliot Colburn says he has been “absolutely blown away” at how the community has responded to the crisis.

He says those who have gone “above and beyond” will receive a certificate, be celebrated online, and he’ll see what else he can do once the crisis has passed.

You can find the nomination page here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Sunday 7 June 2020

Councillors in Wandsworth will be asked to accelerate plans for a new “pocket park” in Tooting tomorrow.

The area in Mellison Road will be made one way only to traffic, but with a cycle contraflow system to encourage cycling.

The aim is to step up walking and cycling facilities post lock-down.

The changes to the area were originally agreed last autumn following a public consultation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

Lawyers are using Heathrow expansion as a legal precedent, as they attempt to block the government’s road investment plan.

The Court of Appeal ruled against Heathrow expansion in February on environmental grounds.

The Transport Action Network have submitted a claim to the High Court, saying the £27bn plan is unlawful for the same reason.

The Department for Transport has 21 days to submit a response.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Today is the last day of Volunteer Week.

The annual celebration praises people who give up their time for community work, with this year focusing on lockdown heroes.

In Sutton, Mayor Trish Fivey has been visiting the Food Hub, which delivers essentials to vulnerable people during the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 pm  

A large crowd gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest in New Malden earlier.

Radio Jackie’s Henry Riley was there for us

We spoke to one of the organisers there, who didn’t want to be named.

She told us these protests are vital in transforming the debate about racial injustice.

She also explained why so many people are breaking lockdown rules to make their voices heard.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:42 pm  

Three people have been arrested in a dawn raid on a flat in Battersea.

Police smashed down the door to the flat in Grant Road at around 4.30 yesterday morning.

It’s as part of investigations into firearms.

Nobody else is wanted in relation to the incident.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

Heathrow has been placed on an EU list of airports where there’s a high risk of catching coronavirus.

The list measures factors including the number of current cases, testing ratios and criteria, and the size of the airport.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency advises taking extra care in these terminals, and recommends extra cleaning.
13 UK airports made the list.

Elsewhere, terminals in Northern Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain are among those included.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:23 pm  

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has “stepped up to the plate” to provide food for those in need.

They’ll be preparing and packaging 200 hot meals a day for people in Merton and Wandsworth.

The dishes would have been served at this year’s Wimbledon.

Executive Chef Adam Fargi says “we’re glad they’ve been put to good use”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:24 pm  

There are concerns about a big rise in the number of people with eating disorders who're struggling to cope due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

Calls to a charity helpline increased by more than 70 per cent last month, compared to February.

Beat also saw a 162 per cent rise in social media contact.

It's thought bulk-buying, empty shelves in supermarkets and a focus on home workouts has led more people to struggle.

Steve Clarke is from the Roehampton-based Priory Group which offers treatment to those with eating disorders.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is now out of hospital, following a bike accident in Chiswick

She was rushed to hospital on Tuesday, after falling off her bicycle while cycling along the Thames.

She's says she has “some impressive bruises”, and "I’ve been feeling so incredibly lucky not to have broken anything".

The 41-year-old is also thanking all her fans for their well-wishes, saying it’s “almost worth falling off my bike for”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

More than 300 cases of animals affected by litter in Surrey have been reported to the RSPCA over the last 5 years

The charity is urging people to make sure they dispose of their rubbish responsibly when out and about across the county.

Elastic bands, tin cans, plastic bottles, angling litter and garden netting have all been implicated in reported cases.

Animals and birds can get their heads and necks stuck causing strangulation and other severe injuries as they struggle to break free.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

Councillors in Wandsworth have written to London Mayor Sadiq Khan to help them impose a 20mph speed limit on all roads

The council has already implemented the limit on the roads it controls, but others are managed by TfL.

There has been some confusion in the past over whether 20mph zones actually do decrease carbon emissions.

But healthcare body NICE is advising authorities nationwide to invoke the limit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:32 am  

Peaceful protests are planned in New Malden and Kingston today in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Protesters in Kingston will gather at the Guildhall at around 1pm and march through the town.

In New Malden there’ll be a socially distanced ‘no march’ protest with people maintaining a two-metre distance.

Everyone attending is being urged to wear face masks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

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