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Saturday 20 June 2020

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is calling on its residents to support local businesses.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is calling on its residents to support local businesses.

Elliot Colburn has been speaking to independent shops across the area to see what measures have been put in place to protect customers.

It comes as many non-essential stores have reopened their doors this week.

Mr Elliot was confident how the high street has stepped up since the pandemic and said ‘it was an important time to shop local and support them’.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 pm  

13 more images of protesters have been released by MET police investigating violent incidents at recent demonstrations.

13 more images of protesters have been released by MET police investigating violent incidents at recent demonstrations.

They want to speak to those people about a number of crimes including racial abuse and violent disorder.

Commander Alex Murray said police “do not come to work to be subjected to this.”

23 people have already been charged following Black Lives Matter demonstrations and counter protests in Lambeth and Westminster.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 pm  

There was drama at Craven Cottage as Brentford scored twice late on to take three points off Fulham.

The goals, on 88mins and 91mins came from Said Benrahma and Emiliano Marcondes, respectively.

That puts Brentford just a point behind Fulham, in third place, but still seven points off automatic promotion with ten games left to play.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

A 7-year-old refugee from Syria has created a picture book reflecting on how quickly she’s adapted to her new life in Kingston.

Leen was brought to the borough with her family as part of the Government’s Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme in 2018.

Kingston Council has resettled 44 refugees since agreeing to take in 50 refugees in 2015.

You can see Leen’s work, “The Magic Flower,” over on Radio Jackie’s Instagram.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

Twenty-three people have been charged following protests in London over the past month.

Met police have said seven people were charged for last Saturday’s demonstrations in Westminster, including far-right protesters.

The charges include assaulting an emergency worker and violent disorder.

A further 13 people were charged for breaking coronavirus restrictions during Black Lives Matter protests in May.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm  

Fulham will be hoping for a positive run of results as they resume their Championship campaign today

They will face promotion rivals Brentford at Craven Cottage as both sides search for a crucial three points to aid their promotion bids.

The Cottagers are currently sat third in the Championship table, hoping to keep pressure on the top-two in their last nine matches of the season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

Thermal technology that can repair potholes more quickly is being trialled in a part of Richmond

The Council is carrying out a carriageway patching operation in Northcote Road in St Margaret's.

The thermal heating process reheats existing, damaged asphalt surfaces and allows it to be re-shaped and filled.

The Council says the process has many benefits including being more environmentally friendly and cost effective.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

People in Richmond who have recovered from Covid-19 are being urged to become blood donors
Convalescent plasma is thought to be rich in antibodies which can be transfused into patients struggling to recover from the virus.

The NHS says each plasma donation is safe and easy, and can treat three people with the potential to save lives.

You can register your interest via the NHSBT website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Black Lives Matter protests are taking place in the country’s capital this weekend for a fourth week in a row

Police are expecting crowds in London as well as Birmingham and Glasgow this weekend but have warned about protesters against violence.

The Met Police revealed more than 100 officers have been assaulted since the end of May.

Last weekend far-right protesters clashed with police and Black Lives Matter demonstrators, although anti-racism demonstrations have been largely peaceful.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

Hounslow council is urging people to take their litter from parks with them
The authority says it has been working with increasingly challenging conditions during lockdown.

It says it is committed to tackling litter and fly tipping, and issued nearly 5,000 Fixed Penalty notices last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:32 am  

The government still has a “long way to go” in stripping all high-rise buildings of dangerous cladding that was found in the Grenfell tower

Three years since the tower block in Kensington burnt down and killed 72 people, the National Audit Office says removal work remains for at least 300 buildings.

Of the 455 buildings identified to be covered, only 155 have successfully had the cladding removed.

The government has said it’s provided £1.6bn for cladding removal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

Friday 19 June 2020

John Lewis says it'll reopen another nine of its department stores next Thursday.

13, including Kingston, started operating again this week following an easing of lockdown measures in England.

Locations include Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, York and Southampton.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Mayor of London is seeking to become an “interested party” in a legal challenge on Heathrow expansion due to be heard in October.

Sadiq Khan joins the likes of Richmond and Wandsworth in seeking the permission.

The authorities say its crucial they are involved as the case and its outcome has serious consequences for their residents.

Heathrow is appealing a decision by the Court of Appeal earlier this year that ruled the government’s go-ahead for expansion was unlawful.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is confident Timo Werner will strengthen his side next season.

The Germany international forward has agreed a five-year deal with the Premier League club to join from RB Leipzig.

Lampard says their new signing is hugely talented.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 pm  

A new “drugs and diet” treatment for cancer is being developed by scientists in Sutton

The Institute of Cancer Research says the disease is often heavily reliant on breaking down fats for its growth and spread.

They’re stressing that the proposed dietary changes would only apply in combination with a new class of drugs.

The institute’s CEO Professor Paul Workman says it’s an “exciting and important study”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 pm  

People in Richmond are being urged to sign up to a new crime and safety initiative

OWL, or Online Watch Link, is designed to give neighbourhoods a portal to keep themselves, their homes and property safe.

Once a homeowner signs up online, the information will be streamed from the police and council.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

A murder investigation has been launched in North Cheam.

A man, believed to be in his mid-20s, was shot dead outside a house in Brocks Drive in the early hours.

Officers who arrived on the scene administered first aid alongside paramedics, but he was pronounced some 45 minutes later.

The air ambulance was also in attendance.

Police are asking residents who may have heard or seen anything connected t the incident to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard says: "We are in the very early stages of our investigation and at this time need to hear from residents or people who were walking or driving through Brocks Drive around the time of the incident. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously? No matter how insignificant it may seem, you could have crucial information.

"A man has lost his life in violent circumstances and his family have been devastated. They need and deserve answers and the community can help us provide them. If you have information, video or images that could help us, please contact us immediately."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:15 pm  

The Rugby Football Union is reviewing the singing of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' at England matches due to its links to slavery

The song, which dates back to 19th century America, has become an unofficial anthem during internationals at Twickenham.

A spokesperson for the RFU says the investigation will look into the chant's historical context.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

Teddington shopping streets are being modified to support social distancing measures

It’s after shoppers raised concerns about crowded footpaths around Broad Street and the High street.

Temporary measures are being introduced at key pinch points to make social distancing easier along the small streets.

The full strategy has been included in the Teddington Post Covid Transport Action plan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:17 am  

A number of councils are lobbying the deputy mayor for transport over delayed upgrades to the Piccadilly Line

Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston Councils have sent an open letter to Heidi Alexander.

The line is currently the second worst on the network for signal failures.

Transport for London says a signal upgrade, which would increase capacity by up to 60%, cannot happen without government funding.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 am  

Hersham Village Hall is getting at £650,000 makeover after fire gutted it in 2016

Renovations are due to start at the end of June and are expected to take 18-20 weeks.

A redecorated main hall, refreshed kitchen, new toilets and heating facilities are included in the revamp.

The new hall will continue to provide a hub for the community and a meeting place for parties and group events.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Thursday 18 June 2020

Small businesses in Croydon are being urged to apply for a specialised Coronavirus grant

The extra funding has been set up by the Government to support those who weren’t eligible for the first round of grants.

But, Croydon Council says this fund is significantly smaller and will only be available to support a small number of businesses.

It’ll be done on a first come-first served basis, and companies must have 50 or fewer people working for them to qualify.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man has been threatened with a knife in Groveley Park in Sunbury

The 43-year-old was walking his dog on Monday morning, and became involved in an argument with a teenager.

A few minutes later, a man pulled the knife on him, which he pulled from his trouser pocket.

Police have released an image of a man they’d like to speak to.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

The foreign secretary says Russia and other countries are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic

Dominic Raab has accused Moscow of engaging in misinformation and propaganda, through cyber and other ways.

The Esher and Walton MP also says China and Iran are among hostile governments using the global pandemic as an opportunity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:36 pm  

There are calls to increase the Carer’s Allowance to more than £67.25 a week
Luke Williams has more:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 pm  

Nursing students at Kingston University are learning drama techniques to help them cope with working on the frontline

The online packs teach them how to deal with new environments, build relationship with colleagues, and learn routines quickly.

It’s developed by dramatists, sharing strategies they use to learn lines quickly and deal with stage fright.

Associate Professor Sally Richardson says, “We wanted to give our student nurses the opportunity to think and learn differently.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Police investigating a fatal collision on the M4 at Heathrow are asking for drivers to supply their dashcam footage

The incident, involving a motorcycle and a black Mini, happened at around 7.30pm on the 17th of June between junctions 4 and 4a.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 29-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene; there has been no arrest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm  

Epsom Primary School has been forced to close for two weeks, after an external caterer tested positive for Covid-19

Public Health England says anyone who’s had school dinners should self-isolate.

Reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils returned less than two weeks ago.

Head Teacher Michelle Pollard says she’s “disappointed” but they “have a duty to mitigate any known risk”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:59 am  

A motorcyclist has died following a collision on the M4, near the junction to Heathrow

The man collided with a black Mini yesterday evening on the Eastbound stretch between junctions 4 and 4a.

The 29-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver stopped at the scene and there has been no arrest.

Enquiries continue, and police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

With more shops opening across Richmond, the leader of the council is issuing a plea to the borough’s residents

Councillor Gareth Roberts is urging people to shop local and help keep their high streets alive.

Speaking from his home-town of Hampton, Mr Roberts had this to say.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Hounslow Council is giving its residents something to smile about

It’s preparing to crown one person winner of its Healthy Teeth, Happy Smile competition.

Entrants are being asked to share pictures of their smiles on social media by the end of today, tagging the council in.

The winner will be announced next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:20 am  

The Coronavirus pandemic has left Historic Royal Palaces with a funding shortfall of £95 million this year

The charity, which manages sites including Hampton Court Palace, had to shut its attractions at the start of the outbreak.

Conservation and maintenance of the historic buildings topped £37 million last year; the work is usually funded by visitor income.

HRP is calling on people to donate to help keep its sites open.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Kingston Adult Education has launched a new online course to help those who have lost their job during the Covid-19 pandemic

It’s offering unemployed residents access to an online course that will help them find their next role.

For two mornings a week over six weeks, the course will help build employability skills, including advice on building a CV.

It will also offer users the chance to gain a qualification in mental health.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 am  

Dog walkers in Richmond and Bushy parks are once again being reminded to keep their pets on leads

It’s deer birthing season.

People are also being asked to refrain from walking and picnicking in long grass, where mothers often hide their new-borns.

Birthing season lasts until July the 6th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Sadiq Khan has slashed his own pay by 10%

London’s Mayor has been working from home in Tooting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He’s taken the pay cut in recognition of the funding black-hole that councils across London and bodies such as the NHS are facing.

Mr Kahn, who earns around £150,000 a year, is calling on Boris Johnson to help bail out authorities in financial trouble.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Surrey County Council is asking the government to bring in an emergency package to support Gatwick and Heathrow airports

Over 100,000 people are employed at both airports with more employed in the feeder industries of catering, cargo and travel.

Both airports have taken a massive hit in revenue because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Thousands of people across Lambeth are expected to perform a doorstep rendition of a Desmond Dekker classic next Monday

They’ll come together to sing “You can get it if you really want” to mark Windrush Day 2020.

The day was introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration.

Lambeth Council’s also calling for a permanent monument to be installed at Windrush Square in Brixton and not at Waterloo.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A further 14 arrests have been made in Croydon, Lambeth and Bromley as part of an operation targeting criminality and violence.

Eight men and six women, aged between 22 and 56, have been detained on suspicion of a range of drugs offences.

These include possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

These arrests follow 18 previous arrests which were made last week as part of the same, 8 month covert operation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 pm  

There are calls for the government to ensure internet access and devices to all children who receive free school meals

Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh has written to the Government, asking them to “close the digital divide”.

The Department for Education says they’re giving devices to year 10 pupils and those with social workers.

However, Mrs McDonagh says that number is “really small” compared to the nationwide need.

The Department for Education adds that they’ve committed “over £100m” to support children to learn at home, and they’re considering what more is required.

Siobhain McDonagh says:
“Doing anything to help bridge the digital divide for children in need when there are 700,000 doing no schoolwork is a good thing.
But the number of children being targeted by the DfE scheme is really small.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said:
“This week, secondary schools have begun welcoming back year 10 and year 12 pupils as part of a phased and cautious plan. They will also be able to invite other students in for face-to-face meetings.

The government has already committed over £100 million to support children to learn at home, and pupil premium funding at the highest ever rate per pupil continues to be paid to help schools support their disadvantaged pupils.

“We are also considering, with a range of partner organisations, what more is required to support all pupils who have been affected by school closure. We will do whatever we can to make sure no child, whatever their background, falls behind as a result of coronavirus.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm  

Kingston Carnival 2020 has been formally cancelled

The Kingston Race and Equalities Council says they “felt it would be irresponsible” to bring revellers to the town.

They say “we plan to have a bigger 2021 event”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:20 pm  

Investigations are continuing following a stabbing in Kingston yesterday

A teenager was allegedly attacked close to the river in Skerne Walk at around 4pm.

A man suffered facial wounds while a woman was also injured, neither of them seriously.

Two men in their mid-teens were arrested.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Detectives have arrested a 31-year-old man in south London on suspicion of terrorism offences

The man was detained at lunchtime.

Police have also spent the day searching a house in South London, although they have not revealed an exact location.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

15 people have escaped a late-night fire in Croydon

The brigade were called just before 3am this morning to Kidderminster Road, to a shop with flats above it.

There was a small blaze on top of the shopfront.

There are no reports of any injuries, and the cause is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Moped racing still appears to be an issue for people living in a part of New Malden

Residents claim they have been plagued by riders racing up and down The Groves at all times of the day and night since last summer.

They say it has got worse during lock-down, and claim moped users have even taken to the busy High Street in order to “race” each other.

The Met Police says it is looking into the claims.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Footballer Marcus Rashford says he hopes he can use his profile to do more to help change society for the better

He's been widely praised for successfully campaigning for the government to carry on offering free school meal vouchers in England over the summer holiday.

Boris Johnson made a U-turn yesterday.

Former Putney MP and Conservative education secretary Justine Greening says it was inevitable.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

A pony has been found dead in Woodmansterne

It was found on the Grove Lane Track on Sunday night, and removed by Sutton Council teams on Tuesday.

A specialist team was needed to remove the animal.

The RSPCA are investigating, and are appealing for information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:35 am  

The air ambulance was called to take a man in his 20s to hospital, after he was stabbed in Croydon

Police were called yesterday evening to Edridge Road, and attended with the dog unit.

It’s believed his injuries are life threatening.

There have been no arrests, and police are appealing for information.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

People in Richmond are being urged to stick to the new borough-wide 20mph speed limit

It’s after the Met reported a 119% increase in speeding enforcement London-wide, compared to last year.

Richmond Council only completed the roll-out of the new speed-limit last month.

Police officers and staff have maintained regular patrols across the borough since it was brought in.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 am  

Plans to erect a statue of London’s first black Mayor are gathering momentum

Credit: Wandsworth Council

John Archer, whose father was from Barbados, moved to Battersea the 1890s and initially served as a councillor in the Latchmere ward.

He was elected as Mayor of Battersea, and London’s first black Mayor, in 1913.

During his time in office, he successfully campaigned for a minimum wage of 32 shillings a week for council workers.

The campaign is being led by Wandsworth’s leader Ravi Govindia.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am  

Former England batsman Vikram Solanki has been appointed Surrey’s new coach for the delayed 2020 season

He replaces Michael Di Venuto and takes up the post with immediate effect.

Surrey’s squad hope to return to group training soon.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:31 am  

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Car use is being restricted in roads around schools in Hounslow

The council is continuing to implement its “School Streets” scheme.

This means motorised vehicle use will be prohibited at drop off and pick up times to help enable social distancing around school gates.

The scheme was due to be rolled out in September, but it has been brought forward following the Cvid-19 pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:18 pm  

The Grenfell tower fire inquiry is set to resume on July 6th

The second phase of the investigation into the 2017 disaster, which claimed 72 lives, was halted on March 16 as the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Sunday marked the third anniversary of the fire.

Nicholas Burton lived on the tower's 19th floor and sadly lost his wife and dog in the blaze.

He says it's been a painful process.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Kingston

meaning all of them would change.

Emily Dexter has this report

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:51 pm  

Hounslow Council has released a statement discouraging the use of cycling on pavements

The authority says that while the recent upsurge in cycling is welcome, footbaths need to be safe for pedestrians.

Cyclists are being urged to “do their bit” and stay on the cycle path or road network.

Footpaths can only be used for cycling when they are marked for shared use.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

People across Chiswick are pulling together to make sure the area’s young trees survive

Abundance London has identified 98 trees that need frequent watering in order to endure the hot weather.

While it is the council’s job, it’s been an extremely dry spring so we’re being encouraged to help.

CEO Karen Liebreich says it needs to happen everywhere:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

Surrey’s youngsters have quizzed Michael Gove

20 members of Surrey’s Youth Cabinet had the chance to put some of their most burning questions to him in a special Q&A last week.

Topics covered via the zoom conference included coronavirus, education, climate change and immigration.

Mr Gove was praised by the youngsters for answering all questions to a “high standard.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

A nest, believed to be belonging to the Oak Processionary Moth, has been discovered in New Malden

Walkers in Beverly Park spotted the dog height nest near the tennis courts earlier this week and called Kingston Council.

The caterpillars of oak processionary moths are pests that feed on oak trees and are a hazard to human and animal health.

The insect was accidentally introduced to England in 2005, and is subject to a government-led programme of control.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:31 pm  

Richmond Council is seeking permission to intervene in Heathrow airport’s appeal to expand

The Court of Appeal blocked the airport’s plans to build a third runway in February.

But bosses and the construction company involved in expansion are preparing to take their appeal to the Supreme Court.

Richmond wants permission to intervene as a so-called “interested party.”

The authority says being represented at the hearing would mean it can ensure “the strong arguments against expansion are fully aired.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm  

New measures have been brought in at Kingston Hospital to keep people safe

Temperature checks using scanning thermometers will take place for all patients entering hospital.

Patients on certain wards can now be visited by a family member of friend once a week, during a booked time slot.

All visitors must wear face masks, sanitise their hands, and observe social distancing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

People are being told to “hang up the phone straight away” if they believe they’re being targeted with courier fraud

The scammers impersonate an official from the police or the victim’s bank, and ask for personal information.

It follows a spike in cases in Surrey, with 20 reports and six successful attempts.

The highest loss is believed to be £22,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:33 am  

The Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled People launches its latest “Survive and Thrive” fundraising campaign today

The charity, based in Leatherhead, supports around 4,000 adults and children a year with learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries.

Karen Deacon is the charity’s Chief Exec.

She says the ramifications of the Coronavirus pandemic have been huge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:36 am  

A report's found the average landlord selling a property in 2019 made the smallest gross profit in four years

Hamptons International's found the average return, before factoring in costs, was £78,100.

That's £2,400 less of a profit than those selling up the year before.

However, 97% of landlords in London are making a profit, with the average gross gain of £254,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:54 am  

Richmond resident Sir David Attenborough is hosting virtual geography lessons for primary school children today as part of BBC Bitesize

The broadcaster and naturalist will teach about animals, oceans and dinosaurs as part of free online learning tools.

He said, “I am delighted to be teaching primary school children across the country about the things I am passionate about.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:08 am  

Monday 15 June 2020

Rents from one side of Richmond Park to the other can differ by up to 47%.

Research by Spotahome shows that on the Kingston end it’s around £1,600, but £2,300 in Richmond.

It’s the biggest difference across a London Park.

Battersea Park came third with a 32% difference, and Bushy Park 7th at 23%.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Labour MP for Brentford is calling on the government to “step up” and urgently address the latest fall in GDP figures.

Ruth Cadbury claims the 20% fall in April following a 5% fall in March, represents future job losses and hardship.

She says businesses need support across the borough of Hounslow, which includes Heathrow, creative sectors and hospitality industry.

One in three households there are said to be dependent on the airport and its wider supply chain for its income.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man's been charged with the manslaughter of an 86 year-old woman who was attacked outside her home 19 years ago.

Hilda Lockert died on her birthday in May in 2001, weeks after she was robbed in Brixton in south London.

Junior Young - who's 37 and homeless - has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Croydon Crown Court in September.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Police are searching for a cyclist who exposed himself to women at Ham Nature Reserve.

Police were called by patrolling officers to the scene at around 5.30pm on Thursday the 28th of May.

The man, in his 60s or 70s, had already been ordered to get dressed and leave by the officers.

It was only after he left that the allegations were detailed to police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The new definition of a kilo now has legal weight

The seven SI units, which measure things such as force, electrical current, and distance, are now based on natural constants rather than lumps of platinum.

While the new units were brought in last year, the government has now enshrined the changes in law.

Richard Brown, from the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, says it “future-proofs” our measurements.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:18 pm  

Hampton Court is reopening on Thursday

Similar to Kew Gardens, visitors must pre-book slots and observe 2m social distancing.

New slots will be released each Monday.

They’re promising “hygiene standards fit for a King or Queen”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:53 pm  

750 kilos of strawberries destined for Wimbledon are going to be made into jam

Although that’s just a fraction of the 34,000 kilos that would have been sold at the event.

The remaining stock is going to supermarkets, schools and foodbanks.

200,000 portions of strawberries and cream are typically sold during the fortnight, grown in Kent specifically for the tournament.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:52 pm  

Surrey County Council says it recognises that equal opportunities must be afforded to all people of all creeds and colour

“We Will Listen” is the message from leader Tim Oliver after the anger caused by George Floyd’s death reverberated around the world.

He argues that although transformative progress has been made in the UK over the past decades, racial bias still exists.

Surrey is challenging itself to put racial equality at the forefront of its future policy and decision-making processes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

A fish and chip shop in Chiswick has caught fire

Part of the ground floor of the mid terraced take-away in Turnham Green Terrace was damaged in the blaze just before 11am.

Meanwhile, four adults and a child were rescued after a maisonette was gutted by fire in Hounslow yesterday.

The blaze broke out in Norman Crescent just after 5pm; the cause is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

High streets in England are preparing to open this morning for the first time in nearly three months

Social distancing measures will be in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Small business minister and Sutton MP Paul Scully insists it is safe for people to venture out, despite high infection rates in some areas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am  

Hounslow Council say they’re aware of a petition to reverse measures they’ve put in place to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists in South Chiswick

The council are trying to capitalise on the significant reduction in traffic levels to reallocate road space.

Their actions come in response to new government guidance on changing travel habits ‘as swiftly as possible’ before restrictions are eased.

The use of motor vehicles is now back to nearly 70% of pre-lockdown levels making social distancing difficult for cyclists and pedestrians.

Hounslow Council have now acknowledged people weren’t given enough input into the decision.

In a statement they said the measures ‘will be brought in on a trial basis’ and will now write to everyone in the area.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:25 am  

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of numerous Pride events worldwide

June is Pride Month: an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

Singer Rachael Sage was due to play at a Pride gig at The Bedford in Balham, which was cancelled.

Speaking to us from Connecticut, she says not even a global health pandemic will stop Pride from being celebrated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A Black Lives Matter activist has opened up about the moment he carried an injured rival protester to safety during clashes in London

An image of Patrick Hutchinson lifting the bloodied man onto his shoulders near Trafalgar Square went viral online.

The Metropolitan Police says it's arrested 113 people in connection with Saturday's disorder.

The fitness trainer from Wimbledon says he "didn't want to see him die" and feared it would "tarnish" the anti-racism movement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

Sunday 14 June 2020

“Comprehensive signage” is coming to shops and car parks in Spelthorne to ensure social distancing.

Other measures include a handwashing station on Staines High Street.

Staines Market will also be on only one side of the High Street to keep queues away from shopfronts.

Councillor Olivia Rybinksi says while shops are reopening, trips there “should not be seen as a day out” and asked people to only purchase “necessary items”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 pm  

Kingston Council and others across London have given clarification on the use of Freedom Passes on public transport.

From tomorrow, passengers will not be able to use Older Persons Freedom Passes, 60+ Oyster cards or the English National Concessionary scheme at peak times.

The aim is to reduce crowding during rush hour, which would make social distancing difficult.

TfL is recommending the use of contactless cards, mobile tickets or Oyster cards to avoid going to ticket machines.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A man has died after his motorcycle collided with a gate in Cobham.

The 24-year-old rider was attended by ambulance and air ambulance crews on Pointers Road at around 11.30am this morning.

He died at the scene.

Officers are now appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision or the man riding the yellow and white motocross bike before the crash.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:42 pm  

The black man carrying a white counter-protester to safety in a photo from yesterday’s protests is a personal trainer from Wimbledon.

The photo of Patrick Hutchinson with the injured man draped over his shoulder as he emerges from a crowd has been shared widely on social media.

According to his LinkedIn page, he also works as a sprint coach at Hercules Wimbledon Athletics Club.

It’s understood Patrick and others protected the man from being attacked as he lay injured on the ground near Waterloo station.

Patrick later posted photos on his Instagram saying ‘we saved a life today’.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:26 pm  

The peal of church bells will be heard across London this evening in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

St Mary's Church in Teddington will be ringing its bells 72 times at 6pm in honour of the 72 people who lost their lives.

Rev Joe Moffatt remembered being especially moved when he conducted the funerals of two victims who were identified much later than the others.

Over 100 parish churches are joining in the initiative championed by the Bishop of Kensington, the Right Reverend Graham Tomlinson.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm  

More than 100 young musicians have got together to make their own lockdown music video.

The World HeartBeat Music academy is an award-winning charity in Southfields.

The musicians, some as young as 5, are seen playing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Another Star’ remotely over the internet.

Their BE THERE campaign is designed to support young people living in challenging circumstances during the pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has praised the "strength and determination" of the Grenfell Tower survivors.

Seventy-two people died when a blaze which swept through the building in west London three years ago today.

Hammersmith Town Hall and homes close to the tower will be lit up in green tonight as a mark of respect.

The peel of church bells in over 100 London parishes will ring 72 times in remembrance of the people who lost their lives.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm  

A more than 100 young musicians have got together to make their own lockdown music video.

The World HeartBeat Music academy is an award-winning charity in Southfields.

They are aged from 5-25 years composing entire rhythm sections combined with a variety of traditional instruments.

Their BE THERE campaign is designed to support young people living in challenging circumstances during the pandemic
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:07 pm  

A man from Woking who was the subject of a police appeal has been arrested.

Police were called in to an address in the Sythwood area following reports of domestic abuse.

Two officers received minor foot injuries whilst trying to apprehend 32-year old David Auton before he escaped.

He was finally arrested yesterday after handing himself in

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:12 pm  

St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has found a new way of keeping families “in touch” with their premature babies.

vCreate is a video messaging service allowing staff in the neonatal unit to send updates to parents at home.

The team recently sent its 1,000th photo of baby Freya from her cot, at 99 days old, to her relatives.

The hospitals says the service has proved invaluable during times when visiting has been restricted during Covid-19.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Brentford hope to continue their charge for promotion when the Championship resumes next weekend.

They travel to their west London rivals Fulham in the first game of the restarted campaign after losing a friendly to Watford yesterday.

Manager Thomas Frank says his players will be fully prepared after 3 months off.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

A number of gardens in Barnes are to open their doors to the public virtually this year.

Homeowners usually allow visitors in once every two years to raise money for FISH.

The charity has been helping support vulnerable and older people in the area for almost 60 years.

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s open gardens will be viewable via instead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

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