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Saturday 27 June 2020

Kyle Edmund has reached the final of the Battle of the Brits tennis tournament.

Kyle Edmund has reached the final of the Battle of the Brits tennis tournament.

The British number two needed three set to win against Cameron Norrie in Roehampton.

Edmund will face Dan Evans tomorrow after he knocked out Andy Murray - also requiring a deciding set.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:41 pm  

Officers are appealing for information in Ewell following a racially aggravated attack.

Officers are appealing for information in Ewell following a racially aggravated attack.

A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of threatening to harm others with a knife and racial abuse.

A second man in his 30s was arrested in connection with same the same incident and both men are in custody for police questioning.

Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything in Gatley Avenue between 9 and 10 pm
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 pm  

Electric scooters are still banned from Hounslow’s public roads and footpaths.

The council has issued a statement stating e-scooters are illegal for use anywhere other than on private land.

The Government has hinted it could allow their use to be made legal by as early as Tuesday to help with social distancing.

Traders have been reporting a large increase in sales since lockdown measures began to ease.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

It’s understood Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick intervened in a development at Sandown Park in Esher.

Elmbridge Council ultimately rejected the plan by owners Jockey Club, saying it didn’t meet affordable housing targets.

However, The Times has now reported Jenrick got involved after pressure from prominent Tories and party donors.

A Jockey Club spokesman said it believed its application had “considerable merit” and offered “social and economic benefits.”

Mr Jenrick is currently embroiled in a ‘cash for favours’ row concerning tax breaks on a development in London’s docklands.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm  

Andy Murray's missed out on a place in the final of the 'Battle of the Brits' tennis tournament in Roehampton.

The former world number one, who’s been out injured for seven months, lost to the current top ranked player in the country, Dan Evans.

British number two, Kyle Edmund, is now playing British number three, Cameron Norrie in the other semi.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:43 pm  

Almost 300 people were moved on from Kingston Town Centre and the Riverside at around 11pm last night.

Over 50 police officers enforced a dispersal order because there were too many people gathered with no social distancing.

A dispersal order gives police the power to direct people to leave an area and not return for 48 hours.

Anyone breaching the rules can then be arrested, this one is effective until just after midnight tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm  

Small and medium-sized companies in Croydon wanting apprentices can now bid for a share of £200,000

It’s as part of the council’s long-term drive to get more young people into work.

Last year’s campaign led to 110 apprentices being recruited in 100 days.

The fund is available for small and medium-size enterprises that want to develop apprentices’ job skills over a 12-month period.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Wandsworth Council has ordered an injunction to stop anti-social gatherings on the Edgecombe Hall estate in Southfields

The Council’s housing team received intelligence there may be plans to stage an illegal gathering there this weekend.

The injunction aims to prevent this, as well as the playing of loud music, the lighting of fires and barbeques, the sales of alcohol or food in the estate.

Anyone who breaches the court order will be liable to immediate arrest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

An Ealing teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the Tate Modern viewing gantry has been told he "may never be released"

18-year-old Jonty Bravery, who has autism, has been jailed for at least 15 years for attempted murder.

Old Bailey judge, Mrs Justice McGowan said his mental disorder did not explain the attack, and acknowledged Bravery presented a “grave and immediate risk to the public”.

In August last year, the victim survived a 30m fall but suffered life changing injuries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Over 600 children in Merton have not had adequate internet access or equipment to allow them to home school during the Covid pandemic

That’s according to new research by the borough’s Lib Dem group.

The group is calling on the Council to lay out its plans to support vulnerable children and help schools reopen safely.

107 tech devices were distributed to children in year 10 by the Labour run council last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

A charity is trying to help young people in Merton who’re unable to continue their music lessons due to the pandemic

Merton Music Foundation has launched its “Don’t Stop the Music” appeal, and will use the money to give ten children lessons for up to a year.

David Rees, from the charity, says this is just the beginning.

You can find a link to their crowdfunder here.
Alternatively, text givemusic to 70085 to give £5
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:07 am  

The Fire Brigades Union is vowing to fight “unthinkable” proposals to cut the London Fire Brigade budget by £25m over two years.

The news has been announced as part of the Mayor of London’s £500m savings plan.

The Norbiton based FBU says it condemns the “huge damage to the fire service” left over from Boris Johnson’s time as Mayor of London.

The union has also criticised Mayor Sadiq Khan for “passing on Tory cuts”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

For the first time, more people on low incomes voted for the Conservative Party than Labour in the general election.

That’s according to analysis by academics at Royal Holloway and Kent Universities.

It says that areas most in need of economic help are going to suffer the most from the financial fallout of the pandemic.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says the government needs to deliver on its “levelling up” agenda to help poorer communities.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 am  

New research shows parents are spending more money on children during lockdown.

A survey revealed two in five families with kids still living at home have forked out on average 52 pounds more every week to look after them.'s household financial tracker also showed mums and dads in the North East are spending more than any other region.

In London, they’re spending £71 a week, and in the South-East, £83.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 26 June 2020

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is thanking police officers after a car reportedly crashed into his front wall last night.

The vehicle was being chased by police, and Elliot Colburn says it went through his and neighbour’s front gardens.

He says nobody was hurt, and the community “has been amazing checking in and offering to help”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

A new type of medicine is stopping cancer from repairing its DNA.

Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton found that half of patients saw their tumours stop growing.

Damage to the DNA in cells is the root cause of cancer, but is also a weakness of the disease, as it can be killed by further damaging it.

Professor Paul Workman says this approach has “delivered some of the most important advances” in recent years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A pedestrian crossing in Sutton has been permanently painted in rainbow colours to mark pride month.

It’s outside the Civic Centre on St Nicholas Way.

Councillor Jake Short, lead member for equalities, says “pride has always been a protest, so while we may celebrate we need to continue the fight for full equality”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A stalker who “persistently” harassed a BBC radio DJ has been jailed.

44-year-old Sarah Jayne Rook repeatedly screamed abuse outside the home of Giles Peterson.

She’s also said to have racially abused his Japanese wife.

Mrs Rook was also convicted of racially abusing a police officer who arrested her.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A second man has been charged following the shooting of a man in North Cheam.

27-year-old Aaron McGrath has been charged with killing 25-year-old Kyle Kelson.

Police were called last Friday morning to Brocks Drive, where the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

28-year-old Luke Matthews from Crawley is also charged following the attack.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Two men have been jailed for killing a father-of-three in Clapham

40 year old Gavin Garraway was stabbed through his car window in March last year near Clapham Common Tube station.

20 year old Zion Chiata, from Wandsworth, has been handed a minimum of 21 years in prison for Mr Garraway's murder.

22 year old Tishaun Panton was also sentenced to ten-and-a-half years for manslaughter.

Mr Garraway's car was pursued by Chiata, who spotted him driving with his brother who was linked to a rival gang.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A house in Hampton caught fire this morning

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to a detached house on Hanworth Road just after 10am.

Fire crews from Twickenham, Feltham and Heston fire stations attended and put the fire out in under an hour and a half.

Part of the first floor and the roof were damaged.

One man left the property before the brigade arrived and was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

The majestic Polesden Lacey in Great Bookham should have been gearing up for it’s 69th annual Shakespeare festival tomorrow

However, Covid-19 has put paid to the open-air run of “Romeo and Juliet.”

The site, run by the National Trust, has decided instead to record a special version of the production to be streamed online.

It’ll appear tomorrow at 2.30pm, free of charge here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

Woking has ranked poorly in a new league table of unhealthy high streets.

That’s according to The HealthRate Index created by

Woking came in 63rd place with York topping the chart as the healthiest and Peterborough in last place at 82nd as the unhealthiest

Amenities surrounding UK high streets were scored based on healthy life choices, social interaction and mental wellbeing they promoted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

Barbecues are banned in Hounslow’s parks

The council is reminding residents to avoid breaching longstanding bylaws to light fires in open spaces.

London Fire Brigade has so far attended 88 grass fires in the borough this year alone.

Hounslow Council says barbecues have a negative impact on the environment as they emit greenhouse gases and burn grassland.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:28 pm  

Temporary barriers recently installed to encourage cycling around Kew Gardens are to be upgraded to semi-permanent

Richmond Council says it has secured over £250,000 from Transport for London to make the change.

Work is due to start within weeks; the barriers will be allowed to stay in place for up to 18 months.

Mandatory white lines will be marked with so-called ‘wands’ and ‘orcas’ to help set out a more defined cycle route.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says they've got a long way to go if they're to close the gap on Liverpool and Man City at the Premier League's summit

His team beat the Manchester club last night, and their victory handed the team from Merseyside a first top-flight title in 30 years.

But Lampard says he isn't getting carried away by that result.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

More illegal raves have been broken up in London overnight

The Metropolitan Police put on extra patrols, after a street party descended into violence in Brixton in the early hours of yesterday.

22 officers were injured and four people were arrested.

There were more clashes last night, with objects thrown at officers trying to shut down an event in Notting Hill.

Police used a helicopter to break up a mass gathering on Streatham Common.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says violence against Police officers won't be tolerated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Temporary barriers recently installed to encourage cycling around Kew Gardens are to be upgraded to semi-permanent

Richmond Council says it has secured over £250,000 from Transport for London to make the change.

Work is due to start within weeks; the barriers will be allowed to stay in place for up to 18 months.

Mandatory white lines will be marked with so-called ‘wands’ and ‘orcas’ to help set out a more defined cycle route.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:46 am  

Kingston Council says “our commitment to the climate emergency is at the heart of all we do”

It follows protests by Extinction Rebellion yesterday, one year on from when the borough declared a climate emergency.

The authority says they’ve employed “dedicated” staff, and have “created learning opportunities” for employees so they can be “carbon literate”.

They’re hoping to work with climate change networks and promote cycling.

The campaign group says “This is not the time for token gestures and lip service” and they want to see “big bold steps” to inspire other boroughs.

Kingston's statement in full:

In June 2019, the council declared a state of climate emergency and committed to a target of delivering carbon neutrality by 2038.

Since the declaration, the council has worked to ensure our commitment to the climate emergency is at the heart of all we do. Sustainability is a key consideration in all council reports and commissions.

We have employed dedicated staff, such as a biodiversity officer, to support us in our aspiration to be a cleaner, greener borough, and have created learning opportunities for staff to create a carbon literate workforce which can deliver real change for Kingston.

We have continued to engage with residents about the climate emergency and wider sustainability issues, notably in last year’s Citizens Assembly on the subject of Air Quality.

Moving forward, we will continue to work with climate change networks, such as the London Councils Climate Emergency network, to deliver change.

As we recover from COVID-19, we are also promoting active travel and making pedestrians and cyclists a priority, ensuring that residents can follow social distancing regulations whilst travelling sustainably.

Monitoring air quality outside of schools:
We have an extensive monitoring network across the borough which includes several schools. We use the GLA's London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory model to effectively fill in the gaps between the monitoring points.

Electric charging points
So far this year 24 chargers have been installed across 11 sites, as well as numerous charging points on private land. Some of these chargers are waiting to be connected to electricity, which is hoped to be completed in the next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

The City of London Corporation has donated £200,000 to Hammersmith based Maggie’s Cancer charity

The money has come from its City Bridge Trust.

Maggie’s, which has 23 centres across the UK, will use the funds to employ a specialist welfare rights and benefits adviser.

The person in the role will help those diagnosed with cancer seek financial support.

Last year, the charity helped people with cancer claim nearly £38m in benefits and grants.

Maggie's says:

"We are very grateful to the City Bridge Trust for this generous donation.

Cancer has a huge impact on people's lives and people living with cancer have found the last few months especially hard with delays to treatments, social isolation and their financial worries amplified.

Our centres are here to support people with every aspect of a cancer diagnosis from the emotional to the practical.

This money will help us to support more people with the financial impact of cancer, from loss of earnings to travelling to appointments and so much more."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

Power went out at 179 homes in Stoneleigh last night

People reported hearing a large bang as the substation blew at around 1.30am.

It affected people around Ewell Park Way and London Road.

Power was restored around 4.30.

The engineers say “we understand how difficult it can be without power” but “our staff will continue to work around the clock to keep the lights on”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:17 am  

Thursday 25 June 2020

The man credited with turning around children’s services in Surrey has died.

61-year-old Dave Hill CBE joined in 2018, and reduced the caseloads of staff, brought in more permanent workers, and worked on early intervention.

He’s also credited with transforming Essex from “inadequate” to the brink of “outstanding”.

Surrey County Council CEO Joanna Killian says “at the heart of it he was just a great guy”, whose passion was his family and “doing the very best he could for vulnerable children”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A man who climbed onto a roof in Sutton to escape police has been arrested.

He was wanted on suspicion of driving offences, and ran off when confronted by police just before 9pm last night.

A helicopter was called to Gander Green Lane, and the man remained on the roof until 10.30.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Liverpool's 30 year wait for another top flight title could come to an end tonight.

Jurgen Klopp's side will be crowned champions if holders Manchester City don't win at Chelsea.

Before that, Arsenal aim to avoid a third straight defeat when they travel to Southampton, while Burnley host Watford.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A group of gyms are calling the decision to open pubs but not indoor fitness centres “a victory for vested interests” and “publicity”.

In a letter in The Times, branches of CrossFit, including Twickenham and Sunbury, are calling for the sector to reopen.

They argue their buildings comprise “large warehouse-style gymnasiums” where social distancing is easy.

A government spokeswoman says they're continuing to work with the sector, and are "fully committed" to making sure the public can exercise.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Cllr Ian Harvey has announced his resignation today as Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council.

However, he will remain a Ward Councillor for his home Ward, Sunbury East.

Cllr Harvey became Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council in February 2016.

He is the fourth longest serving Leader in Spelthorne’s 46 year history.

Cllr Harvey said, “I have strived to make Spelthorne a great place to live, work and play. More recently, the financial footing that Spelthorne is now on because of our commercial investment strategy has enabled Spelthorne to respond very proactively and promptly to the ongoing COVID19 crisis. I will look back at my time as Leader with pride knowing that I have made a difference for Spelthorne and I very much look forward to being able to devote more time to my family and friends and enjoying the Borough which I serve. Finally, I would like to thank staff and Councillors who have worked with me as a team to achieve what we have delivered across Spelthorne”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:24 pm  

Pedro will leave Chelsea to join Roma when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The Spanish international recently signed a short-term deal to remain at Stamford Bridge until the current campaign finishes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:17 pm  

A charity in Hammersmith is warning that impending hunger, homelessness and debt could be the nation’s next pandemic.

Turn2us is responding to the latest unemployment figures from the Office of National Statistics.

At the end of July, employers will be required to contribute 20-30% of the wages of furloughed employees.

The charity is predicting this will result in an increase in redundancies for companies struggling to cover costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 pm  

A workman has died at a building site in Banstead.

Emergency services were called yesterday afternoon to the development on Park Road.

Investigations are ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:12 pm  

Five men have been arrested following a fight between two groups in Ashtead Recreation Ground.

20 to 30 men were involved in the fracas last night which ended with a 19 year old being stabbed in the back.

The first group of men has been playing rugby in the park when they were approached by a second large group of men who were nearby.

After a physical confrontation, the two groups of men got into a fight, resulting in several victims being assaulted.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

“Alcohol and the Thames don’t mix”

That’s the warning from the Port of London Authority, as South-West London sees a high of over 33 degrees today.

Paul Stallard from Teddington RNLI says the cold water shock and the current aren’t to be underestimated.

Anyone who does find themselves in danger should try and stay calm to avoid panicking, then call for help and swim to the riverbank.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A 25 year old man has been stabbed multiple times in an attack in Croydon

Police were called to Edridge Road just before 8 o’clock on Tuesday night.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm; he was later released.

Officers say they need to hear from anyone who has information about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon or involved in organised crime.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A not-for-profit organisation in Surrey has secured almost twenty thousand pounds to help people most under threat from coronavirus stay fit and healthy

Active Surrey has managed to get the funding from Sport England for a range of projects focussing on groups who do less physical activity.

Some of these include guided walks for dementia sufferers in Elmbridge and outdoor fitness training for young refugees and unaccompanied asylum seekers.

Head of Strategic relationships at the Woking-based organisation said, "Coronavirus is having a greater negative impact on some groups over others. That is why we are pleased to offer this support."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

Kingston Council has taken an estimated £10m hit over COVID-19

The authority says that’s due to the cost of the response, service demands, and loss of income.

Council Leader Caroline Kerr says they need to ensure “every penny” is focused on supporting key services.

They’ll be meeting tonight to examine the financial impact in detail, and find where to make cuts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

In Hounslow, bins will start being collected at 6am rather than 7am, to avoid carrying out manual tasks in the 30 degree heat
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

A man has been charged with the murder of a man from North Cheam

28-year-old Luke Matthews from West Sussex was arrested in Kent on Tuesday.

It follows the shooting of 25-year-old Kyle Kelson last Friday on Brocks Drive.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:49 pm  

Today marks a year since Kingston Council declared a climate emergency

Extinction Rebellion Kingston have been outside the Guildhall this afternoon and want to know what’s changed in that year.

We’ve contacted Kingston Council for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm  

We’re being reminded not to “underestimate” the River Thames

Temperatures are breaking 30 degrees, so anyone enjoying a summer drink is being urged to stay away from it.

Paul Stallard, from the RNLI Teddington, has this advice for anyone who finds themselves in trouble in the water:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Surrey Cricket Club are going to make their return to the game

They’ll be playing a friendly against Middlesex on the 26th and 27th of July behind closed doors at the Oval.

The season is due to restart the following weekend.

Clubs have been training in a socially distant way, and the head of Cricket at Middlesex says, “players will need to be disciplined and make the most of every minute they have.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:56 pm  

Downing Street is backing the housing secretary, over claims he tried to save a Tory donor millions of pounds in taxes

Robert Jenrick is accused of intervening in a huge planning project run by media mogul Richard Desmond.

He approved the east London development, before overturning his own decision.

Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed, who’s also the MP for Croydon North, initially made the complaint.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

More guidance has been given to businesses ahead of a major relaxing of measures in England

It includes making firms keep customers' details for three weeks to limit the spread of coronavirus.

They’re also asking music to be kept at a low volume so people don’t need to shout, and staggered opening times on the High Street.

But reopening at all is dependent on the government’s tests, which include a “sustained and consistent fall” in the death rate”.

Simon Bailey, who runs Hampton outdoor pool, says it's crucial they open within weeks.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:42 am  

A motorcyclist has been admitted to hospital in a critical condition following a collision in Croydon

Police were called at 8pm on Monday to Chepstow Road, where the 25-year-old man was found severely injured.

The driver of the car wasn’t injured or arrested.

Investigations continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

Kyle Edmund fought back from a set down to beat Andy Murray at the Battle of the Brits tennis tournament

Edmund's second win of the competition secures his place in the semi-finals in Roehampton.

Elsewhere, Cameron Norrie beat Ryan Peniston in three sets, while James Ward saw off Liam Broady.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:35 am  

Wednesday 24 June 2020

A former assistant to a law firm has been banned from the profession after hiding a camera in a ladies toilet in New Malden.

34-year-old Antony Dines pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work, following the incident in 2016.

This month, the Solicitor Regulation Authority ruled that it was “undesirable” for him to continue to be involved in a legal practice.

He must also pay the SRA’s costs of £300.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man has been verbally harassed in Chertsey on Monday afternoon and had water thrown over him.

The 30-year-old man was sitting in the main field area of Gogmore Farm Park when he was approached by a group of three teenagers.

The boys are described as white, one of large build with short brown hair with grey shorts and no top. Another with pink neon shorts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Workforces at Heathrow and Gatwick are under threat of job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic

Swissport is set to cut more than half of its UK workforce as air companies struggle with reductions in passenger numbers

The firm said it was consulting on cutting up around 4500 jobs.

Chief executive Jason Holt said the company had to reduce the size of its workforce to survive.

Nadine Houghton from the GMB union says the aviation industry is going to take a long time to recover.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The Mayor of London is planning to move City Hall to the docks, in an effort to save £11m a year.

A technicality of the lease on the current building means next December will be the only chance the GLA has to leave early.

The agreement would run until 2026 otherwise.

They’re consulting on the plans for six weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A set of stamps are being released featuring the rock band Queen.

There’ll be a set of eight adorned with album covers.

That’s along with a miniature sheet with pictures of each member, including John Deacon at Hammersmith in 1975.

For those who want them all and want them now, they can be pre-ordered at the Royal Mail website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

The Liberal Democrat leadership contest appears to be being fought on the environment.

Front-runners Layla Moran and Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey both have plans to build the economy around it.

Sir Ed says things like retro-fitting home insulation would contribute to that, as would “re-wilding”.

Sir Ed also wants to move to 80% renewable energy by 2030, and guarantee the living wage for people working on green projects.

Mrs Moran has told the Independent she wants the UK to be “not just carbon neutral but carbon negative” and scrap VAT on electric cars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists the Premier League club have not been in contact with Bayer Leverkusen about Kai Havertz.

The young Germany midfielder is believed to be the target of some of Europe's top clubs.

But Lampard says Havertz isn't on their agenda right now.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:48 pm  

It's officially the UK's warmest day of the year so far.

The Met Office says temperatures have reached 32.6 degrees Celsius at Heathrow Airport.

A heat health alert's been issued in some parts of the country, with authorities urging people to take care in the sun.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:46 pm  

Theme parks like Thorpe Park and Chessington have confirmed they'll reopen on July the 4th.

They're among the businesses to benefit after Boris Johnson announced an easement of the lockdown restrictions.

There will be new anti-Covid measures in place and people will have to make a reservation before they go.

Helen Bull from Thorpe Park says it will be a slightly different experience:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:44 pm  

Drugs dog Stella aids police with arrest in Colliers Wood

A 32 year old man has been arrested for drugs offences after a stop and search in Colliers Wood.

Officers spotted a driver with three mobile phones in a blue Mercedes turn down Warren Road on Sunday afternoon.

They then carried out a search of the car with help from drugs dog Stella, and found a baseball bat in the boot.

After she indicated to the roof, police pulled down the lining and found a quantity of suspected class A and B drugs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm  

Tributes have been paid to a man found dead in Leatherhead.

Police launched a murder inquiry after the body of 54 year old Phillip Bagwell was discovered in North Street on June the 10th.

32 year old Daniel George Hopper has been charged with Mr Bagwell's murder.

In a statement his family says it has been "robbed" of time with him.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:29 pm  

Two groups of people were involved in an altercation on the River Mole yesterday afternoon.

The incident took place at the Stepping Stones beauty spot whilst crossing the river leaving one person with serious facial injuries.

One of the suspects is described as of medium build with short dark hair and a beard wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts.

Another described as of chubby build with a grey t-shirt, grey shorts and white footwear.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

The Mayor of London is planning to move City Hall to the docks, in an effort to save £11m a year.

A technicality of the lease on the current building means next December will be the only chance the GLA has to leave early.

The agreement would run until 2026 otherwise.

They’re consulting on the plans for six weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm  

Royal Parks are starting to open their public toilets again.

In Richmond Park, blocks next to four gates are reopening, and in Bushy, they’re opening the facilities next to the playground.

People are being told to expect queues due to social distancing measures.

It follows pressure on organisations to reopen their toilets, after reports of people relieving themselves outside.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

A police dog has sniffed out drugs in a car’s roof lining, during a stop and search in Colliers Wood.

On Sunday, a blue Mercedes was stopped, and officers found the driver had three mobile phones and a baseball bat in the boot.

A 32-year-old man from Thornton Heath was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing.

Five-year-old dog Stella was bred by the Met Police, and this was her second big drugs find in the roof lining of a car in three months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

It's officially the UK's warmest day of the year so far.

The Met Office says temperatures have reached 31 degrees Celsius at Heathrow Airport.

A heat health alert's been issued in some parts of the country, with authorities urging people to take care in the sun.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:45 pm  

A charity animal hospital says they’re seeing an increase in applications, as more people apply for universal credit.

Blue Cross has closed their hospitals in Merton and Hammersmith and moved all their operations to their base in Victoria.

They’ve also brought in remote consultations, and Louise Newman , practice manager at Merton, tells us what they’re like.

Blue Cross are running an emergency fundraising appeal on their website.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:08 pm  

Liverpool aim to move to within two points of the Premier League title this evening.

Victory for the leaders at home to Crystal Palace will see them become champions if Manchester City fail to win against Chelsea tomorrow.

But boss Jurgen Klopp isn't thinking in those terms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:09 pm  

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Kent, on suspicion of murdering a man in North Cheam

25-year-old Kyle Kelson was shot in the early hours of Friday morning.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are still appealing for information, and have released pictures in connection with the investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Heathrow are being accused of “sheer greed”, following changes to their employees terms and conditions

The Unite Union says they’re using the pandemic as an excuse to make cuts.

They’re pointing to a £3.2bn “war chest” the airport announced they have, that would allow them to survive for a year with zero flights.

Commenting on the ongoing efforts to protect jobs at the airport, a Heathrow spokesperson said:

We are in talks with our unions about the impact of COVID-19 on our business. These talks are in the early stages and we will continue to explore options – no decisions have been made. Our main priority is to protect jobs and we have put forward an initial proposal that we believe is fair, gives colleagues choice and reflects the severity of the situation we all face. Despite the trade unions recognising the need for change, they are not supportive of our initial proposal.

We believe the initial proposals put forward by the trade unions do not reflect the severity of the situation and ultimately will limit our ability to protect jobs. Our business has been hit hard by the pandemic stripping away 97 per cent of normal demand. And, while we have acted quickly to protect our business and made significant progress with cost cutting, we now need to go further. Our forecasts show that we’ll have nearly 64 per cent fewer passengers in 2020 alone and 2019 levels are not expected to return until after 2022. This means we must adapt to the new passenger numbers and change the way we work to become more flexible, agile and competitive so we are fit for the future.

We are doing everything we can to engage with our unions and come to a constructive solution that avoids needing to use S188.

On the back of feedback from colleagues, we have already launched a voluntary severance scheme and we are topping up furloughed salaries and ensuring no colleague falls below the London Living Wage threshold. We will continue to talk to our trade unions and are committed to providing colleagues with as much support and information as possible as we move to become more efficient, while running a safe and secure airport.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Andy Murray made a winning return to tennis with a victory over Liam Broady at the Battle of the Brits tournament

There were also wins for British number one Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund.

The competition continues at Roehampton today - with Murray against Edmund and Cameron Norrie taking on youngster Ryan Peniston.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 am  

Plans for a new office block development in central Wimbledon have been given the go ahead amid some controversy on the council

The application for a 10 storey building on Francis Grove was approved by Merton councillors last week by a single vote after one member appeared to abstain before voting in favour.

A second vote was called at the end of the video conference, where the plans were then approved.

Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson for Wimbledon, Paul Kohler, is now calling for the planning application to be withdrawn.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 am  

There are calls for more police on the streets in Richmond

Sarah Olney, Lib Dem Richmond Park MP, has written to the Mayor of London saying a “more visible police presence” is needed.

She says that she appreciates “resources are finite”, but it would “go a long way to keep crime and antisocial behaviour at bay”.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “The Mayor is committed to reducing violence and all forms of crime in London and that’s why he has invested record amounts in the Met Police and in prevention to tackle the complex causes of crime.

“Sadiq increased the number of dedicated ward officers right across the capital as part of his dedicated approach to local, community policing and he continues to put pressure on Government on behalf of all Londoners to deliver the additional 6,000 police officers we need to drive down crime and anti-social behaviour.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 am  

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Spelthorne Council is “setting the record straight” on its recent commercial acquisitions after receiving criticism.

It says a loss of government grants since 2016 means it has a £5m annual budget deficit.

Therefore, it has purchased 11 commercial properties to rent bringing in an estimated annual net return of nearly £10m.

The authority says income generated has helped fund food banks and allowed it to set council tax increases at below inflation for the last three years.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A woman and her two dogs have died following a fire in Chertsey.

Crews were called on Sunday afternoon to Almners Road, where the 49-year-old’s caravan was alight.

Investigators have declared the cause is unknown and it’s not being treated as suspicious.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A woman and her husband have been racially abused in a park in Stoneleigh.

The couple were walking through Auriol Park on the evening of the 9th of June, when they passed two men on a bench.

One followed them, shouted at them and threatened physical abuse.

He’s described as white, in his early 20s, around 5’9”, with short brown hair and was wearing a black tracksuit.

Police say “hate crime will not be tolerated” and ask anyone with information to contact them on 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 pm  

We’re being reminded that “alcohol and the river do not mix”.

The Port of London Authority have issued the warning as the UK braces for a heatwave.

Temperatures in South-West London are expected to surpass 30 degrees.

The authority urges everyone enjoying a summer drink to stay away from the water’s edge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:40 pm  

Detectives investigating a murder in Leatherhead are renewing their appeal for witnesses.

A 54-yr-old man was found dead in a property on North Street on Wednesday, 10th June.

Officers want to speak to people who were driving along North Street or Station Road between 2am and 4am on the morning of June 10th.

They especially want to track down a white van that was seen on Station Road at 3am, or anyone who may have dash-cam footage from around that time.

A 32-year-old man’s been charged with murder and is due at Guildford Crown Court on July 13th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 pm  

Kings College Wimbledon is one of a number of public schools said to be preparing to offer summer catch-up education courses

It could allow its buildings to be used by children from other schools who have missed out on learning opportunities during the pandemic.

A letter offering help has been sent to the government by the Independent School’s Council which represents around 1,300 schools.

If the courses go ahead, it’s thought the site on Wimbledon Common would cover the costs itself.

We’ve approached KCS for clarification.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

England cricket legend Phil Tufnell will turn quiz master for charity on Friday

He’s going to host an online quiz to raise money for Tadworth based charity The Children’s Trust.

The quiz will be streamed live on Facebook at 7.45pm on Friday.

40,000 children a year acquire a brain injury through illness or accident and £7 million is needed to maintain vital services.

Chief executive Dalton Leong says the charity is trying to find ways to keep the public involved during lock-down:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

A man has been arrested in Balham on suspicion of carrying a gun with intent

Police were called on Monday afternoon to Weir Road, with ambulance crews attending as well as a precaution.

However, there were no reports of any injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:50 pm  

Asda is denying it has “given up” on social distancing measures at its Norbiton store.

It’s after some shoppers we spoke to yesterday claimed hoards of people are being allowed in making the 2-metre rule "impossible to adhere to."

One customer told us the aisles were also blocked with promotional objects and stands meaning it was even harder to keep a safe distance with other shoppers having to give way to on-coming traffic.

They also say the tills, which were not all open, were so busy the queues went all the way up the aisles.

Another customer also says social distancing info was not clearly displayed upon arrival into the store, but "pinned up side-ways" as you enter through the doors instead of front-on.

A spokesman for the supermarket chain has told us;

“We have rolled out an extensive number of social distancing measures at our Norbiton and Roehampton stores to help ensure that our customers and colleagues remain safe. We ask that our customers please continue to follow the guidance which is clearly marked in all of our stores. We continue to follow Public Health England’s guidelines to protect our customers and colleagues including different social distancing measures such as limiting the amount of people in store at any one time, two-metre markers, barriers at tills and other key points around the store amongst other measures.’’

To find out more about Asda's Covid-19 regulation policies, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:11 pm  

Three men have been injured during a large fight in Richmond.

Police were called to Hill Street, where there were reports of a stabbing on Saturday night.

While three men were treated at the scene for non life-threatening injuries, there was no evidence of anyone being stabbed.

Later that evening, around 100 people had gathered on Richmond Green, who were “causing a disturbance and anti-social antisocial behaviour”.

No arrests have been made and enquires are ongoing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm  

The RSPCA are teaming up with Wimbledon Foodbank to deliver pet food to those who need it

The Foodbank is currently providing packages for 150 people a day, of which they estimate 20% are pet owners.

Pets@Home have donated food, and have set up a donation point in their store in New Malden.

They’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase food, which you can find here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has found a novel way of keeping in touch with residents

New robotic technology is being used to chat to 9,000 people most need in the borough.

An automated call centre using robots has been developed at Imperial College London using artificial intelligence.

Information from the robots is then diverted to the right council staff, who then follow up the calls with the “human touch”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:36 am  

Andy Murray will be putting his "reputation" on the line later when he makes his long-awaited return to tennis at the ‘Battle of the Brits’

He faces Liam Broady in the event organised by his brother Jamie.

It's taking place behind closed doors at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

The former world number one hasn't played since November, and Jamie says Andy is desperate to get back to competitive action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Students at schools across the country are getting back into the swing of classroom-based learning following lock-down

Schools began opening their doors to certain year groups on June the 1st.

Andrew Morgan is Principal at Feltham based Space Studio West London, which is allowing less than 10 students per day back.

He explains why it’s so important.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 am  

Richmond Council is addressing a number of issues after an independent audit found flaws in its support for SEND children

It’s after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigated three complaints from families earlier this year.

An urgent action plan has been put in place by the council to address the findings and make improvements.

These include increased staffing, improved training, better communication and its own in-house peer review.

The council says “Providing high quality special educational needs and disability services and appropriate support for the children and families who need them is a number one priority for Richmond Council and Achieving for Children”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:53 am  

The man who was shot dead in North Cheam has been named as 25-year-old Kyle Kelson

Police have released an image of the victim and a car driving away from the scene.

Emergency services were called at 1am on Friday to Brocks Drive.

The post-mortem revealed he’d been attacked with a shotgun.

There have been no arrests, and anyone with information is asked to call 101
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Monday 22 June 2020

Spelthorne is marking the 100th day of the coronavirus emergency.

The Council closed its offices in March, taking all of its operations online.

The Borough’s Emergency committee set up in the wake of the pandemic is one of the groups meeting virtually.

Members say they will continue to do so until it ends.

The Council says it is also focusing its efforts on the various recovery phases while preparing for a possible second wave.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Work to upgrade over 10,000 street-lights across Richmond with more energy-efficient LEDs has re-started.

A five-year project, started last year, stalled during lock-down.

The council says the lower running costs will deliver 60% energy savings and lighting times will be controlled remotely.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Spelthorne is marking the 100th day of the coronavirus emergency

The Council closed its offices in March, taking all of its operations online.

The Borough’s Emergency committee set up in the wake of the pandemic is one of the groups meeting virtually.

Members say they will continue to do so until it ends.

The Council says it is also focusing its efforts on the various recovery phases while preparing for a possible second wave.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Heathrow has seen a large reduction in air pollution since lock-down began

Air pollution monitors have recorded a 40% improvement around the airport in the three months to the end of May.

“Stop Heathrow” campaigners are now pushing for the government to introduce legislation to make the decrease permanent.

Heathrow says the drop is down to non-airport related traffic and operations and not just the 97% reduction in passenger numbers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A cyclist has died after a collision in Headley

Officers were called to the three way junction of Clay Lane, Church Lane and Thurst Lane in Headley at around 12:15pm.

It was after reports of a single collision involving a cyclist.

The cyclist passed away at the scene and his next of kin have been informed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Hammersmith bridge has topped a list of “shovel-ready” projects made by the Mayor of London

He’s submitted the list to the government to try to secure funding for projects across London.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has written to mayors and business leaders asking about projects that would create jobs, and be finished in 18 months.

The bridge has been closed since April last year, and the bill is expected to be up to £120 million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:02 pm  

Richmond Park is now open to cyclists at any time during weekdays

However, weekends will be only for keyworkers and under 12s with their family on foot.

Cycling was suspended for anyone except keyworkers in March, and recently was permitted before 10am and after 4pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:06 pm  

Detectives investigating a major fire at The Hamptons in Worcester Park have revealed CCTV images of the inferno

More than 20 fire engines were called to the blaze in Sherbrook Way in the early hours of the 9th of September.

No one was injured, but there has been considerable financial loss including the complete destruction of a block of flats.

Police have released the CCTV in the hope witnesses will come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud says he felt it was important to make a stand against racism in their first Premier League game back

He took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after scoring the winning goal in their 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.

Giroud says he's against all forms of discrimination.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Police say they are cracking down on illegal raves and large gatherings

The Policing Commander for South-West London, Sally Benatar, says “I would like to reassure residents that we have listened to the concerns you’ve raised”.

She says they’ve secured additional resources, and are working on their plan for this week as the weather gets hotter.

She says they’re also reviewing their strategies following the attack in Reading on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:49 am  

Police have identified a possible witness to a fire at The Hamptons in Worcester Park last year

Emergency services were called on the 9th of September to Sherbrooke Way, with 20 fire engines tackling the blaze at its peak.

Nobody was injured, but the damage was extensive.

A crowdfunder raised over £1,000 for each of the 23 families made homeless.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:07 am  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says his players deserve all the praise after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on their return to Premier League action

Christian Pulisic and Ross Barkley made positive impacts after coming on as second half substitutes.

Lampard says he can't take credit for the turnaround.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:58 am  

The pandemic has caused a drop in income for households across the UK

Research by Hammersmith-based charity Turn2Us says people are expecting an average 22% drop in income.

People on zero-hours contracts are being hit hardest, with just under 80% of people having taken a hit due to COVID-19.

The charity is urging the government to increase the generosity of benefits, end the five week wait for universal credit, and extend the furlough scheme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am  

A charity's calling on the government to fund more research into why people from ethnic minority backgrounds appear more likely to develop allergies

The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation says the issue has received little attention.

The charity was set up following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from Fulham, who died after eating a baguette which contained sesame seeds.

The Pret-a-Manger baguette didn’t list the allergens it contained.

A 2012 study in America found that around one in five black two-year-olds tested positive for an allergen compared to one in 10 white children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Sunday 21 June 2020

Tomorrow marks the start of national Armed Forces Week.

Spelthorne Council, like many others, will raise a flag, although this year the event will be streamed online instead of in public.

The week showcases the work of the armed forces with each day dedicated to a different part of the military.

Reserves Day will be on Wednesday, culminating in the 12th Annual Forces Day on Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

David Attenborough is fighting to save London Zoo.

The veteran broadcaster from Richmond told the Sunday Times “what happens if you can’t afford the food? Are we supposed to put [the animals] down?”.

The zoo has been closed for 12 weeks, but still has to pay £44,000 a month to feed the animals.

Visitor numbers will be capped at 2,000, despite a capacity of 10,000.

They’re hoping to raise £12m as part of a £25m rescue package.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:36 pm  

Sutton United Ladies are holding trials for under 15 and under 16 footballers.

The trials will be at Sutton FC’s ground on Gander Green Lane next Saturday afternoon.

Social distancing rules will be in place and only invitees will be able to take part.

Hopefuls must register by emailing [email protected]
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Kensington Palace has released a series of new photos to mark Prince William's 38th birthday, as well as Father's Day.

In one, taken by his wife Kate, the Duke of Cambridge is pictured on a garden swing with his children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Others show the Duke and Duchess with their dads.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A man from Hillingdon has been jailed for sexually assaulting two women and two girls, as well as attacking a police officer.

On one occasion, 47-year-old Edgar Junior approached a 14-year-old on a bus and made advances towards her.

He spat in the face of an officer during his arrest.

He was sentenced to 25 months in prison at Isleworth Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Travellers have left Riverside Drive in Ham.

Richmond Council reports they didn’t leave any waste or damage.

However, it’s reported they’ve now moved to a field behind Ham House.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:44 pm  

Over 70 young musicians from in and around Kingston have got together - over the internet - to release a song for Make Music Day.

The performers, all under 18, from the Kingston Music Service have recorded their version of ‘Circle of Life’ from the Lion King.

Kingston Music Service gives local people the chance to make live music in groups as well as offering classes.

Make Music Day started in France in 1982 and is now celebrated in 120 countries.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

People with a lot of stress are more likely to die due to Covid-19, according to a new study.

Researchers at Imperial College London have shown those with a high level of the hormone cortisol had an average survival of just 15 days.

They’ve gathered data from hospitals including Charing Cross and Hammersmith.

The team behind it says it can be used to tell who needs to be admitted to hospital immediately.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Richmond Council says any pubs and cafes offering take-aways should also make sure their loos are re-opened

The authority has already announced it will open public toilets in the borough’s parks to help curb anti-social behaviour.

The Council says it also will continue to work with Police to try and minimise the impacts of off-sales and street drinking.

This includes working with businesses to ensure that they are complying with the current restrictions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man is in hospital after being shot in Mitcham

Police were called at around 3am this morning to London Road, where a man in his 20s was found injured.

His condition is believed to be stable.

There have been no arrests, but enquiries continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has challenged his players not to let the lack of a crowd impact their performance in this afternoon's game at Aston Villa

It's their first match back under the Premier League's new Covid-19 restrictions, which include playing behind closed doors.

Lampard says the psychological aspect of the fixture is almost as important as the physical side.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

Princess Eugenie says she “can’t begin to express the thanks” she has to the NHS, after her father-in-law contracted COVID-19

George Brooksbank stayed at hospitals including the Royal Brompton in Chelsea during his ordeal.

He says “there was always somebody at hand” and he wants to offer “profound thanks to everyone who was involved”.

The Princess says they have “kept us all safe and well whilst sacrificing so much”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

Brentford’s Labour MP is warning of impending job losses in the constituency

Ruth Cadbury wants further access to government financial support for people working in the arts sector.

She says venues like the Waterman’s Art Centre are especially under threat.

Ms Cadbury also says a number of pubs, which are routinely used for gigs, are facing possible closure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

Developers hoping to build in Richmond in the future will have to make sure their projects produce “zero carbon” emissions

An updated council planning document, last revised in 2016, has been published.

An increased levy of £95 per tonne of carbon, will now be added to a Carbon Offset Fund if the target isn’t met.

Money from the fund will be spent on carbon offsetting projects in the borough to tackle the “growing climate emergency.”
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