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Saturday 18 July 2020

One person is in hospital after an incident at Thorpe Park where they were seriously injured by another guest

One person is in hospital after an incident at Thorpe Park where they were seriously injured by another guest.

It happened on the footbridge.

The area was cordoned off and people had to remain inside until the area was clear.

Police say it's not terror related - the park in Chertsey insists it carries out bag searches.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 pm  

Kew Gardens saw its visitors increase by a quarter last year.

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions says that was mainly due to a six-month exhibition by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

RHS Wisley saw a 15% increase, which the AVLA puts down to a new welcome building, plant centre and restaurant.

However, the attractions are now open with a reduced capacity, and visitors must book their slot in advance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm  

Brentford failed to secure their place in the Premier league today after losing 1-0 away to Stoke City.

Ethan Pinnock had a shot saved but it was Stoke’s Lee Gregory in the 38th minute that contributed to one of their season’s best.

Brentford had won their previous eight games and needed just one point for automatic promotion.

Stoke produced a disciplined performance ensuring their safety in the Championship and “job done” for manager Michael O’Neill
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:16 pm  

The conservative MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, is one of a number of MP’s who supporting a new charity.

ExcludedUK is raising concerns on behalf of people who have been excluded from government support since the Covid crisis.

It’s estimated that 3m people have been excluded from the £30m support package for the economy.

These include newly self-employed, freelancers and small business owners that earned more than £50k in recent trading profits.

It is hoped to heighten awareness and raise funds to help sustain their income and help their businesses to survive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Croydon’s Fairfield Halls is joining other theatres and art venues in a period of temporary hibernation until 2021.

The venue will not be dormant and will be used by artists and art organisations to continue their work “behind the scenes”

It will play host to the planning and rehearsals for a contemporary dance production of Carmen due to tour in 2021.

The resident London Mozart Players are also live streaming performances from the concert hall this coming autumn.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:25 pm  

Months of delays to dental treatments because of the coronavirus pandemic will cause a dangerous backlog - according to dentists.

Dr Simon Chard runs a family practice in Staines.

Surgeries can now re-open for some procedures, but there are significant restrictions on how dentists operate.

For example - if they do any drilling the room has to be cleaned and left empty for at least an hour.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:12 pm  

Elmbridge Council is taking action on so-called "slumboats" moored without permission between Weybridge and Hampton Court

The authority says the boats are unsightly and hazardous and have also been attracting antisocial behaviour.

A letter has been sent to the Environment Agency requesting assertive action to clear these vessels from the Thames.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Lambeth Council is giving guidance to businesses in 14 different languages

The risk assessment to help with reopening is available in languages including Pashto, Tamil, Tigrinya and Amharic.

It includes advice on social distancing measures, cleaning, safety checks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 am  

The ex-partner of a heavily pregnant woman has been jailed for stabbing her to death in her home in Croydon

26-year-old Aaron McKenzie stabbed Kelly Fauvrelle 21 times in the middle of the night. Her baby boy Riley, who was delivered by Caesarean, died four days later.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum 35 years for the murder Ms Fauvrelle at the Old Bailey on Friday.

He also received 20 years for the manslaughter of baby Riley and three years for possession of a knife.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:24 am  

A campaign against flytipping in Croydon has hit its first goal

Council workers seized their 50th van on Wednesday, after footage showed it dumping rubble, tarpaulins and other rubbish in South Norwood.

It’s believed it’s linked to three other fly-tips across the borough.

If the owner doesn’t come forward within a month, it’ll be crushed.

Fly-tippers face an unlimited fine, property forfeiture, and even prison sentences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

The fight to stop Heathrow expansion cost councils and campaigners nearly £1m

That’s according to Freedom of Information Requests by campaign group Back Heathrow.

Around half of that came from Transport for London, with Hammersmith and Fulham putting in £35,000 in legal fees.

In February, the Appeal Court ruled against expansion, but the Supreme Court will revisit the case in the autumn.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Low-emission cars will now be able to park more cheaply in Hounslow.

Electric vehicles will see a lower tariff, while more polluting vehicles will see a higher rate.

The changes will be brought in on the 1st of January next year.

Councillor Hanif Khan says “we need to rethink our relationship with cars”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 17 July 2020

British Airways' iconic 747 jumbo jet will no longer be operated by the airline.

It’s after the Heathrow based company decided to retire its entire fleet with immediate effect.

BA has used the famous Boeing plane since 1989 and is currently the world's biggest operator of the 747-400 model.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Police in Leatherhead found a “very large spliff” in a car during a stop and search.

Last Thursday, they were conducting sweeps in the area following a spate of GBH offences.

They also seized various bottles of alcohol, reported three people for fixed penalty notices, and seized an electric scooter for not having insurance.

Sergeant Lee Wells declared the day a success, and says “we are already planning the next one”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has welcomed the government's announcement to allow fans back into stadiums in England from October.

His team are preparing to play their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at an empty Wembley on Sunday.

Lampard says he can't wait to see crowds return.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

Over 9,000 pensioners in Sutton will lose their free TV licence.

That’s according to the Lib Dem councillors, who are asking the government to “ensure the BBC have enough funds” to keep it free.

People over 75 who don’t receive pension credit will have to pay the £157 fee from next month.

Councillor Nali Patel says “TV has been a lifeline for many elderly residents” who have stayed at home, as per government advice.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The Clink Charity has launched a home delivery service to help boost funding

The Clink’s restaurants usually see prisoners at Brixton and High Down in Sutton prepare and serve food to members of the public.

But the Coronavirus pandemic meant the restaurants had to close.

The delivery service will operate out of HMP Brixton and be available to people across areas including Mitcham and Fulham.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

This year's Ride London Surrey 100 cycling festival is going virtual

It was due to take place on the 15th and 16th of August but was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new, virtual event has been arranged for the same weekend with riders able to take part in 1km to 100 mile events for charity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

People in Chelsea are being commended for their social distancing efforts

There have been just 11 complaints on the matter made to the council since pubs and restaurants reopened on the 4th.

Council leaders have praised businesses in the borough, who have taken care to open responsibly, keeping staff and customers safe.

A team of Street Ambassadors has also been out and about to help guide business leaders and customers through the new rules.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

A teen who was seen to be graffitiing on buildings around Wandsworth Common is being hunted by the council

Because of his apparent age, pictures aren’t being published of him, but they’re contacting schools to see if he can be identified.

Councillor Jonathon Cook says spraying, “tags and random squiggles... must surely be among the most senseless, pointless and inconsiderate of acts.”

They say they will “not hesitate” to take action against him if he’s found.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm  

Work on temporarily upgrading London’s Superhighway 7 to help with social distancing is due to begin

It’s part of Transport for London’s plan to create a cycle corridor to follow the Northern line from Colliers Wood to Elephant & Castle.

The first phase of the work will focus on the section from Balham to Colliers Wood.

Temporary improvements will include improved footways along Balham High Road to help pedestrians with social distancing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:45 pm  

It's been suggested that millions of cancer cases could be prevented - if entire genetic populations are screened

Researchers in England claim the practice - involving the most well-known breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations - is also cost-effective.

It's hoped identifying them early would stop the disease developing.

Tracie Miles is from the Hammersmith-based Eve Appeal and has welcomed the findings:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:26 pm  

A medic from Croydon who launched a mobile tuck shop in the back of an old ambulance is up for an award

Jennie Clayton would collect and distribute donations from the public, from drinks and snacks to loaves of bread.

She says, “a slice of cake and a cry is what you need when you’re under so much pressure.”

The Mail, in association with eBay and NHS charities together, is looking for people in the health sector who have “made a difference.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

A reported shark in the River Thames in Hammersmith was just a hoax, according to the Port of London Authority

The Authority told the Evening Standard that a man had called them to say he had made the images in photoshop.

Sharks and porpoises have been seen in the Thames before, although it is rare.

The shark fin was seen in front of the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, as well as next to Hammersmith Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

A motorcyclist is in hospital after a crash on Purley Way this morning

Emergency services were called just after 7.30, and the road was blocked for around 90 minutes while they helped him.

It’s not believed any other vehicles were involved.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:15 am  

British Airways is retiring its fleet of Boeing 747s with immediate effect

The Heathrow-based airline has operated the aircraft since the 80s, and was planning to stop using them over the next few years.

BA says the downturn in demand for travel, caused by the pandemic, means it's unlikely they'll reinstate the grounded planes, nicknamed the "Queen of the Skies".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:53 am  

Crystal palace chairman Steve Parish was furious his side weren't awarded a penalty in last night's 2-nil defeat to Manchester United

With the tie goalless, Wilfred Zaha went down in the box after a challenge from Victor Lindelof.

Parish tweeted "Is VAR broken? Serious question..."

"It’s a stonewall nailed on penalty even the most one eyed Man U fan knows it."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:37 am  

Hampton Court Palace re-opens to the public today

Although the gardens have been open since the end of June, the actual palace has remained closed because of Coronavirus.

The pandemic has cost manager Historic Royal Palaces £95 million in lost revenue across the six sites the charity runs.

Lucy Hutchings is Head of Hampton Court Palace; she says it’s because of the public’s support that the palace is able to keep going.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

Thursday 16 July 2020

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham is set reopen next week complete with “sneeze screens”

The popular riverside gallery has been closed for four months following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Richmond Council says there will be restrictions on the number of visitors allowed entry at any one time.

A one-way system will also be in operation along with directional and distancing signs and sneeze screens at customer service points.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 pm  

Three shoe stores in Teddington, Twickenham and Walton have been saved from closure

The 50-year-old family business Johnsons Shoes Company has been acquired by Leeds based Daniel Footwear.

The Retail Bulletin says Johnsons ran into difficulty as a result of rising rent, business rates, online competition and the economic crisis.

The company’s other stores in New Malden, East Sheen and Richmond have ceased trading.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

South Western Railway have implemented phase two of its compensation scheme this week

Many commuters suffered crowded trains and delays after a winter of industrial action.

During phase one, ticket holders were contacted by SWR directly to arrange refunds.

Phase two will allow passengers to make any remaining claims themselves.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:16 pm  

A fight broke out between two large groups of teenagers in Epsom yesterday afternoon

Police were called to Court Recreation Ground in Pound Lane at 3:30pm.

One of the boys used a glass bottle to attack the victims, which left two of them with injuries.

The groups had dispersed before police arrived.

The park was busy at the time and police believe this incident was witnessed by other people in the park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

People in Richmond are being urged not to junk their annual voter registration email from the Council

Residents have been receiving emails with their registration information asking them to make sure it’s up to date.

Elections are taking place in the borough next May.

The annual canvass ensures that Richmond Council can keep the electoral register up to date.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:40 pm  

Officers investigating an attempted robbery and a robbery near Nonsuch Park in Cheam earlier this week have charged a teenager

The 17 year-old from Sutton has been charged with one robbery and three attempted robbery offences.

An 18 year-old man who was also arrested by officers has been released without charge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

Elmbridge Council won’t be re-opening the borough’s paddling pools

Public “splash-pads” are located in two areas in Weybridge and one in Hersham.

The authority says although the weather is getting warmer, their

design makes it difficult for social distancing restrictions to be followed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

A family-run shoe company with outlets across South-West London has been bought out of administration

Johnsons opened its doors fifty years ago, but came under pressure from online shopping and rising rents.

It went insolvent in May and outlets including New Malden and Richmond have closed, with around 105 staff members dropped.

However, 70 jobs have been saved after it was bought out by Daniel Footwear.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:20 pm  

Robert Habermann, film director and award winning vocalist, has been celebrating lockdown in his own way.

Discovered by legendary American singer Margaret Whiting, Robert worked in the U.S.A, and was voted Best International Performer 1994 by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours.

He's performed with Margaret Whiting, Kay Starr, Steve Ross, Rosemary Squires and the late Loonis McGlohan who wrote songs for Sinatra.

He's been telling Jackie's Simone Halfin what lock-down has been like for him.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:43 pm  

The fight to move acute services out of Epsom and St Helier hospitals is far from over

That’s according to campaigners unhappy with the news Surrey's health bosses have agreed in principle to build a new “super” hospital next to The Royal Marsden and ICR in Sutton, an artist's impression of the new site is pictured above.

They say the decision to move acute services like A&E and maternity out of the two hospitals to Sutton will "put lives in danger."

Sandra Ash is part of the group Keep Our St Helier Hospital, which is urging all residents to sign the group's petition against the decision.

She says the timing of the announcement hasn’t been thought through either, coming during a global pandemic.

She's been chatting with Jackie's Luke Williams about the new KOSHH campaign.

To sign the KOSHH petition, click here

NHS England says;

"Under the proposals, around 85% of current services will stay put at Epsom and St Helier, with six major services being brought together in the new specialist emergency care hospital, including A&E, critical care and emergency surgery.

The move to proceed with the proposals, known as Improving Healthcare Together, follows a joint decision by NHS Surrey Heartlands and NHS South West London clinical commissioning groups. At the Committees in Common meeting, they drew on a wide range of evidence, including the feedback from a 12-week public consultation which finished in early April 2020."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

The Royal Parks launches its #BeKindToYourParks campaign after a stag is filmed with plastic tubing round its antlers in Richmond Park

Richmond Park saw a seven-fold increase in littering this June, up from from 6.64 tonnes left in June last year to 42 tonnes this year.

Royal Parks, which manages 8 sites, says that is a greater amount than found at the other royal parks in London, which on average saw litter increase by a third.

To view the video of the stag in full, check the Radio Jackie Facebook page.

To join the Royal Parks' campaign, search for #BeKindToYourParks on social media.

Royal Parks says now groups can gather, park managers have reported never-before-seen levels of littering on the grass every day, including plastic bags, pizza boxes, glass bottles, picnic items and PPE; there was even some office furniture and a Christmas Tree left in Kensington Gardens, with trash levels increasing on warm evenings and over sunny weekends.

This is despite increased numbers of bins in place, more frequent emptying to accommodate greater volumes of rubbish, and staff starting sometimes as early as 5am to ensure the parks are pristine when the majority of visitors arrive.

Royal Parks says plastic waste can get worked into the ground, plastic bags can blow onto waterways harming waterfowl, and wildlife can ingest items causing them pain or even death.

In response, The Royal Parks is launching a ‘Summer of Kindness’ campaign, to inspire visitors to care for the 5,000 acres of historic green spaces as we head into the summer holidays and more hot weather is predicted.

Tom Jarvis, Director of Parks at The Royal Parks, said: “It’s been truly fantastic to see more people enjoying our parks and getting closer to nature for a spot of R&R, to keep fit or to spend time with family and friends in the fresh air. We’ve had lots of really nice messages from people thanking us for keeping the parks open and telling us how the parks have been a lifeline for them, particularly for those without gardens,

“But the downside is the litter. We’ve never seen anything like this before. Every day we wake up to unprecedented levels of litter, with PPE, pizza boxes, plastic bags and picnic scraps strewn all over the grass. And we fear the worst is yet to come, with another spell of hot weather on the way.

“So we’re asking everyone who visits the parks for a bit of help to spread some kindness this summer and help us look after the environment. Binning litter or taking it home will keep the parks beautiful places for everyone to enjoy – and will help ensure that our incredible wildlife continues to thrive and stay safe.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 pm  

AFC Wimbledon have secured a £4m loan to build their new stadium

They’ve already raised £7.5m through crowdfunding and the Plough Lane Bond, with local businessman Nick Robertson giving £2.5m.

The team says they still want to raise money through those means, as they don’t have to borrow the full £4m.

Chief Executive Joe Palmer says to supporters “the words thank you barely seem adequate” and it reminds him “how special” the club is.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

A Tory MP's been kicked out of the Conservative parliamentary party after going against the wishes of Number Ten

Julian Lewis was earlier elected by members of the Intelligence and Security Committee as its chair, working with opposition MPs to win that vote.

But it was widely believed Downing Street wanted former transport secretary and Epsom MP Chris Grayling to get the job.

Mr Lewis will oversee the release of a report into alleged election meddling by Russia, which the government have been accused of sitting on for nine months.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

A distressing video has emerged of a deer with plastic tubing wrapped round its antlers in Richmond Park

Royal Parks, which manages eight sites across London, says over 250 tonnes of rubbish was collected from their parks last month alone.

That’s the equivalent of the weight of 74 elephants or 20 London buses.

A new social media campaign #BeKindToYourParks has been launched to encourage visitors to clean up after themselves.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:25 am  

Wednesday 15 July 2020

The Ashley Centre in Epsom has sponsored its third puppy to become a Guide Dog for the Blind Association.

Ashley 3 is a five-month-old black Labrador who is about to get placed with his puppy walker.

He will undergo 24 months of intensive training before being allocated to someone with sight loss.

Guide dogs are vital to give help to visually impaired people to become more mobile and confident.

The fundraising donations for Epsom Guide Dogs have reached nearly £23,000 so far.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:19 pm  

Brentford are within a point of the Championship's automatic promotion places.

They kept the pressure on the top two with a 1-nil win over Preston.

Swansea remain in with a chance of securing a play-off spot, despite a 2-all draw with fifth placed Nottingham Forest.

Charlton edged two points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-all draw at Birmingham.

It was the same score in the match between Bristol City and Stoke.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 pm  

Epsom's MP misses out on Government security role

There's been a bit of a shock as a chair was chosen for Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee.

It had been thought former cabinet minister Chris Grayling would get the job, despite being criticised for previously overseeing a number of government mishaps.

But Conservative MP Julian Lewis has been elected by its members instead.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:08 pm  

People across Spelthorne are being urged to find their inner Green Goddess

Exercise queen Diana Moran was brought back to BBC TV after 40 years during lockdown to help people keep fit.

Otherwise known as the Green Goddess, she is now providing sessions for people in her home borough of Spelthorne.

The 81 year old says, “as I age, I’m determined to keep moving… to retain my physical independence… and to have fun.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm  

A woman has been sexually assaulted close to Clapham Common North Side

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday.

The 26 year old woman is being supported by specialist officers.

The suspect was last seen on foot on Victoria Rise heading towards Wandsworth Road.

He is described as white, aged in his late 40s to 50s and balding.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A memorial has taken place at St Helier hospital to remember those who have died from Covid-19

Members of Sutton Council lit candles for each person who has passed away at the hospital because of the virus.

Council leader Ruth Dombey says the service was, “both upsetting and humbling.

It reminded us all that this virus is still among us.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:14 pm  

A doctor's admitted stalking the TV explorer Levison Wood for three-months, which left him "constantly looking over his shoulder"

36-year-old Fiza Jabeen obsessively contacted the former paratrooper, despite being handed a restraining order.

He contacted police after she threatened his parents.

Jabeen, from Harborne in Birmingham, will be sentenced at a later date at Kingston Crown Court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:09 pm  

The Chelsea and Fulham MP has hit out at the European Council for producing their agenda in English

The Council is currently run by Germany, as the presidency rotates every six months.

Greg Hands, who speaks German, says he’s “disappointed” that it’s in English, “even though we left months ago”.

English is the most widely spoken language in Europe, and remains an official language of the EU, as it’s official in Ireland and Malta.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

Heathrow is to start using cleaning robots, equipped with ultra-violet rays

Around 100 staff are being retrained to work as cleaners.

The UV light kills viruses on handrails, buttons and handles.

Only 350,000 people went through the airport last month, a 95% drop compared to last year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Merton in Bloom is going ahead

The annual event showcases the work done by the borough’s green fingered residents.

However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be fewer categories this year.

Prizes still up for grabs include “Best Residential Front Garden,” and “Best Business Garden.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

A police dog has tracked down a gun in a roof in Chelsea

Police were called to Chelsea Gardens on Monday afternoon, after officers found an amount of ammunition in a roof.

After fifteen minutes, PD Eddie tracked down a loaded silver revolver in a secluded corner.

No arrests have been made.

His handler, Emma Robling says, “well done Eddie!”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm  

The Prime Minister has vowed to hold an independent inquiry into the Government’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic

Boris Johnson was pressed on the matter at PMQs earlier by Kingston and Surbiton MP Ed Davey.

Mr Davey is in the running to become the next Lib Dem leader.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:09 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants his players to just focus on their own results in the fight for a top four Premier League finish

They're four points ahead of Leicester and Manchester United following last night's 1-nil win over Norwich - but have played a game more.

Lampard says he expects it to go to right to the wire.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Police in Richmond have found knives wrapped up in a bag under a bush, alongside needles and class A drugs

They were searching Old Deer Park, and also found a hand-axe and a bread knife.

There have been no arrests in connection with them yet.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am  

A 3-year-old boy from Addlestone is in hospital after being bitten by an adder while hunting for his toys

Lewis Wise has been given morphine, but his left leg is very swollen and he can’t walk.

It’s after a family picnic at Lightwater Country Park.

It’s unknown how long he’ll stay in hospital.

The adder is the only venomous snake in the UK, and most adults need to stay in hospital for 24 hours and receive antivenom.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

A woman is in a critical condition after her car hit a tree in Ewell

It’s believed the 44-year-old was in a minor collision with a motorcycle near Ruxley Lane just beforehand.

Police were called around 3pm yesterday, and have spoken to the motorcyclist.

There’s been no arrest and enquiries continue.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 am  

Kingston Hospital has thanked the public for its continued support during the Covid-19 pandemic

A short film has been created by staff explaining how donations ranging from food deliveries to PPE have made a difference to them.

Funds raised for Kingston Hospital’s charity appeal have already been spent on developing two new rest areas for staff at the hospital.

Funds have also enabled the hospital to provide psychological support for staff who may need it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A pioneering scheme to tackle rat running by out-of-borough drivers will be launched in Fulham next Monday

Smart cameras will be used to record number plates at strategically placed points along Harwood Terrace.

Residents have long complained to the council that the road is being used as a rat-run.

An experimental closure of the road last year found it was in fact being used as a cut through, mainly by out of borough drivers.

However, the council found that closing the road only led to a build up of traffic in other streets.

Drivers caught by the new cameras will be subject to a fine.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Katie Price says her son Harvey is still in intensive care at Epsom Hospital, but is "more comfortable".

The 18-year-old, who suffers from partial blindness, Prader-Willi syndrome and autism as a result of a rare genetic disorder, was taken to hospital on Sunday.

The reality star's posted to thank fans for their support adding that Harvey is being "brave and strong".
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Chelsea are looking to strengthen their grip on a Champions League place.

They're leading Norwich 1-nil at Stamford Bridge and are on course to move four points clear of Leicester and Manchester United in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Hull's chances of avoiding Championship relegation received a huge blow as they were thrashed 8-nil by Wigan this evening.

The strugglers were 7-nil down by half-time.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:52 pm  

British Airways is going to auction off some of its multi-million pound art collection to help it cope with the coronavirus crisis.

17 items currently displayed in executive lounges and at the airline's HQ in Heathrow will go under the hammer at Sotheby's on the 28th of this month.

The lot includes work by Damien Hirst, and a painting by Bridget Riley worth an estimated £1.2 million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A Nigerian fraudster and his partner from Chiswick have been ordered to hand over more than £1m to the National Crime Agency.

Ayodele Odewale has been convicted multiple times over the last 22 years, applying for credit cards in the names of wealthy people.

His partner, 40-year-old Sara Yadav, was found to be living in a house that cost more than her annual income, and drove a £60,000 car.

Andy Lewis, from the NCA, says they stole the identities of “honest, law abiding citizens” to fund their “extravagant lifestyles”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 pm  

Wandsworth Council has written to the Mayor of London asking him to release a £2m funding pot for a number of key road projects

It says the suspension of the “London Implementation Plan Corridors” funding is holding up council projects already agreed by TfL.

This includes the West Hill traffic calming scheme.

The authority also says other funding promised by Sadiq Khan as part of the London Streetspace Plan has not been delivered.

We’ve approached the Mayor’s office for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Chelsea in action tonight

West Brom are attempting to move level on points with Leeds at the top of the Championship.

But they're being held nil-nil by fellow promotion contenders Fulham so far this evening.

Two sides battling against relegation, Middlesbrough and Hull, are just kicking off at Reading and Wigan respectively.

Tonight's Premier League game sees top four contenders Chelsea host Norwich.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

A 16 year old has been attacked by four masked men in West Molesey.

The victim was in the Grovelands Recreation Ground off Walton Road with two friends at around 9pm on July the 1st.

A black saloon car pulled up next to them, the men got out and began asking them questions.

Shortly after, they attacked the victim, punching and kicking him as well as hitting him in the head with a hammer, before driving off.

The victim sustained serious injuries and required hospital treatment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:01 pm  

A Coronavirus testing centre has been set up in Ashford this week

Any resident who has symptoms can book in to the Fordbridge Park mobile unit from now until Sunday.

As a result, the area is closed to vehicles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:47 pm  

It's understood that Virgin Atlantic is about to announce a rescue package worth £1.2bn, saving thousands of jobs

Part of the agreement will apparently see Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group put in 200-million pounds in cash.

The airline's still expected to cut a third of its workforce as it predicts customer demand will be down around 40% this year.

In March, the airline left Gatwick, to run flights from Heathrow and Manchester.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

A Dunkirk Little Ship is to be restored in Chertsey, after being sold for £40,000 by a museum in Kent

Isle of Thanet News reports that The Sundowner will be worked on for two years at Dennett’s Boat Builders.

It will then go to its new private owner.

The ship was captained by Charles Lightroller, the former Second Officer of the Titanic.

He sailed it across the channel himself, refusing to let the Navy take it, and rescued 130 men.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm  

A couple have been robbed at knifepoint near Nonsuch Park in Cheam

The victims were approached by two men who threatened them before demanding one of their watches at 11am yesterday.

The first suspect is described as a light skinned Caribbean man, in his early teens or late 20s, of a thin build and clean shaven.

The second suspect is described as a man of heavy build and shorter than the other suspect.

He was around 5 ft 8 tall.

Meanwhile, another incident also occured in the same area on Sunday at 11.30am.

Officers were called to Nonsuch Park following an attempt robbery.

The victim was approached by a man who threatened him with a weighted sock and demanded his watch.

He then assaulted the victim who managed to get away and call the police.

The suspect is described as a mixed race man, around 20 years old of a skinny build and with a British accent.

He was wearing a black hoodie which was pulled over his face.

Inspector Jon Vale, Borough Commander for Epsom and Ewell said; “We are looking to speak to anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the park this past week.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

The government says the requirement for shoppers to wear face masks in England is only just being introduced because 'evidence and understanding' of coronavirus is evolving

Those without one will be fined up to 100-pounds from the 24th of July.

But Labour's criticising how long it's taken for the instruction to be issued.

These people in Kensington have mixed views about wearing a face covering.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Heathrow Airport's passenger numbers were down 95% last month compared with June 2019

Just 350,000 people travelled through the airport.

Rules requiring everyone arriving in the UK to self-quarantine for two weeks kept demand for flights down.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Hampton Court causes prices to rise more than Buckingham Palace

Research by rental deposit replacement scheme Ome has found that the palace causes prices to soar by 207%, compared to the rest of Elmbridge.

While Buckingham Palace is in a higher priced area, it still only causes its postcode to rise by 89%.

However, the homes near Blackpool Tower drop by 17% compared to the rest of the town.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

Shoppers risk being fined up to 100 pounds if they don't wear a face mask in England

They're being made compulsory in retail settings from the 24th of July - that includes supermarkets and shopping centres.

Downing Street says there's 'growing evidence' they help protect against coronavirus.

Environment secretary George Eustice says the delay is to allow people to prepare.

Lauren Williams manages beauty store chain London Grace, which started on Putney high street.

She welcomes the greater clarity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:48 am  

Wycombe's 133-year wait for a place in the second tier of English football has come to an end

They gained promotion to the Championship last night with a 2-1 win over Oxford in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

A second-half penalty from Joe Jacobson sealed the victory.

AFC Wimbledon have finished three points above the relegation zone.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:21 am  

Vulnerable people in Croydon will continue to receive food packages and support from the council after a Government scheme ends

The authority has, alongside voluntary groups, provided almost 4,000 food parcels to those most in need since lockdown began.

But the government has announced that its support for shielded residents across the country will stop on July the 31st.

The change will affect over 2,000 people in Croydon registered on the government’s shielded list.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

Campaigners fighting to save services at St Helier have reacted badly to the news a “super hospital” is to be built in Sutton

Health bosses have decided to press ahead with plans for the site next to the Royal Marsden and Institute for Cancer Research.

Members of Keep Our St Helier Hospital say the meeting on the 3rd where the decision was made was held behind closed doors.

The group, which has been campaigning on this proposal for 5 years, has launched a petition against it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Heathrow will be using just one runway until October.

A Notice to Airmen, seen by The Independent, gives the reason as “work in progress”, as the Southern Runway is repaired.

Campaigners say the increased traffic on the northern side will cause “noise misery for hundreds of thousands of people”.

It’s due to reopen a week before the Supreme Court hears the appeal concerning expansion.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Wales are in reportedly in talks to play four home rugby games at Twickenham this autumn.

The Telegraph reports that one of the games would be the Six Nations match with Scotland.

The stadium will be able to cater for up to 40,000 fans after social distancing was reduced to one metre.

The Wales Rugby Union is facing a hit of £50m, as crowds are unlikely to be allowed to return to Cardiff until next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 13 July 2020

It’s emerged two police officers who helped break up a rave in Hammersmith earlier this month, delivered a baby hours earlier.

PC Siobhan Singh and PC Isabella Taborro spotted a car being driven erratically in central London on the evening of Friday the 3rd of July.

The officers caught up with the vehicle outside University College Hospital where it had come to a halt.

Upon approaching the car, they discovered the reason for the manner of driving; the driver’s wife was about to give birth.

The two officers delivered the baby girl in the front seat of the car.

They then made their way to the unlicensed music event in Hammersmith where they were attacked by revellers.

The officers received injuries to their shoulder and ankle and are recuperating.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

People in parks are being warned to keep an eye out for ticks.

Woodland with deer, such as Richmond and Bushy Parks, are more likely to have ticks infected with Lyme Disease.

To remove the arachnid, use tweezers or a special tool, rather than squeezing or crushing its body.

Wear long sleeved tops and trousers tucked into shoes, and avoid walking through dense vegetation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

60% of people wouldn’t be happy about going to a restaurant during the pandemic, according to a survey.

The Office for National Statistics says just 20% of the nearly 1,800 people they talked to would feel comfortable about it.

Barbara Spain, from The Wharf in Teddington, says they’ve lost a lot of income that came from events.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

There’s good news for Quins fans

The rugby club has confirmed a member who tested positive for coronavirus last week has been re-tested and declared negative.

The Twickenham based team says it remains coronavirus-free as the Club continues with Stage Two of the Return to Training Protocols.

It will continue the weekly testing protocols introduced by Premiership Rugby at the start of Stage Two.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Fire has gutted a house in Carshalton

The roof and parts of the first and ground floor of the property in Staplehurst Drive were damaged just after 6am.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Katie Price has thanked ambulance services and hospital staff after her son Harvey was taken into intensive care in Epsom

The star tweeted last night to say he's in the "best hands" and is "stable".

The 18-year-old suffers from partial blindness, Prader-Willi syndrome and autism as a result of a rare genetic disorder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

Traffic trials are to be launched in Richmond and Bushy Park later this year

Both parks have been temporarily fully or partially closed to motor vehicles since the end of March due to Covid-19.

Richmond Council says the aim of the six-month long trials is to try to prevent the open spaces being used as cut-throughs.

However, the final decision will rely on many factors.

One of the factors will be if the reduction in vehicle flow through the parks means a build-up of congestion on the surrounding roads.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:05 pm  

Pubs and restaurants traded at half their usual level last weekend, according to a new study

The Coffer Peach Business Tracker looked at a number of chains, and found restaurants had sales 41% below normal.

They’ve been forced to adapt to measures including reduced capacity and social distancing.

Barbara Spain from the Wharf in Teddington says they’ve tried to retain a restaurant atmosphere, and not make their precautions too glaring:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

A 12 year-old boy has been released by police, after being questioned about racist messages sent to Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha

They were sent over the weekend, before his Premier League side lost 2-nil against Aston Villa.

West Midlands police say they're attempting to contact the footballer to obtain a statement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:32 pm  

A man riding a motorbike covered in skulls has been reported for dangerous driving in Staines

Police saw on CCTV that the man was riding the wrong way down a one-way street, ignoring red lights and making illegal u-turns.

An unmarked car stopped him, and he was reported for driving offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Wimbledon will be giving £10m in prize money to the 620 players who would have played at the tournament

The All-England Club says they’ve looked at their finances following their insurance payout.

They’ll be distributing the money based on world rankings, with the 256 players who would have competed in the main draw singles getting £25,000.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

There’s a warning that a drop in donations could cause Putney Animal Hospital to close

The RSPCA is warning that four centres across London are at risk.

The area’s MP Fleur Anderson is meeting with the charity today, and has set up a petition to save it.

It’s the only 24-hour animal hospital in the capital, and carries out 20% of all the RSPCA’s frontline work.

You can find a link to the petition here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson expects Christian Benteke's red card to cost them dearly during the final games of the Premier League season

The striker will miss the rest of the campaign after being sent off in the final moments of their 2-nil defeat to Aston Villa.

Hodgson was unhappy with how niggly the match became.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:20 am  

Retail footfall for June more than halved compared to the same month last year

Figures from Springboard suggest people are not heading back to their high streets, despite many stores reopening.

The organisation says London was particularly badly hit, with 80% fewer shoppers compared to in 2019.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:59 am  

A growing number of companies say they'll reject the chancellor's offer of a bonus for bringing back furloughed workers

John Lewis, Primark and William Hill have all said they don't intend to claim the cash.

John Lewis is turning down the money despite shutting eight stores, including in Croydon and Heathrow.

Last week, Rishi Sunak announced firms would be eligible for a thousand pounds for every employee who returns to work.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Sunday 12 July 2020

A major refurbishment of Wandsworth Bridge is just days away.

The works are part of a £6 million scheme due to begin earlier this year but postponed because of Coronavirus.

Phase one, which starts on July 20th, is expected to last around two months, involving work to the surface.

A further ten months of works on the underside of the bridge will then take place but this shouldn’t cause too much disruption for the public.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A charity in Norwood is helping young people improve their mental health during the pandemic.

Big Kid Foundation went virtual over lockdown and kept in close contact with teenagers in the area as their lives changed overnight.

Now restrictions are easing Big Kid Foundation is leading socially distanced activities and helping teens take control of their lives.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:03 pm  

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with racist messages sent to Crystal Palace footballer Wilfried Zaha.

The player's been praised by his boss Roy Hodgson for going public, calling the abuse 'cowardly and despicable.'

The messages were sent hours before his team's 2-nil loss against Aston Villa.

West Midlands Police says racism will not be tolerated.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

A man’s been charged with murder after a teenager was fatally stabbed on the Kingswood Estate in West Dulwich.

18-year-old Donnell Rhule was attacked on Lyall Avenue on Wednesday night, he died at the scene.

Eren Iniss, who’s 26 and from Bromley, has been charged with his murder and will appear in court tomorrow.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A digital reminder service to help people in Wandsworth stay on top of their council tax payments will be launched tomorrow.

People who’ve provided phone numbers and email addresses will receive notifications if they miss a payment.

If the problem has been caused by their bank or they have forgotten to pay, they can quickly take steps to get their account in order.

The reminders will come in the form of automated voice calls, emails or text message containing a link to a webform.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

A Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the country in the first half of next year if trials are successful.

A team is developing the vaccine at Imperial College London in South Kensington.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

The coronavirus infection rate seems to have risen sharply in parts of Surrey and South West London, according to Public Health England.

Epsom & Ewell’s seen an almost four-fold increase in the first week of July, and in neighbouring Mole Valley it’s three times higher than it was.

Wandsworth and Richmond have also seen a noticeable rise in coronavirus cases.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm  

A man’s died of what are believed to be gunshot wounds, in Penge.

Police and Ambulance were on the scene in Croydon Road near the junction with Tremaine Road at around 2.20am this morning.

The man, apparently in his 30s, died at the scene.

A crime scene remains in place there and officers are appealing for witnesses.

No arrests have yet been made, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:37 pm  

Choristers from St Mary’s Church in Barnes and the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace have been adding their voices to a new charity lockdown single

Choristers from St Mary’s Church in Barnes and the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace have been adding their voices to a new charity lockdown single.

The recording of Sing Forever is hoping to raise 10 thousand pounds for struggling choirs.

It features 268 singers from groups which include 44 cathedral choirs.

They all recorded their parts at home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

Police in Streatham are appealing for help in tracing a suspect who ran from the scene of an assault in the early hours yesterday morning.

Police in Streatham are appealing for help in tracing a suspect who ran from th scene of an assault in the early hours yesterday morning.

A 42 year-old man was taken to hospital after the incident on Streatham High Road. His condition is described as critical.

Anyone with information about the incident, which took place near Ambleside Avenue are around 2am is is being urged to call 101 or contact crimestoppers
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

A murder investigation is underway in Kennington after man was fatally stabbed on the Black Prince Estate.

The 30 year-old was treated by paramedics but died at the scene last night.

Police say that a short time later a 26 year-old man presented himself at hospital with stab injuries, believed to have been sustained in the same incident.

They’re not thought to be life-threatening.

There have been no arrests and police stress their inquiries are at an early stage. They’ve appealed for witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

From tomorrow libraries across Merton are re-opening with a click a collect service.

From tomorrow libraries across Merton are re-opening with a click a collect service.

Wimbledon, Mitcham and Colliers Wood will open and there will be the use of some computers with prior reservation.

Friends of West Barnes Library say reopening will be organised with social distancing rules.

West Barnes library remains closed for now.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 am  

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