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Saturday 1 August 2020

A scheme which helps curb anti-social behaviour could be extended to include more areas of Leatherhead.

Public Spaces Protection Orders give councils and police the power to target low level incidents including dog fouling.

A number of PSPOs are already in place across Mole Valley but the council wants them extended over the next three years.

If agreed, they’ll incorporate Leatherhead’s Riverside Walk and Red House Grounds areas as well as the town centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 pm  

A man’s been injured in a shooting in Croydon.

Officers were called to London Road at just after 1am this morning, following reports of a gunshot.

According to MET Police, a man in his 20s, was found with a bullet wound.

He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not said to be life-threatening.

No arrests have been made.

Four other men were also injured last night in two shootings Brixton and Hackney.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm  

Large toy bears are being used to help enforce social distancing at a restaurant in Balham.

Moroccan eatery - Tagine's seated a dozen stuffed animals on tables to make sure diners stay a safe distance apart.

The owner says customers are now requesting to sit next to one.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:38 pm  

Claims that Surrey’s firefighters have been “struggling” after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19 have been denied by the Service.

The Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union said the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service risked understaffing when 20 more personnel had to self-isolate after a training course.

The Service say they’ve not been “at contingency level or lower” and the firefighters in isolation will all be back to work on Monday.

Dave Nicholson, SFRS Group Commander Learning and Development said, “Comprehensive risk assessments are in place to undertake the full range of training activities. We have investigated the courses in question where individuals were found not to be in compliance with our existing risk assessments. The service has reiterated control measures that staff must follow.”

Surrey's statement in full.

"We do not recognise the claims that have been made by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
To be clear, this is not an outbreak. One operational firefighter tested positive for Covid-19 on the 25th of July 2020. As a result, Test and Trace protocols have been implemented by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).
All of the people identified through Test and Trace have been tested and were found to be negative but continue to self-isolate as per government guidelines. We are expecting the individuals who are self-isolating to be back to work from Monday 3 August.
Appropriate control measures and operational adjustments have been put in place. We have continued to attend every emergency and ensured enough fire appliances to meet demand. We have not been at contingency level or lower during this time. We have continued to achieve our response standard (first fire appliance within 10 minutes, second within 15 minutes).
We have reintroduced safety critical training courses such as breathing apparatus training. The service did consult with the FBU regarding control measures to ensure we were as safe as possible. In addition to this, a Health and Safety Representative, who was an FBU member, was seconded to enable this consultation to take place. The decision was made to reopen our training centre after consultation with the FBU.
Dave Nicholson, SFRS Group Commander Learning and Development said, “Comprehensive risk assessments are in place to undertake the full range of training activities. We have investigated the courses in question where individuals were found not to be in compliance with our existing risk assessments. The service has reiterated control measures that staff must follow.”
All staff are issued personal, reusable water bottles and can reorder these whenever they wish. They also have access to non-reusable plastic bottles of water on fire engines.
Staff have been reminded continuously of Covid-19 guidance, including information regarding social distancing. Facemasks are not required in classroom training sessions – this is both national and specific to SFRS guidance.
The service does recognise pandemics within official documents and strategies, our Making Surrey Safer Plan includes local and national Community Risk Registers which identifies risk we should be prepared for.
The advice is that if you are symptomatic, to get tested at the earliest opportunity and to not attend the workplace if you are showing any symptoms. Across our service, staff have worked hard to design and implement control measures and now it is imperative that these are maintained to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

The Coastguard had its busiest day for more than four years yesterday, as the UK recorded its third hottest day ever.

Temperatures reached 37-point-8 degrees Celsius at London's Heathrow Airport.

Many of the calls made were about people being cut off by the tide, missing children and swimmers getting into difficulty.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:17 pm  

Police are investing a collision that took place in Croydon

The 30-year-old victim was with a friend on Whitehorse Road in the early hours of Tuesday 21 July, when they became involved in a verbal altercation with a man in a beige Mini Clubman.

The victim and his friend reported the Mini had been following them so pulled over to confront the driver, at which point the man is reported to have driven at both men.

The car hit the victim and crushed him against his van, where he sustained serious pelvic injuries and remains in hospital.

If you have any information that could help police investigate please call 101.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

Seven extra tonnes of rubbish were collected from Croydon's parks over May and June.

The Council is the latest authority to join the nationwide "Respect Your Park" campaign on social media.

The initiative encourages visitors to make sure they clear up after themselves and take their rubbish home if bins are full.

It also aims to educate people on the detrimental effect littering has on wildlife.

Last month, a stag was pictured in Richmond Park with plastic tubing wrapped around its antlers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:29 am  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is impressed with the job Mikel Arteta has done since taking over at Arsenal in December

The two sides meet at Wembley this evening in the FA Cup final.

Lampard knows it can be tough trying to get your philosophy across as a new manager.

Both Lampard and Arteta will be looking for a first major trophy as new managers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

Surrey's firefighters have "struggled" to maintain cover after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.

That's according to Norbiton based Fire Brigades' Union which claims health and safety measures were not properly implemented.

It says the firefighter tested positive last week after undergoing two days of training exercises without proper inflection prevention.

The FBU says the move meant 20 more personnel had to be removed from duty for self-isolation.

We've contacted Surrey Fire and Rescue for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

Over 5,000 people in Sutton who claim Universal Credit are at risk of being penalised financially.

That's according to the borough's Lib Dems, with new research showing job vacancies have plunged 63% due to Coronavirus.

Evidence of job hunting is required in order to claim the payment.

Although sanctions were paused during the Covid-19 pandemic, they are set to resume despite the job market collapsing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 am  

Tougher parking controls could be implemented across the whole of North Kew.

Richmond Council is proposing the idea so that priority parking is given to residents and businesses.

The council is anticipating a higher demand for spaces from non residents around Brentford’s new football stadium off Lionel Road.

A new housing development over Kew Bridge is also expected to increase pressure on parking.

A public consultation has been launched on the matter.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

A key workers housing scheme is being piloted in Kensington and Chelsea.

The aim is to provide affordable rental options for NHS and teaching staff working in the borough.

The one, two and three-bedroom apartments in Kensal Road feature open plan living, with fully fitted kitchens.

The council says the pilot will help determine how much need there is for this type of housing going forward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

St George’s Hospital in Tooting is second best in London for cancer care and treatment.

That’s according to 700 patients who have taken part in the annual National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.

The survey is carried out on behalf of NHS England and gives patients the chance to feedback and rate aspects of their care.

One breast cancer patient continued her treatment in Tooting despite relocating to Kent because of her confidence in the quality of her care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday 31 July 2020

A Mobile Mop Up scheme has raised £4,000 for the Mayor of Kingston’s Charitable Trust.

The Council teamed up with Genuine Solutions in Surbiton who recover, recycle and re-use handsets and small electronic devices.

Collection boxes were delivered around the borough for dropping off old phones which were all securely wiped before recycling or re-use.

The proceeds from the project will go the Kingston Centre for Independent Living and the youth charity, Oxygen.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A solicitor from Hounslow had admitted an “innocent mistake” of emailing client data to her personal account.

Parminder Kaur Dhillon from Lovell Chohan says she was sending templates and precedents to herself before handing in her notice.

She says she didn’t realise it contained personal data.

She’s since removed it and apologised to everyone concerned.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority decided a full prosecution wasn’t warranted, but she still had to pay £6,600 in costs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A crowdfunder has been launched to buy a motorbike for a charity which delivers blood out of hours for free.

It’s been launched by Richard Mayall from South Wimbledon, after his friend Simon was killed in a motorbike accident last year.

Blood Bikers makes 75,000 deliveries a year for the NHS.

Their motto is “we might be having the ride of YOUR life”.

To find their Gofundme page click here.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he hasn't decided who will play in goal for tomorrow's FA Cup final.

Kepa was dropped in favour of Willy Caballero for the final Premier League game against Wolves on Sunday.

Lampard says he's shown throughout the season, he has no problem making changes where necessary.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

It's officially the third hottest UK day on record, with temperatures reaching 37-point-8 degrees at Heathrow Airport

That's warmer than Ibiza and Lisbon.

A storm warning covering much of England's been issued until midnight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 pm  

A man and his motorbike have been rescued from sinking mud at Chiswick Eyot

Chiswick RNLI was alerted by a member of the public before scrambling to free him.

It’s unclear how the man and his motorbike came to enter the water.

Chiswick lifeboat station remains the second busiest in the country behind Tower London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Croydon Council has launched a new health awareness campaign as fears over a second Coronavirus wave increase
Keep Croydon Safe will aim to create awareness of the easiness of testing as well as the NHS Test and Trace service.

It’s an off-shoot of the Keep London Safe campaign.

A recent YouGov poll showed 46% of Londoners don’t know how to get a Covid-19 test and 35% know little or nothing about Test and Trace.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A crowdfunder has been launched to buy a motorbike for a charity which delivers blood out of hours for free

It’s been launched by Richard Mayall from South Wimbledon, after his friend Simon was killed in a motorbike accident last year.

Blood Bikers makes 75,000 deliveries a year for the NHS.

Their motto is “we might be having the ride of YOUR life”.

You can find a link to the fundraiser here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

A former police officer from Kingston has been commended by the Met Commissioner for her 50 years of service

Maggie Price was just 19 years old when she joined the force in 1969.

Throughout the 70s and 80s, she helped the Met win the national police first aid competition three times.

Maggie says one of her lasting memories is being ordered by her male duty officer not to go into a pub to break up a fight.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

The University of Surrey is looking for people for human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine

Professor Simon Skene says it’s already produced “encouraging signs” of immune response in animals.

The University is looking for 40 volunteers between 18 and 75, who’ll receive two doses over two visits.

If trials are successful, the drug could be rolled out next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Part of Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton remains closed today after an outbreak of Covid-19

The Urgent Treatment Centre, formerly known as Minor Injury Unit, was shut down yesterday.

The decision is being reviewed on a regular basis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

We now have an idea of how much the coronavirus pandemic has cost British Airways' parent company

IAG lost £3.8bn in just the first six months of this year.

It made about £900m in the same period in 2019.

Chief executive Willie Walsh admits it's taking longer than hoped to get back to normal:

The Heathrow-based airline is looking to cut 12,000 jobs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A tower block planned for next to Kingston Station will be around a third of the original size, if it goes ahead

Councillors decided the Canbury Place development should be reduced from 25 stories to 17.

It’s still higher than the 12 stories that guidance says is the maximum for the area, but the council says it needs to be tall to make it viable.

Of the new flats available to rent, less than a quarter will be affordable.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A woman from Thornton Heath has been charged after allegedly trying to stab her neighbours

She’s said to have initially knocked on their door to make a noise complaint, before returning to her flat and picking up a kitchen knife.

A friend of the victim was at the house, and was cut with the knife while trying to defend them.

Video had been taken, and that was used to take her to court.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

We're being warned about the dangers of swimming in open water as the weather gets warmer

223 people died in accidental drownings in the UK last year - and the figures were highest during July and August.

The RNLI in Teddington is reminding people to “float to live”.

They’re highlighting the dangers of swimming in the Thames.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Fulham are through to the Championship play-off final despite a 2-1 defeat in the second leg of their semi-final against Cardiff

Scott Parker's team progressed 3-2 on aggregate to set up a Wembley showdown with South-West London rivals Brentford next week.

The Fulham boss says his side will need to be much improved if they're to get promoted.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:02 am  

A woman has been arrested after a man was stabbed to death during a party in Hounslow

Police were called just before 3am yesterday to Green Lane, where 32-year-old Nathan Mitra was found with serious injuries.

Despite the efforts of medics, he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101, or contact Crimestoppers to stay anonymous.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

A van hire company in Addlestone will be able to grow, after a £10m funding package from HSBC

Herd Hire saw a big increase in demand during lockdown, as the need for online deliveries skyrocketed.

It’s going to use the money to expand and buy new vans.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

Thursday 30 July 2020

People across Richmond are being asked to document their experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic through photographs

Richmond Library Services wants pictures of the borough during lockdown, as well as ones of lockdown measures easing.

Residents have already been submitting diary entries to the project.

The aim is to document this moment in history for generations to come.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A “no-nonsense” anti-littering campaign is to be trialled in a part of Merton

It will aim to tackle the increase in littering seen in the borough since lockdown restrictions eased.

Anti-littering signs will carry messaging similar to the ones used in a successful campaign recently led by York Council.

The trial will start off in Trinity Ward.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

The man believed to be the world’s oldest bell ringer has died in Sunbury

101 year old Dennis Brock had lived in the town his whole life.

He rang more than 1,100 sets of bells at various churches and taught the practice, known as campanology, to hundreds of people.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:01 pm  

Ten people from across London have been arrested as part of a County Lines investigation, with one person from Croydon

It comes after a 13-month long investigation into drug supply and violent crime in Norwich.

20-year-old Muhammed Malik is among those charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Officers found a number of vulnerable people who’d been affected by the network, and they’re now working with them to make them safe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 pm  

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after coming off his e-scooter in the early hours in Kingston

Police were called to Park Road at 1.30am

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was found unconscious at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:18 pm  

New neighbourhood safety measures in Spelthorne have received funding of over £500 million for the first time in 40 years

That’s thanks to a project proposed by the Surrey Police and Crime Commsissioner’s Office as part of a £25 million scheme.

The Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund will allow physical improvements to safety in two locations in Stanwell North.

The money will further improve community wellbeing and deter potential thieves from targeting properties and vehicles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

A protest is taking place tomorrow against the closing of Putney Animal Hospital

Councillors, RSPCA staff, and members of the public will be taking to the streets, wearing masks and social distancing.

A drop in donations has meant the RSPCA is looking into closing their 4 hospitals in London.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

Six people have been charged as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into HMP High Down in Sutton

The group includes three prisoners.

The investigation was launched after a package, suspected to be cannabis, was thrown over the prison wall last Wednesday.

They’ll appear in court next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm  

Heathrow says it has enough cash to last until at least June 2021 with no revenue

The airport says passenger numbers fell 96 percent between April and June, compared with the first three months of the year.

Cargo volumes dropped by 30 percent, with overall revenues down by 85 percent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Plans for a Sutton Tramlink have been shelved

Transport for London announced the plan will not go ahead, due to a “significant funding gap” and the reasoning being “poor”.

In February, a tram line between Sutton and Colliers Wood was the preferred option, following a three-month consultation.

This announcement follows a £1.6bn funding package from the government.

Lib Dem Councillor Jayne McCoy says “the tram would have unlocked access to jobs, housing and attracted new business and investment into the borough”.

They’re calling for more money for the capital, and the ability to retain more the city’s taxes.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Firefighters and control staff have been offered a 2% pay rise

However, the Norbiton-based Fire Brigades Union has called it “insulting”, saying they’ve had a decade of pay restraint.

They’re saying that they’ve been taking on extra work during the pandemic, such as driving ambulances.

The 2% offer is the same as judges, senior civil servants, and the armed forces, but below teachers and police.

The union will now launch a consultation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:51 am  

Brentford said goodbye to their home of 116 years, Griffin Park, by overturning a 1-nil deficit against Swansea to reach the Championship play-off final

Thomas Frank's team were 3-1 winners on the night, to progress to Wembley 3-2 on aggregate.

The Brentford boss says it was fitting way to end their time at the stadium.

They'll play the winners of tonight's tie between Fulham and Cardiff.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

A window cleaner needs to repay £250,000 to his dead brother’s family, after giving away the inheritance to the poor

58-year-old Peter Ivory from Hendon arranged the sale of his brother Mick’s house in Wallington after he died, and gave his estate to the homeless.

Mick died without leaving a will, and Peter claimed he was following Mick’s wishes by keeping it from the rest of the family.

Judge Timothy Bowles said “you may think you took a moral position, but what you have actually done is deprive other people of money that is actually theirs”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

The leaders of Surrey’s 11 councils are urging the government to keep an open mind when it comes to a proposed “unitary status.”

At the moment, services including housing and education, are decided upon by each individual authority.

However, the Government has expressed an interest in fewer councils controlling larger areas.

This could mean one Surrey-wide council serving as many as 1.2 million people.

A joint letter has been submitted to the Government requesting the characteristics of each of the county’s councils be retained.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 am  

Councils are cracking down on littering in public parks, after a massive spike since lockdown was eased

More than half of the country’s parks have had to pull in extra resources to do clear-ups, bin emptying, and maintaining public order.

Epsom Councillor Barry Nash says, “staff with many years of experience working in parks claim they have never known a period as bad as this.”

Meanwhile in Hounslow, Councillor Samia Chaudhary asks you to, “clear up after yourself and take rubbish back home for recycling.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 am  

A website has been launched to tell people what Lambeth Council are doing to tackle the climate emergency

It contains information to help you reduce your carbon footprint, and a map of what’s happening where to fight climate change.

In Streatham, there’s a cargo bike scheme to replace local deliveries and collections previously made by cars or vans.

The council is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Wednesday 29 July 2020

A man from Hammersmith has been ordered to pay £400 to a trans woman he verbally abused at Gatwick Airport

37-year-old Simon Elgy pled guilty to causing harassment, alarm or distress.

Data from the Home Office shows hate crimes against transgender people are growing faster than any other group.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Tony Hadley is proving he’s gold when it comes to fundraising

The Spandau Ballet frontman is to host a special virtual event for Hampton and Guildford based children’s hospices Shooting Star.

He’ll perform duets with special guests Michael Ball and Shane Richie, as well as host an online auction.

All money raised from the event on August the 1st will be ploughed back into the charity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 pm  

A number of people in a part of Kingston are expressing concern about speeding on 20mph roads

Residents living in Park Road and Wyndham Road are asking the council to take action.

They’ve written to councillors requesting clear signs are erected.

They claim that some drivers are reaching speeds of up to 40mph, double the limit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Brentford are hoping to make their last game at Griffin Park a memorable one

They’re playing Swansea in the Championship play-off semi-final, and are 1-nil down going in.

If they win, they’re in with a chance of promotion to the Premier League.

Griffin Park has been the Bee’s home ground since 1904.

Brentford fan Malcolm spoke to Radio Jackie’s Alistair Wright earlier about the future of the club:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police officers investigating an assault in Richmond Park have charged a man

60 year old Stephen Diaz is due to appear in court in October.

The charges against him relate to an assault against two male cyclists, aged 28 and 35 on Friday, the 10th of April.

Their injuries were not life threatening.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

A cylinder explosion has gutted a garage in Hounslow

Firefighters were called to reports of a blaze in Rosebery Road at 11.30 this morning.

The cylinders exploded before they arrived.

A man and woman were treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Graffiti accusing the Conservative party of being “traitors” has surfaced in New Malden

A number of “Tories are traitors” slogans have been daubed onto the pavement along The Cut.

The wording is accompanied by the Russian Communist symbol of the hammer and sickle.

The popular walk and cycling route has only recently undergone a make-over; Kingston Council has been notified.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

Over 4,000 fines were handed out to fly-tippers and people caught littering in Hounslow last year

The authority has launched its new “Love Parks” campaign to encourage people to look after their environment.

It says the summer months are putting extra pressure on its rubbish contractor which is already working in “challenging conditions.”

Councils across the UK are reporting clearing up, on average, 57 tonnes of additional waste from their parks since lockdown.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm  

A cleaning company in Clapham is leading the way when it comes to recycling

Cleanology is saving 7,000 plastic bottles a year from landfill by kitting out staff in uniforms made from recycled plastic.

Manufactured from a blend of plastic bottles and organic cotton, they are 100% sustainable, ‘fair wear’ garments.

The company already operates an electric fleet of vehicles.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:01 pm  

The Football Association has confirmed the Community Shield will take place at Wembley next month

The traditional curtain-raiser to the new season will be played between Premier League champions Liverpool and the winner of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal.

It'll be on the 29th of August.

There are reports some fans could be allowed into the stadium.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Coronavirus testing for air passengers is being considered by the government, but a minister says it's not as reliable as asking people to self-isolate for two weeks

Heathrow Airport is urging ministers to start checking everyone who lands, saying forcing people into a long quarantine is too damaging for the economy.

Its boss John Holland-Kaye says a two-test system, several days apart, could halve the time people have to spend at home.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:42 am  

Kingston is one of the most popular cities to name a boy after

That’s according to GiftsOnline4U, who found that between 1996 and 2018, Vienna was the most popular for girls and Cairo for boys.

They also found that while there were 126 girls named London, 69 boys have that name as well.

Kingstons around the world include Jamaica, Australia, Ontario and Hull.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Two medical companies say they've reached an agreement with the UK government for up to 60 million doses of a possible coronavirus vaccine

The deal is with Sanofi and Brentford-based GlaxoSmithKline, who announced they were teaming-up back in April.

The first clinical trials are expected in September and they’re hoping to get approval next year.

This is the fourth agreement of this type ministers have struck with firms.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Police say that youths fighting is what caused the disturbance outside Worcester Park station yesterday

Officers were called just before 4.30 in the afternoon, where they found a male suffering injuries, which weren’t life-threatening or changing.

There has been no arrest.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A music concert has been held at The Clapham Grand as part of a series of pilots for how socially-distanced live performances will work

The gig saw an audience of just 200 - a fifth of the venue's usual capacity.

All guests were seated, with temperature checks on the door and table service for drinks.

Indoor theatres and music venues can reopen across England from Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:52 am  

Tuesday 28 July 2020

A court’s heard a knife used to kill a football fan was taken from the set of the latest Fast & Furious film.

20 year old Tashan Daniel was stabbed to death on his way to an Arsenal match at Hillingdon Tube station last September.

Alex Lanning and Jonathan Camille from Chelsea deny murder.

It was claimed to jurors at the Old Bailey earlier that Lanning took the weapon, a film prop, from Warner Bros studios where he worked.

The trial continues.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Three people have been sexually assaulted on trains travelling between London Bridge, Crystal Place and East Croydon.

The separate incidents happened between 7.30am and 9.30am on Friday the 10th of July.

One of the victims was inappropriately touched on the legs and chest.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a person they’d like to question in relation to the incidents.

Anyone who knows the person in the CCTV is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

In both cases, quote reference 2000045937.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A con artist who once scammed the boss of Prince Harry’s charity out of £1,000 is now facing jail.

“Champagne Charlie” sold a production company in Soho fake tickets to Wimbledon worth £1,500.

In 2016, he was jailed for 15 months for a similar crime.

John Clugston has admitted one count of fraud by false representation, and will be sentenced at a later date.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 pm  

Richmond Council says they “have a duty to promote public health messages”, and will not be participating in the Twitter walkout.

Leader Gareth Roberts says “racism and hatred of any kind should not be tolerated”.

Politicians and celebrities are staging a 48-hour walkout, which started at 9am yesterday.

It’s in protest of anti-Semitic comments posted by grime artist Wiley, and the length of time it took for the posts to be removed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 pm  

Croydon Council is urging people to complete a survey on how it can improve its support for equality, fairness and inclusion within the borough.

Its currently updating its equality objectives so it can develop a future strategy over the next 4 years.

Vulnerable residents and anyone that shares a protected characteristic under the Equality Act will assessed.

Factors under consideration will be race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnerships as well as pregnancy and maternity.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:14 pm  

A decision on the future of the Ride London Surrey 100 cycling tournament now won’t be made until September.

A public consultation took place earlier this year to see whether residents wanted the event back in the county after next year.

The decision was due to be discussed in April but the Coronavirus Pandemic means it’s been put on hold.

Surrey County Council says it is still committed to holding the 2021 race as planned, but changes will need to be made.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm  

Police have seized a 16-inch machete from a 17 year old in Croydon town centre

It’s after they stopped and searched the youth while carrying out a “weapons sweep” in Drummond Road last night.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and possession of class B drugs.

He remains in police custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:39 pm  

A man’s escaped a bungalow blaze in Mitcham

Firefighters were called to Hammond Avenue just after 5pm last night and the man was treated at the scene.

Meanwhile part of a maisonette was damaged in another fire in Battersea yesterday lunchtime.

The blaze broke out in Strasburg Road; one man made his way out of the property before firefighters arrived.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 pm  

Brentford manager Thomas Frank ahead of tomorrow's Championship play-off semi-final second leg with Swansea

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

A controversial proposal to install a bus gate in the heart of Ewell Village has been dropped

Epsom MP Chris Grayling confirmed the news earlier.

The gate would have been situated outside the Neopolitan Kitchen, meaning no traffic except buses and emergency vehicles could pass through.

Residents had complained the move would have killed off business in the town.

Mr Grayling has asked Surrey County Council to consider redesigning the high street instead to help with traffic calming.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Croydon Council is temporarily waiving the fee usually issued to sports clubs and personal trainers using the borough’s parks

The authority says it is backing physical activity and wants to make sure sports providers can get back to business safely.

However, anybody wishing to use one of Croydon’s parks to run exercise sessions must still obtain a park user agreement.

These can be obtained via the council website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

An out of control bonfire is believed to be the cause of a blaze in Croydon yesterday

Firefighters were called to the rear of a property in Thornton Road at 5.30am.

A tree was damaged but there were no reports of any injuries.

London Fire Brigade is reminding people to follow council guidance when lighting a bonfire and be respectful of neighbours.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Kingston Hospital is congratulating all of its newly graduated “Covid doctors.”

The Interim FY1 team has been training during the pandemic.

FY1 is a foundation course which sees students take on a two year, general postgraduate medical training programme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man has been charged with the death of a woman in Sutton

26-year-old James Martin from Crawley is accused of manslaughter.

It’s believed Stella Frew got into a white transit van, then “got into a dispute” with him.

She was hit by the van in Tonfield Road, which drove off afterwards.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

The Foreign Office insists it faced an "unprecedented" crisis as it tried to get British people back home at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

A group of MPs has found its repatriation operation was too slow.

Joseph Ingell from Epsom was stranded on a cruise ship in Manila for fifty days.

He had problems getting advice from the embassy:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:41 am  

Cardiff have a lot of work to do in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final on Thursday after losing 2-nil to Fulham last night

Scott Parker's side scored with an injury time free kick to double their advantage.

Cardiff manager Neil Harris says he was furious by the refereeing decision in the lead up to the second goal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:03 am  

The British Bulldogs lead the Union Jacks 9-4 going into day two of the Battle of the Brits tennis tournament in Roehampton

Britain's top ranked players, Johanna Konta and Dan Evans, both suffered shock defeats on the opening day.

There were wins for Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson in the exhibition event - which has been organised by Jamie Murray.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

Wandsworth town centre could become pedestrianised

The Council says it is aiming to make the borough greener post-Covid and has launched a new “Smart Growth Recovery Plan.”

Town hall bosses say potentially, the one-way system could be removed, freeing up space for walking, cycling and housing.

The plans, discussed with Historic England, would be put out to public consultation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:01 am  

People in Croydon are now able to meet council staff in person.

Pre-booked appointments are now available for people who need them, although they’re encouraging people to stay online if possible.

The council is still unable to take drop-in visits.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

The MP for Richmond Park has presented an “Early Day Motion” to save free and discounted travel for young people in London.

MPs are using the petition to lobby the government to keep the Zip Oyster card scheme which launched in 2005.

Sarah Olney is one of 16 MPs questioning why the Department of Transport is demanding TfL discontinues the scheme.

The campaign #DontZapTheZip claims the Zip Oyster is a “lifeline” and removal would impact disproportionally on poorer Londoners.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 27 July 2020

Two rainbow crossings have been installed in Richmond and Twickenham.

They represent the Pride Flag in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

One is outside Richmond station and the other on King Street in Twickenham.

Richmond Council says they’ve been created at a time when homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate seems to be increasing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Community groups in Surrey are to get £100m over the next five years.

The County Council will fund projects “that make a lasting difference to their local community”.

Councillor Mark Nuti says they “want to build and expand on the good will and commitment” they’ve seen throughout lockdown.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

From today, Qatar Airlines is switching terminals at Heathrow from Terminal 2 to a temporary home in Terminal 5.

The airline lost its former home in Terminal 4 when it was closed during the pandemic.

Business class passengers and Gold members will have access to the British Airways Galleries South Lounge.

T4 is expected to stay closed until 2021.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man has been charged, after a 13-year-old boy had his bike stolen in Croydon

While the teen was riding his bike, two boys on an e-scooter approached him, and one threatened to punch him if he didn’t hand the bike over.

The bike was later found being advertised on snapchat.

Police recognised the man, and found the bike at his house.

It’s since been returned.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:09 pm  

A pet cat has become the first animal in the UK to test positive for coronavirus

It's thought it caught the illness from its owner, who previously had Covid-19.

The pet's from England, with the test carried out in Weybridge.

The animal has since recovered, and the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer says there's no evidence it passed Covid-19 onto its owners.

Government advice is to wash your hands before and after contact with animals.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:42 pm  

Nearly 500 coronavirus fines were handed out in Surrey between March and May

The county represents less than 3% of the national total, which is over 17,000.

84% of the fines went to men under the age of 45.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Alison Barlow says they wanted to use enforcement as a last result, preferring to “engage, explain and encourage”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

A ten-year-old boy has been given an official warning, after caught driving a quad bike on Thorpe Green

He was given a Section 59 Warning in front of his father, after he was found driving the 100cc vehicle.

If he’s caught riding in an anti-social manner again in the next year, the vehicle could be seized.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

Police in Kew are being thanked, after returning a stolen car to its “very grateful” owner

Just after 1am on Saturday morning, police were called to Lawn Crescent, where the Range Rover had been taken.

Officers saw it nearby, stopped the driver and arrested him.

Owner Andy says “massive thanks for a thoroughly efficient and professional job and really courteous officers”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm  

Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre has been wrapped in bright pink barrier tape, to highlight the damage to the industry due to the pandemic

The Missing Live Theatre project is happening nationwide.

There’s a warning that 70% of arts companies will close by Christmas without government support.

Marie McCarthy, from the Omnibus, says 157 events were cancelled overnight in March, and “took all the life out of the theatre”.

They’re running events online, and say “audiences are willing us to survive”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

People to are being invited to join The Wandsworth Tree Warden Network so trees in poor condition can be treated quickly by experts

Volunteers are needed to help keep the streets looking green with healthy trees.

There are 16,000 trees in the streets along with 45,000 more in parks and housing estates.

People are invited to water trees that look distressed with brown leaves or dry and cracked soil round the base.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The Liberal Democrat candidate for the Mayor of London has pulled out of the race

Siobhan Benita from New Malden says as it’s an unpaid position, she’s not able to commit to another year of campaigning.

A YouGov poll in March found Mrs Benita had just 4% of the vote, putting her behind the Green Party and independent Rory Stewart.

The election has been postponed until next year due to COVID-19.

The party is in the process of selecting a new candidate.

Siobhan Benita says:

“It has been a privilege to campaign as the Lib Dem candidate for the past 18 months. I am immensely grateful to all the fabulous party members, volunteers and friends who supported my campaign and shared this experience with me.

“London is the best city on Earth and that is because of the amazing people who live and work here. I have been both inspired and humbled by all the individuals and organisations I’ve had the pleasure to meet across the capital. Londoners have enormous resilience, creativity and passion and I have every faith in their ability to overcome even the most challenging times that lie ahead.

“The demands of being a candidate are significant, particularly for an election of this scale, The nature of the role, which is unpaid, makes it very difficult to combine with other work. Sadly, at this stage, I’m simply not able to commit to another full year of campaigning. I wish the very best of luck to my successor and look forward to supporting their campaign for a better London.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:04 am  

Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre is looking for 125 babies to help it mark its 125th anniversary

The ‘Born in the Borough’ campaign pledges to give all newborns unrivalled artistic opportunities for their first 25 years of life.

The aim is to create a new generation of theatre and arts lovers.

Parents of babies born in the borough between July the 20th this year and July the 21st next year can apply.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was hit by a van in Sutton

It’s believed that 38-year-old Stella Frew was hit by a white Transit van, which she had been travelling in before she died.

A man in his 20s is in custody after the incident on Friday evening.

Police are appealing for information, and say she was in the area of the A24 in Stonecot, and was wearing a bright red top.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

A primary school in Tooting has won a double award for its work supporting families and children with disabilities

Penwortham School won in the National Educational Needs and Disabilities Awards in the “Partnership with Parents” category.

The school has 647 pupils who between them speak 39 different languages.

This follows another success in May, when it was named as a Centre of Excellence in The Quality Mark Inclusive Schools Award

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 am  

Two men have been released after a high-speed pursuit took place on Friday evening which started in Cobham and finished in Shepperton

A 18-year-old man from Walton was arrested on suspicion of various driving offences.

A 38-year-old passenger, who was also from Walton, was arrested on suspicion of being equipped for theft or burglary

Three other people, who were also passengers in the car, were not arrested and are being treated as witnesses in the case.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 am  

Sutton MP Paul Scully will need to self-isolate after getting back from Lanzarote

Spain's foreign minister insists the country IS safe for tourism, after the UK government imposed a quarantine for travellers coming back from there.

Arancha Gonzalez Laya has also revealed authorities there are trying to convince ministers here to exclude the Balearic and Canary islands from the rules.

They only changed last night following an increase in cases in parts of the country.

Sutton MP Paul Scully will need to self-isolate after getting back from Lanzarote.

He posted a picture of himself there on Instagram yesterday.

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will also need to, as he’s also in Spain.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Sunday 26 July 2020

Busy Bedford Hill in Balham is to remain closed to allow restaurants and bars to use outdoor seating

Wandsworth Council has implemented similar closures in Northcote Road and Old York Road to help with social distancing.

The changes are scheduled to remain in place until the end of August.

The authority says it hopes the move will also encourage residents to shop locally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

People coming back from Spain will not be able to claim statutory sick pay while they self-isolate

The government announced yesterday that due to a rise in cases in the country, people must quarantine themselves for 14 days when they return.

Kingston MP and acting Lib-Dem leader Sir Ed Davey says it’s “outrageous”, and “the government must support people stuck in quarantine through no fault of their own”.

The government is asking employers to be flexible, and not penalise employees for following the rules.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea will play in the Champions League next season - hear what Lampard is saying

They secured a spot in European football's top club competition with a 2-nil win over Wolves.

It means the Londoners finish the Premier League season in 4th place.

Manager Frank Lampard says he couldn't have asked for much more from his side.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:59 pm  

Today marks 75 years since Clement Attlee became Prime Minister

The Putney-born Labour leader was the first post-war PM, and oversaw the creation of the NHS and welfare state.

Croydon Central Labour MP Sarah Jones hosted a discussion of his life yesterday, and says he wasn’t “the most charismatic man”, but it “shows what a doer with deep conviction can get done”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

A fourth man has been arrested after a stabbing at Thorpe Park

The man is 26-years-old and from Sutton, but hasn’t been named by police.

He was detained in Leicester shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

A 26-year-old received stomach injuries after the attack at the theme park last Saturday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

The first of three pilot events to test having crowds back at sporting events is underway at The Oval

Surrey and Middlesex are playing a cricket friendly in front of one thousand supporters.

The other two test events are the World Snooker Championships and the Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

If Chelsea avoid defeat to Wolves this afternoon they will guarantee their place in next season's Champions League.

They'll only miss out on a Premier League top 4 finish if they lose and the game between Leicester and Manchester United ends in a draw.

Manager Frank Lampard says his team are motivated to end the season on a high.

Kick off is at 4pm

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

There has been a serious incident in Tolworth this morning.

A man has allegedly fallen onto the A3 southbound carriageway on the Tolworth underpass.

Air ambulance and the police were in attendance.

Both carriageways were closed but the northbound carriageway reopened just before midday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm  

Croydon Council is seeking government approval to extend a landlord licensing scheme which is due to expire in September.

Over 48,500 properties are covered by the council’s current “Croydon Property License” initiative launched in 2015.

It ensures all private landlords have to meet a range of safety and environmental standards as well as undergo 6 monthly inspections.

Successful court cases include action against a couple who let a property without working smoke alarms to a family whose son later died after a fire.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Sports centres and swimming pools across Richmond are to start re-opening in phases from next month.

The council has spent the last few weeks introducing safety measures in line with Government guidance.

Those wanting to use the facilities are being told they can only do so if they book in advance.

As a number of the centres are based on school sites, some of these will not be able to fully re-open until the Autumn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

Brentford look to respond positively from successive defeats to get their promotion from the Championship back on track this evening.

They're at Swansea in the first leg of their play-off semi-final after losing to Stoke and Barnsley to scupper their hopes of going up automatically.

Boss Thomas Frank insists they've got a lot going for them.

kick off is at 6.30 tonight

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Wandsworth Council is once again publicly shaming fly-tippers.

It’s released the third video in its CCTV appeal series aimed at catching “litter louts in the act.”

The footage can be seen on the council’s YouTube channel.

The latest film shows perpetrators dumping sacks and boxes of rubbish on the street underneath the same lamppost.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

A milestone has been reached in Battersea.

Construction has started on 71 new affordable homes.

The scheme in Shuttleworth Road is one of the largest development’s in Wandsworth council’s Housing for All programme.

It includes 62 social rented and 9 low cost homeownership apartments.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

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