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Saturday 22 August 2020

A 62 year old man was arrested at Heathrow airport earlier.

A 62 year old man was arrested at Heathrow airport earlier.

Detectives say he is the 10th person detained as part of an investigation in what is being classed as the New IRA.

The man was brought to Belfast for questioning.

Meanwhile two other men have appeared in court facing terrorism related offences.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:18 pm  

Reigate and Banstead are among the most popular places Londoners are moving to as lots of people exit the city after lockdown.

A new market report has revealed 34% of people looking to buy property in London suburbs currently live in the capital.

That’s the highest peak of interest since 2016.

The London exodus has also been given as a reason for a drop in rent prices in the city.

Other desirable Surrey locations on the top 15 list for Londoners to relocate to include Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Tanbridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:24 pm  

Bike hangars are soon to be installed in 11 streets across Richmond.

The locations have been chosen by the council following communication with residents.

A consultation on a further 20 will be held later this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm  

A Clapham music venue has been awarded £80,000 by the government to help it keep going through the pandemic.

The Clapham Grand was established in 1900, but has been closed since March.

The money is part of a £1.57bn fund that's been made available to grassroots venues across England.

Manager of the Clapham Grand, Ally Wolf, told Radio Jackie these places are "the first entry point for customers to experience [the live arts scene] and they are the building blocks of a much bigger industry higher up the food chain and they're an integral part of that. If they fall away, everything collapses."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm  

A charity shop in New Malden is still seeing piles of goods being dumped outside its doors.

Cancer Research UK in the high street has been inundated during the pandemic.

However, a lot of the items left are now unsellable as they have been out in the elements.

People are being asked to hold on to items if charity shops are closed or take them to a recycling centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:36 pm  

Emergency grants have been given to 135 small music venues in England to help them reopen after lockdown.

They're getting up to 80-thousand pounds each as part of the Culture Recovery Fund.

The Sound Lounge in Sutton is one of the only venues in the country that has been able to put on a music event, but were crushed by the no-shows who took vital spaces.

Speaking about the grant, founder Hannah White said, “We have been given a window of 11 days to map out the business and the effects that the outbreak has had on its viability.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:51 am  

A new poll has revealed people living in Epsom and Ewell are the most satisfied in Surrey.

This comes after a new government initiative designed to monitor the quality of life of people in the UK called the National Wellbeing Measures has been introduced.

Using a survey of 139,690 participants across the UK, the data project looks to gauge their wellbeing by assigning numerical values to feelings of stress and happiness.

According to the results, Epsom and Ewell scored 8 out of 10 for life satisfaction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

There’s plans to build a new 22-storey residental building and two office blocks in Kingston town centre.

The site of the new “Eden Campus” includes Surrey House, a car park, Lever House, the former Hippodrome nightclub and the Hogsmill river site.

Developers hope the plans will "open up Surrey House Island to better integrate into the area."

Residents argue the move could “overshadow important listed buildings”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Rat running is to be tackled in four areas across Kingston.

The scheme introduced by Kingston Council will be rolled out in low traffic neighbourhoods on a trial basis of six months.

In Chessington, it’s Mount Road and Roebuck Road, in Surbiton, King Charles Road, and in Kingston Town, Albert Road and Lower Ham Road.

Barriers will be placed at the entrances and exits of the designated streets, making them impassable to vehicles but accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:34 am  

The closures of Hammersmith Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge are bringing chaos to nearby businesses who are already struggling with the impacts of the coronavirus lockdown.

Last week, Hammersmith Bridge was shut to pedestrians and cyclists 16 months after it banned vehicles.

Now users of Vauxhall Bridge will face 16 weeks of delays after it has been closed until November for “vital” repairs.

The crossing is the last over the Thames on the west side of the congestion charge zone, meaning users will either have to queue to use Chelsea bridge or pay £15 to use Lambeth Bridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Friday 21 August 2020

“Discourteous and selfish” traffic rules introduced by Croydon Council have caused legal issues with a neighbouring borough.

Bromley Council says that low traffic neighbourhoods near the border have caused increased congestion on its side.

They’re now beginning legal work to remove barriers and planters, saying “in situations such as this, councils are instructed in law to give notice of their intentions to neighbouring boroughs”.

However, they say they “hope for an amicable withdrawal”.

We contacted Croydon Council for comment:

Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council said, “In situations such as this, Councils are instructed in law to give notice of their intentions to neighbouring Boroughs.

Had Bromley been asked, it would have been able to foresee the obvious concerns which have subsequently arisen and object, given that what is self-evidently happening here is that Croydon are deliberately diverting traffic from their own roads onto Bromley's, which apart from being discourteous and selfish to local Bromley residents disadvantage, does not solve the problem but simply transfers it elsewhere.

It also flies directly in the face of the Mayor for London’s stated policy around improving air quality, as the cause and consequence has been to make congestion and air pollution far worse locally due to traffic getting snarled up in longer queues with longer waiting times, or having to take wider diversions and travel longer distances, creating problems in new places.

To this end I am advised that the junction of the A213 and A215 (just across the Borough boundary in Croydon) has also become a serious cause for concern in recent times as well, due to the excesses of the ‘Lancaster Road’ scheme there, which threatens further delays and the backing up of traffic into additional Bromley roads adjoining the A213 when the schools return in two weeks’ time.
Whilst Bromley Council has raised the formal concern with Croydon Council and we still hope for an amicable withdrawal of what has been set in place, our next step procedurally over coming days will be to call on the Mayor for London to use his powers to order the barriers removal, but let’s hope against hope that doesn’t prove necessary and common sense prevails.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A number of jobs could be lost after bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis launched a consultation on the matter.

It plans to cut 650 jobs across the UK, including 200 in Surrey.

The company says the decision follows a "significant fall" in demand for new vehicles in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Merton Council is apparently falling short of equality standards in its recruitment at senior management level.

That’s according to its own council led report.

The proportion of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic top earners is nearly 3% lower than the London average.

The Lib Dems are urging the Labour-run council to adopt a CBI backed approach that uses a name-blind recruitment process.

We’ve approached Merton for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

A man has been charged with the murder of a man at a party in Hounslow last month.

25-year-old Khalid Abdi was arrested at Heathrow on Wednesday after arriving on a flight from Norway.

He’ll appear before magistrates today.

32-year-old Nathan Mitra was fatally stabbed at Clements Court on the 30th of July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

A number of sites across SW London and Surrey have been given protected status.

They include the Kennedy Memorial in Runnymede.

The memorial garden was as a memorial to President John F Kennedy, who was assassinated in November 1963.

Historic England worked with the Gardens Trust to draw up the list, which includes housing estate grounds and industrial sites.

Fieldend in Twickenham and Roper’s Garden have also been listed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

A number of jobs could be lost after bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis launched a consultation on the matter

It plans to cut 650 jobs across the UK, including 200 in Surrey.

The company says the decision follows a "significant fall" in demand for new vehicles in the UK.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:03 pm  

Around 500 people in Sutton are exchanging access to care services for funding

Direct Payments allow those who have been assessed as needing social care services to receive cash payments instead.

Those residents are then able to arrange the care they need as identified in their support plan.

The authority says this allows much more flexibility and greater control of an individuals’ support package.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

Elmbridge Police say Walton sees the most traffic offences in the borough

That includes speeding, no insurance, expired licence, or talking on a mobile.

The force says Walton is “closely followed” by Weybridge.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:04 pm  

Campaigners are on the streets outside Sutton Council's offices protesting against plans to move services out of Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

NHS health bosses agreed last month that services like A&E and maternity could be moved to a new “super hospital” in Belmont.

But campaigners say the decision will mean patients will have to travel for longer to receive urgent care.

Epsom faces losing 169 beds, and St Helier will lose over 350 beds.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm  

A teenager from Mitcham has raised over £14,000 for the charity that’s helped him through his battle with cancer

18-year-old Joe Lunn took on a 100-mile cycle challenge in aid of Rays of Sunshine.

The money he’s raised is three times his original target.

Joe followed the exact route the Ride London Surrey 100 event would have taken on his bike trainer in his garden.

You can find a link to his fundraiser here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

British Airways workers are supporting the threat of strikes and legal action, over pay and conditions

More than 1,000 cabin crew and ground staff met yesterday near Heathrow, and agreed the Unite union should proceed to take action against the airline.

BA insists it's facing its biggest challenge ever, and believes it's not too late to find a solution with its employees.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

An “acceleration unit” has been created to speed up improvements to the railways

It’s answerable to the Transport Secretary, and will “engage experts with significant experience in delivering infrastructure projects”.

Grant Shapps also announced nearly £10m to upgrade the signalling and infrastructure around Twickenham and Feltham.

It’ll aim to bring better reliability and flexibility of services, starting from Easter next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The opening fixtures for the EFL have been drawn

Brentford, who missed out on promotion in the play-offs, will travel to Birmingham City, who failed to win any of their final five games.

QPR will host Nottingham Forest, who finished seventh but also didn’t win any of the last five matches.

In League One, newly promoted Northampton Town will host AFC Wimbledon, who scraped the relegation zone last season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:12 am  

People in Stanwell have been commended for volunteering to clean up after a traveller camp pitched up illegally

Spelthorne Borough Council dispersed the unauthorised encampment, which had been there for four days, last weekend.

The group had refused to move on so the authority had to obtain a court order against it.

The council has thanked residents who volunteered their time to help clean up afterwards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a reversal of cuts to Surrey Fire and Rescue

It comes after Queen guitarist Brian May spoke out in support of the service following wildfires near his home earlier this month.

Norbiton based Fire Brigades Union claims there were nine fire engines unavailable yesterday due to understaffing.

A SFRS spokesman says: “We are aware that this petition has been raised and will be responding formally when it is tabled at a future council meeting.

“Regarding the recent Chobham Common fire - we know that sufficient fire cover was in attendance at this incident to bring it under control and deliver our firefighting purpose.

“The safety of the public and welfare of everyone is and, always will be, paramount. It was part of the multi-agency strategic approach and coordination of the incident and a Welfare Officer is always on site to ensure staff wellbeing. Our crews have food and drink rations on our fire engines at all times and provisions are in place to ensure that they have ongoing food and drink at longer incidents, as well as sun protection.

“The Making Surrey Safer Plan looked into our 999 calls over the past five years, using predictive data which shows us where risk is and emergency statistics. This showed us that we had more fire engine availability at night than was needed and not enough investment in fire engine cover in the daytime and importantly very little prevention and protection activities being undertaken in the day.

“Our plan rebalanced these resources so that we can provide better fire cover during the day when we are busier and focus on preventing incidents from happening in the first place, including the hiring of two Rural Affairs Officers who will work with landowners to reduce future wildfires.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

A £75m contract has been abandoned by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, after pricing errors in their documents

The council was looking for a contractor to carry out general repairs and construction work in the borough for the next seven years.

They’ve posted a note in the Official Journal, saying bidders could not understand how to price bids, and had different interpretations of the data.

A council spokesperson says this will have “no impact” to the safety of residents, or its Fire Safety Plus programme.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

People in New Malden are being urged to be on the look-out for doorstep scammers.

It’s after a man was reported trying to sell cleaning products from a backpack on Tuesday afternoon.

When some residents asked for ID, he became verbally aggressive.

The man was aged between 20 and 25, wearing shorts with a bright yellow t-shirt, and spoke with a northern accent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

Thursday 20 August 2020

Fulham have completed the signing of full-back Antonee Robinson from Wigan.

The USA international was linked with a move to AC Milan in January.

He joins the newly promoted Premier League club for a fee believed to be around £2-million.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

Richmond Council is renewing calls for a temporary pedestrian and cycle bridge after Hammersmith Bridge closed.

The authority has written to the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, Heidi Alexander.

The letter confirms its intention to work with Transport for London to ensure construction goes as ahead quickly as possible.

Richmond Council also says it will reimburse the fee payable for the planning application.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Dumping unwanted goods outside charity shops in Richmond could now cost you over £2,000.

The council has started treating such incidents as fly-tipping after reports soared during lockdown.

The move means culprits could face fines, and if it were to progress to court, those fines could be as high as £2,500.

The Council is asking people to store the unwanted items in their home until shops are ready to re-open.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police are investigating a racist incident outside a pub in Shepperton last Friday

At around 11pm outside the Thames Court Pub, it’s believed a drunk man was shouting racist abuse, after a fight.

He’s around 5’8”, with a cut on his left cheek and a South African accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

A man has been knocked out during an argument over face masks at Clapham Junction station

Footage taken on Sunday has been shown to the PA news agency.

It shows a man and his friend arguing with staff about another staff member not wearing a mask.

A man in a grey hoodie then punches the friend, who’s seriously injured.

South Western Railway says the staff member was medically exempt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the British Transport Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:02 pm  

A judge at Croydon Crown Court has jailed a man for life for carrying out an “horrific” series of sexual assaults that culminated in murder

36 year old Aman Vyas has been ordered to serve 34 years behind bars.

Following his trial, he was convicted of the rape and murder of one woman and the rape of three others.

The offences took place at locations across Walthamstow between March and May 2009.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Today marks 31 years since the Marchioness disaster

Two vessels collided on the Thames near Southwark in the early hours killing 51 people.

The aftermath of the tragedy saw the creation of RNLI stations Teddington, Chiswick, Tower and Gravesend.

Tower and Chiswick remain the busiest stations in the country today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A man from West Ewell has been charged with multiple offences after colliding with a telephone box.

32-year-old Connor Hoggs was remanded in custody after the incident in Riverview Road in Epsom.

He was charged with a number of offences including driving whilst disqualified and without a licence or insurance.

He was also found to be in possession of Class B drugs.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:10 pm  

Sir David Attenborough's described the early days of his career as "the best time of my life"

The 94-year-old broadcaster from Richmond talks about his travelling the world as a young man in the first footage from his forthcoming Netflix documentary.

A Life On Our Planet serves as Sir David's witness statement for the natural world, and will premiere in cinemas next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

A judge at Croydon Crown Court has jailed a man for life for carrying out an “horrific” series of sexual assaults that culminated in murder

36 year old Aman Vyas has been ordered to serve 34 years behind bars.

Following his trial, he was convicted of the rape and murder of one woman and the rape of three others.

The offences took place at locations across Walthamstow between March and May 2009.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:48 pm  

People in areas prone to crowding in Kingston need to pay particular attention to Coronavirus safety measures

That’s the message from Kingston’s Director of Public Health, Iona Liddington.

There have been 19 cases reported in the borough over the last 10 days.

Ms Liddington says although it’s good to see people out and about, she doesn’t want to see a “local-lockdown.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:58 pm  

GCSE students are collecting record results after the U-turn that means their qualifications are based on teachers' assessments

In England, the number of top grade 9s being awarded has risen 40 percent on last year.

26 percent of results in Wales were A-star or A - while that figure rose to 37 percent in Northern Ireland.

Grace scored eights and nines in her GCSEs at Richmond Park Academy, and admits she was worried.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:16 pm  

The government has declined to say how many tests have been declared lost or void across London.

Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury asked the government specifically about tests done at Twickenham and Heathrow, but also about Hounslow and Greater London.

Mental Health minister Nadine Dorries replied saying “we do not publish data by test site”.

However, data about overall testing is published daily on the government website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:03 pm  

The Premier League starting games have been drawn

Liverpool will start the Premier League title defence at home to Championship winners Leeds on the 12th of September.

Fulham, who went up through the play-offs, begin at home to Arsenal, while fellow newly promoted side West Brom play Leicester.

Elsewhere, Brighton will host Chelsea, and Crystal Palace will welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park.

Manchester City and Manchester United's opening games against Aston Villa and Burnley will be rescheduled due to their European involvement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:04 am  

Tasers, drugs and £5,000 in cash have been seized after police targeted dealers across South London

Eight people were arrested yesterday, after the warrants at places including Croydon and Lambeth.

They’re aged between 21 and 61, and are still in custody.

Searches remain ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:04 am  

Students expecting their BTEC results this morning now won't be getting them, after a last-minute decision to delay their release

The exam board which runs them wants more time to recalculate grades following the fiasco over A-level results.

Schoolchildren in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive their GCSEs though.

They're based on teachers' assessments instead of a computer algorithm, following the government U-turn.

These teenagers at Kingsley School in Hounslow have welcomed it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:59 am  

A union is warning strikes and legal action against British Airways now seem 'inevitable'

Baggage and cargo staff are meeting near Heathrow later, to discuss their next steps in the row over pay and conditions.

Unite has accused BA of 'deliberate efforts to mislead and divide'.

The airline's warned it's 'not immune' to the coronavirus pandemic and insists it's not too late to find solutions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:11 am  

Diamond Jubilee Gardens in Twickenham will close for two days from Monday.

It’s as part of Richmond Council’s preparation for the redevelopment of Twickenham Riverside.

Exploratory works need to be carried out on the former pool site before a planning application is submitted early next year.

The exploratory work will not damage the site, however it will be noisy and there will be a risk of airborne debris.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Wimbledon doubles champion Angela Buxton has died at the age of 85.

With African-American Althea Gibson, she won both the French Open and Wimbledon in 1956.

Afterwards, she and Gibson tried to apply for admission to the All-England Club, but both were rejected.

Buxton claimed it was due to her Jewish faith, something the club denies.

In her later years, she wrote books about the sport, and was inducted into two Jewish sports halls of fame.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

TfL say they’re exploring what measures could be used to allow pedestrians and cyclists on Hammersmith Bridge again.

They’re also working on enhancing the 533 bus and services needed to get pupils to school.

Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney says she’s asking them to take another look at putting in a floating bridge.

The bridge was completely closed last week, as the heat caused cracks to worsen in the structure.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Highways England says it cares about the environment and protecting the special habitats around Wisley.

It’s after RHS Wisley said it has a “final chance” to save heritage trees from new development plans.

Highways England is planning to upgrade the A3/M25 interchange with an enlarged roundabout to ease congestion.

The Gardens say this could put more than 40 trees at risk of being severely weakened, and 17 listed trees would be cut down.

Click here for the petition
A Highways England Spokesperson said:

"Highways England cares about the environment, and protecting the special habitats around Wisley is a priority for us as we develop our proposals for major improvements at the junction of the M25 and A3 in Surrey. It is one of the busiest motorway junctions in the country, and upgrading it will improve people's journeys and make both roads safer.

"We are proud of our track record of delivering major road improvements in a way that not only protects, but enhances the environment. We have already brought this industry-leading expertise to Wisley."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police are hunting for the owner of a drone in Hersham – which has been flown for over a year.

It’s illegal to fly a drone with a camera on it within 150m of a residential area, or within 50m of a person.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Elmbridge Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Richmond Council is renewing calls for a temporary pedestrian and cycle bridge after Hammersmith Bridge closed.

The authority has written to the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, Heidi Alexander.

The letter confirms its intention to work with Transport for London to ensure construction goes as ahead quickly as possible.

Richmond Council also says it will reimburse the fee payable for the planning application.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Police have arrested a man in North Surrey on suspicion of terrorism offences.

A 37-year-old man was detained just before 6am in a pre-planned operation.

The man has been taken into custody at a south London police station.

Counter terrorism officers are currently searching an address.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:05 pm  

The amount of money councils have spent fighting Heathrow expansion has been revealed.

A Freedom of Information by campaign group Back Heathrow also looked at the amount spent by Transport for London.

Richmond and Wandsworth have conceded to spending over £126,000 on legal fees opposing the runway.

TfL and other councils have spent over £1 million.

Plans for a third runway were ruled illegal by the court of appeal in February.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Over £100,000 is now available for people struggling to afford food and other essentials in Richmond.

The Council set up its own Emergency Grant Fund at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over £70,000 has been awarded so far; the new cash fund is coming from the government.

The grant will be split between voluntary organisations who will distribute it to those most in need.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Construction on a new temporary cycleway along Chiswick High Street has been given the “green light”.

The new route, part of Cycleway 9, will facilitate safer cycling between Olympia and Kew Bridge.

It’s part of TfL and Hounslow council’s Streetspace scheme offering an alternative to driving or using public transport.

A decision as to whether to make the cycleway permanent will be decided next year after feedback is reviewed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Boris Johnson's being urged to 'get a grip' on coronavirus quarantine rules as ministers work with airports to try to reduce the 14-day period.

They're looking at a testing scheme which would allow those who are negative for Covid-19 to stop isolating sooner.

Heathrow's chief executive says it has a facility in place which would cost passengers 150 pounds.

But John Holland Kaye says they need to be given the go-ahead to use it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

A man from Sutton has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to drug production and dealing offences.

Patrick Anthony Grant was detained in Tadworth in March after officers stopped his car and carried out a roadside drugs wipe test.

He was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and being concerned with the supply of class A drugs.

The 35-year-old also had mobile phones and cash seized.

Following a further search at hospital, Grant was also found to be concealing drugs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

Spelthorne Borough Council has been recognised for its support of the armed forces community.

It’s been awarded the Silver Award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Spelthorne is the second authority in Surrey, after Woking, to receive the accolade; one of 38 organisations in the region to be successful.

Over the last few months, the Council has worked on a number of projects to show its support for the defence community.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

Three branches of Pizza Express in South-West London and North Surrey are earmarked for closure

The Earls Court, Hammersmith and Staines outlets are among 73 nationwide to be axed.

It’s part of a major restructuring that will see 1,100 jobs lost.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The government's confirmed it's looking at ways of shortening quarantine for people arriving in the UK from high-risk countries.

Ministers are examining whether coronavirus testing can be used to reduce the full 14 day isolation period, if passengers prove they're negative.

Heathrow's trialling a programme which could process 13-thousand people a day - chief executive John Holland Kaye has this message for Number Ten.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:37 pm  

Police are denying accusations of racism, after a black police officer was pulled over in Croydon

On the 23rd of May, Inspector Charles Ehikioya was stopped, who’s later claimed it was due to racial profiling.

A review found he’d been followed by police prior to the stop on suspicion of excessive speed at a traffic signal.

No action was taken against him.

Commander Alison Heydari “I cannot say how strongly enough how wholly unfair the accusations are based upon the evidence and the review”.

The inspector intends to sue the Met Police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

The government's looking into whether it's possible to replace blanket 14-day quarantines for travellers, with testing passengers when they land

Heathrow Airport's already established a new test facility.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the system would need to pass rigorous safety checks before it's given the go ahead:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:05 am  

People living near Albert Road in Kingston claim they haven’t been notified about its trial closure

Kingston Council wants to shut the route, which runs between Kingston Hill and Richmond Park, for 6 months.

But residents say when the road was closed earlier this year for essential works, it caused “extreme congestion.”

An e-petition has been created and can be found on Kingston Council’s website.

We’ve contacted the authority for a statement.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:05 am  

An increase in Covid-19 cases in Richmond could be linked to foreign travel

The council has issued a reminder to residents not to forget safety measures when on holiday.

Richmond has recorded 44 new cases since august the 2nd.

However, it continues to have the highest testing rate in London, with 1,153 people being tested per 100,000 residents.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

Heathrow Airport has developed a new coronavirus testing facility which it hopes will lead to the end of the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule

People arriving into the terminal will be able to book swabs and have results sent to them in seven hours.

The Daily Mail says they'd then do another test at home a few days later, and could stop self-isolating if they pass both checks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

England rugby union international, Jack Clifford has been forced to retire from the sport because of injury.

The Harlequins back, dislocated his shoulder during a Premiership Rugby Cup match last September.

He has not managed to fully recover despite having two operations.

The 28 year old played for England 10 times after making his debut during the Six Nations in 2016.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Tuesday 18 August 2020

A carpark in Ashford is going to be redeveloped into 127 family homes and all of them will be 100% affordable
Spelthorne Borough Council's has had its application for Victory Close validated by the Local Planning Authority.

The authority says the development will be the first of its kind for the borough, and key workers will have priority access.

The plans include 5 family homes, 8 three-bedroom family flats, 78 two-bedroom flats and 36 one-bedroom flats.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:10 pm  

Drones could be used to create mobile networks in disaster zones in the future

Researchers at Kingston and Surrey Universities are working on the project.

Professor Christos Politis says that in areas of high infection and low connectivity, it could also be used to provide public health messages.

A test in Glasgow used five nodes 200 metres apart, which delivered a continuous signal to users.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:55 pm  

A landowner in Hounslow has accused his neighbours of flytipping, and thrown mounds of junk over their wall

The Mail reports that Cliff Hamilton was sent an anonymous letter warning that televisions, doors and tyres were being dumped on his land.

He says he was sent photos of the neighbours in his garden treading down the rubbish.

He also claims there none of the overgrown plot was trampled, so it had to be from next door.

Mr Hamilton says he’ll speak to the neighbour via his lawyers and offer him the chance to pay for any rubbish to be cleared.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 pm  

People in Richmond struggling to afford food are to receive help from the council

They’re making £124,000 available to charities and organisations who can then provide it.

The money can also go towards advice to help people manage their situation and access longer term support.

Groups are urged to apply as soon as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

Areas of Surrey are seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases

There have been 74 in the last 7 days.

The county council says it’s not enough of an increase for a lockdown but residents should remain vigilant to slow the spread of the virus.

Testing units are being installed at various points across the county for the next two weeks.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

Kingston's Director of Public Health urges residents to be remain vigilant following a rise in Covid-19 cases

Rates of Coronavirus in Kingston have risen over the past week.

The borough’s seen a jump from 1.7 per 100,000 to 8.0 per 100,000.

There have been 19 confirmed cases since August the 9th.

Kingston Council’s Director of Public Health Iona Liddington explains why she thinks the borough is seeing a rise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 pm  

Covid-19 cases in parts of Surrey have risen.

Elmbridge is showing an infection rate of 10.2 cases per 100,000 over 7 days

This is slightly above the rate for England as a whole, which is showing 9.7 and quite a bit higher than Surrey at 6.0

Whilst there are no plans to enforce a Surrey lockdown, people are being reminded to carry on with public health guidelines.

The full Surrey breakdown is listed below; the first figure is the total amount of cases during the pandemic, and the figures in brackets are the number of cases in the last 7 days.

Reigate and Banstead 798 (7)
Surrey Heath 455 (9)
Epsom and Ewell 345 (under 5)
Woking 393 (20)
Guildford 576 (10)
Runnymede 345 (5)
Mole Valley 335 (0)
Tandridge 336 (under 5)
Waverley 476 (5)
Spelthorne 352 (10)
Elmbridge 454 (14)
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

A charity from Walton has been featured in the new BBC2 series “Stories of Us.”

The Forest Bathing institute has been promoting the benefits of spending quality time in nature to help cope with the pandemic.

Rev Kate Bottley and Ashley John-Baptiste travelled around the UK mapping a quest for peace and spirituality.

The mental health benefits of forest bathing have been evaluated scientifically at Derby University with positive results.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm  

Scientists in Teddington have made a ventilator that costs a tenth of the usual cost, and made from off-the-shelf parts

In March, one researcher at the National Physical Laboratory made the prototype at home, and showed the design to colleagues over Microsoft Teams.

They’re looking to share the PocketVent with local manufacturing and healthcare organisations in areas experiencing demand.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:54 pm  

A senior black police inspector says he has no choice but to sue the Metropolitan Police after being stopped in his car by two white officers.

Inspector Charles Ehikioya says he was pulled over without justification as he drove home from work in Croydon in May.

Scotland Yard says officers thought he was speeding, and there's no evidence of misconduct.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm  

People in Epsom and Ewell have the highest levels of satisfaction with their lives in Surrey

The government’s National Wellbeing Measures give the borough a score of 8 out of ten, with Spelthorne second at 7.9.

Last year, people in Epsom were found to have a high level of anxiety, but this has since dropped.

Feelings of life being worthwhile, and happiness were also among the best in Surrey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man from Esher has spent lock-down podcasting a world-first from his garden shed.

Steve Chapman has spoken to a range of guests for his series the “Sound of Silence.”

The series consists of 100, 3 minute podcasts, each one with a separate guest who he meets face to face, introduces and then records three minutes of silence with them.

They are all filmed on location and then produced in Steve's garden shed.

Number 99, which is available today, features comedian Eddie Izzard.

Steve tells Jackie's John Beesley how the idea came to fruition.

To find out more, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm  

A new X-Ray scanner at Wandsworth prison has found four mobile phones and several sim cards during its first day

A report previously highlighted the lack of sniffer dogs and a flow of drugs in the jail.

It’s hoped the scanner will reduce drug use and make it more difficult for prisoners to talk with other criminals on the outside.

There are around 1,500 inmates inside the 19th century building.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The matches for the first round of the League cup have been drawn

Brentford, who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League, will host Wycombe at the new Brentford Community Stadium.

QPR will travel to Plymouth, while Oxford will host AFC Wimbledon.

The competition is due to kick-off the new EFL season early next month.

AFC Wimbledon manager Glyn Hodges says the financial impact of Covid-19 adds extra significance to the cups.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:06 am  

Hammersmith Bridge is to be inspected over the “next few days” to find out long it needs to be closed for

According to Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney, TfL are also to investigate enhancements to public transport.

The bridge has been closed to traffic since last April, and was shut down completely last week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:24 am  

A pioneering programme that helps people with complex medical needs manage their own rehabilitation, has been moved online

The Bridges-Self Management scheme was founded by Kingston University Professor, Fiona Jones, in 2013.

But some people went from receiving three or four homecare visits a day to none during lockdown.

Professor Jones is hosting fortnightly webinars in a bid to continue the service, with sessions now delivered at St George’s.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:09 am  

After four years of investigations into a crash in Feltham, two police officers have been dismissed.

In December 2016, PCs Max Michel and Shaun Charnock were responding to a report of a lost or stolen vehicle.

At a junction, they hit a driver, who needed to be cut out of his car and received minor injuries.

The policemen said they’d gone through a green light, and the driver through a red, but this has now found to not have been the case through CCTV footage.

They’ve been found proven of gross misconduct.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday 17 August 2020

Twickenham Police Station’s front counter will re-open to the public next month.

The 24-hour front counter has been closed while modernisation refurbishment work has been taking place.

It’s hoped the work will reduce the running costs of the estate.

The temporary front counter, based at Teddington Police Station, will close as of September the 15th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Eight people have been led to safety from a tower block fire in Chiswick.

Crews were called to Edensor Road on Saturday afternoon, where an electrical intake room on the ground floor was destroyed.

Two women were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Investigators believe the fire was accidental, and involved an electrical installation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Mental health experts are going to run training programmes in England's schools and colleges, to improve wellbeing support for teachers and students.

The Government's announced eight-million pounds to fund it and will deal with the 'emotional impact' of the coronavirus pandemic.

There are fears many people will be returning to the classroom in September still suffering from trauma or bereavement.

Head teacher Andrea Parker is from Bonneville Primary School in Clapham.

She’s fronting a separate campaign - persuading parents schools are safe.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Al Murray, Ed Gamble and Kerry Godliman were among the performers at a comedy show that's raised 10-thousand pounds for clubs, performers and promoters

Last night's Save Live Comedy event at the Clapham Grand was the first to be held indoors with an audience since lockdown began.

It follows a previous live-streamed gig in aid of venues struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:20 pm  

Two men involved in a police pursuit through Esher on Friday have been charged with multiple motor offences

19 year olds Michael Casey and Martin Geordie Mcdonagh from Leicester and Blackburn have been remanded in custody.

A 22-year-old man from, also from Leicester, remains under investigation whilst he is in hospital recovering from minor injuries.

Police are also investigating reports of catalytic converter thefts at Woking Leisure Centre and the Guildford Spectrum on the same day.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:42 pm  

A police officer has rescued a man from the Thames at Kingston

An emergency call was made in the early hours of the 6th of August along the Portsmouth Road.

Officers tried to engage with the man from the shore but he was struggling to remain calm and began drifting downstream.

PC Tom Martis-Jones gained access to a powerboat which was stored at a nearby sailing club and managed to pull the man to safety.

He’s being praised for his quick thinking and heroic actions.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm  

Another controversial development in Richmond is going to be reviewed by the Mayor of London

Lucy Mayer reports:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:45 pm  

A five-foot-long boa constrictor has been found in Chiswick

The RSPCA was contacted about a stray snake in the area near Barnes Bridge yesterday afternoon.

The charity says it’s “relatively healthy” and was taken in for care.

It’s believed to have been abandoned locally.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

Charity Racing Welfare has introduced Return to School grants to racing industry families.

A charity which supports people in the racing industry is offering cash grants to ensure their children can get back to school.

Racing Welfare’s “Return to School Grant” can be spent on necessities like uniforms and equipment.

One man in Epsom saw his work hours cut from 40 per week to just 3 after racing was suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Brian Watson from Racing Welfare tells Jackie's Jacqui Kerr how it all works.

To find out more about the grant and the charity, click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:23 pm  

Boris Johnson is under pressure from his own MPs to delay this week's GCSE results as anger continues to rage over A Level grades

The same controversial computer programme is due to be used - meaning more students could get lower marks than expected.

Tory MP for Wimbledon Stephen Hammond says England's exams regulator must address the problem today.

Labour says the government must "go the extra mile" to protect young people's futures.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

The number of children speaking to counsellors has halved during lockdown

Research by the University of Roehampton found the average number seen by each counsellor dropped from 14 to 7.

However, the amount of video counselling increased from 18 minutes to nearly three hours.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is expecting to see a “rush” of children seeking support when term restarts.

They’re campaigning for the Government to fund a paid counsellor in every secondary school in England, like in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The number of coronavirus cases has risen in Hounslow over the past two days

The cases are concentrated in the town centre, Heston, Cranford and Chiswick.

That includes three positive tests in the High Street area between the 6th and 12th of August.

The Council says the spread of cases suggests its due to wider family and friend groups meeting and not social distancing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am  

Stormzy's Merky Foundation is giving £500,000 to help young people from underprivileged backgrounds through college or university

It's come from a £10m fund to tackle racial inequality, over the next decade.

The Black Heart Foundation is the first charity to receive some of the money from the rapper, who’s based in New Malden.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:58 am  

Cultural enthusiasts in Kensington and Chelsea can now apply for up to £500 to celebrate Black History Month this October

Grant winners could host a digital history lesson, panel discussion or an online celebration with the financial support.

A £15,000 funding pot has been set up by the Council to celebrate Black British, African and Caribbean people in the borough.

Organisations have until September the 1st to apply.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Sunday 16 August 2020

It seems Spelthorne’s commercial investments are helping to keep the authority afloat.

The Council collected 95% of rent due for the March 2020 quarter.

Spelthorne has a portfolio of properties including buildings it rents out in Vauxhall and Slough.

Bosses say these assets leave it in a strong financial position to weather the coronavirus storm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Businesses in Croydon are being asked to come forward and claim part of a multi-million pound fund.

Firms hit by the pandemic have just over a fortnight left to get a council grant of up to £10,000.

The first round of grants focused on those which had lost 40% of income, and this round it’s been extended to 20%.

300 businesses have so far claimed around £1.5m.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:28 pm  

Waste from a café renovation in Wandsworth has been found dumped in a beauty spot in Buckinghamshire.

The café’s owner employed a man named Dennis Proctor to dispose of it.

However, Mr Proctor then employed another man, who’s believed to have dropped it in Colne Valley Regional Park.

Mr Proctor wouldn’t identify the second man “for fear of reprisals”.

Proctor has been fined just over £1,500.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm  

A Lambeth headteacher’s been chosen to lead a campaign to get children in England back to school next month.

Andrea Parker is lead headteacher at Bonneville, Jessop and Stockwell Primary schools.

She says it’s vital kids go back for academic and social reasons.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Residents in Richmond are being asked if they want the council to renew bylaws restricting some types of behaviour in public spaces.

Two ‘Public Space Protection orders’ were introduced in 2017.

Since then 44 penalty notices (and over 700 warnings) have been issued for dog fouling and anti-social behaviour in parks and open spaces.

People can take part in the survey by emailing [email protected].
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Richmond’s Conservatives are kicking up a stink over a lack of public toilets in the borough

Richmond’s Conservatives are kicking up a stink over a lack of public toilets in the borough.

They’re calling on the council and Mayor to host an emergency meeting on the problem and in the meantime, install porta-loos.

Party members claim the issue is so bad, that in some areas, people are defecating on the street.

They say it’s a health and safety problem that will only get worse with the upcoming bank holiday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:25 am  

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