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Saturday, 29 August 2020

A forecourt in Thornton Heath has been transformed into a new community garden with the help of some green-fingered young people.


Members of a youth offenders’ rehabilitation program, interested in gardening, have taken part in a socially distanced planting day.

The garden is on the patch of land in front of Ambassador House, opposite Thornton Heath station, and will host a new gardening club.

The monthly club is open to everyone and will be held on the first Saturday of every month – starting next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:19 pm  

Fines for school non-attendance will not be in place in Sutton next week as pupils return.

The council say they’ve been working closely with headteachers on a number of issues and schools will encourage students to come back.

Councillor Marian James has said it’s important for children’s "progress, well-being and wider development" to be back in school.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

There are starts for new Chelsea signings, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.

The Blues are taking on Brighton in a pre-season friendly - the first top flight game to host fans since March.

19-year-old Ethan Ampadu is on the bench as he gets ready to fight for a place in the team after returning from a loan spell at RB Leipzig.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:10 pm  

A project is underway to reintroduce one of the UK’s fastest declining mammals back to the Hogsmill River.

The water vole, or water rat, was best characterised as “Ratty” in the classic tale The Wind in the Willows.

4,000 people across Kingston have been involved in mapping a suitable home; the species was last spotted there in 2014.

A “vole ranger” will be appointed to work with a volunteer force to bring the species back to its native habitat.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Chelsea Women have beaten Manchester City 2-0 in the Women’s Community Shield at Wembley!

City had a woman sent off before Millie Bright hit an absolute screamer from 25 yards to the Blues ahead.

Erin Cuthbert sealed the win in injury time.

It's the first time the showpiece has been played at the National Stadium.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm  

Chelsea fans could be getting a first look at new signings this afternoon as the Blues take on Brighton in a pre-season friendly.

Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are expected to feature at the Amex Stadium in the first top-level match to be played in front of a crowd since March.

No away fans are allowed but two and a half thousand Brighton fans will be there for kick off at 3pm.

The club’s chief executive, Paul Barber, explains how it’s going to work:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:35 pm  

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has issued a warning to young people ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

It comes as the latest figures from Public Health England show that coronavirus is spreading fastest in London among those aged 20-29.

In an online statement he reminded people, “to remember to keep a safe distance from your friends while you're out enjoying what our city has to offer and wash your hands regularly.”

Public Health England earlier today warned the virus could pose more of a threat to younger people than previously considered.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A planning brief has been formally submitted to redevelop Hounslow's Cavalry Barracks.

The 14-hectare site is being released by owners, the Ministry of Defence.

Hounslow Council says the brief is not a planning application and it would like the site developed in line with the area.

It's confirmed that the brief satisfies Sport England's requirements that the current playing fields be replaced.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

A Hounslow swimming club is pleading for the government to reopen its swimming pool as it remains closed due to Covid-19.

The Hounslow Jets are desperate to get back into the water to kickstart coaching and challenge local rivals.

Swimming pools remain closed in some London boroughs.

Hounslow Council have said they will only reopen swimming pools when they are certain it’s safe to do so.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:09 am  

Football fans will finally get the chance to see some top-flight action later as Chelsea take on Brighton at the Amex in a friendly.

Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Fran Kirby says today's Women's Community Shield will be more competitive than any other pre-season fixture.

The club face Manchester City at Wembley this lunchtime.

Chelsea replaced City at the top of last season's WSL when the campaign was cut short and decided on a points-per-game basis due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kirby tells us she expects City to have extra motivation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

A midwife at Kingston Hospital who contracted Covid-19 is aiming to complete a mammoth challenge on Monday.

Kelly Hutchins has spent the last 12 weeks on her own personal "Step Challenge".

Her goal is to complete 850,000 steps to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Kelly says the bad weather recently has meant she's had to find other ways to keep her tally up.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:28 am  

Four men have been arrested in the search for a father who abducted three young boys from their foster home in Coulsdon.

The Met police launched a search after Imran Safi is said to have taken Bilal, Mohammed Ebrar and Mohammed Yaseen.

Imran Safi is said to have threatened a foster carer with a knife before taking the boys aged six, five and three.

Police say the four men were arrested in Ilford in the early hours of Friday morning on suspicion of being involved in the abduction.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:22 am  

Chris Grayling has resigned from the Intelligence and Security Committee after unexpectedly losing out on the role as chairman.

The former transport secretary has written to the man who beat him to the role - Julian Lewis - to tell him he was quitting.

Sky's political correspondent Tom Rayner says the reasons for this decision are still unclear.



Mr Grayling will remain as the MP for Epsom and Ewell.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Police are searching for a man suspected of using fake £50 notes in Addlestone.

He is described as white, aged between 30 and 35 years old, 175cm tall, of medium build and with brown short hair.

He was wearing navy jeans and a navy hoodie and he’s suspected to be using the fake notes in Addlestone on Thursday the 27th .

If you have any information to which could help, you should contact police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Friday, 28 August 2020

Detectives investigating the death of a 20-year-old man in Brixton have charged a second man with murder.



Salem Koudou was found suffering stab wounds in Overton Road last Thursday evening, he died in hospital a short time later.

18 year old Yassein Bullock was remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on the 29th of August
.
27 year old Darius Kwakye, the first man charged, was remanded in custody to appear at the old Bailey on September the 1st.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

A man has been jailed for 3 and a half years at Isleworth Crown Court.



22-year-old Remmel Lawrence was sentence to 42 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Cocaine and Heroin.

On Saturday, the 20th of May he was found in possession of cannabis, so officers proceeded to search his car.

They found 89 wraps of Cocaine and Heroin in the vehicle with an estimated street value of £900.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Three men have been charged following a raid in Fulham.

The warrants were executed on Tuesday as part of an operation to tackle drug dealing and violent crime in the area.

32 year olds, Liam Noone and Dale Haynes, were charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis and possession of criminal property.

34 year old Kelly Fairclough was charged with possession of cocaine and cannabis, and was bailed to attend Croydon Magistrates’ Court in October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Merton Council will apologise to a man they placed in temporary accommodation in Birmingham - after he became homeless.

This caused him to give up one of the two jobs he was working to provide for his family.

The Council have also been ordered to pay nearly two-thousand pounds to the unnamed man, by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

The report also recommended Merton Council remind staff of best practices and review its placement policy.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Special orders, used to control dog behaviour in open spaces, are up for renewal in Banstead.

The council has opened a month-long consultation on the matter and is urging people to give their opinions.

There are currently over 90 specific orders in place across the area, some of which may not be renewed.

There’s more info on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council’s website.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:22 pm  

Schools and colleges in Hounslow are safe for pupils to return - according to the council.

That’s the message as centres of learning prepare to re-open after being shut for nearly 6 months.

New safety measures in place include one-way systems, staggered start times and extra cleaning.

The latest data from Public Health England show the borough had 18.1 cases per 100,000 people from August 10th to 16th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:07 pm  

Chelsea's Fran Kirby returns to action this weekend
Chelsea's Fran Kirby will return to action this weekend for the first time since November after recovering from illness.

The England striker suffered from Pericarditis - which is inflammation of tissue surrounding the heart.

Ahead of tomorrow's Women's Community Shield, Kirby had this to say:


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:59 am  

Food delivery company Milk & More has apologised to some of its customers in New Malden

Food delivery company Milk & More has apologised to some of its customers in New Malden.

It’s after they complained milk had been left on doorsteps overnight during the heatwave meaning it was off by the morning.

Produce being delivered at night instead of first thing in the morning, and items going missing were other concerns also reported.

Milk & More says customers who have had issues should contact its customer service care team.

This is what they said:

“We at Milk & More always aim to deliver a first-class customer service, so we are very sorry to hear that on these occasions we have failed to meet our usual high standards. If customers have any concerns, then we ask they contact our customer care team on 0345 606 3606 in the first instance.

“We deliver before 7am, so that orders are received in time for breakfast. This does mean that many deliveries will be made throughout the night to meet our customers’ expectations.

“We appreciate that we have had some very hot weather recently, so for any customers who are worried about the temperature outside, we do sell cool boxes and bags. Likewise, we ask our customers to let us know if they have a special place that they would like us to leave their orders to keep them cooler.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

A number of companies in Hammersmith and Fulham still haven't applied for business rate relief

A number of companies in Hammersmith and Fulham still haven’t applied for business rate relief.

The council has so far delivered more than £45 million in grants payments to over 2,700 businesses because of the Covid pandemic.

However, the authority says there are some business owners who haven’t applied.

The deadline for applications has now been extended to September the 14th.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

First kidney transplant takes place in St George's Hospital since lockdown

A 28 year old man has become the first person to undergo a kidney transplant at St George’s Hospital in Tooting since lockdown.

The service was temporarily paused in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alistair Dow, who was diagnosed with kidney disease last March, received the organ from his 57 year old father, Alan.

One month on, the pair are recovering at home and Alistair no longer needs nightly dialysis.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Pret A Manger's announced 2-thousand-890 job losses
The cafe chain, which has shops in Kingston and Epsom, says the majority of the cuts will be staff working in their UK shops and the rest from support centre teams.

Earlier this summer the company announced it was closing 30 shops, because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bosses say sales fell by 60 percent.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 pm  

Chelsea have signed Malang Sarr on a free transfer

The defender, who left French club Nice this summer, has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

The highly-rated centre-back will now head out on loan.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm  

The people of Carshalton and Wallington need to get nominating their health heroes this year’s Parliamentary Awards

MP Elliot Colburn is on the hunt for “outstanding individuals” who have made a real difference to the NHS.

A Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star award are two of the ten categories that are up for consideration.

All those shortlisted will be invited to a ceremony in the House of Lords.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:13 pm  

A police officer has been injured in an unprovoked assault in Sutton

He was on duty when it happened in Brighton Road at around midday.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH.

The officer is recovering in hospital.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm  

A man has denied carrying out an "organised hit" on a man who was shot in front of his wife and child in Battersea.

36 year old Flamur Beqiri was killed on Christmas Eve.

23 year old Anis Fouad Hemissi who was extradited from Denmark, is on trial at the Old Bailey.

He’s pleaded not guilty to murder and possession of a firearm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:59 pm  

Detectives investigating the death of a 20-year-old man in Brixton have charged a man from Streatham with murder.

Salem Koudou was found suffering stab wounds in Overton Road last Thursday evening, he died in hospital a short time later.

27 year old Darius Kwakye is in court this afternoon.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:56 pm  

More than 100 police officers are involved in the search for three brothers kidnapped by their father from a foster home Coulsdon.



Detectives don't know whether Imran Safi, who's from Afghanistan, has taken them abroad, but an alert's been sent to all ports.

They were abducted from their foster carer at knifepoint a week ago.

Eight people from Croydon have been arrested and bailed in connection with the inquiry.

Here's Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:53 pm  

Two members of a gang have been jailed for their part in a hammer attack at a pawn brokers in Tooting where £37,000 was stolen

34 year old Saloum Joh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of handling a stolen car.

He was given 4 years for conspiracy to commit robbery and 6 months to run concurrently for handling stolen goods.

30 year old Jamal Mahmood was handed 4 years for conspiracy to commit robbery and 6 months for handling stolen goods.

Another man will be sentenced for his part in the robbery last October at a later date.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Army major from West Byfleet talks to Radio Jackie about his mammoth fundraising feat for #HopeforHasti

An army major from West Byfleet who walked 700 miles barefoot to raise thousands of pounds to treat his daughter is finally back home.

Chris Brannigan trekked 700 miles from Lands End to Edinburgh for 8 year old Hasti who has “Cornelia de Lange.”

The syndrome causes reduced growth, speech difficulties and limb abnormalities.

Hasti is just one of 400 people in the UK to have it.

Chris, who is aiming to raise £1 million from this challenge, £620,000 of which has already been raised.

The family's final target is £2.5 million to provide treatment for others living with life-limiting conditions.

He's been chatting to Jackie's Emily Dexter:



To find out more and a link to his Just Giving Page click here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 pm  

Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey has been elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

He beat Layla Moran in the contest, being held after Jo Swinson lost her seat in December's General Election.

In a speech, the new man in charge said the party must "change" to get back support of the British people.



Speaking to Jackie's Luke Williams last month, Sir Ed was sure he could lead the party to success.



Sir Ed’s leadership rival Layla Moran has paid tribute to his campaign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

Kingston's MP is the new Lib Dem leader

Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton has been announced as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The contest came about after the last person to hold the post, Jo Swinson, dramatically lost her seat in December's General Election.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:41 am  

Will Ed Davey become the next leader of the Lib Dems?

The Liberal Democrats will announce who's to become their new leader in the next hour.

Sir Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton and Layla Moran are in the running.

The contest came about after the last person to hold the post, Jo Swinson, dramatically lost her seat in December's General Election.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:14 am  

Streatham Hill theatre campaign

“Keep spreading the word” is the message from the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre campaign group.

Members are trying to re-open the Grade II listed “gem” as an arts and performance hub for the community post Covid.

The theatre closed its doors in 1962, and was turned into a bingo hall, which also then closed in 2017.

Campaigners who want a theatre re-instated, are trying to raise over £30,000 to get a viability study done.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Protest march in Clapham today

People across Lambeth will take part in a protest march later against a “Low Traffic Neighbourhood” scheme.

Proposed temporary traffic barriers will only allow residential vehicles to use certain areas like the Oval Triangle.

Residents claim there has been no public consultation and say it will cause a big traffic overflow into areas like Clapham.

The march will start in Concannon Street in Clapham at 4pm today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:27 am  

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Kingston Council’s former leader is backing Sir Ed Davey’s rival to become leader of the Lib Dems.


Liz Green says the decision to support Layla Moran in the contest is “difficult” as she has known Sir Ed for 20 years.

However, she says the party cannot recover in Local Government with a polling of “just 6%.”

In a tweet, she said she doesn’t think the MP for Kingston and Surbiton can achieve what’s needed.

Meanwhile, Mr Davey is calling for a green recovery plan to deliver jobs and tackle climate change post Covid.

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton is acting leader of the Lib Dems ahead of the party’s leadership contest.

The Liberal Democrats are also urging the Government to continue furlough support until it is safe.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The UK’s largest cat charity has the official support of the Tory MP for Carshalton and Wallington.

Elliot Colburn is backing a Cats Protection warning that unscrupulous online sellers are selling poorly bred cats.

The charity helps 200,000 cats a year through a network of 230 volunteer run branches.

There has been a 125% increase in online adverts during lockdown selling puppies, kittens, dogs and cats.

Buyers are urged the follow the Government's “Petfished” campaign and thoroughly research sellers before buying online.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Chelsea have signed England left back Ben Chilwell from Leicester.

He's signed a five year deal with the Premier League club.

The deal is reportedly worth around £50 million, though the official fee is undisclosed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:49 pm  

A 70 year old man has been attacked in South Croydon

The incident happened at around 5pm on the 17th August in Shirley Hill.

Police are looking for two black men, aged between 18 and 25, who were wearing masks.

They made off in a brown estate style car.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

A ukulele player has turned to busking to help see her through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Phillipa Leigh is more used to performing at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and on the London Eye.

However, after venues closed because of lockdown, she took her skills onto the streets of Battersea.

Phillipa tells Jackie's Simone Halfin it’s actually been quite an exciting time to be a busker.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:06 pm  

A new version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" has been composed by two singers in South Africa to help bring people together

A singing duo in South Africa have recorded a new version of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.”

The popular Rugby anthem has been shunned in the terraces at Twickenham and around the country by some fans.

It’s after the RFU decided to conduct a review into its use because of its links with slavery.

But Maritza Truter and Bianca Solomons say banning it is divisive, and the conversation needs to be about how people can be united.

They've been chatting to Jackie's Emily Dexter.



The pair's video can be viewed below.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm  

Fire fighters are tackling a blaze at a block of maisonettes in Brentford



A split-level maisonette on the ground and first floor of a seven-storey building in Ealing Road is alight.

There are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 pm  

Campaigners formed a car rally outside Epsom Hospital yesterday protesting against plans to move services out of Epsom and St Helier hospitals

Epsom faces losing 169 beds, while St Helier will lose over 350 beds.

It's after NHS health bosses agreed last month that services like A&E and maternity could be moved to new hospital in Belmont.

However, campaigners say the decision will mean patients will have to travel for longer to receive emergency care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:28 am  

A man from Ashford has been accused of sharing right-wing extremist videos.

37-year-old Michael Nugent is facing charges of sharing extremist content including a manifesto published by the Christchurch mosque attacker.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with 12 offences.

Mr Nugent is also accused of posting a video of the Christchurch terror attack on its one-year anniversary in March.

He's been remanded in custody by deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram until 2 October, when he will appear before the Old Bailey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 am  

Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet thinks Thiago Silva would be a great addition for the club.

The Brazilian defender is expected to move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.

Poyet says, he thinks at 35-years-old, Silva's experience will be key for Chelsea.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Richmond Council is calling on the army to help install an emergency temporary bridge linking Barnes and Hammersmith

It's after Hammersmith Bridge was closed off completely due to safety concerns.

The council says it recognises contacting the army for help is an unusual approach, but the situation is "bleak".

Both Richmond and Hammersmith councils have called on the Government to commit to a temporary bridge.

This is yet to be acknowledged or confirmed.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:23 am  

Tesco stores in Richmond and Twickenham are removing alcohol displays from their shopfronts.

It's in a bid to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour on and around Richmond Green.

The supermarket chain is also increasing security and stopping shoppers who are repeat buying.

Bosses say they will also limit the sale of alcohol temporarily after 9pm on warmer days if necessary.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Kingston Council is trialling a new system to discourage charity shop donations being dumped on pavements.

It’s after photos emerged of bags of clothing lined up on the street outside Cancer Research UK in New Malden High Street.

Kingston Council says leaving items outside is classed as fly tipping, is illegal and costs the authority time and resources to remove them.

Markings will be drawn on the pavement outside charity shops to see if they deter people from dumping their donations.

For ore information, click here kingston.gov.uk/fly_tipping
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:35 pm  

Police are appealing for the public’s help in finding two fifteen-year-old boys who have been missing since 30th July.

Devonte Graham and Ryan Kouame were last seen in Croydon and have connections in that area, but concern is increasingly growing for their welfare.

If you have seen either of them, please get in contact on 101


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 pm  

Police have been stopping branded vehicles driving in Richmond Park.

Commercial, public service vehicles and coaches are not permitted within any of the Royal Parks unless approved for official business.

Five vehicles were stopped over the course of 20 minutes today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:05 pm  

A man from Brentford has been arrested as part of a police operation on the M25.

Officers were called to Junction 14 for Heathrow at 1pm.

It’s after an ANPR camera detected a vehicle which was wanted in relation to an ongoing investigation.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers located a large amount of cash and a small amount of suspected Class B drugs.

A 34 year old man was arrested at the scene.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 pm  

Campaigners have been outside Epsom Hospital protesting against plans to move services out of Epsom and St Helier hospitals

The car rally started at Kiln Lane at 3.30pm.

Epsom faces losing 169 beds, and St Helier will lose over 350 beds after NHS health bosses agreed last month that services like A&E and maternity could be moved to a new “super hospital” in Belmont.

However, campaigners say the decision will mean patients will have to travel for longer to receive urgent care.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:21 pm  

The old Tudor Williams site in New Malden has been sold to a housing developer

The family run independent department store in the high street shut its doors last year after 106 years.

Residents had hoped the space would be reserved for retail, but it’s been confirmed it has been purchased by Rocco Homes.

The Cobham based company has told us;

We have not started the design process and no proposals have been drawn to date.

However, considering the importance of the high street in the local area, we are very conscious that retaining a retail use relevant to the local community will be key to making this new development an active part of New Malden High Street.

We look forward to presenting and discussing the emerging proposals with the local community in due course.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:20 pm  

At least 500 trees are to be be planted across Kingston between November and March next year

Residents can select up to three locations that they would like to see new ones planted this winter.

They include a total of 263 native species, as well as a range that will flourish in urban conditions and help support wildlife.

The trees being planted this year have been carefully selected based on feedback from last year’s consultation.

You can find a link to the scheme here
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

A member of the public has been assaulted by a group of men in Stanwell

Officers were called to Caledonia Road shortly before 8:30pm last night following reports of around six men damaging vehicles in the street.

They are then said to have smashed the window of a nearby house before carrying out the assault.

The suspects left the scene before officers arrived and police patrols have been increased in the area today.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm  

A man from North Surrey has been charged with terrorism offences

37-year-old Michael Nugent is accused of 12 counts.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today and was remanded in custody by deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram until 2 October, when he will appear before the Old Bailey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm  

Richmond Park's MP is urging residents to sign a petition calling for a temporary bridge close while Hammersmith Bridge is closed.

Lib Dem Sarah Olney says she's disappointed that members of the Department for Transport haven't been able to meet with her.

The Grade II listed structure was suddenly closed last month following the discovery of more cracks in the pedestals.

Plans for both a temporary bridge and the existing bridge repairs have been approved, but Government funding needs to be released for it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm  

The Met Office is warning Londoners to be vigilant as Storm Francis hits the capital today.

Heavy rain and gusts of up to 45mph are expected, with flying debris possibly causing “injury or danger to life”.

They’ve also warned Francis could cause road closures, delays to public transport and power cuts.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

One 16-year-old boy from Woking and one 16-year-old boy from Camberley remain in custody following a knifepoint robbery.

Police were called to Benner Lane in Woking on Sunday night before 10pm following reports of a group of teenagers being robbed.

The victims were at West End Recreation Ground when the suspects revealed a bladed item and demanded their possessions, taking headphones and a bike.

The suspects were then stopped on the A30 and arrested.

Anyone who has any further information, please call the police on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

Eurostar travellers will be able to get a direct train from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to London from the end of October.

There has been a direct route from St Pancras to the Netherlands since 2018 but returning passengers have had to go through security checks in Belgium.

UK Border Force will carry out their passport checks in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Tickets will go on sale from 1 September costing £40 each way.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 am  

Repair works will resume on Heathrow's Southern Runway next week.

It'll be fully closed between 8pm and 7am Monday to Friday from the 1st.

This means more aircraft noise for people living under the Northern runway.

The works are likely to be completed in early October.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

The Lib Dem's spokesperson for transport is welcoming the news TfL will be dedicating a number of buses for school travel only.

Every second bus during peak school hours will be reserved for pupils only.

Richmond Park's MP Sarah Olney is reminding commuters that they won't be available for "non-pupil riders".

Commuters are being advised to leave extra time for their journeys as they may have to wait for a bus they can travel on.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

England pair Ben Foakes and Sam Curran helped Surrey fight back in their clash with Kent in cricket's Bob Willis Trophy.

Foakes scored 118 in his team's first innings total of 278, before Curran took three wickets to reduce their opponents to 118 for 9.

Adam Lyth's century took Yorkshire to a score of 260 against Lancashire.

Their rivals are on 195 for 5 in reply.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Sutton Council says it is listening to parents’ concerns about traffic.

The authority says it’s been told there is too much on the roads for mums and dads to allow their children to walk or cycle to school.

In response, Sutton is rolling out 14 more “School Streets” from next month.

A ‘School Street’ is a road outside or around a school with temporary traffic restrictions at school drop-off and pick-up times only.

A major world study last year revealed children are five times more exposed to air pollution when travelling to primary schools.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 am  

Monday, 24 August 2020

Chelsea Old Town Hall is celebrating a post lockdown milestone.

It’s seen 268 couples tie the knot since it reopened its doors on the 4th of July.

New measures have been put in place including keeping a safe 1-metre distance between staff and visitors with floor markings.

The venue’s been popular with celebrities for many years playing host to the nuptials of the likes of Marc Bolan and Judy Garland.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Police are investigating an indecent exposure near the Stew Ponds in Epsom on Wednesday the 12th of August.

At around 2:30pm a man aged between 20-25, exposed himself to two young females as he rode past them on a black and red pushbike.

He is said to have brown hair with dark eyes and was wearing black or grey shorts.

Police are appealing for any witness to contact them on 101.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

Croydon has become the first London borough to join forces with social enterprise scheme that helps ex-offenders find work.

The aim of The Silk Mill is to help vulnerable young people break the cycle of re-offending and gain work experience.

Youngsters will take part in an intensive six-month work programme of paid work that will result in a nationally-recognised qualification.

Employers include Balfour Beatty, Thames Water and the council itself.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Police are urging witnesses to come forward following an incident that took place in the Fairmile area of Cobham on Friday

At around 3.25am last Friday morning, 21st August, a man was assaulted on the driveway of his home by three unknown males.

The man sustained minor injuries, however the suspects stole a watch from him worth £25,000, then left in a dark coloured Audi.

Anyone with any information or CCTV or relevant Dashcam footage is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm  

Parking charges are set to be reintroduced in all Elmbridge Borough Council car parks on 1 September.

It comes as lockdown measures continue to ease and people are increasingly returning to shops in nearby towns and village centres.

Charges in all council-run car parks were suspended in March to support Elmbridge residents and key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Free parking has continued while local high streets have reopened, helping businesses to recover their client base.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:56 am  

Extinction Rebellion took to the streets of Merton for their monthly ‘Clean Air Cycle Ride’

The cycling campaign aims to increase awareness about car use, encouraging people to walk, cycle or scoot with public transport capacity severely restricted.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The dangers of air pollution are well documented. The more people we can get travelling actively the better our air quality will be.”

The next Extinction Rebellion and friends cycle ride will be on Sunday 27 September at 2pm, starting at Morden civic centre.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Croydon has recorded the largest increase in domestic abuse incidents since the beginning of lockdown out of all the London boroughs.

Met police data revealed that crime counts in London increased by 16.6% from 7,268 in March to 8,589 in July.

Incidents recorded in Croydon in the same period increased from 400 cases in March to 494 in July.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:31 am  

An inquest has opened into the death of Wandsworth teenager, Nora Quoirin, who was found dead on a family holiday in Malaysia.

15-year-old Nora vanished from her room at the Dusun rainforest resort last August.

Malaysian police said there was no foul play involved, but Nora’s parents insist it was unlikely for her to wander off as she had severe learning disabilities.

Nora’s parents were unable to attend the proceedings due to the Coronavirus pandemic but are expected to give evidence through a video conference next week.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing public nuisance after standing on a window ledge in Chelsea for over 18 hours.

Emergency services were called to Sloane Avenue at 8am on Saturday to a man believed to be standing on the 8th floor of a building.

The man, whose age has not been revealed, eventually came down at 2:30am on Sunday and was arrested and remains in custody.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 am  

There’s concerns about the rising number of coronavirus cases in south-west London.

Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Kingston have all seen rises, with Richmond having highest levels of new cases with a rate of infection of 17.7, up from 10.1 last week.

Wandsworth saw 39 new cases in the past week with its infection rate increasing to 11.8 from 8.5, and Kingston’s infection rate rose to 12.4.

Councils are asking people to remain vigilant with washing hands and wearing face masks in public.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Croydon’s Savvy theatre company is preparing to move back into its regular rehearsal space.

..with appropriate social-distancing in place of course.

The group is now seeking applications from budding young performers and backstage crew for a range of future projects.

Among them a “steam-punk” panto which they hope to stage in the foyer of the Fairfield Halls.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:41 pm  

Six men have been arrested for selling illegal cannabis out of three shops in Croydon, West Norwood and Thornton Heath.

The stores, on Croydon High Street, Beulah Hill and Thornton Heath High Street, are labelled as legal suppliers of CBD cannabis supplements.

But MET Police raided them on Wednesday after suspecting the owners of selling cannabis containing psychoactive THC, which only licenced pharmacies can do.

Also removed from one of the shops were 63-thousand nitrous oxide canisters, some suspected magic mushrooms, 20-thousand pounds in cash and a Bitcoin ATM.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Wandsworth Council has launched its #KeepOurChildrenSafe campaign.

It aims to raise awareness of the increased risk of child harm due to pressure put on parents and carers during the pandemic.

The council says, over the last few months children may have had less access to people that might report abuse.

The campaign will teach the public what signs to look for and encourage them to flag any concerns.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:41 pm  

Feelings of life being worthwhile are stronger in Merton than in any other London borough.

The government’s National Wellbeing Measures also show the area is tied with Richmond and Bexley for greatest life satisfaction.

Across London, happiness levels have fallen by 1.7%, a bigger drop than the national average.

Meanwhile, the least anxious borough is Croydon, with a score of 2.5 out of ten, whereas most lie between 3 and 3.5.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm  

A former Surrey police officer has turned dog-detective to track down a lost pet for a family from Wandsworth

A former Surrey police officer has turned dog-detective to track down a lost pet for a family from Wandsworth.

15 year-old Spillo went missing while walking on the South Downs with his owners, the Bierer-Nielsen family.

The ex-police detective Colin Butcher has been examining CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses, while daughter Laura has put her Masters dissertation on hold to join he hunt.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:26 pm  

Retailers across Hounslow are being offered help in treading the fine line between welcoming back customers and maintaining some lockdown restrictions

Retailers across Hounslow are being offered help in treading the fine line between welcoming back customers and maintaining some lockdown restrictions.

Borough council advisers have been visiting shops in Hounslow High Street, Feltham, Chsiwick, Brentford and Isleworth as part of a campaign dubbed Shop-safe-local.

They’ve been helping with measures including wearing face-masks and social distancing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:25 pm  

Kingston Council is asking people to double-down on washing hands and wearing face masks after a jump in Covid-19 infections

Kingston Council is asking people to double-down on washing hands and wearing face masks after a jump in Covid-19 infections.

Figures from Public Health England show the rate of infection has risen in a week from 8 cases per hundred thousand to almost 14.

The figure for Kingston still isn’t as high as some neighbouring boroughs. In Richmond it stands at 16.7 and in Hounslow 17.7 cases per hundred thousand
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