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Saturday 19 September 2020

The MP for Twickenham is concerned about upcoming rugby fixtures scheduled to take place in front of fans at Twickenham Stadium.

Munira Wilson’s written to the Sports Minister, urging him to put the “public health and safety of local residents” first.

She’s especially worried about the RFU’s plans to stage two games on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of October.

If the games go ahead they could see 44,000 spectators travel into Twickenham.

Ms Wilson’s asked the government to provide assurances the matches will not lead to a rise in coronavirus cases in South West London.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:22 pm  

A man found dead on a street in Mitcham has been named, as police ask for help to find out what happened to him.

The body of Loeike Guei, who was 23 and lived in Thornton Heath, was found, on fire, on Commonside East, just after 6am on Thursday morning.

His family are aware and are being supported.

A post-mortem yesterday gave a preliminary cause of death as a head injury.

The MET Police’s Specialist Crime Command are investigating and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley said: “Loeike’s family are traumatised and we need the help of the public in bringing them justice.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:25 pm  

Hounslow Council says it is continuing with a traffic calming scheme in Chiswick despite protests from residents.

Barriers were due to be installed in Staveley Road, near Chiswick House, earlier this week as part of a trial.

But a number of people attended the site preventing workers from erecting them. 

Council bosses say they understand the concerns but the trial will go ahead to help with social distancing and reduce speeding. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A new CCTV camera has been installed at a car park in Sunbury to help curb anti-social behaviour.

The equipment in Orchard Meadow will be monitored 24/7 along with cameras in Staines town centre.

Spelthorne Borough Council says the installation was arranged in response to concerns from residents. 

Bosses say they will continue to listen to concerns and, where necessary, take action to combat anti-social problems. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Richmond Riverside is to be kept clear of vehicles.

New parking restrictions come into place on Monday.

The Council launched a consultation in response to complaints about hazardous parked vehicles in the popular beauty spot.

Loading and unloading vehicles will be permitted between 7am and 10am every day to support businesses and residential properties.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

Kingston Council is stepping up the amount of outdoor recreational facilities it provides.

Canbury Gardens and Fairfield Recreational Ground have received new gym equipment.

The footpath at Elmbridge Meadows bordering the Hogsmill river has also been revamped.

It’s all part of a £1.3m transformation and revitalisation of playgrounds across the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

Footfall is down 33% after Transport for London made changes to the layout of the Upper Tooting Road.

Shop owners say they weren’t consulted on the measures that have been introduced to help with social distancing. 

They say that one of the biggest impacts has been the removal of disabled parking and loading bays.

Wandsworth Council recently suspended its own “Low Traffic Neighbourhood” scheme due to such concerns. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 am  

People in Kingston say they have been struggling to book tests for Covid-19 despite two testing sites nearby.

The testing site at Chessington was set up in March along with a mobile centre in the Cattle Market car park.

The re-opening of Kingston university is understood to be putting pressure on the sites. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 am  

Friday 18 September 2020

£120m worth of drugs have been seized at a port in Suffolk

It’s one of the largest ever heroin seizures in the UK, with more than a tonne confiscated by the National Crime Agency.

The ship docked at Felixstowe, and was bound for the Netherlands.

Croydon South MP is an Immigration minister, and says Class A drugs “wreak havoc on individuals and communities, and there is no place for them in any civilised society”.

Three men have been arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 pm  

A teenager's been found guilty of murdering a 16 year-old boy with a zombie knife in Croydon.

The 17 year-old stabbed Louis Johnson at East Croydon railway station in January.

He claimed he acted out of fear that he'd be attacked after he was threatened on Snapchat.

He'll be sentenced next month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:27 pm  

Kingston Council is going to review its procedure regarding bin contamination following reports some collections are being missed because of it.

The council says information tags are meant to be left on offending bins by the waste collection team.

It’s so the homeowner knows which item has caused a collection to be missed and they can remove it ahead of another collection.

However, there have been reports that tags aren’t being left by disposal crews.

And in some cases, passers-by are dumping rubbish in bins which means the owner doesn’t realise their bin is even contaminated when it's returned to them.

The council says when this happens, it may result in all recycling collected that day, from around 1,000 properties, not being recycled.

One resident claims their bin was delivered back to them with no tag explaining why it was "contaminated", and then not collected for another 5 days. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

A man who tried to rape a woman in a violent attack in a park in Colliers Wood has been jailed.

21 year old Khaled Argoub from Tooting was given an extended sentence of 22 years for count one of attempted rape.

Fourteen of those he will spend in custody.

He will be considered for parole after serving two thirds of the 14 years.

The victim, aged in her twenties, was heading home after a night out with friends in February.

She boarded The Night Tube, where Argoub followed her, and walked along a residential street off Colliers Wood High Street.

Argoub grabbed her, forcing her in to Wandle Park, where he attempted to attack her.

The woman managed to escape and Argoub was later traced via CCTV and DNA.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

More than 200 arrests have been made in a drugs operation involving nine police forces including the Met and Surrey

Officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition and intelligence to target vehicles linked to violent crime over three days

Over 1,000 officers were involved in the effort which focused on arterial routes and motorways such as the M25 and M4.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:10 pm  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged for caution on fans returning to football stadiums.

The Premier League have asked the government to stick to October the 1st as the date.

It's to allow a limited number of supporters back in grounds, saying clubs risk financial hardship if games continue to be played behind closed doors.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:35 pm  

Parents across Richmond are being reminded to social distance at the school gates.

The council is also asking them to wear face coverings where possible when dropping off and collecting their children.

The authority has written to all parents and carers to ask them to adhere to the regulations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Epsom Police say they are seeing an increase in burglaries after keys have been left in doors.

Officers say burglars are gaining entry by making a small hole in the glass of the door to access a key which has been left in the lock of the inside of the door.

Residents are being told to take keys out of doors and to also store them away to prevent “fish-hooking” through letterboxes.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

A 17-year-old boy has been convicted of murdering a teenager at East Croydon station

16 year old Louis Johnson was attacked as part of an ongoing feud between the pair in January.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced at a later date.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Spelthorne is officially on the Government’s Covid-19 “watch list”

Data shows a sustained rise in coronavirus case numbers that is out of step with the rest of Surrey.

Particular areas of concern are Staines, Ashford, Stanwell, Shepperton, Sunbury and Halliford.

The council says lock-down is not happening at the moment but

residents must be extra vigilant.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Testing is going to be available in Wandsworth and Croydon – despite a nationwide shortage

People are being urged to only book a test if they have symptoms – as a survey shows a quarter of people at sites don’t have any.

Today, the Health Secretary confirmed that a negative test doesn’t release you from quarantine.

There’s currently a nationwide shortage of lab space to process tests – although the government says they’re working to increase capacity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:47 pm  

Surbiton Farmers Market is to return, although with road closures to help with social distancing

It’s been given £2,400 by Kingston Council so a system can be designed to manage traffic.

It’s aiming to return on Saturday October 17th.

Since it opened in 2009, it’s helped raise over £60,000 for local charities, by giving one a stall free of charge each month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says signing Said Benrahma from Brentford is not the club's priority

The Algerian winger has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Palace.

Hodgson says other players are higher on his shopping list.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:53 am  

Around 200 “irreplaceable” books stolen from Feltham have been found in Romania

They include works by Astronomer Galileo and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, and worth over £2.5m.

They were stolen in January 2017 from a transit warehouse, where they were due to be sent to Las Vegas for an auction.

The suspects cut holes in the roof and abseiled down, avoiding the sensors.

Thirteen have been charged, with twelve having plead guilty.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:08 am  

As many as 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year

But research carried out by YouGov shows that while 82% are aware that they can get the disease, 54% have never checked their breasts.

Nina Barough is CEO of charity Walk the Walk and founder of the famous Moonwalk events.

This year’s London event at Clapham Common was held virtually because of Coronavirus and Nina says a pandemic wont stop them.   

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:57 am  

Six universities have banned sex between students and lecturers

Roehampton University is one to bring in the measures, after a survey found only one in twenty institutions forbid it.

A new book called Unsafe Spaces: Ending Sexual Abuse in Universities claims around 50,000 students are abused every year.

They told Times Higher Education that they’re unsure if a relationship between lecturer and student can be fully consensual, due to the possibility for abusing power.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

The Coronavirus testing centre at Twickenham Stadium will close at the end of the month

Richmond Council says the Government needs to “sort out” the testing programme before that happens.

It’s after Twickenham MP Munira Wilson highlighted a report one of her constituents was told to head to Aberdeen to get a test.

Richmond Council’s leader also says people trying to book a test are sometimes left for hours on hold.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:05 am  

Thursday 17 September 2020

Research has revealed that cities with a high student population are big hotspots for sexually transmitted infections

The study was complied by Fresh Student Living as part of Sexual Health Awareness week starting next week.  

 The City of London has the highest numbers of STI’s in the country with 5,319 cases per 100,00 population.

 Whilst Kingston and Richmond have 709 and 625 respectively, the most common diagnoses are Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 pm  

Two men are behind bars for drug dealing in Guildford.

They’ve both been jailed for two-and-a-half-years after cocaine was found during a vehicle stop in June.

The two Albanian nationals, aged 19 and 21, were found to be in possession of cash, phones, false ID documents and two clear bags of white powder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:17 pm  

People living across Spelthorne are getting an important letter in the post this week

The council is leafleting all homes outlining its concerns regarding Surrey County Council’s proposal to form a single, unitary authority.

 This would mean abolishing the county’s 11 district and borough councils.

Spelthorne says it’s concerned the proposal represents a significant threat to the delivery of services and democracy.

 Bosses also claim Surrey County Council has failed to consult with residents and the councils involved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 pm  

People in Richmond are being urged to watch out for a “sophisticated” Coronavirus scam

The council says although it’s been seen in other parts of London, no incidences have been reported in the borough yet.

The scam sees fraudsters use what appear to be official council letters complete with logos to direct victims to a fake website.

The website, which offers a council tax reduction, is designed to harvest people’s sensitive personal data.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:33 pm  

Merton Council’s leader is standing down after a decade in the role

Labour councillor Stephen Alambritis says November is “the right time” hand over the reins.

He says Coronavirus has made this year challenging.

But he’s also told us he’s had many highlights.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:31 pm  

A former Royal Marine is to carry a piano weighing 180 kilos up a mountain, for the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea

A close friend of Max Glover needed a double lung transplant last year.

To raise money, he’ll be hauling the piano for two miles at gradient of  up to 30%, where it’ll be taken back down again.

He’ll be doing it this month, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

You can find a link to his JustGiving page here

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:03 pm  

We’re being asked to be “considerate” of guidelines when dropping off or picking up kids from school

Richmond Council says they’re received reports of gatherings of people, sometimes outside other people’s homes, near schools.

Some schools are now putting stewards outside to help move along large groups.

Councillor Penny Frost says “we all need to do our bit”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

More information has been given about the Hammersmith Bridge government taskforce

The first meeting took place yesterday.

They’re currently pulling together necessary information, including technical and operational and costs.

Any funding will be subject to the findings of the group and the agreed next steps.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has accepted a £100,000 job for seven hours of advisory work a week

The Epsom MP will work with Hutchinson Ports, according to the MP’s register of financial interests.

The company operates Thamesport, Harwich and Felixstowe.

The watchdog says that he won’t be able to speak about their commercial activities, and will focus on their environmental strategy.

Mr Grayling has been criticised for poor decisions, including awarding a contract to ferry operators with no ships.

They were later cancelled, and he described them as an insurance policy.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The body of a man has been found in Mitcham

Emergency crews were called at 6am this morning to Commonside East, next to the common.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace his next of kin, and it’s being treated as unexplained.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 am  

Fulham bounced back from a defeat on the opening day of the Premier League season, by beating Ipswich Town 1-nil

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored as Scott Parker's side progressed through to the third round of the League Cup.

Elsewhere, Southampton were beaten at home by Brentford 2-nil.

The Fulham manager says, it was an important win for his team.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 am  

“The Massive Get Together” takes place tonight

It’s an online charity event comprising celebrity entertainment, performances and prize draws.

People can access it by giving a £10 donation; all donations will be split equally between the 10 charities involved.

The Children’s Trust in Tadworth is one of them and Katie Roberts is its head of Voluntary Fundraising.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

People in Twickenham have reportedly been able to book tests by claiming to be from Aberdeen

Lib Dem MP Munira Wilson told the Health Secretary that she has been “inundated” with people being unable to get tests.

Matt Hancock admitted there were “operational challenges”, but people should not “game the system”.

There’s currently a shortage of lab capacity to process tests.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:02 am  

Wednesday 16 September 2020

The government says that it’s crucial to take its time with plans for a rail network around Heathrow.

Seema Malhotra, the MP for Feltham, asked the Transport Secretary what progress is made on the Heathrow Southern Railway.

The department says that the model it’s based on needs to be appropriate, and must deliver value for money.

The network is due to be launched between 2025 and 2027, at a cost of up to £1.6bn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

One person in Streatham reportedly had to take a three hour round trip to get a test, while others can’t get one at all.

The area’s MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy says more and more people are writing to her about the lack of testing.

She says one junior doctor is having to self-isolate, since their housemate cannot get tested.

She’s calling for a nationally funded, local test, trace and isolate system.

The government insists they’re increasing capacity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Mole Valley Council is looking at expanding one of the borough’s cemeteries.

Dorking Cemetery is at capacity and councillors say that there will be no more space in a year if action isn’t taken now.

The council wants to remove one of the lesser used paths at the site in order to accommodate new plots.

 It says it isn’t taking the course of action “lightly.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Protests in Chiswick have stopped a road barrier being installed.

Work was due to begin on Monday at the Staveley Road and Park Road Junction, as part of efforts to prevent rat running.

Comments left on the council’s website have been calling for pedestrian crossings, as cars drive fast down the straight road.

The council says the scheme will be a trial, and will be amended in the light of any impact.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:23 pm  

A mentally ill violent offender has been locked up for at least 11 years for attempting to murder a woman in Streatham

It was an unprovoked attack  as she pushed her daughter in a pushchair last December.

36-year-old Josephine Conlon was stabbed multiple times in the face and neck

 Mark Brazant had only been released from prison 6 days earlier.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:14 pm  

A man has exposed himself at a Coronavirus testing centre in Epsom.

The incident took place at the Upper High Street car park just after 11 this morning.

The suspect refused to leave when asked and exposed himself twice before leaving the site on  foot in the direction of Epsom Town Centre.

 A 29-year-old man was found  a short time later by officers in Waterloo Road where he was  arrested for exposure.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 pm  

Richmond Council is about to the launch the next phase of its Community Fund.

The money comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy; a tax paid by developers to reduce negative impact upon the community.

A portion of the total tax collected funds the projects put forward by residents.  

The fund will launch on the 12th of October and will close on the 4th of December.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:29 pm  

Councils are calling on Heathrow to abandon its bid for a third runway “once and for all.”

Authorities like Wandsworth and Richmond want bosses to concentrate instead on achieving zero carbon emissions.

The airport is due to challenge February’s Court of Appeal ruling against the expansion plan at the Supreme Court next month.

The councils say that there is no logic in the airport persisting with its “runway fantasy.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:08 pm  

Remembrance services will not be taking place in traditional form in Spelthorne in November.

The council says it has made the difficult decision due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.

Wreath laying ceremonies will take place in private across the borough and be streamed online. 

There will be no parades.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A young deer has been killed by a dog in Richmond Park.

Police attended the scene on Saturday morning at around 9 o’clock and questioned a man.

Royal Parks says it takes the welfare of its deer very seriously and if you cannot control your dog, then always ensure it’s on a lead. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:08 pm  

Police are hunting for three men in Epsom who were stealing catalytic converters in a car park

On Monday morning, a man tried to intervene, and he was threatened with a metal pole.

The men were seen to be using a jack and an electric saw.

They’re described as white, mid-thirties, and were driving a dark grey Honda CR-V.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

The chief executive of British Airways says it is fighting for its survival

Alex Cruz has told a committee of MPs that last week that Heathrow-based BA flew around 187,000 passengers in the different flights in and out of the UK.

The same week in the previous year, that number was just under a million.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 am  

A Headteacher in Ham is getting a very special surprise this morning

Sophie McGeoch is being honoured with a Silver Award at the National Teaching Awards.

The accolades, into their 22nd year, honour the work done by “exceptional” teachers. 

Sophie, who is head at Meadlands Primary, will now be in the running for one of just 14 Gold Awards later in the year. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Police patrolling Surbiton station over the past few days have made three arrests

One was arrested for possessing a knife, another for cannabis, and another who was wanted for failing to appear in court.

It was a joint operation between the British Transport Police and the Met.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:06 am  

Facebook's rolling out a new tool in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to encourage people to donate blood

The social media giant's partnered with the NHS to allow users between 18 and 65 to receive updates about the service.

The opt-in feature will notify people about opportunities to donate at local centres, and invite friends to do the same.

In South-West London, there’s a donation unit at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

Steve Hatch from Facebook says it's especially important now.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:32 am  

People are being urged to have their say on the permanent expansion of Barnes Primary School

The new building would enable an extra 14 places for children with autism and associated complex learning needs. 

There would be two classrooms, a sensory room, soft play-room and therapy room. 

There are over 1,200 children with special educational needs in the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:16 am  

Tuesday 15 September 2020

A crackdown on anti-social behaviour on Kingston Riverside has been announced

For the next three years, nobody can use a loudspeaker between 9pm and 8am, or drink alcohol “if it is likely to cause a nuisance.”

The order also specifically prohibits public urination, defecation, and drug use.

During lockdown, there’s been an increase in littering and urination, especially due to public toilet closures.

Anyone convicted may face a fine of up to £1,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:15 pm  

Six people have been sentenced for duping homeowners out of £400,000 worth of fraudulent roof repairs

Croydon Council lead the investigation, which saw victims from Greenwich to Southampton.

A common tactic the fraudsters used was telling homeowners that they’d noticed damages while doing work for a neighbour.

The fake builders were either jailed, given suspended sentences, or fined.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a hit and run in Surbiton

Police say they know there were many witnesses to a fail to stop collision in Surbiton on Monday.

Officers were called to Victoria Road just after 3pm.

A 29 year old man was taken to a south London hospital where his condition was later assessed as non life-threatening.

The driver of the car involved did not stop at the scene and the vehicle was found abandoned a short time later further down the same road.

 Officer want witnesses, anyone with dashcam footage, or anyone who believes they may have any information, to come forward.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:41 pm  

Suicide rates in Richmond have risen nearly 100% over the last two years

Suicide rates in Richmond have risen nearly 100% over the last two years.

The figures have been released by the council following last week’s annual World Suicide Prevention Day.

 Rates in the borough stand at 9.2 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 5.5 per 100,000.

A suicide and self-harm prevention strategy was put in place last October to address mental health related morbidity. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

The Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell has been updating his constituents about a new GP access system

The Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell has been updating his constituents about a new GP access system.

Chris Grayling has announced that all Surrey practices have introduced a digital software platform called “Footfall”

All patients will be able to register an issue 24/7, seven days a week with their own practice.

The system will direct their needs to the right service to respond.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

A man has been rescued from a flat fire in Hackbridge

A man has been rescued from a flat fire in Hackbridge.

The blaze at the property in Furlong Close broke out last night.

Most of the four bedroom flat on the ground floor of a two-storey building was damaged by the blaze.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:10 pm  

Twickenham Police station has reopened

It closed in January to transform the site into a “more modern building” and reduce running costs.

It’ll continue to have a 24/7 front desk.

As such, the Teddington front counter will close.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:03 pm  

Brighton boss Graham Potter feels there are lots of positives to take from their opening game of the new Premier League season

They lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea last night.

But Potter feels the result isn't a true reflection of how they performed.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

16% of people in Richmond have been affected by the serious illness or death of somebody close to them, due to COVID-19

That’s according to a survey by the council taken in late June.

1,400 people responded, with other findings showing just under a third have seen a fall in household income.

However, half of people reported doing more shopping locally, and 73% of people walking more.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:52 am  

Politicians are vowing to change controversial legislation, which potentially overrides the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

The Internal Market Bill passed its first hurdle in the House of Commons , securing a majority of 77.

While only two Tory MPs directly voted against it, 30 abstained, including the members for Wimbledon and Runnymede.

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond says “this country cannot break international law just because it does not like the compromise it signed up to”.

Meanwhile, Runnymede’s Dr Ben Spencer, is asking the government to “think again” and says international law shouldn’t be “pre-emptively” violated.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

An annual mental health festival will go ahead in Epsom this year despite the Coronavirus pandemic

Epsom Mental Health Week will take place from October the 3rd. 

Events will move online and be hosted by charity Love Me Love My Mind.

Sue Bull from the charity says it’s important it goes ahead, even if it cannot be in person.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:15 am  

Two “low traffic neighbourhood trials” are underway in Kingston

The Council says the aim is to improve air quality and promote cycling and walking wherever possible.

Bollards have been introduced in Albert Road and Lower Ham Road to reduce through traffic.

However, some residents have voiced concern that the routes are now inaccessible for large emergency vehicles. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 am  

Monday 14 September 2020

Side effects of medicines may be predicted before they hit the market, following research by Royal Holloway University in Egham.

They’ve developed an algorithm to predict them, using the same principle by which Netflix recommends films to users.

It’ll determine what sort of people will react to a drug, and the percentage who will have side effects after the first stage of human trials.

It’s hoped it will reduce mortality in healthcare.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Chelsea have taken the lead in their first Premier League game of the new season.

 A first half penalty scored by Jorginho means they are 1-nil up at Brighton.

Earlier Wolves began their new campaign with a 2-nil victory at Sheffield United.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:57 pm  

A trial of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Wandsworth is to stop.

A review found concerns with emergency access and traffic flows, with long queues resulting.

The controversial LTNs attempted to reduce rat running by introducing barriers and signage.

The Tory-run council criticised TfL’s changes to red routes that included moving bus stops and cycle lanes for compounding issues.

Councillor John Locker says they will re-think about how to deliver “healthier, safer streets”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Historic Royal Palaces has announced that its consulting on proposed redundancies.

The charity says the downturn in international tourism has reduced its income by 89% and  it expects recovery to take several years. 

The charity manages sites including Hampton Court Palace and says the news has been really difficult to share.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Officers investigating a sex assault at Morden Underground have released CCTV images of a man they want to question

The female victim left the station at around 11.15pm on the 5th of September and headed towards the taxi rank.

As she did so, a man sexually assaulted her.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:50 pm  

A video showing protesters shouting racist abuse at the Mayor of London has been widely criticised

 The black cab drivers were protesting against plans to make large areas of the capital car-free.

However, Susan Hall, leader of the conservatives in the Greater London Authority, said the comments were “unfortunate” but he had “very thin skin”.

Tooting Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said “walk a mile in the shoes of those of us who live with racist abuse daily, and then comment”.

We’ve contacted Councillor Hall for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:07 pm  

Children across Hammersmith and Fulham can now get back in the swimming pool

The council is opening up lessons at its leisure centres after a five month break because of Covid-19.

Extra safety measures have been put in place for pupils, parents, and swimming teachers to protect them.

 This includes asking pupils to arrive at their lesson ‘pool ready’ to minimise time spent in changing rooms.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:03 pm  

Two men in Staines have allegedly been posing as water officials to gain entry to people’s houses.

They haven’t been presenting any form of ID, and have been asking to photograph the meter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:04 pm  

Plans for a five tower blocks next to Kew Gardens have been approved by the housing secretary

Hounslow Council had previously refused permission for the 441-flat development in 2018.

However, the Mayor of London reversed the decision and approved the plans.

An appeal against the 12-18 storey buildings has been unsuccessful.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Brighton manager Graham Potter doesn't think their pre-season friendly with Chelsea taught him anything ahead of tonight's Premier League game

They meet on the south coast just over two weeks on from playing each other in a test event, which allowed fans into a top flight stadium for the first time since March.

Potter says that match was totally different to this evening's clash.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:08 pm  

Chelsea begin their Premier League season on the south coast against Brighton tonight

Frank Lampard could hand debuts to Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, but fellow new signings Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva won't feature.

The Stamford Bridge boss says despite a busy summer of transfers, people shouldn't expect overnight success for the club.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm  

A market stall in Tooting won’t be evicted, after the landlord “acted hastily” to allegations of drug dealing

Jamaican cuisine seller The Lone Fisherman was raided by police in an “intelligence-led” operation. 

A man was arrested on suspicion of selling cannabis.

The area’s MP Rosena Allin-Khan intervened and spoke to the landlord, who agreed to let them continue trading.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:09 am  

People in the UK are now banned from social gatherings of more than six, after a rise in coronavirus cases

The rules only apply for those seeing each other indoors in Wales and Northern Ireland but for the other two nations it includes meetings outside as well.

Scotland and Wales aren't counting young children in the total, but England is.

The Met Police says they will continue the "four Es" approach, by seeking to engage, explain and encourage people to act responsibly, with enforcement as a last resort.

DAC Matt Twist says they will be "deploying resources across the capital to engage with groups of more than six to highlight the risks and regulations".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:58 am  

Dominic Thiem grabbed his first grand slam title after a dramatic fightback in the US Open tennis final.

He came from 2 sets down to beat Germany's Alexander Zverev at Flushing Meadows.

That’s despite Thiem being knocked out in only the first round at Wimbledon for the past two years in a row.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:04 am  

A major conference will take place today to work out how Hounslow can recover from Coronavirus

37% of Hounslow's workforce has been furloughed, making it one of the hardest London boroughs hit.

Independent research carried out by Oxford Economics found that thousands of jobs are at risk in the borough.

It also revealed almost £200m could potentially being lost from the locally economy, much of which relies on neighbouring Heathrow.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Sunday 13 September 2020

A charity allotment in Ashford is now back up and running again after lockdown forced it to close.

A charity allotment in Ashford is now back up and running again after lockdown forced it to close.

Launched by Princess Alice Hospice, it’s aimed at those living with life limiting illness, their carers or recently bereaved.

It’s been designed to bring people together to work on the land and benefit from the healthy produce grown there.

The hospice says “being outside has many health benefits” and it’s hoped it will help people who may not otherwise get many visitors.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:38 pm  

The annual Wimbledon Guild Waggy Walk will take place in a new guise for a week on 28th September.

The annual Wimbledon Guild Waggy Walk will take place in a new guise for a week on 28th September.

The charity supports people across Merton combating social isolation and loneliness.

Participants, with or without their hounds, can stay Covid-safe by choosing a 4km or 7km route using maps provided.

New features will be introduced including a “Meet and Greet” photo opportunity with the Waggy the official doggy mascot.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:37 pm  

A substantial increase in littering during lockdown has initiated a drive to clean up Spelthorne

A substantial increase in littering during lockdown has initiated a drive to clean up Spelthorne.

The #NoRubbishExcuses campaign will focus on streets, parks, playgrounds, the river, wildlife and roads.

It’s being done as part of the Great British September Clean.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

16,000 students returning to Kingston University are being reminded about the importance of social distancing and wearing a face mask

16,000 students returning to Kingston University are being reminded about the importance of social distancing and wearing a face mask.

The Borough Council says it’s VITAL they follow the rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Almost three thousand of those studying at the university come from overseas.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:15 am  

A popular Jamaican seafood café is to remain on Tooting Market after a threat of eviction was lifted this weekend.

A popular Jamaican seafood café is to remain on Tooting market after a threat of eviction was lifted this weekend.

Owners of the market had told the proprietor and chef Christopher Smith to move out after his premises at The Lone Fisherman were raided by police on September 5th under the misuse of drugs act.

Nothing was found and there’s no evidence to suggest that Mr Smith was involved in any way in the drugs trade.

On his Instagram feed Mr Smith says the eviction notice has now been rescinded following dialogue with the market authorities, and the help of the local MP, Rosena Allin-Khan.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:13 am  

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