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Saturday 26 September 2020

A second person has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police were called to reports a man was on fire in Mitcham last week.

The body of Loeike Guei was discovered in Commonside  last Thursday.

33 year-old Raphael Kokkinos of Polworth Road in Streatham will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

A 28 year old remains in police custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:16 pm  

Chelsea came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 in their Premier League fixture at West Brom.

Tammy Abraham scored in stoppage time to salvage a point for Frank Lampard's team.

The Chelsea boss tells us his side made too many costly errors.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:44 pm  

The Metropolitan Police say the fatal shooting of a sergeant inside a police building was captured on CCTV.

54 year-old Matt Ratana  was shot inside a custody suite in Croydon in the early hours of Friday.

The suspect is then understood to have shot himself - he remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy has given this update:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:34 pm  

A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Loeike Guei in Mitcham.

An unnamed 28-year-old was detained on Thursday on suspicion of murder and perverting the course of justice.

Meanwhile - another man has already been charged with the murder.

Raphael Kokkinos, who’s 33 and lives on Polworth Road in Streatham, will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Loeike’s body was found on fire on Commonside East, in Mitcham just over a week ago.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm  

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Runnymede and people there are being asked to take greater care to help reduce the spread of infection.

Surrey County Council say they are still a long way from implementing a local lockdown, though.

Runnymede currently has the highest case-rate in the county with 27 cases per 100,000 people.

Mole Valley is reporting the lowest numbers in Surrey with just under 6 cases per 100,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:13 pm  

Protesters in Worcester Park are standing at the end of their driveways today.

They’ll be holding placards criticising the introduction of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood around Browning Avenue.

The scheme aims to support walking and cycling and stop motorists taking shortcuts across town, through residential streets.

Sebastian, who lives in the area, says that isn’t what he’s seeing though.

We've contacted Sutton Council for comment.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:16 pm  

One of the country’s busiest lifeboat stations is on the hunt for a new commander.

Chiswick is appealing for someone with “a cool head and experience” to take the helm.

The commander will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the station based on the banks of the Thames.

Chiswick is the second busiest lifeboat station in the UK, behind Tower Station by Waterloo Bridge.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:13 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called for patience from his players as they fight for places in his starting line-up.
A summer spending spree means a large squad has been built at Stamford Bridge. 

Ahead of today's Premier League clash with West Brom, Lampard says all players will get their chance.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:52 pm  

Police have issued a warning ahead of another anti-lockdown protest in London today.


Scotland Yard says people will face action if they put others at risk by ignoring social distancing rules.

The protest will draw support from 5G conspiracy theorists, coronavirus sceptics and anti-vaxxers.

Last week another coronavirus demonstration saw more than a dozen officers injured in Trafalgar Square when a “small minority” targeted police and more than 32 arrests were made.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is urging his constituents to take advantage of the free flu jab if they are entitled to it.
The Government has launched its drive to vaccinate 30 million people following research from Public Health England. 

 It shows those who test positive for both flu and Covid-19 are more than twice as likely to die compared to those with Covid-10 alone. 

Elliot Colburn’s reminding people the vaccination programme is being expanded to include Year 7 children for the first time this year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:40 am  

The Lib Dems are partly blaming coronavirus outbreaks at universities on the government's handling of this year's A-level results.
Kingston & Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey says the decision to use teachers' predictions of pupils' grades led to significantly more students enrolling this year, not allowing unis enough time to prepare. 

His party's online conference begins today, and he'll give his first speech as leader on Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:08 am  

A Metropolitan Police officer who was shot inside a Croydon custody suite has been named as Sergeant Matt Ratana.
The 54-year-old died in hospital after a man armed with a revolver opened fire yesterday. 

The 23-year-old suspect also shot himself, and is in a critical but stable condition. 

 The force's Commissioner, Cressida Dick, is warning against speculation surrounding the officer's death.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:56 am  

Friday 25 September 2020

An annual global telethon will take place tomorrow night to raise funds for a Surbiton based charity.
Now in its 25th year, the Humanity First UK event will be shown live on Youtube. The disaster relief charity distributed over 10 million meals during lockdown. It also provided over 300,000 PPE masks, sanitisers and learning materials across the country.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

It seems Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will have one last chance to keep his place as Frank Lampard's number one.
Edouard Mendy arrived at Stamford Bridge from French side Rennes this week, suggesting Kepa's days as first choice are numbered. Chelsea boss Lampard says Mendy won't feature this weekend against West Brom.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

The French prime minister's confirmed two people who were stabbed in Paris this morning were journalists.
Police have arrested two suspects following the incident near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine. Prosecutors say they're now treating it as terror-related.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

It's emerged the suspect who shot a policeman in South London was handcuffed at the back when the incident occurred.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct says shots were fired as officers prepared to search the 23-year-old man using a metal detector. It says a firearm, believed to be a revolver, was recovered from the scene. The suspect is in a critical condition in hospital. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply, and on suspicion of possession of ammunition.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

The Mayor of London says he's looking at the safety of custody suites in the capital after a police officer was shot and killed at one in Croydon.
It's thought the 23-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession of ammunition. Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Met Police, Stephen Roberts, explains why he might not have been searched thoroughly.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

The Government’s Test and Trace App finally launched yesterday

Ahead of his first appearance as Leader of the Lib Dems on BBC’s Question Time last night the Kingston and Surbiton MP, Sir Ed Davey spoke to Jackie News.

We asked him what he would say to those who are hesitating in downloading the test and trace app:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A new pond has been created in Ham Common Woods to help migrating toads and other wildlife

Dug by Richmond Council and the charity Frog Life, the aim is to create an extra habitat for the creatures.

Every March, a “toadblock” is put in place in Church Road by Richmond Council for about three weeks.

It’s to allow breeding toads to safely make the 10- metre crossing from Ham Common to the other side of the road to spawn.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:51 pm  

A man has been charged after a man was found on fire in Mitcham

33-year-old Raphael Kokkinos from the Streatham Area will appear in court today.

Loeike Guei was found near the common last Thursday, and a post-mortem found he’d suffered a head injury.

The family of the 23-year-old from Thornton Heath say they are “traumatised.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:20 pm  

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is denying hiding over nearly £2m in assets

He was declared bankrupt in 2017, but a court has heard that he owned a flat in Chelsea which went undeclared.

If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to seven years.

His lawyer asked for his address not to be disclosed, but the judge refused the request.

He’ll be spending his time at a penthouse in Battersea, and must tell authorities two days before travelling abroad.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:46 pm  

Fire has broken out at the JD sports at Hounslow High Street

40 firefighters are tackling the blaze, which broke out at quarter to 11.

Pictures show smoke billowing out of the doorway, and somebody putting their head out the window in one of the flats above.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:10 pm  

A new report is predicting job losses at Heathrow because of Coronavirus could total 60,000

Campaign group Back Heathrow has published the findings of the report by Oxford Economics.

The government is being urged to act to save the aviation sector by ending quarantine and introducing airport testing.

Hounslow and Spelthorne are said to be two of the worst affected areas for job losses.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:05 am  

The main suspect is in a critical condition in hospital after a police officer was shot in Croydon

 A police officer's died after being shot at a custody centre in Croydon.

He was attacked as a man was being detained at the centre in Windmill Lane at 2.15 this morning.

It’s believed the main suspect, a 23-year-old man, then turned the gun on himself.

He’s in a critical condition in hospital.

The force says that “no police firearms were discharged in the incident”.

It’s currently unknown if the person had just been arrested, or was returning on bail and meeting with officers.

An investigation has been opened into the murder, and the Independent Office for Police Conduct will conduct a separate inquiry.

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones says its “absolutely shocking news” and she’s speaking to the police about the details of the incident.

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has offered the government's condolences to the officer's family and friends.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:12 am  

Macmillan Cancer Charity’s annual coffee mornings are back today

But this year, “The World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings,” are going virtual.

People across the country will run, walk, quiz and of course eat cake and drink coffee, to raise money.

Estelle is hosting a virtual event at the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at St George’s hospital in Tooting.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 am  

A police officer's died after being shot at a custody centre in Croydon

He was injured as a man was being detained in the early hours of this morning.

A 23-year-old who was held at the scene is in a critical condition in hospital.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 am  

A socially distanced demonstration will take place tomorrow in Worcester Park

Residents will be gathering to voice their concerns about the introduction of the “Low Traffic Neighbourhood” scheme.

Over 2,700 signatures have been submitted to Sutton Council objecting to it, saying it’s making traffic worse. 

The purpose of LTNs are to support walking and cycling by limiting vehicular access to certain roads.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

Wandsworth Prison has been described as having “inhumane conditions” by the inspector

Should the institution not be replaced, the Independent Monitoring Board is suggesting all cells become single occupancy.

It’s criticising the “age, decay and physical limitations of the buildings”, which caused heating and hot water outages.

It also called mental health a “major issue”, with up to 380 prisoners referred to services each month.

We’ve contacted the Ministry of Justice for comment.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:06 am  

Thursday 24 September 2020

A billionaire Russian oligarch was killed in Oxshott when he walked into the path of one car and was hit by another

That’s according the coroner, who spoke to the inquest into the death of Dmitry Obretetskiy in November.

However, the circumstances surrounding him being in the road are mysterious, as the Jaguar was travelling at 35mph and would have been seen coming.

The coroner theorised that his dog ran into the road, or he was waiting for a gap in traffic and mis-timed it.

It’s not believed that Obretetskiy has expressed opposition to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, unlike other Russians who have died nearby that the Kremlin denies involvement in.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

Sir Ed Davey will take part in his first BBC Question Time tonight.

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton was elected leader of the Lib Dems last month.

Meanwhile, Sir Ed has described the Coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to deal with London's housing crisis.

He says offices left empty should be turned into affordable homes for young people.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:51 pm  

Chelsea have completed the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from French side Rennes.

While Leeds have announced that Spanish international defender Diego Llorente has joined from Real Sociedad.

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for coronavirus and is now in self-isolation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

A former senior Transport for London guru has been called in to fast track efforts to reopen Hammersmith Bridge.

Dana Skelley, has been appointed by the Transport Secretary to spearhead repairs to the Victorian crossing according to the Evening Standard.

She previously prepared the road networks for the 2012 Olympics.

She will lead engineering teams looking at how to repair the Grade II listed bridge.

The route was completely closed to all travel last month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:57 pm  

An 85-year-old man has been convicted of a number of historic sexual offences against a 12-year-old boy from Runnymede.

Philip Blanch groomed and assaulted one of the young caddies from his golf club between 1975 and 1977.

Blanch was sentenced to 24 months for each count to be served concurrently, suspended for 24 months.

He is subject to an electronically monitored four month curfew from 7pm to 7am and was ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:52 pm  

Two men have been left with serious injuries after being attacked in Shepperton

Officers were called to Shepperton Court at 9 o’clock on Tuesday night  after receiving reports of a large fight taking place.

It’s believed some of the injuries may have been inflicted with a hammer or similar type weapon.

Two men from Sunbury have been arrested on suspicion of assault causing GBH and ABH and released on police bail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

A 58-year-old man who abused children in areas including Ewell, has been jailed for life

Anthony Lewis pleaded guilty to non-recent offences of rape, sexual and indecent assaults against young girls between 1987 and 2007.

Lewis, who also goes by the names Chaz, Chas, Charlie and Tony, worked as an entertainer.

He would target his victims by setting up talent show companies, preying on young children under the guise of getting them gigs.

The investigation began in September 2017 when one of his victims went to the police to report the historic abuse.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:07 pm  

A pub in Richmond which has raised just under £7,000 for the homeless has won an award

The Angel and Crown provided supplies and organised accommodation for rough sleepers during lockdown.

At its peak, it was serving 70 people a day from all over London.

It worked in collaboration with Twickenham-based charity SPEAR.

The pub won the Best Community Initiative award at the Hospitality Lockdown Hero Awards.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:51 pm  

Sir David Attenborough has signed up to Instagram

The veteran broadcaster and Richmond resident will share video messages over the next few weeks, explaining the problems we face, and how we can deal with them.

His team, who will help run the account, says social media isn't his usual habitat, but they hope it can "inspire change".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

Nearly a quarter of staff at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith are at risk of redundancy

A drastic loss of income and a lack of certainty as to when it could reopen has meant it’s forced to reduce costs.

The theatre says that the government’s Culture Recovery Fund won’t guarantee survival on its own, even if their application succeeds.

It says that “we have an incredible team” and are “committed to supporting them all through this sad and difficult process”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Kingston’s MP and Council leader have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister about the availability of coronavirus tests

Sir Ed Davey and Caroline Kerr say they are “extremely concerned” about the lack of appointments available on the government website.

Photographs showing the Chessington testing centre, the first set up in London, sitting empty came to light last week.

Sir Ed and Ms Kerr say the situation needs to be sorted before the arrival of the flu season.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man is still being hunted by police, after failing to appear in court nine months ago


Appeals are being renewed to find 31-year-old James Case, who was charged with two money laundering offences in 2017.

He has links to Walton, as well as South-East London and Kent.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am  

A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder, after reports of a man on fire in Mitcham

23-year-old Loeike Guei was found dead next to the Common last Thursday - and a post mortem examination suggests he suffered a head injury.

Police say his family is 'traumatised'.

A 32-year-old is in custody.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 am  

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says there's more to come from his new signing Kai Havertz

The German midfielder scored a hat trick as his new side thrashed Barnsley 6-nil in the League Cup third round last night.

Lampard was delighted with what he saw.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:28 am  

It's claimed spending just £6m a year tackling invasive species in the UK would save the economy £2.7bn

A coalition of environmental groups have called on the government to increase its current pledge of one million pounds.

One of the invasive species, the American Mink, is partly responsible for the near-extinction of the water vole.

It’s the UK’s fastest declining species, although a campaign is underway to bring it back to the Hogsmill river.

The crowdfunder is asking for £12,000.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says it takes the threat these plants and animals pose "very seriously".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:27 am  

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Firefighters in Chiswick have come to the rescue of a cat named Elvis.

The much -loved pet had fallen off of the roof in the High Road onto a ledge 30 feet up. 

Elvis had been missing for a few days before being spotted. 

Crews say that despite being ‘All Shook Up’, he was safely returned to his owner. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

People in Richmond are being invited to an online “community conversation”

 The Council is urging people to log in and have their say on what matters most to them regarding safety.

There’s going to be a series of dedicated discussions with police and individual ward councillors.

Residents and businesses can sign up to attend an event in their own  area on the Council’s website 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:54 pm  

In Croydon, parking charges are set to go up and cuts are set to be made to children’s services.

 It’s part of £12m worth of cuts following the Coronavirus crisis.

The parking charges will be based on the emissions of the vehicle.

Leader Tony Newman says while it’s a “challenge”, he’s “proud” of the way Croydon has risen to it.

It’ll have to be approved by the full council on Monday.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:50 pm  

Surbiton’s Green councillor is calling on Kingston Council to reduce the cost of secure cycle parking.

 An on-street parking permit cost £90 a year whereas the secure cycle parking ‘hangers’ cost £70 per bike.

Each hanger can take up to six bikes. 

Sharron Sumner says 11 Lib Dem councillors opposed the suggestion at a council meeting last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 pm  

Campaigners in Leatherhead are fighting for a community centre in the town.

The Children’s Centre closed in 2018 and has now been put up for bidding by the Diocese of Guildford.

An open letter calling for it to become a community hub has been signed by over 1,000 people.

Jenny from Love Leatherhead tells us about some of the comments people have made about the centre.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

We still don’t know exactly when more details about the Unitary Authority scheme will be released.

Croydon North MP Steve Reed asked the Government when the plans will be published.

The government responded with “the autumn”, which is the same timescale as set out in June.

Surrey is among the counties that plans to scrap borough and district councils.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 pm  

Police in New Malden say they’re aware of a group of young males “loitering” at an area known as The Triangle

They’ve been approaching members of the public, asking them to buy cough medicines containing Codeine for them from the pharmacy.

Police say regular patrols are in place and if anyone is intimidated, they should call 101, or 999 in an emergency.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Panto is officially off at Richmond this year

The Christmas production was supposed to be Cinderella.

However, the theatre announced earlier that it has been postponed to next Christmas and anyone with tickets will have them moved.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A fire at a building in Croydon has led to the discovery of a suspected cannabis factory

Half of a ground floor vehicle workshop in Stafford Road was damaged by the blaze in the early hours.

Three people left an adjacent flat before the Brigade arrived and crews assisted two people out of the building from a flat above.

A woman and a child were taken to hospital as a precaution and investigations are on-going.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

One of the most promising breakthroughs for patients with hormone receptive breast cancer has been revealed.

 A team from the Royal Marsden in Sutton have pioneered a research project called MonarchE.

They found that adding a drug called abemaciclib to standard hormone therapy reduced reoccurrence in 25% of patients.

Around 70% of breast cancer patients have hormone receptor positive tumours with a higher risk of relapsing in two years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:57 pm  

Campaigners in Leatherhead are calling for a community centre in the town

The Diocese of Guildford is putting The Children’s Centre up for bids, after it closed in 2018.

1,000 people signed an open letter for it to be turned into a community hub, and provide a permanent home for charities and schemes which currently use it.

Jenny from Love Leatherhead has this appeal for anyone considering a rival bid for the site:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has been named Twitter’s favourite MP

The World Cup of UK Members of Parliament page saw 30,000 votes in its final poll, with Dr Allin-Khan getting just under half the votes.

Second was former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Dr Allin-Khan says “thanks to everyone who voted for me” but there’s “a lot to crack on with” due to the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:59 pm  

West Brom surrendered the lead twice as they were knocked out of the League Cup by Brentford on penalties last night

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a brace for the Premier League side but after a 2-all draw at the end of 90 minutes, their lower league opponents won on spot kicks.

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic admits he's disappointed with the defeat.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Protesters in Chiswick have once again stopped the council installing barriers in Staveley Road

The trial aims to reduce rat running and speeding.

Reports on Hounslow Council’s website say that people speed down the straight road, and it’s difficult for pedestrians to cross.

Councillor Hanif Khan says “It is not acceptable” to stop the trial and “this group does not represent the whole community”.

He adds “we will not be deterred” and asks the protesters to “step back” and give their “valued opinion” through the consultation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

Mole Valley is one of just 274 councils in England to receive Government funding to help accommodate rough sleepers

The authority has assisted 44 people who are either rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping since the start of lockdown. 

The allocation of £144,000 will enable the provision of emergency beds until the end of the year.

It will also help people access employment opportunities and training.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:36 am  

Richmond Council is calling on the government to give schools greater access to Covid-19 tests

Councillors say the delay in receiving results means teachers and pupils displaying symptoms are self-isolating for a week or more.

This is even if they don’t have the virus. 

Richmond says whilst no schools have had to close because of any positive tests, the situation must be sorted before winter.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:46 am  

Many lower league football clubs face uncertain futures after the government cancelled plans to reintegrate fans into sports stadiums

A rise in coronavirus cases means an October return for supporters has now been shelved.

The Rugby Football Union is reportedly seeking financial help, after plans for 20,000 fans to attend games have been postponed.

They’re expecting a loss of £60m.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:34 am  

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Police in New Malden are investigating a number of thefts from elderly shoppers in the high street.

Two were reported mid-morning on Friday.

An elderly woman had her purse stolen from inside her handbag which was hanging on her walking frame while inside Poundland.

Another shopper was targeted in the British Heart Foundation charity shop.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:41 pm  

Plans for a rail link between the Great Western mainline and Heathrow Airport are to be delayed.

A planning application had been expected this year.

But Network Rail said the proposal had been delayed by the impact of Covid-19.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 pm  

An elderly woman has been robbed of two necklaces in Epsom

She was walking along Ashley Road at around 1.45pm when the man snatched them from her neck and pushed her into a wall.

He’s described as white, in his early 20s, and wearing jean shorts and a blue and beige sports jacket.

Borough Commander Jon Vale says it’s a “particularly cowardly attack”.

The woman thankfully escaped with only cuts and bruises.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:32 pm  

There’s been a shooting in Croydon.

Police were called at 1 o’clock this morning to reports of a man suffering from gunshot injuries on Imperial Way.

A 22-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The shooting took place on the street, outside the ‘Love a Slice Lounge’ which was open at the time. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:55 pm  

Fire has broken out in Thornton Heath

Part of a six-roomed flat on the first floor of the building in London Road was damaged by the blaze at 8am. 

There were no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm  

The Duchess of Cambridge has met up with a number of mums in Battersea Park

The aim of the meeting was to chat about how they have been helping each other out during the pandemic.

Kate also heard how organisations like the National Childbirth Trust have been affected by lock-down.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:52 pm  

Boris Johnson will set out the details of a new coronavirus crackdown at lunchtime

He'll announce new measures in the Commons before an address to the nation this evening.

We'll be urged to work from home wherever possible, and plans for fans to return to English sports grounds will be put on hold.

Bars and restaurants will be told to close at 10 o'clock every night.

Simon Emeny - the boss of Chiswick-based pub chain Fullers - is angry.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

Businesses may be invited to sponsor tube stations and lines

Tory London mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey told the Telegraph that TfL’s funding is “in crisis”.

He says it could bring in £100m a year.

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands, who’s his campaign chairman, says “TfL needs to raise more outside revenue”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:02 pm  

Wetherspoons may cut up to 450 jobs at airport pubs, including Heathrow

That’s just under half of its airport workforce.

The government is today preparing to introduce a 10pm curfew on pubs.

Wetherspoon’s stocks went up 1.3% after the announcement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am  

A man who bit a police officer in Hounslow has been jailed

31-year-old Martin Okumu was seen in Kingsley Park, and ran off when approached by police.

When they attempted to detain him, he bit one constable’s finger.

He originally said his name was Michael, but a fingerprint test found he was wanted for multiple offences.

He’s been sentenced to just over 7 years in jail.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:37 am  

Police are reminding people to keep their cars secured after a blue badge was stolen from one parked near to Kingston Hospital

The owner of a convertible parked their vehicle in Coombe Lane West on Saturday afternoon with the roof down.

When they returned, at around 3.45pm, the badge was gone.

Blue badges help disabled drivers park closer to their destinations and also allow certain parking privileges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 am  

There's a warning one in five species of wild maple trees are at high risk of extinction

Experts say climate change and a loss of habitat caused by urban developments are largely to blame.

The latest "Red List" published by the Kew-based Botanic Gardens Conservation International shows 36 out of the 158 species are in danger.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Monday 21 September 2020

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service says it’s not worried by changes to the county’s road network to accommodate Covid-19 measures.

 Bosses say they’ve engaged with Surrey Country Council over the plans.

The Government pledged to release £250m to councils for the reallocation of road space in May.

But none of Surrey’s  “active travel schemes” involve road closures or “physical restrictions” meaning emergency vehicles can pass.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Wandsworth Council has apologised over its emergency 'grab and go bag' tweet

The message on social media yesterday advising people to prepare for an emergency evacuation sparked an online backlash.

They advised residents to prepare an emergency bag "in case you need to flee your home immediately".

The image of a rucksack advised it should contain amongst other things, seasonal clothing, food and water, a first aid kit, batteries, a whistle and a torch.

Hundreds of social media users demanded an explanation for the post.

"We're sorry to have caused alarm," the council said. The post was part of a national "Preparedness Month" campaign.

Tooting MP, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said "without any context" the tweet suggested "a zombie apocalypse is imminent".

The council is taking part in #30days30waysUK, which aims "to build household and community preparedness and resilience".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:40 pm  

Police are trying to trace the victim of an alleged assault in New Malden high street

Reports suggest the victim was hit by a woman carrying a begging sign outside Poundland on the 9th of September at around 10.30am.

Police are asking people not to give money to street beggars as they can be linked to organised crime and exploitation. 

People are being asked to donate to a charity instead if they wish to give money.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:30 pm  

Croydon Council says it has identified where it could make over £27 million in urgent savings

 Councillors will meet tonight to discuss proposals.

Free bulky waste collections could go under the plans, and there could be an increase in parking charges and a review of children’s centres.

Councillors say the annual budget agreed in March is no longer balanced because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The authority says there is an inability to deliver 65% of the savings that were approved in the document.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich thinks some of Kepa Arrizabalaga's problems are down to how he has been coached

The Spaniard gave the ball to Liverpool's Sadio Mane yesterday, leading to the champions' second goal in the Premier League game.

Bosnich says, a simple punt forwards might not look as pretty, but avoids these kinds of incidents.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

It's claimed restrictions on air travel between the US and the UK will cost Britain's economy at least £11bn in 2020

Capacity on flights has been down around 85% this month compared to last year, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A report's found £32m could be wiped from GDP every day from next month, if the rules stay as they are.

The research was commissioned by various groups, including Heathrow and British Airway’s owner IAG.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:00 pm  

A man who was driving at 100mph through Walton town centre has been jailed

42-year-old Scott Stockbridge from Brentford was spotted by police on the 3rd of August.

A helicopter was needed to track him down as he drove on back roads at high speeds.

When apprehended, he tried to escape through the door window but failed.

He’s been sentenced to 14 months behind bars.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he'll help Kepa recover from his nightmare against Liverpool yesterday

The Spanish goalkeeper made a huge mistake to gift Sadio Mane one of his goals in the 2-nil Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard says what needs to be done to get Kepa back to his best.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:46 am  

Two people have been arrested following the death of a man in Shepperton on Saturday evening

Detectives have identified a red van that’s believed to have been involved, and are asking people to check dashcam footage.

A man was found on Walton Bridge Road with serious head injuries, and died at the scene.

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

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:38 am  

London Fire Brigade says it supports Government proposals to allow changes to road layouts across the capital

It’s after some residents in Kingston said introducing “Low Traffic Neighbourhood” trials could have a dangerous impact. 

Roads like Albert Road and Lower Han Road have been shut to through traffic to allow for more cycling and walking. 

Similar schemes are cropping up across London with planters and barriers being installed.

But residents say the drive could mean larger vehicles like fire engines are unable to access the routes in an emergency. 

LFB has told us “Whenever there are road closures or changes to road layout, firefighters will inspect whether they will have an impact.

If crews deem there will be a significant effect on them responding to an emergency, this will be raised with the council.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:04 am  

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A 70 year-old man from Kingston is now celebrating with coffee and cake after completing an Olympic-style triathlon.

Martin Farrell, who lives on Woodbines Avenue, decided to do the gruelling challenge locally after a planned event in Germany was cancelled.

His triathlon included a 42 kilometre bike ride, a 10K run around Richmond Park and started with a 1.5km swim across Shepperton Open water.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:29 pm  

Fulham Palace is set to reopen its historic rooms and museum to visitors next week after six months of closure.

The centuries-old building boasts new activity trails and updated technology to bring its stories to life.

A £3 million restoration project was completed at the former Bishops’ residence last year. 

Parts of the building date back more than 500 years.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm  

A new trial heating system is being installed in Croydon’s council flats.

Ground source pump systems are to pipe natural heat from 200 metres underground into around 40 flats in Chertsey Crescent.

The scheme will cut carbon emissions per property equivalent to a 4,150-mile car journey.

It’s hoped the move will save money and help the environment. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:45 pm  

Surrey’s cricketers have sealed their place as Vitality Blast t20 'South Group winners' with a victory over Kent Spitfires.

Surrey chased down 160 at the KIA Oval, with Jason Roy and Laurie Evans making 72 and 73, respectively.

The two sides will meet again in the quarter-final on Thursday, October the 1st.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:33 pm  

Frank Lampard's looking forward to seeing his new look Chelsea side go up against last season's Premier League champions.

Liverpool are the visitors at Stamford Bridge this afternoon and they kick off at 4.30pm.

Lampard says he's hoping his team can build on Monday's 3-1 win over Brighton.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

Two teenage boys are in custody following a serious sexual assault against a young woman in Epsom.

Police were called after people outside the Ye Olde Kings Head pub on Church street witnessed an incident at around 9.30pm last night.

The two boys, both under 16, were apparently detained by members of the public near Ashley Road before officers arrived to arrest them.

Surrey Police are asking anyone who has any information to get in touch.

They’re especially keen to see any dashcam footage from Church Street, Rosebery Park, Heathcote Road, Downside or St Martin’s Avenue from around the time of the incident.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

Work started this week on a new temporary cycleway along Chiswick High Road.

The scheme is part of the Mayor of London, TfL and Hounslow Council’s 'Streetspace' plans to boost walking and cycling.

To reduce construction time and cost, the majority of the temporary scheme is to be built largely within existing carriageway space.

The trial will be reviewed next year to decide if it should be made permanent.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:13 pm  

Surrey police are appealing for witnesses after a man died on Walton Bridge last night

Surrey police are appealing for witnesses after a man died on Walton Bridge  last night.

Officers were called shortly before 8pm following reports of a man in the road with serious head injuries.

Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene and his family have been informed.

Officers are investigating whether this was a collision where the driver failed to stop.

Walton Bridge Road is currently closed and expected to remain closed whilst police determine the circumstances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:08 am  

A new Covid-19 testing centre has opened in a part of Croydon

 A new Covid-19 testing centre has opened in a part of Croydon.

The Government led walk-in unit has opened up in New Addington and results will be available within 72 hours.

It’s in addition to Croydon’s main testing centre at the Fairfield Halls. 

Those using the site must not travel to it on public transport or by taxi. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:16 am  

Spelthorne has been added to the government’s Covid-19 watchlist, following a continuing increase in cases

 Spelthorne has been added to the government’s Covid-19 watchlist, following a continuing increase in cases.

The borough is now officially an ‘area of concern’ and has recorded the highest infection rate in the South East.

The news comes as Boris Johnson warns that a second-wave of the virus is on its way.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

Sutton Council has announced its support for global Car Free Day on Tuesday 22 September.

 Sutton Council has announced its support for global Car Free Day on Tuesday.

New schemes have been introduced in the borough, such as School Streets, Low Traffic Areas and Emergency Measures to aid social distancing.

Council leaders would like to remind its residents that switching to sustainable methods of transport help the overall health of the borough.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:11 am  

A pensioner from Kingston has set off on an Olympic triathlon having overcome a series of injuries and misfortunes

Martin Farrell, who lives in Woodbines Avenue, had originally planned to mark his seventieth birthday by competing in Germany, but the event was cancelled in May due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since then he’s been ill in hospital and suffered a separate ankle injury, but at 7am today he began with a gruelling 1.5k swim at Shepperton Open water. 

It’ll be followed by a 42km cycle ride starting from his home, and topped off with a quarter marathon through Richmond Park.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 am  

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