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Saturday 17 October 2020

With Halloween fast approaching, a cat charity is trying to change the perception about black cats being unlucky.

The Morden branch of Cats Protection is urging people across SW London and Surrey to consider adopting one.  

Nearly 65,000 black and black and white cats have been re-homed in the last decade. 

National Black Cat Day takes place annually on October the 27th. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 pm  

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died from being seriously assaulted in flat in Coulsdon.

The incident took place just before 9.30pm last night near Reddown Road.

A 59 year old man was found with head injuries and stab wounds.

A post mortem is being carried out meanwhile a  man in his 30s and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:34 pm  

A man’s appeared in court accused of several burglaries, including one at Tamara Ecclestone’s home near Kensington Palace.

44-year-old Italian, Alessandro Maltese, was arrested in his home country and flown to Heathrow where he was charged.

Jewellery and cash worth 50-million-pounds were taken from the heiress while she was away for Christmas.

Mr Maltese, only appeared to state his name and will now appear at Isleworth Crown Court on November the 13th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Nominations are now open for Sutton’s Community Awards 2020!

Every year, remarkable people who make Sutton a great place be are celebrated.

This year is even more special as individuals and groups who’ve gone the extra mile to help others through the pandemic will be recognised.

There's more information on Sutton Council’s website where you can nominate your local heroes until Sunday 1st of November.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:45 pm  

Which colour of cat is least likely to be chosen for adoption?

Would you cross the road to avoid a black cat? Do you think they’re unlucky?

Because Cats Protection in Morden say black cats are the hardest to home and want to change people’s perceptions of them, in the run up to Halloween.

They’re not sure whether it’s because people think they’re bad luck, they don’t stand out or because their dark coats are not as photogenic.

Also, it’s National Black Cat day on October 27th so maybe it’s time to give those cute cats a home…

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Tennis at Wimbledon could go ahead without fans next year.

The All England Club have said staging the tournament is their “number one priority”.

Three scenarios are being talked about for 2021 – playing at full capacity, reduced capacity or even behind closed doors.

The tournament was cancelled this year for the first time since World War Two because of the coronavirus pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:06 pm  

The Wombles are back where they belong – in Wimbledon!

A new mural celebrating the furry friends’ relationship with their hometown has popped up on a wall near the train station.

The image shows Great Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco and others painting the wall to cover up some graffiti.

The project was the brainchild of charity Love Wimbledon and is supported with funding from South Western Railway.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:19 pm  

Religious leaders in Wandsworth are reaching out to people of different faiths to make sure the Covid-19 message is getting home.

They’ve issued a series of information videos.

The leaders worked with Wandsworth council’s public health team to ensure they got their messaging right.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:17 pm  

A 21-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car in Sutton.

The driver failed to stop after the collision on London Road near the junction with Garth Road, in Cheam, yesterday.

He was arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of drink driving and is still in custody.

MET Police are now asking for any information on the incident which happened around 10.15pm last night.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:37 pm  

A man has died after being seriously assaulted in a flat in Coulsdon.

A murder investigation’s now been launched following the incident, which happened before 9.30pm last night, near Reddown Road.

A 50-year-old man was found with head injuries and stab wounds.

He died at the scene.

His family have been informed.

A 30-year-old man’s been arrested on suspicion of murder and was taken to hospital after complaining he felt unwell.

Police are still in the area and are appealing for more information.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:21 pm  

A former Merton councillor is asking for four roads there, named after slave owners, to be renamed.

Peter Walker has asked Merton Council to give their decision at today’s Black History event at Wimbledon Library.

He first wrote to bosses, about renaming the roads, in July.

He says it’s wrong to allow roads in Wimbledon to still be named after Joseph Marryat and John Sawbridge-Erle-Drax.

MP Joseph Marryat lived at Wimbledon House Parkside, owned a large number of slaves and opposed efforts to abolish slavery.

Erle-Drax, who owned a big slice of Wimbledon Common, had an estate in Barbados with 189 slaves.

An estimated 11 million Africans were transported into slavery in the 1700s.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:32 pm  

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is hoping to see relationships grow within his side as they head into today's Premier League match against Southampton.

Hakim Ziyech could make his debut for the club during the game at Stamford Bridge.

After a busy summer of transfer business, Lampard says it's time to put all the pieces together.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:26 am  

Croydon Council has received over £330,000 from the Government to help tackle homelessness.

It's part of the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, which hopes to limit long-term rough sleeping.

The Council has placed over 450 homeless people and rough sleepers into temporary and long term housing since lockdown.

The Council has also re-opened its Somewhere To Stay Safe Hub that assesses financial, medical and housing needs.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:24 am  

The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce says a temporary ferry solution will be in place by "early next year at the latest".

It will allow thousands of people to cross between Hammersmith and Barnes every day.

Temporary walkways and pontoons, and the use of existing piers and landing sites, form part of the ferry plan.

Hammersmith Bridge was closed to everyone, including those passed under it, earlier this year, because of safety fears.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:39 am  

TfL has secured a two-week extension of its bailout that was due to run out today.

The government will continue the terms of the current £1.6bn bailout package until the end of the month – roughly equivalent to £113m.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, "The two-week extension will enable TfL to continue running safe, reliable and frequent transport services."

A spokesperson for the mayor said London transport was "more critical than ever as the capital enters tier 2 and with Covid cases on the rise".

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:12 am  

A “promising student” from South-West London was sentenced today for 14 terrorism offences.

18-year-old Harry Vaughan was due to study computing at university.

However, online he participated in terrorist forums and published “vitriolic” graphics online.

The head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is appealing for people to look out for the signs that a young person may be in trouble.

Feelings of grievance and injustice, being at a transitional time in life, and repeated rejection are all signs somebody could be susceptible to radicalisation.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 am  

It’s been revealed the crew of Taskmaster actually live in the house for the duration of filming.

The bungalow is near Chiswick Bridge, and the director told the Radio Times that they redecorate it when they move in.

However, they “de-Taskmaster” it when they leave.

The vast majority of the scenes at the bungalow for the coming series were shot before the pandemic, however the studio scenes are without an audience.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 am  

Friday 16 October 2020

Sutton’s Conservative council leader has announced he’s stepping down.

Tim Crowley has been in the role for over 6 years.

His leadership saw Tory council members more than double.

He says it was always his intention to stand down this year but Coronavirus prolonged the move.

A new leader will be elected in May 2022

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

Planning officials at Elmbridge Borough Council have sparked outrage.

It’s after they suggested plans for retirement housing be refused on the grounds elderly people don’t bring ‘vitality’ to towns.

Guild Living wants to turn the old Homebase site in Walton town centre into a retirement village.

But planners said; “the proposed development fails to make efficient use of land by providing the type of elderly accommodation for which there is no short or medium-term need.”

Elmbridge is part of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s constituency; he’s been asked to intervene.

We’ve contacted Elmbridge for statement.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

A teenager who stabbed a 16-year-old boy to death during rush hour at East Croydon station has been jailed for life

Victim Louis Johnson was travelling through the station with a friend shortly before 4.30pm on January the 27th.

The 17-year-old approached Louis and his friend on the overbridge of the station, pulling out a large ‘zombie’ knife from his trousers.

He used this to stab Louis once through the chest before running off; he later handed himself in to police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Primary schools in London are to benefit from a team of experts to develop essential life skills through the power of sport.

“Move.Learn.Grow” will see the Harlequins Foundation, Kingston University and Sport Impact pooling their resources.

Sport Impact has found that only 19% of children under 16 were doing an hour or more of physical activity during lockdown.

The campaign aims to help pupils recover mentally, physically and educationally from six months of school closures

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

Investigations are continuing after a 92 year old man was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry in Hammersmith

Officers were called to Fulham Palace Road at the junction with Nella Road just before 9am yesterday.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the red Volvo tipper truck stopped at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:45 pm  

A man who killed his parents in Whitton has been detained indefinitely at a secure hospital

 64 year old Akbar Arezo and 74 year old Layla Arezo were found dead in their home last July.

Their son, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was sentenced for manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Covid cases in Kensington and Chelsea have actually decreased over the last week

The news has been announced by the council as London prepares to enter Tier 2 tonight.

There have been 95 positive cases in the borough this week, down from 150 last week.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with the murder of Liam Dent in Chessington last summer

The 25-year-old was killed after being struck by a car and dragged for half a mile in Moor Lane.

10 people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

The other seven, aged between 17 and 24, are all currently released under investigation. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:15 pm  

A dietician at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has launched a specialist nutrition program for people in care homes.

The BeNCH Project will assess nutritional management to improve knowledge and understanding of elderly malnutrition.

A specialist screening tool will identify patients at risk of malnutrition.

The project hopes to differentiate between weight loss caused by dietary deficiencies and weight loss caused by other reasons.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:03 pm  

Mole Valley Council is being asked out-line the blueprint for its Climate Change Strategy

The authority declared a “climate emergency” in the summer of last year. 

It wants to achieve carbon neutrality within a decade.

Priority is being given to reducing energy consumption, investing in renewables, and enhancing biodiversity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of plotting a string of high-value burglaries in Westminster

36-year-old Alessandro Maltese was returned to the UK via Heathrow yesterday.

A European Arrest Warrant had been issued earlier this month.

He’ll appear in court today.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

People are being told they can still travel to donate blood during a Tier 2 lockdown

The donor centres in Tooting and Twickenham are appealing again for donation from people who’ve had COVID-19.

The antibodies could save the lives of people who are seriously ill.

It’s also being collected for use in medical trials, and for use if they’re a success.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:13 pm  

The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington has been awarded a grant that guarantees its viability for at least the next 5 months

The cash funding is coming from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The temporary reprieve will allow a limited programme in the run-up to Christmas and into the next year.

This will include some live performances.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:43 am  

Roehampton University is to cut teaching posts in its Arts and Humanities department

A £3.2m budget deficit is threatening the jobs of 180 staff on the back of a series of voluntary redundancies in May.

A petition against the cuts has already reached 1,000 signatures.

The staff trade union, the UCU, believes the move is all about restructuring and not financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:31 am  

A new report claims some women giving birth at Chelsea and Westminster hospital are lacking the post-natal support they need

The maternity team at the trust, which also runs the West Middlesex in Isleworth, says it welcomes the report. 

Healthwatch Richmond spoke to 400 women about their experiences of birth at the sites. 

One anonymous respondent claimed she hadn’t been able to wash during her stay in hospital or have a bowel movement.

She claims that when she asked for support to do these things it was refused saying “I was expected to fend for myself without support.”

Some women also reported feeling rushed when booking appointments and expressed concern over the accuracy of the information being taken.

Overall, patients spoke of supportive and caring staff but Healthwatch Richmond says there were also a large number of negative comments.

A maternity team spokesman said; 

"We want to thank Healthwatch Richmond for their support and energy in producing this report.

"We welcome the findings to help us drive any improvements we may need to make in relation to: visitor restriction policies, experiences of postnatal care particularly on the ward, virtual appointments and communication especially that being offered online.

The leadership team are committed to reviewing these recommendations in order to enhance the quality of care given to women, in particular the postnatal period, in preparation for current and future planning."

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Thursday 15 October 2020

Spelthorne Council has declared a climate emergency, around a year later than most other councils in Surrey.

It says that its already taken measures including paperless meetings, tree planting, and having their offices reduce their energy use.

Many councils in Surrey declared one in June and July last year.

Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge, and Surrey Heath still have yet to formally declare.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:30 pm  

Sutton Council has given the go ahead for the development of an estate in the town centre.

Regeneration of Beech Tree Place in St. Nicholas Way will aim to deliver new homes while upgrading current ones.

The council has been carrying out consultations with residents and investigation work for two years.

It’s found some of the small bedsits on the estate are not energy efficient or fully accessible; these would be demolished.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

The most frequent type of hate crime reported in Richmond is centred around racism and religion.

 The figures have been released by the council as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

There were 93 reports of racist and religious hate crimes in the borough between June and August: a 55% increase on last year.

Homophobic hate crime has also increased with 15 cases reported from June to August, compared to 4 last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:30 pm  

The MP for Brentford is warning the UK market could be exposed to chlorinated chicken and hormone-impregnated beef.

Amendments to the Agricultural Bill that protect existing standards were voted down during a Commons debate.

Ruth Cadbury is calling for all imported foods to meet the same criteria of animal welfare currently in practice.

The amendments were introduced to protect farmers, monitor pesticide use and protect the environment from cheap imports.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:30 pm  

An AFC Wimbledon footballer is has been cleared by court after being accused of touching himself in front of a woman on a train.

 21-year-old Paul Kalambayi was on his way to the training ground in Berrylands in his official club tracksuit, according to the Daily Star.

He says that he was changing the volume of his music.

After the alleged incident, the woman got up and moved towards the train doors, then Kalambayi walked in the opposite directions into the next carriage.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:30 pm  

32 children in Spelthorne have been honoured as “Spelthorne Litter Heroes"

They have been nominated by the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Colin Barnard for taking part in litter picks across the Borough.

They each received a certificate signed by the Mayor.

The Council is supporting litter picks by providing equipment, and promoting these events through #NoRubbish Campaign.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

London will go into a Tier 2 lockdown from Saturday.

But what exactly does this mean for people living in the capital?

 Lucy Mayer explains:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:27 pm  

London, most of Essex and Elmbridge are being added to Tier 2, moving into the "high" Covid Alert Level

London, most of Essex and Elmbridge are being added to Tier 2, moving into the "high" Covid Alert Level.

The tougher measures will also apply to Barrow-in-Furness, Erewash and Chesterfield, York and North East Derbyshire

From Saturday, people won't be allowed to mix inside with other households - including pubs and restaurants.

But the shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth wants Matt Hancock to take tougher action.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm  

Staff at Epsom and St Helier hospitals can now use sleep pods while on their shift breaks

The two space-age looking pods are designed specifically for twenty-minute power naps.

They come with a hooded privacy visor and the option to play pre-programmed music or a relaxation guide.

The hospital trust says the pods mean staff are able to rejuvenate their minds and body during a shift break or before heading home. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Hear from Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond as London moves to tier 2 lockdown measures

 Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond spoke to Radio Jackie to give us his reaction.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:09 pm  

Stricter coronavirus restrictions are coming in for London

It's moving to tier 2 from midnight on Friday into Saturday - meaning you can't mix with other households indoors.

People are also asked to avoid public transport.

The mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said on Twitter that urgent action is needed to protect people in his city and bring Covid-19 under control.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:52 am  

Richmond is undergoing a deep clean

It’s after Government figures revealed a spike of Covid-19 cases in the borough; 421 since September the 20th. 

The council is disputing the figures, saying a quarter of the positive figures came from people tested away from London.

Gabriel Irwin is Vice Chair of the Richmond BID, the team funding the clean.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

England had two players sent off in a match for the first time as they slumped to a 1-nil defeat against Denmark in the Nations League

Harry Maguire was dismissed in the first half.

While Chelsea right-back Reece James was shown a red card for confronting the referee after the full time whistle.

Captain Harry Kane rejects the suggestion of a discipline problem.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:26 am  

Police in London are to get upgrades to their body-worn cameras

They’ll have better performance in low light, and additional microphones for clearer audio recording.

Police in the South West Basic Command Unit, which includes Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Kingston, will be among the first to receive them.

The cameras don’t permanently record, and data is deleted after 31 days unless needed for evidence.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Two men have been jailed for 15 years for sexually assaulting a woman and robbing her in Staines in August.


The victim was walking over a bridge towards the town centre when two men ran up behind her and dragged her to the floor. 

They sexually assaulted her before running off with her bag, phone and house keys.

27 year old Ionut Cristea and 19 year old Valentin Buga pleaded guilty to all charges. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 pm  

“County Lines” continues to be a “major player” in drug dealing activity nationwide despite various lockdowns.

The set-up involves a phone number sending out messages advertising drugs with a system of “runners” then delivering them.  

Around a third of all lines are run out of London and can reach as far away as Cornwall. 

Detective Sergeant Bas Dickson Leach from the Met’s South West London Basic Command Unit.

He says running is a form of modern day slavery. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:30 pm  

A man has been fined for trying to get into a police car in Hounslow.

32-year-old Nazmul Miah was seen trying the door handle of a forensic team vehicle parked near the police station.

When questioned, he couldn’t give a reason why he was doing so, and was arrested.

He’ll have to pay nearly £300.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:00 pm  

An injured kitten dumped on the busy A22 in Godstone has been given life-saving surgery.

 The black cat had a trauma to her face and a badly smashed hind leg when she was found by members of the public. 

 After being taken to Cats Protection Sutton and Kingston, an appeal was launched to raise £3,000 to operate on her. 

 The response was overwhelming, and the amputee kitten, named Emba is now living with foster carers six months on. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:00 pm  

Richmond is among a number of authorities issuing Test and Trace support payments for eligible people self-isolating.

£500 is available to people who have tested positive for Covid-19 who are on means-tested benefits and low income. 

Other criteria includes receipt of at least one other income support related, jobseekers or housing benefit allowance.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

There’s been a spate of burglaries in New Malden

Officers have confirmed break-ins at properties in roads including Clarence Avenue and Sussex Road over the weekend. 

Access was gained via rear patio doors. 

Golf clubs were also stolen from a car parked in Dickerage Road. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:00 pm  

Two convicted murderers who attacked the killer of schoolgirl Sarah Payne have each been jailed for a further seven-and-half years.

 Roy Whiting was attacked by Richard Prendergast and Kevin Hyden at his cell in Wakefield prison in 2018.

61 year old Whiting was jailed in 2001 for abducting and murdering 8 year old Sarah from Hersham while she played in fields in Sussex.

He suffered multiple puncture wounds in the attack.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

Healthcare campaigners are currently driving through Sutton, protesting against changes to St Helier Hospital

The NHS is planning to move acute services away to a new site in Belmont.

The convoy includes a specialised van with a model of a bedbound patient on the trailer, and the words “wakey wakey Sutton council” on the side.

Departments like A&E and maternity are to move to a brand new site next to the Royal Marsden, as part of a £500m funding package.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:00 pm  

Richmond Council is now warning residents against employing their own personal security teams

The advice comes after Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney expressed her concern to Jackie News about the practice.

Richmond Council says some residents are being canvased to sign up to security companies.

These companies are not accredited by Police or endorsed by the Council, the Safer Neighbourhood Board or the Met Police. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

People in Epsom and Ewell who receive winter fuel payments but don’t need them, are being asked to donate the cash to charity.

Project Wenceslas has been launched by the town’s Rotary Club.

The Government’s Winter Fuel Payment money can instead be distributed to people in critical need of help to pay their  bills. 

All monies donated are redistributed 100% without any deductions for costs or expenses.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:00 pm  

Surrey County Council is to move its headquarters to Reigate

It’s been in Kingston since 1893, despite the fact that in 1965 it stopped being in the county at all.

Originally, the move was to be to Woking, but those plans were cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Liberal Democrats who currently control Kingston are criticising a reported lack of consultation and citing traffic concerns.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:00 pm  

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died of gunshot wounds after a shooting in Hayes.

 Police were called to Austin Road shortly before 10pm last night.

A burnt-out car was also recovered a few miles from the scene.

Two men in their 20s have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:33 pm  

A 23-year-old man's been shot dead in west London

 The incident occurred in Austin Road in Hayes

Police say a burnt-out car was found a few miles from the scene last night.

Two men in their 20s have been arrested.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:04 pm  

Government scientists say thousands of lives could be saved with a two-week circuit breaker lockdown in England

They've reportedly calculated there'd be 7,000 fewer deaths if schools shut for a fortnight this month, and people were told to stay home.

Labour is suggesting a similar idea.

But it seems unpopular with these people in Richmond.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:15 pm  

An advert by a private health clinic has been banned after it claimed a coronavirus antibody test was 100% accurate

The Advertising Standards Authority's also taken action against other companies, due to content linked with Covid-19.

Corona Test Centre London, which operates centres in Fulham and Hammersmith, said its checks could show if a person is immune.

XMedical Limited, who owns them, says thousands of people, including NHS professionals, visited its centres.

Rob Morrison from the ASA says such action's irresponsible.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:33 am  

Healthcare campaigners will take part in a car rally protest through Sutton this afternoon

They’re angry at the NHS’s decision to move acute services out of St Helier hospital.

Departments like A&E and maternity will move to a brand new site next to the Royal Marsden in Belmont.

The rally will start in Rosehill Park car park at 3.30 and arrive at Sutton Council Civic offices a short time later.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:23 am  

A man has been fined for trying to get into a police car in Hounslow

32-year-old Nazmul Miah was seen trying the door handle of a forensic team vehicle parked near the police station.

When questioned, he couldn’t give a reason why he was doing so, and was arrested.

He’ll have to pay nearly £300.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:10 am  

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Kingston Hospital has recently opened a new state-of-the-art endoscopy suite for patients

The new service was relocated from Kingston Hospital’s Day Surgery Unit to Esher Wing and gives much greater privacy and dignity for those visiting the unit.

The procedure means sedation is not needed and is more comfortable. Patients can be discharged home without needing post-procedure recovery.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:28 pm  

Mole Valley District Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the Climate Change Strategy, action plan at its meeting on 20 October.

The council declared a Climate Emergency at its 2019 meeting and committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

The Cabinet agreed in June of this year that the Strategy would set out a range of actions and initiatives, including investing in renewable energy and enhancing biodiversity.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:49 pm  

Hounslow Road in Feltham is set to fully reopen tomorrow following completion of works as part of the Feltham Town Centre improvements programme

The carriageway was closed in May 2018 to allow for the removal of the level crossing and enable Network Rail to lengthen platforms at Feltham station.

In addition, local roads have been widened, new traffic signals and bus stops have been included as part of the scheme.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm  

Transport for London is being urged to supply more school buses while Hammersmith Bridge remains closed

Hammersmith and Fulham Council, says it’s concerned about children needing to take lengthy detours during the winter months.

TfL has already laid on extra buses, but not dedicated school ones.

The council is exploring using school marshals and “walking buses” to assist children on their way to school and back if necessary.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm  

The Lib Dem MP for Twickenham is demanding the Prime Minister sorts a “technical glitch” in the Test and Trace system

The glitch is thought to be causing an inflated number of Covid-19 cases registered in Richmond.

Many university students testing positive are having their testing data registered at their home address rather than their university address.

About about a quarter of new cases in Richmond are thought to be down to the issue. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

A majority of people in Kingston believe the council takes action without consulting them

That’s according to the council’s residents survey, which also says only a third of residents believe the council acts on their concerns.

The Tory opposition group have put forward a motion to be debated this evening.

They’re calling for the authority to conduct a review of the capabilities and resources of all committees and operations.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:30 pm  

The Lib Dem MP for Twickenham is demanding the Prime Minister sorts a “technical glitch” in the Test and Trace system

The glitch is thought to be causing an inflated number of Covid-19 cases registered in Richmond.

Many university students testing positive are having their testing data registered at their home address rather than their university address.

About about a quarter of new cases in Richmond are though to be down to the issue.  

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

Healthcare workers are to be offered expressive writing courses to help them with their mental health

The scheme is being developed by Kingston University, and has previously been used to support military veterans.

It allows people to express their emotions in a regulated, safe way, gradually easing trauma.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm  

A woman from Chelsea allegedly hacked her ex-boyfriend’s Alexa and told his new partner to leave

45-year-old Philippa Copleston-Warren is accused to telling the woman to “leave and take her stuff” and turning the lights on and off.

A court head the new girlfriend cried and fled the house in Lincolnshire.

Copleston-Warren is also accused of posting naked pictures of her former boyfriend.

According to the Sun, she’s denying the charges.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:30 pm  

Homebuyers looking for a high-value property are turning away from central London, and towards Barnes

Research by estate agent Benham and Reeves has shown that 38% of properties there priced above £2m are sold or under offer.

Clapham and Chiswick are showing a similar demand, the highest in London.

Maida Vale is the only traditionally prime central area to make the top ten.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:37 am  

The RSPCA is urging people to give a pet a home during this month’s #ADOPTober campaign

This week, the focus is on cats after the charity revealed that there have been over 550 feline incidents in Surrey this year.

One involved the rescue of two-year-old Jay in Croydon who was abandoned when his owners moved house.

July saw an increase of over 660% in searches for kittens online; the charity wants people to “adopt, don’t shop.”

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:41 am  

Lambeth is well on course to beat its own environment targets

The authority installed more than 60 electric vehicle car charging points this summer.

Plans are afoot for 45 more to follow next year in places like Clapham.

This means the target of 200 by 2022 will be smashed ahead of time. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:33 am  

Work on another housing development in Ewell has been suspended

Epsom and Ewell Council says work in Aragon Avenue had begun before the level of the foundations had been agreed. 

This means the authority would have had no control over the height of the finished building.

The council also temporarily stopped work on 160 housing units in the town this week following concerns about traffic and noise.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:13 am  

Monday 12 October 2020

Residents of Richmond and Kingston are being reminded by their MP, Lib Dem Sarah Olney, of the basic things they can do to help bring the COVID-19 cases down in their areas

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:10 pm  

Two British Transport Police officers are to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as part of her Birthday Honours

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Forsyth has been awarded a Queen’s Police Medal.

She was praised in particular for her personal leadership following the terrorist attack at London Bridge.

She was also commended for her unwavering support to victims of crime which was mirrored by her determination to obtain justice for victims.

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, from South London joined BTP in 2011 after 30 years of service with the Metropolitan Police.

He was recognised for his role in leading investigations into over 100 murders during his time with both services.

He’s described as an exceptional police officer, who provides a substantial reassuring presence to victims and has been awarded an OBE.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:09 pm  

A woman found dead with her child in Brentford last week died from a stab wound to the chest

Officers forced entry to a residential address at Golden Mile House in Clayponds Lane following concerns for the welfare of the occupants.

Inside, they found the bodies of 36-year-old Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj, and her son, three-year-old Kailash Kuha Raj.

They also found a 42-year-old man suffering stab injuries.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:05 pm  

People in Richmond have no reason to feel unsafe

That’s according to Richmond Park’s MP.

Jackie News reported last week how a resident-led campaign to install a security service in the borough was gathering momentum.

But Lib Dem Sarah Olney says there’s one very big reason why people in Richmond don’t need a private police force:

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:07 pm  

The boss of British Airways has stepped down

It's part of a management shake-up at the airline's parent company, which says it's 'navigating the worst crisis' the industry has faced.

Alex Cruz will be replaced as chief executive by Sean Doyle - who runs sister carrier Aer Lingus.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:39 pm  

The police officer who was killed in Croydon is being nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

54-year-old Sergeant Matt Ratana was head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club, and was nominated by them.

The Unsung Hero award is for volunteers who made a positive impact in communities.

The club has launched a crowdfunding campaign in his honour to raise £15,000.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:00 pm  

A man from Shepperton has pleaded guilty to burgling a care home in Staines

36-year-old Richard Reilly has also confessed to thefts in Boots and the florists in the High Street.

On the 2nd of October, two men were seen forcing the front door of Chestnut Court, stealing items from the front office, then being thrown out by a staff member.

Reilly will be sentenced later this month.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:39 pm  

The Government isn’t doing enough to help small, independent businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic fall-out

The Federation of Small Businesses says start-ups and sole traders were fundamental to the UK's recovery from the recession of 2009.

This is something Rebecca Saunders, founder of Seekology in Richmond, agrees with.

But she tells us that business rates need to be urgently looked at if the high street is to survive.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:42 am  

We’re being reminded not to get close to baby deer in Richmond and Bushy Parks

A fawn was handed into Royal Parks police yesterday, as it was believed to have been abandoned.

The mother will be close by, which could lead to being attacked.

Police returned the fawn to where it was found, and say “hopefully it’s mother will find it”.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:14 am  

Assaults on NHS workers are to be the subject of a new crackdown

A pilot scheme in five London boroughs, including Sutton and Croydon, will ensure specialised officers investigate all cases.

Over the last three years, it’s believed there’s been 56,000 attacks on health staff.

Another part of the scheme will see NHS “staff satisfaction” ratings for each crime reported to police.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:03 am  

Sunday 11 October 2020

The fleet of buses in Kingston is now cleaner than ever before.

All vehicles now meet the highest European standards for diesel engines, except one, which will be retrofitted by the end of the month.

Euro 6 standards for diesel engines make sure emissions of harmful pollutants are dramatically reduced.

Kingston Council committed to creating a greener borough after holding a citizens’ assembly meeting last year.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:00 pm  

One of Brazil’s biggest football teams has released a shirt inspired by a non-league team from Tolworth.

Corinthians Paulista , who beat Chelsea in FIFA’s Club World Cup final back in 2012,  have a new third kit based on the colours of Corinthians Casuals.

The shirt, modelled here by Tooting and Mitcham player Jamie Byatt, is brown with a sky-blue cross on the front and features a retro crest.

Both Corinthians teams have links to the amateur side ‘Corinthian FC’ who toured the world over 100 years ago.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:26 pm  

Chelsea Women have beaten title rivals Manchester City 3-1 over at Kingsmeadow.

Maren Mjelde, Samantha Kerr and Fran Kirby were all on the scoresheet for the Blues.

Chelsea now move up to 3rd in the Women’s Super League – behind Everton and Arsenal.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:35 pm  

16 dogs have been rescued from an address in Surbiton because of concerns for their welfare.

Officers from Berrylands and St Marks assisted Animal Health workers in seizing the animals who were kept in appalling conditions before being sold.

As you can see, German Shepherd and Boxer puppies were among those found.

They are very cute – and people on social media are already asking if they can be adopted.

We’ve asked Kingston Police for more info.


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

Teddington’s lifeboat crew have revealed that mental health training is now part of their preparation for duty on the River Thames


Teddington’s lifeboat crew have revealed that mental health training is now part of their preparation for duty on the River Thames.

In a newspaper article the crew reveal how they’ve learned to listen and empathise with those whose mental health may have suffered.

Using a model developed at the Maudsley Hospital they’ve also learned how to handle their own mental health, especially after a difficult or traumatic rescue.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:28 pm  

Hounslow’s high street seems to be doing better than many areas during the pandemic

 Hounslow’s high street seems to be doing better than many areas during the pandemic. 

Alan Rides, who leads Hounslow chambre of Commerce says footfall in the town centre has recovered to 80 per cent of what it was last year. 

There is a downside though – the area was the only part of the borough not to see crime rates fall during the lockdown. 

Recently a note of uncertainty was sounded over Hounslow’s multi-million pound town Centre regeneration.

A Cineworld multiplex is due to be a part of the project, but the company has announced it’s closing all its UK cinemas for now

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:27 pm  

People across Richmond are being warned to be on the lookout for “porch pirates

 People across Richmond are being warned to be on the lookout for “porch pirates.”

There have been numerous reports since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic of packages being stolen from outside of people’s homes. 

 Whilst couriers have been advised on how to make sure packages are safe, the council is encouraging residents to also play their part. 

Tips include asking a neighbour to take your delivery if you aren’t home and trying to obtain an exact delivery slot. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:22 am  

One of Britain’s bravest World War I heroes has been honoured in Wandsworth

 One of Britain’s bravest World War I heroes has been honoured in Wandsworth.

Former Balham resident, Acting Captain Arthur Moore Lascelles, has had a block of Council flats named after him.

He was handed the Victoria Cross award for gallantry at the end of his service. 

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:20 am  

The search is underway for the best small businesses in Spelthorne

 The search is underway for the best small businesses in Spelthorne. 

The Council’s third annual business awards are intended to recognise excellence in areas like creativity, innovation, new start-ups and sustainability.

The deadline for nominations has been extended till December 11th. 

Last year’s best small business was the Hot Yoga Club in Staines. 


posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:18 am  

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